A driving adventure in South Africa

Dates: from February 20-th to March 6-th

Duration: 15 days 

Route: Cape Town – Hout Bay – Cape of Good Hope – Penguin Colony – Stellenbosch – Robertson Vineyard – Garden Route – Addo Elephant Park – Wild Coast – Oribi Gorge – Shakaland Zulu Village – Durban 

Total distance: approximately 2300 km

Days
 
Program
 
Accommodation
 
Meals
 
Day  1 Arrive Cape Town. V&A Waterfront. Hout Bay.  Lodge B/L/D 
Day  2  Cape Town. Full day Cape Peninsula Tour Lodge B/L/D  
Day  3  Cape Town. Visit the Table Mountain.  Lodge B/L/D  
Day  4  Cape Town – Robertson (distance: 158 km) Guest house B/L/D  
Day  5  Robertson – Oudtshoorn  (distance: 264 km) Guest house B/L/D  
Day  6 Oudtshoorn – Knysna (distance: 121 km) Country Estate   B/L/D  
Day  7 Knysna – Addo Elephant Park  (distance: 332 km) Lodge B/L/D  
Day  8  Addo Elephant Park Lodge B/L/D
Day  9 Addo Elephant Park – Crawford Beach (distance: 319 km) Lodge B/L/D 
Day  10 Crawford Beach – Port St. Johns (distance: 370 km) Lodge B/L/D 
Day  11 Port St. Johns – Oribi Gorge (distance: 240 km) Lodge B/L/D
Day  12 Oribi Gorge – Shakaland Zulu Village(distance: 290 km) Village house B/L/D
Day  13 Shakaland Zulu Village – Howick – Curry’s Post (distance: 273 km) Lodge B/L/D 
Day  14 Curry’s Post – Ballito (King Shaka International Airport)  ----------- B/-/-
Day  15 Arrive home  ---------- ------

Duration: 14 days / 13 nights

Distance: Approximately 2,300 km driving distance from Cape Town to Durban

Accommodation: 4-star private estates, lodges and wine farm guesthouse

Catering: three meals per day (B/L/D)

Travel time: February 20 – March 06, 2014  (Summer time)

Vehicle provided: Land Rover Freelander II

Price: USD $ 5800 per person (2 PAX on join-in basis, 3-4 persons per vehicle).

Inclusions:

  • Land Rover Freelander II.
  • Gasoline charges, toll fees, maintenance and repair of the vehicle.
  • Services of experienced Group Leaders.
  • Services of local guide, back-up drivers and mechanical support.
  • Local sightseeing with entrance fees and park fees.
  • Accommodation: deluxe family-style B&Bs, private estates, lodges and wine farms.
  • Accommodation taxes and service charges.
  • All meals and bottled water in vehicle.
  • Arrival and departure transfers.
  • Braai dinners and special activities.
  • Travel manual and educational materials (English).
  • Land Rover training centre half-day training
  • Use of travel accessories (i.e., GPS, maps, Walkie-Talkies, tools & general emergency kit) 

Exclusions:

  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Visa fees.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • International air tickets.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, internet fees, etc.

Terms and Conditions:

While AAST will endeavor to remain in the indicated time span it cannot be held responsible for any changes that are forced upon the outing due to circumstances beyond their control.
All timing indicated on the itinerary will be subject to change.
The quote is subject to change due to fuel increases and availability of accommodation etc.

Cancellations:

AAST reserves the right to charge the following cancellation fees on cancellation of a confirmed group reservation.

Date of confirmation to 61 days prior to arrival – 25% of total reservation value (No refunds of deposit)
60 days to 31 days prior to travel – 50% of total reservation value
30 days to date of arrival – 100% of total reservation value

All cancellations will only be valid if given in writing            

Indemnity:

In traveling off-road and in remote areas, I am aware that there are hazards and dangers involved in these and associated activities, and I and my heirs, executers, administrators of assigns herby indemnify hold harmless and expressly exempt AAST , their owners, members, organizers, staff and helpers from any liability for delay, inconvenience, accident arising from, any cause whatsoever. I herby undertake to obey lawful instructions given by guides and their assigned assistants. I voluntarily assume the risks of taking part in the outing. I acknowledge that I have been informed that the consumption of alcohol is not tolerated during all off-road and other associated activities.     
If you or your passengers have any medical condition (illness, allergies etc.) please note that you are responsible for that condition.
All participants will be obliged to fill in, sign and return an indemnity form.

PLEASE NOTE:          

For Russian-speaking clients, this is a join-in program. Participants should understand basic English.
The group consists maximum 16 travellers. In each vehicle, minimum 2 drivers are required.

