South Africa & Swazi Quest

17 days,Johannesburg to Cape Town

Spot the Big Five in game parks and reserves, visit local villages and cosmopolitan Cape Town, search for resident wildlife in Kruger National Park, take in southern Africa's dramatic scenery, experience local dancing.

The unvarnished grandeur of South Africa is on display in this comprehensive exploration of one of the continent’s most diverse and fascinating destinations. Africa’s incredible culture and wildlife is at a premium on this tour—from the coastal shores of Tsitsikamma to extensive game drives in Addo Elephant National Park and the famed Kruger. You’ll also have the chance to visit a traditional Swazi village, explore modern Cape Town, and follow the glorious Garden Route. Add in knowledgeable CEOs and some of the best camp meals you’ve ever tasted and you’ve got a recipe for adventure par excellence.

What's Included

  • Entrances with game drives in our overland vehicle in Kruger and Addo National Parks
  • Traditional Shangaan dinner and dance
  • Tsitsikamma National Park entrance
  • Visit to Planeterra-supported Children’s Day School
  • Traditional Durban dinner and miner's gumboot dance
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 16 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 12 dinners. (Allow USD85-110 for meals and drinks not included.)
  • 15-seat touring vehicle, maximum 14 passengers.
  • 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout as head guide/cook and driver, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 14, avg 12.
  • Simple hotels (4 nts), participation camping (11 nts), backpacker dorm (1 nt, multi-share).


Day 1Johannesburg

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Johannesburg/Manyeleti(1B, 1L, 1D)

Drive through scenic mountains, and experience a traditional Shangaan dinner and dance.

Day 3Manyeleti/Kruger National Park(1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit a Planeterra-supported Children’s Day School just outside Kruger National Park. Enjoy a game drive and watch wildlife from the comfort of a vehicle.

Day 4Kruger National Park/Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary(1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Opt to go hiking, mountain biking, or visit a traditional Swazi village.

Day 5Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary(1B, 1L, 1D)

Get out and explore Swaziland. Opt to go hiking, mountain biking, or visit a traditional Swazi village.

Day 6Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary/Saint Lucia(1B, 1L)

Opt to take a boat cruise, go kayaking, or take a game drive in Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve.

Day 7Saint Lucia(1B, 1D)

Get out and explore. Opt to visit the Umfolozi Game Reserve, which is a safe haven for both the white and black rhino. Lions, buffalo, elephants, and leopards also call this reserve home.

Day 8Saint Lucia/Durban(1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a traditional Durban meal and watch a traditional miners' gumboot dance.

Day 9Durban/Chintsa(1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel south into the heartland of the Xhosa people and on to Chintsa, a little piece of paradise with 15km (9.3 mi) of beach.

Day 10Chintsa(1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend the day enjoying the 15km (9.3 mi) of beach. Opt to surf, join a guided game drive, or visit a local craft brewery.

Day 11Chintsa/Addo Elephant National Park(1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a game drive in Addo Elephant National Park in the touring vehicle.

Day 12Addo Elephant National Park/Tsitsikamma National Park(1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit Tsitsikamma NP. Opt to hike, snorkel, canoe, whale watch, or bungee jump.

Day 13Tsitsikamma National Park(1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend the day at Tsitsikamma National Park. Opt to hike, snorkel, canoe, whale watch, or bungee jump.

Day 14Tsitsikamma National Park/Knysna(1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel further west to the town of Knysna, famous for the Knysna Lagoon and the "Heads" (sea cliffs). Opt to visit a cheetah sanctuary or a monkey park en route to Knysna.

Day 15Knysna/Oudtshoorn(1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit the sea cliffs of Knysna Heads. Opt to explore the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn or one of the many ostrich farms in the area.

Day 16Oudtshoorn/Cape Town(1B, 1L)

Travel to beautiful Cape Town. Enjoy amazing views of Table Mountain, and explore the vibrant, cosmopolitan city at night.

Day 17Cape Town(1B)

Depart at any time.

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