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TOUR : 18 Day South Africa Tour
ROUTE : Johannesburg – Cape Town
DEPARTURES : Every Tuesday and selected Fridays

VEHICLE : Custom 17-seater adventure truck
DURATION : 17 nights Lodge
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South Africa is a haven of spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, diverse cultures and first world norms, all topped with a healthy and invigorating climate. These qualities make it an adventure destination not to be missed. A country virtually the size of Europe with over 3000 kilometres of unspoiled coastline, boasting climatic differences from searing hot desert, cool crisp mountain peaks, and varied cultures from the original Bushman to the most Western of ways. We visit the highlights, but leave the beaten track to explore the great outdoors and visit a variety of African eco-systems. Overnight stops are all at comfortable lodges, in pristine reserves, high in the mountains, or on the beach, always in truly unique surroundings. The tour is enjoyed by those with a flexible attitude and adventurous mentality.

DAY 1: JHB – BUSH LODGE

Departing from the private LODGE JOHANNESBURG at 06h30, we set off on the scenic road to Mpumalanga. We enjoy a lunch stop in the historic town of Dullstroom before we wind our way down the Drakensberg escarpment and into the untamed Lowveld. The road is filled with scenic beauty, from mountain passes to the Acacia trees scattered across the African bushveld.

We spend the next two nights at our well-appointed GREENFIRE BUSH LODGE, situated in a private reserve unfenced to the Kruger National Park; an area where animals roam naturally and unrestricted. Being on a privately owned reserve we have the freedom to explore the wilderness in search of a variety of animals both on foot and in open game drive vehicles.

The tented lodge blends into the bush and offers comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, a refreshing splash pool and stunning views over the surrounding wilderness. Dinner tonight is cooked in the traditional manner over an open fire.

Meals: D (Lunch own expense)
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic Drive down to the Lowveld Region
– Private Game Reserve Accommodation
– Private Concession

DAY 2: BUSH LODGE

As is custom in the bush, we start the day with a light breakfast of coffee and rusks before embarking on a guided game walk within this Big 5 area. Although we will walk for some three hours, the purpose is not to cover distance but rather to search for animals and to focus on the smaller things one misses while out driving around in the bush. A Drifters guide and/or tracker will lead the walk. Before the heat of the day, we return to the lodge for a sumptuous brunch, after which it’s time to relax around the lodge and enjoy the serenity of the surrounding wilderness. A nearby waterhole in front of the camp is the source of water for many animals that come here to quench their thirst.

In the afternoon, we conduct an open vehicle game drive which develops into an extensive night drive, all the time searching for animals. Groups will drive in search of animals until just before the sun set, when the guide will stop and we have time to enjoy a sundowner drink as the sun sets over the bushveld. Once it is dark we continue our game drive. Being in the bush at night provides us with the opportunity of viewing nocturnal animals.
This evening we enjoy a hearty bush “braai” cooked on an open fire. Fall asleep to the sounds of the wild.

Meals: Brunch Dinner
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Exclusive Private Reserve
– Morning guided walk in Big 5 area
– Afternoon Game drive / Night drive

DAY 3: PANORAMA ROUTE – HAZYVIEW

Rising with the African sun, we enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting off to explore the highlights of the Panorama Route. Our first stop will be to view the impressive Blyde River Canyon, then on to Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Gods Window, and the cozy little town of Graskop where we enjoy an own expense lunch. The Panorama Route offers guests some of the best natural wonders in the area and we will spend as much time as possible at each of the highlights.

This afternoon we make our way to the tranquil GREENFIRE LODGE HAZYVIEW, a log cabin built spectacularly on stilts in the indigenous forest on the banks of the Sabie River. Time permitting guests are free to walk on the property and enjoy the surrounding forest. We spend two nights here.

Meals: B D (Lunch own expense)
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Panorama Route
– God’s Window
– Bourke’s Luck Potholes
– 3 Rondavels

DAY 4: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

An early start, we depart at sunrise and travel the short distance to enter a different area of the Kruger National Park for a full day of game viewing. Slowly traversing in search of the many animals that inhabit this area, we enjoy the high vantage point and comfort of our well-equipped vehicle. Our guide will take time to explain the behaviour of the animals we see in this fascinating environment.
Although most of the day will be spent game viewing, we will stop at various designated sites to stretch our legs, to enjoy brunch, and to wander around one of the park’s rest camps. Late this afternoon we exit the park and return to the comfort of our GREENFIRE LODGE HAZYVIEW.

Meals: Brunch Dinner
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Southern section of Kruger National Park
– Full Day Game Drive

DAY 5: SWAZILAND

We depart in the morning and enjoy a scenic drive south before we leave South Africa and cross the border into the Kingdom of the Swazi. A small landlocked country, Swaziland is rich in culture and natural beauty. Our journey today takes us into an area of spectacular scenery and past numerous traditional homesteads surrounded by vast fields of sugarcane. Our first destination is Sibebe rock, a granite mountain rising some 350m above the Mbuluzi valley. We make a short stop here at the foot of the mountain while our guide explains more about the history and beliefs surrounding Sibebe, before we continue to explore Swaziland and visit some of the local markets.

In the late afternoon we drive the short distance via the Capital of Mbabane to our accommodation for the night. On arrival we check in and enjoy a catered meal.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Swaziland
– Scenic Drive
– Sibebe rock

DAY 6: ZULULAND

Today we follow the winding roads through Swaziland and cross back into South Africa in the late morning. After completing the border formalities, we enter Zululand, an area once ruled by the infamous Shaka Zulu. The reserves in this area are lush and offer protection to a variety of indigenous animals including Black and White Rhino.

This afternoon we enjoy a game experience that will allow us to appreciate the fauna and flora of the Zulu Kingdom

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic drive through Swaziland
– Bush Walk

DAY 7 – 8: DRAKENSBERG

Traveling inland today, we pass through a tranquil region of rolling hills, but don’t be fooled, this region has hosted many historic wars fought over time by the Zulu’s, the Boers (pioneer settlers), the British, and many others fighting for a stake in Africa. Our lunch stop will be at one of the famous battlefields in the area where we will have time to learn a bit more about this fascinating time in South Africa’s history.

This afternoon we reach the majestic Drakensberg mountain range, “Barrier of Spears”. On reaching the foothills, we transfer to a 4×4 vehicle, and then enjoy an exciting drive on mountain tracks to the GREENFIRE LODGE DRAKENSBERG located high up in the Drakensberg Mountains with a perfect view of the famous Drakensberg Amphitheatre. Guests are welcome to skip the drive and walk up the mountain to the lodge.

