Highlights
  • Encounter gentle giants on a game drive through Addo Elephant National Park
  • Embark on a half-day guided walk in the mighty Drakensburg Range and some spectacular hikes along the Garden Route
  • Delve into the astounding Cango Caves outside of Swellendam
  • Ride the rapids of the Breede River on a scenic whitewater adventure
  • Cruise the classic R320 wine route, stopping for a tipple or two, en route to South Africa's southernmost point
  • Discover the Wild Coast, home to some of South Africa's friendliest tribal folk, the Xhosa
  • Finish in Cape Town, the perfect stepping-stone to the outdoors, epicurean adventures, seaside fun or further travel

Travel to South Africa and Lesotho and explore the exquisite Garden Route on a tour from Durban to Cape Town via the Hermanus Wine Region. Combining the classic Garden Route with the enchanting beauty of the Wild Coast, this adventure offers the chance to experience the incredible variety of cultures, stunning landscapes and unique flora and fauna of South Africa. Exploring the traditional Xhosa lifestyle and visiting quaint coastal towns, sophisticated vineyards and cosmopolitan cities, this is the perfect South African tasting platter.

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Emma and Alf were very professional, the September 2015

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Emma and Alf were very professional, the amount of detail Emma went into when explaining the local cultures and area was incredible. They were both very friendly, hard working and enjoyable to spend time with. The trip ran very smoothly and I am certain this is because of these two individuals.
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Alfred and Emma made this a great September 2015

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Alfred and Emma made this a great trip. Their patience, sense of humor and knowledge made this trip a wonderful experience.

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Loved this trip. Camping in very nice places - usually had hot water and nice showers. Great itinerary - LOVED Namibia and the variety of the tour from the desert to the delta to the parks.

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I visited Morocco with the Intrepid Travel group in November of 2012. I had never traveled to any continents besides the U.S. and Europe, and was hesitant to visit Africa as a single woman, alone. The Intrepid Best of Morocco trip was absolutely perfect. It was a wonderful mix of couples and single travelers, older and younger folks from several different countries. The group got along extremely well and had a great time. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone interested in visiting Morocco, but hesitant to go alone. The small group dynamic allows for plenty of company without feeling lost in the shuffle by a larger group.
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This overland tour is inspired by the diversity of wildlife East Africa has to offer. The tour gave me the incredible opportunity to experience Rhinos and Gorillas in a peaceful and calm environment in their natural habitat. The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Ruhengeri National Park serve as wonderful surroundings to see these stunning animals up close and personal without crowds. I also got see Elephants, Lions, Zebras, Hyenas and various birds in Murchison National Park. They're optional activities the tour allows for in Uganda. Their is canoeing and village walks to a school in Lake Bunyoni and many adrenaline activities in Jinja.

Intrepid provides a driver, tour leader and chef that were very professional and helpful. The Overland Truck never broke down and the tents were good quality and easy to put up. I had the option to upgrade to a room most nights. This tour is an easy way to travel between three countries without the hassle of flying or public buses and witnessing plenty of sights and wildlife along the way.
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Itinerary

Day 1 Durban

Sawubona! Welcome to South Africa. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, consider arriving a day early so you are able to attend. If you are going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have these on hand to provide to your leader. If you arrive early, get out and explore Durban. A wealth of golden, sandy beaches and glitzy nightlife awaits. The Golden Mile is an essential spot – a stretch of fine sands bordered by frothy surf on one side and an attractive beachfront of shops, restaurants and cafes on the other.

Day 2 Drakensberg

Leave Durban and travel inland towards the majestic Drakensberg mountain range (approximately 5–6 hours). This highly fertile mountain chain, home to an amazing amount of flora and fauna, is Southern Africa's highest range (3,482 m). It forms part of the border between South Africa and Lesotho. The range is often referred to locally as the Barrier of Spears or the Dragon Mountains. Your accommodation here is in en-suited twin rooms at a unique backpackers lodge in Drakensberg. Sip on a refreshing sundowner in the thatched-loft lounge room. Here there is a book-swap and internet cafe. Other property facilities include a pool, jacuzzi, barbeque, fire pit, and WiFi. Upgrades are available (subject to availability).

Day 3 Drakensberg

Enjoy free time to go hiking through this incredible mountain range. It's up to you how much time you spend exploring. Feel free to take a short hike for an hour or so, or perhaps challenge yourself to a full-day hike with a local guide (this is optional). This is a great chance to learn more about the region from a local as you walk along. Regardless of how deep you delve, there are sure to be some amazing views and excellent photo opportunities.

