Kruger to Cape Town
Day 1 - Johannesburg to Hazyview
Heading out from the busy city we take the road to Mpumalanga Province and the bushveld town of Hazyview. Along the way we stop off at various points of interest on the famed Panorama Route where you'll soon see why this scenic area was was named so.
Day 2-3 - Kruger National Park
This morning we wake early and back our gear onto the 4x4 game viewing vehicles, meet our resident guides and head for the wilds of the Kruger National Park. The day is spent exploring this magnificent wildlife reserve in search of not only the Big 5, but also the many other interesting and exciting wildlife to see.
Kruger National Park is home to over 505 species of birds, 148 species of mammals and many reptiles which we enthusiastically search for during the morning and afternoon. The impressive atmosphere of the park enables you to understand why it is held in such high esteem amongst wildlife lovers from all over the world.
We avoid the hot midday sun and enjoy the peacefulness the rest camp has to offer. There are many facilities available for game viewers such as restaurants, souvenir stores and swimming pools.
Day 4 - Hazyview to Mlilwane, Swaziland
Travelling south we continue our overland tour, heading to the Kingdom of Swaziland where, after border formalities, we travel over the hilly countryside to our camp in the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary is Swaziland’s oldest protected area located in the stunning Ezulwini Valley, 'Valley of Heavens’.
Day 5 - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
A short drive through the Mliwane Wildlife Sanctuary brings us to the Royal Enclosure where we discover an abundance of history and culture about this monarchy controlled country. A local Swazi guide walks us through a traditional village explaining many customs and rituals. After leisure time browsing street side markets and trying our hand bartering with crafters, we find our way back to the sanctuary for lunch.
Day 6 - Mlilwane 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.
We head to the coastal town of St. Lucia nestled between the Indian Ocean and a natural estuary which is home to an abundance of bird life, and hippo and crocodiles. We enjoy an afternoon boat trip on the estuary to seek out the many fantastic sights here!
Day 7 - St Lucia to Durban
This morning we rise early and after breakfast, head out to the nearby Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. One of South Africa's premier wildlife sancturies, the reserve is home to the Big 5 and a number of other species including the African Wild Dog.
We spend the morning exploring the wild before heading south to the city of Durban. This afternoon you'll enjoy some free time to head to the beach!
Day 8 - Durban to Underberg Area
After a leisurely morning, we head inland, and drive to the Southern Drakensberg and the small settlement of Underberg. Nestled in the hills and valleys at the foot of the Drakensberg Mountains, we spend the evening at our camp preparing for our Sani Pass tour tomorrow.
Day 9 - Sani Pass
Today, we meet our local guides and join a guided tour of Lesotho via the spectacular gateway of the Sani Pass (2874 m). Travelling in 4x4 vehicles through the rugged cliffs of the Drakensberg Mountains we'll enjoy tales of the history and sights of the area. We drive further into Lesotho and visit a small household and a shearing shed in a Shepherds village. Next on the list we ascend the Black Mountain, the second highest road pass in Lesotho, for a picnic lunch overlooking the 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 3482m, this is the highest point in Southern Africa.
Day 10 - Underberg to Drakensberg via Battlefields
We continue on our journey at the foot of the great 'Dragon Mountain' and travel to the Battlefields of KwaZulu Natal. We visit the main sites of the infamous wars between the British, Boers and Zulu's that took place here and hear the chilling stories of some of the bloodiest battles including the battle of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift. In the late afternoon we make our way to our camp in the northern Drakensberg Mountains where we spend the night enjoying the fresh mountain air once more.
Day 11 - Drakensberg
We wake to the sight of the mountains and after a tasty breakfast, we make our way to the Royal Natal National Park.
This leading KwaZulu-Natal reserve offers wonderfully scenic views, lofty mountains and waterfalls in a prime location within the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. There are many optional trails to explore on foot. Walkers and hikers can enjoy short journeys which take about an hour, or longer excursions over a half or full day. This is a great way to explore the stunning picturesque surroundings at the foot of the Drakensberg, including the well-known Amphitheatre rock face.
Day 12 - Drakensberg to Malealea - Lesotho
Driving through the Golden Gate National Park, part of the Drakensberg, we make our way into the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho where we base ourselves for the next 2 nights. Located high in the mountains, Malealea is an ideal base from which to explore the surrounds and get to know the local Basotho culture.
Day 13 - Malealea
Today is free to explore! Take a pony trek and travel the traditional way along the mountain tracks on the sure-footed ponies, or alternatively stretch your legs and head out on foot on a guided hike of the area or grab a bicycle and explore the open scenes, villages and countryside.
Day 14 - Malealea to Mountain Zebra National Park, South Africa
Today, we leave the Lesotho highlands and cross back into South Africa to the Mountain Zebra National Park. At 284km², this park is home to over 700 animals including zebra, cheetah, lion, black rhino and the bat eared fox. We game drive in our overland truck in search for these animals en-route to our camp for the evening located inside the National Park.
Day 15 - Mountain Zebra National Park to Addo
We wake early and drive to the Addo Elephant National Park. Addo can exclusively claim to be the only national park in the world to conserve the “Big 7” – the Big 5 as well as the southern right whale and great white shark off the Algoa Bay coast. This wonderful park is sanctuary to over 600 elephants, lion, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena and leopard, as well as a variety of antelope and zebra species – so you are sure to spot many animals during your time here! After an enjoyable day’s safari, we return to our camp outside the park.
Day 16 - Addo to Tsitsikamma and Knysna
We travel back to the coastline and on to the picturesque Tsitsikamma in the Garden Route National Park. Explore the winding walkways and views from the suspension bridge or head out on a short hike on the first steps of the famed Otter Trail. Alternatively just sit and enjoy the ocean views, fresh salty air and the relaxing scenery.
In the late afternoon we continue on to Knysna - the pearl of the Garden Route where we spend the night.
Day 17 - Knysna to Oudtshoorn
This morning we head out to take a look at the famed Knysna Heads that were the markers for trading ships to enter the treacherous waters of the shallow lagoon.
From here its on to the Oudtshoorn where we head to the underground world of the Cango Caves - Africa's largest show cave system. Marvel at the underground formations that have taking thousands of years to form.
Day 18 - Oudtshoorn to Hermanus Area
From the Ostrich capital we continue on our journey this time heading to Africa's southern-most tip at Cape Agulhus. This is also where the Indian and the Atlantic Oceans meet.
From the rocky coast we continue on to Hermanus where we spend our last night under canvas. Hermanus was once a small fishing town, but is today more famous for the congregation of whales that gather here in the Winter months when the bay offers a natural refuge to mothers and their calves.
Day 19 - Hermanus to Cape Town
To wrap up our overland safari tour through South Africa, we head along the scenic coastal road, passing through the smaller Overberg towns and stop off for some wine tasting along the way.
The Cape Winelands span a diverse area including the coastal belt from Hermanus to Somerset West, the Overberg area from Botrivier to Elgin and the Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Durbanville, peninsula and Constantia area.
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