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     NAMIBIA


                             BOTSWANA


                                                 SWAZILAND

                                                  Drakensberg

                                       LESOTHO                Durban

                   SOUTH AFRICA                Hogsback

                                   Addo NP
                Oudtshoorn
                           Tsitsikamma NP
        Stellenbosch
          Cape Town     Knysna Port Elizabeth


13 DAY LESOTHO & GARDEN ROUTE



Days 1,2        Durban / Drakensberg
Days 3,4        Drakensberg / Lesotho
Days 5,6        Lesotho / Hogsback
Days 7          Hogsback / Addo Elephant Park
Days 8,9        Addo Elephant Park / Tsitsikamma
Days 10,11 Tsitsikamma / Oudtshoorn
Days 12         Oudtshoorn / Stellenbosch Wine Route
Days 13         Stellenbosch / Cape Town




HIGHLIGHTS:
Durban - Royal Natal National Park - Drakensberg - Lesotho -
Coffee Bay - Hole in the Wall Hike - Addo Elephant National Park -
Tsitsikamma National Park - Knysna - Oudtshoorn - Cango Caves -
Stellenbosch Wine Route - Cape Town




This tour will take us from The Friendly Mountain Kingdom of
Lesotho, to the Addo Elephant Park. We will also visit
Tsitsikamma National Park before making our way to Oudtshoorn,
the ostrich capital of South Africa. Here you will have the opportunity
to go ostrich riding. From here we take a scenic drive to the
Stellenbosch Wine Route, where we will spend the night before
ending our tour in the Mother City of Cape Town.
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Local Payment                                                       Climate
N/A                                                                 The African sun is very strong, please use a factor 30
                                                                    sunscreen and wear a hat. You should drink at least 3 litres
Countries Visited                                                   of water per day to avoid dehydration. African winters are
South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland                                 cold. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed
                                                                    information.
Vehicle
Overland Truck                                                      Currency and Banking
                                                                    South African Rand is the best currency to use on this route.
Malaria                                                             Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information
N/A                                                                 on each country. Travellers Cheques can take a long time
                                                                    to change into cash and often incur unreasonable
                                                                    charges. Credit Cards cannot a lways be processed –
Departure Point                                                     especially in remote areas.
08:00 am
Happy Hippo, 222 Point Road,
Durban +27 (0)31 3687181 / 031 3687196                              Vaccinations
                                                                    None required by law, but please see the Pre Departure
                                                                    Information booklet for more information on vaccinations in
End Point                                                           Africa.
Nomad Adventure Tours, 40 Shortmarket Street,
Greenmarket Square, Cape Town, RSA. +27 21 426 5445.
                                                                    Onward Travel
                                                                    This tour can be linked to a 7 day Kruger and Swaziland
What’s included                                                     tour.
Meals as indicated on the itinerary, accommodation,
registered guides, transport and selected activities as per
                                                                    Pre and Post Tour Accommodation
itinerary.
                                                                    If you require accommodation before or after your tour we
                                                                    can arrange this for you. We can also arrange airport
What’s excluded                                                     transfers – contact your travel agent to make these
All items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs,         bookings.
tips and optional activities (see list for an indication of
prices).
                                                                    Arrival
                                                                    Please be sure to arrive 1 day befor e your tour is due to
Health                                                              depart. This will avoid any problems such as forgotten
Please inform us of any pre -existing conditions such as            luggage, misplaced bags or any unpredictable problems
diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you                such as airline strikes or delayed flight arrival.
may be taking. We also need to know about any food
allergies that you may have.
                                                                    Departure
                                                                    Please book your flight to depart the day after the tour
Visas                                                               officially ends. This is to account for any delays that we may
Please note that these are your responsibility. Some                experience due to unpredictable road conditions.
Nationalities require visas for Lesotho, Swaziland and South
Africa. See Pre Departure Booklet for more information.




 Note: All information is subject to change without prior notice. Travel times can change depending
 on road or weather conditions, etc. These are used as a guideline only.




