Cape Town to Johannesburg

Cape Town to Johannesburg

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Cape Town to Johannesburg

20 Days Starting in Cape Town and ending in Johannesburg

Visiting: Cape Town, Cape Peninsula, Hermanus, Garden Route Game Lodge, Tsitsikamma National Park, Graaff-Reinet, Lesotho, Drakensberg, Dundee, Saint Lucia, Eswatini, Kruger National Park, Letaba Ranch, Blyde River Canyon, Johannesburg

Tour operator:

Exodus Adventure Travels

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Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 16

Physical rating:

Leisurely / Moderate

Age range:


Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:



4WD, Wine Tasting

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Tour Overview

This epic journey explores the different facets of four very diverse countries. In South Africa we go on game drives in the Kruger National Park, walk in the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains, travel along the Garden Route, enjoy wine tasting amid the country’s renowned vineyards and visit exciting Cape Town and journey through the mountain kingdoms of Eswatini (Swaziland) and Lesotho.This three week trip has something for everyone: prolific wildlife, incredible scenery, beautiful beaches, awe-inspiring mountains and, of course, the rich culture which makes these countries what they are today.


  • Kruger and the Drakensberg

  • Cape Town and the Garden Route

  • Eswatini (Swaziland) and Lesotho


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Day 1 : Arrive Cape Town

Location: Cape Town

Accommodation Name: InnsCape on Castle Hotel (or similar)

Thoseon the group flight arrive in Cape Town and transfer to the hotel.  Those not on the group flights can arrive at any time. The rest of the day is free to relax after the flight or explore the city at the bottom of Africa. Cape Town sits in one of the most beautiful locations of any of the world's major cities with the impressive bulk of Table Mountain as its backdrop and Table Bay in the foreground. The city is a melting pot of cultures as people from Europe, Africa and Asia have all settled (either voluntarily or forcibly) here over the centuries. The city is a blend of European and African and a great place to watch the world go by or visit its various sites and museums.

InnsCape on Castle Hotel or similar

Day 2 : Cape Peninsula Visit

Location: Cape Peninsula

Accommodation Name: InnsCape on Castle Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast

After an early morning breakfast we drive via the coastal suburbs of Clifton, Camps Bay and Hout Bay and then over Chapman's peak drive to the famous Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, which covers an area of 7,680 hectares. The reserve is home to eland, bontebok, grysbok, springbok, wildebeest, baboon and ostrich. Rugged cliffs, unspoilt beaches, shipwrecks and beautiful flora are the main features of the reserve. We will also visit the famous Cape Point lighthouse. In the afternoon we take a short (1 hour) walk that is almost entirely downhill. Our destination is the Cape of Good Hope with a detour to Diaz beach. The trail ends at the famous signboard 'Cape of Good Hope'. We then return to Cape Town passing through the former Royal Navy base town of Simonstown and a visit to the resident Penguin Colony (optional). Our driving time today will be approximately 3-4 hours (200km).

InnsCape on Castle Hotel or similar

Day 3 : Cape Town

Location: Cape Town

Accommodation Name: InnsCape on Castle Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast

The day is free and an optional trip to Robben Island, site of Nelson Mandela's incarceration during the apartheid period, is highly recommended. Weather permitting a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain is a must for any visitor to this picturesque city.
InnsCape on Castle Hotel or similar

Day 4 : Stellenbosch And Hermanus

Location: Hermanus

Accommodation Name: Windsor Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch

Leaving Cape Town behind, we drive out to the vineyard region of Stellenbosch where we have the option of visiting wineries and doing some wine tasting. We then continue towards Hermanus driving via Gordon's Bay. There is always a good chance of seeing whales when in season. Hermanus is an interesting little town, rightly famous for its delicious seafood and a visit to one of the great restaurants in the evening is highly recommended. It is also widely regarded as the best place in the world for land-based whale watching from August to November. Our driving time today will be approximately 3-4hrs (190kms).

