Kruger, Coast & Cape

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Enjoy an action-packed journey through some of the most stunning scenery in the world on this southern African adventure. With experiences to thrill, entertain, delight and inspire, this tour is a memorable way to experience the magic of Africa. Track down exotic wildlife on game drives in Kruger National Park, relax on golden beaches in Kosi Bay, visit remote Zulu to learn about tribal culture and mix it up in modern cities. Admire the changing scenery along the way. From the savanna of Kruger and the lush wetlands of the St Lucia Estuary to the dramatic coastal vistas of Cape Town, Africa is blessed with immense natural beauty and this trip captures the best of this stunning region.

Trip Name
Kruger, Coast & Cape
Last Updated
2020-01-19
Days
22
Capacity
22
Highlights
  • Go on a safari through Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Southern Africa
  • Uncover the unspoilt wilderness of the Elephant Coast, a tropical paradise of crystal clear water, marshland, coastal forest and swamp
  • Visit the heartlands of the African Zulu and spend the night in a traditional homestay
  • Enjoy a hike through Hlane Royal National Park among antelope and zebra
  • Encounter gentle giants on a game drive through Addo Elephant National Park
  • Embark on a half-day guided walk in the mighty Drakensburg Range and some spectacular hikes along the Garden Route
  • Delve into the astounding Cango Caves outside of Swellendam
  • Ride the rapids of the Breede River on a scenic whitewater adventure
  • Cruise the classic R320 wine route, stopping for a tipple or two, en route to South Africa's southernmost point
  • Discover the Wild Coast, home to some of South Africa's friendliest tribal folk, the Xhosa
  • Finish in Cape Town, the perfect stepping-stone to the outdoors, epicurean adventures, seaside fun or further travel

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES: Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you print and review a final copy prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and may be on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk. KRUGER PARK CAMPSITES: On occasion, especially during the peak months of May, June, July & December we are unable to secure campsites within the Kruger National Park. In this instance we will camp at a backpackers outside the park. ROAD CONDITIONS AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN AFRICA: Roads in Africa are often in very poor condition, which makes it hard on our vehicles. Our vehicles are serviced regularly and are generally in good condition, but breakdowns can and do happen. Sometimes the going on this trip is quite tough, the distances covered fairly large and some of the roads and tracks are not exactly smooth or free from dust, but the rewards are exceptional. The travelling times indicated in our Essential Trip Information is just a rough guide and is dependent on various factors that may be outside our control, such as road conditions, weather and time spent at borders. DRIVE TIMES: The travel times listed in the day to day itinerary are a guide only. Please be aware that delays may occur and please be patient - it's all part of the experience afterall! Additionally, the travel times do not include time spent on game drives as these can vary with each departure. URBAN ADVENTURES: Join us for the Best. Day. Ever. Urban Adventures are for those who want to get away from the tourist crowds and really connect with a city, with a local by their side. The experience can be as short as a couple of hours, or as long as a whole day, but in every case our Urban Adventures tours take travellers to interesting places to experience local culture and see what makes a place unique. If you are travelling before or after your trip with us and would like to book an Urban Adventure in advance, please contact your booking agent or use this link: http://www.urbanadventures.com/?aff=2226. While on tour with us, your leader can assist in booking other Urban Adventures.

