3-Day Garden Route and Safari from Cape Town

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3-Day Garden Route and Safari from Cape Town

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From $342.50 $308.25 per person

See Africa's famous wildlife and incredible scenery on this 3-day tour, which includes a game drive, a guided bush walking safari, canoeing in the wilderness, and plenty of optional adventure extras like bungee jumping and meeting elephants up close.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
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Duration 3 days
Starting time 7:00 AM
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Your preferred pick-up address in and around Cape Town within a 10 KM radius of the City Bowl.
Small group
Limited to 18 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Travel along South Africa's famous country road, Scenic Route 62, and enjoy stunning scenery
  • Canoe in a wilderness lagoon at Wilderness National Park
  • Spot elephants, lions and rhinoceroses in the wild on a game drive
  • Squeeze, twist and wriggle your way through the Cango Caves
  • Get up close and personal with nature on a guided bush walking safari
  • Experience a rush like no other when you jump from the world’s highest bridge bungee
Full description
Day 1: Oudtshoorn (Distance traveled: about 400 km) Start with a morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town and Stellenbosch areas. Set off along the famous Route 62, where you'll capture the beauty of high mountains, twisting passes, vast Karoo plains, vineyards and orchards. Pop in at one of the many farm stalls along the way, stocked with locally crafted delights before arriving in Oudtshoorn, ostrich capital of the world. Delve deep underground to the magical Cango Caves’ limestone chambers, alive with drip formation stalactites and stalagmites and remnants of Khoikhoi paintings. Opt for the easy-going guided Heritage Tour to test the cave’s acoustics and gain insights about the dripstone evolution. By contrast, the Adventure Tour allows would-be contortionists to squeeze, twist and wiggle their way through limestone chimneys on a rather more daring underground route. You’ll spend the evening in Oudtshoorn at leisure. Either head to town to enjoy a top restaurant meal or join locals for an optional outdoor braai (similar to bbq) including South African favourites, such as ostrich kebabs, boerewors or potbrood. Overnight in Oudtshoorn - Choose between Budget Backpacker or ensuite Guest house packages to stay at: Backpackers Paradise or 3-Star Yamkela guest house B&B or 4-Star Buffelsdrift Lodge and 4-Star Surval Botigue Olive Farm. Day 2: Wilderness, Sedgefield (Distance traveled: about 450 km) As the dawn breaks in the dusty Klein Karoo, opt for a close encounter with Mother Nature and join rangers on an optional Elephant Bush Walk. Gentle giants, Jabari, Malaika and Bulelo made Buffelsdrift their home after their parents were poached in the north of South Africa. Join these three rescued elephants, as they walk to the nearby waterhole. Following in their footsteps and make memories you'll never forget.  Then, take to the water for a leisurely afternoon paddle along the reed-lined banks of the Touws River, deep in Wilderness National Park. Indigenous forest and campgrounds line the river. 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 clear from the squeals and screams that this isn’t your average photo stop. Seemingly normal people hurtle face first down the 216 m drop only to spring back up on an elastic cord like a yoyo. This region is a playground for the outdoors and those who'd prefer to keep their feet on solid ground will visit the nearby forest in the Tsitsikamma area. Spend the evening soaking in the slow town way of life in Sedgefield. If you decide to stay overnight in the nearby Wilderness or Knysna areas, check out the rustic beach restaurant and feel the white sand between your toes as you sip on cocktails, or venture into town for a more intimate dinner. Overnight in Sedgefield - choose between: Afrovibe Backpackers, 3-Star Purple Heron guest house, 3-star Dune Beach House, 4-Star Dover On Sea guest house, or 4-star Beach Villa. If an overnight stay at Sedgefield is not possible, accommodation will be arranged in the Wilderness or Knysna areas. Day 3: Garden Route (Distance traveled: about 400 km) Start the day in the heart of the African bush. On your first stop of the day, spot some of Africa’s wild animals from the back of an open 4x4 vehicle in the malaria-free Botlierskop Private Game Reserve. Search for giraffe, white rhino, kudu, lion, elephant, zebra, and wildebeest, just to name a few. The game drive is led by an experienced game ranger, sharing his knowledge of the local wildlife; including antelope species, birdlife, and insects. When your guide finds the perfect spot, you'll hop off your safari vehicle for an even closer connection to nature on a tranquil bush walk. Follow your game ranger as you look for wildlife through the coastal renosterveldt and Cape fynbos, keep an eye out for animal tracks, and learn about the medicinal value of the plants as you walk. End off the day with a journey through the landscape rolling farmlands as you pass through the heart of the Garden Route on your way back to Cape Town.
Includes
  • Pick-up and drop off at your accommodation within a 10 km radius from Cape Town
  • Game Drive (2-3 hours)
  • Bush walking safari (30 minutes)
  • Wilderness canoeing
  • Wilderness National Park entry fee
  • Friendly local driver-guide
  • Transport to tour highights
  • Accommodation and bedding for 2 nights as per package selected
  • 2 breakfasts
  • Dinner, lunch, and drinks
  • Personal insurance
  • Optional extra activities:
  • Optional Bloukrans bridge bungee jump (±R1350 per person)
  • Optional Elephant bush walk (±R405 per person)
  • Optional South African barbecue dinner (±R100 per person)
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Towel
  • Jacket

Know before you go

  • The itinerary of this tour may vary or run in reverse, subject to weather conditions and activity availability
  • Please note, optional activities are weather dependent
  • The optional activities can only be booked and paid for on the tour
  • The best-suited accommodation to fit the tour's itinerary will be booked for you
  • Complimentary transfers will pick you up and drop you off at your preferred pick-up address in and around Cape Town within a 10 km radius of the CBD
  • Pick-up time is between 06:00 and 08:00 on the morning of departure. An email will be sent confirming the exact pick-up time a day before the tour departs
  • Accommodation may be changed to a similar star grading option if the preferred options listed are not available
  • Double and twin rooms require a minimum and maximum of 2 customers per room
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5
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Absolutely amazing!!! Exceeded every expectation I had for this trip. I don’t want to spoil too much but I’m a student studying abroad here from the US and I couldn’t recommend this trip more. Paul was our tour guide and if you’re lucky enough to get him, your trip will be even better!

November 16, 2019

This tour was amazing and absolutely worth the price! Our guide, Paul, was amazing and balanced the tour with information about the places we were visiting and fun. The accommodations for both nights exceeded our expectations, as well as all of the activities. Paul was extremely attentive to our needs on the trip and made the long car rides were enjoyable. Every activity was enjoyable and there were always alternate activities during the optional activities. If you are looking for a packed weekend trip so that you can see some of the garden route, encounter a lot of animals, and have many adventures, this tour is for you!

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November 16, 2019

The distance of approx. 1200 km in 3 days is a lot. You sit in the bus for about 20 hours. It is exhausting. There is no other way to achieve the goals, and so you can see something of the country. Nevertheless, I would have liked to have taken more time for the route (and should have done it myself or in another tour).

November 26, 2018

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