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Highlights – 2020
This 19-day (18 night) tour of Southern Africa starts in the economic hub of Southern Africa, Johannesburg, and ends in the Cape of Good Hope. It includes stops in the Kingdom of Lesotho and eSwathini (formerly Swaziland) as well as at the site where Nelson Mandela was captured. The route covers some of the sub-continent’s most spectacular scenery, from the Bourke’s Luck potholes and the Drakensberg mountains, across the desolate Karoo to the sea to one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World, Table Mountain.
Your guide will take you on the road-trip of a lifetime during which you will see Africa’s big five (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo). If you pay attention, you could also get to discover the little five: elephant shrew, ant lion, rhinoceros (dung) beetle, buffalo weaver and leopard tortoise.
The region’s flora is equally remarkable – from the huge baobab trees of the northern climes to the world’s most diverse biome on the southern and west coasts, the shapes and colours are spectacular and must be seen to be believed.
Day 1 - Arrival in South AfricaOn arrival in South Africa, Kimba-Africa's guide will welcome you at O R Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg. Your South African road trip through the Highveld (highlands) begins in an easterly direction, into Mpumalanga, which literally means "Land of the Rising Sun". The expedition over the Long Tom Pass offers a beautiful view over the plain and is perfect for a brief introduction to the history of the area. That evening, at the end of your 330 km journey, you will overnight at the Misty Mountain Lodge.
Day 2 - The Panorama Route and HazyviewThe next morning, with Kimba-Africa's guide, explore one of South Africa's most imposing landscapes: a 220 km trip along the aptly named the Panorama Route. It follows the escarpment which form the great fringe of the continent, with breathtaking views of the lowlands, which are as much as a thousand feet below your feet. The mighty backdrop of the Drakensberg's Three Rondavels tower over the Blyde River Canyon, considered the third largest in the world. The canyon begins at the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. You will stroll above this geological phenomenon where the water from Treur (which means sad) River plummets into the Blyde River, many metres below. Late in the afternoon, you will arrive at your evening lodgings, the Umbahba Eco Lodge, near the Kruger National Park, and where you will stay for two nights.
Day 3 - Kruger National ParkThe animals are particularly active at dawn - and so are you! Today, Kimba-Africa has arranged a Jeep safari through the Kruger National Park, where you may be lucky enough to spot the "Big Five": elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard and lion.
Day 4 - EswatiniOn day 4, you depart Hazyview and Kimba-Africa's guide will drive you 220km to the Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland). With a total area of 1,7363km² it is the second smallest state in Africa. This tiny country boasts picturesque mountains and green forests and is home to the Ngwenya Glassworks. A stop here includes lunch and the opportunity to browse and buy pieces made from recycled glass before heading that evening's accommodation, Mlilwane (Big Game Parks).
Day 5 - Eswatini to St. LuciaEswatini is known for his handicrafts, and as part of today's 330 km expedition, visit a craft workshop where you will watch the crafters at work before heading back into South Africa. Kimba-Africa's guide will take you to the St. Lucia Wetlands Park (UNESCO World Heritage site) where you will enjoy a boat trip with a good chance to see hippos, crocodiles and various bird species. That night you will stay at the Amazulu Lodge in St Lucia.
Day 6 - Back to the DrakensbergOn day six, you leave St. Lucia on a 470km trip back to the Drakensberg past Durban. This part of Kimba-Africa's itinerary includes a short stop in the small town of Howick and the Howick Falls, before reaching the site at which Nelson Mandela was captured. It was here, on August 5, 1962, that Nelson Mandela was dramatically was arrested by the apartheid police before being tried for treason and spending 27 years in jail. During this stop, learn about that fateful day, the fight against apartheid and see the installation depicting Nelson Mandela's image which commemorates the event. That afternoon, you will stop at the Sandford Park Country Hotel, Bergville where you will stay for two nights.
Day 7 - Nature hike in the DrakensbergThe morning begins at a height of 1,400 metres for an easy hike through the mountains region followed by a second easy hike to the McKinley's pools. Return to the Sandford Park country hotel for a relaxing evening with a braai (barbecue).
Day 8 - The Kingdom of LesothoToday's 400 km journey takes you through through the mountains of the Royal Natal and Golden Gate Highlands National Parks, to Lesotho. Passing waterfalls and breathtaking rock formations to arrive at Malealea Lodge in the afternoon where you will find the original, unspoilt Africa, away from mass tourism and where you will spend two nights.
