Rock My South Africa, Lesotho & eSwatini Adventure

Come and experience South Africa, the ‘Rainbow Nation’ and Lesotho, Africa’s ‘Kingdom in the Sky’ the on this fun and adventurous trip. Starting in Johannesburg, we’ll head trek through the Drakensberg, go on a 3-day hiking expedition through Lesotho, explore the Wild Coast and go on safari in fabulous Addo Elephant Park.

 

Duration

14 Nights

 

Next Trip

November 2019

 

Price

£2,095 + $1,000 (paid on arrival)

 

Deposit

£400

 

Trip Overview

Join us on this wild and wonderful adventure through the beautiful and untamed landscapes of the dramatic Drakensberg mountains, the mountain kingdom of Lesotho and the magical Wild Coast.

Starting off in Johannesburg, South Africa, we’ll explore the city on a full day tour. We’ll visit Nelson Mandela’s former home, Soweto, and learn all about the uprisings and the resistance against the Apartheid regime whilst getting a unique insight into Soweto life.

There’ll also be some time to explore our hip and trendy neighbourhood before we head into the Drakensberg (which means Mountain of Dragons), a world heritage site and one of the most stunning places in all of South Africa. From here we’ll take a 12km hike to the top of Africa’s 2nd highest waterfall, the stunning Tugela Falls.

From there we’ll head to the southern part of the Drakensberg where we’ll begin a 3-day expedition into Africa’s ‘Kingdom in the Sky’, Lesotho.

We’ll hike through Sehlabathebe National Park and Bushman’s Nek mountain pass, exploring an area that few tourists get to see, staying in a small, local village and trekking through stunning, remote, mountainous terrain with panoramic views over the Drakensberg. A once in a lifetime experience.

From here we’ll head to Coffee Bay on the magical and stunning Wild Coast, also known as the Transkei, where we’ll hike to the Hole in the Wall, learn about Xhosa culture and just take in the beauty of this wonderful region. For those who like to surf, or if you want to learn, this is a great place to do it!

From here we’ll make our way to Chintsa, another beautiful stop along South Africa’s coast. We’ll go on safari Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve and you’ll also have free time to take part in one of the many activities on offer!

Our second to last stop will be Addo Elephant Park, the third largest national park in South Africa and home to the Big 5 of lion, leopard, black rhino, cape buffalo and of course, plenty of elephants!

We’ll end our trip in the pretty coastal town of Port Elizabeth, where we’ll say goodbye and toast to an amazing adventure and new friends!

Essential Info

Duration: 14 Nights

Dates: 

  • 3 November – 17 November 2019
  • 1 – 15 November 2020

Start: Johannesburg

Finish: Port Elizabeth

Maximum Group Size: 8 people

Minimum Age: 18

Physical Level: Moderate

Cost: £1,995 + $1,000* (local payment paid on arrival)

Deposit: £200 (non-refundable)

 * The local payment is a portion of your overall tour cost paid on arrival to your tour leader in US Dollars. This includes the on tour expenses that we cannot pay prior to arrival, such as national park entry fees, food, local transport and some activities.

Come with us on the adventure of a lifetime!

“I just wanted to say thank you for the amazing trip. It was a dream come true for me! I felt it was very well organised, taking in all the highlights and I loved the pace. There was always something amazing to look forward to every day. A never-ending stream of breathtaking experiences. Every single accommodation was of really high quality. I thought the balance between nature and culture, action and rest days was really well judged. I enjoyed watching the landscape change from the dry veldt to the tropical palm fringed beaches. The food was fantastic and the included meals more than generous! Everything went very smoothly and all my trepidations about travel in Africa are gone. I am totally hooked on this continent: the landscape, the wildlife, the people, the history. I cant wait to keep exploring Africa with “Rock My Adventure”. It was a trip of a lifetime for me and truly enriched me.”

