Our Garden Route and Lesotho Tour forms part of the longer 20 day “Explore South Africa” tour North.
Your overland adventure tour starts in Cape Town and ends in Durban (South Africa).
Highlights on this international group tour will include the world famous Garden Route, Safaris in the Addo Elephant National Park (where you might be lucky enough to see the Big 5), and of course the mountain highlands of Lesotho…
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This tour is offered in two travel styles:
1. Camping: Clients mostly overnight in comfortable two-man dome tents, with built in mosquito nets and of course a mattress… and a couple of nights are upgraded to budget rooms.
2. Accommodated (hotels/ lodges): Clients overnight in a comfortable twin rooms or permanent safari tents, mostly with en-suite bathrooms.
|Camping option||How much|
|Tour price||ZAR 14 850|
|Single supplement||ZAR 1160|
|Optional activity package||ZAR 1150|
|Hotel/ Lodge option||How much|
|Tour price||ZAR 20 250|
|Single supplement||ZAR 2750|
|Optional activity package||ZAR 1150|
|How long||13 days|
|Group size||20 clients max|
|Start point||Cape Town, South Africa|
|End point||Durban, South Africa|
|Meals||Breakfast x 12, Lunch x 10, Dinner x 10|
|Countries||South Africa, Lesotho|
Included: Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary, transport, registered guides and selected activities as per itinerary.
Excluded: Optional activity package, flights, all items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips and optional activities etc.
Day to day description l Garden Route and Lesotho Tour
When you book the optional activity package, the tour will run as follows:
Day 1 Cultural Cape Town - Stellenbosch
The Garden Route and Lesotho tour departs from Cape Town in South Africa. Set at the south-western corner of the African continent, Cape Town is scenically located at the foot of Table Mountain. This morning we spend or time experiencing some of the rich historical and cultural highlights of the city, those who have opted for the activity package will join a local tour operator for an insight into the life and history of the people living in the Cape.
Enriched by our experiences we travel north to the winelands to enjoy a sampling of some fine Cape wines. Our final stop this afternoon is the historic town of Stellenbosch where we will have some time to explore the town on foot. We end this busy day with a dinner out after checking-in to our hotel this evening.
Included activities: Self-Guided Walk through Stellenbosch.
Activity package: Cheese and wine tasting, Cape Town cultural township tour.
Day 2 Route 62 - Oudtshoorn
Today we travel along the famous Route 62 towards Oudtshoorn and, time permitting, stop at Ronnie’s Shop… a rather interesting country pub. This afternoon we will have the opportunity to visit one of the local ostrich farms.
Included Activities: Ostrich Farm Visit.
Day 3 Heart of Garden Route
We rise early and head towards the famous Cango Caves where we will enjoy a guided tour of the caves, which have some of the most impressive limestone caverns and the different formations are quite astonishing. Later in the day we cross over the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains to Knysna where we will spend some time exploring the town. In the coming days we spend time hiking, relaxing at the beach and sampling the many optional activities available.
Activity Package: Cango Caves Basic Tour.
Day 4 Tsitsikamma
The Garden Route is a treasure trove of beautiful beaches, forest walks and an exciting menu of optional adventures. While our morning is set aside for some relaxation on the beaches of Plettenberg Bay, today offers a number of optional activities and your guide will assist you to get the most out the day. This afternoon we have the opportunity to visit the hidden gem of Nature’s Valley, this beautiful village offers us a chance to enjoy a hike or simply relax on the pristine beach in this little paradise. In order to make the most of this day, the truck will run a set schedule and you are free to join or leave at the places that interest you.
Optional activities: Bloukrans Bungee Jump, Sea Kayaking, Township Tour, Birds of Eden, Ocean Safaris.
Included activities: Plettenberg Bay Beaches, Natures Valley Nature Walk.
Day 5 Tsitsikamma
Tsitsikamma National Park is one of South Africa’s premier marine reserves and this morning we set out to explore the rugged coastline on foot. Our hike along the Waterfall Trail sees us cover the first section of the world renowned Otter Trail, this is not an easy hike and those who prefer a more leisurely option can make use of the boardwalks to the Storms River Mouth. For the adventurous the Waterfall Trail offers a spectacular winding path that follows the rocky coastline, an out and back trial we stop for a refreshing swim at the base of an icy Waterfall. For those who wish to get a birds-eye view of the magnificent forests an optional zip line tour through the canopy is offered this afternoon.
Included activities: Tsitsikamma National Park entrance, Hike with your guide.
Optional activities: Treetop Canopy Tours.
