20-02230Explore South Africa

20 Day Overland Tour, Accommodated

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From: Johannesburg

To: Cape Town

Number of Participants: 4-20

Tour Price: from 2,230 EUR

Single Supplement: from 260 EUR

On this 20 day accommodated overland tour you will leave Johannesburg behind and travel along Panorama Route to Kruger National Park where you look out for the ‘Big Five’. You spend two nights in the Kingdom of Swaziland and enjoy a sunset boat cruise in St. Lucia. You will visit the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve and Durban as well as discover the San rock paintings in South Africa’s highest mountain range, the Drakensberg. You will enter the Kingdom of Lesotho which is more than 1000 metres above sea level. In the Addo Elephant Park you look out for the ‘Big Seven’ and on the beautiful Garden Route you will pass the Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Oudtshoorn where you explore the Cango Caves. Eventually you will travel along the Route 62 through the beautiful and well known wine lands of South Africa towards the Mother City.


Day 1-3 | South Africa

  • Panorama Route: Blyde River Canyon, God´s Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes
  • Timbavati: Traditional Shangaan dinner with dancing
  • Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
  • Kruger National Park: Game drives


Day 4-5 | Swaziland

  • Mlilwane Nature Reserve: Nature walks, traditional dancing


Day 6-7 | South Africa

  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park: Sunset boat cruise
  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve: Game drives
  • Durban: Dinner at a local restaurant (optional)
  • Drakensberg: Hiking, Bushman paintings


Day 10-11 | Lesotho

  • Malealea: Pony trekking excursion (optional), local village and school visit


Day 12-17 | South Africa

  • Cintsa: Relaxing, boat rental, quad biking (optional)
  • Addo Elephant National Park: Game drives
  • Tsitsikamma National Park: Hiking, Otter Trail, bungee jumping (optional)
  • Plettenberg Bay: Beaches, whale and dolphin watching


Day 17-20 | South Africa

  • Knysna: Lagoon, The Heads, Knysna Forest, Knysna Elephant Park (optional)
  • Oudtshoorn: Cango Caves, ostrich farm (optional)
  • Stellenbosch: Winelands, Spier Wine Estate, Cheetah Breeding Project
  • Cape Town: Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront, Cape of Good Hope, Robben Island, Camps Bay, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden (optional)

Day 1 Johannesburg, South Africa - Panorama Route, South Africa

Distance approx. 600 km; driving time approx. 9-10h (incl. Panorama Route)

Leaving Johannesburg you travel along the Panorama Route, one of South Africa’s most scenic drives. The Panorama route consists of Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Blyde River Canyon including God’s Window and Three Rondavels. This evening you will enjoy a traditional Shangaan Dinner and some dancing.
Lunch | Dinner


Day 2-3 Panorama Route, South Africa - Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa

Distance on day 2 approx. 50 km; driving time approx. 3-4h (incl. educational visit)

You get up early to visit the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre where injured or lost animals are rehabilitated in order to be released back into the wild. This is a wonderful opportunity to get up close to some very special species as well as to learn about the positive achievements being made here. Later you enter the world famous Kruger National Park and immediately start with an afternoon game drive. The next day you spend the entire day in the truck doing game drives. You also have the option to join a game walk or game drive in an open vehicle. These are optional activities, not included in the rate. You will stay on the outskirts of the Kruger National Park.
2 x Breakfast | 2 x Dinner


Day 4-5 Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland

Distance on day 4 approx. 450 km; driving time approx. 5-6h (incl. game dives)

After a hearty breakfast, you make your way travel to Swaziland, stopping at one of the local markets on the way. The Kingdom of Swaziland is a landlocked country, bordered by South Africa and Mozambique. You spend the next two nights in the Mlilwane Nature Reserve. Exploring the area on foot allows you to appreciate the scenery as well as the animals; there are no dangerous predators here. You will experience unique traditional Swazi dancing on the second evening after dinner. You can also go mountain biking, hiking, horse riding, do a guided birding walk or join the sunset game drive (optional activities, not included in the rate).
2 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 2 x Dinner


Day 6 Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland - St. Lucia, South Africa

Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 4-5h

You leave Swaziland and take a scenic drive towards the warm Indian Ocean coast, re-entering South Africa. Soon after your arrival at the iSimangaliso Wetland Park you board a boat for a sunset cruise on the lagoon (included in the rate)! This UNESCO recognised area is extremely varied and includes lakes, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands which together support an astounding diversity of animal, bird and marine life. You can also visit a traditional Zulu village (optional activity, not included in the rate).
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 7 St. Lucia, South Africa - Durban, South Africa

Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 4-5h

Today you make your way to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve where you enjoy a game drive in an open 4x4 vehicle. The park is the only state-run park in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in which all of the Big Five occur. Thanks to conservation efforts, the park now has the largest population of white rhino in the world. In the late afternoon you arrive in Durban, South Africa’s largest marine port and well-known surfing destination.