Day 9 - Kingdom in the HeavensLesotho is also known as the Mountain Kingdom because it is located high in the Drakensberg mountains. Here Kimba-Africa's guide, with locals will walk you through the village. In the museum, they will share about the people of the Basotho and at the end of the day, enjoy the sunset with dance and music.
Day 11 - Addo Elephant National ParkToday your guide will drive the 250 km directly to the Addo Elephant National Park, where you will stay the night at Beyond Cui Bono. Before settling, in though, and still in Kimba-Africa's vehicle, you will take a tour through the park. The Addo Elephant Park was established in 1931 to protect the eleven elephants that remained in the Eastern Cape. After the introduction of lion in 2003, the remaining animals comprising the "Big Five" were also introduced, providing another opportunity to see these glorious animals in their natural habitat.
Day 12 - The Garden Route: Tsitsikamma to KnysnaToday, the Kimba-Africa tour joins the popular Garden Route, heading to the Tsitsikamma which in one of the Khoi-san languages means "sparkling water". In this region, considered one of the most beautiful in South Africa, visit to the "Big Tree", an over 800-year-old Outeniqua yellow wood tree and the Tsitsikamma National Park. Here, and with your guide, you will explore the area on foot and a short walk will take you to the 77m long suspension bridge over the Storms River before driving to Knysna, where you spend the next two nights at the Lofts Boutique Hotel.
Day 13 - Explore KnysnaThis is a day of leisure where you have time to yourself to relax and enjoy Knysna. Kimba-Africa's guide will advise you about options for excursions such as the Featherbed Nature Reserve or watching whales on a boat trip (both optional, available on site, and available from August to November).
Day 14 - To OudtshoornOn day 14's 170km trip, Kimba-Africa's guide will drive you up the Outeniqua Pass to visit the famous Cango Caves which are among the most beautiful limestone cave systems in the world. After this guided tour, it's off to Oudtshoorn, also known as Ostrich City, and on a local farm, you will learn about these large and flightless birds are bread. You will then retire to the Oue Werf Country House & Manor for the night.
Day 15 - Route 62When you depart Oudtshoorn, Kimba-Africa's guide will follow Route 62, dubbed the longest wine route in the world, across the semi-desert of the "little Karoo", the "little thirsty land" with its rugged landscape. Enjoy lunch in the small town of Montagu, known for its Cape Dutch houses and its wines. The tour continues through the Breede River Valley and follows the Langeberg Mountains and through the Du Toitskoof tunnel to Wellingon. This is the heart of the Cape Winelands and you will spend two nights at the Val Du Charron Estate.
Day 16 - The Cape WinelandsOn today's 150 km route, Kimba-Africa's guide will take you deeper into the Cape wine country for a cellar tour and two wine tastings at selected wineries, so that you can experience, for yourself, the excellent quality of Cape wines. Through more breathtaking landscapes - this time in the Western Cape, we visit, among others, the Huguenot town of Franschhoek, as well as Paarl, the home of the famous KWV cellar, and historic Stellenbosch.
Day 17 - Cape Town! Here we come....Just 100 km from Wellington, Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, is nestled between Table Mountain and the deep blue sea. Kimba-Africa's orientation tour of the city will show you, among other things, the Company Gardens, the imposing parliamentary precinct and the Bokaap, the famous Malay district. Use the free to explore the more of the city's site. You could take a stroll around the shops at the iconic Victoria and Alfred Waterfront or take a cruise around the harbour before you spend the night at South Lodge which will be your home for the two nights you spend in Cape Town. As always, Kimba-Africa's guide is available to provide advice and suggestions.
Day 18 - The Cape of Good HopeOn your penultimate day in South Africa, Kimba-Africa's guide will take you on a 180 km round trip of the Peninsula. It begins along the coastal road via Clifton and Camps Bay, over the breathtaking Chapmans Peak Drive with picture-perfect views of Hout Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The day's highlight will the the visit to Cape Point, the southern-most tip of the Cape of Good Hope. The return trip is on the other side of the peninsula, via Simon's Town, where we pay a visit to the one of the largest colonies of the African penguin. On your final evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with Kimba-Africa's guide and reflect on impressions of your African safari.
