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South Africa Camping Adventure

  • 16 Day(s)
  • Trip Code : GADSCJ

Southern Africa is one of the continent's most fascinating destinations, and on this two-week trip, you'll get the best of what this dynamic region has to offer. Going from Cape Town to Johannesburg, you'll experience the mountains of Lesotho, coastal Zululand and the hiking terrain of Tugela Gorge, while camping and shared dorms help keep costs down. Cap it off with game drives in Addo NP & Kruger NP before visiting rural Shalati, also home to our Planeterra New Hope project. Wildlife and warm feelings guaranteed.

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Day 1 Cape Town

Arrive at any time. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area.

Arrive at any time. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area. Cape Town offers many different activities - something for everyone. Visit Robben Island, Table Mountain, explore Cape Point (Cape of Good Hope), embark on a wine tour in and around Stellenbosch (45min drive). Visit the old French Hugonote town of Franschoek and surroundings (1h drive). For the not so faint hearted there is numerous adrenaline activities in the surrounding areas, from skydiving to abseiling to cage diving and having a close encounter with the great white sharks. Or wonder through the city centre with some of the oldest buildings and gardens in South Africa (Botanical Gardens and Parliament Gardens). Do not miss the wonderful Cultural Historical Museum, Planetarium and numerous other small museums and theatres. For shopping, dining and entertainment the V&A Waterfront is a hotspot for foreigners and locals alike. Still a working harbour, the Waterfront is an example of creative architecture and restoration and has become South Africa's most visited tourist attraction. The Waterfront offers over 250 shops from designer boutiques to craft stalls, a host of restaurants and coffee shops and plenty of other activities. For cultural exchange, you shouldn't miss out a "Local Dinner” in a private home in an informal settlement. This authentic community experience provides guests the opportunity to get deep inside the heart of Cape Town. Choose from Cape Malay, Xhosa traditional or Cape Town fusion foods, and visit families in their private homes in townships and get insight into South African realities - be part of the family for an unforgettable night. Proceeds go into the community.

Day 2 Oudtshoorn (1B,1L,1D)

Travel into the Klein Karoo area and enjoy a first night of camping. Opt to explore the Cango Caves or visit an ostrich farm.

Travel into the Klein Karoo area and enjoy a first night of camping. Opt to explore the Cango Caves or visit an ostrich farm. Oudtshoorn is notably the ostrich capital of the world. Here ostriches are found in great numbers and the region produces the world's best feathers, leather products and meat. Amidst the 400 ostrich farms surrounding the town, three have distinguished themselves worthy enough to be named show farms. In addition, the Klein Karoo is one of South Africa's eight wine regions, where the sweet and desert wines are well known. The Cango Caves are sculptured by nature through the ages, and is filled with mysterious and breathtaking limestone formations in a wide variety of natural colours. They lie in the Swartberg Mountain Range in a limestone belt measuring 1.5km in width and almost 16km in length. This part of the continent was once below the ocean. As the continent rose, the Little Karoo found itself above the water level. The caves started to form some 20 million years ago, when the water level dropped to such an extent that the ground water could start to seep into the limestone. As the water seeped into the ground it absorbed carbon dioxide from the decaying plant and animal matter in the soil and this made it fairly acidic. As it seeped into the limestone, cavities were created that filled with water. Rivers also formed on the surface and cut deeply enough into the limestone to allow them to reach the level of the water pockets. This caused the water to flow out about 4 million years ago. The cave was then, for the first time, exposed to air and the speleothems (cave formations) began to form. The portion of the caves that are accessible to the public extends for 1.2km, with a further 4.1km being kept closed for conservation. Estimated travel time: 8 hrs

Day 3-4 Tsitsikamma (2B,2L,2D)

Cross over the Outeniqua Mountains and stop by the Knysna Heads for a scenic view of the beautiful scenery. Enjoy free time to go hiking, bungee jumping or whale watching. National park entrance fees are included.

Cross over the Outeniqua Mountains and stop by the Knysna Heads for a scenic view of the beautiful scenery. Enjoy free time to go hiking, bungee jumping or whale watching. National park entrance fees are included. Indigenous Tsitsikamma forests surround the campsite in the village of Storms River. Optional Activities in the area include hiking a portion of the Otter Trail or along the coastline, abseiling, scuba diving, snorkeling, boat rides, canoeing, whale watching, or even the world's highest bungee jump. Estimated travel time: 6 hrs

Day 5 Addo National Park (1B,1L,1D)

Enjoy a game drive in the touring vehicle. Be on the watch for big elephants.

Continue on to the Addo Elephant National Park, a unique wildlife area. Although famous for the Addo elephants, this park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, and we embark on an afternoon game drive (in our touring vehicle) in search of the resident elephants, black rhino, lion, buffalo and even leopard. Listen to the wild sounds of Africa while enjoying your sundowner and sitting around the campfire at night.

Day 6 Karoo National Park (1B,1L,1D)

Travel into the vast semi-desert of Karoo NP.

Travel into the vast semi-desert of Karoo NP.

Day 7-8 Lesotho (2B,2L,2D)

Cross the border into the highest independent state in the world. Enjoy free time for hiking or horseback riding along trails through this beautiful mountainous country.

