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TOUR: 4×4 Self-Drive Tag Along Experience
ROUTE: Johannesburg-Johannesburg
DEPARTURES: Selected Saturdays
VEHICLE : 4 x 4 Rental
DURATION : 3 nights rooftop camping ,5 nights lodge
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This guided self- drive 4X4 tour is designed to give the novice, intermediate or experienced adventurer a look into the real South Africa.  We travel on the lesser known, often gravel roads through areas of the country that are not generally visited by tourists.  

Our small convoy of 4×4 vehicles is led by an experienced, knowledgeable Drifters guide and assistant who are in constant radio contact and who are there to assist with every step of the adventure. Overnight stops have been carefully chosen for their remote locations, some nights we will stay in comfortable lodges and where no facilities exist we will use the equipment on our vehicles to ensure maximum experience and comfort.

The tour offers the safety and camaraderie of traveling in a group but at the same time each vehicle is independent, it thus is suitable for families, couples, and even individuals.  The Drifters crew lead the convoy, travelling in their own 4×4 and are always there to assist.

The tour requires a certain amount of flexibility and an adventurous mentality. Road, weather and other conditions are not always predictable and so we should expect the unexpected. Each day’s drive is easily achievable and we will enjoy many stops along the way.

DAY 1: DEPART JOHANNESBURG – DINOKENG
Guests arrive in Johannesburg and after clearing immigration they collect their 4 x 4 rental vehicles we will use for the tour. Once we have our vehicles we meet our guide and drive the short distance to the Dinokeng reserve located north of Pretoria.

We enjoy a relaxed evening in comfort and a catered meal prepared by our guide.

Meals:  Dinner
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic drive to Dinokeng
– Night in Dinokeng  
Optional Activities:
– None, all included

DAY 2: DINOKENG – KRUGER
We enjoy a delicious breakfast at our accommodation before we depart on our scenic drive towards Kruger Park. Using smaller district and dirt roads our guide leads the way and we wind our way through the hills and small towns. Our route will include a stop in Dullstroom and an own expense lunch in Graskop before we finally reach Kruger National Park and our camp for the next two nights.

On arrival at our camp we setup our roof top tents and settle in for a night around our camp fire.

Meals: B D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic drive to Kruger
– Dullstroom
Optional Activities:
– None, all included

DAY 3: KRUGER
As is custom in the bush we rise early before to sun and enjoy a cup of coffee before we depart on a morning game drive in the park. Using an open game drive vehicle and a local guide we explore the park in search of animals. Kruger Park is famous for all the animals found here and our guide will take time to give us more information on the creatures we find.

We spend as much time as possible in search of animals before we return to camp for a hearty brunch.

Guests then have the remainder of the day to relax or explore the park. In the evening our guide will prepare our dinner on the open fire and we fall asleep to the sounds of the surrounding bush.

Meals: Brunch, D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Open vehicle game drive
–  Kruger Park
Optional Activities:
– None, all included

DAY 4: KRUGER – SWAZILAND
After breakfast we depart on a short game drive through the park and slowly make our way south to exit the park. From here we follow small roads through the beautiful area around Barberton and take a mountain pass into the Kingdom of Eswatini, formally known as Swaziland. We enjoy a roadside picnic along the way and arrive at our accommodation in the afternoon.

Guests will have the option to visit some of the popular sites in the area before we have our dinner at the Lodge.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Morning Drive in Kruger
– Scenic drive to Eswatini
– Eswatini (Swaziland)
Optional Activities:
– None, all included

DAY 5: SWAZILAND – ITHALA GAME RESERVE
A relaxed morning we enjoy breakfast at the Lodge before our guide leads the way out of Swaziland back to South Africa and the Ithala game reserve. Located in Zululand the area is known for its game reserves and breath-taking scenery.

This afternoon guests have time to explore the park in their vehicles before we setup camp for the night.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic drive through Eswatini
–  Ithala Game Reserve
Optional Activities:
– None, all included

DAY 6: ITHALA – NATAL MIDLANDS – RORKE’S DRIFT
Today is dedicated to exploring the battlefields of the Natal Midlands. The hills are scattered with old battlefields dating back to the Anglo Boer and Anglo Zulu wars. Our route will include sites like Dundee, Isandlwana and finally Rorke’s Drift.

We spend the night in the Rorkes drift hotel and enjoy a meal prepared by the lodge.

