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This is an inspiring journey from Johannesburg to Cape Town visiting the great parks and landscapes of a magnificent corner of Africa whilst staying in comfortable accommodation, handpicked for its location and character. During the trip you can observe the teeming animal life of Kruger National Park, where we search for Africa’s ‘Big Five’, before heading to the Kingdom of Swaziland (eSwatini). We visit Zululand and the World Heritage Site, the Drakensberg Mountains. Making our way to the dramatic Wild Coast, we stop enroute in Nelson Mandela's home town of Qunu. We enjoy a game drive in Addo Elephant National Park, home of large herds of elephant, lion and numerous antelope species. Continuing through the Garden Route, our journey is complete with a visit to Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands region. Arriving in Cape Town, we explore this vibrant city, visiting Cape Point Nature Reserve with an ascent of Table Mountain.

Inclusions

16 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 11 dinners
14 nights comfortable accommodation in hotels, lodges and guesthouses on a twinshare basis
2 nights accommodation in basic chalets with shared bathroom facilities on a twinshare basis
Game drives, day walks and excursions as listed in itinerary
English speaking local guide
National park fees and site entrance fees as listed in itinerary
Private transport in minibus / safari truck
Hightlights
Search for the “BIG FIVE” in Kruger National Park
Experience the colourful tribal heritage of Swaziland (eSwatini) & Zululand
Take in the scenic beauty of the Drakensberg Mountains (World Heritage site)
Encounter elephants in Addo and the spectacular scenery of the Garden Route
Discover the Wild Coast – beach walks & Xhosa villages
Visit Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands
Journey to Table Mountain and the Cape Point Nature Reserve
Explore the beautiful city of Cape Town
Pay your respects at the burial site of the great Nelson Mandela in his birthplace of Qunu
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
17
Price From
AUD $3,520
Start Location
Johannesburg, South Africa
End Location
South Africa
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
4 to 12
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Slow paced
Physical Rating
Easy
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
27 Jul 201912 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,520
03 Aug 201919 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,520
10 Aug 201926 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,520
17 Aug 201902 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,520
14 Sep 201930 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,520
21 Sep 201907 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,520
05 Oct 201921 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,520
19 Oct 201904 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,520
02 Nov 201918 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,520
09 Nov 201925 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,520
16 Nov 201902 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,520
07 Dec 201923 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,520
21 Dec 201906 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $3,520
28 Dec 201913 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $3,520
04 Jan 202020 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
18 Jan 202003 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
25 Jan 202010 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
01 Feb 202017 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
15 Feb 202002 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
22 Feb 202009 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
29 Feb 202016 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
07 Mar 202023 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
14 Mar 202030 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
04 Apr 202020 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
25 Apr 202011 May 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
02 May 202018 May 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
09 May 202025 May 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
23 May 202008 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
13 Jun 202029 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
27 Jun 202013 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
11 Jul 202027 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
25 Jul 202010 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
01 Aug 202017 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
08 Aug 202024 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
15 Aug 202031 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
29 Aug 202014 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
12 Sep 202028 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
19 Sep 202005 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
03 Oct 202019 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
17 Oct 202002 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
31 Oct 202016 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
07 Nov 202023 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
14 Nov 202030 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
21 Nov 202007 Dec 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
05 Dec 202021 Dec 2020AvailableAUD $3,620
19 Dec 202004 Jan 2021AvailableAUD $3,620
26 Dec 202011 Jan 2021AvailableAUD $3,620
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
Departing from Johannesburg at 06:30am we head towards Mpumalanga where mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests characterise the landscape. Few regions in the world can match the extraordinary beauty of the lowveld and escarpment. We enjoy the views from God's Window, before we head to our private game lodge on the border of the Greater Kruger National Park. Overnight lodge. NOTE - Driving distance (620 kms, 8 hrs) excludes stops for sightseeing, breakfast & lunch. NB: Lunch will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group; Dinner will be a set meal provided by the lodge.
Day 2
Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa stretches north to south over approximately 500km and is home to the Big Five, as well as numerous other species of fauna and flora. The largest game reserve in South Africa boasts the world's greatest concentration of species, and has an amazing 16 different ecosystems. An exciting game drive provides us with excellent game viewing. Spot the “Big 5” (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) and many other animals in this true African wilderness. In the late afternoon we exit the park and return to our private game lodge in the Greater Kruger area. Overnight lodge. Distance/time: 150kms, ± 2 hours + 2 x 3 hour game drives. NB: Breakfast and Dinner will be provided by the lodge; Lunch will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Day 3
We stretch our legs on a short morning walk exploring the surrounding bush before we re-enter the Kruger National Park. This is Big game country, where we spend the day in search of the elusive leopard, the majestic lion and the mighty elephant. We game drive south through the reserve as your professional guides will impart their extensive knowledge of ecology, fauna and flora during our time in the bush. Optional night game drive with spotlights available (own expense). Overnight Kruger National Park chalet or permanent tent. NB: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge; Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Day 4
Malolotja Nature Reserve in the mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland (eSwatini) is our next attraction. Renowned for a great variety of habitats from short grassland, to thick riverine scrub, bushveld and moist forest, we explore the reserve on foot to enjoy the fantastic mountain views. Relax around a campfire dinner and stay in mountain cabins for the night. Overnight mountain chalet. NOTE - Driving distance/time (200 kms, 4 hrs) excludes 2-3 hour morning drive out of Kruger National Park, shopping stop in Malelane, Jeppes Reef border formalities & stops for meals, sightseeing etc. NB: Breakfast & Lunch will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group; Dinner will be a set meal provided by the lodge.
