Rating in Lesotho
$ 66

Addo, Lesotho and Drakensberg - North 2018

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min $ 66
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Tour details
Destinations: Lesotho
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 66
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Overview

From Port Elizabeth to Durban, this tour takes us through Addo Elephant National Park, to Eastern Cape beaches and through the mountainous pony trekking country of Lesotho.
From Port Elizabeth to Durban, this tour takes us through Addo Elephant National Park, to Eastern Cape beaches and through the mountainous pony trekking country of Lesotho. There are few national parks that can offer you an elephant viewing experience like Addo can, the herds are vast. At Cintsa, relax next to the river or explore the windswept beaches before heading to Lesotho – one of the highest countries in the world at 1000m above sea level. On our way to Durban we visit the craggy peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains and take a guided hike through the world heritage site.

Itinerary

Our tours come with an "Optional Activity Package".  You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be "essential activities" on our tours.  The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don't book the package, the activities won't be included.  We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

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  Camping     Accommodated   This tour also leaves from Durban
> View this tour Day 01

Addo Elephant Park

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After meeting your guides, we make our way to the Addo Elephant National Park and this afternoon we will enjoy a game drive through the park in our Nomad truck.

Day 02

Graaff Reinet

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The historic town of Graaff-Reinet nestles in the heartland of the Great Karoo and offers a unique insight into the history of this arid region, the fourth oldest town in the country. This evening you will have the opportunity to join a sundowner excursion to the Valley of Desolation, this unique valley offers a panoramic view over the town and the wide open plains stretching out below. Kindly note that during the winter months, this activity will become a Sunrise excursion to the valley of Desolation the following morning.

Day 03

Lesotho – Malealea

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This morning we cut across the vast expanse of the Great Karoo, our destination is nestled in the heights of Lesotho. This autonomous mountain kingdom boasts the highest peaks in Southern Africa and is one of the highest countries in the world, the entire kingdom lies over 1000m above sea level. Having crossed the mighty Orange River, we enter the border of Lesotho and make the climb to our camp set high in the mountains.

Day 04

Lesotho – Malealea

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The clean air of the mountains accompanies us this morning as we explore the mountains on foot, our hike concludes with a village visit and the opportunity to gain insight into the community that calls these mountains home. The Basotho are famous for their traditional hats, blankets and their sturdy ponies. Basotho ponies are renowned for their surefootedness in the mountains and you have the opportunity of an optional pony trek this afternoon to experience this first-hand.

Day 05

South Africa – uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

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We exit Lesotho and travel through the sandstone cliffs of Golden Gate, our destination is the mountains of the Drakensberg. Running the length of the Kwazulu-Natal province, the Ukuhlamba Drakensberg Park is a UNESCO recognised world heritage site. Whether you go by the Zulu name uKhahlamba, meaning ‘barrier of spears’, or the Afrikaans name Drakensberge, meaning ‘dragon mountains’, these towering mountains are hikers paradise and worthy of exploration.

Day 06

UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

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We set out this morning for a lengthy hike, along our way we will have the opportunity to view examples of San rock art with a local guide. While we encourage everyone to make the most of the day in mountains, we may offer separate options depending on the activity level of the group. With a number of trails available we can ensure that we cater to every need, the most important aim is to ensure everyone enjoys this mountain paradise at their own pace.

Day 07

Kwa Zulu Natal Coast – Durban

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It’s all downhill as we leave the mountain scenery en route to the Kwazulu Natal Coast. On the 5th August 1962, police waved down a car on a lonely country road in KwaZulu-Natal.  At the wheel was Nelson Mandela.  He was arrested and spent 27 years in prison.  Today you will have the opportunity to visit this historic capture site, marked by an impressive sculpture in honour of “Madiba”.  We will also stop at the Howick Falls to listen to the power of the falls and take some photos at the view point. Then it’s onto the bustling city of Durban is South Africa’s largest port and well-known surfing destination. Your tour ends upon arrival in Durban.

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