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16 Days Cape Town to Kruger Park and Lesotho, Exploring The Hidden Secrets of South Africa

Cape Town - George - Addo - Coffee Bay - Port Shepstone - Cathkin Park - Dundee - Graskop - Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre - Kruger Park, South Africa; Hlane Royal National Park, Swaziland

South Africa Safari

Amatungulu Tours welcome you to this amazing safari where you can experience game drives, explore spectacular wildlife, and open your mind to nature while staying at charming accommodations during the trip. Take this chance and give yourself a real experience and explore the hidden secrets of South Africa!

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Minimum group size: 2 persons
  • Children policy: children are allowed in safari (0 - 3 year old are free of charge)
  • Starting point: Cape Town
  • Ending point: Johannesburg
  • Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish
  • Park fees are included.

Meet the guides

Jakes
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Highlights

  • Exciting game drives
  • Spot the Big Five and other wildlife
  • Visit Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route, and Addo National Park
  • Explore Kwazulu-Natal, Drakensberg, Battlefields Route, and Midlands Meander
  • Visits to many historical places and wine tastings
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • 15 nights accommodation
  • Daily specific meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


16 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, German, Italian
Group size: Maximum of 21 participants
Airport transfer included: Cape Town International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
07:00
Check-out Time:
20:30

The accommodation will be various in this tour. You will overnight at Simon’s Town Quayside Hotel, Windsor Hotel Hermanus, Wilderness Hotel, accommodation in Addo National Park, Hole-in-the-Wall Hotel in Coffee Bay, Surf's up Accommodation @Supertubes Jeffreys Bay, Neptunes Cove, Kei Mouth, Forever Blyde Canyon in Graskop, Kruger National Park

Program

16-day Package Tour

Cape Town to Kruger & Lesotho-Picturesque and Authentic Safari exploring the hidden secrets of South Africa.

Day 1: Cape Town. 1-hour drive

Meet us at your centrally located hotel to start this tour for Cape Town's most famous icon: Table Mountain by the Aerial Cableway to take in the natural beauty and stunning views. The first botanical garden in the world to be established (in 1913) to protect local flora, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in the UNESCO-listed Cape Floral Kingdom follows. Lunch is at an African cuisine restaurant. Visiting the first winery in the country: Groot Constantia and taste their export quality wines and learn more about wine making on the cellar tour. From here you go to Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town, home to one of the few land-based penguin colonies in the world. We choose one of the numerous restaurants in the vicinity to have dinner, and overnight at Simon’s Town Quayside Hotel (or similar).

Day 2: Cape Town to Hermanus. 2,5-hour drive

First visit is Cape Point where the two oceans meet, and part of the Table Mountain National Park. You ascend the viewpoint with the Flying Dutchman Funicular. Drive along the scenic Chapman’s Peak drive and then picture the colourful houses at Bo-Kaap, formerly known as the Malay Quarter. Head out to Stellenbosch and visit the Spier Wine Farm for chocolate and wine tasting on the banks of the Spier dam. We go to the Vergenoegd wine farm for a duck parade show. You leave for Hermanus, home to the world’s best whale-watching when in season and overnight at the Windsor Hotel (or similar) where you have dinner. (B)

Day 3: Hermanus to Wilderness. 6-hour drive

Starting our journey to the Garden Route, we meander to the town of Oudtshoorn with Route 62. This route delivers an unforgettable South African travelling experience. Along the way there are sweet small towns to explore, home-baked farmstall goodies to taste and plenty of wineries, also Ronnie's Sex Shop, which had visitors from all over the world, judging by the graffiti on its wall. After visiting the Cango Caves for a Heritage Tour, we head down the scenic Outeniqua Pass and onto the green forests and beaches of the Garden Route. Overnight at the Wilderness Hotel (or similar).

Day 4: Wilderness to Jeffreys Bay. 3-hour drive

A short drive brings us to Knysna where you can choose one of the following activities to do: a boat ride for a “Dolphin Encounters” excursion of 1,5 to 2 hours at Ocean Blue Adventures, jump from the ‘highest recognized bungee from a bridge’ in the world, the Bloukrans Bridge Bungee Jump, or do a Tsitsikama Canopy Tour at Stormsriver Adventures. You can also choose to walk through the "Garden of Eden" and the "Big Tree" as another option. Our last stop for the day is at Jeffreys Bay, home to the best right hand surf break in the world! Overnight at Surf's up Accommodation @Supertubes (or similar).

Day 5: Jeffreys Bay to the Addo Elephant National Park. 2-hour drive

From here we go to the Addo Elephant National Park while being on the look out for Humpback Whales at Nelson Mandela Bay, ( Algoa Bay) between the months of August and December. Addo Elephant National Park conserve a wide range of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. It is home to all of Africa's Big 7: lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, rhino, the Southern right whale and the great white shark.

