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20 Day Johannesburg to Cape Town Camping Tour Popular

EndCape Town
Duration: 20 Days
Style of Tour :
ZAR 35650.00AUD 3,220.42CAD 2,978.28EURO 2,066.67GBP 1,749.26USD 2,412.04

A camping Tour of South Africa that works well with a budget. Explore the Kruger National Park on search for the Big 5 in open 4x4 vehicles. Experience the rich culture and traditions of Swaziland and Lesotho. Travel down the beautiful Garden Route visiting Addo Elephant Park towards the Cape Whale Coast ending at Table Mountain and Cape Town. A journey through awe-inspiring scenery, rich wildlife, tribal culture and stunning beaches. if you don't feel like camping, take a look at our Accommodated Version. This tour also runs in the opposite direction Cape Town to Johannesburg

Countries visitingLesotho, South Africa, Swaziland
Accommodation on tour:Camping


  • Panorama Route & Blyde River Canyon
  • Kruger National Park
  • Swaziland
  • Hluhluwe - Umfolozi Game Reserves
  • Isimangaliso National Park - St Lucia
  • Drakensberg Mountains
  • Lesotho
  • Addo Elephant National Park
  • Oudtshoorn
  • Garden Route
  • Whale Route
  • Cape Town

Below is the basic day to day brief,

The Full downloadable Itinerary is at the bottom of this window,

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Day 1:  Johannesburg to Kruger Park Area

We leave the City of Johannesburg and head east to the “Lowveld” – where most of South Africa’s wildlife reserves are found.  The conditions are ideal for game, and the Kruger Park is known for its abundance of animals and perfect for safaris. We set up camp in the Greater Kruger area. Opportunity for sundowner safari – time allowing.

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Optional Activity:  Sundowner Safari

Day 2:  Kruger National Park

The day is spent exploring the Kruger Park.  The Kruger is home to a wide variety of wildlife and one can expect to encounter large herds of game. Elephants, giraffes, zebra, antelopes and predators are common sightings. The open vehicle game drive allows for excellent viewing and photographic opportunities. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Included Activity:  Kruger Park 4x4 Open Vehicle Game Drive

Day 3:  Kruger Park – Panorama Route

For those wanting to do the morning bush walk have a very early start. We then head to the popular and scenic Panorama Route. We visit God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the amazing Three Rondawels. Fantastic views – cameras ready.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Included Activity:  Panorama Route

Optional Activity:  Morning Bush Walk

Day 4:  Kruger Park - Swaziland/Eswatini

Another early start as we head off on our final game drive through the Kruger Park and an opportunity to spot any of Africa’s famous Big 5 which we may have not yet seen. We exit the park in the south and head to the Kingdom of Swaziland. Crossing the border into Swaziland we head to Mlilwane Nature Reserve.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Included Activity:  Kruger Park Game Drive

Day 5:  Swaziland/Eswatini - Milwane Nature Reserve

Today the pace slows down. Mlilwane Nature Sanctuary has few dangerous animals which allows for self-guided exploration. A guided walk will take us through the sanctuary. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Included Activity:  Nature Walk

Day 6:  Swaziland to St Lucia

This morning sees us leaving Swaziland and entering the traditional tribal lands of the proud Zulu nation. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7:  St Lucia and Umfolozi- Hluhluwe Game Reserve

We set off on an early morning game drive into the Hluhluwe- Umfolozi Game Reserve.  This National Park is home to the Big 5 and is especially known for its high concentration of both black and white rhinos. The park is an integral part of the ongoing war against rhino poaching. After an informative game drive we head back to camp for a well-deserved rest. The late afternoon sees us heading out on a boat cruise on St Lucia Estuary – a World Heritage Site.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Included Activity:  St Lucia Boat Cruise, Hluhluwe Game Drive

Day 8 & 9:  Drakensberg Mountains

Today we head north to the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains - a World Heritage Site. En route we stop briefly in Durban before heading for the mountains. We visit the impressive Howick Falls – with its 95m of plunging water. Howick is also famous for being the place where Nelson Mandela was apprehended by the “apartheid police”. The Drakensberg Mountains are spectacular and is referred to as the “barrier of spears” in Zulu. The area is known for its fantastic hiking with a choice of trails available to suit your level of fitness. Hike to pristine waterfalls or take in some ancient San rock art.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on all days

Included Activities:  Hiking in the Drakensberg, visit to the Mandela Capture Site, visit Howick Falls

