Cape Town to Johannesburg Group Adventure 15D/14N
*Maximum number of passengers: 13
*Note: This tour is scheduled to depart monthly in April, May, June, and July 2018. // 20% rate increases may apply during peak season for travel during 10 December to 10 January of each year.
On Day 1, get picked up from your accommodation in Cape Town in the early morning, enjoy a wine tasting, and learn about the ostrich farming industry in Oudtshoorn. On Day 2, explore the Cango Caves and paddle down the Touws River. Adventure all the way down the Garden Route on Day 3 before arriving in Jeffreys Bay. On Day 4 have a free day in Jeffreys Bay and on Day 5 go on a game drive in Addo Elephant National Park. On Day 6 enjoy a free day in Chintsa and on Day 7 go to Qunu and then Coffee Bay. On Day 8 have a free day in Coffee Bay. On Day 9 take a scenic drive to the Drakensberg Mountains and visit the Mthatha Mandela Museum. On Day 10 explore the Drakensberg Mountains and on Day 11 visit a Zulu family, Howick Falls, and go to Dundee. On Day 12 learn about the war history of the KwaZulu-Natal and on Day 13 go on a game drive in Kruger National Park. On Day 14 go on a game drive through Kruger National Park and on Day 15 drive along the Panorama Route until you reach Johannesburg, where your tour ends.
Day by Day Itinerary:
*Note: The itinerary acts as an indication of the tour route, but the exact itinerary is subject to change and may on occasion run in a different order to fit with availability of activities.
Day 1: Cape Town Accommodation Pick-Up - Oudtshoorn
Day 1 begins with an early morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town Central Business District. From there, you will head out onto Route 62, a rugged stretch of road that is the longest wine route in the world. Think: vineyards, orchards, sprawling plains, tall mountains, and winding roads. Enjoy a pit stop along the way to taste some local wine at De Krans Winery and afterward head to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world. There, you’ll learn about the ostrich farming industry at The Cango Ostrich Show Farm and then have the evening to spend as you please in Oudtshoorn. Overnight in Oudtshoorn.
Day 2: Oudtshoorn - Sedgefield
On Day 2, you will make your way to the Cango Caves, limestone caves known for their stunning drip formation stalactites and stalagmites, and Khoikhoi paintings. Experience the magic of the caves by choosing one of two tours for the day: the Heritage Tour, which provides insight on the cave formation and dripstone evolution, and the Adventure Tour, which allows you to explore the pathways by squeezing and wiggling your way through. After your cave experience, you will head to the Touws River in Wilderness National Park. Paddle down the reed-lined waterway at your leisure, keeping an eye out for the native birdlife in the area. Finally, conclude the day in “Africa’s slowest town,” Sedgefield. Overnight in Sedgefield.
Day 3: Sedgefield - Jeffreys Bay
Thrills and gorgeous scenery will make up Day 3 of the trip, when you venture along the Garden Route from Sedgefield to Jeffreys Bay. Along the way, stop to marvel at the views from the Knysna Heads that jut into the ocean and from the Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest commercial bridge famous for its bungee jump. You might try your hand at the bungee jump, dropping from 216 meters toward the Bloukrans River, or zip line over another river in the nearby Tsisikamma Forest. Those looking for a more relaxed experience can instead enjoy the seaside town of Plettenberg Bay, walk through the Tsisikamma Forest, or journey to visit the famous Yellowwood tree in Knysna that is nine metres in circumference and nearly 1,000 years old. Your final destination will be Jeffreys Bay, the “surf city” of South Africa. Once there, you’ll get settled in and have time to experience the town however you choose. Overnight in Jeffreys Bay.
*Note: Bungee jumping and zip lining today are at your own expense.
Day 4: Free Day in Jeffreys Bay
Day 4 is your day to enjoy Jeffreys Bay at your leisure. Once a quiet fishing town, Jeffreys Bay has evolved into one of South Africa’s fastest growing urban areas that beckons surfers, hippies, and those yearning for relaxation to its shores. You might surf, go shopping, take a hike, go sandboarding, go scuba diving, or visit the area museums. Overnight in Jeffreys Bay.
*Note: All optional activities you participate in today are at your own expense.
Day 5: Jeffreys Bay - Chintsa
On Day 5, you’ll leave the coast behind you as you make your way to Addo Elephant National Park. At the park, the third largest of South Africa’s national parks, you might have the unique opportunity to see elephants and other wildlife on your game drive in your tour bus. After your time in Addo, you will set out into the Eastern Cape province through the Cape Fold Mountains, eventually making your way to the coastal town of Chintsa. Along the 3-4 hour journey, you will notice the landscape becoming more desolate, with livestock, trees, and small houses dotting the grassy plains. Finally, you will arrive in Chintsa and check into your accommodation for the next two nights. Overnight in Chintsa.
