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South African Explorer tour
Cape Town Kruger National Park South African Explorer Trip

South African Explorer

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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
20 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Take a game drive through the world-famous Kruger National Park in search of some of Africa’s finest wildlife
  • Visit a local home and see the magnificent animals of the Kingdom of Swaziland
  • Search for the endangered black and white rhino in Hluhluwe National Park
  • Enjoy a pony trek through the beautiful countryside of Lesotho
  • See the magnificent elephants that call the Addo Elephant National Park home
  • Marvel at the views on a tour of Cape Point at the tip of South Africa

Short Description

South African Explorer is the ultimate tour of South Africa! See amazing wildlife, breath-taking scenery and gain local insights into the culture and history of South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland.

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
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End City N/A

Travel Theme

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Destinations

South Africa

Cities & Attractions

Cape Town Kruger National Park

Activities

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Trip Includes

  • Accommodation at listed hotels or similar
  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 Lunches
  • 2 Dinners
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Transportation in fully equipped vehicle
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Park entrance fees
  • Morning and afternoon drive at Kruger National Park
  • Guided walk in Swaziland
  • Boat cruise on the St Lucia
  • Game drive in the tour vehicle in Zuzuland
  • Guided walk in Drakensberg
  • Pony trek in Lesotho
  • Afternoon game drive in Addo Elephant National Park
  • Hike along the forest in Tsitsikamma
  • Wine tasting and a cellar tour in Stellenbosch
  • Services of English speaking guides

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Itinerary

Day 1: JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ARRIVAL)

On arrival in Johannesburg today you will be met by our company representative and transferred to your hotel.  The rest of the day is free for you to spend at leisure. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of the group for your introductory tour briefing at 18h00.

Overnight in Johannesburg

Day 2: JOHANNESBURG MPUMALANGA (B)

Departing from Johannesburg today you will travel east towards Mpumalanga. The landscape here is characterized by mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests. You will spend the night in the town of Graskop, a small forestry town situated on the Drakensberg Escarpment at the start of the Panorama route and the gateway to the Kruger National Park.

Overnight in Graskop

Total travel distance: 240 miles/ 385 km.

Day 3: MPUMALANGA - KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (B)

This morning your day begins with a scenic drive along the Panorama Route, arguably one of the most beautiful places in South Africa.  The most spectacular stretch is along the Blyde River Canyon, the 3rd largest canyon in the world that is filled with lush vegetation and wildlife. You will make a stop at Bourke’s Luck Potholes to view some spectacular rock formations formed eons ago by erosion. In the afternoon, you will travel into Kruger National Park. You will spend two nights inside the park and will have the chance to encounter the wildlife of Africa on exciting morning and afternoon game drives in our tour vehicle. Should you wish to partake on a game drive in an open game-viewer vehicle, these are available, at an additional expense (please note that these must be pre-booked).

Overnight in Kruger National Park area

Total travel distance: 155 miles/ 250 km.

Day 4: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK(B)

Today you will have the chance to encounter the wildlife of Africa on exciting morning and afternoon game drives in our tour vehicle in search of some of Africa’s finest wildlife. Should you wish to partake on a game drive in an open game-viewer vehicle, these are available at an additional expense (please note that these must be pre-booked).

Overnight in Kruger National Park area

Day 5: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK - KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND (B)

Today you will cross the border into the mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland, led by King Mswati III, and one of 3 monarchies in Africa. You will explore the traditions and discover the culture of which the Swazis are so proud. You will spend the next two nights in the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area situated in the “Valley of Heaven”.  Apart from abundant bird life, there are a number of animal species to be seen including hippo, giraffe, zebra, and a variety of antelope, which you may spot on a guided walk in the afternoon. 

Overnight in Swaziland

Total travel distance: 120 miles/ 190 km.

Day 6: KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND(B/L)

Today you will visit the Umphakatsi Chief’s homestead for an interactive experience where you will get to try your hand at grinding maize and plaiting mountain grass or join the children in Swazi song and dance. An offering of a taste of local food is made but forget about your cutlery and try it the Swazi way… with your hands!

Overnight in Swaziland

Day 7: KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND ZULULAND(B)

This morning you will depart Swaziland and travel back into South Africa via Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal. In the afternoon, you will travel to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which has been listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site.  Here you can enjoy a boat cruise on the St Lucia estuary, getting up close to the hippos and crocodiles that inhabit the lake.

Overnight in Zululand

Total travel distance: 275 miles/ 440 km.

Day 8: ZULULAND(B)

Today you will explore the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve during a game drive in the tour vehicle. Game drives are available in an open game-viewer vehicle at an additional expense (please note that these must be pre-booked). Hluhluwe-iMfolozi is the oldest game reserve in Africa and is a safe haven to both the endangered black and white rhino.