Day 19 - Goodbye South AfricaWith no formal programme spend your final day relaxing, around Cape Town before bidding farewell to South Africa. Kimba-Africa's guide will take you to Cape Town International Airport and help you with your check-in before departing for home. We hope you enjoy your stay and the entire Kimba-Africa team hopes to welcome you back to South Africa again soon! For price details, please check the pricing tab.
Tour prices are per personminimum of 6 (six) and a maximum of 12 (twelve) Rates are seasonal, as follows: 1 January – 30 April 2020 Per Person: ZAR 4,0720.00 (Single Supplement: ZAR 5,680.00) 1 May – 31 August 2020 Per Person: ZAR 3,9440.00 (Single Supplement: ZAR 5,200.00) 1 September – End 2020 Per Person: ZAR 4,1920.00 (Single Supplement: ZAR 5,920.00)
Included18 x nights’ accommodation 18 x breakfasts 12 x dinners
Entrance fees and activities, including:
- Along the Panorama Route
- Full-day jeep safari (game drive) in the Kruger National Park
- Boat trip at St. Lucia
- Walks and entry fees in the Drakensberg
- Village walk in Lesotho
- Xhosa choir in Cradock
- Addo Elephant Park
- Tsitsikamma National Park including the "Big Tree"
- The Cango Caves
- Visit to an ostrich farm
- Two (2) wine tastings and a cellar tour in the Cape Winelands
- The Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach
In addition, the tour price includes
- A qualified and, if necessary, German speaking tour guide
- Tour vehicle (modern local bus with air conditioning)
- Accident insurance with personal protection in the travel vehicle
- Porter money
- Entrance fees for activities/sites listed on the itinerary
- All flights/air travel
- Personal health insurance abroad
- All lunches
- 6 x dinners
- All optional excursions and activities
- Other: personal expenses and gratuities
This tour is available throughout 2020.
The some of the specific highlights vary according to the season, for example, game viewing in the Kruger National Park, is best in winter (mid-year).
Ask for details when you make your enquiry.
Prices are seasonal and subject to availability. See the relevant tab for more information.
Tours in conjunction with R2N Events and Destination McGregor
Working with the organisers of the Ride2Nowhere and Destination McGregor, we have compiled two tour itineraries. They explore different parts of the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Both start and finish in Cape Town, South Africa’s Mother City, from Tuesday 3 September to Monday 16 September 2019, and are therefore 14 days’ duration.
Choose one of the two options below which are available either as group- or self-drive tours:
African mountains, bikes, wine, whales – and more
Duration: 14 days, 13 nights
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Self-drive option: click here
Bike, relax under African skies and chase flowers
Group tour option: click here
Self-drive option: click here
About the Ride2Nowhere
The Ride2Nowhere is a three-day staged, mountain bike race – the race where racing snakes and weekend warriors meet to complete. Just for fun!
The event is relaxed and the vibe, festive. Riders choose between the long route (60km each day), or a shorter route (40km each day), and may ride either solo or in teams.
The route – different each year – is only open during the event weekend because the majority of the trails are on private land, adding to this special event’s exclusivity. Each day, about 80% of the route is single track which requires basic technical skills. Because of the moderate daily distances, participants have the opportunity to spend the afternoons exploring McGregor village or relaxing with friends and family. The Ride2Nowhere is an ideal event for enjoying the outdoors and combining it with an extended tour around the Western Cape of South Africa.
As with all R2N events, the organisers strive to support the local community which provides 70% of the event services. This, in turn, contributes to what makes this a unique and special event.
From Robertson, on Route 62, follow the sign to McGregor to cross the Breede River. Then, head south towards the Riviersonderend mountains, and half way up the Road to Nowhere, is McGregor. The village is home some of South Africa’s best preserved Victorian architecture; this is an anomaly in the heart of the Winelands generally characterised by vernacular Cape Dutch architecture.
McGregor is the perfect weekend destination – roughly a 2-hour drive from Cape Town International Airport and where visitors enjoy wonderful wine, fabulous food, walks, mountain bike rides as well as unmissable people and places.
Destination McGregor offers a range of accommodation, including self-catering options in cottages that are original “rietdak” (reed roofed) cottages to newer, but traditionally built adobe and/or brick houses. There is something to suit virtually every taste and pocket, whether you are looking for luxury, bed and breakfast, self-catering or accommodation only – in the village, on farms or in the remote mountain areas.
It’s a popular misconception that McGregor is a sleepy little village. First impressions deceive: visitors often ask locals how they keep themselves occupied, and are surprised by how much goes on.