$3255 per person
21 Days
More than 1
Minimum 10+

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK Experience South Africa

This tour takes us down the famous garden route, but off-the-beaten-track. From Cape town and Table Mountain to Bettie’s Bay, Kleinmond, Hermanus, Bredasdorp – the most southern town in Africa – to Cape Agulhas and surround.
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This tour takes us down the famous garden route, but off-the-beaten-track. From Cape town and Table Mountain to Bettie’s Bay, Kleinmond, Hermanus, Bredasdorp – the most southern town in Africa – to Cape Agulhas and surround.

What's included

Addo Elephant National Park , Cape Agulhus , Cape Town , Coffee Bay , Durban , Garden Route , Grahamstown , Hermanus , Johannesburg , Kruger National Park , Mozambique , Oribi Gorge , Oudtshoorn , South Africa , St. Lucia , Swaziland , Swellendam Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Johannesburg, South Africa
Return Location
Cape Town South Africa
Additional Information
Secure your seat: 10% Deposit to secure your seat Payment Option Available: Balance can be paid in instalments if required
Price includes
  • Accommodation in lodges
  • Assistance when you arrive and when you depart
  • Breakfasts
  • Entrance fees to parks and planned activities
  • Lunches
  • Overland transport
  • Suppers
Price does not include
  • Air transport
  • Any activity not on the agreed curriculum
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance
  • Extras and personal expenses

This tour takes us down the famous garden route, but off-the-beaten-track. From Cape town and Table Mountain to Bettie’s Bay, Kleinmond, Hermanus, Bredasdorp – the most southern town in Africa – to Cape Agulhas and surround.

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 5
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 15
  • Day 16
  • Day 18
  • Day 19
  • Day 20
  • Day 21
Day 1


We leave JHB and the hustle and bustle of city life behind at 7am making our way to the Kruger National Park or better known as the people’s park. It is a long drive that will take us along the Panorama Route where we will view South Africa’s biggest and deepest Canyon-Blyde River.We pass Pilgrim’s rest which was a flourishing mining town in 1873. Tinned roofs remind us of a gold rush era of days gone by. God’s Window gives us a view of the plains of the lowveld far below, further on is Wonderview, which also offers a majestic scene. Bourke’s Luck Potholes mark the start of the Blyde River Canyon. We pass the Three Rondavels which are three huge hut shaped rock outcrops, all this and more is a feast for any eye or lens.

Day 2

Kruger Park Viewing

This day is spent in the Kruger National Park with all it has to offer.  From early morning game drives to a visual feast of the best of both fauna and flora.

Day 3


We head on to Swaziland traveling South East where Hlane Royal National Park will be our home for the next two nights.  Here we will experience Africa by foot experiencing large wild herds close up.  We will set up camp here in order to experience the romance of the African sunrise and sunset.

Day 5


Approx 7 hours travel takes us to our Mozambique beach camp.  The seaside village of Ponta Malongane offers activities such as scuba diving and snorkelling. Long walks along the beach, a boat cruise on the Indian Ocean or just taking in the beauty of it all.

Day 7


We leave Mozambique and head on to Lake St Lucia Estuary.  This is about a five-hour drive to this World Heritage Site which is home to a large variety of birds and other animals.

Day 8


We leave behind isimangaliso Wetland Park and travel along the cane fields to Durban, the capital of Kwa Zulu Natal, where you can experience anything from the Zulu cultural centres of Shakaland and Dumuzuluto the Ushaka Marine world.  The Golden Mile beach front showcases the Indian Market offering an array of herbs, spices and traditional medicine.  Feast on a “Bunny Chow”

Day 10

Durban-Oribi Gorge

The Oribi Gorge canyon is cut by the Mzimkulwana river and one can walk across the 80m bridge which is 130m high and not for the faint hearted!  The swing is 165m . If that is too much opt for the nature reserve where the Oribi- after which the gorge was named can still be seen.

Day 11

Oribi Gorge-Coffee Bay

The coastline takes us past a variety of Beach resorts en route to Coffee Bay.  The sandstone and Shale natural arch known as the hole in the wall is one of the attractions.  The Hluleka Nature Reserve is a tropical paradise tucked away giving a surreal feeling of being on the beach surrounded by jungle.

Day 12

Coffee Bay-Grahamstown

Grahamstown is a step back in time as you explore the St Michael and St George Cathedrals.  The Albany Museum dates to 1855 sharing with us Natural Science and history.  The Observatory museum dates to 1848 giving us a glimpse of the Victorian period. Wander the streets enjoying bistro’s and coffee shops with freshly baked cakes daily.

Day 13


Addo Elephant National Park is our next stop.  Boasting the big 7 and has the largest breeding colony of the African Penguins.  Here you will encounter hundreds of elephants, descendants of the 11 that were saved here in 1931. Many antelope species, the aggressive black rhino and not forgetting the flightless dung beetle which is unique to the park.

