South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland

Itinerary: from Cape Town to Johannesburg

Duration: 19 days

Group size: 6 – 8

Lodge Safari Price: 2950 €

Self driving  Safari Price: 1695 €

 

Highlights:

  • Cape Town with Table Mountainand Cape Point Nature Reserve
  • Whale and dolphin watching along the Garden Route
  • Pony trekking in Lesotho
  • Remote and exclusive Natal Game Parks
  • The Drakensberg and Swaziland Mountains
  • The ‘Big 5′ in the world famous Kruger Park

 

Info

South Africa, land of unrivalled beauty, unique wildlife and interesting cultures, is one of the last destinations in the world where true wilderness areas can still be found. With its 250 mammals and 800 bird species and its incomparable flora it will leave you with unique impressions.

This tour endeavors to show you some of the best game reserves and national parks in South Africa, like Kruger National Park, Mkuze and Umfolozi/Hluhluwe Game Reserves. We also hike through the incredible scenery of the Drakensberg,Swazilandand along theGarden Route. Starting point isCape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. An extraordinary travel experience for nature-lovers!

Day 1: Cape Town

Day 2: Visit Cape Point Nature Reserve

Day 3: Cape Agulhasand De Hoop Nature Reserve

Day 4: WildernessNational Park,Garden Route

Day 5: TsitsikammaNational Park,Garden Route

Day 6: AddoElephantPark

Day 7: Kingdom of Lesotho

Day 8: KingdomofLesotho

Day 9: Drakensberg

Day 10: Drakensberg

Day 11: Umfolozi/Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Day 12: Umfolozi/Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Day 13: Mkuze Game Reserve

Day 15: KrugerParkDay 14: KingdomofSwaziland

Day 16 & 17: KrugerPark

Day 18: Graskop

Day 19: Johannesburg

Itinerary*

Day 1: Cape Town

After the pick up from the airport we show you Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. You can visit Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the Waterfront or relax on one of the beautiful beaches (entrance fees for own account).

Day 2: Visit Cape Point Nature Reserve

Today we take a leisurely drive to the Cape of Good Hope, the southwestern most point of Africa and show you the endangered Africa Penguins at Boulders Beach. Enjoy scenic views while driving along False Bayand Chapman’s Peak. B

Day 3: Cape Agulhas and De Hoop Nature Reserve

We follow the scenic route along the Atlantic Ocean to reach the southern most point of Africa, Cape Agulhas. Here the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet and we take some time exploring the area. In the afternoon we reach De Hoop Nature Reserve, the biggest reserve in theCaperegion. On a game drive we will almost definitely see some ostrich, bontebok, mountain zebra and eland, the largest antelope inAfrica. One of the highlights here is whale watching. From June to November this is the main breeding and calving spot for Southern Right Whales, which can be observed from one of the high sand dunes along the beach. BL

Day 4: Wilderness National Park, Garden Route

After an early morning walk along De Hoop lake we head to the Gouritz River Bridge where the adventurous can try some Bungee jumping. In the afternoon we spend some time in the Wilderness National Park situated along theGarden Route. Here we use canoes (own cost) to experience the silence of the Knysna forest or go for a hike along theTouwsRiver. BL

Day 5: Tsitsikamma National Park, Garden Route

This is one of the most spectacular National Parks along the garden route. The area is characterized by steep cliffs and gorges, a rugged coastline with high waves and a nearly impenetrable coastal forest. There will be opportunity to view several species of dolphins on a boat ride with an experienced scientist (optional, approx. 40 Euro). In the afternoon we hike through the coastal forest to the first waterfall on the famous Otter Trail. BL

Day 6: Addo Elephant Park

This park is refuge to the southern most group of African Elephants. We will explore the area on a game drive to view elephants, black rhinoceros, buffalo and more of the interesting fauna. In the afternoon and evening we spend some time around the main waterhole to observe the different nocturnal animals. BL

Day 7: Kingdom of Lesotho

A long drive brings us to the central Drakensberg and the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. This is a country still untouched by tourism and we will have the opportunity to visit some of the local people. We stay two nights in comfortable bungalows at Malealea Lodge. BL

