Exploring South Africa’s Natural Beauty on Foot

18 Days from £4247 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
18 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Big Cat Safari
Self Drive

For the actively adventurous who prefer to explore on foot, this comprehensive 18-day self-drive itinerary includes some fairly demanding walks through a wide variety of landscapes. Hike the rocky headlands, dramatic sea cliffs and indigenous forests of the Garden Route for views over the ocean to see seals, bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoise and whales (Jun-Oct) and a chance of the Cape clawless otter. Then trek amongst the towering mountains of spectacular uKhahlamba Drakensberg National Park, including Tugela Falls, the second tallest cascade in the world. Next, travel to the bushlands of Kruger National Park for the thrill of walking safaris where lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, elephant, cheetah and other wildlife roam. To reward your efforts, we treat you to some effortless open-vehicle game drives and extra comfort at the end. An exciting and highly rewarding walking itinerary of good length and range, and offering excellent value to boot (pardon the pun).

Itinerary

Price from £4247 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Plettenberg Bay

Arrive Cape Town and connect with flight to George. Collect car and self-drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Staying at Periwinkle Guesthouse. Includes Breakfast.

Day 3 - Plettenberg Bay

Morning at leisure. Relax at the beach in Plettenberg Bay or hike the Robberg Peninsula Nature Reserve. Later drive to Storms River Mouth.

Staying at Storms River Mouth Rest Camp Honeymoon Cottage. Includes No Meals.

Day 4 - Tsitsikamma National Park

Explore Tsitsikamma National Park by hiking the Dolphin Trail from Storms River to Misty Mountain. The reserve protects some outstanding coastline and is home to a plethora of beautiful flora.

Staying at Misty Mountain Tented Lodge. Includes Breakfast.

Day 5 - Tsitsikamma National Park

Hike the Dolphin Trail from Misty Mountain to Forest Ferns enjoying the scenery and wildlife as you go.

Staying at The Fernery Lodge Garden Suite. Includes Breakfast.

Day 6 - Storms River Mouth

4x4 Transfer through the Old Storms River Pass back to Storms River Mouth.

Staying at Storms River Mouth Rest Camp Honeymoon Cottage. Includes No Meals.

Day 7 - Durban

Self-drive to Port Elizabeth, drop hire car and take flight to Durban. Collect car and self-drive to hotel.

Staying at Quarters Hotel Florida Road. Includes Breakfast.

Day 8 - uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

Drive to the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park at Cathedral Peak. Afternoon for optional hiking.

Staying at Cathedral Peak Hotel. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 9 - uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

Day to explore the Cathedral Peak area of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. The park is designated a World Heritage Site for its important geology, diverse habitats, endemic birds and plants and large number of rock paintings.

Staying at Cathedral Peak Hotel. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 10 - Royal Natal National Park

Drive to the Northern Berg in the Royal Natal National Park. Optional hiking and other activities are available in the mountainous landscape.

Staying at Montusi Mountain Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 11 - Royal Natal National Park

Day to explore the Royal Natal National Park. Optional hike to the top of the Amphitheatre and Tugela Falls (weather dependent - we can book for you but pay direct). The Tugela Falls is the second highest waterfall in the world with a drop of 948 meters. Other optional activities in this stunning area are also available.

Staying at Montusi Mountain Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 12 - Durban

Drive back to Durban and to the hotel.

Staying at Quarters Hotel Florida Road. Includes Breakfast.

Day 13 - Kruger National Park

Drive to the airport and drop off the hire car. Fly to via Johannesburg to Kruger Skukuza. Met on arrival and transfer to the Kruger National Park. Settle in to your camp.

Staying at Rhino Walking Safaris - Plains Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 14 - Kruger National Park

Enjoy the thrill of walking safaris in Kruger National Park. The lowveld ecosystem of Kruger supports an immense diversity of wildlife. There are excellent chances of seeing large herds of game and to get close to a white rhino. A walking safari also allows you to appreciate the smaller creatures, birds and plants of the area and to look for the tracks of larger animals.

Staying at Rhino Walking Safaris - Plains Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 15 - Kruger National Park

Transfer to the Rhino Post Safari Lodge. Game drive in open vehicle with ranger in Kruger National Park, including Rhino Post's private concession. The 12,000-hectare private reserve adjoins the Mala Mala and Sabi Sands reserves and is well known for its abundance of game including excellent chances of seeing the Big 5. You may also opt for optional safari walks.

Staying at Rhino Post Safari Lodge - Bush Suite. Includes All Meals.

Day 16 - Kruger National Park

Another day for open vehicle game drives in Kruger National Park.

Staying at Rhino Post Safari Lodge - Bush Suite. Includes All Meals.

Day 17 - Johannesburg

Transfer to the airport and fly to Johannesburg and connect with onward flight to London.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 18 - Arrive UK

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly from London to Cape Town, return from Johannesburg

Area Specialist

Alan Godwin
specialist_alan-godwin

This active itinerary requires a good level of fitness. Remember we can mix and match elements from various itineraries to get the balance of activity and relaxation just right for you.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

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Rhino Post Safari Lodge: -24.923804, 31.659679
Montusi Mountain Lodge: -28.622386, 29.025870
Periwinkle Guest Lodge: -34.074383, 23.371488
Storms River Mouth Rest Camp: -34.022498, 23.896270
Misty Mountain Reserve: -34.024351, 23.947802
Cathedral Peak Hotel: -28.948222, 29.206466
Quarters Hotel Florida Road: -29.835638, 31.018572
The Fernery : -32.221900, 26.589170