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South African Explorer

This tour takes you from Kruger National Park to Cape Town in 20 days. PDFGrab the Tour Dossier PDF .

South African Explorer 2018 [10% OFF]

Extend your time in Africa by combining this tour with our 20-day South African Explorer tour to experience some of the ultimate highlights that Africa has to offer.

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20 days


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Tour Summary

Extend your time in Africa by combining this tour with our 20-day  South African Explorer tour to experience some of the ultimate highlights that Africa has to offer.


General Notes

Our tours come with an "Optional Activity Package". You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be "essential activities" on our tours. The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don't book the package, the activities won't be included. We suggest that you pre-book and pre-pay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

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A day-by-day breakdown of what to expect and where you'll be staying.

South African Explorer

Day 1, Johannesburg to Kruger National Park

Leave the city of Johannesburg behind  as you make your way east through the coalfields of Mpumalanga.

Your journey today follows in the footsteps of the old trade-routes to the Lowveld and the Kruger National Park.

This afternoon there will be an opportunity to join an optional dundowner drive, booking is essential and your guide can assist on departure this morning.

Please note that it is possible that your crew and truck will change today. Please report to the hotel reception to meet your crew for your 07:00 departure.

Day 2, Kruger National Park

Rise early this morning and enter the Kruger National Park to enjoy a full-day of game viewing.

The abundance of wildlife will presents you with opportunities for excellent sightings and the Kruger is also home to the famed members of Africa’s Big-5.

Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.

Your activity package offers the added excitement of experiencing the park from an open-sided 4×4 vehicle. This evening there is a second opportunity for the optional sundowner drive.

South African Explorer

Day 3, Kruger National Park

While those who elect to do the optional morning walk will have an earlier start, we set out a little later today and travel the short distance to the Panorama Route.

Strung along the escarpment that divides the central plateau and low-lying bushveld of the Kruger, the sights of the Panorama route will offer you a day of scenic delights.

You'll have the opportunity to visit the highlights of Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and God’s Window before returning to camp in the late afternoon.

Day 4, Kruger National Park to Swaziland

Today start the day early with some traditional coffee and rusks before setting off through Kruger on our way to Swaziland.

Our truck offers an excellent platform for game viewing as you make your way south. You'll exit the southern end of the park and travel the short distance to Swaziland border, your route this afternoon winds through the mountains and forests of this landlocked kingdom.

Your destination for today is the Ezulwini Valley just south of the capital Mbabane.


Day 5, Isimangaliso Wetland Park to St. Lucia Wetlands

Situated in the Ezulwini Valley, which translates to “valley of heaven”, the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is Swaziland’s oldest reserve and covers 4,560 hectares.

As the reserve has no large predators you will enjoy a morning hiking amongst the game the roams the plains.

Should you prefer there are a range of optional activities offered by the reserve and you could enjoy a game drive, mountain biking or a visit to the Chief’s traditional village. This afternoon you'll continue south into the reaches of Zululand, once the realm of the mighty King Shaka who united the Zulu clans.

This evening you are treated to a cultural experience where you will learn more of the Zulu traditions and language.

Day 6, St. Lucia Wetlands to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

Set out early this morning for a game drive in the nearby Hluhulwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, one of the last strongholds of the endangered Rhinoceros.

The reserve has played a critical role in the preservation of these endangered animals, both Black and White Rhinoceros occur in the park and many populations owe their ongoing existence to animals that have been raised here.

While Rhinoceros are the most famous of the parks inhabitants, the park also provides a home to many other species, including the Big Five that you'll hope to see.

Returning to your lodging for a siesta, you'll freshen up for an afternoon boat cruise on St Lucia estuary.

South African Explorer

Day 7, Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve to Durban

Durban has long been the favourite holiday destination for South Africans, the golden mile with its warm seas and safe swimming beaches attracts visitors throughout the year.

This afternoon you have time to spend on the beaches of the golden mile.

Day 8, Durban to Drakensberg

A lazy morning offers the chance for a final swim or stroll along the beach before you leave the coast behind you, your destination is the mountains of the Drakensberg.

Running the length of the Kwazulu-Natal province, the Ukuhlamba Drakensberg Park is a UNESCO recognised world heritage site.

Whether you go by the Zulu name uKhahlamba, meaning ‘barrier of spears’, or the Afrikaans name Drakensberge, meaning ‘dragon mountains’, these towering mountains will be our backdrop for the next two nights.

On your way, you'll make a stop at the scenic Howick Falls and a visit to the nearby site that marked the capture of South Africa’s most famous man.

In 1962, police waved down a car on a lonely stretch of road, they arrested Nelson Mandela who would go on to serve 27 years in prison before eventually becoming the president of South Africa in 1994.

South African Explorer

Day 9, Drakensberg

Set out this morning for a day of hiking to explore the mountains of the Drakensberg, along your way you will have the opportunity to view examples of San rock art with a local guide.

While we encourage everyone to make the most of the day in mountains, we may offer separate options depending on the activity level of the group.

With a number of trails available we can ensure that we cater to every need, the most important aim is to ensure everyone enjoys this mountain paradise at their own pace.

Day 10, Drakensberg to Malealea

Your journey today begins with a mountain pass and an opportunity to visit a Vulture restaurant where you hope to view these fascinating birds.

Your route winds its way through the magnificent cliffs off the Golden Gate National Park before you enter Lesotho in the afternoon, you'll pass the capital city of Maseru as continue the climb to our base high amongst the mountain peaks.

