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Livin' the Wild Life
South Africa
Livin' the Wild Life

Starting this trip a little south of Latitude 31°, you are about to see some of the best South Africa has to offer! Crossing the Kei river into the Transkei region, you will be immersed in the Xhosa culture entirely different from the rest of the country. With rolling hills, quaint round huts, and traditional djembes always pounding off in the distance, you may be struck by 'Pondo Fever' - a very real affliction that will make you never want to leave this wonderful place! Heading further north, the Zulu culture is another breath of fresh air and the beaches of on the Indian ocean take on a more tropical flair, and the diving in several destinations on this trip is comparable to other world class diving sites, with marine life like you wouldn't imagine. In the right season, humpbacks, dolphins, whale sharks, and the southern right whale are not uncommon, along with all sorts of shark varieties and other sea life. Then we are off to Sodwana Bay to enjoy what the Indian Ocean has to offer for diving, before we are off to one of the best known national parks in the world, the Kruger National Park. Here you will embark on a safari and be delighted to see more wildlife than you would think possible in just a few days, and hopefully you will be lucky enough to catch the Big 5 - every safari-goers dream! Ending this trip in the capital of the country, Pretoria, you will once again have a chance to peer into this country's complicated past and optimistic future as well as a bit more close-up wildlife, before heading home to tell all your friends about how they have to come see South Africa for themselves!

 
Livin' the Wild Life
South Africa
Chintsa East

A few kilometres south of the the Great Kei river we found another fabulous stop, Chintsa East. We aren’t really supposed to compare the beaches on our trip but this one rates very high on our list. Our rooms are only a few minutes away from this breathtaking, unspoilt beach where the Chintsa river flows into the sea. Our accommodation is funky and has a laid-back atmosphere backed by forested dunes, lagoons and rivers.

 
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Coffee Bay
South Africa
Coffee Bay

We are travelling into the heart of the Transkei, through rolling green hills on roads where you drive slowly and make sure you don’t hit cattle, people, dogs, potholes, chickens, goats... well, you get the idea. It’s a gorgeous drive as you head deeper into rural South Africa on your way to Coffee Bay - another gem on the Indian Ocean and Wild Coast. Our accommodations are right on the Bomvu River Mouth and the scenery can get very dramatic especially when this wild ocean acts up. Sunsets with an adult beverage overlooking Coffee Bay from a high cliff will be one of your best memories of South Africa.

 
Livin' the Wild Life
mdumbi tours travel adventure
South Africa
Mdumbi

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Livin' the Wild Life
Port St Johns travel adventure tour
South Africa
Port St Johns, Transkei - Latitude 31°

Our name might give some of it away and although we love the whole itinerary we are now close to Latitude 31° south, and travelling in one of our favourite areas - the Transkei. The Transkei was an independent country surrounded by the borders of South Africa until 27 April 1994 when it became part of the Eastern Cape in the Republic of South Africa. Nelson Mandela was born in Mvezo near Mthatha. We are heading for Port St. Johns, a town of about 5000 people that is situated at the mouth of the mighty Umzimvubu River. It is a magical place and people here might warn you about pondo fever - it’s the ‘condition’ of those who show up, expecting to stay a few days and end up staying for months or years. You’ll know why they stay once you enjoy a sundowner on Mount Thesiger, overlooking aforementioned river (this airstrip was used in scenes of the movie ‘Blood Diamond’). Maybe you’ll understand it when you take a walk through the village or to the ‘gap’ and the blow-hole on Second Beach as you experience this part of the ‘Wild Coast’ and more of the raw beauty of the Indian Ocean.

 
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Gorge Swing South Africa
South Africa
Uvongo

Whether we are travelling south from Durban or north from Port St Johns, we’ll follow the N2 freeway and pass through sugar cane fields until we reach Uvongo where we will enjoy homely living for a day or three. Uvongo takes it’s name from the Vungu River which is derived from the Zulu word that describes the sound of a waterfall or the wind in a gorge. During our stay in this area you have the opportunity to try the world’s highest gorge swing at Oribi Gorge. If you’re not so fond of heights, the sharks at Protea Banks are waiting to meet the scuba divers amongst us.

 
Livin' the Wild Life
South Africa
Bergville, Drakensberg

Close to Bergville we have a one night stopover to get a good look at the majestic Drakensberg Mountain (Dragon’s Mountain) Range. Before we head out in the morning you can enjoy breakfast and a refreshing swim with a beautiful view of this unique part of the Northern Drakensberg shaped like an amphitheatre. The cliff face of the Amphitheatre, part of the Royal Natal National Park, is roughly three times the size of the total combined area of all the cliff faces in Yosemite’s famous El Capitan. It is more than 10 times the size of El Capitan’s most famous (South Western) face.
The Amphitheatre is over 5 kilometres in length and has precipitous cliffs rising approximately 1,220 metres (4,000 ft) along its entire length. The Tugela Falls, the world’s debated tallest falls, plunge over 948 metres (3,100 ft) from the Amphitheatre’s cliff tops.

