Drakensberg

Lesotho & Drakensberg to Addo Overland Camping Safari

Tour Length7 days
Priced from pps $675 R8950 £525 576 A$856 C$856 NZ$927 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Overland Camping Tour

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

This Budget Lesotho, Addo & Drakensberg Safari departs from Durban on the KwaZulu-Natal Coast and ends in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.

Safari highlights include:

  • Sightseeing & hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains
  • Hiking & visiting a rural village in Lesotho
  • Historical tour of Graaff Reinet in the Great Karoo
  • Game viewing in Addo Elephant National Park

This affordable camping safari takes you to the scenic Lesotho and Drakensberg Mountains, the arid Great Karoo of South Africa and game-rich Addo Park to view Africa's wildlife!

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1 - 2: Durban to Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park - South Africa

This Budget Camping Safari starts in Durban on the sunny east coast of South Africa. In the morning you meet your safari guides and fellow travellers, before heading inland to the Drakensberg Mountains. Leaving the stunning golden beaches of the KwaZulu-Natal coast we drive to the incredibly scenic Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park. Also known as the Royal Natal National Park this wilderness area is located in the Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa's tallest range.

Along the way we stop at the place where world-famous Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was arrested in 1962. Ater visiting this historic site we stop at Howick Falls to enjoy the views.

Your guide takes you on a hike in this mountainous area on the morning of day two. On our walk in the scenic Drakensberg Mountains we have the chance to view San rock paintings with a local guide. The Drakensberg mountain range in South Africa peaks at over 3000 metres, and gets its name from the Afrikaans description for mountains that look like dragons' backs. The Zulu name, Ukhahlamba, also describes the mountains, but means 'barrier of spears'.

  • Included Activities: Visit Mandela Site, Howick Falls & Hiking in Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park
  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner (day 1) / Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (day 2)

Day 3 - 4: Malealea - Lesotho

Next we set off early for the beautiful drive up to the Lesotho border, traversing a towering mountain pass and driving via the Golden Gate National Park in South Africa. This afternoon we drive up into the rolling hills of Lesotho, passing the capital city of Maseru en route.

Day four begins with a hike in the mountains of Lesotho, soaking up the breathtaking scenery and fresh mountain air. We hike to a Basotho village where we encounter the local people and find out more about their way of life in rural Lesotho. The Basotho are known for their friendliness, straw hats, colourful textiles and hardy ponies.

This afternoon you have the chance to go pony trekking in the hills. On this optional pony trek, Lesotho villagers guide you along winding 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 does not appeal.

  • Optional Activities: Lesotho pony trekking & extra hiking
  • Included Activities: Drive through Golden Gate National Park / Morning hike & Lesotho village tour
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (x2)

Day 5: Graaff-Reinet - South Africa

Leaving Lesotho, we cross back into South Africa and travel from the lush mountains into the dry expanse of the Great Karoo.

This hot inland region, called the Karoo, is an open and flat terrain with remote farms and a scattering of small towns. Driving through the vast plains of the Karoo we cross the Gariep (Orange) River on our way to Graaff-Reinet.

Later this afternoon, you can take an optional trip to the nearby Valley of Desolation to enjoy sundowners and admire the incredible views over this dramatic landscape and the historic town.

  • Optional Activity: Valley of Desolation Sundowner Excursion
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Addo Elephant National Park - South Africa

This morning a local guide takes us on a historical tour of Graaff-Reinet, the fourth oldest town in South Africa. We spend some time sightseeing in the town, which hosts one of the highest concentrations of monuments in the country.

Next we head to Addo Park in the rugged Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.

This unique, malaria-free game park is home to one of the densest concentrations of African elephants on earth. 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 land and marine habitats.

  • Activity Package: Graaff Reinet Historical Tour
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Port Elizabeth - South Africa

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, along with hyenas, zebras and a variety of antelopes.

After spotting some African wildlife and birds we leave Addo Elephant National Park and drive to Port Elizabeth, where our Drakensberg, Lesotho & Addo Camping Tour comes to an end.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Please Note:

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

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 – Lesotho Hourly Rate

South Africa Activities

  • Valley of Desolation Sundowner Tour
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Lesotho Activities

  • Pony Trekking 
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