Johannesburg to Cape Town

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Trip code: 
AZJ
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Culture
Min age:
16
Group size:
6–16

Go on safari, visit mountain kingdoms, enjoy world-class wine, travel along dramatic coastlines, and see where two oceans meet.

This epic journey explores the different facets of three very diverse countries. In South Africa we go on game drives in the Kruger National Park, walk in the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains, travel along the Garden Route, enjoy wine tasting amid the country’s renowned vineyards and visit exciting Cape Town and journey through the mountain kingdoms of Swaziland and Lesotho.This three week trip has something for everyone: prolific wildlife, incredible scenery, beautiful beaches, awe-inspiring mountains and, of course, the rich culture which makes these countries what they are today.

Highlights

  • Kruger and the Drakensberg
  • Swaziland and Lesotho
  • Cape Town and the Garden Route

Key information

  • 18 nights log cabins/chalets/hotel, 1 night permanent tented camp
  • Travel is by minibus or overland truck
  • Mainly good roads with some long drives

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 16 lunches, 13 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

 

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart London.

    Depart London.

  • Day 2

    Start Johannesburg; drive to Mpumalanga.

    We leave the airport and make our way, on good roads, to the old gold rush town of Pilgrim's Rest on the eastern escarpment. En route we travel through South Africa's highest town, Belfast (1,970m) and the scenic Robbers Pass. We overnight in Graskop (Mpumalamga), with views over the Graskop Gorge. Our driving time today will be approximately 5-6 hours (400km) plus sightseeing.
    Mogodi Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Explore Panorama Route; to Letaba Ranch Reserve; night game drive.

    Today we explore the aptly named Panorama Route. We drive through some spectacular countryside and we stop at scenic places like Bourke's Luck potholes and Blyde River Canyon, the third largest of its type in the southern hemisphere. From here we continue to Letaba Ranch Reserve. This late afternoon we go on an open, sunset game drive returning to camp after dark with the spot-light. Our driving time today will be approximately 3-4 hours (250km).
    Mtomeni Safari Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Morning game walk; to Kruger N.P.

    This morning we head out looking for wildlife on foot as we head on a game walk through the reserve. From here we continue to Kruger National Park, justifiably one of the most famous wildlife parks in the world. It is also one of the oldest, established by the president Paul Kruger in 1898. It has, arguably, the greatest variety of animals of any park in Africa, with lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, Black and White rhino, as well as cheetah, giraffe, hippo and many species of antelope and smaller plains' game. The total census includes 147 mammals, 507 birds and 114 reptiles as well as 336 different trees. The camps are also excellent and the general infrastructure good. If you see all the predators you will be very lucky, however you will almost certainly see some of the big five and a huge variety of smaller mammals. We game drive through the park to the camp, where there will be a chance for a swim and hot showers. Our driving time today will be approximately 3-4 hours (250km).
    National Park Huts or Permanent Tented Camp

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Game drives in Kruger N.P.

    We spend all of today inside Kruger National Park and will go on game drives in both the morning and the afternoon in order to maximise our wildlife viewing chances.
    National Park Huts or Permanent Tented Camp

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    To Hlane Game Reserve, Swaziland, optional nature walk.

    We enter Swaziland and overnight in the Kings old hunting grounds, now the beautiful Hlane Royal National Park. In the afternoon there is the opportunity to leave the vehicle and enjoy a nature walk (optional). Seeing animals and tracks outside of the confines of a vehicle is a thrilling experience and gives us the chance to see and hear the variety of smaller animals and birds that are often passed by on game drives. Our driving time today will be approximately 3-4 hours (250km).
    Wisteria Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    To St. Lucia on the Elephant Coast.

    This morning we drive south towards the town of Big Bend on our way to the border and back into South Africa. We continue towards the small town of St. Lucia between the Indian Ocean and Lake St. Lucia. It is not uncommon to come across stray hippos in the centre of town and the nearby lagoon is a haven for crocs, hippos, birds and even sharks! Our driving time today will be approximately 3-4 hours (300km).
    Shonalanga Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    Boat trip and game walk; afternoon at Cape Vidal.