We spend two nights here in cozy log cabins surrounded by breath taking views and will have a day of hiking, exploring, and simply enjoying the wonders of this national heritage site. A walk to the San Rock Art gallery is well worth the effort. Pony trekking is also available.

Meals: B L D; B L D
Included Highlights / Activity:
– Drakensberg World Heritage Site
– San Rock Art
– Drakensberg Hike
– Vulture Colony

DAY 9 – 10: DOLPHIN COAST

A relaxed start, after a transfer (or walk) back down to our vehicle, it is with new energy that we make our way toward the Indian Ocean. Our journey today will take us through the rolling hills and natural beauty of the Natal Midlands. We stop for an own expense lunch near Nottingham Road before continuing to the Mandela Capture site for a short visit, from where we continue and travel down to the coast where we spend the next two nights.

The GREENFIRE LODGE DOLPHIN COAST is located literally on the beach and the sound of the waves pounding is relentless. We will have a “free” day here to spend soaking up the sun and simply enjoying the beach and warm ocean, or to stroll through the village enjoying the cheerful hospitality. One night we enjoy a traditional fish braai on the lodge’s patio. Lunch and dinner are own expense. Guests can also choose to visit the city of Durban on their free day.

Meals: B D; B (Lunch on day 9, lunch and dinner on day 10 all own expense)
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Nelson Mandela Capture Site
– Natal Midlands Scenic Drive
– East Coast
– Beach

DAY 11 – 12: WILD COAST

Setting off early, we pass through the outskirts of Durban this morning and follow the coast south into an area that can only be described as one of the highlights of the tour – The Wild Coast. Having formerly been an independent homeland, there has been little development in this area resulting in endless unspoiled beaches, natural estuaries, rolling grassland, and a tapestry of traditional Xhosa villages. We will spend two nights at a remote GREENFIRE LODGE and will spend a full day exploring this rugged but stunningly beautiful area. Our guide will take us on an extended hike along this stretch of coastline that offers some of the best hiking routes in the country. Guests will also have time to relax on the secluded beach in front of the lodge or to go and swim in a nearby waterfall.

Meals: B L D; B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic Drive to the Wild Coast
– Private Beach
– Waterfall Walk
– Hike along the coast

DAY 13: FRONTIER COUNTRY

Leaving the lush coastal forests behind, our journey will take us into what is known as the “Frontier Country”, a region that was settled in the 1820’s by European immigrants and that was host to many frontier wars. The road is defined by scattered hills and deep valleys with distant glimpses of the ocean.
We cover some distance today and spend the night in comfortable accommodation overlooking the city of Grahamstown.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic Drive in Frontier Country

DAY 14 – 15: GARDEN ROUTE

Entering the renowned Garden Route today, our first stop will be at the Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park. Located in a marine reserve, the hike offers spectacular views and we enjoy a walk along the rugged coast and over the suspension bridge spanning the Storms River.
We spend the night in the Storms River area. The area offers a variety of activities for guests. Optional excursions include kayak trips, mountain bike rides in the forest, a tour of the local township, and many more (own expense).
The next day guests will depart from Storms River and make their way to Knysna where they will spend the night and have time for some more activities. One lunch and one dinner will be own expense.

Meals: B L D; B (lunch and dinner own expense)
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Tsitsikamma National Park
– Hike in Tsitsikamma
– Suspension Bridge Walk

DAY 16 – 18: CAPE TOWN

We leave Knysna to travel through the Garden Route’s Lake District and then to follow the “Whale Route” through Hermanus and around the Hottentots Holland Mountains. Arriving in the “Mother City”, Cape Town, in the late afternoon, we check into the GREENFIRE LODGE CAPE TOWN, located in Sea Point the lodge is conveniently situated close to shops, restaurants and the ocean promenade.

Cape Town is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world and we will spend two full days here – visiting Cape Point, Hout Bay, The Waterfront, secluded beaches, a wine farm, and many other attractions. We will also hike up Table Mountain. Lunches and dinners in Cape Town are own expense.

Meals: B; B; B (Lunches and dinners on Day 16 & 17 as well as lunch on day 18 own expense)
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Cape Point National Park
– Cape of Good Hope
– Wine tasting
– Table Mountain hike
– Coastal Roads

This tour ends at 16h00 on Day 18. Clients may however extend their stay by booking post-tour nights at the GREENFIRE LODGE CAPE TOWN. If arranging an onward flight on this day, please allow time for an airport transfer and for check-in procedures (up to three hours). Those wishing to visit Robben Island should advise their guide early in the tour as prior bookings are essential.

The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only. Adventure travel by nature is unpredictable, weather patterns, game migrations, road conditions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

Our new and improved 2021 Tour itinerary

Starting in January 2021 the new and improved South Africa tour itinerary will now also include highlights such as a wildlife boat cruise in St Lucia, a game drive in Hluhluwe Imfolozi National Park, a day in Addo Elephant Park and a visit to the southernmost point of the continent – Cape Agulhas.

DAY 1: JHB – BUSH LODGE

Departing from the Greenfire Johannesburg Lodge at 06h30, we set off on the scenic road to the east of the country where we encounter beautiful natural scenery and many wild animals in natural parks and game reserves.

Lunch is enjoyed in the historic town of Dullstroom, Africa’s premier fly-fishing area before we wind our way down the Drakensberg escarpment. The road is filled with picturesque beauty, from mountain passes to the Acacia trees scattered across the African bushveld.

The next two nights we get cosy at our well-appointed GREENFIRE BUSH LODGE, situated in a private reserve within the greater Kruger National Park, where animals roam freely and unrestricted. This privately owned reserve allows us the freedom to explore the wilderness in search of a variety of animals in open game drive vehicles, day and night.

The tented lodge casually blends into the bush and offers crisp comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, a refreshing splash pool, and stunning views over the surrounding wilderness, including a water hole frequented by a variety of animals. Retire to bed with a symphony of sounds from the animal kingdom.

Meals: D (Lunch own expense)
Included Highlights/Activity:
• Scenic drive down to the Lowveld region
• Private Game Reserve Accommodation

DAY 2: BUSH LODGE

After a peaceful nights rest we start with an early riser light breakfast of fresh coffee and rusks (a traditional South African biscuit), before embarking on our morning experience within this Big 5 area.

Guided by a qualified guide/Ranger we explore the wilderness, with heightened senses, always on the lookout for an animal encounter while discovering the smaller treasures often hidden from the eye.
Before the heat of the day sets in, we return to the lodge for a scrumptious brunch, after which it’s time to relax around the lodge and enjoy the serenity of the surrounding wilderness. A nearby waterhole in front of the camp attracts a variety of wildlife that come to quench their thirst, displaying the pecking order ever so present. Unwind with a refreshing drink and game viewing from the swimming pool or from your deck.

