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Top 5 Best South Africa Tours and Safaris

Thursday, November 17th, 2011
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South Africa: the country of stunning natural wonders, breath-taking adventure and cultural and political tales which have both inspired and changed the world. The cherry on the cake is being about to get South Africa on a budget with these Top 5 Best South Africa Tours and Safaris. We’re confident these offer travellers the best South Africa travel, with its scenery, wildlife, culture and the awesomeness (that's totally a word).

1. Garden Route Discoverer

The trip along Garden Route in one of those South Africa tours and safaris you don’t want to miss out on. As the trip leads you from Cape Town to Addo Elephant Park, the journey follows a scenic string of southern Africa, leaving a wake of adventurous exploration behind you. Boasting amazing scenery and adventure activities, if you’ve ever wanted to test your bravery, this is the most beautiful place to do it. Venture the highest bungee in the world, ride an ostrich, walk with elephants, soak up the beautiful surrounds and enjoy an east bound South Africa tour of epic proportions.


The Garden Route South Africa Tour Route:


2. Swazi and Lesotho Trek

How often does it happen when you come across two countries within a country!? Not often, I’ll have you know. Well, Swaziland and Lesotho are two landlocked countries. Landlocked by South Africa. So on this South Africa tour you get to explore three countries on one route. Bargain! From the mountainous kingdom of Swaziland and their fond love of beads and clay to and exploration of the Battlefields of the Blood River. This journey also introduces you to the game at the Royal Natal National Park and the faces and lives of the Basotho people of Lesotho.


The Swazi and Lesotho Trek Route, South Africa Tour Route:


3. Voortrekker Express

If you’re reared-up for a South Africa tour off the beaten track, then you need not look any further. Well, at least until the end of this blurb. The Voortrekker Express is a route up South Africa’s West Coast, along a path that takes you to all the real down-to-earth local destinations, with their veldskoen* wearing and humble hospitality. Scope out the massive SALT telescope, trek across the Karoo, visit those 'old school' Afrikaner towns, check out the black-maned Lions, camp on the Orange River, and work your stomach muscles with laughter at Darling’s own 'Evita Bezuidenhout'. A cultural journey of a life-time, the South African way.


The Voortrekker Express, South Africa Tour Route:


4. Best of South Africa

The Best of South Africa tour, is exactly that. This trip takes you along the scenic route to visit world famous Kruger National Park, the culturally rich, landlocked countries of Swaziland and Lesotho as well as along the pristine Garden Route on the Indian Ocean coast. This route gives you an opportunity to experience a wide section of South Africa, while fitting in most of the country’s ‘must-see’ attractions, truly making it one of the best South Africa tours.


The Best of South Africa Tour Route:


5. Discover South Africa

This journey between Johannesburg and Cape Town covers a portion of South Africa which allows you to experience the Big 5 in the Kruger National Park, the Golden Mile in Durban as well as the kingdoms of South Africa’s neighbours Lesotho and Swaziland. The famous Garden Route lends its beautiful vistas, while Stellenbosch Winelands offers a taste of greatness with award winning food and wine. The trip comes to an end in the diverse Mother City, Cape Town, with its endless list of attractions, activities and recently titled New Natural Wonder of World: Table Mountain.


The Discover South Africa Tour Route:


South Africa tours and safaris are geared to offer you a trek through specific regions to show off the best of the countries wildlife, vegetation, birds, attractions, adventure activities and brilliant sunsets. Come to think of it, any South Africa tour you go on is going to give you that, but experiencing it on an overland trip makes the getaway experience extraordinary. All you have to do is pick an overland trip to get South Africa on a budget!

*Veldskoene are shoes made of leather that are thought to have been made by the Hottentots before the arrival of Europeans, and are still worn in South Africa.

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Tags: south-africa, top-5, tours

African Wildlife from an Overlanding Truck

Monday, May 9th, 2011
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Africa's wildlife spectacle is actually quite easy and inexpensive to access, if you've got the mettle of an overlander. Of course there are silver-service bush camps dotted throughout the wilds of Africa offering bespoke game viewing experiences, but unless you're on a film star's salary, chances are these types of safaris are something you'll save for later, and besides we've got an option that is infinitely more entertaining. Budget African travel from Overlanding Africa is definitely your best opportunity to experience Africa, her wildlife, landscapes, cultures and cities, plus you'll do it with a bunch of like-minded people whose agenda begins with fun and ends with good times.

