Kruger, Coast & Cape

22 Days | Hit the coastal route to some of southern Africa's hotspots

4 out of 5 based on 20 reviews submitted.
Overland
Wildlife
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EUR €2,304
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Embark on an action-packed adventure through some of the most stunning scenery in southern Africa. In 22 days, head from Johannesburg to Cape Town on the spectacular coastal route, with plenty of epic stops along the way. Track down elusive wildlife on game drives in Kruger National Park, relax on golden beaches, meeting local Xhosa communities in Cintsa and mix it up with two fun-filled nights in Cape Town. From the savanna of Kruger and the lush wetlands of the St Lucia Estuary to the dramatic ocean vistas and fertile vineyards along the Wild Coast, see the best of southern Africa's blessed natural beauty, joined by a local leader with all the best advice and a group of likeminded adventurers keen to explore.

Trip overview

Map of Kruger, Coast & Cape including Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland
Start
Johannesburg, South Africa
Finish
Cape Town, South Africa
Theme
Overland, Wildlife
Destinations
Eswatini (Swaziland), Lesotho, South Africa
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 22
Trip code
UBOSC
This trip generates 36 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Experience a once-in-a-lifetime chance to camp at the Black Mambas headquaters, the world's first all-female anti-poaching unit. Join them for a bush walk to search for snares and hear their inspiring stories around the campfire in the evening.
  • Enjoy a different perspectives for game viewing with a jeep safari in Kruger National Park, a guided hippo boat cruise on St Lucia Estuary, and a walking safari in Hlane Royal National Park.
  • Visit Cape Town's Boulder's Beach to watch the resident African Penguins waddle across the sandy shore that's framed by ancient granite boulders.
  • Rise early with your small group to watch wild meerkats wake and warm in the morning sun, before continuing south to Cape Town – South Africa’s third-oldest town.
  • Search for gentle giants on a game drive through Addo Elephant National Park.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This is an overland trip. That means you’ll be travelling with a group in a purpose-built vehicle, visiting remote communities, setting up your own tent, occasionally roughing it in the bush with no facilities, and getting the best possible views of the Garden Route. While the trucks don’t have air conditioning, they do have sliding windows, which let in the breeze and make it even easier to take spectacular snaps of the local wildlife. The drive days can be long, but it’s as much about the journey as the destination, and half the fun is the camaraderie. For more info on this style of travel, see our Africa overland page: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/africa/overland
  • For your accommodation and campsites on your adventure, facilities do vary, and wi-fi is not always available. Accommodation upgrades are often available.
  • As the early bird catches the worm, the early camper sights the animals. There will be many early starts either to make use of optimal safari times or to beat the morning traffic on long travel days.

Itinerary

Map of Kruger, Coast & Cape including Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland

Inclusions

Meals

21 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 19 dinners

Transport

Overland vehicle

Accommodation

Camping with facilities (10 nights), Camping with basic facilities (3 nights), Backpackers (4 nights), Basic Huts (shared facilities) (2 nights), Hotel (2 night)