Did you receive your Pre Departure Information Booklet?
If not please contact us at info@africanoverland.co.za and we will e-mail you the document.
You can also download from our website at www.africanoverland.co.za/accommodated_pre_depature_booklet.html


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OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

COUNTRY                 AREA                             ACTIVITY                                     PRICE
South Africa           Bloukrans Bridge                 Worlds Highest Commercial Bung y Jump        R 580 to R 650
South Africa           Bloukrans Bridge                 Bloukrans Flying Fox                         R 150 to R 180
South Africa           Hogsback                         Horse Riding - Per Hour                      R 50 to R 100
South Africa           Drakensberg                      Horse Riding - Per Hour                      R 120 to R 150
South Africa           Knysna                           Lagoon Cruise                                R 80 to R 120
South Africa           Knysna                           Knysna Forest Entrance Fee                   R 10 to R 30
South Africa           Oudtshoorn                       Tour of Ostrich Farm                         R 50 to R 100
South Africa           Oudtshoorn                       Cango Wildlife / Reptile Farm                R 150 to R 200
South Africa           Timbavati                        Local Village                                Tour R 50 to R 150
South Africa           Tsitsikamma NP                   Treetop / Canopy Tour                        R 395 to R 495
Lesotho                Malealea                         Pony Trekking                                R 160 to R 310
Lesotho                Malealea                         Day Hike                                     R 10 to R 50

Note:
There are more optional activities being created every day – we have listed only the most popular. If there is something specific
you would like to do then speak to your guide as they will be able to assist you.

DAY 1/2 DRAKENSBERG
We leave the beautiful beaches of Kwa Zulu Natal, and travel inland to the Royal Natal NP, part of the massive Drakensberg
escarpment. You can choose between many activities, including horse riding. A short guided hike to view Bushmen rock art
can be very enjoyable.Optional Activities: Horse Riding, Hiking.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Drakensville Berg Resort . (www.drakensville.co.za)
Facilities: En suite, hot showers, drinkable water, Restaurant, bar, lounge area, Pool
Route: Durban to Drakensberg. ±350 km
Travel time: ±5-6 hrs

Included Activities: Royal Natal N.P entrance fee and Guided walk to Bushmen Paintings
The Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa or uKhahlamba (the Barrier of Spears) is a 200 -kilometre-long mountainous
wonderland and world heritage site. The largest proportion of the South African component of this area falls in the kingdom of
KwaZulu-Natal. Situated high in the Drakensberg range, the park is famous for the Amphitheatre, a crescent -shaped rock wall;
Mont-aux-Sources (3282m), which forms the continental, divide and the Tugela Falls (850m). Baboons, black wildebeest,
dassies, black eagles and bearded vultures, amongst others are common. Bushmen are believed to have survived here until
1878 and their paintings can be viewed at four sites. A number of hikes are available. Mont -aux-Sources (‘The Mountain of
sources’) was so named by French missionaries because the Tugela, Caledon and many other Southern African rivers rise there.
At the foot of the Mont-Aux-Sources plateau, lays the main mass of Basalt, which forms a prodigious amphitheatre. The
spectacular beauty of the Mount-Aux-Sources area became renowned and i n 1906 the Natal Government Minister of
agriculture and lands proclaimed as a national park the unoccupied area below the amphitheatre. The area was initially 3330
hectare in extent. More land was added to obtain its present size of 8094 Hectares.

DAY 3/4 LESOTHO
After a long but scenic drive we cross the Lesotho border. The popul ar pony trekking excursion requires an early moring of those
who are participating. Lesotho natives will guide you along remote trails and the scenery is spectacular. For those who prefer
to remain at the lodge there are more relaxing activities available , such as a visit to the village school or craft market.
Optional Activities: Pony Trekking Excursion, Hiking.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Malealea Lodge . (www.malealea.com).
Facilities: Shared facilities, hot showers, good ablutions, drinkable water, bar, restaurant, basic shop
Route: Drakensberg to Malealea Lodge. ±550 km
Travel time: ±7-8 hrs including border crossing (Long Day)
Included Activities: Local school and village visit



