James
Trip offered by James Travel expert in South Africa

Description

Are you ready to open a chest of treasures? This tour of Southern Africa will make you discover all the highlights of the region, travelling from Johannesburg to Cape Town, South Africa (with a little detour in Swaziland though).

Read more

Are you ready to open a chest of treasures? This tour of Southern Africa will make you discover all the highlights of the region, travelling from Johannesburg to Cape Town, South Africa (with a little detour in Swaziland though).

During amazing safari experiences you will be very likely to see ample impala, zebra, elephant, giraffe, blue wildebeest, rhino, hippos, cheetah, buffalo and more.

You'll first get a close encounter with the Big Five in Kruger National Park then wind down at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland. Once in Cape Town, you will visit the most famous tourist attractions including Table Mountain, Robben Island, and The Cape of Good Hope. Then the tour continues to Tsitsikamma National Park, a paradise of natural forests and exquisite bird species.

Next on the list is the Addo Elephant National Park, the third largest national park in South Africa famous for its herds of elephant. Travel back to Cape Town via Oudtshoorn, known for being home to Cango Caves.

Detailed itinerary

Expand
  • 1
    Johannesburg
    Day 1 Transfer by car
    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, there is an opportunity to have dinner in one of the many excellent restaurants the city offers.

    Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge.

     

    Visited places:
  • 2
    Johannesburg to Nkambeni Lodge
    Day 2 Transfer by car
    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, Dinner.

    Accommodation in tented rooms.              

  • 3
    Nkambeni Lodge to Kruger National Park
    Day 3 Transfer by car
    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. As it is a short drive we arrive early morning and then have the pure pleasure of a full day's game drive in 4x4 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, dinner. Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge. Activities Included: Game Drive with 4x4 vehicles.

     

     

    Visited places:
  • 4
    Kruger National Park to Swaziland (Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary)
    Day 4 Transfer by car
    Kruger National Park to Swaziland (Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary)

    After a final game drive in Kruger, we continue to Swaziland for two nights at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.  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, Dinner.      
     

    Visited places:
  • 5
    Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
    Day 5 Transfer by car
    Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

    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 chooses a new wife.

    Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner.      

    Visited places:
  • 6
    Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary to Johannesburg
    Day 6 Transfer by car
    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. Overnight in a bungalow / lodge.

    Visited places:
  • 7
    Johannesburg to Wilderness
    Day 7 Transfer by airplane
    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 on the Garden Route. On arrival at the guest house spend  time exploring the town or just relax.

    Meals: Breakfast.  Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge.

    Visited places:
  • 8
    Wilderness to Tsitsikamma
    Day 8 Transfer by car
    Wilderness to Tsitsikamma

    The journey continues towards Tsitsikamma, located on the Garden Route, the stretch of coast from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to Storms River in the Eastern Cape. The area covers indigenous forest, plantations, and Fynbos (natural shrubland). The climate is mild all year round, which lends itself to outdoor activities. You can in  fact choose from self-guided hikes, black water tubing, Bloukrans bungee, a treetop canopy tour, abseiling and much more.

    Meals:   Breakfast, Dinner. Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge.

  • 9
    Tsitsikamma
    Day 9
    Tsitsikamma

    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.
    Visited places:
  • 10
    Tsitsikamma to Addo Elephant National Park
    Day 10 Transfer by car
    Tsitsikamma 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, Dinner. Accommodation:  Bungalow/Lodge.

  • 11
    Addo Elephant National Park to Oudtshoorn
    Day 11 Transfer by car
    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, Dinner. Accommodation:  Bungalow/Lodge.

    Visited places:
  • 12
    Oudtshoorn to Cape Town
    Day 12 Transfer by car
    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. Accommodation:  Hotel.

    Visited places:
  • 13
    Cape Town
    Day 13
    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.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Visited places:
  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes

    • Meals: 12 Breakfasts, 7 Dinners
    • Accommodation:Hotel (1 nt), Tented Camp (1 nts), Bungalow/ Rooms (10 nts)
    • Entrance fees: Kruger National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Tsitsikamma National Park, Addo Elephant National Park, Cango Caves
    • Activities: Full Day 4x4 Game drives (Kruger National Park), Game Drive Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Flight Johannesburg to George, Self-Guided Hikes, Game Drives Addo National Park, Cango Caves Visit
    • Airport transfer: Your arrival airport transfer is included.
    • Transport: Mercedes Sprinter, Commercial Airplane
    • Crew:  1 Tour Leader, 1 Driver for the duration of the tour, local guides as per activities included. 

    Price does not include

    • Tips and personal expenses
    • International flights and visas
    • Optional activities
    • Everything which is not mentioned under "the price includes" section.