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Addo, Lesotho & Drakensberg Overland Camping Safari

Tour Length7 days
Priced from pps $782 R10750 £608 685 A$1086 C$1038 NZ$1148 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Overland Camping Tour

  • Max. Group Size 20 Travellers
  • Departs from Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Ends at Durban, South Africa
  • Accommodation Standard Camping
  • Transport Large Overland Vehicle
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Lemurs, Lions, Rhino & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

This budget Addo, Lesotho & Drakensberg Camping Safari starts in the rugged Eastern Cape, departing from Port Elizabeth and ending in Durban on the warm Kwa-Zulu Natal Coast.

Safari highlights include:

  • Game viewing in the Big Five Addo Elephant National Park
  • Exploring historic Graaff-Reinet and the Valley of Desolation in the Karoo
  • Visiting a rural Sotho village, hiking and optional pony trekking in Lesotho
  • Hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains and sightseeing in KwaZulu-Natal

A fantastic and affordable getaway to the scenic Lesotho and Drakensberg Mountains and the open Karoo, as well as game-rich Addo Park!

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1: Port Elizabeth to Addo Elephant National Park - South Africa

This Addo, Lesotho & Drakensberg Safari begins in Port Elizabeth where you meet your guide and fellow travellers.

Leaving Port Elizabeth we travel to Addo Elephant National Park, the third largest national park in South Africa. Addo Park boasts one of the densest populations of African elephants in the world and covers both land and marine habitats.

We spend the night camping at a lodge on a game park, near the national park.

  • Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Graaff Reinet - South Africa

On day two we travel to Graaff Reinet in the semi-arid Karoo region of South Africa. The Karoo is known for its expansive, flat landscapes with dry sheep farms and a scattering of remote towns.

This afternoon you are free to explore Graaff-Reinet on foot or, if time allows, join a guided historical tour of the town (optional extra). Graaff-Reinet is the fourth oldest town in South Africa, hosting one of the highest concentrations of monuments in the country.

In the late afternoon, we take a trip to the nearby Valley of Desolation, 14km's from Graaff-Reinet. End the day with sundowners while watching a beautiful sunset over the rugged valley and open plains of Camdeboo.

  • Optional Activity: Graaff Reinet Historical Tour (time allowing)
  • Activity Package: Valley of Desolation Sundowner Excursion (in winter we do a Sunrise Excursion to Valley of Desolation on day three instead)
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3 to 4: Malealea - Lesotho

On day three our Budget Addo, Lesotho & Drakensberg Safari leaves South Africa behind, journeying into Lesotho, the 'Kingdom in the Sky'. Lesotho is one of the highest countries in the world, with the entire country lying over 1000m above sea level.

The next day 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. You have the chance to go pony trekking in the hills (optional) this afternoon. On the pony trek, Lesotho villagers will guide you along secluded mountain trails with breathtaking views.

We camp at a lodge with shared ablution facilities and a bar on day three and four.

  • Optional Activities: Pony Trekking Excursion & Hiking
  • Included Activities: Hike with your guide & visit a Lesotho village
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (x2)

Day 5 to 6: Drakensberg Mountains - South Africa

Returning to South Africa, we drive to the mountainous uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, formerly called Royal Natal National Park. Our drive takes us through the impressive landscapes of the Golden Gate National Park.

Day six is set aside for exploring mountain paths and enjoying the beauty of the towering Drakensberg Mountains. The Drakensberg Mountains are South Africa’s highest peaks, also widely considered the most beautiful.

On the morning of day six, we set off on a hike in the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg National Park, where we have the chance to meet with local guides and see San (Bushman) rock paintings. Alternatively, you can enjoy optional outdoor activities or simply unwind in the scenic Drakensberg Mountains.

Our campsite is at a resort with a pool, bar, shared ablution facilities, internet and laundry services.

  • Included Activities: Drive through Golden Gate National Park / uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park entry fee & hike
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (x2)

Day 7: KwaZulu-Natal Coast & Durban - South Africa

Our Addo, Lesotho & Drakensberg Camping Safari takes us through some amazing scenery on our way down to the KwaZulu-Natal Coast.

Along the way, we stop to view the monument that marks the place where Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962. After visiting the site where this famous Nobel Peace Prize laureate and political icon was taken as a political prisoner, we stop to admire Howick Falls and enjoy the views.

In the late afternoon, we enter the bustling city of Durban, South Africa’s largest port and well know surfing destination. This Budget Overland Safari ends on arrival in Durban, but most safari groups choose to go out for an optional meal at one of the excellent Indian restaurants in Durban on the last night.

  • Included Activities: Visit Mandela Site & Howick Falls
  • Optional Activities: Dinner and night out in Durban
  • Meals: Breakfast

Please Note:

This northbound Addo, Lesotho & Drakensberg Camping Safari is also available in the reverse order, starting in Durban and ending in Port Elizabeth as the southbound Lesotho, Addo & Drakensberg Safari.

This Overland Camping Tour is also available as an accommodated trip - Addo to Durban via Lesotho, Accommodated Overland Tour.

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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Lesotho Activities

  • Pony Trekking
  • Hiking

South Africa Activities

  • Addo Night Drive
  • Graaff Reinet Historical Tour
  • Dinner out in Durban
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