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13 Days Nature tour itinerary for south-africa: Gain Stunning Reflections With Natural & Cultural Aspects

Cape Town, Hermanus, Kruger National Park, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Tsitsikamma National Park, Blyde River Canyon, Nelspruit, Arniston, East London, Sabie, Johannesburg

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Start from the Mother City and let this tour take you to the most southerly point on the African continent Cape Agulhas via numerous stops at cities and naturals sites like waterfalls, national parks, wilderness, and so much more in South African on a customised tour.

DAY 01

Hermanus to Arniston

  • Go on a scenic drive along Clarence Drive to Hermanus, one of the world`s great Marine Drives, followed by a walk on the cliffs to do some whale watching in season, for those clients that want to get up close to the whales, (Southern Right Whales with their calf`s, occasionally Bryde`s Whales and Humpback Whales, and Bottlenose and Humpback Dolphins). There is the added option of a boat trip though not included in the Tour Price quoted. 

  • Eat lunch in Hermanus at the Bientangs Cave Restaurant on the rocks literally with the waves breaking next to you is very special – with optional wine tasting at Creation Wine Estate in the Hemel & Aarde Valley,

  • Head on to Cape Agulhas, the most southern point of the African continent and a visit to the Lighthouse and Museum with its incredible history of all the great ships that sunk off this treacherous coast, an absolute must and great opportunity for some fine photographs of the most southern point of Africa.

Arniston – Overnight at the Arniston Hotel  

DAY 02

Arniston To Oudtshoorn

  • Drive to Oudtshoorn via Tradouw Pass, which means Women's Path in the Khoi language; this 16 kilometre drive is a masterpiece by Thomas Bain through some of the most beautiful and rugged scenery in the Langeberg and undoubtedly in the top 20 passes in the Western Cape and then on to Oudtshoorn.

  • Tour the Cango Caves – located at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains according to legend, discovered by Mr Van Zyl in 1780. Explore this fairyland of magnificent crystalline formations an example of the finest Stalactites, Helicites and Stalagmites in the world. For Adrenalin seekers, there is an interesting assault course at the end of the route that includes a steep ladder, small hole to crawl through and more crawling to smaller chambers, all in all, a great adventure.

Overnight in Oudtshoorn at Protea Hotel (Riempies) - Standard room or similar

DAY 03

Oudtshoorn To Wilderness

  • Visit High Gate Ostrich Farm, the world’s first, finest and original Ostrich Show established in 1938.

  • Meet, greet and interact with these gigantic birds on this farm which produces some of the finest feathers, leather and meat products. The tour includes information on breeding methods, incubation and hatching where some 15,000 chicks are hatched annually. For the brave tourists, you can ride an Ostrich or simply watch jockeys riding the Ostrich`s around the race track at around 70 kilometres per hour. Attractions include the Pepper Tree restaurant or dinner on the Stoep.

  • Drive to The Wilderness via Herolds Wine Farm where you do a wine tasting and try out their famous cheese platters or light lunches while sipping Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Blanc wines on the terrace. Attractions cultural, walking and biking tours.

  • Followed by a drive through to George and lunch at La Capannina Restaurant. 

Overnight at The Wilderness Hotel  with a standard room or similar 

Paddle up the Touws River and hike to the waterfall


DAY 04

Wilderness To Knysna

The Wilderness is settled between the Kaaiman`s River and Goukama Nature Reserve bordering the Outeniqua Mountains which includes 5 rivers, 5 lakes and a magnificent 18 kilometre long coastline.

  • Eat breakfast.

  • Paddle up the very sedate Touws River for 40 minutes before disembarking and hiking for a further 40 minutes to the waterfall and back again.

  • Drive up to “ Map of Africa” for a wonderful photo opportunity before returning for lunch at Cocomo Restaurant.

  • Proceed driving on to Knysna and the Knysna Heads for photographs.

  • Continue to drive down to the bottom of the Heads for more photos with spectacular views of both the lagoon and the Heads from the shoreline.

  • Stop for some refreshing drinks at Cruise Café before checking in at Cunninghams Guest House followed by Dinner at Blend Country Restaurant and Pub

Overnight at Cunninghams Guest House with a standard room or similar.

DAY 05

Knysna To Tsitsikamma

  • Visit the quaint little curio shops at the Waterfront before embarking on a lunch cruise on the John Benn around the lagoon, with its magnificent 360 degree view of The Heads, Harbor, Mall and Knysna.

  • Drive on to the Radical Raptors for an encounter with the Eagles (a very intense experience with these kings and queens of the air) and then to The Crags for a visit to the Birds of Eden, home to over 3,500 birds from over 220 species in a unique hectare dome spread over an Indigenous Forest.

  • Walk over to Monkeyland, the free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary comprising 12 hectares of Indigenous Forest and Jukani to see the big cats (only if time allows).

  • Stop at the Bloukrans River for adrenalin addicts and at 216 meters the highest commercial bungee jump in the world.

  • Head on to Tsitsikamma National Park.

DAY 06

Tsitsikamma Forest

  • Spend the day with adventures not completed the day before, because of either time constraints or inclement weather clients would need to choose the particular adventure that appeals to them being: 1) Big Tree and Ratel hiking trip to the Giant Yellow Wood tree over 800 years old, 36.6 meters in height and 9 meters in circumference, 2) A 22 kilometre Mountain Biking tour along the old national road, 3) Sedway Tour on a personal Space Age Scooter into the forest, 4) For keen birders, there is the Loerie Trail, 5) Ziplining over the waterfalls in the Kruis River, and finally, 6) Ziplining over the Tree Top Canopies.

