Afro Kings & Communities

On this 16 days tour you will experience the true African culture. Visit locally owned projects that are devoted to giving back to their communities. In this unique tour through South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho, you will have the opportunity to stay in rural villages where the kings of the different tribes established their roots. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the different African cultures as well. Besides real African culture, you get the opportunity to see wildlife and breathtaking panoramic views. This is a divers tour suitable for the more curious and adventurous traveller.

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Day 1 Johannesburg
You will arrive at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Here you will meet our local representative. The representative will provide you with your personalized route description, project information and the necessary contact details. From the airport you will be transferred to your accommodation where you will stay for two nights. This accommodation is situated in a safe, popular and vibey Johannesburg suburb. Depending on the time of arrival you have the opportunity to explore Johannesburg further.

Overnight: Guest House in Johannesburg, incl. breakfast

Day 2 Johannesburg & Soweto
After breakfast you will be collected for a Fair trade in Tourism certified Soweto Township Tour. This tour will give you the opportunity to experience the Soweto Township at its purest. Learn ‘Tsotsi Taal’, the language which is spoken by the locals. Visit a day care centre and a hostel to experience the effects of Apartheid or visit a local home and experience the vibe in Meadowlands.

Head off for the second part of the tour where you will ride a bicycle to explore the hidden corners of the township with our local guide. At the end of the tour you will be dropped off back at your accommodation in Johannesburg. .

Overnight: Guest House in Johannesburg,  incl. breakfast

Day 3 Sabie (ca. 390 km)
Around 9am your car will be delivered at the accommodation. You will depart from Johannesburg and drive via Dullstroom to the Sabie area. En route you can visit the Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Centre just outside Dullstroom. This centre is committed to Eco-Friendly Environmental policies by educating the public in order to promote the awareness of raptor species and their plight as a growing endangered species. Dullstroom is a small appealing tourist destination and an ideal stop-over on the way to Sabie and the Kruger National Park.

Overnight: In a country lodge, incl. breakfast

Day 4 Kruger National Park (ca. 175 km)
Depart from Sabie and drive to the south of the Kruger National Park where you will spend one night in a rustic camp. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Kruger National Park is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.

Overnight: In a rustic camp inside the Kruger National Park, room only

Day 5 Kingdom of Swaziland (ca. 240 km)
You will proceed to the Kingdom of Swaziland after you had your breakfast. It is the home of King Mswati III, who is the head to the Royal Family of Swaziland. Enter Swaziland at the Jeppe’s Reef border post and drive towards Piggs Peak. Here you will stay for two nights in a cultural rural mountain camp run and owned by the local community. This camp is the first of its kind in Swaziland – a community owned eco-tourism friendly accommodation. Be prepared that this is a true local and basic once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Overnight: In community owned and run lodge, room only

Day 6 Kingdom of Swaziland
Today you will have the whole day at leisure or you can make your way to the Swazi Secret Project. A project that supports disadvantaged women to generate income from the natural products that grow around them. Come and share the secrets of African trees that care for your skin.

Optionally then you can start the day, after having breakfast, with a visit to a sangoma which is a traditional healer. The sangoma is a very powerful person in the Swazi culture. They are thought to have healing powers and are able to predict the future. This experience will certainly open your eyes and possibly leave you wondering… You will have the rest of the day at leisure. Ask us to pre-book this excursion at your convenience.

Overnight: In community owned accommodation, room only

Day 7 & 8 Swaziland – Battlefields (ca. 275 km)
After exploring the Kingdom of Swaziland get ready for your next discovery of the Kingdom of the Zulus and its battlefields. Zulu wars, Shaka, Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Colenso, Spioenkop, Ladysmith, Dundee, Churchill, Blood River, Cetshwayo, Boers … these are some of the terms which are associated with the internationally renowned KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields area of South Africa.

Walk in the footsteps of famous military strategists – Shaka, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi and General Louis Botha – they were all part of the KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields. The legacy of our Zulu Kingdom’s critical, blood-soaked conflicts today lives peacefully – reconciled in this fascinating region’s myriad Battlefield sites, historic towns, national monuments and museums – and in HQ’s of the British regiments who make a ‘pilgrimage’ to these fields of bravery and supreme sacrifice. Here the Royal house is headed by King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, a descendant of King Shaka. Feel what it is like to live like a “King” and get the royal treatment in the district where the Zulu King lives.

Overnight: In Thatched Traditional en-suite rondavels incl. dinner and breakfast

Day 9 Battlefield to Clarens (ca. 365 km)
Today you will have a long drive ahead of you. In the early morning, after breakfast, you will leave the battlefields area and drive towards Vryheid and Clarens. Clarens is situated in the Eastern Free State highlands notable for its golden sandstone mountains.

