24 days ‘all in 1’ camper trip ER 406

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Much of South Africa has a decent road network and boasts diverse topography, climate, culture, history and wildlife which makes self drive camper touring your ticket to explore this southern tip of an epic continent. It offers independence and flexible travel with the assurance that your accommodation, route and facilities have been tried and tested. With a lot of well situated caravan parks South African lends itself to impressive camper holidays. So come and enjoy this adventurous holiday where your accommodation has been booked beforehand so you can just drive your holiday home from the exciting Cape Town all the way to Johannesburg while experiencing the unique culture, history and nature of this fascinating country, we will lead you the way.

 

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24 days 'all in 1' camper trip ER 406

Itinerary:

Day 1 Simon's Town/Oatlands Holiday Village/Camping 1 night.

Welcome to South Africa. You can collect your camper van at the camper depot in Cape Town 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 Oatlands Holiday Village in Simon's Town on the majestic Cape peninsula overlooking False Bay. You will be close to Cape Town and the convenience of the city but yet far enough away to get that country feeling. The resort has all the modern facilities and you can enjoy a dip in their swimming pool while looking out over the Atlantic ocean.

Simon's Town is rich in history, character, atmosphere and warmth. Their neighbours are whales, penguins and seals with world heritage status bird life, fishing and the beauty of Table Mountain and Cape Point. You can wander around and enjoy a fresh 'fish and chips' in the harbour and/or visit the impressive Royal Navy museum. Ready to meet the African penguins, just go to Boulders Beach where they will be waiting for you.

There is lots to see and do while you are here so choose carefully. You can enjoy the drive along False Bay and visit the interesting little coastal villages like St. James and Kalk Bay.
St James is a quiet and quaint village, offering a selection of antique and boutique stores, seaside restaurants, bars and delis. Kalk Bay is a unique and original fishing village with views across Kalk Bay harbour and the Atlantic Ocean. The Main Street in Kalk Bay is lined by quaint antique dealers, boutique stores, fine restaurants and delis. The town was first inhabited in the seventeenth century by shipwrecked seamen and deserters.

Or visit Cape Point, a nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park; a declared Natural World Heritage Site of rich and varied flora and fauna; abounding with buck, baboons and Cape Mountain Zebra as well as over 250 species of birds. This makes Cape Point a nature enthusiast paradise. Rugged rocks and sheer cliffs towering more than 200 metres above the sea and cutting deep into the ocean provide a spectacular background for the parks' rich bio-diversity. In 1859 the first lighthouse was completed; it still stands at 249 metres above sea-level on the highest section of the peak and is now used as the centralised monitoring point for all the lighthouses on the coast of South Africa.

Day 2-3 Melkbosstrand/Ou Skip Holiday Resort/Camping 2 nights.
Distance: approx. 60 km.

Today you are going to experience a spectacular route towards your next destination in Melkbosstrand. You can drive towards Fish Hoek to Noordhoek and go onto the Chapman's Peak Drive which winds its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay on the Atlantic Coast. Chapman's Peak Drive is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world! The twists and curves in the road seem endless and it is a photographers dream. The drive offers stunning 180° views with many areas along the route where you can stop and take in the exquisite scenery or sit down for a relaxing picnic or enjoy a 'fish and chips' in the harbour of Hout Bay.

Keep hugging the coast and enjoy the trendy villages like Camps Bay, Clifton and Sea Point and if you have time visit the Waterfront in Cape Town on your way to your next holiday village.
The Ou Skip Holiday Resort  is situated 26 km from the centre of Cape Town, providing easy access to major attractions such as long white sandy beaches offering safe swimming as well as many exciting watersports, including windsurfing, kite surfing, paragliding and surfing at the famous Big Bay. Your site will be surrounded by trees and shrubs and they have all the modern facilities. Major shopping centres will be a 10 minutes drive, so stock up before you enter the resort.
From here you can start exploring Cape Town and surroundings:

Think of hopping on the 'hop on/hop off' bus and explore Cape Town in a relaxed way. Or visit Robben Island (you have to book this beforehand) and lies just a few kilometres from the glitzy Waterfront, it was "home" to Nelson Mandela for almost 20 years. The intention to silence anti-apartheid leaders by imprisoning them on Robben Island had the opposite effect and the island became a focal point for international resistance to the apartheid regime. Today it has become a symbol of freedom, the transformative power of forgiveness and a place of political pilgrimage.
An early morning visit to Table Mountain and enjoy the incredible views! Visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and if you do that on a Sunday in Summer check their sun downer concerts and take your picnic or book a wine tour and enjoy the surroundings of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek with lots of wine farms to visit. These are just a few of the highlights in this stunning area, so pick, choose and enjoy!

