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Johannesburg to Cape Town

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
22 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Kruger and the Drakensberg
  • Swaziland and Lesotho
  • Cape Town and the Garden Route

Short Description

This epic journey explores the different facets of three very diverse countries. In South Africa we go on game drives in the Kruger National Park, walk in the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains, travel along the Garden Route, enjoy wine tasting amid the country’s renowned vineyards and visit exciting Cape Town and journey through the mountain kingdoms of Swaziland and Lesotho.This three week trip has something for everyone: prolific wildlife, incredible scenery, beautiful beaches, awe-inspiring mountains and, of course, the rich culture which makes these countries what they are today.A classic journey through three countries from Johannesburg to Cape Town.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Johannesburg
End City Cape Town

Age Requirement

16

No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

  • All breakfasts, 16 lunches, 13 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

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Itinerary

Flight Inclusive

Day 1 Depart London.

Depart London. **

Day 2 Start Johannesburg; drive to Mpumalanga.

We leave the airport and make our way, on good roads, to the old gold rush town of Pilgrim's Rest on the eastern escarpment. En route we travel through South Africa's highest town, Belfast (1,970m) and the scenic Robbers Pass. We overnight in Graskop (Mpumalamga), with views over the Graskop Gorge. Our driving time today will be approximately 5-6 hours (400km) plus sightseeing. *Mogodi Lodge or similar*

Day 3 Explore Panorama Route; to Letaba Ranch Reserve; night game drive.

Today we explore the aptly named Panorama Route. We drive through some spectacular countryside and we stop at scenic places like Bourke's Luck potholes and Blyde River Canyon, the third largest of its type in the southern hemisphere. From here we continue to Letaba Ranch Reserve. This late afternoon we go on an open, sunset game drive returning to camp after dark with the spot-light. Our driving time today will be approximately 3-4 hours (250km). *Mtomeni Safari Camp or similar*

Day 4 Morning game walk; to Kruger N.P.

This morning we head out looking for wildlife on foot as we head on a game walk through the reserve. From here we continue to Kruger National Park, justifiably one of the most famous wildlife parks in the world. It is also one of the oldest, established by the president Paul Kruger in 1898. It has, arguably, the greatest variety of animals of any park in Africa, with lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, Black and White rhino, as well as cheetah, giraffe, hippo and many species of antelope and smaller plains' game. The total census includes 147 mammals, 507 birds and 114 reptiles as well as 336 different trees. The camps are also excellent and the general infrastructure good. If you see all the predators you will be very lucky, however you will almost certainly see some of the big five and a huge variety of smaller mammals. We game drive through the park to the camp, where there will be a chance for a swim and hot showers. Our driving time today will be approximately 3-4 hours (250km). *National Park Huts or Permanent Tented Camp*

Day 5 Game drives in Kruger N.P.

We spend all of today inside Kruger National Park and will go on game drives in both the morning and the afternoon in order to maximise our wildlife viewing chances. *National Park Huts or Permanent Tented Camp*

Day 6 To Hlane Game Reserve, Swaziland, optional nature walk.

We enter Swaziland and overnight in the Kings old hunting grounds, now the beautiful Hlane Royal National Park. In the afternoon there is the opportunity to leave the vehicle and enjoy a nature walk (optional). Seeing animals and tracks outside of the confines of a vehicle is a thrilling experience and gives us the chance to see and hear the variety of smaller animals and birds that are often passed by on game drives. Our driving time today will be approximately 3-4 hours (250km). *Wisteria Lodge or similar*

Day 7 To St. Lucia on the Elephant Coast.

This morning we drive south towards the town of Big Bend on our way to the border and back into South Africa. We continue towards the small town of St. Lucia between the Indian Ocean and Lake St. Lucia. It is not uncommon to come across stray hippos in the centre of town and the nearby lagoon is a haven for crocs, hippos, birds and even sharks! Our driving time today will be approximately 3-4 hours (300km). *Shonalanga Lodge or similar*

Day 8 Boat trip and game walk; afternoon at Cape Vidal.