    In the early morning we spend 2 hours exploring lake St Lucia by boat, with an excellent chance of seeing some of the many resident Hippo's, crocodiles and Fish Eagles. We return to our apartments for breakfast and then pack a picnic lunch for the short drive to Cape Vidal, a long stretch of beach along the Indian Ocean. Along the way we stop at bird-hides and there’s a small chance of spotting rhinos. We spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach or walking to mission rocks. Or alternatively there are a number of optional activities available, including whale watching (in season: June-November), or sunset and night game drives on the western shores of the lake. Our driving time today will be approximately 2-3 hours (75km).
    Shonalanga Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    To Dundee via Rourke's Drift

    We leave St. Lucia today and drive through the Natal midlands and on to Dundee. En route we stop at Rourke's Drift and have a chance to learn about the famous battle at the local museum. Immortalised by Hollywood in the film Zulu! The events that took place here are well known and the small cluster of buildings isolated in the enormity of the African Bush are a moving reminder of this troubled time. Our driving time today will be approximately 5-6 hours (350km).
    Battlefields Country Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 10

    To Royal Natal N.P.; optional afternoon walk

    We continue on to the Northern Drakensberg, our base for the next two nights. The Drakensberg is a basalt escarpment forming the border between Kwa Zulu-Natal and Lesotho and continuing into the Free State. It means 'Dragon Mountains', but the Zulu named it Ukhahlamba ('the barrier of Spears'). This is a more accurate description of the sheer, forbidding, jagged escarpment. Some walking takes us through the lowland areas with magnificent views. Our driving time today will be approximately 2-3 hours (200km).
    Berg House Cottages or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Daywalk in the Drakensberg.

    We spend a full day in the mountains where our route will have us walking into the natural amphitheatre, following the Thungela River past Protea trees. The Protea is the national flower of South Africa, as well as the name of their cricket team. Our driving time today will be approximately 1 hours (50km).
    Berg House Cottages or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    To the Kingdom of Lesotho.

    Today is a long day's drive as we travel through the Golden Gate National Park and the eastern farmlands of the Free State and enter Lesotho at the Maseru border post. This mountainous kingdom has been shielded from outside influence over the generations and the Basotho people historically used this strategic location as a defence against events on the plains below. The lodge situated in this rugged mountainous region provides us with an ideal opportunity to experience the Lesotho culture. Our driving time today will be approximately 5-6 hours (400km).
    Malealea Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

    Free day to enjoy Lesotho's culture and mountain scenery.

    The day is free to relax and experience the unique culture that Lesotho has to offer. Mountain ridges protrude into the town and an optional day walking with local guides and their ponies to a local village is recommended. Alternatively the craft shops and markets can be an enjoyable way to pick up some African souvenirs.
    Malealea Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 14

    To Graaf Reinet in the Karoo.

    On the road today as we drive south to Graaf-Reinet, the oldest town on the Eastern Cape founded in 1786. Our driving time will be approximately 8 hours passing through the desert landscape of the Great Karoo.
    Obesa Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 15

    To Tsitsikamma N.P on the Garden Route.

    We drive down to the coast over the Baviaanskloof Mountains and the Kouga Mountains before arriving at Tsitsikamma National Park at Storms River mouth. This national park protects the indigenous forests as well as the marine life 50km out to sea. We stay at a beautifully positioned camp with the waves breaking a stone's throw away. Our driving time today will be approximately 5-6 hours (400km).
    Tsitsikamma Storms River Huts or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 16

    Free day to go on walks, relax or explore the region.

    Our second day in Tsitsikamma N.P. is free to enjoy the beautiful setting. There are a range of optional activities including walks to the Storms River gorge and along the rocky coast, snorkelling, sea and river cruises and a tree canopy tour through the forests. In season, approximately August to October, the marine park becomes home to a population of migratory whales.
    Tsitsikamma Storms River Huts or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 17

    To Hermanus; whale watching in season.