 
Livin' the Wild Life
South Africa
Sodwana Bay

Sodwana is situated in the Maputaland Marine Reserve and the only scuba diving area along the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park (now renamed to Isimangaliso) coastline. Classified as one of the top dive sites in the world this 50 km reef complex boasts around 95 species of hard and soft coral, sponges, other invertebrates and around 1200 fish species. This stop is for obvious reasons focused at the Scuba divers amongst us but if diving is not your thing you can go deep sea fishing, horse riding on the beach, quad biking, take a micro-light flight over the parks and sea, hike a nature trail or do a turtle tour.

 
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Lions South Africa Safari
South Africa
Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp, Kruger Park

Welcome to one of the biggest game and wildlife reserves in Africa. The Kruger National Park covers 19,485 square kilometres and is approximately the size of New Jersey (U.S. state) and bigger than Israel. Beautiful people started preserving this piece of land in 1898 but the actual park was established in 1926. It is now home to 336 species of trees, 49 species of fish, 34 species of amphibians, 114 of reptiles, 507 of birds and 147 species of mammals. One of our three nights in the park will be spent at Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp. Berg-en-Dal is situated on the bank of the Matjulu Spruit with a view of softly undulating hills to the east. On the northern and southern sides dry riverbeds and a dam border the camp. There are large trees along the streams and dry riverbeds. Special care has been taken to preserve the natural vegetation in the camp. Berg-en-Dal is also the only camp set in a rugged mountain environment. In this area we will be likely to see Wild Dog, Klipspringer, Leopard, Scarlet-chested Sunbird and Heuglin's Robin.

 
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baboon south africa wildlife safari
South Africa
Skukuza Rest Camp, Kruger Park

Our other two nights in the Kruger National Park will be spent at Skukuza Rest Camp, the administrative headquarters of the park and the largest of all the camps. The camp overlooks the Sabie River and you can often spot hippos and crocodiles right from the restaurant. Also keep an eye open for other animals that come down to the river to drink. The Kruger Park stretches around 360 kilometres from south to north into Zimbabwe and 65 kilometres from west to east into Mozambique. Although we only scratch the surface we can spot zebras, giraffes, various kinds of antelope, cheetahs, hippos, crocodiles, hundred types of birds, (we can go on for a while) and of course we’ll be keeping our eyes wide open for the BIG FIVE - lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and rhinos. Our evenings will be spent relaxing next to a camp fire under a starlit sky while we take in the night sounds of the African bush.

 
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mandela south africa tour
South Africa
Pretoria, Johannesburg & Soweto

Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa. We will stay in Pretoria for a few nights while you are either getting over your ‘desynchronosis’ (otherwise known as jet lag) or reminiscing about your adventure and crying your goodbyes. During our stay we will take day trips in and around Pretoria as well as Johannesburg and Soweto, visiting some museums (including the Apartheid Museum) and historical sights that will deepen your understanding of why South Africa is such a stunningly unique country. In Soweto we will visit Vilakazi Street - One of South Africa's most famous streets and the only one in the world to have housed two Nobel Prize winners, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

 
Cruisin' the Cape
South Africa
Cruisin' the Cape

Live up the finest lifestyle South Africa has to offer along the coasts of the Western and Eastern Cape. Starting in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, you can enjoy some of the most spectacular views climbing Lion's Head mountain right in the middle of the city, and unwind afterwards with diverse (and affordable!) culinary delights down at the harbourfront. Impeccable South African wines come from the vineyards of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, just outside the city, and nothing makes a better day than a wine tasting venture out into the countryside. A short jaunt down Cape Point brings you to the Cape of Good Hope, where colonies of jackass penguins have set up their homes minutes away from local residents living in quaint suburbs all along the coast. For the more adventurous, Hermanus offers great white shark cage diving, or if you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, this beautiful town has been called the best land-based whale watching spot in the world, and in the right season you will be sure to catch a breach if you watch long enough! Then head down to the southernmost point on the continent of Africa to witness the junction of the Indian and Atlantic ocean, before driving through the little Karoo where you can ride ostriches and visit hot mineral springs and ancient Karoo bath houses. If your sense of adventure isn't sated yet, consider cage diving with crocs and interacting with cheetah and lion cubs. End this spectacular journey with a skydive over Plettenburg Bay, then grab a surfboard and hit up the world renowned breaks at Jeffrey's Bay. Unwind after all that in a fire-heated tub with a spectacular view at the edge of a cliff in the Hogsback, and call this trip a day! But we would recommend sticking around for the second 20 day trip, there is a whole other side of South Africa to see!

 
Cruisin' the Cape
Cape Town Travel Tours
South Africa
Cape Town

Cape Town (also known as The Mother City and Cape of Good Hope) was established in 1652 as the first permanent European settlement in South Africa. Not only is it the most popular international tourist destinations in South Africa but Africa as a whole. The New York Times has named Cape Town as the number one place to visit in 2014 and once you see the city with Table Mountain as backdrop, you’ll quickly understand why people are drawn here. As a group we will spend 3 days in Cape Town but seeing that it’s our final or first destination you can easily book your outbound or inbound flights to spend a few more days. There’s so much to see in this area from Cape Point Nature Reserve to the Winelands in the Stellenbosch area, from the South African Naval Base in Simon’s Town to the spectacular view of the harbour from the top of Table Mountain.

