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36 days: Cape Town to Johannesburg Long Trip

Even over 36 days The Lekker Camper travel gurus really struggled to put this massive itinerary together because there are simply so many places to visit in South Africa, the distances between places are vast and the roads can be long and hot. This route does not include the stunning West Coast and Cedeberg region. We really recommend that you rather skip a region and save it for another holiday than try to cover too much ground in too short a time. We hope that this itinerary gives you a few ideas of some places that you may wish to visit - a nice taster to get those travel ideas flowing.
Do keep in mind that many South Africans will spend 1 or 2 weeks in the Kruger NP alone or just in the Drakensberg area.

Please use this as a guide only - places change, there are plenty of other places to also choose from and Lekker Camper provide a campsite guide book with all campervan rentals. If you have comments or places to add then please do get in touch with us via facebook or email.

 

 

Day 1 - Cape Town

You will arrive on your flight to Cape Town International Airport where a member of Lekker Camper will meet you directly from your flight in the Arrivals Hall with your Lekker VW Campervan.

Head for breakfast in Cape Town and explore this wonderful city. There are plenty of supermarkets in Cape Town where you can stock up your fridge. Take a dip in the sea at Camps Bay beach before driving to Hout Bay for fish and chips in the harbour (search out 'Snoekies' Fish & Chips - a Cape Town institution since 1951). After a stroll on the sandy beach then head over the famous and picturesque Chapman’s Peak drive towards Simons Town and Kalk Bay.
campsite - Millerspoint (Simonstown) - this is a basic municipal site with great sea views where you must book in advance to gain entry
campsite - Imhoff Caravan park (Kommetjie) - organised resort style campsite nearby the beautiful Noordhoek beach

Day 2 - Simons Town and the Cape Peninsula

Visit Boulders beach near Simons Town to meet the penguins and take a dip in the freeezing Atlantic Ocean. Explore the old Simons Town where the Navy is based. Drive to the Cape Point and explore the wonderful scenery, beaches and take in the amazing views from the light house. Take a picnic.
campsite - Millerspoint (Simonstown) - this is a basic municipal site with great sea views where you must book in advance to gain entry
campsite - Imhoff Caravan park (Kommetjie) - organised resort style campsite nearby the beautiful Noordhoek beach

Day 3 and 4 - Kalk Bay, Stellenbosch and the Boland Wine region

Have breakfast in Kalk Bay and explore the gift shops and art galleries. Make sure you stop by the harbour to visit the resident seals that are full of comedy. Drive along the False Bay coastline Main beach road towards Muizenberg and stop at St James Bay to see the well photographed colourful beach huts. Then drive onwards to Stellenbosch via Baden Powell Drive. Stellenbosch is the second oldest European established town in South Africa known for its stunning oak lined trees, historical buildings, cute shops and marvellous restaurants and cafes. There are an abundance of wine estates to visit, so check out the wine route map in your campervan or visit a local tourism office and decide where to stop as you go along. Enjoy a leisurely lunch with a great view at one of the wine estate restaurants such as Dornier or Rust en Vrede or stop-off in Stellenbosch central for a selection of quaint cafes, pubs and bistros - Basic Bistro, Craft (good beer tasting of local brews) and Fat Butcher are a few of our current favourites in the centre of Stellenbosch town. The scenery all around Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Somerset West is spectacular. In the late afternoon we love Hidden Valley or Waterford (near Mooiberg strawberry farm where you can pick strawberries in season) for a cheese platter and sundowners (you may see the Lekker Camper crew there!) followed by a tasty braai back at the campsite. If you stay at Mountain Breeze campsite over a weekend then be sure to pop into the close by Root 44 market (open Saturday and Sunday) or the Blaauklippen market (open Sunday) to sample some local food, listen to live music, chill next to the vineyards with the locals and do some gift shopping.
campsite - Mountain Breeze (Stellenbosch) - amongst pine trees and very close to many wonderful vineyards
campsite - Otters Bend Lodge (Franschhoek) - central location, but not really a campsite
campsite - De Hollandsche Molen (outside of Franschhoek) - resort like, may be good for children

Day 5 - Clarence Drive, The Whale Coast,, Arniston and the Foot of Africa

Drive along Clarence Drive and the whale route to Hermanus, famous for the best land-based Whale watching in the world. If it is whale season then you can easily spot the whales whilst driving along Clarence Drive or in Hermanus town or you can take on one of the many boat trips from the harbour out of town. If you want to touch foot ‘way down south’ to the real most southernmost point of Africa where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet then drive on 115kms to Arniston and stay over at Arniston Caravan Park or down the road at Struisbaai! Alternatively stay in Onrus campsite (Onrus <-> Hermanus 9.5kms) or Palmiet campsite (Palmiet <-> Hermanus 38kms).
campsite - Arniston Caravan Park
campsite - Struisbaai Caravan Park
campsite - Onrus Caravan Park
campsite - Palmiet Caravan Park

table mountain

Bontebok

Stellenbosch

     

