22 days cross country camper adventure ER 405

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With an excellent road infrastructure, diverse landscapes, scenic coastal routes, breath taking terrain and abundant wildlife, you can experience the natural splendour and beauty of South Africa at your own pace in your own camper van. The advantage of campervan touring is there are no tents to set up at the end of a long day and your food is prepared in our own kitchenette. Soak up the atmosphere of the African bush, where the ambience enriches this authentic African safari experience. Discover the Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn and its ostrich farms as well as the ancient labyrinth that is the Cango Caves. Take a ferry ride across the Knysna Lagoon. Visit both the Kingdom of Swaziland and Lesotho within South Africa. Explore the wine lands of the Western Cape and taste world class wines from farms in Stellenbosch and surroundings and much more.

 

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22 days cross country camper adventure ER 405

Itinerary:

Day 1 Pretoria/Monateng Safari Lodge/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 60 km.

Welcome in South Africa. You can collect your camper van at the camper depot in Johannesburg between 8 and 9 in the morning. After the paper work has been done and you received all your instructions, you are ready to drive to your first destination which will be the Monateng Safari Lodge in Pretoria, one of the finest 4 star graded Caravan parks.

Situated on a lush bushveld estate, Monateng Safari Lodge offers you a pleasant African experience with a noticeable abundance of birdlife and game while relaxing in a peaceful atmosphere. A cold water swimming pool, outdoor chess, putt-putt course, volleyball court, tennis court, playground for children, Supertube at the Caravan Park and guided game drives provide for recreational and leisure activities on the resort.

Day 2 Sabie/Merry Pebbles/Camping 1 night.
Distance approx. 300 km.

Today you will be driving a lot so please leave as soon as you can. We are taking you through the Mpumalanga province which captures the world's vision of Africa. Endless bush velds,  the simmering haze above the hot plains, darting antelope and the thrilling site of the buffalo, elephant, rhino or leopard. Don't be fooled by the monotonous landscape at first, that will change quickly!

If you feel you have spare time please visit the Botshabelo Mission Station, 13 km north of Middelburg. This area is the ancestral home of the Southern Ndebele, famous for their love of colourful and symbolic decoration and you can see exquisite examples of their famous work in this museum. Or visit the Fort Merensky, a strange but impressive historic building, lots of wars have been taken place in this region.

There will be lots to see in the flowing grasslands of Mpumalanga which stretches north and east of the highveld plateau, rising towards the towering Drakensberg mountain range. The Drakensberg Escarpment, marks the point where the highveld plunges down over 1000 m, before spilling out onto the eastern lowveld. It is one of South Africa's most scenic areas, marked by dramatic cliffs, stunning views and an abundance of adventure activities. So drive slowly and enjoy the ride!

Don't forget to admire the Montrose Falls while having tea in the garden of the Montrose Hotel overlooking the waterfall. The road leads you through lush farmland and you can buy tropical fruits, nuts and curious from road side stalls. If you are a cave lover, a visit to the Sudwala Caves is a must! A guide will take you 600 m inside and 150 m below the earth to admire nature's wonders.
Your first stop will be in Sabie, a picturesque mountain village with her magnificent scenery of the vicinity. Sabie is the centre of the timber industry and a little forest museum in town is of interest.

This is waterfall country and numerous short drives lead from the town to picnic sites and view sites such as Sabie Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Lone Creek Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and MacMac Falls. Perfect spots for a picnic tomorrow morning? Please know that they are best to be visited before midday because of the sun.

Merry Pebbles Resort is waiting for you on the banks of the upper Sabie River just 1 km from the main road of Sabie. After a long day you can stretch your legs and enjoy the nature around you. There is a shop and restaurant and of course you can cool down in the swimming pool.

Day 3 Graskop/Panorama Rest camp/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 25 km.

The natural wonders around Graskop are most probably the most seen, admired, painted and photograped in Southern Africa. Enjoy the spectacular waterfall route (R532) that will take you to Graskop, your next destination.

The Panorama Rest Camp is ideally situated on the Mpumalanga Escarpment. The breathtaking view over the Graskop Gorge and Lowveld has captured many a heart. The high mountains and cliffs, the forests and grasslands, the waterfalls and rivers are all present and visible from this magical place. This is truly the ideal setting for your next stopover.