Here's a fraction of the wildlife roaming Africa:

Wildlife Wonders:

Armadillo in Africa

Armidillo in Africa

Waterhole reflections

Buck drinking water

Cheetah Cubs in a Tree

Cheetah cubs perched in a tree

A Herd of the Gentle Giants, Elephants

Elephant herd

Giraffes at an African Sunset

Giraffes at sunset

A Horse Rider in Cameroon

Horserider in Cameroon

Quirky Meerkats


Wild Dog Pups


The Greatest Show on Earth, Wildebeest Migration

Wildebeest migration


Zebras reflection

Although there's no best time to visit Africa, generally the Southern Hemisphere winter tends to offer better game viewing in Africa, the sparser vegetation and general decline in water availability means wildlife is easier to spot and animals reliably congregate around water holes.

If you're interested in visiting Africa on a budget holiday see our Overlanding Africa Tours page, or get in touch with one of our overlanding travel consultants, they're veterans of overlanding Africa trips and will excite you into an itchy feet frenzy about experiencing Africa from a truck.

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Tags: adventure, africa, animals, cape-town, drc, egypt, ethiopia, images, landscape, mozambique, overlanders, overlanding, photography, south-africa, travel, trips, waterfall, wildlife

Our Overlanding Africa Images

Monday, May 9th, 2011
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We were trawling through the image database last week, a little house keeping before the overlanding season kicks off, and while slotting images into the correct folders we pulled out a few of our photographs to wet your appetite. Here's 16 snapshots of what it's like to go overlanding in Africa. Overlanding Exclusives: Dune Climbing in Sossusvlei, Namibia

Overlanders dune climbing in Sossusvlei, Namibia

Game Drive at Sunset

Overlanders game drive at sunset

Game Ride on Horseback

Overlanders horseback game ride

Lake Malawi Water-skiing

An overlander water-skiing at Lake-Malawi

Overlanders in Okavango Delta, Botswana

Overlanders enjoying lunch in the Okavango Delta

Overlanders Getting their Feet Wet

Overlanders getting their feet wet

Overlander Restroom

An Overlander restroom

Overlanding Beach Drive

An Overlanding beach drive

Overlanding Tent Site

A typical overlanding tent site

Overlanding Truck Stuck

Overlanding truckstuck

Overlanding Truck Stop

Overlanding truck stop


An Overlander Paragliding


Quad Bike Adventure

An overlander quad biking in Namibia

Overlanders Recycle

Overlanders recycle

Skydiving in Namibia

Overlanders Skydiving in Nambia

White River Rafting Adventure

Overlanders white-river rafting

If any of the images above struck a chord with you, or enticed that travel bug to rear its adventurous head, have a gander at our Overlanding Africa Tours page, we've got a 164 trips for you to explore Africa.

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Tags: adventure, africa, animals, cape-town, drc, egypt, images, landscape, mozambique, overlanders, overlanding, photography, south-africa, travel, trips, waterfall, wildlife

Our Top 5 Overlanding Africa Trips

Thursday, May 5th, 2011
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Overlanders across the planet will be the first to tell you that an Overlanding trip will more or less wreck your ambitions for one day sitting at a desk and a being a responsible corporate type. Yip, these trips are that much fun, and almost without exception, feed that greedy travel bug, just enough to fatten the little #%&%#@$ up. Beware the gluttonous travel bug people! A post-trip daydream of adventure spanning the length and breadth of this planet is your doggy bag from an overland truck trip… you simply have to get your butt onto an overland truck, it’s the best way to see the crazy beauty that is Africa. So first timers, the overlanding virgins, and seasoned overlanders, these are our 5 most popular overlanding trips in Africa!

1. Wildlife Wonderland

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This particular trip covers some of the best game parks in Africa. Starting in Nairobi, traversing the Masai Mara in Kenya, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania and finally finishing up in Nairobi, 8 action-packed days later. This trip is a great introduction to the wilds of East Africa. Visit Overlanding Africa to find out more about the Wildlife Wonderland Trip.

2. Nairobi to Cape Town Epic:

Nairobi to Cape Town Epic Overland Trip

Thread together tons of game spotting, meeting the local tribes, kicking back on beaches and a few adrenaline sports thrown in to keep your pulse bouncing and you've got a proper African expedition, we call it The Nairobi to Cape Town Epic, this overlanding trip does everything it says on the can. Get your memories of a life time on Overlanding Africa's Nairobi to Cape Town Epic.

3. Discover South West Africa:

Discover South West Africa Overlanding Tour

This trip is hands down, our best-seller. It's 21 days of great game viewing, local tribes, adventure sports and dramatic scenery ranging from beautiful desolation in the Namib to the lush abundance of the Okavango. This overland trip takes you from the mighty Victoria Falls through Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, finishing up in the Mother City, Cape Town. Seriously, could you plan a better 21 days anywhere?! This journey gets a massive thumbs up, get full details on the Discover South West Africa overland trip here

4. Kruger to Victoria Falls:

Kruger Park to Victoria Falls overlanding africa trip

Discover the beautiful Mpumalanga Province en route to the world famous Kruger National Park where two days of game drives, wildlife and the Big 5 lie in wait. We explore the Polokwane Game Reserve on foot before a couple of days in Botswana and Zambia. A day in Livingstone is just a taste of the adrenaline adventures that await you at your destination, Vic Falls. Got 7 days? Want to have your world rocked? See our Kruger to Vic Falls overlanding trip.