    We drive along the beautiful Garden Route coastline via George and the rolling cultivated fields of the Western Cape Boland to Hermanus. The route is stunning and follows the ragged coast passing through small fishing villages and seaside resorts. Hermanus is an interesting little town, rightly famous for its delicious seafood and a visit to one of the great restaurants in the evening is highly recommended. It is also widely regarded as the best place in the world for land-based whale watching from August to November. Our driving time today will be approximately 6-7 hours (500km).
    Windsor Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 18

    Visit South Africa's wine region en route to Cape Town.

    In the morning we leave Hermanus and, hugging the coastline (there is always a good chance to see whales in season), we drive along this scenic route to Gordon's Bay and then onto Stellenbosch. The afternoon will be spent visiting a few of the vineyards, which make this area world famous. Having enjoyed the local produce, wine tasting is optional. We then take a short drive to Cape Town. Our driving time today will be approximately 3-4 hours (200km).
    Sweetest Guest House or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 19

    Cape Peninsula tour, Cape Point and Simonstown's penguins.

    After an early morning breakfast we drive via the coastal suburbs of Clifton, Camps Bay and Hout Bay and then over Chapman's peak drive to the famous Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, which covers an area of 7,680 hectares. The reserve is home to eland, bontebok, grysbok, springbok, wildebeest, baboon and ostrich. Rugged cliffs, unspoilt beaches, shipwrecks and beautiful flora are the main features of the reserve. We will also visit the famous Cape Point lighthouse. In the afternoon we take a short (1 hour) walk that is almost entirely downhill. Our destination is the Cape of Good Hope with a detour to Diaz beach. The trail ends at the famous signboard 'Cape of Good Hope'. We then return to Cape Town passing through the former Royal Navy base town of Simonstown and a visit to the resident Penguin Colony. Our driving time today will be approximately 3-4 hours (200km).
    Sweetest Guest House or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 20

    Free day in Cape Town.

    The day is free and an optional trip to Robben Island, site of Nelson Mandela's incarceration during the apartheid period, is highly recommended. Weather permitting a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain is a must for any visitor to this picturesque city. Alternatively the beaches of Cape Town are a great place to relax and unwind.
    Sweetest Guest House or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 21

    End Cape Town.

    The morning is free for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before those no the group flights are taken to the airport for their flight home. The trip ends after breakfast for those not on the group flights.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 22

    Arrive London.

    Arrive London.

Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

South Africa

British passport holders and most European and Commonwealth Passport holders do not require a visa to travel to South Africa. Please note that all travellers to South Africa who do require a visa are required to have a minimum of 2 blank consecutive pages in their passport i.e. a left hand page and a right hand page to enable an entry visa to be issued.

Please note that new regulations from the 1 June 2015 mean that any child under 18 travelling to South Africa needs to be in possession of an unabridged birth certificate with the names of both parents.

If a child under 18 is only travelling with a single parent, they will also have to have an affidavit, no less than 3 months old, from the absent parent confirming the child can travel with the other parent; a court order granting full legal guardianship of the child; or a death certificate of the deceased parent.

Lesotho

British passport holders and most European and Commonwealth Passport holders do not require a visa for Lesotho.

Swaziland

British passport holders and most European and Commonwealth Passport holders do not require a visa for Swaziland.

Vaccinations

South Africa

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Malaria prophylaxis is essential if travelling in the greater Kruger area and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. The rest of South Africa, including the Garden Route, has a low risk of Malaria.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 16 lunches, 13 dinners

Your guide and driver/assistant generally prepare the meals included in this trip. A rough idea of what the meals will consist of is as follows: Breakfast - cereals, coffee, tea and toast. The occasional full cooked breakfast too. Lunch - cheese, cold meats, salads, bread or rolls, fresh fruit. Dinner - potjies (stew), braais (barbecue), stir fries, pasta. with fresh vegetables. Most generally cooked on the open fire. Please be aware that we need at least two weeks notice to deal with special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian or allergies.) For this reason if you did not indicate these on your booking form please advise the Exodus office as soon as possible. The tour leaders do all the shopping and meal planning and cooking for each group. He/she will always try to obtain fresh produce wherever possible. We also supply the following drinks: fruit squash served with breakfast and tea or coffee served with breakfast and dinner. All other beverages will be at your own expense. We do not supply bottled drinking water although it is available at many shops on tour if you want to buy it yourself.