Overnight in Zululand

Day 9: ZULULAND - DRAKENSBERG (B/D)

Moving further inland, you will spend the next two nights in the Northern Drakensberg, which is an area known for its magnificent scenery of towering mountains, indigenous forests, and cool berg streams. At 3,482 metres in height, The Drakensberg, known in Zulu as uKhahlamba or the “Barrier of Spears”, is South Africa’s highest mountain range, stretching its rugged form roughly 1,000 km from south-west to north-east. Time will be spent exploring this picturesque World Heritage Site on guided walks.

Overnight in Drakensberg

Total travel distance: 335 miles/ 540 km.

Day 10: DRAKENSBERG (B/L/D)

Today will be spent exploring this scenic area on guided walks.

Overnight in Drakensberg

Day 11: DRAKENSBERG LESOTHO(B/L)

Today you will cross the border into the Kingdom of Lesotho, the southernmost landlocked country in the world, rich in natural beauty, flora, fauna and cultural heritage.  Malealea is situated in a remote part of Western Lesotho that is breath-taking in its beauty. Here you will have the chance to experience traditional Basotho life, a nation with solid traditions, beliefs and customs.

Overnight in Lesotho

Total travel distance: 260 miles/ 420 km.

Day 12: LESOTHO(B)

No visit to Lesotho would be complete without a pony trek! Today you can enjoy a ride on the transport of choice for most Basotho, as these sturdy animals handle the narrow trails better than any 4x4 can!

Overnight in Lesotho

Day 13: LESOTHO CRADOCK(B)

This morning you will leave the beauty of Lesotho behind you and drive to the historical Karoo town of Cradock. Founded in 1814 as a frontier stronghold, the town is an important agricultural centre that boasts traditional Karoo hospitality. Best known for its natural sulphur spring, Cradock is a place of literary legends and the original part of the town is graced with some fine buildings. 

Overnight in Cradock

Total travel distance: 260 miles/ 415 km.

Day 14: CRADOCK - ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK(B)

Today you will travel to Addo Elephant National Park, a conservation success story that offers a unique wildlife habitat for elephants and the remaining population of the flightless dung beetle. Spend the afternoon on a game drive in your tour vehicle in search of elephant, black rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard. Game drives are available in an open game-viewer vehicle at an additional expense (please note that these must be pre-booked).  An evening spent at the floodlit waterhole offers the opportunity to watch the nocturnal animals and listen to their calls.

Overnight in Addo Elephant National Park area

Total travel distance: 185 miles/ 300 km.

Day 15: ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK TSITSIKAMMA(B)

This morning after breakfast, your journey will take you to a region of startling beauty along South Africa’s southern coastline, known as the Garden Route. We spend two nights in the Storms River Village, at the heart of the Tsitsikamma Forest.

Overnight in Tsitsikamma

Total travel distance: 150 miles/ 240 km.

Day 16: TSITSIKAMMA (B)

Today you can take a leisurely hike along one of the short trails through the forest, which allows you to explore the coastal bush and rocky shoreline. There is also an option to plunge off the world’s highest bungi jump at the Bloukrans River (at your own expense). 

Overnight in Tsitsikamma

Day 17: TSITSIKAMMA OUDTSHOORN(B)

After departing Tsitsikamma today you will visit ‘The Heads’ in Knysna, a town nestled on a tranquil lagoon, and then travel over the Outeniqua Mountains into the Little Karoo to the town of Oudtshoorn. On arrival, you can take a trip to the famous Cango Caves, with their impressive ancient stalagmites and stalactites, before spending the night in the ostrich capital of the world!

Overnight in Oudtshoorn

Total travel distance: 175 miles/ 280 km.

Day 18: OUDTSHOORN - CAPE TOWN(B)

En-route to Cape Town today you will visit the pretty university town of Stellenbosch for wine tasting and a cellar tour. Once in Cape Town the afternoon is free for you to spend at leisure; enjoy a sundowner at one of the fabulous beaches or indulge in some last-minute shopping at the V&A Waterfront.

Overnight in Cape Town

Total travel distance: 280 miles/ 450 km.

Day 19: CAPE TOWN (B)

Today you can explore the many attractions the ‘Mother City’ has to offer on our Cape Point tour.  You will depart Cape Town and travel along the Atlantic seaboard with its gorgeous white beaches and rugged mountains to Hout Bay.  If time permits, you have the option of taking a half hour boat trip to Duiker Island to see a Cape Fur Seal colony.  If open, you will continue on Chapman’s Peak Drive, renowned as one of the most stunning roadways in the world, and then visit the Cape Point Nature Reserve, the tip of the Cape Peninsula that has captivated travellers for centuries with its dramatic scenery and fascinating history. The return journey to Cape Town takes you along False Bay coast with the option of visiting the colony of rare African Penguins at Boulders Beach. You will then pass through the naval village of Simon’s Town, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg and visit the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens before arriving back at your hotel. 

Overnight in Cape Town

Day 20: CAPE TOWN (DEPARTURE)(B)

Spend your final day at leisure. There may be a chance for you to take the cable car up Table Mountain (at your own expense – weather dependent) and enjoy one last view of the Cape of Good Hope before your transfer to the airport. 

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