Explore the Garden Route, Drakensberg Mountains, and Greater Kruger

Overview

With perfect hikes, delicious meals, superb safari adventures, and fantastic lodging, our active adventure is the ultimate way to experience South Africa. Exhilarating hikes bring us through phantom fern forests brimming with birdlife, and along the coast of the turquoise Indian Ocean (with a stop for delicious oyster-tasting), then across the dramatic paths of the craggy Drakensberg Mountains of Zulu country. Experience the thrill of Big Five encounters in renowned Greater Kruger National Park and Timbavati, one of the most exclusive private reserves in the world. Wildlife roams freely between these gamelands, and we’ll head out on foot and by open 4WD vehicle for incredible sightings of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo—Africa’s legendary Big Five.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Cape Town / Tsitsikamma

From Cape Town, we head to the Tsitsikamma Coast for hikes along the towering bluffs, beaches, and aquamarine seas of the Indian Ocean, with overnights at the St. James of Knysna, a country house hotel on the shores of the tranquil Knysna Lagoon.

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Days 4-6
Drakensberg Mountains

Amid the tabletop peaks of the Drakensberg (“Dragon’s Mountains”), we hike from our mountain lodge to dramatic rock formations, stunning gorges, and ancient rock art sites that depict elephants, lions, and hunters with bows and arrows.

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Days 7-10
Safari at Timbavati Private Game Reserve

Incredible game viewing awaits us at game-rich Timbavati, an unforgettable grand finale for our journey. Depart on Day 10.

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Highlights

Highlights

Small group—maximum 8!
Hike South Africa’s most breathtaking landscapes, from the mountains to the coast
Up-close game viewing, including the Big Five in Greater Kruger National Park
Superb accommodations include Kambaku Safari Lodge and Montusi Mountain Lodge

Details

Length: 10 days
Cost From: $5595  
Arrive: Cape Town, South Africa
Depart: Johannesburg, South Africa
Lodging: 9 nights in luxurious hotels and deluxe lodges
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History, Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Easy to moderate hiking, 4WD game viewing, bush walks

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