The water provided on this trip is safe and clean drinking water, normally coming from bore-holes. It is not bottled water, however. If you would rather have bottled water then this will be at your expense, though we would encourage you to make use of the safe drinking water provided as this helps diminish plastic consumption.

Weather

Although the greater part of South Africa lies north of the tropic of Capricorn, the altitude moderates the temperature. Summer months are from October to April and the average daytime temperature is 25ºC to 30ºC. The average night time temperature is 10ºC to 20ºC. The winter months are from May to September and average temperatures are about 10ºC colder at this time of year. In and around Cape Town, most of the rainfall is in the winter but it is frontal rain, which comes off the Atlantic. Therefore it can rain solidly for 2 days, and in between there will be warm sunny days! There is likely to be very little rain inland between the months of April through October and in July, August the nights can be very cold, especially in the Drakensberg where temperatures can drop below freezing. However the days are warm and crisp with generally cloud free skies. During the months of November through February rain can sometimes be expected and the temperature will be higher. However, as anyone who has travelled to these parts will say, rain is often a blessing; it manifests the local colours, drops the sometimes sweltering temperatures and never generally lasts too long. It also means the night times are incredibly clear. Due to the ocean's proximity to the mountains and the winds, it is fairly common to experience tabletop clouds on the higher mountains in and around Cape Town.

Cape Town

Cape Town

Is this trip for you?

Due to the nature of this trip there are some long driving days as we cover a lot of the country but there is lots to do and see along the way, we do, however, stop regularly for toilet breaks, refreshments, photographs and leg stretches. Drive times on a lot of the days will be 4-5 hours but a couple may be in excess of 7 hours (not including time for stops).Drive times below are only approximations and do vary.

This trip is classed as leisurely/moderate grade. It is designed for people in good health who enjoy the outdoors. It is a varied trip, with sightseeing, city tours, game viewing, beach activities and walking. The moderate grading is given as some of the walks, especially in the Drakensberg, require a reasonable level of fitness.

Legal Note: all group members joining this tour will be asked to sign an indemnity form at the start of the holiday. This indemnity form is a requirement of the South African Tourism Service Association which our local supplier is a member of. As a client of Exodus Travels Ltd, your rights under the Package Travel Regulations (1992) are unaffected, and Exodus remains liable for the actions of our sub-contractors.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Accommodation

Chalets, Hotels, Permenent Tented Camps

Accommodation is in a mixture of chalets, cabins, hotels, apartments and permanent tented camps. Most of the accommodation is en suite, however whilst in St. Lucia, the Drakensberg and Hermanus we stay in cabins or apartments with 2 rooms sharing 1 bathroom or 3 rooms sharing 2 bathrooms as well as sharing a lounge area. Please note that the single supplement applies to the bedroom. If staying somewhere where 2 rooms share a bathroom you may have to share a bathroom even if you have paid for a single supplement.

Wifi is available about half the time though is not always very reliable.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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  • Reviewed October 2018
    Susan Richards

    Could have been brilliant!

    Let down by inappropriate vechicle, poor logistics and frequent changes.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the end of Table Mountain on hike.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very pleasant , excellent flora and fauna knowledge.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for long drives .

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    We would like to thank Susan for her feedback, although we regret that she was disappointed by some aspects of her trip in South Africa.  While we usually get very positive feedback for our Johannesburg to Cape Town trip, we have reviewed the comments we have received from customers who travelled on this departure, and have discussed the transport and logistics with our local team.  On this trip there were an unusually high number of accommodation changes, due to limited availability at the properties we usually use.  Although the alternative hotels and lodges were of a higher quality than those we normally stay at, regrettably we understand they had an impact on the ordering of the itinerary.  We do not anticipate future trips being affected in this way, and also feel it is worth mentioning that out of 24 reviews on our website, clients have given this tour an average of 4.3 stars out of a possible 5 (on the date of publishing) and we feel this is reassuring, however we are genuinely sorry that Susan’s experience was not so positive. John Penge - Product Manager

  • Reviewed October 2018
    Susan Richards

    Could have been brilliant!

