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South Africa Rainbow Route

South Africa Rainbow Route

HIGHLIGHTS

National Parks, Game Drives, Beaches, Mountains and Culture

FROM

NZ$4,520

DURATION

17 Days

Why choose this trip?

South Africa Rainbow Route is a participation tour that offers an accommodated safari at a reasonable price, accommodated in chalets, cabins and hotels. A South Africa participation safari with a bed each night.

  • A comprehensive introduction to the Rainbow Nation – a world in one country!
  • Exciting trip with culture, wildlife, adventure, walking, mountains and beaches.
  • Kruger NP, Swaziland, Zululand, Drakensberg, Garden Route and Cape Town.

What’s the Activity level?

Anyone who is generally active and in good health should enjoy this trip. The accommodation used is simple but clean and this trip will appeal to anyone interested in getting the real wilderness of Botswana. It is a full itinerary with a couple of long driving days. The road conditions through the wilderness areas a very poor and our progress can at times be slow and dusty. Remember to hold on at all times and enjoy the ride!

What’s the transport and accommodation like?

Our fleet of vehicles are custom built to ensure comfortable and safe touring. Each is constructed, by an authorised passenger vehicle builder, to the latest safety requirements, with a safety shell, and every seat has a lap belt.

The accommodation we use is a variety of small lodges and guest houses with ensuite facilities.

An essential part of your safari is participation. From putting up your tent to packing the truck in the morning – it’s all part of your adventure. Your tour leaders will do all the meal preparation but we do ask the clients to help (on rotation) with the washing up. There are some long travel days which means early morning starts so we all need to get involved to make the day run efficiently.

Departs most Saturdays. Please enquire for more availability.

*All our tours are non-smoking

TRIP SUMMARY

Duration: 17 days from Johannesburg to Cape Town
Trip focus: A great classic overland journey taking in the highlights of the National Parks, Game Drives, Mountain walks and finishing off with the sights and sounds of Cape Town
Accommodation: 14 nights on safari we stay at small lodges (including tented lodges), with en suite facilities, 2 nights on the Wild Coast are in self-catering chalets where two bedrooms share a bathroom.
Transport: Custom-built 4WD Safari truck or a 12 seater minibus
Group size: Maximum 12 + tour leader and driver
Single supplement: NZ$904 – or you can request to share with someone of the same gender
Operator: This tour is run by one of our trusted local partners

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Meals as stated in itinerary
  • All park Entrance fees
  • All accommodation and transport within the tour
  • English speaking driver and local tour guide
  • Local game trackers and guides

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • All items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, souvenirs etc
  • Optional activities
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Local payment if required to be paid on day 1 of your tour to your guide
  • International flights and internal flight departure taxes
  • Travel insurance, visas and vaccinations
  • Tips for your tour leader and driver

DAYS 1 & 2 – ARRIVAL DAY JOHANNESBURG to MPUMALANGA

Departing from Johannesburg at 06:30am we head towards Mpumalanga where mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls & forests characterise the landscape. Enjoy the views from God’s Window before descending off the escarpment and heading to our game lodge on the border of the Greater Kruger NP.

The following morning, we are up early for a full day of game viewing in Kruger National Park. We will return to our lodge in the late afternoon to enjoy sunset over the Drakensberg Mountains, a swim in the pool and a hearty meal before falling asleep to the sounds of Africa.

Meals Included: 1 Breakfast, 2 Lunches and 2 Dinners

DAY 3 – KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

We stretch our legs on a short morning walk exploring the surrounding bush before we re-enter Kruger NP and head south. Kruger NP is the largest game reserve in South Africa, boasts the world’s greatest concentration of species, and has an amazing 16 different ecosystems. Exciting game drives provide us with excellent game viewing. Spot the “Big 5” (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) and many other animals in this true African wilderness.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 4 – KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND

Malolotja Nature Reserve in the mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland is our next attraction. Renowned for a great variety of habitats, from short grassland, to thick riverine scrub, bushveld and moist forest, we explore the reserve on foot to enjoy the fantastic mountain views. Relax around a campfire dinner and stay in mountain cabins for the night.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAYS 5 & 6 – ZULULAND

We visit a craft market near Mbabane which has a range of handmade crafts and a local witchdoctor stall! We re-enter South Africa and head to our private Game Reserve located on the Ukuwela Conservancy, where our local guide will lead us on a walk through bushveld and riverine vegetation of the Msinene River, bird watching and game tracking. The next day we take a game drive in Hluhluwe Game Reserve, which is a safe haven for the embattled rhino, followed by a visit to a local Zulu village. Relax in the late afternoon with a cold drink while enjoying the views over the reserve from the lodge.