 
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whale breaching south africa
South Africa
Hermanus

Hermanus lies along Walker Bay on the south coast of the Western Cape. It is located about 115 km southeast of Cape Town. Hermanus has some of the best land-based whale watching in the world but when the season doesn’t allow for it you can still go cage diving with great white sharks, horse riding, paragliding, kayaking, fishing, hiking or simply swimming and sunbathing at one of many gorgeous beaches. There are a lot of beautiful shops and art galleries in town and the restaurants are well worth a visit if you are a food lover.

 
Cruisin' the Cape
South Africa
Swellendam

Swellendam is the third oldest settlement in South Africa, after Cape Town and Stellenbosch, and was founded by the Dutch East India Company in the year 1745. It lies at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains and is well known for it’s youngberries (a complex hybrid between three different species from the genus Rubus, the raspberries, blackberries, and dewberries of the rose family). From here we can also go and check out the southernmost point of Africa, Cape Agulhas, and for the horse fanatics there are horse trails in the spectacular mountains.

 
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warmaterburg hot tub
South Africa
Warmwaterberg

The Warmwaterberg Spa (‘warm water mountain spa’) is a hot mineral spring and ancient Karoo bath house - built around 1888 and is surrounded by five Little Karoo mountain ranges. It is situated on the unique and scenic Route 62. Another gem we will visit on this route is the world famous Ronnie’s Sex Shop situated close by. At Warmwaterberg Spa they offer you country hospitality at a slow pace, tranquility, wide open spaces and steaming hot water to restore body, mind and soul.

 
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Ostrich South Africa travel adventure
South Africa
Oudtshoorn

Some people might give you the impression that the Little Karoo region is dry and desolate and boring. Let us assure you that it is quite the opposite from boring. We’ll arrive in Oudtshoorn for a full day of exploring caves and feeding ostriches, and you can even go cage diving with crocodiles. The town is home to the world’s largest ostrich population, with a number of specialized ostrich breeding farms. The Cango Wildlife Ranch provides guests with an amazing variety of animals to experience.

 
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waterfall nature valley south africa tour
South Africa
Nature's Valley/The Crags

We will be staying in The Crags for two nights and beauty and adventure is all around. The Crags is nestled in a gorgeous part of the Garden Route - right by the border of the Eastern and Western Cape. There are so many activities to do here, it will be hard to keep track and make sure you get it all done. You’ll have the opportunity to experience the worlds highest bungy bridge and explore nearby ocean, scenic sandy beaches, rugged mountains, river gorges and estuaries, as well as numerous varied wildlife attractions. Whether you want to skydive, zip-line over waterfalls, hike a nature trail or even go shopping in Plettenberg Bay, there is something for everyone.

 
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jeffrey's bay travel adventure
South Africa
Jeffreys Bay

There are many reasons to visit this bustling town that is encapsulated by nature reserves & rivers. One of the main reasons people flock here is to surf some of the legendary waves the region is so well known for. Supertubes is the infamous break here but there are many others including Boneyards, Kitchen Windows and The Point to name a few. If surfing is not your thing you can laze around or go horseback riding on the beach, sandboarding on the dunes or you can paddle out with some dolphins in the crystal clear ocean.

 
Cruisin' the Cape
South Africa
Hogsback

The landscape changes drastically as we move away from the coast for a couple of days. Hogsback is a magical world of mountains and forests. It is situated high up on the Amathole mountains of the Eastern Cape, and is surrounded by centuries-old indigenous Afromontane forests. At our accommodation there is a bath tub on the edge of a cliff - best view from any bath tub - EVER! Between Jeffreys Bay and Hogsback we will visit Addo Elephant National Park, one of South Africa’s 19 national parks and ranking number 3 in size after Kruger National and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Parks. The park was founded in 1931 to provide a safe place for the sixteen remaining elephants in the area. Today the park is home to more than 550 elephants, cape buffalo, the endangered black rhino, a variety of antelope and zebra species, lions, hyenas, leopards as well as as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo.

 
Cruisin' the Cape
South Africa
Chintsa East

A few kilometres south of the the Great Kei river we found another fabulous stop, Chintsa East. We aren’t really supposed to compare the beaches on our trip but this one rates very high on our list. Our rooms are only a few minutes away from this breathtaking, unspoilt beach where the Chintsa river flows into the sea. Our accommodation is funky and has a laid-back atmosphere backed by forested dunes, lagoons and rivers.

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Livin' the Wild Life
South Africa
Livin' the Wild Life

Starting this trip a little south of Latitude 31°, you are about to see some of the best South Africa has to offer! Crossing the Kei river into the Transkei region, you will be immersed in the Xhosa culture entirely different from the rest of the country. With rolling hills, quaint round huts, and traditional djembes always pounding off in the distance, you may be struck by 'Pondo Fever' - a very real affliction that will make you never want to leave this wonderful place! Heading further north, the Zulu culture is another breath of fresh air and the beaches of on the Indian ocean take on a more tropical flair, and the diving in several destinations on this trip is comparable to other world class diving sites, with marine life like you wouldn't imagine. In the right season, humpbacks, dolphins, whale sharks, and the southern right whale are not uncommon, along with all sorts of shark varieties and other sea life. Then we are off to Sodwana Bay to enjoy what the Indian Ocean has to offer for diving, before we are off to one of the best known national parks in the world, the Kruger National Park. Here you will embark on a safari and be delighted to see more wildlife than you would think possible in just a few days, and hopefully you will be lucky enough to catch the Big 5 - every safari-goers dream! Ending this trip in the capital of the country, Pretoria, you will once again have a chance to peer into this country's complicated past and optimistic future as well as a bit more close-up wildlife, before heading home to tell all your friends about how they have to come see South Africa for themselves!

