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20-Day Kruger to Cape Town Accommodated Overland Tour from Pretoria

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Day 1: Pretoria – Greater Kruger Park, South Africa

Stop At: Hotel Numbi & Garden Suites, R40, Hazyview, 1242, South Africa
Departing from South Africa’s administrative city, Pretoria, we drive across the scenic Mpumalanga province and enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery of the Panorama Route. We make our way to Hazyview bordering Kruger. Fences between the National Park and surrounding private reserves were removed several years ago to form the Greater Kruger, an area of some 24000 sq km. Wildlife is free to roam the whole enormous area and it has become incredibly diverse in both fauna and flora. From the dwarf mongoose to the famed ‘Big Five’, almost every major African mammal is present. There is also prolific birdlife and over 330 varieties of trees. This evening we enjoy our first night under the African stars.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel Numbi, Hazyview, South Africa

Day 2: Kruger National Park

Stop At: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Waking at sunrise, we eagerly wait for Park Rangers to open the park gates to let us enter the wilds of Kruger for an intense yet rewarding day of game tracking with our eagle eyed guide at the wheel. Kruger is home to over 505 species of birds, 148 species of mammals and many reptiles which we enthusiastically search for during the morning and afternoon. The impressive atmosphere of the park enables you to understand why it is held in such high esteem amongst wildlife lovers from all over the world. We avoid the hot midday sun and enjoy the peacefulness the rest camp has to offer. There are many facilities available for game viewers such as restaurants, souvenir stores and swimming pools. We return to our accommodation in the late afternoon, happily exhausted and highly satisfied with the day’s events. For those wanting more game driving there is the option of heading out on a night safari. Early evening, we all enjoy a lovely dinner gathered around the warm fire crackling in the stillness of night.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel Numbi, Hazyview, South Africa

Day 3: Full Day Kruger National Park

Stop At: Kruger National Park, South Africa
After a light sunrise breakfast, we re-enter the Park in an open 4x4 safari vehicle for our second day’s game diving day. With cameras and binoculars on hand we spend the morning and afternoon winding along beaten tracks and marked routes encountering many species which are indigenous to this region. Kruger has over two million hectares of unrivalled diversity of ecosystems boasting an incredible concentration of wildlife and we hope to encounter some of these including the ‘Big 5’ - elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo. We return to our accommodation during the late afternoon.
*For travellers not making use of the Adventure Pass, alternate optional activities are available today

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel Numbi, Hazyview, South Africa

Day 4: Kruger National Park – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland

Stop At: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, D55, Ezulwini Eswatini (Swaziland)
Leaving Hazyview, we travel south along the edge of the Kruger National Park, passing many farming towns and Shangaan settlements. After a short stop in Nelspruit, the road takes us through lush citrus farms before crossing the Crocodile River and into the Kingdom of Swaziland, a land-locked country snuggled between Mozambique and South Africa. Arriving at Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary, our base for the next two nights is Swaziland’s oldest protected area located in the stunning Ezulwini Valley, 'Valley of Heavens’.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland

Day 5: The Kingdom of Swaziland

Stop At: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, D55, Ezulwini Eswatini (Swaziland)
Waking to the sounds of grunting antelope and wild exotic birds, we enjoy breakfast soaking up the natural beauty of our surroundings. A short drive through the sanctuary brings us to the Royal Enclosure where we discover an abundance of history and culture about the last African monarchy-controlled country. A local Swazi guide walks us through a traditional village explaining many customs and rituals. After leisure time browsing street side markets and trying our hand bartering with crafters, we find our way back to the sanctuary for lunch. This afternoon we recommend you participate in some of the many activities offered in the sanctuary such as horseback trails, game drives, mountain bike riding, and guided walks or just enjoy some rejuvenating time-out sun tanning around the cool swimming pool with a good book. There are over forty species of animals found here including the exotic species such as Honey Badger, Dwarf Mongoose, Aardwolf, Striped Polecat and the more common including Hippo, Ostrich, Kudu, Zebra and Baboon. Enjoy cool sun downers and admiring the view overlooking the hippo pool while our crew prepares a delicious dinner.

