13 Days
Duration
Max12
Group Size
South Africa, Swaziland
Location
Accommodated
Accommodated Tours

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Over 7 days of pure enjoyment as you travel from Johannesburg to the most loved Kruger National Park and then Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in Swaziland.

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We open a chest of treasures filled with some of South Africa’s most beautiful nature gems on this 13-day Johannesburg to Cape Town tour. If you’re looking for a close encounter with wildlife, this is the perfect tour. With very little distance between you and the untamed, you’re likely to see ample impala, zebra, elephant, giraffe, blue wildebeest, rhino and half-submerged hippos. Look out for cheetah, buffalo and more as you embark on the most thrilling eight days of your life. Get excited about the big five in Kruger National Park and wind down at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Once in Cape Town, visit some of the most famous tourist attractions like Table Mountain, Robben Island and The Cape of Good Hope. The V&A Waterfront offers a variety of local as well as international cuisine, that most certainly will tempt your taste buds. We travel to Tsitsikamma National Park a haven of natural forests and home to rare and exquisite bird species. Our next stop is the Addo Elephant National Park, the third largest national park in South Africa that conserve a wide range of fauna and flora, and is probably best known for their herds of elephant. We return to Cape Town via Oudtshoorn, a town in the Klein Karoo known as home to the Cango Caves.
Several nights of comfortable accommodation and transport in a smaller Mercedes Sprinter, ensure that you’ll get close to the land and experience all the region offers.

Tour Price:  US$3008.00
Solo Room Supplement:  US$395.00

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 Group Size:  Max 12
 Days: 13
 Start:  Johannesburg
 End:  Cape Town
 Distance:  2800km
 Transport:  Mercedes Sprinter
 Meals:  12 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 1 Dinners
 Accommodation:  Comfort Hotel (1 nt), Bungalow/Lodge (10 nts), Tented Rooms (1 nts)
 Entrance Fees:  Kruger National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Garden Route Game Lodge, Tsitsikamma National Park, Addo Elephant National Park, Cango Caves
 Activities:  Kruger National Park – Full day 4×4 game drive, Early morning game drive with Mercedes Sprinter, Afternoon Game Drive Garden Route Game Lodge, Game Drive in Addo Elephant National Park, Visit Cango Caves
Crew: 1 Tour Leader, 1 Driver for the duration of the tour, local guides as per activities included

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Day1

Johannesburg

Welcome to Johannesburg, also known as Egoli, or The City of Gold, referring to the gold mining history of this fast-paced city. Book a day or two pre-tour to give you enough time to explore to the fullest. A visit to Gold Reef City, the amusement park and museum built on an old mine shaft will give you the opportunity for a ride on the Shaft of Terror, a vertical-drop roller coaster that is known as the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Africa due to its sheer 47-metre drop. For the historically inclined there is the ever-popular Soweto tour or just jump on a Hop-On-Hop-Off bus to discover Johannesburg at your own pace. Tonight, you will have the opportunity to have dinner in one of the many excellent restaurants the city has to offer.
Meals: N/A
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Welcome Meeting at 18:00
Activities Optional: Explore City, Craft Market
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day2

Johannesburg to Nkambeni Lodge

Today you leave behind the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg and depart on the first leg of your journey. We head north to Mpumalanga our lodge is situated just outside the borders of the Kruger National Park and features a restaurant, outdoor pool and a bar/lounge. Sit back and indulge in the beauty of nature that surrounds you
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Tented Rooms
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day3

Nkambeni Lodge to Kruger National Park

Today you travel to the famous Kruger National Park, now part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park which forms with parks in Mozambique and Zimbabwe a natural sanctuary for a huge variety of animals. Here they live a natural life where they must fend for food and territory the same way they did for thousands of years. Here they can start following ancient migratory routes again because fences are coming down between these parks. As it is a short drive we arrive early morning and then have the pure pleasure of a full day’s game drive in 4×4 vehicles. Get ready to spot hippo, giraffe, elephant, zebra, lion, and many other species in one of Africa’s greatest wildlife areas. You will experience first-hand why Kruger National Park is known as the flagship of South African national parks. In the evening, back at camp you can sit around a campfire with your sundowner and enjoy the African night sounds drifting into the camp area or you have the option to book an open vehicle night game drive if available.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Game Drive with 4×4 vehicles
Activities Optional: Night Game Drive
Entrance Fees Included: Kruger National Park

Day4

Kruger National Park to Swaziland (Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary)

Another day and another country, this time entering Swaziland, a tiny country, landlocked within South Africa.  After a final game drive in Kruger, we continue to Swaziland for two nights at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. The journey is just as rewarding as the destination, driving along rolling green hills, vast sugarcane plantations and countless mango trees. En route we will stop at some of the local markets where you can buy colourful batik or beaded jewellery, amongst others.  Arriving at Mlilwane you will soon feel comfortable and at home in your “beehive village” – traditional grass huts on the outside but all western comfort on the inside. Sometimes animals such as zebra, impala and warthog casually wander into the premises, giving you the opportunity for that unique picture!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Game Drive AM with Mercedes Sprinter
Activities Optional: Mountain Bike Rentals, Self-Guided Hikes, Horse Riding
Entrance Fees Included: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Day5

