20 Days South Africa Explored

Look out for the big and small five while on safari in Kruger National Park and wind down at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary where zebra and warthog are likely to casually wander into your camp. On this trip, you will travel through the warm sub-tropical climate of the Durban area to the majestic Drakensberg range and the spectacular sandstone formations of Golden Gate Highlands National Park, marvel at the beauty of Lesotho; the Mountain Kingdom, look for elephants in Addo Elephant National Park and rare birds in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Taste wine in Stellenbosch and explore the bustling city of Cape Town.  With time to explore on your own, you’ll soak up the beauty and diversity of South Africa. Several nights of comfortable accommodation and transport in a smaller Mercedes Sprinter, ensure that you’ll get close to the land and experience the best this region has to offer.

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Duration

20 days

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  • What's included :
    • 18x Breakfast
    • 8x Dinner
    • Accommodation included: 19 nights
    • Accommodation as per itinerary
    • National Park fees
    • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
    • Driver/guide
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Entry/Admission - Airport Game Lodge (Pty) Ltd
    • Entry/Admission - Kruger National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Entry/Admission - St Lucia
    • Entry/Admission - St Lucia Beach
    • Entry/Admission - Umhlanga Rocks Promenade
    • Entry/Admission - Golden Gate Highlands National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Addo Elephant National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Mossel Bay Tourism
    • Entry/Admission - The Stellenbosch Hotel
    • Entry/Admission - Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge
    • Entry/Admission - Cape of Good Hope
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities
    • Flights
    • Visas
    • Airport Transfers (on request)
    • Pre-night accommodation (on request)
    • Post-night accommodation (on request)
    • Optional activities
    • Everything not mentioned in inclusions
    • Additional fee is applicable for: Single Supplements (not sharing acommodation - available on request)
    • Entry/Admission - Cape Town International Airport

  • Day 1: Johannesburg

    Stop At: Airport Game Lodge (Pty) Ltd, 21 4th Rd, Kempton Park, Johannesburg, 1619, South Africa
    Spend the day exploring Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city, also known as Egoli, or The City of Gold, referring to the gold mining history of this fast-paced city. Book a day or two pre-tour to explore this fast-paced city. A visit to Gold Reef City, the amusement park and museum built on an old mine shaft will give you the opportunity for a ride on the Shaft of Terror, a vertical-drop roller coaster that is known as the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Africa due to its sheer 47-metre drop. For the historically inclined there is the ever-popular Soweto tour or just jump on a Hop-On-Hop-Off bus to discover Johannesburg at your own pace. Please be back in time to meet your group at 18:00. After introductions, your Tour Leader will review the details of your trip.
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Bungalow/Lodge

    Day 2: Johannesburg to Kruger National Park

    Stop At: Kruger National Park, Malalan Gate, Nelspruit 1350 South Africa
    Today you travel to the famous Kruger National Park, now part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, together with Parks in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The animals live in their natural habitat where they must fend for food and territory the same way they did for thousands of years. Enjoy a late afternoon game drive en-route to your overnight camp and get ready to spot hippo, giraffe, elephant, zebra, lion, and many other species in one of Africa’s greatest wildlife areas.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Bungalow/Lodge

    Day 3: Kruger National Park

    Stop At: Kruger National Park, Malalan Gate, Nelspruit 1350 South Africa
    Enjoy a full day’s game drive in Kruger National Park, with approximately 2,000 plant, 53 fish, 34 amphibia, 118 reptile, 517 bird and 147 mammal species ready for you to discover. You will experience first-hand why Kruger National Park is known as the flagship of South African National Parks. In the evening, back at camp you can sit around a campfire with your sundowner and enjoy the African night sounds drifting into the camp area. Book an optional night game drive.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Bungalow/Lodge

    Day 4: Kruger National Park to eSwatini (Swaziland)

    Stop At: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, D55, Ezulwini Eswatini (Swaziland)
    After a final morning game drive in Kruger, we continue to eSwatini for two nights at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. The journey is just as rewarding as the destination, driving along rolling green hills, vast sugarcane plantations and countless mango trees. En route we will stop at some of the local markets where you can buy colourful batik or beaded jewellery, amongst others. Sometimes animals such as zebra, impala and warthog casually wander into the premises, giving you the opportunity for that unique picture.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Bungalow/Lodge

    Day 5: eSwatini (Swaziland)

    Stop At: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, D55, Ezulwini Eswatini (Swaziland)
    Known as eSwatini’s pioneer conservation area that covers 4,560 hectares, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary gives you the opportunity to experience some of Africa’s wildlife while on either the back of a horse, bicycle or on foot. Since there are no big predators, you will be safe to walk around and just enjoy the beautiful landscapes and pure, fresh air. Besides all the optional wildlife activities, you can also enjoy a hands-on cultural experience by visiting one of the local tribes. Learn more about the secrets of this small kingdom, such as the traditional but controversial annual reed dance where the king has the opportunity to choose a new wife.
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 6: eSwatini (Swaziland) to St Lucia

    Stop At: Lot 52, Pelican St, St Lucia, St. Lucia Estuary, 3936, South Africa
    Today we drive through eSwatini in a southern direction and enter South Africa again. We continue towards the Indian Ocean and the Greater St Lucia Wetlands, also known as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This UNESCO recognized area includes lakes, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests, and grasslands supporting a wide variety of animal, bird, and marine life.

