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12 Day South Africa Tour Johannesburg to Cape Town

1. 12 Day South Africa Tour Johannesburg to Cape Town

This is the best of South Africa 12 Day Tour – starting in Johannesburg, going to Kruger National Park, then to Isimangaliso Wetlands Park (a World Heritage Site). From Isimangaliso Wetlands Park the tour moves to Durban for a guided tour of Durban town. Thereafter we go to the Drakensberg Mountains. From the Drakensberg we proceed to the Wild Coast before we reach the Garden Route for the final leg of the tour. We reach Cape Town on day 12 Experience Africa like never before on a 12-day trip that will leave you breathless. Discover the Kruger National Park where we embark on a game drive. Kruger national Park is one of the biggest in Africa with the big 5. It is rated as the number 1 Game Reserve in the world. We spend 2 nights in Kruger National Park at Kruger Adventure Lodge or similar. From Kruger National Park we go to Isimangaliso Wetlands Park, a World Heritage Site. In Isimangaliso Wetlands Park we go on a Hippo and Croc Boat Cruise in the beautiful St Lucia Estuary and thereafter do a game drive. We spend 1 night in Isimangaliso Wetlands Park at Elephant Lake Hotel or similar. From Isimangaliso Wetlands Park we go to Durban with its warm beaches and wonderful other features. We do a guided tour of Durban city. We spend 2 nights in Durban at Blue Waters Hotel or similar. Then we visit the Drakensberg Mountain Region, this is extraordinary, thanks to the dramatically beautiful setting. We spend 1 night in Drakensberg at Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf Resort or similar (bed and breakfast). From the Drakensberg we head to the Wild Coast. Here we encounter local villages and get to see local people and their living styles. We visit the Nelson Mandela Museum and Qunu, Mandela’s birth place along the way. We spend a night in Mthatha and another night in East London in 3 or 4 start hotels or lodges (bed and breakfast). We then get to the Garden Route. We explore the Garden Route, starting from Port Elizabeth. We visit Addo Elephant National Park for a day in the bush in touch with nature and wildlife. We also visit Robberg Nature Reserve for hiking. We visit white sand beaches in Plettenberg Bay. We visit Bloukrans Bridge (there is the world’s highest bungy jump at 216m. – own cost). We also visit the Knysna Heads and Knysna Quays Waterfront. We go on a sunset boat cruise from Knysna Quays Waterfront. We spend 1 night in Port Elizabeth and 3 nights in Knysna at the Russel Hotel or similar (bed & breakfast). On day 11 we visit Hermanus for whale watching (in season). We also do a tour of the old habour and other areas of interest in this beautiful town. We spend the night in Hermanus. On day 12 we depart from Hermanus and head to Benguela Cove Wine Estate for a world class wine tasting experience of 5 different wines. We also go to Betty’s Bay to see African Penguins. This is our final stop before we reach Cape town in late afternoon to conclude our stunning 12 day tour.