A night game drive follows dinner at their restaurant: "Cattle Baron is famous for its steaks, having won several awards for the Best Steakhouse in South Africa. The signature dish is chateaubriand, a fillet flambéed with brandy and served with mushroom sauce and béarnaise sauce." Overnight is here in a cottage.

Day 6: Addo Elephant National Park to Kei Mouth. 4-hour drive

Leaving the Addo National Park, we head North to the spectacular Wild Coast town of Kei Mouth, where you can have an optional cruise on the Great Kei, watch Fish Eagles feed and see cycads growing in the wild. It is a bird watchers paradise! You can have an optional Wild Coast Horseback Adventure or you can just relax on the spectacular Kei Mouth's sandy beaches. Overnight at Neptunes Cove, Kei Mouth (or similar). https://www.keimouth.co.za/

Day 7: Kei Mouth to “The Hole in the Wall”. 4,5-hour drive

You drive along the roads of the Transkei, and see how the Xhosa people still live in their traditional rondawel huts, with farm animals grazing by the side of the road against the backdrop of the Drakensberg in the distance! We veer off the N2 to “The Hole in the Wall”, one of South Africa's most famous tourist attractions. The locals call this "izi Khaleni" which means place of thunder. During certain seasons and water conditions, the waves clap in such a way that the concussion can be heard throughout the valley. If you want to have a real authentic traditional experience, sleep in a rural rondawel (separate sleeping and ablution huts) of a traditional Xhosa village and taste a home-cooked meal. You also have the choice to stay at the 3 star Hole-in-the-Wall Hotel.

Day 8: "The Hole in the Wall"

Spend another day at “The Hole in the Wall”, at a spectacular beach in the area, do a hike along the coast, explore Coffee Bay and mingle with the locals during a traditional Xhosa village experience. (https://mg.co.za/article/2019-04-23-mini-guide-to-coffee-bay-eastern-cape )

You can choose just to relax the entire day. No or little driving.

Day 9: “The Hole in the Wall” to Underberg. 5,5-hour drive

After a relaxed and visiting some of the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches in the world, we drive to the town of Underberg, situated at the foot of the 1,904 m Hlogoma Peak (place of echoes) in the foothills of the southern Drakensberg which is located in the the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Park next to Lesotho. We book into our guest house and get ready for a day tour into Lesotho on the next day. We stay at the Sani Window B&B. (or similar)

Day 10: Lesotho Tour

You start a Lesotho Tour (approximately 9 hours) with a 4x4 via Sani Pass to experience an adventure of climbing to a height of 2874 metres above sea level. You will stop at breath taking view sites along the Sani Pass and pass two border posts. Enjoy lunch at the highest Pub in Africa at The Sani Mountain Lodge and continue into a living Basotho village, where you will learn more about Lesotho and its people - the hardy mountainous Basotho folk. On your return to Underberg, you stay at the Sani Window B&B. (or similar)

Day 11: Underberg to the central uKhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Park. 3,5-hour drive

Leaving Underberg, we head to Howick to visit the Mandela Capture Site. From here we take the road North on the Midlands Meander and visit some of the craft shops at the Thokozisa Lifestyle Centre. Once at the Champagne Valley area at the Drakensberg, you get the option to do a Canopy Tour, a helicopter flight over the main Drakensberg escarpment or to attend a Drakensberg Boys Choir concert if available on a Wednesday. Spend the night at the Monks Cowl Resort (or similar).

Day 12: Drakensberg to Johannesburg. 4,5-hour drive.

Breakfast follows the drive back to Johannesburg where you will visit the Apartheid Museum and Gold Reef City, an amusement park located on an old gold mine which closed in 1971. The park is themed around the gold rush that started in 1886 on the Witwatersrand, the buildings on the park are designed to mimic the same period and you can learn how Johannesburg came to be, how gold was discovered on the reef and descend 75 meters underground. Spend the night at a Gold Reef City Hotel(or similar).

Day 13: Johannesburg to Blyde River Canyon, 4,5-hour drive.

We will begin the journey and drive through some of the most scenic areas of the Eastern part of South Africa. We visit the intriguing museums and shops in Pilgrim’s Rest and then drive to view Pinnacle Rock and then to experience the amazing view from God’s Window(Wonder View). We then visit the Berlin Falls, where numerous local arts and crafts are for sale. (Lunch en-route, restaurants available) From here we visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and then head the Blyde River Canyon, where we overnight in a chalet at the resort: Forever Blyde Canyon (or similar).

