Special Offer: From Johannesburg to Cape Town

19 days – EUR 1,260.00 pp in dbl-room1
Sabie, Kruger-Skukuza, Swaziland-Mkaya, Hluhluwe, Hermannsburg, Winterton, Clarens, Graaff Reinet, Knysna, Cape Town

This tour of contrasts, encompassing a large portion of South Africa, will leave you in awe of the great diversity of this country. This more leisurely trip includes many of the interesting attractions in South Africa.

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1st day: Sabie

On the banks of the Sabie River
On the banks of the Sabie River
Hiking paradise: Blyde River Canyon
Hiking paradise: Blyde River Canyon
Arrival at the airport.

Rental car pick-up
Type: Toyota Corolla Sedan or Similar
Pick-up location: Johannesburg, Airport

From the Highveld to the escarpment
Distance: 400 km    Time: 4:30 h

 You will leave the metropolis of Johannesburg behind and travel through the seemingly endless "Highveld". Only near Waterval Boven does the landscape become interesting, as you begin the descent into the lowlands of South Africa.

Accommodation: A lodge on the bank of the Sabie

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The lodge is located in sub-tropical Hazyview. With its year-round holiday climate of hot summers with cooling rains and sunny, warm winter days, it is the ideal base from which to tour and explore the world famous Blyde River canyon or the Kruger National Park and the many beautiful wonders of the Lowveld.

Other excursions such as night-drives into nearby game parks, a visit to the neighbouring crocodile farm, balloon rides or horseback riding can be arranged. And for the sport enthusiasts such activities as golf, tennis, bowls, trout fishing and river rafting are all available in the vicinity.

Details: Blyde River Canyon Park
The Drakensburg range in KwaZulu Natal extends into Mpumalanga and lies to the west of Kruger National Park. It forms part of the escarpment between the highveld and lowveld area in South Africa with a drop of around 1,300 meters. Blyde River Canyon was formed by heavy rains originating in the warm Indian Ocean. The landscape is dotted with waterfalls, forests and clear streams. Blyde River is one of the beautiful and extraordinary highlights of South Africa. A road called the Panorama Route leads to waterfalls, the potholes and vantage points from which one can view the African lowlands and large sections of Kruger National Park. This pristine, quiet and vast area of the Blyde River Canyon is revealed best to the hiker. Hiking trails with self-catering overnight huts are available, but reservations are essential. Many trails start at Bourke's Potholes.
Map: 1st day: Sabie

3rd day: Kruger-Skukuza

Overlooking the Sabi River: A camp in Kruger Park
Overlooking the Sabi River: A camp in Kruger Park
Zebras in Kruger Park
Zebras in Kruger Park
Southern Kruger
 Distance: 100 km Travel time: 2:00 h (via Paul Kruger Gate)
(Distances measured to Skukuza Camp)

Accommodation: A camp in southern Kruger Park

2 Nights, Accommodation & entry fee
The facility is one of the finest camps in Kruger National Park and overlooks the Sabie River. Big game such as lions, elephants, and even leopards are often seen quenching their thirst at the river, especially in the late afternoon. The camp has a restaurant that offers meals throughout the day.

Details: Kruger National Park
Kruger is one of the largest and best-known reserves in the world, and is the oldest in Africa. It covers an area of 2.2 million hectares, is 350 km long, 60 km wide and has five rivers flowing through it. It contains over 300 different species of trees, 50 different species of fish, 114 reptile species, around 500 bird species and 150 different mammals. The animal populations vary from season to season. To provide just one figure, the Kruger area is home to around 10,000 elephants.
Kruger has a subtropical climate with summer rainfall between October and May. During this time the park is transformed into a paradise, as flowers bloom and vegetation turns green. In the drier season between April and September, game viewing is more favourable, as trees shed their leaves and game congregates at water pools in the dry riverbeds.
Map: 3rd day: Kruger-Skukuza

5th day: Swaziland-Mkaya

Into neighbouring Swaziland
 Distance: 300 km Travel time: 6:30 h (via Malelane Gate)
 Distance: 290 km Travel time: 6:30 h (via Crocodile Bridge Gate)
(Distances measured from Skukuza Camp)

