Südafrika Overland Explorer

18 Tage
Von Johannesburg nach Kapstadt

Eine Welt in einem Land Foto: (c) South African Tourism

Südafrikas Höhepunkte in einer Tour: In 18 Tagen von Johannesburg nach Kapstadt

Südafrika - ein Paradies mit atemberaubenden Landschaften, großartiger Tierwelt und unterschiedlichsten Bevölkerungsgruppen. Machen Sie sich mit uns auf den Weg zu einigen der schönsten Plätze des Landes. Unsere Reise führt Sie dabei quer durch Südafrika und die südafrikanische Kultur.

Sie sehen spektakuläre Naturwunder wie den Blyde River Canyon, gehen im berühmten Krüger-Nationalpark auf Fotosafari und erkunden turbulente Städte wie Durban und Kapstadt. Oft verlassen Sie dabei auch die bekannten Pfade, um die Gegend abseits der Touristenwege zu erkunden. Denn in Südafrika gibt es immer noch viel zu entdecken.

Übernachtet wird meistens in Gästehäusern und einfachen Lodges, aber zuweilen auch auf Campingplätzen. Das verlangt von allen Teilnehmern eine gewisse Fitness und Flexibilität – der Overland-Explorer ist keine Reise für 5-Star-Luxus-Touristen.

Highlights:

  • Safari zu Fuß
  • Pirschfahrten im offenen Geländewagen
  • Wildreservate / Nationalparks
  • Krüger Nationalpark
  • Zululand Wildreservat
  • Drakensberge
  • Königreich Swaziland
  • Weingut am Kap
  • Afrikanische Kultur
  • Gartenroute
  • Wanderung an der Küste
  • Kapstadt
  • Wanderung auf den Tafelberg
  • Unberührte Strände
  • Felsmalereien der San
  • Nelson Mandela Denkmal

Wichtige Informationen

Diese Reise beinhaltet einige Wanderungen. Die Mitnahme eines kleinen Rucksacks für Tagesverpflegung, Wasser etc. ist empfehlenswert. Für die Regionen Bushveld / Krüger-Nationalpark wird Malaria-Prophylaxe empfohlen.

Termine

Die Tour startet jeden Dienstag ab Johannesburg.

Preise und Leistungen

Preise:

Reisezeitraum Pro Person im
Doppelzimmer
Einzelzimmerzuschlag
2017 € 1.845,- Eine Übernachtung im Einzelzimmer ist nicht möglich.
Alleinreisende können ohne Aufpreis
ein halbes Doppelzimmer buchen.

Eingeschlossene Leistungen:

  • Die Reise im Safaritruck von Johannesburg nach Kapstadt, mit allen Ausflügen und Aktivitäten wie im Programm beschrieben. Eintrittsgelder – wo nötig – eingeschlossen
  • Übernachtungen in den genannten Unterkünften. Unterbringung erfolgt in Doppelzimmern
  • Verpflegung: Zehn Tage Vollpension, fünf Tage Halbpension, drei Tage Frühstück
  • Englischsprachige Reiseleitung durch einen ausgebildeten und registrierten Field Guide

Nicht eingeschlossen sind:

  • Anreise nach Johannesburg und Rückreise von Kapstadt
  • Zusätzliche Mahlzeiten, Getränke und alle persönlichen Auslagen, z.B. Trinkgelder
  • Reiseversicherungen, über die wir mit der Teilnahmebestätigung ausführlich informieren

Reiseverlauf

Vorbemerkung: Die Reisegruppen sind international zusammengesetzt, Toursprache und Reiseleitung sind Englisch. Deshalb sind sowohl der Katalog als auch die hier aufgeführten Reiseverläufe in englischer Sprache abgefasst.

