Garden Route and Drakensberg


Garden Route and Lesotho tour

Day 1 Stellenbosch Wine Route/Swellendam

Leaving the mother city of Cape Town behind, we drive to Stellenbosch stopping off at a wine farm for an included tasting. The magnificent rocky mountain scenery will take your breath away en route to a Cheetah Breeding project, where we admire these beautiful animals. Later we travel on to our first campsite in Swellendam.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 Oudtshoorn

Ostrich

Today we take a guided tour of the Cango Caves. The Cango Caves are some of the most impressive limestone caverns and the different formations are quite astonishing. Stalagmites or Stalagtites? Can you tell the difference? In the afternoon we have the opportunity to visit an Ostrich Farm before setting up camp in Oudtshoorn. Optional Activities: Ostrich Farm visit.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Knysna

Travelling along the Garden Route is one of South Africa's most scenic journeys. Look out for whales and dolphins as we pass through Mossel Bay and onto our campsite near the picturesque seaside village of Knysna.

Optional Activities: Canoeing, hiking, Knysna Elephant Park, Lagoon Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4/5 Bloukrans and Tsitsikamma National Park

One of South Africa's best-kept secrets is the Tsitsikamma National Park. Boasting exceptional hiking trails (including the famous Otter Trail) and superb coastal scenery Tsitsikamma is somewhere that many people will return to. At the nearby Bloukrans Bridge the Bungy Jump here (at 212m) is the highest in the world, although most people are not quite brave enough to try it.

Optional Activities: Bungy jumping (highest in the world), treetop canopy tours, hiking.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Addo Elephant National Park

Continuing in to the Eastern Cape, we enter Addo Elephant National Park, which is home to many of Africa's big game. Our truck gives us an elevated view on our game drive, particularly for those photographic enthusiasts amongst us.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7/8 Hogsback

After a final game drive in Addo we depart the National Park and drive, via Port Elizabeth, to Hogsback. Some of the original Afro-Montane Rainforest can be seen here as well as stunning waterfalls such as Bridal Veil Falls and Madonna and Child Falls. Many people rent Mountain Bikes here and spend an enjoyable day exploring, but your Guide will also take you on a short hike if you prefer. Optional Activities: Horse riding, mountain biking.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9/10 Lesotho Malealea

Today we leave South Africa and enter the landlocked mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Lesotho is one of the highest countries in the world, with all territory being over 1000m above sea level. The next day we get up early and those going on the Pony Trekking will ride into the remote hills of Lesotho accompanied by local guides. If you remain behind you can visit the local village or craft market.
Optional Activities: Pony Trekking Excursion, Hiking.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11/12 South Africa Drakensberg

The Drakensberg Mountains are South Africa's highest and most beautiful. We explore the mountain paths and take in the breathtaking views offered in the Royal Natal National Park. Optional Activities: Horse Riding, Hiking.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 Kwa-Zulu Natal Coast - Durban

It's all downhill as we leave the mountain scenery en route to the Kwazulu Natal Coast. The bustling city of Durban is South Africa's largest port and surfing capital. We stay in a youth hostel in the central city this evening so maybe sample some Indian cuisine and enjoy this coastal city's vibrant nightlife.
Optional Activities: Dinner and night out in the city.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are prescribed by law by the countries being visited on this tour. Please see the Pre-Departure Information booklet for detailed information on vaccinations in Africa.

Onward Travel

This tour can be linked to the Delta and Chobe Trail

Pre and Post Tour Accommodation

If you require accommodation before or after your tour we can arrange this for you. We can also arrange airport transfers, contact your travel agent to make these bookings.

Health

Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies that you may have.

Visas

Please note that these are your responsibility. Some nationalities require visas for Lesotho.