5. Ultimate Trans Africa Expedition:

Trans Africa overland trip

This is the ultimate African adventure, actually, this is the ultimate adventure period. 280 days from London to Cairo is for the adventurous only. If you like pressed linen and daily showers stop reading now, if you love grit, getting stuck in, camaraderie and life altering experiences set against the most magnificent scenery on the planet then have a look at our tour itinerary for the Ultimate Trans Africa Expedition.

The Overlanding trips mentioned above are the top 5 overlanding trips we offer, but they're by no means the only trips. We have 164 overlanding trips on our books and that number is growing. We can advise you, assist you and even tailor make a trip for you, contact Overlanding Africa and get trucking!

For detailed information on these trips, and how to get yourself a seat on a overland truck, visit the Overlanding Africa website.


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Tags: africa, cape-town, east-africa, nairobi, overlanders, overlanding, overlanding-africa, overlanding-trip, overlanding-truck, review, south-africa, south-west-africa, top-5-trips, travel, trip, west-africa

Garden Route Road Trip: Andre’s Top 5 Discoveries

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
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In October of this year I did a 4 day Garden Route road trip with my girlfriend. Here are some of my surprise discoveries from my one and only South African road trip of 2010.

Knysna Loerie

#1 Nature’s Valley Until this road trip, I had never been to Nature’s Valley. 32 years living in South Africa and never had I been there. Disgraceful. All I can say is that this place is a nature-lover’s heaven-on-earth. Wake up to the sound of the indigenous Knysna Loeries knocking on your window. Go for long walks on a wild and impressive beach. Surf spots on your doorstep, to the east and to the west. I will be back. Oh yes, I will be back.

Rock Kestral

#2 Best Sunday Roast on the Garden Route There is wildlife sanctuary for birds of prey called “Eagle Encounters” on the N2 near Plettenberg Bay. We discovered this little gem on a rainy Sunday afternoon while travelling from Plett to Knysna. I am big fan of birds of prey, so we decided to stop. Unfortunately the centre was not doing their daily bird flights and educational talks (because of the rain). So we browsed through their shop, and decided to have lunch at the cosy little restaurant. The restaurant served up the most delicious roast I’ve had all year. The atmosphere was just perfect with the soft rain drip-dropping on the corrugated iron roof. The ladies in the kitchen who prepared our food were laughing and smiling all through lunch. Definitely happy food.

#3 Pure Luxury at Pezula During this trip, we were fortunate enough to be offered a couple of nights stay at Knysna’s luxury golf estate, Pezula. Situated high up on the Knysna heads, the estate overlooks the Knysna lagoon on one side, and the Indian Ocean on the other. The most memorable aspect of our 5-star stay, was the large, comfortable and beautifully decorated room; which had every conceivable luxury including a selection of pillows which could be ordered from reception, based on your sleeping preference. The grounds at Pezula are magnificently kept, incorporating a world-class 18 hole golf course.


#4 Knysna Forest Walk Part of the charm of the Garden Route is NOT having a plan. If you like keeping spontaneity alive, then keep an eye on the various signboards which line the N2 as you drive this popular route. There are all sorts of spontaneous rewards awaiting you: Elephant Sanctuary, Bird Sanctuary, Wolf Sanctuary, Puzzle Land, Canopy Tours, and the list goes on... One of these rewards was a short forest walk (1.5km) we did through a section of the indigenous Knysna Forest. The demarcated walking area is easy to miss while travelling at 100km an hour on South Africa’s second national road; so keep an eye out for the small signboard (on the left hand side) on the stretch between Knysna and Plett.

There is parking for about 5-10 cars, and a small hut where the local national parks employees will take your R10 (approx $1) for walking along the boardwalk through this small piece of wooded paradise. There are picnic tables and all trees are marked with information boards. This is a great place to stretch your legs on a long road trip and a must for anyone who simply love beautiful trees. When I close my eyes and think of this road trip, it is in this haven that I find myself.


#5 Explore more My final and most important discovery from this road trip, is the realisation that I do not do this enough. It is so easy to get caught up in the rat-race: work, social commitments, friends, surfing, dinner parties where conversations revolve around things we’ve seen on youtube and where people keep whipping out their mobile phones every 5 seconds. I have realised that we do not make enough time to appreciate the beauty which lies all around us. Gifts. My resolution for 2011: explore more.

