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22-day adventurous camper tour of South Africa and Swaziland

Get to know the diverse South Africa and the traditional Swaziland with this adventurous camper trip. During this adventurous journey you will visit the highlights of South Africa such as the Panorama Route, the Kruger National Park (game drives), Kwa-Zulu Natal with Lake St. Lucia (boat trips on Lake St. Lucia) and the Hluhluwe Game Reserve (game drives). ), the Drakensberg (walks), the beautiful nature of the Garden Route (beach, hiking), the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn, the wine region around Stellenbosch and the historic city of Cape Town.


PROGRAM

Day 1 Johannesburg - Middelburg (about 145 km // 1 ½ hours - 2 hours drive)
Welcome at the airport of Johannesburg by a representative of the camper rental company and transfer to the rental depot where you receive the camper. Departure from Johannesburg and drive east to the village of Middelburg. Here in the midst of the beautiful nature and on the banks of the Pienaarsdam dam you have the opportunity in the afternoon to sail by boat along the bank of the dam or to enjoy the surroundings. There is also a small game reserve on site. Overnight at the campsite near Middelburg.

Day 2 Middelburg - Sabie (about 202 km / ca 2 ½ -3 hours drive excluding stops)
Departure from Middelburg and drive east to the village of Sabie. Today you drive through a beautiful area with lots of natural beauty, the Northern Drakensberg. Along the way you can visit the Sudwala caves and also the Sudwala Bantu Village, where you can learn more about various Bantu (black) tribes in South Africa. Overnight at the campsite at Sabie.

Day 3 Sabie - Blyde River (about 210 km // 3 - 3 ½ hours drive excluding stops)
After breakfast leave Sabie and drive in a northerly direction. From Sabie you drive via Pilgrim's Rest and Graskop to your campsite near Hoedspruit. In Pilgrim's Rest, gold was found for the first time in 1873 and it seems as if time has stood still. The village of Pilgrims Rest which in those days was inhabited by fortune hunters is now a large museum. The pioneer village of that time has remained unchanged, the gold diggers are no longer there, but the shops, hotels, bars and the like are still there, almost in their original state. After the visit to Pilgrim's Rest drive further to Graskop where any groceries can be obtained. Driving from Graskop to the campsite. On the way you will drive via the Panorama Route where you can visit beautiful natural phenomena such as God's Window, Bourkes Luck Pot Holes, the three Rondavels, Blyde River Canyon (the second largest Canyon in the world) and much more. Overnight at the campsite near the Blyde river

Day 4 Blyde River - Kruger National Park (Satara rest camp) (approx. 192 km // 3 - 3½ hours drive excluding stops)
When you leave Blyde River you can first visit the Hoedspruit Cheeta Project, where you can take a guided tour and admire this magnificent animal from up close. You also support the project with your entrance fees. From there you enter the famous Kruger Park via the Orpen gate. Register at the entrance office, here you can also buy a so-called Visitors Guide with detailed maps of the Kruger Park and the book tells you the best way to search for wildlife, with routes, animal examples etc. You can also visit the site sign up for a night safari or a guided walking safari. Overnight at the campsite of the Satara rest camp (or one of the other rest camps in the Kruger National Park).

Day 5 Kruger National Park (Skukuza rest camp) (about 95 km // 2 - 2 ½ hours drive excluding stops)
Early in the morning to look for wildlife during the cool hours. Feline people sometimes sleep on the road surface because the asphalt holds the heat of the previous day longer. Quietly driving further south and arriving at the Skukuza rest camp by noon. Overnight at the campsite of the Skukuza restcamp or one of the other restcamps in the Kruger National Park).