Baleens Hotel or similar

Day 5 : Garden Route

Location: Garden Route Game Lodge

Accommodation Name: Tsitsikamma Storms River Huts (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today we drive along the beautiful Garden Route coastline via the cultivated fields of the Western Cape Boland and the town of George towards the Tsitsikamma National Park. The route is stunning and follows the ragged coast passing through small fishing villages and seaside resort. This national park, at the mouth of the Storms River, protects the indigenous forests as well as the marine life 50km out to sea. We stay at a beautifully positioned camp with the waves breaking a stone's throw away. Our driving time today will be approximately 6-7hrs (500kms).
Tsitsikamma Storms River Huts or similar

Day 6 : Tsitsikamma National Park

Location: Tsitsikamma National Park

Accommodation Name: Tsitsikamma Storms River Huts (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Our second day in the Tsitsikamma N.P. is free to enjoy the beautiful setting. There are a range of optional activities including walks to the Storms River gorge and along the rocky coast, snorkelling, sea and river cruises and a tree canopy tour through the forests. In season, approximately August to October, the marine park becomes home to a population of migratory whales.
Tsitsikamma Storms River Huts or similar

Day 7 : Graaff Reinet

Location: Graaff-Reinet

Accommodation Name: Obesa Lodge (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

We head over the Kouga Mountains and Baviaanskloof Mountains as we head towards Graaff Reinet. This small 19th century town is set in the middle of the Karoo National Reserve and is a stop-over on our way to Lesotho. Our driving time today will be approximately 4-5hrs (390kms).
Obesa Lodge or similar

Day 8 : Long Drive To Lesotho

Location: Lesotho

Accommodation Name: Malealea Lodge (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today is a long day's drive as we traverse the Great Karoo and enter Lesotho. This mountainous kingdom has been shielded from outside influence over the generations and the Bastho people historically used this strategic location as a defence against events on the plains below. The lodge situated in this rugged mountainous region provides us with an ideal opportunity to experience the Lesotho culture. Our driving time today will be approximately 7-8hrs plus time at the border (530kms).
Malealea Lodge or similar

Day 9 : Lesotho

Location: Lesotho

Accommodation Name: Malealea Lodge (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

The day is free to relax and experience the unique culture that Lesotho has to offer. Mountain ridges protrude into the town and an optional day pony trek to a local village is recommended. Alternatively the craft shops and markets can be an enjoyable way to pick up some African souvenirs.
Malealea Lodge or similar

Day 10 : Drakensberg Mountains

Location: Drakensberg

Accommodation Name: Alpine Heath (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today is a long day's drive as we travel through Lesotho and exit at the Maseru border post. When then travel through the eastern farmlands of the Free State before driving through the Golden Gate National Park. We continue on to the Northern Drakensberg, our base for the next two nights. The Drakensberg is a basalt escarpment forming the border between Kwa Zulu-Natal and Lesotho and continuing into the Free State. It means 'Dragon Mountains', but the Zulu named it Ukhahlamba ('the barrier of Spears'). Our driving time today will be approximately 5-6 hours (400km).
Berg House Cottages or similar

Day 11 : Drakensberg ‐ The Amphitheatre

Location: Drakensberg

Accommodation Name: Alpine Heath (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

We spend a full day in the mountains where our route will have us walking for approximately 5-6 hours into the natural amphitheatre, following the Tugela River past Protea trees. The Protea is the national flower of South Africa, as well as the name of their cricket team. Our driving time today will be approximately 1 hours (50km).
Berg House Cottages or similar

Day 12 : Rourke's Drift And Dundee

Location: Dundee

Accommodation Name: Battlefields Country Lodge (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch

Today we drive through the Natal midlands and on to Dundee, en route we stop at Rourke's Drift and have a chance to learn about the famous battle at the local museum. Immortalised by Hollywood in the film Zulu! The events that took place here are well known and the small cluster of buildings isolated in the enormity of the African Bush is a moving reminder of this troubled time. Our driving time today will be approximately 4-5 hrs (250km).

Battlefields Country Lodge or similar

Day 13 : To St. Lucia

Location: Saint Lucia

Accommodation Name: Shonalanga Lodge (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch

Today we head for the Indian Ocean and the small town of St. Lucia on the shores of a lake renowned for its hippos, crocs and birds. Our driving time today will be approximately 4-5 hrs (315km).

