South African Explorer

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South African Explorer

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Length of trip:

18 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 2500 to $ 4000

Best travel dates to go:

Any time.


Detailed Description of this trip:

South Africa is a haven of spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, diverse cultures and first world norms, topped with a healthy and invigorating climate. These qualities, as well as a relatively cheap currency, make it an adventure destination not to be missed. A country virtually the size of Europe with over 3000 kilometers of unspoiled coastline, boasting climatic differences from searing hot desert to snow-capped peaks, and varied cultures, from the primitive Bushman to the most Western of ways. We visit the highlights, but leave the beaten track to explore the great outdoors, often walking or hiking. The tour involves camping but mostly bungalows and inns are utilized. This demands a certain amount of flexibility and is not for the 5 star luxury safari folk.



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Johannesburg

    JHB – Bushveld Camp.
    Sightseeing

    Departing early from Johannesburg, "City of Gold", we head east to the spectacular Mpumalanga area. We visit an awesome waterfall as well as the quaint gold-mining pioneer village of Pilgrims Rest, the intriguing Bourke's Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels, towering above the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

    Camping

    Finally we descend from the escarpment in the steps of the early explorers to the Lowveld bushveld where we overnight in the tented Drifters Bushveld Camp, within the Balule Nature Reserve, bordering the Kruger Park. Fall asleep to the sounds of the wild. D

  • Day 2 - Mpumalanga

    Bushveld Camp.
    Safari

    Being privately owned, our bush camp allows us the freedom of walking amongst the game and of viewing the animals from an open vehicle with both day and night drives. All major game species are prevalent, including the renowned "Big Five". Brunch D

  • Day 3 - Mpumalanga

    Kruger National Park.
    National Parks

    We leave our bush camp in the morning to travel the short distance to the world-renowned Kruger National Park, here we spend the entire day viewing animals in their natural environment.

    Camping

    We enjoy a picnic lunch and then a night in one of the park’s rest camps. B L D

  • Day 4 - Hazyview

    Safari

    Leaving the park after an extensive morning’s game drive, we wind our way to the sleepy settlement of Hazyview.

    Bed & Breakfast

    Then we move on to the Drifters Hazyview Inn, a log cabin situated spectacularly on stilts in indigenous subtropical forest on the banks of the Sabie River.

    Relaxation

    Try a tube ride, or relax with swimming and forest walks. B L D

  • Day 5-6 - Swaziland

    Swaziland-Zululand.
    Sightseeing

    Travelling south through the Kingdom of the Swazi, our journey takes us into an area of spectacular scenery, and past numerous traditional homesteads and curio markets.

    Camping

    On entering Zululand, the area once ruled by the famed Shaka Zulu, we are surrounded by a region of Game Reserves and impressive fields of sugar cane. We spend the next two nights at the Drifters Zululand Camp, a rustic camp situated in the sand forest on our private game reserve near Hluhluwe.

    Adventure

    During our stay we will hike through the forest along the banks of Lake St Lucia, do a game drive in the renowned Hluhluwe Game Reserve, and enjoy a traditional Zulu experience. B L D

  • Day 7 - South Africa

    Dolphin Coast.
    Beach

    A short drive today, we travel to one of the worlds finest coastlines, where the unrelenting waves of the Indian Ocean continuously pound deserted beaches. Our next night will be at the Drifters Dolphin Coast Inn, situated literally on the beach.

    Relaxation

    Our time here will be spent exploring the nearby lagoon and simply enjoying the beach and warm ocean.

    Food and Dining

    Tonight we enjoy a traditional fish braai. B L D

  • Day 8-9 - South Africa

    Drakensberg.
    Bus

    After a short visit to the holiday city of Durban, we travel inland to the majestic Drakensberg mountain range, "Barrier of Spears".

    Private Car Service

    On reaching the foothills we transfer to a 4X4 vehicle, and then enjoy an exciting drive on the mountain tracks up to the Drifters Drakensberg Inn where we spend to nights.

    Hiking

    We will stay in log cabins and will spend time hiking and exploring the wonders of this National Heritage Site. Pony trekking is also available. B L D

  • Day 10 - South Africa

    Bloemfontein.
    National Parks

    After a 4 x 4 transfer back to our vehicle, we climb the Oliviershoek Pass to view the turquoise waters of Sterkfontein Dam, then on to the Golden Gate National Park, well known for its towering sandstone cliffs and wealth of unique wildlife.

    Hotel

    This night will be spent in the most centrally located city in South Africa, Bloemfontein.

    Food and Dining

    Tonight we eat in a local restaurant (own expense). B L

  • Day 11-12 - South Africa

    Karoo.
    Bus

    Exploring the lesser-known gravel roads, we head into the dry Karoo interior. We will travel via quaint and remote farming villages including Nieu Bethesda to the Drifters Karoo Inn.

    Bed & Breakfast

    Our home for the next two nights will be in original stone cottages on a traditional farmstead nestled against the Sneeuberg.

    Sightseeing

    During our stay here, we will enjoy an extensive walk into the mountainous terrain, home to a variety of interesting plant, animal and bird life. B L D

  • Day 13-15 - South Africa

    Garden Route.
    Sightseeing

    An early start, we head for the pioneer town of Graaff-Reinet where we spend time visiting the Africana Museum and strolling around the town meeting the locals and admiring the unique architecture. We then cross the mighty Outeniqua Mountains, barrier between the dry interior and the lush coastal Garden Route area.

    Bed & Breakfast

    We arrive at the secluded Drifters Knysna Inn where we will spend the next three nights in cozy log cabins hidden in the heart of the forest.

    Sightseeing

    Our days here will be spent exploring this renowned region and its many attractions. We will walk in the forest in search of the elusive Knysna Lourie, we will travel the "old passes road" to the Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park where we will walk part of the acclaimed "Otter Trail".

    Adventure

    On our return journey, those with suicidal instincts may try the world’s highest bungi jump at 216 metres. (own expense).

    Sightseeing

    We will visit sun-kissed beaches, and will enjoy a boat trip on the Drifters Ski Boat around the Knysna Lagoon and through the Heads in search of dolphins and whales.

    Food and Dining

    On one night, we will enjoy a meal in the vibrant woodcutter town of Knysna. (Own expense). B L D

  • Day 16-18 - Cape Town

    Sightseeing

    This morning we will visit the magnificent Lake District, then travel through the farming region of Swellendam , before heading to the coast where we follow the "Whale Route" around the Hottentots Holland Mountains.

    Bed & Breakfast

    Arriving in the "Mother City" of Cape Town in the late afternoon, we check into the Drifters Cape Town Inn, which is situated on the Sea Point beachfront.

    Sightseeing

    Cape Town is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and we will spend two days visiting Cape Point, Hout Bay, the Waterfront, secluded beaches, a wine farm and many more highlights.

    Hiking

    We will also hike up Table Mountain. (Lunches and dinners in Cape Town are own expense). B

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