3-Day Garden Route Safari from Cape Town

Organized by
2-3 days
Everybody welcome
From 8 years-old and up
From€300

Explore one of the most popular and beautiful routes in all of Africa. This 3 day and 2 night safari will take you out to the best hidden spots of the area.

Wander along the Garden Route - a piece of paradise on the south-eastern coast of South Africa. Search for Africa's Big 5 animals in their natural habitat, from an open 4x4 vehicle in a malaria-free private game reserve.

Set your sense of adventure free; bungy jump, walk along forest footpaths, canoe in the wilderness, crawl deep underground in the Cango Caves and interact with African wildlife.

• Day 1: Cape Town – Oudtshoorn

You'll be picked up in the morning from Cape Town or Stellenbosch. Then you'll journey through the rugged landscapes of Route 62, the longest wine route in the world! Along the country road you'll capture the beauty of high mountains, twisting passes, vast Karoo plains, vineyards and orchards. You will stop at one of the many farm stalls along the way to sample local delights before arriving in Oudtshoorn, ostrich capital of the world and home to the fascinating Cango Caves where your next adventure awaits.

Delve deep underground to the magical Cango Caves’ limestone chambers, alive with drip formation stalactites and stalagmites and remnants of Khoikhoi paintings. You’ll spend the evening in Oudtshoorn at leisure. Either head to town to enjoy a restaurant meal or join locals for an optional outdoor braai (similar to barbeque) - subject to availability - including South African favourites, such as ostrich kebabs, 'boerewors' sausage, 'potbrood' bread and salad.

• Day 2: Oudtshoorn – Sedgefield

Those seeking a meaningful experience can rise early and join qualified elephant guides on an optional Elephant Observation Nature Bush Walk (own expense). You’ll have the opportunity to follow and observe three rescued elephants, in their own natural environment. You are free to take pictures galore and ask your guides as many questions as you like.

Then, you’ll take to the water for a leisurely afternoon canoe along reed-lined river banks in Wilderness. It’s not until you stop paddling and let the gentle current guide you, that the abundance of birdlife becomes apparent.

The adventure continues as you reach Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest commercial bridge bungy jump. The bungy bridge itself is fairly unassuming as you drive over it, but it’s pretty apparent from the squeals and screams that this isn’t your average photo stop. Spend the evening in the slow town of Sedgefield if you overnight there, and for those who overnight in the nearby town of Wilderness can dine at restaurants of their local area.

• Day 3: Sedgefield – Cape Town

For your last day, you will spot some of Africa’s wild animals from the back of an open 4x4 vehicle in a malaria-free private game reserve. Search for giraffe, white rhino, kudu, lion, elephant, zebra and wildebeest, to name a few.

An experienced game ranger leads the game drive. Your guide may hop off your safari vehicle (if it’s safe to do so) for a more personal encounter with nature. Look for smaller wildlife, insects or birds through the coastal renosterveldt and Cape fynbos.

End your day with a journey through the landscape of rugged plains and green vegetation as you pass through the Garden Route on your way back to Cape Town. Reach Cape Town by late afternoon or early evening (drop off times vary between 5 to 9pm)

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Practical information

Meals:

Some meals and drinks are not included; giving travellers the ideal opportunity to experience typical South African cuisine at local eating spots.

A vegetarian food option can be ordered on request and you can advise us in advance of any food allergies.

Regrettably other dietary requirements - including lactose intolerant, vegan, gluten-free, halal cannot specifically be offered on group tours and it is best to plan ahead and budget accordingly to bring or buy your own meal replacements.

Accommodation
You will share a dormitory in a hostel with the rest of the group.

Activity requirements

Children of 8+ years of age are allowed to join if travelling with a parent or adult (charged as adults)

Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a fare-paying adult or legal gaurdian and be booked in private rooms. Children under 18 years of age are not allowed to book in backpacker dorm rooms.

Families with small children or infants under 8 years of age can be booked on an exclusive ‘family-friendly’ tour package with exclusive transport.

Special terms

Please be advised that there is not a specific pickup address. Pick-up times range between 6 am to 8 am and are given a day before the tour is scheduled. Please make sure to regularly check your emails.

* The exact itinerary is subject to change and may on occasion run in reverse or different order to fit with availability of activities.

Meeting point:
Pick-up is offered Cape Town or Stellenbosch (to be communicated with your instructors upon booking)
Spoken languages:English
Included
  • Cape Town Pick-up & Drop-off service (±10km radius from Cape Town CBD)
  • Transport to tour highlights
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 2 Breakfasts
  • Entry fees & Activities as listed
Excluded
  • Drinks and some meals
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Flight Tickets
  • Optional activities are not included but also not compulsory (can be booked on the day)
  • Accommodation optional upgrades
Do not forget to bring
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunscreen and sun hat
  • Jacket for cooler evenings
  • Beach towel and swimming costume/shorts

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