17 days – Rainbow Route

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17 days
Group Tour Accommodated
Johannesburg - Cape Town
South Africa
Min Age : 12
Max People : 12
Tour Details

This small group accommodated tour starts in Johannesburg and finishes in Cape-Town. An accommodated safari through South Africa, trekking, cultural visits and wonderful game viewing in the Rainbow Nation. Including Kruger National Park, Swaziland, Drakensberg, Wild Coast, Addo Elephant National Park, Tsitsikamma, Hermanus and Cape-Town!

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Highlights

Kruger National Park – game drives; Mpumalanga Panorama Route – sight seeing; Swaziland – mountain walks; Zululand; Drakensberg mountains – maintain walks; Wild Coast – beach walks & Xhosa villages; Addo Elephant National Park – game drives; Tsitsikamma – forest walks; Hermanus – beaches and whales; Cape Town – Cape Point & Table Mountain.

Accommodation

A comfort adventure participation tour. 14 nights staying in small lodges and guest houses with en suite facilities. 2 nights on the Wild Coast are in self-catering chalets where two bedrooms share a bathroom. Meals: 16 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 11 dinners are included. Of which 6 breakfasts & 3 dinners are provided by the lodges. The remaining included meals are provided by the Sunway crew, prepared at the vehicle and eaten around the campfire or in a boma or dining area. Transport: we use custom-built Sunway Safari trucks with 12 forward facing seats. The vehicles are comfortable for cruising and excellent for game viewing with large sliding windows and front hatches for ease of viewing. On 5% of tours we may use Mercedes Sprinter minibuses with 12 seats and air conditioning (with trailer for equipment and baggage). There are several long days of travel providing for a beautiful journey on the way to exciting and varied destinations. Limited Participation: An essential part of your safari is participation. From putting up your tent to packing the truck in the morning – it’s all part of your adventure. Your tour leaders will do all the meal preparation but we do ask the clients to help (on rotation) with the washing up. There are some long travel days which means early morning starts so we all need to get involved to make the day run efficiently.

Restrictions

We accept children 12-18 with accompanying adults on scheduled tours (for private groups we can accept younger children). If the clients are older than 65 years, then we require a medical certificate too (stating client is fit and healthy to embark on a multi-day tour covering long distances etc) Average age of our clients on this tour is 46 years old.

Extras/Upgrades

Single supplement: €480. Only if you do not want to share with another traveler and insist of having your own room.

Hotel Pickup

Due to the early departure time of this safari we recommend that you stay in Johannesburg the night before safari. Please indicate if you require assistance with airport transfers and hotel reservations in the notes section of the booking process. This tour starts on day 1 from Rivonia Road Lodge, Johannesburg @06:30 a.m

Departure & Return Location

Johannesburg – Cape Town

Departure Time

Early morning on day of departure

Price Includes

  • Max 12 people
  • Professional Safari Guides
  • Transport in minibus / safari truck
  • 16 Breakfast 12 Lunch 11 Dinner
  • Entrance Fees
  • 16 nights in hotels, cabins & guest houses
  • Flexible payment options in multiple currencies
  • No booking or credit card fees
  • Coverage by Guarantee Fund

Price Excludes

  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Flights
  • Departure Taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Tips
  • Optional activities
  • Items of a personal nature
Itinerary

Day 1 - 2 JOHANNESBURG to GREATER KRUGER [lodge Bx1 Lx2 Dx2]

(B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Departing from Johannesburg at 06:30am we head towards Mpumalanga where mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls & forests characterise the landscape. We enjoy the views from God’s Window before descending off the escarpment and heading to our game lodge on the border of the Greater Kruger NP.

The following morning, we are up early for a full day of game viewing in Kruger National Park. We will return to our lodge in the late afternoon to enjoy sunset over the Drakensberg Mountains, a swim in the pool and a hearty meal before falling asleep to the sounds of Africa.