Montaque

test

Giraffe

Day 6 - Swellendam and the Overberg

After Cape Town and Stellenbosch, Swellendam is the third oldest settlement in South Africa. Laying at the foot of the beautiful Langeberg mountains this place is not only famous for its youngberries, but as well as for its architecture and its history. The nearby Bontebok National Park is a place of simplistic beauty and peaceful charm. The majestic Langeberg Mountains create a picturesque backdrop for this Park that is home to the endangered Bontebok. The Breede River provides an idyllic western border and offers guests scenery, bird watching, fishing, and a refreshing swimming or picnic spot right by the camping area. Bonteboks roaming through the campsite are an added bonus! If you would prefer to be closer to town then check out the very basic municipal campsite which enables you to easily walk into town and visit the museum and eat out at one of the many great restaurants or cafes here.
campsite - Bontebok National Park (lovely camping in nature)
campsite - Swellendam Municipal Campsite (very basic, but close enough to walk into town)

Day 7 - Oudtshoorn and Route 62

What makes Cape Route 62 really special, is the calm and peacefulness that it offers travellers. Ronnies 'sex' shop (don't worry - it's a bar/lunch spot) is the perfect stopover before continuing through the valleys. The landscape along route 62 becomes more barren and typically Karoo making a stark and interesting contrast from the lush vineyards of the winelands. Its a great road to roll down the windows and sing along to your favourite tunes or just listen to the openness surrounding you. Oudtshoorn is a major ostrich town where you can pick up a good steak, some feathers and experience local Karoo hospitality.
campsite - Cango Mountain resort (Oudtshoorn)

Day 8 - Oudtshoorn and the Little Karoo

Oudsthoorn s is the ostrich capital of the world you find the world's biggest bird in great numbers. Visit one of the several surrounding ostrich show farms. The Cango Caves are the oldest and one of the most popular attractions in the region where you can see the caves, stalagamites and stalachites and if you are brave then crawl through the tunnels to visit other fascinating chambers. 
campsite - Victoria Bay (George)

Day 9 - Knysna and the Garden Route
Knysna has been called South Africa’s favourite small town and with its stunning lagoon location, numerous art galleries, craft shops and the excellent Knysna Quays marina shopping and dining complex, it’s not hard to see why. The Garden Route, as its name implies, really is a scenic delight! This magnificent stretch of coastline encompasses mountains, lagoons, pristine beaches, indigenous forests, wetlands teeming with birds, lakes and mountains, all blended together in a feast of sheer natural beauty: it really has it all.  Buffalo Bay is just 15 minutes drive up the road and has a good campsite with awesome sea views and a fabulous long sandy beach for walks and sunbathing. This is located in the renowned Goukamma Marine Reserve.
campsite - Monks Caravan Park (Knysna)
campsite - Buffalo Bay

 
         
 

Day 10 - Plettenberg Bay and Tsitsikamma Forest

Tsitsikamma is a khoi word meaning "place of abundant or sparkling water".. Deep river gorges cleft the plateau as they make their way down to the sea, creating spectacular waterfalls and deep kloofs.
campsite - Keurbooms Lagoon Caravan Park

Day 11 & 12 - Storms River

Look out for the gruff call of the beautiful Knysna Lourie bird. This is an adventures dream with kloofing, tree-top tours and the highest bungi jump in the world just around the corner.
campsite - Storms River Rest Camp

Day 13 - Jeffrey's Bay and Sunshine Coast

Jeffrey's Bay is home to some of the world’s best waves and golden beaches. Plenty of time to catch some sun!
campsite - Cape St. Francis Caravan Park

Day 14 & 15 - Addo NP in the Eastern Cape

Go & search for the BIG 5 in one of South Africa’s largest National Parks and home to the BIG 7! Addo Elephant National Park (proclamation in 1931) stretches over 5 of the worlds 7 biomes and includes a marine section. Malaria-free, the park offers an abundance of wildlife that includes over 450 Elephants, Lion, Black Rhino, Buffalo, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Caracal, Spotted Genet, a variety of Antelope and so much more…wild Africa! Great for self drives with your Lekker Camper VW Campervan and a really pleasant campsite with well stocked shop, hide and good restaurant. It is definitely worth staying here for 2 nights if you have the time. Lekker Camper never misses an opportunity to stay here!
campsite - Addo Rest Camp