Accommodation: A wilderness camp

1 Night, DBB with activities
The camp is part of the Big Game Reserve group in Swaziland. Lions are the only big five animal not represented. The accommodation in the bush camp provides a unique African experience, something that Kruger Park in South Africa cannot offer. Guests are met at the entrance gate at 4 p.m. and cars are left at the office. The road leading to the camp is only accessible by 4x4 vehicle s. The thatched roof chalets have en-suite bathrooms and are placed at intervals in the bush. Paraffin lamps are lit in the evenings, as there is no electricity in the camp.

After a romantic dinner around a campfire under a huge tree that forms the centre of the boma, guests are invited to participate in a game drive or stroll along the dry riverbed below the campsite. In the morning before breakfast, guests can take a guided walk through the bush or ride in 4x4 vehicles. The transfer to private cars takes place at 10 a.m. the following morning.

Details: Swaziland
The kingdom of Swaziland is around 17,366 sq. km in size. The population is made up of approximately 97% ethnic Africans and 3% ethnic Europeans. English and Siswati (one of the Nguni languages) are the official languages. The capital and largest city is Mbabane. Swaziland has excellent agricultural land and sugar cane is the leading export. Other important crops are citrus fruit, rice, cotton, corn, sorghum, pineapples, and tobacco. The Swazi people engage primarily in subsistence farming on communally owned land which is allocated by chiefs. Many Swazis are employed in South Africa's mines and industries.
Map: 5th day: Swaziland-Mkaya

6th day: Hluhluwe

Offers scenic views far across the reserve
Offers scenic views far across the reserve
Along Lebombo Mountains
Distance: 210 km Travel time: 3:00 h

The route runs north-south along the Lebombo Mountains. Near Golela you will cross the border to KwaZulu Natal.

Accommodation: Hilltop Camp

2 Nights, Accommodation only
The camp is one of the most spectacular in the country. It boasts an exquisite restaurant, and walks and nature drives can be arranged in addition to canoe trips on the Umfolozi River. Guests can enjoy the warm African weather and, from the terrace, look far across the game reserve.

At 1,000 km² combined, the Umfolozi and Hluhluwe nature reserves may be significantly smaller than better-known Kruger National Park, but when it comes to diversity of landscape, plant life and game, these reserves are very much on a par with Kruger. While Hluhluwe is more hilly and covered with natural bush, Umfolozi has open bushveld. The park boasts the big five game animals, and Umfolozi is especially well known throughout the world for its successful project to save the white rhino. The present population stands at over 1,000 in this park alone.

The temperature can rise to 40°C in the summer. Early mornings and late afternoons, when the animals seek shelter from the scorching sun, are the best times to view game. Whereas the bush vegetation is especially beautiful in the summer, the drier winter vegetation allows for better game viewing. Hikes can be arranged from various campsites within the park, and longer overnight hikes accompanied by an experienced guide are also available.
Map: 6th day: Hluhluwe

8th day: Hermannsburg

Unique style: Country House in Hermannsburg
Unique style: Country House in Hermannsburg
In Hermannsburg: The oldest German Church in SA
In Hermannsburg: The oldest German Church in SA
Natal Midlands
Distance: 310 km Travel time: 4:30 h

Accommodation: A former mission farm

1 Night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
The accommodation is a small, delightfully decorated farmhouse 3 km from Hermannsburg. Three rooms and a large living room have been set aside for guests. The enormous garden that surrounds the farmstead contributes to the relaxing atmosphere. The guest-house is renowned for its wonderful breakfasts.

Possible activities include a visit to Lilani Hot Springs, an interesting local museum that traces the history of the European missionaries who settled in the area, and an excursion to a local landmark called The Kop (The Head) with the beautiful Tugela River meandering far below. Hermannsburg is also a good place to experience the native Africans.

