23 Day – African Journey Tour


Duration:  23 Days / 22 Nights 


  • Camping 4×4 not an option.
  • Accommodation is subject to availability, if the under mentioned accommodation is not available we shall endeavour to supply comparable facilities.
  • The standard of the accommodation is on average a lot better than our grading, due to the fact that we selected the best accommodation available for each category at each location.

Car Hire:

  • Various car hire groups as per your budget.
  • Hire from Johannesburg / Return to Cape Town.
  • Includes – contract fee / unlimited km / maximum insurance cover / 1 x one-way drop-off fee / cross border permit.

Day 1:

Morning arrival in Johannesburg. Our representative will be at the airport to meet you and hand over your travel documents (vouchers). Collect your hired vehicle at the car rental office at Johannesburg’s O R Tambo International Airport. Depart to Pretoria for a city tour that includes the Voortrekker Monument, Paul Kruger House, Church Square and Union Buildings. Overnight at our charming little lodge near the airport in Kempton Park – Johannesburg.

Accommodation: Journey’s Inn Africa *** (-)

Day 2:

Travel via Middelburg, Dullstroom, Lydenburg , “Robbers Pass” and Pilgrim’s Rest to Hazyview situated in the province of Mpumalanga, meaning “the land of the rising sun”. Spend a couple of hours in the old gold rush town of Pilgrim’s Rest, a museum in its entirety. Overnight in Hazyview.

Accommodation: *** (B)

Day 3:

Travel the “Panorama Route” of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, admire the natural beauty of the Blyde River Canyon, which is the third deepest canyon in the world, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window, lunch along the way. Depending on availability – you can enjoy some African culture with singing, dancing and dinner at Shangana, a traditional Shangaan village, meet the chief with his 3 wives and 36 children. Overnight in Hazyview.

Accommodation: *** (B)

Day 4:

Depart for the world-renowned Kruger National Park (KNP). Enter the park via Orpen Gate. The KNP is known to be the most diverse park in the world with 140 mammals, 119 reptiles, ±506 birds, 55 amphibians and ±1980 plant species. Overnight in the KNP.

Accommodation: *** (-)

Day 5:

You have another full day in the KNP in search of the “Big 5” and a host of other animals. Travel to the southern part of the KNP. Overnight in the KNP.

Accommodation: *** (-)

Optional activities:

  • Open vehicle sunset safari with a local game ranger.

Day 6:

After breakfast and a leisurely morning you depart from the KNP via Malelane Gate for the mountain kingdom of Swaziland. We recommend the show and lunch at Matsumo, a Swazi cultural village situated at the border post. Also visit Ngwenya Glass Factory on the way to Mbabane.  Overnight in Swaziland.

Accommodation: *** (B)

Day 7:

Depart from Swaziland for St Lucia. Take a cruise on the St Lucia estuary, a lake riddled with crocodiles and hippos in the Greater St Lucia Wetlands now known as iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which is one of South Africa’s six UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Lunch at one of the numerous restaurants in the small fishing village before driving to the Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Game Reserve, in by-gone years this reserve was the hunting grounds of Zulu Kings. Overnight in this park.

Accommodation: **** (B)

Optional activities:

  • Open vehicle night safari with a local game ranger.

Day 8:

Spend the morning in the Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Game Reserve, which is renowned for its white & black rhino conservation efforts. This afternoon you can enjoy Zulu hospitality at its best with a traditional Zulu festival at one of the Zulu cultural villages in Zululand. Overnight near Eshowe.

Accommodation: **** (B, D & Show)

Optional activities:

  • Early morning bush walk with a local game ranger.

Day 9: & 10:

Travel to the seaside town of Umhlanga, check-in at your accommodation establishment and spend the next couple of days at leisure in Umhlanga with its golden beaches washed by the warm Indian Ocean in a sub-tropical setting.  Overnight in Balito.

 Accommodation: *** (-)

Day 11:

Travel to the Natal Drakensberg Mountains, also known as the “barrier of spears” via the historical city of Pietermaritzburg, stop for lunch at the Howick Waterfall. Overnight at Giants Castle in the Natal Drakensberg Mountains.

