Rainbow Nation

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Duration

25 day tour – This tour runs the whole year, just give us your dates and we will make it happen.

Price

€2850 per person sharing
€280 extra for your own room

Group sizes

Min - 1 per group
Max - 12 per group

Pick up & Drop off

Pick up: OR Tambo Int Airport
Drop off: Cape Town Int Airport

Physical Rating 4/5

On this tour we will be doing some moderate hikes around the Blyde Canyon, Swaziland, Lesotho, Tsitsikamma National Park and Cape Town

Highlights

Soweto, Blyde River Canyon, Kruger National Park, Swaziland, Private Game Reserve, St Lucia, Drakensberg Mountains, Lesotho, the Wild Coast, Addo Elephant Park, Tsitsikamma National Park, Oudtshoorn, Hermanus, Cape Town

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Johannesburg & Soweto:
In the morning you will be taken to the Apartheid Museum, then you will continue to the famous township of Soweto, with its Orlando towers, the Hector Pieterson Museum and Mandela’s house in the bustling Vilikazi street. The only street in the world to have held two winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. We will have lunch in a typical local shebeen (African word for bar) for some local food!
We will then continue to visit Kliptown Youth Center, where you will learn about the different programs that help the townships children to get a better education and to achieve their dreams. After this whole Soweto experience, we will be heading for our hotel.

Driving distance: 100 km for the day
Breakfast: Included
Lunch: Included
Dinner: Own expense
Included activities: Soweto tour, Mandela’s house, Apartheid Museum
Optional activities: N/A

Day 2 – Graskop:
On our first day we will make our way towards the Highveld, where we will have our first stop at the town of Dullstroom which is the highest village in South Africa, 2200m above sea level. You will have the opportunity to walk around and admire some cafe’s, restaurants and curio shops.
Then we will continue towards the colonial village of Pilgrim Rest where we will have lunch and get some free time to discover the town of Pilgrim Rest with its original buildings dating back to the late 1800’s before arriving to our accommodation. We will finish our day by settling in into our hotel in the town of Graskop, a town completely devoted to the tourism industry.

Driving distance: 500 km for the day
Breakfast: Included
Lunch: Included
Dinner: Included
Included activities: Visit Dullstroom, Pilgrim’s Rest
Optional activities: N/A

Days 3 – Blyde River Canyon:
From Graskop we will drive towards the Blyde River Canyon, which is the third largest canyon in the world stretching for 26 km, where we will depart on a 4 hour trail (Leopards Trail) to discover the beautiful scenery of the canyon. We will be able to see a section of the Blyde river, the Blyde Dam and the famous Three Rondavels. After our walk, we will head for a most rewarded lunch, before we continue exploring another area of the Blyde Canyon, The Bourke’s Luck Potholes, popular for their formation and discovery of gold during the gold rush, and ending with the beautiful view of God’s window.

Driving distance: 120 km for the day
Breakfast: Included
Lunch: Included
Dinner: Included
Included activities: Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Three Rondavels and God’s window
Optional activities: N/A

Days 4 – 5 Kruger Nation
On this day we will drive towards the Kruger National Park, our biggest national park here in South Africa, 20,000sq km and home to a huge variety of animals including the Big 5. We will first visit a Shangaan cultural village, where you get to experience the traditions of this tribe and witness a dancing performance before having lunch.
We will then head towards our accommodation that is on the outskirts of the park, 2km away from the Malelane Gate, where we will be staying for two nights. Hoping to find the most amazing and elusive animals of the African bush, we will spend our next two days doing game drives.

Driving distance: 160 km for the day
Breakfast: Included
Lunches: Included
Dinners: Included
Included activities: Shangaan Cultural Village, Kruger National Park fees and 4×4 morning/afternoons game drives
Optional activities: N/A

Day 6 – Swaziland:
We will leave Kruger National Park to make our way towards the Kingdom of Swaziland where your first contact with the Swazi people will be at the Ngwenya Glass factory, which is the only glass factory in the country. We will continue making our way through the Kingdom towards our restaurant for lunch which is next to a local craft market and candle factory mostly known for its Swazi Candles. After our meal you will be able to glance at the Swazi crafts and then learn about the making of these beautiful candles, before heading towards our accommodation.

