Experience the glorious and amazing adventures in South Africa on Natural Wonders Tour’s South Africa Adventure Tour.
- Feel the magic of experiencing your first sightings of the Big Five in the Kruger National Park region.
- View Table Mountain with its famous table cloth cloud, which was chosen in 2012 by a global poll as one of the new 7 Natural Wonder’s of the World.
- Kayak to a beach where you can see penguins cavorting in the wild.
- Visit the Cape Peninsula to view where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet at the Southern-most tip of the African Continent.
- Savor the beauty of the Cape Winelands which are nestled under the mountains in scenic valleys.
- Get up close and personal with a Great White Shark as we descend in a diving cage at Gaansbaai.
- Experience the beauty of the sunrise from Table Mountain. After hiking up to the top of Table Mountain stay overnight in a cottage at the top and witness a site few ever get to see.
- Journey into the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park where you can see San paintings and enjoy the beauty of the rolling green hills of this region on the way to your remote mountain lodge. Challenge yourself to a hike up chain ladders to the top of the Amphitheater where Tugela Falls, the second highest falls in the world, drops below your feet and the views stretch on forever.
Day 1: Kruger Park region
After breakfast, transfer from hotel to the airport for your local flight to Eastgate Airport
Arrive at the airport and after collecting your luggage, the lodge Staff will be waiting with their vehicle to transfer you through to the camp.
Welcome to the Kruger Park region…
Set within the Blue Canyon Conservancy at the foot of the famous Drakensberg mountain range, Moditlo is in close proximity to the Greater Kruger National Park. Pronounced ‘mo-di-tlo’, this popular retreat and bush-getaway takes its name from the herds of majestic elephants that roam the 36,000 acres of African bushveld that make up the reserve.
Blue Canyon Conservancy boasts bio-diversity that rivals and even exceeds that of South Africa’s premier wildlife destinations. The vegetation is made up of Northern Thornveld and Southern Bushwillow Woodlands, two distinct eco-zones that each supports a plethora of animal species. Depending on the time of year, visitors may encounter elephants, leopards, rhinos, cheetahs, hippos, as well as a pack of wild dogs (the second rarest African carnivore species, with only an estimated 2000 remaining specimens). Birdwatchers can also look forward to ample sightings of the several hundred bird species typical to the lowveld.
Scattered throughout the reserve are numerous lakes, perennial streams and dams that support the growth of large trees and underbrush, providing the perfect habitat for the wide variety of wildlife species that call Moditlo home.
Moditlo River Lodge
The Main Lodge is a spacious structure of warm, natural wood and thatch with ample verandas that wrap around our various dining- and entertainment areas. Here you will find a crystal-clear swimming pool, restaurant, curio shop, communal lounges and bar.
Stroll from your room down the meandering wooden walkways to enjoy a relaxing drink beside the pool as the heat of the day settles on the bushveld soil and take a moment to drink in the stark beauty of the African continent. Alternatively, get comfortable in the lounge and take advantage of the complimentary Wi-Fi to catch up with your social media or upload your holiday pictures.
Meals at Moditlo are a relaxed affair, and tailored to your individual requirements. Lunch is long, lazy and delicious and you can even choose to enjoy a special high tea in true Colonial tradition. Come dinner time you are again spoiled for choice.
Our restaurant, Medium Rare, prepares a feast that can be served in the thatched dining area or around the campfire in our open-air boma. Settle in for the evening and watch as our inspired chefs prepare delicious South African dishes to tempt your taste buds. Afterwards, stick around for a drink or a chat and while away the evening around the crackling fire.
Includes: All meals, teas, coffees and 2 game drives per day (local brand drinks on game drive) and complimentary transfers to and from Hoedspruit airport transfer.
Day 2: Cape Town
Final morning Game Drive and Breakfast followed by the road transfer to Eastgate Airport to connect with a direct flight to Cape Town.
Touch down in Cape Town where your guide will meet you and transfer you through to your Hotel. Visit Table Mountain before checking in at your Hotel.
Welcome to Gardens, Oranjezicht and Tamboerskloof…
The old and established suburbs of Gardens, Oranjezicht and Tamboerskloof merge into each other as they line the foothills of Table Mountain and Signal Hill. The area enjoys convenient proximity to the city, the Table Mountain Cableway, as well as the beaches. The narrow little streets are lined by original Cape buildings, many of which have been beautifully restored, some now housing museums and art galleries, as well as lively sidewalk cafés and highly acclaimed restaurants.