KATJA / GERMANY / ROCK MY SOUTH AFRICA, ESWATINI & MOZAMBIQUE ADVENTURE

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the cool and hip city of Johannesburg.
  • Eat in some of Johannesburg’s best restaurants.
  • Take a tour of the Soweto township, former home of Nelson Mandela, where we’ll learn about the Soweto uprisings and the resistance against the Apartheid regime.
  • Hike through the beautiful Drakensberg Mountains to Tugela Falls.
  • Marvel at the impressive Drakensberg Amphitheatre.
  • Go horse riding or hiking up to Eland’s Peak to watch the sunset over Lesotho and the Drakensberg.
  • Go on a 3-day hiking expedition in Lesotho’s Sehlabathebe National Park to places where few tourists venture.
  • Meet the people at the local village we stay at and experience the warm Lesotho hospitality.
  • Explore South Africa’s beautiful Wild Coast.
  • Ride horses along the Wild Coast beaches.
  • Learn to surf South Africa’s famous Indian Ocean waves.
  • Enjoy a Xhosa meal with a local family including singing, dancing and lots of cultural interaction.
  • Hike to the Hole in the Wall, one of South Africa’s most beautiful hikes.
  • Go on safari to spot the ‘Big 5’ at the Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve.
  • Enjoy a lovely picnic on pretty Chintsa Beach.
  • Explore stunning Chintsa and take part in one of the many wonderful activities on offer, including; horse riding, quadbiking, canoeing, helicopter rides, whale watching, visiting a local micro brewery, surfing, zip lining or volunteering.
  • Enjoy a sunset boat ride in Chintsa Bay.
  • Go on safari in Addo Elephant National Park which is gome to the ‘Big 5’ as well as one of the most dense elephant populations in all of Africa.
  • Enjoy a goodbye meal at one of Port Elizabeth’s best restaurants.

Itinerary

Day 1: Johannesburg

Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to your accommodation.

Relax and get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome meal and a beer or two!

Your Rock My South Africa, Lesotho & Wild Coast Adventure starts here!

*  If you have the time and can arrive earlier, we can help to organise any other activities you wish to do in Johannesburg. Additional accommodation and activities charged separately.

* The tour starts on a Sunday, however you may want to arrive on the Saturday to take full advantage of the weekend – weekends in Jozi are always fun. You would be very welcome to join the previous group who will be finishing up the Rock My South Africa, eSwatini & Mozambique Adventure for dinner and drinks in Johannesburg on the Saturday night.

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Curiocity Backpackers (or similar)
  • Activities: None

 

Day 2: Johannesburg

In the morning, we’ll head over to Nelson Mandela’s former home, the infamous and often misunderstood Soweto township, learning about the Soweto uprisings and the resistance against the Apartheid regime.

We’ll stop at a number of different food stalls along the way to grab some local snacks, as well as a local pub (shebeen) where you can taste the local beer and hear stories of African customs and traditions finishing with a traditional South African lunch.

You will get a great insight into Soweto and learn how the communities have evolved over the years to become what you see today.

We’ll be staying in one of the hippest neighbourhoods in the city, so we’ll spend the afternoon strolling the streets, checking out the street art and cool shops in our local area.

The evening is free to relax at the hostel or you can head out to a local restaurant.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Curiocity Backpackers (or similar)
  • Activities: Soweto & Maboneng Tour

 

Day 3 - 4: The Northern Drakensberg

Our first day on the road is a pretty chilled day as we make our way south towards the Drakensberg (which means Mountain of Dragons), a world heritage site and one of the most stunning places in all of South Africa.

On the way, we’ll stop for lunch and a short hike before continuing to our new home for the next couple of days.

When we arrive at our lodge, there will be time in the afternoon to relax in the jacuzzi or sauna or take in the beautiful views of the surrounding area with a glass of wine, a beer or a cold G&T!

The following day is a little more active we’re going on a 12km hike to Tugela Falls, in Royal Natal National Park, in the northern part of the Drakensberg.

