Witness first-hand all that is fantastic about South Africa - stunning beaches, dense forests and abundant marine and bush wildlife.
We visit the most southerly point in Africa, venture along the world-renowned Garden Route, the lesser-known Wild Coast and explore the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho.
Visit Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point in Africa, the point where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet
Take a tour through the vast halls, and towering limestone formations of Cango Caves
Learn about the world's largest bird – Ostrich
Travel along the Garden Route and enjoy the vibrant coastal towns
Game drives in search of the Big 5 in Addo Elephant National Park
Enjoy exploring waterfalls, rock pools, hiking or pony trekking, in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho
Visit sprawling Soweto township, once home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu
Why you'll love this adventure
- Learn about the world's largest bird - Ostrich
- Enjoy exploring waterfalls, rock pools, hiking or pony trekking, in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho
- Travel along the Garden Route and enjoy the vibrant coastal towns
30 March 2024
15 April 2024
22 May 2024
7 June 2024
1 September 2024
17 September 2024
11 October 2024
27 October 2024
1 December 2024
17 December 2024
23 January 2025
8 February 2025
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- Accommodation – approx. 50% camping & 50% simple hostels/hotels
- Cape of Good Hope
- Cango Calcite Caves
- Ostrich farm
- Addo Elephant National Park – Game drive
- Royal Natal National Park
- Meals – approx. 50%
- All transport on Oasis Expedition Truck
- Camping and Cooking equipment
- Services of Oasis Crew
Who is this trip for?
- Suitable For Solo
- Suitable For Couples
- Suitable For Children
- Suitable For Groups
- Suitable For Students
- Suitable For Business
- Suitable For Wheelchairs
DAY 1-3: CAPE TOWN TO LITTLE KAROO
We depart from Cape Town taking a leisurely drive along the coastal roads to the Cape of Good Hope, a rocky headland at the southern end of the Cape peninsula. Here you have a chance to walk up to the upper lighthouse or take a ride on the Flying Dutchman Funicular for some spectacular views. After visiting the Cape, we follow the coastline on to our next stop.
We overnight in Hermanus/Gansbaai and the next day there are several marine options – Whale watching, Shark Cave Diving and Dyer Island Nature Reserve. From here we will head for the most southern tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas – which is the dividing line between the warm Indian Ocean and the cooler Atlantic Ocean. The seas around Cape Agulhas are very treacherous and have caused numerous shipwrecks, to help reduce fatalities the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse was built in 1848 and is the 2nd oldest working lighthouse in South Africa. From August to December Southern Right and Humpback Whales may be spotted along the coast – as they feed in the nutrient rich waters off the southern coast.
From Cape Agulhas we pass through the Outeniqua Mountains to the Little Karoo – we will visit an Ostrich farm to learn more about the world’s largest bird. The Ostrich has been around for 8 million years, and a feather was discovered in King Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt. 97% of the world’s population of Ostriches lives in the Karoo.
We will also explore Cango Calcite Caves recognised as one of the world’s finest networks of Calcite caves. The bizarre formations of Stalagmites and Stalactites represent over a million years of slow formation.
DAY 4-7: LITTLE KAROO TO ADDO NATIONAL PARK
We spend two days winding our way along South Africa’s famous Garden Route where there is a wealth of things to see and do. We travel through the popular resort of Knysna, located on a tranquil lagoon that is protected from the sea by two enormous cliffs known as ‘the heads’. We visit the Tsitsikamma Forest, where you will be able to hike along the coast and view the crashing waves at the mouth of the scenic Storms River, and maybe spot dolphins and whales in the ocean. Optional excursions in this region include mountain biking, black water tubing, and the mother of all bungee jumps at Bloakrans Bridge – the highest jump in the world at 216 metres.
From the Garden Route we continue along the coast and in the summer months (October to March) there will be an opportunity to stop at one of the beaches we pass before we head inland to Addo Elephant National Park which has recently been extended to include part of the coast and is now home to the BIG 7 – lion, rhino, elephant, leopard, buffalo, whale, and shark! On our game drive we hope to spot some of the many elephants that the park is famous for, which are the most southerly population in Africa.
DAY 8-10: ADDO NATIONAL PARK TO FREE STATE
We then drive to the beautiful, rugged, and remote Wild Coast to the quaint little seaside village of Cintsa. Situated on the banks of the Cintsa River and estuary – Cintsa offers a haven in a tranquil setting, surrounded by lush indigenous forest and thicket, and an amazing bird life. You will have a fee day to enjoy the unspoiled stretches of white sandy beaches, take a canoe ride up the river, many hikes in the area, horse riding and so much more.
We will then make our way towards the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho overnighting on route.
DAY 11-13: FREE STATE TO ROYAL NATIONAL PARK
Lesotho, often referred to as ‘the kingdom in the sky’. This little country is surrounded by South Africa and is covered by mountains from 1000m to 3000m high. The scenery here is tremendous and the mountain air crisp and fresh. Here we will see Lesotho’s horsemen dressed in their blankets and gumboots trotting around the hillsides. We spend a couple of nights at Malealea Lodge, Lesotho’s most famous countryside retreat tucked up high in the mountains. Here there are isolated waterfalls, cool rock pools ideal for swimming, and peaceful hikes in the surrounding hills. This is also a great place to try pony trekking – one of the best ways to enjoy the scenery is atop a sure-footed Lesotho pony.
We drive through the lowlands of Lesotho and visit Thabo Bosiu or Mt. Moorosi with a local guide (time & weather permitting). This mountain stronghold was the home of Chief Moshoeshoe, the founder of the Basotho nation. We continue through Lesotho’s tiny capital Maseru, and re-enter South Africa.
DAY 14-17: ROYAL NATAL NATIONAL PARK TO JOHANNESBURG
The Royal Natal National Park on the edge of the Drakensburg Mountains has an impressive natural Amphitheatre of massive rock walls. The Tugela River plunges spectacularly over the edge of the Amphitheatre wall, dropping around 800m through a series of five falls. There are over 130km of walking trails around the park-many of which are easy, half day strolls, through beautiful countryside of grassland dotted with patches of yellowwood forest and proteas set against the stunning backdrop of the Amphitheatre.
Heading north we pass through small towns and villages, through Afrikaaner heartland, making our way to South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg. Built because of the gold rush, the city has grown into one of the wealthiest cities in the world. We will be staying at a laid-back backpacker in a suburb of Johannesburg, where you can relax by the pool.
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Cape Town To Johannesburg (17 Days) South Africa & Lesotho
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