    Included in your tour is an afternoon sunset boat cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary, one of the largest in Africa. You can expect to see hippo, Nile crocodiles and hundreds of bird species.

    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Bungalow/Lodge

    Day 7: St Lucia

    Stop At: St Lucia Beach, Beach Road, St Lucia 3936 South Africa
    Start your day early with an optional open vehicle game drive through Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve known for its Save the Rhino campaign and of course trying your luck at finding the big five. This game reserve used to be a prime royal hunting ground for the Zulu king, King Shaka, but now this protected area is beaming with a wide variety of fauna and flora. Other optional activities available in St. Lucia are night safaris, snorkelling, birdwatching, fishing and much more.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Bungalow/Lodge

    Day 8: St. Lucia to Umhlanga Rocks (Durban)

    Stop At: Umhlanga Rocks Promenade, 70 Marine Drive, Umhlanga Rocks 4319 South Africa
    Travel further south along the coast to Umhlanga Rocks, a popular holiday destination. Umhlanga offers the best of two worlds, on one hand, you have everything that a city offers and on the other hand, you have the relaxed atmosphere of a holiday town. Make your choice from a variety of grill and seafood restaurants.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Hotel

    Day 9: Umhlanga Rocks (Durban) to Golden Gate Highlands National Park

    Stop At: Golden Gate Highlands National Park, R712, Clarens South Africa
    Your tour will leave after breakfast. The journey takes you past Pietermaritzburg and Bergville before reaching the Drakensberg mountain range and the Golden Gate Highlands National Park in the early afternoon. Witnessing a sunset in this National Park will make you realize how fitting the name is. The magnificent sandstone cliffs take on all hues of gold and orange during sunrises and sunsets. This area is home to numerous caves and shelters displaying San (Bushmen) rock paintings, you might spot wildlife such as mongoose, eland, zebra and over a 100-bird species.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Bungalow/Lodge

    Day 10: Golden Gate National Park

    Stop At: Golden Gate Highlands National Park, R712, Clarens South Africa
    An entire day to explore this beautiful, breath-taking park are on the cards today. You have the freedom to choose from wide selection of optional activities. From various hikes that includes a Basotho cultural experience and a ‘herbal trail’ that educates visitors on the medicinal uses of plants that are still being used by African Traditional Healers to horse riding, abseiling, white river rafting, fly fishing and much more, you will have a day filled with awesome scenery and experiences.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Golden Gate Hotel or similar

    Day 11: Golden Gate National Park to Burgersdorp

    Stop At: Burgersdorp, Burgersdorp, Eastern Cape
    Rise early for a beautiful drive through the Free State and Eastern Cape province. Tonight, we will overnight in the charming little town of Burgersdorp. With so much history dating back to 1869 when the first Theological Seminary was established. Ten of the Eastern Cape’s provincial heritage sites can be found in Burgersdorp. Join a guided tour through the famous museum, church, and town.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Lodge/Bungalow: Dusk to Dawn or similar

    Day 12: Burgersdorp to Addo Elephant Park

    Stop At: Addo Elephant National Park, Addo Elephant National Park, Greater Addo, Eastern Cape
    From Burgersdorp you head south, traveling through the open semi-desert Karoo landscapes with its distinctive flat-topped hills or “koppies” and picturesque wind pumps in the distance. Our destination is Addo Elephant National Park. Enjoy an afternoon game drive, in own vehicle or do an optional open vehicle game drive. Have your camera ready while looking for elephant, buffalo, lion, kudu, vultures, and many of the hundreds of other species of animals and birds.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Lodge/Bungalow: Addo Elephant National Park or similar

    Day 13: Addo Elephant National Park

    Stop At: Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa
    A day filled with game viewing opportunities! Head out for an early morning game drive and return to the lodge for lunch and a siesta or relax next to the swimming pool. In the afternoon, you will go out on another great wildlife experience on the search for Africa’s giants and if you are lucky, you might spot one of South Africa’s most endangered insects - the flightless dung beetle.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Lodge/Bungalow: Addo Elephant National Park or similar