15 Day Tour of South Africa - Cape Town to Johannesburg

2. 15 Day Tour of South Africa - Cape Town to Johannesburg

This tour takes you to the best corners of South Africa, a great 15 days. A 15-day tour from Cape Town to Johannesburg along the Garden Route offers a fantastic journey through some of South Africa's most beautiful landscapes and attractions. Travelling through the Wine Route, The Garden Route, the Wild Coast, to Durban, to Drakensberg Mountains, to Hluhluwe Imfolozi, to Isimangaliso Wetlands Park, to Kruger National Park and finally to Johannesburg. Here's a suggested brief itinerary: Day 1: Cape Town to Oudtshoorn – Travel on the world’s longest Wine Route R62 in the Little Karoo. Overnight in Oudtshoorn. Day 2: Oudtshoorn to Knysna – Stop and tour Wilderness. Visit Knysna Heads for stunning views of the coastline. Overnight in Knysna at aha the Rex Hotel or similar. Day 3: Knysna & Plettenberg Bay – Visit Robberg Nature Reserve for hiking and beach in Plettenberg Bay and an animal park. Overnight in Knysna at aha the Rex Hotel or similar. Day 4: Knysna to Port Elizabeth and Addo Elephant National Park. Travel to Bloukrans bridge for sky walk or bungy jump (world’s highest – own cost). Proceed to Addo Elephant National Park for a game drive. Overnight at Kelway Hotel por similar in Port Elizabeth. Day 5: Port Elizabeth to East London. Travel in the Wild Cost. Overnight in East London Day 6: East London to Mthatha. Travel in the Wild Coast stopping in Qunu, Mandela’s birthplace. Overnight in Mthatha. Day 7: Mthatha to Durban. Travel to Durban, stop for a tour of Margate. Overnight in Durban at Bluewaters Hotel or similar. Day 8: Durban City Tour. Visit Victoria Market, Durban Botanic Gardens and City Hall. Day 9: Durban to Drakensberg Mountains. Visit Howick Falls and Mandela Capture Site. Arrive in Drakensberg and go for hiking. Overnight at Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf Resort or similar. Day 10: Drakensberg Mountains to Durban. Stop in Phezulu Safari for African traditional dance performance. Overnight in Bluewaters Hotel or similar. Day 11: Durban to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve & Isimangaliso Wetlands Park. Go for a game drive in Hluhluwe Imfolozi. Overnight in Isimangaliso at Elephant Lake Hotel or similar. Day 12: Isimangaliso Wetlands Park. Explore Isimangaliso. Go for Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise. Overnight in Isimangaliso at Elephant Lake Hotel or similar. Day 13: Isimangaliso Wetlands Park to Kruger National Park. Travel to Kruger National Park. Overnight Kruger Adventure Lodge or similar. Day 14: Kruger National Park. Game drive in Kruger National Park. Overnight Kruger Adventure Lodge or similar. Day 15: Kruger National Park to Johannesburg. Travel back to Johannesburg arriving late afternoon to end the 15 day tour.

Best of South Africa 15 Day Tour Cape Town to Johannesburg

3. Best of South Africa 15 Day Tour Cape Town to Johannesburg

A 15-day tour from Cape Town to Johannesburg along the Garden Route offers a fantastic journey through some of South Africa's most beautiful landscapes and attractions. Travelling through the Wine Route, The Garden Route, the Wild Coast, to Durban, to Drakensberg Mountains, to Hluhluwe Imfolozi, to Isimangaliso Wetlands Park, to Kruger National Park and finally to Johannesburg. Here's a suggested brief itinerary: Day 1: Cape Town to Oudtshoorn – Travel on the world’s longest Wine Route R62 in the Little Karoo. Overnight in Oudtshoorn. Day 2: Oudtshoorn to Knysna – Stop and tour Wilderness. Visit Knysna Heads for stunning views of the coastline. Overnight in Knysna at aha the Rex Hotel or similar. Day 3: Knysna & Plettenberg Bay – Visit Robberg Nature Reserve for hiking and beach in Plettenberg Bay and an animal park. Overnight in Knysna at aha the Rex Hotel or similar. Day 4: Knysna to Port Elizabeth and Addo Elephant National Park. Travel to Bloukrans bridge for sky walk or bungy jump (world’s highest – own cost). Proceed to Addo Elephant National Park for a game drive. Overnight at Kelway Hotel por similar in Port Elizabeth. Day 5: Port Elizabeth to East London. Travel in the Wild Cost. Overnight in East London Day 6: East London to Mthatha. Travel in the Wild Coast stopping in Qunu, Mandela’s birthplace. Overnight in Mthatha. Day 7: Mthatha to Durban. Travel to Durban, stop for a tour of Margate. Overnight in Durban at Bluewaters Hotel or similar. Day 8: Durban City Tour. Visit Victoria Market, Durban Botanic Gardens and City Hall. Day 9: Durban to Drakensberg Mountains. Visit Howick Falls and Mandela Capture Site. Arrive in Drakensberg and go for hiking. Overnight at Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf Resort or similar. Day 10: Drakensberg Mountains to Durban. Stop in Phezulu Safari for African traditional dance performance. Overnight in Bluewaters Hotel or similar. Day 11: Durban to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve & Isimangaliso Wetlands Park. Go for a game drive in Hluhluwe Imfolozi. Overnight in Isimangaliso at Elephant Lake Hotel or similar. Day 12: Isimangaliso Wetlands Park. Explore Isimangaliso. Go for Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise. Overnight in Isimangaliso at Elephant Lake Hotel or similar. Day 13: Isimangaliso Wetlands Park to Kruger National Park. Travel to Kruger National Park. Overnight Kruger Adventure Lodge or similar. Day 14: Kruger National Park. Game drive in Kruger National Park. Overnight Kruger Adventure Lodge or similar. Day 15: Kruger National Park to Johannesburg. Travel back to Johannesburg arriving late afternoon to end the 15 day tour.

