Drakensberg, Lesotho and Addo – South
From Port Elizabeth to Durban, this tour takes us through Addo Elephant National Park, to Eastern Cape beaches and through the mountainous pony trekking country of Lesotho. There are few national parks that can offer you an elephant viewing experience as Addo can, the herds are vast. We visit Graaff Reinet, the fourth oldest town in the country and head to Lesotho – one of the highest countries in the world at 1000m above sea level. On our way to Durban, we visit the craggy peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains and take a guided hike through the world heritage site.
From Durban to Port Elizabeth, this tour takes us through the mountainous pony trekking country of Lesotho, to Eastern Cape beaches and into the bush at Addo Elephant National Park.
- Crew3 Crew
- Max Passengers 20 Passengers Max
- VehicleAdventure Truck
- Duration 7 Days 6 Nights
- From / To Durban to Port Elizabeth
- Meals 6 Breakfast 4 Lunch 6 Dinner
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Our tours come with an “Optional Activity Package”. You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be “essential activities” on our tours. The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don’t book the package, the activities won’t be included. We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.
The itinerary below is indicative only and is subject to change without notice. This itinerary may not reflect the final product you receive on the road. Please ensure that you download your tour dossier one week prior to your tour departure date so that you are guaranteed to have the most up to date version of the dossier as we do frequently update our dossiers. Tour dossiers should be seen as a guide only and are subject to change.
6 Breakfast 4 Lunch 6 Dinner
All international flights.
Greater Addo Elephant National Park area
This morning you will meet your crew in Port Elizabeth and will be transferred to the accommodation. In the afternoon we visit Addo, famed for the elephants after which the park was named. Recent expansion has seen Addo grow to become the third largest of South Africa’s National Parks. The unique vegetation of Addo supports a wide variety of wildlife and we will spend the afternoon in search of the animals that call Addo home.
The historic town of Graaff-Reinet nestles in the heartland of the Great Karoo and offers a unique insight into the history of this arid region. It is also the fourth oldest town in the country. This evening you will have the opportunity to join a sundowner excursion to the Valley of Desolation, this unique valley offers a panoramic view over the town and the wide-open plains stretching out below. Kindly note that during the winter months, this activity will become a Sunrise excursion to the valley of Desolation the following morning.
Lesotho – Malealea
This morning we cut across the vast expanse of the Great Karoo, our destination is nestled in the heights of Lesotho. This autonomous mountain kingdom boasts the highest peaks in Southern Africa and is one of the highest countries in the world, the entire kingdom lies over 1000m above sea level. Having crossed the mighty Orange River, we enter the border of Lesotho and make the climb to our camp set high in the mountains.
Day 4: The clean air of the mountains accompanies us this morning as we explore the mountains on foot, our hike concludes with a village visit and the opportunity to gain insight into the community that calls these mountains home. The Basotho are famous for their traditional hats, blankets, and their sturdy ponies. Basotho ponies are renowned for their surefootedness in the mountains and you have the opportunity of an optional pony trek this afternoon to experience this first-hand.
South Africa – uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park
We exit Lesotho and travel through the sandstone cliffs of Golden Gate. Our destination is the mountains of the Drakensberg. Running the length of the Kwazulu-Natal province, the Ukuhlamba Drakensberg Park is a UNESCO recognized world heritage site. Whether you go by the Zulu name uKhahlamba, meaning ‘barrier of spears’, or the Afrikaans name Drakensberg, meaning ‘dragon mountains’, these towering mountains are a hiker’s paradise and worthy of exploration.
Day 6: We set out this morning for a lengthy hike. Along our way, we will have the opportunity to view examples of San rock art with a local guide. While we encourage everyone to make the most of the day in the mountains, we may offer separate options depending on the activity level of the group. With a number of trails available, we can ensure that we cater to every need, the most important aim is to ensure everyone enjoys this mountain paradise at their own pace.
Upon arrival in the bustling city of Durban, your tour will come to an end.
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