This exclusive camping safari takes you from the Mpumalanga region through the wilderness of the Kruger National Park and on to the landlocked country of Swaziland, an area rich in traditional African Culture.
Then head to Lesotho passing through the Drakensberg Mountains, where you can choose to hike through the mountains, or explore the caves of the area, featuring San Bushmen paintings. We travel through the arid Karoo of South Africa and explore the Addo Elephant Park home to Africa's Big Five. On to Tsitsikamma National Park, an indigenous vegetation haven, home to an array of wildlife and remarkable birdlife.
From there we head westwards along the scenic Garden Route to our final destination, the beautiful city of Cape Town.
On day one of the South Africa, Swaziland & Lesotho Safari we depart from Johannesburg at 06:30am and head east into the Mpumalanga Province.
A landscape characterised by mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests - this is one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa.
We visit the old gold rush town of Pilgrims Rest, a living museum dating back to 1873. We explore the quaint town, visit Bourkes Luck Potholes and God's Window viewpoint.
Today we enter big game country, taking exciting game drives that provide us with excellent game viewing opportunities. Spot lion, elephant, rhino and other wild animals in one of the last African wildernesses.
The vast and popular Kruger Park is South Africa's premier game reserve and one of the top game viewing destinations in Africa. Early morning and afternoon game drives get us close to the diverse wildlife.
You have the option of taking a night game drive in Kruger Park in an open 4x4 safari vehicle.
The mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland, led by King Mswati III, is one of only three monarchies in Africa.
Swazi's are proud of their traditional lifestyle & cultures. We explore the Malolotja Game Reserve on foot to enjoy the mountain scenery, rare birdlife, and the 95m high Malolotja waterfall. Overnight in log cabins with fantastic panoramic views.
After visiting craft markets near Mbabane, we re-enter South Africa. The KwaZulu Natal region is a safe haven for endangered black rhino populations. We embark on a game drive in one of the reserves and stop at watering holes to watch game.
Moving further south we continue to the base of the Drakensberg (Dragon Mountains) in Natal. We have two nights at the foot of the mountains allowing time for walking along beautiful mountainous stream paths, looking for Bushman rock paintings or just enjoying the spectacular views.
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 on foot with a local guide and his Basotho pony. The guide's pony will carry lunch and a few small bags, as we walk through the rugged mountains.
Descending from the lush Lesotho highlands we make our way into the great Karoo. The dramatic Karoo landscape 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.
We spend the night in en-suite twin rooms at a guest house in the Karoo.
On day 12 we head for conservation success - Addo Elephant National Park, in the rustic Eastern Cape province of South Africa.
Addo Park is a unique wildlife area, famous for the numerous 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.
Indigenous Tsitsikamma forests surround the campsite at Storms River mouth, and there are forested walks up the Storms River Gorge and along the beautiful rocky coastline.
There is the option of taking the world's highest bungi jump (own expense) from the nearby Bloukrans Bridge. Whales are frequently sighted along this scenic stretch of coast in season (July to November).
After visiting "The Heads" in Knysna, a charming town nestled on a tranquil lagoon, we travel south along the Garden Route towards Swellendam, where we camp for the night.
South Africa's third oldest town, the historic village of Swellendam is located on the lower slopes of the Langeberg mountains in the picturesque Overberg region of South Africa.
On day 16 of the South Africa, Swaziland & Lesotho Safari we make our way to Stellenbosch, for wine tasting and a cellar tour in this famous wine region.
Then we travel to the picturesque city of Cape Town, known as the Mother City of South Africa. We explore the scenic Cape Peninsula on a full-day tour, beginning with a stunning coastal drive to the harbour of Hout Bay village. Then we drive along the breathtaking Chapman's Peak Drive to Cape Point Nature Reserve and the rugged Cape of Good Hope. From scenic coast and sandy beaches we make our way to the renowned Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, enjoying dinner (own expense) at one of the fine restaurants of Cape Town.
You also have the option of visiting Robben Island (own expense) and enjoying some of the numerous memorable activities on offer in and around Cape Town.
We stay in twin-share rooms with en suite bathrooms at a selection of guest houses in Cape Town, near the V&A Waterfront. The guesthouses are within walking distance of each other, and the tour group will meet in one of the guesthouses for breakfast together.
We climb Table Mountain in the morning admiring the spectacular views over Table Bay and the city of Cape Town. Spend the afternoon catching up on last minute curio shopping or just lazing on the beach enjoying the sunshine.
The South Africa, Swaziland & Lesotho Safari ends at about 18:00pm in Cape Town.
This Southern African tour covers great distances; so you'll see all the highlights of this diverse region, but it also means that we have to spend several days travelling. This involves long days on the road, generally followed by a full day to explore the area. This is an all-encompassing tour and a fantastic way to explore South Africa.
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