Johannesburg. Welcome to South Africa! An airport transfer is provided by the Safari Club Lodge (our pre tour accommodation) which is close to the airport. Spend the remains of the day at leisure. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of the group at our pre departure meeting at 18h00.
Departing from Johannesburg we head east towards Mpumalanga. A landscape characterized by mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests. We spend the night in the town of Graskop, a small forestry town situated on the Drakensberg Escarpment at the start of the panorama route and the gateway to Kruger National Park.
Overnight: Graskop | Breakfast
Graskop - Kruger National Park. This morning we start with a scenic drive along the Panorama Route. The most spectacular stretch is the Blyde River Canyon, which is the 3rd largest canyon in the world. We make a stop at Bourkeâs Luck Potholes to view these incredible eroded rock formations. In the afternoon we head into Kruger National Park. Big game country - exciting morning and afternoon game drives provide us with excellent opportunities to encounter wildlife. Spot lion, elephant, rhino and other animals in one of the last African wildernesses. Should you wish to partake on a game drive in an open game-viewer vehicle, these are available for an additional fee.
Overnight: Kruger N.P. | Breakfast x 2
Kruger National Park - Swaziland. The mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland, lead by King Mswati III, is one of 3 monarchies in Africa. We spend the night in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swazilandâs pioneer conservation area situated in the âValley of Heavenâ. Apart from abundant bird life, there are a number of animal species to be seen including hippo, giraffe, crocodile, zebra and antelope. On day 6 we will visit the Umphakatsi Chief's homestead where we can try our hand at grinding maize, plaiting mountain grass and singing with the children.
Overnight: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1
Swaziland - Zululand. After visiting a craft market en route, we re-enter South Africa via Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal. In the afternoon we make our way to The iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which was listed as South Africaâs first World Heritage Site. Here we enjoy a boat cruise on the St Lucia estuary, getting up close to the hippos and crocodiles that inhabit the lake. The following day we explore the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, during a game drive in our tour vehicle. There's also the option to pre book additional game drives in an open game-viewer vehicle. Hluhluwe-Umfolozi is the oldest game reserve in Africa and is a safe haven to both the endangered black and white rhino.
Overnight: Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park | Breakfast x 2
Hluhuwe Game reserve - Drakensburg Mountains. Moving further inland, we spend the next two nights at the Cavern, which is situated in 3000 hectares of private mountain reserve, adjacent to the Royal Natal National Park â part of another World Heritage Site, namely the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. The main features of the park are the Drakensberg Amphitheatre, a rock wall 5km long by up to 1200m high, Mont-Aux-Sources peak where the Orange and Tugela rivers have their source, and the 947m Tugela Falls, the world's second highest waterfall. Time will be spent exploring this scenic area on guided walks.
Overnight: Drakensberg Mountains | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1, Dinner x 2
Drakensburg - Lesotho. Today we cross the border into the Kingdom of Lesotho, the southernmost landlocked country in the world, rich in natural beauty, flora, fauna and cultural heritage. Here we have a chance to experience traditional Basotho life, a nation with solid traditions, beliefs and customs. No visit to Lesotho would be complete without a pony trek and the next day we take a ride on the transport of choice for most Basotho, as these sturdy animals handle the narrow trails better than any 4x4 can!
Overnight: Malealea | Breakfast x 2
Lesotho - Cradock. We leave the beauty of Lesotho behind us and cross the border back into South Africa and drive to the historical Karoo town of Cradock, founded in 1814 as a frontier stronghold. Best known for its natural sulphur spring, Cradock is a place of literary legends and the original part of the town is graced with some of the finest buildings.
Overnight: Cradock | Breakfast
Cradock - Addo Elephant National Park. A benchmark conservation success, Addo Elephant National Park offers a unique wildlife habitat, famous for the Addo elephants and the remaining population of the flightless dung beetle. We spend the afternoon on a game drive in our tour vehicle, in search of elephant, black rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard. Additional game drives conducted in open game-viewer vehicles are available at an extra expense. An evening spent at the floodlit waterhole allows us to watch the nocturnal animals and listen to their calls.
