SOUTH AFRICA – Safari & Coastline
19 nights / 19 days – Johannesburg- Cape Town

€2895 – Fully Accommodated

South Africa is arguably one of the most diverse countries in the world. Being home to 9 different natural biomes and 11 different official languages, it’s no wonder why this may be the case. From the mountains to the sea, the savannah to the desert, the surroundings are constantly changing. During this 19 day tour, we will explore all of the major attractions that South Africa has to offer. Numerous national parks, multiple coastlines, southern Africa’s largest mountain range and the beautiful Garden Route – truly an experience to not to be missed.

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Spend two days exploring the world famous Kruger National Park on non-stop safaris.

MULTIPLE GAME DRIVES

Discover this amazing land and its wildlife in our many game drives.

BUSH WALKS

The ultimate experience to enjoy the bush. A true nature immersion provided by experienced local guides.

ROYAL HLANE NATIONAL PARK (SWAZILAND)

Enjoy the impressive elephant, rhino and lion populations in one of Swaziland’s most prestigious national parks.

iMFOLOZI RIVER BOAT CRUISE

Enjoy the sunset from a boat cruise in iSimangolisa (St. Lucia) Wetland Park, with South Africa’s largest hippo population.

HLUHLUWE iMFOLOZI NATIONAL PARK

Safari in the beautiful Hluhluwe iMfolozi National park, boasting the highest rhino population in Africa.

DRANKENSBERG and PANORAMA ROUTE

Stay at a private lodge in the heart of southern Africa’s highest mountain range and discover the beautiful Panorama Route – visit attractions such as Bourkes Luck Potholes and Blyde River Canyon.

ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK

Enjoy a game drive in the phenomenal Addo Elephant National Park, where elephants rule!

GARDEN ROUTE

Spend three days cruising through the famous Garden Route, visiting Tsitsikama and Knysna.

HERMANUS

We will spend one night in a beach villa on the beautiful town of Hermanus, most famous for its large population of Humpback and Southern Right Whales.

BOULDERS BEACH PENGUIN COLONY

Get to know the amusing characters of the african penguin, one of three colonies in the world.

CAPE TOWN

From Table Mountain to Cape of Good Hope and the Winelands…discover why Cape Town is one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

WINE ROUTE

We will be visiting Franchoek, home to South Africa’s most famous vineyards, to taste some of the countries world renowned wines – travelling on a tram that takes us between five different wineries.

ROUTE

  • Johannesburg (Pre-night)
  • Johannesburg – Greater Kruger Private Game Reserve (2 nights)
  • Greater Kruger – (via Panorama route) – Kruger NP (2 nights)
  • Kruger NP – Royal Hlane National Park, Swaziland (1 night)
  • Royal Hlane – St. Lucia (2 nights)
  • St. Lucia – Drakensberg (2 nights)
  • Drakensberg – Durban (1 night)
  • Durban – Addo Elephant NP (2 nights)
  • Addo Elephant NP – Tsitsikama (1 night)
  • Tsitsikama – Knysna (2 nights)
  • Knysna – Hermanus (1 night)
  • Hermanus – via Franchoek – Cape Town (2 nights, TOUR END)

INCLUDED Highlights:

  • 2 nights Private game reserve with 2 game
    drives
  • Bush Walk in Private reserve
  • 2 nights Kruger National park with 4 game
    drives
  • Royal Hlane National park with game drive
  • iSimangolisa (St. Lucia) Wetland Park
  • iMfolozi River boat bruise
  • Hluhluwe iMfolozi National Park with game
    drive (Cape Vidal)
  • 2 nights Drakensberg mountain range
  • Durban
  • 2 nights Addo Elephant National Park with 2 game drives
  • Tsitsikama, Garden Route National Park
  • Knysna
  • Hermanus
  • Franchoek winelands and wine tasting
  • Table Mountain
  • Boulders Beach penguin colony
  • Cape point and Cape of good hope
  • Bo-Kaap

Included:

  • Accommodation (Between lodges and
    hotels)
  • Pre-tour Accommodation (Cradlemoon,
    Johannesburg)
  • Airport Transfers
  • Gratuities/tips for guides used along the way
  • Meals: breakfast x19, lunch x12 , dinner x10
  • Transport (in a 13-seater overland truck)
  • Experienced and knowledgeable tour guide
  • All National Park entrance fee’s
  • Drinking Water
  • Footsteps welcome Package
  • Flights to Port Elizabeth

Additional Expenses:

  • Personal drinks/snacks
  • International flights
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Visas
  • Any optional activities
  • Gratuities/tips for guides used along the way (tipping guideline will be provided)

TOUR DATES & Prices

At Footsteps Through Africa, we run our tours seasonally, ensuring the best possible conditions in our chosen destinations. 
Our South Africa Tour runs between March and May, at the end of the rainy season when the lush bush comes to life and between October and December, towards the end of the dry season when the animals flock to the permanent waterholes.

