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19 Day Johannesburg to Cape Town Tour - Lodge Top seller

EndCape Town
Duration: 19 Days
Style of Tour :
ZAR 58200.00AUD 4,564.71CAD 4,127.66EURO 2,812.95GBP 2,649.07USD 3,087.53

A comfortable lodge tour taking in the best of South Africa. Search for the Big 5 on an open 4x4 safari in the Kruger. Experience traditional Swazi dancing and rural life in the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. Explore the Cango caves and the desolation of the Karoo.  Take in the scenic Garden Route and the Cape Whale Route. A tour of unspoiled beaches and breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife and tribal culture. If you are feeling adventurous, take a look at our Camping Version.

Accommodation on tour:Guest house/Hotel/Lodge


  • Panorama Route & Blyde River Canyon
  • Kruger National Park
  • Eswatini (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,

Please download the dossier should you want more detailed information on the route and tour.

Day 1:  Johannesburg to Kruger Park Area
Watch Johannesburg fade in your rearview as you pass through Mpumalanga’s coalfields, which produce an astounding 80% of the country's coal, to Kruger National Park. At the park, enjoy a leisurely game drive—sundowner in hand—absorbing nature's splendour against the backdrop of an African bush sunset.

Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight:  Sundowner Safari

Day 2:  Kruger National Park
It's up on your feet early this morning to spend most of the day on safari in Kruger National Park, unrivalled as South Africa's largest wildlife sanctuary (4.9 million acres) and home to countless animal species. See how many of the Big 5 you can spot—animals so renowned they even feature on South African banknotes! Return to camp to share and compare all the amazing sightings of the day.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight: Kruger Park 4x4 Open Vehicle Game Drive

Day 3:  Kruger Park – Panorama Route
Today, you head out to view jaw-dropping scenery along the Panorama Route. This route is jam-packed with one natural attraction after another, such as canyons, plateaus, cascading waterfalls, cliffs, and prominent landmarks such as Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels, and God’s Window. Bring your camera!
(Note: Inquire about an optional early morning walk before leaving for Panorama Route.)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight: Panorama Route

Day 4:  Kruger Park - Eswatini
An early start, departing Kruger for the landlocked country-within-a-country, Eswatini. Be prepared for excellent game-sighting opportunities along the way. Once through the border, you head for the picturesque Ezulwini Valley (aka Valley of Heaven) to your campsite.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight: Kruger Park Game Drive

Day 5:  Eswatini (Swaziland)/Eswatini - Milwane Nature Reserve
Embark on a guided nature walk this morning in the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, one of Eswatini’s highly recommended hiking spots spanning 4,560 hectares. Afterward, explore the place at your own leisure, feeling safe knowing there are no dangerous animals within the sanctuary.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight: Nature Walk

Day 6:  Eswatini (Swaziland) to St Lucia
Wave goodbye to the Swazi people as you cross the border back into South Africa. En route, wind through the Zululand hills towards the coastal town of St. Lucia.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7:  St Lucia and Umfolozi - Hluhluwe Game Reserve
Today, you have further opportunities to spot the Big 5, particularly rhino, during your safari through the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. The park is also home to a wide variety of other wildlife, including cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, blue wildebeests, giraffes, zebras, Nile crocodiles, hippos, and plenty more. In the afternoon, board a boat to explore the magnificent iSimangaliso Wetland Park estuary, South Africa's first UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight: St Lucia Boat Cruise, Hluhluwe Game Drive

Day 8:  Drakensberg Mountains
You head inland today to the 1,125 km-long uKhahlamba-Drakensberg mountain range, offering up phenomenal scenery along the way. Ancient San rock art haunts its caves, and diverse ecosystems are entrenched in its valleys and rugged cliffs. En route, you make a stop at Howick Falls, the second-tallest waterfall in South Africa (95m), and visit the notorious Capture Site where Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight: Visit to the Mandela Capture Site, visit Howick Falls

Day 9:  UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park
Strap on your boots and explore uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park on a group hike. With 240,000 hectares of forest, rivers, cliffs, and valleys, the park contains trails of varying difficulty, ranging from leisurely strolls to adventure routes. Take your pick... and a water bottle.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight:  Hike with your guide in Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

Day 10:  Lesotho
Enjoy the unfolding scenery as you leave uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park and make your way to your accommodation in Semonkong, crossing the border into Lesotho at Maseru Bridge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Days 11:  Lesotho
Partake in a rejuvenating two-hour hike to the renowned Maletsunyane waterfall this morning, where the river plummets 186 metres down, creating a smokey mist. No wonder Semonkong is known as ‘Place of Smoke'!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on both days
Included Highlight:  Morning waterfall hike with your Nomad guide