Overnight: Addo | Breakfast
Addo Elephant National Park - Tsitsikamma. On day 15 our journey takes us to a region of startling beauty along South Africaâs southern coastline, known as the Garden Route. Indigenous Tsitsikamma forests surround the campsite and there are walks up the Storms River Gorge and along the rocky coastline or opt to do the worldâs highest bungee jump (optional pay locally).
Overnight: Tsitsikamma N.P. | Breakfast x 2
Tsitsikamma - Oudtshoorn. After visiting âThe Headsâ in Knysna, a town nestled on a tranquil lagoon we travel over the Outeniqua Mountains into the Little Karoo. In Oudtshoorn we visit the famous Cango Caves with their impressive ancient stalagmites and stalactites before we overnight in the ostrich capital of the world.
Overnight: Oudtshoorn | Breakfast
Oudtshoorn - Cape Town. En-route to Cape Town, we visit the pretty university town of Stellenbosch, for wine tasting and a cellar tour. Once in Cape Town the afternoon is at leisure, enjoy sundowners at one of the fabulous beaches or indulge in some last minute shopping at the V&A Waterfront. The next day we get to explore the many attractions the âMother Cityâ has to offer on our Cape Point tour.
Overnight: Cape Town | Breakfast x 2
Spend the final day at leisure, weather dependent there is the chance to take the cable car up Table Mountain (own expense) and enjoy one last view of the Cape of Good Hope before your transfer to the airport.
If you wish to visit Robben Island and more of Cape Town's many attractions, consider extending your stay. We can book post tour accommodation for you upon request.
The World in One Country Safari is a small group, non participation overland safari. Accommodation is in mid-range typical African standard lodges, chalets and tented lodges. The accommodation named above is subject to change. These safaris run with a minimum of 4 and maximum of 14 passengers, accompanied by a guide who is also the driver.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
African-themed Safari Club is luxurious yet homely accommodation close to Johannesburg airport. With just 17 rooms all uniquely styled to represent a specific area on the continent it is easy to make yourself at home. The hotel boasts a beautiful garden and serves fantastic food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The friendly bar is the perfect place to relax in the evening whilst sipping on a tasty beverage or two. Perfectly located just a 4 minute drive from the airport - so it is the ideal place to start your African adventure.
This unique hotel combines contemporary South African art with culinary delights to offer a memorable experience and stay. Situated on the Drakensberg Escarpment, the hotel is surrounded by spectacular scenery and panoramic views. Guestrooms are designed with comfort in mind and are divided into Artist Rooms and Garden Rooms overlooking the peaceful gardens filled with sculptures. The hotel also has a large outdoor pool, an art gallery and a Harrie's Pancakes restaurant. Well located just a short drive from Pilgrim's Rest.
Perched on the banks of the Matjulu Spruit, Berg en Dal is a comfortable lodge set in lush green gardens. Rooms vary from bungalows to family cottages and are all en suite. There is a refreshing outdoor pool for guests to enjoy and it is well worth heading out on the local Bushman trails where the only remnants of these people are on display. Well located in the south western corner of world famous Kruger National Park.
A semi-circle of rustic huts and rondavels make up the Mlilwane Rest Camp. These traditional huts are ensuite, very comfortable and have a real African feel. The camp itself is a great place to relax or head to the out door pool. Head out for a hearty meal at the Hippo Haunt Restaurant or cook up a feast in the Braai area. Just watch out for the resident inquisitive warthogs! The camp is found in the southern corner of the reserve, in the midst of a well-matured rehabilitated area.