Day 6: Free Day in Chintsa
Enjoy a relaxing free day on Day 6 in Chintsa, a beach town known for its slow pace of life. Your optional activities can range from hammock relaxation to exploring the beach in its 15 kilometers of untouched glory. You might also choose to do yoga, go horseback riding, or even visit a local healer. Overnight in Chintsa.
*Note: All optional activities you participate in today are at your own expense.
Day 7: Chintsa - Coffee Bay
Dive into South African history and politics on Day 7 as you venture through the Eastern Cape to Qunu, the rural town where Nelson Mandela grew up. While in Qunu, your guide will share with you their knowledge about the life and legacy of Mandela, a man who is still beloved by many South Africans. After, you’ll head to Coffee Bay, a beach town on South Africa’s “Wild Coast,” where you’ll spend the night. Overnight in Coffee Bay.
Day 8: Free Day in Coffee Bay
Enjoy a free day in Coffee Bay on Day 8. Coffee Bay got its name from the hundreds of coffee trees that grew in the area in the late 1800s. The wealth of coffee trees that was once there is attributed to a shipwreck, where the cargo of coffee beans was lost. There may not be any more coffee trees there, but the Bay is still home to Hole in the Wall, a natural wonder you can hike to for stunning views. Overnight in Coffee Bay.
*Note: All optional activities you participate in today, besides the Hole in the Wall hike, are at your own expense.
Day 9: Coffee Bay - Drakensberg Mountains
Today enjoy a scenic drive showcasing South Africa’s diverse landscapes and geography. From Coffee Bay you will head to the Drakensberg Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Before arriving in Drakensberg, you will get another chance to delve into the history of Nelson Mandela while visiting the Mthatha Mandela Museum, where you’ll also get to view Mandela’s collection of presidential gifts. Overnight in Drakensberg Mountains area.
Day 10: Drakensberg Mountains
On Day 10, you will explore the mountains by taking an easy but scenic hike to several beautiful viewpoints in the area. Overnight in Drakensberg Mountains area.
*Note: Today you will have the option to take 4x4 vehicles up the Sani Pass to the mountain summit, at your own expense.
Day 11: Drakensberg Mountains - Dundee
On Day 11, you will descend from the mountains and drive through the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Before you embark on the 3-4-hour drive, you will briefly visit a local Zulu family to learn more about their customs and traditions. Then you will start your drive through the Midlands, a farming area also home to several nature reserves and local family-run stalls selling goods. You will eventually stop at Howick Falls, an impressive and popular tourist attraction. Your final activity will be a beer tasting in the town of Nottingham Road, before heading to your accommodation in Dundee. Overnight in Dundee.
Day 12: Dundee - Nelspruit
Dive into the war history of the KwaZulu-Natal on Day 12. With interactive guides well-versed in the history of the area, you will learn about the historic bloody battles that took place there among the Brits, the Boers, and the Zulus that have shaped South Africa to be what it is today. You will visit the Talana battlefields in Dundee and also the Battle of Blood River monument before leaving the battlefield and driving to the Lowveld. Overnight in Nelspruit.
Day 13: Nelspruit - Kruger National Park
On Day 13, you will have an early breakfast and then head to Kruger National Park for a game drive in the tour bus and later a 4x4 sunset safari with a local park ranger. As you drive through the southern roads of the park, which is two-million hectares, you might see white rhino, hippos, antelope, buffalo, giraffe, zebras, and more. Overnight in round huts at Kruger National Park campsite.
Day 14: Kruger National Park - Hazyview
On Day 14, drive out of Kruger National Park, giving you one last chance to see any animals in the bush before arriving in the small town of Hazyview for the night. Overnight in Hazyview.
*Note: This morning you will have the option of going on a guided bush walk through Kruger, at your own expense.
Day 15: Hazyview - Johannesburg Airport/Train Station/Accommodation Drop-Off
The last day of your tour will be full of exciting activities and sights, starting with a visit to a Shangaan village to learn about their unique culture. After, you will take a drive down the Panorama Route, one of the most famous roads in the country as it takes you past three natural wonders: God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and the Three Rondawels. After capturing photos of the last remarkable views of your trip, you will arrive in the late evening in Johannesburg, where your adventure ends. Safe travels onward!
- No infants or children under 12 years of age allowed on scheduled group tour packages.
- Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a fare-paying adult.