This morning we spend 2 hours exploring lake St Lucia by boat, with an excellent chance of seeing some of the many resident Hippo's, crocodiles and Fish Eagles. From here it's a short drive to Cape Vidal, a long stretch of beach along the Indian Ocean. We spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach or walking to Mission Rocks (please note the walk to Mission Rocks can only be done at low tide and takes around 4hrs return) . Or alternatively there are a number of optional activities available, including whale watching (in season: June-November), or sunset and night game drives on the western shores of the lake. Our driving time today will be approximately 2-3 hours (75km). *Shonalanga Lodge or similar*

Day 9 To Dundee via Rourke's Drift

We leave St. Lucia today and drive through the Natal midlands and on to Dundee. En route we stop at Rourke's Drift and have a chance to learn about the famous battle at the local museum. Immortalised by Hollywood in the film Zulu! The events that took place here are well known and the small cluster of buildings isolated in the enormity of the African Bush are a moving reminder of this troubled time. Our driving time today will be approximately 5-6 hours (350km). *Battlefields Country Lodge or similar*

Day 10 To Royal Natal N.P.; optional afternoon walk

We continue on to the Northern Drakensberg, our base for the next two nights. The Drakensberg is a basalt escarpment forming the border between Kwa Zulu-Natal and Lesotho and continuing into the Free State. It means 'Dragon Mountains', but the Zulu named it Ukhahlamba ('the barrier of Spears'). This is a more accurate description of the sheer, forbidding, jagged escarpment. Some walking takes us through the lowland areas with magnificent views. Our driving time today will be approximately 2-3 hours (200km). *Berg House Cottages or similar*

Day 11 Daywalk in the Drakensberg.

We spend a full day in the mountains where our route will have us walking into the natural amphitheatre, following the Tugela River past Protea trees. The Protea is the national flower of South Africa, as well as the name of their cricket team. Our driving time today will be approximately 1 hours (50km). *Berg House Cottages or similar*

Day 12 To the Kingdom of Lesotho.

Today is a long day's drive as we travel through the Golden Gate National Park and the eastern farmlands of the Free State and enter Lesotho at the Maseru border post. This mountainous kingdom has been shielded from outside influence over the generations and the Basotho people historically used this strategic location as a defence against events on the plains below. The lodge situated in this rugged mountainous region provides us with an ideal opportunity to experience the Lesotho culture. Our driving time today will be approximately 5-6 hours (400km). *Malealea Lodge or similar*

Day 13 Free day to enjoy Lesotho's culture and mountain scenery.

The day is free to relax and experience the unique culture that Lesotho has to offer. Mountain ridges protrude into the town and there's the option of doing a day's pony trekking to a local village. Alternatively the craft shops and markets can be an enjoyable way to pick up some African souvenirs. *Malealea Lodge or similar*

Day 14 To Graaf Reinet in the Karoo.

On the road today as we drive south to Graaf-Reinet, the oldest town on the Eastern Cape founded in 1786. Our driving time will be approximately 8 hours passing through the desert landscape of the Great Karoo. *Obesa Lodge or similar*

Day 15 To Tsitsikamma N.P on the Garden Route.

We drive down to the coast over the Baviaanskloof Mountains and the Kouga Mountains before arriving at Tsitsikamma National Park at Storms River mouth. This national park protects the indigenous forests as well as the marine life 50km out to sea. We stay at a beautifully positioned camp with the waves breaking a stone's throw away. Our driving time today will be approximately 5-6 hours (400km). *Tsitsikamma Storms River Huts or similar*

Day 16 Free day to go on walks, relax or explore the region.

Our second day in Tsitsikamma N.P. is free to enjoy the beautiful setting. There are a range of optional activities including walks to the Storms River gorge and along the rocky coast, snorkelling, sea and river cruises and a tree canopy tour through the forests. In season, approximately August to October, the marine park becomes home to a population of migratory whales. *Tsitsikamma Storms River Huts or similar*

Day 17 To Hermanus; whale watching in season.

We drive along the beautiful Garden Route coastline via George and the rolling cultivated fields of the Western Cape Boland to Hermanus. The route is stunning and follows the ragged coast passing through small fishing villages and seaside resorts. Hermanus is an interesting little town, rightly famous for its delicious seafood and a visit to one of the great restaurants in the evening is highly recommended. It is also widely regarded as the best place in the world for land-based whale watching from August to November. Our driving time today will be approximately 6-7 hours (500km). *Windsor Hotel or similar*

Day 18 Visit South Africa's wine region en route to Cape Town.

