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Johannesburg
Destinations
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Ends
Cape Town
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Highlights

  • Discover the wildlife in Kruger National Park
  • Experience the mountainous region of Lesotho
  • Camp by Storms River
  • Drive along the stunning Garden Route
  • Go wine tasting at local vineyards
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Overland Truck
Travel style
Discovery, Safari, Wildlife
Start in Johannesburg and end in Cape Town! With the discovery tour Johannesburg to Cape Town, you have a 20 day tour package taking you from Johannesburg to Cape Town and through Johannesburg, South Africa and 27 other destinations in Africa. Johannesburg to Cape Town includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

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  • JC
    Written on August 23, 2017
    1.0 - Bad

    Great trip, met many wonderful people. Unfortunately, the guides did not send us the list of names and email addresses which they promised to do. Also , unfortunately, even though I paid for single supplement, I had to share several times. Exodus admitted to their mistake but only reimbursed me $150. I paid over $800. I traveled with exodus 3 times but will never do so again.
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  • Johannesburg to Cape Town reviewer 2
    Written on August 20, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    An excellent trip slightly ruined by the lack of support vehicle which added hours to already lengthy days and meant we nearly always arrived at new places in the dark having spent whole days on the bus on occasion. It is clearly a trip which involves long journeys but at least 2 hours were added onto the normal journey times which is not acceptable on an expensive trip. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Township visit in Cape Town; Cape Peninsula; camping at Tsitsikama; Lesotho - could have spent much longer there; walking in the Drakensberg Mountains; rhino walk in Swaziland; seeing a baby rhino in Kruger.What did you think of your group leader?Rob was an excellent leader - he coped very well with being let down by his company (Mask expeditions) who failed to provide a support vehicle after the original one broke down at the start of the trip. It was out of respect for him that we didn't kick up a fuss about the extra hours this cost us on the bus which was not suitable for the weight it had to pull (us, all our bags, all the tents, all the food etc).  He is unfailingly upbeat and calm and has a wealth of knowledge about southern Africa.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Insist that Exodus/Mask provide appropriate vehicles for what is an expensive trip.  Is there anything else you would like to add?I wouldn't want my comments to put anyone off what is an excellent and varied trip but I do think we deserved more for our money! Exodus should insist on better from Mask - I think profit was clearly put above our needs. Personally Mozambique could be scrapped from the trip - it is a long way to travel for what it is and  I would have preferred longer stops in other locations (pick any from Cape Town, Lesotho, Drakensberg, Swaziland, Kruger)    

  • Johannesburg to Cape Town reviewer 3
    Written on April 25, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    Had a great time , pity there were only 6 of us on the trip. South Africa is a great country and this trip gives you a great view of it.There were a few hiccups on the way like when the truck got a puncture and no one could get the wheel nuts off, guy had to come and burn them off for us . But, that's travel.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Walking around the Drakensbergs .  And finally getting that last wheel nut off !!What did you think of your group leader?Rob was a good leader, did everything for us, drove, put up the tents and cooked.  Never seen a harder working leader. Rob loved his birdlife and not just the feathered varity. There was this Polish girl who wore the shortest of shorts and tightest of tops. It was funny listening for them to go from room to room & tent to tent.But, he spent most of his time with her and didn't give us his full attention.Tsepo was a great driver and a nice bloke.  Had a lot of fun with him.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Spend more time after the trip in Cape Town.Is there anything else you would like to add?We have never done an Exodus trip but would certainly do another one.Had a great time with some nice people.  Isn't that enough.!!