Cape Town to Durban: A driving adventure in South Africa

Route: Cape Town – Hout Bay – Cape of Good Hope – Penguin Colony – Stellenbosch – Robertson Vineyard – Garden Route – Addo Elephant Park – Wild Coast – Oribi Gorge – Shakaland Zulu Village – Durban

Total distance: approximately 2300 km

Total length of the trip: 15 days

Daily Itinerary:

Day 1/ Feb 20/ Arrive Cape Town
Upon arrival, you will be greeted at the airport and transferred to the famous V&A Waterfront.
Situated in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour, the V&A Waterfront has become South Africa's most visited destination. Set against a backdrop of magnificent sea and mountain views, exciting shopping and entertainment venues are intermingled with imaginative office locations, world-class hotels and luxury apartments in the residential marina.
After visiting the V&A Waterfront, we drive to Hout Bay to have dinner and check into our lodge. Tarragona Lodge, a 4-Star luxury property, is situated on the southern slopes of Table Mountain in scenic Hout Bay. Although only 20 minutes from the Cape Town City Centre and a short 25 kilometre trip from Cape Town International Airport, Tarragona Lodge seems a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Surrounded by breathtaking mountain views only a stone’s throw away from the beautiful beach, Hout Bay is a picturesque fishing village outside of Cape Town. Our two-night’s stay at Hout Bay offers a unique Cape experience.
Welcome dinner.
D  Tarragona Lodge or similar

Day 2/ Feb 21/ Cape Town
After breakfast, depart on a full day Cape Peninsula Tour. 
We will drive by the spectacular Chapman’s Peak to Cape Point.  If weather permits, we will take a boat ride to Duiker Island – the seal island.  This is a 40 minute cruise from Hout Bay harbour to Duiker Island the
Seal Colony beneath the well-known Sentinel Mountain where you can view thousands of Cape Fur Seals in their natural environment.
Afternoon, visit the Cape Point and the Boulders Penguin Colony on the outskirts of Simon’s Town, one of only two land-based penguin breeding colonies.
Boulders Penguin Colony is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat and there is also a new information centre. Return to Hout Bay hotel to overnight.
B/L/D    Tarragona Lodge or similar 

Day 3/ Feb 22/ Cape Town
Today we visit the Table Mountain.
Table Mountain is known for its rich biodiversity and is home to over 1 500 species of plants (more than the number found throughout the entire British Isles), most of them fynbos, which forms one of the world’s six plant kingdoms all on its own. At its highest point, Table Mountain reaches 1 085m (3 560ft) and affords views all the way to Robben Island and beyond. You will get to the top by taking a cable car (if weather permits).
Afternoon at leisure. Our Land Rover vehicles should be ready. Will spend some time to get familiarized with the vehicles.
B/L/D    Tarragona Lodge or similar

Day 4     Feb 23                  Cape Town – Robertson (distance: 158 km)
Today you should be over with your jetlag and ready to drive. First we drive 30km to the Land Rover Experience Western Province site in Stellenbosch. The site offers a picturesque playground for 4x4 off-road enthusiasts. We will have a brief training session on driving in South Africa, followed by tackling steep inclines, rutted tracks, ditches and sandy ground to sharpen our 4x4 skills.
Afternoon drive to the Robertson Wine Valley to reach Robertson. The largest wine-producing area under irrigation, Robertson was founded in 1853. Its superior wines have many national and international awards. Some of the country's top racehorses are also bred in this valley. We will overnight at one of the most beautiful vineyard guesthouses here.
B/L/D     Excelsior Manor Guesthouse or similar

Day 5/ Feb 24/ Robertson – Oudtshoorn  (distance264 km)
Morning visit the wine estate.  Enjoy the story of Excelsior Wine Estate, view the finest surviving example of Cape Dutch architecture and one of South Africa’s foremost historical monuments tourist attractions dates back to the 18th century. For those who doesn’t drive today, there will be a wine tasting session.
Drive to Oudtshoorn and visit an ostrich working farm to learn about the region’s ostrich industry – we can even ride on one of these flightless birds. 
Overnight stay at Thylitshia Villa Country Guesthouse. Thylitshia Villa Country Guesthouse is a tastefully decorated 4 star Cape Dutch Country House and combines an ambience of classic style with modern touches. Found on a working wine and ostrich farm, Thylitshia is a wonderful retreat in the heart of the Little Karoo. The silence and beauty of its surroundings will ensure an unforgettable stay.
B/L/D     Thylitshia Villa Country Guesthouse or similar

Day 6/ Feb 25/ Oudtshoorn – Knysna (distance121 km)
Travel southbound to the coast and start driving along the world-renown Garden Route.
We arrive Knysna, Knysna is one of the Garden Routeˊs best known travel destinations. Indigenous forests, fynbos, lakes, rivers and mountains and beautiful coastlines combined with a moderate climate, make the Knysna area a natural Eden for flora and fauna lovers.
We will arrive Knysna on time to take a boat ride visiting the famous Knysna Heads, where we will learn about Knysna current events and history from the water!  Drinks, Platters & Oysters available on order.
B/L/D     Packwood Country Estate  or similar

