27 days camper trip full of different African experiences ER 401

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If you are ready to explore three African countries with their amazing highlights while cruising in your own camper van, this will be the trip for you! The Kruger National Park, Addo Elephant Park, Garden Route, Wine lands, Cape Town, Lesotho and Swaziland are only a few of the amazing experiences you can have. Come and enjoy Africa.

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27 days camper trip full of different African experiences ER 401

Itinerary:

Day 1 Waterval Boven/Elangeni Resort/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 275 km.

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, your adventurous holiday can start!

Please leave as soon as you can as it will be a longer drive today. 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!
Along the way you can 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 battles have been fought 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 and 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 night will be in the Elangeni Resort which is situated on the banks of the Elands River, on the N4 between Waterval Boven and Nelspruit at the Sycamore turn-off. The resort is in a low risk malaria area and is the perfect breakaway to unspoilt nature.

Day 2 Kruger National Park/Berg-en-Dal Rest camp /Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 150 km.

Today you will experience the famous Kruger National Park, which is the second largest game reserve in Africa and the largest in South Africa. 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 3 Kruger National Park/Skukuza Rest camp/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 75 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!

Day 4 Kruger National Park/Satara Rest camp/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 95 km.

Further north in the open grassland of the region of the park will be your next stop, Satara Rest camp. The ambience of Satara camp recalls the mood of colonial Africa with red-roofed public buildings, thatched rondawels and neatly raked paths. It is the third biggest rest camp so again all facilities will be there for you.

Lion and leopard can be spotted in this part and large herds of zebra and wildebeest will also be seen. Night time residents on the camp's perimeter include spotted hyena, with fruit bat sonar and the chirp of cicada and cricket adding to the relaxing evening ambience. This will give you a true 'out of Africa' experience.

As this will be your last night in the Kruger Park please enjoy the farewell singing of the animals.

Day 5 Swadini/Forever Resorts/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 100 km.

Landlocked by the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and nestled amongst the Drakensberg peaks on the banks of the Blyde River, the Forever Resort is situated 35 kilometers from Hoedspruit in Mpumalanga. The Blyde dam boasts one of the world's largest active "Tufa" waterfalls. Welcome to another impressive part of South Africa.

Like to stretch your legs after arrival; don't worry there are hiking trails in the resort or you can just jump in their heated pool, play mini-golf or volleyball. Or enjoy an exclusive boat trip on the Blyde Dam and spot hippo, crocodile and the Tufa waterfall.

The Resort offers a restaurant, supermarket, laundry service and car wash!
Or visit the magnificent gorge which the Blyde River has carved through the mountains. Viewing sites have been created at several points. The canyon is dominated by three similarly shaped peaks, the Three Rondavels.

Day 6 Pilgrim's Rest/Royal Hotel/B&B 1 night.
Distance: approx. 80 km.

Today a day to leave early to experience South African nature, culture and history to its fullest. Are you a waterfall fan, you will be very lucky today! 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 which will be your overnight stop. 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 viewpoint 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.
Gold was discovered at tiny Pilgrim's Rest in 1873 and for 10 years the area buzzed with diggers. Tonight you will be staying in the Royal Hotel in this ready-made historical village where time stood still. Enjoy a good night's sleep and an African breakfast!

Day 7 Swaziland/Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 300 km.

Time to discover another African country! Huddled between Mozambique and South Africa is Africa's second smallest country, the kingdom of Swaziland.The country has a rich tribal tradition and colourful Swazi homesteads are scattered across the countryside. The most impressive route would be via Piggs Peak, Mbabane and Manzini, if you have  time.
Before you drive towards Swaziland, do visit Sabie, with its breathtaking nature scenes, spectacular water falls and pristine mountain streams. 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.
White River is a green, pleasant little town dating back to the days of the Anglo-Boer Wars and worth a short stop. Nelspruit is the provincial capital and sprawls along the Crocodile River Valley in the steamy, subtropical lowveld and makes a good stocking-up point before going into Swaziland. You can enter Swaziland via Bulembu, have your passport ready.

If you still have time try to check out the Piggs Peak, Sibebe Rock, Ngwena Glass village, where each item is handmade from 100% recycled glass and/or visit a vibrant local Swazi market.
You will be staying in the oldest and most visited Swazi park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. This Sanctuary is situated within easy reach of the popular Ezulwini and Malkerns tourism hubs. The Sanctuary is a tranquil retreat for the weary and a scenic family paradise. Allow your senses to take in the refreshing surroundings on horseback, mountain bikes, open Land Rover tours and foot trails. Open your lungs by climbing to the top of a mountain and looking out at infinity or swim in the mountain springs. Enjoy Swaziland!

Day 8/9 Sodwana Bay/KZN Camp site/Camping 2 nights.
Distance: approx. 85 km.