DAY 1: JHB - BUSH LODGE

Departing from the GREENFIRE LODGE JOHANNESBURG at 06h30 we set off on the scenic road to Mpumalanga. We will travel past Pretoria (one of the 3 Capitals of SA) and past various fields of produce. A brunch stop in the historic Dullstroom will be enjoyed before we wind our way down the Drakensberg escarpment and into the untamed Lowveld. The next two nights will be spent at our well-appointed GREENFIRE BUSH LODGE which is situated in a private reserve within the greater Kruger National Park, an area where animals roam naturally and unrestricted. The tented Lodge blends into the bush and offers comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, a refreshing splash pool, and stunning views over the surrounding wilderness. Dinner tonight is cooked in the traditional manner over an open fire.

Dinner

DAY 2: BUSH LODGE

Foto: (c) South African Tourism As is custom in the bush, we start the day with coffee and rusks before embarking on a game walk. Although we will walk for some three hours, the purpose is not to cover distance but rather to search for animals and in so doing, to learn more about the ways of the bush. A Drifters guide and / or tracker lead all walks. Before the heat of the day, we return to the Lodge for a sumptuous brunch after which it’s time to relax around the Lodge and to enjoy the serenity of the surrounding wilderness. In the afternoon we conduct an open vehicle game drive which develops into an extensive night drive all the time searching for animals. Being in the bush at night provides us with the opportunity of viewing nocturnal animals. This evening we enjoy a hearty bush “braai” cooked on an open fire. Fall asleep to the sounds of the wild.

Brunch / Dinner

DAY 3: PANORAMA ROUTE - HAZYVIEW

Rising with the African sun, we will enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting off to explore the highlights of the Panorama Route. Our first stop will be to view the impressive Blyde River Canyon, then on to Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Gods Window, and the cosy little town of Graskop where we will enjoy an own expense lunch. This afternoon we descend the Kowyn Pass and after a full day, we make our way to the GREENFIRE LODGE HAZYVIEW, a log cabin built spectacularly on stilts in the indigenous forest on the banks of the Sabie river – we will spend two nights here.

Breakfast / Dinner

DAY 4: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

An early start, we depart at sunrise and travel the short distance to enter the southern sector of the Kruger National Park for a full day of game viewing. Slowly traversing in search of the many animals that inhabit this area, we enjoy the high vantage point and comfort of our well-equipped vehicle. Our guide will take time to explain the behaviour of the animals we see in this fascinating environment. Although most of the day will be spent game viewing, we will stop at various designated sites to stretch our legs, to enjoy Brunch, and to wander around one of the Parks rest camps. Late this afternoon we exit the Park and return to the comfort of our GREENFIRE LODGE HAZYVIEW.

Brunch / Dinner

DAY 5: SWAZILAND - ZULULAND

Foto: (c) South African Tourism Traveling south we make our way to the Swaziland border and after completing the formalities we pass through the Kingdom of the Swazi. Our journey today takes us into an area of spectacular scenery and past numerous traditional homesteads surrounded by vast fields of sugarcane. Our visit will afford us a glimpse into the life of the Swazi people. In the late afternoon we return to South Africa and enter Zululand - the region once ruled by the revered Shaka, “King of the Zulu’s”. This is an area of Game Reserves and impressive landscapes. We spend the next two nights at a bush lodge in Zululand surrounded by breath-taking views.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 6: ZULULAND

We spend the day enjoying a game experience in a renowned Game Reserve. The reserves in this area are lush and offer protection to a variety of indigenous animals including Black and White Rhino. Our game experience will allow us to appreciate the fauna and flora of the Zulu Kingdom. Return to our accommodation for the night.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 7 – 8: DRAKENSBERG

Traveling inland today, we pass through a tranquil region of rolling hills, but don’t be fooled, this region has hosted many historic wars - fought over time by the Zulu’s, the Boers (pioneer settlers), the British, and many others fighting for a stake in Africa. Our lunch stop will be at one of the famous battlefields in the area where we will have time to learn a bit more about this fascinating time in the South African history. This afternoon we reach the majestic Drakensberg mountain range, “Barrier of Spears”. On reaching the foothills we transfer to a 4X4 vehicle, and then enjoy an exciting drive (or walk) on mountain tracks high up to the GREENFIRE LODGE DRAKENSBERG. We spend two nights here in cosy log cabins and will have a day of hiking, exploring, and simply enjoying the wonders of this National Heritage Site. A walk to the San Rock Art gallery is well worth the effort. Pony trekking is also available.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner; Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 9 – 10: DOLPHIN COAST