Livin' the Wild Life (20 days)
Cruisin' the Cape
South Africa
Cruisin' the Cape

Live up the finest lifestyle South Africa has to offer along the coasts of the Western and Eastern Cape. Starting in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, you can enjoy some of the most spectacular views climbing Lion's Head mountain right in the middle of the city, and unwind afterwards with diverse (and affordable!) culinary delights down at the harbourfront. Impeccable South African wines come from the vineyards of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, just outside the city, and nothing makes a better day than a wine tasting venture out into the countryside. A short jaunt down Cape Point brings you to the Cape of Good Hope, where colonies of jackass penguins have set up their homes minutes away from local residents living in quaint suburbs all along the coast. For the more adventurous, Hermanus offers great white shark cage diving, or if you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, this beautiful town has been called the best land-based whale watching spot in the world, and in the right season you will be sure to catch a breach if you watch long enough! Then head down to the southernmost point on the continent of Africa to witness the junction of the Indian and Atlantic ocean, before driving through the little Karoo where you can ride ostriches and visit hot mineral springs and ancient Karoo bath houses. If your sense of adventure isn't sated yet, consider cage diving with crocs and interacting with cheetah and lion cubs. End this spectacular journey with a skydive over Plettenburg Bay, then grab a surfboard and hit up the world renowned breaks at Jeffrey's Bay. Unwind after all that in a fire-heated tub with a spectacular view at the edge of a cliff in the Hogsback, and call this trip a day! But we would recommend sticking around for the second 20 day trip, there is a whole other side of South Africa to see!

Cruisin' the Cape (20 days)

Itinerary for this adventure

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IMPORTANT: If you are doing a combo trip and booking your own flights, please contact us to confirm the start and end point of your trip.

Livin' the Wild Life: 20 days in South Africa

Day 1 Chintsa West
Group flight arrives into East London, your pick up will be waiting! A few hours drive to the coast and you can check out the surf, hop in the pool, or grab a beer and relax. The Kei river paints a beautiful foreground for the Indian Ocean. Yoga or horseback riding on the beach are available for the active spirits! *** Please note - Sometimes this trips runs in opposite directions. If you are arranging your own flights please contact travel@fnez.com before booking.
Day 2-4 Coffee Bay
We venture north in our private A/C vans (same vans for the entire trip) and cross the Kei River into the Kingdom of Transkei (now part of the Eastern Cape Province). Our first stop on the Wild Coast is the magical Coffee Bay. Enjoy great surf, or wind down on the coast with locals playing djembe overlooking the ocean.
Day 5-6 Mdumbi
From Coffee Bay we take a short drive north on some dirt roads to the very rural Mdumbi. For two days you will have the rolling hills, Umdumbi river and the spectacular white sand beach all to yourself.
Day 7-8 Port St. John's
We leave Mdumbi and spend our last couple of nights on the Wild Coast in the breathtaking Port St Johns. If you're there in the right season, this town is famous for the passing of the "largest shoal on Earth" - and you can even SCUBA dive it if you're trained (and brave!) Take some epic pictures on the air strip from "Blood Diamond" while you're in town.
Day 9-11 Uvongo
Driving along the South Coast of the Zulu Kingdom we arrive at our next stop and all the homely comforts you could ask for in Uvongo. A seaside paradise.
Day 12-14 Sodwana Bay
It’s a long day of driving but we fill the time with fun in our private A/C vans! It's worth every kilometre when we get to Sodwana Bay, a real SCUBA diver and beach lovers paradise.
Day 15-17 Kruger National Park
We leave early in the morning and drive through Swaziland (remember your passport) to The Kruger National Park. Get ready for 2 days of Safari in one of the biggest conservation areas in Africa… keep your eyes out for the Big Five! There are all sorts of safari options here, with day and night safaris (included), nature walks, information sessions, and more!
Day 18-19 Pretoria
From the Kruger Park we exit at the Orpen Gate and stop at what may be the largest green canyon on the planet - the Blyde River Canyon. We also visit some of the highest waterfalls in Mpumalanga Province as we travel to South Africa’s capital, Pretoria.
Day 20 Johannesburg
The sad day of departing South Africa has arrived and we’ll make sure you all get to OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg on time. We hope you had fun Livin the Wild Life, see you again next trip!