Starting out early, we’ll head out to begin our climb at 2500m. This is a challenging ascent through the mountains, however you will be rewarded with the most incredible views throughout the day and from the top of the Tugela Waterfall (weather permitting) where we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the impressive natural ‘Amphitheatre’.

Tugela Falls is the second highest waterfall in the world and at this time of the year, the scenery is green and lush after the first rainfall of the season and we will hopefully be able to see the falls in flow.

After lunch we’ll visit the smaller Eland Falls where we may see baboons and dassies lounging in the sun.

From the top, we’ll make our way down a series of chain ladders (ropes provided) and during the descent, you will be treated to beautiful views over Qwa Qwa National Park and Fika Patso Dam.

This is a truly magical experience.

For those who don’t want to take part in climbing the chain ladders, you can take a day trip into Lesotho, take a day hike into Royal Natal National Park or relax and hike around the guesthouse.

 

  • Meals: All Meals
  • Accommodation: Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge (or similar)
  • Activities: Short Hike, Picnic ,Amphitheatre & Tugela Falls Hike
Day 5: The Southern Drakenberg

fter breakfast, we’ll head to the southern part of the Drakensberg.

On the way, we’ll visit Howick Falls and the spot where Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962.

The afternoon is free to relax at the lodge or if you’re feeling energetic, you can hike up to the Eland’s Peak, to see the stunning panoramic views over the Mzimkulu River valley and take a dip in the Blue Pool which lies below a mountain waterfall before enjoying a few sundowner drinks.

Alternatively, those who want to can go horse riding to watch the sunset over the Drakensberg Mountains and Lesotho.

Simply wonderful.

  • Meals: All Meals
  • Accommodation: Khotso Lodge & Horse Trails
  • Activities: Howick Falls, Eland’s Peak Hike OR Sunset Horse Ride
Day 6 - 7: Lesotho

Early in the morning of day 6, we’ll head out towards the Bushman’s Nek pass.

Once we’ve had our passports checked we’re into Lesotho! Here we will begin our hike through the beautiful mountains of Africa’s ‘Kingdom in the Sky’.

Departing from the border post we’ll enter Sehlabathebe National Park and Bushman’s Nek mountain pass, exploring an area that few tourists get to see, trekking through stunning, remote, mountainous terrain with panoramic views over the Drakensberg.

When we arrive at the lodge we’ll have tea and biscuits and there will be chance to wander through the Thanatu village.

In the evening we’ll have a warming candlelit meal and drinks at our cosy lodge before getting an early night, ready for our trek tomorrow!

On day 2 in Lesotho, we’re going on another glorius hike.

We’ll see rivers and mountains,  Bushmen rock art and explore the stunning canyons of the Lesotho Plateau. Today’s hike will take around 5 to 7 hours, depending on how fast we go and how many times we stop to take photos of the beautiful scenery around us.

Returning to our accommodation, eyes sparkling after an exhilarating day in the mountains, we’ll enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal by the fire and experience true Lesotho hospitality!

If the sky is clear, we’ll have the chance to see an incredibly starry sky and do some astrophotography!

PLEASE NOTE: There is no hot water or electricity on this expedition, so if you don’t think that’s something you can handle, then you may be better checking out one of our other exciting South Africa adventures.

 

  • Meals: All Meals
  • Accommodation: Ha Thamatu Lodge
  • Activities: 2- day Lesotho Trekking Expedition
Day 8: The Southern Drakensberg

We’ll be up and out early, returning to South Africa via a different route.

On the way, we’ll stop at a stunning waterfall and those who want to can take a swim or jump of 20 metre high cliffs (if you’re brave enough – I am not)!

We arrive at the border post in the afternoon, before heading back to Khotso Lodge for a well-served hot shower, good stretch and slap up celebratory meal!

What an adventure!!