Cross the border into the highest independent state in the world. Enjoy free time for hiking or horseback riding along trails through this beautiful mountainous country.

Day 9-10 Drakensberg (2B,2L,2D)

Return to South Africa, and set up camp at the foot of the mountains. Set off on an included hike along Tugela Gorge in Royal Natal NP.

Return to South Africa, and set up camp at the foot of the mountains. Set off on an included hike along Tugela Gorge in Royal Natal NP.

Day 11-12 Zululand (2B,1L)

Travel to St Lucia near the coast of Zululand. Opt to take a game drive in Umfolozi Game Reserve or go horseback riding on the beach.

Travel to St Lucia near the coast of Zululand. Opt to take a game drive in Umfolozi Game Reserve or go horseback riding on the beach. Stay in the St Lucia area near the coast. Here take the optional boat trip on the estuary or go for a horse ride on the beach. Opt to visit the Umfolozi Game Reserve which is a safe haven for both the white and black rhino, and as well lions, buffalo, elephant, and leopard call the reserve home. The St Lucia Wetlands is a huge expanse of estuaries which is dominated by Lake St Lucia, the largest estuarine body of water in South Africa. The St. Lucia Marine Reserve, which extends roughly from Sodwana in the north to Mapelane in the south, contains no less than five different ecosystems, and is home to complex body of vleis (wetlands), pans, swamp forests and grasslands. These include the lake itself, a wilderness area known as Mfabeni and Tewati, a marine conservation area, the reed and papyrus wetland of the Mkuze swamps and western shores, and a fossil shoreline more than 25,000 years old. This was the first game reserve in South Africa. Today the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park stands as a beacon to the efforts for conservation in South Africa.

Day 13 Swaziland (1B,1L,1D)

Cross another border into Swaziland and camp in Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary.

Cross another border into Swaziland and camp in Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary. The mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland, lead by King Mswati III, is one of three monarchies in Africa. Here explore Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, which is situated in the Swaziland's “Valley of Heaven”, the Ezulwini Vallley. In your free time, opt go horse riding, mountain biking, trailing, or game viewing. Mlilwane was the first wildlife sanctuary in Swaziland, created in the 1950's by a well known Swazilander, Tedd Reilly, on his farm. He has been instrumental in the conservation of Swaziland's natural heritage for many years. This reserve is a gentle relaxed place with zebra, many antelope species and crocodiles. Several hippos have become so used to being fed in the afternoon, that these enormous beasts plod out of the dam to chomp, dribble and munch in front of the Hippo Haunt Restaurant. So close are they, that your entire camera frame is filled with their wide toothy mouth and glistening nostrils. Around the restcamp a variety of animals mill around looking for food, but watching a warthog snuffling near the camp fire while his friend roasts on a spit above, is somewhat disquieting. This reserve offers hiking, cycling and horse riding.

Day 14-15 Kruger National Park/Greater Kruger Area (2B,2L,2D)

Continue on to Kruger NP for an afternoon game drive in the touring vehicle. Enjoy a full-day game drive the following day before travelling to the village of Shalati. Experience a traditional Shangaan dinner and dance in the evening.

Continue on to Kruger NP for an afternoon game drive in the touring vehicle. Enjoy a full-day game drive the following day before travelling to the village of Shalati. Experience a traditional Shangaan dinner and dance in the evening.

Day 16 Johannesburg (1B,1L)

In the morning, visit Planeterra-supported Hope Africa Children's Day School. Afterwards, transfer to South Africa's capital, where the tour ends upon arrival. Book ongoing travel from 8pm onwards.

In the morning, visit Planeterra-supported Hope Africa Children's Day School. In the morning, visit Planeterra-supported, Hope Africa Children's Day School, close to the lodge in Shalati Village. G Adventures, Planeterra and the Shalati Lodge work closely with the school to provide not only funds for improvements and supplies, but also hands-on support with lesson plans and resource assistance. Many of the parents of the children that attend this school are staff at the lodge and rangers at the park -- the education centre allows for their children to have full-time access to early childhood education, while also being cared for so their parents can preform their livelihoods. You will have a quick stop at this school first thing in the morning to see the morning announcements/ songs of the students. The school has a principal and two full-time teachers who will discuss the work that is done at the school. While the students commence with their classes, you will have a chance to walk around the grounds with you CEO who will show you the school facilities. Planeterra and G Adventures recently built a new kitchen, toilets, and water tank for the school. Future plans include expanding a community garden and craft stall that will be run by the mother's of the children to each extra income for their families. Afterwards, transfer to South Africa's capital, where the tour ends upon arrival. Book ongoing travel from 8pm onwards.

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  • Lesotho > Swaziland > South Africa

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  • Trip Style: 18-35s, Small Group Adventures
  • Comfort Level: Camping
  • Physical Demands: Trips may include activities like hiking, biking, rafting or kayaking. No sweat, right?

What's included?

Visit to Knysna Heads. Game drives and park entrances in Addo Elephant NP & Kruger NP. Entrances to Tsitsikamma NP, Royal Natal NP, and Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Tugela Gorge hike. Traditional Shangaan dinner and dance. Visit to Planeterra-supported Children’s Day School.

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