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland

Day 6: Swaziland – St Lucia, South Africa

Stop At: Monzi Safaris Tented Lodge St Lucia, 81 Mckenzie St, St Lucia, 3936, South Africa
Leaving this amazing sanctuary behind us, we travel south through the Swazi countryside before crossing the border and re-entering South Africa via the KwaZulu-Natal province. We head to the small coastal town of St Lucia, set amongst the wild beaches and a tropical estuary. This afternoon, we join the river cruise on the St. Lucia Lagoon viewing many Hippo pods, lazy crocodiles, and numerous bird species on the sandy banks, or cooling down in the water for a refreshing swim.

After dinner, we have the opportunity to relax in the camps gardens gazing up into the clear southern hemisphere sky, star watching

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Monzi Camp, St Lucia, South Africa

Day 7: St Lucia - Durban

Stop At: Road Lodge Umhlanga Ridge, Medigate Rd &, Hospital Rd, Umhlanga Ridge, Durban, 4321, South Africa
This morning is yours at leisure to explore the town and the numerous shops and markets stalls or simply relax in the campsite’s stunning settings. We leave St Lucia mid-morning and drive through pine forests and sugar cane fields to one of Africa’s largest commercial ports, Durban. The afternoon is yours at leisure to enjoy what this city has on offer from stunning beaches and a vibrant night life.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at Road Lodge, Umhlanga Ridge, Durban

Day 8: Durban

Stop At: Road Lodge Umhlanga Ridge, Medigate Rd &, Hospital Rd, Umhlanga Ridge, Durban, 4321, South Africa
Today is a day of leisure to explore the beauty Durban has to offer. Head to the Durban beachfront, known as the Golden Mile and visit the colourful flea markets and the stretch of numerous quality restaurants with a view. A must is to try a delicious local dish, the Durban Curry. Visit uShaka Marine World, Africa’s biggest marine theme park boasting the largest collection of sharks in the Southern Hemisphere. You may choose to partake in scuba diving or find your thrill on the water slides. For the more adventurous, why not take a leap from the 'big swing' at the Moses Mabhida stadium which offers 360 degrees views of Durban.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at Road Lodge, Umhlanga Ridge, Durban

Day 9: Durban – Underberg Area

Stop At: SANI LODGE BACKPACKERS, 10.5KM SOUTHERN DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAINS, Sani Pass Rd, Mkhomazi Wilderness area, South Africa
Today we head inland and drive via Pietermaritzburg and the lush mountainous countryside to our accommodation 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.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Sani Lodge, Underberg Area, South Africa

Day 10: Underberg Area – Sani Pass

Stop At: SANI LODGE BACKPACKERS, 10.5KM SOUTHERN DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAINS, Sani Pass Rd, Mkhomazi Wilderness area, South Africa
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 Drakensbuerg 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 accommodation for the night stopping en-route for a beverage at the highest bar in Africa at the Sani Mountain Lodge.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Sani Lodge, Underberg Area, South Africa

Day 11: Underberg Area – Battlefields - Drakensberg

Stop At: Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge, R74, Bergville, 3354, South Africa
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.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Amphitheatre Lodge, Drakensberg, South Africa

Day 12: Drakensberg

Stop At: Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge, R74, Bergville, 3354, South Africa
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.

Note: This day may alter to an alternative hiking trail due to poor visibility or severe weather conditions

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Amphitheatre Lodge, Drakensberg, South Africa

Day 13: Drakensberg – Malealea

Stop At: Malealea Lodge, Lesotho - Pony Trekking & MTB, Malealea Village, Malealea, Lesotho
Departing the Drakensberg this morning, we drive around the northern section of Lesotho re-entering at the Mareru 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.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Malealea Lodge, Lesotho

Day 14: Malealea

Stop At: Malealea Lodge, Lesotho - Pony Trekking & MTB, Malealea Village, Malealea, Lesotho
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.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Malealea Lodge, Lesotho

Day 15: Malealea to Mountain Zebra National Park

Stop At: Mountain Zebra National Park, Cradock South Africa
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 zebra 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.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Mountain Zebra National Park, South Africa

