Overview

From Port Elizabeth to Durban, this tour takes us through Addo Elephant National Park, to Eastern Cape beaches and through the mountainous pony trekking country of Lesotho. There are few national parks that can offer you an elephant viewing experience like Addo can, the herds are vast. At Cintsa, relax next to the river or explore the windswept beaches before heading to Lesotho – one of the highest countries in the world at 1000m above sea level. On our way to Durban we visit the craggy peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains and take a guided hike through the world heritage site.

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    Some of the activities listed above form part of an "Activity Package".  You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be "essential activities" on our tours. The Activity Package can be pre-purchased or bought through your guide on day 1 of your tour.  We do recommend that you prebook your Activity Package to ensure availability.

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    Pre & Post Tour Accommodation

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    Pre Tour Accommodation - Port Elizabeth

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      Airport Transfer Available Kings Beach Hotel Tsogo Sun

    Kings Beach Garden Court Hotel in Port Elizabeth is centrally located and enjoys sweeping views of Algoa Bay. The hotel is within walking distance to the beach, shops, Boardwalk, restaurants and other attractions. Rooms are clean and comfortable with modern bathrooms, air-conditioning, tea and coffee facilities and complimentary wifi. Read More

    Post Tour Accommodation - Durban

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      Airport Transfer Available Garden Court South Beach Hotel

    Situated in the warm subtropical city of Durban, on the lush coastline of KwaZulu-Natal, Garden Court South Beach is the ideal home away from home for our travellers. The hotel lies within easy reach of Durban’s popular South Beach, and provides an ideal springboard from which to explore Durban and … Read More

    Itinerary

    Our tours come with an "Optional Activity Package".  You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be "essential activities" on our tours.  The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don't book the package, the activities won't be included.  We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

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    Day 01

    Addo Elephant Park

    After meeting your guides, we make our way to the Addo Elephant National Park and this afternoon we will enjoy a game drive through the park in our Nomad truck.

    Optional Activities
    Addo Night Drive
    Included Activities
    Afternoon game drive in Addo NP in Nomad Truck
    Day 02

    Graaff Reinet

    The historic town of Graaff-Reinet nestles in the heartland of the Great Karoo and offers a unique insight into the history of this arid region. On arrival this afternoon we will enjoy a Historical walking Tour of the town dubbed “the gem of the Karoo”, our local guide will introduce to the rich history of South Africa’s fourth oldest town. Towering above the town below, the Valley of Desolation is a spectacular backdrop for the setting sun, this evening you will have the opportunity to join an optional Sundowner visit to close out the day.

    Route
    Addo (via Port Elizabeth) to Graaff Reinet
    Activity Package
    Graaff Reinet historical tour
    Day 03

    Lesotho – Malealea

    This morning we cut across the vast expanse of the Great Karoo, our destination is nestled in the heights of Lesotho. This autonomous mountain kingdom boasts the highest peaks in Southern Africa and is one of the highest countries in the world, the entire kingdom lies over 1000m above sea level. Having crossed the mighty Orange River, we enter the border of Lesotho and make the climb to our camp set high in the mountains.

    Route
    Graaff Reinet to Lesotho
    Day 04

    Lesotho – Malealea

    The clean air of the mountains accompanies us this morning as we explore the mountains on foot, our hike concludes with a village visit and the opportunity to gain insight into the community that calls these mountains home. The Basotho are famous for their traditional hats, blankets and their sturdy ponies. Basotho ponies are renowned for their surefootedness in the mountains and you have the opportunity of an optional pony trek this afternoon to experience this first-hand.

    Optional Activities
    Pitseng hike
    Pony Trekking
    Included Activities
    Lesotho Village Visit
    Hike with Nomad Guide
    Day 05

    South Africa – uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

    We exit Lesotho and travel through the sandstone cliffs of Golden Gate, our destination is the mountains of the Drakensberg. Running the length of the Kwazulu-Natal province, the Ukuhlamba Drakensberg Park is a UNESCO recognised world heritage site. Whether you go by the Zulu name uKhahlamba, meaning ‘barrier of spears’, or the Afrikaans name Drakensberge, meaning ‘dragon mountains’, these towering mountains are hikers paradise and worthy of exploration.

    Route
    Lesotho to Drakensberg
    Included Activities
    Sterkfontein vulture centre
    Oliviers Hoek pass
    Day 06

    UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

    We set out this morning for a lengthy hike, along our way we will have the opportunity to view examples of San rock art with a local guide. While we encourage everyone to make the most of the day in mountains, we may offer separate options depending on the activity level of the group. With a number of trails available we can ensure that we cater to every need, the most important aim is to ensure everyone enjoys this mountain paradise at their own pace.

    Included Activities
    Hike with your guide in Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park
    Day 07

    Kwa Zulu Natal Coast – Durban

    It’s all downhill as we leave the mountain scenery en route to the Kwazulu Natal Coast. On the 5th August 1962, police waved down a car on a lonely country road in KwaZulu-Natal. At the wheel was Nelson Mandela. He was arrested and spent 27 years in prison. Today you will have the opportunity to visit this historic capture site, marked by an impressive sculpture in honour of “Madiba”. We will also stop at the Howick Falls to listen to the power of the falls and take some photos at the view point. Then it’s onto the bustling city of Durban is South Africa’s largest port and well-known surfing destination. We stay in the city centre this evening and may sample some Indian cuisine and enjoy this coastal city’s vibrant nightlife

    Route
    Drakensberg to Durban
    Optional Activities
    Dinner
    Included Activities
    Visit Howick Falls
    Visit to the Mandela Capture Site

    Activity Package

    Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an "Optional Activity Package".  You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be "essential activities" on our tours.  The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don't book the package, the activities won't be included.  We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

    • Graaff Reinet historical tour

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