20-day South Africa, Lesotho & Eswatini Explorer (Camping)

Tour Code 23KTCT20. Adventure Camping Tours
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$1'993 USD
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Group Size: Maximum 16. Age Group: 18+

Explore South Africa's fantastic highlights on this incredible small group adventure...


From bush to beach; explore South Africa's Panorama Route through Mpumalanga on this South African adventure tour, including safari game drives with the opportunity to see the Big 5 in Kruger 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.

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Day 1. Pretoria to Hazyview Highlights. Blyde River Canyon, South Africa. Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.

Heading out from the 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 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. Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.

This morning we wake early and pack our gear onto 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 endemic to the area.

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 among 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 (Eswatini). Accommodation. Mlilwane Camp, Swaziland (Eswatini).

Travelling south we continue our adventure tour, heading to the Kingdom of Swaziland (Eswatini) 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. Accommodation. Mlilwane Camp, Swaziland (Eswatini).

A short drive through the Mliwane Wildlife Sanctuary brings us to the Royal Enclosure where we discover an abundance of history and culture of this monarchy-controlled country. A local Swazi guide walks us through a traditional village explaining many of the customs and rituals. After our visit, we have some leisure time to browse street-side markets and trying our hand bartering with crafters, before we find our way back to the sanctuary for lunch.

Day 6. Mlilwane to St Lucia, South Africa Highlights. St Lucia River Cruise, South Africa. Accommodation. Monzi.

Leaving 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 small coastal town of St Lucia, set among the wild beaches and a tropical estuary. This afternoon, we join 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 swim.

Day 7. St Lucia to Durban Accommodation. Road Lodge, Umhlanga.

This morning is yours at leisure to explore the town and the numerous shops and markets stalls or simply relax in the campsite’s stunning settings. We leave St Lucia mid-morning and 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 Highlights. Durban City . Accommodation. Road Lodge, Umhlanga.

Today is a free day to explore Durban. Head to the Durban beachfront, known as the Golden Mile and visit the colourful flea markets and the stretch of numerous quality restaurants with a view. A must is to try a delicious local dish, the Durban Curry. Visit uShaka Marine World, Africa’s biggest marine theme park boasting the largest collection of sharks in the Southern Hemisphere. You may choose to partake in scuba diving or find your thrill on the water slides. For the more adventurous, why not take a leap from the 'big swing' at the Moses Mabhida stadium which offers 360 degrees views over the city.

Day 9. Durban to Underberg Area Accommodation. Amphitheatre Lodge.

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 10. Sani Pass Highlights. Sani Pass Excursion. Accommodation. Sani Lodge.

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 Shepherd's 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 11. Underberg Area to Drakensberg Highlights. Battlefields, South Africa. Accommodation. Amphitheatre Lodge.

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 12. Drakensberg Highlights. Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa. Accommodation. Amphitheatre Lodge.

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 13. Drakensberg to Malealea, Lesotho Accommodation. Malealea Lodge.

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 14. Malealea Highlights. Malealea Activities. Accommodation. Malealea Lodge.

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 15. Malealea to Mountain Zebra National Park, South Africa Highlights. Mountain Zebra NP. Accommodation. Mountain Zebra National Park.

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 of which the park's name derives from. We game drive in our Acacia vehicle in search for these magnificent animals en-route to our camp for the evening located inside the park.

Day 16. Mountain Zebra National Park, Addo Elephant National Park to Port Elizabeth Highlights. Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa. Accommodation. Willow's Resort, Port Elizabeth.

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 traditional Big 5, as well as the southern right whale and great white shark off the Algoa Bay coast. This wonderful park is a sanctuary to over 600 elephants, lion, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, 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 17. Port Elizabeth to Tsitsikamma National Park to Plettenberg Bay Highlights. Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa. Accommodation. Plettenberg Bay Forever Resorts.

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 enjoy the ocean views, the fresh salty air and the relaxing scenery.

After an adventurous day, we head to our camp in Plettenberg bay.

Day 18. Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn Highlights. Cango Caves, South Africa. Accommodation. Kleinplaas.

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 taken thousands of years to form.

Day 19. Oudtshoorn to Hermanus Area Highlights. Cape Agulhas Light House, South Africa. Accommodation. Hermanus Backpackers.

From the Ostrich capital we continue on our journey this time heading to Africa's southern-most tip at Cape Agulhas - 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, however today is 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 20. Hermanus to Cape Town Highlights. Cape Winelands, South Africa.

To wrap up our adventure 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.

Court Classique Suite Hotel

Court Classique Suite Hotel is set among the embassy buildings in suburban Arcadia, Pretoria. This 3-storey building is 3.9 km from the city centre allowing easy access to restaurants, cinemas shops and cultural attractions. It's also 6.5 km from the Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Court Classique Suite Hotel offers single and double ensuite rooms, free WiFi, a restaurant, swimming pool, a spa room and wine cellar.

Entrance view of the Curt Classique Hotel Double en-suite room Restaurant Pool area Kipepeo Spa

* 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, Gardens, Cape Town

Situated at the foot of Table Mountain and in walking distances to the city centre, Ashanti Lodge Backpackers in Gardens is your gateway to Cape Town. This gorgeous Victorian Mansion offers backpacker dormitories to single, double and twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Chill next to the stunning pool, join the party in the legendary Kumasi Café/Bar with its cool cocktails, tasty food and fabulous mountain views or go explore the city's highlights close by.

Twin Room Dorm Room Pool Area Bar and Games Area Bar Balcony with View

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

Additional Info

19 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 16 Dinners

14 nights twin share camping in dome tents, 2 nights twin share room with en suite facilities(Durban), 2 nights twin share room with shared facilities (Malealea),1 night dorm (Hermanus)

Fully Equipped Acacia Safari Vehicle
Camping And Cooking Equipment
All Road Tolls and Vehicle Taxes
All Ground Transportation
Sleeping Mattress
Accommodation as Indicated
Meals as Indicated
Services of Two Crew

Included Highlights:
Panorama Route
2 days, Kruger National Park, Game Drives *
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Royal Enclosure/ Swaziland Village
St Lucia Boat Cruise *
Sani Pass Excursion *
Royal Natal National Park
Drakensburg Mountains
Mountain Zebra National Park Game Drive
Addo Elephant National Park, 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
Meals Not Indicated
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