SOUTH AFRICAN EXPLORER Viaggio overland in Stile Crossland


Note: questo tour è disponibile sia nella versione camping che accomodated

Note: questo tour è disponibile anche nella direzione opposta da Johannesburg a Cape Town (sud)

Day 1 – The Cape Whale Coast Route
Made up of a collection of villages, farms, rivers, bays, coves and valleys, the Cape Whale Coast is a pristine stretch of the South African coastline
which runs from the town of Rooiels for roughly 150km, to the east. We have a full day ahead of us which takes us from the bustling city centre of
Cape Town via the vineyards and town of Stellenbosch to the town of Hermanus – not forgetting a stop at the largest breeding colony of the
African Penguin, Stony Point Nature Reserve. During the months of July to November you may be lucky enough to see the southern right whales
that visit the bay in Hermanus.

Accommodation Windsor Hotel
Facilities Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
Route Cape Town to Hermanus
Meals Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight Walk through the town of Stellenbosch, Stony Point Penguin Colony visit, Chocolate & Wine tasting

Day 2 – Route 62 – Oudtshoorn
Crossing the Hottentots-Holland Mountains this morning we set out for the Klein Karoo and our overnight stop in Oudtshoorn. We follow the
scenic Route 62 today, stopping to experience one of the many farm stalls on the way. One of the more quirky highlights today is Ronnie’s Sex
Shop, not a sex shop at all, but a rather interesting country pub! Our day ends with a guided tour of the famous Cango Caves, we can only marvel
at the astonishing formations that have formed in these impressive limestone caves.

Accommodation Kleinplaas Holiday Resort OR Oude Meul Country Lodge
Route Hermanus to Oudtshoorn
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight Stop at Ronnie’s Sex Shop, Cango Caves Basic Tour

Day 3 – Heart of Garden Route
Our morning starts as we make our way over the Outeniqua Mountains and descend to the beautiful Garden route coastline below. Our first stop
for the day is a visit to the George Museum, a quirky and interesting museum displaying the local timber trade of the area. In the coming days we
spend time hiking, relaxing at the beach and sampling the many optional activities available.

Accommodation The Dunes Hotel
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight George Museum & Gardens
Route Oudtshoorn to Garden Route

Day 4 – Tsitsikamma
The Garden Route is a treasure trove of beautiful beaches, forest walks and an exciting menu of optional adventures. While our morning is set
aside for some relaxation on the beaches of Plettenberg Bay, today offers a number of optional activities and your guide will assist you to get the
most out the day. This afternoon we have the opportunity to visit the hidden gem of Nature’s Valley, this beautiful village offers us a chance to
enjoy a hike or simply relax on the pristine beach in this little paradise. In order to make the most of this day, the truck will run a set schedule and
you are free to join or leave at the places that interest you.

Accommodation Accommodated: Tsitsikamma Cottages OR Tsitsikamma Village Inn

Route Wilderness to Tsitsikamma
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight Natures Valley Nature Walk

Optional Activity Township Tour, Ocean Safaris, Sea Kayaking, Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Bloukrans Bungee Jump

Day 5 – Tsitsikamma
Tsitsikamma National Park is one of South Africa’s premier marine reserves and this morning we set out to explore the rugged coastline on foot.
Our hike along the Waterfall Trail sees us cover the first section of the world renowned Otter Trail, this is not an easy hike and those who prefer a
more leisurely option can make use of the boardwalks to the Storms River Mouth. We return after our hike and you will have the opportunity to

Accommodation Accommodated: Tsitsikamma Cottages OR Tsitsikamma Village Inn
Camping: Tsitsikamma Cottages OR Tube n Axe Tsitsikamma
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight Tsitsikamma National Park entrance and hike with your Nomad guide
Optional Activity Treetop canopy tours, Woodcutters Journey

Day 6 – Greater Addo Elephant National Park area
This morning we set out for the Eastern Cape and the Addo National Park. We make a stop this morning in the surfing mecca of Jeffrey’s Bay,
famous for its waves. You have the opportunity to visit the small surfing museum, catch a quick wave or simply enjoy a cup of coffee overlooking
these famous waves. This afternoon we will make our first visit to seek the elephants after which Addo is named.

