The Ultimate 3 Day Garden Route Safari Tour

Take yourself on an action-packed 3-day journey of pure sensory delight. The perfect quick getaway to the Garden Route along the iconic coastal and Wilderness section of the Western Cape is an experience like none other.

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  • Duration: 3 Days
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Description

What’s more, flexible accommodation options every night means you can tailor this tour to your needs and your budget. 

This tour ticks every box – every sunrise a promise of an incredible experience, every sunset a chance to marvel at what you have seen and done in a day. 

Action-Packed Adventure, Flexibility and Small Groups.

This amazing trip covers 1200km of the most exquisite garden and safari routes of the Cape. It’s action-packed, with such a variety of amazing experiences from nature, to adventure, scenery, culture and heritage!

This incredible opportunity provides ease and seamless travel, with flexibility. You choose where you want to stay, how much you want to pay for accommodation and a variety of the activities. Yet, so much is included too.

It is perfect for solo travel, couples, students or small groups. Only 13 guests can be accommodated in each vehicle, with a guide. 

Two breakfasts are included, and there is plenty of opportunity to purchase interesting and exciting lunches, dinners and drinks every day.

Flights are excluded from the trip, which starts and ends in Cape Town, where you will be picked up and dropped off at the point of your choice.

It is perfect for international tourists, as well as locals who want to experience their own beautiful country – whether you are from Cape Town, from Port Elizabeth or from Durban, you will never experience the beauty on your doorstep quite like this.

Highlights

In just 3 days you can experience a lifetime’s-worth of beauty. 

  • Culinary delights
  • Plethora of wildlife
  • Rare flora
  • Abundant bird life 
  • Full-on adventure
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Game Drives
  • Caving

Accommodation

We have carefully selected different accommodation options for both evenings. Everyone promising a delightful stay and great service. The itinerary breakdown for each day gives you all the accommodation options and a description of each.

Breakfast is included every day, for all options. Lunches and dinners are excluded and allow you flexibility to choose from a variety of exciting options available every day.

Road Travel, Professional Guides, Reservations and Activities

Road Travel: Comfortable and scenic road travel in a luxury small van.

Professional Guides: You will be guided by trusted professionals, greeted with joy by interesting locals and pay rates that are a fraction of what you would expect with this incredible special deal. 

Seamless booking and reservation: All you need to do is prepare yourself for three days of awe-inspiring experiences and life-affirming adventure.

Activities:
Each day has a variety of activities to make your tour exciting and unforgettable. There are activities that are included in the price, and ones that are optional and incur a small extra cost. This is the perfect way to further personalise your tour by choosing exactly what you want to do. Each day in the itinerary details what is included, what is optional and the cost thereof.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Oudtshoorn (450km)

Depart from your accommodation in Cape Town and get ready to get your kicks on Route 62. It’s the lekker, local version of the famous Route 66 in America that winds through the longest wine route in the Cape. Everywhere you look there are vintage burger bars, fabulous farm stalls and ‘blink and you’ll miss them’ towns, each with a unique story and a charm all their own.

The afternoon is dedicated to an enchanting wonder – the Cango Caves Limestone Chambers. 

You can appreciate this mystical underground world of stalactites, stalagmites and historical Khoi San paintings in one of two ways. A relaxed Heritage Tour is perfect for an informative exploration of the geological wonders and their evolution, as well as a chance to experience the amazing sound quality and natural cave acoustics. If claustrophia is not your phobia, then the Adventure Tour will afford the opportunity to twist and turn, squeeze and wriggle into the limestone chimneys themselves.

And round out your wonderful experience with some delicious ostrich steak and friendly Oudtshoorn locals as you enjoy a leisurely evening in this fascinating town.

Included:

  • Route 62 Trip
  • Cango Caves Heritage or Adventure Tour

Accommodation Options Day 1

  • Backpackers Paradise (Budget)

Enjoy the unique town of Oudtshorn from the Backpackers Paradise, where you will enjoy free Wi-Fi, bar and coffee shop, pool and self-catering facilities and the flexibility to choose between dormitory or private rooms with en suite bathroom.

  • Yamkela (Comfort)

Spend your evening in the elegant sandstone building, enjoying local hospitality – Yamkela means ‘welcome’ in Xhosa, and you certainly will feel exactly that in this tranquil, homely oasis. 

