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Duration

What you see

Johannesburg

5 days

Ladybrand, Golden Gate, Lesotho.

Johannesburg

10 days

Blyde River Canyon, Kruger National Park, Swaziland, Ponto d'Ouro, Mkuze Game Reserve, St Lucia, Durban.

Johannesburg

15 days

Nelspruit, Kruger National Park, Messina, Esigodini (Zimbabwe), Bulawayo, Victoria Falls,

Johannesburg

15 days

Nelspruit, Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon, Swaziland, Mkuze Game Reserve, St Lucia, Drakensberg, Royal Natal National Park, Golden Gate.

Johannesburg

17 days

Martins Drift, Nata Lodge, Makgadikgadi Pans, Maun, Okavango Swamp, Victoria Falls.

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landrover with roof tent

5 day itinerary (South Africa & Lesotho)

This 5 day camping itinerary for South Africa & Lesotho will take you through the Free State and into Lesotho. Your journey will test you 4x4 skills, you'll truly enjoy an 'off the beaten track' experience with mountain roads and passes. What can be more relaxing than being up in the fresh mountain air overlooking the amazing scenery that is Lesotho.

Duration

5 days, 4 nights

Departure

Daily

Comfort

Roof top tents, national parks chalet facilities and bed & breakfast, if you prefer talk to us about other options

Accommodation

Roof tent on top of your Landrover

Price

SAR 9,990

US$ 995

GB£ 645

Prices are per person –based on 2 people sharing

Includes

An accompanied self Drive Safari, two Landrover Defender’s, camping gear for 5 days, park entrance fees, fuel, unlimited kilometres, camp site pitches, road maps, trail information and border documents

Transport

Landrover Defender rental (included in the price of this trip), with camping equipment

Excludes

If applicable additional game drives, international flights, visas, overnight accommodation other than roof top tent, alcoholic beverages, restaurant meals, tips and curios.

Drink



Drinking alcohol during the day and whilst driving in strictly forbidden.

Day 1: Arrival in Johannesburg - Overnight in Ladybrand

After arrival at Johannesburg airport, you have cleared immigration; pick up your luggage found your way through customs, your Safari leader will meet up with you. You will be taken to Chimhavira’s South African Office, not far from the airport, have a chance to freshen up, pick up your Landrover, and check through the equipment. After all of the required formalities are finished, you'll be set for your 'great adventure'! Your Safari leader will ensure you stock up on supplies along the way; the first leg of your trip will take approximately 5 hours.

Total distance on Day 1 is approximately 450 km.

Day 2: Ladybrand – Golden Gate – Ladybrand

Today we will have an early start and head off for the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, nestled in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains of the north eastern Free State. The park derives its name from the brilliant shades of gold cast by the sun on the park's sandstone cliffs, especially the imposing Brandwag rock.

This 11 600 hectares of unique environment is true highland habitat, providing home to a variety of mammals – black wildebeest, eland, blesbok, oribi, springbok and Burchell's zebra - and birds, including the rare bearded vulture (lammergeier) and the equally rare bald ibis, which breed on the ledges in the sandstone cliffs. Ribbokkop, the highest point in the park, reveals a breathtaking tapestry of red, yellow and purple hues as its warm shades merge with the cool mountain shadows towards evening.

Day 3 & 4: Lady Brand – Lesotho, Malealea 2 nights

Lesotho, 'The Kingdom in the sky' is a poor mountainous state with spectacular scenery and colourful Basotho culture. The village, Malealea, is unique; the lodge is located in the middle of the village and a dynamic cooperation has grown with the surrounding villagers. This lodge is often been cited as the perfect example of responsible tourism. You can admire the breathtaking landscape from the back of a Basotho pony. Here we will enjoy a morning drive past the Botsoela Waterfall with a circular route through remote villages back to Malealea. This leisurely drive will take us around two hours, but we will be stopping and walking, it is spectacular in a 4x4. This trip will only be attempted in DRY WEATHER. This hand-built road hugs the side of a mountain.