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Lesotho (pronounced le-soo-too) is a mountainous kingdom completely surrounded by South Africa. It’s roughly circular in
shape and about the same size as Belgium. Lesotho’s forbidding terrain and the defensive walls of the Drakensberg and Maluti
ranges have given both sanctu ary and strategic advantage to the Basotho (the people of Lesotho).
All of Lesotho exceeds 1000m (3280ft) above sea level with peaks reaching to well over 3000m (9840ft). The tourist slogan,
‘kingdom in the sky’, is not far wrong, as Lesotho has the highest lowest poin t of any country in the world. To the west, the land
descends through foothills to a lowland belt along the border where two -thirds of the population live. T wo large rivers, the
Caledon and the Tugela, rise in the mountains.

DAY 5/6 SOUTH AFRICA - HOGSBACK
We leave Lesotho and drive south to the picturesque Hogsback valley. In addition to a gentle hike into the surrounding forest
your guides will also provide information on the other available activities in this area.

Optional Activities: Horse riding , Mountain biking.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Away with the fairies. (www.awaywiththefairies.co.za)
Facilities: Drinkable water, bar, good ablutions
Route: Addo to Hogsback. ± 410km
Travel time: ± 8-9hrs (Long Day)
Included Activities: Guided Hiking trail into Hogsback forest.

The town of Hogsback nestles on the slopes of the Amatola Mountains and is particularly renowned for its indigenous forests
and its fairytale landscape. The Amatola Mountains rise from the dry grassl ands and hot valleys, their green flanks an oasis of
jewelled colours and coolness. Paths lead through the indigenous rainforest that crowds the slopes, to waterfalls sparkling down
the cliffs. Misty rainbows lead to the pots of gold and fairy hideaways. T he Hogsback Mountain, 1937 meters high, overlooks a
handsome forest where azaleas, rhododendrons, daffodils and many other species of European plants and fruits grow as well
as a profusion of berries.
Paths have been laid out through the forest and breat htaking views greet the climber after an easy hike to the top of the
peaks. The Xhosa call it Qabimbola (red clay on the face) because the clay dug from the pits is red and is used for facial
decoration and skin protection. Rumour has it that J.R.R Tolkien was inspired in part by the Hogsback when he created his
classic Lord of the Rings trilogy. This wonderland caters for many outdoor activities from angling to rock climbing. The
magnificent Amatola Mountains and the Hogsback have this Pan -like ability to lead you astray and lose track of time as you
are lulled by the awe-inspiring beauty and the whispering cool breezes.

DAY 7 ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK
As the name suggests, the Addo Elephant NP is full of elephants! These magnificent creatures are always a highlight and you
will be sure to get some superb photos.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Addo Elephant Park (www.sanparks.org)
Facilities: Shared facilities, hot showers, drinkable water, bar, shop, restaurant
Route: Hogsback to Addo. ±450 km
Travel time: ±7-8 hrs

Although the Addo Elephant belongs to the same species as the African Elephant, it is smaller, with more rounded ears and the
females generally have no tusks. The park was named after the Khoi Khoi name Kadouw, which they gave to a forting place
over the nearby Sundays River. The bush here is a combination of Acacia, Spekboom, Gwarrie and Boerboom. The English
name for the Spekboom is “Elephants food”.

In 1919 the Professional hunter, Major Jan Pretorius, wa s hired by the administration of the Cape Province to destroy the entire
herd that inhabited the area at the time. It took him a year to kill 120, but he was then stopped due to a public outcry. Only
sixteen Addo Elephants remained, but they were peppered with bullet holes, panic stricken, vengeful and cunning. And they
declared war on man.

In 1931 the area was proclaimed as a national park. The Elephants, however, w ere still on the war path, destroying crops and
attacking anyone who came near. Finally, i n 1952, one of the beleaguered farmers of the area suggested that a fence made
up of tram rails and lift cables be erected around the park. This finally kept the Elephants secure and out of the surrounding
farming area. Black rhino was re -introduced in 1961- the first in the Cape for a hundred years.



