Cape Town to Johannesburg Tour

Cape Town to Johannesburg Tour

Cape Town to Johannesburg Tour

Trip Details:

Operator:   SaltyCrax
Price From: 2,025 USD
Ideal Age Range: 19 to 30, 31 to 50
Fitness Needs: Light Impact
Program duration: 17 days

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About this program

Embark on the ultimate road trip from Cape Town to Johannesburg, alongside other international travelers! The next 17 days will surprise, amaze and delight your travel bug, as you see incredible sights, taste wonderful food, and visit picture-perfect beaches!

Starting off your adventure, you’ll explore the culturally rich city of Cape Town. Discover the local beaches, historic sites, museums, galleries, restaurants, bars, and so much more! 

Moving on you’ll head to the rugged mountainside where you will travel Route 62, the longest wine route in the world! Taste local wines, and marvel at the stunning landscapes. Continue on to the Cango Caves, paddle through Wilderness National Park, and finish this part of the trip at Myoli Beach, a relaxing stop for the night!

Later you’ll head out to Jeffrey’s Bay, a surfer’s paradise. Enjoy optional trips such as supertubing, sandboarding, or opt to relax on the beach and enjoy the amazing scenery. 

This first week finishes off in beautiful Cinsta where you’ll be immersed into the culture and can enjoy the option of yoga classes or horseback riding on the beach. Make sure to check out the local village, which is in a word, beautiful. 

The next week of your trip will include a trip from the coastal town Coffee Bay through the Drakensberg Mountains. The mountains are home to a myriad of landscapes, most impressively the Howick Waterfall. Moving on, you’ll stop off at the KwaZulu Natal town of Dundee. 

Throughout your time in each wonderful place, you’ll learn about the expansive history, struggles and wars of South Africa. Learn about Nelson Mandela, the Great South African War and more. 

Your trip continues to Kruger National Park where you’ll watch for iconic African wildlife including the Big 5. Don’t forget your camera for this life-altering experience. Witness the wildlife as they roam the African plains, their natural habitat. 

Finish off this 17-day adventure with a visit to learn more about the heritage and culture at Shangaan Cultural Village and Pilgrims-Rest. Take the scenic route to Johannesburg where you’ll spend your last night on the tour. 



Day 1: Arrival and Orientation

Today you'll be picked up form the Cape Town airport. You'll arrive at the SaltyCrax Backpackers to get settled. 

Spend the rest of your day exploring or relaxing. Enjoy dinner tonight with the other travelers!

Day 2: Cape Town to Oudsthoorn

You'll take the scenic Route 62 today, which is the world's longest wine route! Experience the change in scenery from semi-desert to mountainscapes.

Taste South African wines and ports along the way. Later, spend a bit of time with the world's largest bird, the Ostrich in Oudsthoorn. 


Day 3: Oudsthoorn to Sedgefield

Today you'll have the opportunity to spelunk in the Cango Caves. Paddle along the Touws River enjoying the awesome scenery of Wilderness National Park. 

Take some time to relax at Myoli Beach and enjoy the incredible sunset. Your accommodations are right by the beach, so you'll have the amazing chance to fall asleep listening to the waves roll in and out. 

Day 4: Sedgefield to Jeffrey's Bay

Take some time to take in the incredible views of Knysna before jumping off a bridge (optional, of course!). Hike through the lush forest, Tsitsikamma, and across the swinging suspension bridges to a secluded beach. 

Accommodation for the next two nights are at beautiful Jeffrey's Bay. 

Day 5: Free Time in Jeffrey's Bay

Today is all yours. Take some time to relax or take a dip in the turquoise waters of Jeffrey's Bay. If you're up for a little adventure, try out Jeffrey's Bay's supertubes or try your hand at sandboarding in the sand dunes. These activities are optional, the choice is yours!

Spend some time shopping at the surf factory stores where you'll be sure to pick up some fantastic deals!

Day 6: Jeffrey's Bay to Cinsta

This morning you'll head out on a 4-hour drive through Addo, South Africa's third largest National Park. The park houses more than 600 elephants, as well as, birds and other wildlife. 