Day 5: Return to Johannesburg

Today we will be returning to Johannesburg, the drive is around six hours so we will have a leisurely breakfast and then set off towards the big smoke.

Total distance on Day 5 is approximately 550 km.

water crossing in a landrover 4x4

News

14 Jan 2010

Review of overland South Africa tour from Johannesburg to Drakensburg to Kruger to Zimbabwe to Namibia.

15 day itinerary – 4x4 Camping safari South Africa

With this itinerary you will visit the highlights of northern South Africa. We’ll start off with the Kruger National Park, by day looking at the amazing wildlife, in the evening you will be sleeping in the wilds of Africa. We will also take you through Swaziland, a true 4x4 country. We will traverse mountain roads with breathtaking views through to Mkhuze. At Mkhuze you will find all kinds of wild animals, large and small. To finish off this amazing package we will drive back to Johannesburg through the impressive Drakensberg Mountains. We are thrilled to bring to you this truly 'off the beaten track' experience.

Duration

15 days, 14 nights

Departure

Daily

Comfort

Roof top tents, national parks chalet facilities and bed & breakfast, if you prefer talk to us about other options

Accommodation

Roof tent on top of your Landrover

Price

Refer to our ‘Rates’ Tab

Includes

An accompanied self Drive Safari, two Landrover Defender’s, camping gear for 15 days, park entrance fees, fuel, unlimited kilometres, camp site pitches, road maps, trail information and border documents

Transport

Landrover Defender rental (included in the price of this trip), with camping equipment

Excludes

If applicable additional game drives, international flights, visas, overnight accommodation other than roof top tent, alcoholic beverages, restaurant meals, tips and curios.

Drink



Drinking alcohol during the day and whilst driving in strictly forbidden.

Day 1: Arrival in Johannesburg - Overnight in Nelspruit

After arrival at Johannesburg airport, you have cleared immigration; pick up your luggage found your way through customs, your Safari leader will meet up with you. You will be taken to Chimhavira’s South African Office, not far from the airport, have a chance to freshen up, pick up your Landrover, and check through the equipment. After all of the required formalities are finished, you'll be set for your 'great adventure'! Your Safari leader will ensure you stock up on supplies along the way; the first leg of your trip will take approximately 4 hours. You'll drive over the N4 to your first overnight stay location near Nelspruit and Kruger Park. You'll stay in a tent here on full board basis so that you'll be able recoup after travelling. If you arrive in Johannesburg in the evening, we'll make reservations for you to stay in a guest house near the airport. Total distance on Day 1 is approximately 300 km

Day 2: Nelspruit and surrounding area

Today you'll be able to slowly acclimatize to your surroundings. Today there are a number of items on offer to you, you could, for instance, explore the Drakensberg Mountains, at the same time gathering 4x4 driving practice, or if you feel up to the test you could go horse riding, hiking or fishing, the rugged terrain makes this a perfect day for a horse ride. Total distance on Day 2 is approximately 130 km

Day 3: Nelspruit - Kruger National Park (Skukuza Camp)

After a relaxing day its time for a hearty breakfast and then lets go find some wild animals! We will drive through to the Kruger National Park ‘Numbi Entrance Gate’ where we will have most of the day to go on a game drive. You will be fascinated at all kinds of different animals you spot during the drive. Along the way we will be making stops at a few of the many camps or rest stops along the way to stretch out for a bit. This evening we will set up camp in one of the small overnight camps. Your roof tent on top of your 4x4 is the idea place from which to listen to the night sounds of the animals, listen for the cry of the ‘Fiery necked nightjar’. Total distance on Day 3 is approximately 150 km.

Day 4: Skukuza Camp – Satara Rest Camp

Now it's time for some serious safari activities on your camping safari in South Africa. Wake up early today so that you will be able to go on your own private game drive on your way to Kruger's Orpen gate. You'll be driving over unpaved roads to your next accommodation which lies in lion territory. Provided we have not taken too long enjoying the sights along route we will arrive in time for lunch.