Details: Hermannsburg
Hermannsburg is one of the oldest mission stations in Africa. In 1854 Lutheran missionaries arrived in South Africa from a town named Hermannsburg in northern Germany. They purchased a farm in the midlands of Natal named Perseverance and started their work under great adversity. Two Lutheran churches were founded, a German-speaking church and a Zulu church. A German-speaking congregation and German school with English medium can still be found in Hermannsburg to this day. It is an odd experience for travellers to encounter a German village amidst German oak trees in the middle of Zululand. A local museum relates the history of the town.
Map: 8th day: Hermannsburg

9th day: Winterton

Spectacular view from the camp
Spectacular view from the camp
Through the midlands and into the Drakensberg
Distance: 240 km Travel time: 3:30 h

Accommodation: A park camp near Drakensberg

2 Nights, Accommodation only
The camp lies in one of South Africa's most beautiful landscapes: the rugged Northern Drakensberg in Natal. The well-known Amphitheatre, a gigantic cliff face forming a half moon, can be seen from the chalets. The camp is situated in the Royal Natal National Park. Extended hikes can be taken from the camp area. There are no restaurants in the camp.

The 8,800 hectare national park is located in the northern part of Drakensberg and lies at the foot of Mont-aux-Sources, the highest mountain in South Africa. The semi-circular amphitheatre that surrounds the park is an unforgettable sight. It is a 500 m high precipice that extends for over 4 km. The source of the Tugela River is at the top of the amphitheatre. The river takes a 2 km plunge over a series of falls and cascades through a dramatic gorge to the valley floor. The longest single fall of 614 m is the highest in South Africa. The combined fall of the Tugela is 948 m, which makes it the 2nd highest fall in the world. The view from the amphitheatre is considered one of the most spectacular sights in Africa next to Kilimanjaro. The national park is an ideal place for hiking and horseback riding, and numerous walking and riding trails are marked throughout the reserve.
Map: 9th day: Winterton

11th day: Clarens

Magnificent setting: A historical farmhouse
Magnificent setting: A historical farmhouse
A miracle of colour: Golden Gate
A miracle of colour: Golden Gate
Golden Gate
Distance: 200 km Travel time: 3:30 h

Accommodation: Oranje Guest Farm

1 Night, Accommodation only
The tranquil working farm is set among the beautiful mountains of the eastern Free State near the border of Lesotho. Sophisticated, spacious bedrooms in the beautifully restored farmhouse have their own entrance, TV, electric blanket, safe, hairdryer, heater and tea tray. Guests can warm up in front of a log fire in the winter or enjoy a sundowner at the Stoep Café with views of the surrounding mountains. Activities include mountain walks and hiking on the farm.

Details: Golden Gate
Some of South Africa's best scenic highlights are contained in this mountainous nature reserve. It has magnificent sandstone rocks that produce a red glow in the light of the setting sun and caves with Bushman paintings. The Rhebuck Hiking Trail is a 9 km path leading to a viewpoint from where one can see mountainous Lesotho, the Natal Drakensberg and far into the endless open landscape of the western Free State. A scenic car route meanders through the Golden Gate Park, home to antelope, rock rabbits and rare bird life. A trek along the hiking trails or a horseback ride are the best ways to explore this wonderful park in our view.
Map: 11th day: Clarens

12th day: Graaff Reinet

A Georgian mansion in Graaff Reinet
A Georgian mansion in Graaff Reinet
The Valley of Desolation
The Valley of Desolation
Into the semi-desert of Karoo
Distance: 700 km Travel time: 9:00 h

Accommodation: An early 20th century villa

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Built in 1905, the elegant Georgian-style house is one of the most beautiful buildings in Graaf Reinet. It is located in a quiet suburb on the edge of town. Guests stay in comfortable rooms in the converted stables and barn. Breakfast is served in the pleasant garden (weather permitting) and the owners pride themselves on their good service.

