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Coast, Lesotho and Cape Town 2017-18 (12 Days, Durban to Cape Town, South Africa)

From the warm tropical waters of Durban, this journey through South Africa's mountainous Drakensberg region and along the picturesque Garden Route coast covers some of the country's most awesome sights. Visit the highest pub in Africa at Lesotho's Sani Pass, wander the ancient paths of the Battlefields and the Royal Natal National Park and enjoy the wildlife of Addo Elephant National Park and the lush scenes of the Tsitsikamma and Knysna lagoon. This comprehensive South African overland safari offers a true insight to this breathtaking country.

Inclusions

Not Eligible for Early Payment
Addo Elephant National Park + game drive
Battlefields, Talana Hill
Cango Caves visit
Cape Agulhas
Drakensberg Mountains
Royal National Park
Sani pass excursion
Wine tasting
11 Breakfasts
11 Lunches
11 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
12
Price From
AUD $1,115
Start Location
Durban, South Africa
End Location
Durban, South Africa
Age Range
Avg. 39+
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
18-39
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
02 Dec 201713 Dec 20171AUD $125
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: Durban, South Africa to Underberg Area
Divert your compass inland today, as we drive via Pietermaritzburg and the lush mountainous countryside to our camp for the next two nights at Sani Lodge. This magnificent place is situated at the foot of the Sani Pass, the gateway to the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho and the only vehicle-access road over the Drakensberg escarpment. This afternoon is your disposal - delve into the many optional activities on offer like optional hiking, mountain biking, abseiling, fishing, rock art tours and horse riding (just to name a few!). Meals: -Lunch -Dinner Optional activities: -Bushman hike
Day 2: Underberg Area to Sani Pass
Today, we meet our local guides and join a guided tour of Lesotho via the spectacular gateway of the Sani Pass. Hitting the road in 4x4 vehicles through the rugged cliffs of the Drakensburg Mountains, we'll learn of the history of the area and the stunning wildlife that dot the sloping mountains. Experience the local way of life with a visit to a small household and a shearing shed in a Shepherds village, and then ascend the Black Mountain for a picnic lunch overlooking the majestic views. After lunch we meet the shepherds of the area who spend the summer months tending to their flocks, before taking a short walk to view Thabana Ntlenyana. Rising at 3482 metres, this is the highest point in Southern Africa. We return to our camp for the night stopping en-route for a well-deserved beverage at the highest bar in Africa at the Sani Mountain Lodge. Included today: -Sani Pass excursion Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner Optional activities: -Horseriding -Hiking
Day 3: Underberg Area to Battlefields to Drakensburg, Lesotho
Soak up some history at the Battlefields today, a site that holds a deep-seated silence that speaks to the many lives lost at war. Our first stop is the world famous battle of Blood River, which saw the lives of many warriors lost against the few musketeers of the Dutch Settlers. We'll spend time exploring the extraordinary site at Rorke's Drift, where one of the most famous and pivotal Anglo-Zulu battles took place. After a visit to Talana, we'll travel via Ladysmith through to the foot of the Drakensberg Mountains. Retire to your bush lodge in the late afternoon and kick your feet up in prep for a day of hiking tomorrow. Included today: -Battlefields Talana Hill Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 4: Drakensburg
Prep your day pack - we're off to the Royal Natal National Park in the Drakensburg mountain region to explore the many optional trails. Discover the park on foot or on horseback, and choose from a short journey (which takes about an hour) or a longer excursion, which occupies a half or full day. Seek out the park's well-known Amphitheatre rock face, pristine waterfalls, lofty mountains, ancient cave dwellings and bush rock art. Satisfied and with our muscles stretched for the day, we'll enjoy the stillness and crispy clean air of the Drakensberg over a wholesome dinner. Dig in. Included today: -Royal National Park -Drakensberg Mountains Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner Optional activities: -Guided Tugela Falls hike
Day 5: Drakensburg to Malealea
Departing the Drakensberg this morning, we'll drive around the northern section of Lesotho, re-entering at the Maseru Bridge Gate. Heading south over the rolling mountain ranges, we'll bunker down at Malealea Lodge, which offers many optional activities that will help you get in touch with the local culture amidst breathtaking scenery. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 6: Malealea