Meals: B L (Dinner own Expense)
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Battle fields of South Africa
– Dundee
– Isandlwana
Optional Activities:
– None, all included

DAY 7: RORKE’S DRIFT – SANI PASS – LESOTHO
It is with great excitement that we depart today and make our way to Lesotho and the infamous Sani Pass – arguably one of the highlights on the tour. Lesotho is a land locked country completely surrounded by South Africa and is known as the Mountain Kingdom.

We wind our way through the Natal Midlands to the small town of Himeville from where we start our ascent up to the top of Sani Pass. Our guide will lead the way guiding the 4 x 4 vehicles up the pass.

We cross the border into Lesotho at the very top of the pass and spend the night here admiring the views over the valley.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Natal Midlands   
– Sani Pass
– Lesotho
Optional Activities:
– None, all included

DAY 8: LESOTHO
We enjoy our breakfast at the lodge before we depart on our journey through Lesotho. What the country lacks in size it makes up for in scenic beauty. Our guide will lead the way through the towering mountains as we slowly make our way up north.

We arrive at our Lodge in the afternoon and guests will have time to explore the surrounding area on foot.

We enjoy our dinner at the Lodge and drink a toast to our last night on tour.

Meals: B L (Dinner Own Expense)
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic drive through Lesotho   
Optional Activities:
– None, all included

DAY 9: LESOTHO – JOHANNESBURG
We wake up to the fresh mountain air and enjoy our breakfast at the Lodge. We make our way back into South Africa and after a visit to the Golden Gate National Park we follow the district roads back to Johannesburg travelling through the farms lands.

We arrive back in Johannesburg in the afternoon and the end of our journey.

Meals: B (Lunch Own Expense)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour during the camping nights. Seasonal malaria precautions are advised and are locally obtainable. During winter the temperature can drop very low at night and clients should be prepared for this.

 A valid passport is required by everyone. The tour will visit South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. It is the client’s responsibility to ensure that they have the appropriate visas required for this trip, to all the countries we visit. Some nationalities may need to obtain visas before departure as they might not be obtainable at the border.

 A Drifters guide and assistant will lead this tour in a fully equipped 4×4 vehicle which will carry all necessary group equipment. The guide vehicle will be in radio contact with other participants and will be available to assist if necessary. In addition, each vehicle will be equipped with a GPS onto which the entire route will be loaded.

 Participants will be responsible for their own fuel purchases and vehicle hire agreements.

 The price includes accommodation (twin share or other on request), most meals, group equipment, permits and entry fees.

The price does not include flights, alcohol and soft drinks, bottled water, meals where stipulated, curios, tips and optional excursions.

Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement pertaining to our booking conditions and general information, and will be required to sign a general indemnity.  It is compulsory for clients to have their own comprehensive travel insurance including medical cover.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Please ensure that you are in possession of valid travel documents for all the countries (South Africa) that you will visit. 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 endeavor to assist, we do not accept any liability or obligation for your travel documents.

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.

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.

On Tour please be advised that 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.

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

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 tour departure.

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. See below examples of what you will need.

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
** Refreshments can be purchased en-route on the first day of the tour, and at regular intervals throughout the tour.

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:

Drifters guide and assistant in their own vehicle
All Accommodation and camping
Most meals
Two-way Radios in every vehicle
GPS with full route loaded in every vehicle
Mechanical Backup

NOT INCLUDED:
Vehicle Hire (this can be arranged through your agent or Drifters)

PRE AND POST NIGHT ACCOMMODATION
PRE and POST night accommodation can be arranged at the Greenfire Lodge in Johannesburg. 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 centres and banks.  The Drifters Office is located on the same premises should you have any queries regarding your tour. 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.
ACCOMMODATION ON TOUR:
Please note that linen will be provided for CERTAIN nights of your tour however you need  to bring along a sleeping bag or pillow for the nights where you will be camping

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.
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 endeavour to run according to the itinerary as best as possible.

4×4 Self-Drive Experience Tour Rate p/p
2020 € 1595

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.

DAY TOURS

Day tours to various locations (Pretoria, Johannesburg, Soweto, Gold Reef City etc.) can be arranged for you by the Drifters staff on your arrival in Johannesburg. If you wish to experience the culture of the city we strongly recommend you arrange a half-day city tour.  Day tours can be booked and paid for on arrival. Most tours are based on a minimum of two people, however all efforts will be made to accommodate single travellers with already existing tours.

“I really enjoyed the tour! I would definitely do the adventure again and I will recommend it! Thank you so much.”

17 Day Namibia, Sep 2017, Ursi, Switzerland

“Great Tour! Great Crowd! I will come back to Africa as soon as possible!”

12 Day Kenya Tanzania, May 2017, Maaike, Dutch
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