A 7-day Lodge Safari from Port Elizabeth along the Garden Route to Cape Town.
Departs: Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Ends: Cape Town, South Africa.
Group size: Guaranteed from 4 guests; 14 guests maximum. *Guaranteed departures with no minimum pax available, please enquire.
A small-group lodge safari, from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town, via the Garden Route.
Port Elizabeth, Addo Elephant National Park, Tsitsikamma, Oudtshoorn, Cape Town.
6x Breakfast. Breakfast is included daily and provided by the lodge restaurants. A dinner package is available, at additional cost for 4 dinners. This needs to be booked in advance and the meals are to be taken in the lodge restaurants. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance. Should you not wish to pre-pay for this, dinners will be for your own account and will still need to be taken in local restaurants or at the lodges if there are no restaurants in the nearby vicinity. There are no facilities available for self-catering.
COST: $950 per person sharing.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $225
*Please note all rates are subject to change according to rate of exchange fluctuations*
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DAY 1; (1 Night)
PORT ELIZABETH – ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK, South Africa [Bungalows]
On arrival in Port Elizabeth Airport, you will be met and transferred to Addo National Park. Suggested time of arrival should be no later than 14h00 in order to make it in time for your afternoon game drive. Transfer from Port Elizabeth Airport to Addo National Park will take about one hour.
A benchmark conservation success, Addo Elephant National Park offers a unique wildlife habitat, famous for the Addo elephants and the remaining population of the flightless dung beetle. We spend the afternoon on a game drive in our tour vehicle, in search of elephant, black rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard. Additional game drives conducted in open game-viewer vehicles are available at an extra expense. An evening spent at the floodlit waterhole allows us to watch the nocturnal animals and listen to their calls.
*Please contact our reservations office regarding optional game drive in open gameviewer in Addo Elephant National Park.
Distance / Time: 70 kms
Overnight: Addo Elephant Rest Camp or similar (bungalows with ensuite bathrooms, swimming pool, restaurant).
Meals: All meals at your own account.
DAYS 2 - 3; (2 Nights)
TSITSIKAMMA, South Africa [Hotel]
This morning after breakfast our journey takes us to a region of startling beauty along South Africa’s southern coastline, known as the Garden Route. We spend two nights in the Storms River Village, at the heart of the Tsitsikamma Forest. We will take a leisurely hike along one of the short trails, which allow you to explore the coastal bush and rocky shoreline. There is also an option to plunge off the world’s highest bungi jump at the Bloukrans River (for own expense).
Distance / Time: 240 kms
Overnight: Tsitsikamma Village Inn or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, restaurant).
Meals: 2x Breakfast.
DAY 4; (1 Night)
OUDTSHOORN, South Africa [Hotel]
After visiting ‘The Heads’ in Knysna, a town nestled on a tranquil lagoon, we travel over the Outeniqua Mountains into the Little Karoo to the town of Oudtshoorn. We take a trip to the famous Cango Caves, with their impressive ancient stalagmites and stalactites before we overnight in the ostrich capital of the world.
Distance / Time: 280 kms
Overnight: Turnberry Boutique Hotel or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, bar & restaurant).
DAYS 5 - 6; (2 Nights)
CAPE TOWN, South Africa [Hotel]
En-route to Cape Town, we visit the pretty university town of Stellenbosch, for wine tasting and a cellar tour. Once in Cape Town the afternoon is at leisure, enjoy sundowners at one of the fabulous beaches or indulge in some last minute shopping at the V&A Waterfront. The next day we get to explore the many attractions the ‘Mother City’ has to offer on our Cape Point tour.
Distance / Time: 450 kms
Overnight: The Townhouse Hotel or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms and restaurant).
Meals: 2x Breakfast.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa [TOUR ENDS]
Spend the final day at leisure. Weather dependent there is the chance to take the cable car up Table Mountain (own expense) and enjoy one last view of the Cape of Good Hope before your transfer to the airport.
Distance / Time: 150 kms
Optional Activities: Full Day Cape Point Tour,
Full Day Cape Winelands Tour,
Half Day City Tour,
Shark Cage Diving and many more - please enquire so we can arrange for you.
Note: The accommodation specified in the itinerary is a guide only and is subject to availability. Alternatives will be nearby and of a similar standard.
Six (6) nights in fixed accommodation, all transport in fully equipped vehicle, game drives as mentioned, meals as per itinerary to be taken at lodge restaurants and activities as mentioned in itinerary, park entrance fees, experienced local guide.
Travel insurance, flights, pre and post tour accommodation, optional activities, all drinks, tips and curios, all personal expenses.
Pre and Post Tour Arrangements
Pre and post tour accommodation and transfers can be arranged on request.
The Wonders of the Garden Route Country Safari departs from Port Elizabeth Airport.