    Day 14: Addo Elephant National Park to Tsitsikamma

    Stop At: Tsitsikamma National Park, Tsitsikamma National Park, Eastern Cape
    Depart after breakfast to Tsitsikamma located in the scenic Garden Route, the stretch of coast from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to Storms River in the Eastern Cape. The area covers large swaths of indigenous forest, commercial plantation, and Fynbos (natural shrubland). The climate is mild all year round, which lends itself to outdoor activities. Choose from self-guided hikes, black water tubing, Bloukrans bungee jumping, treetop canopy tours, abseiling and much more.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Bungalow/Lodge

    Day 15: Tsitsikamma

    Stop At: Tsitsikamma, South Africa
    On this morning we visit the Tsitsikamma National Park. Take the short hike that crosses the famous hanging bridge over the dark and brooding Storms River. Other trails offer the opportunity to search for the Knysna turaco (Knysna Lourie) a beautiful blue and green bird if you want to tick some birds off your birding list. We return to Storm River Village to enjoy various optional activities or a hand-crafted beer.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Bungalow/Lodge

    Day 16: Tsitsikamma National Park to Oudtshoorn

    Stop At: Mossel Bay Tourism, 7 Market Street, Mossel Bay 6500 South Africa
    Today you take a short drive along the Garden Route, named for the ecologically diverse vegetation found in the many lagoons and lakes along the coast. You will cross over the Outeniqua Mountains into the Klein Karoo biome. From the lush’s forests into South Africa’s semi desert region. Oudtshoorn is known as the ostrich capital of the world, however, the biggest bird in the world is just one of the many attractions in the Klein Karoo.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Hotel: Turnberry Boutique Hotel or similar

    Day 17: Mossel Bay to Stellenbosch

    Stop At: The Stellenbosch Hotel, Corner of Dorp & Andringa Streets Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
    We continue via the famous R62 to Stellenbosch, the second oldest European settlement in South Africa. Stellenbosch became known as ‘The City of Oaks’ or ‘Eikestad’ in Afrikaans and Dutch due to the large number of Oak trees planted by founder Simon van der Stel. Celebrate a great holiday with a wine tasting at one of the many wine farms that Stellenbosch is known for. Offering an excellent opportunity to buy wine directly from the farm where it was produced and which you might not always find in supermarkets. Explore the town’s many curio shops, museums, coffee shops and restaurants all within walking distance.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Hotel

    Day 18: Stellenbosch to Cape Town

    Stop At: Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge, Portswood Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
    Continue to Cape Town, the most popular tourist destination in Africa. Settle in at your hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring this cosmopolitan city. Highlights include Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront & Aquarium, The Castle of Good Hope, Cape of Good Hope, Clifton’s 4th beach, Cape Malay Bo-Kaap, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Mostert’s Mill and the Groote Kerk. Overnight at the Breakwater Lodge close to the V&A Waterfront.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Hotel: Sun Square Cape Town City Bowl or similar

    Day 19: Cape Town

    Stop At: Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point Rd, Table Mountain National Park 8001 South Africa
    After breakfast, we leave for the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve at the tip of the Cape Peninsula. Rugged rocks and sheer cliffs tower more than 200m above sea level. Cape of Good Hope is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest of the six recognized floral kingdoms in the world. Despite being the smallest, it is regarded as the richest, mostly made up of Fynbos, the hard-stemmed and fine-leaved plants indigenous to the south-western corner of South Africa. Little wonder the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas has been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004.

    The elegant Protea flower is the most famous of all fynbos species and the emblem of the national cricket team. After lunch, we visit a colony of the endangered African Penguin at Boulders Beach in Simonstown. Here you will be able to come quite close to these upright walking birds while they nest, swim, play and do the things penguins do every day.

    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Hotel: Sun Square Cape Town City Bowl or similar

    Day 20: Cape Town

    Stop At: Cape Town International Airport, Matroosfontein, Cape Town, 7490, South Africa
    Our last goodbye, a healthy breakfast, and the end of another incredible tour.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Hotel
  • Departure Point :
    Airport Game Lodge (Pty) Ltd, 21 4th Rd, Kempton Park, Johannesburg, 1619, South Africa
    Traveler pickup is offered
    On arrival in Johannesburg, you will make your way to the joining hotel. As an added service to our travellers, your arrival airport transfer is included. Walk out of the international arrivals area and look for a transfer person holding Africa4us signage and your name. Ask him/her what hotel he/she will be taking you to (do not volunteer this information). Then present your passport for proof of identity. The tour departs in the morning of day 2. A brief departure meeting will be held in the hotel reception area in the evening on day 1 of your tour at 6 PM. Upon arrival, the reception will provide information from your Tour Leader regarding the meeting place and time.NB: As a precondition we require your arrival flight details no later than four weeks prior to the start date of your tour. Kindly supply us with this information via e-mail to: flights@africa4us.com. Ensure that you receive your travel voucher confirming the transfer. The transfer in non-refundable if not used.Ports
    • O.R. Thambo International Airport
    Departure Time :
    6:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge, Portswood Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Minimum age is 18 years
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

12

Organised by Africa4us

Activity ID: V-75427P11

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