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18-day South Africa Scenic Route

A wonderful journey through the Rainbow Nation. Camping, trekking, game viewing, historical and cultural visits through South Africa!  Camping safaris are absolutely perfect for adventure travellers. You get the real South African experience as you connect, as close as possible, with the continent’s natural splendour. It is South Africa without her makeup - and she’s a beauty – who’s sure to make an indelible print on your heart.

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From
NZD$3,150
per person sharing*

Highlights

Mpumalanga Panorama Route 
Kruger National Park
Swaziland 
Zululand
Drakensberg Mountains 
Lesotho
Karoo
Addo Elephant Game Reserve
Tsitsikamma National Park
Cape Town

Includes

Use of camping equipment (except sleeping bag/pillow)
Meals as per itinerary
Transport
Professional guides

Travel insurance
International flights
Pre and post tour accommodation
Airport Transfers
Gratuities
Visas
Vaccinations
Optional activities
Beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled water)
Increases in park fees, government taxes and levies and fuel surcharges

Starts

Johannesburg, South Africa

Ends

Cape Town, South Africa

Duration

18 days

Countries visited

South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho

Departures

Small Group. Set departure dates

Price

From NZD$3,150
per person sharing*

Group Size

4 - 12 people

Safari Type

Adventure Camping Tours

Accommodation:

Adventure Camping

Vehicle

Day 1 JOHANNESBURG to MPUMALANGA [camping - LD]
[B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner]
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.

Day 2 & 3 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK [camping BLD]
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.

Day 4 KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND [cabin BLD]
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.

Day 5 & 6 ZULULAND [camping BLD]
After visiting the craft markets near Mbabane, we re-enter South Africa. KwaZulu Natal is one of the last refuges for the threatened rhino populations. We have a game drive in search of these ancient creatures and stop at waterholes to watch game come down to drink.

Day 7 & 8 DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAINS [camping BLD]
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, or just enjoying spectacular views.

Day 9 & 10 LESOTHO [chalets BLD]
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.

Day 11 KAROO [guesthouse BL-]
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.

Day 12 ADDO ELEPHANT NP [camping BLD]
A conservation success, Addo Elephant National Park 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.

Day 13 & 14 TSITSIKAMMA [camping BLD]
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).

Day 15 OVERBERG [camping BLD]
After visiting the famous “Knysna Heads”, which overlook the sea entrance to the tranquil Knysna lagoon, we travel south along the Garden Route. We drive along the coast before turning inland through the beautiful scenery of the Overberg region and overnight on the doorstep of the Cape winelands.

Day 16 & 17 CAPE TOWN [guesthouse B - -]
We visit Stellenbosch, for wine tasting and a cellar tour. Explore Cape Town and the “mother city’s” many attractions; visit the harbour at Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak drive, Cape Point, the Cape of Good Hope, 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).

Day 18 CAPE TOWN - TOUR ENDS [B - -]
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.