Shonalanga Lodge or similar

Day 14 : St. Lucia

Location: Saint Lucia

Accommodation Name: Shonalanga Lodge (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

In the early morning we spend 2 hours exploring lake St Lucia by boat, with an excellent chance of seeing some of the many resident Hippo's, crocodiles and Fish Eagles. From here it's a short drive to Cape Vidal, a long stretch of beach along the Indian Ocean where we spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach or walking to Mission Rocks (please note the walk to Mission Rocks is only possible at low tide and can take about 4hrs return). Alternatively there are a number of optional activities available, including whale watching (in season: June-November), or sunset and night game drives on the western shores of the lake. Our driving time today will be approximately 2-3 hours (75km).
Shonalanga Lodge or similar

Day 15 : To Eswatini (Swaziland)

Location: Eswatini

Accommodation Name: Hlane Lodge (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today we head into our third country, Eswatini (Swaziland) and overnight in the Kings old hunting grounds, now the beautiful Hlane Royal National Park. In the afternoon there is the opportunity to leave the vehicle and enjoy a nature walk (optional). Seeing animals and tracks outside of the confines of a vehicle is a thrilling experience and gives us the chance to see and hear the variety of smaller animals and birds that are often passed by on game drives. Our driving time today will be approximately 4-5 hrs (300km).
Ndlovu Lodge or similar

Day 16 - 17 : Kruger National Park

Location: Kruger National Park

Accommodation Name: Kruger Park Huts or permanent tented camp

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

We cross back into South Africa and head towards Africa's most famous national park: Kruger. The park was established by the president Paul Kruger in 1898. It has arguably the greatest variety of animals of any park in Africa, with lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, black and white rhino, as well as cheetah, giraffe, hippo and many species of antelope and smaller plains game. The total census includes 147 mammals, 507 birds and 114 reptiles as well as 336 different trees. The camps are also excellent and the general infrastructure good. If you see all the predators you will be very lucky, however you will almost certainly see some of the big five and a huge variety of smaller mammals. We game drive through the park to the camps, where there will be a chance for a swim and hot showers. We have two days in the park and on Day 17 both morning and afternoon game drives in our vehicle are included to maximise our chances of seeing the plentiful fauna of this great Park. Our driving time today will be approximately 2-3 hrs (140km) to the entrance to the park plust time on safari inside the park.

Kruger Park Huts or Permanent Tented Camp

Day 18 : Letaba Ranch Reserve

Location: Letaba Ranch

Accommodation Name: Nkambeni Tented Camp (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

After game driving out Kruger National Park we continue to Letaba Ranch Reserve. This afternoon we go on an open, sunset game drive, returning after dark with the spot-light. Our driving time today will be approximately 4-5 hours (300km).
Mtomeni Safari Camp or similar

Day 19 : Bourke's Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon And Graskop

Location: Blyde River Canyon

Accommodation Name: Mogodi Lodge (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today we head out of the park and make our way towards Graskop (Mpumalanga). En route we will drive through some spectacular countryside and we stop at scenic places like Bourke's Luck potholes and Blyde River Canyon, the third largest of its type in the southern hemisphere. Our driving time today will be approximately 5-6 hours (400km).

Mogodi Lodge or similar

Day 20 : Drive To Johannesburg

Location: Johannesburg

Meals Included: breakfast

On our final day we drive along good roads towards Johannesburg arriving at the airport in time for the flight home. For those not on the group flights, the tour ends upon arrival at Johannesburg Airport. Drive time around 5-6hrs (380kms)

What's Included

  • Meals
    18 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 12 dinners.