With the heat subsiding in the late afternoon an open game drive is in order, which develops into an extensive night drive in search of nocturnal animals.
As dusk approaches we pull over and enjoy a sun-downer drink or two, while watching the magnificent sunset over the African bushveld.

Meals: Brunch Dinner
Included Highlights/Activity:
• Exclusive Private Reserve
• Morning and afternoon guided experience in Big 5 area

DAY 3: PANORAMA ROUTE – HAZYVIEW

Rising with the African sun, a hearty breakfast is enjoyed, before setting off to explore the highlights of the Panorama Route, famous for many natural wonders and viewing points. First stop will be to view the impressive Blyde River Canyon – the world’s largest “green canyon”, then on to Bourke’s Luck Potholes where abundant gold was discovered and finally the breath-taking God’s Window. (Weather Permitting)
An own expense lunch is enjoyed giving guests the opportunity to meet the locals.

Mid-afternoon we make our way to the tranquil GREENFIRE LODGE HAZYVIEW, a log cabin built spectacularly on stilts in the indigenous forest on the banks of the impressive Sabie River or “Fearful” river as dubbed by the locals.
Time permitting, guests are able to do a nature walk on the property and the adjoining coffee farm and enjoy the mysterious forest. We spend two nights here.

Meals: B D (Lunch own expense)
Included Highlights/Activity:
• Panorama Route
• God’s Window
• Bourke’s Luck Potholes
• 3 Rondavels

DAY 4: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Waking with the birds, we depart the lodge at sunrise and travel a short distance to enter a different area of the Kruger National Park for a full day of game viewing.

Driving slowly through this iconic National park the size of Israel or Wales we search for the many animals that inhabit this area.
From the high vantage point and comfort of our well-equipped vehicle, our expert guide will take time to explain the behaviour of the many animals we see in this fascinating environment.
Most of the day will be spent game viewing, while stopping at various designated sites to stretch our legs and to enjoy an own expense lunch at one of the rest camps in the park.
Late this afternoon we exit the park and return to the comfort of our GREENFIRE LODGE HAZYVIEW.

Meals: Packed Breakfast Snacks, Dinner
Included Highlights/Activity:
• Southern section of Kruger National Park
• Full day game drive

DAY 5: eSWATINI

Departing after breakfast we pass through the provincial capital Nelspruit, before leaving South Africa and crossing the border into the Kingdom of eSwatini formerly known as Swaziland, a small landlocked country, rich in culture and natural beauty.
Our journey today takes us into an area of spectacular natural beauty and past numerous traditional homesteads and vast fields of sugar cane.

We spend some time exploring this small country before arriving at our accommodation for the night. Clients spend time at leisure before enjoying a locally cooked meal.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
• eSwatini
• Scenic drive

DAY 6: ST LUCIA

Today we follow winding roads south through the Swazi countryside, before crossing back into South Africa late morning. After completing the border formalities, we enter Zululand, a part of modern-day KwaZulu-Natal, and home to South Africa’s largest ethnic group, the Zulu people. Formed in the early 1800’s into the most powerful regional empire by King Shaka Zulu, the Zulus influenced a large part of southern Africa.

Once back in South Africa our journey continues to the coastal town of St Lucia, home to hundreds of hippo, crocodile and bird species that live in the adjoining wetlands.
This afternoon we launch on a boat and cruise on the estuary to explore a part of the wetlands in search of the fascinating wildlife found here.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
• Scenic drive through Swaziland
• St Lucia boat cruise

DAY 7 – 8: DRAKENSBERG

We rise before the sun and depart to the oldest National Park in Africa – Hluhluwe Imfolozi, a beautiful park with hilly topography and a multitude of animals, renowned for its conservation efforts.

Following the morning game drive we depart the park and continue travelling through the rolling hills of Kwa-Zulu Natal, an area famous for various battles between the Boers and Zulus, British and Zulus and the Boers and British.
This afternoon we reach the majestic Drakensberg mountain range that reaches 3400m, known to the Zulus as “The Barrier of Spears”.
On reaching the foothills, we transfer to a 4×4 vehicle, for an exciting drive on mountain tracks (or walk), to the GREENFIRE LODGE DRAKENSBERG, located high up on the slopes of the mountain, with a perfect view of the iconic Drakensberg Amphitheatre.
We spend two nights here, in cozy log cabins surrounded by breath-taking views, and will have a day of hiking, exploring, and simply enjoying the wonders of this national heritage site. A walk to the San rock art gallery is well worth the effort. Horse riding is also available.

Meals: B L D; B L D
Included Highlights / Activity:
• Hluhluwe Imfolozi
• Drakensberg World Heritage Site
• San rock art
• Drakensberg hike
• Vulture colony

DAY 9: DOLPHIN COAST

After a relaxed breakfast our exploration continues towards the sleepy little Indian Ocean town Umdloti and our accommodation for the night.

The GREENFIRE LODGE DOLPHIN COAST is located literally on the beach, with the sound of the waves pounding relentlessly at a calming rhythm. Time at leisure is spent soaking up the sun, kick off your shoes, enjoying the beach and welcoming warm ocean, or stroll through the village.
Dinner tonight is own expense at one of the restaurants in town.

Meals: B L
Included Highlights/Activity:
• Scenic drive
• Indian Ocean
• Beach

DAY 10 – 11: WILD COAST

Setting off early, we pass through the outskirts of Durban this morning, and follow the coast south towards one of the exciting, off-the-beaten-track, highlights of the tour – The Wild Coast.

Having formerly been an independent homeland, there has been little development in this area, resulting in endless unspoiled beaches, natural estuaries, rolling grassland, and a tapestry of traditional Xhosa villages.
This region also draws many a traveller to witness the annual Sardine run, one of the largest marine-life migrations on earth.
We spend two nights at a remote GREENFIRE LODGE, with a full day exploring this rugged, but stunningly beautiful, area. Hike along this stretch of coastline and tackle some of the best hiking routes in the country.
Guests will also have time to relax on the secluded beach in front of the lodge, or to go and swim at a nearby waterfall.

Meals: B L D; B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
• Scenic drive to the Wild Coast
• Private beach
• Waterfall walk
• Hike along the coast

DAY 12: FRONTIER COUNTRY

Leaving the lush Wild Coast behind, our journey takes us into what is known as the “Frontier Country”, a region that was host to nine frontier wars between the Xhosa people and the farmers of the expanding Cape Colony, over a period of 100 years starting in 1779. Into this dangerous environment arrived 4000 British immigrants in 1820, who left their mark on the culture and architecture of the region. The road is defined by scattered hills and deep valleys with distant glimpses of the ocean.