Today you will leave the beautiful interior and will drive towards the tropical coast to the incredible water world of St. Lucia. Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park is a phenomenal stretch of natural beauty, with a fabulously diverse mix of environments and wildlife. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and it starts in Sodwana Bay, where you will be staying the next 2 nights. Malaria precautions are necessary.

Sodwana Bay is all about sand, sea and silence. Renowned for biodiversity both above and below the ocean, Sodwana is made up of coastal forests and dunes as well as the protected wetlands of iSimangaliso, which host a variety of wildlife. The Ragged toothed sharks along Quarter Mile Reef can be seen in the summer months, when loggerhead and leatherback turtles also emerge onto beaches to nest. This little slice of paradise offers stunning coastal scenery, the world's most southerly coral reefs so fantastic for snorkelling and diving, hiking trails and some serious fishing.
You will be staying on a KZN camp site. Please be informed about all the activities you can do here.
Notes: Gate times: Summer (01 October - 31 March) 05:00 - 19:00. Winter (01 April - 30 September) 06:00 - 18:00.

Day 10 Hluhluwe/Hluhluwe Hilltop/Chalet 1 night.
Distance: approx. 220 km.

After having enjoyed this stunning tropical coast it is time to move on to the Hluhluwe Game Reserve which is situated in northern Zululand. This reserve was established on 30 April 1895 and is the oldest game reserve in Africa. The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is the only park in KwaZulu-Natal where the Big Five occur.

You will be staying in a self catering chalet. But not to worry, there is a restaurant, pub and shop on the premises. Do make the most of the natural surroundings, Hluhluwe offers a range of picnic sites and self-guided walks for guests, who can also enjoy self-drives, or game drives on open 4x4s. You can hike up to a number of secluded hides to view the game and birdlife of the park. Twice a day, a boat takes visitors on guided trips over Hluhluwe dam.

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

Day 11 Salt Rock/Salt Rock hotel/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 230 km.

The KwaZulu-Natal North Coast, also known as the Dolphin Coast, is one of the most popular holiday destinations for South Africans. It is the frequent sighting of bottlenose dolphins playing in the Indian ocean waves that has resulted in the area being called "The Dolphin Coast".  
 
The region is home to wonderful coastal holiday towns where the miles of beaches and summer sunshine are the recipe for the perfect holiday. The area has many beautiful swimming beaches, great waves for surfing, tidal pools and excellent fishing spots.

The small town of Salt Rock is situated north of Ballito and Shaka's Rock and is a very popular seaside holiday destination. Salt Rock shares a rich Zulu cultural history with its neighbour Shaka's Rock. Salt Rock's name dates back to the days of King Shaka, when his servants would collect dried salt at low tide for trade with the early settlers.

Salt Rock Resort is nestled amongst tropical palms on the golden shores of the warm and sparkling Indian Ocean. Like to play some golf, Salt Rock is surrounded by several world class golf courses. You can cater in or wine and dine at the hotel or the local restaurants all within walking distance. Enjoy your 'sundowner' at the end of a beautiful day on the terrace of the hotel.

Day 12/13 Drakensbergen/Garden Castle/Camping 2 nights - no powerpoints.
Distance: approx. 230 km.

After an early morning swim is it time to drive to the southern Drakenberg mountains. The southern Drakensberg lies a bit off the beaten tourist track and is not very well known. Here the nature lover finds alpine landscapes of dramatic beauty. Before you go onto the highway, have a drink In Umhlanga overlooking the Indian Ocean once more.

You have two choices how to get to your next destination after having passed KwaZulu-Natal's capital, Pietermaritzburg. The Garden Castle in the Southern Drakensberg which you can reach either by travelling the R103 (Midlands Meander) via Nottingham Road or over the southern access via Bulwer R617 (easier drive, but less scenic). Provision centres for the southern part of the Drakensberg are the towns of Underberg, Himeville and Bulwer. Himeville has an excellent museum which gives mainly information about the first white settlers who came here in the 1890s already.

The Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park which incorporates the beautiful Bushman's Nek Valley, is one of South Africa's prime eco-tourist destinations and a World Heritage Site. In this awesome mountain range you can savour the ultimate freedom of great open spaces in a world of gigantic peaks and buttresses, of towering sandstone cliffs and hidden valleys, virgin forests and crystal clear rivers. The diverse scenic splendour includes the famous Amphitheatre at Royal Natal and the magnificent southern Drakensberg scenery at Cobham and Lotheni. This park is home to black eagle, bearded vulture and herds of eland, besides the priceless legacy of many other indigenous plants and animals.

Young boys selling local handicrafts near parks, resorts, and on the roadsides are a common site in Drakensberg. 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.

