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Highlights
  • Search for the big five in national parks and reserves
  • Explore the rugged wild coast
  • Enjoy cosmopolitan cape town
  • Take in south africa's dramatic coastal scenery
  • Experience local dancing

The unvarnished grandeur of South Africa is on display in this comprehensive exploration of one of the continent’s most diverse and fascinating destinations. Africa’s incredible culture and wildlife is at a premium on this tour—from the coastal shores of Tsitsikamma to extensive wildlife safari drives in Addo Elephant National Park and the famed Kruger. You’ll also have the chance to visit a traditional Swazi village, explore modern Cape Town, and follow the glorious Garden Route. Add in knowledgeable CEOs and some of the best camp meals you’ve ever tasted and you’ve got a recipe for adventure par excellence.

Trip Description
South Africa & Swazi Quest
 

19,950
G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
100% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
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Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
South Africa & Swazi Quest

C

Recommends

I had a great experience. James was an excellent tour guide. April 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My trip to South Africa was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I would highly recommend this tour to my friends and family. James was highly knowledgable of South Africa. He was flexible towards the group to arrange optional activities that we were interested in. He has a great personality that made everyone feel comfortable, and made this one of the best 3-weeks of my life. Thanks, James!
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M

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i had an amazing Trip with lovely January 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
i had an amazing Trip with lovely people....my best Trip ever!!

Operator G Adventures

C

Recommends

The tour was life changing. I got January 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The tour was life changing. I got to experience things In my wildest dreams. It's very hard to choose an highlight from the tour because the whole experience was perfect. I would definitely recommend this tour to friends looking to travel in Africa. The tour group made camping for two weeks doable. At the end of the whole experience we became like family.
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A

Recommends

small groups; a different way to travel (not touristic), authentic way... February 2015

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
great!

Operator G Adventures

K

Recommends

Best tour guide and driver I have ever had. Never a dull moment always happy. October 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I would do it all over again, with the same people off course!

Operator G Adventures

Itinerary

Day 1 Johannesburg

Arrive in Johannesburg at any time and make your way to the joining point hotel. Additional Notes: Please make sure you have all of the necessary visas for this tour by the time of the welcome meeting. It is very important to read the visa section in our trip details to make sure which visas you will need, if any. Please note that not all nationalities are able to obtain a visa on arrival at the border. Our starting hotel is located outside of the city of Johannesburg, but take some time to enjoy an excursion to Soweto or to the famous Apartheid Museum. Included Activities: Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Johannesburg to Greater Kruger Area (1B, 1L, 1D)

Drive through scenic mountains, and experience a traditional dinner and local dancing in the evening. Included Activities: Traditional Dinner and Local Dancing Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))

Day 3 Kruger National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a wildlife safari drive in Kruger and watch wildlife from the comfort of the touring vehicle. Included Activities: Kruger Wildlife Safari Drive

Day 4 Kruger National Park/Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (1B, 1L, 1D)

Cross the border from South Africa to Swaziland. Visit the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Included Activities: Border Crossing (South Africa - Swaziland) Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.30 hour(s), 200km)

Day 5 Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (1B, 1L, 1D)

Explore Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, which is situated in the Swaziland’s “Valley of Heaven”, the Ezulwini Valley. Take advantage of free time to go horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, or wildlife viewing. Included Activities: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Visit

Day 6 Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary/Saint Lucia (1B, 1L, 1D)

Stay in the St Lucia area near the coast. Here, take an optional boat trip on the estuary or go for a horse ride on the beach. The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park stands as a beacon to the efforts for conservation in South Africa. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Swaziland - South Africa) Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 277km)

Day 7 Saint Lucia (1B, 1L, 1D)

Get out and explore. Opt to visit the Hluhluwe - iMfolozi Park, which is a safe haven for both the white and black rhino. Lions, buffalo, elephants, and leopards also call this reserve home.

Day 8 Saint Lucia/Durban (1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend most of the day travelling the coast to Durban. Explore the beach and dive into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean just out the front door of our guest house. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 275km)

Day 9 Durban/Chintsa (1B, 1L, 1D)

South of Durban, travel to the Eastern Cape province, into the heartland of the Xhosa people, and on to Chintsa. Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00-11.00 hours, 690km)

Day 10 Chintsa (1B, 1L, 1D)

There is lots to do around Chintsa. Learn how to surf, take a horseback ride, hike, or enjoy the beautiful 15km (9.3 mi) beach. Opt to join a guided wildlife safari drive, enjoy an elephant encounter, or quad bike through the 4000 hectare wildlife reserve. Embrace your adventurous side and cycle or jump on the bus to Mama Tofu’s Xhosa village for an inspiring cultural experience. Visit the local craft brewery Emerald Vale to taste real home-brewed ale.