  • Johannesburg to Cape Town reviewer 4
    Written on October 24, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was a fantastic trip that gives a real taste of what this part of the world has to offer - stunning scenery [mountains, deserts and coastline], interesting walks, an enormous variety of flora and fauna, and fascinating culture and social history. The trip was well structured, and offered something for most interests. There is a good balance between camping and staying in small hotels and guest houses, and some of the camping sites were in amazing locations - notably the Drakensberg and Tsitsikamma. One of the really good things about the trip was how well the group of 15 gelled together - an essential element when you are spending three weeks at close quarters - and the fact that generally we had warm and sunny weather.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The things that stood out for me were seeing leopard in the Kruger and lying awake in the tent listening to lions roaring in the surrounding bush [I hope that they were further away than they sounded!!], watching a group of rhino walk by the waterhole close to the campsite in Swaziland [they really were almost close enough to touch], the gorge walk in the Drakensberg, Lesotho [an unbelievably beautiful mountain kingdom - it was great to get out and walk through the countryside and the local village to see ancient bushman art], Tsitsikamma [a campsite right on the shoreline, so the constant sound of waves breaking, the chance to see dolphins swimming past, and a wonderful walk along the shoreline to a waterfall] and finally Capetown. All amazing, and each one worth seeing in its own right. But what was truly inspirational was seeing Robben Island and Nelson Mandela's cell and then standing underneath the balcony in Grand Parade picturing him raising his fist and shouting "Amandla" when he was finally released. Don't miss out on either.What did you think of your group leader?Rob was an excellent tour leader - knowledgeable, competent, very hard working, good on the logistics and excellent at spotting game. You could ask him anything - if he couldn't immediately identify something that you had seen [which was rare], or give you an answer to a question, he would find it out pretty quickly and come back to you. He was easy going and good company, making sure that he spent time talking to everyone, yet maintained a quiet authority over the group such that everything ran smoothly and everyone was generally in the right place at the right time. However, he was only one element of an excellent team of four [expertly aided and abetted by Sifiso, Tallis and Petros] who all worked really well together. All four of them pitched in and did whatever was needed - driving the bus, pitching and dismantling the camp and cooking excellent and varied meals. The four of them worked tirelessly to make sure that we were all able to sit back and enjoy ourselves to the maximum.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The general concensus is that the trip is best done from Joburg to Cape Town, which is a great place to end up in. My one real regret is that I didn't add on some extra time there at the end of the trip - there wasn't enough time to cover everything that I wanted to see and do, and Cape Town is a very cool city where it would be good to spend a few days after the trip ends. I would definitely recommend doing so.Travel light - there are plenty of opportunities to get laundry done easily and cheaply [notably Bilene in Mozambique and Lesotho] and it is unnecessary to haul around a large and heavy bag. A lot of the hotel/guest house accommodation is on first floors, and it is so much better if you can carry your own bag up and down the stairs.Don't be put off by the camping - most of the campsites are in stunning locations, and it really is the best way to enjoy the landscape. The tents are put up and taken down for you, and the beds are really comfortable. Similarly, don't be put off by the thought of a day of walking in the Drakensberg. The gorge walk passes through amazing scenery and is really not to be missed - although it ascends gradually on the way there, it is mostly contouring, and there isn't a huge gain in height, so not particularly strenuous. Finally, as the trip notes say, there are some long driving days. But they are a necessary part of covering all the ground and seeing different places, and are usually enjoyable in their own right because of the ever changing scenery that you are passing through, and the one-off spots - baboons, antelope and mountain zebra by the roadside and the people and villages that you pass by. There are plenty of coffee/toilet/leg stretching stops. Sit back and enjoy it, take an iPod to listen to and a book for the rare occasions when you don't want to just sit and take in the scenery.Is there anything else you would like to add?I thoroughly enjoyed this trip, and it certainly met if not exceeded my expectations. There is so much to see and do that you are often spoilt for choice. However, one of the things that surprised me is that I thought that Mozambique, which was an initial draw f0r me, turned out to be much less interesting than I thought .... and arguably expendable. With the benefit of hindsight, I would probably opt to miss out Mozambique and spend more time in some of the other places, such as Lesotho and Swaziland. We also had very little time in Graaf-Reinet and Stellenbosch, both of which are historic  Cape Dutch towns, that are certainly worth spending time in.The game in the Kruger isn't as prolific or as impressive as is the case in the Masai Mara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, but we nevertheless saw all of the Big Five and a lot more besides. A great leopard sighting and a lot of interesting and colourful birds at close quarters.All in all, a wonderful experience and a great intro to South Africa and its neighbours. 