The Mpumalanga Escarpment region is world renowned for its scenic splendor and beauty, with a host of waterfalls and majestic view points of the Lowveld below, as well as the Blyde River Canyon.
The road northwards from Graskop to the Blyde River Canyon should be taken at a leasurely pace so that the breathtaking views can be enjoyed! Pinnacle Rock, Jock's View, God's Window are some of the spots where you can stop to look out from a sheer cliff outposts over the expanse of the lowveld. Further north lie the Lisbon Falls and the Berlin Falls before you reach Bourke's Luck Potholes. Here you can follow the paths and bridges to the viewing sites overlooking the extraordinary example of river erosion.

And there is more .. northwards the Blyde River Canyon has carved a magnificent gorge though the mountains which you can admire from the viewing points. The canyon is dominated by three similarly shaped peaks, the Three Rondavels and by Mariepskop. There are a number of short walks in the surrounding area to points where you can look down to the Blydepoort Dam at the reserve's far north.

You can also visit Pilgrim's Rest, the first gold mining town in South Africa. Today the entire quaint town is preserved as a national monument and living museum. Pilgrim's Rest is also the starting point for two routes, the Morgenzon Trail and the Rambler's Trail, offering a selection of short walks.

Day 4 The Kruger Park/Satara Rest camp/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 135 km.

With its vast savannas, abundant wildlife and long conservation history, the Kruger National Park is one of the best safari destinations of the world and you are about to experience that! Its excellent infrastructure will make everything readily accessible, the speed limit of 40 kph should never be exceeded as not only for the fines but also gamespotting is seldom successful when travelling above this speed.

It is unwise to cover large areas in a short time, it can be very rewarding simply sitting quietly at a water hole rather than driving around in the hot sun. The best game viewing is in the morning until around 10 am or in the late afternoon.

You will stay in Satara Camp which is situated in an area of flat and fertile plains that attract large numbers of grazing animals and is one of the best spots to view lions. The ambience of Satara Camp recalls the mood of the colonial Africa with red-roofed public buildings, thatched rondawels and neatly raced paths. This camp is the third biggest one in the park and has a.o. a grocery store, restaurant, filling station, laundry facilities and a swimming pool. So no time to waste here ...

Think of booking a night drive which allows you in on the nocturnal activities of Kruger's secretive creatures while in the company of experienced guides and trackers. Guided bush walks with trained field guides who take groups of up to 8 people out into the bush for a few hours are not to be missed. Learn and observe fascinating facts about the African bush. There are also regular day game drives. Plenty of activities like bush barbecues and traditional dances complement the game viewing.

Day 5 The Kruger Park/Skukuza Rest camp/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 95 km.

Perhaps you have experienced an early morning game drive or bush walk with a professional guide before heading towards your next rest camp. Enjoy the ride through the beautiful African nature and think of having a leisurely picnic at a water hole in the heat of the day.

The Skukuza rest camp is situated on the southern banks of the Sabie River. Well foliaged, with lofty trees along the river's edge, you can expect a diverse amount of animals and plants. This is the main camp of the Kruger Park with facilities similar to a small town. It offers adventure in the form of guided bush walks and game drives, all under the supervision of well informed and keen professional field guides. After a long special day you can cool off in one of their swimming pools and if you are a golf fan you can even play a bit..

Day 6 The Kruger Park/Berg-en-Dal Rest camp/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 170 km.

Today you have a longer trip ahead of you so start early and make the most of it. Most animals are found throughout the park, but the frequency of sightings is determined by the topography and vegetation.

Located in the midst of striking prehistoric settlements on the Matjulu Spruit, Berg-en-Dal camp has been built with care and preservation for the surrounding area, original San rock paintings still clearly visible from the hill shelters along the Bushman trail. The camp is flanked on the north and south by dry riverbeds and a dam, respectively, and trees alongside both, adding to the authentic wildlife ambience enjoyed by guests. Its extensive, well-fenced grounds are among the few places where one can walk in the park and enjoy the flora and fauna at close quarters.

This camp has also all the facilities you need and you can just enjoy another night under the African sky with the animals singing to you.

Day 7 Swaziland/Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 150 km.

Perhaps tough to say goodbye to so much beauty but be assured that you will experience lots more. Have your passport ready as today you will experience another African country namely the Kingdom of Swaziland. You can leave the Kruger Park via the Malelane border post and drive towards the Jeppe's Reef border.