Day 11 Chintsa/Addo Elephant National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Today, cross many unique valleys and continue on to the Addo Elephant National Park, a unique wildlife area. Enjoy a wildlife safari drive in our touring vehicle. Listen to the wild sounds of Africa while enjoying a sundowner (cheers!) and sitting around the campfire at night. Included Activities: Addo Elephant National Park Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 280km)

Day 12 Addo Elephant National Park/Tsitsikamma (1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend the next two nights camping in the Tsitsikamma area. Optional activities include hiking a portion of the Otter Trail or other short hiking trails along the coastline. Included Activities: Tsitsikamma National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 235km)

Day 13 Tsitsikamma National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend the day at Tsitsikamma National Park. Opt to hike, snorkel, canoe, whale watch, or bungee jump. Included Activities: Tsitsikamma National Park Visit

Day 14 Tsitsikamma/Knysna (1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel further west to the town of Knysna, famous for the Knysna Lagoon and the "Heads" (sea cliffs). Opt to visit a cheetah sanctuary or a monkey park en route to Knysna. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 100km)

Day 15 Knysna/Oudtshoorn (1B, 1L, 1D)

From Knysna, take a scenic drive to travel over the Outeniqua Mountains into the area known as Klein Karoo (“Little Karoo”), and make the quiet town of Oudtshoorn our base. Opt to explore the Cango caves or visit an ostrich farm. Included Activities: Knysna Heads Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 220km)

Day 16 Oudtshoorn/Cape Town (1B, 1L)

Travel to beautiful Cape Town. Enjoy amazing views of Table Mountain, and explore the vibrant, cosmopolitan city at night. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 450km)

Day 17 Cape Town (1B)

We highly recommend booking an extra night in Cape Town to explore all that this area has to offer. Included Activities: Departure Day

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 2,167

Price Per Day:

$ 127 per day
 
Start DateFinish DateBase PriceDeparture GuaranteedAvailability 
Aug-23-2018Sep-08-2018$ 2,649YesSold Out Reserve
Sep-20-2018Oct-06-2018$ 2,549YesSold Out Reserve
Oct-04-2018Oct-20-2018$ 2,549Yes6 spots left Reserve
Nov-08-2018Nov-24-2018$ 2,549Yes5 spots left Reserve
Nov-29-2018Dec-15-2018$ 2,167Yes8 spots left Reserve
Dec-20-2018Jan-05-2019$ 2,449Yes15 spots left Reserve
Jan-03-2019Jan-19-2019$ 2,449Yes5 spots left Reserve
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Details
Trip Includes
  • Park entrances to Addo Elephant NP & Kruger NP with wildlife safari drives in our vehicle
  • Traditional dinner and local dancing
  • Tsitsikamma National Park entrance
  • Traditional Durban dinner
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 16 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 14 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPrivate vehicleFor this tour we will use a 15-seat touring vehicle with a maximum of 14 people. With comfortable seats and sliding windows, this style of transportation is a great way to travel through the region and get a good view the surroundings. When necessary, a trailer will be used for your luggage, and the tour gear. Please note these vehicles are not air-conditioned. This is not a physically demanding journey; however, travelling can be difficult, with long drives and poor road conditions at times. Please take note of the travel times and distances in the above itinerary, and consider that this is often on poor quality, bumpy roads. Despite this, most clients feel that the diversity of the African landscape, culture and wildlife are all well worth the experience.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 14
Max 14, avg 12.