Details: Graaff-Reinet
The South African Highveld and coastal plains are divided by a mountain range that runs parallel to the coast from the west coast to Kruger Park. Graaff-Reinet lies in a gap in the mountains separating the Highveld and low-lying areas. Wild animals used the route as a passageway between the interior and the coast long before the area was settled by the Boers. The abundance of game has attracted people to the area for centuries. Graaff-Reinet is one of the oldest cities in South Africa. It was built in the typical Cape Dutch style and is surrounded by game reserves. The Valley of Desolation is an outstanding nature reserve that is well worth a visit.
Map: 12th day: Graaff Reinet

14th day: Knysna

The view of the lagoon from the lodge
The view of the lagoon from the lodge
Enchanting southern coast of Africa: The Garden Route
Enchanting southern coast of Africa: The Garden Route
The Garden Route
Distance: 410 km Travel Time: 5:00 h

Accommodation: Fish Eagle Lodge

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The view from the lodge is spectacular. One can see the Knysna Lagoon and far into the mountainous horizon. Every room has a balcony/veranda and a swimming pool awaits in a corner of the lush garden. A selection of restaurants can be found in close proximity.

Details: Garden Route
The coastal region between Swellendam and Humansdorp is known as the Garden Route. It is characterised by picturesque coves, secluded beaches, steep cliffs and indigenous forests. Just inland, high mountain ranges cause precipitation of up to 2,500 mm a year. Behind the mountains the rainfall quickly diminishes to around 250 mm per year. Despite this precipitation the Garden Route is not considered a high rainfall area. Rain showers are brief but intense and occur mostly at night. The name of the region derives from the first immigrants, who thought they had found the Garden of Eden. The Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park is the area's main attraction with its unspoiled forest and coastal areas through which beautiful hiking trails meander.
Map: 14th day: Knysna

16th day: Cape Town

Villa Lutzi
Villa Lutzi
The Waterfront and Table Mountain
The Waterfront and Table Mountain
To the Cape of Good Hope
Distance: 490 km Travel time: 5:30h

Accommodation: Villa Lutzi

3 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Set against the slope of Table Mountain in an exotic garden, Villa Lutzi offers supreme comfort and tranquility. The city is just a 10 minute walk away. The location is ideal for exploring all the sights of the Cape: the rolling vineyards of Stellenbosch, the vibrant Waterfront, the breathtaking mountains and the famous white sands of the Cape beaches.

After a day in the sun or a day of sightseeing, you can relax next to the pool in the and select from Cape Town's finest restaurants and nightlife for your evening enjoyment.

Details: Cape Town
The city of Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula alone warrant a trip to South Africa. It is the oldest city in South Africa, commander Jan van Riebeek having landed at Cape Town in 1652. From there the Boers migrated further into the country. In 1814 the Dutch East India Company ceded the land to the British Crown. The British influence increased from then on, and today Cape Town is probably the most liberal city in South Africa. This is where the abolishment of apartheid began.

You will probably not find a more beautiful setting for any city in the world. Overlooking the city is Table Mountain, a flat-topped mountain often covered with a tablecloth of clouds. To the east the vineyards produce wines of world-class quality, and at the southern point, known as the Cape of Good Hope, a nature conservation area protects the fauna and flora. There one can take secluded walking trails which provide a view of both oceans.

Bathers are advised to swim in the warmer waters of the Mozambique current on the eastern side, which is approximately 2° warmer than the Atlantic Ocean with its current stemming from the Antarctic.
Map: 16th day: Cape Town

19th day: Cape Town

Rental car drop off
Drop off location: Cape Town, Airport

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Avis Permit - Swaziland
The Avis Permit to enter Swaziland must be picked up at the Avis office when collecting the vehicle. It is vital that this permit be obtained, as otherwise the vehicle will not be allowed to enter Swaziland.

Rental car

Rental car company: AVIS South Africa
Type: Toyota Corolla Sedan or Similar (Group C)

Accessories: 4 Door, Air-conditioning, Power Steering, Central Locking, Electric Windows, Radio/CD, Airbags, ABS, Manual transmission
Capacity: 4 persons, 3 medium bags, 1 small bag

max excess: ZAR 0 (nil)
Services The price is per person based on two persons sharing a double room and includes accommodations (meals included as stated above) and rental car (if stated above).

USD 1,559.001
(EUR 1,260.00)1

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