Now known for its trendy and modern vibe, this region is often visited on foot, encompassing the historic parliament buildings, the Company Gardens and the lively café culture and boutiques of Kloof Street.
Sun Square Cape Town
The Sun Square Cape Town is conveniently situated off De Waal Drive in the suburb of Gardens, just minutes from Cape Town’s city centre and on the slopes of Table Mountain.
The 136 rooms are tastefully decorated in neat whites, with splashes of earthy tones. All the rooms are air-conditioned; include satellite television, WiFi and tea and coffee facilities. The en-suite bathrooms have shower-bath combinations and hairdryers. The comfortable reception lounge flows into the cocktail bar with its trendy use of colourful lighting. The Vista Restaurant serves full breakfasts and buffet dinners, while lighter meals can be enjoyed on the terrace. The hotel has a tranquil garden and swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers.
From its convenient location guests have easy access to the Table Mountain Cableway, V & A Waterfront, boat trips to Robben Island, Camps Bay and Clifton beaches and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
Day 3: Penguin Kayak & Cape Peninsula
After breakfast we travel straight through to Simonstown via Constantia and Muizenberg. One of the most unique places in the world – a penguin colony in suburban Cape Town! And the best way to see it is from the water. The trip leaves from Simon’s Town Waterfront and we paddle past the Naval Harbour and out to Boulder’s Beach to see the penguins. If the time and tide is right we may stop on a beach for a swimming break and will generally be able to get a close up look at penguins on the rocks nearby.
After the penguin paddle, we continue on towards the Cape of Good Hope and witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans as we enjoy spectacular views over False Bay. Lunch stop at Two Oceans Restaurant. We continue through Noordhoek and Chapmans Peak back along some fantastic coastline Llandudno, Camps Bay, Green Point and Sea Point to reach the City bowl and be dropped off at your Hotel.
Day 4: Shark Cage Diving Gaansbaai
After a safety briefing, you board your shark-chaser, the Predator II for the 5 mile voyage to Dyer Island. The island, together with Geyser Rock nearby, is home to 40 000 Cape Fur Seals, the Great White Shark’s favourite prey, and the channel which runs between the two is known as Shark Alley. This is where you will anchor – using a specially mixed chum to attract the sharks, you will soon have an opportunity to see them feeding at the surface, alongside the boat. The cage is then lowered and you will be able to witness these incredible hunters of the deep in your wetsuit, protected by galvanised steel mesh. All diving equipment is supplied and only snorkeling experience is required if you want to go down in the cage. A light lunch is served on the boat as well as refreshments and you will have the chance to see seals and whales in season as well as the sharks.
Day 5: Table Mountain Hike
Wake Up on Table Mountain Trail: 2 Days, 1 Night
To sleep on top of one of the World’s most famous sights is indeed a rare pleasure enjoyed by a
After Breakfast we check out and depart for Kirstenbosch gardens.
Meet your guide/s in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on the eastern side of the mountain at 10h00. We start off with safety instructions and all hikers will be required to sign an indemnity form.
Bring along two packs, a daypack which you will carry with plenty of water and suitable clothing depending on the season. You will be given your lunch pack which you will carry in your day pack. We will collect your second pack (overnight baggage, personal beverages) and transfer this to your overnight accommodation at the Overseers Cottage. In Kirstenbosch we join a specialist Kirstenbosch guide for a tour through the gardens. You will get an introduction to fynbos which is a significant component of the Cape Floristic Kingdom. This has been described as amongst the richest of the world’s depositories of life forms, particularly plants and insects.
At the contour path at the base of the mountain we bid farewell to your Kirstenbosch guide and your mountain guide now takes over. A suitable route to the top of the mountain will be selected according to the group’s ability and the weather conditions.
Enjoy your packed lunch (provided) as you make you make your way up Skeleton Gorge (or Nursery Ravine) to the summit. Take in the sweeping views over the Cape Flats towards the Hottentots Holland (Great Fold) Mountains. Towards late afternoon you arrive at the Overseer’s Cottages, where you are re-united with your overnight luggage. After a hot shower, enjoy pre-dinner drinks while overlooking False Bay and the distant mountain ranges, or Orange Kloof (weather dependent). Then it is time for a South African braai (barbecue) or potjiekos (cast-iron pot-on-the-fire) stew, which is served around the fire – either under the stars, or indoors on cooler evenings.
