From Port Elizabeth to Durban, our 7 day Addo, Lesotho and Drakensberg safari takes us through Addo Elephant National Park, to the mountainous pony trekking country of Lesotho. There are few national parks that can offer you an elephant viewing safari like Addo can, the herds are vast. We visit Graaff Reinet, the fourth oldest town in the country and head 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. Departing from Port Elizabeth, our safari beings as we have our first encounter with the African wildlife in the Addo Elephant National park where we enjoy an afternoon wildlife drive in search of the elephants (and other animals of course) that reside in the park. From Addo, we venture deeper into the Greater Karoo and overnight in the historic town of Graaff-Reinet, the fourth oldest town in South Africa. To appreciate a Karoo sunset, we head off into the afternoon for a sundowner excursion to the Valley of Desolation – offering panoramic views of the town below. Leaving South Africa, we cross the border into the landlocked country of Lesotho, commonly referred to as the Kingdom of Lesotho. The entire kingdom lies over 1000m above sea level. Our guide will lead us out onto one of the many hiking trails in the mountains of Lesotho and will visit a local village to have a peek into the life of the Basotho community. Existing Lesotho, we return into South Africa, traverse through the sandstone cliffs of the Golden Gate National Park and end up in the uKuhlamba Drakensberg Park where we find ourselves for the next two nights. Once again, our guide will take us out on a walk to discover the beauty of the area. Before we reach the end of our holiday and safari in Durban, we will make a stop at the famous site where the late Nelson Mandela was captured, arrested and spent the next 27 years in prison.
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Greater Addo Elephant National Park area
This morning you will meet your crew in the windy city of Gqeberha (previously called Port Elizabeth) and we will be heading straight to Addo Elephant National Park for our afternoon game drive. Recent expansion has seen Addo grow to become the third largest of South Africa’s National Parks. The unique vegetation of Addo supports a wide variety of wildlife and we will spend the afternoon in search of the animals.
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. It is also the fourth oldest town in the country. This evening you will join a sundowner excursion to the Valley of Desolation, this unique valley offers a panoramic view over the town and the wide open plains stretching out below. Kindly note that during the winter months, this activity will become a Sunrise excursion to the valley of Desolation the following morning.
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.
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. This activity is not for the inexperienced or fainthearted.
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 a hiker’s paradise and worthy of exploration.
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 at Battle Cave. 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.
Kwa Zulu Natal Coast – Durban
It’s all downhill as we leave the mountain scenery en route to the Kwazulu Natal Coast. On the 5thAugust 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 where your tour comes to an end upon arrival.
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