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Kruger to Cape Town 2018/19 (19 Days, Kruger to Cape Town)

Go wild on this unforgettable trip through South Africa, the Kingdom of Swaziland and the mountainous Lesotho. You'll roam across breathtakingly scenic landscapes, majestic mountain ranges and vast plains, then hit pause to take in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. One thing's for sure: you'll leave Africa with a thirst to discover more. Ready to create some memories? Let's go!

Inclusions

God's Window
Cango Caves visit
Cape Agulhas
Drakensberg Mountains
Garden Route
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Ngwenya glass factory, Mbabane
Royal Enclosure/ Swaziland Village
Royal National Park
St Lucia boat cruise
Wine tasting
See Bourke's Luck Potholes
2 days at Kruger National Park
Visit Hluhluwe Game Reserve
Sani pass excursion at Battlefields, Talana Hill
Visit Addo Elephant National Park
Visit Mountain Zebra National Park
18 Breakfasts
18 Lunches
18 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
19
Price From
AUD $2,070
Start Location
Johannesburg, South Africa
End Location
Johannesburg, South Africa
Age Range
18 to 39
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
18-39
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
29 Sep 201817 Oct 2018Fully BookedAUD $310 
13 Oct 201831 Oct 2018Fully BookedAUD $310 
27 Oct 201814 Nov 20182AUD $310
10 Nov 201828 Nov 20182AUD $310
24 Nov 201812 Dec 20181AUD $310
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Day 1: Johannesburg to Greater Kruger, South Africa
Following your arrival in the renowned city of gold (Johannesburg), your epic journey starts with a scenic drive across the Mpumalanga province, before heading to the Panorama Route where we peer through God's Window. Seriously. Have your camera ready. We make our way to Hazyview bordering Kruger, and enjoy our first night under the African stars. Campfire stories, optional. Included today: -Gods Window -Bourkes Luck Potholes Meals: -Dinner
Day 2: Great Kruger to Kruger National Park
Waking at sunrise, we eagerly await entry to the park gates to begin our exploration of wild Kruger. Expect an intense yet rewarding day of game tracking with our eagle eyed guide at the wheel - this is the most esteemed park in the world, after all. Escaping the hot afternoon sun, we'll enjoy the facilities (and peacefulness) the rest area has to offer. Think: restaurants, souvenir stores and swimming pools. #Score. Early evening, we'll enjoy a delicious feast gathered around the crackling fire, and for the wildlife lovers, there's the option of heading out on a night safari game drive. Included today: -Kruger National Park game drive Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 3: Kruger National Park
After a light sunrise breakfast, we re-enter the park in an open 4x4 safari vehicle for our second day's game driving. With cameras and binoculars at the ready, we'll spend the day winding along beaten tracks and marked routes, keeping our eyes peeled for the Big Five (elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo!). This afternoon, it's back to the camp for story-swapping and chill time. Included today: -Kruger National Park game drive Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner Optional activities: -Kruger National Park night game drive
Day 4: Kruger National Park to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland
Travelling south along the edge of Kruger National Park, we'll cross the Crocodile River and into the Kingdom of Swaziland. The windy road carries us over lush, green mountain passes through this landlocked kingdom snuggled between Mozambique and South Africa. Passing many craft markets, we make an educational visit to the famous Ngwenya glass factory, and skirt the capital Mbabane, before arriving at Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary - our base for the next two nights. Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary is Swaziland's oldest protected area located in the stunning Ezulwini Valley, 'Valley of Heavens'. Included today: -Ngwenya Glass Factory visit Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner Optional activities: -Mounting biking tour -Sunset game drive -Horse riding -Guided bird tour -Culture tour
Day 5: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Waking to the sounds of grunting antelope and wild exotic birds, we'll enjoy breakfast soaking up the natural beauty of our surrounds. A short drive through the sanctuary brings us to the Royal Enclosure where a local Swazi guide will walk us through a traditional village explaining the many colourful customs and rituals. After browsing streetside markets and trying our hand bartering with crafters, we'll find our way back to the sanctuary for lunch. Feeling active? Try your hand at the many optional activities offered in the sanctuary including horse riding, game drives, mountain bike riding and guided walks - or simply take time out to catch some rays by the pool. Top off the day by sipping sundowners while our crew prepares a delicious dinner. #ThemHolidayFeels. Included today: -Royal Enclosure guided walk at the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner Optional activities: -Mounting biking tour -Sunset game drive -Horse riding -Guided bird tour -Culture tour
Day 6: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary to St Lucia, South Africa
Leaving this amazing sanctuary behind us, we visit a unique Swazi candle factory before crossing the border and re-entering South Africa via the KwaZulu-Natal province. Today, we roll into the small coastal town of St Lucia, set among wild beaches and a tropical estuary, where we embark on a late afternoon river cruise. Spy the pods of hippos, lazy crocodiles, and numerous bird species on the sandy banks, or cooling down in the water in the late afternoon sun. After dinner, stroll into town and cozy up in one of the local cafes. Included today: -St Lucia boat cruise Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner Optional activities: -Night drive -Culture tour -Bicycle tour -Hiking tour
Day 7: St Lucia to Hluhluwe Game Reserve to Durban
Refuel this morning with a light breakfast before driving the short distance to Hluhluwe Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal’s premier park hosting the famous Big Five and an abundance of other wildlife. We’ll take to the renowned reserve in our safari truck and enjoy a game drive in search of these beautiful beasts, and then head through pine forests and sugar cane fields to one of Africa’s largest commercial ports, Durban. From stunning beaches to vibrant nightlife, this city has it all. Spend the afternoon as you wish. Included today: -Hluhluwe Reserve game drive Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch
Day 8: Durban 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 Drakensburg 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: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner Optional activities: -Bushman hike
Day 9: 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 Drakensberg 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 some 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: -Horse riding
Day 17: 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 16: Addo Elephant to Knysna
Time to get involved in the exciting adventures that lie 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 (bungy 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: -Bungy jump -Bridge walk -Can safari -Mountain biking
Day 15: 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 game drive Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 14: 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 10: 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 preparation for a day of hiking tomorrow. Included today: -Visit Battlefields, Talana Hill Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 12: Drakensburg to Malealea
Departing the Drakensberg this morning, we'll drive around the northern section of Lesotho, re-entering at the Mareru 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 11: 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 18: 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
Day 13: 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 -Mountain biking -Guided hike
Day 19: 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