Departure Arrival Tour Style Price Available seats
29 February 2020, Johanesburg 19 March 2020, Cape Town Fully Accommodated Fully Booked
1 March 2020, Johanesburg 22 March 2020, Cape Town Fully Accommodated Fully Booked
2 May 2020, Johanesburg 24 May 2020, Cape Town Fully Accommodated Fully Booked
10 October 2020, Johanesburg 29 October 2020, Cape Town Fully Accommodated Fully Booked
3 November 2020, Johanesburg 22 November 2020, Cape Town Fully Accommodated Fully Booked
7 November 2020, Johanesburg 26 November 2020, Cape Town Fully Accommodated €2895 6
28 November 2020, Johanesburg 17 December 2020, Cape Town Fully Accommodated Fully Booked

Full Tour Itinerary

Day 0: Johanesburg, Pre-Tour night

Today will be your chance to meet your fellow travellers and get ready for the safari ahead!
On the evening of your pre-night, the group will be met by their guide for the tour and get a detailed brief-ing about the day to day operations of the trip.
Meals today will be at your own expense.

Accommodation: Cradlemoon Lakeside Game Lodge

Day 1: Johanesburg - Greater Kruger National Park

Day 1 kicks off to an early start as we leave the big city behind and head for the bush! We will drive north-east into the Lowveld and to the Greater Kruger Park area. Here, we will be based at a beautiful lodge in a private game reserve for the following 2 nights, enjoying our exclusive safari experience.
We will arrive around mid-afternoon with some time to relax before enjoying our first evening game drive under the African sunset.

B/D
Accommodation: Lodge – Two Fig Lodge (or similar)
Mileage: 500 km
Highlights of the day:
Private Game reserve
Private Bush Lodge
Evening game drive

Day 2: Greater Kruger National Park

This morning we will enjoy a light breakfast at sunrise and prepare for a lengthy morning bush walk. Bush walks give you the chance to learn about the smaller marvels of the African bush as you are guided through the wilderness. We will spend time tracking animals, learning about their spoor, concentrating on vegetation and their traditional uses, as well as learning about some of the bird and bug life. It is an amazing experience to view the bush from a different perspective.
After enjoying a midday siesta, we will set off on our evening game drive! We will spend time bouncing around the gravel tracks of the reserve in search of the famous Big 5 before returning to our lodge for dinner.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Lodge – Two Fig Lodge (or similar)
Highlights of the day:
Morning bush walk
Evening Game drive
Private lodge

Day 3: Kruger National Park, via panorama route

After 2 memorable days in the private game reserve, it’s time for some more safari as we head to the famous Kruger National Park!
Kruger is one of the world’s great wildlife destinations. All of Africa’s iconic safari species – elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, buffalo, giraffe, hippo and zebra – share the bushveld with hundreds of other species.
Here is where we will spend the following 2 nights of tour. En-route, we will take the breathtakingly beautiful panorama route, stopping at the Blyde River canyon and Bourkes luck potholes for some of the best views in the highveld, shaped into the Drakensberg escarpment, before meandering down the mountain pass to reach the Kruger Parks entry gate.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Kruger National Park Rest Camp
Mileage: 204 km
Highlights of the day:
Blyde river canyon
Bourkes Luck Potholes
Kruger National Park

Day 4: Kruger National Park

We will spend our 4th day of tour exploring the southern part of the Kruger Park on a full day game drive! Rising with the sun, we climb back into our vehicle and explore the southern part of the park, most famous for its wildlife diversity and high populations.
We will arrive at our lodge in time for lunch, before heading off on yet another game drive.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Kruger National Park Rest Camp
Highlights of the day:
Full day Game Drive

Day 5: Royal Hlane National Park, Eswatini (Swaziland)

Royal Hlane National Park belongs in the elite of Swaziland’s wildlife parks, and it’s easy to see why – most famous for waterhole at camp, often active with rhino, elephant and more! Here, you are able to see all of safari’s big A-listers, with the exception of buffalo. This evening, we will em-bark yet another Game drive and on return to camp, enjoy a traditional dance performance, to get a bit of insight into the strong Swazi culture.
Tonight, we will fall asleep to the sounds of the large lion population roaring into the night.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Royal Hlane National Park Rest Camp
Mileage: 127 km
Highlights of the day:
Game Drive

Day 6 & 7: iSimangolisa Wetland Park (St. Lucia)

After a great day in one of southern Africa’s cultural heartlands, we head for the South African border. Once we have crossed back into SA, we head south down the east coast towards to the magnificent world heritage site of iSimangolisa Wetland Park (formerly St.Lucia). This is where we will spend the following 2 days enjoying river cruises on the iMfolozi river, boasting one of South Africa’s largest hippo populations, and game drives through the beautiful green rolling hills of iMfolozi National Park.

