Explore the Garden Route, Drakensberg Mountains, and Greater Kruger

Overview

On this active adventure, we experience South Africa’s beauty on its coasts, mountains, and game-rich savannas. On the subtropical Garden Route, our hikes bring us to lush, fern-filled forests above the Indian Ocean. Our trails in Zulu country lead beneath the dramatic peaks of the Drakensberg, where we’ll find Bushman rock paintings. From our lodge in famed Timbavati Private Reserve, which shares an unfenced boundary with Greater Kruger National Park, we’ll have incredible sightings of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo—Africa’s legendary Big Five—for a thrilling safari experience.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Cape Town / Garden Route / Tsitsikamma

We hike the Garden Route to discover the lush Knysna Forest, sample fresh oysters at Knysna town, and follow trails in the Tsitsikamma Forest, with its spectacular Indian Ocean seascapes. On the clifftop trails of Robberg Marine Reserve, we keep a lookout for whales.

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Days 4-6
Drakensberg Mountains

Amid the tabletop peaks of the Drakensberg (“Dragon’s Mountains”), we hike from our welcoming lodge to dramatic rock formations, stunning gorges, and ancient rock art sites.

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Days 7-10
Safari at Timbavati Private Game Reserve

Incredible game viewing awaits us at game-rich Timbavati. No fences lie between Kruger and Timbavati, allowing the free movement of wildlife. We explore by open-sided 4WD vehicle in search of elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, and Cape buffalo (the sought-after Big Five), as well as abundant plains game. The wildlife sightings here are extraordinary. Depart on Day 10 via Johannesburg.

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Highlights

Highlights

Small groups—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 Montusi Mountain Lodge in the Drakensberg

Details

Length: 10 days
Cost From: $5995  
Arrive: Cape Town, South Africa
Depart: Johannesburg, South Africa
Lodging: 9 nights in luxurious hotels and deluxe lodges
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History, Cultural Adventures, Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

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