Day 16: Mountain Zebra National Park – Addo Elephant National Park – Port Elizabeth

Stop At: The Willows Resort & Conference Centre, Marine Dr, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, 6001, South Africa
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.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Willows Resort, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Day 17: Port Elizabeth – Storms River/ Tsitsikamma Forest

Stop At: Tube and Axe Boutique Lodge, Backpackers & Camping, Cnr Darnell & Saffron Streets, Stormsrivier, 6308, Eastern Cape, South Africa Storms River, Stormsrivier, 6308, South Africa
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 the highest bungee jump.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Tube and Axe Backpackers, Storms River, Tsitsikamma, South Africa

Day 18: Storms River - Oudtshoorn

Stop At: Kleinplaas Resort, 171 Baron Van Reede St & North St, Oudtshoorn, 6620, South Africa
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.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Kleinplass Resort, Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Day 19: Oudtshoorn – Hermanus

Stop At: Hermanus Backpackers, 26 Flower St, Hermanus, 7200, South Africa
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. Enroute 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 afternoon is spent exploring Hermanus, a haven for the outdoor enthusiast! We spend the night enjoying the town’s atmosphere, inhaling the cool breeze.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight at Hermanus Backpackers, Western Cape, South Africa

Day 20: Hermanus – Cape Town

Stop At: Ashanti Lodge Gardens - Book direct and save., 11 Hof St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
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.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Sentinel Luxury Suite Hotels, Pretorius St, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0007, South Africa
Departure Time
7:00 AM
Duration
20 days
Return Details
Ashanti Lodge Gardens - Book direct and save., 11 Hof St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Inclusions
  • 19x Breakfast
  • 16x Dinner
  • 16x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 19 nights
  • Fully equipped safari vehicle
  • Accommodation as specified and cooking equipment
  • All road tolls and vehicle taxes
  • All ground transportation
  • Meals as indicated
  • Services of two crew
  • Panorama Route
  • 2 days, Kruger NP, Game Drives *
  • Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Royal Enclosure/ Swaziland Village
  • St Lucia Boat Cruise *
  • Sani pass excursion *
  • Battlefields
  • Royal National park
  • Drakensberg Mountains
  • Mountain Zebra National Park, Game Drive
  • Addo Elephant NP, Game Drives
  • Garden Route
  • Cango Caves, Visit*
  • Cape Agulhas
  • Wine Tasting
  • Entry/Admission - Hotel Numbi & Garden Suites
  • Entry/Admission - Kruger National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Entry/Admission - Monzi Safaris Tented Lodge St Lucia
  • Entry/Admission - Road Lodge Umhlanga Ridge
  • Entry/Admission - SANI LODGE BACKPACKERS
  • Entry/Admission - Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge
  • Entry/Admission - Malealea Lodge, Lesotho - Pony Trekking & MTB
  • Entry/Admission - Mountain Zebra National Park
  • Entry/Admission - The Willows Resort & Conference Centre
  • Entry/Admission - Tube and Axe Boutique Lodge, Backpackers & Camping
  • Entry/Admission - Kleinplaas Resort
  • Entry/Admission - Hermanus Backpackers
  • Entry/Admission - Ashanti Lodge Gardens - Book direct and save.
Exclusions
  • Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional/ USD 270.00pp)*
  • Visas
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Departure taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional activities
  • Drinks, tips
  • Items of a personal nature
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Each Overland tour has an Adventure Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income. The (Optional) Adventure Pass is USD 270.00 per person
  • Minimum age is 18 years, Maximum age is 39 years.
  • You MUST confirm and obtain any visa requirements prior to border crossing. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveller.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • * Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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I would highly recommend acacia Africa to everyone, in fact I have told several people about my trip as they were amazed by my posts online and wanted to book themselves. I was a solo traveler and opted to not camp and have accommodation throughout....More

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Dear 674max, Wow... what an AMAZING review, thank you! We are pleased you had such a wonderful 20-day Kruger to Cape Town tour with us and that you enjoyed the many highlights along the way - it's one of our most popular trips now. We...More

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