Cruisin' the Cape: 20 days in South Africa

Day 1-3 Cape Town
Group flight arrives into Cape Town International airport. Spend your days exploring the most beautiful city on Earth. Opportunities for day tours around Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula (some incl.). *** Please note - Sometimes this trips runs in opposite directions. If you are arranging your own flights please contact travel@fnez.com before booking.
Day 4-5 Hermanus
Travel via private A/C bus (for the whole trip unless otherwise noted) through the Cape Winelands to the Overberg Region. Have the chance to cage dive with Great Whites, or sip wine if that is more your style!
Day 6-7 Swellendam
Travel to the third oldest town in South Africa, stopping off along the way to check out the southernmost tip of the African continent at Cape Agulhas. If that wasn't awe inspiring enough, relax among the mountains and rolling hills of Swellendam with a refreshing beverage. Don't stay up too late if you plan on exploring the mountains on horseback tomorrow.
Day 8-9 Warmwaterberg
A short relaxing drive will bring you to the relaxing waters of natural hot springs in the heart of the Little Karoo. A complete change of scenery in a few hours drive is always nice!
Day 10 Oudtshoorn
The semi-arid landscape provides a nice change of pace on your drive through Ladismith and Calitzdorp to the ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn.
Day 11-14 The Crags
Through the Outeniqua Mountains we make our way back towards the ocean on route to Nature’s Valley in the Tsitsikamma. Ever been "glamping" before? Now is your time to find out it's your new favourite thing!
Day 15-17 Jeffreys Bay
We leave The Crags behind, stop for the world’s highest bridge bungy jump at Bloukrans Bungy and drive straight to the world renowned surf town of Jeffreys Bay. Explore some of the best waves on the planet, or head sandboarding if the dunes are calling to you.
Day 18-19 Hogsback
From J Bay we have a drive through Addo Elephant Park for some safari on our way to the Amathole Mountains where we will stay. Fancy a fire-warmed hot tub on the edge of a cliff? You'll never guess what you can find here.
Day 20 Chintsa West
It’s all downhill from Hogsback to where we connect with the coast again just south of the Kei River at Chintsa. Check out the surf, hop in the pool, or grab a beer and relax for the last day of your journey Cruisin the Cape! Remember, it's not goodbye, it's see ya later!

To live Free and Easy is to live without busy, rigid schedules. Each destination provides some amazing activities, but we make sure that free time is there so you can take part in all of them or none of them, do as much or as little as you want. 'Take time, breathe it all in, no rush!'

More detailed information about what's included, destination information and activities are listed on this page.

Please note: The above itinerary is subject to change. A confirmed Free & Easy trip itinerary with exact routing will be provided at least 30 days prior to trip departure. 

IMPORTANT: If you are doing a combo trip and booking your own flights, please contact us to confirm the start and end point of your trip.

Epic Experiences you will have on this adventure

Get Face to Face With a Great White

The Great White Shark (Carcharodon Carcharias) is one of the most feared creatures on the planet, beautifully streamlined to slip through the ocean with minimum effort. Its immense size, jet black eyes, row upon row of razor sharp teeth and extendable jaws make this the ultimate super predator and with this Epic Experience you get up close and personal with them! You'll experience the sharks from a metal cage dropped into the water next to the boat. You can also spot them from above through excellent surface viewing of the sharks from the boat’s upper deck, getting an all-round view of the sharks, circling and descending. It is the ideal spot to capture some fantastic shark pictures or shoot video footage and get closer than you ever thought possible to these magnificent ocean predators!

See the Big 5 and More!

It is well known that Africa has an abundance of wildlife you will find nowhere else on the planet. It is always fun to try and spot the Big Five: Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Rhinos and Buffalo! But there is so much more to see as well, have you ever heard about Africa’s ‘Little Five’? They are (and don’t laugh) the Elephant Shrew, Ant Lion, Rhinoceros Beetle, Buffalo Weaver and Leopard Tortoise. The country has some of the world’s richest biodiversity hotspots, with remarkable birdlife, abundant buck, small game and bizarre insects. We will cruise the bush in the Kruger National Park and Addo Elephant National Park to tick many of these land animals off our lists. With diving and snorkeling as well as boat trips we can also spot some of the ocean's raddest dwellers like dolphins, whales, sharks, turtles and crabs!

Apartheid Museum - A Glimpse into South Africa's Past

It's no mystery that South Africa has a troubled and tumultuous history. While in Jo-Burg, you'll discover what the country suffered through all the way into the late 20th century. This museum is a beacon of hope and provides insight into the nation that emerged from the depths of despair with strength and promise for a bright future.

Campfire On the Beach

Take a load off and relax by the fire with the sand between your toes. Lay back and look up at the stars, enjoy a cool beverage and the company of fine friends around the warm glow. You can head back to your bed at the end of the night, or just sleep right on the sand and stick around for the epic sunrise!

Sit Atop Cape Town's Scenic Table Mountain

Join us for the awe-inspiring views from atop Cape Town's most iconic landmark - Table Mountain! After taking a cable car up 3,500 feet, rest assured that you'll be surrounded by sights you can't capture in a picture. Come see for yourself why we can't help but return to Table Mountain time after time!

Enjoy Local Music

Every culture creates a unique and special vibe through music, and South Africa is no exception. Come groove with us to the addictive rhythms of djembes, guitars and the occasional songbird! The sounds of drums fill the air regularly, and you may even be treated to a wicked djembe circle or campfire serenade. Find out why the beat of South Africa is one we can't get enough of!

