Group Size: 4 - 12 passengers
Departs: Scheduled departures during the year
Enjoy a 20 day African adventure tour through South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho where you will enjoy a variety of adventures! Your adventure kicks off with a visit to Kruger National Park. Experience the thrill of being on safari, observing the ‘Big Five’ as well as zebras, giraffe and rhinos in the largest game reserve in South Africa (Kruger is larger than some small countries in Europe). The sights of the Panorama route offers a day of scenic delights. You will visit the highlights of Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and God’s Window. Your journey then winds through the rolling emerald hills of Swaziland and up to the highlands of Lesotho where you have the opportunity to go pony trekking. Your game viewing experience continues in Hluhulwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, one of the last strongholds of the endangered Rhinoceros. After a relaxing day at the beach in Durban you will roll through the open plains of the Karoo and the wildlife charms of the Addo National Park. Continue to the Garden Route, a treasure trove of beautiful beaches, forest walks and with an exciting menu of optional adventures. Before arriving in Cape Town you will get a chance to visit the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn.
Day 1 - Greater Kruger National Park
Leaving the city of Johannesburg behind, you will make your way east through the coalfields of Mpumalanga. Your journey today follows in the footsteps of the old trade-routes to the Lowveld and the Kruger National Park. This afternoon there will be an opportunity to join an optional sundowner drive (at own expense), booking is essential and your guide can assist on departure this morning. (D)
Optional Activity: Sundowner drive (Subject to availability).
Day 2 - Kruger National Park
Rising early this morning you will enter the Kruger National Park to enjoy a full-day of game viewing in open 4X4 vehicles. The abundance of wildlife presents you with opportunities for excellent sightings and Kruger is also home to the famed members of Africa’s ‘Big Five’. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species. Your activity package offers the added excitement of experiencing the park from an open-sided 4X4 vehicle. This evening there is a second opportunity for the optional Sundowner drive (at own expense). (BD)
Included Activity: Game drive in Nomad vehicle for those not participating in the 4×4 activity package item.
Activity Package: Kruger National Park 4×4 game drive.
Optional Activity: Sundowner drive (subject to availability).
Day 3 - Kruger National Park
While those who elect to do the optional morning walk will have an earlier start (at own expense), you can set out a little later today and travel the short distance to the Panorama Route. Strung along the escarpment that divides the central plateau and low-lying bushveld of the Kruger, the sights of the Panorama route offer a day of scenic delights. You will visit the highlights of Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and God’s Window before returning to camp in the late afternoon. (BD)
Included Highlight: Panorama Route – Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window.
Optional Activity: Morning bush walk (subject to availability).
Day 4 - Bulembu
Today you will start the day early with some traditional coffee and rusks before setting off through Kruger on your way to Swaziland. You will exit the southern end of the park and travel the short distance to the Swaziland border. Your overnight accommodation is nestled at the foot of Mount Emlembe, Swaziland’s highest mountain and this afternoon we will visit the town’s mining museum and take a step back in history to 2001 when the mining company that had built and operated Bulembu for more than 60 years, closed its doors and walked away. (BD)
Included Activity: Game drive as you exit Kruger National Park (in your Nomad vehicle) / Bulembu museum visit.
Day 5 - Greater St Lucia
Today you will exit Swaziland and return to South Africa, making your way to the town of St Lucia and continue south into the reaches of Zululand, once the realm of the mighty King Shaka who united the Zulu clans. This evening you are treated to a cultural experience where we will learn more of the Zulu traditions and language. (BD)
Included Highlight: Zulu cultural experience.
Day 6 - Imfolozi Game Reserve
Today your activity package includes an early morning game drive in the nearby Hluhulwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, one of the last strongholds of the endangered Rhinoceros. The reserve has played a critical role in the preservation of these endangered animals, both Black and White Rhinoceros occur in the park and many populations owe their ongoing existence to animals that have been raised here. While Rhinoceros are the most famous of the parks inhabitants, the park also provides a home to many other species, including the ‘Big Five’ that we all hope to see. Returning to your lodging for a siesta, freshen up for an afternoon boat cruise on St Lucia estuary. (BD)
Activity Package: Game drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park, St. Lucia boat cruise.