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Simple hotel (1 nt), participation camping (13 nts), hostel (2 nts, multi-share).
Camping in Africa is truly an adventure. You will be able to get off the beaten track to get a first-hand experience of the beautiful wilderness and nature. While camping, we stay at designated campsites in national parks and outside towns. Campsite facilities in southern Africa are generally good, but can be basic in certain places. There are generally small restaurants and/or bars, washing facilities and occasionally telephones available. The camps have flush toilets, and showers at some camps are outdoors, having simple reed enclosures for privacy. Additionally, warm water is available at most sites, but it is not guaranteed to always be warm when you take your shower; the warm water may be used up others who also use the camp. We usually set-up camp within close proximity to the toilet facilities, though occasionally to reach them you may to walk a short distance. All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied, including camp mattresses, which are warm and comfortable. We supply dome tents and assembly/disassembly takes only 5 minutes. They are good quality, durable, industry-standard 2-person safari canvas tents. Please note that most adults will not be able to fully stand up inside the tents, though most travellers find these more than adequate, as they have a base area of approximately 4 square meters. These tents are regularly treated with a waterproofing agent, but under certain rainy conditions, the tent fabric may become saturated to the point where seepage or leakage may occur. All tents have built-in mesh insect netting on the windows and doors. We travel with our own portable camp chairs with a comfortable back-rest, and we utilize our own cooking equipment to provide the group good quality camp meals. In camping within the national parks and conservation areas, some camp sites are enclosed for keeping the resident wildlife out. Other camps are open to the natural environment – care must be taken, especially at night, when a torch/flashlight is recommended when walking around the camp area. Despite the challenge that a few days “roughing it” may pose to some, the experience of being that close to nature, camping under the African stars, and seeing incredible wildlife at your tent door-step is not just gratifying but ultimately an experience of a lifetime. In Durban, we stay in backpacker's (hostels) or small guest houses, which will give us a break from camping and to be better located than the campgrounds in the area. Here, the accommodation is based on several people sharing dormitory-style rooms, with possibly 6 to 8 people sharing a room. Although we will try, we cannot guarantee to be able to divide the group into different dormitories based on gender lines. As such, males and females may have to share the same sleeping quarters for these nights. The bathrooms and showers are private, but may also be shared between both males and females.
Start City
Johannesburg
End City
Cape Town
Guides 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout as head guide/cook and driver, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. This is not a physically demanding journey; however, travelling can be difficult, with long drives and poor road conditions at times. Despite this, most clients feel that the diversity of the African landscape, countries, culture and wildlife are all well worth the experience. We use a comfortable and safe customized safari vehicles for the long drives. 2. South Africa requires all travellers journeying from yellow fever risk countries to show proof of Yellow Fever vaccination by means of a valid Yellow Fever certificate. 3. Your trip includes an element of participation camping. Your CEOs will do all the majority of the meal preparation, but we do ask the clients to help with the setting up of camp, some meal preparation, and washing up. It is all part of your adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip will run smoothly and the team spirit is part of the fun! All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied. We supply dome tents and assembly/disassembly takes only 5 minutes. All tents have built-in insect nets. Mattresses are also provided, which are approximately 4cm thick, warm and comfortable. 4. Sleeping bags cannot be rented on any of our Africa overland or safari tours. 5. VISAS. Please read the Visa section very carefully. Visas are your own responsibility. Always double check with the embassies what each countries requirement are. 6. Water-wise tips when visiting Cape Town: Cape Town is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts it has seen in over 100 years, and while we want you to have the best time possible while there, here are some tips to help reduce your water usage: - Bring a reusable water bottle, that you can fill with Cape Town’s tasty tap water. - Reuse your towels in the hotel, for at least two days, before getting new ones. - Keep your laundry until you have a full load to do, rather than just doing a handful of items. - Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, or shaving. - Keep your showers to two minutes or less, and don’t use the bath. - Use hand sanitizer, instead of washing hands.

Meals

As mentioned above, most of the meals on this tour are included in the tour price. When a meal is not included, this is because there are often many options available - we would like to give you the opportunity to explore a bit and test the local cuisine yourself. In these cases, your CEO will be able to suggest some good local restaurants or options for you to choose from. All included meals will be prepared from fresh local produce. The majority of the shopping for foodstuffs will be done before the trip departs, and fresh goods, such as meats, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, will be bought en route during the trip from supermarkets, local shops and markets. Breakfasts will generally consist of breads and cereals, if time allows a warm breakfast may be prepared. Many lunches will be provided en-route and will be light meals such as sandwiches and/or salads. All evening meals will be freshly-prepared hot meals, and will consist of a variety of continental and local dishes. Our cook will organize the meal preparation and lead the way here, but will prepare a duty schedule for ensuring a fair, rotating participation from you and your group members in the meal preparation and dish washing duties. Vegetarian meals and other dietary requirements need to be specified prior to arrival.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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