  • Johannesburg to Cape Town reviewer 5
    Written on August 19, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was a fantastic tour from sights to meals to guides. This was our first Exodus tour and will not be our last. I'm not sure if we were just fortunate but considering the tour was full (16 people) we had a terrific group of people to travel with. My only negative would be the amount of driving we had to do to cover so many miles, that said, it was totally worth it for all we saw and the bus was thankfully air conditioned and comfortable. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?We are stumped as there is so much to choose from. Lesotho was inspiring, the Rhino walk humbling, Titsikarma breathtaking and, my personal favorite, the Drakkensburg mountains were majestic. A peaceful place I would happily return to. The wildlife we saw included the big 5 and soooo much more!What did you think of your group leader?Rob, Sufiso, Shawn and Jacob were terrific! Rob was very knowledgable and helpful, interesting and competent. I think he was pulling his hair out at times with such a big group but he managed the personalities and challenges very well. Sufiso is a fantastic driver, always friendly and helpful but quiet and in control. Shawn was also helpful, friendly, fun and interesting. Jacob was shy but very helpful and strong I think physically he worked the hardest with set up and take down but always with a big smile. They all seemed to know what needed to be done and worked well together. Plus their cooking was awesome!!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Pack light!! I did not and no one thanked me for it including myself. Have something to do on the bus be it music, books etc. This trip is not for those who are looking to relax, it is busy, exciting and fun but not restful.Is there anything else you would like to add?This was a fun, affordable and realistic way to see as much of South Africa as possible in 21 days and we highly recommend it!!

  • Johannesburg to Cape Town reviewer 6
    Written on April 12, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    Overall an excellent trip, with good knwledgeable guides, which i can heartily recommend. Lots of beautiful scenery, animals, and interesting sites. Mozambique, especially Maputo, could easily be left out with no detriment to the trip, Maputo is not somewhere you would want to wander around and, for the day by the beach in Mozambique there was not much to do.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?MOMENTS Cheetah breeding centre, up close and personal with an adult cheetah who purrs like a HarleydavidsonBreakfast at Tsitsikama camp site watching half dozen pods of dolphin swim pastThe rare site of wild dogs on the move in the evening light of KrugerWhat did you think of your group leader?The leader was knowledgeable, helpful, and fitted in with the group. He is young and has been running this trip for less than a year however he is complimented by his assistant/driver who has been doing the trip for some years and has a wicked sense of humour.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?There are plenty of opportunities to charge cameras but, once away from Cape Town no wifi but mobile phones work albeit a poor signal in Mozambique.Is there anything else you would like to add?This is my second exodus trip in Southern Africa. I love the country and these trips are a good way to see it. We will be back!

  • Johannesburg to Cape Town reviewer 7
    Written on April 12, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    Overall an excellent trip, with good knwledgeable guides, which i can heartily recommend. Lots of beautiful scenery, animals, and interesting sites. Mozambique, especially Maputo, could easily be left out with no detriment to the trip, Maputo is not somewhere you would want to wander around and, for the day by the beach in Mozambique there was not much to do.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?MOMENTS Cheetah breeding centre, up close and personal with an adult cheetah who purrs like a HarleydavidsonBreakfast at Tsitsikama camp site watching half dozen pods of dolphin swim pastThe rare site of wild dogs on the move in the evening light of KrugerWhat did you think of your group leader?The leader was knowledgeable, helpful, and fitted in with the group. He is young and has been running this trip for less than a year however he is complimented by his assistant/driver who has been doing the trip for some years and has a wicked sense of humour.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?There are plenty of opportunities to charge cameras but, once away from Cape Town no wifi but mobile phones work albeit a poor signal in Mozambique.Is there anything else you would like to add?This is my second exodus trip in Southern Africa. I love the country and these trips are a good way to see it. We will be back!

