Kruger, Coast & Cape

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

4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews submitted.
NZD $3,916
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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, visit remote Zulu to learn about tribal culture and mix it up with modern cities. 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
Johannesburg, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa
Overland, Wildlife
South Africa, Eswatini (Swaziland), Lesotho
Physical rating
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 22
Trip code
This trip generates 36.06 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
  • Go on an epic safari with expert local guides in search of lions, hyenas and more through Kruger National Park – one of the largest National Parks in southern Africa.
  • Enjoy a different perspective to traditional Game Viewing with a guided Hippo Boat Cruise on St Lucia Estuary, and a Walking Safari in Hlane Royal National Park.
  • Visit the heartlands of the Zulu people and spend the night in a homestay, where you’ll be treated to traditional food and song, plus a meeting with the local healer.
  • Embark on a half-day guided walk in the mighty Drakensburg Range – one of many spectacular hikes along the Garden Route that you can choose to discover in your free time.
  • Rise early with your small group to watch wild meerkats wake and warm in the morning sun, before continuing south to Swellendam – South Africa’s third-oldest town.

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 Big Five. 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:
  • This itinerary includes a homestay in Zululand. Beds can just be a foam mattress on the floor, with clean linen and pillows, and rooms can be up to six-share, of the same gender. Hot water is not available on this night.
  • As the early bird catches the worm, the early camper sights the animals. There will be many early starts either to make use of the better safari time or to beat the morning traffic on long travel days.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 March 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

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



20 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 17 dinners


Overland vehicle


Camping (with facilities) (12 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Dormitory (3 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (1 night), Lodge (2 nights)

  • Panorama Route - Three Rondavels Viewpoint
  • Panorama Route - Blyde River Canyon Viewpoint
  • Kruger National Park - Overland Vehicle Game drive
  • Hlane Royal National Park - Guided Walking Safari
  • St Lucia Estuary - Safari Boat Cruise
  • Cape Vidal - Beach Day Trip
  • Zululand - Community Centre Visit
  • Howick - Nelson Mandela Capture Site
  • Drakensburg - Royal Natal National Park Hike
  • Addo Elephant National Park - Overland Vehicle Game drive
  • Oudtshoorn - Cango Caves Guided Tour
  • Oudtshoorn - Meerkat Experience
  • Hermanus - R320 Route Wine Tour
Add on activities
  • Kruger National Park - Night Game Drive - ZAR290
  • Kruger National Park - Sunset Game Drive (from) - ZAR380
  • 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
  • Bontebok National Park - Hiking Trail - Free
  • Cape Town - Harbour cruise - ZAR200
  • Cape Town - Robben Island tour - ZAR550
  • Cape Town - Table Mountain Aerial Cable - ZAR380
  • 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 excludes Day 8 (Homestay) where you will be in shared accommodation and 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 the composition of your group may change in Durban as some group members leave and new ones join you.

3. This trip finishes upon arrival in Cape Town on Day 22. Please do not book any flights until after 8 pm this evening.

4. 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 at a backpackers outside the park.

5.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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4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews submitted.
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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

Sam · Traveled March 2023
Awesome trip with a well organised intrepid crew. We had a good group and saw some amazing sights of South Africa and neighbouring couple of countries.
Review submitted 19 Apr 2023
Kruger, Coast & Cape
NZD $3,916