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.
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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!
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. After 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'.
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.
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.
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 an optional 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 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. This afternoon we embark on a game drive in our safari truck, encountering all kinds of animals and birds in Addo Park.
This morning we leave Addo Elephant National Park and drive to Port Elizabeth, where our Drakensberg, Lesotho & Addo Camping Tour comes to an end.
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.
This Overland Camping Tour is also available as an accommodated trip - Durban to Addo via Lesotho, Accommodated Overland.
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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