Day 4 Kleinmond/Kleinmond Caravan Park/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 110 km.

Today you don't have to drive far so you can enjoy a relaxing day. Lots of roads (N1/N2/R44) lead to Kleinmond so if you feel like enjoying the Winelands drive towards the famous gourmet capital Franschhoek and/or historic pretty Stellenbosch and let yourself by surprised by all the beauty along the way. Visit some wine farms, enjoy a picnic or tasting and indulge in the beautiful surroundings.
If you follow the R44 coastal road starting in Gordon's Bay you will experience another breathtaking marine drive and if you are here between June till December, look out for the whales and dolphins. Visit the quant little towns of Pringle Bay and/or enjoy the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens or Stoney Point where you can find the African penguins in Betty's Bay. Driving southeast on the N2 from Cape Town, you will climb the Hottentots Holland Mountains via Sir Lowry's Pass just after Somerset West. Fortunately, you have the luxury of a well-built highway, not like the early settlers who struggled over the mountain with ox and wagon. Enjoy a traditional 'springbok' pie in the Peregrine Farm Stall and/or traditional homemade products in the Houwhoek Farm Stall along the way.

Kleinmond has grown from a holiday destination to a vibrant town. Set between the Palmiet River and Kleinmond lagoon it offers the best of fresh and saltwater acitivities. It has beautiful  beaches, the main beach has Blue Flag status, wonderful hikes and walks as well as a stunning 18-hole golf course. Harbour Road is the place to be.  There are quaint shops, an art gallery, pottery and craft and interior stores and the seafood restaurants serve fresh fish and sushi. Visit the Rooisand nature reserve a few kilometers east of Kleinmond for wild horses and birdlife, go mountain biking or hiking in the Kogelberg nature reserve.

You will be staying at the Kleinmond Caravan Park. The campsite is situated between the sea and Kleinmond mountain. You are in the midst of the Western Cape nature.

Day 5 Swellendam/Kambati River Resort/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 160 km.

If you leave early enough you can enjoy the scenic route towards Swellendam via Hermanus and Stanford. Hermanus is built along the beautiful shores of Walker Bay and is the official whale watching capital of the world (between July and December). Hermanus is surrounded by majestic mountains, indigenous fynbos and spectacular natural beauty and you can also enjoy the local shops, market, terraces and delicious restaurants. Stanford is a historic little village east of the coastal town of Hermanus. The houses are full of character and many have been restored to their former glory.There are interesting little shops, art galleries and restaurants and on Saturdays the locals sell their produce at the organic market in the centre of town. Visit the Birkenhead micro-brewery for a unique beer tasting and lunch. Take children to the Klein River Cheese, a dairy farm 7 km outside Stanford.

From Stanford enjoy the rolling hills towards Swellendam. Swellendam is a lush town at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains. Many of the buildings in the oak lined streets are colonial and Swellendam is the third oldest town in South Africa. With a moderate temperature the gardens are green and luxuriant and walking through the streets of this town is a joy. The Buffeljachts Dam allows for much entertainment. Taking a sunset cruise on the sparkling water aboard a fully kitted-out double decker wooden raft is an unforgettable experience.

Only 6 km out of Swellendam you will find the Bontebok National Park which is a place of simplistic beauty and peaceful charm. The majestic Langeberg Mountains provide a picturesque backdrop for this park of colorful riches. The park is proud to promote its achievements in biodiversity conservation, from the endangered fynbos veld type, coastal Renosterveld to the namesake bontebok!