  • Johannesburg to Cape Town reviewer 8
    Written on April 1, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    This is an amazing trip that allows you to see a wide range of places and things.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I agree with the other reviewer who said this trip has many highlights, but no one "inspirational" moment. My favorite things included: sunset over the ocean in Tsitsikamma, Lesotho (the area where we stayed was beautiful and peaceful), hiking in the Drakensburg Mountains (stunning!), listening to lions calling outside the camp on a sleepless night in Swaziland, seeing the animals in Kruger (from lilac-breasted rollers to wild dogs to elephants), and exploring Cape Town (fascinating!).What did you think of your group leader?Rob was our guide and Sifiso was our driver. It's difficult to separate one's efforts from the other's, as both worked tirelessly to make our trip as comfortable, easy, informative, and enjoyable as possible. Both have an amazing depth of knowledge about the countries visited and the things you're seeing. Don't hesitate to ask questions! You'll be surprised by how much they can tell you about the most random subjects imaginable.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared to spend more money on optional activities than you might anticipate from the list in the trip notes. Few of the optional things are all that expensive individually, but particularly in the game parks, you'll probably want to do several things (both sunset and sunrise drives, for example), so it adds up. A friend of mine always recommends you take half as much clothing and twice as much cash as you think you'll need, and that's probably good advice for this trip.If you can, do the trip from Jo-berg to Cape Town and not in reverse. That way you're ending up in a beautiful, easy place. Doing it in reverse means you're ending at the airport in Jo-berg, after a long day of driving. However you do it, spend some extra time in Cape Town. It's a lovely and fascinating place! And as cheesy as it sounds, the double-decker tour buses are a perfect way to see the town and areas around it.Is there anything else you would like to add?In many ways, this trip was way out of the norm for me. I'm not exactly a prissy girly-girl, but just from reading the trip description, there would seem to be way too much "roughing it" for my usual taste. But weighing that against my desire to see these places, I decided I could handle it. And I can tell anyone who might hesitating for similar reasons that they should go. Yes, there's a whole lot of the great outdoors on this trip, but in the best possible ways. I never stopped being amazed by the ever-changing landscape. You see everything from craggy, misty coastline to wide plains covered in scrub brush to mountains to pine forests. And it seems to change completely at least once an hour. I've never seen such diversity over such a relatively concentrated space.The shine never wore off of seeing the different animals, and not just in the game parks. You never knew when you'd see a monkey on a fence post, or an eagle overhead, or zebras in a field. Then once you're in the game parks, it intensifies. Every bush could be hiding a rhino or some brightly-colored bird, and every bend in the road could reveal a pack of African wild dogs or a lion napping in the shade.In terms of optional activities, I would definitely recommend doing as many game drives as you can. We had good luck seeing animals both on sunset and sunrise drives, though the big cats were limited (we saw two lions and no leopards).My friend and I did four optional activities of note. First, we flew into Jo-Berg and took the Premier Classe train down to Cape Town to join the group. That was a fascinating experience, as most of the other passengers were not foreign tourists, but rather people from South Africa returning home to or visiting friends/family in Cape Town. All of your meals are provided, and it's a comfortable way to make that journey, if you have the time. (Note that the train station in Jo-Berg is in a terrible part of town, so be careful with your transportation there!)Second, the township tour in Cape Town. They can arrange this to suit your schedule, so it's possible to do a Robben Island tour in the morning and the township in the afternoon. The guide they recommend is a young man who's involved in several projects in Langa, and he offers wonderful insight into an area that I knew almost nothing about. That tour completely changed my perception of townships and was one of the most fascinating and rewarding experiences on the trip.Third, we did the tree canopy tour in Tsitsikamma. Our guide said it wasn't one of the "Weeeeeee!" type of tours, but it totally was. It's an excellent chance to see some incredible birds and learn about the various trees and plant life in the area. You're always secured to something, with three safety lines when you're on the cables and with two on the platforms, so it feels very safe.Fourth, diving in Mozambique. It was an interesting experience, but not because of the diving (which was dreadful due to poor visibility). You have two options, diving in the lagoon or in the ocean, but the ocean trip requires at least four people or payment for that many (650R per person). The dive shop has good gear, and the people are quite nice (it's currently owned by an American ex-pat). However, even though I had fun, I can't really recommend it. The boat they use is a rubber pontoon-type of thing, and getting back in requires launching yourself up and being dragged the rest of the way in (I was covered in bruises afterwards). The lagoon sites are also covered in sea urchins, which, when combined with the terrible visibility, makes diving there a tricky proposition. If you do want to try the diving, go for the ocean. It's supposed to be beautiful.  One of my concerns when I signed up for this trip was the hiking. The pace of this trip is listed as "leisurely/moderate," but one person's moderate is another person's death march. The hiking was not at all bad. It was never required, so you could always sit it out and/or ride the truck to the end point. I had my concerns about the day-long hike in the Drakensburg, but for me, that ended up being one of the highlights of the trip. It is mostly uphill on the way out, but it's generally quite gradual. At its farthest point, the hike becomes a more complicated and strenuous scramble over rocks, but it's easy to sit that part out (which I and several others did). The views on that hike are stunning, and it felt wonderful to walk after so much truck-sitting. If the weather's nice when you're doing the hike, it's likely to be pretty uncomfortable for part of it, because you'll be in direct sun. We got lucky in that regard because it was cloudy, but that did partially obscure the views. Now for a word on the camping. I have never liked camping and probably never will. I decided to go on this trip in spite of the camping, rather than because of it, because I wanted to see South Africa and the best trips all require at least some camping. I can say that the camping on this trip was great, almost always more comfortable than the hotels (which isn't intended to be a criticism of the hotels, but rather a compliment to the quality of the campgrounds). The tents are, of course, smomewhat cramped with two people and their luggage inside, but plenty large enough to be comfortable (and a good deal larger than the tents some of the other tour companies were using). The views from the sites were often spectacular (Tsitsikamma and Drakensburg), the facilities fantastic, and the locations convenient. The one exception was the one in Mozambique, which was comfortable and pleasant, but had other issues (see below).My one disappointment on the trip was Mozambique. The whole excursion up there felt like an inconvenient detour, requiring way too many hours of backtracking over the same roads. The trip notes refer to experiencing "vibrant" Maputo and having a chance for a fun night out. On the reverse trip, you're only in vibrant Maputo for about three hours, and a good chunk of that is taken up with waiting for the ferry over to your hotel across the bay; your fun night out is at the hotel restaurant. I have been told that Maputo actually is pretty fantastic, but you're not there long enough to see much of anything other than derelict buildings and trash, or to experience anything other than heat. The campsite where you spend two nights is beautifully located near the water, but it's seven bumpy, twisting, rutted kilometers from the town. My friend and I did get into town for the diving and had a great dinner there, but we were the only ones in our group who were able to have anything more than cursory contact with the place. I think I would have preferred spending more time in other areas on the itinerary and avoiding Mozambique entirely. All in all, it's a great trip!