* All breakfasts, 16 lunches, 13 dinners
* All accommodation (see below)
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's Not Included

  • Travel insurance

  • Single accommodation

  • Visas or vaccinations


All breakfasts, 16 lunches, 13 dinners Your guide and driver/assistant generally prepare the meals included in this trip. A rough idea of what the meals will consist of is as follows: Breakfast - cereals, coffee, tea and toast. The occasional full cooked breakfast too. Lunch - cheese, cold meats, salads, bread or rolls, fresh fruit. Dinner - potjies (stew), braais (barbecue), stir fries, pasta. with fresh vegetables. Most generally cooked on the open fire. Please be aware that we need at least two weeks notice to deal with special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian or allergies.) For this reason if you did not indicate these on your booking form please advise the Exodus office as soon as possible. The tour leaders do all the shopping and meal planning and cooking for each group. He/she will always try to obtain fresh produce wherever possible. We also supply the following drinks: fruit squash served with breakfast and tea or coffee served with breakfast and dinner. All other beverages will be at your own expense. We do not supply bottled drinking water although it is available at many shops on tour if you want to buy it yourself. The water provided on this trip is safe and clean drinking water, normally coming from bore-holes. It is not bottled water, however. If you would rather have bottled water then this will be at your expense, though we would encourage you to make use of the safe drinking water provided as this helps diminish plastic consumption.


For this 20-day adventure through South Africa, Eswatini (Swaziland) and Lesotho, we have picked a selection of comfortable accommodations, each well located for our activities. We stay in a range of log cabins, chalets, hotels and permanent tented camps – the latter is a quintessential African experience that allows you to experience nature while enjoying the comforts of a regular room.

We mostly stay in three-star properties throughout this itinerary. In Cape Town, we have an ideal location between the city centre and the V&A Waterfront, a star attraction in the city packed with restaurants, shops and buzzy bars. Conversely, we spend many nights in the middle of nowhere, such as our time within Kruger National Park where the calls of lions and hippos provide a very different experience to our time in the populated areas of South Africa.

While our normal hotels used are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, below are some of the notable stays on this trip.

Hermanus: Windsor Hotel (night 16)

The 120-year-old Windsor Hotel sits opposite Walker Bay, one of the best whale-watching destinations in the world when southern right whales migrate to the bay to breed (July to November). Whale-watching is even possible from the comfort of the hotel restaurant. However, the location of the property is also ideal out of season with a central setting within town and quick access to the 7.5mi (12km) Hermanus Cliff Path.

Northern Drakensberg: Alpine Heath Resort (nights 9-10)

This stylish four-star resort has an idyllic setting in the heart of the Drakensberg. Beautiful alpine views can be enjoyed from every part of the property regardless of whether you are relaxing with a drink at your chalet’s patio or going for a paddle in one of the outdoor swimming pools. There are also five eateries including La Gruyere’s Restaurant or the Pool Bar to choose from while you enjoy downtime between walks.

Worth knowing

Wifi is available in several properties but not everywhere and it can be unreliable.

Private bathrooms are available throughout the majority of the tour; however, in Kruger National Park there are shared facilities and in the Drakensberg we stay in chalets where two rooms share one bathroom and a lounge area.

The single supplement applies to the bedrooms only and you may have to share a bathroom on certain nights.

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  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, our local guides are English speaking.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    If you would like to be paired with a tour member of the same gender, there is no additional charge. A single supplement can be requested if you would like your own room.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    International flights are not included with this tour.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    The minimum age for this tour is 16 years old.

  • Who is Exodus Travels?

    At Exodus Travels, we've been exploring the world for nearly 50 years. From Walking and Trekking, Cultural and Cycling, Responsible Wildlife, to Polar and our new Premium Adventures, we are proud to offer award-winning small group and self-guided tours to 100+ countries worldwide.

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    We are happy to assist with pre and post tour accommodation. Please enquire for detailed information.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Cape Town to Johannesburg

Quite possibly the best holiday of my life (and I'

Quite possibly the best holiday of my life (and I've had a few).

Johannesburg to Cape Town Reverse

Accommodation was good. Scenery excellent. Wild li

Accommodation was good. Scenery excellent. Wild life excellent.