Day 10 & 11:  Kingdom of Lesotho

Our journey continues as we traverse a mountain pass and have a brief visit at a vulture restaurant/center where we hopefully have an opportunity to view these endangered scavengers. We pass through the “Golden Gate” and cross over into the “Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho”.  Passing through the capital - Maseru – we climb the mountains to our base at Malealea. We explore the surrounding mountains and visit a local Basotho village. The Basotho have a very distinctive culture and are easily recognisable by their traditional blankets and hats. There is an opportunity to do some pony trekking.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Included Activity:  Hike and Basotho village visit, drive through Golden Gate, Visit to Vulture Restaurant

Optional Activity:  Pony trekking

Day 12:  Graaff Reinet – Karoo

After crossing the border back into South Africa we head across the “Grater Karoo”, and experience a total change in South Africa’s ever changing landscapes. The Karoo is desolate and dry and popular for its sweeping vistas. Graaff Reinet is one of South Africa’s oldest town’s and has rich history.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Included Activity:  Valley of Desolation Tour

Days 13 & 14:  Addo Elephant Park – Eastern Cape

We travel across the dry Karoo as we head for the Addo Elephant Park located close to Port Elizabeth. Waking early we spend most of the day exploring this well-known National Park. The Addo is famous for it's Elephants and is also home to many other types of animals and we are bound to have some spectacular wildlife sightings. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on both days

Included Activity:  Game drive in Addo National Park

Day 15 & 16:  Garden Route- Tsitsikamma National Park

Today we travel to the famous Garden Route and set up camp in Storms River village. En Route we stop at Jeffreys Bay - famous for its surf. A visit to the Tsitsikamma National Park is definitely a highlight. This is a beautiful area of South Africa and you have an opportunity to hike along the coast and through indigenous forests.  For those with energy there is an opportunity to do a morning hike along part of the Otter Trail. This is a strenuous hike taking in rugged coastline. We also do an afternoon Woodcutters Journey to learn about the local history and fauna and flora.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Included Activity:  Tsitsikamma National Park entrance to hike with guide, stop in the surfing town of Jeffreys Bay, Woodcutters Walk, Treetop Canopy Tours

Day 17:  Garden Route – South Africa

We enjoy a spectacular drive along the Garden Route – taking in numerous stops to enjoy this popular and scenic area of South Africa. A stop at natures Valley is included and allows time to enjoy a hike or relax on magnificent beaches. Passing through Knysna we head for the Wilderness where we spend the afternoon at your own leisure. There are a number of activities on offer or you can relax and soak up the incredible scenery.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Included Highlight:  Natures Valley

Optional Activities: Bungee Jumping, Birds of Eden, Monkey Town

Day 18:  Oudtshoorn

After a morning of exploring, we leave the lush coastline and head for Oudtshoorn – the “Ostrich Capital”. We ascend the magnificent Outeniqua Pass and make our way back into the Karoo. In the afternoon we enjoy a visit to the impressive Cango Caves where we join a guided tour of this unique underground cave system.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Included Activity:  Cango Caves basic tour

Day 19:  Route 62 to Hermanus

After packing up we do an early stop at an ostrich farm to take in this unusual and largest of all birds. We then enjoy a scenic drive along Route 62 – notably one of South Africa’s most scenic drive taking in spectacular vistas of endless rolling hills. We spend the night in the seaside town of Hermanus which well known for its shore based whale watching. (seasonal)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 20:  Whale Route - Cape Town

Our final day sees us taking the scenic whale route, including a stop at an African Penguin Colony. A visit to a wine farm near Stellenbosch provides an opportunity to sample local wines and chocolate.Our tour ends in the afternoon. It is recommended to give yourself a couple of extra days to explore amazing Cape Town.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Included Highlight: Whale Route & Penguin Colonychocolate and wine tasting

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Approx. tour cost in
ZAR 35650.00AUD 3,220.42CAD 2,978.28EURO 2,066.67GBP 1,749.26USD 2,412.04

2022 Departures

 ZAR 35650AUD 3,220.42CAD 2,978.28EURO 2,066.67GBP 1,749.26USD 2,412.04

2022 Tour Prices - Per person

Camping - ZAR 35 650

Single Supplement - ZAR 1 100 (optional)


Accommodated - ZAR 45 450

Single Supplement - ZAR 3 400 (mandatory for single travelers)

  • Fully equipped overland truck
  • Qualified Guides
  • Camping Equipment
  • Meals as per full itinerary
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Beverages
  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs, tips
  • Optional activities (see list on Itinerary for complete breakdown).
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
This tour has a duration of: 20 Days

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