Accommodation Kudu Ridge Lodge
Route Tsitsikamma National Park to Addo Elephant National Park
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight Jeffrey’s Bay and an afternoon game drive in Addo National Park (in the Nomad truck)

Day 7 – Greater Addo Elephant National Park area
This morning you will have the option to visit Port Elizabeth before returning to camp for lunch. In the afternoon we visit Addo, famed for the
elephants after which the park was named. Recent expansion has seen Addo grow to become the third largest of South Africa’s National Parks. The
unique vegetation of Addo supports a wide variety of wildlife and we will spend the afternoon in search of the animals that call Addo home.

Accommodation Kudu Ridge Lodge
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight Afternoon game drive in Addo NP (in the Nomad truck)

Day 8 – Graaff Reinet
The historic town of Graaff-Reinet nestles in the heartland of the Great Karoo and offers a unique insight into the history of this arid region. It is
also the fourth oldest town in the country. This evening you will join a sundowner excursion to the Valley of Desolation, this unique valley offers a
panoramic view over the town and the wide open plains stretching out below. Kindly note that during the winter months, this activity will become
a Sunrise excursion to the valley of Desolation the following morning.

Accommodation Profcon Resort
Route Addo to Graaff Reinet
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight Valley of Desolation Sundowner Tour

Day 9 – Lesotho – Malealea
This morning we cut across the vast expanse of the Great Karoo, our destination is nestled in the heights of Lesotho. This autonomous mountain
kingdom boasts the highest peaks in Southern Africa and is one of the highest countries in the world, the entire kingdom lies over 1000m above
sea level. Having crossed the mighty Orange River, we enter the border of Lesotho and make the climb to our camp set high in the mountains.

Accommodation Malealea Lodge
Route Graaff Reinet to Lesotho
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 – Lesotho – Malealea
The clean air of the mountains accompanies us this morning as we explore the mountains on foot, our hike concludes with a village visit and the
opportunity to gain insight into the community that calls these mountains home. The Basotho are famous for their traditional hats, blankets and
their sturdy ponies. Basotho ponies are renowned for their surefootedness in the mountains and you have the opportunity of an optional pony
trek this afternoon to experience this first-hand. This activity is not for the inexperienced or fainthearted.

Accommodation Malealea Lodge
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlights Morning Hike, Lesotho Village tour
Optional Activity Pony Trekking

Day 11 – South Africa – uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park
We exit Lesotho and travel through the sandstone cliffs of Golden Gate. Our destination is the mountains of the Drakensberg. Running the length
of the Kwazulu-Natal province, the Ukuhlamba Drakensberg Park is a UNESCO recognised world heritage site. Whether you go by the Zulu name
uKhahlamba, meaning ‘barrier of spears’, or the Afrikaans name Drakensberge, meaning ‘dragon mountains’, these towering mountains are a
hiker’s paradise and worthy of exploration.
Accommodation Monks Cowl
The Nest
Route Lesotho to Drakensberg
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight Oliviers Hoek Pass

Day 12 – UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park
We set out this morning for a lengthy hike. Along our way we will have the opportunity to view examples of San rock art with a local guide at Battle
Cave. While we encourage everyone to make the most of the day in mountains, we may offer separate options depending on the activity level of
the group. With a number of trails available we can ensure that we cater to every need, the most important aim is to ensure everyone enjoys this
mountain paradise at their own pace.
Accommodation Monks Cowl
The Nest
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight Hike with your guide in Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

Day 13 – Kwa Zulu Natal Coast – St Lucia
It’s all downhill as we leave the mountain scenery en route to the Kwazulu Natal Coast. On the 5th August 1962, police waved down a car on a
lonely country road in KwaZulu-Natal. At the wheel was Nelson Mandela. He was arrested and spent 27 years in prison. Today you will have the
opportunity to visit this historic capture site, marked by an impressive sculpture in honour of “Madiba”. We will also stop at the Howick Falls to
listen to the power of the falls and take some photos at the view point. Then it’s onto the bustling city of Durban is South Africa’s largest port
where you will have time to stretch your legs with a stroll along the promenade before heading for our final destination, St Lucia.