Day 14: Blyde River Canyon to Kruger National Park, 2-hour drive

We leave after breakfast to take a boat trip on the Blyde Dam. An interpretation tour will take us to the Kadishi Tufa waterfall and the Three Rondawels. An abundance of wildlife will keep you distracted while learning more about the natural history of the Blyde Canyon. The Kadishi Tufa waterfall, at 200 meters (around 660 feet) in height, is the second tallest tufa waterfall on earth. The waterfall’s formation strikingly resembles a face which is crying profusely, and is thus sometimes known as ‘the weeping face of nature’. Completing this we head to the heart of the Kruger National Park through the Orpen gate, watching game as we head to the Satara Rest Camp (or similar, like Letaba or Olifants), which is situated in an excellent game viewing areas, with the bush relatively open and the animals plentiful and diverse. Satara is well wooded and the bird-life is prolific. At night the clink of fruit bats is fused with the chirping of cicadas and crickets. The calls of owls and nightjars add to the symphony that is punctuated intermittently by the whoop of hyena, the screech of jackal and the roars of lion. Once at your camp, you will have a popular 3 hour sunset game drive in an open safari vehicle where the amazing African sunsets can be seen, and return at night while viewing some nocturnal species, then dinner at the restaurant. Overnight in a bungalow.

Day 15: Kruger National Park, entire day game drive.

Starting the game drive in our own vehicle early after coffee, you explore every possible opportunity to view the spectacular wildlife scenery. We take the best scenic routes and drive to the south of Kruger Park to get more opportunities to see the Big 5. Chances are excellent to spot a variety of some of the animals: Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Wild dog, Spotted hyena, Elephant, Burchell's zebra, Hippopotamus, Warthog, Giraffe, Buffalo, Eland, Roan antelope, Sable antelope, Greater kudu, etc. You overnight at the Lower Sabie camp (or similar, like Skukuza). Lower Sabie graces the banks of the Sabie River, one of the few perennial rivers to flow through the Kruger National Park. Visitors cannot but feel soothed by the view towards the river and the Lebombo Mountains beyond. Watching the endless procession of animals coming to drink at the Sabie River establishes a sense of one's own place in the eternal cycle. You have to choice to do an optional activity like a sunset game drive, game drive to a bush braai or a night game drive.

Day 16: Kruger National Park to Johannesburg, 5-hour drive

You have the opportunity to do an optional early morning guided walk, depending on the time to be back at the airport. After having breakfast at the restaurant, we do a game drive as we travel out of the park and then start the 4-5 hour journey back to Johannesburg with another scenic route. (Lunch en-route)

Included excursions

Table Mountain by Aerial Cableway, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Groot Constantia, Wine tasting at 3 wine farms, and more on request, Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town, Cape Point, Table Mountain National Park, Flying Dutchman Funicular, Vergenoegd wine farm, Spier Wine Farm, Hermanus whale-watching, Route 62 – Karoo, Cango Caves Heritage Tour, Bloukrans Bridge Bungee Jump (optional), Whale watching Nelson Mandela Bay, Addo Elephant Park game drive and night game drive, 4x4 via Sani Pass tour through Lesotho, traditional Basotho village, Nelson Mandela capture site at Howick, Eastern Cape Wild Coast, “The Hole in the Wall” Coffee Bay, sleep in a rural rondawel (hut) of a traditional Xhosa village, Drakensberg Canopy Tour, a helicopter flight over the main Drakensberg escarpment, discovery of gold Johannesburg.

Game drives to see the renowned big five (elephant, rhinoceros, lion, leopard and buffalo)

Game boat ride

Sunset game drive to see nocturnal species, and a choice of more game drives for your expense.

Very good opportunities to spot the Big Five

Chances to have encounters with elephant, giraffe, hippo, and antelope

History of the discovery of gold in Pilgrim's Rest,

See Pinnacle Rock, God’s Window, Berlin Falls, Bourke’s Luck Potholes,

Boat trip on the Blyde Canyon Dam

Guides

Jakes Conradie

Location

The location of this tour is in South Africa.

Food

Breakfasts are included.

Lunch and dinner excluded. You will eat at good restaurants catering for all preferences.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Game drives
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • National park fees
  • 15 nights accommodation
  • Breakfasts incl
  • A professional guide and driver at specialist venues
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Welcome pack
  • Free use of smartphone and data

What's not included

  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Activities indicated as optional
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Porterage
  • Visa fees

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Cape Town International Airport Airport transfer included: Cape Town International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Please book at least 60 days in advance.


Special offer

Book and pay for 7 adults and get your spot for free and a free 15 minute helicopter ride at the Drakensberg! Please inquire for more information (T&Cs apply).

 

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