Day 1 - Johannesburg
Sawubona! Welcome to South Africa. Johannesburg is a sprawling centre of remarkable contrasts. In the city, mansions stand alongside tin shacks and there are as many green parks on the outskirts of the city as there are conglomerations of concrete in the centre. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm this evening. If you do happen to arrive early, why not get an insight into South Africa's history with a visit to the South African National Museum of Military History or the Apartheid Museum.
Day 2 - Kruger National Park
Heading for Kruger National Park (approximately 11–12 hours), you will leave Johannesburg and travel through the Mpumalanga Province, journeying along the famous Panorama Route through some of the most stunning scenery South Africa has to offer, including God's Window and Bourke's Luck Potholes. Kruger, your destination for tonight, is one of the largest game reserves in Southern Africa. It boasts over 500 bird species, 100 species of reptile and 150 mammal species, including the Big Five and the endangered African wild dog. Your wildlife odyssey begins as soon as you enter the park. Heading straight into some prime game viewing areas on your way to the camp – you'll have the chance to spot some of these amazing creatures straight away!
Day 3 - Kruger National Park
Rise early and enjoy a light breakfast of coffee and rusks before embarking on a morning game drive in the truck. Most of the day will be spent game viewing, birdwatching and stopping at various waterholes and viewpoints. Later on, there will be the option of a night drive with the park guide. This is a great chance to spot nocturnal animals and perhaps even a night-time predator or two – catch a lion or hyena out hunting, or perhaps impala out in search of a late-night feed.
Day 4 - Eswatini (Swaziland)/Hlane Royal National Park
Journey to Hlane Royal National Park today (approximately 6–7 hours). Take a slow game drive in Kruger of between 20 and 70 kilometres before exiting the park midmorning. Travel south-east and enter the Kingdom of Eswatini, which is nestled snugly between Mozambique, Northern Zululand and Mpumalanga. The border crossing between South Africa and Eswatini is generally very smooth, but there may be some delays at certain times of the year. A vast expanse of bushveld with ancient hardwood trees, Hlane Royal National Park is home to the largest wild herds in Eswatini. Take the opportunity to explore this amazing park on a guided game walk. Tonight, you will camp inside the national park.
Day 5 - Mozambique Beach Camp
This morning, travel to your Mozambique beach camp (approximately 7–8 hours). Departing from Hlane, you will head to the Golela border post and into Maputaland. After a little while, you’ll enter Mozambique. After crossing this border point, hop out of the truck and jump into a 4WD vehicle, and from there, travel on to the beautiful seaside village of Ponta Malongane – your beachside oasis for the next two nights. Your campsite is basic with shared facilities but comfortable – the ideal base for seaside fun such as snorkelling, swimming and scuba diving.
Day 6 - Mozambique Beach Camp
Make the most of this gorgeous seaside getaway today with a day to discover at your own pace. This is one of the many unspoiled beaches of Mozambique, and there is plenty to do here. Keen scuba divers can choose from many reefs – one of which is just 300 metres away from the shore. Alternatively, you can borrow some snorkelling gear and explore the blue waters of the Indian Ocean without the hassle of heavy equipment. Another great optional activity is to take a boat cruise in search of dolphins – ask your leader about booking. Or you can simply relax on the beach with a coconut juice and wile away the afternoon.
Day 7 - St Lucia Estuary
Depart southern Mozambique, making your way to Zululand and Lake St Lucia, stopping at a shop for supplies along the way (approximately 4–5 hours). Declared a World Heritage Site in 1999, St Lucia Estuary is home to thousands of varieties of birds, mammals and reptiles, with its most popular residents being the hundreds of hippos and crocodiles. You'll have the opportunity to take a boat cruise out on the St Lucia Estuary where you have the chance to spot such creatures basking on the banks, not to mention a diverse array of exotic birds soaring through the air on occasion.
Day 8 - Zululand
Make an early departure to the Valley of a Thousand Hills (approximately 5–6 hours). This is the heartland of the Zulu nation. You will gain an insight into the daily life of the rural Zulu people by spending the night in a traditional homestay. Here you'll be treated to some traditional food, song and dance. Today there will be a lot of walking in the village, up and down hills – it’s called Valley of a Thousand Hills for a reason! So, make sure to wear comfortable footwear. You will only need a small overnight bag with the essential clothing and toiletries. Be sure to make the most of this rare opportunity to see a remote tribal culture from the inside. Interact with your hosts and perhaps impart some of your own culture and language in turn.
Day 9 - Durban
Travel on to Durban (approximately 3 hours). Durban is South Africa's second most populous city and a tourist magnet thanks to its wealth of golden, sandy beaches and glitzy nightlife. One of its main attractions is the Golden Mile, a stretch of fine sands bordered by frothy surf on one side and an attractive beachfront of shops, restaurants and cafes on the other. Stay in dorm rooms with shared bathroom facilities and a great rooftop bar.
Day 10 - Drakensberg
Leave Durban and travel inland towards the majestic Drakensberg mountain range (approximately 5–6 hours). Stop along the way at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site and learn of the history of this great man. Then stretch your legs on a short hike among on the highly fertile Drakensberg mountain chain, home to an amazing amount of flora and fauna, is Southern Africa's highest range (3,482 m). It forms part of the border between South Africa and Lesotho. The range is often referred to locally as the Barrier of Spears or the Dragon Mountains. Your accommodation here is in en-suited twin rooms at a unique backpackers lodge in Drakensberg. Sip on a refreshing sundowner in the thatched-loft lounge room. Here there is a book-swap and internet cafe. Other property facilities include a pool, jacuzzi, barbeque, fire pit, and WiFi. Upgrades are available (subject to availability).
Day 11 - Drakensberg
Enjoy free time to go hiking through this incredible mountain range. It's up to you how much time you spend exploring. Feel free to take a short hike for an hour or so, or perhaps challenge yourself to a full-day hike with a local guide (this is optional). This is a great chance to learn more about the region from a local as you walk along. Regardless of how deep you delve, there are sure to be some amazing views and excellent photo opportunities.
Day 12 - Lesotho Highlands
