Overview

This adventure takes you along the South African coast from Cape Town to Durban. Discover an indigenous forest in the heart of the Garden Route & Lesotho and visit some of the most scenic attractions.This adventure starts in Cape Town where we spend some time experiencing some of the rich historical and cultural highlights of the city. On the way to Durban, we visit a number of world renowned National Parks including Addo Elephant National Park where you can tick off the Big 5. In Addo you’ll observe nature thriving in its most natural environment. Furthermore there are many exciting activities available on this route including wine tasting, bungee jumping at the Bloukrans Bungy (worlds highest commercial bungy bridge), canoeing, game driving and exploring new surrounds; however; if you just want to kick off your shoes and take a walk along one of Durban’s beaches, you can do that too! Durban is also a well-known surfing destination.

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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 - Cape Town

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      Airport Transfer Available Tsogo Cape Sun

    Situated in the heart of Cape Town, the Southern Sun Cape Sun hotel offers world-class hospitality, outstanding service, and breathtaking views of one of the world’s most beautiful cities. The hotel has 368 elegantly appointed en-suite rooms and suites, each equipped with amenities like free WiFi, DStv and many more … 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

    Cultural Cape Town – Stellenbosch

    Set at the south-western corner of the African continent, Cape Town is scenically located at the foot of Table Mountain. This morning we spend or time experiencing some of the rich historical and cultural highlights of the city, those who have opted for the activity package will join a local tour operator for an insight into the life and history of the people living in the Cape. Enriched by our experiences we travel north to the winelands to enjoy a sampling of some fine Cape wines. Our final stop this afternoon is the historic town of Stellenbosch where we will have some time to explore the town on foot. We end this busy day with a dinner out after checking-in to our hotel this evening.

    Route
    Cape Town to Paarl
    Included Activities
    Self-Guided Walk through Stellenbosch
    Activity Package
    Cheese and wine tasting
    Cape Town cultural township tour
    Optional Activities
    Lunch
    Day 02

    Route 62 – Oudtshoorn

    Crossing the Hottentots-Holland Mountains this morning we set out for the Klein Karoo and our overnight stop in Oudtshoorn. We follow the scenic Route 62 today, stopping to experience one of the many farm stalls on the way. One of the more quirky highlights today is Ronnie’s Sex Shop, not a sex shop at all, but a rather interesting country pub! On arrival in Oudtshoorn this afternoon we will visit an Ostrich Farm to learn about these fascinating birds.

    Route
    Paarl to Oudtshoorn
    Included Activities
    Ostrich Farm Visit
    Day 03

    Heart of Garden Route

    Our morning starts with a guided tour of the famous Cango Caves, we can only marvel at the astonishing formations that have formed in these impressive limestone caves. Returning above ground we make our way over the Outeniqua Mountains and descend to the beautiful Garden route coastline below. In the coming days we spend time hiking, relaxing at the beach and sampling the many optional activities available.

    Route
    Oudtshoorn to Garden Route
    Activity Package
    Cango Caves basic tour
    Optional Activities
    Dinner
    Day 04

    Tsitsikamma

    The Garden Route is a treasure trove of beautiful beaches, forest walks and an exciting menu of optional adventures. While our morning is set aside for some relaxation on the beaches of Plettenberg Bay, today offers a number of optional activities and your guide will assist you to get the most out the day. This afternoon we have the opportunity to visit the hidden gem of Nature’s Valley, this beautiful village offers us a chance to enjoy a hike or simply relax on the pristine beach in this little paradise. In order to make the most of this day, the truck will run a set schedule and you are free to join or leave at the places that interest you.

    Route
    Plettenberg Bay to Storms River Village
    Optional Activities
    Bloukrans Bungee Jump
    Sea Kayaking
    Township Tour
    Birds of Eden
    Ocean Safaris
    Included Activities
    Plettenberg Bay Beaches
    Natures Valley Nature Walk
    Day 05

    Tsitsikamma

    Tsitsikamma National Park is one of South Africa’s premier marine reserves and this morning we set out to explore the rugged coastline on foot. Our hike along the Waterfall Trail sees us cover the first section of the world renowned Otter Trail, this is not an easy hike and those who prefer a more leisurely option can make use of the boardwalks to the Storms River Mouth. For the adventurous the Waterfall Trail offers a spectacular winding path that follows the rocky coastline, an out and back trial we stop for a refreshing swim at the base of an icy Waterfall. For those who wish to get a birds-eye view of the magnificent forests an optional zip line tour through the canopy is offered this afternoon.

    Included Activities
    Tsitsikamma National Park entrance
    Hike with your Nomad guide
    Optional Activities
    Treetop Canopy Tours
    Day 06

    Addo Elephant National Park

    This morning we set out for the Eastern Cape and the Addo National Park. We make a stop this morning in the surfing mecca of Jeffrey’s Bay, famous for its waves you have the opportunity to visit the small surfing museum, catch a quick wave or simply enjoy a cup of coffee overlooking these famous waves. This afternoon we will make our first visit to seek the Elephants after which Addo is named.

    Route
    Tsitsikamma National Park to Addo Elephant National Park
    Optional Activities
    Addo Night Drive
    Included Activities
    Addo National Park Game Drive in Truck
    Jeffrey’s Bay
    Day 07

    Addo Elephant Park

    With no large predators to endanger us, we make a relaxed start to the day. Our guide will lead us for a bush walk this morning as we enjoy the natural surrounds. Spending time in the bush on foot, we have the opportunity to stop for the little things so often missed from a vehicle. This afternoon we return to Addo for a second exploration of the park.

    Optional Activities
    Addo Night Drive
    Included Activities
    Afternoon game drive in Addo NP in Nomad Truck
    Morning Bush Walk
    Day 08

    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 09

    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 10

    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 11

    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 12

    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 13

    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.

    • Cheese and wine tasting
    • Cape Town cultural township tour
    • Cango Caves basic tour
    • Graaff Reinet historical tour

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