Cape Town To Johannesburg (17 Days) South Africa & Lesotho

Cape Town To Johannesburg (17 Days) South Africa & Lesotho

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Cape Town To Johannesburg (17 Days) South Africa & Lesotho

17 Days Starting in Cape Town, South Africa and ending in Johannesburg, South Africa

Visiting: Cape Town, Cape Agulhas, Little Karoo, Storms River Mouth Restcamp|Storms River Mouth Rest Camp, Addo Elephant National Park, Cintsa, Free State, Maseru, Royal Natal National Park, Johannesburg

Tour operator:

Oasis Overland

Tour code:

431

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 10

Physical rating:

All Ages / Not applicable

Age range:

18-80

Special diets catered:

Please advise requests

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Active, Adventure Tours

Activities:

Hiking, Sightseeing

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Tour Overview

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.

Highlights

  • 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

  • Travel along the Garden Route and enjoy the vibrant coastal towns

  • Learn about the world's largest bird - Ostrich

  • 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

  • Driving past deserted beaches, rugged coastline and awesome scenery to the Wild Coast

  • Walk the many trails throughout Royal Natal National Park

  • Hike through the dramatic coastal scenery, reefs, rivers and lush forest Tsitsikamma National Park

Itinerary

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Day 1 - 3 : Cape Town To Little Karoo
Location: Cape Town, Cape Agulhas, 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 a number of 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 worlds largest bird. The Ostrich has been around for 8 million years and a feather was actually 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 network 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
Location: Little Karoo, Storms River Mouth Restcamp|Storms River Mouth Rest Camp, Addo Elephant 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 elephant that the park is famous for, which are the most southerly population in Africa.

Day 8 - 10 : Addo National Park To Free State
Location: Addo Elephant National Park, Cintsa

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 Natal National Park
Location: Free State, Maseru, Royal Natal National Park

Lesotho, often referred to as 'the kingdom in the sky'. This little country is completely 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
Location: Royal Natal National Park, 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 as a result 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 backpackers in a suburb of Johannesburg, where you can relax by the pool.

What's Included

  • 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

What's Not Included

  • Visas

  • Optional Excursions as listed in the Pre-Departure Information

  • Flights

  • Airport Taxes & Transfers

  • Travel Insurance

  • Meals - approx. 50%

  • Drinks

  • Tips

  • Local payment from US$630

    Local payment (LP) in addition to the Trip Price and is paid to your Tour Leader at the start of your trip.

    It covers the cost of some of the trip's day-to-day expenses such as food and accommodation which your tour leader pays direct to local people.

Mode of Transport

The Oasis truck will be your new home giving you a comfortable, secure base with which to experience your trip. As part of the adventure you will be expected to have an active involvement in the day to day running of the trip, be part of the group and get stuck in and help with various tasks, whether it's cooking meals over open fires, pitching your tent or keeping the truck clean and tidy.

Seatbelts

All Oasis Overland trucks are fitted with seatbelts. For your own safety and security we recommend that travellers wear these at all times whilst the vehicle is moving. Our overland trucks in Africa also have a ‘beach area’ which is a chill out zone to be used when the truck is not moving.

Accommodation

Camping - Oasis uses roomy three-person tents but only for two people. They are specially made for us to meet the tougher conditions of an overland trip and have mosquito netting sewn into the door and windows. Tents are shared (between two people of the same sex from your group unless you are a couple). We spend some nights bush or desert camping and the rest of the time in campsites. Facilities and standards at campsites vary, some are well equipped and managed and some are very basic. At bush camps you will be living off the truck, so there will be no showers or en-suite facilities! At certain campsites there is the opportunity to upgrade to a private room at your own expense if you are missing your bed.

Lodges / Hostels - At some locations we will stay in lodges and hostels that are small, locally run establishments. The accommodation will vary depending on the rooming available, from dormitory style rooms, to twins/doubles or triple rooms. Upgrades may be available on arrival, but cannot be reliably pre-booked. Please refer to the individual trip inclusions for the percentage break up of your accommodation.

Check out our Q&As

  • What to expect at meal times?

    When 'on the road' or camping, we usually cook using gas or over open fires in a rota system and you can expect to cook in a group of two or three people approximately once every ten days depending on the number of people on trip and whereabouts you are. Your cook group will have to decide on what to cook, utilise stocks from the truck stores and locally obtain ingredients from markets, shops etc. and rustle up a meal. But don't worry if you're not a Gordon Ramsay as the rest of the group and the Tour leader usually lend a helping hand. Here is an idea of what to expect at meal times: Breakfasts: Usually simple - we help ourselves to cereal, toast, hot drinks and on occasion we will splurge with a cooked breakfast. Lunch: Cold and usually quick. The cook group will put out bread, tinned supplies and maybe make a salad. Dinner: Cooks come into their own in the evening, and will always attempt to cook up some delights. When the truck is parked up for a few days in a town or city most people usually like the option to eat out at local restaurants - so we often don't cook all meals when at these locations.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Where does the trip start?

    The trip starts from the Ashanti Backpackers at approximately 8am on the morning of Day 1 of your trip. Ashanti Backpacker Gardens is situated at the foot of Table Mountain, and within easy walking distance to the City centre. This backpacker hostel has a swimming pool as well as a bar/cafe with mountain views, and a well equipped communal kitchen for those wishing to make their own food. They also have a travel desk where you can book and arrange any of your Cape Town activities. Trip Joining Point: Ashanti Backpacker Gardens - Cape Town Start Time Day 1: 08:00 Address: 11 Hof Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 7441 Telephone: +27 (21) 423 8721 Website: ashanti.co.za/accommodation/backpackers-gardens/ Email: info@ashanti.co.za

  • What is the maximum group size?

    Maximum 10 people.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    You need to arrive at your departure city at least the day before your trip begins. Return flights must be booked for at least the day AFTER the trip is due to end. You may wish to allow some extra time to explore your arrival and departure cities (if you are joining in Victoria Falls - we suggest arriving at least 2 days before if you wish to partake in the many adrenaline activities on offer). One way ticket: If you intend to travel on a one way ticket to meet up with one of our trips, without possessing an onward flight ticket - we recommend that you have a copy of your payment confirmation/receipt (that you will be sent at time of your balance payment) available at immigration to assist easy entry. Departure Taxes: Please check with your Travel Agent or Airline if your flight ticket already includes a departure tax payment out of the country. If it does not - please budget for approx US$30 to $70 USD - to be paid in US$ only.

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

    Yes, if you are travelling solo. On our Overland Adventures and Ultimate Expeditions, we will pair you up with a tent buddy of the same sex when we camp and the same goes for twin & shared rooms in hostels, so there is no need to go it alone! If you specifically would like to request your own single room whilst on the trip, this may be requested subject to availability and additional fee.

  • How many people do you take on your Trips?

    On most of our Overland Adventures and Ultimate Expeditions our vehicles can carry a maximum of 24 travellers, the average however is around 16-20 on any one trip. Our Small Group Adventures have a maximum of 18 people per Tour Leader, although again the average is around 10-14 people.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Dino  

CAPE TOWN TO JOHANNESBURG (17 DAYS) SOUTH AFRICA & LESOTHO

Dec 2019

Awesome adventure, White water rafting, sleeping amidst elephants, game drives, adrenaline hits, great company what more could you ask for!

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