Drakensberg Full Day Tour From Durban plus Hiking

4. Drakensberg Full Day Tour From Durban plus Hiking

We depart from Durban at 7.30am and head off to Howick Falls. From Howick Falls we proceed Nelson Mandela Capture Site where we spend an hour or 2. Thereafter we take our final leg of the tour to the Drakensberg where we will also do some hiking into the Mountains. We return back to Durban in late afternoon arriving at around 6pm. Howick Falls are simply breathtaking, and the deafening rush of water from the viewing deck is incredibly relaxing and mystifying at the same time. At 95m, they're the same height as Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and date back to when Kwazulu Natal was first inhabited by man. Several arts and crafts stalls can be found on the viewing platform and along Morling Road which leads down to the falls. Nelson Mandela was arrested on 5 August 1962 outside Howick, Natal, South Africa. He spent the next 27 years of his life in prison. The Nelson Mandela Capture Site commemorates this moment in history with a visitor centre and a world renowned sculpture. The Drakensberg Mountain Region has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. The Drakensberg region is extraordinary, thanks to the dramatically beautiful setting. This region is home to the awe-inspiring mountain range which is predominantly found in the KwaZulu Natal Province. The Drakensberg Mountain range is more than 200 kilometres long and combines rugged peaks with verdant valleys and spectacular backdrops. It creates a natural border between the kingdom of Lesotho and the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

1/2 Day Tour to Drakensberg Mountains & Hiking from Durban

5. 1/2 Day Tour to Drakensberg Mountains & Hiking from Durban

Depart from Durban at 6am and head off to Drakensberg. Pass through Pietermaritzber and Howick. Arrive in Drakensberg and go for a foot hike. Depart from Drakensberg at around 12:00 noon to head back to Durban. The Drakensberg Mountains are a majestic and rugged mountain range in South Africa that stretch for over 1,000 kilometers along the eastern border with Lesotho. The highest peak stands at 3,482 meters (11,423 feet) above sea level. The Drakensberg offers breathtaking landscapes, including towering peaks, deep valleys, and stunning waterfalls. The region is also home to an abundance of wildlife, including baboons, elands, and zebras. Visitors can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, and fly-fishing, among other activities. The Drakensberg Mountains are a natural wonder that offer visitors an unforgettable experience of South Africa's stunning beauty, rich culture, and exciting outdoor adventures.

Drakensberg + Mandela Capture Site Full Day Tour From Durban

6. Drakensberg + Mandela Capture Site Full Day Tour From Durban

Depart from Durban at 7.30am and head off to Howick Falls. From Howick falls we go a short distance to Nelson Mandela Capture Site, also in Howick. Thereafter we go to the Drakensberg Mountains where we also do hiking into the mountains. We return back to Durban in late afternoon at around 6.30pm. Howick Falls are simply breathtaking, and the deafening rush of water from the viewing deck is incredibly relaxing and mystifying at the same time. At 95m, they're the same height as Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and date back to when Kwazulu Natal was first inhabited by man. Several arts and crafts stalls can be found on the viewing platform and along Morling Road which leads down to the falls. Nelson Mandela was arrested on 5 August 1962 outside Howick, Natal, South Africa. He spent the next 27 years of his life in prison. The Nelson Mandela Capture Site commemorates this moment in history with a visitor centre and a world renowned sculpture. We tour the museuam as well as the monument with great opportunities for photographs. The Drakensberg Mountains, the largest mountain range in South Africa is a truly magical place. It’s no wonder that J.R.R. Tolkien saw this landscape as inspiration for the part of Middle Earth called the Misty Mountains. The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park is home to 35 000 examples of San rock paintings and a huge diversity of protected plant and animal species. While there are many mountains in South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal's 200km long uKhahlamba-Drakensberg escarpment is by far the most impressive. With peaks that exceed 3000m, the Berg – as locals like to call it – forms the backbone of the Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation and Development Area between the Kingdom of Lesotho and South Africa. We hike into the Drakensberg Mountains.