Day 4 Lesotho Highlands

Leaving the Drakensberg behind, head into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho (approximately 7–8 hours). Nestled like a small island in the middle of South Africa, Lesotho is commonly known as the 'Kingdom in the Sky' with beautiful mountain ranges and endless hiking trails. Generally the border crossing into Lesotho is quite smooth, but you may experience some delays, depending on the time of year. Drive past the Golden Gate Highlands National Park which is famous for its extraordinary sandstone rock formations. The park is also home to elands, zebras, mongooses and hundreds of bird species – keep your eyes peeled along the way.

Day 5 Lesotho Highlands

Today you will have a variety of hikes to choose from. The Lesotho Highlands offer excellent hiking for all levels of skill, so depending on your experience and level of fitness, you should be able to choose a suitable one that allows you to get the most out of these stunning landscapes.

Day 6 Wild Coast/Cintsa

Head to the stunning Wild Coast of South Africa and the small town of Cintsa (approximately 10–12 hours). A charming little coastal town, Cintsa and its surrounding region are inhabited by the Xhosa people, whose lifestyle is deeply rooted in tribal traditions and customs. You'll discover that they're a warm and friendly people who can give you a great insight into rural South African life. Arriving in the late afternoon, you will have time to relax and freshen up before an optional group dinner. Your campground has shared facilities, an ATM, and WiFi. Upgrades are possible (subject to availability).

Day 7 Wild Coast/Cintsa

Enjoy free time to explore the town, relax on the stunning beaches or pursue the many optional activities on offer. You might like to go hiking, swimming, mountain biking or surfing. Ask your leader about these optional activities.

Day 8 Addo Elephant National Park

Travel on to Addo Elephant National Park (approximately 7–8 hours). A true success story in conservation, Addo Elephant National Park was created in 1931 to protect the region's eleven remaining elephants. Today there are over 450 elephants in the park, as well as Cape buffalo, black rhinos, all kinds of antelopes and even the flightless dung beetle which is unique to the park. On arrival, you'll take an afternoon game drive and try to spot some of these resident creatures, among others, from your truck. Your campground here has basic shared facilities and WiFi. Upgrades are possible (subject to availability).

Day 9 Garden Route/Tsitsikamma National Park

Wake early and enjoy another game drive in Addo in our overland vehicle. Spend the next few days discovering the most superb stretch of the Garden Route. Your first stop is the Tsitsikamma National Park (approximately 4–5 hours). Protecting both land and sea, steep ancient forests meet the breakers of the Indian Ocean at this park. It's a spectacular place for walking and viewing wildlife. Your leader will take you to a local activity centre where a range of activities will be on offer. The accommodation tonight is a campground with basic shared facilities, an ATM and WiFi access. Upgrades are possible (subject to availability). Notes: Intrepid has not risk-assessed all optional local activities. Only those listed in the trip notes are recommended. If you are unsure about any, please check with your leader. It is against company policy for leaders to facilitate the booking of any activities that have not been risk-assessed or do not adhere to Intrepid's Responsible Travel ethos. This includes organising transport to and from these activities in our vehicles.

Day 10 Garden Route/Tsitsikamma National Park

Explore this magnificent national park further. Cape clawless otters, dolphins, tortoises and southern right whales (in season) are all visitors here, along with baboons, monkeys and myriad birds. See how many of them you can spot!

Day 11 Oudtshoorn

Head out across the arid Karoo region bound for Oudtshoorn (approximately 4–5 hours). Stop off on the way at Knysna to stretch your legs and explore this quaint little hamlet with a gorgeous lagoon. A short drive then takes you to the Cango Caves, where you explore the weird and wonderful rock formations – one is ‘Cleopatra's Needle’, 29 feet high and at least 150,000 years old. Your local guide will give you all the ins-and-outs of their formation and history. Continue on to Oudtshoorn, which is the ostrich capital of the world. At the turn of the 20th century it was full of 'feather barons' that grew rich from the popularity of ostrich feathers. Today there are thousands of ostriches here being farmed for their meat, leather, and on a smaller scale, their feathers and eggs. Your campsite has hot showers and flush toilets. Upgrades are possible (subject to availability).

Day 12 Swellendam

Travel from Oudtshoorn to Swellendam (approximately 4–5 hours) on the scenic Route 62. Drive through towering mountain passes on this impressive journey, crossing some of the most beautiful and rugged alpine scenery in the Langeberg. You should arrive in Swellendam by early afternoon. Set up camp and have the remainder of the afternoon for your white water rafting adventure. The river is an easy grade 1 & 2 suitable for all experience levels. Ride the rapids, taking in the impressive scenic spots along the route. Keep an eye out for any wildlife, if you can take your eyes off the foaming path ahead! After this wet and wild afternoon, return to relax at the camp, which has Wi-Fi access, limited upgrades and a bar.

