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Get ready to discover an entire world in one country with this 15-day one-way journey from Cape Town to Johannesburg across South Africa, revealing the vibrancy and diversity of our people, culture and places. From chic mordern cities to quiet, wild spaces; from vast, empty beaches to monumental mountain peaks; from rolling vineyards to alluring semi-desert regions, South Africa has it all.

Let the variety of South Africa’s unique canvases unfold before you.  Join this interactive way to travel between Cape Town and Jo’burg and explore some of the best spots along the eastern coast and inland areas along the way – Route 62, Garden Route, Wild Coast, Drakensberg and Kruger National Park.  Venture off the beaten track; follow the inspirational ‘walk to freedom’ of Nelson Mandela; surf world-class Wild Coast waves; drive country roads; pristine beaches; spot the animals of the big 5 in the wild, chase endless horizons; all in search of a deeper connection with the Motherland. Let the adventure begin!


    Location: Cape Town, South Africa

    Duration: 15 days

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      The included early morning pick-up service can collect you from any Cape Town accommodation within an 10-kilometer radius

      Departure Time: Between 7am and 8am - you can verify your exact pickup time with the local supplier a day before the tour departs

      Hotel Pickup Available: Yes

      Return Details:
      This one-way tour ends in Johannesburg and you can be dropped off at any accommodation within 10km of Johannesburg.


      Day 1: Cape - Oudtshoorn

      Your adventure start with an early morning pick up from your accommodation in Cape Town CBD.

      Set off from Cape Town along the rugged landscapes of Route 62, the longest wine route in the world! Along this famous country road you'll capture the beauty of high mountains, twisting passes, vast Karoo plains, vineyards and orchards. Route 62 is more than just burgers and beers, farm stalls or small country towns, it is, after all, famous for its wine, so oenophiles will be in their element with the wine pit stop en route at De Krans winery. Sample local delights before arriving in Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world. If you haven’t picked it up from the bird-filled paddocks lining the highway or the colourful feather stalls as you head into Oudtshoorn itself, you will from the many show farm signs and the palatial sandstone homesteads that hark back to an era when ostrich feathers were worth more than gold.

      The Cango Ostrich Show Farm gives you a glimpse into the farming industry, allowing you to observe the world’s biggest bird beak-to-beak and test the toughness of the shells. You’ll spend the evening in the quaint town of Oudtshoorn where Ostrich steak or kebabs complete the experience for those with an adventurous appetite.

      Subject to your selected accommodation package booked; overnight at Backpackers Paradise or 3-star Yamkela Guest house

      Day 2: Oudtshoorn to Sedgefield

      As dawn breaks in Oudtshoorn – South Africa’s sunniest town – you’ll delve deep underground to the magical Cango Caves’ limestone chambers, alive with drip formation stalactites and stalagmites and remnants of Khoikhoi paintings. Opt for the easy-going Heritage Tour to test the cave’s acoustics and gain insights your guide provides into the formation and dripstone evolution. By contrast, the Adventure Tour allows would-be contortionists to squeeze, twist and wiggle their way through limestone chimneys on a rather more adventurous underground route.

      Then, you’ll take to the water for a leisurely afternoon paddle along the reed-lined banks of the Touws River, deep in Wilderness National Park. Indigenous forest and campgrounds line the riverbank. It’s not until you stop paddling and let the gentle current guide you, that the abundance of birdlife becomes apparent.

      For those that savour a great night’s sleep, tonight’s end destination – the coastal town of Sedgefield and nearby Myoli Beach – promises just that. The tranquil village boasts the title of Africa’s slowest town. Here, life in the slow line is THE way of life.

      Overnight at AfroVibe Backpackers or 3-star Purple Heron Guest house


      Day 3: Sedgefield to Jeffrey's Bay

      Pristine wild and adventure go hand in hand on this adrenaline-packed day. From a morning spent admiring the views from the imposing Knysna Heads to ocean and green river views atop Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest commercial bridge bungy jump or as you zip line over gushing river gorge in the Tsitsikamma forest.

      The bungy bridge itself is fairly unassuming as you drive over it, but it’s pretty apparent from the squeals and screams that this isn’t your average photo stop. Here, seemingly normal people hurtle face first down the 216m drop only to spring back up on their elastic cord like a yoyo. For the spectators, half the thrill is in watching their contorted faces on the TV in the nearby café and the other in watching a staff member ‘catch them’ and return them to safety.

      This region is a playground for the outdoors and for those with tamer appetites who have opted not to bungy, a visit to the Knysna’s famous 1000-year-old yellowwood tree, with its massive nine-metre circumference, provides the requisite photo opportunity. As you head to the coastal belt, towns like Plettenberg Bay show why it and the Tsitsikamma National Park are favourites with holidaying locals. The short but steep walk to Tsitsikamma’s suspension bridge is worth it for the views alone and, you’ll likely get a thrill as fellow tourists test its swing factor.

