Johannesburg to Cape Town - Reverse Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini (Swaziland)
Programmes:
Culture
Trip Code:
AZJR
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
Ages: 16+

Trip Overview

This epic journey explores the different facets of four 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 Eswatini (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
  • Eswatini (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.

 

Group

There will be a local leader as well as a 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

    Arrive Cape Town

    Thoseon the group flight arrive in Cape Town and transfer to the hotel.  Those not on the group flights can arrive at any time. The rest of the day is free to relax after the flight or explore the city at the bottom of Africa. Cape Town sits in one of the most beautiful locations of any of the world's major cities with the impressive bulk of Table Mountain as its backdrop and Table Bay in the foreground. The city is a melting pot of cultures as people from Europe, Africa and Asia have all settled (either voluntarily or forcibly) here over the centuries. The city is a blend of European and African and a great place to watch the world go by or visit its various sites and museums.

    Cape Diamond or similar

  • Day 2

    Cape Peninsula visit

    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 (optional). Our driving time today will be approximately 3-4 hours (200km).

    Cape Diamond or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 3

    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.

    Cape Diamond or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Stellenbosch and Hermanus

    Leaving Cape Town behind, we drive out to the vineyard region of Stellenbosch where we have the option of visiting wineries and doing some wine tasting. We then continue towards Hermanus driving via Gordon's Bay. There is always a good chance of seeing whales when in season. 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 3-4hrs (190kms).

    Windsor Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 5

    Garden Route

    Today we drive along the beautiful Garden Route coastline via the cultivated fields of the Western Cape Boland and the town of George towards the Tsitsikamma National Park. The route is stunning and follows the ragged coast passing through small fishing villages and seaside resort. This national park, at the mouth of the Storms River, 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 6-7hrs (500kms).
    Tsitsikamma Storms River Huts or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 6

    Tsitsikamma National Park

    Our second day in the 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 7

    Graaff Reinet

    We head over the Kouga Mountains and Baviaanskloof Mountains as we head towards Graaff Reinet. This small 19th century town is set in the middle of the Karoo National Reserve and is a stop-over on our way to Lesotho. Our driving time today will be approximately 4-5hrs (390kms).

    Obesa Lodge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 8

    Long drive to Lesotho

    Today is a long day's drive as we traverse the Great Karoo and enter Lesotho. This mountainous kingdom has been shielded from outside influence over the generations and the Bastho 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 7-8hrs plus time at the border (530kms).

    Malealea Lodge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 9

    Lesotho

    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 pony trek 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 10

    Drakensberg Mountains

    Today is a long day's drive as we travel through Lesotho and exit at the Maseru border post. When then travel through the eastern farmlands of the Free State before driving through the Golden Gate National Park. 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'). Our driving time today will be approximately 5-6 hours (400km).

    Berg House Cottages or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 11

    Drakensberg ‐ the Amphitheatre

    We spend a full day in the mountains where our route will have us walking for approximately 5-6 hours into the natural amphitheatre, following the Tugela 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

    Rourke's Drift and Dundee

    Today we 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 is a moving reminder of this troubled time. Our driving time today will be approximately 4-5 hrs (250km).

    Battlefields Country Lodge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 13

    To St. Lucia

    Today we head for the Indian Ocean and the small town of St. Lucia on the shores of a lake renowned for its hippos, crocs and birds. Our driving time today will be approximately 4-5 hrs (315km).

    Shonalanga Lodge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 14

    St. Lucia

    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. From here it's a short drive to Cape Vidal, a long stretch of beach along the Indian Ocean where we spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach or walking to Mission Rocks (please note the walk to Mission Rocks is only possible at low tide and can take about 4hrs return). 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 15

    To Eswatini (Swaziland)

    Today we head into our third country, Eswatini (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 4-5 hrs (300km).

    Wisteria Lodge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Days 16-17

    Kruger National Park

    We cross back into South Africa and head towards Africa's most famous national park: Kruger. The park was 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 camps, where there will be a chance for a swim and hot showers. We have two days in the park and on Day 17 both morning and afternoon game drives in our vehicle are included to maximise our chances of seeing the plentiful fauna of this great Park. Our driving time today will be approximately 2-3 hrs (140km) to the entrance to the park plust time on safari inside the park.

    Kruger Park Huts or Permanent Tented Camp

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 18

    Letaba Ranch Reserve

    After game driving out Kruger National Park we continue to Letaba Ranch Reserve. This afternoon we go on an open, sunset game drive, returning after dark with the spot-light. Our driving time today will be approximately 4-5 hours (300km).

    Mtomeni Safari Camp or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 19

    Bourke's Luck potholes, Blyde River Canyon and Graskop

    Today we head out of the park and make our way towards Graskop (Mpumalanga). En route we will 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. Our driving time today will be approximately 5-6 hours (400km).

    Mogodi Lodge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 20

    Drive to Johannesburg

    On our final day we drive along good roads towards Johannesburg arriving at the airport in time for the flight home. For those not on the group flights, the tour ends upon arrival at Johannesburg Airport. Drive time around 5-6hrs (380kms)

    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 in Kruger there are shared ablutions blocs, whilst in the Drakensberg we stay in cottages where 2 rooms share 1 bathroom and 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 but is not always very reliable.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £550.00

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

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 Virgin Airlines (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.

If you are travelling to Cape Town on flights via Johannesburg, please note that you will need to collect your baggage in Johannesburg, even if your bag has been checked all the way through to Cape Town (and even if you are told at Heathrow that you do not need to pick it up). After collecting the bag, you are required to clear customs, and you should then drop it off at the bag drop for the onward flight. This only applies to the outbound flight ‐ you do not need to do this at the end of the trip on the return flight.


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

Your trip will start at our hotel in Cape Town in the morning of Day 1 of the reverse itinerary. If
you would like us to organise a private transfer, please ask our sales team for the price. Please ensure that you provide us with all relevant information at least 2 weeks before departure. The cost of a taxi is likely to be about £35 (approx. US$55) should you decide to make your way independently.

Please note that on the last day of the Cape Town to Johannesburg itinerary we have a long drive back to the airport and you should not book a flight earlier than the scheduled groupflight.

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:
Cape Town
Location end:
Johannesburg

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Good solid walking shoes.
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 for 6 months 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.

Eswatini (Swaziland)

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

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. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

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.

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 (July 2020) of approximately 21 to the GBP, 17 to the USD, 13 to the CAD, 19 to the EUR, 12 to the AUD and 11 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 – R258 per person – depending on the camp

Kruger National Park sunrise and sunset drives ‐ R328 per person - depending on the camp

Nature walk Hlane ‐ R240

Open Game Drive Hlane ‐ R395

Whale watching excursion St Lucia ‐ R1150pp (min 2 people)

Half day snorkelling in Tsitsikamma ‐ R440pp including full gear hire of snorkel set and wetsuit

Tsitsikamma Boat Cruise ‐ R387 to the waterfall, 45 minutes out to sea (min 6 and max 12)

Tsitsikamma Boat Cruise ‐ R224 to the gorge, 30 minutes up the river (min 6 and max 12)

Tsitsikamma Tree Canopy Tour ‐ R660

Wine Tasting ‐ R50 ‐ R100 depending on the farm

Hout Bay Seal Island Cruise ‐ R100

Table Mountain ‐ R190 one way / R330 return

Half day Township Tour in Cape Town ‐ R660

Robben Island - R550 per adult. If you would like to book this excursion then please advise Exodus 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. Please note that the option of doing this excursion is dependent on flight times. 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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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 14 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.

 

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 & Development 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.

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 our website for online bookings, 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.