Garden Route and Lesotho Tour
Day 01 Cultural Cape Town - Stellenbosch
We begin our tour with a cultural exploration of Cape Town from District Six, to the informal settlements of Langa and Khayelitsha, where traditional healers and shebeens add to the rich culture of township life. Whilst the townships are often the sites of poverty, they are also places of vibrancy and creativity. The cultural tour is operated by a local Cape Town provider and therefore this Activity Package item will be operated in smaller vehicles.
If you are participating in the Cultural Tour, you will be collected from the Cape Town City Centre office at 08:00 and will join up with your truck and crew in Cape Town after your tour. We will then make our way to the Stellenbosch region, where you will enjoy a wine and cheese tasting at one of the local wine farms. After our cheese and wine tasting, we will make our way to the town of Stellenbosch, where you can enjoy lunch in one of the many restaurants and will have time to explore this vibrant university town. This evening, your guide will take you to one of the restaurants close to your accommodation for an optional dinner out.
If you have chosen not to participate in the Culture Tour, you will meet at the Cape Town City Centre offices at 12:00.
Activity Package: Cape Town Cultural Tour, Cheese and Wine Tasting
Optional Activities: Lunch out – Stellenbosch, Dinner out Somerset West
Day 02 Route 62 – Oudtshoorn
Today we travel along the famous Route 62 towards Oudtshoorn and, time permitting, stop at Ronnie’s Shop... a rather interesting country pub. This afternoon we will have the opportunity to visit one of the local ostrich farms.
Included Activities: Ostrich Farm Visit
Day 03 Heart of Garden Route
We rise early and head towards the famous Cango Caves where we will enjoy a guided tour of the caves, which have some of the most impressive limestone caverns and the different formations are quite astonishing. Later in the day we cross over the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains to Knysna where we will spend some time exploring the town. Tonight we will be sleeping near the seaside village of Plettenberg Bay.
Optional Activities: Dinner out – Plettenberg Bay, Birds of Eden, Monkey Town Activity Package: Cango Caves Basic Tour Included Activities: Ostrich Farm Visit
Day 04 Bloukrans and Tsitsikamma National Park
One of South Africa’s best kept secrets is the Tsitsikamma National Park. Boasting exceptional hiking trails and superb coastal scenery Tsitsikamma is a destination that many people will return to. The first few hours of the famous Otter Trail Hike is included in your tour price. For those needing an adrenaline boost the nearby Bloukrans Bridge is home to the world’s highest bungee jump at 216m!
Optional Activities: Bridge walking tour, Birds of Eden
Day 05 Bloukrans and Tsitsikamma National Park
Today you will have time to participate in the activities available here.
Included Activities: Tsitsikamma National Park Entrance
Optional Activities: Bungee Jumping (highest in the world), Treetop Canopy Tours, Blackwater Tubing (min 4 clients)
Day 06 Addo Elephant National Park
Today we will continue our journey through the Eastern Cape towards the Addo Elephant National Park, the third largest national park in South Africa and home to over 600 elephant, lion, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard and a variety of antelope. Our accommodation is located just outside the Addo National Park on a private game lodge. As there are no predators at the game lodge, your guide will take you on a walk through the lodge in search of the various buck species that are present on the ranch. You will also have the opportunity to participate in an optional afternoon game drive with a local game ranger.
Included Activities: Walk with guide through the ranch
Day 07 Addo Elephant Park
This morning we will spend some time driving through the Addo Elephant National Park in our overland truck in search of the elephants and animals which reside in the park. Our truck gives us an elevated view on our game drive (safari), particularly for those photographic enthusiasts amongst us.
Included Activities: Game drive (safari) in overland truck
Day 08 Cintsa
After a final morning game drive through Addo Elephant Park, we bid farewell to the elephants and head further north towards Cintsa. Upon arrival in Cintsa, you will have a chance to relax and participate in the many activities available here.
Optional Activities: Canoe Trail (Time Permitting), Quad Biking
Included Activities: Game drive (safari) in overland truck
Day 09 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 the entire country being over 1000m above sea level.
Day 10 Lesotho - Malealea
Today we get up early and those who opt to go on the optional Pony Trekking Excursion will ride into the remote hills of Lesotho accompanied by local guides. On your return, the group will visit the local village.
Included Activities: Lesotho Village Visit
Optional Activities: Pony Trekking, Hiking – Lesotho (per hour)
Day 11 South Africa – uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park
The Drakensberg Mountains are South Africa’s highest and most beautiful. We take in the breathtaking views offered in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg (Royal Natal) National Park.
Day 12 UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park
Today we will be going on a guided hike to see some of the San (Bushmen) rock paintings in the area. The hike will be with your guide in the Royal Natal National Park.
Included Activities: Hiking with Guide in Royal Natal National Park (entrance fee and bushmen painting included)
Day 13 Kwa Zulu Natal Coast - Durban
It’s all downhill as we leave the mountain scenery en route to the Kwazulu Natal Coast. On the 5th August 1962, police waved down a car on a lonely country road in KwaZulu-Natal. At the wheel was Nelson Mandela. He was arrested and spent 27 years in prison. Today you will have the opportunity to visit this historic capture site, marked by an impressive sculpture in honour of “Madiba”. We will also stop at the Howick Falls to listen to the power of the falls and take some photos at the view point. Then it’s onto the bustling city of Durban is South Africa’s largest port and well-known surfing destination. Your tour ends upon arrival in Durban.
Optional Activities: Dinner out Durban
• This tour is offered in two travel styles:
1. Camping: Clients mostly overnight in comfortable two-man dome tents, with built in mosquito nets and of course a mattress… and a couple of nights are upgraded to budget rooms.
2. Accommodated (hotels/ lodges): Clients overnight in a comfortable twin rooms or permanent safari tents, mostly with en-suite bathrooms.
Inclusives Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary, transport, registered guides and selected activities as per itinerary.
Exclusive: Optional activity package, flights, all items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips and optional activities etc.