Private Kruger national park tour

7. Private Kruger national park tour

Day 1- A drive from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park We would depart Johannesburg and drive to the Greater Kruger National Park. The drive would take 5 to 6 hours, we would arrive at our camp/ accommodation in the late afternoon. In the late afternoon, we would do the sunset game drive in the greater Kruger National Park with an open vehicle for about 3 hours. After the sunset game drive at Kruger National Park, then we would drive back to the lodge Driving distance: 5 hours Lunch: own expense Dinner: Own expense Accommodation: Rissington Inn/Lions rock camp/ similar Day 2- Full day game drive in the greater Kruger National park Today we would start very early in the morning for a full day game drive in the greater Kruger National park in the hope to spot big five and other small animals. Kruger National Park is the biggest game park in South Africa and one of the biggest in Africa and the home of the big five . The park is roughly 360 km long, north to south and roughly 70 km wide, east to west bordering Mozambique on the eastern side. We would return back to the lodge in the late afternoon at 15:00. Distance:120 km Breakfast: breakfast packs Lunch: At your own expense Dinner: own expense Accommodation: Lions Rock camp/Rissington Inn/similar Day 3- a drive from Kruger National park via Panorama route (Drakensberg mountain) back to Johannesburg Today, we would start very early in the morning, driving back from Kruger National Park to Panorama route, which is located at the foot on the Drakensberg Mountains in the North Eastern parts of the Mpumalanga Province. We would visit numerous attractions along the Panorama route like God's Window and Blyde River canyon before we head back to Johannesburg and the guests will be dropped off at their preferred place around Johannesburg and pretoria. Breakfast: at the lodge Lunch: own expense

Drakensberg Mountains Full Day Tour From Durban & Hiking

8. Drakensberg Mountains Full Day Tour From Durban & Hiking

Depart from Durban at 7.30am and head off to Howick Falls, then to Mandela Capture Site. Finally we go to the Drakensberg where we also do some hiking. Drakensberg Mountains A full-day tour of the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa offers a stunning adventure with breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural experiences, and outdoor activities. The Drakensberg, also known as the Dragon Mountains, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its dramatic cliffs, lush valleys, and diverse flora and fauna. You will go hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains. Nelson Mandela Capture Site The site features an exhibition center that provides information about Mandela's life, the history of apartheid, and the struggle for freedom in South Africa. The Nelson Mandela Capture Site is an important historical and cultural landmark, attracting visitors interested in learning more about South Africa's journey to democracy and Mandela's role in that process. The capture site is marked by a sculpture known as "Release," which was unveiled on August 5, 2012, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Mandela's capture. The sculpture is a representation of Mandela's face, created by artist Marco Cianfanelli. The unique aspect of the sculpture is that it appears as a collection of vertical bars from a distance, but as you approach, the features of Mandela's face become visible. Howick Falls Howick Falls is a waterfall located in the town of Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The falls are situated on the Umgeni River and are approximately 95 meters (311 feet) in height. Howick Falls is a popular natural attraction and is known for its scenic beauty. The falls are surrounded by lush greenery and provide a picturesque setting. The area around Howick Falls also has cultural and historical significance.

