Experience South Africa
18 Day Overland Tour, Accommodated
To: Cape Town
Number of Participants: 4-17
Tour Price: 1,945 EUR
On this 18-day accommodated overland tour you will travel along a scenic road to Mpumalanga. In the Balule Nature Reserve you will go on an open vehicle night game drive before the journey continues to Hazyview and the well known Kruger National Park where you spend the entire day game viewing. You travel south through the Kingdom of Swaziland en route to Zululand. At the Dolphin Coast you spend a night on the beach before you reach the city of Durban. In the Drakensberg you will go hiking and visit a San rock art site. You will travel through the Golden Gate Highlands National Park and the Karoo with its beautiful arid landscapes. You journey along the green Garden Route will finally bring you to the multicultural city of Cape Town.
Day 1-4 | South Africa
- Panorama Route: Pilgrim´s Rest, Bourke´s Luck potholes, Blyde River Canyon
- Balule Nature Reserve: Game walk, open vehicle night drive
- Hazyview: Forest walk
- Kruger National Park: Game drives
Day 5-9 | South Africa | Swaziland
- Zululand: St. Lucia, game walks, rural Zulu school visit
- Hluhluwe Game Reserve: Game drives
- Dolphin Coast: Time at leisure on the beach
- Drakensberg: Bushman paintings, hiking, horse riding (optional)
Day 10-18 | South Africa
- Free State: Oliviershoek Pass, Sterkfontein Dam, Golden Gate National Park
- Karoo: Nieu Bethesda, Graaf-Reinet
- Garden Route: Knysna, Tsitsikamma, Otter trail, Whale Route
- Cape Town: Table Mountain, Sea Point, V&A Waterfront, Cape of Good Hope, winelands, Robben Island, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden (optional)
Day 1 | Johannesburg, South Africa - Balule Nature Reserve, South Africa
Distance approx. 500 km; driving time approx. 7-8h
Departing from the Drifters lodge in Johannesburg at 06h30, you travel along a picturesque road to Mpumalanga. Along the way you visit Dullstroom, traverse Robbers Pass and spend time in the quaint historic town of Pilgrim’s Rest. You also visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Blyde River Canyon. Thereafter snaking down the escarpment to the Lowveld’s bushveld where you overnight in a well-appointed bush camp. The tented camp is in a private reserve next to the Kruger Park and offers comfortable beds en-suite bathrooms and stunning views over the surrounding bush. Dinner tonight is cooked on the open fire.
Day 2 | Balule Nature Reserve, South Africa
You start the day with customary coffee and rusks before setting off on a game walk. You walk for approximately three hours in search of game, stopping regularly to learn more about the vegetation and animals. A guide and tracker escort all walks. Return to camp for a late morning brunch after which it’s time to relax around the pool and enjoy the camp. In the afternoon you join an open vehicle game drive which can become an extensive night drive. Being in the bush at night provides you with the opportunity to see shy nocturnal animals. This evening you enjoy a hearty bush “braai” and again fall asleep to the sounds of the wild.
Brunch | Dinner
Day 3 | Balule Nature Reserve, South Africa - Hazyview, South Africa
Distance approx. 150 km; driving time approx. 2h
After a leisurely start, you travel through the rural Bushbuck ridge area to the sleepy settlement of Hazyviewand then on to the Hazyview Lodge, a wooden cottage spectacularly built on stilts in indigenous subtropical forest on the banks of the Sabie River. This afternoon you will have time to relax at the bird hide, go swimming or walk in the forest.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 4 | Hazyview, South Africa - Kruger National Park, South Africa
Distance approx. 50 km; driving time approx. 1h (excl. game drives)
Leaving Hazyview early, you travel the short distance to the world-renowned Kruger National Park, where you will spend the entire day viewing animals from the high vantage point of the well-equipped vehicle with its high vantage point it offers excellent views over the grass and into the bush and is fully equipped to prepare a fresh picnic lunch in the park. Enjoy a picnic lunch and then overnight in one of the park’s camps.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 5-6 | Kruger National Park, South Africa - Zululand, South Africa
Distance on day 5 approx. 500 km; driving time approx. 7-8h
Traveling south through the Kingdom of the Swazi, your journey takes you into an area of spectacular scenery and past numerous traditional homesteads and markets. You will enter Zululand, the area once ruled by the famed king Shaka Zulu, a region of game reserves and impressive scenery. You spend the next two nights at a rustic Zululand camp situated in the sand forest of a private game reserve next the World Heritage Site of St Lucia. During your stay you will do a game walk in the reserve and join an open vehicle game drive in Hluhluwe Game Reserve. You will also visit a rural Zulu school that is sponsored by Drifters and who benefits from tourism.
2 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 2 x Dinner
Day 7 | Zululand, South Africa - Dolphin Coast, South Africa
Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 3-4h
It is a short drive today as you travel to one of the world’s finest coastlines, where the waves of the Indian Ocean continuously pound deserted beaches. Your next night stop will be at the Dolphin Coast Lodge, situated literally on the beach. Soak up the sun and enjoy the beach and the warm ocean. Tonight you enjoy a traditional fish braai on the lodge’s patio.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 8-9 Dolphin Cost, South Africa - Drakensberg, South Africa
Distance on day 8 approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 4-5h
After a visit to the holiday city of Durban you head inland to the majestic Drakensberg Mountain, “Barrier of Spears”(lunch today will be own expense). On reaching the foothills you transfer to a 4X4 vehicle for an exciting drive up to the Drakensberg Lodge where you spend two nights in cozy log cabins. You will have time to hike and explore the wonders of this National Heritage Site and visit a San rock art site. Pony trekking is also available (optional activity - not included in the rate).