  • Enjoy lunch at Marilyn`s Diner, an experience of note, typical American Diner serving hamburgers, hotdogs, cocktails, milkshakes and desserts. 

Overnight at Tsitsikamma Inn or Tsitsikamma Lodge & Spa with a standard room or similar

DAY 07

tsitsikamma To East London

  • Once again if time allows you could possibly still complete some excursions not possible the day before and then travel on to East London stopping at Nanaga Farm Stall, a child’s delight for grownups.

  • Do a detour to a small tiny village called Bathurst, on the R67 and stop at “The Workshop Art and Craft Gallery” a veritable Disneyland full of arts and crafts, followed by a lovely lunch at the Pig and Whistle Inn.

  • Continue on your journey via Port Alfred and the R72 to East London and the Blues Guest House on the Quenera River and a walk on the Bonza Bay Beach.

  • Get 3 choices for dinner being The Cricketer, Sanook Cafe` or Grazia Fine Food Restaurants. 

DAY 08

east london To monks cowl drakensberg

Monks Cowl marks the access to the Mlambonja and Mdedelelo mountain Wilderness, the most unspoilt areas of the Ukhahlamba, Drakensberg Park, the gateway to some of the most magnificent mountain and Wilderness areas in S. Africa. The Rock Art of the Drakensberg is the largest and most concentrated group of rock paintings in Africa south of the Sahara Day.

  • Spend walking and hiking and possible drive to Mont - Aux - Sources (should time allow). Mont – Aux – Sources known as the fountains mountain by French Missionaries in 1836; 3 very important rivers originate here namely the Tugela, plunging 947 meters the second highest in the world, The Elands River and Caledon River, the main tributary of the Orange River, S. Africa`s largest river.

DAY 09

Mont- Aux- Sources

  • Once again should you not have had time to visit Mont- Aux- Sources the day before you travel there first thing in the morning for a quick hike and if time allows seeing some more bushman art.

  • Head to Howick and the Howick Falls along the Midlands Meander stopping at the Piggly Wiggly for lunch and the Museum where Nelson Mandela was arrested before being sentenced to 27 years incarceration.

  • Stop at various arts and craft markets along the Midlands Meander for tourists to purchase some memorabilia of their trip to the Drakensberg before heading back to Gooderson Monk`s Cowl Golf Resort via Nottingham Road.

Overnight Gooderson Monk`s Cowl Golf Resort with a standard room or similar

DAY 10

monks cowl drakensberg To Mpumalanga

  • Wake up for an early breakfast.

  • Navigate your way to Mpumalanga Province via Newcastle, Volksrust, the superb Laingsnek Pass and the infamous Majuba Mount where the Boers under Commandant-General Joubert surprised the British troops under Gen. Sir George Pomeroy Colley on the mountain killing the General and 256 of his men inflicting one of the British Army`s greatest losses.

  • Pass through Ermelo, Barberton, Nelspruit and finally arriving at Sabie. Sabie is a forestry town situated on the banks of the Sabie River, derived from the Tsonga word “Ulusaba which means fearful river because the river originally teemed with dangerous Nile Crocodiles. Sabie is the ideal point to tour the numerous waterfalls in the area which is what you do.

Overnight at Sabie Town Lodge with a standard room or similar

DAY 11

mpumalanga To Sabie Town Lodge

  • Complete breakfast early as possible as you have so much to see and do.

  • Depart for Pilgrims Rest, and a trip down memory lane to a village over 150 years old and today a museum after gold was discovered around 1873 which resulted in the 2nd Gold Rush of the Transvaal Goldfields.

  • Head for the Blyde River Canyon, The Three Rondavels, Gods Window, Bourkes Luck Potholes and all the waterfalls – (Mac Mac falls, Lisbon Falls, The Berlin Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Lone Creek Falls Horseshoe Falls, & Forest Falls) in the area that can be covered in a day.

DAY 12

sabie town lodge To Kruger Game Reserve

  • Rise as early as possible for game viewing and spend the day in the Kruger National Park.

  • Return at dusk for dinner at Sabie Town Lodge. 

DAY 13

kruger game reserve - Sudwala Caves

  • Visit that which is regarded as the biggest attraction in Mpumalanga and that is the Sudwala Caves before heading to Johannesburg. In the event that you missed some game viewing opportunities the day before, you may try one more early game viewing drive in the Kruger National Park. 

  • 115370 ZAR Per Adult , 115370 ZAR Per Child
  • 131540 ZAR Per Group , 131 ZAR Per Child (* Price x 2)
  • 164135 ZAR Per Group (* Price x 3)
  • Bed & breakfast

  • Entrance fees

  • Bottled water

  • Lunch

  • Supper

  • Tea & coffee

  • Any other drinks

  • Cape Town to Kruger National Park Tour

  • A stunning reflection of the very best to see and do in South African on a customised tour. This tour starting in Cape Town takes you to the most southerly point on the African continent Cape Agulhas, via Clarence Drive to Hermanus, Arniston, Oudtshoorn, Wilderness, Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park, East London, Monks Cowl in The Drakensberg, Mont -Aux - Source, Drakensberg and the midlands meander, Mpumalanga, Sabie, Blyde River Canyon and all the waterfalls and finally  Kruger Game Reserve 

  • As this tour is 2 weeks long or longer, the accommodation prices change from season to season, and you stay at either 3 star or 4 star hotels, lodges or guesthouses as do entrance fees for the very numerous activities on this marvellous tour, which the guides customise as per each private tour group.

  • Prices are calculated on request!

Cape Town, Hermanus, Kruger National Park, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Tsitsikamma National Park, Blyde River Canyon, Nelspruit, Arniston, East London, Sabie, Johannesburg

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