Swaziland is a fascinating country with its laid-back ambience, friendly people and relative lack of racial animosities. Small as it may be, Swaziland is an exciting destination with its art and craft outlets and traditional markets and wildlife reserves. Visit the Matsamo Cultural village where you get to live just like the traditional Swazi in a custom-built 'hive'. This is a traditional Swazi village where the colourful Matsamo people tend their cattle, cultivate their crops and produce beautiful crafts. The drive to Piggs Peak is one of the most scenic in the country. Check out the Sibebe Rock, Ngwena Glass village, where each item is handmade from 100% recycled glass and/or visit a vibrant local Swazi market on your way to the beautiful Ezulwini Valley where you will stay the night in the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary..

At Mlilwane Game Reserve tame birds and animals are free to come and go and wander through the camp ground. This sanctuary is a tranquil retreat and offers horse and bike trails, gamedrives, walks and bird viewing. Or open your lungs by climbing to the top of a mountain and looking out at infinity or swim in the mountain springs.

The Mlilwane Rest Camp is found in the southern corner of the reserve, in the midst of a well matured rehabilitated area. Tall indigenous trees, all grown from seed, now tower over the camp overlooking an artificially created wetland system, which is home to hippopotamus, crocodile and a variety of water birds including infrequent visiting fish eagles.

The camp is unfenced, yet relatively safe as only smaller species of wildlife occur in the Sanctuary. The camp is tranquil and relaxing with a continual stream of animals such as impala, warthog and ostrich too, walking between the facilities quietly tolerant of human presence.

Day 8 Hluhluwe/Bushbaby Lodge/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 250 km.

Back to South Africa and this time to Zululand a place of unspoilt beauty characterised by a pristine coastline, abundant forests, rolling green hills and zig zagging rivers. It is a world of rich natural diversity and enormous social contrasts, a place where modern lifestyles thrive adjacent to a culture steeped in traditions.

Tonight you will be staying at the Bushbaby Lodge in Hluhluwe in the heart of Elephant Coast. In a picturesque tropical garden under the shade of enormous indigenous trees with South African hospitality at its best. Treat yourself to traditional home cooking, or make use of the equipped communal kitchen and cater for  yourself. Enjoy leisurely walks while viewing the rich bird live and game of the area. This is a malaria area so please take precaution.

They are only 20 minutes away from the Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve which cannot be missed! As one of South Africa's most celebrated game parks, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is renowned for its variety of animal and bird life, its wide-ranging photography, and an extremely rich diversity of tree and plant communities. The game reserve offers visitors activities from self guided walks, auto-trails, game drives as well as picnic sites. Viewing hides overlook pans and waterholes enabling visitors to see animals at close range.

Day 9 Isimangaliso Wetland Park/Cape Vidal/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 50 km.

Today you only have a short drive so make the most of the extra time you have to explore the beautiful surroundings. Don't forget to buy your groceries and water for the night in St. Lucia village as there are no shops at your next peaceful stop over in Cape Vidal in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa's first World Heritage Site. The 332 000 hectare Park contains three major lake systems, eight interlinking ecosystems, 700 year old fishing traditions, most of South Africa's remaining swamp forests, Africa's largest estuarine system, 526 bird species and 25 000 year-old coastal dunes - among the highest in the world.

The name iSimangaliso means miracle and wonder, which aptly describes this unique place. In December the loggerhead and leatherback turtles come out of the sea to lay their eggs on the beaches. What more can we say?

Cape Vidal is a magnificent coastal resort set in a sheltered coastal bay with shallow pools and rock ledges for snorkelling, fishing, unspoiled beaches for walking and self-guided trails around the fascinating wetlands, in the rich coastal forest and on the shores of Lake Bhangazi. This iSimangaliso Wetland Park offers a mind-blowing range of natural systems, ranging from dune, swamp and coastal forests to rocky and sandy shores, coral reefs and submarine canyons, mangroves, savanna grassland, thickets, woodlands, and the largest protected wetland in southern Africa.

On the same day you could see hippos, crocodiles, buffalo, elephants, whales on their northerly migration to Mozambique to calve, loggerhead and leatherback turtles in summer as they come onto the beaches to lay their eggs, dolphins, and a variety of water, forest or grassland birds. In other words you will be spoilt by this unique piece of paradise and we trust you will indulge every moment.