 

  • Meals: All Meals
  • Accommodation: Khotso Lodge & Horse Trails
  • Activities: Lesotho Trekking Expedition
Day 9 - 10: Coffee Bay

After a little lie in, we’re off to Coffee Bay on South Africa’s beautiful and dramatic Wild Coast, so called because sailors thought it to be one of the most dangerous and treacherous coastlines in the world.

Today, this area is a mecca for hikers and surfers and is still relatively untouched and pristine, known for being one of the most beautiful places in South Africa where you can enjoy the raw beauty of nature.

Arriving in the afternoon, there will be some time to relax before we head out for a delightful traditional dinner at a local home with singing, dancing and lots of cultural interaction.

The second day in Coffee Bay is completely free day for you to do as you please and explore this incredible and idyllic location.

Explore the beautiful green hills and miles of sandy beaches along the coast on the Hole in the Wall hike which has stunning views across the bay, or maybe try one of the other recommended hikes to the Mapuzi Cliffs and Caves or to Easy Falls.

If you’re a fan of kayaking, you can head out on the Mdumbi or Mthatha Rivers, or you could go fishing or head down to the beach to go swimming or surfing!

Each of the organised hikes leave at 10am, which gives you time for an early morning surf lesson if you wish!

The choice is yours!

  • Meals: 2 x Breakfast 1 x Dinner
  • Accommodation: Coffee Shack Backpackers (or similar)
  • Activities: Local Xhosa Dinner
Day 11 - 12: Chintsa

Today we’ll make our way along the coast to Chintsa (also called Cintsa).

On the way, we’ll stop for a gorgeous picnic lunch on one of the most beautiful beaches in South Africa.

Fed and watered, we’ll head to Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve for a sunset safari game drive where we’ll look for the ‘Big 5’ of lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and balck rhino, as well as a whole host of other animals.

Well end our day with a delicious dinner at the restaurant inside the reserve before heading back to our lovely lodge.

The next day is completely free day to explore beautiful Chintsa.

There are many wonderful activities to choose from, including horse riding on the beach, quadbiking, canoeing, helicopter rides, whale watching, visiting a local micro brewery, surfing, walks along the beach, zip lining or volunteering at a local project.

There are so many options to keep you occupied in this little piece of paradise. We can help to book anything you wish to do. Or, you can spend the day relaxing around the pool or on the beach with a good book! This is your holiday!

In the late afternoon, we’ll head out on a boat cruise to watch the sunset with a few drinks! Lovely!

 

  • Meals: 2 x Breakfast, 1 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner
  • Accommodation: Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers (or similar)
  • Activities: Beach Picnic, Sunset Safari. Sunset Boat Cruise
Day 13: Addo Elephant Park

Today we’re heading to the incredible Addo Elephant Park!

Addo Elephant Park is the third largest national park in South Africa and home to the Big 5 of lion, leopard, black rhino, cape buffalo and of course, plenty of elephants! In fact, it has one of the most dense elephant populations in the world.

When we arrive, we’ll go on a sundowner safari through the park spotting elephants and other animals.

In the evening we’ll enjoy a traditional African braai (bbq) under the stars.

 

  • Meals: All Meals
  • Accommodation: Addo Elephant Main Rest Camp (or similar)
  • Activities: Afternoon Game Drive, Braai
Day 14: Port Elizabeth

Today we’re up early to go on a morning safari in Addo Elephant National Park to spot even more animals!

Early morning is always a beautiful and special time to be on safari when the sun is rising and the animals are at their most active. Yes, it’s a just like the Lion King!

Once we’re safari’d out, we’ll make our way to the pretty coastal town of Port Elizabeth, where you’ll have time to explore the town and buy any last minute souvenirs.

In the evening, we’ll head out on the town for sunset cocktails and a goodbye meal and toast to an amazing adventure and new friends!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Victoria & Alfred Boutique Hotel & Guesthouse (or similar)
  • Activities: Morning Game Drive, Goodbye Dinner
Day 15: Departure Day

Today is always a sad day as we say goodbye to our new friends (there’s usually a few tears, I will warn you), but the memories and shared experiences will last a lifetime!

