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Travel to South Africa and Lesotho and explore the exquisite Garden Route on a tour from Durban to Cape Town via the Hermanus Wine Region. Combining the classic Garden Route with the enchanting beauty of the Wild Coast, this adventure offers the chance to experience the incredible variety of cultures, stunning landscapes and unique flora and fauna of South Africa. Exploring the traditional Xhosa lifestyle and visiting quaint coastal towns, sophisticated vineyards and cosmopolitan cities, this is the perfect South African tasting platter.

Übersicht

Start
Durban
Ende
Cape Town
Besuchte Länder
Lesotho, Südafrika
Style
Basix
Theme
Overland
Trip Code
UBOH
Mindestalter
Gruppengröße
22
Physical rating

Highlights

  • 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
  • Rise early watch wild meerkats wake and warm in the morning sun.
  • 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

Reiseprogramm



Day 1
Durban
Sawubona! Welcome to South Africa. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can’t arrange a flight that will arrive in time, consider arriving a day early so you are able to attend. If you are going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We’ll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have these on hand to provide to your leader. If you arrive early, get out and explore Durban. A wealth of golden, sandy beaches and glitzy nightlife awaits. The Golden Mile is an essential spot – a stretch of fine sands bordered by frothy surf on one side and an attractive beachfront of skate parks, restaurants and cafes on the other. For dinner, perhaps grab your group and head to Florida Road for traditional Bunny Chow or fresh seafood.

Day 2
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 3
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 4
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 5
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 6
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 7
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 8
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 9
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 10
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 11
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 12
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 13
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 14
Cape Town
Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Hermanus with a walk from Grotto Beach beach along the cliff and beach path back into town, or take a meander through the shops and coastal paths. We then drive 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.

Was ist inklusive?

Mahlzeiten

13 Frühstück, 3 Mittagessen, 12 Abendessen

Transport

Overland vehicle

Unterkunft

Camping (with facilities) (8 nights), Dormitory (3 nights), Lodge (2 nights)

Eingeschlossene Aktivitäten

Drakensburg - Royal Natal National Park Hike
Howick - Nelson Mandela Capture Site
Addo Elephant National Park - Overland Vehicle Game drive
Addo Elephant National Park - Overland Vehicle Game drive
Oudtshoorn - Cango Caves Guided Tour
Weltevrede - Fig Farm visit
Oudtshoorn - Meerkat Experience
Hermanus - R320 Route Wine Tour