Swim at the "Hole In The Wall"

Nestled in Coffee Bay at the mouth of the Mpako River, this rocky archway is a landmark for anyone looking to soak up some sun or find their catch of the day on a fishing boat. Millions of years of waves crashing against the rock face made of sandstone and shale crafted up this recognizable formation and visitors to the popular little vacation village always pay a visit to the Hole in the Wall.

A Sunset View From a Mountain Pass

Cruising down Chapman's Peak will prove to be one of the best ways you've ever witnessed a sunset. This coastal highway is home to viewpoints and winding curves with cliffs on one side and the ocean on the other...and of course we'll make regular stops to enjoy a few glasses of cheap South African wine!

Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope

Commonly mistaken for the dividing point between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans (that's a little further down at Cape Agulhas!), this scenic spot will make you feel like you've taken a time machine back to the Jurassic era. Between staggering views, a penguin colony, more species of birds than you can imagine and, of course, great company, there's no wonder why you won't be missing the Cape of Good Hope on your adventure.

Robben Island - Site of Nelson Mandela's Imprisonment

During your visit to Robben Island, you'll visit the prison where the former President of South Africa spent 18 of his 27 years behind bars. Aside from an eye-opening look into the history of the island (guided by a former inmate!), this spot on your road trip also offers up postcard-worthy views of Cape Town. We promise you'll be fascinated all day long at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Swing Over, Slide Across & Rappel Down the Oribi Gorge

The Oribi Gorge is a stunning canyon in KwaZulu-Natal, it is 400 m deep and almost 5 km wide. Ancient rivers eroded nearly 30 km of specactular kloofs and crags in the canyon that are now full of lush subtropical vegetation and home to a score of species of small mammals. Lehr's Falls, a stunning waterfall, falls 110 m into the canyon in a beautiful display of water and light. While visiting the Oribi Gorge, you will have 3 epic options for seeing it. You can strap into a giant swing (the highest in the world) and hurl yourself from the edge of the gorge and swing over top of it. Or you can slip on a harness and attach yourself to a zipline to get a sweet perspective of the canyon sliding right across part of it - a distance of 165 m! Or lastly, you can get to the top of Lehr's falls and use the climbing rope to rappel down the cliff face right next to the falls. Take your pick, you can't go wrong and if you're feeling good (how could you not be?) you'll probably want to do all 3!

Do the World's Highest Bridge Bungee

The Bloukrans Bungee Jump is the world's highest bridge that you can bungee jump from. With stunning views of the surrounding valley and the Atlantic Ocean you'll step off the bridge and free fall for 216 metres (709 ft) right above the Bloukrans River - you'll never have felt more alive than after experiencing this. You've just gotta do it!

Adventure at the Orlando Towers in Soweto

The decommissioned Orlando Power Station’s cooling towers have been developed into a vertical adventure facility, which is now becoming one of South Africa’s most epic adrenaline spots. The Orlando Towers site currently offers Bungee Jumping, Power Swinging, Internal Swinging, and lift rides to the viewing platform - all at 100 metres (328ft) above the ground! This is an experience full of action-packed fun!

Surf a South African Wave

Nothing compares to the feeling you get the first time you paddle into a wave, stand up as it breaks and ride the face of it – this is the incomparable feeling of surfing. When you get it right, you'll know, because you'll be more excited than the first time you had sex and probably more addicted to it, too! Surfing is arguably the most challenging sport in the world and requires you to learn much more than physical coordination. In order to surf a wave, you'll need patience, discipline, a lack of fear and an insatiable urge to have fun. It's no coincidence that most of the countries that we run trips to have wicked surf scenes, because there's nothing quite like it.

Waterfall Zip Lining Tours - Tsitsikamma

What makes the Tsitsikamma “Waterfall Zipline Tour” unique is that you have the opportunity to safely slide on a zip line across three beautiful waterfalls surrounded by indigenous trees and plants. This eco-adventure is sure to give you an adrenaline rush, zigzagging across the Kruis River with the wind in your face and the whistle of the pulley on the cable. There are eight slides, of which the longest is 211m, as high as 50 metres (164ft) above the water in some places. Each section presents its own surprises, adventure, wonders and beautiful views.

Canopy Zip Lining Tours - Tsitsikamma

The first of its kind in Africa, the canopy tour involves traversing from one platform to another along a steel cable suspended up to 30 meters (98ft) above the forest floor. Most platforms are located in giant Outeniqua Yellowwood trees. The scenery and bird life is spectacular and professional guides provide interesting facts about the forest ecology during the 2½ to 3 hour tour.

Go Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is still a relatively young sport and gaining participants with great momentum. Learn to SUP with easy, progressive and fun SUP lessons in Cape Town on calm water or in the waves at Muizenberg. You will learn how to safely SUP in waves in the shallow beach break in Muizenberg, internationally recognized ideal spot for learning Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Surfing.