  • Johannesburg to Cape Town reviewer 9
    Written on April 1, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    This is an amazing trip that allows you to see a wide range of places and things.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I agree with the other reviewer who said this trip has many highlights, but no one "inspirational" moment. My favorite things included: sunset over the ocean in Tsitsikamma, Lesotho (the area where we stayed was beautiful and peaceful), hiking in the Drakensburg Mountains (stunning!), listening to lions calling outside the camp on a sleepless night in Swaziland, seeing the animals in Kruger (from lilac-breasted rollers to wild dogs to elephants), and exploring Cape Town (fascinating!).What did you think of your group leader?Rob was our guide and Sifiso was our driver. It's difficult to separate one's efforts from the other's, as both worked tirelessly to make our trip as comfortable, easy, informative, and enjoyable as possible. Both have an amazing depth of knowledge about the countries visited and the things you're seeing. Don't hesitate to ask questions! You'll be surprised by how much they can tell you about the most random subjects imaginable.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared to spend more money on optional activities than you might anticipate from the list in the trip notes. Few of the optional things are all that expensive individually, but particularly in the game parks, you'll probably want to do several things (both sunset and sunrise drives, for example), so it adds up. A friend of mine always recommends you take half as much clothing and twice as much cash as you think you'll need, and that's probably good advice for this trip.If you can, do the trip from Jo-berg to Cape Town and not in reverse. That way you're ending up in a beautiful, easy place. Doing it in reverse means you're ending at the airport in Jo-berg, after a long day of driving. However you do it, spend some extra time in Cape Town. It's a lovely and fascinating place! And as cheesy as it sounds, the double-decker tour buses are a perfect way to see the town and areas around it.Is there anything else you would like to add?In many ways, this trip was way out of the norm for me. I'm not exactly a prissy girly-girl, but just from reading the trip description, there would seem to be way too much "roughing it" for my usual taste. But weighing that against my desire to see these places, I decided I could handle it. And I can tell anyone who might hesitating for similar reasons that they should go. Yes, there's a whole lot of the great outdoors on this trip, but in the best possible ways. I never stopped being amazed by the ever-changing landscape. You see everything from craggy, misty coastline to wide plains covered in scrub brush to mountains to pine forests. And it seems to change completely at least once an hour. I've never seen such diversity over such a relatively concentrated space.The shine never wore off of seeing the different animals, and not just in the game parks. You never knew when you'd see a monkey on a fence post, or an eagle overhead, or zebras in a field. Then once you're in the game parks, it intensifies. Every bush could be hiding a rhino or some brightly-colored bird, and every bend in the road could reveal a pack of African wild dogs or a lion napping in the shade.In terms of optional activities, I would definitely recommend doing as many game drives as you can. We had good luck seeing animals both on sunset and sunrise drives, though the big cats were limited (we saw two lions and no leopards).My friend and I did four optional activities of note. First, we flew into Jo-Berg and took the Premier Classe train down to Cape Town to join the group. That was a fascinating experience, as most of the other passengers were not foreign tourists, but rather people from South Africa returning home to or visiting friends/family in Cape Town. All of your meals are provided, and it's a comfortable way to make that journey, if you have the time. (Note that the train station in Jo-Berg is in a terrible part of town, so be careful with your transportation there!)Second, the township tour in Cape Town. They can arrange this to suit your schedule, so it's possible to do a Robben Island tour in the morning and the township in the afternoon. The guide they recommend is a young man who's involved in several projects in Langa, and he offers wonderful insight into an area that I knew