In the afternoon, just as the heat of the day is subsiding we will jump into our land rovers and head off for an afternoon / evening game drive, if you prefer why not go on a professionally guided walk. We should not have any problem spotting animals; this area is known for the large number of animals roaming the land freely since there are no gates to keep them away. Even lions venture into camp from time to time. On return to the camp, we will prepare a delicious dinner whilst sharing the days game drive stories, who knows we may even have other participants by the campfire. Total distance on Day 4 is approximately 95 km.

Day 5: Satara Rest Camp

Today we’ll go on another adventure, the bush is at its' most beautiful just after sunrise and this is also when you'll have the best chance of spotting wild animals (at times you can get extremely close). Lions, impalas, elephants, every day bring different experiences in the bush. Around mid morning we will arrive back at the lodge a lovely and have a hearty breakfast, afterwards you'll have some time to relax and cool off in the swimming pool. If you can't get enough of wild animals, well you are in luck! Have a seat under a shady tree, enjoy the scenery and why not read one of the books from our wildlife library. In the afternoon you can go on another game walk or game drive and afterwards in the evening you can enjoy the campfire.

Day 6: Satara Rest Camp - Blyde River Canyon

After the morning game drive and a good breakfast, we’ll leave the camp, around 10:00 is best, and head for the third largest canyon in the world, Blyde River Canyon. We’ll head towards the Orpen Gate where we will leave the Kruger and make our way towards the town of Graskop. We will take a break along the way and have a pick nick at one of the many waterfalls when we feel like a break. The Blyde River Canyon National Reserve is about 26,000 acres in size and the canyon itself is 30 km long with panorama view spread out over the entire area. Tonight we will spend the night at a spacious campsite with a swimming pool, bar/ restaurant and a supermarket. Total distance on Day 6 is approximately 170 km.

Day 7: Blyde River Canyon

Today we will have all day to see the well-known Panorama route. Rest out and relax a bit and then leave for a day trip through the surrounding area around mid-morning. A must-see during your day trip is Bourke's Luck Potholes. The potholes can be found where the Blyde River and the Treur River meet. Currents and whirlpools at this spot in the riverbed have created round holes in the surrounding rock formations. If the weather permits, you may even want to get your feet wet in the potholes. You may also want to stop by the town of Sabie and the former mining town Pilgrim's Rest with its' charming small cafés and historic houses. At the end of the day we will return to our campsite at Graskop. Total distance on Day 7 is approximately 90 km

Day 8: Blyde River Canyon – Mlilwane Campsite (Swaziland)

Now we are on our way to Swaziland, we will head through Nelspruit and travel on to Barberton; an old gold mining village with beautiful houses in a mountainous subtropical area. Once you've left the village you'll slowly start to climb the 4x4 trail, the Bulembu route, towards Swaziland. At the Bulembu border crossing you will get your passport stamped and you are in Swaziland. The beautiful mountain trail makes an enjoyable drive. Our route will take us to Piggs Peak and from there we will head towards the capital of Mbabane. Should you want to we can stop here for a visit to the local markets, we will need to stock up on supplies anyway. Tonight we will be spending the evening in the Ezulwini Valley and the Mlilwane National Park. The campsite has a bar should you want a drink, restaurant and a swimming pool. In the evening you can sit back and relax by the campfire.

