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World in One Country - 20 days

The South African safari that has it all! Exciting wildlife, breathtaking scenery and insights into culture and history. Travel from Jo'burg to Kruger National Park, through the Kingdom of Swaziland and onto Zululand. Hike in the Drakensberg Mountains and go pony trekking in Lesotho. Journey south through Addo Elephant Park with wonderful game viewing and the lush Tsitsikamma Forest. Before reaching Cape Town, visit Oudtshoorn's Cango Caves and go wine tasting in Stellenbosch.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Reviews

Trip Highlights

Hazyview, Mpumalanga Panorama Route,  
Kingdom of Swaziland - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Drakensberg Mountains
The Kingdom of Lesotho
Addo Elephant National Park
'The Heads' in Knysna
Stellenbosch - the Wine Region
Kruger National Park
Zululand - Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve and local Zulu village
Blyde River Canyon - Bourke’s Luck Potholes
Cradock - historical Karoo town
Tsitsikamma Forest and Storms River Gorge
Oudtshoorn - Cango Caves
Cape Town - Cape Point, Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront, Cape of Good Hope

Included

19 nights mid range lodges, chalets and tented lodges. Please Note: Accommodation named, may be subject to change but will be of a similar standard
Airport arrival and departure transfers
Services of an experienced local guide/driver
Lesotho - pony trekking and St Lucia Estuary boat cruise.
Stellenbosch - wine tasting and cellar tour
19 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
Transportation in a fully equipped Toyota Quantums or other appropriate vehicles
Games drives - Kruger National Park, Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, Addo Elephant National Park
Oudtshoorn - Cango Caves excursion
Cape Point Tour

Not Included

Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
International flights and visas
Optional activities

Itinerary

Day 1

Johannesburg

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.
Overnight: Johannesburg

Day 2

Graskop

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

Days 3-4

Kruger National Park

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 Bourke’s 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 National Park  |  Breakfast x 2

Days 5-6

Swaziland

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, Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area situated in the ‘Valley of Heaven’. 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

Days 7-8

Zululand and Hluhuwe

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 Africa’s 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

Days 9-10

Drakensberg Mountains

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 – 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

Days 11-12

Lesotho pony trekking

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, Lunch x 1

Day 13

Cradock

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

Day 14

Addo Elephant National Park

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 Elephant Park  |  Breakfast

Days 15-16

Tsitsikamma National Park

Addo Elephant National Park - Tsitsikamma. On day 15 our journey takes us to a region of startling beauty along South Africa’s 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 world’s highest bungee jump (optional pay locally).
Overnight: Tsitsikamma National Park   |  Breakfast x 2

Day 17

Knysna & Oudtshoorn

Tsitsikamma - Oudtshoorn. After visiting ‘The Heads’ 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

Days 18-19

Stellenbosch & Cape Town

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 ‘Mother City’ has to offer on our Cape Point tour.
Overnight: Cape Town  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 20

Cape Town

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.
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Participation

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.

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed to run subject to a minimum of 4 travellers. This safari has a maximum group size of 14. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.

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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

The Safari Club, Johannesburg

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

African-themed Safari Club is a 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 here. 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. The hotel is situated just a 4 minute drive from the airport - so it is the ideal place to start, or finish, your African adventure.

Graskop Hotel, Graskop

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

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.

Berg en Dal Camp , Kruger National Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

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.

Mlilwane Rest Camp , Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

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.

Ezulwini Lodge, Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

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 located just a 20 minute drive from the Hluhluwe game reserve.

The Cavern, Drakensberg Mountains

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

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.

Malealea Lodge , Malealea

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

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.

Die Tuishuise , Cradock

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

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. Guests can also indulge in a unique African Hum and Sun massage at the onsite spa. It is a great way to feel rejuvenated after a long day in the African sun. This accommodation is perfectly located on Market Street in Cradock.

Addo Elephant Rest Camp , Addo Elephant Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

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 the entrance gate.

