This popular tour is jam-packed with fun and adventure. You can amp up the adrenalin crawling on your hands and knees an ancient tunnel in the Cango Caves and bungee jumping off the Bloukrans Bridge, or you can take the tour at a more leisurely pace.
Guests stay in comfortable semi-luxury accommodation located in beautiful settings and a short drive from main attractions in town. It’s a fast-paced tour and you cover a fair distance in three days but it’s so worthwhile for an epic weekend in the Garden Route and a Big 5 safari tour in a private game reserve.
Accommodation is subject to availability
Yamkela Guest House ǀ Comfortable semi-luxury accommodation in Oudtshoorn
Yamkela is the Xhosa word for ‘welcome’ and this is what this popular guest house in Oudtshoorn promises its guests. A warm and hearty welcome to the “Ostrich Capital of Oudtshoorn” in the Little Karoo. Each luxury suite is stylishly decorated and there’s a cosy lounge, sparkling swimming pool and fully-equipped kitchen on the premises for your relaxation at the end of a long day exploring Cango Caves, visiting a working ostrich farm and tasting locally-cultivated wines.
Purple Heron Guest House ǀ Comfortable semi-luxury accommodation in Sedgefield
Purple Heron Guest House is located in the quiet town of Sedgefield in a region people call the “Great Lake District” of South Africa. The guest house is ideally situated overlooking the lush Swartvlei Estuary and the impressive Outeniqua Mountains, and in easy walking distance of the main beach and restaurants in town. Each suite has a beautiful view and is stylishly decorated.
Guests are collected from a pre-arranged pick-up point in Cape Town. We set off along the famous Route 62 and wind our way through mountain passes, vineyards and tropical fruit orchards to the quaint town of Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, otherwise known as the “Ostrich Capital of the World”.
We go straight to the Cango Caves for an underground tour of its dripstone caverns which open into vast halls of towering stalagmite and stalactite formations. You can choose to go on the heritage tour or the adventure tour which sees you crawling on your hands and knees through underground tunnels.
The day ends with an evening out in Oudtshoorn. You can eat out at one of the popular restaurants in town which serve authentic Karoo meals or stay in for a braai (barbeque) of ostrich or lamb kebabs.
Overnight at Yamkela Guest House in Oudtshoorn.
Includes: No meals
Wake up early and join your ranger for an optional guided bush walk in Buffelsdrift Private Game Reserve and interact with three hand-reared orphaned elephants. Your day starts a bit later if you don’t go on the elephant walk.
After a good breakfast, we depart for the beautiful Garden Route. Our first stop is in Wilderness for a leisurely canoe ride down a magical river that’s flanked by an ancient indigenous forest. Enroute to Sedgefield, we stop at Bloukrans Bridge which is the highest commercial bungee jump site in the world. You have the option of bungee jumping off the 216 metre-high bridge or ziplining across the gorge.
The day ends eating out in Sedgefield at one of the many popular seaside restaurant or bars.=
Overnight at Purple Heron Guest House in Sedgefield.
Wake up before the sun rises and be ready to depart for a Big 5 safari tour of Botlierskop Private Game Reserve. It’s a 42 000 hectare private reserve that’s well stocked with antelope and plains games, including the rare golden wildebeest, mountain zebra and black impala. At some point in the safari tour, your guide lets you get off the safari vehicle and takes you on a guided walk in the coastal bushveld.
We travel back to Cape Town on Route 62; sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. Guests are dropped off at their Cape Town accommodation in the late afternoon or early evening.
Departs: Monday, Thursday and Saturday
There is no central meeting point for this tour. A transfer service will collect you from your Cape Town accommodation.
Collect: Between 06h00 and 07h00
Drop-off : Between 15h00 and 16h00
Children must be 10 years and older to join this tour and are charged as adults.
The itinerary can run in reverse or a different order.
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