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Tours & Safari's » SOUTH AFRICA OVERLAND

  • Itinerary overview

    Duration 20 days/19 nights Starts Cape Town - Ends Johannesburg. Rates starting fromR 12 950 per person sharing (depending on accommodation chosen, special conditions may apply for bookings over peak periods)

Our Itineraries are designed to offer guests an embracing experience of human natures affair with nature. They are exclusive experiences involving mild adventure along roads less travelled, an opportunity to discover intimate aspects of Africa. Every African Signature Itinerary can be personalised to suite your distinctive preference of travel.

DAY 1: STELLENBOSCH WINE ROUTE - SWELLENDAM

Leaving the mother city of Cape Town behind, we drive to Stellenbosch to the Spier Wine Estate where we visit the Cheetah Breeding Centre before some excellent wine tasting a little later in the day. On clear days the magnificent mountain scenery makes for a memorable first day. On arrival in Swellendam your guides will demonstrate how to put up your tent and brief you on what to expect from the days ahead.

DAY 2: CANGO CAVES & OUDTSHOORN


The Cango Caves are some of the most impressive limestone caverns and the different formations are quite astonishing. Today we take a guided tour of the Cango Caves. Stalagmites or Stalagtites? Can you tell the difference? In the afternoon we travel to Oudtshoorn where we will spend the night.

DAY 3: KNYSNA


This morning there is the opportunity to visit as Ostrich farm before we continue along the Garden Route to Knysna. Look out for whales and dolphins as we pass through Mossel Bay. Your afternoon is free to explore Knysna, one of South Africa’s most popular seaside towns.

DAY 4 - 5: BLOUKRANS &TSITSIKAMMA NATIONAL PARK


One of South Africa’s best-kept secrets is the Tsitsikamma National Park. Boasting exceptional hiking trails and superb coastal scenery Tsitsikamma is a destination that many people will return to. The first few hours of the famous Otter Trail Hike are included in your tour. For those needing an adrenaline boost the nearby Bloukraans Bridge is home to the world’s highest bungee jump at 212m!

DAY 6: ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK


Continuing in to the Eastern Cape, we enter Addo Elephant National Park, which is home to many of Africa’s big game. Our truck gives us an elevated view on our game drive this afternoon, particularly for those photographic enthusiasts amongst us.

DAY 7 - 8: HOGSBACK


After a morning game drive in Addo we depart the National Park and drive, via Port Elizabeth, to Hogsback. Some of the original Afro-Montane Rainforest can be seen here and many people rent Mountain Bikes and spend an enjoyable day exploring. On our second day in Hogsback your guide will take you on a hike to either Swallow Falls, Bridal Veil Falls or Madonna & Child Falls, the choice is yours.

DAY 9 - 10: LESOTHO - MALEALEA


Today we leave South Africa and enter the landlocked mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Lesotho is one of the highest countries in the world, with the entire country being over 1000m above sea level. The next day we get up early and those going on the Pony Trekking Excursion will ride into the remote hills of Lesotho accompanied by local guides. On your return the group will visit the local village and school.

DAY 11 - 12: SOUTH AFRICA - UKHAHLAMBA DRAKENSBERG PARK


The Drakensberg Mountains are South Africa’s highest and most beautiful. We explore the mountain paths and take in the breathtaking views offered in the Ukhahlamba Drakensburg (Royal Natal) National Park. On our second day we will be going on a guided hike to see some of the san rock paintings.

DAY 13: KWA-ZULU NATAL COAST - DURBAN


It’s all downhill as we leave the mountain scenery en route to the Kwazulu Natal Coast. The bustling city of Durban is South Africa’s largest port and surfing capital. We stay in a youth hostel in the central city this evening and maybe sample some Indian cuisine and enjoy this coastal city’s vibrant nightlife.

DAY 14: ISIMANGALISO WELAND PARK


Soon after our arrival at iSimangaliso Wetland Park we board a boat for an included sunset cruise on the lagoon for some bird and hippo viewing! This UNISCO recognised area is extremely varied and includes: lakes, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands together supporting an astounding diversity of animal, bird and marine life.

DAY 15: HLUHLUWE - IMFOLOZI GAME RESERVE - SWAZILAND - MLILWANE


This morning we drive to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve for a 4-5 hour game drive in open 4x4 vehicles. The park is the only state-run park in the province of KwaZulu-Natal where all the Big Five occur. Due to conservation efforts, the park now has the largest population of white rhino in the world. In the afternoon we cross the border in to Swaziland.

DAY 16: SWAZILAND - MLILWANE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY


Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is Swazilands oldest and covers 4,560 hectares. As there are no large predators in this area there are a number of self-guided hikes available. Hiking is an excellent way of interacting with the flora and fauna here and your Nomad guide will be taking you on a hike. In addition to the beautiful scenery we also have traditional Swazi dancing to look forward to after dinner.

DAY 17 - 18: SOUTH AFRICA - KRUGER NATIONAL PARK


We return to South Africa and drive to the Kruger NP for two unforgettable days of game viewing. Kruger National Park is home to Africa’s Big 5 as well as a multitude of other beautiful African animals, both small and large. Our truck gives us a height advantage over other vehicles, which means better photo opportunities. There will be a number of game drives to give us the best opportunity to see all the animals.

DAY 19: MOHOLOHOLO WILDLIFE REHABILITATION CENTRE


Leaving the World’s most famous nature conservation area behind, we travel to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation centre to meet some of the rescued animals before they are released back in to the wild. At our camp this evening we will be experiencing some typical South African cuisine while enjoying a traditional Song and Dance evening.

DAY 20: PANORAMA ROUTE - JOHANNESBURG


Early this morning we go for a walk with a local guide in the area near our campsite, there’s nothing quite like being out there amongst the animals. After the nature walk we travel along the Panorama Route, stopping for breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. The tour ends on arrival in Johannesburg, although most will enjoy an optional dinner on our last night together.


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