Johannesburg to Cape Town Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Destinations:
South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland
Programmes:
Culture
Trip Code:
AZJ
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

22 Days Flight Inclusive
20 Days Land only
16 Min age

Trip Overview

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.

At a Glance

  • 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

Trip Highlights

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

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.

Group

There will be a local leader as well as one driver/assistant and local guides where needed.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
6
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    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 2

    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 3

    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 4

    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 5

    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 6

    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 7

    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 8

    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 9

    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 10

    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 11

    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 12

    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 13

    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. Our driving time today will be approximately 6-7 hours (500km)
    Obesa Lodge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 14

    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 15

    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 16

    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).
    Baleens Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 17

    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 18

    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 19

    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 20

    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

Accommodation

Chalets, Hotels, Permenent Tented Camps

Malealea Hut

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.

Single supplement from £500.00

Food & Transport

Eating & 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.

Transportation

The type of vehicle used will depend on the size of the group but it will be minibus in style and fitted with individual forward facing seats and towing a trailer for equipment and luggage. Please note there are some long driving days, but the scenery is breathtaking so this should not prove too much of a hardship.

Weather & Seasonality

When to go

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 25 to 30degC. The average night time temperature is 10 to 20degC. The winter months are from May to September and average temperatures are about 10degC 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.

Weather Information

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.

Weather Charts

Cape Town

Cape Town

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 22 Days

The group flight from London is an overnight flight departing the day before Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of South African Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

 


Travelling land only: 20 days starting in Johannesburg and ending in Cape Town

Your trip will start at Johannesburg International Airport in the morning of Day 1 of the itinerary 
described below, at the arrival time of the group flight. Land only clients can be picked up at a 
local hotel 45 minutes before the group flight arrives and transferred to the airport.

 

In the unlikely event of any of your luggage being misplaced or damaged, a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) must be filed with the appropriate airline if you subsequently wish to make a claim against the airline or on your travel insurance. This must be done at the airport where your baggage arrived, or should have arrived.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it.

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight - please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

 

Location start:
Johannesburg
Location end:
Cape Town

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Good solid walking boots. 
Lightweight long trousers or zip off long trousers that can become shorts.
Warm sweater/fleece.
Head torch and spare batteries
2 litre water bottle
Sunhat
Sunglasses
Sun cream
Wet wipes
Hand gel
Binoculars

Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn't yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. On your trip the tap water is safe to drink and is used to fill water containers on board the vehicle. This means that safe drinking water will be available throughout and all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list!

At time of writing the standard weight limit for hold baggage on the recommended international carrier for this trip is 23kg. We recommend packing only one piece of checked baggage.

Internal flights in the destination country are subject to a weight limit of 23kg.

As advice about luggage allowances for both hand and hold luggage is subject to change, we suggest you check the airline's website for the latest information prior to your departure.

Optional Equipment

At all times a good waterproof windbreaker in your day pack is recommended should the cooler winds pick up during the course of a walk. Neutral coloured clothing should be used on game drives and walking safaris.

There are numerous opportunities to do laundry along the way, normally every 3 or 4 days.

Practical Information

Passport

South Africa

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

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.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

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.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

Malaria prophylaxis is essential on this trip, and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take.

Bilharzia is known to occur in some of the lakes or rivers visited on this itinerary, we therefore advise all to take advice from your guide or leader locally before venturing for a swim.

Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in places visited on this trip. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

South Africa's Timezone:
Africa/Johannesburg SAST (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

South Africa's Electricity:

South Africa uses unusual plugs with large round pins (the old UK plugs) which are generally not found on universal adaptors. It may be possible to find S. African adaptors at airports (such as Heathrow) or in S. Africa. An increasing number of properties also have European style and, to a lesser degree, British style plugs.

South Africa uses unusual plugs with large round pins (the old UK plugs) which are generally not found on universal adaptors. It may be possible to find S. African adaptors at airports (such as Heathrow) or in S. Africa. An increasing number of properties also have European style and, to a lesser degree, British style plugs.

Money

South Africa's Currency

The national currency of South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (September 2017) of approximately 18 to the GBP, 13.5 to the USD, 10.9 to the CAD, 16 to the EUR, 10.6 to the AUD and 9.8 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

Credit Cards can be used in major shops and restaurants but will not be accepted at curio stalls and small shops. You will be able to pay for optional excursions by credit card although please note there may be an extra charge for this. There are ATMs in Johannesburg, Grasskop, Kruger National Park, Dundee and Cape Town as well as other places along the way.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Incidentals: we suggest you allow about £8 (approx. US$15) per day on incidentals. Own expense meals will cost on average of £10 to £20 (approx. US$15 to $30) depending on personal preferences and drinks.

Optional Excursions 

All prices listed are subject to change:

Kruger National Park Night Drive – R243 per person – depending on the camp

Kruger National Park sunrise and sunset drives ‐ R303 per person - depending on the camp

Nature walk Hlane ‐ R225

Open Game Drive Hlane ‐ R370

Whale watching excursion St Lucia ‐ R975pp (min 2 people)

Half day snorkelling in Tsitsikamma ‐ R400pp including full gear hire of snorkel set and wetsuit

Tsitsikamma Boat Cruise ‐ R350 to the waterfall, 45 minutes out to sea (min 6 and max 12)

Tsitsikamma Boat Cruise ‐ R205 to the gorge, 30 minutes up the river (min 6 and max 12)

Tsitsikamma Tree Canopy Tour ‐ R650

Wine Tasting ‐ R50 ‐ R100 depending on the farm

Hout Bay Seal Island Cruise ‐ R90

Table Mountain ‐ R151 one way / R293 return

Half day Township Tour in Cape Town ‐ R620

Robben Island ‐ R360 per adult. If you would like to book this excursion then please advise the Exodus office at least 4 weeks before travel. We will take all names and the tickets will then be payable locally ‐ this is to avoid disappointment as it is a popular tour. Once you have signed up then we cannot accept cancellations. Refunds will only be issued if we are refunded by the ticket office for adverse weather conditions, etc.

Tipping

Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus. Tipping is entirely optional but we recommend approximately £2-3 (approx. US$3.50-5) per person per day.

Responsible Tourism

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… 

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In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 16 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE –STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

Important Notes

The trip notes linked to this page are for the 2016 departures. The 2015 trip notes can be downloaded here: http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/tripnotes/azj15.pdf

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to www.exodus.co.uk for online booking, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.