Cape Town to Johannesburg

I really enjoyed this tour and would highly recomm

I really enjoyed this tour and would highly recommend it- the tour offered the opportunity to see a lot of Southern Africa - I started the reverse itinerary in Cape Town, a beautiful city with plenty to do. There are many highlights on this trip - the landscapes and wildlife were spectacular- we saw the big 5 several times including leopard on 3 consecutive days. Many of the other highlights are outlined in the trip notes and I won't repeat them here. Our guides Justin and Fiona were excellent. This was the first fully accommodated tour offered by Exodus for this journey and all our accommodation was clean and of a good standard. The transport was spacious with regular stops on the long driving days. On one of our walks in Lesotho, the rain and hail came down and a grandma from the village invited us to take shelter in her home - the people here are very accommodating. During our trip, there were some water restrictions due to the worst drought in Southern Africa since the eighties but there was always the opportunity to get a shower every day. Similarly, a couple of places either had no electricity or restrictions on when it was available. The general standard of the local guides was good with some such as Thulani, a Zulu guide, at Rourke's drift outstanding and others still gaining experience. With the depreciation of the rand, South Africa is very cheap compared to the UK.

Fabulous sightseeing adventure

What an amazing experience! 3 weeks, a lot of tim

What an amazing experience! 3 weeks, a lot of time spent on the bus traveling, but never boring, always stunning landscapes, often wonderful wildlife, and with the help of our excellent guides, who spotted and identified animals and birds and pointed them out to us, followed up by showing us them in their wildlife books. The nights were spent in a large selection of hotels and cabins. Some were rustic, no electricity, but always comfy and clean. I was so impressed with the delicious food our guides cooked for us for dinners, accompodaring those who did not eat meat. With limited facilities they produced plentiful and tasty meals. I enjoyed the places we visited especially the organised hikes. The only slight glitch, the safari that is included was in the van which would have been unacceptable so we had to pay for an additional trip in an appropriate vehicle. I would have liked a few moe healthy options for lunch, but the r st of the trip was truly a great experience. I would recommend starting in Capetown and ending in JoBerg, otherwise you will have the best animal sightings in the first week, making the limited sightings in the end less dramatic. I would also suggest going to Capetown a few days before the tour, as there is so much to see and a limited time. I will have to return!!!!!

J'burg to Capetown

We both joined this trip with some trepidation as

We both joined this trip with some trepidation as up to now we have always organised our own world-wide trips making bookings independently. We need not have been concerned, it was brilliantly organised, the group we travelled with were great fun. Our object was the wild-life and this aspect much exceeded our expectations. In spite of being 78 years young and my partner a few years younger we found camping an absolute joy. Our driver never once gave any cause for concern, his driving was first class and a delightful character to boot.

Caz T

The trip was a fantastic introduction to South Afr

The trip was a fantastic introduction to South Africa. The scenery and wildlife was excellent. The trip was very well organised and ticked all the boxes for me.

South African dream

This was a fantastic trip from Cape Town to Johann

This was a fantastic trip from Cape Town to Johannesburg, showing off the scenery and wildlife of South Africa at its best. Blessed with fantastic weather throughout the 3 weeks, and as it was in the dry season the grasses were low, we had amazing views of the country and all it had to offer. We had 2 wine tasting sessions at Stellenbosch, saw the penguins at Boulder, had lunch in a garden restaurant while watching whales in the bay, saw beer making in Lesotho and visited Rourke's Drift. We spent time in Kruger Park, as well as visitin g Cape Vidal and Edeni Game reserves and had a river cruise at St Lucia to see the hippo and birds. It was everything I hoped for and so much more.

Sylvia Herd

This was a great trip, showing off the main sights

This was a great trip, showing off the main sights of South Africa, with the added bonus of Lesotho & Swaziland. Although there were some long driving days, we were a small group of 6 who gelled really well & had a very competent staff of 3. Personally I felt the Garden Route was overrated, so I was pleased that I'd done the reverse itinerary as this saved the best until last. But I certainly wouldn't hesitate to recommend the trip.

Cape Town to Johannesburg

This is a good tour covering a lot of South Africa

This is a good tour covering a lot of South Africa. There is a lot of travel but it is worth it!

What does this mean?

Varied itinerary, unusual overnights. Food qualit

Varied itinerary, unusual overnights. Food quality very mixed.

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