You can park your holiday home in the Kambati River Resort where the campsite hosts grassed sites with electrical points. The sites are nestled peacefully under giant trees on the lush river banks where the Riviersonderend and Breede Rivers meet, it is a fisherman's dream. It boasts the likes of Carp, Bass, Eel, Springer and Barber on a river, which is easily navigated by canoe.

Day 6 Oudtshoorn/Kleinplaas Holiday Resort/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 200 km.

Are you ready for the 'Route 62', the tourist route in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, that meanders between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn, the Langkloof and Port Elizabeth, offering the shorter, scenic alternative to the N2 highway.

What make Cape Route 62 really special, is the calm and peacefullness that it offers travellers. The route is safe so adventurers need not be concerned about their personal security. The people on Route 62 is another alluring attraction. They are friendly and eager to both assist and entertain passing travellers.

Barrydale is situated between two extremes. On the one side is the beautiful and fertile Tradouw Valley and on the other side you are faced with the stark and semi-arid Klein Karoo. These striking contrasts are experienced in a distance of 10km. Thirsty, hungry ... visit Ronnie's Sex Shop where you will be in for a pleasant surprise!

Ladismith 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. So a perfect town to stretch your legs and enjoy the history.

Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world. Here ostriches are found in great numbers and the region produces the best feathers, leather products and ostrich meat world wide. But the world's biggest bird is just one of the many attractions in this area of interesting contrasts. This unique position (being surrounded by mountains) means that every road into Oudtshoorn follows a dramatically picturesque pass or "poort" (portal)  whether you are entering the region from Port Elizabeth, the Garden Route, Cape Town or the hinterland with magnificent scenic drives through unspoilt areas of great natural beauty.

The Cango Caves are the oldest and one of the most popular attractions in this region. It is also one of the great natural wonders of the world. Several systems of spectacular limestone caverns have been discovered. The standard tour is an enchanting hour long journey through the first six chambers. Or visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch, the endangered species breeding facility. The oldest and biggest cheetah contact centre worldwide 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 (also a fine wine-producing region, with a variety of cultivars growing abundantly in the area). 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 7 Wilderness/Ebb and Flow South Camping/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 70 km.

Experience the impressive views in the Outeniqua mountain range on your way to Wilderness in the Garden Route.

Wilderness is renowned for its hospitality and the natural beauty of the surrounding area with its tranquil sea and beaches which stretch on forever. It is set between the Kaaimans River and the Goukama Nature Reserve, whilst being bordered by the Outeniqua Mountains.  
A great viewpoint is Dolphin Point which gives a magnificent view of the ocean for miles and was named after the number of dolphins which can be spotted from here on a regular basis as well as whales during the winter months which is their breeding season.

Wilderness also has a great number of craftsmen and women in the area. Their work is often for sale and you can pick up many bargains at the monthly craft markets, held in the middle and end of the month. Within the village are coffee shops, bistros and restaurants.

There is 2500 ha National Park with five rivers, five lakes, two estuaries and 18 km of coastline which ports many types of wildlife, in particular birds. Tucked away in this Wilderness National Park the 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. The facilities include a shop where basic commodities may be purchased; no restaurant or laundromat. The closest shops and restaurants are in the little seaside village of Wilderness. Portable barbeques are also available.

Your site is equiped with 220V power points (caravan plugs only - an adapter is required for normal three point plugs).

Day 8 Storms River/Storms River Mouth Camping/Caravan site 1 night.
Distance: approx. 130 km.

Trust you had a peaceful night and ready to drive towards Storms River. On your way you will pass Sedgefield with its unspoilt beaches. Little further the indigenous forests, fynbos, lakes, rivers, mountains and beautiful coastlines combined with a moderate climate make the Knysna area a natural Eden. The populare holiday town of Knysna is beautifully surrounded by lush forests, clear lakes and beautiful beaches. Here you can enjoy o.a some shopping in the artistic town centre or at the Waterfront, eat fresh oysters out of the Knysna lagoon and drink the locally brewed beer, Knysna reflects the finer things in life.