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Reviews

Angela Elliker
This trip exceeded all expectations, I was so sad when it was over. A great variety of places and locations, stunning scenery, professional and friendly staff and overall a fantastic and fun introduction to Africa, I'll be back for more.
Tony Palmer
Intrepid trips are well organized safe and enjoyable. They take to places you would never go alone and you meet friends you keep for ever. Once you try you’ll keep going back.
Harry Teeuwen
The Kruger, Coast, Cape tour was amazing. Some of the most spectacular scenery seemed toappeared from nowhere. Seeing most of Africa's wild animals in their natural environment was a sight not to be missed. Mixing with locals at every opportunity gave us a great insight into South Africa's culture. A great trip.
Heidi Hoeft
Expect long days travelling, cold nights, mangled hands (from putting up and taking down that tent) only to be rewarded with spotting the big five, the small five, the ugly five, amazing sunrises, gorgeous sunsets, extraordinary landscapes. Africa is an adventure not a holiday, appreciated more when you are back in your own bed dreaming about your African encounter.
Jessica Bowman
Very action packed trip that is worth every penny!
Helen Wylie
I am a total Intrepid fan. As a senior citizen have enjoyed every minute of my 8 different trips.
Frank Piwecki
it was a great experience and a wonderful time with Nick and Gordon! I have learned a lot about the country, nature, people, politics and had a wonderful time. Marvel, recreation and new experiences. I' ll do it again! Thank you for that adventure, folks an a happy day for all!
Deb Hurkett
Gdn Route - It's a must do !! Cultural & destination trip (not so much game viewing). If in July, bring gloves, thermal clothes & liner for sleep bag - this will ensure you have an incredible trip. Gift & Sandile (crew), with this itinery gave us a fun & comprehensive tour of SA - kept us safe & healthy. Food, accomm, local wine & beer excellent. Do the extra activities. Lesotho is a highlight. Buy from local/ Community market people along the way - they're great people trying to make a living & love to chat - take the time. We now have Sth African dust in our souls !!
Dianne Villaret
I was told by my wise tour guide that "Once you set foot in Africa, you can never shake its dust off your feet." This idiom encapsulates the deep impression and lasting memories, the 'Kurger, Coast & Cape' tour left in me. If you want to truly experience the diversity in the culture and landscapes of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho, then this is the trip for you. Yet, this trip is designed for the sturdy and adventurous; with camping on most nights, very little reliable wifi, and shared responsibilities with cleaning and packing up. These however do not deter you from having a trip that writers like Hemingway, Theroux and Blixen would have trouble giving justice.
Michelle Barron
This trip is perfect for anyone looking to experience all the beauty and adventure South Africa has to offer. It's a great combination of downtime and included/optional activities so you can make it as adventurous or laid back as you want. The camping was a great experience (I had never camped before this trip) and the tents are easy to put up/take down once you get the hang of it but definitely bring gloves as they came in really handy with tent assembly. Overall had an amazing experience; truly unforgettable.
Dan Cox
I did my first trip with G Adventures in June (to Madagascar). The company has an excellent app for its travelers. It includes the trip notes and optional activities, a map, packing checklist, lastest currency exchange, emergency numbers etc, and it makes it so easy for the traveler to quickly check what's happening tomorrow etc. without carrying around printed trip notes. Has Intrepid thought about developing/offering such an app to its travelers? It was so helpful and I'm keen to use one!
Ashley Fruechting
This tour packs so much into two weeks - be prepared for an amazing experience!! You will eat delicious dinners, enjoy unbelievable views, and explore places far off the beaten path. To reiterate what others have said: Bring workgloves to help set up your tent (total lifesavers!), warm clothes if traveling in winter (it gets very cold at night), and DEFINITELY do the Amphitheater Hike in Drakensberg. There's a fair amount of time on the truck and the accommodations aren't fancy, but if you want a memorable adventure, this is your trip.
Sally Hurkett
I would highly recommend travelling with Intrepid, we got to see a large part of South Africa in a short period of time. We got to experience the culture, people and everything SA has to offer. Our guides Gift and Sandile, were bubbly, friendly, professional and looked after the entire group very well throughout our trip. Thanks to them and Intrepid my holiday in SA was spectacular.
Graeme Jones
I loved this trip. The itinerary is well thought through and the driving to destinations a scenic banquet in itself. Inclusions are good, but also take some money to do the optional activities. Camping may not be for everyone, but minimal requirement is young at heart (this author 50+).
Diane Stewart
This trip was my first time travelling alone and can I just say if you are thinking about doing something like this but afraid then please do not waste another second thinking and just book. From the start I was never on my own, with intrepid organising my transfers from and to airport all I had to do was turn up and meet my group. The group was absolutely lovely and from the start we all really had a blast together and made some really lovely friends. Our group was quite small as was off peak season with just 5-6 for the duration which we were told is not very common with each trip being normally fully booked during peak season. It was fantastic for us, more room on the overland vehicle which was great for one :) the vehicles are really well set up and efficient, the tents are easy peasy to assemble and mattresses so comfy you would hardly know you are even camping! Do bring heavy duty gloves for pitting up the tents though as without can be sore on your hands and will be your godsend and it gets really cold at night but as long as you have a warm coat then you will be fine. Our guides also took us to a store to buy nice heavy blankets if we wanted to so that was awesome. If you are lucky you will get a guide as amazing as ours was, thank you Gibson and not forgetting our wonderful driver Gordon. The two of them were patient, kind, funny and extremely hard working during the trip, always striving to make sure that we were happy and constantly filling us in with lots of interesting information about south africa and the stops we made along the way. The food was absolutely top notch every day, and there was always seconds if anyone was still hungry. All of the places we stayed were unique to their own properties and this added so much to our south african experience from camping to staying in log cabins and 5 star backpacker lodges, it was all perfectly planned and can only thank Intrepid, Gibson and Gordon for making everything so perfect. I really enjoyed the itinerary and how it was laid out, I honestly think you would find it tough to beat what south africa has to offer, from the magicness of the safaris and wildlife, to majestic mountain ranges, the pristine beaches and all of the magnificent scenery we saw along the way as we travelled down the country. I had the time of my life, thanks again intrepid, Gibson, Gordon and to all of our group Shahna, Dean, Harry, Graeme and Martine for making the trip what it was, absolutely amazing ??