South Africa Scenic Route – 18 days

December 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Featured, Overland Safaris

Small Group Camping & Cabin Safari

A wonderful journey through the Rainbow Nation. Camping, trekking, game viewing, historical and cultural visits through South Africa!

Highlights

  • Mpumalanga Panorama Route – sight seeing
  • Kruger National Park – game drives
  • Swaziland – mountain walks
  • Zululand – game drives & cultural villages
  • Drakensberg mountains – mountain walks
  • Lesotho – trekking with ponies
  • Garden Route & Karoo – walks, ostriches & wine farms
  • Cape Town – Cape Point & Table Mountain

Includes

  • 6 nights in hotels / cabins and 11 nights camping
  • Entrance fees
  • Use of camping equipment (except sleeping bags)
  • Transport in safari truck or minibus
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Professional guide

Day 1 JOHANNESBURG to MPUMALANGA

South Africa Scenic Route   18 days Departing from Johannesburg at 06:30am we head east towards Mpumalanga. A landscape characterised by mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests. We will camp the night in the old gold rush town of Pilgrims Rest, a living museum dating back to 1873. We explore the quaint town, visit Mac Mac falls and God’s Window viewpoint [camping - LD]

Day 2 & 3 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

South Africa Scenic Route   18 days Big game country – exciting game drives provide us with excellent game viewing. Spot lion, elephant, rhino and other animals in one of the last African wildernesses. Early morning & afternoon game drives get us close to the wildlife. [camping BLD ]

Day 4 KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND

South Africa Scenic Route   18 days Guided walk included. The mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland, led by King Mswati III, is one of only 3 monarchies in Africa. Swazi’s are proud of their traditional lifestyle & cultures. We explore the Malolotja reserve on foot to enjoy the mountain scenery, rare birdlife, and the 95m high Malolotja waterfall. Overnight in log cabins with fantastic panoramic views. [cabin BLD ]

Day 5 & 6 ZULULAND

South Africa Scenic Route   18 days After visiting craft markets near Mbabane, we re-enter South Africa. Mkuzi Game Reserve is a safe haven for the endangered black rhino. We have a full day to game drive and stop at waterhole hides and watch game come down to drink [ camping BLD ]

Day 7 & 8 DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAINS

South Africa Scenic Route   18 days Guided walk included. Moving further south to the base of the Drakensberg (Dragon Mountains). We have two nights at the foot of the mountains allowing time for walking along beautiful mountain stream paths, looking for Bushman rock paintings or just enjoying spectacular views. [camping BLD ]

Day 9 & 10 LESOTHO

South Africa Scenic Route   18 days Guided walk included. We travel through the towering red sandstone cliffs of Golden Gate en route to Lesotho. Quaint villages and towns offer interesting stops along the way. We cross the border and head to southern Lesotho to our overnight chalets at Malealea. This lodge nestled in the mountains forms our base for two nights. The next morning we are up early and spend the day trekking with a local guide and his pony through the rugged mountains. [chalets BLD ]

Day 11 KAROO NP

South Africa Scenic Route   18 days Descending from the Lesotho highlands we make our way into the great Karoo. It covers most of central South Africa and is a vast semi desert. It has become famous for its sheep and ostrich farming industries, and roadside stalls selling handmade windmills. [guesthouse BL- ]

Day 12 ADDO ELEPHANT NP

South Africa Scenic Route   18 days A conservation success, Addo Elephant N.P. offers a unique wildlife area, famous for the Addo Elephants. We head out on game drives in search of elephant, black rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard. Evening viewing at the floodlit waterhole allows us to watch the nocturnal animals. . [ camping BLD ]

Day 13 & 14 TSITSIKAMMA

South Africa Scenic Route   18 days Guided walk included. Indigenous Tsitsikamma forests surround the campsite at Storms River mouth, and there are walks up the Storms River Gorge and along the rocky coastline. There is an option of the world’s highest bungi jump (own expense). Whales may be seen in season (July to November). [camping BLD ]

Day 15 WESTERN CAPE

South Africa Scenic Route   18 days After visiting “The Heads” in Knysna, a town nestled on a tranquil lagoon we travel south along the Garden Route towards the famous wine regions of the Cape. We pass the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve and Threewaterkloof Dam before heading over Franschoek pass to our campsite near Franschhoek for the evening. [camping BLD ]

Day 16 & 17 CAPE TOWN

South Africa Scenic Route   18 days We enjoy a morning walk in historic Franschhoek. Visit Stellenbosch, for wine tasting and a cellar tour. Explore Cape Town and the “mother city’s” many attractions; visit Cape Point, the Cape of Good Hope, Chapman’s Peak drive, the harbour at Hout Bay, enjoy the famous beaches and the V&A Waterfront. Optional visit to Robben Island (own expense). Meals at a variety of local restaurants (own expense). [guesthouse B - - ]

Day 18 TOUR ENDS – TRANSFERS

South Africa Scenic Route   18 days Guided walk included. We climb Table Mountain in the morning admiring the views over Table Bay and Cape Town. Spend the afternoon catching up on last minute curio shopping or just lazing on the beach absorbing the Cape’s sunshine. Tour ends at +/-18:00pm. [B - -].

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Our stay in Lesotho supports the Malealea community. Local guides, village accommodation and some of the fresh produce used in the lodge are sourced from the local villages in a responsible and sustain¬able method. Thus providing income, and better living standards for the Malealea villages and the local community.

PRE & POST TOUR ACCOMMODATION

Rivonia Road Lodge

Due to the early departure time of this safari we recommend that you stay in Johannesburg the night before safari. Please indicate if you require assistance with airport transfers and hotel reservations in the vacation planner when prompted.

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