Go SCUBA Diving

If it’s variety you’re after in your scuba diving experience, you’ve come to the right place. South Africa has an enormously long coastline ranging from about 35°S to 27°S. The Mozambique Current flows down the east coast, bringing warm tropical water and marine life with it, and Sodwana Bay has the most southernly coral reefs in the world. As you head down the coast the underwater environment changes gradually until, once you reach Cape Town, you’re diving in chilly but beautiful kelp forests. There are three major types of kelp, and a short portion of the Western Cape coast is the only place in the world that they all grow together. If you’ve always shunned cold water diving, consider it. Sure, you have to don a thick wetsuit with constraining hoodie and gloves, but it’s worth it. Diving in kelp is like walking in a forest - you float beneath the canopy and admire the surprisingly colourful reef life. And every dive will bring with it a chorus of the ocean's most beautiful creatures: turtles, whales, sharks, dolphins, and fish of virtually every variety!

Sand Boarding

Sandboarding is a very fun adventure sport! All it takes to sandboard is a positive attitude, a board strapped to your feet after a few basic instructions and you will be blasting down a sand dune in no time at all. It’s a board sport similar to snowboarding but takes place in desert areas or coastal areas with beach dunes. You’ll have a few opportunities to rip down some beach dunes in South Africa.

Go Skydiving!

Experience a free-fall from 10,000 ft over one of the most scenic drop zones in the world: the Knysna forests and Plettenberg Bay coastline. Start this experience with a short briefing then enjoy a scenic 20-minute plane ride up into the sky. Then the adrenaline will start to pump as you step out of the plane with your Tandem Master and experience the rush of a 35 second free fall at 200km/h! Then you'll pop the parachute and enjoy the most amazing views of your life during a soothing drop back down to Earth.

Go Paragliding

Cape Town is one of the most spectacular places in the world to paraglide with astonishing views of Lion’s Head, Table Mountain and the Cape Town area. However, there are many other excellent flying sites all along the Cape coast including Signal Hill, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Franschhoek, Hermanus and all the way down to Wilderness and Sedgefield. Tandem paragliding instructional flights are a great way of getting into paragliding or just experiencing the joy of freeflight.

Sample World-Class South African Wine

With some of the best wines in the world being produced just half an hour’s drive from Cape Town, it would be a disgrace not to spend a day sampling some of these fine, tasty wines. The wine country has a long history and strong culture stretching from 1688. It’s hard to decide where to stop for a tasting; one of the 140 estates in the Stellenbosch area or some of the 70 farms in the Paarl district, Franschhoek, Robertson. Fortunately, we have time for more than a few stops to sample far more than a few wines!

Cage Dive with Crocs

This dive at the Cango Wildlife Ranch is a world first and has attracted people from all over the planet to experience it. Submerged in water, face to face with giant Nile Crocodiles you get a chance to see these reptiles like you have never before (and probably never will again). If these beasts look scary on TV and from afar, you'll get a real grasp of their massive size and killing capabilities when you're within arms reach of scores of them! Don't miss this chance to put your fears to the test and see crocs like few have seen them.

Go to Monkeyland & Eden For Birds

The World’s first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary. Monkeyland offers monkey safaris where you can view the primates in their natural forest home and watch them play, relax and go about their monkey business. Right next door you can see Birds of Eden, the World’s largest free-flight bird aviary (50 m high, covering 23,000 square meters of forest). Birds of Eden houses more than 3,500 specimens of more than 280 species, with the main focus being African birds. The dome covers 2 km of boardwalks. Whether monkeys are your thing or birds are, go to one or go to both and get an amazing look at these playful animals!

WHALE! WHALE! WHALE! (Seasonal)

See whales! Humpbacks, Orcas, Southern Right Whales... it's a whale orgy! Off the coast of Hermanus you can enjoy some of the best whale watching in the world, be it from land or up close and personal from a boat. This experience is seasonal, but when it's on it's on and you'll get better looks at these beautiful ocean giants than you ever thought possible!

Hike Lion's Head Mountain

Get a brilliant perspective of Cape Town and Table Mountain from the peak of Lion's Head Mountain. This is not a super tough hike, so don't worry about grinding out your quads - just enjoy the leisurely stroll up to this amazing point. Once up there you'll get amazing views of the ocean, the city, the surrounding peaks and everything that makes up this beautiful part of South Africa. So open up that bottle of wine and soak it in!

Visit Penguin Colonies

Unbeknownst to many foreigners, penguins live in large numbers along the coast of South Africa. The Jackass Penguin, named for the braying sound it makes when communicating, can be found in several colonies from Cape Town all the way to Betty's Bay. These flightless birds are protected from human intrusion by boardwalks and fenced in habitats, so you can get close for your photo shoot but the penguins and their young still live in a natural, untouched area. This is also to prevent them from wandering into town, which seems to startle the penguins as much as the locals!

Sardine Run! (Seasonal)

See more marine wildlife than you ever thought possible during the Sardine Run! The migration of billions of sardines from May through July is called 'the Greatest Shoal on Earth' and moves up the eastern coast of South Africa, creating a feeding frenzy of predators that will leave you dizzy from the experience. Thousands of common and bottle nose dolphins, sharks of every type, and even kamikaze Cape gannets dive bomb the waters where these sardines gather in multitudes, creating an underwater sight that you won't find anywhere else on this planet! Dolphins often round up the sardines into 10-20 metre bait balls up to 10 metres deep and the frenzy is on!