We can arrange the transfer to Port Elizabeth International Airport or you can continue your Africa travels from there.

If you need any support with your pre or post-tour Africa travels, please don’t hesitate to contact us. It’s all part of the Rock My Adventure service!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: None
  • Activities: None

Please bear in mind that the itinerary is subject to minor changes, ‘This is Africa’! But whatever happens, we’ll ensure you have an amazing trip!!

Have a question? Feel free contact us here or take a look at our FAQ’s page.

Support

  • Rock My Adventure Group Leader, comprehensive pre-departure information & planning advice.

Meals

  • 14 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 12 dinners.

Accommodation

  • 14 nights accommodation in good quality safari camps, hostels, hotels and guesthouses.

Transport

  • All transport within South Africa and Lesotho to and from included excursions and between the main destinations on the tour (includes – busses, taxis, boats & safari vehicles).

Activities

  • Johannesburg Tour (Soweto & Maboneng)
  • Hike & Picnic Lunch
  • Amphitheatre & Tugela Falls Hike
  • Howick Falls
  • Eland’s Peak Hike OR Sunset Horse Ride
  • 3-Day Lesotho Trekking Expedition in Sehlabathebe National Park
  • Local Xhosa Dinner
  • Chintsa Beach Picnic
  • Safari in Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve
  • Sunset Boat Cruise
  • Afternoon Game Drive in Addo Elephant National Park
  • South African Braai
  • Morning Game Drive in Addo Elephant National Park
  • Goodbye Dinner
  • Flights.
  • Airport transfers (however we can arrange these for you).
  • Visas (if needed).
  • Medications, antimalarials or vaccinations.
  • Travel/health insurance (required).
  • Drinks & meals not mentioned.
  • Optional activities.
  • Tips for local guides.

You will make 3 payments:

  • Deposit: Paid in GBP upon booking.
  • Balance: The remainder of the GBP balance (minus deposit) paid 62 days before arrival.
  • Local Payment: Paid on arrival to your Tour Leader in Africa

The local payment is separate from the initial price you pay prior to the trip. You pay the local payment to your Tour Leader in US Dollars upon arrival in Africa.

This includes the on tour expenses that we cannot pay prior to arrival, such as national park entry fees, food, local transport and some activities.

  • 3 November – 17 November 2019
  • 1 – 15 November 2020

Travel insurance is essential for ALL Rock My Adventure trips.

Your health and safety when travelling is of the utmost importance, so it is vital that you have travel insurance policy that covers you for your trip to Africa. Adequate travel insurance is a condition of your contract with us and you will not be able to join a trip without it.

You must be satisfied that your insurance fully covers all your personal requirements including cancellation charges, theft, medical expenses and repatriation in the event of accident or illness.

Your insurance should also cover you for any adventurous activities that you wish to do – this includes the ‘included’ activities on the tour and any ‘optional’ activities.

Please be aware that some hazardous activities such as (but not limited to) white water rafting on grade 5 rapids, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, safari walks, bungee jumping and sky diving may not be covered by all policies, so you may have to take out a higher level of cover.

Medical care is not free in Africa and even the cost of getting to hospital can be super expensive, so you need to be covered in case of a medical emergency, including air ambulance evacuation and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. For example, if your appendix bursts whilst we are in the Serengeti, you will need to be evacuated by helicopter to Nairobi. Without insurance you would need to pay for that out of your own pocket.

If you are bringing along any electrical equipment such as cameras and laptops, you should also ensure your insurance covers those items too. Some policies only have this as an add-on.

If you are travelling to an area that is subject to foreign office warnings, this may void your travel insurance, so you may need to take out an additional policy for the days you are in the danger zones.

Please always read the small print.

Your tour leader will collect your travel insurance details on the first day of your trip, so please have the following information ready for them:

  • Name of insurance provider.
  • Your policy number.
  • The telephone number to call in the event of an emergency.
  • Your next of kin name and number.

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