Yolo: South Africa & Swazi Quest (DASQ)

Countries Visited: South Africa, Swaziland
Trip Style: Yolo - You're only young once, but you can be young-at-heart forever. That's the ethos that powers our Yolo trips; fast-paced and affordable trips designed with the 18-to-thirtysomething traveller in mind. Explore the world by day, stay up all night and do it all again somewhere new the next day with a collection of new best friends you'll want to keep in touch with for the rest of your life. You only live once. Make it count.
Service Level: Camping
  • Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences
  • Camping most nights with some hotel stays to start and throughout
  • Private transport to out-of-the-way places in order to keep your gear stowed and secure
    Trip Style: Yolo - You're only young once, but you can be young-at-heart forever. That's the ethos that powers our Yolo trips; fast-paced and affordable trips designed with the 18-to-thirtysomething traveller in mind. Explore the world by day, stay up all night and do it all again somewhere new the next day with a collection of new best friends you'll want to keep in touch with for the rest of your life. You only live once. Make it count.
    Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
    Group Size: Max 14, avg 12.
    Meals Included: 16 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 14 dinners
    Accommodations: Simple hotels (4 nts), participation camping (11 nts), backpacker dorm (1 nt, multi-share).

    Highlights
    Search for the Big Five in national parks and reserves, visit local village, enjoy cosmopolitan Cape Town, take in South Africas dramatic coastal scenery, experience local dancing.

    Description
    The unvarnished grandeur of South Africa is on display in this comprehensive exploration of one of the continent's most diverse and fascinating destinations. Africa's incredible culture and wildlife is at a premium on this tour-from the coastal shores of Tsitsikamma to extensive game drives in Addo Elephant National Park and the famed Kruger. You'll also have the chance to visit a traditional Swazi village, explore modern Cape Town, and follow the glorious Garden Route. Add in knowledgeable CEOs and some of the best camp meals you've ever tasted and you've got a recipe for adventure par excellence.
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    Tour Operator
    G Adventures
    Duration
    17 Days
    Escorted
    Escorted - Yes
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1JohannesburgDay 1 Johannesburg
    Arrive in Johannesburg at any time and make your way to the joining point hotel. Additional Notes: Please make sure you have all of the necessary visas for this tour by the time of the welcome meeting. It is very important to read the visa section in our trip details to make sure which visas you will need, if any. Please note that not all nationalities are able to obtain a visa on arrival at the border. Our starting hotel is located outside of the city of Johannesburg, but take some time to enjoy an excursion to Soweto or to the famous Apartheid Museum. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Day 2ManyeletiDay 2 Johannesburg/Manyeleti (1B, 1L, 1D)
    Drive through scenic mountains, and experience a traditional Shangaan dinner and dance. Included Activities: Shangaan Dinner and Dance Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))
    Day 3Kruger National ParkDay 3 Manyeleti/Kruger National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
    Visit Shalati village and the G Adventures-supported G Hope Africa preschool just outside Kruger National Park. Enjoy a game drive in Kruger and watch wildlife from the comfort of the touring vehicle. Included Activities: Hope Africa Childrens Day School Kruger Game Drive
    Day 4Mlilwane Wildlife SanctuaryDay 4 Kruger National Park/Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (1B, 1L, 1D)
    Cross the border from South Africa to Swaziland. Explore Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, which is situated in the Swaziland's "Valley of Heaven", the Ezulwini Valley. Take advantage of free time to go horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, or game viewing. Included Activities: Border Crossing (South Africa - Swaziland) Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s), 200km)
    Day 5Mlilwane Wildlife SanctuaryDay 5 Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (1B, 1L, 1D)
    Get out and explore Swaziland. Opt to go hiking, mountain biking, or visit a traditional Swazi village. Included Activities: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Visit
    Day 6Saint LuciaDay 6 Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary/Saint Lucia (1B, 1L, 1D)
    Depart for the beautiful Zululand area, re-entering South Africa in one of its most diverse regions. Stay in the St Lucia area near the coast. Here, take an optional boat trip on the estuary or go for a horse ride on the beach. The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park stands as a beacon to the efforts for conservation in South Africa. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Swaziland - South Africa) Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 277km)
    Day 7Saint LuciaDay 7 Saint Lucia (1B, 1L, 1D)
    Get out and explore. Opt to visit the Umfolozi Game Reserve, which is a safe haven for both the white and black rhino. Lions, buffalo, elephants, and leopards also call this reserve home.
    Day 8DurbanDay 8 Saint Lucia/Durban (1B, 1L, 1D)
    Spend most of the day travelling the coast to Durban. Explore the beach and dive into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean just out the front door of our guest house. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 275km)
    Day 9ChintsaDay 9 Durban/Chintsa (1B, 1L, 1D)
    South of Durban, travel to the Eastern Cape province, into the heartland of the Xhosa people, and on to Chintsa. Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00-11.00 hours, 690km)
    Day 10ChintsaDay 10 Chintsa (1B, 1L, 1D)
    There is lots to do around Chintsa. Learn how to surf, take a horseback ride, hike, or enjoy the beautiful 15km (9.3 mi) beach. Opt to join a guided game drive, enjoy an elephant encounter, or quad bike through the 4000 hectare game reserve. Embrace your adventurous side and cycle or jump on the bus to Mama Tofu's Xhosa village for an inspiring cultural experience. Visit the local craft brewery Emerald Vale to taste real home-brewed ale.
    Day 11Addo Elephant National ParkDay 11 Chintsa/Addo Elephant National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
    Today, cross many unique valleys and continue on to the Addo Elephant National Park, a unique wildlife area. Enjoy a game drive in our touring vehicle. Listen to the wild sounds of Africa while enjoying a sundowner (cheers!) and sitting around the campfire at night. Included Activities: Addo Elephant National Park Game Drive Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 280km)
    Day 12Tsitsikamma National ParkDay 12 Addo Elephant National Park/Tsitsikamma National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
    Spend the next 2 nights camping in Tsitsikamma National Park. Optional activities in the area include hiking a portion of the Otter Trail or other short hiking trails along the coastline. Included Activities: Tsitsikamma National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 235km)
    Day 13Tsitsikamma National ParkDay 13 Tsitsikamma National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
    Spend the day at Tsitsikamma National Park. Opt to hike, snorkel, canoe, whale watch, or bungee jump. Included Activities: Tsitsikamma National Park Visit
    Day 14KnysnaDay 14 Tsitsikamma National Park/Knysna (1B, 1L, 1D)
    Travel further west to the town of Knysna, famous for the Knysna Lagoon and the "Heads" (sea cliffs). Opt to visit a cheetah sanctuary or a monkey park en route to Knysna. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 100km)
    Day 15OudtshoornDay 15 Knysna/Oudtshoorn (1B, 1L, 1D)
    From Knysna, take a scenic drive to travel over the Outeniqua Mountains into the area known as Klein Karoo ("Little Karoo"), and make the quiet town of Oudtshoorn our base. Opt to explore the Cango caves or visit an ostrich farm. Included Activities: Knysna Heads Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 220km)
    Day 16Cape TownDay 16 Oudtshoorn/Cape Town (1B, 1L)
    Travel to beautiful Cape Town. Enjoy amazing views of Table Mountain, and explore the vibrant, cosmopolitan city at night. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 450km)
    Day 17Cape TownDay 17 Cape Town (1B)
    Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    10/12/2017$2,549.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 12; Minimum Age: 18; 1 AdultQuote
    12/28/2017$2,449.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 14; Minimum Age: 18; 1 AdultQuote
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