Day 6 Kruger National Park - Ezulweni (Swaziland) (approx. 185 km // 3 - 3 ½ hours drive excluding stops)
This morning departure on time from the Skukuza restcamp and the Kruger National Park. On the way there is one last chance to see the complete "BIG 5", as long as there is one or two missing. You leave the park to enter the Kingdom of Swaziland. Drive via the JEPPE'S REEF border post, via Piggs Peak to Mbabane and to the Ezulweni Valley. Souvenirs for stalls can be visited on the way. Well worth a visit to the Ngwenya glass factory near the Oshoek border with South Africa. The campsite has a swimming pool with the view over the nature park. Inquire at the reception about the activities of the campsite such as horseback riding, hiking trails etc .. Overnight at the campsite in the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.

Day 7 Ezulweni (Swaziland) - St. Lucia (about 365 km // about 5 ½ - 6 hours drive excluding stops)
Drive today, in a southerly direction, through a large part through the Kingdom of Swaziland. Along the way small villages and a beautiful nature. Make a stop at one of the many market squares to buy nice souvenirs. After passing the Golela border post you enter the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. Beware of stray cows, donkeys and goats on the
street! Continue south and drive to the southern part of Lake St. Lucia. A boat trip can be made on St. Lucia to view the hippos, crocodiles and water birds. Overnight at the campsite near Cape Vidal.

Day 8 St. Lucia - Ballito (about 230 km // about 3 ½ - 4 hours drive excluding stops)
Departure from St. Lucia and drive south to the Dolphin Coast and the charming seaside resort of Ballito. Along the way a beautiful landscape with, among other things, extensive sugar cane fields. On your way to Ballito you will pass many small beaches, take the time (after all, you are on vacation) to stop at Salt Rock, for a refreshing swim in the sea. The Dolphin Coast campsite is the overnight stay of tonight and has been chosen as one of South Africa's best campsites. It is a reasonable small campsite at about 50m from the beach. The water of the Indian Ocean on this coast is swimable throughout the year. Temperatures are the year between 18 and 24 degrees Celsius.

Day 9 Ballito - Central Drakensberg (about 261 km // about 3 - 3 ½ hours drive excluding stops)
Departure from Ballito and into the interior. After possibly a visit to Durban, west along Pietermaritzburg towards the town of Howick. After the visit to Howick and the waterfall via the Midland Meander route drive the overnight stay of today. The campsite for tonight is in the north of this magnificent mountain range. Not far from the campsite are the cascades waterfalls with water pools for swimming (cold but delicious). Rest of the day at leisure to explore the area. Beautiful walks can be made. Overnight stay at a campsite near Winterton.

Day 10 Central Drakensberg
All day to explore the area. Overnight stay at a campsite near Winterton.

Day 11 Drakensberg - Golden Gate National Park (approx. 170 km // approx. 2½ -3 hours drive excluding stops)
This morning departure from the Central Drakensberg and drive via the beautiful route of the R74 to the Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve. Drive to the final destination at the Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve: the Golden Gate National Park. This park owes its name to the brilliant bright golden hues that the sun leaves behind on the sandstone cliffs. The park hosts many species of antelope that can be seen while walking or driving. Overnight at the Glen Reenen campsite.

Day 12 Golden Gate National Park - Ladybrand (approx. 180 km // approx. 2½ - 3 hours drive excluding stops)
Departure from the Golden Gate National Park and via a scenic route to Ladybrand. Ladybrand is known for its cherry orchards and sandstone buildings. From Ladybrand you can easily drive across the border to Maseru, the capital of Lesotho. Overnight at the campsite in Ladybrand.

Day 13 Ladybrand - Middelburg (Eastern Cape) (about 450 km // about 5 ½ - 6 hours drive excluding stops)
Today a beautiful trip. Driving through the interior of South Africa with nice typical African villages along the way. Overnight at the Carochalet camping.