Stand on the Southernmost Tip of Africa where two oceans meet

A scenic drive from Swellendam takes us through rolling hills and down to the quaint Cape Agulhas, which is geographically famous for being the Southernmost tip of the entire continent of Africa. This also happens to be the point where the colder Atlantic Ocean meets up with the warmer Indian Ocean, and you can cross two items off your bucket list in one day! Mind your shoes if you get too close to the tide, you may get a different ocean in each one!

Go Deep Sea Fishing

If you want to eat fish instead of looking at them under water you can get out to the deep sea and wet some lines on a fishing trip. Professional fishermen will take you out to sea on a fully rigged deep-sea fishing boat for an educational and fun filled half or full day of catching bill- and game fish.

Go Horseback Riding

Some say that the only way to truly get in touch with nature is to climb on a horse and follow ocean trails along the beach. There are a couple of places on the trip where you can go horseback riding on both the beach and through Nature Reserves with experienced guides. Moonlight rides on the beach are available over full moon and you can go on longer excursions for half or full days.

Sunset River Cruise

The perfect way to end the day is to see the sun go down over the mighty Mzimvubu River. We pack the cooler boxes with your favorite beverages and some snacks and take a laid back cruise up the river to go and.... well... relax and reflect on the amazing time you are having.

Snorkeling in Sodwana Bay

The snorkeling trips are a wonderful experience for the non-diver to enjoy the beauty of South Africa' s incredible ocean life. The snorkelers are taken out to sea on a dive-boat where they can snorkel over the coral reefs at their leisure; there is a good opportunity for encounters with dolphins and whales. Ragged-tooth sharks are viewed on ¼-mile in season. If you have any fear of the deeper waters there are also beautiful rock pools with lots of life to go snorkelling in.

Night drive Safari in Kruger National Park

Our last night in the Kruger National Park we will take you out with a very knowledgeable field guide to go and see what the animals are up to when the sun goes down. The bush takes on a completely different personality when the nocturnal creatures come out to play.

Accommodations and Transportation

What's included in this adventure

Accommodation

  • Accommodation for the duration of your Free & Easy experience

Transportation

  • All group travel between destinations
  • If you are doing multiple trips, all travel between trips is included
  • Return international flights and airport transfers*** (No surprise extra flight surcharges)

***Land Package prices do not include your international flight, airport taxes or transfers

Leaders

  • 2 knowledgeable and fun Free & Easy leaders
  • 17 years of trip leading experience
  • No commissions or gratuities required or accepted... ever!
  • Preparations guidebook
  • Trip Experience guidebook

Activities: South Africa (Cruisin' Cape)

  • Entrance to all National Parks
  • Viewpoint hikes
  • Visit Penguin colonies
  • Cape Peninsula tour
  • Hike (or take cable car!) up Ionic Table Mountain for stunning views over Cape Town
  • Brandy distillery tour
  • Cape Town city walking tour
  • Visit South Africa's 3rd oldest town
  • Check out Cape Agulhas, Africa's Southernmost point
  • Hike up Langebergt Mountain to a waterfall
  • Hang out in natural hot springs
  • Visit Ostrich capital of the world (farm tour included)
  • Guided tour through Cango wildlife ranch
  • Surf "Supertubes" in Jeffrey's Bay (one of worlds longest right hand breaks!)
  • Safari through Addo Elephant Park
  • "Up the Creek" Music Festival (SEASONAL- January trip only)

Activities: South Africa (Wild Life)

  • Safari (day and night) in Kruger National Park
  • See the Big 5! Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Rhinos & Buffalo
  • Entrance to all National Parks
  • Epic Viewpoint hikes
  • Swim at the "Hole in the wall" at Mpako River
  • "Green Fair" Music Festival (SEASONAL- May trip only)

Meals: South Africa (Cruisin' Cape)

  • Breakfast included in Cape Town
  • Breakfast included in Hermanus

Meals: South Africa (Wild Life)

  • Breakfast included in Pretoria

Optional Activities: South Africa (Cruisin' Cape)

  • Do the world’s highest bridge bungy
  • Waterfall zip lining tours - Tsitsikamma
  • Canopy zip lining tours - Tsitsikamma
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Get face to face with a great white
  • Sand boarding
  • Skydiving
  • Paragliding
  • Sample world-class South African wine
  • Cage dive with crocs
  • Check out Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned 18 of 27 years)
  • Check out a Diamond Museum
  • Go Snorkelling with Seals
  • Go Horse riding on the beach
  • Mountain biking, rappelling, hiking combo day trip in Hogsback
  • Surf board access

Optional Activities: South Africa (Wild Life)

  • Sardine run (seasonal)
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Horseback riding
  • Snorkeling in Sodwana Bay
  • Scuba diving
  • Surf Lessons
  • Surf board access
  • Sunset River Booze Cruise
  • Jump off a cliff on the worlds largest Gorge Swing
  • Check out the Apartheid Museum- A Glimpse into S. Africa's history

Not Included

  • All meals and drinks (except those mentioned above)
  • Activities outside of the ones listed above (optional activities are not included)
  • Any Visa or Visa fees

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