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DAY 8/9 TSITSIKAMMA NATIONAL PARK
After an early morning game drive we bid farewell to the elephants and drive along the sunshine coast until we reach
Bloukrans. Optional Activities: Bungy Jumping (highest in the world), Treetop canopy Tour, Hiking.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Tsitsikamma K hoi San Village (www.tsitsikamma.org.za)
Facilities: Shared facilities, hot showers, drinkable water
Route: Addo to Tsitsikamma. ±350 km
Travel time: ±3-5 hrs
Included Activities: Morning game drive in Addo and Tsitsikamma N.P entrance fee

Tsitsikamma is a Khoi word meaning clear or sparkling water. In the forest there are several massive trees. The tallest of these is
36 m. Some of these trees are more than 1000 years old. The forest has more than 30 species of indigenous trees. Tsitsikamma
National Park is situated at the heart of the picturesque tourist region known as the Garden Route, found in the Western Cape
of South Africa. The Park incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous
region with secluded valleys covered in mountain Fynbos and temperate high forests with deep river gorges leading down to
the sea. The Tsitsikamma’s spectacu lar scenery includes the Indian Ocean breakers, pounding rocky shores beneath 180 m
high cliffs, ever-green forests and fynbos (proteas and heath) rolling down to the sea in a lush carpet where ancient rivers have
carved their path to the ocean through rocky ravines.
Tsitsikamma National Park is the third most frequently visited out of the twenty national parks in South Africa. The Park conserves
a considerable portion of the natural biota (all living organisms) of the Garden Route. The primary vegeta tion biomes consist of
Mountain Fynbos, Coastal Fynbos, Afromontane Forest and the Marine herbland -, inter-tidal-, and sub-tidal zones.
The mean annual rainfall is 1200 mm. Tsitsikamma National Park protects a wonderland of inter -tidal and marine life. This is one
of the largest single unit ‘no take’ (including fishing) Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in the world, conserving 11 percent of South
Africa’s Temperate South Coast rocky shoreline and provides a ‘laboratory’ for fisheries baseline research on endanger ed
linefish species. In 1964 when it was proclaimed, it became the first Marine National Park to be proclaimed in Africa.

DAY 10/11 KNYSNA/ OUDTSHOORN
It is only a short distance to Knysna, where you can relax by the lagoon or take a walk through this inte resting town. The
following day we travel through the Outeniqua Mountains towards Oudtshoorn. The visit to the world famous Cango Caves is
included. Later in the day you have the option of visiting an Ostrich Farm. Optional Activities: Ostrich Farm visit a nd Ostrich Riding.

KNYSNA
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Ashmead Resort (www.ashmeadresort.co.za)
Facilities: Shared facilities, hot showers, drinkable water, swimming pool, bar
Route: Tsitsikamma to Knysna. ±150 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs

One of the Garden Route’s most popular places is the Knysna Lagoon, an excellent venue for water sports. The lagoon is
guarded by two sandstone cliffs known as The Heads. There are spectacular views from the Eastern Head. The town is
renowned for its beer and oysters. Visitors are welcome at Mitchell’s Brewery, and you can sample oysters at the Knysna Oyster
Company. Millwood House Museum covers the region’s history. The Angling Museum is housed in the Old Gaol complex in
Queen Street. Local craft centres and art galleries are well worth a visit. Noetzie, the Buffalo Valley Game Farm and the
Featherbed Nature Reserve are additional attractions.

OUDTSHOORN
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Kleinplaas Holiday Reso rt (www.kleinplaas.co.za)
Facilities: Shared facilities, hot showers, drinkable water, swimming pool
Route: Knysna to Oudtshoorn. ±150 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs

Oudtshoorn is known as the ostrich feather capital of the world. It was named after Baron Pi eter von Rheede von Oudtshoorn,
who died in 1773 on his way to the Cape to become Governor. The town was founded in 1847. It is 300m above sea level, with
the Swartberg mountain range to the north and Outeniqua range to the south. Arbeidsgenot, the home of Cornelius Jacob