      The large white caps (or seahorses as the locals call the surf break) of Jeffreys Bay herald your departure from the official Garden Route and your arrival into South Africa’s quintessential ‘Surf City’. Hang ten with the locals, hire a board and hit the beach, sandboard on the dunes, shop or chillax and slip into a relaxed frame of mind.

      Overnight at Island Vibe Backpackers or 3-star Mandyville Guest house


      Day 4: Jeffreys’ Bay

      Today you can spend your time at leisure in the coastal town of Jeffreys Bay blessed with gnarly surf breaks and rip curls. It’s not surprising that many of the leisure activities in this surfing town revolve in and around the water. Hang ten with groms on the beginner breaks, learn to surf at one of the many surf schools in town, visit J’Bay Surf Village’s factory outlets for a bargain or duck into the JB Surf Museum and learn about the evolution of the surfboard.

      Various hiking trails surround the area, and there’s also sand boarding, beach horse riding, stand-up paddle boarding, and scuba diving. And, if you’re a beachcomber at heart, Jeffreys Bay’s shell museum boasts one of the largest collections in South Africa.

      Overnight at Island Vibe Backpackers or 3-star Mandyville Guest house


      Day 5: Jeffrey’s Bay to Chintsa

      Now your journey becomes seriously wild and if you haven’t felt it before you will, for certain, feel that you’re in “real Africa” now.

      After breakfast you’ll leave the coast for a while and after an hour-long drive arrive at the gates to Addo Elephant National Park, the third-largest of South Africa’s 19 national parks. This is your first opportunity on this trip to see some of Africa’s wildlife and while animal sightings can never be guaranteed, it’s almost certain you will see elephants as you drive through this beautiful park.

      After leaving Addo, head further north-east into the Eastern Cape province, crossing the last of the picturesque Cape Fold Mountains. You’ll have been crossing and driving between these mountains since you left Cape Town: the sandstone curves on the mountainsides a tell-tale sign of tectonic plate activity from around 350-million years ago.

      The drive from Addo to the coastal town of Chintsa, where you’ll spend the night, will take just over three hours and the closer you get, the emptier the landscape will become. Towns fade as grassy rolling hills become peppered with trees, cattle and clusters of round houses. You’re now heading into the Wild Coast, one of South Africa’s most undeveloped regions, and will have three full days to immerse yourself in an area that’s known for its astounding natural beauty and laid-back vibes.  You spend the next two in the dreamy town of Chintsa, and there is a chance you may never want to leave this super-chilled seaside town…

      Overnight at Buccaneers Backpackers Lodge or 3+star Crawfords Beach Lodge


      Day 6: Chintsa 

      Chintsa is where the pace of life slows down, and you have absolutely no commitments today: nowhere that you need to be, nothing that you need to do. If you feel the need to while away hours in a hammock, with a good book in hand, that’s perfect. If you choose to stretch your legs and wander or run wild on the beach, well, you have 15km of untouched coastline to keep you occupied.

      If you’d like to get out and do something, then of course we do have some suggestions for you as Chintsa is a fantastic place to explore and tick off a few bucket-list items. Enjoy a horse ride across a wild beach? Learn to surf? Yoga in a forest? All here – all available for you to do. You could also learn more about the Xhosa culture and meet with a traditional healer.

      You choose the direction that your day will take… and we’re pretty sure that today will be a truly memorable one.

      Overnight at Buccaneers Backpackers Lodge or 3+star Crawfords Beach Lodge


      Day 7: Chintsa to Coffee Bay

      Back on the road, you’ll be heading inland on an enlightening and possibly emotional journey through South Africa’s history and politics, before turning towards the coast and travelling once again through the Eastern Cape’s vast, open landscapes.

      Chances are by now you will have come across images of Nelson Mandela in hotels, backpackers and souvenir stores – he is still very much loved by South Africans – and you may even have read his autobiography, A Long Walk To Freedom. Today you will be driving to Qunu, a humble rural area where Mr Mandela grew up. After being shown around and hearing some stories from a very knowledgeable local guide, you’ll have time to ponder the legacy of Madiba as you drive through the former Xhosa homeland towards Coffee Bay, another beautiful little town on the Wild Coast.  Return to Coffee Bay for a peaceful night’s rest.

