Cape Garden Route
Hermanus, Mossel Bay, Swellendam & Oudtshoorn
7 Day/6 Night Safari
High on the must-see list of most visitors to South Africa is the Garden Route, and with good reason: you can’t help but be seduced by the glorious natural beauty of the scenery. The range of topography, vegetation, wildlife and outdoor activity on this coastal route is breathtaking.
The biggest attraction of the Garden Route is the Southern Right Whales and Humpback Whales that visit between June and November to calve and nurse their young. Other year-round residents include colonies of Cape fur seals, large schools of bottlenose dolphins, endangered oyster catchers, sharks and the occasional orca. The area is extremely generous on experiences, from the ostriches along Route 62 to the large herds of elephants in Addo National Park.
While the Garden Route road is extremely scenic, it is the hidden destinations on its side roads that are the secret of this region.
That's probably how Oudtshoorn (the ostrich capital of the world) found its way onto the Garden Route.
Optional Safari Activities that may be included in this itinerary at an additional charge:
Cango Caves, Meerkat Experience, Knysna Harbour Tour
Day 1: This morning we leave the Cape and head toward the Hermanus. This fishing village is famous for the best land-based Whale Watching in the world, where Southern Right Whales (June to November) can be seen up to a few meters from the rocky shores and cliff paths. Overnight in Hermanus.
Day 2: Anyone for Great White Shark Diving? This is the day to do this! (additional cost to guest) If not, then: After breakfast, we travel from Hermanus through the beautiful Overberg country scenery, which encompasses Merino sheep farms, vineyards, apple orchards, canola fields. We travel via Bredasdorp to the towns of Agulhus and Struisbaai. We visit the shipwreck museum in Bredasdorp and we also visit the Cape Agulhas lighthouse, the second oldest working lighthouse in South Africa – erected in 1848. Our Garden Route Tour continues to the town of Albertinia which is known for two unusual products - thatching Reed and Aloe Vera. Aloes are found in great numbers and therefore the Aloe Factories in Albertinia. We will make a short visit to an Aloe Factory / Shop for a brief introduction into this huge export product of South Africa. Overnight in Albertinia. Our journey continues and takes us to Mossel Bay via the Robinson Pass. We spend a bit of time exploring the Diaz Museum Complex. Learn more about
Day 3: the Portuguese History at the Cape as they were looking for the sea route to India. We also visit the Post Office Tree which is regarded as the original Milkwood Tree in which letters were found in a shoe about 500 years ago. We then head north toward Oudtshoorn. We visit an Ostrich Show Farm for some unique experiences, including Ostrich riding and racing. We will also have a look at the so-called Ostrich Palaces of former years at the time when Ostrich Feathers was known as “White Gold”. Overnight Oudtshoorn.
Our morning begins with a Meerkat experience followed by a drive along the scenic Meiringpoort and Swartberg Pass as well as visit the world famous Cango Caves, regarded as one of South Africa ’s foremost natural wonders and the second most visited natural attraction after Table Mountain. We then head toward the town of George, via the
Day 4: Outeniqau Pass. We pass through the town of Wilderness which has become known as the “The town of Romance” with it's idyllic location in the Lake District of South Africa as we head to Knysna. Knysna is known as the Heart of the Garden Route and situated on the edge of the Knysna Lagoon / Estuary with it's entrance to the Indian Ocean - guarded by two promontories known as the Knysna Heads which we will visit. Overnight in Knysna.
Day 5: This morning we head toward Port Elizabeth (or PE as it is commonly called) has an easily accessible airport connecting the city to other major travel hubs in South Africa. A 25-minute drive from Plettenberg Bay, The Crags is home to a number of wildlife sanctuaries and is where to go on the Garden Route for unforgettable holiday activities: visit the Elephant Sanctuary and walk hand in trunk with an orphaned baby elephant; No visit to this part of the coast would be complete without an en-route stop at the surfing capital Jeffrey's Bay. Overnight Port Elizabeth.
Day 6: Visit Addo Elephant National Park, home to the densest elephant population in the world. Other animals include buffalo, black rhino, zebra, jackal, bushbuck, kudu, and other species of antelope. Overnight Port Elizabeth.
Day 7: Sadly, your safari has come to an end. Transfer to Port Elizabeth airport and fly to Johannesburg
All safari prices are quoted on a per person sharing basis.
A single supplement fee is charged for guests travelling solo.
Accommodation Grading and Description:
Budget Safari Clean, comfortable accommodations with basic amenities (backpacker/tented accommodation with communal ablution facilities)
Standard Safari Comfortable accommodations with overhead fan/air-conditioner in room & en-suite bathroom facilities (3 and 4-star accommodation)
Luxury Safari Spacious, private chalets furnished in understated luxury. Enjoy silver service, fine linen & en-suite bathrooms (5-star accommodation)
Safari Price Includes:
Accommodation during safari period
Entry fees to places of interest as per itinerary
Services of English speaking guide
Sodas and bottled water in safari vehicle
Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Airport transfers as per itinerary airports
Services of travel agent for airline reservations
Services of travel consultant to plan itinerary
Government tax of 15%
Safari Price Excludes:
Accommodation prior & post safari period
Optional extra activities added to itinerary
Additional vehicle hire during safari
French, German, Spanish guide/translator
Drinks and top-shelf drinks at hotels and lodges not included
Laundry services at hotels and lodges
Visas for countries that require entry visas
Medical & Travel insurance
All airfares required for the safari
Equipment hire on safari
Personal item purchases
Gratuities (Lodge staff, guide, servers)