From Himeville: Hodgson's Peaks and Drakensberg Hiking Tour

9. From Himeville: Hodgson's Peaks and Drakensberg Hiking Tour

This memorable day combines a Landrover trip up the famous Sani Pass, reputed to be the most remarkable as well as challenging mountain pass in South Africa and into Lesotho, with a moderate hike (6km each way with a 400m altitude gain) to the summit of Hodgson's Peaks - the highest peak in this section of the Drakensberg mountain range. The overall altitude gain from Sani Lodge is 1700 metres. Hike across grassy alpine plains sprinkled with delicate flowers, interact with the local shepherds and their flocks of sheep and goats, see their unique stone 'Motebo' dwellings then ascend to 3256m and an unparalleled 360 degree view from the summit of Hodgson's Peaks. Stunning views down into South Africa and the deep incised valleys of the Drakensberg Park, the high peaks of the escarpment stretching north to Giants Castle and south to Bushman's Nek and the soaring Maloti Mountains of Lesotho as far as the eye can see to the west. What Makes Us Different: Guides: Our experienced guides are all knowledgeable and passionate about the Sani Pass and Lesotho. Vehicles: We use mainly 9 seater closed in Landrovers. This is the vehicle which pioneered the Sani Pass. The emphasis is on adventures and experiences on not on comfort. Pricing is numbers dependent, with cheaper prices once the group size on the tour is 3 or more. It makes sense for individuals to join existing tours if possible. Contact us to see when tours have been booked and if you could join an existing group to bring the price down. Community Tourism: Experience responsible tourism in action! Your tour price includes a contribution to the Sani Top Basotho community. Our ground-breaking approach to grass-roots tourism means that your tour price directly benefits a wide segment of the local community, preserving cultural dignity and ensuring Fair remuneration for services rendered. “Sani Lodge is the Silver Award Winner of African Responsible Tourism Award for Poverty Reduction 2018. Sani Lodge and Drakensberg Adventures in the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa has made a major contribution to local livelihoods and poverty reduction over many years. By involving Basotho stakeholders, they have created opportunities for communities to proudly showcase their unique cultural practices, engaging with guests in an authentic manner, thereby earning their respect. They are the future of tourism in Africa". ~ Judges

From Durban: Lesotho Highlights 4-Day Trip with Meals

10. From Durban: Lesotho Highlights 4-Day Trip with Meals

Itinerary Day 1: Depart at 08:00 from Durban and head to the aptly named town of Underberg under the Drakensberg mountains. In our guided 4wd vehicle in Underberg we proceed into Lesotho Via Sani Pass The Sani Pass climbs from 1500m to 2874m ASL. The famous switchbacks overlooking the South African valleys are spectacular. Go on a hike of the escarpment overlooking the Sani Pass or pony trek along the cliffs. Day 2: Climb further to the top of Black Mountain Pass at 3240m ASL. The remote villages of the Sani Top and Mokhotlong areas are some of the most remote villages in Lesotho. Get an inside look at the people living in this tough environment with a visit to a village. Picnic lunch is over a beautiful vista of the Senqu river, which becomes the Orange river in South Africa. An important river for several Southern African countries makes the perfect lunch stop. The route from Sani Top to Thaba Bosiu is often called the Roof of Africa route, we have already conquered the Sani Pass as well as Black Mountain Pass. After lunch we tackle Taeeng pass at 3225m and Motebong pass at 2820m. Along the way you will see Letseng Diamond mine–the world’s highest diamond mine and Afriski Moutain Resort and countless villages and other picturesque scenes. We will head to our overnight accommodation in Hlotse. Check-in at Bird Haven at approx. 18:00. Day 3: Breakfast at 07:00, departure at approx. 08:00-30. We backtrack slightly to visit a riverbed close to our overnight accommodation, where there is evidence of prehistoric life forms. If the river is in flood these ancient footprints are hidden to the world but usually the water levels are low enough for us to look at the Dinosaur Footprints We now leave the main road to Maseru and travel to the Kome Caves, home to modern cave-dwellers, these caves were originally inhabited by clans escaping the Lifqane wars and cannibalism. We make our way to Thaba Bosiu along the back roads which go through many rural villages. Thaba Bosiu is a cultural centre of utmost importance to Lesotho and its history. From Thaba Bosiu we drive into the capital city Maseru for lunch at approx. 13:00, this gives one a good understanding of modern-day city life in Lesotho and its mix with Lesotho’s strong culture. By 15:00, We head back into the highlands of Lesotho going through the Mantsa Pass to highland town of Semonkong. Check-in at Semonkong at approx. 17:30 Day 4: Breakfast at 7:30am Hike/4wd Drive to the Maletsunyane Falls Depart the Lesotho highlands via passes that enter South Africa at Qacha’s Nek. We snake our way through the last remote villages of Lesotho. We cross the Senqu river again–which we first saw on day 1 and then follow it along the Senqu river valleys toward the border town of Qachas Nek. Once back in South Africa we are normally in Matatiele around 13:00 for lunch. From Matatiele we skirt alongside the Drakensberg mountains and return to Underberg along scenic back roads, returning usually around 15:00-16:00

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