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Cape Town to Kruger - 12 Days

The Cape Town to Kruger National Park Tour is one of luxury and safari. Starting from the ‘Mother City’, Cape Town is well known for its vibe as favorable destination. If its not for scenic drive round Camps Bay, Hout bay and the Cape point then its all about wine. Even more impressing is its multi-culture from the Khoisan, Xhosa the Nama people, Afrikaans then french in Franschhoek.

Drive a bit up the St Lawry’s Pass and the City in a valley right at sea level displays its unmatched beauty. Beyond the mountains there are huge farms of the favorite fruit, the apple. Grabouw is the ‘apple country’. A few kilometres you come to Hermanus the ‘Whale City’. Hermanus has deep natural sea just by the shore that attracts whales to come as close to land. The enormous mammals are often seen here mating, and taking care of their young ones.

Another 2 hour drive you come to Mossel Bay and the amazing beauty become real on the Garden route. Arguably the most beautiful stretch of forests, mountains, lakes and rivers with the sea running parallel. The beaches are long and surfing here is a way of life. Jeffrey’s Bay is home of the best right hand surf break in the world. International surfers flock to catch the legendary waves. In this paradise of sunshine, aloes, dolphins, shells, perfect points and classic reefs.

Graaff-Reinet

Enough of the charming scenic drives in around the garden route as we head north to Graaff-Reinet. The oldest town in Eastern Cape province, on the Sundays River and enclosed by the Camdeboo NP. You’ll visit the Valley of Desolation. The panoramic view of the valley allow visitors to marvel at 200 million years of volcanic rock formations. AS if that is not enough the town has the Cape Dutch Architectural legacy. The Drostdy Hotel, John Rupert Theatre, Reinet House, The Anglican Church are just but a few examples.

Overview

From the buzz life of Cape Town you travel the coastline via Grabouw. This apple farms of Grabouw add to the green vegetation of this region. Have lunch in Hermanus the ‘Whale Kingdom’. Here just close to the shore the big mammals are often seen jumping off high the sea with spectacular dive. Proceed to the Garden Route where mountains crowd near the sea. The lakes and rivers grace the region covered with dense indigenous forestall the way to Storms River. As you go to the Valley of Desolation, you will be completely taken by the art of the volcanic activity in this small historic town of Graaff-Reinet.  It is the oldest  Town in Eastern Cape province and the Dutch architecture preserved over the years. The Sunday River run past the town. You head up the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho to Malealea. Enjoy the traditions of the Sotho  people as you travel on horse-back Tour of the mountainous region. Furthermore you continue your drive to the Drakensburg Escarpment overlooking the KwaZulu Natal province. St Lucia on the shoreline is the return to the garden route as wildlife also finds this place  favorable. To Swazi Kingdom, explore this beautiful valley adorned by rivers, streams, sugar cane plantations and so much greenery of the forests. Engage with the monarchy, the people as you visit the national parks well preserved in time.

Itinerary

Day 1
Cape town

Today you meet and greet with your Guide in Cape Town for a briefing of how the Tour will be run. You drive up to Tsitsikama through Hermanus the famous whale watching Town, Wilderness, Knysna Waterfront and Plettenberg. In Tsitsikama you have a day of activities in the national park and at the bridge. Included Activities Tsitsikama national park hiking to the suspended bridge

Day 2
Tsitsikama

Today you explore more of the activities you can do apart from visiting Tsitsikama national park. There are a few options below. Later in the day you drive up to the Storms River bridge. Optional Activities Tube n Axe Blackwater Tubing Walking with Cheetahs Birds of Eden & Monkey land Accommodation Tsitsikama lodge

Day 3
Graaff-Reinet

From Tsitsikama today you head to Graaff-Reinet. It’s a small town but the forth oldest town in South Africa. Enjoy the Town Tour on foot before you catch the sunset on the Valley of Desolation. Included Sunset on the Valley of Desolation Accommodation: Graaff-Reinet Lodge

Day 4
Lesotho Malealea

To the top of the highlands of the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho, you explore this country briefly, first in the countryside of Malealea for an epic hike on horseback, village tour or biking Included: Pony trekking hikes Mountain bike Village tour Accommodation: Malealea lodge