Day 7 - Durban
Durban has long been the favourite holiday destination for South Africans, the golden mile with its warm seas and safe swimming beaches attracts visitors throughout the year. This afternoon you have time to spend on the beaches of the golden mile and tonight you will enjoy a dinner out, an opportunity to sample the Indian influenced dishes that have become a hallmark of Durban cuisine. (B)
Day 8 - UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park
A lazy morning offers the chance for a final swim or stroll along the beach before you leave the coast behind, your 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 will be your backdrop for the next two nights. On your way you will make a stop at the scenic Howick Falls and a visit to the nearby site that marked the capture of South Africa’s most famous man. In 1962, police waved down a car on a lonely stretch of road, they arrested Nelson Mandela who would go on to serve 27 years in prison before eventually becoming the president of South Africa in 1994. (BD)
Included Highlight: Visit to the Mandela Capture Site, visit Howick Falls.
Day 9 - UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park
You will set out this morning for a day of hiking to explore the mountains of the Drakensberg, along your way you will have the opportunity to view examples of San rock art with a local guide. While you’re encouraged to make the most of the day in mountains, there may be separate options offered depending on the activity level of the group. With a number of trails available every need is catered for, the most important aim is to ensure everyone enjoys this mountain paradise at their own pace. (BD)
Included Highlight: Full day hike with your guide in Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park.
Day 10 - Malealea
Your journey today begins with a mountain pass and an opportunity to visit a vulture restaurant where you can hope to view these fascinating birds. Your route winds its way through the magnificent cliffs off the Golden Gate National Park before you enter Lesotho in the afternoon, you will pass the capital city of Maseru as continue the climb to your base high amongst the mountain peaks. (BD)
Included Highlight: Drive through Golden Gate / Vulture Centre visit.
Day 11 - Malealea
The clean air of the mountains accompanies you this morning as you explore the mountains on foot, your 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 (at own expense). (BD)
Included Highlight: Morning hike, Lesotho Village Visit.
Optional Activity: Pony trekking.
Day 12 - Graaff-Reinet
Returning to South Africa, you will descend the mountains and take aim across the Great Karoo. The semi-arid Karoo represents the heartland of rural South Africa and presents a stark contrast to the mountains you will leave behind. Your overnight stop is set in the historic town of Graaff-Reinet, the fourth oldest town in the country. You will cross the mighty Orange (Gariep) River today as you journey through the vast countryside of the Karoo. This afternoon, as part of your activity package you are joined by a local guide who will introduce you to the historical highlights of the town, ending with 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. (BD)
Activity Package: Historical tour including the Valley of Desolation sundowner.
Day 13 - Greater Addo Elephant National Park area
Setting course for the coast once again, you will roll through the open plains of the Karoo and the wildlife charms of the Addo National Park and enjoy an afternoon game drive through the park. (BD)
Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in Addo National Park in the Nomad vehicle.
Day 14 - Greater Addo Elephant National Park area
Famed for the elephants after which the park was named, recent expansion has seen Addo grow to become the third largest of South Africa’s National Parks. The unique vegetation of Addo supports and this afternoon we will once again venture into the park in search of the animals. (BD)
Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in Addo NP (in the Nomad vehicle).
Day 15 - Tsitsikamma National Park
Setting out early this morning turning west to Tsitsikamma, where the wonders of the Garden Route await. You can make a brief visit to the surfing mecca of Jeffreys Bay, most famous for its waves this little town is also home to a small Surfing Museum. Your final destination is the Tsitsikamma region where you will set up for the next two nights. (BD)
Included Highlight: Beer tasting.