Day 13 Cape Agulhas / R320 Winery Route / Hermanus

Get up early this morning for your journey to Africa's southernmost point – Cape Agulhus (approximately 5 hours). You'll travel along the famous R320 winery route, visiting two or three wineries along the way, before heading onto the beach side town of Hermanus. This region is highly influenced by the cooling Atlantic Ocean that sweeps up past Cape Town and brings with it a nice breeze that cools down the grapes that are grown here. The predominant local grape varieties are French, German and northern Italian – such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Mourvedre, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage. You'll camp with shared facilities tonight and have the opportunity to go into town for a farewell group dinner.

Day 14 Cape Town

Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Hermanus with a walk along the beach or a meander through the shops, before driving back to Cape Town via the scenic bay route (approximately 4 hours). With its stunning coastline, dramatic surrounding mountains and modern cityscape, Cape Town is one of Africa's most appealing cities. It's a great place to end your trip, with vineyards, adventure activities and plenty of good restaurants and cafes at your doorstep. You'll be dropped at the finishing-point hotel in Cape Town.

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$ 86 per day
 
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Nov-18-2018Dec-01-2018$ 1,410YesSold Out Reserve
Dec-02-2018Dec-15-2018$ 1,210Yes8 spots left Reserve
Dec-16-2018Dec-29-2018$ 1,385Yes3 spots left Reserve
Dec-30-2018Jan-12-2019$ 1,485Yes2 spots left Reserve
Jan-13-2019Jan-26-2019$ 1,605Yes10 spots left Reserve
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Apr-14-2019Apr-27-2019$ 1,605Yes11 spots left Reserve
Apr-21-2019May-04-2019$ 1,605Yes13 spots left Reserve
May-19-2019Jun-01-2019$ 1,605Yes15 spots left Reserve
Jun-16-2019Jun-29-2019$ 1,670Yes12 spots left Reserve
Jun-30-2019Jul-13-2019$ 1,670Yes15 spots left Reserve
Jul-14-2019Jul-27-2019$ 1,670Yes14 spots left Reserve
Jul-21-2019Aug-03-2019$ 1,720Yes9 spots left Reserve
Jul-28-2019Aug-10-2019$ 1,670Yes16 spots left Reserve
Aug-25-2019Sep-07-2019$ 1,670Yes16 spots left Reserve
Sep-01-2019Sep-14-2019$ 1,670Yes13 spots left Reserve
Sep-22-2019Oct-05-2019$ 1,670Yes16 spots left Reserve
Oct-06-2019Oct-19-2019$ 1,605Yes14 spots left Reserve
Oct-20-2019Nov-02-2019$ 1,605Yes16 spots left Reserve
Nov-03-2019Nov-16-2019$ 1,545Yes16 spots left Reserve
Nov-17-2019Nov-30-2019$ 1,545Yes16 spots left Reserve
Nov-24-2019Dec-07-2019$ 1,545Yes16 spots left Reserve
Dec-01-2019Dec-14-2019$ 1,545Yes16 spots left Reserve
Dec-15-2019Dec-28-2019$ 1,545Yes16 spots left Reserve
Dec-22-2019Jan-04-2020$ 1,545Yes16 spots left Reserve
Dec-29-2019Jan-11-2020$ 1,605Yes16 spots left Reserve
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Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 16
Accomodations
Camping (with facilities) (8 nights),Dormitory (3 nights),Lodge (2 nights)
Start City
Durban
End City
Cape Town
Guides On this trip you will be accompanied by 2 crew members, a Group Leader and a Driver. (Depending on your group size – from time to time your leader will also be your driver) Your Group Leader’s role involves organizing the overall operation and smooth-running of the trip, managing trip logistics and will form work groups to take turns cooking, cleaning and shopping. Your Group Leader will work towards making the trip as safe and enjoyable as possible for all travellers. Our trips are built around the co–operation and participation of all the group members under the supervision of the group leader. The group leader will show the group how to set up and use the equipment. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting, especially when tracking and identifying game - we think it's the best of both worlds. Our Group Leaders are chosen for their leadership skills and are wonderful ambassadors for our company and our beautiful continent and its people. Your Driver’s main responsibility is to get you to your destination safely; they are also responsible for the maintenance of the vehicles along the way. Everyone is expected to participate and carry their share of the workload, making camp chores easier. If the whole group participates it will be quicker, easier, and more fun. We endeavour to provide the services of an experienced leader and driver; however, situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.
Additional Information:

Finish point

  • Never@Home
  • 107 main Road
  • Green Point
  • Cape Town
  • 8005
  • SOUTH AFRICA
  • Phone: +27 214349282
  • Fax: +27 214349283

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