  • Buffelsdrift Glamping (Deluxe)

You will love the experience of this tented lodge offering a wonderful game experience, including resident hippos, giraffes, waterbuck, hartebeests, wildebeests and eland. The natural outdoor showers and beautifully appointed tents add a definite ‘glamour’ to the luxury camping experience.

Day 2 – Wilderness and Sedgefield (400km)

A breathtaking Oudtshoorn sunrise is best enjoyed with a walk, before it gets too hot. But this jaunt comes with some very special guests. The peaceful and awe-inspiring elephant rescues Bulelo, Jabari and Malaika invite you along to stroll the dam wall of the Buffelsdrift Private Game Reserve. Revel in their peace and wisdom up close, and you will never forget it.

When it’s time for your next adventure, it’s time for a peaceful spot of canoeing in Wilderness, rare birdwatching and gulps of clean, fresh air. Stop paddling and let the gentle current guide you.

Your adventure continues as you proceed to admire the lush river views from Bloukrans Bridge. Here is where the adrenaline seeker can casually jump from the world’s highest bungy jump. Yes, if throwing yourself off a bungy bridge and free-falling 216m and then springing back is on your bucket list, now’s your chance. It’s exhilarating and wild, sure. However, if that is not quite your scene you can head into the mystical forests of Tsitikamma and absorb the power and majesty of these ancient trees

Spend a leisurely evening soaking in the mellow town way of life in Sedgefield or Wilderness. Lounge in the rustic beach restaurant in Sedgefield or venture into town for a more intimate dinner if you overnight in Wilderness or Knysna area. 

Included:

  • Buffelsdrift Elephant Bush Walk
  • Wilderness Canoeing

Optional:

  • Bloukrans Bungy and Zipline (from R1350)

Accommodation Options Day 2

  • Afrovibe Backpackers 

Chill and watch the sunset next to the Indian Ocean, enjoy the beachside restaurant and convivial bonfire evening of Myoli beach. Includes free wifi, late night bar and self-catering facilities

  • Pili Pili Beach Cabanas (Backpackers)

A vibrant beach with amazing views from the dormitory balconies and the perfect holiday atmosphere.

  • Purple Heron (Comfort)

Catch exquisite views from your elegantly furnished room at this delightful home-from-home guesthouse.

  • Dover on Sea (Deluxe)

Enjoy the sound of crashing waves and wake up to beach views for miles while enjoying an excellent breakfast. Gorgeous beach architecture and super comfort if you choose this option.

  • Dune Beach House (Deluxe)

Stay right in the Wilderness National Park in an ocean facing room with a private sun deck and beach access while enjoying dolphin and whale sightings.

  • Beach Villa (Deluxe)

Enjoy your sunset over sea and mountain views from your private lounge with beach access – beautiful!

Day 3 – The Garden Route (450km)

Today you will get to indulge in your love of the wild African bush from the back of a traditional, open 4 x 4 safari vehicle. Scan for elephant, lion, zebra, kudu, giraffe, white rhino and wildebeest in the Botlierskop Private Game Reserve. Your experienced Game Ranger will enthral you with their encyclopaedic knowledge of the game, bird and tree and plant life species. 

Get even closer to nature when you hop off the vehicle and go for an amazing bush walk through rare Cape fynbos, learning how to track animals and how to heal by understanding the medicinal value of the amazing plants around you.

Finish off the day of natural wonder as you drive through emerald green, peaceful farmlands of the Garden Route on your way back to Cape Town, heart and soul full.

Included:

  • Botlierskop 4 x 4 Safari
  • Botlierskop Walking Safari

By the afternoon of the 3rd day of this tour, you will be delivered back to another beauty – the Mother City Cape Town, full of amazing stories, unforgettable experiences and enviable memories.

What’s included

  • Travel in luxury air-conditioned bus (small)
  • Professional guides
  • Breakfasts x 2
  • Accommodation according to your chosen option of backpackers, comfort and deluxe
  • Route 62 trip
  • Cango Caves Heritage or Adventure Tour
  • Wilderness Canoeing
  • Botlierskop 4x4 Safari
  • Botlierskop Walking Safari
  • Wilderness Canoeing

What’s excluded

  • Elephant Bush Walk (from R395)
  • Bloukrans Bungy and Zipline Experience (from R1350)
  • Lunches, dinners and snacks

Important information

Collect: Cape Town International Airport or any hotel/guest lodge within city precinct

Drop-off: Cape Town International Airport or any hotel/guest lodge within city precinct

There is no central pick up and drop off point for this tour – we’ll come and get you.

R 4,200 3 Days , Easy

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