Cape Town Holidays - view from Table Mountain cable car

Grand South Africa Overland - Camping Tour


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24 NIGHTS
FROM £1,595
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This adventurous camping tour travels from Johannesburg to Cape Town, viewing the incredible wildlife of the Kruger Park. Drive through Swaziland to St Lucia Durban. Continue through the Drakenberg Mountains into Lesotho & along the Garden Route to Cape Town. Travel in a rugged 4x4 overland truck, with dome tents & activity package included. Regular departures with group size 4 to 18.
South Africa Camping Safari Tour Johannesburg Kruger Cape Town
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Johannesburg
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Kruger National Park
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Swaziland
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St Lucia & Hluhluwe
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Durban
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Drakensberg Mountains
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Lesotho
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Garden Route
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Tsitsikamma Forest
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Cape Town
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Johannesburg
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Kruger National Park
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Swaziland
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St Lucia & Hluhluwe
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Durban
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Drakensberg Mountains
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Lesotho
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Garden Route
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Tsitsikamma Forest
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Cape Town
Day 1
You will be met at Johannesburg Airport and transferred to your hotel in this thriving city.
    
Check in and relax under warm blue South African skies in 'Egoli' - the city of gold.
Day 2
This morning you will be collected from your Johannesburg hotel and taken to the departure point for your group adventure tour travelling in a rugged 4x4 overland truck.
 
We leave at 08.00 and travel 7-hours through the farmlands and mountains of Mpumalanga along the beautiful Panorama Route. This is one of South Africa’s most scenic drives and includes Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Gods Window, the three Rondavels and the green Blyde River Canyon - the third largest in the world.
 
We continue to our campsite where you may see bushbabies, duiker, giraffe, impala, wildebeest, bushbuck and warthog grazing.
 
A dome tent & camping mattress are provided, but you need to bring your own sleeping bag, pillow & towel. You will be expected to erect your tent, which is easy to master. All meals whilst on tour are included and are prepared & served from the overland vehicle except for specified optional dinners in cities. Alcohol is not included. Facilities at campsites generally include shared ablutions & hot shower, except where bush camping is specified. Truck lockers are 30 x 80cm, so please use soft bags that will fit (but there is no weight restriction).
 
Average group size is 14 people (with minimum of 4 and maximum of 18). On camping tours the average age is 30 years, with a range from 18 to 55 although this does vary by tour. If over 65 years, you need a doctors letter that you are sufficiently fit for overland travel. Teens aged 16 to 18 years are on request and must travel with an adult.
Day 3
We rise early today to visit Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.
 
Here you have the unique opportunity of viewing wild lion, leopard, cheetah, eagles and vultures at close quarters. Animals found injured, poisoned or orphaned are given a second chance and released back into the wilds. This is a wonderful opportunity to see some very special species up close, as well as learning about the positive achievements being accomplished here.
 
Later we enter the world famous Kruger National Park for unforgettable game viewing. Our truck gives us a height advantage over other vehicles, which means better photographs. Game viewing opportunities should present themselves almost immediately in this vast 2-million hectare game sanctuary that is the size of Wales.
Day 4
Today enjoy game viewing in the famous Kruger National Park, travelling in our overland truck.
 
We search for the Big Five - lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard - as well as many smaller mammals, insects, reptiles and birds that live in this amazing wildlife reserve.
 
After a beautiful African sunset, enjoy the balmy evening and pristine stars of the Milky Way as you have never seen them before – as well as the spectacular Southern Cross.
Day 5
We leave the Kruger National Park today and travel 5-hours across the border into the mountainous kingdom of Swaziland, a landlocked country bordered by South Africa and Mozambique.
 
We visit local markets and enjoy the colourful Swazi culture and spectacular scenery, before continuing to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.
 
As there are no large predators in this reserve, you can relax and enjoy walking amongst the wildlife of Swaziland's oldest game sanctuary covering over 4,500 hectares, which is an excellent way to enjoy the flora, fauna and bird life.  
 
There is the option of another 4x4 game drive here (pay locally).
Day 6
Relax amongst the wildlife of Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swazilands oldest game sanctuary covering over 4,500 hectares.
 
As there are no large predators you can enjoy walking in the reserve, which is an excellent way to enjoy the flora, fauna and bird life.
Day 7
We leave Swaziland and re-enter South Africa, travelling 5-hours to the small town of St Lucia, which forms part of the iSimangaliso Wetlands.
 
This area has been declared a World Heritage site because of its unique biodiversity and importance to marine conservation. With over 500 different bird species, it also offers outstanding bird watching.
 
In the afternoon enjoy a Zulu cultural experience, including energetic Zulu dancing and sampling the local beer. You will also be taught how to greet and count in the Zulu language, and learn about family traditions.
Day 8
This morning we drive to the Hluhluwe Game Reserve for an open top game drive in a 4x4 vehicle with a ranger. This Big-5 game reserve is renowned for saving the rhino from extinction and now has the largest population of white rhino in the world.
 
In the afternoon we continue 4-hours to Durban, South Africa’s largest marine port and well-known holiday destination. The evening can be spent enjoying an optional dinner out, where you can sample authentic Indian cuisine - as Durban is home to the largest population of Indians outside Asia.
Day 9
We leave behind the beautiful beaches of Durban today and travel 5-hours inland to the spectacular uKhahlamba Drakensberg Mountains, recognised as a World Heritage site for its vast collection of San Bushmen rock art paintings.
    