We urge you to take advantage of the Game drives that are on offer

Day 15


Now for the most spectacular stretch of the Garden Route. After about four hours we will stop at the Tsitsikamma National Park which protects the land and sea, its name meaning clear water.  Explore the magnificence of the forests housing giant Yellowwood trees, followed by the beaches of the Indian Ocean.

This magnificent national park is home to many animals that can be seen.  Baboons turning over rocks and stones for their lunch, Monkeys in abundance and then to the sea for possible sightings or the southern right whale during their season. An array of activities is on offer to fill your day.

Day 16


Knysna is home to the seahorse named after the town.  The heads, a treacherous piece of ocean with strong currents offers a variety of underwater life and the Featherbed Nature Reserve all make this town a worthwhile stop, Mitchell’s Brewery started in 1983 is still going strong, wine tasting is another alternative.  Visit the Outeniqua Transport museum, the botanical gardens or a dairy farm in George,

Next stop, the Cango Caves which are approx. 150 000 years old.  Oudtshoorn, our destination is the ostrich capital of the world  Their feathers, leather, meat and eggs are farmed  Once a thriving industry at the turn of the 20th century, fortunately we are still able to visit the farms for a brief informative tour and visit the shops for that special take home curio.

Day 18


In Swellendam we will visit the Bontebok Nature Park which was established to preserve the bontebok.  The shipwreck museum is an unassuming treasure trove of relics Make time for the pottery studio and lavender farm.

Day 19

Swellendam-Cape Agulhus

Cape Agulhus is our next stop, the most southern tip of the African Continent is to be experienced by all.  Visit the lighthouse which was the third to be built in SA and is still operating.

Day 20

Cape Agulhus-Hermanus

Hermanus is our last coastal town with much to see and do.  A trip to the abalone farm, a visit to the Fernkloof Nature Reserve where there are many fynbos species which are indigenous to the area and lastly a walk up the Hoy’s koppie from where you will see the entire town  Whale and wine routes are also on offer.

Day 21

Hermanus-Cape Town

This being our last day takes us from Hermanus to Cape Town.  Breakfast in Hermanus or take a walk on the beach before we take the scenic bay route to Cape Town. Where our trip will come to an end

More about Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park is a diverse wildlife conservation park situated close to Port Elizabeth in South Africa and is one of the country's 19 national parks. It currently ranks third in size after Kruger National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.Wikipedia

More about Cape Agulhus

L'Agulhas is the most southern coastal village and holiday resort in Africa, located within the Cape Agulhas Municipal area at the southernmost tip of the African mainland. It is situated next to the town of Struisbaai and about 30 kilometres south of the regional centre of Bredasdorp. Wikipedia

More about Cape Town

Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum.

More about Coffee Bay

Coffee Bay is a small town situated on the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. It is located about 250 kilometres south of the city of Durban and has a population of 258 people.Wikipedia

More about Durban

Durban, a coastal city in eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, is known for its African, Indian and colonial influences. Refurbished for soccer’s 2010 World Cup, the seafront promenade runs from uShaka Marine World, a huge theme park with an aquarium, to the futuristic Moses Mabhida Stadium. The Durban Botanical Gardens showcases African plant species

More about Garden Route

The Garden Route is a 300-kilometre stretch of the south-western coast of South Africa which extends from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape. Wikipedia

More about Grahamstown

Makhanda is a town of about 70,000 people in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It is situated about 110 kilometres northeast of Port Elizabeth and 130 kilometres southwest of East London. Makhanda is the largest town in the Makana Local Municipality, and the seat of the municipal council. Wikipedia

More about Hermanus

Hermanus is a seaside town southeast of Cape Town, in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. It's known as a whale-watching destination. Beaches include Voëlklip Beach and the broad Grotto Beach, overlooking Walker Bay. The Old Harbour Museum is a site encompassing the old harbour, a fishermen’s village and the Whale House Museum. The latter has informative displays and a suspended skeleton of a whale.

More about Johannesburg

Johannesburg, South Africa's biggest city and capital of Gauteng province, began as a 19th-century gold-mining settlement. Its sprawling Soweto township was once home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Mandela’s former residence is now the Mandela House museum. Other Soweto museums that recount the struggle to end segregation include the somber Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill, a former prison complex.

More about Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park, in northeastern South Africa, is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. Its high density of wild animals includes the Big 5: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos. Hundreds of other mammals make their home here, as do diverse bird species such as vultures, eagles and storks. Mountains, bush plains and tropical forests are all part of the landscape.