In the morning we leave Hermanus and, hugging the coastline (there is always a good chance to see whales in season), we drive along this scenic route to Gordon's Bay and then onto Stellenbosch. The afternoon will be spent visiting a few of the vineyards, which make this area world famous. Having enjoyed the local produce, wine tasting is optional. We then take a short drive to Cape Town. Our driving time today will be approximately 3-4 hours (200km). *Sweetest Guest House or similar*

Day 19 Cape Peninsula tour, Cape Point and Simonstown's penguins.

After an early morning breakfast we drive via the coastal suburbs of Clifton, Camps Bay and Hout Bay and then over Chapman's peak drive to the famous Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, which covers an area of 7,680 hectares. The reserve is home to eland, bontebok, grysbok, springbok, wildebeest, baboon and ostrich. Rugged cliffs, unspoilt beaches, shipwrecks and beautiful flora are the main features of the reserve. We will also visit the famous Cape Point lighthouse. In the afternoon we take a short (1 hour) walk that is almost entirely downhill. Our destination is the Cape of Good Hope with a detour to Diaz beach. The trail ends at the famous signboard 'Cape of Good Hope'. We then return to Cape Town passing through the former Royal Navy base town of Simonstown and a visit to the resident Penguin Colony. Our driving time today will be approximately 3-4 hours (200km). *Sweetest Guest House or similar*

Day 20 Free day in Cape Town.

The day is free and an optional trip to Robben Island, site of Nelson Mandela's incarceration during the apartheid period, is highly recommended. Weather permitting a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain is a must for any visitor to this picturesque city. Alternatively the beaches of Cape Town are a great place to relax and unwind. *Sweetest Guest House or similar*

Day 21 End Cape Town.

The morning is free for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before those no the group flights are taken to the airport for their flight home. The trip ends after breakfast for those not on the group flights.

Day 22 Arrive London.

Arrive London. **



Land Only

Day 1 Start Johannesburg; drive to Mpumalanga.

We leave the airport and make our way, on good roads, to the old gold rush town of Pilgrim's Rest on the eastern escarpment. En route we travel through South Africa's highest town, Belfast (1,970m) and the scenic Robbers Pass. We overnight in Graskop (Mpumalamga), with views over the Graskop Gorge. Our driving time today will be approximately 5-6 hours (400km) plus sightseeing. *Mogodi Lodge or similar*

Day 2 Explore Panorama Route; to Letaba Ranch Reserve; night game drive.

Today we explore the aptly named Panorama Route. We drive through some spectacular countryside and we stop at scenic places like Bourke's Luck potholes and Blyde River Canyon, the third largest of its type in the southern hemisphere. From here we continue to Letaba Ranch Reserve. This late afternoon we go on an open, sunset game drive returning to camp after dark with the spot-light. Our driving time today will be approximately 3-4 hours (250km). *Mtomeni Safari Camp or similar*

Day 3 Morning game walk; to Kruger N.P.

This morning we head out looking for wildlife on foot as we head on a game walk through the reserve. From here we continue to Kruger National Park, justifiably one of the most famous wildlife parks in the world. It is also one of the oldest, established by the president Paul Kruger in 1898. It has, arguably, the greatest variety of animals of any park in Africa, with lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, Black and White rhino, as well as cheetah, giraffe, hippo and many species of antelope and smaller plains' game. The total census includes 147 mammals, 507 birds and 114 reptiles as well as 336 different trees. The camps are also excellent and the general infrastructure good. If you see all the predators you will be very lucky, however you will almost certainly see some of the big five and a huge variety of smaller mammals. We game drive through the park to the camp, where there will be a chance for a swim and hot showers. Our driving time today will be approximately 3-4 hours (250km). *National Park Huts or Permanent Tented Camp*

Day 4 Game drives in Kruger N.P.

We spend all of today inside Kruger National Park and will go on game drives in both the morning and the afternoon in order to maximise our wildlife viewing chances. *National Park Huts or Permanent Tented Camp*

Day 5 To Hlane Game Reserve, Swaziland, optional nature walk.

We enter Swaziland and overnight in the Kings old hunting grounds, now the beautiful Hlane Royal National Park. In the afternoon there is the opportunity to leave the vehicle and enjoy a nature walk (optional). Seeing animals and tracks outside of the confines of a vehicle is a thrilling experience and gives us the chance to see and hear the variety of smaller animals and birds that are often passed by on game drives. Our driving time today will be approximately 3-4 hours (250km). *Wisteria Lodge or similar*

Day 6 To St. Lucia on the Elephant Coast.