Meals Included: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 2 Dinners

DAYS 7 & 8 – DRAKENSBURG MOUNTAINS

The Drakensberg Mountains or “uKhahlamba” – the Barrier of Spears, is a 200-kilometre long mountainous wonderland and world heritage site. From Mkhuze we move further south to the base of these mountains where we overnight for two nights in quaint cottages. We will spend time walking along beautiful mountain stream paths, or just enjoying the spectacular views.

En-route to the Drakensberg we will visit the Nelson Mandela Capture Site Museum and pay our respects to this great man.

Meals Included: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 2 Dinners

DAYS 9 & 10 – WILD COAST

The Wild Coast remains a relatively untouched paradise with unspoilt stretches of dramatically beautiful coastline, open spaces and pristine forest areas. We stay overnight in Kei Mouth and the next day is free to explore the area, meet local villagers or go down to the beach.

Meals included: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 2 Dinners

DAY 11 – ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK

The Addo Elephant National Park was established in 1931 to protect the last 11 wild elephants from extermination. Today more than 600 elephants roam through the area. The park also offers excellent viewing of black rhino, Cape buffalo, lion and leopard, as well as a host of other large and small mammals and over 400 species of birds in the greater park area.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

DAYS 12 & 13 – KNYSNA / TSITSIKAMMA

For two nights we will stay in a lodge resort in Knysna, which is nestled on a tranquil lagoon. We will take a day trip to the Storms River mouth where there are walks up the gorge and along the rocky coast. The Tsitsikamma National Park incorporates 80km of spectacular sea and landscapes; a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys, coastal forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea. There is also an option of the world’s highest bungee jump. Sample seafood at one of Knysna’s great restaurants (own expense).

Meals Included: 2 Breakfasts and 1 Lunch

DAY 14 – HERMANUS

Hermanus offers some of the best land based whale watching in the world. From June to November, Southern Right whales come up from the southern oceans to calve and mate in the shallow waters around the Cape. In whale season we will take a walk along this beautiful coastline. In the summer months we will explore the flowering fynbos in Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Enjoy the evening meal out at a local restaurant (own expense).

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAYS 15 & 16 – CAPE TOWN

Cape Town is one of the most picturesque cities in the world, with the majestic Table Mountain providing its central focus. On our way into Cape Town, we visit Stellenbosch, South Africa’s renowned wine region, for wine tasting (own expense) and a cellar tour. The “mother city” has many attractions; we will visit the harbour at Hout Bay, visit Cape Point, enjoy the famous beaches and the V&A Waterfront. Optional visit to Robben Island (own expense). We sample the local fare at a variety of local restaurants (own expense).

Meals Included: 2 Breakfasts

DAY 17 – DEPARTURE DAY

In the morning we climb Table Mountain, offering panoramic views over Cape Town reaching out into the bay and Robben Island. Having explored the highlights of the Rainbow Nation we take a last look at Cape Town and catch up on curio shopping in the afternoon, before your tour ends at 6:00pm at the guest house.

Meals Included: Breakfast
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mpumalanga Panorama Route – sight seeing
  • Kruger National Park – game drives
  • Swaziland – mountain walks
  • Zululand – game drives & cultural village
  • Drakensberg Mountains – maintain walks
  • Wild Coast – beach walks & Xhosa culture
  • Addo – game drives
  • Tsitsikamma – forest walks
  • Hermanus – beaches and whales
  • Cape Town – Cape Point & Table Mountain

DATES

Start Date End Date Availability Cost
6th Apr 2024 22nd Apr 2024 GUARANTEED DEPARTURE NZ$4,520
4th May 2024 20th May 2024 AVAILABLE NZ$4,520
22nd Jun 2024 8th Jul 2024 AVAILABLE NZ$4,520
6th Jul 2024 22nd Jul 2024 AVAILABLE NZ$4,520
20th Jul 2024 5th Aug 2024 GUARANTEED DEPARTURE NZ$4,520
3rd Aug 2024 19th Aug 2024 GUARANTEED DEPARTURE NZ$4,520
17th Aug 2024 2nd Sep 2024 GUARANTEED DEPARTURE NZ$4,520
7th Sep 2024 23rd Sep 2024 GUARANTEED DEPARTURE NZ$4,520
21st Sep 2024 7th Oct 2024 GUARANTEED DEPARTURE NZ$4,520
5th Oct 2024 21st Oct 2024 GUARANTEED DEPARTURE NZ$4,520
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