Kruger to Cape Town Great Karoo Tour <strong>Province</strong>: Gauteng<br />

Kruger to Cape Town Great Karoo Tour

 
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Ref: SD05
Departs from: Johannesburg
Province: Gauteng
Days: 22
Persons: min 2
Departs: Daily
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Highlights: This is a full tour which covers a huge area of South Africa. You start at the most popular attraction in the North called the Kruger Park and end in one of the most popular city's in the world, Cape Town. In between you experience different aspects of South Africa and the whole tour will give you a great overview of this amazing country.

This package can easily be joined to lengthen your journey. This package is also available with your own Private Driver/Guide


   
Itinerary: 22 DAYS SELF DRIVE TOUR KRUGER TO CAPE TOWN VIA GREAT KAROO

DAY 1: PILGRIMS REST

From Johannesburg you travel towards Kruger Park but before you get to Kruger you stay at the historic village of Pilgrims Rest. Pilgrims Rest is situated on the magnificent Panorama Route and in the area of Pilgrims Rest you find an abundance of natural, cultural and historic gems. Pilgrims Rest offers you a fascinating window into the past and captures the spirit of a bygone era and their people in the quest for gold.

Overnight in Pilgrims Rest

DAY 2: KRUGER PARK

Today you can either drive straight to Skukuza in the Kruger National Park or you take a detour along the Panorama Route and visit the popular attractions like Gods Window, the Three Rondavels and the Blyde River Canyon.

You enter Kruger via Hazyview and your overnight is in Skukuza.

DAY 3: KRUGER PARK

Today you have a full day for game viewing on your own pace. Overnight in Skukuza

DAY 4: SOUTHERN KRUGER

From Skukuza you travel more south of Kruger and stay at Malelane. Overnight in Malelane.

DAY 5: SWAZILAND

From Melalane you travel towards Swaziland and drive through this friendly country. Swaziland is a rural charm where lots of people come to visit. It is well known for arts and crafts. South Africa held Swaziland as a protectorate from 1894 to 1899, but after the Boer War, in 1902, Swaziland was transferred to British administration. The paramount chief was recognized as the native authority in 1941. In 1963, the territory was constituted a protectorate, and on Sept. 6, 1968, it became the independent nation of Swaziland. Your overnight will be at a Game Reserve in Swaziland.

DAY 6: ST.LUCIA

From Swaziland you travel to St.Lucia. St. Lucia was formed about 60 to 100 million years ago when the Indian Ocean withdrew from the sandy coastal regions of Kwazulu Natal. The greater St.Lucia Wetlands is one of the world�s great eco-tourism destinations. The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance has listed St.Lucia as having international conservation value. The region also satisfies the criteria for listing as a UNESCO World Heritage area.

Today is not a far drive so you can still enjoy your morning in Swaziland.

DAY 7: ST.LUCIA

You have one more day to explore St.Lucia or enjoy one of the many activities. Overnight in St.Lucia.

DAY 8: SHAKALAND

From St.Lucia you travel towards Eshowe for a cultural day and night at Shakaland. At shakaland Experience the sight of assegaai-wielding warriors, share the fascinating secrets of the Sangomas and witness traditional customs such as tribal dancing, spear making and the beer-drinking ceremonies. Your program starts at 16h00pm, so you should be there half an hour before that. Overnight in Shakaland.

DAY 9: UMHLANGA ROCKS

After your morning program at Shakaland you travel to the coast to Uhmlanga Rocks. If time you can still enjoy the golden beaches and warm waters. Overnight in Uhmlanga.

DAY 10: GIANTS CASTLE

After your day on the beach you are traveling land inwards. You head first towards Pietermaritzburg, where you can visit the Voortrekker Museum. At the Voortrekker Museum you can get a good overview of the history of Kwazulu Natal, which is a perfect start. Continuing you visit Howick and the Howick Falls. From here you can take the Midland Meander, known for all its arts and crafts shops until you get the turnoff to the Giant Castle. Accommodation at Giants Castle

DAY 11: GIANTS CASTLE

You need one more day at Giants Castle to explore the area. Activities include: prehistoric rock art, day walks, bird watching, swimming, game viewing, mountain biking etc.