Day 6 Addo Elephant National Park
This morning we set out for the Eastern Cape and the Addo National Park. We make a stop this morning in the surfing mecca of Jeffrey’s Bay, famous for its waves you have the opportunity to visit the small surfing museum, catch a quick wave or simply enjoy a cup of coffee overlooking these famous waves. This afternoon we will make our first visit to seek the Elephants after which Addo is named.
Optional activities: Addo night drive.
Included activities: Addo national park game drive in truck, Jeffrey’s Bay.
Day 7 Addo Elephant Park
With no large predators to endanger us, we make a relaxed start to the day. Our guide will lead us for a bush walk this morning as we enjoy the natural surrounds. Spending time in the bush on foot, we have the opportunity to stop for the little things so often missed from a vehicle. This afternoon we return to Addo for a second exploration of the park.
Optional activities: Addo night drive.
Included activities: afternoon game drive (safari) in Addo NP with overland truck, morning bush walk.
Day 8 Graaff Reinet
The historic town of Graaff-Reinet nestles in the heartland of the Great Karoo and offers a unique insight into the history of this arid region. On arrival this afternoon we will enjoy a Historical walking Tour of the town dubbed “the gem of the Karoo”, our local guide will introduce to the rich history of South Africa’s fourth oldest town. Towering above the town below, the Valley of Desolation is a spectacular backdrop for the setting sun, this evening you will have the opportunity to join an optional Sundowner visit to close out the day.
Activity package: Graaff Reinet historical tour.
Day 9 Lesotho - Malealea
This morning we cut across the vast expanse of the Great Karoo, our destination is nestled in the heights of Lesotho. This autonomous mountain kingdom boasts the highest peaks in Southern Africa and is one of the highest countries in the world, the entire kingdom lies over 1000m above sea level. Having crossed the mighty Orange River, we enter the border of Lesotho and make the climb to our camp set high in the mountains.
Day 10 Lesotho - Malealea
Today we get up early and those who opt to go on the optional Pony Trekking Excursion will ride into the remote hills of Lesotho accompanied by local guides. On your return, the group will visit the local village.
Included Activities: Lesotho Village Visit.
Optional Activities: Pony Trekking, Hiking – Lesotho (per hour).
Day 11 South Africa – uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park
We exit Lesotho and travel through the sandstone cliffs of Golden Gate, our destination is the mountains of the Drakensberg. Running the length of the Kwazulu-Natal province, the Ukuhlamba Drakensberg Park is a UNESCO recognised world heritage site. Whether you go by the Zulu name uKhahlamba, meaning ‘barrier of spears’, or the Afrikaans name Drakensberge, meaning ‘dragon mountains’, these towering mountains are hikers paradise and worthy of exploration.
Included activities: Sterkfontein vulture centre, Oliviers Hoek pass.
Day 12 UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park
We set out this morning for a lengthy hike, along our way we will have the opportunity to view examples of San rock art with a local guide. While we encourage everyone to make the most of the day in mountains, we may offer separate options depending on the activity level of the group. With a number of trails available we can ensure that we cater to every need, the most important aim is to ensure everyone enjoys this mountain paradise at their own pace.
Included activities: Hike with your guide in Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park.
Day 13 Kwa Zulu Natal Coast - Durban
It’s all downhill as we leave the mountain scenery en route to the Kwazulu Natal Coast. On the 5th August 1962, police waved down a car on a lonely country road in KwaZulu-Natal. At the wheel was Nelson Mandela. He was arrested and spent 27 years in prison. Today you will have the opportunity to visit this historic capture site, marked by an impressive sculpture in honour of “Madiba”. We will also stop at the Howick Falls to listen to the power of the falls and take some photos at the view point. Then it’s onto the bustling city of Durban is South Africa’s largest port and well-known surfing destination. Your tour comes to an end on arrival in Durban.
Included activities: Visit Howick Falls, Visit to the Mandela capture site.
Optional Activities: Dinner out in Durban.
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Before and after the tour services
To help with the planning of your trip, you are more than welcome to book these hotels before and/ or after your tour through us. These hotels are either the starting or end point of your tour, or it will be conveniently close to it. These hotels also offer airport transfers. For information on prices, just click "Hotels and Transfers" at the bottom of this page.
Strand Towers Hotel is located in the centre of Cape Town and is within easy walking distance of vibrant Long Street and the V&A Waterfront… and of course from where this tour departs. The views from this 4 Star hotel will keep you spellbound…
The Garden Court South Beach Hotel in Durban offers spectacular views. Looking out over the harbour and Durban’s renowned beachfront or cityscape, the warm Indian Ocean air breezes over you getting you right into a chilled holiday vibe. The friendly staff will assist you with anything you may need so don’t hesitate to ask.