South African 'love at first sight' in 20 days ER 410

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South Africa is a 'world in one country' which you can experience yourself in this exciting camper trip. We have mapped out this beautiful route from Johannesburg to Cape Town and the most beautiful camp sites have been reserved for you. You can enjoy the most beautiful nature, vibrant culture, exciting wildlife and lovely people along the way. The Kruger National Park, Panorama Route, Garden Route, Addo Elephant Park, Cape Town and its winelands are waiting for you and you also get the opportunity  to taste the atmosphere in Swaziland.

 

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South African 'love at first sight' in 20 days ER 410

Itinerary:

Day 1 Dullstroom/Elk Kloof Trout Farm/Camp site 1 night.

Distance: about 280 km.

Please come between 8 and 9 am to the depot in Johannesburg to collect your camper. After all the paperwork is finalized and instructions received, you can leave for your first destination. Today you will drive to Dullstroom in the Mpumalanga Province what  'the place where the sun rises " means and where the plateaus of the highveld begin their spectacular tumble onto the lowveld plains and the dramatic Drakensberg Escarpment. You won't see it yet in the beginning of the trip as it will be quite industrialized but stay patient, you will be rewarded.

This region is the ancestral home of the Southern Ndebele, famous for their love of colourful and symbolic decoration. Exquisite examples of geometrically patterned homes and intricate beadwork on women's costumes can be seen at the Botshabelo Mission near Fort Merensky, 13 km north of Middelburg.

The Drakensberg Mountains extend over the entire length of the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga and offer magnificent views. The rocky part in Mpumalanga, The Escarpment, extends over a distance of almost 320 km to the south. A bases for exploring the mountain range is the town Dullstroom, where you will spend the night. In this cool highlands gush numerous small streams that drain eastwards. All streams are rich in trout and fishing in this region is just as important as farming.

You can park your camper at the Elk Kloof Trout Farm where the trout fish waits for you. Recover here from your travel days and start preparing for your next camper adventure. Jump into a heated pool, have a walk or game drive or just enjoy the tranquility around you.

Day 2 Sabie/Merry Pebbles Resort/Camp site 1 night.

Distance: about 90 km.

On your way to Sabie you will pass the villages Waterval Boven and Waterval Onder, which lie at the edge of The Escarpment . Here you can enjoy your first waterfall, but do not worry there will be more to come! Visit the impressive Sudwala Caves, where you can admire the huge rooms with their bizarre stalactites over a distance of 500 m.

Sabie is a picturesque mountain village with her magnificent scenery of the vicinity and  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 perhaps. 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 Kruger National Park/Skukuza rest camp/Camp site 1 night

Distance: about 95 km.

Today is the day you are going to experience the famous Kruger National Park! The park is exceptionally rich in mammals and birds, and this, combined with the vegetation makes it one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The park has an extensive network of roads and camps but that isn't affecting nature. However, there are strict rules including the speed of 40/50 miles per hour.

The best times for spotting animals is early in the morning till 10 am and in the late afternoon. A quiet picnic at a water hole or in the camp is a good way to get through the hottest hours of the day.

Most animals live scattered throughout the park, but the amount and frequency of the observations to be determined is by the terrain and vegetation. In the rivers and waterholes in the south, where you are now, are often hippos, elephants, crocodiles, buffalo and giraffe herds seen.

Your overnight stay will be in the Skukuza camp site which is a village in itself and therefore has many facilities and activities on offer. Are you a golf fanatic then you can even hit a ball. The camp is very central and beautifully situated on the Sabi River, a great base for seeing the Big 5 and many birds. Nearby you will find some of the best ways to see wildlife, especially lions are much spotted. Take advantage of this and book a bush walk or game drive to be sure of being in the right place and right time!

Day 4 Kruger National Park/Berg en Dal rest camp/Camp site 1 night.

Distance: about 60 km.

You will enjoy your ride to the next camp spot not just by all the animals but also amazed at the beautiful scenery. Vegetated pieces are interspersed with large open spaces with trees such as the baobab tree interesting. Take your time and enjoy all the natural beauty around you.

Berg en Dal is located in the southwestern corner of the Kruger National Park, about 12 km from Malelane Gate. It is one of the newest camps and was built on the site of an earlier prehistoric settlement.

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 5 Swaziland/Nisela Safari Lodge/Camp site 1 night.

Distance: about 220 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.

The Swati are friendly, hospitable people. In addition, the country has a number of specific locations that are worth as the Ezulwini Valley, also called the valley of kings from which countless stalls carvings and other artistic today sold the area around the capital Mbabane is westernized but beyond life most people still very traditional in beads consisting of several mud huts grouped around a courtyard.

Located at the foot of the Lubombo mountain range in the heart of the Swaziland Lowveld is your next accommodation. Enjoy during this journey of breathtaking vistas and beautiful traditional Swaziland.

On the road (MR8) direction towards Golela, in Nsoko find the Nisela Safari Lodge in a game reserve, where ostriches, nyala, zebra, wildebeest, giraffes etc. roam freely. There are some lions for a breeding program and a reptile house. You can also enjoy a good restaurant if you do not feel like cooking yourself. Here you can park your camper and enjoy this fascinating African country.

