Coast Lesotho and Cape Town

from $1101/per person

Starting in Durban, your Africa adventure leads inland to the stunning Drakensberg Mountains before heading to the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. Embark on South Africa’s famous Garden Route, encountering elephants at Addo Elephant Park, exploring Oudtshoorn, Hermanus and the natural wilderness of the Tsitsikamma National Park. Finish your tour after tasting the delicious local wine at its home in Cape Town.

Duration
12 Day
Destination(s)
Africa
Starts in / Ends in
Durban / Cape Town
Departs on
Sundays
Hotel Rating
Camping
5-15 Pax

Sight Visited

  • Addo Elephant National Park
    Addo Elephant National Park

  • Cape Town
    Cape Town

  • Drakensberg
    Drakensberg

  • Durban
    Durban

  • Hermanus
    Hermanus

  • Malealea
    Malealea

  • Mountain Zebra National Park
    Mountain Zebra National Park

  • Oudtshoorn
    Oudtshoorn

  • Port Elizabeth
    Port Elizabeth

  • Tsitsikamma Forest
    Tsitsikamma Forest

  • Underberg Area
    Underberg Area

ITINERARY

1
Day 1: Durban, Underberg Area
Our adventure starts as we head inland and drive via Pietermaritzburg and the lush mountainous countryside to our camp for the next two nights at Sani Lodge. This magnificent place is situated at the foot of the Sani Pass, the gateway to the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. Once a mule track for trading blankets, clothing and maize meal for wool and mohair. This stunning pass is the only vehicle access road over the Drakensberg escarpment. This afternoon is yours at leisure to enjoy the spectacular views and the many amazing walking and hiking trails.
  • Accommodation: Sani Lodge or similar - Twin share tents with shared facilities
  • Meals included Lunch, Dinner
  • WIFI: No
  • Optional Activities: Hiking and Walking Trails
2
Day 2: Underberg Area, Sani Pass
Today, we meet our local guides and join a guided tour of Lesotho via the spectacular gateway of the Sani Pass (2874 m). We travel in 4x4 vehicles through the rugged cliffs of the Drakensberg Mountains listening to the tales of pioneering of the route, history of the area and the stunning wildlife that dot the sloping mountains. We drive further into Lesotho and visit a small household and a shearing shed in a Shepherds village. We experience a local way of life and depending on the season and shearing times, we may get to view an angora goat or a sheep been sheared by hand.  Next on the list we ascend the Black Mountain, the second highest road pass in Lesotho rising 3240m for a picnic lunch overlooking the majestic views. After lunch we meet the shepherds of the area who spend the summer months tending to their flocks before taking a short walk to view Thabana Ntlenyana. Rising at 3482m, this is the highest point in Southern Africa.  We return to our camp for the night stopping en-route for a beverage at the highest bar in Africa at the Sani Mountain Lodge.
  • Accommodation: Sani Lodge or similar - Twin share tents with shared facilities
  • Meals included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • WIFI: No
  • Optional Activities: Hiking and Walking Trails
3
Day 3: Underberg Area, Battlefields, Drakensberg
Today we take in some history and take a drive to the Battlefields. Soaked with the blood of thousands of British, Boer (Dutch-speaking farmers) and Zulu soldiers, the Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal hold a deep-seated silence that speaks to the many lives lost here. We stop off at some of the historic sites. We retire to our lodge in the late afternoon where we can enjoy some table tennis, foosball, pool or chill in the nearby rock pool.
  • Accommodation: Amphitheatre Lodge - Twin share tents with shared facilities
  • Meals included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • WIFI: Yes
  • Optional Activities: No
4
Day 4: Drakensberg
We pack up our day packs ready to go and travel the short distance to the Royal National Park entry gate. This leading KwaZulu-Natal reserve offers wonderfully scenic views, lofty mountains and waterfalls in a prime location within the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. There are many optional trails to explore on foot and on horseback with a comprehensive guidebook available for visitors. Walkers and hikers can enjoy short journeys which take about an hour, or longer excursions over a half or full day. This is a great way to explore the stunning picturesque surroundings at the foot of the Drakensberg, including the well-known Amphitheatre rock face. We also get to visit some ancient cave dwelling and witness bush rock art sights. Satisfied and with our muscles stretched for the day, we enjoy the stillness and crispy clean air of the Drakensberg over a wholesome dinner. This day may alter to an alternative hiking trail due to poor visibility or severe weather conditions
  • Accommodation: Amphitheatre Lodge - Twin share tents with shared facilities
  • Meals included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • WIFI: Yes
  • Optional Activities: Guided Tugela Falls Hike R750
 