almost nothing about. That tour completely changed my perception of townships and was one of the most fascinating and rewarding experiences on the trip.Third, we did the tree canopy tour in Tsitsikamma. Our guide said it wasn't one of the "Weeeeeee!" type of tours, but it totally was. It's an excellent chance to see some incredible birds and learn about the various trees and plant life in the area. You're always secured to something, with three safety lines when you're on the cables and with two on the platforms, so it feels very safe.Fourth, diving in Mozambique. It was an interesting experience, but not because of the diving (which was dreadful due to poor visibility). You have two options, diving in the lagoon or in the ocean, but the ocean trip requires at least four people or payment for that many (650R per person). The dive shop has good gear, and the people are quite nice (it's currently owned by an American ex-pat). However, even though I had fun, I can't really recommend it. The boat they use is a rubber pontoon-type of thing, and getting back in requires launching yourself up and being dragged the rest of the way in (I was covered in bruises afterwards). The lagoon sites are also covered in sea urchins, which, when combined with the terrible visibility, makes diving there a tricky proposition. If you do want to try the diving, go for the ocean. It's supposed to be beautiful.  One of my concerns when I signed up for this trip was the hiking. The pace of this trip is listed as "leisurely/moderate," but one person's moderate is another person's death march. The hiking was not at all bad. It was never required, so you could always sit it out and/or ride the truck to the end point. I had my concerns about the day-long hike in the Drakensburg, but for me, that ended up being one of the highlights of the trip. It is mostly uphill on the way out, but it's generally quite gradual. At its farthest point, the hike becomes a more complicated and strenuous scramble over rocks, but it's easy to sit that part out (which I and several others did). The views on that hike are stunning, and it felt wonderful to walk after so much truck-sitting. If the weather's nice when you're doing the hike, it's likely to be pretty uncomfortable for part of it, because you'll be in direct sun. We got lucky in that regard because it was cloudy, but that did partially obscure the views. Now for a word on the camping. I have never liked camping and probably never will. I decided to go on this trip in spite of the camping, rather than because of it, because I wanted to see South Africa and the best trips all require at least some camping. I can say that the camping on this trip was great, almost always more comfortable than the hotels (which isn't intended to be a criticism of the hotels, but rather a compliment to the quality of the campgrounds). The tents are, of course, smomewhat cramped with two people and their luggage inside, but plenty large enough to be comfortable (and a good deal larger than the tents some of the other tour companies were using). The views from the sites were often spectacular (Tsitsikamma and Drakensburg), the facilities fantastic, and the locations convenient. The one exception was the one in Mozambique, which was comfortable and pleasant, but had other issues (see below).My one disappointment on the trip was Mozambique. The whole excursion up there felt like an inconvenient detour, requiring way too many hours of backtracking over the same roads. The trip notes refer to experiencing "vibrant" Maputo and having a chance for a fun night out. On the reverse trip, you're only in vibrant Maputo for about three hours, and a good chunk of that is taken up with waiting for the ferry over to your hotel across the bay; your fun night out is at the hotel restaurant. I have been told that Maputo actually is pretty fantastic, but you're not there long enough to see much of anything other than derelict buildings and trash, or to experience anything other than heat. The campsite where you spend two nights is beautifully located near the water, but it's seven bumpy, twisting, rutted kilometers from the town. My friend and I did get into town for the diving and had a great dinner there, but we were the only ones in our group who were able to have anything more than cursory contact with the place. I think I would have preferred spending more time in other areas on the itinerary and avoiding Mozambique entirely. All in all, it's a great trip!