Day 6: Table Mountain & Stellenbosch
Wake up to the sun peeking over the eastern mountains of the wine country, enjoy a wholesome (continental) breakfast and then set out for a stroll to the Waterworks Museum. Then it’s on to the top of Kasteel’s Poort on the western side of the mountain for the vital photograph of ‘the diving board’ that overlooks Camps Bay and the Atlantic Coastline, far below. En route we pass the magnificent storage dams (Hely-Hutchinson, Woodhead, Victoria, Alexandra and De Villiers) built during the late 1800’s to supply Cape Town with water.
Thereafter we then make our way towards Echo Valley and up to the Central Table with classical views over the city and Table Bay with Robben Island serving as a constant reminder of our troubled past. Along the route, enjoy your packed picnic lunch and savour your last moments of a lifelong memory. Sadly we then make our way to the upper cable station where we take the cable car to meet your luggage and transport at the lower cable station.
Includes: Qualified Mountain Guide, Accommodation and bedding, Overnight bags portered, 2 x lunch packs, 1 x Dinner (braai), 1 x Continental breakfast
Welcome to Stellenbosch…
Also known as “Eikestad” or town of oaks, Stellenbosch is named after the Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel. Surrounded by more than 200 wineries, this youthful university town is truly the most important of all South African wine routes.
Stellenbosch buzzes with wine, music, art, sport and student festivals throughout the year. The nearby Butterfly World as well as the Raptor and Cheetah rehabilitation centre form interesting breaks from the world renowned wines of Blaauwklippen, Simonsig, Lanzerac, Neetlingshof, Boschendal, Eikendal and Meerlust, while the unique treetop dining platforms at Spier bring guests back to Africa.
Protea Hotel Stellenbosch
Located on the outskirts of the historical and heritage conscious winelands town of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, is the Protea Hotel Stellenbosch. Nestled between two international golf courses, this modern hotel has generous landscaped grounds, blue sky and vineyards and the magnificent backdrop of surrounding mountain ranges.
The hotel consists of 180 rooms with a variety of room and bathroom configurations. All rooms overlook the Kleine Zalze and Blaauwklippen wine estates and either False Bay or Stellenbosch vineyards. They include en-suite facilities, king size extra length or twin beds, air-conditioning, television with select satellite channels and tea and coffee facilities. Hotel facilities for guests include The Cultivar Restaurant serving full breakfasts and dinner buffets, “Die Wingerd Restaurant” with an informal family atmosphere, two bar areas, the Bellezza Health and Skincare Clinic, access to the Total Revolution Health Boutique Gym, two swimming pools (one heated), picnic, BBQ and limited daily complimentary WiFi and secure parking.
A variety of activities can be enjoyed that include wine tasting, mountain biking, hiking, guided historical walks through town, Jonkershoek Nature Reserve and the nearby Cheetah Outreach program.
Day 7: Stellenbosch & Drakensberg
Enjoy a short walk around the village of Stellenbosch followed by a wine tasting at a local wine farm, before transferring to the airport for your flight to Durban.
Arrive at King Shaka International with your guide and transfer to Himeville via a brief stop at the Capture site Museum.
Welcome to Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park…
Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park is a World Heritage Site and forms the dramatic mountain border between South Africa and the kingdom of Lesotho. The names – “Ukhahlambe” meaning Barrier of Spears in Zulu and Drakensbergen, meaning Dragon Mountain in Dutch, bear testimony to its imposing nature.
The Park can be roughly broken into three areas – the South, Central and Northern Drakensberg. Closest to Durban, the Southern Drakenberg offers the only road access by 4×4 into Lesotho, via Sani Pass, while the Central Drakensberg has some of the most impressive valleys and hikes, including Giants Castle and the Champagne Valley. This area is home to the
internationally renowned Ardmore Ceramics studio and the Drakensberg Boys Choir, while Giant’s Castle Reserve offers remarkable insight into the San Bushmen and their rock art. The Royal Natal National Park is found in the Northern Drakensberg and features the iconic Amphitheatre formation, not unlike Table Mountain, and which is also the source of the Tugela Falls, second highest waterfall in the world.