Notes: Gate times: Summer (01 October - 31 March) 05:00 - 19:00. Winter (01 April - 30 September) 06:00 - 18:00.

Day 10 Salt Rock/Salt Rock Camp Ground/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 220 km.

Enjoy peace and quietness before you drive via the beautiful Dolphin Coast region with numerous resorts nestled along the coast. It is the frequent sighting of Bottlenose dolphins playing in the Indian ocean waves that has resulted this area being called "The Dolphin Coast".

The name Salt Rock originates from King Shaka's days when his handmaidens used to collect dried salt off the rocks at low tide. Near the main beach complete with lifeguards is also a large safe tidal pool. The beach also provides some good fishing spots and there are beautiful reefs off-shore which will give divers hours of enjoyment. If you love playing golf you have plenty opportunity in these stunning surroundings. Also a need for proper shopping can be fulfilled in the huge Gateway Mall close by.

Tonight you will stay at the Salt Rock Resort which is nestled amongst tropical palms on the golden shores of the warm and sparkling Indian Ocean. You will have all the modern facilities and can enjoy sundowners at the elevated sun terrace or for daily dolphin viewing and seasonal whale watching. Another beautiful day in Africa ....

Day 11 Winterton/Mountain Splendor Eco Resort/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 210 km.

After perhaps a quick dive in the rock tidal pool it is time to hit the road again and leave the coast for the impressive Drakensbergen mountains. Like to make an interesting stop think of visiting the Natal Sharks Board in Umhlanga Rocks. They are not only involved in preventing shark attacks but also plays a huge role in research on sharks, and supports and promotes the conservation of sharks.
Easiest is to take the highway towards Pietermaritzburg and once you passed it the traffic will become less and you can start enjoying the views of the scenic Kwa-Zulu Natal. The Northern and Central Drakensberg area has some of the most beautiful scenery that can be imagined.

Tonight you will be welcomed at the 4 star Mountain Splendor Eco Resort, a family owned resort situated on a farm with dramatic views directly facing the towering peaks of Champagne Castle, Cathkin Peak and Sterkhorn. These mountains are located in the Monks Cowl Reserve that forms part of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, a World Heritage Site. The Champagne Valley and surrounding areas have numerous activities and things to do that will keep you entertained throughout your stay.

Day 12 Royal Natal National Park/Mahai Camp/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 25 km.

Are you ready for your next spectacular night in the majestic Drakensbergen mountains? Tonight you will park your home at the Mahai Camp in the stunning Royal Natal National Park.

This park lies in the northern section of the Drakensbergen, in the green bowl of the famous Amphitheatre and with spectacular views of the tumbling Tugela Falls. Nestled among yellow wood forests and Protea savannah where, after a fierce summer thunderstorm, the rumble of the Thukela River can be heard below, you will be exposed to some of the most awe-inspiring mountain landscapes and hiking to be experienced in this area of flawless natural beauty.

Your home for tonight is a beautifully situated camp site nestled along the Mahai river with magnificent mountains forming the backdrop. Half the sites have electric plug points and barbecue stands, and the non-electrified section share barbecue facilities.All sites have shared coldwater taps. Mahai campsite is serviced by modern ablution blocks with hot baths and showers, flush toilets, laundry machines and dishwashing facilities.

Young boys selling local handicrafts near parks and on the road sides are a common site in the Drakensbergen. Most of these articles are made from Gashu, the weaving grass. This art form is passed from mother to daughter and the products made out of this make a beautiful present back home.

Notes: Gate times: Summer (01 October - 31 March) 05:00 - 19:00. Winter (01 April - 30 September) 06:00 - 18:00.

Day 13 Ladybrand/Little Rock Holiday Resort/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 265 km.

It is time to leave the impressive Drakensbergen mountains and drive towards Ladybrand in the Freestate.

Do have some coffee or tea in Clarens which is an artists haven with many well known artists either living in or frequenting the village on a regular basis with many art galleries and restaurants scattered around the village square. The town is also known for the many art and craft shops which will offer you a wide range of curios and original artwork. Another feature which adds to the picturesque atmosphere of the village is the many sandstone buildings.

