Garden Route Safari – 7 Days (TA 7GR)

The 7-day Garden Route safari includes the greatest highlights this area has to offer whilst staying in specially chosen locations.
We meander through small fishing villages and admire the spectacular Cango Caves before continuing further along the coast and exploring our magnificent indigenous forests that sweep down from the mountains to touch the shoreline. Our tour departs from and returns to Cape Town, traversing some of the province’s most beautiful routes.
Blacksmith Plovers / Lapwings protecting their young from Black-backed jackals in Addo elephant park

Blacksmith lapwings protect their young from black-backed jackals at Addo Elephant Park.

 

 

 

Tour Fare 2017

R19 200  per person based on a group of 4 people travelling together; please enquire for other group sizes and departure dates.
Day 1 — Hermanus
We take a short drive to Hermanus, a charming coastal town renowned as the best land-based whale-watching venue in the world (Jun-Dec). The day is spent exploring the beaches and craft markets, as well as the spectacular cliff paths that run the full length of the town — some 10km — which are maintained by residents and are the only such feature in the country.
Optional activities include - Shark cage diving, sea kayaking, boat cruises and much more.
Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meals: None

 

Day 2 – Wilderness
We drive along the scenic Garden Route to the town of Wilderness, stopping for photo opportunities along the way.
Accommodation: Timber cabins on the river
Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 3 — Tsitsikamma National Park
From Wilderness we head down the Garden Route to the beautiful seaside town of Knysna, famous, among many others, for its cultivated oysters. After sightseeing in Knysna we move on to the Knysna Elephant Park for lunch. You will have the opportunity to touch and feed the Knysna Elephants, and visit either Monkeyland or Birds of Eden. We stop at the Bloukrans Bridge to view the highest bungy jump in the world, and, for those brave enough, to take the plunge.
The evening is spent in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Tsitsikamma means ‘place of much water’ and you will see why! The booming breakers of the Indian Ocean relentlessly pound the rocky shore, and the temperate high forest and fynbos roll down to the sea in an unspoilt verdant.
Optional activity: The world’s highest bungy at 216m.
Accommodation: Seaside Timber Cottages
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

 

Day 4 — Storms River to Addo Elephant Park
We continue along the Garden Route, stopping at Jeffrey’s Bay, one of the world’s most-famous surf spots. After lunch we travel to the Addo Elephant National Park  and go for a game drive, looking for elephants (guaranteed), lion, buffalo, rhino, leopard and a variety of antelope and other mammals.
Optional activities: Horse-riding in Addo Elephant Park (recommended!)
Accommodation: Bungalows
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

 

Day 5 — Addo to Knysna
After breakfast and a morning game drive we leave this Big Five park and journey back down the Garden Route to Knysna. The day is spent relaxing, sightseeing and shopping.
Optional activities include: Sundowner cruise, kayaking, scuba-diving and much more.
Accommodation:  Guest House
Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 6 — Oudtshoorn
We drive inland from Knysna to the Klein Karoo Desert. Twenty-nine km from Oudtshoorn, at the head of the picturesque Cango Valley, lies the spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo — the Cango Caves. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations. Lost in absolute darkness, a deep stillness, a constant temperature and high humidity, it is a world of unique scenery of calcite masterpieces formed by gently dripping water.
We also visit the Cango ranch where you can be photographed with baby big cats.
Optional Activity: Ostrich farm.
Accommodation: Cottages
Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 7 — Cape Town
We continue along Route 62 (the world’s longest wine route) stopping at two wine estates for tasting and shopping. After lunch at a wine estate we return to Cape Town, arriving in the late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast

 

Tour Fare 2014
R13 200  per person based on a group of 4 people traveling together; please enquire for other group sizes and departure dates
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Accommodated Tours
All our accommodation has been carefully selected through rigorous research and testing.
In safari locations we use a combination of luxury permanent tents and private luxury bungalows.
The luxury tents are part canvas, part permanent structure, with en suite bathrooms (the tents sleep 2 persons in twin beds).
Bungalows sleep between 2 and 4 persons, and are spacious, comfortable and well equipped.
In non safari locations we use a combination of private bungalows, log cabins and guest house accommodation and lodge accommodation.
We do not use backpacker accommodation for our accommodated tours!

 

Food on Tour
All food on tour (with the exception of restaurant evenings), will be prepared by your guides.
Breakfast consists of fruit, a selection of cereals, toast and jams, yoghurts, cheese, cold meats and fruit juice, with tea and coffee readily available. Every other day we will prepare a cooked breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage or similar.
Lunch consists of sandwiches, cold meats and cheese, and a selection of salads.
Depending on the location at the time (and weather) dinner is usually prepared around the fire.
Typical menus include “braai” – chops, sausage, baked potatoes, baked onions and a mixed salad; or “Potjie” – traditional South African stew cooked in a large iron pot over coals; Oriental stir fry and butternut squash stuffed with vegetables and mozzarella cheese on the braai.
We do cater for vegetarians but please let us know in advance so that we can plan a suitable menu for you.
If you have any special food requirements or allergies let us know well in advance so we can make the necessary arrangements.
We pride ourselves on the quality of our food, and are constantly striving to create new exciting menu choices for you.
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