SOUTH AFRICA, SWAZILAND & LESOTHO
South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland
Kruger NP, Big 5, Game Drives, Hlane Game Reserve, Isimangaliso, Natal Midlands, Drakensberg, Lesotho, Pony Trek, Mountain Zebra NP, Addo Elephant NP, Garden Route, Hermanus, Cape Town, Table Mountain
R52,000 per person sharing
19 days/18 nights
Johannesburg to Cape Town
This affordable South Africa tour is an adventure as good as it gets and includes numerous highlights. Apart from stacks of top destinations in South Africa we also visit Swaziland and the mountain kingdom, Lesotho.
During our travels we stay in handpicked 3 and 4 star lodges as well as a handful of self-catering lodges, all inside National Parks.
This safari includes all breakfasts, approximately 60% of lunches, as well as a number of delicious dinners prepared by your guide. If you look for an action packed, extensive affordable South Africa tour I suggest you pick this one, it’s world class! This adventure commences in Johannesburg and concludes in Cape Town after 19 days of delightful travel.
Our detailed itinerary follows below.
ROUTE: (JOHANNESBURG – CAPE TOWN)
After collecting you at the Oliver Tambo International airport we transfer to Safari Club, our destination for today. www.safariclub.co.za. We drop your luggage and promptly board our shuttle to view The Apartheid Museum, as well as visit the township of Soweto for a culture experience with the locals.
Soon after breakfast we depart Johannesburg en route to Pilgrimsrest which is situated in the breath-taking Panoramic Route. We descend the Graskop Gorge and partake in a guided hike of the gorge, before continuing on to the Royal Hotel, our lodging for tonight. www.royalhotelpilgrimsrest.co.za
Excitement mounts as we are entering the world renowned Kruger National Park today in search of the Big Five and many other animals we came to Africa for! We overnight in the Park self-catering lodges and your guide will use this opportunity to show off his cooking skills, spoiling you with traditional South African dishes. www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/camps/skukuza/. Soon after unpacking you enjoy the first of 3 x 3 hour game drives in the Park, trying your luck at finding all those elusive creatures the park is famous for.
An exciting day awaits us as you are spoilt with a morning as well as afternoon game drive, both in the SANParks 4×4 open safari vehicles.
After a last breakfast in the Kruger National Park it’s time to depart to Swaziland. Swaziland is an independent country, landlocked and completely surrounded by South Africa. Our destination is the self-catering cottages at Hlane National Park. www.biggameparks.org. As with the Kruger National Park, your guide will see to your dietary requirements, whilst the evening game drive will be done with the local Hlane National Park guides in open 4×4 safari vehicles. Hlane National Park has a huge array of animals and all the Big ones are here. We hope you spot them all during your 2 hour sundowner drive!
Another exciting day awaits us. We head on to the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, one of the 9 Unesco World Heritage sites of South Africa. Our lodging for tonight is the St Lucia Eco Lodge. www.stlucia-ecolodge.com. Soon after lunch we board the boat for a 2 hour estuary cruise followed by dinner and an evening safari drive of the reserve in a 4×4 safari vehicle where we will be on the lookout for some of the nocturnal creatures that roam here.
Our destination today is the Natal Midlands where we will visit the site where Nelson Mandela was arrested by the South African Police in 1962. Our lodge of choice is the 4 star St Ives Lodge in the small, but beautiful town of Howick. www.stives.co.za
Next on our epic journey is Thandela Lodge inside the Royal Natal National Park. www.royalnatallodgeinfo. Soon after our arrival at our accommodation we don our hiking shoes for a guided walk to the famous Drakensberg Amphitheatre.
Today we enter the mountain kingdom of Lesotho where we will spend two evenings at Malaelea Lodge. www.malealea-lesotho.com. Malealea is a village in Lesotho bustling with many attractions and exposure to the local Basuthu culture after arrival you can have the afternoon at leisure end exploring the village is recommended.
After a leisurely breakfast at Malealea Lodge you can partake in a half day or full day guided pony trek, exploring the surrounding mountains and local landscape.
We bid Lesotho goodbye and travel south to the Mountain Zebra National Park. www.sanparks.org/parks/mountain_zebra/. This allows us to observe the habits of the zebras during our early morning game drive, tomorrow soon after breakfast. Apart from mountain zebras the park also boasts good numbers of lion, hyena, cheetah and a number of different antelope species, including buffalo.
From one National Park to the next. After a refreshing morning game drive we depart to Addo Elephant Park, our next destination www.sanparks.org/parks/addo/. After arrival at Addo we enjoy a short rest before partaking in our first game drive of the park, hoping to see elephant, lion, hyena, buffalo, zebra, rhinoceros, kudu and more.
Another exciting game drive at Addo is enjoyed this morning before we enjoy a lovely brunch in the designated picnic area of the park. Soon after we travel further south and our next destination is the wonderful Tsitsikamma forest where we overnight in the Stormsriver chalets on ocean’s edge. www.sanparks.org/parks/garden_route/. The Stormsriver mouth is incredibly beautiful and we get a chance to hike the forest path all the way to the hanging bridge where it crosses the the river at the junction with the ocean.
