South Africa & Swazi Quest

South Africa & Swazi Quest information and booking

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  • Duration
    17
    Days
  • Camping
  • Difficulty
    Hard

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Highlights

Spot the Big Five in game parks and reserves, visit local villages and cosmopolitan Cape Town, search for resident wildlife in Kruger National Park, take in southern Africa's dramatic scenery, experience local dancing.

Tour description provided by G Adventures

The unvarnished grandeur of South Africa is on display in this comprehensive exploration of one of the continent’s most diverse and fascinating destinations. Africa’s incredible culture and wildlife is at a premium on this tour—from the coastal shores of Tsitsikamma to extensive game drives in Addo Elephant National Park and the famed Kruger. You’ll also have the chance to visit a traditional Swazi village, explore modern Cape Town, and follow the glorious Garden Route. Add in knowledgeable CEOs and some of the best camp meals you’ve ever tasted and you’ve got a recipe for adventure par excellence.

Itinerary

Day 1 Johannesburg
Arrive in Johannesburg at any time and make your way to the joining point hotel. Additional Notes Please make sure you have all of the necessary visas for this tour by the time of the welcome meeting. It is very important to read the visa section in our trip details to make sure which visas you will need, if any. Please note that not all nationalities are able to obtain a visa on arrival at the border. Our starting hotel is located outside of the city of Johannesburg, but take some time to enjoy an excursion to Soweto or to the famous Apartheid Museum. Included Activities Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Johannesburg/Manyeleti (1B, 1L, 1D)
Included Activities Shangaan Dinner and Dance Transport Overland truck (8.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Manyeleti/Kruger National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Included Activities Hope Africa Children's Day School Kruger Game Drive
Day 4 Kruger National Park/Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (1B, 1L, 1D)
Cross the border from South Africa to Swaziland. Explore Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, which is situated in the Swaziland’s “Valley of Heaven”, the Ezulwini Valley. Take advantage of free time to go horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, or game viewing. Included Activities Border Crossing (South Africa - Swaziland) Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Visit Transport Overland truck (3.50 hour(s), 200km)
Day 5 Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (1B, 1L, 1D)
Included Activities Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Visit
Day 6 Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary/Saint Lucia (1B, 1L)
Depart for the beautiful Zululand area, re-entering South Africa in one of its most diverse regions. Stay in the St Lucia area near the coast. Here, take an optional boat trip on the estuary or go for a horse ride on the beach. The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park stands as a beacon to the efforts for conservation in South Africa. Included Activities Border Crossing (Swaziland - South Africa) Transport Overland truck (6.00 hour(s), 277km)
Day 7 Saint Lucia (1B, 1D)
;;; Spend most of the day travelling the coast to Durban. Explore the beach and dive into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean just out the front door of our guest house. Included Activities Miners Gumboot Dance Transport Overland truck (6.00 hour(s), 275km)
Day 8 Saint Lucia/Durban (1B, 1L, 1D)
South of Durban, travel to the Eastern Cape province, into the heartland of the Xhosa people, and to Port St Johns. It is a paradise on a large stretch of Indian Ocean coast referred to as the Wild Coast. Upon arrival at our scenic campground, set up camp and explore the town of Port St Johns and the beautiful beaches nearby. Transport Overland truck (6.00-7.00 hours, 420km)
Day 9 Durban/Port St Johns (1B, 1L, 1D)
There is lots to do around Chintsa. Learn how to surf, take a horseback ride, hike, or enjoy the beautiful 15km (9.3 mi) beach. Opt to join a guided game drive, enjoy an elephant encounter, or quad bike through the 4000 hectare game reserve. Embrace your adventurous side and cycle or jump on the bus to Mama Tofu’s Xhosa village for an inspiring cultural experience. Visit the local craft brewery Emerald Vale to taste real home-brewed ale. Additional Notes Our campsite is right at the beach and has a lively pub and a palm-fringed swimming pool. Transport Overland truck (4.00-5.00 hours, 270km)
Day 10 Port St Johns/Chintsa (1B, 1L, 1D)
Today, cross many unique valleys and continue on to the Addo Elephant National Park, a unique wildlife area. Enjoy a game drive in our touring vehicle. Listen to the wild sounds of Africa while enjoying a sundowner (cheers!) and sitting around the campfire at night. Included Activities Addo Elephant National Park Game Drive Transport Overland truck (5.00 hour(s), 280km)
Day 11 Chintsa/Addo Elephant National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Spend the next 2 nights camping in Tsitsikamma National Park. Optional activities in the area include hiking a portion of the Otter Trail or other short hiking trails along the coastline. Included Activities Tsitsikamma National Park Visit Transport Overland truck (5.00 hour(s), 235km)
Day 12 Addo Elephant National Park/Tsitsikamma National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Included Activities Tsitsikamma National Park Visit
Day 13 Tsitsikamma National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Transport Overland truck (1.50 hour(s), 100km)
Day 14 Tsitsikamma National Park/Knysna (1B, 1L, 1D)
From Knysna, take a scenic drive to travel over the Outeniqua Mountains into the area known as Klein Karoo (“Little Karoo”), and make the quiet town of Oudtshoorn our base. Opt to explore the Cango caves or visit an ostrich farm. Included Activities Knysna Heads Visit Transport Overland truck (6.00 hour(s), 220km)
Day 15 Knysna/Oudtshoorn (1B, 1L, 1D)
Transport Overland truck (8.00 hour(s), 450km)
Day 16 Oudtshoorn/Cape Town (1B, 1L)
Included Activities Departure Day