This is a popular accommodated small group tour exploring the colourful Rainbow Nation.Hiking, game viewing and multi-cultural experiences will enchant you throughout the country of South Africa.
Day 1: Johannesburg to Mpumaplanga
Leaving the City of Gold (Johannesburg) at around 06h30, we make our way east toward Mpumalanga – a region identifiable by the majestic mountains, picturesque passes, lush valleys, flowing rivers, mighty waterfalls and dense forests. Hardly any other areas in the world can match the incredible splendour of the lowveld and escarpment. We pay a visit to Pilgrims Rest, Bourkes Luck Potholes and the renowned God’s Window before making our way to our lodging for the night which is situated on the slopes by Graskop.
Trip Highlights: Entrance to Bourke’s Luck Potholes & God’s Window Accommodation: Chalets – 2 twin shared bedrooms in each chalet with 1 bathroom shared between 2 bedrooms, swimming pool, bar, restaurant Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner Distance Covered: +/- 380kms
Days 2-3: Kruger National Park
The biggest Game Reserve in South Africa, the Kruger National Park contains the world’s most enormous population of different animal species, and boasts an incredible 16 different ecosystems. Enthralling game drives grant us spectacular game viewing as we search for an array of wildlife as well as Africa’s Big 5, which includes the lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.
Trip Highlights: Entrance to Kruger National Park, morning & afternoon game drives Accommodation: Chalets – twin chalets (or lodge tent) shared facilities, swimming pool & restaurant Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance Covered: +/- 150kms Optional Activities: Night game drive in the National Park’s open game viewing vehicle
Day 4: Kingdom of Swaziland
The Malolotja Nature Reserve in the Kingdom of Swaziland, a region filled with mountainous landscapes, is our next destination. Famous for a fantastic array of habitats ranging from short grassland to thick riverine scrub, bushveld and dense forest, we explore the Reserve on foot in order to truly enjoy our surrounds and the incredible mountain scenery laid out before us. Unwind around a campfire supper and catch up on a good night’s sleep in our mountain cabins.
Trip Highlights: Entrance fee to Malalotja Nature Reserve Accommodation: Cabin – each cabin sleeps a maximum of 6 people in 2 bedrooms and a loft room with shared ablution facilities, hot showers Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance Covered: +/- 200kms
Days 5-6: Zululand
We pay a visit to craft markets nearby Mbabane that boasts an interesting variety of handmade crafts, and the local witchdoctor (Sangoma) is an experience that you should not miss. We then make our way into South Africa once more and journey to Mkuzi Game Reserve, which is a secure sanctuary for the threatened black rhino. We also visit a waterhole and observe a wide range of wildlife coming down to drink. A lovely game drive in the morning is followed by a cultural afternoon visiting a Zulu village situated on the Game Reserve’s border, and being educated about the culture of the Zulu.
Trip Highlights: Entrance to Mkuzi Game Reserve, morning and afternoon game drive & Zulu village visit with local Zulu community guide Accommodation: Chalets – 2/3/4 twin shared bedrooms in each chalet with 1 or 2 sharedbathrooms Swimming pool, restaurant & shop Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance Covered: +/- 300kms
Days 7-8: Drakensberg Mountains
uKhahlamba meaning the Barrier of Spears, otherwise known as The Drakensberg Mountains, is a world heritage site and a mountainous paradise spanning 200 kilometres in length. From Mkuzi we make our way further south to the foot of these mountains, where we will spend the following two evenings in charming cottages. We will spend some time taking strolls along the gorgeous mountain stream trails or simply marvelling at the spectacular views provided to us by the lush mountains.
Trip Highlights: Morning and afternoon hikes in the Drakensberg Mountains Accommodation: Chalets – twin rooms with en-suite facilities Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance Covered: +/- 500kms
Days 9-10: Wild Coast
For years the Wild Coast has been a mostly unspoilt paradise in South Africa. There are untouched stretches of gorgeous coastline, vast open areas and untarnished forest regions. We spend our evening within walking distance of the beach and have the following day free to spend at our leisure exploring, introducing ourselves to local villagers or simply unwinding on the bronzed beaches.
Trip Highlights: Scenic coastal walks Accommodation: Chalets or guesthouse – twin rooms with shared ablutions, hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant & bar Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance Covered: +/- 600kms Optional Activities: Quad bikes, ocean fishing & village walks
Day 11: Addo Elephant National Park
The Addo Elephant National Park was formed in 1931 in order to conserve the last remaining eleven wild elephants. Presently there are over 350 elephants that wander through the region. The Park boasts fantastic game viewing of many species, particularly the black rhino, Cape buffalo, lion and leopard, and more than 400 bird species in the greater park area.
Trip Highlights: Entrance fee to Addo Elephant National park, afternoon & morning game drive Accommodation: Chalets – twin room, with en-suite facilities, restaurant & floodlit waterhole Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner Distance Covered: +/- 500kms Optional Activities: Night game drives in the National Park open game viewing vehicles
Days 12-13: Knysna / Tsitsikamma
For two evenings we will reside in a lodge resort located in Knysna, which is situated on a serene lagoon. We embark on a day trip to the Storms River mouth where we can go on hikes up the gorge and along the jagged coast. The Tsitsikamma National Park is comprised of 80 kilometres of incredible sea and landscapes, an isolated mountainous area with sheltered valleys and coastal forests with deep river ravines that lead down to the ocean. There is also a choice of taking part in the world’s highest bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge, from a spectacular height of 216 metres. Be sure to test out some of the sumptuous seafood of one of Knysna’s many fantastic restaurants.
Trip Highlights: Entrance fees to Tsitsikamma National Park Accommodation: Chalets – twin rooms with en-suite facilities, swimming pool & restaurant Meals Included: Breakfast (X2), Lunch (X1) Distance Covered: +/- 300kms Optional Activities: Bungee jumping, whale watching & treetop canopy tour
Day 14: Hermanus
Hermanus boasts some of the finest land-based whale watching in the world. From the months of May to December, the Southern Right whales make their way from the southern sea to the coast in order to give birth and to copulate in the shallow waters. During midday we will embark on a trek along this stunning coastline before indulging in a delicious meal out at one of the lovely local restaurants.
Accommodation: Guesthouse – twin rooms with en-suite facilities, swimming pool & restaurant Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch Distance Covered: +/- 500kms Optional Activities: Whale watching by boat, shark cage diving
Days 14-16: Cape Town
Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with the iconic Table Mountain at its heart. On our journey to Cape Town, we pay a visit to the gorgeous town of Stellenbosch which is famous for its wines. Here, we participate in some delicious wine tasting and a pleasant tour of the wine cellars. The ‘Mother City’ boasts various attractions, including Cape Point, the Hout Bay harbour, the renowned sun-kissed beaches and the V&A Waterfront. There is also an optional outing to Robben Island at your own expense. Be sure to try out the scrumptious food served at many of the fantastic restaurants Cape Town has to offer.
Trip Highlights: Cellar tour, entrance fees to Penguin colony & Cape Point National Park Accommodation: Guesthouse – twin rooms with en-suite facilities Meals Included: Breakfast Distance Covered: +/- 150kms Optional Activities: Robben Island cruise, shark cage diving, seal colony visit
Day 17: Tour Ends – Transfers
We hike up the majestic Table Mountain in the morning to observe the breathtaking view over Cape Town, extending out into the bay and even to Robben Island. Having spent these past few weeks exploring the finest features of South Africa, we take in one last look at the beautiful city of Cape Town and finish up some last minute shopping before our tour winds to an end in the early evening.