5
Day 5: Drakensberg, Malealea
Departing the Drakensberg this morning, we drive around the northern section of Lesotho re-entering at the Maseru Bridge Gate. We drive south over the rolling mountain ranges via the narrow passes to Malealea Lodge, high in the mountainside. Situated in the Mafeteng District of remote Western Lesotho, Malealea Lodge offers many optional activities to get to know the local culture amidst breath-taking scenery.
  • Accommodation: Malealea Lodge - Twin share tents with shared facilities
  • Meals included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • WIFI: Yes
  • Optional Activities: No
6
Day 6: Malealea
Today you have a free day to explore this beautiful mountainous country on the many optional activities on offer.  Venture on a mountain bike into the mountains climbing and descending the narrow paths with spectacular views. Enjoy a hike at leisure and mingle with the local Basotho people as they tend to their day to day duties. But most of all, no visit to Lesotho would be complete without a pony trek. Trails traverse hair-raising narrow mountain tracks and visit some of Lesotho’s amazing waterfalls. You can explore Bushman paintings of the area and experience Basotho culture all on a day’s ride.
  • Accommodation: Malealea Lodge - Twin share tents with shared facilities
  • Meals included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • WIFI: Yes
  • Optional Activities: Pony Trek to Waterfalls and Bushman Paintings R550, Bushman Paintings Pony Trek R430, 1 Hour Pony Ride to Village R300, Guided Hiking Trails from R30, Mountain Biking from R250, Village, School and Museum Hike (3 Hours) R70
7
Day 7: Malealea, Mountain Zebra National Park
Getting an early start, we leave the Lesotho highlands and cross back into South Africa and through stunning diverse country to the Mountain Zebra National Park. At 284km², this park is home to over 700 animals including eland, cape buffalo, cheetah, lion, caracal, black rhino and the bat eared fox, not to be missed! However, the highlight of the park's mammalian fauna is the over 700 Cape mountain zebras after which the park is named.  With a camera and binoculars at hand, we game drive in our overland truck in search for these animals en-route to our camp for the evening located inside the National Park.
  • Accommodation: Mountain Zebra National Park Rest Camp - Twin share tents with shared facilities
  • Meals included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • WIFI: Yes
  • Optional Activities: No
8
Day 8: Mountain Zebra National Park, Addo Elephant National Park, Port Elizabeth
Today, we drive to the Addo Elephant National Park where we spend the day exploring the park for some serious animal spotting. Addo can exclusively claim to be the only national park in the world to conserve the “Big 7” – the Big 5 as well as the southern right whale and great white shark off the Algoa Bay coast. This wonderful park is sanctuary to over 600 elephants, lion, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species – so you are sure to spot many animals during your time here! After an enjoyable day’s safari, we make our way to our accommodation, which is situated a few metres from the beachfront just outside of Port Elizabeth.
  • Accommodation: Willows Resort or similar - Twin share tents with shared facilities
  • Meals included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • WIFI: No
  • Optional Activities: No
 