The camp site is conveniently situated in close proximity to the major hiking routes as well as the reserve office and shop, where curios and basic food stuff can be purchased.  Please note that the reserve has no power points and you are required to supply your own gas lighting. A gas freezer is available in the camp site. The picnic sites in the day visitor area also have bbq facilities and are available for the making of fires. Back to nature .. enjoy the stars!

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

Day 14 Sani Pass/Sani Top Chalets/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 60 km.

Ready to discover the third African country within your holiday! Lesotho, Southern Africa's kingdom in the sky, is a stunningly beautiful, mountainous country, nestled island-like in the middle of South Africa. The infrastructure is not the greatest but the scenery will make up for that.

The highlight of the southern Drakensberg is the Sani Pass. It's the highest pass-road in South Africa and leads all along the upper Mkomazana River up to the border with Lesotho (2874 metres above sea-level). One frequently comes across people from Lesotho on their donkeys. Particularly the last part of the untarred stretch (behind the South African border post) is extremely steep and rocky and can only be managed with a four-wheel drive vehicle. But the breathtaking view of the rugged alpine landscape is a memorable reward. It is highly recommended to cross the border, because on the Lesotho side there is a little restaurant and a Basotho village. The border is open daily between 8.00 am and 4.00 pm.

Sani Top Chalet is perched on the border between South Africa and Lesotho at 2874m above sea level. It has been described as one of the best-situated hotels on earth. It is the only accommodation you will find along the Drakensberg escarpment, and it is also home to the highest pub in Africa, so enjoy your drink after this exciting drive!

Day 15 Lesotho/New Oxbow Lodge/B&B 1 night.
Distance: approx. 150 km.

After a good sleep in the high fresh air it is time to explore more of this little paradise. In the tranquility of one of the most beautiful settings in Southern Africa, lies the Drakensburg Mountain Range. Located high in this magnificent range is the home of New Oxbow Lodge, where you will enjoy a warm bed and home made breakfast. The name OXBOW, comes from the shape of a mountain nearby that resembles the bow of an ox, and also the river nearby that flows in an oxbow.

The lodge is reached via the glorious Moteng Pass which tops out at 2800 meters and then descends to the lodge in a valley 8km from the summit, on the banks of the Malibamatsoe river. The road is tarred all the way and accessible by car, and takes the traveller through some of the most breathtaking scenery. Space and peace are what you will find when you treat yourself to the natural splendour of this award winning lodge. An energetic walk to the top of the mountain will give you views that you can only dream of and if it's warm enough take a dip in the pure rock pools.

The altitude of 2700mm results in an extreme and bracing climate. The alpine cold ensures snow in winter, and on occasion, in summer. The lowest recorded temperature has been -27 degree Celsius! Lesotho is one of a few places in Africa were snow skiing is possible. Log fires at the lodge run the whole year round. The lodge has a little curio shop which sells a variety of products. Local craftswomen bring their beaded jewellery to the lodge to sell. There is also good selection of sweets, chips, biltong, dried fruit, nuts, torches, batteries, stickers, general medicine etc.

Day 16 Malealea/Malealea Lodge and Pony Trek/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 250 km.

After your home made breakfast you can jump in your camper van and drive to your last stop in Lesotho, a world without fences. Breathtaking scenery abounds and every season has unique attractions. Malealea is situated in a remote part of Western Lesotho that is breathtaking in its beauty. This is a chance to experience traditional Basotho life.

About 25 km east of Maseru, the capital, is the famed and flat-topped Thaba Bosiu (Mountain at Night), where King Moshoeshoe the Great established his mountain stronghold in 1824. It is regarded as the birth place of the Basotho nation. Or visit Roma, nestled amid sandstone cliffs about 35 km southeast of Maseru. It was established in the 1860s as a mission town and now home to the only university in the country.

Malealea Lodge is run by the owners, the Jones family. They are credited with more local knowledge than anyone, so fire away with your questions. Various Basotho children's choirs and a local Basotho music band using their local homemade instruments will entertain you in the evenings around a campfire.

A generator powers Malealea' electricity. The lights go on at 6:00 pm and go off at 10:00 pm, so bring torches. There is a shop and bar on site for basic food supplies. Home cooked meals are served at the Lodge in case you don't want to cook yourself.

Day 17 Cradock/Mountain Zebra Camping/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 390 km.

Today you will have a long drive ahead of you. You can leave Lesotho via Wepener and drive towards the Eastern Cape province. The Eastern Cape is frontier country. It was here that white settlers made contact with large black communities for the first time. It is an area where savannah bushveld and thornveld alternate with lush grasslands. It is homeland to the Xhosa tribe with their colourful rondawels.

You are on your way to the Mountain Zebra National Park. This national park, 30 km west of Craddock, is on the northern slopes of the Bankberg Range (2000m) and has superb views over the Karoo. The park protects one of the rarest animals in the world, the mountain zebra.
The farmer's town Cradock was founded in 1814 as a frontier stronghold, the town is an important agricultural centre with traditional Karoo hospitality and is also close to natural sulphur springs, in case you have time!

