Sensational South Africa 2024 - 19 days

Sensational South Africa 2024 - 19 days

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Sensational South Africa 2024 - 19 days

19 Days Starting in Cape Town and ending in Johannesburg

Visiting: Cape Town, Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park, Cradock, Malealea, Drakensberg, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Kruger National Park, Johannesburg

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 16

Age range:

Average age 40s - 70s but flexible age policy. Minimum age 10.If travelling with children parents need to be aware of the very long driving days (distances noted in the trip notes). Rooms for families - one child up to 17 yrs old can share a room with 2 a

Trip Styles:

Safari Tours, Small Group


History, Wildlife Tours


4WD, Walking

$3681 Exclusive Tourhub Discount: -$104

NB: Prices correct on 24-May-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

SMALL GROUP LODGE SAFARI: See the best of South Africa's wildlife, scenery, and the kingdoms of Lesotho and Eswatini on this 19-day group tour from Cape Town to Johannesburg. Search for wildlife in Kruger National Park, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, and Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Ride the cable car to the summit of Table Mountain in Cape Town, journey along the famous Garden Route, and soak up the scenery of the Drakensberg Mountains.


  • Cape Town - Take in the Cape Peninsula, ride the cable car to the summit of Table Mountain and explore South Africa's 'Mother City' independently

  • Kruger National Park - Search for the Big Five and other iconic African wildlife during a three-night stay in South Africa's premier national park

  • The Garden Route - Admire some of the world's most beautiful scenery as you travel along a stretch of this gorgeous coastline, taking in Knysna and Tsitsikamma

  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park - Spot rhinos and hippos in this diverse wetland reserve, explore the landscape on a 4X4 safari, and enjoy snorkelling at the coast

  • Eswatini - Discover rare wildlife on foot or horseback as we explore Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and visit a local Swazi market

  • Lesotho - Explore this mountain kingdom independently, with optional village walks and pony trekking amongst the dramatic scenery

  • Drakensberg - Spend two nights in the scenic Drakensberg Mountains, with time for guided hikes to visit the impressive amphitheatre cliff face

  • Cradock - Stay in a Victorian-era Tuishuise, former craftsmen's houses that are now popular with visitors to the colonial town on the edge of the Great Karoo


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Day 1: Cape Town

Location: Cape Town

On your arrival in Cape Town, there is an included transfer to the hotel. At 18:00 there will be a pre-departure meeting in the lobby, and the rest of today is free to head out and explore South Africa's 'Mother City'.

Day 2-3: Cape Town

Location: Cape Town

Meals Included: Breakfast

Cape Town is South Africa's most famous destination, and we'll have two whole days to explore the city and surrounding area. On day 2 there's an included guided tour of the Cape Peninsula. We visit Table Mountain National Park for majestic views of this famous landmark and for an included ride on the cable car to the summit (weather permitting). We also stop off at Boulders Beach to see the giant penguin colony here, and we take in some of the region's stunning coastal scenery, including Hout Bay and Chapman's Peak.

Day 3 is at leisure to see more of the city your way. Some of the activities we recommend are a day trip to Robben Island or a wander down to the V&A Waterfront, but you can spend the day how you wish!

Day 4-5: Knysna

Location: Cape Town, Knysna

Meals Included: Breakfast

Cape Town - Knysna. Leaving Cape Town on the morning of day 4 we travel to the lush Garden Route. Passing many lakes, beaches and forests we drive to Knysna – the coastal town located on the shores of Knysna Lagoon. The afternoon is free to stroll around the town or book a sunset boat cruise on the lagoon.

Spend the next day at leisure. Soak up the scenery or book one of the many optional activities available. You could visit Knysna Elephant Park or tuck into some fresh seafood at one of the many restaurants on the shore of Knysna Lagoon.

Day 6: Tsitsikamma National Park

Location: Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast

Knysna - Tsitsikamma. Our scenic journey along the Garden Route continues today, stopping at attractions along the way and visiting Plettenberg Bay with its beautiful beaches. Arriving in the picturesque Tsitsikamma Forest, there's time for walking or relaxing at our lodge. The Tsitsikamma Forest is a protected coastal reserve, known for its lush indigenous forests and impressive coastline.

Day 7: Cradock

Location: Tsitsikamma National Park, Cradock

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Tsitsikamma - Cradock. Today we travel onwards to the historic town of Cradock. This frontier town is located on the edge of the Great Karoo desert and is best known for Die Tuishuise, a collection of around 30 colonial Victorian-era craftsmen's houses, which have now been restored and turned into guest accommodation. We will spend tonight staying at one of the Tuishuise, and there is time to walk the length of Market Street, which is crowned by the grand colonial-era Victoria Manor Hotel.