Day 2: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 1-2: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 1-2: Dinner will be a set meal provided by the lodge

Includes: Entrance to God’s Window & the Three Rondavels viewpoint
Distance/time: Day 1 ±620km, 8h00 actual driving time, so with a lunch stop and sightseeing at Gods Window and the Three Rondavels we expect a total travel day of ±10h00

Day 2 ±150km, today is all game driving of ±9h00

Overnight: Makuwa Safari Lodge – twin room with en suite facilities. Swimming pool.
WiFi not available. 3G

Day 3KRUGER NATIONAL PARK [chalet BLD]

We stretch our legs on a short morning walk exploring the surrounding bush before we re-enter Kruger NP and head south. Kruger NP, the largest game reserve in South Africa, boasts the world’s greatest concentration of species, and has an amazing 16 different ecosystems. Exciting game drives provide us with excellent game viewing. Spot the “Big 5” (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) and many other animals in this true African wilderness.

Day 3: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 3: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 3: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: Entrance to Kruger National Park, morning & afternoon game drives.
Distance/time: ±100km afternoon game drive of variable duration.
Optional Activities Night game drive in national parks open game viewing vehicle.
Overnight: Kruger National Park Chalets or Tents – we stay in national parks board in en-suite chalets or
permanent tents. Swimming pool, restaurant, and telephone. WiFi not available

Day 4KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND [chalet BLD]

Malolotja Nature Reserve in the mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland/eSwatini is our next attraction. Renowned for a great variety of habitats from short grassland, to thick riverine scrub, bushveld and moist forest, we explore the reserve on foot to enjoy the fantastic mountain views. Relax around a campfire dinner and stay in mountain cabins for the night.

Day 4: Breakfast will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 4: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 4: Dinner will be a set menu provided by the lodge

Includes: Entrance fees to Malalotja Nature Reserve.
Distance/time: ±200km, 4h00 actual driving time, but the roads are hilly, and this combined with busy rural
communities + a border crossing can make it a long day of ±7h00.
Overnight: Hawane Lodge – Chalet – twin bed en suite rooms. Swimming pool, restaurant & bar. WiFi available.

Day 5 - 6ZULULAND [tented lodge BLD]

We visit a craft market near Mbabane which has a range of handmade crafts and a local witchdoctor stall! We re-enter South Africa and head to our lodge on a private game reserve situated on the Msinene Nature Reserve, where our local guide will lead us on a walk through the bushveld and riverine vegetation of the Msinene River, bird watching and game tracking. Nyala, hippo and the elusive leopard are all found on the reserve. The next day we take a game drive in Hluhluwe Game Reserve, which is a
safe haven for the embattled rhino, followed by a visit to a local Zulu community. Relax in the late afternoon with a cold drink while enjoying the views over the reserve from the lodge.

Day 5: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 5: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 5: Dinner will be provided by the lodge
Day 6: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 6: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 6: Dinner will be provided by the lodge

Includes: Entrance to Hluhluwe Game Reserve, morning game drive and afternoon Zulu village visit with local Zulu community guide.
Distance/time: ±295km, 6h00 actual driving time, excluding sightseeing and border formalities, we also stop for lunch and expect a travel day of ±8h00.
Overnight: Zululand Lodge, permanent tented lodge – Each permanent tented room is en suite, and raised on a wooden deck. WiFi not available.

Day 7 - 8 DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAINS [chalet BLD]

The Drakensberg Mountains or “uKhahlamba” – the Barrier of Spears, is a 200-kilometre-long mountainous wonderland and world heritage site. From Zululand we move further south to the base of these mountains where we overnight for two nights in quaint cottages. We will spend time walking along beautiful mountain stream paths, or just enjoying the spectacular views.
En-route to the Drakensberg we will visit the Nelson Mandela Capture Site Museum and pay our respects to this great man.

Day 7: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 8: Breakfast provide by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 7, 8: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 7, 8: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: Nelson Mandela Capture Site Museum entrance. Morning and afternoon hikes in the Drakensberg Mountains.
Distance/time: ±500km, 7h00 actual driving time, this is a busy day and with a long stop for lunch, we expect a travel day of ±8h00.
Overnight: Lotheni chalets – for 2 nights in the Drakensberg, we stay in the park chalets. Twin rooms with en-suite facilities. WiFi not available.

Day 9 - 10 WILD COAST [chalet BLD]

The Wild Coast remains a relatively untouched paradise with unspoilt stretches of dramatically beautiful coastline, open spaces and pristine forest areas. We stay overnight in Kei Mouth and the next day is free to explore the area, meet local villagers or go down to the beach.