Day 6 St. Lucia Estuary/Sugarloaf camp site/Camp site 1 night.

Distance: 150 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.

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 Camp site 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 7 Scottburgh/Scottburgh Caravan Park /Camp site 1 night.

Distance: about 310 km.

Enjoy the lush subtropical coast on your way to Scottburgh.

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.

One of the best scuba diving are available in Amanzimtoti (22 km south of Durban). Also located near excellent golf courses here.

Day 8-9 Coffee Bay/White Clay Resort/Camp site 2 nights.

Distance: about 290 km.

You will now experience the Eastern Cape where the sandy shores and serene lagoons are interspersed by high green hills with scattered huts and jagged rock formations, the traditional territory of the Xhosa people.

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 kilometer 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

Coffee Bay takes its name from a ship that sank off the coast here with coffee beans as cargo. These are washed and many spontaneous shot. You see a lot of wild coffee plants in this area!

Coffee Bay has beautiful sandy beaches edged with black rocks. Just off the coast lies a large rock where erosion in the center hole is worn and has now grown into a (local) known phenomenon and the impressive showcase of the Wild Coast, the "Hole in the Wall". The Xhosa name for this is esiKhaleni either "place of the sound". You can hike to the "Hole' in the Wall' which is an incredible walk with one of the (always present) children as a guide.

The next two nights you will park your camper at the White Clay Resort yielding 1.5 km south of Coffee Bay on the "Hole in the Wall" road between the rocks and some just 100 meters from its own private beach and the bay .The bay and private beach is ideal for fishing and swimming at low tide.

In the resort you will find a pub, curio shop and a restaurant with full view of the sea, specializing in seafood. Attractions in the surroundings are fantastic rock, surf and river fishing, deep sea charter boating, walking between the magnificent "Hole in the Wall" in the south and Mdumbi Beach in the north.

Day 10 East London/Nature's Rest/Camp site 1 night.

Distance: 200 km.

You are now driving through the rural areas of the fascinating traditional South Africa. You can occasionally witness a boy standing by the side of the road, wrapped in a blanket decorated with patterns and face covered with white clay. This is part of an initiation ceremony to achieve the status of a man.

East London was called Buffalo City a few years ago and is the geographic center of the Eastern Cape. It is a popular resort with wide beaches and is especially popular with surfers. You can also go diving (beginners to experienced divers) in coral reefs.

You will spend the night in Nature's Rest just outside East London where nature awaits you. The beautiful resort is located in a valley on the banks of a lagoon. You do not get bored at this resort, you can jump in a fresh rock pool or perhaps dive in the warm sea. Check out East London or just relax in your camper and enjoy a glass of wine.

Day 11 Addo/Addo Elephant Park/Camp site 1 night.

Distance: 250 km.

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 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 12 Tsitsikama/Storms River Mouth Camp/Camp site 1 night.

Distance: about 210 km.

Back on the road towards the Garden Route along the coast! There is not much to see on the road but if you are a real surf fan, stop in Jeffrey's Bay, which is a surfing mecca. Back on the N2 highway take exit Storms River Mouth/Tsitsikamma National Park. So do not turn to the village Storms River, which you first pass.

NOTE: Recently, the Tsitsikamma National Park and Wilderness National Park merged into 1 park. The new name is the Garden Route National Park. Probably not all boards have been replaced and is only the Tsitsikamma National Park indicated on the road signs.

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 have one night 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).

NOTE: 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. 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 13-14 Knysna/Woodbourne Resort/Camping 2 nights.

Distance: about 85 km.

A relatively short drive today to the lovely village of Knysna, so you can first enjoy a delicious breakfast in this beautiful park. At Dolphin's Point on the N2 just above Wilderness you can admire a breathtaking view over the coast.

You pass Sedgefield, a small coastal town with five beautiful beaches and several lakes. The Groenvlei lake, also called Lake Pleasant, is a natural freshwater lake and is also a protected bird sanctuary.

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.

Your next stop in the Woodbourne Resort is only a 5 minute walk from the Knysna Heads and from the center. Here you can park your camper under the beautiful Milkwood trees for the next two nights.

Day 15 Oudtshoorn/Kleinplaas Holiday Resort/Camp site 1 night.

Distance: about 110 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 16 Struisbaai/Struisbaai Caravan Park/Camping 1 night.

Distance: about 295 km.

You are on the famous Route 62 (the "Mountain Route) which will lead you through a series of fertile valleys and pretty villages with orchards as Calitzdorp, Ladysmith and Barrydale but also let you experience the dry, serene rural landscapes of the Little Karoo. Do not forget to stop and have a drink at Ronnies Sex Shop. This will be an unforgettable experience!

Calitzdorp is also known for its world famous port and you can admire the Victorian architecture. You pass the beautiful town of Swellendam, do visit this jewel of Cape Dutch architecture!