Day 8-9: Malealea

Location: Cradock, Malealea

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Cradock - Lesotho. You can tick another country off your bucket list as we travel through the Eastern Cape and cross into the mountainous Kingdom of Lesotho on day 8. The following day is free for you to explore and enjoy optional activities including village walks and pony trekking.

Day 10-11: Drakensberg Mountains

Location: Malealea, Drakensberg

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lesotho - Drakensberg (South Africa). Crossing back into South Africa, we journey into the Drakensberg Mountains on day 10. The scenery here is spectacular even by South African standards, and our lodge is located near the amphitheatre, regarded as one of the most impressive cliff faces on Earth. Day 11 is free to further explore this mountain landscape with guided walks, or you can simply sit back with a drink and take in your incredible surroundings.

Day 12-13: Isimangaliso Wetland Park

Location: Drakensberg, iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drakensberg - iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Day 12 sees us travelling through the Zululand region of South Africa, arriving at the small coastal town of St Lucia in the afternoon. St Lucia is the base for exploring iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which was designated as South Africa's first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. And it's easy to see why.

This part of the country is renowned for its ecology and wildlife, particularly the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which we visit. On day 13 we head into the wilderness on an off-road exploration, taking in some of the many ecosystems which make up this diverse area. Travel through bush, forest, and beach in one day, and enjoy game viewing, birdwatching, and snorkelling at the coast, with possible whale-watching opportunities. Other iconic wildlife to look out for today includes hippos, rhinos, elephants and leopards!

Day 14: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

iSimangaliso Wetland Park - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (Eswatini). Today we explore the second landlocked country surrounded by South African territory. Eswatini was formerly known as Swaziland until 2018. We'll be exploring Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, the country's premier wildlife destination and a great example of conservation in action. Formerly a working farm, this 4,560-hectare reserve is now home to all manner of species, including hippo, hyena, zebra, and more. There are no (or very few) large predators, so the best way to explore the park is on foot or horseback, which we will have the opportunity to do. You can also opt to visit a local Swazi village, and we will stop at a Swazi market so you can shop for souvenirs.

Day 15-17: Kruger National Park

Location: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Kruger National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary - Kruger National Park (South Africa). We depart Eswatini and travel to the world-famous Kruger National Park on day 15. We go in search of the iconic Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo) on a late afternoon game drive and enjoy a full day game drive on day 16, both in open 4X4 vehicles for the best game-viewing experience.

On day 17 we take in some of the landmarks in the area, along the scenic Panorama Route. See the Blyde River Canyon, enjoy the view from God's Window, and visit the Bourke's Luck Potholes, a series of geological formations which are linked by walkways and bridges.

Day 18-19: Johannesburg

Location: Kruger National Park, Johannesburg

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Kruger National Park - Johannesburg. Departing Kruger National Park on day 18 we travel on to Johannesburg, arriving late afternoon. Our tour ends on day 19 with an included transfer to Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo Airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    Mid-range lodges, hotels & chalets

  • 18 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 8 dinners

  • 18 nights mid-range (3-4 star) lodges, hotels, and chalets with ensuite facilities

  • Airport arrival and departure transfers in Cape Town and Johannesburg

  • Cape Peninsula full day tour and Table Mountain cable car ride

  • Full day iSimangaliso Wetland Park excursion with snorkelling

  • One late afternoon and one full day game drive in Kruger National Park

  • Panorama Route full day excursion

  • Escorted by a licensed African tour guide, who is also your driver

  • Transportation in a 16-seater Mercedes Sprinter vehicle (with comfortable reclining seats, air-conditioning, USB ports and sliding windows)

  • Park entrance fees

What's Not Included

  • International flights and visas

  • Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

  • Optional activities, additional meals and drinks

  • Local payment - ZAR 3,500, to be paid in cash on day 1

  • Optional activities

  • Local payment - ZAR 3500, paid locally in cash

Check out our Q&As

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Ensuring our footprint is light and that the benefits of travelling reach the local communities you visit is paramount to us. We’re proud to say that when travelling with us, the large majority of your holiday funds remain within the countries you visit, supporting local economies at a grass roots level.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1998

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    With English-speaking tours, it's not a huge surprise that most on our travellers are from English-speaking countries or have English as their second language. Our group tours cater for everyone from 18 years old to 70+

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?


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