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Hiking South Africa

This lively tour through South Africa is filled with enough excitement to keep you active and on your feet. Hike up the famous Table Mountain. Explore the kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland. Discover the true meaning of Ubuntu as you dance and laugh with the locals over a traditional meal in the Kruger area. Whether you get a taste of the beach or the biltong, this 17-day journey will satisfy any craving for adventure.

  • Duration: 17 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Demanding
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: DSHS/222279
  • Starts: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Finishes: Johannesburg, South Africa
You will Visit
  • Cape Town
  • Oudtshoorn
  • Stormsrivier
  • Addo Elephant National Park
  • Graaff-Reinet
  • Malealea
  • Drakensville
  • Saint Lucia
  • Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Hazyview
  • Johannesburg

Itinerary

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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.

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Day 2: Cape Town

Enjoy an included hike to the top of Table Mountain, taking in the views of the city bowl, peninsula, and Robben Island. In the evening have dinner at the Waterfront, or one of the great restaurants in the city.

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Day 3: Cape Town/Oudtshoorn

Travel into the Klein Karoo on the famous Route 62. Opt to enjoy a wine tasting along the way.

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Day 4: Oudtshoorn/Stormsrivier

Before leaving Oudtshoorn, opt to explore the Cango Caves or visit an ostrich farm. Cross over the Outeniqua Mountains into the Garden Route. Stop at the Bloukrans Bridge for those brave enough to try the bungee jump, and arrive in the forest village of Stormsrivier for the night.

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Day 5: Tsitsikamma National Park

Set out on an included hike along the famous Otter Trail, inside the Tsitsikamma National Park. This beautiful coastal trail passes the picturesque suspension bridges, and visits breathtaking waterfalls.
In the afternoon opt to explore the forest canopy, with a tree top trekking tour.

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Day 6: Addo Elephant National Park

Enjoy a wildlife safari drive in our vehicle. Be on the watch for elephants and other wildlife. Spend the night camping under the stars.
Continue on to Addo Elephant National Park, a unique wildlife area. Although famous for the Addo elephants, this park is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Embark on an afternoon wildlife safari drive (in our vehicle) in search of the resident elephants, rhinos, lions, buffalo, and even leopards. Listen to the wild sounds of Africa while enjoying a sundowner and sitting around the campfire at night.

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Day 7: Addo Elephant National Park/Graaff-Reinet

Travel into the vast semi-desert of the Great Karoo and overnight in the town of Graaff-Reinet, just outside the Camdeboo National Park. Opt to hike in the Valley of Desolation for beautiful views over the surrounding area, or explore this quaint Karoo town.

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Day 8: Graaff-Reinet/Lesotho

Cross the border into the highest independent state in the world.

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Day 9: Lesotho

Enjoy free time in the morning for horseback riding, or mountain biking, through this beautiful mountainous country. In the afternoon hike with a local guide to discover hidden waterfalls, before watching the sun set over "The Kingdom in the Sky'.

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Day 10: Lesotho/Drakensberg

Return to South Africa and set up camp in the foothills of the mountain.

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Day 11: Drakensberg

Set off on an included hike along Tugela Gorge in Royal Natal NP.

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Day 12: Drakensberg/Saint Lucia

Travel through KwaZulu-Natal to Saint Lucia on the coast of Zululand.

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Day 13: Saint Lucia

Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to take a wildlife safari drive in Hluluwe - iMfolozi Park, go horseback riding on the beach, or join the CEO for a walk through town and out to the beach, where you can spot hippos and crocodiles in the estuary.
Take an optional boat trip on the estuary or go horseback riding on the beach. Opt to visit Hluluwe - iMfolozi Park, which is a safe haven for both the white and black rhino, as well as lions, buffalo, elephants, and leopards.

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Day 14: Saint Lucia/Swaziland

Cross another border into Swaziland and stay in traditional beehive huts in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.
The mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland, lead by King Mswati III, is one of three monarchies in Africa. Explore Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, which is situated in the Swaziland's “Valley of Heaven”, the Ezulwini Vallley.

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Day 15: Swaziland/Hazyview

Continue exploring Mlilwane Sanctuary in the morning, joining your CEO on a walk to see some of the resident wildlife, then cross back into South Africa, and head to our safari camp just outside the famous Kruger National Park.

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Day 16: Kruger National Park

Enjoy a full-day wildlife safari drive in the Kruger Park (in our vehicle). Experience a traditional dinner and local dancing in the evening.
Opt to upgrade to an open 4x4 vehicle for the wildlife safari drive.

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Day 17: Hazyview/Johannesburg

Transfer back to Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city. The tour ends upon arrival.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Hike up Table Mountain
    • Table Mountain cable car ticket (one way)
    • Park entrances to Addo Elephant NP & Kruger NP with wildlife safari drives in our vehicle
    • Entrances to Tsitsikamma NP with day hike on the Otter Trail
    • Tugela Gorge hike
    • Visit to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Traditional dinner and local dancing
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels/guesthouses (13 nts), participation camping (3 nts)
    • 10 breakfasts, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • 15-seat private vehicle, hiking, walking
    Group Leader
    • 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout as head guide/cook and driver, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Hike in some of South Africa's iconic hotspots
  • Spot the Big Five in national parks and reserves
  • Visit local villages and cosmopolitan Cape Town
  • Camp amongst Southern Africa's dramatic scenery
  • Visit three countries in just over two weeks.