Leaving the Drakensberg behind, head into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho (approximately 7–8 hours). Nestled like a small island in the middle of South Africa, Lesotho is commonly known as the 'Kingdom in the Sky' with beautiful mountain ranges and endless hiking trails. Generally the border crossing into Lesotho is quite smooth, but you may experience some delays, depending on the time of year. Drive past the Golden Gate Highlands National Park which is famous for its extraordinary sandstone rock formations. The park is also home to elands, zebras, mongooses and hundreds of bird species – keep your eyes peeled along the way.
Day 13 - Lesotho Highlands
Today you will have a variety of hikes to choose from. The Lesotho Highlands offer excellent hiking for all levels of skill, so depending on your experience and level of fitness, you should be able to choose a suitable one that allows you to get the most out of these stunning landscapes.
Day 14 - Wild Coast/Cintsa
Head to the stunning Wild Coast of South Africa and the small town of Cintsa (approximately 10–12 hours). A charming little coastal town, Cintsa and its surrounding region are inhabited by the Xhosa people, whose lifestyle is deeply rooted in tribal traditions and customs. You'll discover that they're a warm and friendly people who can give you a great insight into rural South African life. Arriving in the late afternoon, you will have time to relax and freshen up before an optional group dinner. Your campground has shared facilities, an ATM, and WiFi. Upgrades are possible (subject to availability).
Day 15 - Wild Coast/Cintsa
Enjoy free time to explore the town, relax on the stunning beaches or pursue the many optional activities on offer. You might like to go hiking, swimming, mountain biking or surfing. Ask your leader about these optional activities.
Day 16 - Addo Elephant National Park
Travel on to Addo Elephant National Park (approximately 7–8 hours). A true success story in conservation, Addo Elephant National Park was created in 1931 to protect the region's eleven remaining elephants. Today there are over 450 elephants in the park, as well as Cape buffalo, black rhinos, all kinds of antelopes and even the flightless dung beetle which is unique to the park. On arrival, you'll take an afternoon game drive and try to spot some of these resident creatures, among others, from your truck. Your campground here has basic shared facilities and WiFi. Upgrades are possible (subject to availability).
Day 17 - Garden Route / Tsitsikamma National Park
Wake early and enjoy another game drive in Addo in our overland vehicle. Spend the next few days discovering the most superb stretch of the Garden Route. Your first stop is the Tsitsikamma National Park (approximately 4–5 hours). Protecting both land and sea, steep ancient forests meet the breakers of the Indian Ocean at this park. It's a spectacular place for walking and viewing wildlife. Your leader will take you to a local activity centre where a range of activities will be on offer. The accommodation tonight is a campground with basic shared facilities, an ATM and WiFi access. Upgrades are possible (subject to availability). Notes: Intrepid has not risk-assessed all optional local activities. Only those listed in the trip notes are recommended. If you are unsure about any, please check with your leader. It is against company policy for leaders to facilitate the booking of any activities that have not been risk-assessed or do not adhere to Intrepid's Responsible Travel ethos. This includes organising transport to and from these activities in our vehicles.
Day 18 - Tsitsikamma National Park
Explore this magnificent national park further. Cape clawless otters, dolphins, tortoises and southern right whales (in season) are all visitors here, along with baboons, monkeys and myriad birds. See how many of them you can spot!
Day 19 - Garden Route / Oudtshoorn
Head out across the arid Karoo region bound for Oudtshoorn (approximately 4–5 hours). Stop off on the way at Knysna to stretch your legs and explore this quaint little hamlet with a gorgeous lagoon. Next stop is Weltevrede Fig Farm where you learn how to farm, dry and preserve figs. A short drive then takes you to the Cango Caves, where you explore the weird and wonderful rock formations – one is ‘Cleopatra's Needle’, 29 feet high and at least 150,000 years old. Your local guide will give you all the ins-and-outs of their formation and history. Continue on to Oudtshoorn, known as the ostrich capital of the world. At the turn of the 20th century it was full of 'feather barons' that grew rich from the popularity of ostrich feathers. Your campsite has hot showers and flush toilets. Upgrades are possible (subject to availability).
Day 20 - Bontebok National Park
Wake very early this morning to spend some time with with wild meerkats, part of the so-called 'Shy 5'. Head to their burrow, pull up a chair and sip coffee while the sun comes up and the meerkats climb out into the sunshine. Watch these habituated wild animals, which are never fed or handled by humans, go about their daily routine of foraging and frolicking. It's rare to get this close to them in the wild. Then travel from onto Bontebok National Park (approximately 3-4 hours). Bontebok is the smallest of South Africa's 18 National Parks and named after its unusually marked antelopes called Bontebok. Drive through towering mountain passes on this impressive journey, crossing some of the most beautiful and rugged alpine scenery in the Langeberg. where your Tour Leader will take you on a quick orientation of the town and point out a spot for lunch. After Cape Town and Stellenbosch, Swellendam is the third oldest town in South Africa. The town has over 50 provincial heritage sites, most of them buildings of Cape Dutch architecture. After lunch take the short rive to set up camp in Bontebok NP and have the remainder of the afternoon to hike one of the 3 nature-hiking trails, starting and ending in the rest camp areaTrail maps are available at the campsite.
Day 21 - Cape Agulhas / R320 Winery Route / Hermanus
Get up early this morning for your journey to Africa's southernmost point – Cape Agulhus (approximately 5 hours). You'll travel along the famous R320 winery route, visiting two or three wineries along the way, before heading onto the beach side town of Hermanus. This region is highly influenced by the cooling Atlantic Ocean that sweeps up past Cape Town and brings with it a nice breeze that cools down the grapes that are grown here. The predominant local grape varieties are French, German and northern Italian – such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Mourvedre, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage.
Day 22 - Cape Town
Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Hermanus with a walk along the beach or a meander through the shops, before driving back to Cape Town via the scenic bay route (approximately 4 hours). With its stunning coastline, dramatic surrounding mountains and modern cityscape, Cape Town is one of Africa's most appealing cities. It's a great place to end your trip, with vineyards, adventure activities and plenty of good restaurants and cafes at your doorstep. You'll be dropped at the finishing-point hotel in Cape Town at approximately 3pm.