2 x Breakfast, 1 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner
Day 10 | Drakensberg, South Africa - Eastern Free State, South Africa
Distance approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 4-6h
After a 4x4 transfer back to the vehicle, you cross over the Oliviershoek Pass to see the turquoise waters of the deep Sterkfontein Dam. The journey continues through the Golden Gate National Park, well-known for its towering sandstone cliffs and unique wildlife. Lunch will be for your own expense in the arty village of Clarens – you will have time to browse the art galleries and other unique attractions. This night will be spent in a small village in the Eastern Free State.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 11-12 | Eastern Free State, South Africa - Karoo, South Africa
Distance on day 11 approx. 600 km; driving time approx. 7-8h
Navigating lesser-known gravel roads, you head into the dry Karoo interior. You will travel via quaint and remote farming villages including the weird town of Nieu Bethesda to the overnight lodge. Your home for the next two nights will be in stone cottages on a traditional farm nestled against the Sneeuberg Mountains. During your stay here you can walk and explore the mountainous terrain with its variety of interesting plants, animal and bird life.
2 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 2 x Dinner
Day 13-15 | Karoo, South Africa - Knysna, South Africa
Distance on day 13 approx. 400 km; driving time approx. 5-6h
After an early start, you head for the historic town of Graaff-Reinet where you can visit museums, stroll around the town admiring the architecture and meet the locals. You then cross the Outeniqua Mountains, which forms the barrier between the dry interior and the lush coastal Garden Route area. You arrive in Knysna at the centrally located lodge where you will spend the next three nights.
The days here will be spent exploring this renowned region and its many attractions. The lodge’s superb location ensures enough time to explore the old woodcutter town of Knysna. You can walk in the forest in search of the elusive Knysna Lourie, visit beaches and the Knysna Heads. You will travel to the Tsitsikamma National Park where you will walk a short part of the tough "Otter” trail. On the return journey, those with suicidal tendencies may try the world’s highest bungi jump at 216 meters or may opt for a sea kayak trip (optional activities, not included in the rate).
3 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 2 x Dinner
Day 16-18 | Knysna, South Africa - Cape Town, South Africa
Distance on day 16 approx. 500 km; driving time approx. 6-7h
After a relaxed start, you leave Knysna to travel through the “lake district” and then on to the "Whale Route" around the Hottentots Holland Mountains to reach Cape Town in the late afternoon. The lodge where you stay is situated on the Sea Point beachfront. Cape Town is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world and you will spend two days visiting Cape Point, Hout Bay and the Waterfront. You will also hike up Table Mountain, visit secluded beaches, a wine farm and many more interesting places. This tour ends at 16h00.
3 x Breakfast
- Overland tour according to the itinerary
- 17 nights accommodation in guesthouses, chalets, bungalows, camps or lodges as indicated in the itinerary
- Transport in an overland truck and a 4x4 safari vehicle
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Coffee and tea with breakfast
- National parks fees
- Flights (international and domestic)
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water)
- Optional activities
- Visa, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance
- Sleeping bag
How big is the group and where are my fellow travellers from?
- Group sizes vary however there is a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 17 travellers per group.
- Travellers are from all over the world and from all walks of life.
Is there an age limit on tour?
- Generally the age limit is 18 to 55 years. But please feel free to contact us if you are a youngster travelling with your parents or if you are over the age of 55 years and we will gladly contact the local tour operator to see if we can’t work out something for you.
Where does the group overnight while on tour?
- 17 nights are spent in twin rooms /permanent tents at nice camps / guesthouses / lodges.
What vehicle is used on tour?
- We make use of safari trucks that have been reconstructed in order to cope with the demanding African conditions. Big windows guarantee first-class game and nature viewing and a spacious interior with comfortable seats offer a high travel comfort. The back part of the vehicle is used for luggage, food and other equipment.
What meals are included and what food can be expected on tour?
- Meals are included as indicated in the itinerary.
- Breakfast usually consists of cereals, toast and jam. Light lunches like salads and sandwiches are prepared en-route while for dinner the guide prepares stews, BBQs, vegetables and different pasta or rice dishes.
How much extra money do I have to take along?
- We recommend that you take along some extra cash for drinks, snacks and souvenirs. 10-15 USD per day is usually sufficient (depending on your spending habits). In addition you should allow some extra money for the optional activities you might want to participate in.
Do I need visa for this tour?
- Citizens of all nationalities need to contact the respective embassies of their travel destination to check the visa regulations.
- In general European citizens do not require a visa for South Africa and Swaziland.
- It is the sole responsibility of every traveller to be in possession of the required documents and visa that allows them to enter their holiday destination.
Do I need vaccinations for this tour?
- Although none of the countries visited on tour require proof of immunization against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Hepatitis A & B, we nevertheless recommend those vaccinations.
- As the Kruger National Park is situated within a malaria area, we would recommend some precautions. Please speak to your doctor or travel clinic about the different prophylaxis and their effects and side effects.