Day 16 - Tsitsikamma National Park
Tsitsikamma National Park is one of South Africa’s premier marine reserves and this morning you will set out to explore the rugged coastline on foot. Your hike along the Waterfall Trail sees you cover the first section of the world renowned Otter Trail, this is not an easy hike and those who prefer a more leisurely option can make use of the boardwalks to the Storms River Mouth. For the adventurous the Waterfall Trail offers a spectacular winding path that follows the rocky coastline, an out and back trial you stop for a refreshing swim at the base of an icy Waterfall. For those who wish to get a birds-eye view of the magnificent forests an optional zip line tour through the canopy is offered this afternoon (at own expense). (BD)
Included Highlight: Tsitsikamma National Park entrance including a hike with your guide.
Day 17 - Heart of the Garden Route
The Garden Route is a treasure trove of beautiful beaches, forest walks and an exciting menu of optional adventures. While your morning is set aside for an exploration of Nature’s Valley, this beautiful village offers you a chance to enjoy a hike or simply relax on the pristine beach in this paradise. End the afternoon on the beautiful beaches of the Keurbooms Lagoon. Today offers a number of optional activities (at own expense) and your guide will assist you with a plan to get the most out the day, the truck will run a set schedule of pick-ups and drop-offs giving you the freedom to join or leave at the places of most interest to you. Celebrate your adventures with dinner out on the town this evening. (B)
Included Highlight: Morning Visit to Natures Valley and Afternoon at Leisure on Keurbooms Beach.
Optional Activity: Bungee Jumping, Birds of Eden, Monkey Town.
Day 18 - Oudtshoorn
This morning the adventurous can join a number of optional activities (at own expense) on offer in the resort town of Plettenberg Bay, the winter months (July to November) offer some of the finest whale watching in the world and an ocean safari is not to be missed during these months. For those less inclined to adventure on the high seas, the morning can be spent at leisure on the beach or exploring this holiday town. This afternoon you will cross the Outeniqua Mountains as you wind your way to the Klein Karoo, and end the day with a visit to a local ostrich farm. (BD)
Included Highlight: Ostrich farm visit.
Optional Activities: Ocean safari, township tour, sea kayaking and whale watching (in season).
Day 19 - Paarl
Today your activity package includes a visit to the impressive formations of the Cango Caves, joining a guided tour as you venture underground into this sprawling network of limestone caves. (B)
Travelling through the valley of the Klein Karoo, you follow the winding tarmac of Route 62. Road trips in South Africa are an exploration of the rural highlights that dot the lesser known byways of the land, no journey would be complete without sampling the offerings of a “Padstal” along the way. These small farm stalls offer a selection of homemade treats and bakes and are an important cog in the economies of rural towns. This evening, celebrate your final evening together with a Cape Malay cultural experience and dinner.
Activity Package: Cango Caves Heritage Tour / Cape Malay experience and dinner.
Day 20 - End of South African Explorer Luxury Tour
Cape Town is not only set in one of the most scenic parts of South Africa, but offers a wide variety of attractions and highlights. You will sample some of the fine Cape wines and spend some time exploring the town of Stellenbosch before reaching the end of your tour in the late afternoon. (B)
Included Highlight: Self-Guided walk through Stellenbosch / wine tasting.
Dates and Pricing
- 23 Jul 18 $2,960 $3,380
- 20 Aug 18 $2,960 $3,380
- 03 Sep 18 $2,960 $3,380
- 01 Oct 18 $2,960 $3,380
- 15 Oct 18 $2,960 $3,380
- 12 Nov 18 $2,960 $3,380
- 26 Nov 18 $2,960 $3,380
- 24 Dec 18 $2,960 $3,380
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.
Had a great trip and luckily all 16 …
Had a great trip and luckily all 16 people on the truck got on well. It is hard to travel for 3 weeks with a number of people and not have issues but we had no problems. I think the Nomad crew were an essential part of the success of our tour.ROSS