Group Size: Maximum 24 passengers
Departs: Scheduled departures during the year
On this Cape Town to Johannesburg journey you will enjoy a variety of adventures! We start off on the wine route through Stellenbosch on our way to Oudtshoorn before reaching the Garden Route. The Garden Route is a treasure trove of beautiful beaches, forest walks and an exciting menu of optional adventures. Go bungee jumping of the world’s highest bungy bridge or soak up the sun at the beach. You will be guided through six National Parks, including Kruger National Park. Experience the thrill of being on safari, observing the big five as well as zebras, giraffe and rhinos. Your game viewing experience starts at Addo Elephant National Park. Addo Elephant National Park is recognised as one of South Africa’s most popular national parks and game reserves. We then will take you into Lesotho and Swaziland so that you can experience the different cultures of these landlocked countries. We’ll also stop in at the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon of the world, where you can marvel at the spectacular rock formations and the endless expanse of the Panorama Route. You will see the highlights God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels. Your adventure in Africa ends in Johannesburg.
Day 1 – Stellenbosch
Set at the south-western corner of the African continent, Cape Town is scenically located at the foot of Table Mountain. This morning you spend your time experiencing some of the rich historical and cultural highlights of the city, those who have opted for the activity package will join a local tour operator for an insight into the life and history of the people living in the Cape. Enriched by your experiences you travel north to the winelands to enjoy a sampling of some fine Cape wines. Your final stop this afternoon is the historic town of Stellenbosch where you will have some time to explore the town on foot. You end this busy day with a dinner out after checking-in to your hotel this evening.
Activity Package: Cape Town Cultural Tour & Cheese and Wine Tasting.
Included Highlight: Self-guided Walk through Stellenbosch.
Optional Activity: Lunch and Dinner (additional expense).
Day 2 – Oudtshoorn
Crossing the Hottentots-Holland Mountains this morning you set out for the Klein Karoo and your overnight stop in Oudtshoorn. You follow the scenic Route 62 today, stopping to experience one of the many farm stalls on the way. One of the more quirky highlights today is Ronnie’s Sex Shop, not a sex shop at all, but a rather interesting country pub! On arrival in Oudtshoorn this afternoon you will visit an Ostrich Farm to learn about these fascinating birds. (BLD)
Included Highlight: Ostrich Farm Visit.
Day 3 - Garden Route
Your morning starts with a guided tour of the famous Cango Caves, you can only marvel at the astonishing formations that have formed in these impressive limestone caves. Returning above ground you make your way over the Outeniqua Mountains and descend to the beautiful Garden route coastline below. In the coming days you spend time hiking, relaxing at the beach and sampling the many optional activities available. (B)
Activity Package: Cango Caves Basic Tour
Optional Activity: Dinner (additional expense).
Day 4 – Tsitsikamma
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 some relaxation on the beaches of Plettenberg Bay, today offers a number of optional activities and your guide will assist you to get the most out the day. This afternoon you have the opportunity to visit the hidden gem of Nature’s Valley, this beautiful village offers a chance to enjoy a hike or simply relax on the pristine beach in this little paradise. In order to make the most of this day, the truck will run a set schedule and you are free to join or leave at the places that interest you. (BLD)
Included Highlight: Plettenberg Bay Beaches, Natures Valley Nature Walk.
Optional Activity: Township Tour, Ocean Safaris, Sea Kayaking, Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Bloukrans Bungee Jump (additional expense).
Day 5 – Tsitsikamma
Tsitsikamma National Park is one of South Africa’s premier marine reserves and this morning you 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. (BLD)
Included Highlight: Tsitsikamma National Park entrance and Hike with your Nomad Guide.
Optional Activity: Treetop Canopy Tour.
Day 6 - Addo Elephant National Park
This morning you set out for the Eastern Cape and the Addo National Park. You will make a stop this morning in the surfing mecca of Jeffrey’s Bay, famous for its waves you have the opportunity to visit the small surfing museum, catch a quick wave or simply enjoy a cup of coffee overlooking these famous waves. This afternoon you will make your first visit to seek the elephants after which Addo is named. (BLD)
Included Highlight: Jeffrey’s Bay and an afternoon Game Drive in Addo National Park (in Nomad truck)
Optional Activity: Addo Night Drive.
Day 7 - Addo Elephant National Park
With no large predators to endanger you, you will make a relaxed start to the day. Your guide will lead you for a bush walk this morning as you enjoy the natural surrounds. Spending time in the bush on foot, you have the opportunity to stop for the little things so often missed from a vehicle. This afternoon you return to Addo for a second exploration of the park. (BLD)
Included Highlight: Afternoon Game Drive in Addo National Park (in Nomad truck).