Arguably the most striking geological feature along the Garden Route are the The Heads in Knysna, these sandstone headlands flank the deep and sometimes treacherous channel which floods the Knysna lagoon. You can book a boat trip and experience them yourself.
Plettenberg Bay offers you miles of sweeping, unspoiled beaches, a dramatic rocky peninsula, intriguing lagoons and estuaries, towering indigenous forests and unpolluted rivers and ocean. The little bay's untouched indigenous trees, forest and beautiful unspoiled coastline has been jealously preserved at Nature's Valley.

Nestled in the great forests at the foot of the fabled Outeniqua mountains and Tsitsikamma mountains, the quaint hamlet of Storms River is teeming with birdlife, vast expanses of Cape flora, delicate eco-systems within wetlands and lagoons, gigantic trees and adrenaline pumping activities such as one of the world's highest bungee jump of the Bloukrans Bridge (125 m) and tree canopy tours.

The Tsitsikamma National Park, where you will be staying tonight, perched on a tumultuous Indian Ocean shore is one of South Africa's most dramatic protected areas, combining marine and land attractions. Its indigenous forests are a haven for birdlife. The heartland of the park stretches some 5 km to sea, protecting a wonderland of inter tidal life, reef and deep-sea fish. Dolphins frolic in the breakers, surfing and playing for the sheer joy of life, and the gentle giant of the ocean, the southern right whale visits here, coming inshore to breed. Within this natural beauty you can park your camper at the Storms River Mouth Camp.

There is a shop where souvenirs and basic commodities may be purchased, a a la carte restaurant, also serving light refreshments, a laundromat and an information desk. There are many activities in the area of the park, for which staying in the park is an excellent base.

Gate opening 06:00 am and closing times 22:00 pm due to restaurant service. Late arrivals (after 18:00) may collect keys at the entrance gate. Overnight guests arriving after 18:00 should call the camp on (042) 2811 607 - key may be picked up at the gate with the security service.

Day 9-10 Addo/Addo Elephant National Park/Camping 2 nights.
Distance: approx. 210 km.

Experiencing the Eastern Cape which is a region of great natural beauty, particularly the rugged cliffs, rough seas and dense green bush of the stretch known as the Wild Coast. Lying in Algoa Bay is Port Elizabeth, the largest city and an important harbour.

Now the third largest national park in South Africa, the malaria free Addo Elephant National Park has expanded to conserve a wide diversity of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. Stretching from the semi-arid karoo area in the north around Darlington Dam, over the rugged Zuurberg Mountains, through the Sundays River valley and south to the coast between Sundays River mouth and Bushman's river mouth, Addo covers about 180 000 hectares (444 700 acres) and includes the Bird and St Croix Island groups.

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 11 East London/Areena Riverside Resort/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 250 km.

An early start is required as you are having a longer trip ahead of you towards East London. The Eastern Cape is an interesting place to visit. Some of the country's most powerful political figures, like Steve Biko and Nelson Mandela, were born here and the capital city, Port Elizabeth, was a crucial center of the anti-apartheid movement.

You can choose between two routes: the fastest is via the N2 highway via the historical towns of Grahamstown and King William's Town or take the coastal regional R72 via Port Alfred.
A city that still manages to retain some of its old fashioned values blended with a dollop of laidback charm makes East London the gateway to the wild coast and the sunshine coast and the only river port in South Africa. East London is all about its long, white stretches of sandy beach that appeal to surfers, swimmers and sun worshippers alike. The beaches here are some of the finest in the world and a few, like Nahoon Reef, are a surfer's paradise and host to international surfing competitions.

You will be staying at the stunning Areena Riverside caravan park which has been voted Top Resort by the readers of Caravan and Outdoor magazine since 2004. Most sites are well grassed and shady, with more than half of the sites spread along 800m of river frontage. Each site has one 15-20 amp electrical outlet and a braai with a grid. Water taps and sparkling-clean ablution blocks are placed within easy reach from each site. Delicious meals are available from Areena Quays, the restaurant at the slipway if you don't feel like cooking tonight. There are loads of thrilling acitivities waiting for you so be in time!

Day 12-13 Port St. Johns/Cremorne Estate/Camping 2 nights.
Distance: approx. 50 km.

