Overview

From Durban to Port Elizabeth, this Drakensberg, Lesotho & Addo adventure tour takes us through the mountainous pony trekking country of Lesotho, to Eastern Cape beaches and into the bush at Addo Elephant National Park. Leaving Durban, we visit the craggy peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains and take a guided hike through a World Heritage Site. We head to Lesotho, one of the highest countries in the world at 1000m above sea level and then on to the East Coast at Cinsta where you can relax next to the river or explore the windswept beaches. Before arriving in Port Elizabeth, we visit Addo Elephant Park where you can have a most spectacular elephant viewing experience.

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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 Tour Accommodation - Durban

    From R890
      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

    Post Tour Accommodation - Port Elizabeth

    From R1,300
      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

    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

    UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

    A lazy morning offers the chance for a final swim or stroll along the beach before we leave the coast behind us, 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 will be our backdrop for the next two nights. On our way we make a stop at the scenic Howick Falls and a visit to the nearby site that marked the capture of South Africa’s most famous man. In 1962, police waved down a car on a lonely stretch of road, they arrested Nelson Mandela who would go on to serve 27 years in prison before eventually becoming the president of South Africa in 1994.

    Route
    Durban to Drakensberg
    Included Activities
    Visit Howick Falls
    Visit to the Mandela Capture Site
    Day 02

    UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

    We set out this morning for a day of hiking to explore the mountains of the Drakensberg, 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 03

    Lesotho – Malealea

    Our journey today begins with a mountain pass and an opportunity to visit a Vulture restaurant where we hope to view these fascinating birds. Our route winds its way through the magnificent cliffs off the Golden Gate National Park before we enter Lesotho in the afternoon, we pass the capital city of Maseru as continue the climb to our base high amongst the mountain peaks.

    Route
    Drakensberg to Malealea Lodge
    Included Activities
    Drive through Golden Gate
    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

    Included Activities
    Morning hike
    Lesotho Village Visit
    Day 05

    South Africa – Graaff Reinet

    Returning to South Africa, we descend the mountains and take aim across the Great Karoo. The semi-arid Karoo represents the heartland of rural South Africa and presents a stark contrast to the mountains we leave behind. Our overnight stop is set in the historic town of Graaff-Reinet, the fourth oldest town in the country. We cross the mighty Orange (Gariep) River today as we journey through the vast countryside of the Karoo. This evening you will have the opportunity to join an optional 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.

    Route
    Malealea to Graaff Reinet
    Optional Activities
    Valley of Desolation sundowner tour
    Day 06

    Greater Addo Elephant National Park area

    We are joined this morning by a local guide who will introduce us the historical highlights of Graaff-Reinet, with one of the highest concentrations of monuments the town offers a charming insight into the history of the land. Setting course for the coast once again, we roll through the open plains of the Karoo and the wildlife charms of the Addo National Park.

    Route
    Graaff Reinet to Addo Elephant National Park
    Activity Package
    Graaff Reinet historical tour
    Day 07

    Greater Addo Elephant National Park area

    Famed for the Elephants after which the park was named, 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 much of today in search of the animals that call Addo home. We will enjoy a morning game drive in our Nomad truck through the Addo Elephant National Park, before be transferred to Port Elizabeth, where your tour comes to an end upon arrival.

    Included Activities
    Half-Day Game Drive in Addo NP (in the Nomad truck)

    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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