This morning we drive south towards the town of Big Bend on our way to the border and back into South Africa. We continue towards the small town of St. Lucia between the Indian Ocean and Lake St. Lucia. It is not uncommon to come across stray hippos in the centre of town and the nearby lagoon is a haven for crocs, hippos, birds and even sharks! Our driving time today will be approximately 3-4 hours (300km). *Shonalanga Lodge or similar*

Day 7 Boat trip and game walk; afternoon at Cape Vidal.

This morning we spend 2 hours exploring lake St Lucia by boat, with an excellent chance of seeing some of the many resident Hippo's, crocodiles and Fish Eagles. From here it's a short drive to Cape Vidal, a long stretch of beach along the Indian Ocean. We spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach or walking to Mission Rocks (please note the walk to Mission Rocks can only be done at low tide and takes around 4hrs return) . Or alternatively there are a number of optional activities available, including whale watching (in season: June-November), or sunset and night game drives on the western shores of the lake. Our driving time today will be approximately 2-3 hours (75km). *Shonalanga Lodge or similar*

Day 8 To Dundee via Rourke's Drift

We leave St. Lucia today and drive through the Natal midlands and on to Dundee. En route we stop at Rourke's Drift and have a chance to learn about the famous battle at the local museum. Immortalised by Hollywood in the film Zulu! The events that took place here are well known and the small cluster of buildings isolated in the enormity of the African Bush are a moving reminder of this troubled time. Our driving time today will be approximately 5-6 hours (350km). *Battlefields Country Lodge or similar*

Day 9 To Royal Natal N.P.; optional afternoon walk

We continue on to the Northern Drakensberg, our base for the next two nights. The Drakensberg is a basalt escarpment forming the border between Kwa Zulu-Natal and Lesotho and continuing into the Free State. It means 'Dragon Mountains', but the Zulu named it Ukhahlamba ('the barrier of Spears'). This is a more accurate description of the sheer, forbidding, jagged escarpment. Some walking takes us through the lowland areas with magnificent views. Our driving time today will be approximately 2-3 hours (200km). *Berg House Cottages or similar*

Day 10 Daywalk in the Drakensberg.

We spend a full day in the mountains where our route will have us walking into the natural amphitheatre, following the Tugela River past Protea trees. The Protea is the national flower of South Africa, as well as the name of their cricket team. Our driving time today will be approximately 1 hours (50km). *Berg House Cottages or similar*

Day 11 To the Kingdom of Lesotho.

Today is a long day's drive as we travel through the Golden Gate National Park and the eastern farmlands of the Free State and enter Lesotho at the Maseru border post. This mountainous kingdom has been shielded from outside influence over the generations and the Basotho people historically used this strategic location as a defence against events on the plains below. The lodge situated in this rugged mountainous region provides us with an ideal opportunity to experience the Lesotho culture. Our driving time today will be approximately 5-6 hours (400km). *Malealea Lodge or similar*

Day 12 Free day to enjoy Lesotho's culture and mountain scenery.

The day is free to relax and experience the unique culture that Lesotho has to offer. Mountain ridges protrude into the town and there's the option of doing a day's pony trekking to a local village. Alternatively the craft shops and markets can be an enjoyable way to pick up some African souvenirs. *Malealea Lodge or similar*

Day 13 To Graaf Reinet in the Karoo.

On the road today as we drive south to Graaf-Reinet, the oldest town on the Eastern Cape founded in 1786. Our driving time will be approximately 8 hours passing through the desert landscape of the Great Karoo. *Obesa Lodge or similar*

Day 14 To Tsitsikamma N.P on the Garden Route.

We drive down to the coast over the Baviaanskloof Mountains and the Kouga Mountains before arriving at Tsitsikamma National Park at Storms River mouth. This national park protects the indigenous forests as well as the marine life 50km out to sea. We stay at a beautifully positioned camp with the waves breaking a stone's throw away. Our driving time today will be approximately 5-6 hours (400km). *Tsitsikamma Storms River Huts or similar*

Day 15 Free day to go on walks, relax or explore the region.

Our second day in Tsitsikamma N.P. is free to enjoy the beautiful setting. There are a range of optional activities including walks to the Storms River gorge and along the rocky coast, snorkelling, sea and river cruises and a tree canopy tour through the forests. In season, approximately August to October, the marine park becomes home to a population of migratory whales. *Tsitsikamma Storms River Huts or similar*

Day 16 To Hermanus; whale watching in season.

