The 3-night/4-day Garden Route Luxury Safari Tour combines the beauty and tranquility of the Garden Route with the excitement of a Big 5 safari tour.
From the southernmost tip of Africa to the wild, untamed forests of the Tsitsikamma National Park, this tour is ideal for travellers on a tight schedule who don’t want to miss the chance to see the natural wonders of the idyllic east coast of South Africa.
Garden route game lodge (upgrade only)
Luxury accommodation in the Garden Route
24 luxury suites and 18 private chalets, sleeping up to 60 guests
Established in 1999, the Garden Route Game Farm is located in what was the first privately-owned game reserve in the Western Cape. The malaria-free safari destination is home to the Big 5 and an abundance of general game and birds.
Guests have the choice of luxury suites, rooms and private chalets. The African-themed décor is elegant, fresh and contemporary and each spacious unit is fully-equipped for comfort and convenience. Private decks with outdoor showers and plunge pools offer guests panoramic views of the breathtaking bushveld surrounds.
Upgrade to luxury accommodation at Garden Route Game Lodge (Day 3)
Approximately R1 450 per person
Guests are collected in Cape Town early morning (6am) and driven to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world in the Little Karoo. The scenic drive follows the world-famous Route 62 which is also known as the ‘longest wine route in the world’. Stop for lunch along the way.
The afternoon in Oudtshoorn is spent exploring the magical Cango Caves which is an intricate cave system located in Precambrian limestones at the foothills of the Swartberg mountains. This is followed by a visit to a working ostrich farm.
Overnight at accommodation in Oudtshoorn. Enjoy an authentic Karoo meal at the lodge restaurant.
Wake up early for breakfast. Depart for the Wilderness area, travelling over the historic Swartberg Mountain Pass and stopping at the scenic ‘Map of Africa’ lookout point. It’s a viewpoint that gives you a bird’s-eye perspective of the Kaaimans River which makes an unmistakable outline of the African continent as it winds through the lush forest valley.
Arrive in Knysna mid-day. The afternoon is spent visiting the Knysna Heads and the famous Knysna Waterfront and Knysna Quays. Mid-afternoon depart for Plettenberg Bay, stopping at Bloukrans Bridge Bungy. It’s one of the world's highest commercial bridge bungy jump at 216 metres (709 ft) above the Bloukrans River.
For an extra fee, you can bungee jump off the Bloukrans Bridge. Bookings are essential so plan ahead.
Overnight at accommodation in Storms River which is the ‘Adventure capital of the Garden Route. Dinner served at the lodge restaurant.
Includes: Breakfast and dinner
After breakfast, depart for a hike in the glorious Tsitsikamma National Park, ending at the Storms River Mouth. You’ll walk across the Hanging Bridge and can swim in the warm Indian Ocean. Lunch mid-day, followed by an afternoon game drive in a private game reserve close to the town of Albertinia.
Overnight at accommodation in Mossell Bay. Dinner served at the lodge restaurant.
You have the option to upgrade to the Garden Route Game Lodge which offers 4-star luxury accommodation on a private game reserve in Albertinia. Highly recommended!
Includes: Breakfast and dinner
If you stayed overnight in Mossell Bay, you have the morning free to explore the beautiful coastal town. If you stayed at Garden Route Game Lodge, you’ll wake up early for a sunrise game drive.
Late morning, depart for Hermanus. This popular coastal town on the Garden Route is famous for whale-watching, wonderful cliffside walkways and its vibrant tourist vibe.
For an extra fee, you have the option of taking a boat cruise to see whales if they’re in the bay.
Leaving Hermanus mid-afternoon for the return trip to Cape Town, there’s time for a stopover at Stony Point in Betty’s Bay to see its quirky colony of African penguins. Arrive in Cape Town late afternoon, travelling over a mountain pass with a gorgeous view over False Bay.
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