Facilities at your camp include a fully licensed a la carte restaurant, curio and basic commodities shop, swimming pool, petrol and diesel fuel pumps, and picnic and barbecue facilities. Want some action then enjoy guided game drives, hiking trails, self drive excursions and tours of local San rock art areas.

Day 18 Port Elizabeth/Addo Elephant Park/Caravan site 1 night.
Distance: approx. 190 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.

Addo Elephant National Park has a restaurant, shop and swimming pool. Shady caravan and camping sites with power points and communal facilities are availabe, as well as a picnic area. Activities in the park include the PPC/Discovery Trail, which meanders through Addo's interesting vegetation.

Day 19/20 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 21 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 Restcamp 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 22/23 Oudtshoorn /Kleinplaas/Camping 2 nights.
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. 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 for 2 nights at the Kleinplaas Holiday Resort just outside Oudtshoorn. They offer 4 star caravan stands with facilities such as a swimming pool and a restaurant. Just put your feet up and relax.

Day 24 Stellenbosch/Mountain Breeze Holiday Caravan Resort/Camping 1 night.
Distance: approx. 375 km.

Do you smell the grapes already? Jump in your camper van and hurry to the Western Cape. Lots to see and do along the way. Have a short stop in Swellendam, which is known as the historic heart of the Overberg region.

Two choices how to approach your next destination close to Stellenbosch. 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!

After Somerset West towards Stellenbosch you can spot more and more wine farms in their beautiful surroundings. Hope you have time to have a tasting and/or buy a few bottles for your sundowners tonight.

Look out for a farm stall named Mooiberge on your right hand side with lots of scarecrows and signposts for strawberries. Move over to the right hand lane and look out for the next farm stall called Mountain Breeze Farm Stall & Restaurant. Turn right through the white pillars and immediately turn right. Mountain Breeze Holiday Caravan Resort has large shady sites with 20 amp power points. There are spotless ablutions with laundry facilities and all amenities and recreation activities.

Day 25/26/27 Kommetjie/Imhoff Park/Caravan site 3 nights.
Distance: approx. 65 km.

In the last days of your holiday there will still lots to see and do in and around Cape Town, so highlight your priorities. We will give you a few suggestions ..
You cannot give Stellenbosch a miss before you are on your way to Kommetjie. It is the second oldest town in South Africa and one of the best preserved. Full of architectural gems and shaded by enormous oak trees, there are several interesting museums and lots of restaurants, terraces and shops. Taste this unique student town.

You can enjoy the incredible beach road via Muizenberg which starts close to the township Khayelitsha. Khayelitsha is a mix of old and new, formal and informal and affluent and poor. There are housing projects which are continuously on the go. The residents are warm, friendly and welcoming. The population harbours an untapped wealth of artists and craftsmen, actors and musicians. Tools of the trade are extremely innovative. There is a strong community spirit and once you are welcomed into the community, you become part of an extended family, which is an honour. You can always book an official tour and meet these incredible people.

This impressive drive will lead you to the attractive coastal villages such as Kalk Bay and Simon's Town. Enjoy the attractive fishing harbour and arty shops in Kalkbay. In Simon's Town you can enjoy a delicious 'fish and chips' in the harbour and visit the Royal Navy Museum. If you missed the penguins in Betty's Bay you can see them at Boulders Beach, 3 km out of Simon's Town.

The next three nights you will spend in the historical coastal town of Kommetjie, which is reached via Fish Hoek, or from Ou Kaapse Weg over the mountain, or along the scenic west coast route along the famous scenic Chapman's Peak Drive.

You will stay at the 3 star Imhoff Park. The resort fronts on two of the Capes finest unspoiled beaches, Long Beach, renowned for its surfing and the expansive Noordhoek Beach. All the stands have 15 amp electricity and built-in braai facilities (grids not supplied). Stands are separated by strategically planted trees, shrubs and islands of fynbos.

From here you can start exploring:
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 just a few kilometers 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.

Drive to Hout Bay and Camps Bay and enjoy the scenery ... have a sundowner cocktail in Camps Bay and feel the vibrant atmosphere. Of course visiting Cape of Good Hope is a must and either book a wine tour or enjoy the surroundings of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschoek yourself with lots of wine farms to visit. These are just a few of the highlights in this stunning area .. so pick, choose and enjoy!

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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:

27 Days, 26 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:

Johannesburg

Endpoint:

Cape Town

Malaria area:

Yes

Age:

All ages

Trip characteristics:

Adventurous, nature, culture and wining and dining

Countries:

South Africa and Swaziland

Highlights:

Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route, Kruger National Park, Panorama Route and Swaziland

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, gratuities and entrance fees