Situated on the outskirts of Himeville at the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg Mountains in KwaZulu Natal is Moorcraft Manor. A scenic country house, Moorcraft is located just off the junction that leads to the Sani Pass, (a must-do to enter Lesotho) and is surrounded by magnificent countryside.
Accommodation is offered in 12 standard rooms or suites. All rooms are elegantly furnished, include en-suite bathrooms, under-floor heating, bathrobes, king size beds, ceiling fan, satellite television and tea and coffee facilities. Each room has an adjoining private patio leading onto the lawns and rock pool with uninterrupted views towards Hodgsons Peaks and the sometimes snow covered peaks of the Lesotho Kingdom. With beautifully maintained large grounds Moorcroft Manor guest areas open onto the rolling lawns making the most of uninterrupted views. There is a dining room with menu using freshly sourced produce, a lounge, terrace and wine cellar. The rock pool swimming pool and loungers enjoy views onto the scenic countryside and massages are on request.
Day 8: Drakensberg
We depart this morning after Breakfast and drive to Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge. Situated in the Northern Drakensberg at the foot of the magnificent Sentinel Peak and looking across to the Drakensberg’s Mont-Aux-Sources and Amphitheatre, with endangered bearded vultures soaring overhead. This beautiful mountainous area is home to a variety of landscapes, rich flora and fauna and some incredible Drakensberg accommodation in the heart of it all. Whatever your fancy, you’re sure to find plenty of ways to enjoy the real great outdoors while enjoying our accommodation at Witsieshoek. Time permitting, en route, we stop just outside the royal Natal National Park to view some ancient Rock Art Paintings. A short walk will take us there. Check in at Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge with dinner and overnight.
This morning we make an early start as we prepare for our day hike which will take us from the Sentinel Car Park to the chain ladders, past the Sentinel Peak on the top escarpment of Tugela Falls (the Falls are the highest in Africa, and the second highest in the world).
Hike Distance: 8.7 miles. Average Hike Time: 6-7hrs.
Ascent Climb: From 8400ft (Sentinel Car Park) – 9960 ft (Tugela Fall): 1548ft Ascent
After filling in the mountain register, you start your hike along a well maintained path which ascends gradually towards theWitches and the Zig-Zags, taking you to the base of the Sentinel massif. From here, you swing right and follow the contour path below the Western buttresses with the land sloping steeply to the north and east giving you wonderful views of the Malutis and the Witsieshoek plateaux. Time for reflection on the ‘Roof of Africa’. For those with a height aversion, there is the option of hiking up the gully which will take you to the top of Beacon Buttress (10240 ft). However, the gully should not be tackled in wet conditions. The famous chain ladders (the more popular choice) are a kilometre on from the gully. The chain ladders consist of two sections (131 and 65 feet respectively) and are firmly bolted onto the rock. After surmounting the ladders it is an easy level walk to the source of the Tugela Falls. It usually takes about 2.5-3 hrs to reach the top which allows enough time on top’ to explore and really savour the magnificent views atop the sentinel massif. Lunch Packs will be takenwith in the morning and you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in the mountains at one of the picnic spots provided.
Return to the Lodge, dinner and overnight
Day 10: Johannesburg
Enjoy Breakfast before departing to Johannesburg where you take your International flight home.
COST: $2,990 (per person sharing a double room)
Single Supplement: + $350 (If you wish to have a room to yourself)
- 2 nights Moditlo River Lodge, standard rooms, Full Board + Activities
- 3 nights Sun Square Cape Town, standard rooms, Bed & Breakfast
- 1 night on Table Mountain Overseers Cottage, Dinner Bed & Breakfast
- 1 night Protea Hotel Stellenbosch, Bed & Breakfast
- 1 night Moorcroft Manor, Dinner Bed & Breakfast
- 2 nights Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge, Dinner Bed & Breakfast
- Breakfast Daily, Meals as stipulated above in the itinerary
- Services of an English Speaking Driver-Guide
- Touring and Transfers in a 13 seater Toyota Quantum with luggage trailer (where necessary)
- Entrance Fees for included touring as per itinerary
- Accommodation and Meals for Driver-Guide when overland
- International flights
- Domestic flights X3
- Hotel for overnight in Johannesburg prior to tour start
- Beverages with meals unless specified
- Items of a personal nature (curio purchases, spa treatments etc)
- Gratuities for the driver-guide
Limited to 11 people. A deposit of $600 is required to hold your spot on the tour.