We cover some distance today and spend the night in comfortable accommodation overlooking the university city of Grahamstown.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic Drive in Frontier Country

DAY 13: ADDO ELEPHANT PARK

This morning we drive a stones throws distance to the renowned Addo Elephant National Park located on the popular garden route. We enjoy a game drive in the park from the high vantage point if our vehicle.
This diverse Wildlife Reserve is the 3rd largest in South Africa and home to more than 600 of Africa’s silent giants.

We get comfortable with a late afternoon picnic before making our way to our nearby accommodation

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
• Addo Elephant National Park
• Game drive in park

DAY 14: GARDEN ROUTE

We continue our journey along the spectacular Garden Route, with glistering rivers, lakes and ancient forests.
Our first stop will be at the Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park where we will enjoy a walk along the rugged coast and over the suspension bridge spanning the Storms River.

Traveling further we then pass through Plettenberg Bay before arriving in the vibrant town of Knysna, with indigenous forests, fynbos and lakes, making this little gem a natural Garden of Eden.
Late afternoon, we have time to explore this quaint town and enjoy an own expense meal, at one of the many boutique restaurants.

Meals: B L
Included Highlights/Activity:
• Tsitsikamma National Park
• Hike in Tsitsikamma

DAY 15: CAPE AGULHAS

Departing from Knysna we follow the scenic route through several coastal towns and make our way to Cape Agulhas – the most southern tip of the African continent. We enjoy a short walk down to the beach at this truly unique destination and official meeting point of the cold Atlantic and warm Indian oceans.

Picnic style lunch is enjoyed by all with the crisp clean ocean breeze, before leaving this treasure and retiring to our accommodation.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
• Cape Agulhas

DAY 16 – 18: CAPE TOWN

A relaxed morning drive takes us on the “Whale Route” through Hermanus – known across the world for whale watching, and then around the Hottentots Holland Mountains to Betty’s Bay where we visit a small colony of Penguins.

This afternoon we follow one of the most scenic routes in the country along the edge of False Bay making our way towards the “Mother City”, Cape Town.
Mid-afternoon we arrive at the GREENFIRE LODGE CAPE TOWN, located in Sea Point and our home for the next two nights. The lodge is conveniently located close to award winning restaurants, galleries, vibrant night life and the ocean promenade.

Cape Town is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world, rich in culture, award winning wines, world class restaurants, fashion and people from all walks of life.
We take a scenic drive to Hout Bay passing Long Beach, through the winding roads of Constantia to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens situated at the foot of Table Mountain, a truly spectacular display of nature’s beauty.
Finishing our memorable South Africa tour, our last day we hike up Table Mountain –one of the 7 wonders of the world to enjoy the panoramic views from this iconic mountain.

Meals: B; B; B (Lunches and dinners on Day 16 & 17 as well as lunch on Day 18 own expense)
Included Highlights/Activity:
• Scenic Drive through Cape Town
• Table Mountain hike
• Coastal roads

The tour ends at 16h00 on Day 18. Clients may extend their stay by booking post-tour accommodation at the GREENFIRE LODGE CAPE TOWN. If arranging an onward flight on this day, please allow time for an airport transfer and for check-in procedures (up to three hours).

The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only. Adventure travel by nature is unpredictable, weather patterns, game migrations, road conditions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

Our new 9 Day Tour itinerary

Starting in January 2021 guests have the opportunity to choose a shorter version of the full tour from Johannesburg to Durban.

DAY 1: JHB – BUSH LODGE

Departing from the Greenfire Johannesburg Lodge at 06h30, we set off on the scenic road to the east of the country where we encounter beautiful natural scenery and many wild animals in natural parks and game reserves.

Lunch is enjoyed in the historic town of Dullstroom, Africa’s premier fly-fishing area before we wind our way down the Drakensberg escarpment. The road is filled with picturesque beauty, from mountain passes to the Acacia trees scattered across the African bushveld.

The next two nights we get cosy at our well-appointed GREENFIRE BUSH LODGE, situated in a private reserve within the greater Kruger National Park, where animals roam freely and unrestricted. This privately owned reserve allows us the freedom to explore the wilderness in search of a variety of animals in open game drive vehicles, day and night.

The tented lodge casually blends into the bush and offers crisp comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, a refreshing splash pool, and stunning views over the surrounding wilderness, including a water hole frequented by a variety of animals. Retire to bed with a symphony of sounds from the animal kingdom.

Meals: D (Lunch own expense)
Included Highlights/Activity:
• Scenic drive down to the Lowveld region
• Private Game Reserve Accommodation

DAY 2: BUSH LODGE

After a peaceful nights rest we start with an early riser light breakfast of fresh coffee and rusks (a traditional South African biscuit), before embarking on our morning experience within this Big 5 area.

Guided by a qualified guide/Ranger we explore the wilderness, with heightened senses, always on the lookout for an animal encounter while discovering the smaller treasures often hidden from the eye.
Before the heat of the day sets in, we return to the lodge for a scrumptious brunch, after which it’s time to relax around the lodge and enjoy the serenity of the surrounding wilderness. A nearby waterhole in front of the camp attracts a variety of wildlife that come to quench their thirst, displaying the pecking order ever so present. Unwind with a refreshing drink and game viewing from the swimming pool or from your deck.

With the heat subsiding in the late afternoon an open game drive is in order, which develops into an extensive night drive in search of nocturnal animals.
As dusk approaches we pull over and enjoy a sun-downer drink or two, while watching the magnificent sunset over the African bushveld.

Meals: Brunch Dinner
Included Highlights/Activity:
• Exclusive Private Reserve
• Morning and afternoon guided experience in Big 5 area

DAY 3: PANORAMA ROUTE – HAZYVIEW

Rising with the African sun, a hearty breakfast is enjoyed, before setting off to explore the highlights of the Panorama Route, famous for many natural wonders and viewing points. First stop will be to view the impressive Blyde River Canyon – the world’s largest “green canyon”, then on to Bourke’s Luck Potholes where abundant gold was discovered and finally the breath-taking God’s Window. (Weather Permitting)
An own expense lunch is enjoyed giving guests the opportunity to meet the locals.

