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5 Day Cape Nature Garden Route - Cape Town to the Garden Route [GRG]

Route:

Cape Town - City - Oudtshoorn - Tsitsikamma National Park - Albertinia - Cape Town - City

Cape Nature Garden Route

Experience a Cape Nature Garden Route Safari while staying in a quality Guest House in and around Cape Town, Albertinia, Oudtshoorn, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

The Cape Nature Garden Route Tour offers an exciting new concept along the Garden Route. It is an action-packed "must do" for all thrill seekers. You can join a variety of thrilling outdoor activities like: canoeing, river gorge hikes, Great White Shark diving, quad biking, waterfalls, forest, whales, wine, beaches and wildlife - the itinerary has something in it for everyone.

The Garden Route is an extraordinarily beautiful stretch of countryside that winds along the southwestern contour of South Africa for some 200 km. The route is dotted with charming little towns and villages, including of the country’s most notable holiday resorts such as Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. The Garden Route boasts an astounding array of indigenous flora and fauna and attracts adventurers and holiday-makers from far afield. The tranquil coves and sandy dunes are a traveler’s paradise.

Highlights 
Oudtshoorn, Cango Caves, Ostrich Farm, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Tsitsikamma National Park, Hermanus, Wine Tasting, Stony Point Penguins

Duration:
5 day(s)
Group size: Minimum 2 people, Maximum 14 people
Safari type: Lodge safari without participation 
PLEASE NOTE: No set departure dates, subject to availability.

Accommodation:
The 4 nights of this safari, you will be accommodated in typical mid-range African lodge establishments, situated either in the National Parks, on the banks of a river, or other place of interest. Lodge Safaris offer accommodation with a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps. All of them have a private bathroom with a shower or bath and a toilet. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.

Cape Town add-on: As an add-on before or after the tour we offer the following three-day package:
• One way airport Transfer either on arrival or departure
• 2 nights’ accommodation at the Townhouse Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis
• Full day Cape Point Tour

 

Itinerary:

Day 1: Cape Town to Oudtshoorn
We depart Cape Town this morning and head out onto Route 62, the longest wine route in the Western Cape. It is an area of magnificent landscapes, towering cliffs and an abundance of trees and indigenous flora, and meanders all the way to Oudtshoorn, our first destination. Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world and this afternoon we visit a show farm to learn about the history and use of these unique birds, as well as their life cycle and how they are farmed.
Accommodation: De Opstal or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 2: Oudtshoorn to Knysna [B]  
After breakfast we proceed to the impressively beautiful Cango Caves where we embark on a guided tour of the mysterious limestone formations in this subterranean wonderland. We continue our drive over the breath-taking Outeniqua pass which offers stunning views over the Swartberg escarpment and the Indian Ocean, and make our way to the Garden Route town of Knysna. This evening why not try out one of the many restaurants Knysna has to offer, and sample the oysters they are famous for.
Accommodation: The Graywood Hotel or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 3: Storms River / Tsitsikamma [B]  
We continue further along the Garden Route to experience the famous Tsitsikamma National Park, where we spend the morning hiking along the winding board walk through the forest to the suspension bridge at Tsitsikamma mouth. The protected and indigenous forest of Tsitsikamma contains the most amazing array of vegetation, such as; woody shrubs, heath, proteas, fynbos, geranium, stinkwood, giant Outeniqua yellowwoods and about 7700 more unique plant species. For the avid bird lovers; you can enjoy possible sightings of African black oyster catchers, orange-breasted sunbirds, Nerina trogans, Knysna Loeris and many other species of fascinating birds. Wildlife sightings range from dolphins and whales to caracal, genet, chacma baboons, dussies, mongooses and even leopards. On the way back a stop can be made at the Bloukrans Bridge for those who want to experience the world’s highest bungee jump!
Accommodation: The Graywood Hotel or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 4: Knysna to Hermanus [B]  
This morning we drive along the N2, through the coastal towns of Sedgefield, Wilderness and George and make our way to the Garden Route Game Lodge, where we embark on a game drive in an open Land rover with an experienced game ranger. The game reserve is home to lion, elephant, white rhino, buffalo and cheetah as well as giraffe and numerous antelope species, and hopefully we will get to spot some of these magnificent creatures. We carry on to the town of Hermanus where we spend the night.
Accommodation: Hermanus Lodge on the Green or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar)

Day 5: Cape Town [B]  
After a hearty breakfast we take a leisurely drive to the Hemel and Aarde Valley were we sample wines at one of the local vineyards. We proceed to the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens which is home to a spectacular variety of Fynbos, where we spend some time enjoying nature in these peaceful surroundings. The last stop for the day is at Stony Point to see the African Penguins. This is one of only three land based colonies in South Africa. We arrive back into Cape Town later this evening.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Included in the price:
- Accommodation as per itinerary
- All transport in fully equipped vehicle
- Game drives as mentioned
- Meals as per itinerary to be taken at lodge restaurants
- Activities as mentioned in itinerary
- Park entrance fees
- Experienced local guide

Not included in the price:
- Travel insurance
- Flights
- Pre and post tour accommodation
- Optional activities
- All drinks, tips and curios
- All personal expenses

Meal Key:
B
– Breakfast       L – Lunch        D – Dinner

 

Extra information

Transport
Fully equipped Toyota Land cruisers, Toyota Quantum’s or other appropriate vehicles with comfortable seating, windows for game viewing and a music system. All luggage is carried on the vehicle or trailer roof racks to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle.

Travelling Times and Distances
All travelling times are affected by road conditions, border crossings, detours and weather conditions, therefore on certain days travelling times may be longer than anticipated especially where there is a lot of distance to be covered. Please keep in mind that the time it takes to travel 100 km in your home country is not equivalent to the time it takes to travel 100 km on African roads, therefore we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery Africa has to offer. Where possible additional stops will be made to ensure your travelling comfort at all times.

Accommodation
We make use of mid-range typical African standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in national parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps with en-suite bathrooms.

Spending money
Clients are advised to bring enough money to cover the purchase of curios, and additional entertainment. South African Rand is the most practical and convenient currency. There are automatic teller machines (ATM’s) available. International credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted.

Meals
Meals included in your safari will be taken in the restaurants at the various accommodation establishments. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.

First Aid
Our guides are trained in basic first aid and the vehicle is equipped with a comprehensive medical aid kit.

Luggage
Maximum baggage allowance: 15 kg. Jenman Safaris stipulates this luggage allowance, as an overloaded vehicle is a danger to both the clients and the guide. This does not include photographic equipment and a small daypack. Please bring a backpack or soft barrel bag, not a suitcase. Don't bring too much clothing, as there are washing opportunities along the way. Please adhere to the allowance specified as space for luggage is limited.


Insurance
It is compulsory for all travellers to have insurance covering their personal requirements, medical expenses and personal possessions. This is to be arranged before leaving your home country. SA Tours & Safaris will assist you with this

Visas
The onus is on the client to organize all visas required to visit South Africa prior to departure.