      Overnight at Coffee Shack Backpackers Lodge or 3-star Ocean View Hotel


      Day 8: Coffee Bay

      While visitors to Coffee Bay revel in the laid-back atmosphere here on the Wild Coast, many are lured by something else: the chance to walk in one of the most enchanting, wild coastal areas on this continent. Today is a free day for you so of course you are welcome to kick back and take full advantage of Coffee Bay’s chilled vibes. If, however, you’d like to get out an explore the area, then we’ve lined up a rewarding hike that will allow you to make the most of the time you have here. Nature lovers can be awed by a hike to Hole in the Wall, a natural phenomenon that is quite a crowd pleaser in the region, and it’s no surprise why! The hike is not very physically demanding and the views are spectacular. This hike will take up most of the day, but you’ll be back in Coffee Bay town in time for another splendid sunset.

      Overnight at Coffee Shack Backpackers Lodge or 3-star Ocean View Hotel


      Day 9: Coffee Bay to Drakenberg Mountains

      There really is no way to describe today without gushing about the landscape, and today's journey really shows off South Africa’s magnificent geographical diversity. You will wake up overlooking a river estuary and the Indian Ocean, and then drive through wild hills, sparse settlements, small towns and increasingly lush farmlands until you reach the foothills of the mighty Drakensberg.

      As you hit the road today you will journey inland to another of the Nelson Mandela Museum sites, where your guide will show you around the historical site. You’ll get a chance to learn more about the South African hero and view a collection of Mandela’s presidential gifts before you head north towards Sani Pass in the Drakensberg - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

      Overnight at Sani Lodge Backpackers or 3-star Premier Resort Sani Pass Hotel 


      Day 10: Drakensberg Mountains

      It’s always a tough when travelling to have to make a decision on how you’re going to experience a place… and today is one of those days. You can either explore the mountains on foot by walking some easy (but really scenic) trails with a local guide, who will take you to the most beautiful vantage points in the area, or you could head up the Sani Pass 4x4 track to the very top of the mountains, where South Africa meets Lesotho and from where, it seems, you have a view across the entire world.

      Overnight at Sani Lodge Backpackers or 3-star Premier Resort Sani Pass Hotel 


      Day 11: Drakensberg Mountains to Dundee

      You’ll leave the mountains today but will be travelling parallel to them, albeit from a distance, so if you’ve not yet had your fill of the mighty peaks then be sure to sit on the left side of the tour van. Today you’ll be driving through one of South Africa’s favourite weekend playgrounds, the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. It’s a big farming area – dairy, beef and maize, mostly – and there are a number of small nature reserves here, too. The Midlands Meander, a collection of arranged routes, offers beautiful scenery, local experiences, and an abundance of small family run farm stalls to stop at along the winding roads.

      Before setting out on today’s drive you’ll visit a Zulu family. While the Eastern Cape is traditionally home to the Xhosa people; KwaZulu-Natal welcomes you into Zulu territory. Xhosa and Zulu languages are similar and so you might recognise a few words, but the customs and traditions do differ – and this morning is your chance to learn more; it’s certain to be a very memorable hour or two.

      The driving time today is around 3,5 hours, and you’ll break the journey by stopping at the spectacular (especially after the rains) Howick Falls, which is in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal. Just a few kilometres away is “the Capture Site”: the place where Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962. Today is a fairly busy one and this site is not included in the tour itinerary, but if you’d like to see the enormous sculpture that’s at this site (it really is unusual and very clever), then ask your guide if there’s time to make a quick detour here before you head to the quaint town of Nottingham Road for a rather quirky beer tasting.

      Overnight at Khaya4u Lodge or 3+star Penryn Guest house


      Day 12: Dundee to Nelspruit

      Northern KwaZulu-Natal, particularly the area around Dundee, is steeped in a very bloody history that was instrumental in shaping the South Africa we know today. There were intense battles here between, at various times, the Brits, the Boers and the Zulus and most of your trip today will be dedicated to learning more about these exceptionally important events. But don’t expect a dry history lesson: we’ve lined up local guides who will bring the past to life, taking you through some of the clashes in a way that’s sure to leave you feeling like you’re right there, watching the action.

      You’ll start off at the Talana Battlefields in Dundee, where the first battle of the Anglo-Boer War took place, and after looking around this impressive museum complex you’ll move on to the innovative monument that commemorates the Battle of Blood River. It’s history like you’ve never seen it before.

      When you leave the Battlefields behind your van heads north, skirting the border of Swaziland and making its way into the Lowveld. It’s a low-lying area that is dominated by open woodland, grassy plains and thorn trees… what so many people consider to be “the real Africa”.

      Overnight at Old Vic Traveller’s Inn or 3+star Protea Nelspruit Hotel


      Day 13: Nelspruit to Kruger

      You’ll wake this morning in Mpumalanga, South African’s easternmost province. The name actually means “place where the sun rises” – and appropriately, after an early breakfast you’ll be driving into Kruger National Park.

