Our 5 Day Garden Route Explorer features mostly the same attractions as the 4 Day Garden Route Discoverer tour but with even wilder twist. Also, a concise and highly attractive tour of The Garden Route, for those with limited time wanting to visit the area. However, to create an even fuller experience, in addition to highlighting the most significant attractions along The Garden Route, is a Big 5, overnight African safari adventure, through not only one of our favourite privately owned game reserves, but the famous Addo Elephant National Park as well.
Awaiting you on this tour is an alluring wilderness adventure of splendid shorelines, lagoons, ancient forests, wild animal encounters of some of Africa’s cute, curious, biggest and most dangerous and finally an epic adventure on a Big 5, overnight African Safari experience, most can only dream of!
The areas highlighted on this tour are Oudtshoorn, Knysna, Nature’s Valley surrounds, Tsitsikamma Forest, Addo Elephant National Park and our select Private Game Reserve.
5 Days – 4 Nights
Departure: 8 am Return: 4 – 6 pm
Includes: Guide, transport, accommodation, 2 meals a day – breakfast & either lunch or dinner, all activity & entry fees, any other costs as per arrangement and included in final quotation/invoice.
Excludes: Gratuities, one meal a day – either lunch or dinner, drinks and all other costs not included on final quotation/invoice as arranged or mentioned above.
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Our tours are privately run, exclusively for you and your guest/s and can be tailored to your requests.
Day 1: Cape Town to Oudtshoorn via Route 62 – Overnight Wilderness
Visit an Ostrich Farm for lunch and get up close to the largest bird species in the world
Caving through South Africa’s largest cave network
Descend the breath-taking Oeteniqua Pass to Wilderness for the night
Departing Cape Town, we head to Oudtshoorn, via Route 62, a town situated in the semi-desert of the Klein Karoo and famous for the trade of Ostrich feathers to all sorts of industries. Although the feather trade is no longer at its peak, the industry’s history and Oudtshoorn’s major involvement are still greatly celebrated to this day.
It is only fitting then that we visit an Ostrich farm in the area, where you will be given a tour and get up close to their feathered friends, the largest bird species in the world. Lunch is at the farm and for those who haven’t relinquished their omnivorous nature, there will be a variety of Ostrich dishes to choose from to tantalise the taste-buds!
Leaving the Ostrich farm, we go underground into an ancient network of caves on a guided tour of the largest and most intriguing cave network in South Africa, learning all about its history and fascinating geological wonders.
Back into the daylight, we head over the mountains, from arid Klein Karoo semi-desert, down the breath-taking Oeteniqua pass and into a complete contrast of lush coastal-forest, rivers and lagoons, stretching along The Garden Route.
Finally settling in at your lodge in Wilderness for the night.
Day 2: Elephant Park, Knysna Lagoon Cruise, Wild Cat Sanctuary – Overnight Nature’s Valley
Interact with Elephants, Africa’s bushmasters, and gain a greater insight into their might and majesty, at the Elephant park
Ferry across a bustling lagoon to an untouched coastal wilderness and explore this beautiful paradise on a leisurely hike before being served a hearty lunch in exquisite natural surroundings
Encounter Africa’s curious cats, both large and small, on a guided tour of the cheetah & wild-cat sanctuary
From breakfast we visit the bushmasters, African Elephants at the Elephant Park. Here, you will able to interact with, touch and feed these majestic beasts and learn about what makes them so incredibly special and such a crucial part of the African wilderness.
After your wild experience with Africa’ largest land mammals, we take you to the Knysna Lagoon for a slow-paced ferry trip across to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, a piece of untouched coastal wilderness where a scrumptious lunch will be served and one can take a leisurely stroll, revelling the serene wilderness. Leaving Featherbed, you are ferried back across the lagoon to harbour.
Back on land returning from your lunch and lagoon cruise, it’s time to get the claws out, at the Cheetah & Wild Cat Sanctuary, on a 1 hour guided Wild Cat Tour. Experience these incredible creatures up-close and learn about the indigenous wild cats of South Africa. See African Wild Cats, Servals, Caracals, Cheetahs, Lions, Leopard and much, much more!
The night is spent in Nature’s Valley.
Day 3: Tsitsikamma Forest Tree Top Canopy Tour, Overnight Private Game Reserve & Addo Elephant National Park Safari Experience – Overnight Private Game Reserve
Zipline through the Tsitsikamma Forest on a tree top canopy tour
Encounter Africa’s diversity of indigenous wildlife in their natural habitats on an overnight safari experience of one of the greatest private game reserves on The Garden Route
Journey through the Tsitsikamma Forest on a 3-hour tour with a bird’s eye view of the forest floor below, ziplining through the treetops from one platform to the next. The zipline, although thrilling and a bit daunting for some at first, is by no means an adventure sport for the serious adrenalin junky. Almost anyone can do it with ease, and you are accompanied by guides throughout the canopy tour, to advise, show you the ropes and make sure all equipment is safe and secure. There is no other way to experience the forest quite like this and it will leave you wanting to do it all over again!
After the Tsitsikamma Forest, we travel to our specially selected private game reserve for your afternoon game drive to experience some of the best game viewing the province has to offer, before getting back to the boma for their famous safari cuisine at dinner.
After dinner your safari guide will take you on a short drive to your lodging, where you will be lulled to sleep by the sweet sounds of the bushveld.
Day 4: Private Game Reserve & Addo Elephant National Park Safari Experience – Overnight in Knysna
More game viewing adventure on the private reserve before exploring the famous Addo Elephant National Park on a guided safari
Awake to the thrill of wild adventure and take off on an early morning game drive through the game reserve to a bushveld breakfast.
After breakfast you are taken into Addo Elephant National Park, with the opportunity to spot animals you haven’t yet seen as well as exceptional sightings of elephant. Addo Elephant National Park has the greatest elephant population density in the world!
You stop for a hearty lunch before heading back to lodge reception and departing for the town of Knysna, where one can choose from a great variety of superb restaurants at which to dine and where we will spend the night.
Day 5: Depart The Garden Route, Returning to Cape Town
Visit a Jackass Penguin colony on route
Coastal drive alongside False Bay
The last day begins with a leisurely breakfast at the lodge before departing The Garden Route and heading back to Cape Town. On route, we stop for lunch, visit a penguin colony to witness Southern Africa’s unique Jackass Penguin and finally follow the coastal route alongside the azure waters of False Bay.
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