Please note that the daily departure times are a guideline only and are subject to change due to seasonal variations, as well as unforeseen circumstances. The final decision rests with your guide who will advise you at what time you will be departing each day. On the evening of Day 1, there will be a meeting presented by your guide, at 18h00, at Addo Rest Camp. It is imperative that all clients attend this meeting so as not to miss out on any critical information.
Whilst it is our every intention to adhere to the above mentioned itinerary, there may on occasion be a necessity to make alterations in order to make the tour more enjoyable or practical. Therefore please treat the itinerary as a guide only.
Fully equipped Toyota Quantums or other appropriate vehicles with comfortable seating, a music system, PA system and air-conditioning. Please note all game drives are conducted in the touring vehicle. Clients have the option to book additional game drives in open game-viewer vehicles. It is recommended that you prebook additional game drives in advance to avoid disappointment.
Travelling Times and Distances
All travelling times are affected by road conditions, border crossings, detours and weather conditions, therefore on certain days travelling times may be longer than anticipated especially where there is a lot of distance to be covered. Please keep in mind that the time it takes to travel 100 km in your home country is not equivalent to the time it takes to travel 100 km on African roads, therefore we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery Africa has to offer. Where possible additional stops will be made to ensure your travelling comfort at all times.
We make use of mid-range typical African standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in National Parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps. Most of them have a private bathroom with a shower and toilet. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.
A local payment is required on your safari and will be collected by your guide on the day of departure. The local payment is part of the overall tour cost and is used to pay some of the day to day operational costs that are incurred while we are on the road.
We try to prepay as many of the costs as possible however in some cases cash payment on arrival is the only option as some of the attractions we visit on safari only accept cash. Examples include park fees at most of the national parks, a few accommodations or camp sites and any local food markets we visit to stock up on fresh produce during the tour as well as local guides.
The local payment also ensures that a portion of your tour cost actually goes directly to the countries you visit, thus benefiting local communities as well as contributing to conservation of the areas we visit. Essentially having a local payment means your tour price is a bit lower and give you a more inclusive experience.
The onus is on the client to organize all visas required to visit South Africa prior to departure.
Information on Areas Visited
Situated on the tip of the African continent, South Africa has often been described as a world in one country. It has a wealth of natural beauty, pristine wilderness areas, warm and friendly people, cosmopolitan cities and excellent infrastructure - making South Africa a favourite safari destination.
Cape Town has traditionally been the gateway between Europe and Southern Africa
and this is still evident in its atmosphere, its playful character, its people and even its
The 'Mother City' as it's known locally has no shortage of attractions. It's a magnetic,
multi-cultural city with an array of diverse offerings within a small, accessible area,
surrounded by spectacular topography. Spectacular beaches, mountains (incredibly
unique bio-diversity), hiking, water-sport, shopping centers, markets, theatres, museums,
historical & cultural attractions, a first-rate waterfront, galleries, night-clubs, restaurants
and an abundance of activities to suit all, are prolific in this world-class destination.
Although tastes vary, some of the more popular sights include the following:
This 1086 m sandstone landmark dominates the city and has to be ascended! This is a
fantastic way to gain a perspective on the city, with some breathtaking views of the
peninsula, as well as an opportunity to experience the most concentrated, yet diverse,
ecosystems in the world.
The mountain is home to more than 1450 species of plants, many of which are not found
anywhere else in the world, such as the Silver Tree and the wild orchid Disa Uniflora. Table
Mountain is classified as the smallest of the six floral kingdoms of the world. The 'flat' top
of the mountain is approximately nearly 3 km in length and sees almost a million tourist & hikers per year.
Visitors to the top can choose the six-minute trip to the summit via the modern cable car,
one of the safest in the world, or alternatively make use of one of the 350 recognized
paths all over the mountain. The easiest and quickest of these is the popular Platteklip
Gorge route, a path up a ravine clearly visible on the front face of Table Mountain. The
summit boasts a modern restaurant, souvenir shop and postal service.
With 150 years of dark, incarceration history, including the 18-year imprisonment of its
most famous prisoner, Nelson Mandela, the island is a certain place of interest. After the
fall of apartheid, the island was eventually declared a national monument in 1996,
formerly opened its doors to the public in 1997, and declared an UNESCO world heritage
site in 1999.
The Robben Island experience begins at Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island,
situated in the Clock Tower Precinct at the V&A Waterfront, where four ferries a day
leave for the island. Each round trip is three and a half hours long and includes a visit to
the maximum-security prison, a bus tour around the island and visits to the penguin
boardwalk and museum shop. A number of antelopes can also be spotted on the island.
The Wine Routes
Constantia, a meager 20 minutes from the city centre, is the birthplace of the wine
farming industry in South Africa. Still today, five wine farms in this area produce worldclass
wines, recognized for their escalating quality.