Accommodation Shonalanga
Route Drakensberg to St Lucia
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight Visit to the Mandela Capture Site, Howick Falls

Day 14 – Hluhluwe – Umfolozi Game Reserve / iSimangaliso Wetland Park
We set out early this morning for a game drive in the nearby Hluhulwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, one of the last strongholds of the endangered
rhinoceros. While rhinoceros are the most famous of the parks inhabitants, the park also provides a home to many other species, including the Big-
5 that we all hope to see. Returning to our lodging for a siesta, we freshen up for an afternoon boat cruise on St Lucia estuary.

Accommodation Shonalanga
Route Durban to St Lucia
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight Game Drive in Hluhluwe/Imfolozi National Park, St. Lucia Boat Cruise

Day 15 – Eswatini – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
An early start and we are off to Eswatini (formerly known as the Kingdom of Swaziland), this afternoon we have the opportunity to join many of
the optional activities that are offered here. Take your choice from game drives, mountain biking or a visit to the Chief’s village.

Accommodation Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Route St Lucia to Eswatini
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity Game Drives, Swazi Cultural Experience, Mountain Biking and Hiking

Day 16 – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Endless hours of self-guided exploration within the small 4560ha Mlilwane sanctuary are possible due to the relative absence of dangerous game.
This morning our guide will lead us out on a nature walk to explore the “ Nature Trail “ which provides interpretation of historical and
environmental information of the area.

Accommodation Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity Nature Walk with Nomad guide
Optional Activity Game Drives, Mountain Biking and Hiking

Day 17 – South Africa – Kruger National Park
Setting off back to South Africa, we make aim for the Kruger National Park and begin with our first game drive in the Nomad truck as we enter the
gates of the park. The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s flagship national park and sightings of the “ big five “ has become something of a
quest for many guests. The Kruger NP has more that it’s fair share of animals and with approximately 147 mammal species we will spend our time
in search of both big and small.

Accommodation Nkambeni Reserve
Route Swaziland to Kruger National Park area
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity Game drive in Nomad truck, Kruger National Park

Day 18 – Kruger Park – Panorama Route
We set out a little later today and travel the short distance to the Panorama Route. Strung along the escarpment that divides the central plateau
and low-lying bushveld of the Kruger, the sights of the Panorama route offer us a day of scenic delights. We will visit the highlights of Bourke’s Luck
Potholes, the Three Rondavels and God’s Window before returning to camp in the late afternoon.

Accommodation Nkambeni Reserve
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight Panorama Route – Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window

Day 19 – Kruger National Park
Rising early this morning we enter the Kruger National Park to enjoy a full-day of game viewing. This full day game drive offers a unique view of
the park from an open-sided 4×4 vehicle. This evening there is an opportunity for an optional Sundowner Drive.

Accommodation Nkambeni Reserve
Route Kruger National Park
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight Kruger National Park 4×4 game drive
Optional Activity Sunset Drive (there is a concession fee applicable)

Day 20 – Kruger National Park to Johannesburg
While those who elect to do the optional morning walk will have an earlier start, we will pack up and set off for our final destination,
Johannesburg. We arrive at Belvedere Estate in the late afternoon and all travellers are invited to join us for a traditional meal tonight. This can be
booked with your guide on the day before arrival. Many great tales are shared and tonight is for celebrating the many wonders of African travel.

Accommodation Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through Nomad.
Route Great Kruger NP area to Johannesburg
Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Optional Activity Morning Bush Walk (Subject to Availability) / Traditional meal at Belvedere Estate