 

Day 16 - Hogsback and the Eastern Cape

The village is magnificently sited on the slopes of the Amatole Mountains, overlooking the rivers and fertile Tyume Valley in a region dominated by three ridges said to resemble a hog's back. Grab a picnic and enjoy great hiking opportunities in the forests here to reach magical waterfalls and vistas.
campsite - Away with the Fairies

Day 17 - Cintsa and the Wild Coast

The quaint little seaside village of Cintsa lies on the edge of the  Wild Coast, and is reminiscent of all things wild. The beauty of the surrounds in this peaceful spot makes it an ideal place to kick back for a day or two.
campsite - Buccaneers

Day 18 & 19 - Coffee Bay and the Transkei

Enjoy a unique taste of rural Africa in this tropical paradise located right on the beach at the Bomvu River mouth. This is a deeply traditional area where you will experience a way of life far removed from Western culture. The road wends its way through rolling hills and villages with mud huts and rondawels. There is quite a hippy vibe amongst the travellers here which may not appeal to everyone.
campsite - Bomvu

Day 20 - Port St. Johns and the Wild Coast

Port St Johns is known as the Jewel of the Wild Coast. This stretch of 250 kilometers of coast, is still untouched by plastic civilisation and offers rich experiences and adventures. Expect to experience lovely sunrises and sunsets , birds, beach and more.
campsite - Amapondo *note this is a backpacking vibe

 
     
 

Day 21 &22 - Royal Natal NP and Golden Gate Highlands NP in the Drakensberg

One of the main features here is the Drakensberg Amphitheatre, a rock wall 5km (3 miles) long and 500 metres (546 yards) high. Mont-aux-Sources peak where the Orange River starts its incredible journey west across South Africa. There are several great walks to explore on foot or horseback. Amazing landscape and incredible rock formations - one could easily spend a week hiking and relaxing in nature in this vast and beautiful area.
campsite - Royal Natal Camping
campsite - Golden Gate Highlands Camping

Day 23 - Umfolozi Game Reserve and Kwazulu Natal

The Hluhluwe Umfolozi is home to the big 5 and home of Operation Rhino. It is world renowned for its white rhino conservation. The Park covers some 96 000 hectares and contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora. 
campsite - Bonamazi Game Park

Day 24, 25 & 26 - The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park

This chunk of sub-tropical paradise contains a mind-blowing range of natural systems, ranging from dune, swamp and coastal forests to rocky and sandy shores, coral reefs and submarine canyons, mangroves, savanna grassland, thickets, woodlands, and the largest protected wetland in southern Africa. This park is a lekker camper favourite - hear the hippos roar from your campsite!
campsite - Sugarloaf Campsite

Day 27, 28 & 29 - Swaziland

Head for the bush and experience the sights and sounds of Hlane against the roar of Hlane’s magnificent lions – the symbol of royalty and the pride of Swaziland. Guided walking safaris, mountain biking and game drives in Hlane's open Land Rover's are also available.
campsite - Hlane Royal National Park

Amphitheatre

campfire

Hlane Royal

impala
     

Kruger Leopard

Willowtree

Bontebokke

Day 30, 31 & 32 - Kruger National Park
There is simply nothing to beat that rising feeling of anticipation and excitement as you enter the park in the half-light of the spectacular African dawn, surrounded by the noise of a unique ‘dawn chorus’. Which animal shall you spot first? Perhaps an elephant, a family of warthogs or possibly even the elusive cheetah. Don't underestimate the size of Kruger NP - its as big as many European countries. In the summer the temperatures up here can also be extremely hot so plan to take it slow and easy.
campsite - Kruger SAN Parks

Day 33 - Graskop and the Panorama Route
Follow the spectacular rim of the Blyde River Canyon, an amazing 2,300-foot deep gorge cutting a vast swathe through the Great Escarpment. Deep circular rock formations created by years of erosion and many excellent vantage points offer some of the most breathtaking views in Africa.
campsite - Panorama View Camp

Day 34 & 35 - Pilgrims Rest
The entire town of Pilgrim's Rest was declared a National Monument in 1986 as a living memory of the early gold rush days in South Africa during the late 1800s / early 1900s.
campsite - Pilgrim's Rest Caravan park

Day 36 - Johannesburg
Visit the Apartheid Museum, a truly fascinating exhibition charting the apartheid years and the struggle against it, culminating in the first democratic elections. Visit Hillbrow and Soweto on a tour - Experience it.
OR Tambo- Return vehicle at OR Tambo International

 
     
 
     
 
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