South Africa & Swazi Quest

The unvarnished grandeur of South Africa is on display in this comprehensive exploration of one of the continents most diverse and fascinating destinations. Africas incredible culture and wildlife is at a premium on this tourfrom the coastal shores of Tsitsikamma to extensive game drives in Addo Elephant National Park and the famed Kruger. Youll also have the chance to visit a traditional Swazi village, explore modern Cape Town, and follow the glorious Garden Route. Add in knowledgeable CEOs and some of the best camp meals youve ever tasted and youve got a recipe for adventure par excellence.

Duration: 17 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 127101
Starts: Johannesburg, South Africa Finishes: Cape Town, South Africa
You will visit
  • Johannesburg
  • Cape Town



Day 1: Johannesburg

Arrive in Johannesburg at any time and make your way to the joining point hotel.

Additional Notes:
Please make sure you have all of the necessary visas for this tour by the time of the welcome meeting. It is very important to read the visa section in our trip details to make sure which visas you will need, if any. Please note that not all nationalities are able to obtain a visa on arrival at the border.

Our starting hotel is located outside of the city of Johannesburg, but take some time to enjoy an excursion to Soweto or to the famous Apartheid Museum.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: Johannesburg/Manyeleti (1B, 1L, 1D)

Drive through scenic mountains, and experience a traditional Shangaan dinner and dance.

Included Activities:
Shangaan Dinner and Dance

Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))


Day 3: Manyeleti/Kruger National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit Shalati village and the G Adventures-supported G Hope Africa preschool just outside Kruger National Park. Enjoy a game drive in Kruger and watch wildlife from the comfort of the touring vehicle.

Included Activities:
Hope Africa Children's Day School
Kruger Game Drive


Day 4: Kruger National Park/Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (1B, 1L, 1D)

Cross the border from South Africa to Swaziland. Explore Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, which is situated in the Swaziland's “Valley of Heaven”, the Ezulwini Valley. Take advantage of free time to go horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, or game viewing.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (South Africa - Swaziland)
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Visit

Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s), 200km)


Day 5: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (1B, 1L, 1D)

Get out and explore Swaziland. Opt to go hiking, mountain biking, or visit a traditional Swazi village.

Included Activities:
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Visit


Day 6: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary/Saint Lucia (1B, 1L)

Depart for the beautiful Zululand area, re-entering South Africa in one of its most diverse regions. Stay in the St Lucia area near the coast. Here, take an optional boat trip on the estuary or go for a horse ride on the beach. The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park stands as a beacon to the efforts for conservation in South Africa.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Swaziland - South Africa)

Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 277km)


Day 7: Saint Lucia (1B, 1D)

Get out and explore. Opt to visit the Umfolozi Game Reserve, which is a safe haven for both the white and black rhino. Lions, buffalo, elephants, and leopards also call this reserve home.


Day 8: Saint Lucia/Durban (1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend most of the day travelling the coast to Durban. Explore the beach and dive into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean just out the front door of our guest house.

Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 275km)


Day 9: Durban/Chintsa (1B, 1L, 1D)

South of Durban, travel to the Eastern Cape province, into the heartland of the Xhosa people, and on to Chintsa.

Private Vehicle (10.00-11.00 hours, 690km)


Day 10: Chintsa (1B, 1L, 1D)

There is lots to do around Chintsa. Learn how to surf, take a horseback ride, hike, or enjoy the beautiful 15km (9.3 mi) beach. Opt to join a guided game drive, enjoy an elephant encounter, or quad bike through the 4000 hectare game reserve. Embrace your adventurous side and cycle or jump on the bus to Mama Tofu's Xhosa village for an inspiring cultural experience. Visit the local craft brewery Emerald Vale to taste real home-brewed ale.


Day 11: Chintsa/Addo Elephant National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Today, cross many unique valleys and continue on to the Addo Elephant National Park, a unique wildlife area. Enjoy a game drive in our touring vehicle. Listen to the wild sounds of Africa while enjoying a sundowner (cheers!) and sitting around the campfire at night.

Included Activities:
Addo Elephant National Park Game Drive

Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 280km)


Day 12: Addo Elephant National Park/Tsitsikamma National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend the next 2 nights camping in Tsitsikamma National Park. Optional activities in the area include hiking a portion of the Otter Trail or other short hiking trails along the coastline.

Included Activities:
Tsitsikamma National Park Visit

Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 235km)


Day 13: Tsitsikamma National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend the day at Tsitsikamma National Park. Opt to hike, snorkel, canoe, whale watch, or bungee jump.

Included Activities:
Tsitsikamma National Park Visit


Day 14: Tsitsikamma National Park/Knysna (1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel further west to the town of Knysna, famous for the Knysna Lagoon and the "Heads" (sea cliffs). Opt to visit a cheetah sanctuary or a monkey park en route to Knysna.

Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 100km)


Day 15: Knysna/Oudtshoorn (1B, 1L, 1D)

From Knysna, take a scenic drive to travel over the Outeniqua Mountains into the area known as Klein Karoo (“Little Karoo”), and make the quiet town of Oudtshoorn our base. Opt to explore the Cango caves or visit an ostrich farm.

Included Activities:
Knysna Heads Visit

Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 220km)


Day 16: Oudtshoorn/Cape Town (1B, 1L)

Travel to beautiful Cape Town. Enjoy amazing views of Table Mountain, and explore the vibrant, cosmopolitan city at night.

Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 450km)


Day 17: Cape Town (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

    • Entrances with game drives in our overland vehicle in Kruger and Addo National Parks
    • Traditional Shangaan dinner and dance
    • Tsitsikamma National Park entrance
    • Visit to the G Adventures-supported G Hope Africa preschool
    • Traditional Durban dinner
    • Beach time in Chintsa
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Simple hotel (1 nt), participation camping (13 nts), hostel (2 nts, multi-share)
    Meals Included
    • 16 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 13 dinners
    • 15-seat touring vehicle
    Group Leader
    • 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout as head guide/cook and driver, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Spot the Big Five in game parks and reserves
  • Visit local villages and cosmopolitan Cape Town
  • Search for resident wildlife in Kruger National Park
  • Take in southern Africa's dramatic scenery
  • Experience local dancing.