      Kruger covers nearly two-million hectares – that’s the same size as Slovenia – and you’ll be exploring roads around the southern section of the park. White rhino are quite commonly seen in this area, as are hippos, sable antelope, kudu, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and impala.

      Today you’ll travel Kruger’s roads in two vehicles: this morning in your tour van, as you make your way to Pretoriuskop Camp, and this afternoon in an open 4x4 safari vehicle, which will be driven by a park ranger. Accommodation this evening is in one of the iconic African-style round huts at Pretoriuskop or en-suite bungalow; it’s a fenced camp for complete rest of mind. and it’s thrilling to fall asleep to the nocturnal sounds of the bush.

      Overnight in Kruger Park area at Pretoriuskop Camp Huts or Pretoriuskop Camp en-suite Bungalows

      Day 14: Kruger to Hazy View

      There is no better way to experience the African bush than to walk in it… and that’s exactly how your day will begin. After a pre-dawn coffee you’ll be out in the bush walking with an armed ranger, looking for signs of animals and learning fascinating facts about the wilderness. It’s a time when your senses completely tune in to being here, now – a great exercise in mindfulness! – and you’ll return to camp exhilarated.

      Driving away from Kruger gives you the chance to do one last stint of game-watching before you exit the park and make for Hazyview, a small town close to the Kruger boundary, where you’ll be spending the night. Make sure you charge your camera batteries tonight and offload your wildlife photos… you’ll definitely need battery power and memory space tomorrow…

      Overnight at Kruger Adventure Lodge or 3-star Hippo Hollow Country Estate


      Day 15: Hazyview to Johannesburg

      What a way to end a tour across this beautifully diverse country! Today will be so packed with places to go, things to do that we’re certain you’ll be ending the journey on an exceptionally high note. After a morning visit to a Shangaan village, your chance to brush up on the culture of this part of South Africa, you’ll be treated to a drive along what has to be this country’s most spectacular road. Trust us – you’ve driven across South Africa but you ain’t seen nothing yet!

      There will be plenty of stops along the way at geological wonders and breathtaking vistas such as the famed God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondawels. By the time you reach the big city lights of Jozi this evening your Instagram feed will be bursting with exquisite landscapes; your soul filled with beautiful memories. This is the end of a pretty comprehensive tour across South Africa – and what a journey it’s been! Hamba kahle, friend – go well and may Africa always have a special place in your heart.

      Reach Johannesburg by late evening.

    • Inclusions:
      • Local guide during guided tours and included activities
      • Pickup service from Cape Town and drop-off service in selected Johannesburg areas
      • 14 nights accommodation
      • Transport to tour highlights
      • Entry fees & Activities as listed:
      • Route 62 Roadtrip
      • Route 62 Wine Tasting
      • Ostrich Farm Tour
      • Cango Caves Adventure Tour
      • Wilderness Canoeing
      • Cocktails at Myoli Beach
      • Knysna Heads Hike
      • Big Tree Walk
      • Tsitsikamma National Park Hike
      • Jeffreys Bay Chillaxing
      • Addo Elephant Park Game Drive
      • Mandela Youth & Heritage Centre Visit
      • Hole In The Wall Hike
      • Mthatha Mandela Museum Tour
      • Drakensberg Hike
      • Visit A Zulu Family For Tea
      • Howick Waterfall Visit
      • Micro-Brewery Local Craft Beer Tasting
      • Talana Battlefields Museum Tour
      • Blood River Monument Heritage Site
      • Kruger Game Drive in tour van
      • Kruger 4x4 Sunset Safari
      • Shangaan Cultural Village Tour
      • Panorama Route Drive

    • Exclusions:
      • Food and drinks, unless specified
      • Additional transport to activities during unguided Cape Town section of the tour
      • Personal Expenses
      • Meals & drinks
      • Travel Insurance
      • Flight Tickets or Visa fees
      • Optional Activities available on tour:

      • Sandboarding or Surf lessons ± R200
      • Cintsa beach horseback ride ± R450
      • Cintsa yoga session ± R150
      • Bungy Jump a±  R990
      • 4x4 Sani Pass and Lesotho day tour ± R750
      • Kruger Bush Walk ±R535

    • Other Information:
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • This one-way tour starts in Cape Town and end in Johannesburg
      • The exact itinerary is subject to change and may, on occasions, run in reverse or different order
      • Guides and vehicles will vary as this is a combination of standard scheduled tours.
      • Minimum age is 12 years
      • Children between 12 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult
      • Some optional activities on this tour require a moderate level of fitness
      • According to availability at time of booking, accommodation will be in the mentioned hotel or in one of a similar standard and star rating
      • It is recommended that you bring: comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, sun hat, jacket for cooler evenings, beach towel and swimming costume
      • Adult pricing applies to all travellers

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