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Uncover a country of contrasts – South Africa, a beautiful land where our people and landscapes offer the opportunity to discover a myriad of cultures and natural wonders. This one-way 15-day trip from Johannesburg to Cape Town allows for a full immersion into South Africa’s rich heritage, diverse cultures and, of course, spectacular beauty. 

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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. So, let the adventure begin...

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    Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

    Duration: 15 days

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      Departure Point:
      The included early morning pick-up service can collect you from most Johannesburg accommodation within a 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

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

      Itinerary:
       Day 1: Johannesburg to Hazyview

      What a way to start a tour across this beautifully diverse country! Today will be so packed with places to go and things to do that we’re certain you’ll be starting the journey on an exceptionally high note. After you get collected from your accommodation in Johannesburg CBD area, visit a Shangaan village for a chance to brush up on the culture of this part of South Africa. On the way there you’ll be treated to a scenic drive known to be one of this country’s most spectacular drive – the Panorama Route.

      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 end of day one your Instagram feed will already be bursting with exquisite landscapes and your soul filled with beautiful memories. This is the beginning of a pretty comprehensive tour across South Africa – and just a taste for the days to come.

      Overnight in Hazyview area : Kruger Adventure Lodge

       

      Day 2: Kruger National Park

      Driving away from Hazyview sees you enter the famed Kruger National Park. Your morning gives you the chance to do your first game-watching from the tour van as you roam the park searching for the Big Five and more.

      This afternoon you’ll hop into an open 4x4 safari vehicle, which will be driven by a park ranger for a tranquil and beautiful afternoon sunset game drive. Explore the vast expanse of the Kruger with a trained ranger, tracking the diverse fauna and flora of the region. Your ranger gives you the best chance at seeing game, as their keen senses and years of experience give them the upper hand in spotting illusive animals.

      Accommodation this evening is in one of the iconic African-style round huts at Pretoriuskop; it’s a fenced camp so you’re totally safe here… and it’s thrilling to fall asleep to the nocturnal sounds of the bush.

      Overnight in Kruger: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp

       

      Day 3: Kruger National Park to Nelspruit

      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.

      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 this afternoon in the tour van. White rhino are quite commonly seen in this area, as are hippos, sable antelope, kudu, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and impala. You’ll arrive later today in Mpumalanga, South African’s easternmost province, to the small town of Nelspruit. 

      Overnight at Old Vic Travellers Inn


      Day 4: Dundee

      This morning, you’ll leave the Lowveld, 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” and trade it with the tall mountain peaks of Northern KwaZulu-Natal.

      This area, 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 innovative monument that commemorates the Battle of Blood River and then move on to the Talana Battlefields in Dundee, where the first battle of the Anglo-Boer War took place. It’s history like you’ve never seen it before.

      When you leave the Battlefields behind your van heads south, skirting the border of Swaziland and making its way into the dramatic scenery of the Drakensberg Mountains. 

      Overnight at Kaya4U, Dundee


      Day 5: Dundee to Drakensberg

      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.

      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. You’ll also enjoy a stop for a quirky local craft beer tasting.

      As you approach the Drakensberg the mountain peaks will grow with each passing second while the air becomes more and more crisp. 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. You’ll retire in the mountains this evening for a night of blissful rest.

      Overnight at Sani Lodge


      Day 6: Drakensberg

      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


      Day 7: Drakensberg to Coffee Bay

      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 and cultural diversity. Your morning will begin with a humble and authentic visit with a local Zulu family for tea. Try your luck at learning some Zulu words, learn about the Zulu culture and make new friends with South African locals. It’s certain to be a very memorable hour or two. As you hit the road today you will journey towards the coast and along the way, visit one of the Nelson Mandela Museum sites, where your guide will show you around the historical site. Learn more about the South African hero and view a collection of Mandela’s presidential gifts before you head towards coastal heaven, Coffee Bay. You will soon reach paradise, a beach hideout overlooking a river estuary and the Indian Ocean, driving through wild hills, sparse settlements, small towns and increasingly lush farmlands as you approach the town of Coffee Bay. 

      Overnight at Coffee Shack Lodge

       

      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 by sunset.

      Overnight at Coffee Shack Backpackers


      Day 9: Coffee Bay to Chintsa

      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 noticed the many 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 is the day you’ll visit 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 Chintsa, another beautiful little town on the Wild Coast.

      Overnight at Buccaneers Backpackers


      Day 10: 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. Feel the wind in your hair on 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

       

      Day 11: Chintsa to Jeffreys bay

      After breakfast you’ll leave the coast for a while and travel inland along the Wild Coast to reach the start of the luscious Garden Route. You’ll arrive at the gates to Addo Elephant National Park, the third-largest of South Africa’s 19 national parks, in the early afternoon. Yet another opportunity 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. With over 500 elephant in the Park, Addo boasts one of the highest concentrations of African elephant in the world.After leaving Addo, say goodbye to the Eastern Cape province and head straight for the beach again. Large white caps (or seahorses as the locals call the surf break) of Jeffreys Bay herald your arrival in the official Garden Route and 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 grab a fruit slip into a relaxed frame of mind.

      Overnight at Island Vibe Backpackers

       

      Day 12: 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, but there’s also sandboarding, beach horse rides, stand-up paddle boarding, scuba diving and, believe it or not, electronic bingo to amuse. 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

       

      Day 13: Jeffreys Bay to Sedgefield

      Pristine wild and adventure go hand in hand on this adrenaline-packed day. From ocean and green river views atop Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest commercial bridge bungy jump, to zip lining over gushing a river gorge in the Tsitsikamma forest, you’ll be sure to get your adrenaline fill. As you head to the coastal belt, towns like Plettenberg Bay show why it and the Tsitsikamma (the first ‘T’ is silent) 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. If you’re up for it, you can opt for a zip lining adventure amongst the trees.More adrenaline as you arrive at Bloukrans Bridge Bungy. 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 on 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 is sure to impress.Top off the afternoon with a leisurely hike to the top of the breathtaking Knysna Heads, two rocky sandstone cliffs that frame the Knysna Lagoon. 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

       

      Day 14: Sedgefield to Oudtshoorn

      En route to the Klein Karoo region you slow down and take to the water for a leisurely morning 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. Your next stretch takes you inland, to 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. This afternoon, 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. When you’ve had just about enough adventure for the day, kick back in your luxurious Oudtshoorn accommodation, where Ostrich steak or kebabs complete the experience for those with an adventurous appetite.

      Overnight at Backpackers Paradise, Oudtshoorn

       

      Day 15: Oudtshoorn to Cape Town

      Cape Town does not seem that far anymore, it’s actually only a few hours away. Before your journey to the Cape begins, you still need to meet some locals… 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. Time flies when you’re having fun, hey? Along the rugged landscapes of Route 62, the longest wine route in the world 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. By the time you reach the big city lights of Cape Town in the 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.

       



    • Inclusions:
      • Local guide during guided tours and included activities
      • Pickup service from Johannesburg and drop-off service in selected Cape Town 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 & drink
      • Travel Insurance
      • Flight Tickets or Visa fees
      • Optional Activities available during 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 Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.
      • 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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