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From the Mountains to the Sea (16 days) Print E-mail
COVER_Mountain_to_Sea If you want to go off the beaten track and discover the “real” southern Africa, this one is for you. It shows you the best of Lesotho and South Africa's Wild Coast. Learn about the traditional way of life, spend time with people of different cultures, learn how to cook African cuisine and stay in community owned accommodation. From only ZAR 4,862.

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DAY-TO-DAY
Day 1: Johannesburg
Day 2: Golden Gate
Day 3: Roma, Lesotho
Day 4 & 5: Malealea, Lesotho
Day 6 & 7: Moorosi Chalets, Lesotho
Day 8: Matatiele, Lesotho
Day 9: Lesiure Bay
Day 10 & 11: Elliotdale
Day 12 & 13: Cintsa
Day 14: Addo Elephants
Day 15: Port Elizabeth
Day 16: return flight

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ITINERARY
Day 1:  Johannesburg

On the first morning you can do some shopping for the trip ahead and/or embark on an optional guided tour throuh Johannesburg or Soweto.

Day 2:  Johannesburg - Golden Gate NP
After breakfast, you depart for the Golden Gate National Park, near the border of Lesotho, where you will spend the night. Golden Gate Highlands National Park situated in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains of the northeastern Free State. This 11 600 hectares of unique environment is true highland habitat, providing home to a variety of mammals, birds and many other species.
Overnight Golden Gate

Day 3:  Golden Gate NP - Lesotho
Crossing the border of South Africa and Lesotho, you enter the mountainous Kingdom. You will drive through the Capital of Lesotho, Maseru to get to Roma situated on the foothills of the Maluti Mountains. Donkeys still herded bring grain for grinding. Cattle, pigs, and chickens roam freely among the blanket-clad equestrians who come to shop at the Trading Post.
Overnight 1 night in Roma

Day 4 & 5:  Roma - Malealea
Continue south to Malealea, where you will spend 2 nights. Lesotho rich in flora and fauna, and absorbing prehistoric and cultural heritage is a unique tourism experience. Mountains, valleys, and rivers provide memorable scenery for tourists. With a long list of activities and magnificent landscape, you can relax or explore “the Kingdom in the sky”.
Optional:
pony trekking; horse back rides, hiking with experienced guides.
You can also choose to visit the local village, school or craft - market.
These activities can be booked in advance or with your lodge directly.

Day 6 & 7: Malealea - Moorosi Chalets
Departing Malealea after breakfast, you will begin you 2.5-hour drive through some spectacular scenery en route to the Moorosi Chalets. Nestled in the scenic Quthing River Valley, you can enjoy the tranquillity and spectacular star gazing on a clear night. The second day you can enjoy a guided walk up Thaba Moorosi, and see the Bushmen rock art. a choice of 4-different hiking options.
Overnight 2 nights in Moroosi Chalets.

Day 8: Matatiele
Departing Lesotho, you cross the Qachas Nek Border into South Africa, and continue to the western tip of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Here you will find Matatiele, so named from the Sotho word Madi-i-yala, meaning the Ducks Have Flown. Spend your night in very comfortable traditional rondavels; owned and serviced by the local community. The warm welcome of the Xhosa, Sotho and Pedi cultures will enchant you.
Overnight Fairtrade in Tourism accredited Matatiele where dinner is included; if you want, you can assist in preparing the traditional dishes.

Day 9: to Leisure Bay /Port Edward 
Continue to the Eastern Cape Coast to Leisure Bay. Travel to Mthatha in the former Transkei and visit the Nelson Mandela Museum. The seaside village of Leisure Bay has the longest stretch of beachfront with three shark-protected beaches from which to choose. It is a 10-minute drive from Leisure Bay to the bustling town of Port Edward. Overnight in Leisure Bay /   Port Edward
Optional:
The Amadiba Community invites you to experience a journey into the wilderness, landscape, culture and history of the beautiful Transkei Wild Coast. Interact directly with the people and the place as you traverse 25kms of the coast on horse, by foot and in canoes.
Trails and itineraries are flexible to suit personal needs with a maximum of 12 people per trail. You may choose between a 4 day (3 nights) and 6 day (5 nights) trail. There are also 1-day rides available. Trails are done either on horseback or as a hike.

Day 10 & 11: Leisure Bay to Elliotdale
Departing the Port Edward, you will continue to one of the most beautiful places in South Africa. Set amongst the rolling hills in the midst of beaches, forests and lagoons. Home to dolphins, whales, and some of the most beautiful Xhora River where kamikaze fish may jump into your boat and Malachite kingfishers dive in the spectacular remote beaches this is the Wild Coast. The community who offers canoe trips up the clear streams that run down from the cliffs. Ancient cycad trees populate the area reminiscent of the dinosaur era. Here you will spend 2 nights, under skies so clear, the eco-friendly lodge guarantees shooting stars. Overnight Fairtrade in Tourism accredited Bulungula Lodge

Day 12 & 13: Cintsa
Departing the wild coast, you will continue to one of South Africa’s secret paradises, Cintsa. With unspoiled paradise stretching from East London to Port St Johns; a sunny stretch of coast line which offers some of the best angling, hiking and diving on the coast. You will spend 2 nights in Cintsa, which is still relatively undeveloped and wild, owing to its sparse population. The beaches are safe and scenery is magnificent, the cultural diversity alone makes the Wild Coast well worth visiting.
Overnight Cintsa

Day 14: Cintsa - Addo Elephant National Park
Leaving the wild coast behind you will head towards Addo Elephant Park. Addo – world renowned for its large Elephant Population is the perfect place to meet the African Elephants. Also home to a variety of other animals, Addo is always full of surprises. The park has more than 300 Elephants, which used to live in and around the Eastern Cape. These particular elephants feed on the leaves “The pink-flowered spekboom (Portulacaria Afra)”.
Optional Activities:
hikes, horse trails, game drives and bird watching
Overnight Addo Elephant Park

Day 15: Port Elizabeth
Port Elizabeth is a city situated in the Eastern Cape Province, at 33°58?S 25°36?E. The city is located on Algoa Bay, and is one of the major seaports in South Africa. Port Elizabeth, ("PE"), nicknamed "The Friendly City" or "The Windy City", Famous also for its long white beaches, horse rides and museums – Port Elizabeth has something for everybody.
Spend your day exploring this seaside town, enjoying the shopping and African sunshine before heading out for a night out on this vibrant town.
Optional:
Shebeen Tour with Fairtrade in Tourism certified Calabash Tours; experience the diversity of Townships and enjoy unbeatable African hospitality when relaxing at the shebeen for dinner and drinks.

Day 16: Port Elizabeth
Drop your car off at Port Elizabeth International and connect with your onward travels.

Includes: Meet and Greet, extended route descriptions, 1 night Dinner Bed & Breakfast, 9nts B&B, 1nt Selfcatering, 4nts Room Only in selected accommodations, 1 guided Shebeen tour.


Excludes: (inter) national Flights, Entry fees for National Parks, border fees, luggage service/portage, optional excursions and extra meals. Car Hire

Package Rate: ZAR4,862 pp, Single Supplement ZAR1,287 (valid until 01/10/2011)

Luxury Rate: ZAR 7, 831 pp, Single Supplement ZAR4,475.00 (valid until 01/10/2011 )


Purchase a Moola Magic card with us for ZAR 120 and receive great discounts on this tour, excursions and transport


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Xhosa boy with wire car
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Lesotho Horseman
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