Cape Town to Johannesburg Overland Tours

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What's Included
• Addo Elephant National Park
• Cape Agulhas
• The Cango Caves
• Ostrich Farm Tour
• Winery Tour
• Lesotho
• 14 breakfasts & 15 dinners
• Contribution to final group meal
• 9 nights in dorms & 6 nights camping
• Incl final night at Ritz B'packers, Jhb
• Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats
• Services of Absolute Crew
• Ongoing advice
• All road tolls & taxes are paid
The Garden Route Safari Cape Town to Johannesburg
Countries Visited

South Africa, Lesotho

Cape Town to Johannesburg Safari Overview

Travel along one of the most picturesque coastlines in the world, from Cape Town to Johannesburg, with the chance for whale watching, visiting an ostrich farm and Cango Caves, game drives in Addo Elephant Park and a forest walk in Tstisikamma Forest. Visit the tiny kingdom of Lesotho and hike in the Drakensberg mountains. Then the rush of diving with great white sharks and the Bloukrans Bridge Bungee - 216 metres high!

Cape Town to Johannesburg Safari Add-ons


Day 1 - 3

Cape Town

Optionals: Robben Island, Table Mountain cable car, Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Point, paragliding, kiteboarding, shark diving, whale watching.

Days 4 - 5

Cape Agulhas, Cango Caves, Oudtshoorn, Ostrich Farm.


Days 6 - 7

Garden Route, Knysna, Tsitsikamma Forest, Bloukrans Bridge, Storms River.

Optionals: Bloukrans Bungee, Canopy Tour, Black-water tubing, quad biking, flying fox, guided bridge-walk, waterfalls zipline.

Days 8 - 10

Port Elizabeth, Addo Elephant Park, Hogsback

Optionals: Addo Elephant Park night drives, Addo National Park horse trails, bushwalks, abseiling, horse riding, village tour


Days 11 - 12

Malealea, Lesotho

Optionals: pony trek, village tour, hiking, mountain biking.

Days 13 - 14

Drakensberg mountains

Optionals: hiking, biking, abseiling, rock climbing

Days 15


Optionals: Soweto tour, Apartheid Museum

Please note whale watching when in season will be arranged from Cape Agulhas or Knysna.

Please note safari itineraries are given as a guide only. A safari is a journey and true journeys in Africa unfold and are of an adventurous nature. The unexpected can arise, so do allow for this. Feel free to give us a call about your safari plans. We look forward to your further enquiries.

The Garden Route - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Cape Town to Johannesburg Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price covers:

Highlights including:

* Addo Elephant National Park
* Cape Agulhas
* Cango Caves tour
* Ostrich Farm tour
* Lesotho
* Drakensberg mountains

Camping and breakfast and dinner:
- 15 nights accommodation ( 6 nights camping and 9 nights in a dorm)
- 14 Breakfast whilst travelling on the truck
- 15 Evening meal whilst travelling on the truck including contribution to the final restaurant meal in Johannesburg

- A fully equipped and dieseled expedition truck/vehicle including all camping and cooking gear, a fridge, gas cooker, tents etc
- The services of a driver and safari leader
- The ongoing advice and back up from The Absolute team
- All road tolls and taxes are paid

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Optional excursions

A recommended typical budget for your optional excursions that you might pay for once in Africa would be: US$220 - US$500

Some clients spend more, some less. The above is a typical estimate selecting from the following main choices during this tour. Do re-check your budget looking at what might tempt you. A friendly reminder as well that the below list provides an approximate guide only for the most popular excursions currently available for this tour. Excursions are operated by local operators and authorities and their pricing is out of our control (July 19)

White Shark Cage Diving - day trip inc. transport US$185
Table Mountain - Return Cable Car US$27
Cape Town - Township Tour US$35
Cape Point & Peninsula Tour US$48
Robben Island boat transfer & guided tour US$40
Bungee - Bloukrans Bridge US$100
Tsitsikamma Forest - Treetop canopy walk US$50
Tsitsikamma - Waterfall Zip Lining US$30
Storms River - Black Water Tubing US$85
Addo - Night Drives US$32
Abseiling US$27
Pony trek £from US$30
Drakensberg hiking £from US$62
Add-On Three, Four and Five Day guided safaris into Kruger National Park camping or staying in lodge or special tree house accommodation, from £670
Full day Johannesburg city tour US$95
Half day Soweto tour US$62
Special Discounted Offer to the Spectacular VICTORIA FALLS: Add On Wild Dogs and Victoria Falls tour when booked with this tour £1320
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Spending Money