Optional Activity: Addo Night Drive.
Day 8 - Graaff Reinet
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. On arrival this afternoon you will enjoy a Historical walking Tour of the town dubbed “the gem of the Karoo”, your local guide will introduce to the rich history of South Africa’s fourth oldest town. Towering above the town below, the Valley of Desolation is a spectacular backdrop for the setting sun, this evening you will have the opportunity to join an optional Sundowner visit to close out the day. (B)
Activity Package: Valley of Desolation Sundowner Tour.
Optional Activity: Historical Tour of Graaff Reinet (time permitting).
Day 9 – Lesotho
This morning you cut across the vast expanse of the Great Karoo, your 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, you enter the border of Lesotho and make the climb to your camp set high in the mountains. (BLD)
Day 10 – Lesotho
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. (BLD)
Included Highlight: Lesotho Village Visit, Hike with Nomad Guide.
Optional Activity: Pony Trekking, Pitseng hike (additional expense).
Day 11 – Drakensberg
You exit Lesotho and travel through the sandstone cliffs of Golden Gate, 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 are hikers paradise and worthy of exploration. (BLD)
Day 12 – Drakensburg
You set out this morning for a lengthy hike, along your way you will have the opportunity to view examples of San rock art with a local guide. While you are encouraged to make the most of the day in the mountains, you may be offered separate options depending on the activity level of the group. With a number of trails available you can ensure that every need is catered for, the most important aim is to ensure everyone enjoys this mountain paradise at their own pace. (BLD)
Included Highlight: Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park.
Day 13 – Durban
It’s all downhill as you 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”. You 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. It is South Africa’s largest port and well-known surfing destination. You stay in the city centre this evening and may sample some Indian cuisine and enjoy this coastal city’s vibrant nightlife. (BL)
Included Highlight: Visit to Mandela Capture Site, visit Howick Falls.
Optional Activity: Dinner Out (additional expense).
Day 14 - St Lucia
This morning is at leisure to enjoy the beautiful beaches and warm Indian Ocean of Durban. This afternoon you leave the city behind as you wind your way along the coast to your stop in Zululand. Tonight enjoy a Zulu cultural experience where you will sample the local beer, made from the local Ilala Palm, unique to the Zululand area and will be taught the basic Zulu language, how to greet, count and learn about the family traditions. (BD)
Included Highlight: Zulu Cultural Evening.
Day 15 - St Lucia
You set out early this morning for a 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-5 that you will hope to see. Returning to your lodging for a siesta, you 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 16 – Mlilwane
An early start and you are off to the Kingdom of Swaziland, this afternoon you have the opportunity to join many of the optional activities that are offered here. Take your choice from game drives, mountain biking or a visit to the Chief’s village. (BLD)
Optional Activity: Game Drives, Swazi Cultural Experience, Mountain Biking and Hiking (additional expense).
Day 17 - Kruger National Park
You start the morning with a nature walk before setting off back to South Africa and the Kruger National Park. No visit to Swaziland would be complete without a visit to view the many crafts on offer, you will visit a craft market before crossing the border this afternoon. Tonight you setup camp on the doorstep of the Kruger National Park and the next two days will be spent game viewing in South Africa’s most famous National Park. (BLD)
Included Highlight: Guided Nature Walk with Nomad Guide.
Day 18 - Kruger National Park
Entering the park early this morning you spend a full day on safari in the park, with luck you may even catch sight of the Africa’s famous Big-5. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. The Nomad truck gives you an elevated view and increases your chance to spot the animals. (BLD)
Included Highlight: Full Day Game Drive in Nomad Truck.
Day 19 - Kruger National Park
Your activity package offers you an opportunity to participate in a full day 4×4, open safari vehicle game drive through the park. If you do not participate in the 4×4 game drive, your guide will take you on a game drive through the park in the Nomad truck. This afternoon presents the opportunity to extend the day with an optional Sundowner Drive. (BD)
Activity Package: 4×4 Game Drive in Kruger National Park.
Included Highlight: Game Drive in Kruger National Park in Nomad Truck (for non-activity package passengers).
Optional Activity: Sunset Drive (additional expense).
Day 20 - End of South African Explorer
Your return journey to Johannesburg takes you via the scenic Panorama Route where you will visit God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels. You arrive at Belvedere Estate in the late afternoon and all travellers are invited to for a traditional meal tonight, this can be booked with your guide on the day before arrival. Many great tales are shared and tonight presents an opportunity to join fellow travellers in celebrating the many wonders of African travel. (B)
Included Highlight: Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window.
Optional Activity: Traditional meal at Belvedere Estate (additional expense).
Dates and Pricing
- 14 Jul 18 - 31 Dec 18 $2,485 $2,970
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.