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5 Short Trips to Kruger National Park

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
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kruger_national_parkSouth Africa's world-famous Kruger National Park offers overlanders and like minded travelers an experience of a lifetime!

The unspoiled environment offers great game viewing and creates an opportunity for you to experience wild Africa just as you imagined it.

Whether you are an early bird, awake before sunrise to view the bushveld's early risers at the waterholes, or tracking the nocturnal animals with spotlights at night, game drives in the Kruger is one of the best  experiences ever! Our Top 5 short trips are:

4 day 'Kruger Lodge Safari' This is a short trip, but it's definitely sweet. This trip is focused around the Kruger National Park which includes game drives and animal spotting that will keep you in awe of the beauty that can be found in the game park. 

6 day 'Vic Falls and Kruger Highlights' From the adventure playground of Victoria Falls through the northern Kalahari to the ever famous Kruger National Park. A short but rewarding tour!

7 day 'Kruger and Swaziland Lodge Safari' This mixed pot of highlights includes the best of scenic South Africa combined with the fantastic wildlife in Kruger National Park - and then add the best of Swaziland to the lot!!

7 day 'Kruger to Vic Falls' This week long trip takes in 'Big Five' game drives in Kruger and open skies in the Kalahari on the way to the rushing white water of Victoria Falls!

13 day 'Swazi and Lesotho Trek' This trip takes in the very best of the Kruger Park, Swaziland, KwaZulu Natal and Lesotho where meeting the traditional Basotho people and guided trek through this picturesque country provide the perfect end to this adventure.

See longer and shorter tours to Kruger National Park here, or contact the team at OverlandingAfrica.com.

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Tags: game-viewing, kruger, kruger-national-park, south-africa, tour, wildlife

7 Top South Africa Highlights

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
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Table MountainThe nine provinces of South Africa are all very different and each have their own beauty. If you are short of time pick a highlight and take a day trip. Otherwise take a week or 2 and travel between them all.

Check out our top 7 'must see' highlights of South Africa... Kruger National Park Only a few hours away from Johannesburg. You can't be so close and not go and see the Big 5 in their natural environment. Apartheid Museum in Soweto We have a complicated history. After a visit you will have a new appreciation for your own freedom. Township Tour in Soweto A glimpse into the life of the average South African and a chance to see how South Africans live day to day. Table Mountain Hard to miss really. Cable cars run daily or you can hike up the mountain in good weather. Addo Elephant National Park Addo is smack in the middle of the Garden Route. Get up close to these gentle giants. Robben Island Museum Sadly famous because of Nelson Mandela's imprisonment, but also a symbol of the quest for equality - don't miss this. Cape Point An opportunity to take amazing photo's in this National Park. So picturesque it is bound to move you.

Leave a comment or contact the team at OverlandingAfrica.com for info, bookings and trips.

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South African Top 10 Adventure Activities

Thursday, April 1st, 2010
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SurfDudeSouth Africa is home to adrenalin junkies galore which means we have an endless supply of adrenalin pumping activities to feed any adventurous soul.

Why not paraglide off Lions Head in Cape Town, dive with sharks in Gansbaai, bungee jump off Bloukrans, or fly in a hot air balloon over the Winelands. Skydive in Johannesburg or Cape Town and canoe or scuba dive in Durban. You name it we have it. The Top 10 South African Adventure Activities are… - Abseiling from Table Mountain - Drakensburg Rock Climbing - Tandem Paragliding from Lions Head - Tsitsikamma Treetop Canopy Tour - Scuba Dive - Cape Town - Great White Shark Cage Diving - Orange River Canoeing - Bloukrans Bridge Bungee Jump - Tsitsikamma Forest Quad Biking - Learn to Surf - Cape Town Check them all (and more) out here! Or get in touch with OverlandingAfrica.com for trips to get you to these activities.

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World Cup Travel Packages - It’s Not Too Late!

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
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Got it!

The FIFA World Cup(c) is on our doorstep and South Africa is buzzing with World Cup Fever!

If you haven't organized your travel, accommodation or game tickets yet - don't panic!

Check out these all inclusive tours from Drive South Africa and download a Match Schedule while you are there.

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Photos of Cape Town Stadium - the 2010 World Cup becomes a reality!

Friday, December 11th, 2009
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I had the privilege of going on a tour of the Cape Town Stadium earlier today. I simply had to share these photos. Enjoy....

Cape Town Stadium - panoramic

3 days and counting. The FINAL COUNTDOWN !!!

An impressive view from the 2nd level

Charl Pauw (former SABC news reporter) chats to Ray Gamble - project manager of the Cape Town World Cup Stadium

Workers discuss some of the final touches for the Cape Town Stadium

The semi-translucent outer shell of the stadium is constructed out of a high-tech treated fibre-glass fabric

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