  • Johannesburg to Cape Town reviewer 10
    Written on March 3, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    Just thought I'd respond to Heidi's comment that people should be prepared to help out if you are to keep to your schedule: On a previous trip (Nambia) our guide Maxwell TOLD US OFF for helping: "This is a fully serviced camping trip - it is what you pay for." And this is the case for the J'burg to Cape Town trip. You don't need to help. The crew are well-drilled and operate like clockwork when clearing camp. Yes, of course you can help with stacking  a few chairs etc. but more often than not it is the guests that hold things up. Another gem from Maxwell, and taken on too by Sifiso, our South African guide - "A packed bag is you pass to the breakfast table!"   And how well that works. It was often the case that guests were so busy helping out clearing camp that we were held up and had to wait for THEM to pack their bags. No problems with the schedules - all you have to do is make sure that YOU are ready. (A great trip which I could readily do again.)

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Start Johannesburg; drive to Mpumalanga.
  2. Day 2: Explore Panorama Route; to Letaba Ranch Reserve; night game drive.
  3. Day 3: Morning game walk; to Kruger N.P.
  4. Day 4: Game drives in Kruger N.P.
  5. Day 5: To Hlane Game Reserve, Swaziland, optional nature walk.
  6. Day 6: To St. Lucia on the Elephant Coast.
  7. Day 7: Boat trip and game walk; afternoon at Cape Vidal.
  8. Day 8: To Dundee via Rourke's Drift
  9. Day 9: To Royal Natal N.P.; optional afternoon walk
  10. Day 10: Daywalk in the Drakensberg.
  11. Day 11: To the Kingdom of Lesotho.
  12. Day 12: Free day to enjoy Lesotho's culture and mountain scenery.
  13. Day 13: To Graaf Reinet in the Karoo.
  14. Day 14: To Tsitsikamma N.P on the Garden Route.
  15. Day 15: Free day to go on walks, relax or explore the region.
  16. Day 16: To Hermanus; whale watching in season.
  17. Day 17: Visit South Africa's wine region en route to Cape Town.
  18. Day 18: Cape Peninsula tour, Cape Point and Simonstown's penguins.
  19. Day 19: Free day in Cape Town.
  20. Day 20: End Cape Town.

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Vaccinations

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Typhoid
Recommended for South Africa and Swaziland. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for South Africa and Swaziland. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Cholera
Recommended for South Africa and Swaziland. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Tuberculosis
Recommended for South Africa and Swaziland. Ideally 3 months before travel.
Hepatitis B
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Yellow fever
Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for South Africa and Swaziland. Ideally 10 days before travel.
Rabies
Recommended for Swaziland. Ideally 1 month before travel.

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Location
Johannesburg is the starting point and Cape Town is the endpoint.
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Deposit
TourRadar only requires a deposit of 20% to confirm this Exodus Travels booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 24 November 2018 the full payment of $3,547 is necessary.
Cancellation policy
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $3547 for Johannesburg to Cape Town, but the deposit of 20% is non-refundable.
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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 3,034 km.
  • Johannesburg (South Africa)
  • 207 km
  • Belfast (South Africa)
  • 116 km
  • Graskop (South Africa)
  • 42 km
  • Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve (South Africa)
  • 91 km
  • Letaba Ranch (South Africa)
  • 80 km
  • Kruger National Park (South Africa)
  • 274 km
  • Hlane Royal National Park (Swaziland)
  • 60 km
  • Big Bend (Swaziland)
  • 179 km
  • St Lucia Estuary (South Africa)
  • 31 km
  • Cape Vidal (South Africa)
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