This wilderness and wildlife Garden Route adventure begins and ends in the world-renowned city of Cape Town. Travelling into the Klein Karoo and along the beautiful southern coast of South Africa, this memorable journey explores the Eden-like Garden Route from start to end, visiting the natural, wildlife and scenic highlights of the malaria-free Western and Eastern Cape provinces.
Delight in the great outdoors - discovering dramatic coastlines studded with sandy beaches, hiking in indigenous forests and soaking up the breathtaking mountain scenery dotted with still lakes and estuaries! Don't miss out on Africa's wildlife - enjoying a game viewing safari adventure in the Addo Elephant National Park, home to diverse wild animals and habitats.
A fantastic and affordable way to experience mother nature at her best and encounter Africa's remarkable wildlife!
This Garden Route & Addo Park Safari starts in Cape Town, departing from the city at about 07h00.
Leaving Cape Town behind we take a scenic drive along the Route 62 through the countryside, stopping for tea along the way to our lodge near Oudtshoorn. Our first lodge is on a farm between the famous Garden Route and Klein Karoo regions. Arriving at the lodge we settle in and take an ostrich tour. Oudtshoorn is after all the ostrich capital of South Africa, home to an abundance of the world's largest birds.
After taking a look at the long-legged ostriches we enjoy a delicious dinner and retire to our comfortable rooms for a good night's sleep.
Day two is action-packed, starting with an optional meerkat adventure before dawn! On the Meerkat Adventure (own expense) you spend two to three hours with the wild meerkats of the Klein Karoo, watching sunrise out in the wilderness.
Breakfast is served back at the lodge, after which we set off for Cango Caves. At 09h00 we embark on the Heritage Tour of the limestone caverns and passageways that form this massive underground cave system. After our subterranean exploration, we head to the Steytlerville Royal Hotel for a tasty lunch (own expense).
Then we travel to our next destination, Addo Elephant National Park, in the Eastern Cape Province. The third largest national park in South Africa, Addo Park covers a diverse range of land and marine habitats and is home to one of the densest African elephant populations in the world. Later this afternoon we join a sunset game drive with SANParks, going in search of elephants, lions, Cape buffalos, spotted hyenas, Burchell’s zebras and various antelopes, including red hartebeest, eland, kudu and bushbuck. The game drive is not private thus other visitors may also join the activity.
The exciting game drive is followed by a lovingly prepared two-course dinner, served al fresco at our camp in Addo Park. Dinner is served with wine and you are welcome to other drinks of your own, which can be purchased at the camp's shop.
Day three is dedicated to game viewing in Addo Elephant Park, covering about 1640 km² of natural ecosystems.
Early this morning your guides take you out into the untamed bush in our tour vehicle. On your game drives today the guides show you as much of the park as possible, aiming to encounter a rich array of wildlife and birds along the way. The morning drive ends back at camp where we tuck into a hearty breakfast and spend some time relaxing before the afternoon game drive.
Our adventure-filled day of game viewing ends with a delectable dinner back at the camp.
On day four we are up early and on the road again, driving west to the Garden Route of South Africa. We travel to Storms River at Tsitsikamma Park, one of the most spectacular natural areas on the Southern Coast, pausing for breakfast en route.
From the scenic Tsitsikamma region, we proceed further westwards to Knysna where we embark on the John Benn sunset cruise, one of the best floating restaurants on the Garden Route. After our laid-back cruise on the serene lagoon, we retire to our cosy B&B with sweeping views of the town and lagoon. The guesthouse is conveniently located a short walk from the shops and restaurants of Knysna making it an ideal base for exploring the quaint seaside town on foot.
Today you can have a lie-in and ease into the day at a leisurely pace. After breakfast at the B&B and perhaps a stroll around town, we depart from Knysna, setting off on our beautiful drive to Agulhas at about 11h00.
Our drive takes us through the open farmlands and rolling hills of the Overberg region via Mossel Bay and Bredasdorp. Rejoining the coast at Agulhas National Park we check into our accommodation for the evening and soak up the spectacular ocean scenery. Tonight we share our final dinner together beside the rugged southern African coastline.
The last day of our tour starts with breakfast before we leave Agulhas, travelling up along the dramatic coast and through the Cape Winelands to Cape Town.
Reaching Hermanus we stop for lunch (own cost) and look out for southern right whales in this famous whale-watching hotspot. Then we head inland to the historic town of Stellenbosch where we linger at a local farm to taste the delightful wines of the famous Cape Wine Route (time allowing).
Our scenic journey finishes in Cape Town, where you are transferred to the international airport at about 17h00 or at your post-tour accommodation in the city.
Accommodation is in en-suite chalets or rooms fitted with comfortable beds and including linen, towels and soap. The accommodation establishments are located inside the national parks (unless there is no availability, in which case a nearby alternative will be used) or in scenic settings at the destinations.
This is not a private safari, - there are likely to be other travellers joining you on this tour.
The exact time of sunset game drives varies according to local conditions and availability on the day. The sunset drives are conducted by SANParks (South African National Parks) rangers in a SANParks vehicle. The sunset drives are not private game drives and there are likely to be other safari-goers joining you. Children under six years are not permitted on SANParks open-vehicle game drives.
If you are flying out of Cape Town Airport on the last day of the safari you are requested not to book any flights departing earlier than 19h00 (including domestic flights). We recommend that you stay in Cape Town overnight, to avoid missing flights as we cannot guarantee our time of arrival in Cape Town on the final day of the tour.
There is a shorter 5-day version of this safari, running from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth (PE). On day five of this tour option, you will be dropped off at the PE airport for your onward flight.
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