We drive along the beautiful Garden Route coastline via George and the rolling cultivated fields of the Western Cape Boland to Hermanus. The route is stunning and follows the ragged coast passing through small fishing villages and seaside resorts. Hermanus is an interesting little town, rightly famous for its delicious seafood and a visit to one of the great restaurants in the evening is highly recommended. It is also widely regarded as the best place in the world for land-based whale watching from August to November. Our driving time today will be approximately 6-7 hours (500km). *Windsor Hotel or similar*

Day 17 Visit South Africa's wine region en route to Cape Town.

In the morning we leave Hermanus and, hugging the coastline (there is always a good chance to see whales in season), we drive along this scenic route to Gordon's Bay and then onto Stellenbosch. The afternoon will be spent visiting a few of the vineyards, which make this area world famous. Having enjoyed the local produce, wine tasting is optional. We then take a short drive to Cape Town. Our driving time today will be approximately 3-4 hours (200km). *Sweetest Guest House or similar*

Day 18 Cape Peninsula tour, Cape Point and Simonstown's penguins.

After an early morning breakfast we drive via the coastal suburbs of Clifton, Camps Bay and Hout Bay and then over Chapman's peak drive to the famous Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, which covers an area of 7,680 hectares. The reserve is home to eland, bontebok, grysbok, springbok, wildebeest, baboon and ostrich. Rugged cliffs, unspoilt beaches, shipwrecks and beautiful flora are the main features of the reserve. We will also visit the famous Cape Point lighthouse. In the afternoon we take a short (1 hour) walk that is almost entirely downhill. Our destination is the Cape of Good Hope with a detour to Diaz beach. The trail ends at the famous signboard 'Cape of Good Hope'. We then return to Cape Town passing through the former Royal Navy base town of Simonstown and a visit to the resident Penguin Colony. Our driving time today will be approximately 3-4 hours (200km). *Sweetest Guest House or similar*

Day 19 Free day in Cape Town.

The day is free and an optional trip to Robben Island, site of Nelson Mandela's incarceration during the apartheid period, is highly recommended. Weather permitting a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain is a must for any visitor to this picturesque city. Alternatively the beaches of Cape Town are a great place to relax and unwind. *Sweetest Guest House or similar*

Day 20 End Cape Town.

The morning is free for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before those no the group flights are taken to the airport for their flight home. The trip ends after breakfast for those not on the group flights.

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A comprehensive and very enjoyable trip in this incredible country!

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A thoroughly enjoyable trip!

This trip is pretty full on and many hours are spent on the bus, travelling
from place to place. However, as the scenery is constantly changing this adds
to the whole experience.

Whilst not as wildlife rich as some other countries I've visited it still had
it's wonderful moments. I didn't expect to see so many hyena's, an animal
which I've never understood the reaction of many people; that being "they're
so ugly". I've always found them to be beautiful! Lions eluded us but we did
manage to see a leopard and African painted dogs, which felt very lucky
indeed. Also spotted two young male giraffes squaring up to each other and
practice fighting. That also felt like a rare privilege to see.

If you want wide ranging experiences from a holiday this is definitely for
you! I loved it!
Exploring the Drakensberg mountains, where we did a small walk.

I could very easily spend a whole week (or longer) in this one area alone. I
actually felt this way many times during the trip so pinning down a single
inspirational moment is an impossible task for me.

As South Africa is such a large country, this trip was always going to a
taster for me. I will definitely return and hopefully spend more time in the
areas I most liked.


Petro was a fantastic guide and was always there to help; full of
information, particularly that of South Africa's history, ensures that you'll
always find the longer journeys interesting.

I must also mention Joel, who was not only the driver but did many other jobs
such as preparing the meals, particularly the braais (South African
barbeque). We never went hungry! Even people who didn't like certain foods
were catered for!

Both guides worked extremely hard and I often felt that especially after the
long drives the group could easily have eaten out. This would have meant that
the guides, after the long driving days, wouldn't have to cook for the group!


I travelled in August and underestimated how cold it was going to be,
particularly in the coastal regions. I should have packed a couple more
thicker jumpers and some thicker trousers too.


I highly recommend this trip if you want a fully rounded experience and
something to give you a taste of this amazing country!