More about Mozambique

Mozambique is a southern African nation whose long Indian Ocean coastline is dotted with popular beaches like Tofo, as well as offshore marine parks. In the Quirimbas Archipelago, a 250km stretch of coral islands, mangrove-covered Ibo Island has colonial-era ruins surviving from a period of Portuguese rule. The Bazaruto Archipelago farther south has reefs which protect rare marine life including dugongs.

More about Oribi Gorge

Oribi Gorge is a canyon in southern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, just west of Port Shepstone, which itself is 120 km south of Durban. Oribi Gorge, cut by the Mzimkulwana river, is the eastern gorge of two gorges that cut through the Oribi Flats (flat sugarcane farmlands) of KwaZulu-Natal. The western gorge was formed by the Mzimkulu river. The gorge is approximately 400 metres (1,300 ft) deep, and almost 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) wide at its widest.

More about Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn is a town in the Klein Karoo area of South Africa’s Western Cape. It’s known for its ostrich farms and rests along the Route 62 wine route. The central C.P. Nel Museum traces the ostrich-feather boom era and houses a working synagogue. The nearby Cango Wildlife Ranch is a conservation park offering animal petting. To the north, the Cango Caves are a 20-million-year-old network of limestone chambers.

More about South Africa

South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by several distinct ecosystems. Inland safari destination Kruger National Park is populated by big game. The Western Cape offers beaches, lush winelands around Stellenbosch and Paarl, craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, forest and lagoons along the Garden Route, and the city of Cape Town, beneath flat-topped Table Mountain.

More about St. Lucia

St Lucia is a settlement in Umkhanyakude District Municipality in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. The small town is mainly a hub for the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park. Wikipedia

More about Swaziland

Swaziland, a small, landlocked monarchy in southern Africa, is known for its wilderness reserves and festivals showcasing traditional Swazi culture. Marking its northeastern border with Mozambique and stretching down to South Africa, the Lebombo Mountains are a backdrop for Mlawula Nature Reserve’s many hiking trails. Nearby Hlane Royal National Park is home to diverse wildlife including lions, hippos and elephants.

More about Swellendam

Swellendam is the third oldest town in South Africa, a town with 17,537 inhabitants situated in the Western Cape province. The town has over 50 provincial heritage sites, most of them buildings of Cape Dutch architecture. Swellendam is situated on the N2, approximately 220 km from both Cape Town and George. Wikipedia
A bit more info on Overlanding

overland busAll overland vehicles are custom built to endure the unpredictable African roads and carry everything needed for the overland tour; including food, camping gear, tents, tables & chairs.

We have a range of camping and accommodated tours tailor made to suit your needs from, small to larger group tours to younger or older group tours, to suit your travel needs and budget.

Most tours require limited participation whereby travellers assist with pitching their own tents and helping out at meal times.

What should be in your bag for your trip?

A backpack is more compatible with the luggage compartment space under the carriage of the vehicle, Pack sensibly to ensure minimum hassle.  Keep in mind that you must keep a weight allowance for your curio shopping items to take home.  You are allowed a 20kg bag and a 5kg hand luggage allowance.

Wash & wear and reversable clothing items will make your life a lot easier as laundry facilities are often few and far between

This is the type of bag that is recommended

Not recommended

A few suggestions to help you pack
  • 3-4 short sleeved shirts or T-shirts
  • 2 pairs of trousers or 1 pair and 1 skirt – try not to pack jeans as they take a long time to dry
  • ¾ pants
  • 1 Warm sweater or fleece top
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 Tracksuit pants
  • 1 Light sweater or sweatshirt (can also be used as an additional pillow)
  • 1 Warm fleece top
  • Underwear and socks
  • 1 Hat/peak cap/bandana
  • 1 Gloves
  • 1 Scarf
  • 1 Water/wind-proof jacket
  • 1 pair of Boots or walking shoes

Should your trip include going to the Beach, remember to pack:

  • 1 Swimming Costume
  • 1 pair of Sunglasses
  • 1 Beach towel and/or sarong
  • 1 Pair of Sandals.

Your Toiletry bag should have the following:

  • All your personal toiletries,
  • Hand sanitiser/wipes
  • Tissues
  • Moisturiser

Sleepwear will include:

  • Pyjamas
  • Travel pillow & pillowcase
  • Sleeping Bag and a light blanket

Medication and items for your first aid kit:

  • Prescription medication
  • Anti-histamine cream or tablets
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Sunscreen (high factor) and lip balm
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Pain killers
  • Diarrhoea medication
  • Moisturiser
  • Dehydration salts
  • Elastoplasts
  • Insect repellent
  • Sterile dressings

Handy Optional Extras can include:

  • Water bottle
  • Book to read
  • Extra memory/film for your camera
  • Head torch
  • Zip-lock bags (medium sized for cameras, snacks, trash etc.)
  • Extra batteries
  • Travel power strip ( a compact three-plug unit that includes two USB connections. With just one wall plug you can charge five gadgets) Buy on Amazon
Pre-Departure Meeting

The pre-departure meeting is held at 18h00 the night before we depart.  This is to ensure that everything is in place to avoid any delays.