Day 5
Drakensberg

Today you travel from Lesotho to the Golden Gate. You have a stop at Golden Gate national park, have lunch and explore a bit before you proceed to your destination for overnight. Accommodation: Giants Castle national park

Day 6
Drakensberg

On the Giant Castle national park today and you get to hike the Drakensberg mountains. The scenery is beautiful and the trails are great. Included: Drakensberg hiking Accommodation: Giants Castle game reserve

Day 7
St Lucia

From the highest mountains in the region to the lowest on the sea. St Lucia forms part of the greater St Lucia wetlands. You drive down to St Lucia through KwaZulu Natal province. Enjoy the beautiful green vegetation of this paradise. The landscape is such a wonder. Included:

Day 8
St Lucia

You will have time to go to the beach today and do other activities in St Lucia including the boat cruise and safari in St Lucia national park. The park has many hippos, wild dogs, leopards, elephants crocodiles and more antelopes. Included: Boat cruise Game drive Tour of St Lucia

Day 9
Hlane National Park

After a day of fun in the beautiful town of St Lucia we head to Swaziland. You have a late afternoon game drive as the sun goes down today. Hlane national park is the one of the three big national parks in Swaziland. The drive through Swaziland is just amazing. This valley is rich, the streams, rivers, and crop farming including sugar cane and maize adds to an already greener vegetation. Included: Game drive Accommodation: Hlane National Park

Day 10
Kruger National Park

From Swaziland to Kruger national Park. This is South Africa’s prime national park. With the big five game, the park also boasts of 19 big mammals, big birds and 450 species of other birds. This huge park which stretches for 300 km from north to south can not be explored in a day. We restrict our game drives to the Southern and central part of the park. You have sundowner today. Included: Sundowner game drive Accommodation: Nkambeni Safari camp

Day 11
Kruger National Park

All day game drive in Kruger national park on 4×4 open vehicles. The park is huge there is so much to see. There are picnic spots where you’ll stop for lunch. Thereafter you continue your game viewing until late in the afternoon. Inclusion: Game drive Accommodation: Nkambeni Safari Camp

Day 12
Panorama

There is a walking safari in the morning at sunrise. The walk takes 21/2 hours and you should be back before 09h00 hours. You drive to Graskop Town for panoramic view of the Blyde River Canyon, God’s window, 3 rondavels and the terrain of the Drakensberg mountains. After Mpumalanga panorama tour you head to Johannesburg arriving late afternoon. This Tour ends here!! There are other activities however you can do while you still have time in Johannesburg.

How fit do I need to be for this Tour?

You don’t need to. Anyone can go on this tour and all age groups are welcome. However you just need to be able to walk on rocky surface for just about 2 km. For the river canoeing you just need basic swimming skills.

What is the climate?

The climate varies seasonally as you travel from the coast to inland and the highlands. Generally winter running from February to August is cold during the night and cool by day inland. Whereas the coast will be warm and rainy. On the contrary in summer from September to February the inland will be quite warm to very hot during the day but warm at night. In the coast it will lower temperatures.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

On most of the campsites there is electricity for charging as well as hot showers. The campers will have a shared ablution with other like campers from other groups.

Are there ATMs on the way?

Yes there are ATMs and shopping malls along the way. In most places though card payments for services and purchase of goods is available. You may need to carry a bit of cash for tips and other small items that you could buy from the locals.

What about internet access?

Once in a while we get connection usually when we get to campsites and lodges . Most of the way during our travels there won’t be connection on the way. However you can buy a local sim card and register it with the local providers to stay connected most of the time.

Do we have a Guide on Tour?

Yes all our Tours are designed to have a Guide/driver as well as a chef. The Guides are fluent English speakers however we have other Tours that can have a translator for German, French or Dutch.

How much do guides and porters cost?

All Guides have a base salary for there services and usually are freelance. You would therefore assist by giving them tips for a minimum of $5 a day. Portege at the airport ranges from $10 to $20 while tips on lodges would be around $10.

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Cape Town to Kruger
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Trip Facts

  • Safari lodges/ camping
  • 1-12 people
  • moderate
  • All year
  • English Speaking Guide available
  • Safari budget tour