Days 5-6
We visit craft markets near Mbabane that have a fascinating range of handmade crafts and the local witchdoctor stall is not to be missed. We re-enter South Africa and head towards our lodge on a private game reserve situated in the Msinene Nature Reserve (previously called Ukuwela Conservancy). We take a walk with our local guide who will point out some of the many bird species found in the area, and track the shy Nyala antelope in the riverine vegetation of the Msinene River. On Day 6, an early morning game drive in the Hluhuwe Game Reserve is followed by a visit to a Zulu village to learn more about their culture. Overnight permanent safari camp. NOTE - Driving distance/time (400 kms, 6 hrs) excludes border formalities & stops for meals, sightseeing etc. NB: Breakfast & Dinner will be provided by the lodge; Lunch will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Days 7-8
The Drakensberg Mountains or “uKhahlamba” - the Barrier of Spears, is a 200-kilometre-long mountainous wonderland and world heritage site. From Zululand we move further south to the base of these mountains where we overnight for two nights in quaint cottages. We will spend time walking along beautiful mountain stream paths, or just enjoying spectacular views. Overnight chalet. NOTE - Driving distance/time: (500 kms; 7 hrs) excludes stops for sightseeing & lunch. The last 50km is a slow gravel road. Day 7: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge; Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 8: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Days 9-10
En-route to the Wild Coast we visit the town of Qunu, the burial site of Nelson Mandela and pay our respects to this great man. The Wild Coast remains a relatively untouched paradise with unspoilt stretches of dramatically beautiful coastline, open spaces and pristine forest areas. We stay overnight in Kei Mouth and the next day is free to explore the area, meet local villagers or relax on the beach. Overnight twin share rooms with 1 shared bathroom between two rooms. NOTE - Driving distance/time: (600 kms, 8.5 hrs) excludes stops for sightseeing & lunch – a long day. NB: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Day 11
The Addo Elephant National Park was established in 1931 to protect the last 11 wild elephants from extermination. Today more than 350 elephants roam through the area. The park also offers excellent viewing of black rhino, Cape buffalo, lion and leopard, as well as a host of other large and small mammals and over 400 species of birds in the greater park area. Overnight chalet or lodge tent. NOTE - Driving distance/time: (500 kms, 7.5 hrs) excludes stops for sightseeing & lunch + game drives – a long day. NB: Breakfast & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group; Lunch will be at your own expense (meal at a local restaurant).
Days 12-13
Today we begin exploring the famous Garden Route, which is the area situated between the forests of the Tsitsikamma and the winelands of the Western Cape. For two nights we will stay in a lodge resort in Knysna, which is nestled on a tranquil lagoon. We will take a day trip to the Storms River mouth where there are walks up the gorge and along the rocky coast. The Tsitsikamma National Park incorporates 80km of spectacular sea and landscapes; a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys, coastal forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea. Sample seafood at one of Knysna's great restaurants (own expense). Please note on day 13 breakfast is included (lunch and dinner at own expense). Overnight: guesthouse. NOTE - Driving distance/time: (300 kms, 4.5 hrs) excludes stops for sightseeing. Day 12: Breakfast & Lunch will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group; Dinner will be at your own expense (meal at a local restaurant). Day 13: Breakfast will be provided by the guesthouse; Lunch & Dinner will be at your own expense (meal at a local restaurant).
Day 14
Hermanus offers some of the best land based whale watching in the world. From June to November, Southern Right whales come up from the southern oceans to calve and mate in the shallow waters around the Cape. In whale season we will take a walk along this beautiful coastline. In the summer months we will explore the flowering fynbos in Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Enjoy the evening meal out at a local restaurant (own expense). Overnight guesthouse. NOTE - Driving distance/time: (420 kms, 6 hrs) excludes stops for sightseeing & lunch. NB: Breakfast will be provided by the guesthouse; Lunch will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group; Dinner will be at your own expense (meal at a local restaurant).
Days 15-16
Cape Town is one of the most picturesque cities in the world, with the majestic Table Mountain providing its central focus. On our way into the beautiful city of Cape Town, we visit Stellenbosch, South Africa’s renowned wine region, for wine tasting (own expense) and a cellar tour. The “mother city” has many attractions; we will visit Cape Point, the harbour at Hout Bay, enjoy the famous beaches and the V&A Waterfront. Optional visit to Robben Island (own expense). We sample the local fare at a variety of local restaurants (own expense). Overnight guesthouse. NOTE - Driving distance/time: (150 kms, 2 hrs) excludes stops for sightseeing + 150 kms full day Cape Peninsular tour on day 16. NB: Breakfast will be provided by the guesthouse; Lunch & Dinner will be at your own expense (meal at a local restaurant).
Day 17
In the morning we climb Table Mountain, offering panoramic views over Cape Town reaching out into the bay and Robben Island. Having explored the highlights of the Rainbow Nation we take a last look at Cape Town and catch up on last minute curio shopping in the afternoon, before your tour ends at 18:00. NB: Breakfast will be provided by the guesthouse; Lunch will be at your own expense (meal at a local restaurant).