Day 12:  South Africa – Graaff Reinet
Say goodbye to Lesotho and return to South Africa today, cutting through the Karoo to your accommodation in Graaff Reinet, a town with a lot of history. As you journey, take note of the drastic changes in scenery, from lush and mountainous to vast aridity. Late afternoon, when the sun gets low, take an excursion into the Valley of Desolation, where majestic columns of dolerite protrude 120 metres from the valley floor.
Note: This excursion can take place the following morning in the winter months.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight: Valley of Desolation sundowner tour 

Day 13:  Gqeberha (Addo Elephant National Park)
Leaving the sunbaked Karoo dust behind, you head for the coast to your accommodation in South Africa’s hardest-to-pronounce city, Gqeberha (previously named ‘Port Elizabeth’). On the way, you stop in for a close-up encounter with elephants at Addo Elephant National Park, which houses roughly 600 elephants and a many other large mammals.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight:  Half day game drive in Addo National Park

Day 14:  Greater Addo Elephant National Park area
This morning, you revisit Addo Elephant National Park to explore the greater park area. Even though elephants are the park’s main focus, Addo is South Africa’s third-largest national park, and there’s plenty more wildlife to see that you won't want to miss!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight:  Half day game drive in Addo National Park

Day 15:  Tsitsikamma National Park
You hit the road early this morning, making a quick detour to Jeffreys Bay, every surfer’s dream destination. The bay offers prime surfing conditions (especially the world-famous ‘Supertubes’ break), fantastic beaches, and hosts an annual World Surf League contest.  Then, it’s off to Tsitsikamma as today’s main destination.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight: Stop in the surfing town of Jeffreys Bay

Day 16:  Tsitsikamma National Park
Grab your sunscreen and tighten your shoelaces—you hike the Tsitsikamma National Park today. Covering an 80-kilometre stretch of protected coastline, the park provides a unique beauty that only ocean-meets-shore scenery can provide. Footpath options are available to match your energy levels: there’s a relaxing boardwalk stroll to Storms River Mouth, or the main event is a tougher hike along the Waterfall Trail, which covers the first section of the Otter Trail. Post-hike, optional activities are available: an educational Woodcutters Journey tour through the forest, or for the adventurous, ziplining or bungee jumping.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight: Tsitsikamma National Park entrance to hike with your guide

Day 17:  Oudtshoorn
After taking in gorgeous views at stops in Natures Valley and Knysna, you journey inland over the colossal Outeniqua mountain range to Oudtshoorn, jokingly referred to as the ‘Ostrich Capital of the World’! You then head to explore the underground chambers of Oudtshoorn's most famous hidden attraction, the Cango Caves.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight:  Morning Visit to Natures Valley, Cango Caves Basic Tour

Day 18:  Route 62 - Barrydale
You spend your morning admiring one of the country’s most beloved animals, the meerkat! These charismatic creatures are entertainers by nature; they just don’t know it, which makes them even more endearing. After that, the truck hits the scenic Route 62, making stops at various farm stalls, with a highlight stop at Ronnie’s Sex Shop, which —disappointing to some and a relief to others—is not actually a sex shop but rather an extraordinary pub. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlight:  Stop at Ronnie’s Sex Shop, Meerkat Experience

Day 19:  The Cape Whale Coast & Africa’s Southernmost Tip
Enjoy the unfolding village scenery on your return journey to the coast, with a highlight experience—Cape Agulhas, which is not only the southernmost tip of Africa, but also a place where the cold Atlantic and warmer Indian oceans meet. After that, you travel the Whale Coast route, a magnificent stretch of coastline connecting a collection of farms and villages. Heading for Cape Town, you stop along the way in Hermanus to look out for southern right whales. Next stop is Stony Point Nature Reserve to observe the largest colony of African Penguins before arriving in Mother City, probably the most beautiful place to end a tour. Hamba kahle!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Included Highlight:  Hermanus, Southernmost point, Cape Agulhas, Stony Point Penguin Colony

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Note: Itineraries do change, please speak to your consultant for the latest up to date itinerary for your travel period.

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Approx. tour cost in
ZAR 58200.00AUD 4,564.71CAD 4,127.66EURO 2,812.95GBP 2,649.07USD 3,087.53

2024 Tour Prices – Per person

ZAR 58,200 - Accommodated
AR 4,950- Single Supplement (mandatory for single travelers)

ZAR 46,300 - Camping
ZAR 3,250 - Single Supplement (optional)

  • Fully equipped overland truck
  • Qualified Guides
  • Guesthouse / Lodge / Hotel Accommodation
  • 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).
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
This tour has a duration of: 19 Days

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