    Let down by inappropriate vechicle, poor logistics and frequent changes.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the end of Table Mountain on hike.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very pleasant , excellent flora and fauna knowledge.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for long drives .
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Dave Stroud

    A comprehensive and very enjoyable trip in this incredible country!

    A thoroughly enjoyable trip! This trip is pretty full on and many hours are spent on the bus, travelling from place to place. However, as the scenery is constantly changing this adds to the whole experience. Whilst not as wildlife rich as some other countries I've visited it still had it's wonderful moments. I didn't expect to see so many hyena's, an animal which I've never understood the reaction of many people; that being "they're so ugly". I've always found them to be beautiful! Lions eluded us but we did manage to see a leopard and African painted dogs, which felt very lucky indeed. Also spotted two young male giraffes squaring up to each other and practice fighting. That also felt like a rare privilege to see. If you want wide ranging experiences from a holiday this is definitely for you! I loved it!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Exploring the Drakensberg mountains, where we did a small walk. I could very easily spend a whole week (or longer) in this one area alone. I actually felt this way many times during the trip so pinning down a single inspirational moment is an impossible task for me. As South Africa is such a large country, this trip was always going to a taster for me. I will definitely return and hopefully spend more time in the areas I most liked.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Petro was a fantastic guide and was always there to help; full of information, particularly that of South Africa's history, ensures that you'll always find the longer journeys interesting. I must also mention Joel, who was not only the driver but did many other jobs such as preparing the meals, particularly the braais (South African barbeque). We never went hungry! Even people who didn't like certain foods were catered for! Both guides worked extremely hard and I often felt that especially after the long drives the group could easily have eaten out. This would have meant that the guides, after the long driving days, wouldn't have to cook for the group!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I travelled in August and underestimated how cold it was going to be, particularly in the coastal regions. I should have packed a couple more thicker jumpers and some thicker trousers too.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I highly recommend this trip if you want a fully rounded experience and something to give you a taste of this amazing country! This trip has certainly renewed my faith in Exodus as previously I'd had a couple of very disappointing trips, which I learnt were run by another company, based in Tanzania. Trips in the Southern African countries (at least the ones I've been on) have been run by Mask; these encompass all the best trips I've ever done. You'll not be disappointed!
  • Reviewed February 2018
    Lizzy Hannah

    An awesome experience!

    I was so excited about this trip and was not disappointed as I thought it was outstanding. The pace was good, the scenery very varied, there were a lot of new experiences especially viewing the wildlife, and every day was different. The accommodation also varied but never disappointed. I loved the feeling that we were often away from the main tourist routes, even when we weren't, however there are a lot of long driving days with breaks to stretch our legs and take photos. The accommodation was very comfortable and every place we stayed was different, sometimes even with a fridge and kettle or occasionally a swimming pool. It was exciting arriving at each new place to explore what was special and different.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many moments it is hard to pick one. I woke up in a tented camp one morning to loud birdsong and heard a rustling beside me. It was a pair of zebras grazing. Seeing a snake eat a huge toad was exciting, and seeing a family of hyenas on the road in the Kruger National Park. Later we saw a pair of lions mating. I also loved the penguin colony at Betty's Bay and the seals lying about by the fish market in Cape Town. The view from our cottage looking out of the Drakensberg Mountains was stunning as well, especially watching a storm brewing up and then clearing later.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had two group leaders and they were both great. They had so much knowledge about everything, the wildlife, the scenery, things of interest, bits of history. They were so dependable and good to be with, making sure everything went smoothly for everyone and keeping us well informed about what was going to happen day by day.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There is a lot of travelling and I was pleased I had plenty of audiobooks so I could listen and look at the scenery at the same time. I was also glad I took my hiking shoes as some of the hikes were on rough ground and they were more sturdy in wet conditions too.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Our first bus broke down and we got a replacement that was a bit smaller. My legs are short but it wasn't fun for people with long legs sitting at the back. I really liked the fact that most food was included because it was fun to eat together as a group and made budgeting much more straight forward.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Penelope Westmoreland