Accommodation at Giants Castle

DAY 12: GOLDEN GATE

From the Giants Castle in the central area of the Drakensberg you head back to the N3 and follow your way to the Golden Gate National Park. You can either take the Highway or the smaller road (which is scenic wise much nicer), the R74. If you are interested you can visit Spioenkop Battlefield for some historic information about the background of this area. Your accommodation is in Golden Gate National Park.

DAY 13: MIDDELBURG

From the Golden Gate National Park you take a drive along Lesotho. This will be a day driving but you pass a beautiful scenery. Middelburg is located in the Great Karoo. This area is also called the semi dessert. It is a dry open landscape with an amazing ground colour. Middelburg is located on the banks of the Klein Brak River, the site for developing the town was carefully chosen, as its development was important for providing in the secular and spiritual life of the pioneer farming community which was very far from anywhere.

DAY 14: GRAAFF REINET

From Middelburg it is not far to drive to Graaff Reinet. You can drive straight and explore this beautiful Karoo village or you can take a little detour along Betheba, a little village which has staid in the condition of old times. Close to Betheba is a farm where you can view rock art and artefacts of the San. A tour is very interesting but booking ahead is essential.

Overnight in Graaff Reinet

DAY 15: BEAUFORT WEST

Today you drive the long straight roads of the Karoo to Beaufort West, where we overnight in a beautiful spot to experience this part of South Africa. You can book an optional game drive if you like. Overnight is in Beaufort West.

DAY 16: OUDTSHOORN

From Beaufort West you leave to Oudtshoon. Oudtshoorn is famous for the Ostrich Industry and history. You can visit one of the interesting Ostrich Farms and the world famous Cango Caves. Overnight in Oudtshoorn.

DAY 17: KNYSNA

From Oudtshoorn you visit the Garden Route, which is one of the most popular routes in South Africa. You fist take the impressive Outeniqua Pass and end up in the capital of the Garden Route, called George. From George you drive through the beautiful natural wilderness area to Knysna. Overnight in Knysna

DAY 18: KNYSNA

You have another day in Knysna, which you can spend in the town or you can decide to drive a bit further along the Garden Route and visit Plettenberg Bay and even Tsitsikamma. Tsitsikamma is a national park with a dramatic coastline and a variety of hiking trails. The forest gives a nice change in scenery from the Karoo.

Overnight in Knysna.

DAY 19: STELLENBOSCH

From Knysna you travel early in the morning along the N2 to Stellenbosch. This is a day drive on which you can make several stops along the route. A good place to stop is Swellendam, the third town of South Africa after which you stay in Stellenbosch, which is the second town of South Africa. Overnight in the wine region of Stellenbosch.

(In whale season we can change Stellenbosch to Hermanus to see whales)

DAY 20: CAPE TOWN

From Stellenbosch you travel towards the coast and take the turn to the Cape of Good Hope. You travel along the Cape of Good Hope to see the penguins in Simonstown, the most south westerly point at Cape Point and the little fishing harbour in Houtbay.

Overnight in Cape Town.

DAY 21: CAPE TOWN

This day you can visit all the popular attraction of Cape Town, like table mountain, V&A Waterfront (maybe a cruise to Robben Island), the company Gardens, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Green market square etc.

Overnight in Cape Town or a late night flight back home.

DAY 22: CAPE TOWN

Travel to the airport and return the car.


   
Included: The following is included standard:
car hire with unlimited kms, accommodation with breakfast, detailed route description, If you overnight in a national park or nature reserve the obligatory access money and/or conservation fees has been included in our price.
   
Excluded: All purchases of a personal nature, meals, excursions, petrol, toll road costs and travel and cancellation insurance. (Travel Insurance and cancellation insurance for you cost)
   
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