Activities
  • Black Mambas HQ - Dinner by Lantern Light
  • Black Mambas HQ - Campfire Story Time
  • Black Mambas HQ - Snare Walk
  • Panorama Route - Blyde River Canyon Viewpoint
  • Panorama Route - Three Rondavels Viewpoint
  • Kruger National Park - Full Day 4X4 Game Drive
  • Hlane Royal National Park - Guided Walking Safari
  • St Lucia Estuary - Safari Boat Cruise
  • Cape Vidal - Beach Day Trip
  • Howick - Nelson Mandela Capture Site
  • Drakensberg - Day Hike
  • Addo Elephant National Park - Overland Vehicle Game drive
  • Oudtshoorn - Cango Caves Guided Tour
  • Oudtshoorn - Meerkat Experience
  • Cape Town - Boulder Beach Penguins
Add on activities
  • Kruger National Park - Night Game Drive - ZAR290
  • Hlane National Park - Guided 4x4 Game Drive - ZAR455
  • Hlane National Park - Umphakatsi Village Visit - ZAR153
  • Durban - Art Gallery - Free
  • Durban - Bay Cruise - ZAR240
  • Durban - Juma Masjid Mosque - Free
  • Lesotho - Bushman Painting Hike - ZAR60
  • Lesotho - Pitseng Canyon Hike - 6 hours - ZAR120
  • Lesotho - Village and Museum Walk - ZAR50
  • Cintsa - Village Tour - ZAR235
  • Cinsta - Canoe Hire - Free
  • Addo Elephant National Park - Night game drive - ZAR480
  • Tsitsikamma - Snorkelling - ZAR440
  • Tsitsikamma - Stormsriver Mouth Hike - Free
  • Tsitsikamma - Waterfall Trail - Free
  • Cape Town - Table Mountain Aerial Cable - ZAR380
  • Cape Town - Robben Island tour - ZAR550
  • Cape Town - Harbour cruise - ZAR200
  • Cape Town - Table Mountain Hike - ZAR1600
  • Hermanus - Grotto Beach Walk - Free
  • Cape Town - Best of the Cape Combo Tour - Full Day - ZAR2000
  • Cape Town - Cape Peninsula and SUP Tour - Full Day - ZAR2100
  • Cape Town - Robben Island Ferry & Table Mountain Tour - Full Day - ZAR1800
  • Cape Town - Winelands Tour - Full Day - ZAR1600
  • Cape Town - Winelands Tour - Half Day - ZAR1000
  • Cape Town - Cape Peninsula & Table Mountain Tour - Full Day - ZAR2000
  • Cape Town - Cape Malay Cooking Tour - Half Day - ZAR1200
  • Cape Town - Township Experience - Half Day - ZAR965
  • Cape Town - City and Waterfront Tour - Half Day - ZAR1100
  • Cape Town - Cape Peninsula & Kirstenbosch Tour - Full Day - ZAR2000
  • Cape Town - District Six & Bo-Kapp Cultural Tour - Half Day - ZAR965

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

2. This is a combination trip made up of two shorter trips. This means your leader and the composition of your group may change in Durban as some group members leave and new ones join you.

3. On occasion, especially during the peak months of May to September and December, we are not able to secure campsites within the Kruger National Park. In this instance, we will camp outside of the park.

4. The minimum age for this trip is 15 at the time of travel. Any travellers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian, or in lieu of a legal guardian, by an escort over the age of 18, appointed by their legal guardian. The legal guardian or their designee will be responsible for the traveller under the age of 18 day to day’s care. If a legal guardian elects to designate an escort in their lieu, they will be required to complete and sign a relevant document to delegate their authority.

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Reviews

4 out of 5 based on 20 reviews submitted.
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Janina · Traveled January 2024
The trip was so special. We saw a lot of animals I didn't expect. Sometimes we had some discussions with the leaders. The places are beautiful and I can recommend it for anyone who loves camping and nature.
Review submitted 09 Feb 2024

Yolanda · Traveled September 2023
Too expensive for what is included, nothing in 4*4 and the truck is not suitable for that. Addo and kruger is too short. Tents and truck full of water with the rain, all windows and tents not sealed, not tested. Poor materials and design. Great staff and travellers, good itinerary.
Review submitted 07 Oct 2023

Sangeeta · Traveled August 2023
You will not be disappointed with the stunning scenery along the east coast, from high up in the Darkensberg mountains and Lesotho to sea level at Cape Vidal and Cintsa. Kruger and Hlane National Parks were both amazing for different reasons - Kruger for its vastness and Hlane for being closer to the rhinos and hippos. If you are lucky to have Irvin (Ivan) Tshuma as a cook on your trip, you are in for a treat.
Review submitted 08 Sep 2023

Daniel · Traveled June 2023
A truly amazing adventure combining the very best nature and cultural experiences that these three Southern African nations have to offer. Christian, Patrick and Somkhele welcomed us like family and it truly made the experience all the better for it.
Review submitted 10 Jul 2023

Eva · Traveled June 2023
An incredible trip. A whirlwind adventure with early mornings, a lot of laughs, and many unforgettable stops along the way. Walking with rhinos in ESwatini, hanging out on the beach at Chinsta, and summiting Sentinel Peak were some stand out days. A huge thank you to Christian, Somkhele, and Patrick!
Review submitted 25 Jul 2023
Kruger, Coast & Cape
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EUR €2,304