The pretty town of Ladybrand, sometimes spoken of as a sleepy border town, is surrounded by the undulating hills of the eastern Free State, almost midway between the towns of Hobhouse and Ficksburg and situated 18 km from Maseru, the capital of Lesotho. If you like to experience another African country this is your chance!

The Little Rock Holiday Resort is picturesquely set in a small wooded valley surrounded by mountains, 3 minutes drive from Ladybrand town centre. The park is a popular venue with its central location and proximity to the town and all its amenities, as well as the other attractions of the newly developed Maloti Route (a route that straddles the borders of South Africa and Lesotho including parts of the Eastern Cape, Eastern Free State and the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg). Nature at its best offering good bird life, scenic walks through lovely quiet and peaceful shaded valleys with water streams and waterfalls. The ideal place for a braai or romantic picnic in the sandstone garden or for a sundowner at the cosy Ladies bar next to the pool. The owners offer you a 'home from home' with good clean facilities.

Day 14 Middelburg/Carochalet Camping/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 400 km.

Early rise today as you have a long and interesting drive ahead of you. Don't forget to stop at the Farm Stalls along the way to enjoy their homemade cakes, lunches and other local delicacies.
Surrounded by mountains in the heart of the Great Karoo, Middelburg is unique, yet similar to the average Karoo town. The area is recognised for its herbal plant life that grows naturally in the fields, and is also one of the few, and best, places in the world where fossil life has been discovered as well as San Rock Art in caves from the first known human inhabitants, the San Bushmen. Scenic beauty is the town's main asset, with open spaces, Karoo sunsets, star gazing, fresh air and snow-capped mountains during the winter months.

The Carochalet Camping is ideally located in Middelburg, situated between Colesberg and Graaff-Reinet on the N9, and is the ideal midway stopover between the bustling Gauteng and beautiful Cape Town, for travelling via the picturesque Garden Route. After such a long day driving you can relax, put your feet up or cool off in their swimming pool.

Day 15 Addo/Addo Elephant National Park/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 290 km.

Enjoy the sights of the pastoral way of life of the rural Xhosa communities who still graze their colourful Nguni cattle on her foothills today. Mild and temperate climate, the rolling grasslands and hills, unspoiled estuaries, malaria-free game reserves, and wildly beautiful coastline - these features all add to this region.

Today you are going to meet the mega herbivores in the Addo Elephant Park. The original elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only sixteen elephants remained in the area. Today this finely tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 550 elephants, lions, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species, as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo.

Hope you are ready to have close encounters with the gentle giants and enjoy their surroundings. The popular main rest camp of the park offers a wide variety of activities to keep you busy. A unique feature is the waterhole lookout point, floodlit at night, within the camp as well as the underground hide, allowing close encounters with wildlife at the waterhole. The caravan sites each have a 220v electricity supply point. You will need to provide their own international adaptors or two-point plug adaptors.

Day 16 Storms River/Storms River Mouth Camping/Caravan site 2 nights.
Distance: approx. 210 km.

The Garden Route takes a sweeping tour through a land of lushness and bountiful nature. The first 160 km from Port Elizabeth (an important harbour town) till Storms River isn't that interesting. Although if you are a surf fan you cannot miss Jeffrey's Bay, legendary among the world's surfing community.

A region of incredible beauty along the famous Garden Route, the Tsitsikamma National Park is an area of spectacular scenery and forms part of South African National Parks. Towering cliffs overlook the lush forest canopy below where Fynbos Heath and Proteas carpet the forest floor. Combining terrestrial, coastal or marine ecosystems, the park encompasses an 80km ecological mosaic of winding ravines along the coast between the rolling Tsitsikamma Mountains and the warm Indian Ocean.

You will have two nights in this paradise to explore and enjoy this serene beauty. Storms River Mouth Rest Camp nestles against the ocean, drinking in the surrounding area's fantastic forest walks and setting you on exciting marine and river adventures. If you need to burn some adreline don't forget to bungee jump of the Bloukrans River Bridge (125 m) above the river.
Facilities offered by the camp include a souvenir shop that also stocks basic commodities, an a la carte restaurant which also serves light refreshments, a laundromat and a swimming pool. Fuel is available at Storms River Bridge (±25 km from Storms River Rest Camp).

