Drakensberg and Garden Route Explorer

Umhlanga Rocks - Cape Town (or reverse)
Duration: 11 Days
Departs: Durban
Returns: Cape Town

Enjoy the awesome views of the stunning Drakensberg Mountain range, and explore the deep ravines, waterfalls, forest and grasslands of the Natal South Coast. Say hello to South Africa's untamed Wild Coast that is home to the small rural village of Coffee Bay.

Then visit the wild Elephants in the Addo Elephant National Park nestled in the thorny bushveld of the Eastern Cape. Enjoy the tranquil Knysna Lagoon and experience Oudtshoorn, the town that is synonymous with ostriches and is known as the "feather capital" of the world! From here it's off to the beautiful city of Cape Town - home to an exciting blend of cultures and experiences.

Daily Planner
Day One

Umhlanga is situated just north of Durban and is well known for its great beaches and its great many opportunities for a bit of retail therapy. Today is spent at leisure enjoying the beautiful sea views and excursions this area has to offer. This evening we meet our fellow travellers at the pre-departure meeting.

Meals No meals
Accommodation

Lodge Accommodation

Day Two

This morning we bid farewell to those who finish their tour here, and after saying our goodbyes, we head inland to the magnificent Drakensberg Mountain range. The Drakensberg have long been a favourite for hikers and there are various view points and walking trails scattered along its base.

Meals Breakfast
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Hotel

Day Three

After breakfast we enjoy a full day hike into the mountains. For those not wishing to exert themselves, there is an option to enjoy an exciting 4x4 drive to the top of Sani Pass to enjoy a cold drink in the highest pub in Africa.

Meals Breakfast
Accommodation

Hotel Accommodation

Day Four

Today we make our way further south to the beautiful Wild Coast and the little town of Coffee Bay - a quaint little town situated in a stretch of untouched beach. The name is derived from a coffee carrying ship that ran aground here.

Meals Breakfast and Lunch
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Hotel Accommodation

Day Five

We spend the day at leisure exploring the beaches and the famous rock feature "The Hole in the Wall". This geological feature is known in the local mythology as a home of angry spirits. Take in the Wild Coast's dramatic scenery by enjoying a walk along the beach or enjoy some of the optional activities that are available here, such as 4x4 excursions, abseiling, inflatable boat excursions or visit the traditional Xhosa craft centre.

Meals Breakfast
Accommodation

Hotel Accommodation

Day Six

We spend the day at leisure exploring the beaches and the famous rock feature "The Hole in the Wall". This geological feature is known in the local mythology as a home of angry spirits. Take in the Wild Coast's dramatic scenery by enjoying a walk along the beach or enjoy some of the optional activities that are available here, such as 4x4 excursions, abseiling, inflatable boat excursions or visit the traditional Xhosa craft centre.

Meals Breakfast
Accommodation

Lodge

Day Seven and Eight

Today we make our way to the popular seaside town of Knysna. On the way, we stop at Bloukrans Bridge where you have the option of doing the highest bungi jump in the world (216m). In Knysna we have a chance to try the excellent locally grown oysters and brewed ale. There are various other optional activities to do here such as the "Featherbed" boat ride across the Knysna lagoon, abseiling off the cliffs at the Knysna heads or a township tour. Your tour leader will assist with bookings.

Meals Breakfast
Accommodation

Chalet Accommodation

Day Nine

Moving on to the Karoo town of Oudtshoorn we travel via the picturesque Outeniqua Pass on our way to visit one of the ostrich farms that made Oudtshoorn famous. We enjoy a tour around one of these farms and even try your hand at riding an ostrich! We also enjoy a tour into the Cango Caves to view the magnificent stalagmite and stalactite formations.

Meals Breakfast
Accommodation

Chalet

Day Ten

We depart early and make our way to our final destination - the "Mother City" of Cape Town. On our way we stop over at the second oldest town of South Africa, Stellenbosch. Here we have some time to walk around town, visit some of its attractions before having the option to go for wine tasting at one of the local wine farms. In the late afternoon we arrive at our destination. Cape Town has many exciting attractions such as the famous Table Mountain, Robben Island, the beautiful Kirstenbosch botanical gardens, The Cape Peninsula and much more. Your tour leader will assist with bookings. Spend your time here discovering all it has to offer.

Meals Breakfast
Accommodation

Lodge

Day Eleven

Our tour ends after breakfast from the lodge and we part ways having just experienced a trip of a lifetime!

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Highlights
  • Addo Elephant National Park
  • Untamed Wild Coast
  • Knysna Lagoon
  • Cape Town
  • Cango Caves
  • Drakensberg Mountain Range
  • Oudtshoorn the "Feather Capital of the World"
  • Explore Natal South Coast
Inclusions
Includes Transportation in a fully equipped Safari Vehicle, accommodation and meals as specified.

Excludes Items of a personal nature and additional excursions