12 Day Garden Route, Cape Town & Eastern Cape Safari

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This 12-day tour is an exploration of what makes South Africa a top tourist destination. Your journey begins in Cape Town, renowned for its rich culture and picturesque landscapes. Climbing into your rental car, you travel along the famous Garden Route and arrive in the “ostrich capital of the world”. Here you’ll have the opportunity to explore the dramatic Cango Caves, the Cango Wildlife Ranch, and the various ostrich farms in Oudtshoorn. Heading towards the coastline, your next stop is a town that encompasses indigenous forests, pristine beaches, sandstone cliffs and an idyllic lagoon. Knysna offers a rush of adventure activities, exciting festivals and world-class golf courses. Then, marvel in an unforgettable safari experience with Shamwari Game Reserve showcasing its passion for wildlife conservation and phenomenal Big 5 game viewing.

Day 1 - 4: Cape Town

Today you arrive at Cape Town's International Airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Included during your stay is two full day private tours of Cape Town's most popular attractions. The Cape Peninsula tour is a scenic adventure of magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, and picturesque coastal villages. The view from Cape Point and the encounter with African penguins at Boulders Beach are unforgettable experiences.  

The Winelands tour explores the top wine country regions of Cape Town - Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch. These regions encompass superb mountain ranges, picturesque vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. You will have the opportunity to walk around the century-old vineyards and sample award-winning wines.

Cape Town offers a wide range of activities, so please consult with one of our experts for more information.

Accommodation: Kensington Place

Day 5: Oudtshoorn

After a sumptuous breakfast and the arrival of your rental car, your scenic journey along the garden route begins as you travel to the town of Oudtshoorn.

There are a number of Ostrich farms in this region as well as the opportunity to encounter Meerkats up-close. We highly recommend visiting the Cango Wildlife Ranch and the dramatic Cango Caves during your time in Oudtshoorn.

Accommodation: Rosenhof Country House

Day 6 - 8: Kanonkop House

This morning you continue on your journey along the garden route as you head towards the coastal town of Knysna.

Situated between the town of George and the Tsitsikamma Forest, Knysna is perfectly positioned to explore the top attractions of all three areas.

During the next three days, you can choose to cruise on the Knysna lagoon, visit an elephant sanctuary, play a round of golf or visit the Tsitsikamma Forest for a range of adventure activities. You have the freedom to decide where you wish to go and what you wish to experience.

Accommodation: Kanonkop House

Day 9 -11: Shamwari Bayethe

Today you bid farewell to the garden route and travel towards Port Elizabeth where you will then head inland to the private malaria-free Shamwari Game Reserve.

During your stay at Shamwari, you will venture out into the African bush in an open safari vehicle that is led by a professional guide. Morning and evening game drives afford you up-close encounters with wild animals, including the famous Big Five.

You will also have the opportunity to explore the bush on foot, learning about the smaller wondrous creatures and the different plants of the reserve.

Shamwari is actively involved in a number of conservation projects and guests have the opportunity to visit these on the reserve. There are not many reserves who offer this opportunity to their guests.

Accommodation: Shamwari Bayethe Lodge

Day 12: Depart Shamwari

After one final morning game drive and a hearty breakfast, you gather your belongings and travel by car to Port Elizabeth Airport. After returning your car rental, you will connect with your onward travel arrangements.

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$ 480 USD
$ 480 USD
Rates are starting prices per person, per night sharing.
With specials, we always use the best promotion available, please contact our experts for more guidance.
We include travel insurance that will make this booking totally refundable.


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