Overview

This 13 day Lesotho & Garden Route adventure tour takes you down the South African coast from Durban to Cape Town. On this tour we visit a number of world renowned National Parks including Addo Elephant National Park where you can view the Big 5 on safari. The Addo Elephant National Park is recognised as one of South Africa’s most popular national parks and game reserves. Take advantage of an array of activities available on this route which include exploring new surrounds, game driving, canoeing, bungee jumping, wine tasting and so much more. Discover an indigenous forest in the heart of the Garden Route and visit some of the country’s most scenic attractions. You can also kick off your shoes and take a walk along one of the beaches that meet the Indian Ocean.

Featured Highlights

    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 - Cape Town

    From R1,640
      Airport Transfer Available Tsogo Cape Sun

    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. This afternoon presents an opportunity to join and optional Sundowner Game Drive on open 4×4’s.

    Included Activities
    Half-Day Game Drive in Addo NP (in the Nomad truck)
    Optional Activities
    Addo Elephant National Park Sundowner Drive
    Day 08

    Tsitsikamma National Park

    Setting out early this morning we game drive through the Addo National Park before turning west to Tsitsikamma, where the wonders of the Garden Route await. We make a brief visit to the surfing mecca of Jeffreys Bay, most famous for its waves this little town is also home to a small Surfing Museum. Our final destination is the Tsitiskamma region where we set up for the next two nights.

    Included Activities
    Morning game drive in Addo in Nomad truck
    Stop in the surfing town of Jeffreys Bay
    Day 09

    Tsitsikamma National Park

    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
    Optional Activities
    Treetop Canopy Tours
    Day 10

    Heart of the Garden Route

    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 an exploration of Nature’s Valley, this beautiful village offers us a chance to enjoy a hike or simply relax on the pristine beach in this paradise. We end the afternoon on the beautiful beaches of the Keurbooms Lagoon. Today offers a number of optional activities and your guide will assist you with a plan to get the most out the day, the truck will run a set schedule of pick-ups and drop-offs giving you the freedom to join or leave at the places of most interest to you. We celebrate our adventures with dinner out on the town this evening.

    Route
    Tsitsikamma National Park to Plettenberg Bay
    Optional Activities
    Dinner
    Monkey Town
    Birds of Eden
    Bungee Jumping
    Included Activities
    Afternoon at Leisure on Keurbooms Beach
    Morning Visit to Natures Valley
    Day 11

    Oudtshoorn

    This morning the adventurous can join a number of optional activities on offer in the resort town of Plettenberg Bay, the winter months (July to November) offer some of the finest Whale Watching in the world and an ocean safari is not to be missed during these months. For those less inclined to adventure on the high seas, the morning can be spent at leisure on the beach or exploring this holiday town. This afternoon we cross the Outeniqua Mountains as we wind our way to the Klein Karoo, we end the day with a visit to the impressive formations of the Cango Caves, we join a guided tour as we venture underground into this sprawling network of limestone caves.

    Route
    Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn
    Activity Package
    Cango Caves basic tour
    Optional Activities
    Whale Watching (in Season)
    Sea Kayaking
    Township Tour
    Ocean Safari
    Day 12

    Oudtshoorn to Somerset West

    Our first stop this morning is an Ostrich Farm where we undertake a guide tour to learn more about the world’s largest birds. Travelling through the valley of the Klein Karoo, we follow the winding tarmac of Route 62. Road trips in South Africa are an exploration of the rural highlights that dot the lesser known byways of the land, no journey would be complete without sampling the offerings of a “Padstal” along the way. These small farm stalls offer a selection of homemade treats and bakes and are an important cog in the economies of rural towns. One of the more quirky highlights today is Ronnie’s Sex Shop, not a sex shop at all, but a rather interesting country pub! Our day ends with a celebratory dinner out.

    Route
    Oudtshoorn to Somerset West
    Included Activities
    Ostrich Farm Visit
    Stop at Ronnie’s sex shop
    Optional Activities
    Dinner
    Day 13

    Somerset West – Cape Town

    Cape Town is not only set in one of the most scenic parts of South Africa, but offers a wide variety of attractions and highlights. We will gain a unique insight into the city when we join a local guide for a Cultural Tour. We Sample some of the fine Cape wines and spend some time exploring the town of Stellenbosch. To allow for Sundays and Public Holidays the order of events may be reversed today, the tour will however always end in Cape Town in the afternoon.

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

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

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