Notes: Gate time will be as follows as from 01 November 2010: Gate opening 06:00 am and closing times 22:00 pm due to restaurant service. Security service, starting 18:00 - leaving 07:00 in the morning. Late arrivals (after 18:00) may collect keys at entrance gates. Overnight guests arriving after 18:00 should call the resort on +27 42 2811 607 if late arrival is expected and keys maybe collected at the gate with security service.

Day 17 Wilderness/Ebb and Flow South Camping/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 130 km.

Tucked away in the Wilderness National Park, in the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains, Ebb and Flow Rest camp is known not only for its striking nature trails and thick woodlands but also for its famous inhabitants, the green and ruby-plumaged Knysna Turacos. Situated on the banks of the Touw River, the rest camp is made up of bright and pleasant forest camp sites that sprawl on a wide lawn under a canopy of trees.

Start early so you will have plenty of time to visit the vibrant coastal town 'Knysna'. No visit to Knysna is complete without a cruise to The Heads. This pair of huge, orange sandstone cliffs flank a deep, potentially treacherous channel through which the sea pours to flood the Knysna Lagoon. Or jump on the Paddle Cruiser which is the only paddle-driven vessel in South Africa and is a unique lunch venue in Knysna. It is the ideal opportunity to unwind and enjoy a cocktail, locally brewed beer from the legendary Mitchell's Brewery or a fine wine from an award-winning selection, while savouring fresh lagoon Knysna oysters. Rather stay at shore no problem as you can enjoy shopping, eating and drinking around the water front.

The small village Wilderness is renowned as much as for its natural beauty, vast stretches of beach, tranquility and calm seas, as it is for its tradition of hospitality, which began as far back as the late 1800's. It offers a rich diversity of attractions. Within the village are coffee shops, bistros and restaurants.

Have peaceful dreams ...

Day 18 Oudtshoorn/Kleinplaas/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 70 km.

Time for a change of scenery and this time in the Little (Klein) Karoo. This is the land of succulents, their thick, fleshy diversity unparalleled anywhere else in the world, peppered only by the odd bush and tree that gives the Karoo, at first glance, the appearance of arid, dry and very flat land devoid of living matter and given over to hot days and cold nights.

Herds of buffalo, elephant and kudu once dominated these plains only to be hunted or driven out by modern development. Today the mainly visible animal in the area is the ostrich, farmed for his meat, eggs and feathers, but stay a while and you'll hear the rustlings of the bat-eared fox, the suricate or meerkat and the common barking gecko.

You are on your way to Oudtshoorn with its unique and diverse architectural styles, much of which is attributed to the ostrich boom of the 1880s and early 1900s. It has a strong Afrikaans feel, tree-lined streets, shops and restaurants selling everything ostrich.

Not to be missed are The Cango Caves, just west of Oudtshoorn. They were discovered by a young Hottentot looking for missing cattle and extend underground for over two kilometres. Formed as a result of 20 million years of rainwater scouring and dissolving rock and limestone to form halls and passageways, the caves were declared a National Monument in 1938 and include the Wonder Cave that has some superb examples of drip stone formations and a resident bat population. Guided tours of an hour are available.

Or visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch, the endangered species breeding facility. The oldest and biggest cheetah contact centre world-wide offers the rare opportunity of interacting with their hand-reared cheetahs and getting actively involved in saving this species and others from extinction.
You will be staying at the Kleinplaas Holiday Resort which is situated within walking distance of local restaurants and curio shops, located near the outskirts of Oudtshoorn and on the main road leading to the Cango Caves. Their location is perfect for exploring Oudtshoorn and the Klein Karoo. You can jump in their swimming pool after the long day driving and have a braai. Amongst the trees and shade they offer large stands, level with grass and with electrical points.

Day 19 Swellendam/Kambati River Resort/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 200 km.

Ready for the Route 62, which is the tourist route in the Western and Eastern Cape that meanders between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth offering the shorter, scenic alternative to the N2 highway. You are on your way to Swellendam, a historic town dotted with old oaks and surrounded by rolling wheat country and mountains. The town, dating back to 1776, is the third oldest magisterial district in South Africa. It backs up against a spectacular ridge, part of the Langeberg Range. The centre of Swellendam has much to offer: lovely old Cape Dutch style buildings, excellent restaurants, shops, and arts & craft projects. The main sight in town is the excellent Drostdy Museum.