Quality and Protection

We are a SATSA member.  This means that SATSA is the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association and offers protection to international travellers against the possible loss of deposits (or monies paid) to a SATSA member (tour operator, car rental company, accommodation provider etc.), in case of liquidation. It is underwritten by Lombard Insurance and Lloyds of London.

SATSA is the driving force behind improving standards of tourism in South Africa, as offered by its various members.

“Should a SATSA member who is a South African tourism business operation, run into financial problems, the bonding scheme allows the client to claim back their deposit without having to prove in a court or to the liquidator whom or what was paid, but simply to produce the relevant documentation to SATSA.” – Michael Tatalias, CEO SATSA.

How to work out your financial requirements?

When working on your budget remember to include the following:

Basic Tour Cost:

  1. The complete Tour Price

Additional Tour Costs could include the following:

  1. International flights including your visas
  2. Your accommodation before and after the tour.
  3. Your Spending money, keeping in mind variations depending on chosen activities.
  4. Money for take home gifts for friends and family.
  5. Mad Money for the unforeseen expense.
  6. Should you wish to tip your guide and or crew members.

Visas are required by most travellers to Africa and determined based on your nationality (your passport). We recommend contacting the relevant African country Consulate / Embassy to check your requirements, as this information changes regularly.
Optional activities vary based on your chosen overland tour and your personal preference. It is best to work through the optional activities available on your chosen tour, tally-up your total and see how this fits into your budget. All optional activities are booked with your Tour Leader once you are on tour. Most can be paid in cash.

We offer semi-inclusive camping or accommodated tours, already including popular excursions available en-route.


To stay healthy on your trip be sure to take the right vaccinations for your trip to Africa

We advise an appointment with your local doctor (General Practitioner) for best advice on vaccines required for the countries you intend to visit. Remember the two most important ones are Yellow fever and Malaria.

Yellow Fever is required by law for all travellers entering into Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania. Having travelled in a yellow fever area, you may be required to show proof of your yellow fever vaccination upon returning to your home country.

Malaria is rife throughout Southern and East Africa, which is considered a high-risk area.

Your local General Practioner may also recommend either/or of the following vaccinations depending on the country to which you are travelling:  Tetanus, Typhoid, Rabies, Polio, Hepatitis A and B and Meningitis.

Remember the time line is four to six weeks prior to your departure.

Your Crew and Guides

Tour Crew

These are the people to tap for knowledge.  They almost know it all from history and culture to the local Fauna and Flora.

Most overland tours include two crew members (Driver and Tour Leader) working as a team managing tour finances, planning activities, preparing meals and ensuring that you safely experience Africa and all its offerings.

The Guides

The guides and crew are passionate and up to date with all relevant information.  Please feel free to ask and interact with them.

The Vehicle

Our overland vehicles are custom build to offer maximum comfort with extra-large windows for those unforgettable pics  as well as the ability to handle the rugged African terrain.

Adventure Travel Insurance

It is compulsory to have comprehensive adventure travel insurance, on all overland tours. We require your travel insurance details upon booking your vacation.

Make sure that you are covered for adrenaline sport and adventure activities should you wish to partake in any of them.  These include white-water rafting, sky diving and bungee jumping.

World Nomads Insurance offer adventure travel insurance and cancellation insurance. We recommend your travel insurance includes cancellation and curtailment insurance. The majority of tour departures are guaranteed (confirmed to depart) but in the unlikely event of a tour departure being cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, you would be protected.
For credit card insurance, we suggest you check the fine print to ensure you have adequate cover as credit card companies offer a standard option.

If you choose to use your credit card insurance, you will need to call your bank to obtain your policy details. This is how:
•    Phone your bank
•    Give them your Bank Card Number
•    Verify your account
•    You need to ask for the insurance company name
•    You need to ask for the policy number
•    Remember to keep the telephone number you dialled

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You will need a valid passport for all international travel. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after returning from your trip. In certain cases, foreign passport holders require entry, re-entry or departure permits and/or visas to enter a country.

Remember to contact the relevant authorities / embassies in good time to check and arrange the necessary permits and visas prior to your departure. Don’t trust websites (such as wikipedia) as information can be outdated

All travellers must be in possession of a valid onward/return air ticket or proof of other means of transport enabling the traveller to leave the country in which your tour terminates. Or else you must have proof of sufficient funds (e.g. credit card) enabling you to purchase an air ticket to leave the country.

Please note that your visas are your responsibility.

The contact details for the various embassies

Visit, for details and phone the nearest consulate for up to date information.

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Gardens of Africa (21 Days)

$3255 per person
21 Days
More than 1
Minimum 10+

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