Classic Southern Africa Overview

Visit Africa and travel from Johannesburg to Cape Town via the Kruger National Park, Swaziland, Southern Mozambique, the Lesotho Highlands and Stellenbosch.

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Travel to Africa and explore Swaziland, South Africa and Mozambique.

Be immersed in the vibrant colours and infectious rhythms of Southern Africa on this classic journey down one of the world's most beautiful coastlines. Travel from Johannesburg to Cape Town via the Kruger National Park, Swaziland and Mozambique. Discover the brilliant diversity of the animal kingdom - from sleek predators to gentle herbivores - as well as the treasures of the natural world - from grassy savannas to dramatic rocky capes pounded by thundering waves. Meet the welcoming people of South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique and Lesotho, and learn about the local traditions and customs that are proudly being kept alive. With plenty of opportunity to rest in scenic vineyards and on golden beaches, this trip is a unique blend of adventure, exploration and relaxation.

  • Be awe-struck by the Blyde River Canyon
  • Go wild on a night safari through Kruger National Park
  • Be enchanted by the smiles of the Swazi people
  • Dive into clear waters off the Mozambique coast
  • Hike South Africa's fertile mountain terrain
  • Learn about the customs of the Xhosa people
  • Visit Stellenbosch wineries to sample South African tipples
  • Soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Cape Town

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Finish:

    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    18 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Chalet (5 nts), Cottage (1 nt), Hotel (5 nts), Lodge (5 nts), Permanent tented camp (2 nts), Resort (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    Overland vehicle
  • Included activities:

    Addo National Elephant Park - Game drive, Cango Caves, Complimentary airport arrival transfer, Cycle tour of Stellenbosch area & winery visit, Drakensburg - Short hike, Hlane Royal National Park - Walking safari, Kruger Park - Game drive, Kruger Park - Night game drive, Swazi cultural village - en route to Hlane National Park, Three Rondavels and Blyde River canyon viewpoint - en route to Kruger National Park, Village hike, Zulu cultural visit - en route to Durban

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    931kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    This is a combination trip. Please see trip notes (Important notes) for more details. Please note that this trip will be discontinued in 2013, A single supplement is available on this trip.

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Classic Southern Africa Summary

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Days 1-2 Johannesburg/Greater Kruger National Park

For those who arrive early, be sure to visit Johannesburg's Apartheid Museum. Then, journey through the spectacular Mpumalanga province along the famous Panorama Route. Stop at breathtaking Blyde River Canyon for stunning views over the region below.

Days 3-4 Kruger National Park

Enter prime game-viewing areas and seek out Africa's Big Five. An open-vehicle night drive is a chance to see the nocturnal activities of the many animals of the savanna.

Day 5 Swaziland/Hlane Royal National Park

Enjoy Swazi song and dance at a cultural village before continuing on to Hlane to track white rhinos on foot. At night, sleep soundly in a cosy lodge located in the grounds of the national park.

Days 6-7 Southern Mozambique

Cross the border into Mozambique, home to a stunning, sandy coastline with jade waters teeming with tropical fish. There's plenty of time here so choose to dive beneath the glistening waters to explore the pristine coral reefs or perhaps just relax and enjoy the lush surrounds.

Day 8 St Lucia Estuary

Explore the wetlands of the St Lucia Estuary, home to a huge diversity of animals. Why not join an optional boat cruise to see hippos and crocodiles basking on the banks.

Day 9 Durban

Travel to South Africa and visit Durban. Relax on the beach or take a stroll past the shops and cafes along the promenade.

Days 10-11 Drakensberg

Head out on a hike to explore Drakensburg's stunning mountain ranges, rich in plant and animal life.

Days 12-13 Lesotho Highlands

Pass through the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, home to elands, zebras, mongooses and hundreds of bird species. Opt to explore the markets or ride a pony to a local village in the highlands of the Kingdom of Lesotho.

Days 14-15 Wild Coast/Mazeppa Bay

Head to the Wild Coast and spend time relaxing on the beach, exploring stunning stretches of coastline and learning about the customs and culture of the local Xhosa people.

Day 16 Addo Elephant National Park

Once just an elephant sanctuary, the Addo Elephant National Park now also shelters buffaloes, leopards, rhinos and the fascinating flightless dung beetle.

Days 17-18 Garden Route/Tsitsikamma National Park

With old growth forests, superb sandy beaches and a range of optional adrenalin-packed activities, the Garden Route is sure to thrill. Visit breathtaking Tsitsikamma National Park, a top spot to see dolphins, porpoises and, at the right time of year, southern right whales.

Day 19 Oudtshoorn

Visit Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world. See impressive stalactites and stalagmites adorning the Cango Caves.

Day 21 Cape Town

Discover Cape Town's mix of scenic coastline, striking mountains, colourful arts scene and cafe culture while reflecting on the exquisite Grand Garden Route.
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