Go wild on this unforgettable trip through South Africa, the Kingdom of Swaziland and the mountainous Lesotho. You¡¯ll roam across breathtakingly scenic landscapes, majestic mountain ranges and vast plains, then hit pause to take in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. One thing¡¯s for sure: you¡¯ll leave Africa with a thirst to discover more. Ready to create some memories? Let¡¯s go!
Touch down in Pretoria, meet your new Topdecker BFFs and get excited for the adventure ahead! Starting out early, we’ll hit the road in style (and by style, we mean fully equipped safari truck) to Hazyview, where a cultural Shangaan dance show awaits. Kruger is South Africa’s premier national park – and, in connection with parks in adjoining Mozambique and Botswana, it covers a whopping 24,000 square kilometres of land used for the protection of African wildlife. Wowee.
Get your camera at the ready! Today we’ve got a full day’s game drive in store, so keep your eyes peeled for the Big Five (lions, elephants, buffaloes, rhinos and leopards). Want more? Well, you could be lucky enough to see giraffes, hippos and zebras, too! Nothing will prepare you for the first time you spot these incredible creatures in the wild. Expect goosebumps, and lots of them. If you want, you can even opt in to do a game drive after dark tonight.
After a light breakfast at sunrise, we’ll re-enter the park in an open 4x4 safari vehicle for our second day’s game driving. Who’s for a game of critter bingo? This afternoon, it’s back to the camp for story-swapping and chill time.
Today we’ll wave goodbye to Kruger and move on to the kingdom of Swaziland. Then: it’s on to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary we go. Anyone for an optional sunset game drive, bird tour or culture tour? Or maybe a spot of optional mountain biking or horse riding would float your boat? So. Many. Options.
First up today, we’ll kick it to the Royal Enclosure for a guided walk. After browsing a few streetside markets and trying our hand at bartering with the stall owners, we'll find our way back to the sanctuary for lunch. Feeling active? Those awesome optionals from yesterday are here for you! Or, you could always take a little time out to catch some rays by the pool...
Next up: the coastal town of St Lucia. Get excited, ‘cos this afternoon we’re gonna hop on a boat cruise and get floaty on the river (don’t forget to keep an eye out for hippos, lazy crocodiles and a whole bunch of birds goofing around on the sandy banks). There are also a fair few optionals on offer if you’re interested. Take your pick from a night drive, a culture tour, a bike tour or a hike.
Next up: Durban, South Africa’s third largest city. From stunning beaches to vibrant nightlife, this city has it all. Anyone for an optional city tour?
More Durban today. Top tip: head to the Golden Mile beachfront.
See ya later, Durban! Today we’ll make tracks to the Underberg area, where there are plenty of optional hikes and walks to get involved in. Get out there and explore!
Expect some incredible views and winding mountain roads today: we’re heading out to see the EPIC Sani Pass.
Today we’ll soak up some history at the Battlefields, a site that commemorates lives lost in British, Zulu and Boer clashes.
Next up: the Royal Natal National Park. Here, you can take the option to follow the Tugela Falls hike trail up the Drakensberg Mountains and check out our awesome surroundings from way up high. Did you know? Tugela Falls is Africa’s highest waterfall. True story.
On day five we’ll roll into the village of Malealea in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho.
Yes! You’ve got a free day to explore this beautiful mountainous country. Here, there’s a smörgåsbord of optionals on offer. Take your pick from mountain biking, a guided hike or a spot of pony trekking. Giddy up!
See ya later, highlands. Today we’re crossing back into South Africa! We’ll wriggle our way past stunning, diverse countryside before arriving at Mountain Zebra National Park. What animals can you find here? We’ll give you one guess.
Want more national park action in your life? We got you. Today we’re off to Addo Elephant National Park for a serious animal spotting session. Keep your eyes peeled for the Big Seven (plus some bonus dung beetles)!
Time to say hello to a trip highlight: the Tsitsikamma Forest. This place is unreal! Optionals? We’re glad you asked. Get involved in an optional bridge walk or take a giant leap for Topdecker kind with a bungy jump.
Onwards to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world (legit). This region is also home to the Cango Caves, Africa's largest show cave system. We’ll explore them on an included tour. If you fancy it, you can pay an optional visit to the cheetahs at Cango Wildlife Ranch, too!
Today we’ll jump back in our vehicle and head south to the coastal town of Hermanus – but not before making a stop at Cape Agulhas, which marks Africa’s southernmost tip.
Want to round off your trip in style? Well, we’ve got a wine tasting session this morning! After that, we’ll say farewell in Cape Town. From the Waterfront to the Table Mountain cable car, this city has plenty to keep you occupied if you fancy sticking around.
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