10 Days – Johannesburg, Lesotho, Drakensberg & Durban

This 10-day tour takes us around the Eastern Cape and Gauteng provinces of South Africa, while also visiting the land-locked country of Lesotho. First – we explore the cultural metropolis of South Africa in Johannesburg – visit Nelson Mandela’s house, walk through the eerie history of the Apartheid Museum and visit Soweto, the most densely populated township in the country. 

After Johannesburg, we visit a stunning range of mountains stretching over 200 km called the Drakensberg. Accessible plateaus and numerous passes and slopes in the area make for some of the best hiking in the country. We also have a chance to visit Nelson Mandela’s capture site, where he was arrested on 5 August 1962; he then spent the next 27 years of his life in prison. 

We continue to enjoy breathtaking view sites along the Sani Pass in Lesotho, climbing a grand total of 2874 metres above sea level and enjoying lunch at the highest pub in Africa, the Sani Mountain Lodge. We end our trip in Durban and explore the beachfront and historical attractions, such as Moses Mabhida Stadium, which hosted 7 FIFA World Cup matches during the 2010 World Cup or Ushaka Marine World, which offers a water park and aquarium. 

Important Information:

duration

Duration:
10 Days, 9 Nights

included

Includes:
Transfer OR Tambo – Hotel Joburg, Pretoria city tour, Johannesburg city tour, 7 days transport from Johannesburg to Drakensberg, White Water Rafting in Clarens, Pony Trekking (1 hour) in Lesotho, Sani Pass route in Lesotho, Visit the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Visit the Temple of Understanding in Durban, 1 morning safari in 4×4, 9 nights (from cheap to luxury hotels), 9 breakfasts

excluded

Excludes:
Optional activities, Lunch/dinner/drinks, Tips, Local/International flights, Personal items, Vaccines/Malaria medicine, Visas

Optional Activities:

  • Nelson Mandela House
  • Apartheid Museum
  • Voortrekker Monument
  • Union Building

 

NOTE

Please note that we can customize the itinerary to your liking. Your custom-made trip can include the accommodations and activities that best suit you and your group.

Days 1-3

Day 1

Welcome to Johannesburg & Pretoria City Tour

Welcome to South Africa! Johannesburg, “Jozi” for short, is the city best known as the financial hub and cultural metropolis of South Africa. On our first day in the country, we visit Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa.

Day 2

Johannesburg City Tour

Today, we explore the cultural metropolis of South Africa in Johannesburg - visit Nelson Mandela’s house, walk through the eerie history of the Apartheid Museum and visit Soweto, the most densely populated township in the country.

Day 3

Clarens

We depart Johannesburg and drive through the country to get to Clarens, a small yet exciting village situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the Free State province of South Africa and nicknamed the ``Jewel of the Eastern Free State``.

Days 4-6

Day 4

Clarens

Experience some adrenaline in Clarens today with a white water rafting trip. Experience the best white water river rafting in the country on the Ash River with 9 rapids, scenic vegetation and outstanding birdlife.

Day 5

Lesotho

As we leave Clarens behind us, we look forward on the scenic road ahead to Lesotho, a high-altitude landlocked kingdom surrounded by South Africa. The dramatic mountain scenery provides us with the backdrop of our activities for the next two days.

Day 6

Lesotho

Ponies are considered to be one of the main forms of public transport in Lesotho! Experience a one-hour pony trek through the mountains of Lesotho. Use the rest of your afternoon for optional activities, such as mountain biking, hiking and more.

Days 7-10

Day 7

Travel day to Drakensberg

We travel back into South Africa and visit a stunning range of mountains stretching over 200 km called the Drakensberg. Accessible plateaus and numerous passes and slopes in the area make for some of the best hiking in the country.

Day 8

Sani Pass

Today, we take one more day trip into Lesotho to visit the eastern part of the country, which is home to the Sani Pass, which is host to breathtaking views. While driving the Sani Pass, we climb a grand total of 2874 metres above sea level and enjoy lunch at the highest pub in Africa, the Sani Mountain Lodge.

Day 9

Durban

We end our trip in Durban and explore via bicycle the beachfront and historical attractions, such as Moses Mabhida Stadium, which hosted 7 FIFA World Cup matches during the 2010 World Cup or the Temple of Understanding, home to both decadent architecture and a delicious vegetarian Indian restaurant.

Day 10

Thanks for traveling with us!

Today marks the departure day after a great journey through Lesotho and South Africa. Thank you for choosing ATES Africa and we hope to see you again sometime soon.

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