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Langenhoven was built here. Langenhoven was the author of the old South African National anthem, “Die Stem” which still
forms part of the new National Anthem.
In the Cango cave system is a great collection of speleothems (dripstone forma tions). The caves were discovered by man in
prehistoric times. The entrance was used a home by the San and the walls were painted by them. In 1780, a herdsman
stumbled into the entrance while following a wounded buck. He told his master, Barend Appel, who was employed as a tutor
and farm manager by a local landowner named Van Zyl. Van Zyl led the first expeditions into the caves. The first chamber was
named after Van Zyl.
Ostrich feathers where obligatory items of high fashion just before world war one. T he great feather boom began around 1870.
At it’s height there were more than 750 000 domesticated ostriches in the little Karoo area and feathers where being exported
at the rate of about 450 000kg’s a year. Then came world war one and this austerity becam e a way of supporting the war
effort. Many farmers went bankrupt in this time. In later years the industry revived with the demand for ostrich leather, biltong,
eggs and feathers. At present there is about 90 000 ostrich in the Little Karoo.

DAY 12 STELLENBOSCH WINE ROUTE
We take a scenic drive to Stellenbosch. As this is the last night on tour we will go out to a local restaurant for dinner.
Optional Activity: Meal Out.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Two per room: Mountain Breeze (www.mountainbr eezeresort.co.za)
Facilities: En suite, hot showers, drinkable water, swimming pool
Route: Oudtshoorn to Stellenbosch. ±450 km
Travel time: ±6-7 hrs

Stellenbosch is the second oldest European settlement in the Western Cape Province, South Africa after Cape Town, and is
situated about 50 kilometres away along the banks of the Eerste River. The town became known as the City of Oaks or Eikestad
in Afrikaans due to the large number of Oak trees that were planted by the founder to grace the streets and homes teads. The
town is home to the University of Stellenbosch.
The Technopark is a modern corporate and research complex situated on the southern side of the town near the Stellenbosch
Golf Course. Stellenbosch is said to be the heart of Afrikanerdom due to t he large number of academics and students who
have lived and studied there .
The town was founded in 1679 by the Governor of the Cape Colony, Simon van der Stel, who named it after himself —
Stellenbosch means “(van der) Stel’s forest”. It is situated on the banks of the Eerste River (“First River”), so named as it was the
first new river he reached and followed when Jan van Riebeeck sent him from Cape Town on an expedition over the Cape
Flats to explore the territory towards what is now known as Stellenbosch. The Dutch were skilled in hydraulic engineering and
they devised a system of furrows to direct water from the Eerste River in the vicinity of Thibault Street through the town along
Van Riebeeck Street to Mill Street where a mill was erected.
The town grew so quickly that it became an independent local authority in 1682 and the seat of a magistrate with jurisdiction
over 25 000 square kilometres in 1685. Soon after the first settlers arrived, especially the French Huguenots, grapes were planted
in the fertile valleys around Stellenbosch and soon it became the centre of the South African wine industry.
The first school had been opened in 1683 but education in the town began in earnest in 1859 with the opening of a seminary
for the Dutch Reformed Churc h and a gymnasium which is known as the Stellenbosch Gymnasium was established in 1866. In
1874 some higher classes became Victoria College and then in 1918 the University of Stellenbosch. In 1909 an old boy of the
school, Paul Roos, captain of the first t eam to be called the Springboks, was invited to become the sixth rector of the school. He
remained rector till 1940. On his retirement the school’s name was changed to Paul Roos Gymnasium.

DAY 13 CAPE TOWN
After a leisurely breakfast, we go to a wine farm to taste some of South Africa’s finest wines. We also visit the Cheetah Breeding
Project and finally the tour ends, in the afternoon, at the Nomad office in Greenmarket Square.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Own Arrangements
Route: Stellenbosch to Cape Town. ±50 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs including wine tasting
Included Activities: Wine tasting and Entrance into Cheetah project

NOTE: This is the last day of this tour; usually the group goes out for an optional meal out. If you have any onward travel plans or
flight scheduled we recommend that you depart a day after the tour has finished.



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