This trip has certainly renewed my faith in Exodus as previously I'd had a
couple of very disappointing trips, which I learnt were run by another
company, based in Tanzania. Trips in the Southern African countries (at least
the ones I've been on) have been run by Mask; these encompass all the best
trips I've ever done.

You'll not be disappointed!


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An awesome experience!

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I was so excited about this trip and was not disappointed as I thought it was
outstanding. The pace was good, the scenery very varied, there were a lot of
new experiences especially viewing the wildlife, and every day was different.
The accommodation also varied but never disappointed. I loved the feeling
that we were often away from the main tourist routes, even when we weren't,
however there are a lot of long driving days with breaks to stretch our legs
and take photos. The accommodation was very comfortable and every place we
stayed was different, sometimes even with a fridge and kettle or occasionally
a swimming pool. It was exciting arriving at each new place to explore what
was special and different.
There were so many moments it is hard to pick one. I woke up in a tented camp
one morning to loud birdsong and heard a rustling beside me. It was a pair of
zebras grazing. Seeing a snake eat a huge toad was exciting, and seeing a
family of hyenas on the road in the Kruger National Park. Later we saw a pair
of lions mating. I also loved the penguin colony at Betty's Bay and the seals
lying about by the fish market in Cape Town. The view from our cottage
looking out of the Drakensberg Mountains was stunning as well, especially
watching a storm brewing up and then clearing later.


We had two group leaders and they were both great. They had so much knowledge
about everything, the wildlife, the scenery, things of interest, bits of
history. They were so dependable and good to be with, making sure everything
went smoothly for everyone and keeping us well informed about what was going
to happen day by day.


There is a lot of travelling and I was pleased I had plenty of audiobooks so
I could listen and look at the scenery at the same time. I was also glad I
took my hiking shoes as some of the hikes were on rough ground and they were
more sturdy in wet conditions too.


Our first bus broke down and we got a replacement that was a bit smaller. My
legs are short but it wasn't fun for people with long legs sitting at the
back.

I really liked the fact that most food was included because it was fun to eat
together as a group and made budgeting much more straight forward.


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Fabulous sightseeing adventure

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What an amazing experience! 3 weeks, a lot of time spent on the bus
traveling, but never boring, always stunning landscapes, often wonderful
wildlife, and with the help of our excellent guides, who spotted and
identified animals and birds and pointed them out to us, followed up by
showing us them in their wildlife books. The nights were spent in a large
selection of hotels and cabins. Some were rustic, no electricity, but always
comfy and clean. I was so impressed with the delicious food our guides
cooked for us for dinners, accompodaring those who did not eat meat. With
limited facilities they produced plentiful and tasty meals. I enjoyed the
places we visited especially the organised hikes. The only slight glitch,
the safari that is included was in the van which would have been unacceptable
so we had to pay for an additional trip in an appropriate vehicle. I would
have liked a few moe healthy options for lunch, but the r st of the trip was
truly a great experience. I would recommend starting in Capetown and ending
in JoBerg, otherwise you will have the best animal sightings in the first
week, making the limited sightings in the end less dramatic. I would also
suggest going to Capetown a few days before the tour, as there is so much to
see and a limited time. I will have to return!!!!!
Seeing the animals in the wild so close was fabulous. I also hiked up Table
mountain alone and that was so worth while.


They were both truly wonderful. I felt like they truly cared and wanted us
to enjoy everything. They were genuininly friendly and fun.


Go to Capetown a day or ao earlier and def start there, no JoBerg. You will
be so excited to see a few animals in the first week as it is your first
sighting. If you do it tbe other way round, it will be an anti climax.
Def bring a rain jacket and torch. Temps range dramatically...so layers.


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Cape Town to Johannesburg

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
Quite possibly the best holiday of my life (and I've had a few).
There were many. The majesty of the Drakensberg mountains, seeing a leopard
drink from a river, the beautiful and so very different landscapes, and
learning about the animals from the extremely knowledgeable guides.


The tour leader Petro was amazing, and she was supported by two others, David
and Andrew. All three were friendly, approachable, open and fun, as well as
knowledgeable, enthusiastic and clearly proud of their country. This was
possibly the most important thing for me as a lone traveller, as I could rely
on them for company, though I didn't need to as we had a close, cohesive
group anyway. I was on a trip last year where I didn't have the same feeling
about the guide, and while it hasn't tainted my experience the trip, it made
me reluctant to ask questions or have fun. This was the complete opposite
where in fact the guides were one of the best things about the trip.