Known locally as the Barrier of Spears the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains form the backbone of Southern Africa, running all the way down from the Great Rift Valley. Here you can explore the mountain paths and take in the breathtaking views offered in the Royal Natal National Park.
Day 10
Today enjoy a guided hike in Royal Natal National Park to see ancient San Bushman rock paintings.
 
Other optional activities in the area include horse riding, abseiling, mountain biking, Tugela Falls hike or a visit to a local Zulu school.
Day 11
A full day on the road today enjoying dramatic views, as we travel 8-10 hours across the Drakensberg Mountains into the landlocked mountain kingdom of Lesotho.
 
Lesotho is the home of the Basuto people and one of the highest countries in the world, at over 1,000 m above sea level.
Day 12
At leisure to enjoy walking and hiking in the magnificent mountains of Lesotho.
 
There is also the option of Pony Trekking into the remote hills, accompanied by local guides. In the late afternoon we will visit the local village and school (except during school holidays).
Day 13
A full day on the road today as we leave Lesotho and travel 8-9 hours southwards to Cintsa.
 
On arrival relax on the glorious beaches of the stunning Wild Coast of South Africa.
Day 14
At leisure to relax and unwind at Cintsa on the beautiful Wild Coast.
 
Optional activities include boat rental, quad biking, abseiling and local Xhosa Village visit - or simply relax on the magnificent beach.
Day 15
A full day on the road today as we drive 8-hours from the Wild Coast to the Addo Elephant National Park in the beautiful Eastern Cape.
 
Our truck gives us an elevated view on our game drive this afternoon, particularly for those photographic enthusiasts amongst us. In addition to the elephants, you can hope to see antelope, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe and other plains game, as well as several of the Big Five before dining in your warm African surroundings. You can also take an optional night game drive with an Addo ranger.
Day 16
This morning we leave Addo and travel 1-hour to Port Elizabeth airport for a quick stop, before we continue 3-hours to the Tsitsikamma Forest.
 
Meaning "place of abundant water", Tsitsikamma is one of South Africa’s best-kept secrets with exceptional hiking trails through indigenous forests and superb coastal scenery. On arrival relax and explore the scenic beauty of the forest.
Day 17
Today is free to explore the first few hours of the famous Otter Trail Hike.
 
Alternatively many optional adventure activities are available in Tsitsikamma - the adventure capital of South Africa - including black water tubing down the Storms River, abseiling down Storms River gorge, an exciting tree-top canopy tour or bungy jumping from Bloukrans Bridge, the highest commercial bungy jump in the world!
Day 18
Today we travel 2-hours from Tsitsikamma Forest to Plettenberg Bay.
 
In the afternoon you can choose between relaxing at the resort or taking a short excursion to nearby Knysna, where optional activities include a Knysna Lagoon cruise, Knysna Elephant Park, Township Tour, Monkeyland & Birds of Eden.
Day 19
Today we travel 2-hours from Plettenberg Bay along the beautiful Garden Route and through the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains to Oudtshoorn.
 
On arrival in Oudtshoorn we visit the world-renowned Cango Caves – a vast series of underground halls and caverns formed over 20 million years ago in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. The caves, which extend for over 3 miles, contain spectacular stalagmites and stalactites and offer relatively easy access.
Day 20
This morning there is the optional opportunity of visiting an Ostrich Farm to view these huge flightless birds in their natural surroundings.
 
We then enjoy a scenic 5-hour drive along spectacular Route 62 to Stellenbosch. On arrival we explore this historic university town, which is at the heart of the Western Cape’s wine region and second oldest European settlement in the Western Cape. As this our last night together, in the evening enjoy an optional dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 21
This morning we visit a Stellenbosch wine estate to taste some of South Africa’s finest wines. We also visit a Cheetah Breeding Project to see the work being done to save this endangered species.
 
We continue 1-hour to Cape Town, where on a clear day you can enjoy magnificent views of Table Mountain. Your tour ends with drop off at your hotel.
Day 22
Today is free for independent sightseeing in Cape Town.
 
We recommend you purchase a day pass onboard the convenient Hop-Off Bus, which stops at all Cape Town’s key sights and beaches. The "Red Route" bus stops at the Table Mountain base station, where you can buy a ticket to ascend by cable car and enjoy one of the world’s most famous views. Continue to Camps Bay beach and the many attractions of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
Day 23
At leisure to relax and explore the "Mother City" of Cape Town.
 
Many optional activities are available in this beautiful city. You can visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned (advance booking essential in season) and explore the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
 
You can visit world famous Kirstenbosch Gardens or simply relax on golden Camps Bay beach – the choice is yours.
Day 24
Today we recommend an optional full day tour to the beautiful Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, where you may see baboons, ostrich and perhaps even dolphins or whales in season (July/November).
  
Your tour travels through Hout Bay and along spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive to the Cape Point peninsula, returning via Simons Town, Fish Hoek, Constantia and Kirstenbosch Gardens. This is a scenic tour of the whole Cape Peninsula, with the optional opportunity of visiting the penguin colony at Boulders Beach.
Day 25
Transfer to Cape Town Airport for your flight home.
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