Tsitsikamma Village Inn, Tsitsikamma National Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

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. This accommodation is well located at the end of the Garden Route, in beautiful Tsitskamma.

Turnberry Boutique Hotel, Oudtshoorn

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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 bedrooms that are elegantly decorated with soft, neutral colours and are blissfully air-conditioned. They all come with en-suite bathrooms, cosy double beds and wifi. In addition to this, guests, when not in their rooms, can enjoy the local hospitality at the Scottish themed pub. Alternatively visitors can tuck into a traditional South African Braai (barbecue).

The Townhouse, Cape Town

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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.

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.6 out of 5 based on 5 recent reviews

Excellent tour. Dexter our guide was fantastic - very organised, friendly and provided all the information about the country and places visited. Craig, the driver was also excellent. A wide variety of experiences as every place visited was so different.Only change I would make would be to stay 2 days at Addo and then only 1 day at Tsitsikamma as there was more to see and do at Addo.Good quality accommodation and excellent food.

• Submitted 06 Nov 2017
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I loved everything about the tour and South Africa. I thought the tour was very well planned and that we had enough time in each location without being rushed, and I feel like we got to see a lot of highlights. I also liked the accommodations. Some people on the tour expected something more 4 or 5 stars (even though they didn't pay for it), but I thought the accommodations were as expected or better. I loved the beehive huts in Swaziland in particular. But the highlight of the entire tour for me, though, was the guide, Nerise. She is hands down the best guide I have had on any tour ever (and I have done quite a few). She was great at organizing everyone and everything, she dealt perfectly with challenging personalities (we had a few on the tour) and she knew an incredible amount about South Africa, but shared the right amount about it so that it wasn't overwhelming. Thanks for an amazing tour and experience!

• Submitted 24 Jul 2017
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Best tour we have experienced. Excellent programme, good accommodation and food but Todd was without question what made the tour. Informative, entertaining, knowledgeable, and very well organised. Everything went like clockwork.

• Submitted 08 Feb 2017
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Hi Sarah,

Where can i start!! What a fantastic trip from start to finish, we saw the big five within half an hour of being in the Kruger, a Leopard walked right in front of the van!! Animals were everywhere (well not quite). From then on the trip just got better and better, the accommodation was good, and Elizabeth and I really enjoyed sorting out our own meals, after a good breakfast and everything that was going on around us - food didn't seem that important; the group was really good, and the guide and driver were brilliant, so all in all with thanks to yourself for booking it so well for us, it has to rank as one of the best holidays I've ever had!!

Tony and Elizabeth • Submitted 31 Oct 2016

Nerise was an excellent guide - she looked after us all fantastically well, she was friendly, knowledgeable, organised and efficient. Our driver was Alan, he too was brilliant, he kept the van ship shape and was a pleasure to be around.

We enjoyed the tour very much. If I had to change the tour at all I would have liked more time in Stellenbosch and wasn't keen on the stay in Lesotho so would have given that a miss. Also, we had 12 people on our tour which, in the van was the maximum I would have liked to travel with.

• Submitted 23 Sep 2016
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It was a good trip overall. Sometimes could have used more info about what hikes etc. would be like so we could prepare better ahead of time. The tour guide added some extras that she thought the group might like and the animals were great.

• Submitted 08 Sep 2015
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Hi,

Two weeks ago we arrived home from our “World in one country tour” 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.

Margot and Peter Bracko • Submitted 30 May 2012

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Johannesburg
Ends
Cape Town
Departs
Year round
Hotel Rating
Mid range
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide/driver
Meals
Breakfast: 19, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 2
Visiting
Countries
Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland
Updated
1st March 2017

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Excellent tour. Dexter our guide was fantastic - very organised, friendly and provided all the information about the country and places visited. Craig, the driver was also excellent. A wide variety of experiences as every place visited was so different.Only change I would make would be to stay 2 days at Addo and then only 1 day at Tsitsikamma as there was more to see and do at Addo.Good quality accommodation and excellent food.

Julia Dale