You will need spending money to cover drinks, lunch and souvenirs whilst on tour.
Tipping is customary in Africa, so budget for gratuities if you wish for guides or drivers who provide good service such as those that take you on guided tours. Again it is at your discretion, but your tour leader and driver will appreciate a tip to acknowledge their hard work during your tour.
For some excursions extra transport is needed to get to the start point, and lastly some campsites en route also have simple huts or chalets on site. If you feel like a break from camping and youd like an upgrade at some point it is well worth having a little bit of money budgeted accordingly.
The recommended spending money for the Garden Route is: US$310 - US$365

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Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 - 9 months after your trip finishes. Ensure as well you have adequate pages in your passport for each country you visit. Up to 2 consecutive blank pages can be required. If you have dual nationality you can only use one passport for the entire trip, whilst bringing both is wise as a back up. More information can be found in the different country listings on the FCOs website under entry requirements.

At the moment holiday visas for Australian, Canadian, American, British, German, Dutch and Irish passport holders are available for no charge at the port of entry to South Africa. If your passport is not detailed above please do not hesitate to contact us for further details of your requirements.

This information is given as a guide only. Visa requirements can change without prior notice. We recommended you also check your personal current visa requirements with the relevant embassies well in advance before you travel. Back to top

Pre and post safari please click here.

Remember you then need to budget for flights, insurance, vaccination costs and any equipment you might need such as a sleeping bag.

Any queries? Call our office on +44 (0) 208 742 0226, email us at or skype us on skypeabsoluteafrica

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Cape Town to Johannesburg
Start Cape Town Finish Johannesburg Price Local Payment Departure details
Sun 7 Jul 2024 Sun 21 Jul 2024 £1735
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Fri 9 Aug 2024 Fri 23 Aug 2024 £1735
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Sun 8 Sep 2024 Sun 22 Sep 2024 £1735
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Fri 11 Oct 2024 Fri 25 Oct 2024 £1735
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Fri 6 Dec 2024 Fri 20 Dec 2024 £1735
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Tue 31 Dec 2024 Tue 14 Jan 2025 £1735
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Before You Go

Cape Town to Johannesburg

Click on the link below to download the predeparture dossier for this overland trip "The Garden Route" - to Johannesburg.

The Garden Route - pre departure pack

This information has been developed over 30 years of experience overlanding in Africa.

It includes all you might need to know to prepare for this trip and more. We know many people love to plan their trip in detail and we hope you will find lots of "stuff" in here to help!

We also send out personal updates about 6 weeks before departure to all participants heading out on each departure date. This includes final confirmations of pre safari transfers and accommodation and other details relating to your specific travel arrangements so you can check all is as you need.

We recommend once booked on a Cape Town to Johannesburg trip that you periodically check back here as this information is regularly updated. It is also a good idea to keep an eye on the news area of this site.

And if you are not excited enough about heading to Africa already, check out our facebook page, listen out for our tweets and keep up to date with our blog to stay up to date with all that is happening on the road on the trucks.

Overlanding in Africa is a very different destination from your usual package holiday! You may find some information in this dossier different from what you expected. Whatever your question don't hesitate to ask. We are here to help so feel free to get back to us.

We are more than happy to advise as to what is the best plan for your particular Africa travel needs.

Give us a call, or skype or email. We look forward to planning your trip to Africa with you.

Book your Cape Town to Johannesburg Safari

Start Cape Town Finish Johannesburg Price Local Payment Departure details
Book Now Sun 7 Jul 2024 Sun 21 Jul 2024 £1735
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Book Now Fri 9 Aug 2024 Fri 23 Aug 2024 £1735
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Book Now Sun 8 Sep 2024 Sun 22 Sep 2024 £1735
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Book Now Fri 11 Oct 2024 Fri 25 Oct 2024 £1735
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Book Now Fri 6 Dec 2024 Fri 20 Dec 2024 £1735
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Book Now Tue 31 Dec 2024 Tue 14 Jan 2025 £1735
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