Before the sun sets you could also have a look at the beehives, the traditional Swazi-huts or visit one of the Zulu villages in the area. Total distance on Day 8 is approximately 292 km

Day 9: Swaziland - Mkuze Game Reserve

If you are not too tired why not wake up early and go on a short horseback ride through the park; note reservations must the evening before. A horse ride through the park at sunrise is an unforgettable experience. If you're not much of a fan of horses, you can also choose to rent a mountain bike. The Mlilwane National Park is not as abundant with wildlife as what you saw in the Kruger but you can expect to see smaller game animals such as impalas, monkeys and gnus, there is always the ‘hippo-pool’ surprisingly enough you can find hippos and crocodiles here. Today we will leave Swaziland destination South Africa! We continue in the direction of the town of Mkuze and the Mkuze Game Reserve, which lies at the border of St. Lucia Park. A place of great beauty and high contrasts, Mkhuze is renowned as a mecca for bird lovers, with more than 420 bird species on record. In addition look out for elephants and rhinos. Once you've reached the park, sometime in the afternoon, you have the option of driving one of the fun 4x4 routes through the southern part of the park. You'll spend the night at the park campsite. Total distance on Day 9 is approximately 242 km

Day 10: Mkuze Game Reserve - Cape Vidal, St Lucia

Today you'll be able to explore the park by 4x4 once again, in search of large or small wild animals. Around 11:00 we will be leaving the park and continuing on our way towards Cape Vidal, the coastline behind St. Lucia Park. The coastline is made up of (enormous) sand dunes that border on the Indian Ocean. It's a great location for swimming, and snorkelling. Tonight we will be spending the evening and morning at the Cape Vidal campsite. Before we leave we will be stocking up on supplies at a supermarket in St Lucia. The supermarket has a broad selection of products and long opening hours. Total distance on Day 10 is approximately 170 km.

Day 11: Cape Vidal, St Lucia, Hluhluwe

The beaches at Cape Vidal are breathtaking and one could easily relax here all day. Unfortunately we still have so much more to see. We head towards the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park. St. Lucia Lake is home to an abundance of flora and fauna and features and amazing four different eco-systems within an area of 40 km: swampland, wetlands, bush lands and grasslands. You can expect to see things such as crocodiles, hippos, flamingos, pelicans and other fish-eating birds. If you are interested a flat-bottom boat leaves from St. Lucia twice a day for a two hour cruise over the lake. Total distance on Day 11 is approximately 120 km

Day 12: Cape Vidal - Drakensberg Royal Natal National Park

Today we will have a long drive to the Drakensberg Mountains and the well known Royal Natal National Park. This park boasts some of the most splendid mountain scenery in Africa. The main feature is the world famous Amphitheatre, a rock wall approximately five km in length, and 500m high. You'll spend the night at the park's campsite. We will be sure to stock up on supplies before settling in for the evening since there aren't many stores in the area. Total distance on Day 12 is approximately 480 km

Day 13: Royal Natal National Park

Today we will have all the time needed to explore this area. There are many spectacular views, the look-out points are clearly indicated for easy access. There are also various hiking trails in this area 2, 4 or more hours. Choose the duration of your hike and your walk will be sure to take you over narrow paths and trails and climb over boulders and through small trenches. Enjoy the outdoors and enjoy a vigorous hike.

Day 14: Royal Natal - Golden Gate National Park

Today we will drive north-west headed to the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. This 12,000 acre park is located at the base of the Maluti Mountains. The scenery is a mix of majestic sandstone cliffs, wooded valleys and open plains. We will be staying at the rest camp Glen Rheenen. The camp has a restaurant and pool, ideal for a cool dip after a warm day of trekking. In the afternoon you have an option of going on a short trek (1 - 5 hour hikes) or go on a game drive where you could spot zebra and bush buck from your own car. This park also has San and Bushman rock drawings, look out for them. There are also areas where you can play tennis or go on horseback rides if you don't feel like driving any longer. Total distance on Day 14 is approximately 115 km

Day 15: Golden Gate - Johannesburg - End of South African camping safari

This morning you'll have time for a relaxing breakfast pack away your camping equipment, when you are done you will take your roof tent down for last time and then we will drive the last leg of your itinerary to Johannesburg arriving early evening. Chimhavira will book you into a guest house for the evening (Own expense), where you can rest up before the next part of your journey. This evening your safari leader would like to accompany you to dinner. Total distance on Day 15 is approximately 340 km

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