Further from the city, a drive of approximately 45 minutes north from Cape Town brings
you to a region where grand mountains from a dramatic backdrop to lush vineyards and
historic gabled Cape Dutch homesteads.
Almost 100 wine farms on four wine routes in this region alone boast not only a multitude
of award winning wines, but also restaurants, wine tasting and activities. In the wine
regions visitors can also experience a number of quaint villages & towns (especially Paarl, Stellenbosch & Franschhoek), cheese shops, a crocodile farm, a cheetah rehabilitation
centre, hikes and rivers activities.
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
As one of the most successful developments in the history of Southern Africa, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is a comprehensive shopping and recreational destination ranking
amongst the best waterfronts in the world. It's Cape Town's most popular local attraction
and has over a million visitors per year, 70% of which are Capetonian.
An array of shops, markets, restaurants, cinemas, a theatre, boat trips, helicopter trips, a brewery, hotels as well as a new residential development can all be found within walking
distance and surrounded by a working harbor.
Additional attractions worth a visit are the Waterfront Craft Market & the Red Shed craft
market, where visitors can watch artists & craftspeople produce as well as buy their
wares. The Two Ocean Aquarium offers a constantly updated peak into indigenous
Southern African fresh and seawater creatures. Next door to the aquarium the South
African Maritime Museum has the largest collection of model ships in the Southern
Hemisphere and some fascinating artifacts.
The Garden Route is an extraordinarily beautiful stretch of countryside that winds along
the southwestern contour of South Africa for some 200 km. The route is dotted with
charming little towns and villages, including of the country's most notable holiday resorts
such as Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. The Garden Route boasts an astounding array of
indigenous flora and fauna and attracts adventurers and holiday-makers from far afield.
The tranquil coves and sandy dunes are a traveller's paradise.
Oudtshoorn is situated in the Klein Karoo 55 km from the large coastal town of George.
Enjoy the relaxed, friendly, hospitable atmosphere offered in town or at the various
surrounding farms. Experience the joy of life in the country!
Cango Caves: One of the world's great natural wonders, sculptured by nature through
the ages. It is situated close to the Klein Karoo Town of Oudtshoorn. Mysterious and
breathtaking limestone formations in a wide variety of natural colors, a subterranean
wonderland. The Ostriches: Amidst the 400 ostrich farms surrounding the town, 3 have
distinguished themselves worthy to be named 'show farms'. Become exposed to this
exotic bird species, the largest in the world.
Plettenberg Bay is the jewel of The Garden Route. It's more than a village, less than a
town. Sweeping, unspoiled golden beaches characterize it, a dramatic rocky peninsula,
intriguing lagoons and estuaries, towering indigenous forests and unpolluted rivers and
sea. With its beautiful view sites over the Indian Ocean, Plettenberg Bay is perfect for
tourists interested in exploring, watching or just lazing.
In and near Plettenberg Bay there is the opportunity to visit a lot of activities such as:
• The highest commercial bungee jump in the world is at Bloukrantz River Bridge. The
height is 216 m with a 7 second free fall!
• Canoeing on the Keurbooms River If you are keen on canoeing; you can hire a canoe
and canoe up the Keurbooms River Nature Reserve.
• Gliding effortlessly with qualified pilot over Plettenberg beaches spotting dolphins and
Knysna is one of the Southern Cape coast's best-known holiday destinations, situated
between lush forests and the shores of the peaceful lagoon - it offers many activities and
attractions of a wide variety. The most well known attraction being the heads - two great
sandstone cliffs guarding the mouth of the lagoon, which connects the estuary with the
sea. A lookout has been erected on the Eastern Head, commanding spectacular views
of the lagoon, Leisure Isle and Knysna. The Western Head is a privately owned nature
Reserve - Featherbed Bay.
Tsitsikamma National Park
The Tsitsikamma National Park is an 80 km long coastal strip between Nature's Valley and
the mouth of the Storms River. In park the park the visitor finds and almost untouched
Two long hiking routes with some huts for overnight stays are well established. The popular
Offer Trail of 48 km and the Tsitsikamma Trail of 72 km, both offer the well-trained hiker an
experience of a unique plant and animal world. Some indigenous Yellowwood trees still
exist here, over 800 years old. Besides the diverse bird life, one can also observe smaller
mammal species, the cute dassies for example, which often graze near the beach.
Known as the heart of the whale coast, this coastal resort offers the best land based
whale watching in the world. Southern Right Whales visit Walker Bay from July until
December every year. About 60 to 100 of these magnificent animals come here from
Antarctica to calf. Tourists are often treated with close up displays as these creatures
often come to within 10 meters of the coast. The cliff tops in Hermanus offer the tourist
great views and the ability to watch the whales close up.
Hermanus also offers great beaches, mountain walks and the craft market is famous for
its art. Hermanus also has many fine restaurants and is a wine lover's paradise with
nearby wine farms offering wine tasting.
Please contact us for 2017 dates.
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