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Starting in Durban, this overland camping tour heads inland to explore the majestic Drakensberg Mountains before heading to the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. Enjoy elephant encounters at Addo Elephant Park, explore the exceptional natural wilderness at Tsitsikamma National Park, visit Knysna and Hermanus along South Africa's Garden Route spotting whales and dolphins and enjoy and wine tasting at Cape wineries.
This tour can be combined with our departures from Cape Town. Ask us for more info...
Day 1. Durban to Underberg AreaWe start our overland adventure tour north of Durban where we board our truck and head inland via Pietermaritzburg to the southern Drakensberg. An immensely scenic area, the Drakensberg is South Africa's highest mountain range, and we spend the next days of our Africa overland tour exploring the hills and valleys along a section of the 'berg'.
We settle into our camp in the late afternoon and get to know our fellow travellers.
Day 2. Sani Pass Highlights. Sani Pass Excursion.Today we leave our overland truck behind and join local guides in 4x4 vehicles for a guided tour of Lesotho. We drive via the famed Sani Pass into the Drakensburg Mountains where we catch a glimpse of the Basotho way of life. We head up the Black Mountain - the second highest road pass in Lesotho rising 3240m where we enjoy our lunch. On our way back to camp we'll stop off at the Highest Bar in Africa for a refreshing drink! 4 images Sani Pass Excursion
Day 3. Underberg to Battlefields & Drakensberg Highlights. Battlefields - South Africa.Today we spend the day visiting some historic sites of the KZN Battlefields before finishing up at the northern base of the Drakensberg Mountains where we will spend the night.
Day 4. Drakensberg Highlights. Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa. Royal Natal National Park, South Africa.Today we spend our time exploring the Royal National Park. Renowned for it's beautiful scenery and mountainous trails, we will have the opportunity to explore this reserve in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal, enjoying its scenic views and waterfalls. Look out for San Rock Art along the way, and the local wildlife and birdlife that can be seen in the valleys and hillsides.
Day 5. Drakensberg to Malealea, LesothoWe continue on our overland tour, re-entering the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho and driving over the spectacular mountain ranges to our camp at Malealea, nestled between the scenic valleys and hills. Lesotho is a landlocked country high in the Maluti mountains (the other side of the Drakensberg) with a predominantly rural population that survives on subsistence farming.
Day 6. Malealea Highlights. Malealea Activities.You have the day free today to explore this part of the beautiful country of Lesotho and enjoy some of the optional activites that are on offer. Head out and explore the winding tracks along the hills on a pony trek letting the sure-footed Lesotho ponies lead the way, or try some adrenaline action on a mountain bike tour. There are a number of hikes to nearby waterfalls and places of interest too. 5 images Malealea Activities
Day 7. Malealea to Mountain Zebra National Park, South Africa Highlights. Mountain Zebra NP.Climbing back into our overland truck, we bid our farewell's to the mountain kingdom and head back to South Africa. Along the way, we take in picturesque scenery to the Mountain Zebra National Park. Home to over 700 animals including eland, cape buffalo, cheetah, lion, caracal, black rhino, bat eared fox and over 700 Cape mountain zebra after which the park is named. We game drive in our overland truck in search for these animals en-route to our camp for the evening located inside the National Park gates. 3 images Mountain Zebra NP
Day 8. Mountain Zebra National Park to Addo to Willow's Resort, Port Elizabeth Highlights. Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa.Today we enjoy a safari in South Africa's third largest National Park, and one of the few park's in the world boasting the Big Seven. The Addo Elephant National Park is home to an abundance of wildlife species, including over 600 elephants, lion, buffalo, rhino, hyena and leopard, as well as the great white shark and whales in the coastal waters that form part of the reserve. We spend most of the day exploring the reserve and the many wondrous sights.
In the afternoon, we make our way to our camp for the night near Port Elizabeth. 2 images Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa
Day 9. Willow's Resort, Port Elizabeth to Tsitsikamma and Knysna Highlights. Knysna, South Africa. Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa.Rising early we head back to the coast and the Tsitsikamma Forest nestled on the coastal belt between the Outeniqua Mountain range and the Indian Ocean. We spend the morning exploring the park either on walks across the suspension bridge, forest pathways and walkways, or can head out for a short hike along the first part of the famed Otter Trail. There are many rock pools to explore to see the variety of marine species, as well as the forest and riverbank with a myriad of birdlife.
In the late afternoon we head to Knysna where we have a night off to explore the town. 1 images Knysna, South Africa
Day 10. Knysna to Oudtshoorn Highlights. Cango Caves, South Africa.We spend the morning in Knysna enjoying the beaches, rivers, lakes, mountains and forests. In the afternoon we continue our overland adventure to the ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn. This area is also home to the Cango Caves, Africa's largest show cave system, where overlanders can explore the fascinating underground caverns and their quirky rock formations. 3 images Cango Caves, South Africa
Day 11. Oudtshoorn to Hermanus Area Highlights. Cape Agulhas Light House, South Africa. Hermanus, South Africa.We cross back over the mountains and travel to Africa's southern-most tip at Cape Agulhus. This is also officially where the Indian and Atlantic Ocean's meet.
From here we head through the farming communities to the coastal town of Hermanus. Once a little fishing village, Hermanus and adjacent Walker Bay have become popular in the winter months as a haven for the Southern-Right Whales that come here to calf in the calmer waters of the bay. In the summer months there is still plenty to see and do with our afternoon at leisure here.
Day 12. Hermanus to Cape Town Highlights. Cape Winelands, South Africa.Our last morning on the road takes us via the Overberg and coastal winelands to Cape Town. We stop off along the way and enjoy a wine tasting to see what all the fuss is about. Our adventure ends on arrival in Cape Town in the late afternoon. Show more...
On the Beach, Durban
As the name suggests, an upmarket backpackers just 10 metres from the sandy beach in a quiet suburb north of Durban, and a short taxi ride from shopping malls and restaurants. Some of the guesthouse luxury rooms have balconies overlooking the crashing waves. Rooms – dorms, single and double en suite rooms with TV. Facilities – Bar, kitchen, swimming pool, internet, breakfast available. Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation. Ashanti Lodge Green Point, Cape Town
Stylish and comfortable, this recently renovated upmarket budget lodge in Green Point is just across the road from the impressive Cape Town Stadium. It’s an ideal location for easy access to tourist attractions, beaches and shops, within walking distance to the V&A Waterfront, and a short taxi ride to the city centre and the Table Mountain Cableway. Rooms - dorms, twins, doubles and singles. There are a limited number of en suite rooms available. Facilities - plunge pool, kitchen, bar, laundry service, Internet, Breakfast available. Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.
PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour departs Durban early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings.
If time allows, we also suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of Cape Town and the surrounding area.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS:
These are optional activities that are booked during your holiday and paid directly to the provider while on tour. These options offer a variety of experiences and allow you the freedom to decide what activities you would like to do.
We use 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in groundsheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. We mainly use campsites, which usually have reasonable wash and shower facilities, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool.
24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari truck with on-board tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, I-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers, 4x4 safari vehicle.
GAME PARK VISITS:
In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit
This is a participation tour and your help will be needed in assisting with the various day to day duties, such as shopping, cooking and keeping the truck tidy (usually on a rota basis). But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip.
11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 9 Dinners
Twin share camping
Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew
Sani pass excursion *
Royal National park
Mountain Zebra National Park
Addo Elephant NP, Game Drives
Cango Caves, Visit*
*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass Excludes.
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
Items of a personal nature