Mid-afternoon we make our way to the tranquil GREENFIRE LODGE HAZYVIEW, a log cabin built spectacularly on stilts in the indigenous forest on the banks of the impressive Sabie River or “Fearful” river as dubbed by the locals.
Time permitting, guests are able to do a nature walk on the property and the adjoining coffee farm and enjoy the mysterious forest. We spend two nights here.

Meals: B D (Lunch own expense)
Included Highlights/Activity:
• Panorama Route
• God’s Window
• Bourke’s Luck Potholes
• 3 Rondavels

DAY 4: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Waking with the birds, we depart the lodge at sunrise and travel a short distance to enter a different area of the Kruger National Park for a full day of game viewing.

Driving slowly through this iconic National park the size of Israel or Wales we search for the many animals that inhabit this area.
From the high vantage point and comfort of our well-equipped vehicle, our expert guide will take time to explain the behaviour of the many animals we see in this fascinating environment.
Most of the day will be spent game viewing, while stopping at various designated sites to stretch our legs and to enjoy an own expense lunch at one of the rest camps in the park.
Late this afternoon we exit the park and return to the comfort of our GREENFIRE LODGE HAZYVIEW.

Meals: Packed Breakfast Snacks, Dinner
Included Highlights/Activity:
• Southern section of Kruger National Park
• Full day game drive

DAY 5: eSWATINI

Departing after breakfast we pass through the provincial capital Nelspruit, before leaving South Africa and crossing the border into the Kingdom of eSwatini formerly known as Swaziland, a small landlocked country, rich in culture and natural beauty.
Our journey today takes us into an area of spectacular natural beauty and past numerous traditional homesteads and vast fields of sugar cane.

We spend some time exploring this small country before arriving at our accommodation for the night. Clients spend time at leisure before enjoying a locally cooked meal.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
• eSwatini
• Scenic drive

DAY 6: ST LUCIA

Today we follow winding roads south through the Swazi countryside, before crossing back into South Africa late morning. After completing the border formalities, we enter Zululand, a part of modern-day KwaZulu-Natal, and home to South Africa’s largest ethnic group, the Zulu people. Formed in the early 1800’s into the most powerful regional empire by King Shaka Zulu, the Zulus influenced a large part of southern Africa.

Once back in South Africa our journey continues to the coastal town of St Lucia, home to hundreds of hippo, crocodile and bird species that live in the adjoining wetlands.
This afternoon we launch on a boat and cruise on the estuary to explore a part of the wetlands in search of the fascinating wildlife found here.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
• Scenic drive through Swaziland
• St Lucia boat cruise

DAY 7 – 8: DRAKENSBERG

We rise before the sun and depart to the oldest National Park in Africa – Hluhluwe Imfolozi, a beautiful park with hilly topography and a multitude of animals, renowned for its conservation efforts.

Following the morning game drive we depart the park and continue travelling through the rolling hills of Kwa-Zulu Natal, an area famous for various battles between the Boers and Zulus, British and Zulus and the Boers and British.
This afternoon we reach the majestic Drakensberg mountain range that reaches 3400m, known to the Zulus as “The Barrier of Spears”.
On reaching the foothills, we transfer to a 4×4 vehicle, for an exciting drive on mountain tracks (or walk), to the GREENFIRE LODGE DRAKENSBERG, located high up on the slopes of the mountain, with a perfect view of the iconic Drakensberg Amphitheatre.
We spend two nights here, in cozy log cabins surrounded by breath-taking views, and will have a day of hiking, exploring, and simply enjoying the wonders of this national heritage site. A walk to the San rock art gallery is well worth the effort. Horse riding is also available.

Meals: B L D; B L D
Included Highlights / Activity:
• Hluhluwe Imfolozi
• Drakensberg World Heritage Site
• San rock art
• Drakensberg hike
• Vulture colony

DAY 9: DOLPHIN COAST

After a relaxed breakfast our exploration continues towards the sleepy little Indian Ocean town Umdloti and the end of our tour. The 9 Day tour will officially end on arrival the Greenfire Dolphin Coast Lodge – tours normally arrive around lunch time.
Guests can book a post night at the Greenfire Dolphin Coast Lodge. Guests that intent to fly out of Durban this afternoon must book flights in the early evening to allow for enough time to get to the Lodge, take a transfer to the airport and allow enough time for check in (up to 3 hours).

Meals: B L

The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only. Adventure travel by nature is unpredictable, weather patterns, game migrations, road conditions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

Our new 10 Day Tour itinerary

Starting in January 2021 guests have the option to start the tour in Durban and end in Cape Town.

DAY 1: DOLPHIN COAST

The 10 Day tour option will start at the GREENFIRE LODGE DOLPHIN COAST located in the town of Umdloti at lunch time.
The lodge is located literally on the beach, with the sound of the waves pounding relentlessly at a calming rhythm. Time at leisure is spent soaking up the sun, kick off your shoes, enjoying the beach and welcoming warm ocean, or stroll through the village.
Dinner tonight is own expense at one of the restaurants in town.

Meals: L
Included Highlights/Activity:
• Indian Ocean
• Beach

DAY 2 – 3: WILD COAST

Setting off early, we pass through the outskirts of Durban this morning, and follow the coast south towards one of the exciting, off-the-beaten-track, highlights of the tour – The Wild Coast.

Having formerly been an independent homeland, there has been little development in this area, resulting in endless unspoiled beaches, natural estuaries, rolling grassland, and a tapestry of traditional Xhosa villages.
This region also draws many a traveller to witness the annual Sardine run, one of the largest marine-life migrations on earth.

We spend two nights at a remote GREENFIRE LODGE, with a full day exploring this rugged, but stunningly beautiful, area. Hike along this stretch of coastline and tackle some of the best hiking routes in the country.
Guests will also have time to relax on the secluded beach in front of the lodge, or to go and swim at a nearby waterfall.

Meals: B L D; B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
• Scenic drive to the Wild Coast
• Private beach
• Waterfall walk
• Hike along the coast

DAY 4: FRONTIER COUNTRY

Leaving the lush Wild Coast behind, our journey takes us into what is known as the “Frontier Country”, a region that was host to nine frontier wars between the Xhosa people and the farmers of the expanding Cape Colony, over a period of 100 years starting in 1779. Into this dangerous environment arrived 4000 British immigrants in 1820, who left their mark on the culture and architecture of the region. The road is defined by scattered hills and deep valleys with distant glimpses of the ocean.

We cover some distance today and spend the night in comfortable accommodation overlooking the university city of Grahamstown.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic Drive in Frontier Country

DAY 5: ADDO ELEPHANT PARK

This morning we drive a stones throws distance to the renowned Addo Elephant National Park located on the popular garden route. We enjoy a game drive in the park from the high vantage point if our vehicle.
This diverse Wildlife Reserve is the 3rd largest in South Africa and home to more than 600 of Africa’s silent giants.