Driving distance: 360 km for the day
Breakfast: Included
Lunch: Included
Dinner: Included
Included activities: Ngwenya glass factory, Swazi Candles
Optional activities: N/A

Days 7 – 8 Rhino River Game Reserve:
We leave the Kingdom of Swaziland to make our way towards the Rhino River Game Reserve.
Upon our arrival, we will check in and then have some time to relax before we embark on our first afternoon 4×4 game drive. On day 8 we will do a morning game and afternoon game with 4×4 vehicles. During your free time you can either relax by the pool, or choose to do one of the optional bushwalks in the reserve. All the meals are included during your stay in the Reserve.

Driving distance: 230 km for the day
Breakfast: Included
Lunch: Included
Dinner: Included
Included activities: Conservation fees, Game drives
Optional activities: 
Bushwalk with a Ranger

Days 9 – 10 St Lucia:
On this day we get to see and enjoy the eastern coast of South Africa, staying at the small town of St Lucia which is next to the Indian Ocean. Upon our arrival, you will be taken to the activity center where you will be able to book your optional activities for the following day. Afterwards you will be able to enjoy a free afternoon, either by walking in town, relaxing by the pool or simply organizing a trip with your guide to go to the beach.

Driving distance: 130 km for the day
Breakfast: Included
Lunch: Own expense
Dinner: Own expense
Included activities: N/A
Optional activities: Check SHAKABARKER activity list

Days 11 – 12 – 13 Drakensberg Mountains and Lesotho:
We leave the eastern shores to dive into the spectacular mountain range of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg. Separating Lesotho from South Africa, this is the highest mountain range in Southern Africa, peaking at 3475m above sea level and stretching for more than 1000km. In Zulu the mountains is known as uKhahlamba meaning barrier of spears, and it has been declared a World Heritage Site.

We will spend the next day discovering the Sani Pass, where you will get to enjoy a nice hot drink at the Highest Pub in Africa (2850 m above sea level) before crossing to Lesotho where we will get to explore local villages with our local guide and learn more about their culture.

On day 13 we will embark on a walk to reach Thaba Ntlenyana, before heading back to South Africa and enjoy the free afternoon.

Driving distance: 400 km for the day
Breakfast: Included
Lunches: Included
Dinners: Included
Included activities: Sani Pass, Lesotho Cultural Experience
Optional activities: N/A

Days 14 – 15 Wild Coast:
We leave the mountain range to head towards the Indian ocean again, but this time towards the Wild Coast. We will be spending two nights next to the ocean, where you will get another opportunity to relax and enjoy the warm waters and sandy beaches of the east coast of South Africa or do optional activities.

Driving distance:  340 km for the day
Breakfast: Included
Lunch: Included
Dinner: Included
Included activities: N/A
Optional activities: Check OCEAN-VIEW activity list

Days 16 – 17 Addo Elephant Park:
We leave the eastern shores to go to one of the famous National Parks of the country, Addo Elephant National Park. After our transfer you will have time to relax by the camp and enjoy its stunning museum or simply relax by the waterhole.

The next day we will start early in the morning where we will leave for a 3 hour morning 4×4 game drive hoping to see all of kinds of animals, especially the ones that are still active before dawn. After our game drive we will have then a nice breakfast, you will have the hottest hours of the day to relax, either by the pool or in front of the camp’s famous water whole, before leaving again for an afternoon 4×4 game drive.

Driving distance: 540 km for the day
Breakfast: Included
Lunch: Included
Dinner: Included
Included activities: Park fees, Morning 4×4 game drive, Afternoon 4×4 game drive
Optional activities: N/A

Days 18 – 19 Tsitsikamma National Park:
On this day we will be heading towards Tsitsikamma National Park, a Khoisan word meaning, “place of much water”.  We will start discovering the beginning of the garden route and its amazing sights. Tsitsikamma has spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys and temperate high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea.

Our accommodation for two nights will be in the small town of Stormsriver. We will check in and then enjoy our lunch before having the afternoon at leisure. You can either relax or choose to do an optional activity.