The small fishing village of Struisbaai has a 14 km long sandy beach, near Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of South Africa. Whitewashed houses form the atmosphere of the village. The name Struisbaai is given by Dutch sailors who saw ostriches walk on the beach.

At Cape Agulhas are numerous shipwrecks and the Ship Wreck Museum in Bredasdorp is composed by stranded wrecks around Cape Agulhas. The coastline has a rich marine life, whales, dolphins, seals and penguins inhabit the shoreline. Especially De Hoop Nature Reserve is an excellent area to spot the sea creatures. On the coast Arniston is a typical fishing village and the whitewashed fishermen's cottages give this village its character.

The Struisbaai Caravan Park which lies directly on the sea has an easy access to the beach walk. Here you get enough fresh air to enjoy sleeping under the African sky.

Day 17 Paarl/Mountain River Resort/Camp site 1 night.

Distance: about 180 km.

Time to explore the winelands.

A small charming spot along your way is Napier, between waving grain and green pastures. Founded in the early years of the 19th century, it still has the charm of the years around 1830. While driving through the village,  you can see just chickens or cows crossing the street. Especially artists feel attracted to this rural village. Your choice is to drive through Stanford, a cozy artistic town which is certainly worth further exploration. Do you like a beer, visit the local Birkenhead Brewery for a beer tasting.

Do you suddenly crave for a Dutch croquette, do not worry because at the beginning of Hermanus lies Grotto Beach with a beautiful long beach and a cozy terrace where you can enjoy a croquette. Drive further to get to the center of Hermanus, the largest coastal town in the Overberg region. Between June and November, you can come to enjoy the whales! These lovely gentle giants swim near the shore and remain in the bay. There are fantastic whale tours that you can book through us that are

You have two choices how to approach your next destination, Paarl, from here. Either follow the R43/44 towards 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 drive to 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. Have a pit stop at the Houw Hoek and/or Peregrine Farm Stall and enjoy their South African dishes such as bobotie and venison pies washed away with homemade Apple cider! definitely worth it!

Do you want to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Cape Winelands than you should drive through Stellenbosch towards Paarl. Do not forget to stop for a picnic or perhaps a wine tasting experience and buy some local wine for your 'sun downers later.

Stellenbosch is without doubt one of the prettiest little towns in the whole of South Africa. It is surrounded by mountains and vineyards and all the leafy oak trees that line the streets are the reason it was dubbed Eikestad or City of Oaks. Besides being a great place to indulge in some gourmet fare, Stellenbosch also retains much of its Dutch heritage. Take a tour and explore the town on foot to hear fascinating historical facts, learn more about original Dutch architecture and discover more about Stellenbosch's rich culture history. Being a student town there is always something to do and there are lots of restaurants, bars and interesting shops

Paarl proudly bears the title of the third-oldest town in South Africa. Standing tall on Paarl Mountain and celebrating the birth of Afrikaans is the Afrikaans Language Monument and just outside Paarl is Drakenstein Prison, where Nelson Mandela spent his last years of captivity and started his walk to freedom.

A trip down the 12-km long Main Road, the longest in the country, is a trip down memory lane. The buildings lining Main Road present a mosaic of the most superb examples of Cape Dutch, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco architecture.

The arboreal giants of Paarl, mainly oaks donated by Simon van der Stel, Governor of the Cape of Good Hope colony, provide shade on hot summer days. On the bank of the Berg River is an arboretum that boasts some 4000 trees representing about 700 indigenous and exotic species.

You can park your camper on the banks of the river in the Berg River Resort. From here you can get lost in the Cape Winelands. With its magnificent natural beauty, its rich cultural heritage and its world-renowned wines, the Winelands region is synonymous with all the best that the Cape has to offer. The excellent wines produced in this area are world-renowned. Join the winemaker on a tour of his cellar where the harvest is lovingly transformed into every wine lover's delight.

Day 18 Simon's Town/Oatlands Holiday Village/Camping 1 night.

Distance: about 80 km.

On your way to Simon's Town enjoy the drive along False Bay (R310) and visit the interesting little coastal villages like Kalk Bay and St. James.

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.

Situated in Simon's Town, on the majestic Cape peninsula you will be staying at the Oatlands Holiday Village overlooking False Bay onto the Mountains beyond. Close to Cape Town and the convenience of the city yet far enough away to get that country feeling. Oatlands gives you the freedom and informality of a clean, open setting as well as a village atmosphere, salty air and spectacular views. The Terraces 1 and 2 are prime caravan sites with electrical outlets. 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. 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 19 Melkbosstrand/Ou Skip Holiday Resort/Camping 1 night.

Distance: about 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 20 Cape Town/Camper depot

Enjoy your last day and please return your camper before 16.00 pm at the camper depot in Cape Town. We hope you had a wonderful holiday in South Africa and wish you a safe trip home.

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Duration:

20 Days, 19 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:

Active, nature and culture

Countries:

South Africa and Swaziland

Highlights:

Kruger National Park, Panorama Route, Elephant Coast, Wild Coast, Garden Route, Winelands, Karoo and Cape Town

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