Day 9, 10: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 9, 10: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 9, 10: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes:
Distance/time: ±600km, 8h30 actual driving time on day 9, the road is slow, with cattle and lots of villages so we expect a very long travel day at ±10h00.
Optional Activities Ocean fishing & village walks.
Overnight: Benmore Lodge – twin share rooms with 1 bathroom shared between two rooms. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, bar, internet & telephone. Free WiFi in reception.

Day 11 ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK [chalets B-D]

The Addo Elephant National Park was established in 1931 to protect the last 11 wild elephants from extermination. Today more than 600 elephants roam through the area. The park also offers excellent viewing of black rhino, Cape buffalo, lion and leopard, as well as a host of other large and small mammals and over 400 species of birds in the greater park area.

Day 11: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 11: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 11: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: Entrance fees to Addo Elephant National park, afternoon & morning game drive.
Distance/time: ±350km, 4h30 actual driving time, we drive in the morning and aim for an afternoon game drive, we expect a travel day of ±7h30.
Optional Activities Night game drives in national park open game viewing vehicles.
Overnight: Addo National Park chalets – twin share chalet (or lodge tent) with en suite facilities. (Sandflats Guest Lodge may also be used subject to availability; these rooms are twin share en suite) Swimming pool, restaurant, telephone & floodlit waterhole.
WiFi not available.

Day 12 - 13 KNYSNA / TSITSIKAMMA [guest house Bx2 Lx1 -]

For two nights we will stay in a lodge resort in Knysna, which is nestled on a tranquil lagoon. We will take a day trip to the Storms River mouth where there are walks up the gorge and along the rocky coast. The Tsitsikamma National Park incorporates 80km of spectacular sea and landscapes; a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys, coastal forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea. Sample seafood at one of Knysna’ s great restaurants (own expense).

Day 12: Breakfast provide by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 12: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 12: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant
Day 13: Breakfast will be provided by the guest house
Day 13: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 13: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes: Entrance fees to Tsitsikamma National Park.
Distance/time: ±350km, 4h30 actual driving time, the coastal road is relatively flat and we should make good time, we expect a total travel day of ±6h00 with stops.
Optional Activities whale watching & treetop canopy tour.
Overnight: Lagoona Inn – twin rooms with en-suite bathroom. Swimming pool, lounge & telephone & restaurant. Free WiFi in reception.

Day 14 HERMANUS [guest house BL-]

Hermanus offers some of the best land-based whale watching in the world. From June to November Southern Right whales come up from the southern oceans to calve and mate in the shallow waters around the Cape. In whale season we will take a walk along this beautiful coastline. In the summer months we will explore the flowering fynbos in Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Enjoy an evening meal out at a local restaurant (own expense).

Day 14: Breakfast provided by the guest house
Day 14: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 14: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes: N/A
Distance/time: ±420km, 6h00 actual driving time, excluding stops for sightseeing and lunch we expect a travel day ±8h00.
Optional Activities Whale watching by boat.
Overnight: Chesham House – rooms are twin share rooms with en-suite facilities. WiFi available in the lounge.

Day 15 - 16 CAPE TOWN [guest house B - -]

Cape Town is one of the most picturesque cities in the world, with the majestic Table Mountain providing its central focus. On our way into Cape Town, we visit Stellenbosch, South Africa’s renowned wine region, for wine tasting (own expense) and a cellar tour. The “mother city” has many attractions; we will visit the harbour at Hout Bay, visit Cape Point, enjoy the famous beaches and the V&A Waterfront. Optional visit to Robben Island (own expense). We sample the local fare at a variety of local restaurants
(own expense).

Day 15, 16: Breakfast will be provided by the guesthouse
Day 15, 16: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 15, 16: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes: Cellar tour, Entrance fees to Penguin colony & Cape Point National Park.
Distance/time: Day 15 ±150km, 2h00 actual driving time, it’s a short travel day but the wine estate visit and lunch can slow us down! Arrive Cape Town late afternoon.
Day 16 ±150km, 3h30 actual driving time, but with stops, penguins and lunch it is a full day out.
Optional Activities Robben Island cruise, shark cage diving, seal colony visit.
Overnight: Sweetest Guesthouses – Sweetest Guesthouses is a collection of individually decorated houses in a metropolitan area of Cape Town near the V&A Waterfront.