Day 7/ Feb 26/ Knysna – Addo Elephant Park  (distance: 332 km)
Continue driving along the Garden Route towards Port Elizabeth.  En route we will have a picnic at the Tsitsikamma National Park and take a canopy tour in the woods.
Tsitsikamma lies between the sea and the Tsitsikamma Mountains and stretches from the Bloukrans River in the West to Clarkson in the East. Beautiful indigenous forest, protected by the State, is home to centuries old trees such as Yellowwood, Stinkwood, Hard Pear, Ironwood, Kamassi and many others.
Afternoon, passing by Port Elizabeth and visit the city’s most historical buildings. 
About 40 km north of Port Elizabeth,  the Addo Elephant Park is located in the dense Eastern Cape Bush of South Africa. It offers visitors spectacular elephant viewing in a malaria free environment.  The park is home to more than 450 elephants as well as Cape buffalo, lion, black rhino, various antelope species, warthogs and the flightless dungbeetle which is exclusively found at Addo.  The immediately surrounding area offers numerous recreational activities especially 4x4 offroad driving.
We will spend two nights at one of the lodges by the park.
B/L/D    Addo Dungbeetle River Lodge or similar

Day 8/ Feb 27/ Addo Elephant Park
Full day wild life safari tour into Addo Elephant National Park with qualified game guides.
B/L/D    Addo Dungbeetle River Lodge or similar

Day 9/ Feb 28/ Addo Elephant Park – Crawford Beach
distance319 km
Today we drive into Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast.
As its name suggests, the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape Province that extends between the Mtamvuna River in the north and the Great Kei River to the south, is an untamed wilderness. It is an incredible unassuming combination of breathtaking coastline, precipitous and craggy cliff faces, wild and desolate beaches, secluded bays and green rolling hills that rush headlong into deeply etched river valleys.  
En route, we will explore the traditions and customs of the local Xhosa people, visit the birthplace of Nelson Mandela and learn about the astonishingly uplifting life of the man who lead South Africa into her modern democracy at Umtata’s Nelson Mandela Museum.
B/L/D    Crawford Beach Lodge or similar

Day 10/ Mar 01/ Crawford Beach – Port St. Johnsdistance370 km
The Wild Coast area acted as a border for much of the 18th and 19th centuries, when it was rife with conflict between British colonists and the rural Xhosa people who lived a colourful and richly cultural existence in this beautiful region.
Driving for approximately 250 km, we will arrive the Hole in the Wall site.  This is a unique structure with a huge detached cliff that has a giant opening carved through its centre by the waves. The local Xhosa call this place "izi Khaleni", which means "place of thunder". During certain seasons and water conditions (high tide) the waves clap is such a fashion that the concussion can be heard throughout the valley.
The Legend of Hole in The Wall: Xhosa mythology tells a far more romantic tale of the sea people, semi deities who look like humans but have supple wrists and ankles and flipper-like hands and feet. A beautiful girl living on the Wild Coast, in a village near a lagoon, cut off from the sea by a mighty cliff, was seen by one of the sea people who became overwhelmed by her beauty and tried to woo her.
To cut a long story short: in dealing with the wrath of her father, the sea people enlisted the help of a huge fish who battered its way headfirst through the wall of rock. Through this hole spilled the sea people who swept the young Xhosa maiden away.
Continue eastbound, we will arrive Port St. Johns to overnight.
B/L/D    The Lodge on the Beach or similar

Day 11/ Mar 02/ Port St. Johns – Oribi Gorge
distance240 km
Early morning start the drive towards the Oribi Gorge of KwaZulu Natal Province.
One of KwaZulu-Natal's most spectacular natural settings, the scenic Oribi Gorge offers magnificent views. It is often referred as Africa’s Grand Canyon. 
By noon, we shall arrive at the southern edge of the breathtaking Oribi Gorge, named after the endangered Oribi antelope, an unspoilt landscape that abounds with spectacular sights. We will enjoy some hiking in the reserve before reaching our accommodation.
B/L/D    The Gorge Private Lodge and Spa or similar

Day 12/ Mar 03/ Oribi Gorge – Shakaland Zulu Villagedistance290 km
We drive for nearly 300 km today to reach Shakaland Zulu Village.
This is a traditional Zulu "Umuzi" or homestead, divided into the home of the Zulu`s and hotel rooms. A unique resort built on the set of the movies, Shaka Zulu and John Ross.
Feel the pulsating rhythm of mysterious and magical Africa as you re-live the excitement and romance of the days of Shaka, King of the Zulus, in this authentic re-creation of the Great Kraal overlooking the Phobane Lake. Experience the sight of assegaai-wielding warriors, share the fascinating secrets of the Sangomas and witness traditional customs such as tribal dancing, spear making and the beer-drinking ceremonies.
B/L/D    Shakaland Zulu Village

Day 13/ Mar 04/ Shakaland Zulu Village – Howick – Curry’s Post  (distance273 km)
Leaving the Zulu Village, we drive to a pretty little town, Howick for lunch and shopping, Today is our last day in South Africa. We will have some leisure time walking around Howick, then checking into a nearby lodge for overnight stay. 
B/L/D    The Lodge @ Curry’s Post or similar

Day 14/ Mar 05/ Curry’s Post – Ballito (King Shaka International Airport)
Transfer to the airport and fly back home. This is the end of our unforgettable driving adventure in South Africa!
B/-/- 

Day 15/ Mar 06/ Arrive home

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