The Wild Coast is an incredible, unassuming combination of breath taking coastline, precipitous and craggy cliff faces, wild and desolate beaches, secluded bays and green rolling hills that rush headlong into deeply etched river valleys. Included in the Wild Coast is what used to be the Transkei, which, largely due to lack of infrastructure, past neglect, and the well over 200 kilometre coastline is virtually inaccessible to all but those prepared to hike it, or venture forth on horseback. The beauty of the coastline is interfered with by few, and aside from the odd collection of thatched rondavel huts, is virtually uninhabited.

Port St Johns is a small coastal town in South Africa known as the Jewel of the Wild Coast. It has escaped industrial development and is renowned for its unparalleled natural beauty and relaxed lifestyle. Port St Johns also offers a unique blend of cultural richness. The Xhosa culture, both traditional and modern, is always apparent. You will see a sangoma (traditional healer) strolling along in all his finery, hear the thumping sound of modern kwaito music from a furniture store, and dodge the ever-present voracious mini-bus taxies. This vibrant noise and colour is contrasted with some crumbling reminders of a colonial history.

Tonight you will be staying at the Cremorne riverside holiday resort on the banks of the Mighty Umzimvubu River, which offers grassed sites and run along the river's edge, all with electrical points. They have a wide variety of facilities to offer from fishing to scuba diving.

Day 14 Scottburgh/Scottburgh Caravan Park/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 210 km.

On your way to the Umdoni Coast with its magical stretch of sunny coastline of blue lagoons, countless bays and rocky promotories where the are breakers pounding, boiling and tumbling, before spreading themselves out like fine lace on golden sands. Inland lie the nature reserves and the area remains as mystical today as it did in the days of the Zulu forefathers.

The resort is only a 30 minutes drive south of Durban and Scottburgh Caravan Park is The One on the Beach. As a popular seaside resort, Scottburgh boasts water slides, mini golf, restaurants and shops all within walking distance of the resort. The caravan sites encompassing over one kilometer of un spoilt beach front offering spectacular sea views.

Day 15 Salt Rock/Salt Rock Camp Ground/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 120 km.

From the Umdoni Coast via the beautiful Dolphin Coast region with numerous resorts nestled along the coast to your next stop, Salt Rock. 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 16 St. Lucia Estuary/Sugarloaf Campsite/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 190 km.

The Elephant Coast stretches along the East Coast of Africa from the iMfolozi River in the South to the Mozambique border in the North. The highest volume of elephants, out side the Kruger Park, can be found in kwaZulu Natal.

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is 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. 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.

Tonight you will spend the night amongst this incredible beauty in the Sugarloaf Campsite in St. Lucia Estuary. St Lucia Estuary in The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park is the springboard for exploring the wonders of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park.  This vast and fascinating wetland area has some of the highest vegetated dunes in the world and many wildlife and bird species. Activities include fishing and boating, and game viewing.

A four kilometre self-guided trail leads through the coastal forest along the edge of the estuary and the Santa Lucia boat tour provides outstanding sightings of hippo and crocodile. The camp has shady sites, a swimming pool with a picnic facility and 24 hour entrance-gate control.

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

Day 17 Hluhluwe/Bushbaby Lodge/Camping 1 night.
Distance: 50 km.

A short hop to your next little paradise so you can say goodbye in peace to this incredible coast.
Back inland 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.

Visit along the way 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 18 Swaziland/Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 250 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.

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. Enjoy 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 19 Kruger Park/Berg-en-Dal Rest camp/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 170 km.

A beautiful and interesting drive ahead of you from one African country to the other.
The drive to Piggs Peak is one of the most scenic drive in Swaziland. 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 along the way.

The Matsamo Cultural village where you get to live just like the traditional Swazi in a custom-built 'hive' is a must. This is a traditional Swazi village where the colourful Matsamo people tend their cattle, cultivate their crops and produce beautiful crafts. You can leave Swaziland via the Jeppe's Reef border and enter the Kruger National Park via the Malelane border post.
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!

The park is home to the famous Big Five, the Little Five and the birding Big Six, in addition to a range of fauna and flora unique to the area. Although it is served by an extensive network of roads and rest camps, this infrastructure barely affects the natural wildness. 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.