You can have an opportunity to do a morning kayak of the Stormsriver mouth before we depart to Mossel Bay, our next destination. Our lodge is The Point Hotel, perched on the cliffs above the popular Mossel Bay tidal pool. www.pointhotel.co.za We enjoy a delicious lunch at Knysna, oyster capital of South Africa en route to Mossel Bay. Knysna is a beautiful medium sized town situated in the heart of the famous Garden Route, which we travel along its length until we reach Mossel Bay.
The southernmost point of Africa invites us today and we take a very scenic drive hugging the Indian Ocean all the way until we reach our lodge, The Arniston Hotel during the late afternoon. www.arnistonhotel.com. Our first stop however is L’Agulhas and here we enjoy a light lunch before viewing the light house as well as the most southerly point of the continent.
We depart Arniston and travel along the Indian Ocean once again en route to the whale capital of South Africa, Hermanus. This is a lovely small town and you will have the afternoon to relax and take in the beauty of the town and all it has to offer. www.harbourhousehotel.co.za
On to Cape Town we go today and we yet again follow the Indian Ocean road option as the route is amazingly scenic. Upon arrival at the Ocean View Hotel we do a quick bag drop before heading out for the rest of the day exploring Cape Point and the penguin colony at the Boulders in Simonstown.
More attractions follow today and we spend the entire day out and about visiting world famous Table Mountain, The Malay Quarters, Greenmarket Square as well as the historic Company Gardens. We spend our last evening at the V&A Waterfront enjoying a complimentary dinner offered by your host Africa’s Best Adventures.
After a leisurely breakfast we deliver you to the Cape Town International Airport for your onward journey.
Kruger National Park
Hlane National Park
Isimangaliso Wetland Park
Royal Natal National Park
Mountain Zebra National Park
Addo Elephant National Park
Garden Route National Park
This is the perfect adventure for those who really want to see the best of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho.
What Is Included:
All vehicle transport in a minibus van – Toyota quantum or similar.
All accommodation as described.
All meals as described.
Visit to the Apartheid Museum.
Visit to the Soweto Township.
Hiking the Graskop Gorge.
Driving the Panorama Route.
3 Game drives in 4×4 safari vehicle in the Kruger National Park.
1 Sundowner game drive in Hlane Nature Park.
1 Estuary boat cruise at St Lucia (Isimangaliso).
1 Evening game drive at St Lucia in 4×4 safari vehicle.
Visit the place where Mandela was arrested.
Hike to the Amphitheatre in the Drakensberg.
Visit to the village at Malealea. One game drive at Mountain Zebra National Park.
1 Sundowner game drive at Addo Elelphant Park.
One morning game drive at Addo National Park.
We drive to Cape Town and from here we call it the Garden Route.
Hike the forest path to the swinging bridge at Tsitsikamma.
Visit the Mossel Bay Maritime Museum Craft Market and Bushman Cave.
Visit the most southerly point of Africa, L’Agulhas.
Visit the shark cage diving capital of South Africa, Gansbaai.
Enjoy a leisurely afternoon at the whale capital of South Africa, Hermanus.
Visit Table Mountain if the weather is good.
Visit Cape Point, the tip of Africa on the South Western side.
Enjoy an excursion to the penguin colony at Boulders Beach.
Visit historic Kalk Bay Harbour.
Visit the V&A Waterfront.
Enjoy a complimentary final dinner at the V&A Waterfront.
Third party liability insurance.
What Is Excluded:
Personal travel insurance
Medical requirements eg. Malaria prophylaxis, headache tablets and more.
Some meals are excluded as per itinerary.
Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, bottled water, warm drinks other than those supplied at meal times.
Gratuities Accommodation upgrades
Snacks, sweets and more, other than those supplied at meal times.
Entries to attractions not mentioned above.
International air travel
Additional attractions available but not included:
Additional game drives at wildlife reserves.
Additional game drives at wildlife reserves.
Bungee jumping at the Garden Route.
Various attractions on the Panoramic Route.
Hikes and walks at Hlane National Park and Royal Natal National Park.
Pony trekking at Malealea, Lesotho.
Beer gardens, wine tasting and crafts at various destinations.
Additional game drives at Addo Elephant Park.
Shark cage diving at Gansbaai.
Kayaking in the ocean at Stormsriver.
Neutral colours are recommended when on a wildlife safari, whilst random colours are in order when on scenic and landscape safaris.
The choice of clothing will depend on the season during which you travel
Cooler months – May through August
Although evenings will be cool to cold, nights might drop to zero degrees celsius or even below zero
days might be cool but sunny and temperatures could reach mid 20’s regularly.
During these months we recommend some long pants, long sleeve tops, jerseys and jackets as well as warm socks, gloves, a beanie and scarves
A travel towel or two
Sleeping bag liner
Short sleeve shirts t shirts, skirts and sandals for warmer days
At least one nice outfit
Warm months – September through April
During these months do bring predominantly short sleeve shirts, dresses, skirts, shorts, sandals as well as a few warm items in case of freak weather
Sandals as well as hiking shoes
A travel towel or two
At least one nice outfit
We recommend you bring some basic items including:
Tablets for headache, nausea, cramps as well as diarrhea
Camera with spare batteries
A torch or headlamp
A good book to read
A water bottle
A universal power adaptor
A power pack or portable charger with usb cable
To experience the real Africa is a priviledge that changes you for ever. There is no other place on earth like it…
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