Day 8-9 Durban, South Africa - Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, South Africa

Distance on day 8 approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 5-6h

You leave behind the beautiful beaches of KwaZulu Natal and travel inland to Ukhahlamba Drakensberg or Royal Natal National Park, both part of the huge and incredibly scenic Drakensberg escarpment. With peaks over 3000 metres the Drakensberg is South Africa’s highest mountain range. Hiking is the most popular activity here and your guides will take you on a lovely hike if you are not already busy with optional activities, such as horse riding, (optional activity, not included in the rate) which can be a great way to explore this mountainous area.
1 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 2 x Dinner


Day 10-11 Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, South Africa - Malealea, Lesotho

Distance on day 10 approx. 550 km; driving time approx. 8-10h

It’s a visually impressive drive up to the Lesotho border, where the popular pony trekking excursion (optional activity, not included in the rate) takes place and requires an early morning start. Before you depart, you visit a local village and primary school (included in the rate). On the overnight trek, Lesotho villagers will guide you along remote trails where you enjoy spectacular views. You can also remain at the lodge and relax.
2 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 2 x Dinner


Day 12-13 Malealea, Lesotho - Cintsa, South Africa

Distance on day 12 approx. 550 km; driving time approx. 8-9h

Leaving the ‘Kingdom in the Skies’ behind you travel south to Cintsa. You can either relax or participate in one of the many optional activities available like boat rental, quad biking, abseiling (optional activities, not included in the rate).
2 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 2 x Dinner


Day 14 Cintsa, South Africa - Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 5-6h

This unique Eastern Cape Park is home to one of the densest concentration of African elephants on earth and because the greater Addo area is both a land and marine park, it also boasts the ‘Big Seven’ (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, southern right whale and great white shark). You will overnight outside of the Addo National Park.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 15-16 Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa - Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa

Distance on day 15 approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 4-5h

After Breakfast, you will make your way to the Gardenroute, where you will arrive in the Tsitsikamma National Park in the afternoon. The name means ‘place of abundant water’ and it does not disappoint with its indigenous forests and dramatic coastline. This area is home to the famous multi-day Otter Trail hike and the first few hours of this hike are included in your activity package. Optional Activities: Bungee jumping, treetop canopy tour or hiking in the Tsitsikamma National Park (optional activities, not included in the rate).
2 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 2 x Dinner


Day 17 Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa - Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Distance approx. 50 km; driving time approx. 1h

It is only a short drive to Plettenberg Bay. In the afternoon you can either relax at the resort or go on a short excursion to Knysna. There are also a lot of optional activities available: Knysna Elephant Park, Knysna Lagoon Cruise, Township Tour, Birds of Eden, Monkey Town, Predator Rehabilitation, Knysna 4x4 forest drive (optional activities, not included in the rate).
2 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 2 x Dinner


Day 18 Plettenberg Bay, South Africa - Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Distance approx. 200 km; driving time approx. 3-4h

Today you travel through the Outeniqua Mountains towards Oudtshoorn where you visit the world-famous Cango Caves. The caves contain spectacular halls and grand limestone formations and a local guide will tell you all about the cave system, which extends for over four km.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 19 Oudtshoorn, South Africa - Stellenbosch Wine Route, South Africa

Distance approx. 400 km; driving time approx. 5-6h

You have the option of visiting an ostrich farm to learn more about these animals (optional activity, not included in the rate). On the Route 62 you travel to Stellenbosch and if time allows you will stop at Ronnie’s Sex Shop (not a sex shop but a rather interesting country pub). Stellenbosch forms the heart of the Western Cape’s wine region and is the second oldest European settlement in the Western Province. As this is the last night on tour you head to a local restaurant for dinner at own expense.
Breakfast | Lunch


Day 20 Stellenbosch Wine Route, South Africa - Cape Town, South Africa

Distance approx. 70 km; driving time approx. 1-2h

After a leisurely breakfast you stop at the Spier Wine Estate to taste some of South Africa’s finest wines. You also visit the Cheetah Breeding Project before the tour comes to an end in Cape Town.


Price includes:
  • Overland tour according to the itinerary
  • 19 nights accommodation in guesthouses, chalets, bungalows,
    camps or lodges as indicated in the itinerary
  • Transport in an overland truck
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Coffee and tea with breakfast
  • National Parks fees


Price excludes:
  • Flights (international & domestic)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water)
  • Optional activities
  • Visa, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance
  • 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 20 travellers per group.
    - Some departure dates are set aside for small group departures with a maximum of 12 travellers per group (see “Departure and Rates”).
    - 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 16 to 65 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 65 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?

    - 19 nights are spent in twin rooms/ chalets 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, Swaziland and Lesotho.
    - 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?

    - As the Kruger 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.
    - 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.

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