Go. Doing the trip in this direction rather than the Jo'Burg to Cape Town
direction is probably a bit more exciting. As the trip progresses, the ante
is upped and the end of the trip is much busier than the start. If you want
to relax, I'd consider doing it from Jo'Burg to Cape Town as it is more
chilled at that end. I'm glad I did it the way I did though, as for me, the
best was saved for last, i.e. game drives.

Read the trip notes, and in addition with a couple of days without
electricity, I was glad to have packed my portable batter charger for my
phone/camera, etc.


If you're interested in seeing a massively diverse area, full of beautiful
flora and fauna, and don't mind a sore bum from a few long bus days, go. I
have so may fantastic memories to take away with me, of the people, the
history, the guides and I have made firm friends who I hope to see again.


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Sylvia Herd

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
This was a great trip, showing off the main sights of South Africa, with the
added bonus of Lesotho & Swaziland. Although there were some long driving
days, we were a small group of 6 who gelled really well & had a very
competent staff of 3. Personally I felt the Garden Route was overrated, so I
was pleased that I'd done the reverse itinerary as this saved the best until
last. But I certainly wouldn't hesitate to recommend the trip.
I really enjoyed St Lucia (which I'd never even heard of before!). Also
Lesotho, the Drakensburg Mountains &, of course, the various safaris.


Both our group leader & our cook were really knowledgeable, friendly &
helpful & great fun to travel with.


Be prepared for some long days on the bus. The camping was fun, fully
supported so you're not allowed to do anything to help, & the S African camp
facilities are very good.


A fun, if sometimes tiring, trip.


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Johannesburg to Cape Town AZJ

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
The game drives were fun as we never knew what we would come across, e.g. white rhinos crossing the road and elephants with calves... There were beautiful national parks but different highlight(s) every day with ever-changing scenery - amazing views e.g. at Cape of Good Hope and panorama from Table Mountain. Swaziland was charming.
Seeing hippos play-fighting in Lake St Lucia.

Marvellous - Petro was hard-working, fun, patient and more, ably assisted by Andrew, equally good, and both good cooks.

We drove well over 4,000 kms so, some days, long hours were spent in the rather small seats of the minibus but I wouldn't have wanted to miss anything we did see - luckily reference books and drinking water were provided, and stops fairly frequent. It was hot and humid in almost all regions we visited in February (fewer mosquitoes than I'd expected, lucikly) but there would no doubt have been lots more vehicles in the game parks in the dry, high season when there is less vegetation in a few months' time, so pros and cons. A couple of optional walks were tough-ish (I later heard) but I had opted out as there were alternative easier walks to do and nice places to wait.

Nothing special to add - do go!

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Accomodations

18 nights log cabins/chalets/hotel, 1 night pernmanent tented camp
Travel is by minibus or overland truck
Mainly good roads with some long drives

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Additional Information:

  • 18 nights log cabins/chalets/hotel, 1 night permanent tented camp
  • Travel is by minibus or overland truck
  • Mainly good roads with some long drives

Trip ID#:

exodus-AZJ

Trip Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations

Meals Included:

Dinner: All breakfasts, 16 lunches, 13 dinners Your guide and driver/assistant generally prepare the meals included in this trip. A rough idea of what the meals will consist of is as follows: Breakfast - cereals, coffee, tea and toast. The occasional full cooked breakfast too. Lunch - cheese, cold meats, salads, bread or rolls, fresh fruit. Dinner - potjies (stew), braais (barbecue), stir fries, pasta. with fresh vegetables. Most generally cooked on the open fire. Please be aware that we need at least two weeks notice to deal with special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian or allergies.) For this reason if you did not indicate these on your booking form please advise the Exodus office as soon as possible. The tour leaders do all the shopping and meal planning and cooking for each group. He/she will always try to obtain fresh produce wherever possible. We also supply the following drinks: fruit squash served with breakfast and tea or coffee served with breakfast and dinner. All other beverages will be at your own expense. We do not supply bottled drinking water although it is available at many shops on tour if you want to buy it yourself. The water provided on this trip is safe and clean drinking water, normally coming from bore-holes. It is not bottled water, however. If you would rather have bottled water then this will be at your expense, though we would encourage you to make use of the safe drinking water provided as this helps diminish plastic consumption.

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