Overview

We begin the Lesotho, Swaziland & Kruger journey with a visit to Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape. Addo is recognised as one of South Africa’s most popular national parks and game reserves. It is sanctuary to over 550 elephants in just 120 000 hectares. It is also the third largest national park in South Africa. We then cross the border into the highland country of Lesotho where you can try your hand at pony trekking. Moving back into South Africa, we visit the colourful, spicy city of Durban, St Lucia Wetland Park and Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal. Hluhulwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is one of the last strongholds of the endangered Rhinoceros. The reserve has played a critical role in the preservation of these endangered animals, both Black and White Rhinoceros occur in the park. The landlocked kingdom of Swaziland is the next country we visit where we go on safari in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Ending our tour back in South Africa we have the opportunity to tick off the Big Five in Kruger National Park. We spend a full day on safari in the largest game reserve in South Africa. Our return journey to Johannesburg takes us via the scenic Panorama Route where we will visit God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels.

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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 - 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

Post Tour Accommodation - Johannesburg

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  Airport Transfer Available Belvedere Estate

Belvedere Estate is situated in the upmarket suburb of Midrand, with 15 en-suite, fully equipped, self-catering rooms, a sparkling swimming pool, braai boma, two lounges, dining area, snooker room, bar and friendly, welcoming staff. With a range of snacks, lunch and dining options, we welcome you as part of the Nomad … 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
Day 08

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

With a morning at leisure to enjoy the beautiful beaches and warm Indian Ocean, for those who prefer a little more excitement the many attractions of Ushaka Marine World can be visited instead. This afternoon we leave the city behind as we wind our way along the coast to our stop in Zululand. Tonight we enjoy a Zulu cultural experience where we will sample the local beer, made from the local Ilala Palm, unique to the Zululand area and will be taught the basic Zulu language, how to greet, count and learn about the family traditions.

Route
Durban to St Lucia
Included Activities
Zulu Cultural Evening
Optional Activities
Visit to Ushaka Marine World
Day 09

Hluhluwe – Umfolozi Game Reserve

We set out early this morning for a game drive in the nearby Hluhulwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, one of the last strongholds of the endangered Rhinoceros. The reserve has played a critical role in the preservation of these endangered animals, both Black and White Rhinoceros occur in the park and many populations owe their ongoing existence to animals that have been raised here. While Rhinoceros are the most famous of the parks inhabitants, the park also provides a home to many other species, including the Big-5 that we all hope to see. Returning to our lodging for a siesta, we freshen up for an afternoon boat cruise on St Lucia estuary.

Activity Package
St Lucia boat cruise
Hluhluwe game drive
Day 10

Swaziland – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

An early start and we are off to the Kingdom of Swaziland, this afternoon we have the opportunity to join many of the optional activities that are offered here. Take your choice from game drives, mountain biking or a visit to the Chief’s village.

Route
St Lucia to Swaziland
Optional Activities
Hiking
Swazi Cultural Experience
Game Drives
Mountain Biking
Day 11

South Africa – Kruger National Park

We start the morning with a nature walk before setting off back to South Africa and the Kruger National Park. No visit to Swaziland would be complete without a visit to view the many crafts on offer, we will visit a craft market before crossing the border this afternoon. Tonight we setup camp on the doorstep of the Kruger National Park and the next two days will be spent game viewing in South Africa’s most famous National Park.

Route
Swaziland to Kruger National Park area
Included Activities
Guided Nature Walk with Nomad Guide
Day 12

South Africa – Kruger National Park

Entering the park early this morning we spend a full day on safari in the park, with luck we may even catch sight of the Africa’s famous Big-5. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. The Nomad truck gives us an elevated view and increases our chance to spot the animals.

Included Activities
Full day game drive in Nomad truck
Day 13

Greater Kruger Area

Our activity package offers you an opportunity to participate in a full day 4×4, open safari vehicle game drive through the park. If you do not participate in the 4×4 game drive, your guide will take you on a game drive through the park in the Nomad truck. This afternoon presents the opportunity to extend the day with an optional Sundowner Drive.

Included Activities
Game drive in Kruger National Park with the Nomad truck (for non-activity package clients)
Activity Package
4×4 Game drive in Kruger National Park
Optional Activities
Sunset Drive
Day 14

Panorama Route to Johannesburg

Our return journey to Johannesburg takes us via the scenic Panorama Route where we will visit God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels. We arrive at Belvedere Estate in the late afternoon and all travellers are invited to join us for a traditional Braai tonight, this can be booked with your guide on the day before arrival. Many great tales are shared around the braai fires and tonight presents an opportunity to join fellow travellers in celebrating the many wonders of African travel.

Route
Great Kruger NP to Johannesburg
Optional Activities
Farewell dinner at Belvedere Estate

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
  • St Lucia boat cruise
  • Hluhluwe game drive
  • 4×4 Game drive in Kruger National Park

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