20 day South African Explorer. Accommodated Overland Tour. Johannesburg to Cape Town



Summary of this 20 day South African Accommodated Overland Tour

Accommodation: Two per room/permanent tent
Activities:Game drives, nature walks, visits to popular tourist attractions, tracking excursions, wildlife rehabilitation centre, Cango Caves and many exciting optional activities.
Destinations: Johannesburg, Panorama Route (Mpumalanga), Kruger National Park, St Lucia Wetland Park (KZN), Durban, Royal Natal National Park, Drakensberg, Lesotho, Coffee Bay, Addo Elephant National Park, Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Stellenbosch Wine Route, Cape Town


Day 1: Panorama Route, South Africa

On the first day of your Accommodated Overland Tour, you leave behind Johannesburg, the city of gold, and head through the province of Mpumalanga and see some breathtaking vistas of the Lowveld. Blyde River Canyon, God's Window and Bourke's Luck Potholes will be some of today's highlights. You will spend the evening just outside of Kruger National Park. Lunch and Dinner.

Days 2 & 3: Kruger National Park

You get up early and visit a Wildlife rehabilitation centre for an educational experience before you enter Kruger National Park. The next two days are spent exploring the southern part of this vast reserve and you stand a good chance of sighting Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo - Africa's famed Big Five.

An optional night drive with one of the South African National Park (SANP) rangers is an excellent way to see some of the nocturnal animals. Enjoy optional activities such as SANP Night Drive or Dawn Game Walk. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Days 4 & 5: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland

Today you leave the Kruger Park and cross the border to Swaziland. There is an opportunity during your visit to Swaziland for curio shopping as you stop off to browse through the markets. Your next 2 nights are inside the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Enjoy optional activities such as Mountain Biking, Hiking, Horse Riding and Game Viewing. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 6: South Africa - St Lucia World Heritage Park

Leaving Swaziland, you travel through the subtropical region towards the Indian Ocean. You will spend the afternoon exploring the St Lucia World Heritage Park and enjoying the unique sights. Enjoy optional activities such as a Lagoon Cruise. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 7: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

You drive to Durban where you will spend the night in this vibrant city, home to the largest Indian population outside of India and where Ghandi spent much of his youth.

It is possible to go out this evening to try one of Durban's famous curry restaurants or some of the local clubs and bars. Enjoy optional activities such as Dinner and night out in the city. Breakfast and Lunch.

Days 8 & 9: Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal

You leave Durban and the Kwa-Zulu Natal coast and travel to the Royal Natal National Park to see your first glimpse of the mighty Drakensberg escarpment. The next day is spent at leisure. You can choose any of the local activities such as horse riding or relax in the spectacular surroundings. Enjoy optional activities such as Horse Riding, Hiking. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Days 10 & 11: Lesotho

After a full day's drive you arrive in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho with its breathtaking scenery. When border formalities are completed you climb into the mountains to your rustic overnight spot. The next day you get up early and those going on the Pony Trek will ride into the remote hills of Lesotho accompanied by local guides.

If you choose to remain behind you can just relax or visit the local village, school or craft market. Enjoy optional activities such as Pony Trekking Excursion, Hiking, Village and School visit. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Days 12 & 13: Coffee Bay, Eastern Cape

You exit Lesotho and spend the day driving to Coffee Bay. On the way you will visit the Nelson Mandela museum in Umtata. Once you arrive back at the coast you are free to relax on the beach. A hike along the coast to the famous 'Hole in the Wall' is both a rewarding experience and an excellent photographic opportunity. Optional Activities include visiting a Xhosa village.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 14: Addo Elephant National Park

You spend your time in Addo Elephant National Park surrounded by Elephants! These magnificent creatures are always a highlight and Addo provides you with many fantastic photographic opportunities. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Days 15 & 16: Tsitsikamma National Park

After an early morning game drive you say goodbye to the Elephants and drive further along the sunshine coast until you reach Tsitsikamma National Park. This beautiful coastal park provides you with some amazing hikes, including the first section of the well-known Otter Trail. Enjoy optional activities such as Bungee Jumping (highest in the world), Treetop Tour. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 17: Knysna, Garden Route

It is a short distance to Knysna, one of South Africa's best-known resort towns.  There are many activities on offer here as well as the chance to explore this interesting and artistic town. Go fishing on the lagoon, shopping in the town or abseil off Knysna Heads - the choice is yours. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 18: Oudtshoorn, Western Cape

Today you travel on through to the Outeniqua Mountains as you head for Oudtshoorn. After arriving you undertake a tour of the world-renowned Cango Caves. Later in the day you visit an Ostrich Farm where you can have some fun taking a ride on an ostrich, the largest bird in the world. Enjoy optional activities such as Ostrich Riding. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 19: Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands

After breakfast you set off for Stellenbosch - the most well known wine-growing region in South Africa. As this is the last night on tour you will go out to a local restaurant for Dinner. In whale season (between June and November) you divert through Hermanus and to hopefully see the massive whales from shore. Enjoy optional activity such as going to eat out. Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 20: Cape Town - Tour ends

After a leisurely breakfast on your South African Tour, you set off for some wine tasting before reaching Cape Town. Breakfast.

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