Kruger & Garden Route Explorer
A 17-day overland adventure tour in South Africa & Swaziland!
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Group Size: Avg. 12, max. 14
Trip code: DASQ
Duration: 17 days
Have amazing adventures in South Africa and Swaziland! Join our exciting 17-day tour from Johannesburg to Cape Town and make new friends on this camping and overland adventure. This awesome tour includes safari game drives in legendary Kruger National Park and 2 days camping in an incredible wildlife sanctuary in stunning Swaziland. You’ll stay on South Africa’s beautiful coast and laze on beaches, go on game drives in Addo Elephant Park, explore idyllic Tsitsikamma National Park, travel along the famous Garden Route and end your adventures in the colourful city of Cape Town.
- Go on an unforgettable game drive in South Africa’s legendary Kruger National Park
- Spend 2 days exploring and wildlife-spotting in Swaziland’s beautiful Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
- Relax by the South African coast in St Lucia and Durban and laze on stunning Chintsa Beach
- Go on safari in the amazing Addo Elephant Park, discover the outstanding natural, coastal beauty of Tsitsikamma National Park and try adventure activities!
- Travel along the gorgeous Garden Route through Khysna and Oudtshoorn into Cape Town. Make new friends on this camping and overlanding tour!
A 17-day overland & camping adventure tour in South Africa and Swaziland!
Day 1: Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa. Say hello to South Africa as you arrive in Johannesburg in time for a welcome meeting in the late afternoon/early evening. Get set for African adventures!
Day 2: Johannesburg to Kruger Area. A day’s driving brings you to Hazyview where you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner and dance performance with the local people.
Day 3: Kruger National Park. Go on an unforgettable game drive in legendary Kruger National Park and spot incredible wildlife!
Day 4 & 5: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland. Visit the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, set in Swaziland’s Ezulwini Valley. You’ll have 2 days to explore. Opt to hike, bike, go horse riding, join a game drive or visit a traditional Swazi village.
Day 6 & 7: Saint Lucia, South Africa. Travel back to South Africa, and head for the coastal area of St Lucia. Enjoy an optional boat cruise, horse ride, go on safari or relax on the beach.
Day 8: Saint Lucia to Durban. Travel on to the coastal city of Durban and relax by the Indian Ocean.
Day 9: Durban to Chintsa. Travel from Durban to the beach paradise of Chintsa, homeland of the Xhosa people.
Day 10: Chintsa. Enjoy a free day in and around the stunning beach location of Chintsa today. Optional activities include game drives, a brewery visit, horse riding, quad biking, an elephant experience or a visit to a Xhosa village.
Day 11: Addo Elephant National Park. Visit one of South Africa’s most famous wildlife havens, Addo Elephant Park. Go on a game drive to spot lions, rhinos, buffalo, leopards and of course, elephants!
Day 12 & 13: Tsitsikamma National Park. You’re now officially following South Africa’s gorgeous ‘Garden Route’ along the coast! Spend 2 days in this idyllic park. Hike, snorkel, canoe, go whale watching, try ziplining or bungee jumping!
Day 14: Tsitsikamma National Park to Knysna. Carry on along the stunning Garden Route to the charming coastal town of Knysna. En route, you’ll be given the option to visit either a cheetah sanctuary or a monkey park.
Day 15: Knysna to Oudtshoorn. See the awe-inspiring sea cliffs at Knysna Heads and travel on to Oudtshoorn. Option to visit the famous Cango Caves or take a trip to an ostrich farm.
Day 16: Oudtshoorn to Cape Town. A final, full day of travel brings you into Cape Town. Be blown away by Table Mountain and make the most of your last night in Africa!.
Day 17: Tour ends in Cape Town. Your awesome African adventure ends today in Cape Town.
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You should arrange your arrival into Johannesburg Airport on day 1. There are no activities scheduled for today, but please arrive in time for a welcome meeting in the late afternoon/early evening.
Your hotel offers a free airport pickup, which is a shared transfer. When you land you will need to call the hotel to notify them that you wish to be picked up. You may have to wait for 20 minutes to 1.5 hours. If you do not wish to wait for the shared transfer, your best option is to take a taxi from the airport to the hotel (at your own cost).
Please note, we can also arrange a private airport transfer for you when you arrive. Please contact a Travel Advisor for more infromation.
16 nights’ shared accommodation are included on this tour. This will mainly be camping with the occasional night during the trip in shared-room hostels.
Most camping equipment is supplied, including camp mattresses, camp chairs, cooking equipment and 2-person dome tents (easily assembled in 5 minutes). You will be expected to put up and dismantle your own tent. Please note that you will need to bring your own sleeping bag, plus a small pillow and a sleeping bag sheet if you want one. Winters can be cold, so ensure that your sleeping bag is warm enough. You should also bring a torch.
16 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 14 dinners are included on this tour. You should bring USD60-80 to cover the cost of other meals. Breakfasts are usually bread or cereal, lunches are sandwiches or salads and evening meals are hot and freshly prepared. Dietary requirements can be catered for if you advise us at the time of booking. A cook will travel with you, but all travellers will be part of a rota system, mucking in to help out with meal preparation and washing up duties. It’s a team effort!
The minimum age to join this trip is 18. This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-39.
Nationals of the EU, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa to enter South Africa. South African Immigration asks that you have two completely blank consecutive pages in your passport. As long as you hold a valid passport (and a valid return ticket) you will be granted a temporary visitor’s permit on arrival, allowing you to stay for up to 3 months. You should also ensure that your passport will still be in date for 6 months after you return.
British travellers do not require a visa to enter Swaziland and you can stay for up to 30 days.
Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for the most up to date visa information.
Physical Rating: Average. Some activities on this trip will require a moderate level of fitness.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.