We get comfortable with a late afternoon picnic before making our way to our nearby accommodation.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
• Addo Elephant National Park
• Game drive in park

DAY 6: GARDEN ROUTE

We continue our journey along the spectacular Garden Route, with glistering rivers, lakes and ancient forests.
Our first stop will be at the Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park where we will enjoy a walk along the rugged coast and over the suspension bridge spanning the Storms River.

Traveling further we then pass through Plettenberg Bay before arriving in the vibrant town of Knysna, with indigenous forests, fynbos and lakes, making this little gem a natural Garden of Eden.
Late afternoon, we have time to explore this quaint town and enjoy an own expense meal, at one of the many boutique restaurants.

Meals: B L
Included Highlights/Activity:
• Tsitsikamma National Park
• Hike in Tsitsikamma

DAY 7: CAPE AGULHAS

Departing from Knysna we follow the scenic route through several coastal towns and make our way to Cape Agulhas – the most southern tip of the African continent. We enjoy a short walk down to the beach at this truly unique destination and official meeting point of the cold Atlantic and warm Indian oceans.

Picnic style lunch is enjoyed by all with the crisp clean ocean breeze, before leaving this treasure and retiring to our accommodation.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
• Cape Agulhas

DAY 8 – 10: CAPE TOWN

A relaxed morning drive takes us on the “Whale Route” through Hermanus – known across the world for whale watching, and then around the Hottentots Holland Mountains to Betty’s Bay where we visit a small colony of Penguins.

This afternoon we follow one of the most scenic routes in the country along the edge of False Bay making our way towards the “Mother City”, Cape Town.
Mid-afternoon we arrive at the GREENFIRE LODGE CAPE TOWN, located in Sea Point and our home for the next two nights. The lodge is conveniently located close to award winning restaurants, galleries, vibrant night life and the ocean promenade.

Cape Town is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world, rich in culture, award winning wines, world class restaurants, fashion and people from all walks of life.
We take a scenic drive to Hout Bay passing Long Beach, through the winding roads of Constantia to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens situated at the foot of Table Mountain, a truly spectacular display of nature’s beauty.
Finishing our memorable South Africa tour, our last day we hike up Table Mountain –one of the 7 wonders of the world to enjoy the panoramic views from this iconic mountain.

Meals: B; B; B (Lunches and dinners on Day 8 & 9 as well as lunch on Day 10 own expense)
Included Highlights/Activity:
• Scenic Drive through Cape Town
• Table Mountain hike
• Coastal roads

The tour ends at 16h00 on Day 10. Clients may extend their stay by booking post-tour accommodation at the GREENFIRE LODGE CAPE TOWN. If arranging an onward flight on this day, please allow time for an airport transfer and for check-in procedures (up to three hours).

The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only. Adventure travel by nature is unpredictable, weather patterns, game migrations, road conditions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Please ensure that you are in possession of valid travel documents for all the countries that you will visit (South Africa & Swaziland). If you have any queries in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please ensure that you have proof of further travel arrangements if you do not have a South African passport, permanent residency permit, work permit or study permit. Although we will endeavour to assist, we do not accept any liability or obligation for your travel documents.

1) PORT OF EXIT FROM SOUTH AFRICA INTO SWAZILAND – JEPPES REEF ON DAY 5
2) PORT OF EXIT FROM SWAZILAND AND RE-ENTRY INTO SOUTH AFRICA – LAVUMISA/GOLELA BORDER ON DAY 6

Please use this link for any travel info regarding your trip
http://www.southafrica.info/services/government/consular.htm#.VzRth-J97IW

Make sure that your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to your home country. Make two photocopies of valuable documents such as your passport, tickets, Visas. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home.
Please note that all guests travelling to South Africa will require two blank facing pages in their passport.
PLEASE NOTE IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS (VISAS AND VALID PASSPORTS) FOR EACH AND EVERY COUNTRY YOU WILL BE VISITING ON YOUR TOUR.

FOREIGN CURRENCY

Upon arrival in any respective country we operate in, you will be able to find a Bureau de Change OR ATM Facilities at the airport or in the Town/City the tour is departing from. It is advised to bring any major world currency (US Dollar, Euro or British Pounds) in small denominations and not dated older than 2009. It is advised to get a small amount of local currency upon arrival just to get around until your tour starts.
While on tour our guides will inform and show you the best places to exchange any Major World Currency with the best possible exchange rates either before your tour starts or during the course of the tour. Our guides will brief you exactly on where to exchange and roughly how much you will need to exchange after discussing possible optional activities, own expense meals or possible curio stops. Drifters trucks have safe-keeping facilities for extra cash/flight tickets/passport.

The preferred currency for your tour is as follows:
• South Africa – ZAR; Rand

Suggested amounts required:
(Without use of credit card)
• Rand : +- R 1000 – R 2000

Credit cards are widely accepted in most parts of South Africa but please ensure to have enough cash for personal expenses and possible gratuities.

Please note the only lodge on this tour to receive card payment will be Greenfire Johannesburg lodge. All other lodges will ONLY receive cash payments.

Areas where you shall be able to use your credit card are as follows:
• Greenfire JHB Lodge for activities; food; accommodation and small extras
• Shopping; At most large supermarkets

INSURANCE
It is compulsory that all passengers make arrangements for adequate travel insurance to financially safeguard against unforeseen circumstances. If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact us. Drifters do not accept responsibility for any loss, injury, damage, accident, fatality, delay or inconvenience experienced whilst on tour. You will be required to complete and sign a full indemnity prior to your tour departure.
Your insurance should include all the countries and territories that your tour will pass through. You must ensure that you have sufficient cover for medical and evacuation costs, and should base this on advice from your insurer. A minimum benefit of USD 60 000.00 is recommended for evacuation from any area in which Drifters operates in Africa to South Africa, with further benefits for medical costs in South Africa, and for possible repatriation to your home country. Please note that you will be required to furnish details of your travel insurance to Drifters before you will be allowed to travel with us. Please ensure that these details are completely and accurately recorded in order to facilitate a claim should this be necessary.

HEALTH PRECAUTIONS & REQUIREMENTS

The only necessary prophylaxis for Southern Africa is against Malaria, but on this tour there is no eminent danger as South Africa is regarded mostly as a Malaria free zone however prevention is better than cure, so we do advise to also use insect repellent on exposed areas after sunset. Please consult with your general practitioner regarding this. All Drifters guides have first aid boxes for use in emergencies, however we recommend that you bring a long your own basic supply of medication, headache tablets etc.