On day 19, we will head towards the Tsitsikamma National Park where we will do our first walk of the day. We will walk the first part of the Otter trail reaching up to a waterfall where you will be able to take a swim. We will head back towards the main area of the park to enjoy a well deserve lunch, before taking another short walk to the famous Tsitsikamma suspension bridges where you will get to blend with the environment.

Driving distance: 260 km for the day
Breakfast: Included
Lunch: Included
Dinner: Included
Included activities: Park fees for Tsitsikamma National Park
Optional activities: Kayak, Tree canopy tour, Forest walks, Bungee

Day 20 Oudtshoorn:
Today we leave the ocean side to go to the Ostrich capital of the world in the town of Oudtshoorn. We will go visit an ostrich farm where you will get to learn about the feather, leather and meat industry not only in South Africa but also around the world before we head towards the Cango Caves in the afternoon, which are estimated to be 20 million years old and are a World Heritage Site.

Driving distance: 240 km for the day
Breakfast: Included
Lunch: Included
Dinner: Included
Included activities: Entry fees to Ostrich farm, Cango Caves
Optional activities: N/A

Day 21 Hermanus:
We head towards the little town of Hermanus, well known for its whales sightings! You will have the opportunity the next day to book an optional tour to go and see the Whales or go Shark Cage diving.

Driving distance: 400 km for the day
Breakfast: Included
Lunch: Own expense
Dinner: Own expense
Included activities: N/A
Optional activities: Whale watching, Shark Cage diving

Day 22 Cape Town:
This morning you will have the opportunity to do your optional activities in Hermanus. We will leave after lunch and head towards the Mother City, Cape Town. After settling into our accommodation and if weather permits it, we will go for a short walk in the city center and see the most famous places like Bo-Kaap, Company Gardens, and the Green Market, before discovering the famous mall of the Waterfront where we will be having dinner in one of its stunning restaurants.

Driving distance: 210 km for the day
Breakfast: Included
Lunch: Own expense
Dinner: Own expense
Included activities: N/A
Optional activities: N/A

Day 23 – Cape Town & Peninsula Tour:
On this day we will do the scenic route of the Peninsula tour, known for its breath-taking landscapes. We will be stopping at a fishermen town in Hout Bay, drive through Chapman’s Peak, visit the Cape of Good Hope Reserve and its famous Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope, and the penguins of Boulders Beach. After this spectacular day, we will head towards our accommodation for freshening up before we go to a traditional restaurant for dinner and live music.

Driving distance: 180 km for the day
Breakfast: Included
Lunch: Own expense
Dinner: Own expense
Included activities: Hout bay, entries to Cape of Good Hope Reserve, Boulders Beach
Optional activities: Seal Island boat cruise at Hout Bay

Day 24 – Cape Town – Table Mountain and Kristenbosch Gardens:
On this day you will have the opportunity to climb Table Mountain. The steep walk can take up to 2 hours depending on your physical condition. While climbing, you will enjoy the magnificent view of the city and once you get to the top you will admire the mountain range plus other views of Cape Town.

If you don’t feel like climbing, you are more than welcome to go up with the cable car (Please note that this will be at your own expense). After climbing we will head towards the famous Kristenbosch Botanical Gardens, where we will get to see several plant species. You can also use the time to do the Robben Island boat cruise at own expense.

Driving distance: 30 km for the day
Meals: Breakfast: Included
Lunch: Own expense
Dinner: Own expense
Included activities: Climbing Table Mountain, Kristenbosch Botanical Gardens entry fees
Optional activities: Robben Island excursion

Day 25 Cape Town – Last day:
Time to say goodbye. Airport transfers after breakfast.

Driving distance: N/A
Breakfast: Included
Lunch: Own expense
Dinner: Own expense
Included activities: N/A
Optional activities: N/A

Included & Not Included

Tour include:
3 – 4 Star accommodation
All camping material
Meals shown on itinerary
All activities shown on the itinerary
All entry fees to the parks
Vehicle, toll gates and fuel
Professional guide/driver
Pick up and drop off at airport/hotel
Flights shown on the itinerary

Tour don’t include:
International flights
Some own expense meals
Entry visas for Botswana and Zimbabwe
Optional activities
Souvenirs
Gratuities
Drinks
Travel insurance
Airport taxes

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