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Known as Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area that covers 4,560 hectares, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary gives you the opportunity to experience some of Africa’s wildlife while on either the back of a horse, bicycle or on foot. Since there are no big predators, you will be safe to walk around and just enjoy the beautiful landscapes and pure, fresh air. Besides all the optional wildlife activities, you can also enjoy a hands-on cultural experience by visiting one of the local tribes. Learn more about the secrets of this small kingdom, such as the traditional but controversial annual reed dance where the king has the opportunity to choose a new wife.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Mountain Bike Rentals, Self-Guided Hikes, Horse Riding
Entrance Fees Included: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Day6

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary to Johannesburg

We return to Johannesburg for our last night of the tour. Tonight, you will have the opportunity to have dinner in one of the many excellent restaurants the city offers.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day7

Johannesburg to Wilderness

An included flight takes you from Johannesburg to George Airport, from where a private transfer takes you to Wilderness, a seaside town in the heart of the Garden Route. On arrival at the guest house your host will assist with any necessary planning and information about activities and excursions in the area. Spend the time exploring the town or just relax at one of the many restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Your adventure crew joins you the following morning to continue your journey to Tsitsikamma.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day8

Wilderness to Tsitsikamma National Park

We head towards Tsitsikamma National Park which is located on the scenic Garden Route, the stretch of coast from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to Storms River in the Eastern Cape. The national park covers large swaths of indigenous forest, commercial plantation and Fynbos (natural shrubland). The climate is mild all year round, which lends itself to outdoor activities. Choose from self-guided hikes, black water tubing, Bloukrans bungee, a treetop canopy tour, abseiling and much more.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Self-Guided Hiking Trails, Canopy Tours, Kayaking, Bungee Jump
Entrance Fees Included: Tsitsikamma National Park

Day9

Tsitsikamma National Park

You have the day free to enjoy some optional activities from self-guided hikes, black water tubing, Bloukrans bungee, a treetop canopy tour, abseiling and much more. Take the short hike that crosses the famous hanging bridge across the dark and brooding Storms River or the longer adventurous hike over boulders and through stretches of forest to a waterfall where the tannins from the trees colour the water dark reddish brown. Other trails offer the opportunity to search for the Knysna turaco (Knysna lourie) a beautiful blue and green bird if you want to tick some birds off your birding list.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Self-Guided Hiking Trails, Tree Top Canopy Tours, Kayaking, Bungee Jump
Entrance Fees Included: Tsitsikamma National Park

Day10

Tsitsikamma National Park to Addo Elephant National Park

From Tsitsikamma we head North, travelling through the open semi-desert Karoo landscapes with its distinctive flat-topped hills or “koppies” and picturesque wind pumps in the distance. Our destination is Addo Elephant National Park. Enjoy a game drive, in your Mercedes Sprinter or do an optional night game drive. Have your camera ready while searching for elephants, buffalo, lion, kudu and many of the hundreds of other species of animals and birds. This area is also well known for the conservation of the endangered Circellium Bacchus Dung Beetle one of the largest beetles in Africa.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Afternoon Game Drive
Activities Optional: Night Game Drive
Entrance Fees Included: Addo Elephant National Park

Day11

Addo Elephant National Park to Oudtshoorn

Today we drive inland through the Klein Karoo. Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world and still carries traces of the ostrich-feather boom. The town not only boasts as home to the biggest birds on earth but are also known for the Cango Caves a 20-million-year-old network of limestone chambers.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Visit Cango Caves
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: Cango Caves

Day12

Oudtshoorn to Cape Town

We return to Cape Town, via Route 62 to the most popular tourist destination in Africa. Settle in at your hotel, and spend the rest of the day exploring this cosmopolitan city. Highlights include Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront & Aquarium, The Castle of Good Hope, Cape of Good Hope, Clifton’s 4th beach, Cape Malay Bo-Kaap, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Mostert’s Mill and the Groote Kerk.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Comfort Hotel
Activities Included:
Activities Optional: Table Mountain, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day13

Cape Town

Our last goodbye, a healthy breakfast and the end of another incredible tour. Make sure to book extra days in Cape Town to make the best of all the delights this cosmopolitan city offers. Cape Town offers a staggering variety of experiences, tastes and sightseeing. Try a variety of exotic delights, like some of the delicious Cape Malay curries, the famous local dish Bobotie, or the freshest seafood at one of exquisite seafood restaurants at the V&A Waterfront. You can take a boat to the world-famous Robben Island where former President Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison, visit Cape Point or go up Table Mountain with a cable car to enjoy a panoramic view of Cape Town from the top.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: N/A
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

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We have designed this itinerary to ensure that you get the best possible experience from this tour and region. Please note that if the itinerary on your trip differs slightly from the online itinerary or brochure, be assured that any change has been made after careful consideration and with the goal to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Changes considered necessary will usually be due to change in service levels, road conditions, recommendations from past clients etc. The goal of any change will be to give an improved experience. You will be informed in writing of any major changes before your trip starts to keep you informed at all times and discuss any concerns you might have.

Some changes might also be totally out of our control, like changes in visa fees and procedures, available activities etc. and might differ to what we have advised on our website. If changes take place while you are on the road, our adventure crew will be informed immediately and this information will be conveyed to you. The adventure crew will give you all possible assistance to manage these changes.

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