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Experience South Africa


The Experience South Africa Route is an overview tour of South Africa including neighbouring Kingdom of Swaziland. The tour covers many highlights with a strong focus on the national parks. This diverse country is explored over great distances that may involve long days on the road, generally followed by a full day to experience the area. The fully accommodated tour offers a great value for money way to explore South Africa.


[B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner]
Departing from Johannesburg at 06:30am we head towards Mpumalanga where mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls & forests characterise the landscape. Few regions in the world can match the extraordinary beauty of the lowveld & escarpment. We visit Pilgrims Rest, Mac-Mac Falls and God's Window, before staying in a lodge on the edge of the escarpment near Graskop.

Day 2 - 3 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK [tented lodge or chalets BLD]
The largest game reserve in South Africa, boasts the world's greatest concentration of species, and has an amazing 16 different ecosystems. Exciting game drives provide us with excellent game viewing. Spot the “Big 5” (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) and many other animals in this true African wilderness.

Malolotja Nature Reserve in the mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland is our next attraction. Renowned for a great variety of habitats from short grassland, to thick riverine scrub, bushveld and moist forest, we explore the reserve on foot to enjoy the fantastic mountain views. Relax around a campfire dinner and stay in mountain cabins for the night.

Day 5 - 6 ZULULAND [tented lodge or chalet BLD]
We visit craft markets near Mbabane that have a fascinating range of handmade crafts and the local witchdoctor stall is not to be missed! We re-enter South Africa and head to Mkuzi Game Reserve, which is a safe haven for the endangered black rhino. We visit a waterhole hide and watch game come down to. An early morning game drive is followed by a cultural afternoon where we visit a Zulu village on the border of the game reserve and learn about the Zulu culture.

The Drakensberg Mountains or “uKhahlamba” - the Barrier of Spears, is a 200-kilometre-long mountainous wonderland and world heritage site. From Mkuzi we move further south to the base of these mountains where we overnight for two nights in a quaint cottage or chalets. We will spend time walking along beautiful mountain stream paths, looking for Bushman rock paintings or just enjoying spectacular views.

Day 9 - 10 WILD COAST [chalet BLD]
En-route to the Wild Coast we visit Qunu, the home town of Nelson Mandela, and pay our respects to this great man. The Wild Coast remains a relatively untouched paradise with unspoilt stretches of dramatically beautiful coastline, open spaces and pristine forest areas. We stay overnight in Kei Mouth and the next day is free to explore the area, meet local villagers or relax on the beach.

The Addo Elephant National Park was established in 1931 to protect the last 11 wild elephants from extermination. Today more than 600 elephants roam through the area. The park also offers excellent viewing of black rhino, Cape buffalo, lion and leopard, as well as a host of other large and small mammals and over 400 species of birds in the greater park area.

Day 12 - 13 KNYSNA / TSITSIKAMMA [lodge Bx2 Lx1 -]
For two nights we will stay in a lodge resort in Knysna, which is nestled on a tranquil lagoon. We will take a day trip to the Storms River mouth where there are walks up the gorge and along the rocky coast. The Tsitsikamma National Park incorporates 80km of spectacular sea and landscapes; a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys, coastal forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea. There is also an option of the world’s highest bungi jump. Sample seafood at one of Knysna's great restaurants (own expense).

Day 14 HERMANUS [guest house BL-]
Hermanus offers some of the best land based whale watching in the world. From June to November Southern Right whales come up from the southern oceans to calve and mate in the shallow waters around the Cape. In whale season we will take a walk along this beautiful coastline. In the summer months we will explore the flowering fynbos in Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Enjoy the evening meal out at a local restaurant (own expense).

Day 15 - 16 CAPE TOWN [guest house B - -]
Cape Town is one of the most picturesque cities in the world, with the majestic Table Mountain providing its central focus. On our way into Cape Town, we visit Stellenbosch, South Africa’s renowned wine region, for wine tasting (own expense) and a cellar tour. The “mother city” has many attractions; we will visit the harbour at Hout Bay, visit Cape Point, enjoy the famous beaches and the V&A Waterfront. Optional visit to Robben Island (own expense). We sample the local fare at a variety of local restaurants (own expense).

Day 17 TOUR ENDS - TRANSFERS [- B - -]
In the morning we climb Table Mountain, offering panoramic views over Cape Town reaching out into the bay and Robben Island. Having explored the highlights of the Rainbow Nation we take a last look at Cape Town and catch up on last minute curio shopping in the afternoon, before your tour ends at 18:00 at the guest house.



17 Day Accommodated

Small group-max 12

Limited participation(Washing dishes, loading truck)

Departs Johannesburg Ends Cape Town

Price from EU 2240

Single supplement EU 630



Professional safari guides

Transport in safari truck or tour van

16 Breakfast 12 Lunch 11 dinner

Entrance fees

16nights hotels, cabins, guesthouses


Mpumalanga Panorama Route – sight seeing

Kruger National Park – game drives

Swaziland – mountain walks

Zululand - Zulu homestead

Drakensberg mountains – maintain walks

Wild Coast – beach walks 

Addo - game drives

Tsitsikamma – forest walks

Hermanus – beaches and whales

Stellenbosch - wine tasting

Cape Town – Cape Point & Table Mountain

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This safari has an early departure I recommend that you stay in Johannesburg the night before safari. Would you like to book additional nights accommodation pre and post-tour? Please inform me of your airport transfer and lodge reservations that you require when you submit your enquiry/booking. See pre and post-tour accommodation here. Do you need assistance with any further travel/tour reservations not found on this website? Please ask. *Local Payment: If your tour requires local payment please have it ready on departure day, give it to your tour guide in the correct currency bank notes in cash. No US$100 bills. It is part of the tour operational costs like park entry fees, paid in cash localy in order to benefit the local communities.

South Africa tour
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Drakensburg hike
zulu village visit
Blyde River Canyon
Table Mountain
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