The group may be spread amongst any of the houses, within walking distance of each other, and the group breakfasts will be taken in the same house. Rooms are twin with en suite facilities. (Or similar guest house). WiFi available.

Day 17 CAPE TOWN - TOUR ENDS [- B - -]

In the morning we climb Table Mountain, offering panoramic views over Cape Town reaching out into the bay and Robben Island. Having explored the highlights of the Rainbow Nation we take a last look at Cape Town and catch up on curio shopping in the afternoon before your tour ends at 18:00 at the guest house.

Day 17: Breakfast will be provided by the guesthouse
Day 17: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 17: N/A

Includes: Guided walk up Table Mountain
Distance/time: N/A
Overnight: N/A

Please Note:
The distance and time travel times are and estimate only, and subject to local road conditions.

The accommodation specified above and in the itinerary, is a guide only and is subject to availability. Alternatives will be of a similar standard, and accommodation changes will be made without notice.

Sustainable Tourism:
Zululand Lodge is part of the Msinene Conservancy located in Northern KwaZulu-Natal. The Conservancy concentrates on land conservation, education and anti-poaching. Giraffe, zebra and wildebeest have been reintroduced to the conservancy. The Rainbow Route stays on the conservancy and your patronage helps to fund conservation in the area.

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FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

On request we can book you a single room for €480 p.p. Otherwise, you will be sharing a room with somone else from the same sexe if you are a single traveler.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

You can use ZAR and your Bank card should be accepted in most supermarkets, lodges and bars

Should I book pre/post tour accommodation?

We recommend you arrive the night before. We can book an extra night in the lodge from where the tour starts.

4 Reviews
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Brian

Family Traveller

We just returned home from our Rainbow Route Safari with Sunway, with our guides Wayne and Phumi. These were by far the best and brightest guides I have ever had on any trip anywhere in the world. Both of them were so passionate, funny, talented, flexible, and an absolute joy to be around and get to know as people. They treated us like family, customizing meals to our diet, walks to our fitness level, and opening up all of Africa to us with their stories and knowledge. The trip itself was wonderful, with rich diversity and a breathtaking array of sights ranging from stunning coastlines to up-close animals. We had an utterly amazing experience. Thank you

August 25, 2021

Suzanne

Solo Traveller

That was my 2nd vacation with agent Weltweit Wandern and certainly not the last one! Above all, I appreciate that the entire trip is organized by agent Weltweit Wandern and that I do not have to deal with any additional arrangements or efforts on my part. Everything worked 100%. Price-performance ratio is exactly right! I am already looking forward to the next trip with agent Weltweit Wandern

How did you find the local transports (bus / taxi / jeep)? – very good

How did you like choosing the route of the trip? – very good

We strive for loving details on our trips. How did you like them? – very good

How did you like the accommodations? – very good

How did you find the food on the trip? – very good

How was the communication with the guide during the trip? – very good

How was the support team? – very good

The local team, our guides from Sunway Safari Phumi and Victor, contributed a lot to the success of the trip

What did I particularly like? – Highlights of the tour. Drakensberg and the walk to Table Mountain

November 30, -0001

Karin and Thomas

Couple Traveller

After a few days at home in Austria, we have reviewed our tour on the Rainbow Route. It was again wonderful days that we were able to experience thanks to them. Whether Kruger National Park, the Drakensberg, Swaziland, the Addo Elephant Park, just to name a few, have been very impressive and beautiful. It’s also thanks to a lot of their great guides, Wayne and Norman, who do a great job, always listen to their clients, are always friendly and, last but not least, make very good meals.

We have now been traveling with their company for the second time, but we can assure you it was certainly not the last time. We look forward to seeing you again and send Greetings from Vienna

November 30, -0001

ROBERT & GABRIELA

Couple Traveller

Unbelievable – our two guides Wayne and Moses showed such attention to detail and above all, sensitiveness. They really made our trip. They appreciated every single guest, treated everyone well, and no question remained unanswered. With love and passion they portrayed their country and its nature. These two wonderful gentlemen are a huge gain for Sunway Safaris. Thanks to them, our trip was such an unforgettable experience. We would happily join them again on another trip any time. Many Thanks!

November 30, -0001