Trip Style: Yolo - You're only young once, but you can be young-at-heart forever. That's the ethos that powers our Yolo trips; fast-paced and affordable trips designed with the 18-to-thirtysomething traveller in mind. Explore the world by day, stay up all night and do it all again somewhere new the next day with a collection of new best friends you'll want to keep in touch with for the rest of your life. You only live once. Make it count.
Service Level: Camping
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 22, avg 14.
Meals Included: 16 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 14 dinners
Accommodations: Simple hotels (4 nts), participation camping (11 nts), backpacker dorm (1 nt, multi-share).
Search for the Big Five in national parks and reserves, visit a local village, enjoy cosmopolitan Cape Town, take in South Africas dramatic coastal scenery, experience local dancing.
The unvarnished grandeur of South Africa is on display in this comprehensive exploration of one of the continent's most diverse and fascinating destinations. Africa's incredible culture and wildlife is at a premium on this tour-from the coastal shores of Tsitsikamma to extensive wildlife safari drives in Addo Elephant National Park and the famed Kruger. You'll 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 you've ever tasted and you've got a recipe for adventure par excellence.
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 12/31/2017
- 17 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Johannesburg||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: Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Johannesburg to Greater Kruger Area||Day 2 Johannesburg to Greater Kruger Area (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Drive through scenic mountains, and experience a traditional dinner and local dancing in the evening. Included Activities: Traditional Dinner and Local Dancing Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))
|Day 3||Kruger National Park||Day 3 Kruger National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Enjoy a game drive in Kruger and watch wildlife from the comfort of the touring vehicle. Included Activities: Kruger Wildlife Safari Drive
|Day 4||Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary||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 Transport: Private Vehicle (3.30 hour(s), 200km)
|Day 5||Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary||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||Saint Lucia||Day 6 Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary/Saint Lucia (1B, 1L, 1D)|
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) Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 277km)
|Day 7||Saint Lucia||Day 7 Saint Lucia (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Get out and explore. Opt to visit the Hluhluwe - iMfolozi Park, which is a safe haven for both the white and black rhino. Lions, buffalo, elephants, and leopards also call this reserve home.
|Day 8||Durban||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. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 275km)
|Day 9||Chintsa||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. Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00-11.00 hours, 690km)
|Day 10||Chintsa||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||Addo Elephant National Park||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 Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 280km)
|Day 12||Tsitsikamma||Day 12 Addo Elephant National Park/Tsitsikamma (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Spend the next two nights camping in the Tsitsikamma area. Optional activities include hiking a portion of the Otter Trail or other short hiking trails along the coastline. Included Activities: Tsitsikamma National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 235km)
|Day 13||Tsitsikamma National Park||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||Knysna||Day 14 Tsitsikamma/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. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 100km)
|Day 15||Oudtshoorn||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 Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 220km)
|Day 16||Cape Town||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. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 450km)
|Day 17||Cape Town||Day 17 Cape Town (1B)|
We highly recommend booking an extra night in Cape Town to explore all that this area has to offer. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: N/A
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VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
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