You'll continue along the Wild Coast to Cintsa, a rural Xhosa village, your home for the next two nights. 

Day 7: Free Day in Cintsa

Today is yours to spend at your leisure! Explore the village or opt-in on some optional activities.  A few activities you can choose from are: 

  • Yoga Classes
  • Horseback Riding on the Beach
  • Xhosa Cultural Experience

Day 8: Cintsa to Coffee Bay

Today you'll visit Mvuzo, the birthplace of South Africa's former president, Nelson Mandela. Tour the Nelson Mandela Museum, where you'll learn about Mandela's journey to becoming the icon and world leader he was. 

Later, you'll travel along South Africa's east coast, passing through Transkei. 

Tonight, you'll arrive at Coffee Bay, the wild seaside village where you'll spend the next two nights. 

Day 9: Full Day in Coffee Bay

You've likely seen photos of today's stop - the rock formation Hole in the Wall. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the beach or take an optional hiking trip along the cliffs of Coffee Bay to the Hole in the Wall if the weather permits. 

Day 10: Coffee Bay to Drakensberg

You'll have the chance to learn about local Xhosa culture and traditions with a visit to a local family. Later, visit a museum in Mthatha where you'll learn more about Nelson Mandela. 

You'll depart the coast today and head inland through the Drakensberg Mountains. You'll spend 2 wonderful nights in this paradise. 

Day 11: Drakensberg Mountains

Today you can choose to hike one of the many stunning trails in Drakensberg. With a range of trails to choose from, easy and difficult, whichever you choose you will not be disappointed. 

You will have a chance to visit Lesotho on an optional excursion. 

Day 12: Drakensberg Mountains to Dundee

Enjoy a morning tea with a local Zulu family where you'll gain a better understanding of another of South Africa's rich local cultures. 

Travel through the midlands and marvel at the powerful cascade, Howick Waterfall. Taste local beers at a tasting at Nottingham Brewery. 

Spend tonight in the town of Dundee, located in KwaZulu Natal.

Day 13: Dundee to Nelspruit

Learn about the history of the Great South African War at the Talana Battlefields Museum and Park. Witness the Blood River Monument which is the location of one of the country's most historic battlefields. 

Tonight you'll spend the night at one of the towns at the entrance to Kruger National Park, Nelspruit. 


Day 14: Nelspruit to Kruger National Park

Today's exploration is something completely different. You'll spend the day exploring Kruger National Park in search of the Big 5 and other iconic African wildlife. 

Finish off this exciting day with a sunset drive in the park, before heading to your accommodations in the wild!

Day 15: Kruger National Park to Hazyview

Get up early today and head out on a guided hike through the Kruger National Park. While this is optional, you certainly will not want to miss it! 

Later, you'll travel through the park by van, and watch for more animals, snapping the most incredible photos of them in their natural habitat. 

As you exit the park, you'll stop off in the small town of Hazyview for the night. 

Day 16: Hazyview to Johannesburg

As the trip winds down to the end, you'll travel through an array of incredible views. Pass through waterfalls, the canyons of God's Window, and rock formations. 

Learn about the heritage and culture of the region and the local people with a visit to the Shangaan Cultural Village. Visit the historic town of Pilgrims-Rest, the location of South Africa's Gold Rush, as well as a National Monument. 

Enjoy the panoramic views along the way to your destination, Johannesburg. 

Day 17 - Johannesburg

Today you'll check out of your accommodation, and move on to your next adventure! Make sure to check out Johannesburg prior to departing!

Country Fast Facts

South Africa

Continent: Africa
Official Language(s) 11 - Afrikaans, Northern Sotho, English, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Capital:No official capital. Three branches of government split between Cape Town, Pretoria and Bloemfontein
Population 54,956,900 (2015)
Climate(s)Desert (Warm/Cold), Semi-arid (Warm/Cold), Mediterranean (Warm/Temperate), Humid Subtropical, Oceanic (Subtropical/Warm/Temperate)
Major Airport(s):Cape Town (CPT), Johannesburg (JNB), Durban (DUR)
Economic Driver(s):Mining, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Tourism

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