In the Klein Karoo, the land of ostriches, wild flowers and birds, the land of majestic sandstone mountains cleft by spectacular ravines, of vineyards and orchards, you will pass Calitzdorp. Take a walk down Queen Street, the oldest street in town, with its fine examples of Edwardian and Victorian architecture and don't miss the lovely stone church. The Hennie Cloete Nature Garden offers a lovely view of the town and a one-hour walk to view many of the succulents for which Calitzdorp is famous. You can visit the five wine cellars on the wine route: Boplaas, Die Krans, Calitzdorp Winery , Axe Hill and Withoek, which produce a variety of red, white and dessert wines as well as the famous port for which Calitzdorp is world renowned.

Ladismith serves as an extensive farming area with ideal climate for the production of quality fruit apricots, peaches, plums, nectarines and grapes. They produce a third of South Africas apricots! Ladismith also has two cheese factories, Ladismith Cheese Factory and Parmalat. The local Winery offers the wine lover a great selection of Towerkop wines. A variety of architectural styles can still be seen in the old building of the town: from neo Gothic to Victorian to the typical Ladismith style, square with round vents at the front.

You will stay at the Kambati River Resort, where the Riviersonderend and Breede Rivers meet. The campsite hosts grassed sites with electrical points. The sites are nestled peacefully under giant trees on the lush river banks. A new swimming pool and small shop facilities are also on offer for your convenience.

Close to Swellendam is the Bontebok National Park, part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, now heralded as a world heritage site, Bontebok National Park always offers something in bloom.The Park is proud to promote its achievements in biodiversity conservation, from the endangered fynbos veld type, coastal Renosterveld to the namesake bontebok!

It is also the largest youngberry growing area in the world, due mainly to the unique microclimate of the Hermitage valley just a few kilometres outside of Swellendam, and includes farms such as Wildebraam Liqueur farm, which offers liqueur tasting and a cellar tour.

Day 20-21 Kommetjie/Imhoff Park/Camping 2 nights.
Distance: approx. 230 km.

Two choices how to approach your next destination, Kommetjie. Either after Caledon follow the R43 towards Hermanus/Kleinmond. And enjoy the little coastal villages such as Betty's Bay and Pringle Bay. In this whole area you can enjoy the fynbos which is famous not only for the diversity and unusual composition of its plant species but also for the sheer beauty of many of its wild flowers. If you like to learn more visit the Harold Porter botanical gardens in Betty's Bay. Betty's Bay is also home to one of only three breeding colonies on the mainland in South Africa. The Jackass Penguin Colony at Stony Point can be viewed from the walk ways and it is very picturesque with crashing waves and a sea of black and white birds.

The incredible scenic ocean drive (R44) will take you towards Gordon's Bay and the highway (N2). With its sea-meets-mountain scenery the road is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the Western Cape, and has several lookout points and picnic spots along the way. Try to spot whales, dolphins and/or seals in front of Cape of Good Hope.

Or stay on the N2 highway and enjoy the Sir Lowry's Pass. It crosses the Hottentots-Holland mountain range between Grabouw and Somerset West. The summit of the pass is at 420m and will give you a fantastic view all the way to Cape Town. You will pass the Elgin Valley which has been known for almost a century for its famous fresh produce, most notably apples and pears. Do stop at the famous farmstalls at Houwhoek Inn and/or Peregrine and enjoy the local South African dishes such as bobotie or springbok pies!

Day 22 Camper depot Kaapstad

Today your camping holiday will come to an end. Please return your camper at the camper depot in Cape town before 16.00 pm today. We hope you had a fantastic holiday and wish you a safe flight home.

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Duration:

22 Days, 21 nights

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Daily or based on availability

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Camping sites with electricity or otherwise

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Based on self-catering

Price:

Per person based on double occupancy

Starting point:

Johannesburg or Cape Town

Endpoint:

Cape Town or Johannesburg

Malaria area:

Yes

Age:

All ages

Trip characteristics:

Relaxed, adventurous and wining and dining

Countries:

South Africa and Swaziland

Highlights:

Cape Town, Wine lands, Garden Route, Panorama Route, Swaziland, Kruger National Park

Visa required:

No

Including:
-
Reserved camping sites
(according to description or equivalent)
- Road map

Excluding:
-
Flights
- Travel and cancellation insurance
- Camper hire: book directly via www.camperspecialist.co.za
- Optional activities
- Cross-border fees, gratuities and entrance fees