Trip Dates

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01-02-202022-02-2020AUD $ 3,105-
29-02-202021-03-2020AUD $ 2,691-
04-04-202025-04-2020AUD $ 3,135-
09-05-202030-05-2020AUD $ 3,290-
06-06-202027-06-2020AUD $ 3,230-
04-07-202025-07-2020AUD $ 3,235-
18-07-202008-08-2020AUD $ 3,235-
15-08-202005-09-2020AUD $ 3,235-
22-08-202012-09-2020AUD $ 3,235-
12-09-202003-10-2020AUD $ 3,235-
26-09-202017-10-2020AUD $ 3,235-
10-10-202031-10-2020AUD $ 3,115-
24-10-202014-11-2020AUD $ 3,115-
14-11-202005-12-2020AUD $ 2,990-
05-12-202026-12-2020AUD $ 2,990-
19-12-202009-01-2021AUD $ 2,990-
02-01-202123-01-2021AUD $ 3,275-
16-01-202106-02-2021AUD $ 3,220-
30-01-202120-02-2021AUD $ 3,080-
13-02-202106-03-2021AUD $ 2,990-
27-02-202120-03-2021AUD $ 2,990-
27-03-202117-04-2021AUD $ 2,990-
24-04-202115-05-2021AUD $ 2,990-
22-05-202112-06-2021AUD $ 2,990-
19-06-202110-07-2021AUD $ 2,990-
17-07-202107-08-2021AUD $ 2,990-
31-07-202121-08-2021AUD $ 2,990-
14-08-202104-09-2021AUD $ 2,990-
28-08-202118-09-2021AUD $ 2,990-
11-09-202102-10-2021AUD $ 2,990-
25-09-202116-10-2021AUD $ 2,990-
09-10-202130-10-2021AUD $ 2,990-
23-10-202113-11-2021AUD $ 2,990-
06-11-202127-11-2021AUD $ 2,990-
11-12-202101-01-2022AUD $ 2,990-
18-12-202108-01-2022AUD $ 2,990-

Accommodation

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

Transport

Overland vehicle

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