South African Explorer

Day 11, Malealea

The clean air of the mountains accompanies us this morning as you explore the mountains on foot, you hike concludes with a village visit and the opportunity to gain insight into the community that calls these mountains home.

The Basotho are famous for their traditional hats, blankets, and their sturdy ponies. Basotho ponies are renowned for their sure-footed ness in the mountains and you have the opportunity of an optional pony trek this afternoon to experience this first-hand.

Day 12, Malealea to Graaff-Reinet

Returning to South Africa, you descend the mountains and take aim across the Great Karoo.

The semi-arid Karoo represents the heartland of rural South Africa and presents a stark contrast to the mountains we leave behind.

Your overnight stop is set in the historic town of Graaff-Reinet, the fourth oldest town in the country. You'll cross the mighty Orange (Gariep) River today as you journey through the vast countryside of the Karoo.

This evening you will have the opportunity to join a sundowner excursion to the Valley of Desolation, this unique valley offers a panoramic view over the town and the wide open plains stretching out below.

Kindly note that during the winter months, this activity will become a sunrise excursion to the valley of desolation the following morning.

South African Explorer

Day 13, Graaff-Reinet to Addo Elephant National Park

Graaff-Reinet is a town with one of the highest concentrations of monuments and offers a charming insight into the history of the land.

Setting course for the coast once again, you'll roll through the open plains of the Karoo and the wildlife charms of the Addo National Park.

Day 14, Addo Elephant National Park

This morning you will have the option to visit Port Elizabeth before returning to camp for lunch, this afternoon you'll visit the Addo, famed for the elephants after which the park was named, recent expansion has seen Addo grow to become the third largest of South Africa’s National Parks.

The unique vegetation of Addo supports a wide variety of wildlife and you will spend the afternoon in search of the animals that call Addo home.

South African Explorer

Day 15, Addo Elephant National Park to Tsitsikamma National Park

Setting out early this morning, you'll make a brief visit to the surfing mecca of Jeffreys Bay, most famous for its waves this little town is also home to a small Surfing Museum.

You'll then turn west to Tsitiskamma region where you set up for the next two nights and where the wonders of the Garden Route await.

Day 16, Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park is one of South Africa’s premier marine reserves and this morning you'll be set out to explore the rugged coastline on foot.

You will hike along the Waterfall Trail that sees the first section of the world renowned Otter Trail, this is not an easy hike and those who prefer a more leisurely option can make use of the boardwalks to the Storms River Mouth.

For the adventurous, the Waterfall Trail offers a spectacular winding path that follows the rocky coastline, an out and back trial you stop for a refreshing swim at the base of an icy Waterfall. For those who wish to get a birds-eye view of the magnificent forests an optional zip line tour through the canopy is offered this afternoon.

South African Explorer

Day 17, Tsitsikamma National Park to Plettenberg Bay

The Garden Route is a treasure trove of beautiful beaches, forest walks and an exciting menu of optional adventures.

While your morning is set aside for an exploration of Nature’s Valley, this beautiful village offers you a chance to enjoy a hike or simply relax on the pristine beach in this paradise.

You'll end the afternoon on the beautiful beaches of the Keurbooms Lagoon. Today offers a number of optional activities and your guide will assist you with a plan to get the most out the day, the truck will run a set schedule of pick-ups and drop-offs giving you the freedom to join or leave at the places of most interest to you.

Day 18, Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn

This morning the adventurous can join a number of optional activities on offer in the resort town of Plettenberg Bay, the winter months (July to November) offer some of the finest Whale Watching in the world and an ocean safari is not to be missed during these months.

For those less inclined to adventure on the high seas, the morning can be spent at leisure on the beach or exploring this holiday town. This afternoon you'll cross the Outeniqua Mountains as you wind you way to the Klein Karoo. You'll end the day with a visit to the Ostirch Farm where you will undertake a guide tour to learn more about the world’s largest birds.

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Day 19, Oudtshoorn to Paarl

Your stop will be Paarl in the Western Cape. Paarl is known for it's winland cape and the experiences it has to offer.

Here, you'll have the opportunity to do game drives, winelands visits and many more places such as Ronnie's sex shop and many more places that you'll get to enjoy. 

Day 20, Paarl to Cape Town

You'll be driven back to Cape Town after exploring Paarl and it's adventures. 

Cape Town has so much to offer such as hiking, wine lands 

Meals included in your tour cost

19 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 16 Dinners

Highlights included in your tour cost

South African Explorer

Cape Town Township Tour

Vibrant and colourful Dynamic history and culture Fully guided Bo-Kaap and District 6 Visit 4 different Townships

South African Explorer

Cape Winelands Wine Tour

Stunning mountains and rolling vineyards Some of the worlds best wine farms Gorgeous Cape Dutch architecture Wine and cheese feast

South African Explorer

St Lucia Boat Cruise

World Heritage Site Hippo, Crocodile and numerous bird species Huge system of estuaries Bird lovers paradise

South African Explorer

Kruger National Park Game Drive

View the Big 5 in their own environment World Famous Kruger National Park


This tour goes through: Kruger National Park, Durban, Drakensberg, Malealea, Addo Elephant National Park & 9 other destination(s) in Africa.


Crew: 2 crew (including cook)
Other: Sleeping mat included

Available in Reverse

This tour is also available in reverse. Click here to view details of the South African Explorer tour

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