Accommodation: **** (B)

Day 12:

A day at leisure in the beautiful Natal Drakensberg Mountains where Bushmen left their life stories in the form of paintings and drawings on the rocks and in the caves. Various caves can be visited in the way of guided tours or you could take a walk along one of the numerous nature trails in the parks. Overnight at Giants Castle in the Natal Drakensberg Mountains.

Accommodation: **** (B)

Day 13:

Travel the “Oliviershoek Pass” to the village of Clarens and the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Spend the afternoon relaxing or take a walk along one of the numerous nature trails in the park.

Accommodation: *** (B)

Optional activities:

  • Horse riding and game drives are available.

Day 14:

A day of traveling through the picturesque eastern Free State Province, visiting small towns such as Ficksburg, Ladybrand and Zastron. Overnight near Tussen Die Riviere / Gariep Dam Nature Reserve.

Accommodation: **** (B)

Day 15:

Travel to the historical town of Graaff-Reinet known as the “Gem of the Karoo”. After checking in at your hotel you could spend the rest of the afternoon in the Karoo National Reserve and the “Valley of Desolation”. Overnight in Graaff-Reinet.

Accommodation: **** (B)

Day 16 & 17:

Depart after breakfast for Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo (semi desert area). You have the afternoon and the next day available to visit the Cango Caves, Cango Wildlife Ranch and Safari Ostrich Farm to learn everything and more than you might want to know about ostriches. Overnight in Oudtshoorn.

Accommodation: **** (B)

Day 18:

Travel via “Outeniqua Pass” to George, a 60km drive that reflects the great diversities of nature South Africa has to offer. Drive along the “Garden Route” – visit the “Big Tree”, Bloukrans and the Storms river suspension bridge in the Tsitsikamma National Park.  Our recommended restaurants are Dry Dock 34° South & JJ’s on the Knysna Waterfront. Overnight in Knysna.

Accommodation: **** (B)

Day 19:

A morning at leisure. This afternoon you can take the ferry across the lagoon to the Featherbed Nature Reserve for a 4 x 4 trailer-ride tour and hike through the reserve. Overnight in Knysna.

Accommodation: **** (B)

Day 20:

Drive to Cape Town via Riversdale, Swellendam and Hermanus in the whaling season (June to November) and the rest of the year you could travel along the scenic “Route 62”. Weather permitting – take the cableway up Table Mountain. Evening at leisure. Our recommended restaurant for tonight is the “Cod Father” in Camps Bay. Overnight in Cape Town on the V & A Waterfront. 

Accommodation: **** (B)

Day 21:

Take a scenic drive around the “Cape Peninsula”. Visit Hout Bay and the Cape Fur Seal colony on Duiker Island, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape Point, Boulders – Penguins and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Have lunch in Simonstown.  Our recommended restaurant is “Baia” on the V & A Waterfront. Overnight in Cape Town on the V & A Waterfront.

Accommodation: **** (B)

Day 22:

Visit the Cape’s world-renowned Stellenbosch wine route, also spend some time in the historical towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Our recommended restaurant “Quay Four” on the V & A Waterfront. Overnight in Cape Town on the V & A Waterfront. 

Accommodation: **** (B)

Day 23:

Morning at leisure or visit the city center of South Africa’s beautiful Mother City, sights such as the Castle of Good Hope, Parade Ground, City Hall, House of Parliament, Tuinhuis and the Dutch East India Company Gardens. Lunch and time for last minute shopping at the V & A Waterfront. Return to Cape Town International Airport and drop-off the hired car at the car rental office at the airport. Catch your onward flight or flight home.

Accommodation: – (B)


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Included:   Accommodation (3-4*), vehicle hire – contract fee / unlimited km / maximum insurance cover / cross border permit / 1 x one-way drop-off fee and meals as indicated.

Excluded:   Air tickets, passport / visa fees, travel insurance, phone calls, beverages, porter-age, gratuities, conservation & entrance fees, purchases of items of a personal nature and excess baggage, etc.


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