Hurrah! Enjoy a free day to explore this beautiful mountainous country on the many optional activities on offer. Venture on two wheels into the mountains, climbing and descending the narrow paths with spectacular views, or hit up a hike through the local village where the Basotho people tend to their daily duties. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner Optional activities: -Pony trek -Pony bushman paintings -Guided hike -Mountain biking
Day 7: Malealea to Graaff-Reinet, South Africa
Rise and shine! Leaving the highlands and crossing back into South Africa, we'll venture through stunning diverse country to arrive at Graaff-Reinet - a charming town which showcases over 200 restored historical buildings and Cape-Dutch homesteads. Our campsite for the evening is situated in the heart of Graaff-Reinet itself with restaurants and places of interest all within walking distance of our camp. Head out for dinner and explore the town or simply laze around the camp pool with a good read. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch
Day 8: Graaff-Reinet to Addo Elephant National Park
Camera at the ready? It should be. Today, we drive to the Addo Elephant National Park where we embark on some serious animal spotting. Addo can exclusively claim to be the only national park in the world to conserve the "Big Seven" - the Big Five as well as the southern right whale and great white shark off the Algoa Bay coast. This awesome park is sanctuary to over 600 elephants, lion, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species - so chances are, you'll strike photo-op gold. After our satisfying safari, we'll return to the camp and recount our day's adventure by the river bank - sundowner in hand, of course. Included today: -Addo Elephant National Park Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 9: Addo Elephant to Knysna/Tsitsikamma Forest
Time to partake in the exciting adventures within the Tsitsikamma Forest. A stunning destination with dramatic coastal scenery, reefs, rivers and lush forest, Tsitsikamma is a hiking and watersports paradise. On entry, you have various options to choose from (depending on your energy levels!) - from boat cruises and can trips to nature hikes and bird watching, the forest has something to offer almost everyone. Later on, we'll travel towards the quaint holiday town of Knysna, which is renowned for its lagoon, buzzing cafe life and drool-worthy seafood. After visiting the famous Bloukrans Bridge (bungee jump, anyone?!) we'll settle into Knysna for the night with plenty of time to peruse the shops on the waterfront. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch Optional activities: -Bungee jump -Bridge walk -Can safari -Mountain bike
Day 10: Knysna to Oudtshoorn
In Knysna, nature quite literally knocks on your front door. Nestled between the impressive Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, this natural playground of beaches, lakes, mountains, forests and rivers offers an unforgettable free morning to discover and play. After breakfast, your guide will take you to the famous heads overlooking the town where you have some time to explore the rocks and admire the jaw-dropping views. This afternoon, we're off to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world with a number of farms based in the dry Karoo. This region is also home to the spectacular Cango Caves, Africa's largest show cave system. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well-known Swartberg Mountains, we'll find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations. After exploring the caves, we enjoy the night in the old settlers' town in the Karoo. Included today: -Cango Caves visit Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner Optional activities: -Cango wildlife ranch
Day 11: Oudtshoorn to Hermanus
Relaxed and revitalized from the wonderful Oudtshoorn hospitality, we jump back in our vehicle and head south to the coastal town of Hermanus, famous for its whale and dolphin sightings. En route, we stop off at Cape Agulhas, lying at the southernmost tip of Africa where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Keep your eyes peeled for the lonely shipwrecks that litter the coastline as a result of the area's notorious wild seas. This afternoon, we'll explore Hermanus and spend the night soaking up the town's atmosphere. Included today: -Cape Agulhas visit Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch Optional activities: -Hermanus whale watching cruise
Day 12: Hermanus to Cape Town
A free morning in Hermanus = ample opportunity to join a whale watching tour or explore the town's shops and boardwalk on foot. We'll wave goodbye to Hermanus before lunch and follow the rough coastal route through small fishing towns, before pulling up at a winery on the outskirts of Cape Town for a tour (and some cheeky wine tasting, of course). Swap emails and teary goodbyes as our trip draws to an end towards late afternoon at the foot of Table Mountain in the popular mother city of South Africa, Cape Town. Until next time! Included today: -Wine tasting Meals: -Breakfast