Kruger to Cape Town

Tour Code 17KTCT19. Camping Overland
19 days from
$1'028 USD
USDwas 1285 USD
Plus 180 USD optional Adventure Pass
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Suitable for Ages: 18 to 39. Group Size: Maximum 24, Average 12

Explore South Africa's fantastic highlights on this great adventure...

From bush to beach; explore South Africa's Panorama Route through Mpumalanga on this South African overland tour, including safari game drives with the opportunity to see the Big 5 in Kruger, Hluhluwe, and Addo National Park. Discover diverse cultures of Swazi, Zulu and Basotho, cruise in St Lucia, visit Durban's rugged beaches, and discover Garden Route icons Knysna, Tsitsikamma and Hermanus.

This tour combines with our north-bound departures out of Cape Town - ask us for more info.

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Day 1. Johannesburg to Hazyview Highlights. Bourke's Luck Pot Holes, South Africa. God's Window, South Africa. Three Rondavels, South Africa.

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.

Tonight we set up camp at Hazyview on the outskirts of the Kruger National Park wildlife area.

Day 2-3. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa.

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.

We return to our camp in the late afternoon, and enjoy an evening chatting about our exciting adventures.

Day 4. Hazyview to Mlilwane, Swaziland Highlights. 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 Highlights. Swaziland Village Tour, Mlilwane Rest Camp, Swaziland.

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 Highlights. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa.

LLeaving this amazing sanctuary behind us, we travel south through the Swazi countryside before crossing the border and re-entering South Africa via the KwaZulu-Natal province. We head to the Hluhluwe Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal’s premier game reserve hosting the famous “Big Five” and many other wild life species. We spend an enjoyable afternoon safari game driving in our truck through one of South Africa’s oldest and well run reserves. From here, we travel to the small coastal town of St Lucia, set amongst the wild beaches and a tropical estuary. After dinner, we have the opportunity to walk into town visiting some of the cozy local pubs or relaxing in the gardens gazing up into the clear southern hemisphere sky, star watching.

Day 7. St Lucia to Durban Highlights. St Lucia River Cruise, South Africa.

Rising early, we enjoy breakfast before joining the river cruise on the St. Lucia Lagoon viewing many Hippo pods, lazy crocodiles, and numerous bird species on the sandy banks, or cooling down in the water for a refreshing morning swim.

We then drive through pine forests and sugar cane fields to one of Africa’s largest commercial ports, Durban. The afternoon is yours at leisure to enjoy what this city has on offer from stunning beaches and a vibrant night life.

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 Highlights. Sani Pass Excursion.

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.

We return to our camp for the night, stopping en-route for a beverage at the highest bar in Africa at the Sani Mountain Lodge.

Day 10. Underberg to Northern Drakensberg via Battlefields Highlights. Battlefields - South Africa.

We continue on our journey at the foot of the great 'Dragon Mountain' and travel to the Battlefields of KwaZulu Natal. We visit sites of the infamous wars between the British, Boers and Zulu's that took place here. 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 Highlights. Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa. Royal Natal National Park, South Africa.

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 Highlights. Malealea Activities.

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 Highlights. Mountain Zebra NP.

We bid farewell to the mountain kingdom and wind our way back down to South Africa's Karoo and to the Mountain Zebra National Park. Home to over 700 species of animals including rhino, bat eared fox, eland, lion, cheetah and buffalo, this magnificent park hosts over 700 mountain zebra's of which the park's name derives from. We game drive in our overland truck in search for these magnificent animals en-route to our camp for the evening located inside the park.

Day 15. Mountain Zebra National Park to Addo to Willow's Resort, Port Elizabeth Highlights. Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa.

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 make our way to our camp on the coast just outside of Port Elizabeth.

Day 16. Willow's Resort to Tsitsikamma and Knysna Highlights. Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa.

We travel along the coastline 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 Highlights. Cango Caves, South Africa.

After a morning at leisure, we make our way to 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 Highlights. Cape Agulhas Light House, South Africa. Hermanus, South Africa.

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 Highlights. Cape Winelands, South Africa.

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.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

MoAfrika Lodge, Johannesburg

MoAfrika literally means 'African People' in the language of the local Sotho populace, the original inhabitants of the Highveld. Your host, Anthony, has skillfully created a unique lodge in which an african theme induces a warm welcome for guests. Set on a 8000 square metre land through which a stream flows, MoAfrika Lodge provides a rustic and tranquil setting where guests can unwind in a relaxed and country atmosphere. Rooms - single, dorm, family and twin/double en-suite rooms available. Breakfast and airport transfer available.

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation.
Ashanti Lodge Green Point, Cape Town

Stylish and comfortable, this recently renovated upmarket budget lodge in Green Point is just across the road from the impressive Cape Town Stadium. It’s an ideal location for easy access to tourist attractions, beaches and shops, within walking distance to the V&A Waterfront, and a short taxi ride to the city centre and the Table Mountain Cableway. Rooms - dorms, twins, doubles and singles. There are a limited number of en suite rooms available. Facilities - plunge pool, kitchen, bar, laundry service, Internet, Breakfast available. Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Additional Info

This tour departs Johannesburg early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings.

If time allows, we also suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of Cape Town and the surrounding area.

These are optional activities that are booked during your holiday and paid directly to the provider while on tour. These options offer a variety of experiences and allow you the freedom to decide what activities you would like to do.

We use 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in groundsheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. We mainly use campsites, which usually have reasonable wash and shower facilities, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool.

24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari truck with on-board tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, I-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers, 4x4 safari vehicle.

In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit.

18 Breakfasts, 17 Lunches, 15 Dinners

Twin share camping in dome tents

Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Sleeping mattress
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew

Included Highlights:
God’s window
Bourkes Luck Pot Holes
2 days, Kruger NP, Game Drives *
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Royal Enclosure/ Swaziland Village
St Lucia Boat Cruise *
Hluhluwe Game Reserve, game drive with resident guide
Sani pass excursion *
Royal National park
Drakensburg Mountains
Mountain Zebra National Park
Addo Elephant NP, Game Drives
Garden Route
Cango Caves, Visit*
Cape Agulhas
Wine Tasting

*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Sleeping bag
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature
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Adventure Pass

Every Overland tour has an Adventure Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.

180 USD or 190 USD (If prepaid)

This pass is an optional add-on for this tour.

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