Set out from Durban on the warm Indian Ocean coastline, driving to the Ukuhlamba Drakensberg Park in KwaZulu-Natal. Take a guided hike in the Drakensberg Mountains, visiting San rock paintings and admiring the views. From South Africa's tallest mountains we head into the small landlocked country of Lesotho, where we walk in the scenic mountains and visit a Basotho village. Descending from the lofty mountains we travel into the arid Great Karoo to explore the rugged Valley of Desolation and the historic town of Graaff-Reinet.
Next we embark on a wildlife adventure in Addo Elephant National Park, home to one of Africa's largest elephant populations, along with the rest of the Big Five of Africa, and more. Drive to Port Elizabeth Airport where this totally affordable Drakensberg, Lesotho & Addo Accommodated Safari comes to a close.
This Drakensberg, Lesotho & Addo Accommodated Tour starts in Durban on the east coast of South Africa.
In the morning you are free to explore before meeting up with your safari guides and fellow travellers, and heading for the Drakensberg Mountains. Leaving the stunning golden beaches of the KwaZulu-Natal coast we drive to the incredibly beautiful Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park. Along the way we stop at the place where world-famous Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was arrested in 1962. We also stop at Howick Falls to admire the waterfall and pretty views.
Also known as the Royal Natal National Park this wilderness area is located in the Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa's tallest range. The Drakensberg mountain range in South Africa peaks at over 3000 metres, and is named after the mountains that look like dragons' backs, derived from Afrikaans. The Zulu name - uKhahlamba - is equally descriptive, meaning the 'barrier of spears'.
On day two, your guide takes you on a hike in this mountainous area, where hiking is the most popular activity. The hike is selected to match your group's fitness levels and is done at a pace that suits you. On our hike in Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park we have the chance to meet with local guides to go view San rock paintings. Alternatively you can enjoy optional outdoor activities, such as horse riding - an exciting way to explore the Drakensberg.
We stay in en-suite rooms with hot showers at a resort with a swimming pool, bar, internet, laundry services and a shop.
On day three, we set off early for the scenic drive into Lesotho, travelling via mountain passes, a vulture centre and the impressive landscapes of the Golden Gate National Park in South Africa. This afternoon we make our way up into the hills of Lesotho, famous for its mountain scenery and pony trekking.
Day four begins with a hike in the mountains of Lesotho, soaking up the beautiful scenery and fresh mountain air. We hike to a village where we get to meet the local Basotho people and find out more about their way of life. The Basotho are known for their traditional straw hats, colourful textiles and hardy ponies.
This afternoon you have the chance to go pony trekking, high up in the hills (optional). On the pony trek, Lesotho villagers will guide you along secluded mountain trails with spectacular views. This landlocked country falls almost entirely above an altitude of 1000 metres. You can relax at the lodge and do more hiking this afternoon if pony trekking isn't for you. The rural mountains provide a scenic setting for taking a break from modern living.
We stay in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms (hot showers) at a lodge with a bar.
This hot inland region, called the Karoo, is an open and flat terrain with sheep farms and a scattering of remote towns. Driving through the vast, dry plains of the Karoo we cross the Gariep (formerly Orange) River on our way to Graaff-Reinet.
In the late afternoon, we head to the Valley of Desolation, 14km from Graaff Reinet, for sundowners. We soak up the spectacular views of the Camdeboo plains at sunset and take a closer look at the unique flora and fauna of the area. In the winter months, we visit the Valley of Desolation early the next morning and spend this evening exploring the historic town of Graaff Reinet instead.
On the morning of day six, you can join a local guide for a historical tour of Graaff-Reinet, the fourth oldest town in South Africa (time allowing). Or spend some time sightseeing in the town, which hosts one of the highest concentrations of monuments in the country. During winter we set off early on our sunrise excursion to the Valley of Desolation.
Leaving Graaff Reinet behind, we travel to Addo Elephant National Park in the rugged Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. This unique, malaria-free game park is home to one of the world's densest concentrations of African elephants. Addo Elephant Park also boasts the ‘Big Seven’ (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, southern right whale and great white shark), as the game park includes both terrestrial and aquatic habitats.
We stay in permanent tents at a lodge with a bar, laundry services, hot showers and internet.
This morning we embark on a game drive in our overland truck, going in search of the fascinating wildlife found here. Sightings include elephant (of course) and the rest of the Big Five (lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard), along with hyenas, zebras and all kinds of antelopes.
After spotting some African wildlife and birds we leave Addo Elephant National Park and drive to Port Elizabeth, where your Drakensberg, Lesotho & Addo Accommodated Tour comes to an end.
This southbound Drakensberg Mountains, Lesotho & Addo Safari is also available in the reverse order as the Addo, Lesotho & Drakensberg Safari - North travelling from Port Elizabeth to Durban Safari via Lesotho.
We recommend arriving the day before your safari and only booking flights for the day after the safari ends. We can help arrange accommodation before and after the safari on request.
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See the Blyde River Canyon, God's Window and Bourke's Luck Potholes on route to the Kruger National Park. Cross into Swaziland’s and explore Mlilwane Nature Reserve. Head back into South Africa and visit the Saint Lucia Wetland Park and Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve.
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