Day 14 Middelburg - Addo (about 310 km // about 4 - 4 ½ hours drive excluding stops)
Today a good but beautiful trip. Driving through the interior of South Africa with nice typical African villages along the way. On the way a visit can be made to the village Graaff-Reinet located on the banks of the Sunday river. Graaff-Reinet is a historic town in many ways. Near Graaff-Reinet lies the Mountain Zebra National Park, a nice park where the rare mountain zebra occurs. Furthermore, a visit to the Helen Martin's Owl House can be made in Nieu Bethesda. Overnight at the campsite in the Addo National Park

Day 15 Addo-Tsitsitsamma National Park (about 235 km // about 3½ - 4 hours drive excluding stops)
Departure from the Addo Elephant Park and drive via Port Elizabeth to the Tsitsikamma National Park. On the rugged coastline in the Tsitsikamma National Park the camping site is reserved for the coming night near the mouth of the Storms River.

Day 16 Tsitsikamma National Park - Wilderness (approx. 130 km // ca 1 ¾ - 2 ½ hours drive excluding stops)
Departure from Tsitsikamma and via the famous Garden Route drive to the village of Wilderness. Rest of the day at leisure. Along the way one visit can be made to Plettenberg Bay and Knysna. Knysna is a cozy seaside resort on a beautiful lagoon. Definitely worth a stop is the view from the Heads over the Indian Ocean. There is also a cozy shopping center The Quays located on the water. Overnight at the campsite in Wilderness.

Day 17 Wilderness - Oudtshoorn (approx. 100 km // approx. 1½ - 2 hours away excluding stops)
Continue the garden route. At George via the Outeniqua pass to Oudtshoorn. Here in the center of the ostrich culture overnight at the campsite in Oudtshoorn.

Day 18 Oudtshoorn - Swellendam (approx. 220 km // approx. 2 ½ - 3 hours drive excluding stops)
Via Calitzdorp and Barrydale drive to Swellendam. Swellendam is an agricultural center at the foot of the impressive Langenberg chain, which is characterized by oak-lined streets and well-preserved historic buildings. The Drostdy Museum and Bontebok National Park, where the rare and beautiful Bontebok occurs, are worth a visit. There are also opportunities to walk to your heart's content in the Marloth Nature Reserve. Overnight at the Swellendam campsite.

Day 19 Swellendam - Stellenbosch (about 200 km // approx. 2 - 2 ½ hours drive excluding stops)
This morning departure from Swellendam and via Hermanus driving to Stellenbosch. From May to October there is a good chance that whales can be seen in the bay of Hermanus who come here to get their young. After the visit to Hermanus continue driving along a beautiful coastal road past small towns like Kleinmond, Betty's Bay and Rooiels in the direction of Gordon's Bay. Gordon's Bay is a cozy seaside resort where you can stop for lunch or a few hours of beach. From Gordon's Bay it is about 15 minutes drive to the campsite near Stellenbosch.

Day 20 Stellenbosch - Melkbosstrand (approx. 600 km // approx. 1 - 1 ½ hours drive excluding stops)
Departure from Stellenbosch and drive towards Cape Town. Today a nice route can be driven along the Cape Town peninsula. You can visit the fishing villages Kalk Bay, Simonstown and visit the penguin colony at the Boulders. Hence drive to the Cape of Good Hope National Park. Drive along the Chapmans Peak Drive route and the village of Hout Bay. Via Camps Bay and Cape Town drive to the coastal town of Melkbosstrand. Overnight at the campsite in Melkbosstrand.

Day 21 Melkbosstrand
Today you can visit the center of Cape Town with the Bokaap, the historic center and the Dutch fortress, the famous Table Mountain, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Robben Island, the botanical garden of Kirstenbosch and much more. Overnight at the campsite in Melkbosstrand.

Day 22 Melkbosstrand - Cape Town airport (approx. 55 km // approx. 1 - 1 ½ hours drive excluding stops)
Today the last day of your stay in South Africa. In the afternoon return the camper to the rental company and transfer to the airport of Cape Town.


Starting at € 765 p.p.
per person at 6 persons M6B camper, reiscode: AOL 202

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