Day 8: Kingdom of Lesotho

Today several different options can be taken. The day can be spend Pony trekking (own cost), hiking or just relaxing in the awe-inspiring mountains. Only few tourists visit the independent kingdom, which is also called “the roof of the world”. Here you find the highest mountain inSouthern Africa, the Thabana Ntlenyana (3,482 m). BL

Day 9: Drakensberg

We leave Lesotho and venture towards one of the most beautiful areas inSouth Africa, the Natal Drakensberg. We overnight in comfortable bungalows near Champagn eCastle (3.377m). We overnight for 2 nights in comfortable bungalows. BL

Day 10: Drakensberg

The whole day is spend exploring the incredible scenery of the Drakensberg, the highest mountain range in Southern Africa. We do a full day hike along crystal clear mountain streams and through indigenous forests in Champagne Castle National Park. BL

Day 11: Umfolozi/Hluhluwe Game Reserve

After a long drive we reach the oldest game reserve inSouth Africa, Umfolozi/Hluhluwe. We spend 2 nights in comfortable bungalows in the reserve. BLD

Day 12: Umfolozi/Hluhluwe Game Reserve

In this beautifully situated reserve nestled in the rolling hills of Natalwe will have the opportunity to spot the endangered white rhinoceros. This reserve is known to have the highest density of these magnificent animals in the world. Other animals likely to be seen are lion, buffalo and a wide variety of antelopes and birds. Night drives and game walks with an armed ranger can be undertaken (at own expense). BLD

Day 13: Mkuze Game Reserve

The remote Mkuze game reserve is one of the jewels of the reserves in Natal. Here we will have the opportunity to observe animals such as black and white rhinoceros, kudu, nyala and giraffe from one of the numerous hides, which are situated throughout the reserve next to the water holes. We will also visit Nsumo Pan with its hippos and crocodiles. BLD

Day 14: Kingdom of Swaziland

We leave South Africato enter the kingdom of Swaziland, which became independent of England in 1968. We visit Hlane Game Reserve, where we might be able to see white rhino, elephant, wildebeest, zebra and various species of birds. We overnight in comfortable bungalows in the reserve. BL

Day 15: KrugerPark

We visit this world famous park which boasts some 130 species of mammals, 114 species of reptiles and 468 species of birds. This is one of the last refuges for the animals ofAfricaand there are few places where animals can be observed as closely as here. We do a first game drive and overnight at Crocodile bridge camp. BL

Day 16 & 17: KrugerPark

We will take a lot of time observing as many of the different animals as possible. During game drives we will almost definitely see elephants, buffalo, lion, white rhinoceros and might also be lucky to find the elusive leopard and endangered wild dog. We concentrate on the area in the south along theSabieRiverthat is known to have the best game viewing with the highest variety of animals in the park. BL

Day 18: Graskop

We spend one afternoon exploring thePanorama Routewith its several waterfalls, Bourke’s Potholes and theBlydeRiverCanyon. We overnight in Graskop Hotel. BL

Day 19:Johannesburg

Drive to Johannesburgand drop-off either at the airport or at a hotel/ guesthouse.

Meals:   B= Breakfast   L= Lunch   D= Dinner

 

*subject to change without notice

Price and Services

Price:                      2950 €
Single supplement:                      500 €

Prices include:                                                                 

  • Transport in reliable, comfortable vehicles
  • Game park entrance fees (except where indicated)
  • Bungalow, guesthouse and hotel accommodation (18 x)
  • All equipment
  • Professional guide
  • 2-3 wholesome meals a day (except where indicated)

 

Not included:

  • Soft drinks, alcohol, tips and other personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory: luggage, accident and medical cover)

 

FURTHER INFORMATION 

Group size: 6-8 participants

Visa: Not required

Entry: Passport (at least 6 month valid from date of departure)

Vaccinations: No vaccinations are compulsory, but we suggest Malaria Prophylactics in summer (November-March). For more information please contact your GP.

Departures

Dates 2014:  11.01. / 08.02. / 08.03. / 05.04. / 03.05. / 21.06. / 12.07. / 23.08. / 13.09. / 04.10. / 25.10. / 13.12.


Self driving:
 Departures on request

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