Hiking South Africa

Active, Cape Town to Johannesburg

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This lively tour through South Africa is filled with enough excitement to keep you active and on your feet. Hike up the famous Table Mountain. Explore the kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland. Discover the true meaning of "Ubuntu" as you dance and laugh with the locals over a traditional meal in the Kruger area. Whether you get a taste of the beach or the biltong, this 17-day journey will satisfy any craving for adventure.

What’s included

  • Hike up Table Mountain
  • Table Mountain cable car ticket (one way)
  • Park entrances to Addo Elephant National Park and Kruger National Park with wildlife safari drives in our vehicle
  • Entrances to Tsitsikamma National Park with day hike on the Otter Trail
  • Tugela Gorge hike
  • Visit to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Traditional dinner and local dancing
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Hike in some of south africa's iconic hotspots
  • Spot the "big five" in national parks and reserves
  • Visit local villages and cosmopolitan cape town
  • Camp amongst southern africa's dramatic scenery
  • Visit three countries in just over two weeks.

Itinerary

Day 1 Cape Town Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Cape Town (1B) Enjoy an included hike to the top of Table Mountain, taking in the views of the city bowl, peninsula, and Robben Island. In the evening have dinner at the Waterfront, or one of the great restaurants in the city. Included Activities: Table Mountain Hike
Day 3 Cape Town/Oudtshoorn (1B) Travel into the Klein Karoo on the famous Route 62. Opt to enjoy a wine tasting along the way. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Oudtshoorn/Stormsrivier Before leaving Oudtshoorn, opt to explore the Cango Caves or visit an ostrich farm. Cross over the Outeniqua Mountains into the Garden Route. Stop at the Bloukrans Bridge for those brave enough to try the bungee jump, and arrive in the forest village of Stormsrivier for the night. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Tsitsikamma National Park (1B) In the afternoon opt to explore the forest canopy, with a tree top trekking tour. Included Activities: Tsitsikamma National Park Visit Hiking the Otter Trail Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 6 Addo Elephant National Park (1B, 1D) Continue on to Addo Elephant National Park, a unique wildlife area. Although famous for the Addo elephants, this park is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Embark on an afternoon wildlife safari drive (in our vehicle) in search of the resident elephants, rhinos, lions, buffalo, and even leopards. Listen to the wild sounds of Africa while enjoying a sundowner and sitting around the campfire at night. Included Activities: Addo Elephant National Park Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Addo Elephant National Park/Graaff-Reinet (1B) Travel into the vast semi-desert of the Great Karoo and overnight in the town of Graaff-Reinet, just outside the Camdeboo National Park. Opt to hike in the Valley of Desolation for beautiful views over the surrounding area, or explore this quaint Karoo town. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 160km)
Day 8 Graaff-Reinet/Lesotho (1B) Cross the border into the highest independent state in the world. Included Activities: Border Crossing (South Africa - Lesotho) Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 552km)
Day 9 Lesotho Enjoy free time in the morning for horseback riding, or mountain biking, through this beautiful mountainous country. In the afternoon hike with a local guide to discover hidden waterfalls, before watching the sun set over "The Kingdom in the Sky'. Included Activities: Botsoela Waterfalls Hike
Day 10 Lesotho/Drakensberg (1D) Return to South Africa and set up camp in the foothills of the mountain. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Lesotho - South Africa) Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 450km)
Day 11 Drakensberg (1B, 1D) Set off on an included hike along Tugela Gorge in Royal Natal NP. Additional Notes: Today's hike is a 1 hr drive from our camp. Included Activities: Tugela Gorge Hike
Day 12 Drakensberg/Saint Lucia (1B) Travel through KwaZulu-Natal to Saint Lucia on the coast of Zululand. Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 480km)
Day 13 Saint Lucia Take an optional boat trip on the estuary or go horseback riding on the beach. Opt to visit Hluluwe - iMfolozi Park, which is a safe haven for both the white and black rhino, as well as lions, buffalo, elephants, and leopards.
Day 14 Saint Lucia/Swaziland The mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland, lead by King Mswati III, is one of three monarchies in Africa. Explore Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, which is situated in the Swaziland’s “Valley of Heaven”, the Ezulwini Vallley. Additional Notes: It might not always be possible to stay inside the Sanctuary due to availability.  Included Activities: Border Crossing (South Africa - Swaziland) Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 350km)
Day 15 Swaziland/Hazyview (1D) Continue exploring Mlilwane Sanctuary in the morning, joining your CEO on a walk to see some of the resident wildlife, then cross back into South Africa, and head to our safari camp just outside the famous Kruger National Park. Included Activities: Guided Walk - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Border Crossing (Swaziland - South Africa) Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 250km)
Day 16 Kruger National Park (1B, 1D) Opt to upgrade to an open 4x4 vehicle for the wildlife safari drive. Included Activities: Kruger Wildlife Safari Drive Traditional Dinner and Local Dancing Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 17 Hazyview/Johannesburg (1B) Transfer back to Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city. The tour ends upon arrival. Additional Notes: The tour ends upon arrival in Johannesburg. In order to avoid any unnecessary issues with timing, please book ongoing travel not earlier than 9pm. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 480km)
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