B/L
Accommodation: Lalapanzi Guest House (or similar)
Mileage: 290 km
Highlights of the day:
iSimangolisa Wetland Park
St. Lucia Boat cruise
iMfolozi national Park & game drive

Day 8 & 9: Drakensberg

Leaving the coast behind us, we head inland to southern Africa’s highest mountain range, the Drakensberg. After a relatively long drive, we will arrive at the magnificent Greenfire Drakensberg lodge in the heart of the mountain range. Our beautiful, cozy wooden cabins are built in a private nature reserve, hosting numerous indigenous animals, such as Eland, bushbuck and even mountain Leopards at close to 2000m above sea level. We will spend our time here embarking on beautiful hikes into the mountain range, passing ancient bushman paintings along the way and relaxing at the lodge with incredible views of the Drakensberg.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Greenfire Drakensberg Lodge (or similar)
Mileage: 480 km
Highlights of the day:
Bushman Paintings
Guided Mountain Hike

Optional:
Horse riding
Trout Fishing

Day 10: Durban

With an early start, we say goodbye to the mountains as we head back to the coast where we will spend the night on Durban’s north coast. We will arrive in time for lunch at one of the great sea-side restaurants before reaching our accommodation for the night, right on the shore of the warm Indian Ocean.
This afternoon can be spent relaxing, walking down the beach or swimming in the tidal pool.

B
Accommodation: Hotel – Greenfire Dolphin Coast (or similar)
Mileage: 300 km
Highlights of the day:
Beach front accommodation

Optional:
Stand up Paddle board
Durban tour

Day 11 & 12: Addo Elephant National Park

After a leisurely morning, we will take to the skies as we fly over South Africa’s east coast to the start of the Garden Route in Port Elizabeth. Upon arrival, we climb back into our overland vehicle and take the short drive across to Addo Elephant National Park.
Absolutely teeming with elephants and plenty of other game, here is where we will enjoy our final game drives of the tour. We will spend our 2 nights here in the stunning Elephant Footprints Lodge, right at the park’s entrance.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Lodge – Elephant Footprints
Mileage: 60 km
Highlights of the day:
Flight to Port Elisabeth
Addo Elephant National Park
Numerous game drives

Day 13: Tsitsikama

After a leisurely start, we will begin our relatively short drive to the heart of the Garden Route, Tsitsikama.
We will arrive around mid-afternoon with time to explore the rocky coastline of the area and relax in our wooden bungalow lodge overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Dinner tonight will be at your own expense.

B/L
Accommodation: Cabins – Tsitsikama Rest Camp
Mileage: 300 km
Highlights of the day:
Garden Route
Tsitikama National Park
Storms River suspension Bridge

Day 14 & 15: Knysna

After a nice big breakfast, we will start our day with a beautiful 4km hike along the coast, on part of the famous Otter Trail hiking route. This rocky shoreline brings in tourists from around the globe to complete the full 5 day Otter Trail hiking challenge.
After a bit of morning exercise , we will get back on the road and head deeper into the Garden Route to the quaint town of Knysna. Arriving around mid-afternoon, this is where we will spend the following 2 nights.
You will have a full day in Knysna to explore the town, do some shopping and some of the optional activities up for grabs, as well as exploring the famous Knysna Heads.

B
Accommodation: Overmeer Guest House (or similar)
Mileage: 280 km
Highlights of the day:
Knysna Heads

Optional:
Ocean Safari
Kayaking
Mountain Biking
Township Tour

Day 16: Hermanus

After a leisurely start, we will head further west to the end of the Garden Route and the start of the ‘Whale Trail’.
Here, we will spend the night in the beautiful holiday village of Hermanus. Hermanus is most famous for its large population of Humpback and Southern Right Whales who frequent the area between August and November as they migrate north to warmer waters for calving.
With endless stretches of white beach sand and a calm bay to swim in, we will have a truly relaxing time here.
We will spend our night here in a beach villa on Hermanus’s coast.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Hermanus Beach Villa (or similar)
Mileage: 400 km

Day 17-19: Cape Town, Via Franchoek

Cape Town is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world and we will the last few days of our tour visiting some of its many attractions. From Hout Bay to Cape Point, Boulders Beach penguins, the V&A Waterfront, the Wine Route, and many other attractions. We will also hike up the famous Table Mountain. In addition to that, we will be visiting Franchoek, home to South Africa’s most famous vineyards, to taste some of the countries world renowned wines – travelling on a tram that takes us between 5 different wineries.
Unfortunately, this will bring us to the end of what has been an unforgettable adventure of South-East Africa’s wildlife and coastlines.
Lunch and Dinner are at own expense in Cape Town.

B
Accommodation: Hotel – Mojo Hotel (or similar)
Mileage: 180 km
Highlights of the day:
Wine Tram, Franchoek Vineyards
Table Mountain
Cape of Good Hope
Cape Point
Boulders Beach
Bo Kaap,
and more…

Tour End

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