Personal medication
Please bring along any personal medication that you might need on your tour as specific medication could be difficult to find or might not be obtainable in most places we visit. General medication for headaches, colds and fever are easy to get.
Please also inform your guide of any medical conditions. This information will be received professionally and kept confidential.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Please note that Southern African weather conditions vary tremendously from season to season. During summer months temperatures of up to 40°C can be experienced. During the winter months of June, July and August the nights are very cold, temperatures may drop well below 0°C, although the day temperatures will be pleasant at around 20°C.

For more accurate information, please visit AccuWeather and choose your destination.
http://www.accuweather.com/en/browse-locations

CLOTHING & PERSONAL EFFECTS

Herewith a recommended guide of what to bring along:
For walking, hiking and Safaris
Sport Shoes / Sneakers
Sandals
Hat
Sun Cream
Water Bottle
Smaller day pack
Camera, Binoculars
Books (Birds, Mammals, personal reading books, Optional)

For general travelling (to keep yourself entertained on the longer drives)
Personal iPod
Personal Reading Books
A deck of cards or something similar
Battery chargers for your personal devices (Ipods, Ipads, E-Readers, Handy’s etc)

Our vehicles are well equipped with charging facilities while driving. A Two-pin charger is perfect.

Clothing and Toiletries
Long Trousers / Tracksuit
Hat or cap
Shorts
Swimming Costume & Towel
Waterproof Windbreaker
Personal toiletries
Jersey / Jumper
Insect Repellent
Socks & Underwear
T-Shirts / Shirts

General Accessories
Mosquito Net (Optional)
Malaria Prophylaxis (please enquire from your general Doctor at home)
Money (Sundry expenses, gratuities)
Torch / Flashlight / Batteries
Refreshments
Pen
Passport/Visa

Luggage and Packing space on our vehicles
** Luggage should be limited to a maximum of 15kg’s
Each Drifters Traveler have their own locker on our trucks which is accessible even while driving. Backpacks, Barrel bags or Soft Suitcases are strongly advisable as your standard Hard Suitcases sometimes don’t fit into the lockers. Each locker could be locked with your personal lock (which you can also purchase from the Greenfire Johannesburg Lodge upon arrival.

MEALS AND REFRESHMENTS

Meals are provided as indicated in the brochure/website. Soft drinks, bottled water and alcohol are for your own expense; there is ample opportunity during the tour to buy refreshments. The guide will advise when you need to stock up for a couple of days.

PERSONAL EXPENSES

A reasonable amount of personal spending money must be brought on our tours. This is to cover own expense meals as indicated in our Drifters Brochure, bottled water, soft drinks, alcohol, sundry goods purchased- such as suntan cream etc., curios, optional extra excursions, airport tax, transfers and tips.

In Africa things work a little different to the rest of the World. Tipping or gratuity, unless otherwise specified, is not included in the price you pay for services delivered. This accounts for restaurant meals, casual help and the services of the guide or guides that you will meet on your tour.

In Southern and East Africa it is classified as a common courtesy to TIP “casual help (guides)”.

This TIP is not something that is forced upon you by any means, but in many industries of tourism it is customary. It works as follows: if you believe your guide has lived up to your expectations and has performed his/her job in a way that you respect and are happy with the services rendered, an amount of R 50 per day or equivalent amount of R50 per day in any major currency per person per day would constitute a fantastic tip. Remember that this is just a guideline and is not by any means compulsory, but seen as common courtesy in Southern and East Africa.

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:
• Open vehicle game drive
• Game reserves/national parks
• Kruger National Park
• Zululand Game Reserve
• Drakensberg Mountains
• Swaziland Kingdom
• Cape wine farm and wine tasting
• African culture
• Garden Route
• Coastal hike
• Table Mountain hike
• Unspoiled beaches
• San rock art

Please note: Included highlights will depend on the tour selected.

PRE and POST night accommodation can be arranged at the Greenfire Lodge in Johannesburg and Greenfire Lodge Capetown. It is advisable to overnight at the Greenfire Lodge if you have not already made alternative arrangements. Accommodation at the Greenfire Lodge can be arranged through Drifters or your travel representative. The Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg is located in the Northern suburbs of Johannesburg – a safe residential area. The Greenfire Lodge has a lovely swimming pool, restaurant, bar & shop. The Lodge is within walking distance of various shopping centers and banks. The Drifters Office is located on the same premises should you have any queries regarding your tour. The Greenfire Capetown Lodge is on the corner of Graham and Arthur road in Seapoint.
Please note that we strongly advise against flying out on the day that the tour ends. Drifters will not be held responsible for missed flights on this day. We generally travel long distances and late arrivals are common.

PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION SOUTH AFRICA TOUR

This trip requires a valid passport and for certain nationalities. ALL linen is provided. A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are NOT required for this tour. Seasonal Malaria precautions are necessary and are locally obtainable. A barrel bag or backpack is best suited for this trip (suitcases do not fit into the space provided). An extra day bag or camera bag is advised. Spending money required will be for the restaurant meals, drinks, visas, tips, curios, airport transfers, and any other optional excursions. Remember, help us to help you by participating and by keeping an open mind and flexible mentality. Our price includes all food as specified, coffee, tea, juice at breakfast, transport, professional guides, mekoro hire, accommodation, group equipment, permits and park entrance fees. Our price does not include restaurant meals where stipulated, visas, tips, curios, optional excursions, alcohol, bottled water and soft drinks, airport tax, airport transfers and airfares. Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement pertaining to our booking conditions and general information as defined on our website and in our brochure. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.

DEPARTURE POINT

The 18 South Africa tour departs from the Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg, 25 Alida Street, Northcliff at 06h30 on the first tour day (Tuesday) and ends on the last day (Friday) at around 17h00 till late at the Greenfire Lodge Capetown. If you are booked on a first tour day (Friday) departure you will arrive on your last tour day (Monday) at the Greenfire Lodge Capetown. Guests not staying at the Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg must arrive at the Lodge at 06h00 on the day of departure. The telephone number is +27(0)11 888 1160.

ACCOMMODATION ON TOUR

Please note that linen will be provided for the duration of your tour and you will NOT need a sleeping bag and pillow for the rest of the tour.
•Batteries can be charged from a 220 volt source pre tour departure in Johannesburg, on most nights at the lodges and every day on the truck while the truck is driving from a 12 V inverter.
•Currency exchange opportunities: Arrival at Johannesburg Airport
•Limited Laundry facilities: Available post tour from the JHB Lodge if you are staying an extra day
•Internet facilities: Pre night in the Greenfire Johannesburg Lodge, Greenfire Knysna Lodge and Greenfire Capetown Lodge
We have a range of barrel bags for sale starting from € 50 nett per bag.