Most animals are found throughout the park, but the frequency of sightings is determined by the topography and vegetation. Near the southern rivers, where you will be now, hippo, elephant, crocodile, buffalo and small herds of giraffe are often spotted.

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. And here you will be staying tonight. This camp is one of the few places in which one can regularly see the rare and beautiful wild dog, Africa's most endangered carnivore. So keep you camper van closed at night! You will find all the necessary facilities like a shop, restaurant and fuel station and you can have some adventure in the form of guided bush walks and game drives, all under the supervision of well informed and keen professional field guides or just jump in their swimming pool.

Day 20-21 Kruger Park/Skukuza Rest camp/Camping 2 nights.
Distance: approx. 60 km.

An exciting fascinating drive ahead of you towards your next destination. Have an early game drive and/or enjoy the hot midday hours by having a leisurely picnic at a water hole or in camp.

Skukuza 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 at this popular camp, as well as an extensive range of activities and facilities. If you love playing golf, you can do it here!
Besides the bigger animals, other attractions include Wild dog, a warthog population, vervet monkey (from which you should be careful to protect your possessions). Night time visits are made by genet, thick-tailed bush baby and fruit bat, while the river front of the camp offers an opportunity to look for hippopotamus and buffalo. Have a peaceful sleep under the stars!

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 22 Sabie/Merry Pebbles Resort/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 95 km.

Hope you enjoyed an extra early start with lots of wildlife to say goodbye to you! Today a day to leave early to experience South African nature, culture and history to its fullest outside the Kruger Park.  If you are a waterfall fan, you will be pleasantly surprised! There is so much to admire your last two days we will give you a short summary.

Tonight you will park your holiday home 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. Please know that they are best to be visited before midday because of the sun.

The 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.
You will be travelling the Panorama Route via the Drakensberg Escarpment, a spectacular cragged mountain range, which will give you breathtaking dramatic scenic views.

You can drive via Graskop, on the edge of the Escarpment, to Pilgrim's Rest, a historic village which uniqueness is vividly evident in its museums and historic sites. It was declared a National Monument in 1986 as a living memory of the early gold rush days in South Africa during the late 1800s, beginning 1900s.

Don't forget to visit Bourke's Luck Potholes. Essentially they're the result of decades of swirling eddies of water where the Treur River meets the Blyde River, the tumult of which has caused extensive water erosion over time. The result is a series of cylindrical rock sculptures that look as though they would be more comfortable on the moon.

A few highlights not to be missed are The Pinnacle Rock, an impressive rock formation, Jock's View and God's Window, two view points with amazing vistas and lots of souvenier sellers. At God's Window watch for the short trail leading to a point with good views over the lowveld, 1000m below.

Day 23 Pretoria/Monateng Safari Lodge/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 300 km.

We are taking you through the Mpumalanga province which captures the world's vision of Africa back to Pretoria. Endless bush velds,  the simmering haze above the hot plains, darting antelope and the thrilling site of the buffalo, elephant, rhino or leopard. Enjoy these landscapes while you can as closer to the cities these will become more monotonous and sun blazed.

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.

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.

Situated on a lush bushveld estate, the 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. Here you can relax and enjoy your last night under the African moon.

Day 24 Camper depot Johannesburg.

Today is the day you have to say goodbye to your holiday home. Please deliver your camper van before16.00 pm at the camper depot in Johannesburg. We hope you had a fantastic holiday and hope to see you again. Have a safe flight.

If you haven't booked a flight yet, please click here: flights
If you need a travel and cancellation insurance, please click here: travel insurance
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You can choose your own camper directly via www.camperspecialist.co.za or alternatively contact us via info@zuidafrikaspecialist.nl.

Duration:

24 Days, 23 nights

Departure:

Daily or based on availability

Accommodation:

Camping sites with electricity or otherwise

Care:

Based on self-catering

Price:

Per person based on double occupancy

Starting point:

Cape Town

Endpoint:

Johannesburg

Malaria area:

Yes

Age:

All ages

Trip characteristics:

Adventurous and active

Countries:

South Africa and Swaziland

Highlights:

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

Visa required:

No

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

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