    Johannesburg to Cape Town AZJ

    The game drives were fun as we never knew what we would come across, e.g. white rhinos crossing the road and elephants with calves... There were beautiful national parks but different highlight(s) every day with ever-changing scenery - amazing views e.g. at Cape of Good Hope and panorama from Table Mountain. Swaziland was charming.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing hippos play-fighting in Lake St Lucia.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Marvellous - Petro was hard-working, fun, patient and more, ably assisted by Andrew, equally good, and both good cooks.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We drove well over 4,000 kms so, some days, long hours were spent in the rather small seats of the minibus but I wouldn't have wanted to miss anything we did see - luckily reference books and drinking water were provided, and stops fairly frequent. It was hot and humid in almost all regions we visited in February (fewer mosquitoes than I'd expected, lucikly) but there would no doubt have been lots more vehicles in the game parks in the dry, high season when there is less vegetation in a few months' time, so pros and cons. A couple of optional walks were tough-ish (I later heard) but I had opted out as there were alternative easier walks to do and nice places to wait.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Nothing special to add - do go!
  • Reviewed December 2016
    Geraldine Yates

    Johannesburg to Cape Town

    A great trip, having thoroughly enjoyed the Cape Town to Victoria Falls some years ago, I was keen to experience a different part of South Africa. I was not disappointed. This was a great trip saw and experienced so many different and wonderful views of wild life including whales, good walking , a variety of accommodation and great food.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing leopard on one of our first game drives.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Justin was great he has been leading this trip for many years and his knowledge of the countries the people and the animals was amazing. He kept the trip running smoothly and never seemed to get tired despite the early mornings and long drives.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for a lots of early starts.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    One last the best Exodus trips l have done enjoyed every moment of it. Thank you.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Susan Gorman

    Jo'burg to Cape Town

    We travelled almost 4500k around Southern Africa; with wonderful scenery and experiences, knowledgable guide, fabulous cook. Highly recommend it as a great way to see loads and get a feel for the various regions and peoples. Lovely place to finish (Cape Town). Felt very safe throughout the trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Scary - being 3 metres away from 3 rhinos (on foot). Thought provoking - visiting Lesotho and staying in the lodge which supported the local community. Different prospective - guide at Rookes Drift with his insight and knowledge Ahh moment -stroking a full grown cheetah, as a surprise visit! OMG - so many fabulous elephants, and a massive herd of 3/400 buffalo!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Fabulous, very well organised, caring and knowledgeable. Always ready to answer questions, give advice etc...... Cook also needs mentioning as she was able to feed all of us with amazing meals three times a day! Her morning fruit salad was always different and fresh (better than many hotels).

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do this trip! Don't take sleeping bags, not needed, but take. Swimming costume as you will swim in some amazing places.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Take advantage of clothes washing, so you won't need to pack so much. Use mozzie stuff. Be prepared for no internet or phone reception in some places, make the most of it!
  • Reviewed November 2015
    Philip Hill

    JO'BURG TO CAPE TOWN

    The trip was everything we hoped it would be. Loads of animals, birds, wonderful scenery and fantastic people. The success of a trip is is dependant on many things but we were fortunate to have a great itinerary, a group of like minded travellers and, most importantly, outstanding guides. It is a trip full of superlatives.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many high points. There was a good set of walks included on the trip with the option of others at several of the stops. In particular we enjoyed our stay in Lesotho, the game drives, seeing the big 5, the beauty of the Garden Route and of course Cape Town and all it had to offer.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Justin, David and Fiona were 'awesome and amazing'. Nothing was too much trouble for them. They worked so very hard making sure we got the maximum from our trip, even visiting places not on the itinerary (where possible). Fiona provided a exceptional range of meals which were plentiful and tasty. Their knowledge and enthusiasm added greatly to the enjoyment of the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the brochure carefully. Some of the days were long but they were always split into more manageable blocks with stops for meals, shopping, border crossings or 'mini visits' but don't be put off by the trip notes. Experience the scenery, smells, sights and people and enjoy this fantastic trip. + be prepared for inexpensive, amazing food in the restaurants.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We note that this trip will change in 2016 with the removal of the tented camps and the inclusion of extra meals. While this may be more comfortable for the targeted clientèle, the camping was one of the reasons we chose this trip. We feel that a chance for the group to gel more fully and the chance to get out into the community may be lost. However we recommend beautiful South Africa and this trip completely.
  • Reviewed November 2015
    Alan Chapman