ON SAFARI

All our tours require a certain level of participation from all group members. This entails assisting with the food preparation, washing of dishes and keeping the truck clean.
Please keep in mind that flexibility and an open mind will greatly contribute to an enjoyable safari.
We are travelling in developing countries therefore please do not expect the punctuality you have come to expect in first world countries. Things do not always run according to plan, however we do endeavor to run according to the itinerary as best as possible.

DRIFTERS WISH YOU AN ENJOYABLE AFRICAN EXPERIENCE!

South Africa Tour Departure Tour Rate p/p
2020 € 2145

Please note: As of 1 January 2020 Drifters will implement a minimum requirement of 4 passengers to confirm a tour departure. Our reservation office will be able to assist with any request or questions.

South Africa Tour Departure Tour Rate p/p
1 Jan to 31 Dec 2021 From € 2295

Please note: In 2021 Drifters will offer German guided tours for the 18 Day South Africa Tour on the following departure dates:
02 Mar 2021
06 Apr 2021
04 May 2021
01 Jun 2021
02 Jul 2021
23 Jul 2021
13 Aug 2021
03 Sep 2021
24 Sep 2021
15 Oct 2021
05 Nov 2021

JOHANNESBURG and SURROUNDS (PRE and POST Tour)

SOWETO TOUR
South of Johannesburg is Soweto, the world’s most famous township and important monument to Apartheid. A sprawling, self-sufficient home to millions, Soweto grapples with democratic change, but its spirit resonates in a plethora of shebeens. The focus on this tour is more on community projects & sustainable tourism. The Soweto Fair Tour includes: Nelson Mandela & Hector Pietersen Museums, a visit to Handiworx or the Soweto Green plus a view of Baragwaneth Hospital and an informal settlement. Also included is a cycle tour from Phomolong & visit a day care centre (also available without cycling).
From R590 per person for 3 hours

You can also do a cycle tour of Soweto – pricing depends on the time you cycle for.

JOBURG CITY TOUR
The tour includes a panoramic view of the city, a drive within the business district, visit to traditional African shops, the bohemian Hillbrow and Museum Africa in Newton, the cultural district of Johannesburg. Extend to 8 hours & include Constitution Hill, SAB World of Beer & more.
From R590 per person for 3 hours

SOWETO & JOHANNESBURG COMBO
Combining the Soweto & Johannesburg City tours will give you a great overview of the area.
From R850 for 5 hours

APARTHEID MUSEUM
The path through the museum leads you on a journey beginning with segregation, the cornerstone of apartheid. It takes you back through the history of the myriad cultures converging during the pre-apartheid era. Through the years of race classification, the 150 acts of apartheid, detentions and the oppression of the nationalist regime. Examine the rise of black consciousness, the armed struggle & finally witness the release of Nelson Mandela after 27 years of imprisonment which finally led to the final negotiations for peace. The Apartheid Museum experience is one of upliftment and liberation both personally & socially and leaves each visitor with a feeling of hope for the future, unburdened by the ills of the past.
Duration: 3 hours R550

CRADLE OF HUMANKIND
The tour visits both the Sterkfontein caves, where the oldest hominid fossils (dating back to over 3 million years) in the world were found & Maropeng where you can experience the fascinating, interactive representations of the origin of Earth & all that lives on our unique planet. Interesting to both adults & children alike, this is a must visit on anyone passing through Gauteng’s itinerary!
Duration: 4 hours R990

PRETORIA CITY TOUR
Pretoria generates a multicultural energy from a harmonious blend of traditions, culture and architecture. Pretoria has historic value extending to that of the British Empire and Apartheid. The tour includes the either the Voortrekker Monument or Freedom Square, the Union Buildings, Kruger House, Church Square, Mirramen Hindu Temple and thousands of Jacaranda trees. Extend to 8 hours and include both the Voortrekker Monument & Freedom Square as well as the Transvaal Museum. Lunch in Pretoria
Duration: 4 ½ hours R850
Duration: 8 hours for the extended tour, incl. lunch R1500

CAPE TOWN and SURROUNDS
You are in close proximity to shops, pubs and restaurants.
The V&A Waterfront is a major attraction in Cape Town (shuttle service to the Waterfront runs regularly from alongside the Lodge).
Half day Township tour: District 6 and museum; Langa; Community school; Shebeen; Kayalitscha;
3 ½ hours R 515

Robben Island: 3 ½ hours; boat ride to the Island; drive over the island; visit of the prison; boat ride back;
R 320 excludes taxi to ferry

Hop on – Hop off bus: Red route through the V&A Waterfront; City; District 6; cable way; Camps Bay; Sea Point; 2 hours non stop; R 200 for the whole day

Hop on – Hop off bus: Blue Route to V&A Waterfront; Kirstenbosch; Hout Bay; World of birds; Camps Bay; Sea Point; R200 for the whole day

Full day Peninsula tour: Clifton, Camps Bay, Twelve Apostles, Hout Bay, Chapmans Peak, Noordhoek, Ostrich Viewing, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape Point, Penguin Colony, Simons Town, Muizenberg, Constantia, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens: R 850, Half day without Kirstenbosch
R 585

Full day Wine route: Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschoek:
R 850, Half day R 585

Full day whale watching trip to Hermanus
R 810 (seasonal) Excludes transport to Hermanus

Abseiling off Table Mtn:
R 700, excluding cable car tickets

White shark diving:
R 1350 includes drive to Gansbaai; boat trip; snorkel or dive in cage; picnic lunch

Tandem Paraglide from Lions Head: R 1100

Helicopter flips:
Various options from R 2000 to R 3000

Horse riding in Hout Bay:
2 hour ride R 350

Historic walking tour through the city:
Every day from the tourist information in Burg street. R230

Please Note:
Optional Activities can be booked on arrival. No bookings are made in advance.
Rates are subject to change without notice
Activities are subject to availability
Activities are weather dependent

“I’ve been to South Africa 3 times and my first time was with drifters two times with other companies drifters wins hands down.”
5 Day Kruger , 4 Jan 2019, Frogg Vidler
“Amazing tour, amazing guide and it really shows you the 30 years of experience Drifters has.”
16 Day Botswana, 23 July 2019, Urs Nosberger
“The tour as well above expectation and was a great way to discover South Africa for the first time.”
18 Day South Africa, 10 December 2019, Desiree Dietz
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