Nestled amongst towering trees in a private game park, the Ezulwini game lodge offers a relaxed atmosphere with comfortable accommodation. Stylish interiors and spacious gardens create a pleasant and warm ambience in the guest rooms which feature the practical conveniences of en suite bathrooms and air-con. The lodge offers a number of activities including game drives, boat cruises and horse riding. The lodge is well located just a 20 minute drive from the Hluhluwe game reserve.
Named after a massive cave above the hotel, the Cavern sits within 3000 hectares of private mountain reserve. Guest rooms are beautifully designed with spacious interiors and excellent amenities. The lodge boasts a beautiful outdoor pool and some of the best views of the area. When staying at the Cavern guests can take advantage of a plethora of activities on offer including trout fishing, guided hikes and horse rides. Well located in the heart of the Drakensberg mountains just north of neighbouring Lesotho.
Surrounded by beautiful landscapes and spectacular mountain passes, the Malealea Lodge is a great place to base yourself when visiting the area. Guest rooms are made up of traditional Rondavels and farmhouse bedrooms - all with en suite facilities. The on site Pony Trekking Centre offers a great selections of rides - a must do when in Lesotho. The really adventurous can even head out on an overnight trek! Situated in the remote rural region of south-wester Lesotho.
Built in 1840, Die Tuishuise has been beautifully restored to their former splendour to recreate the gracious bygone era. All rooms are tastefully decorated with their own distinctive theme of antique furniture and period prints. Guests can enjoy dinner in the Manor House that serves delicious Karoo and South African cuisine. Why not indulge in a unique African Hum and Sun massage at the one site Spa? A great way to feel rejuvenated! Perfectly located on Market Street in Cradock.
Offering a wide selection of accommodation, Addo Elephant Rest Camp is a popular spot next to Addo Elephant Park. Guest rooms vary from chalets to rondavels and cottages. All are comfortable with en suite facilities. The unique feature of the camp is the waterhole look out point, that is floodlit at night. Sitting here listening and watching is the perfect way to end a busy day on safari. The main Rest Camp in The Addo Elephant Park is situated near Addo and close to entrance gate.
Established in 1946, the Tsitsikamma Village Inn is a village style accommodation close to Tsitsikamma National Park. The 49 guest rooms are all individually decorated in a number of free standing buildings. All are decorated in the colonial style famous on the Garden Route. The Inn is home to the relaxed Hunter's Pub which serves a good range of refreshing beverages. There is also a beautiful outdoor pool - perfect for an early morning dip! Well located at the end of the Garden Route in beautiful Tsitskamma.
This charming hotel is situated in the centre of the picturesque Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn. Relax in the comfort of one of the 22 well-appointed air-conditioned bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, cosy double beds and wifi, and enjoy the local hospitality at the Scottish themed pub.
Modern and intimate, the Townhouse is a luxury hotel in the heart of cosmopolitan Cape Town. Guest rooms are all beautifully appointed, have luxury en suite facilities and are provided with Free WiFi. The in house 'Trees' restaurant offers an exciting menu from a Michelin-trained chef. Being in such a great location, why not grab a complimentary walking map and head out to explore Cape Town - right on your doorstep! Well located in down town Cape Town, adjacent to the South African Parliamentary Precinct.
Two weeks ago we arrived home from our âWorld in one country tourâ in April. Thank you for an absolutely fantastic holiday, one we certainly never forget.
We are still going through our many hours of video footage, and a thousand plus photos with delight, as we relive our holiday again and again.
Not only was the tour visually spectacular, but the variety in destination and accommodation was great. Our holiday was completely trouble and hassle free, the only thing we had to think about was what we were going to eat! A holiday like this can only be had if you have an extremely good guide. Thank you for choosing Riaan Barnard as our guide. He is polite and friendly to everyone while still remaining professional, and is very knowledgeable about all aspects of the tour.
He is an excellent driver, and not once did Peter or myself feel in the least bit tense or nervous during the whole trip, and that is very rare! A huge thank you for a wonderful trip. ”