Overnight: In a country guesthouse incl. breakfast

Day 10 & 11 Clarens – Lesotho (ca. 275 km)
Departing Kwazulu Natal you will head off to the Mountain Kingdom country (Basotholand). You will enter Lesotho near the beautiful Golden Gate National Park which lies in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains.

The Lesotho Royal House is headed by King Letsie III (original name David Mohato Bereng Seeiso). Learn about the history of the mountain passes, geology of the mountains, and flora & fauna, while interacting with the Basotho people. In this area donkeys are still used to go to the store, bringing grain for grinding. Cattle and pigs and chickens roam freely among the blanket clad horsemen who come to shop at the Trading Post. Little, it seems, has changed since “Baseane” arrived in 1903 to establish his base shop for pioneering his trade into the blue Maloti’s. In 1862 King Moshoeshoe allowed Father Gerard and his missionaries to settle in a vast amphitheatre in an area known today as the Roma Valley.

You will spend two nights in this area so you will have sufficient time to learn more about Lesotho. Optionally we can book  a pony trek starting at trading post. This will give you an amazing opportunity to see the surroundings in a calm and relaxed way. Optional activities include; horse back riding, hiking, cultural experiences and rock art excursions to do something different apart from the African culture.

Overnight: In a Guest House, incl. breakfast

Day 12 Lesotho – Cradock (ca. 350 km)
Lesotho will connect you to the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, a political hub and home to most Xhosa people (African culture) in South Africa. This is also home to the reputable Mr. Rholihlahla Mandela, worldwide known as former President Nelson Mandela.

Here the Royal House is divided by allegiance between the Gcaleka and Rharabe Royal houses. Zwelonke Sgcawu of the Gcaleka is located in Nqadu Village and the Sandile Sigcawu in Mgqeshe Village.

The Eastern Frontier of the early 1800’s (1770 – 1814) was the meeting of two cultures, the Boer and the Xhosa, both of whom looked upon cattle as their wealth. They both coveted the same grazing area. Earlier the Eastern trek of the Boers was through the arid areas of the Cape, and Graaff Reinett was founded as the Fourth Drostdy in 1786. It was in 1814 that Sir John Cradock decided to build a series of forts along the lower Fish River and all the way up to the Cradock to try to contain the Xhosa people to the East of the Fish River which had been proclaimed the boundary by the Government of the Cape.

Tonight you will overnight in Cradock. The town of Cradock, although intended as a fort, never saw conflict. The Xhosas in their Western migration were nearer the lower part of the Great Fish River rather than its upper reaches. Lord Charles Somerset succeeded Sir John Cradock and decided to invite the 1820 settlers to South Africa to act as a buffer between the Xhosa and the rest of the Cape Colony.

Overnight: In historic Karoo cottages, incl. breakfast

Day 13 Grahamstown (ca. 300 km)
Today you will continue your way into the malaria free Eastern Cape to a small town called Grahamstown. If you happen to be travelling during the first two weeks of July you will be lucky enough to experience the Arts Festival for which Grahamstown, the town where you will overnight at a local family, has become renowned for.

Upon arrival in Grahamstown you will be welcomed by your local host family who will introduce you into their local world and culture. This is absolute the purest and most personal way to learn more about local community life. In the area you can make optional day trips to coastal village Port Alfred, visit one of the many surrounding private game reserves, visit a pineapple farm or just enjoy some family time.

Overnight: In a local home stay incl. dinner and breakfast

Day 14 & 15 Grahamstown to Addo Elephant National Park (ca. 110 km)
From Grahamstown you will drive towards the Addo Elephant National Park.  You will overnight on a 10 minute drive from the national park which allows you to visit the park for some game viewing. Your local hosts Keith and Nondumiso welcome you to stay in  thatched cottages on their organic citrus farm. The Addo area is malaria free.

Breathtaking panoramic views, stunning tourist locations, unique African style organic meals and the organic farm are only a few of the delights that await you. The Greater Addo area is a wonderful place to spendtwo night – this is where 3 industries come together – conservation, tourism and farming, meaning that your stay can be filled with many diverse, rewarding and educational experiences.

Overnight: In thatched cottages, incl. breakfast

Day 15 Departure Port Elizabeth (ca. 130 km)
Today is your last day in South Africa. You can make your way to Port Elizabeth Airport where you will drop off your rental car three hours before boarding your flight back home or to your next destination.

If you would like to know more about the African Culture or about this tour. Please do not hesitate to contact us now.

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