This accommodated overland tour starting in Durban will head inland to explore the majestic Drakensberg mountain en-route to the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. Enjoy Elephant encounters at Addo Elephant Park, the wilderness at Tsitsikamma National Park and visit Knysna and Hermanus along the picturesque Garden Route.
This tour can be combined with our departures from Cape Town. Ask us for more info...
Day 1. Durban to Underberg Area Accommodation. Sani Lodge.Departing from Durban's picturesque beaches, we start our adventure by making our way inland through the beautiful mountainous countryside. Our lodge for the evening lies deep in the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains at the foot of the Sani Pass. 5 images Sani Lodge
Day 2. Underberg Area - Sani Pass Highlights. Sani Pass Excursion. Accommodation. Sani Lodge.Waking early, We leave our overland truck behind and join a local guided tour of Lesotho. We drive via the Sani Pass into the Drakensberg Mountains where we catch a glimpse of the Basotho way of life as we ascend the highest road pass. At 3240 m, we enjoy the magnificent view and fresh air from the top. After lunch, we visit the highest bar in Africa for a refreshing beverage before returning back to our lodge to overnight. 4 images Sani Pass Excursion 5 images Sani Lodge
Day 3. Underberg to Battlefields & Drakensberg Highlights. Battlefields - South Africa. Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa. Accommodation. Amphitheatre Lodge.Today we visit some historical sites of the Battlefields of Kwazulu-Natal where the local history of battles between Boers, Brits and the indigenous Zulu's took place. We make our way to our accommodation for the night situated in an idyllic setting enriched by awe-inspiring mountains. 1 images Battlefields - South Africa 5 images Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa 3 images Amphitheatre Lodge
Day 4. Drakensurg Highlights. Royal Natal National Park, South Africa. Accommodation. Amphitheatre Lodge.Rising early, explore the Royal National Park. This leading KwaZulu-Natal reserve offers wonderfully scenic views, lofty mountains and waterfalls in a prime location within the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. There are many optional trails to explore on foot and on horseback with a comprehensive guidebook available for visitors. 3 images Royal Natal National Park, South Africa 3 images Amphitheatre Lodge
Day 5. Drakensberg to Malealea, Lesotho Accommodation. Malealea Lodge.Departing the Drakensberg this morning we make our way across the northern section of Lesotho re-entering at the Mareru Bridge Gate. We pass spectacular mountain ranges via narrow passes to Malealea Lodge. This magnificent lodge is nestled between majestic valleys and hills. Here you will have the opportunity to enjoy the many optional activities on offer.
Day 6. Maleala Accommodation. Malealea Lodge.Today, you have a free day to explore this beautiful country on the many optional activities 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, try some adrenaline action on a mountain bike tour or venture by foot to waterfalls through the local Basotho villages as the people tend to the day to day duties. 3 images Malealea Lodge
Day 7. Malealea to Mountain Zebra National Park, South Africa Highlights. Mountain Zebra NP. Accommodation. Mountain Zebra National Park.Saying 'goodbye' to Lesotho, we travel back into South Africa to the quaint and prolific Mountain Zebra National Park. At 284km², this park has over 700 Cape mountain zebras after which the park is named as well as 700 animals including eland, cape buffalo, cheetah, lion, caracal, black rhino and the bat eared fox. With a camera and binoculars at hand, we game drive in our overland truck in search for these animals en-route to our accommodation for the evening located inside the National Park. 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. Accommodation. Willow's Resort, Port Elizabeth.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 - lion, rhino, buffalo, elephant, leopard, southern right whales and great white sharks. We spend most of the day exploring the reserve and the many wondrous sights.
Day 9. Willow's Resort, Port Elizabeth to Tsitsikamma and Knysna Highlights. Three Rondavels, South Africa. Accommodation. Island Vibe Travellers Lodge.This morning, we rise make our way to the picturesque Tsitsikamma National Park which hosts dramatic rugged coastlines and lush indigenous forests. On entry, you have various options to choose from depending on your energy and interests. From canoe safaris to nature hikes in the forest to bird watching. Then it's off to Knysna, renowned for its beautiful lagoon, buzzing, nightlife and fresh seafood. We stop en-route at the Bloukrans Bridge, and if you are tempted why not jump off the highest bridge bungee in the world. 2 images Island Vibe Travellers Lodge
Day 10. Knysna to Oudtshoorn Highlights. Cango Caves, South Africa. Accommodation. Kleinplaas.In Knysna, we spend the morning exploring the impressive beaches, scenic views over the Knysna heads, world renowned forests, and majestic mountains. Then it's off to Oudshoorn for the night, the ostrich capital of the world based in the dry Karoo. This area is home to the Cango Caves, Africa's largest show cave system of which we explore. 3 images Cango Caves, South Africa 3 images Kleinplaas
Day 11. Oudtshoorn to Hermanus Area Highlights. Cape Agulhas Light House, South Africa. Hermanus, South Africa. Accommodation. Hermanus Backpackers.Relaxed after our night's stay, we make our way to the coastal town of Hermanus, stopping off at Cape Agulhas, the place where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Hermanus is famous for its whale watching during the southern winter (June - August) and a tourist mecca in the summer months. 6 images Hermanus Backpackers
Day 12. Hermanus to Cape Town Highlights. Cape Town, South Africa. Hermanus, South Africa.A free morning in Hermanus allows ample time to explore the town's heritage sites and enjoy the many optional activities including whale watching in season. We leave before lunch and follow the coastal road to Cape Town, stopping off for a wine tasting and a tour at a local winery.
City Lodge is 4 km from the beach, 18 km from King Shaka International Airport and is adjacent to the Gateway Theatre of Shopping's sprawling upscale mall, cinemas, mini-golf and waterpark, Rooms have en suite bathrooms with showers. All rooms feature conservative decor, TVs, radios and desks. Free Wi-Fi is offered in the bar/restaurant. There's also a fitness room, an outdoor pool surrounded by tropical trees, and a sundeck.
* 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, Gardens, Cape Town
Please note: As from 1st May 2018, we will change our accommodation from Ashanti Lodge in Greenpoint to Ashanti Lodge in Gardens. Please check your tour voucher to confirm that your tour starting and ending point is correct before departing. Situated at the foot of Table Mountain and in walking distances to the city centre, Ashanti Lodge Backpackers in Gardens is your gateway to Cape Town. This gorgeous Victorian Mansion offers backpacker dormitories to single, double and twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Chill next to the stunning pool, join the party in the legendary Kumasi Café/Bar with its cool cocktails, tasty food and fabulous mountain views or go explore the city's highlights close by.
* 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 twin share accommodation with en-suite facilities (11 nights) some may be with 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. Our accommodated tour option travels together with the camping counterpart.
11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 9 Dinners
11 nights twin share accomodation
Have you seen the movie Gladiator? If not, go and watch right now. Those who have seen in will be glad to know that Sahara is the location where the most prominent scenes of the movie were shot. You can start with capturing the velvet dunes and taking photos of the snake charmers and mighty camels proudly swaying as they carry bedouins on their back. Once in a province, you will get a chance to capture and even participate in the traditional tea ceremony as well as to see the locals playing gnawa music performed on goatskin drums. The beauty of the sunset in Sahara is just a cherry on the top of a cake you cannot miss out on.