    Jo'burg to Cape Town Oct/Nov 2015

    An excellent trip involving 8 nights camping. The camping is being replaced by lodges/chalets in 2016 so the venues may be the same in some wonderful locations such as the shoreline at Tsitsikamma but the experience will be different. Some long drives in order to cover 4400 kms in less than 3 weeks but the roads are very good with adequate toilet/coffee stops at petrol stations and supermarkets for stock-ups. Great variety of wildlife, scenery, history, and people. Borders crossed quickly.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    On a night-drive in Kruger, seeing a leopard walk past the vehicle, lie on the road and then move when two hyenas approached. On a night-drive in Swaziland, two lionesses and two cubs walked past the vehicle as though we weren't there. In contrast, the visit to Robben Island guided by two former inmates, and the scenery and people at Malea-lea in Lesotho.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Justin Barr of Mask Expeditions was excellent; couldn't have been more helpful, sociable and knowledgeable. Fiona, the cook, provided a great quantity, quality and variety of food.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for the occasional disappointment such as no whales seen from the cliffs at Hermanus although a few were seen on the boat-ride. Take sunscreen for the many hot and sunny days but also rain-gear for the occasional day when the heavens open. Be prepared for some early starts and long days on a very full but extremely interesting and enjoyable journey, and be rewarded with some spectacular scenery.
  • Reviewed February 2015
    Catherine Naya

    Johannesburg to Cape Town

    This was a wonderful three week trip full of variety, travelling down through most of the eastern side of South Africa. Nearly 4500km over three weeks takes some doing so there are some long driving days. It covers beautiful scenery as well as the wild animals and varied plant life.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The most inspiring was the Berghouse cottage in the Drakensburg, away in the hills, with its peace and tranquility. Other memorable things were the animals in Kruger and Swaziland, especially elephants coming right up to our vehicle on a game drive and the 8 rhinos in the early morning by the pool at the Ndlovi campsite in Swaziland; stroking a wild cheetah; going up Table Mountain on a clear day without a cloud in the sky.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Wynand was a fantastic leader - full of energy, always very helpful and considerate and lighthearted. He is an absolute encyclopaedia of information and there was very little he did not know about, of relevance to our trip. Together with our driver, Sofiso, they both worked tirelessly to make our trip comfortable and we were able to relax after a long day whilst they put up camp and cooked food. Sofiso was also a very good careful driver and at no time did we ever feel nervous, despite a few quite bumpy roads.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trip notes were very accurate so they give you a pretty good idea of what to expect. Although the days were often long on the road they were broken up with fairly regular stops for loo/drinks/food, to see the view or watch animals/birds. I think having had experience with these kind of long distance driving holidays is a help. Very early morning starts have to be accommodated and it helps to have had some experience of camping.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Although the camping was a little challenging to start with, it became easier as I got more organised. The camp beds with mattress were comfortable. I was apprehensive about the walk in the Drakensburg as I am not a walker but managed it well, with the help of a walking pole, although was slower than the group going back. Wynand was always there to make sure we were alright. The group of 9 gelled very well and there was often laughter and banter. Our truck would have taken 12 but we were glad to have the extra space to spread out. The lodges were good with decent basic facilities. The trip was all I had imagined it would be - a fantastic holiday I would recommend to anyone who likes to see a lot in a comparatively short time and is prepared for the long days.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

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