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  • Explore Kruger National Park
  • Go on a scenic drive on Panorama Route
  • Live an authentic village life with a local family at Venda Village
  • Learn more about Zulu culture
Book this 16-day, self-guided trip through South Africa and experience the best the country has to offer. Visit some of South Africa's most important destinations and meet people of different cultures. Starting from Johannesburg, where you will get your rental car, this trip will take you through the Soutpansberg Mountains, Kruger National Park, Swaziland and St. Lucia before coming to an end in Cape Town.

From the respectful Venda of the far north to the communities of the southwest and from the colorful people of Swaziland to the proud Zulu nation, this trip will also give you the chance to meet people belonging to a variety of cultures.

Also included in the itinerary is a visit to Kruger National Park, where you will get the chance to sample the richness of South African wildlife. This tour comes to an end in Cape Town. For more details, please go through the itinerary below.
Eco lodge
Take the airport shuttle and head for your accommodation upon landing in Johannesburg.
Eco lodge
Meet our representative and go through the itinerary in detail. Transfer to the airport and pick your rental car up. Leave behind the city as you head for Dinokeng Game Reserve. Check into Kwalata Game Lodge, which is run by the local community.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Homestay
Head for an authentic, remote Venda village in the Limpopo province. You will be staying with one of the local families and get the chance to know more about their culture and tradition.

Upon arriving in the royal kraal, you will be welcomed by the village chief and the princess who will share with you the details of the village's history. Then you will be welcomed by the royal dancers. Check into your accommodation and get to know your host family before enjoying a traditional dinner and a storytelling session thereafter.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Homestay
You can hike up the mountain to get a birds-eye view of the village and the Nzhelele Dam before its time for breakfast. Meet the locals, engage with the community and see their arts and crafts. Enjoy a traditional lunch at the home of a local family.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping
It is time to say goodbye to your family and head for Kruger National Park. No trip is complete without travelling to this famous destination. With nearly 2 million hectares of unrivalled diversity, the world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. You can either explore the national park by your rental car or book a guided game drive with a park ranger (optional).
Camping
Spend your day driving through the national park and enjoying its wildlife.
Guest house
Head for Swaziland via the southwestern part of Kruger. Enjoy seeing a variety of natural landmarks while driving through the scenic Panorama Route.

Breathtaking views, plunging waterfalls, eagles flying above you and a rich history, quite literally, as it includes the gold rush years, are the kinds of things you better get used to when you drive through the Panorama Route.

'Guarded' by the small town of Graskop, this famous route is home to mountains, forests and canyons, most notably, the Blyde River Canyon, which is also the world’s largest green canyon.

The awe-inspiring Lisbon Falls, Berlin Falls and Mac Mac Falls are just a short drive away. As are scenic landmarks such as Wonder View, the Pinnacle, Bourke's Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and God’s Widndow, where you can walk in the thick, indigenous mist forest that stands amongst the clouds some 800m above Blyde River Canyon.

Bourke's Luck Potholes are an unusual geological formation and well worth the visit. These giant potholes formed at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur rivers and mark the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon.

While you’re there, why not add some historical romance to the mix? A short, 30-minute drive from Graskop will take you to the gold rush town of Pilgrim's Rest where you can relive the 1873 gold rush in surroundings of unparalleled beauty. You can even try your hand at panning for gold.
Camping
Visit the homeland of the colorful Swazi people! Check into the Shewula Mountain Camp, the first community eco-tourism project in Swaziland. Since it is fully owned and run by the community, all profits are shared by the community members.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping
Optional activities at the camp include cultural music and dance, and guided walks of the village and the surrounding areas. You will be dazzled by the gorgeous sunsets that you can see from here.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Eco lodge
Drive to St. Lucia. Enjoy the stunning natural beauty of this world heritage site.
Guest house
Head for Umhlanga, far and away the best beach destination in South Africa. You are free to explore this beach resort town on your own.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Guest house
Head for a Zulu village today. Get the chance to discover the fascinating history, culture and traditions of the Zulu nation in the Valley of Thousand Hills near Durban.

Included on the itinerary today is a visit to a traditional healer as well as a beadwork project where you can see as well as purchase the traditional beadwork made by the members of the tribe. Try some Zulu dishes for lunch and attend a Zulu concert.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Resort
Leave your car behind at the airport and fly to Cape Town. Our local representative will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation.

Cape Town is easy to explore on foot. However, Uber and meter taxis are plentiful and affordable.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Resort
You are free throughout the day today. Explore the city on your own and see some of its most important sights.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Resort
You are free throughout the day today. Explore the city on your own and see some of its most important sights.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Time to say goodbye to Cape Town and head home. We will drive you to the airport from your accommodation.
what’s included
  • Accommodation mentioned on the itinerary
  • Airport departure transfer
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Car rental
what's excluded
  • International as well as domestic flight tickets
  • Activities not mentioned in the 'What's Included' section and the itinerary
  • Gratuities
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 16 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Age Requirement 18 +
guiding method Self-guided/Independent
Starts/Ends Johannesberg, South Africa/ Cape Town, South Africa
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