9
Day 9: Port Elizabeth, Storms Rive, Tsitsikamma Forest
We rise early and make our way over to the exciting adventures at Storms River within the Tsitsikamma forest. Tsitsikamma National Park is a multi-dimensional destination with dramatic coastal scenery, reefs, rivers, lush forest and delicate Fynbos. A hiking and birders paradise, this region forms the top section of the magnificent Garden Route National Park. It’s here you have the option to choose from a selection of optional activities depending on your energy and interests. From boat cruises and canoe trips to nature hikes and bird watching, the forest has something to offer for most visitors’ curiosity and exploration desires. Alternatively, visit the famous Bloukrans Bridge where you could be tempted to a jump off one of the highest bungee jump.
  • Accommodation: Tube and Axe Boutique Lodge or similar - Twin share tents with shared facilities
  • Meals included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • WIFI: Yes
  • Optional Activities: Bungee Jump R1000, Bridge Walk R150, Half-day Tubing R610
10
Day 10: Storms River, Oudtshoorn
After breakfast we’re off to Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains. Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world with a number of farms based in the dry Karoo. This region is home to the spectacular Cango Caves, Africa's largest show cave system. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well-known Swartberg Mountains, here we find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations. After exploring the caves, we enjoy the night in the old settlers’ town in the Karoo.
  • Accommodation: Kleinplaas or similar - Twin share tents with shared facilitiesfacilities
  • Meals included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • WIFI: No
  • Optional Activities: No
11
Day 11: Oudtshoorn, Hermanus
Relaxed and revitalized from the wonderful Oudtshoorn hospitality, we board our vehicle and head south across the farmlands of the Cape to the coastal town of Hermanus, famous for its whale and dolphin sightings. En route we stop off at Cape Agulhas, the place where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, lying at the southernmost tip of Africa. Historically, the ‘Cape’ coastline has been recognised by sailors as extremely hazardous, notorious for winter storms with huge rogue waves reaching a spectacular height of 30 metres. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the coastline is littered with lonely ship wrecks. We visit the gigantic lighthouse built as early as 1848 before enjoying a lunch break. The late afternoon is spent exploring Hermanus, a haven for the outdoor enthusiast! We spend the night enjoying the town’s atmosphere.
  • Accommodation: Hermanus Backpackers or similar - Shared dorm with shared facilities
  • Meals included Breakfast, Lunch
  • WIFI: Yes
  • Optional Activities: Hermanus Whale Watching/Cruise from R950
 
12
Day 12: Hermanus, Cape Town
A free morning in Hermanus gives us ample opportunity to join a whale watching tour or explore the town’s variety of shops and boardwalk on foot or visit the Old Harbour Open-Air Museum that is a provincial heritage site. This museum is unique as it is only one of two fishing harbours in the world that has been conserved intact and remnants of the vibrant fishing industry can be seen everywhere. The museum is the axis around which the fishing village of Hermanus was developed. We leave Hermanus before lunch and follow the rough coastal route taking a leisurely drive through small fishing towns. We visit a winery en route to Cape Town where we enjoy wine tasting. The tour draws to an end towards late afternoon at the foot of Table Mountain in the popular mother city of South Africa, Cape Town.
  • Accommodation: No
  • Meals included Breakfast
  • WIFI: No
  • Optional Activities: Shark Cage Diving from R2300
Start
Price ($)

The tour price covers the following services:

Meals

11 Breakfasts I 11 Lunches I 10 Dinners

Accommodation

Twin share camping with shared facilities, Sleeping mattress

Transportation

Fully equipped safari vehicle, All road tolls and vehicle taxes, All ground transportation

Crew

Services of two crew

Hightlights

Sani pass excursion
Battlefields
Royal Natal National park
Drakensberg Mountains
Mountain Zebra National Park, Game Drive
Addo Elephant NP Game Drive
Tsitsikamma NP
Garden Route
Cango Caves Visit
Cape Agulhas
Wine Tasting

What is not included in the tour price?

  • Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
  • Visas
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Departure Taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Optional activities
  • Drinks, tips
  • Items of a personal nature

Camping


We use 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in groundsheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. We mainly use campsites, which usually have reasonable wash and shower facilities, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool.

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