A relaxed start, after a transfer (or walk) back down to our vehicle it is with new energy that we make our way toward the Indian Ocean. Our journey today will take us through the Natal Midlands where we will see many small craft shops, arts, and other attractions. We will stop for an own expense lunch near Nottingham Road before continuing to our next accommodation where two nights are spent. The GREENFIRE LODGE DOLPHIN COAST is located literally on the beach and the sound of the waves pounding is relentless. We will have a “free” day here to spend soaking up the sun and simply enjoying the beach and warm ocean or to stroll through the village enjoying the cheerful hospitality. One night we enjoy a traditional fish braai on the Lodge’s patio. Lunch and dinner own expense.

Breakfast / Dinner; Breakfast

DAY 11 – 12: WILD COAST

Setting off early, we will pass through Durban this morning and will then follow the coast south into an area that can only be described as one of the highlights of the tour – The Wild Coast. Having formerly been an independent homeland, there has been little development in this area resulting in endless unspoiled beaches, natural estuaries, rolling grassland, and a tapestry of traditional Xhosa villages. We will spend two nights at a remote GREENFIRE LODGE here and will spend a full day exploring this rugged but stunningly beautiful area.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner; Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 13: FRONTIER COUNTRY

Leaving the lush coastal forests, our first stop today will be at the Nelson Mandela memorial, we then continue past the birthplace of this great statesman. Our journey this afternoon will take us into what is known as the “Frontier Country”, a region that was settled in the 1820’s by European immigrants and that was host to many frontier wars. We spend the night in comfortable accommodation overlooking the city of Grahamstown.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 14 - 15: GARDEN ROUTE

Entering the renowned Garden Route, our first stop will be at the Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park where we will enjoy a walk along the rugged coast and over the suspension bridge spanning the Storms River. Traveling further, those with suicidal tendencies may try the world’s highest bungi jump at 216 meters. We then pass through Plettenberg Bay before arriving at the well located GREENFIRE LODGE KNYSNA where we will spend the next two nights. Our day here will give us the freedom to explore this quaint town and its many attractions. Optional excursions include kayak trips, mountain bike rides in the forest, a tour of the local township, and many more (Own expense). One lunch and one dinner will be own expense.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner; Breakfast

DAY 16 - 18: CAPE TOWN

Foto: (c) South African Tourism A leisurely start, we leave Knysna to travel through the Garden Routes Lake District and then to follow the "Whale Route" through Hermanus and around the Hottentots Holland Mountains. Arriving in the "Mother City" Cape Town in the late afternoon, we check into the GREENFIRE LODGE CAPE TOWN which is conveniently situated in Seapoint. Cape Town is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world and we will spend two full days here - visiting Cape Point, Hout Bay, The Waterfront, secluded beaches, a wine farm, and many other attractions. We will also hike up Table Mountain. (Lunches and dinners in Cape Town are own expense).

Breakfast; Breakfast; Breakfast

This tour ends at 16h00 on Day 18. Clients may however extend their stay by booking post-tour nights at the GREENFIRE LODGE CAPE TOWN. If arranging an onward flight on this day, please allow time for an airport transfer and for check-in procedures (up to three hours). Those wishing to visit Robben Island should advise their guide early in the tour as prior bookings are essential

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This tour involves a fair amount of walking, so a small daypack is advisable. A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour. Seasonal Malaria precautions may be necessary and can be purchased locally. Passports/visas are required for entry into Swaziland.

The price includes all transport, accommodation, food, coffee, tea, fruit juice at breakfast etc, group equipment, permits and entry fees, optional pony ride and professional guides. The price does not include alcohol and soft drinks, meals where stipulated, curios, tips and optional excursions. Before departure clients will be required to enter into a agreement agreeing to our booking conditions and general information.

 

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