African Adventures

6 Day Garden Route Splendor

Our 6-day Garden Route Splendour is an extended version of the 4-Day Discoverer. A more leisurely tour, experiencing to the fullest and spending extra time at the most significant attractions, in our favourite destinations, along the coastal Eden of The Garden Route.

Awaiting you on this tour is an intrepid experience, packed with excursions of crystal-clear rivers, splendid shorelines, lagoons, ancient forests and wild animal encounters of some of Africa’s cute, curious, biggest and most dangerous!

The areas highlighted on this tour are Oudtshoorn, Wilderness, Nature’s Valley, Tsitsikamma Forest & Knysna.

Highlights

  • Ostrich farm tour & lunch in Oudtshoorn
  • Go caving through the largest network of caves in South Africa
  • Canoe up a forest stream and hike to a waterfall, through the vibrant forest of Wilderness National Park
  • Spot a vast array of bird species at the largest open-air aviary in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Explore a primate sanctuary, witnessing many a different species of curious monkey
  • Hike through an ancient forest of giant Yellow Woods and across secluded beaches in Nature’s Valley
  • Zipline through the Tsitsikamma Forest on a tree-top canopy tour
  • Visit a Cheetah sanctuary and discover a variety of Africa’s large & small wild cat’s
  • Interact with African Elephants and experience their magnificent nature and true immensity up-close, at the Elephant Park
  • Ferry across a bustling lagoon to an indigenous coastal paradise where you can explore on a short hike of the nature reserve, before being served a hearty lunch, set in exquisite natural surroundings

Overview

6 Days – 5 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.

Itinerary:

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

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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: Canoeing & Hiking Wilderness National Park, Open-Air Aviary & Primate Sanctuary – Overnight Nature’s Valley

Canoe up a crystal-clear river and hike to a torrenting waterfall through lush forest in Wilderness National Park

Visit the Southern Hemisphere’s largest open-air aviary, bustling with a vast array of birdlife

Meet many a mischievous monkey on tour at the primate sanctuary

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Wilderness National Park is a nature lovers paradise, offering visitors the opportunity to experience the rugged natural beauty of riverine forest, an array of elusive small mammals and a variety of birds including many a rare species. Here, we leave our solid footing and take a gentle, mesmerizing canoe trip up a crystal-clear river into the thick of the Wilderness forest and eventually to dry land where we hike through the forest to a waterfall cascading down the rocks. Returning to the canoes we take a gradual paddle back down river to sadly leave this area, for lunch and more wild wonders.

After lunch, we visit the largest open-air aviary in the Southern Hemisphere! Discover a huge variety of bird species at home here, on an informative guided tour through an avian paradise.

Then, we get to see our not-so-distant relatives, at the primate sanctuary, where you are taken on a guided tour to learn about and meet many a mischievous monkey in the surrounding trees, already anticipating your visit.

Finally, we settle in at the lodge in Nature’s Valley for the night.

 

Day 3: Hike Nature’s Valley Yellow Wood Forest – Overnight Nature’s Valley

A leisurely day spent exploring nature’s splendour and taking the time out to appreciate the peace and serenity of the area’s ancient forests and secluded beaches

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The hike through Nature’s Valley will bring tears of joy to your eyes and simply melt your heart with it’s incredibly awe-inspiring wild beauty. Winding through an ancient forest of Giant Oeteniqua Yellow Woods, some fitting 3 or more people around arm-to-arm, you are taken back in time to an almost pre-historic-feeling land of such immensity one feels truly special just being here. Out of the forest, the trail leads onto Nature’s Valley splendid beaches, almost completely secluded, where you can take your time enjoying the scenery and eventually be collected to return to the lodge or continue along the trail across the black stones, up the river estuary and through the forest back to the start of the trail.

If there is any time left in the afternoon it will be for your leisure, before dinner and overnighting in Nature’s Valley.

 

Day 4: Tsitsikamma Forest Tree Top Canopy Tour, Wild Cat Sanctuary, Elephant Park – Overnight Knysna

Zipline through the Tsitsikamma Forest on a tree top canopy tour

Encounter Africa’s curious cats, both large and small, on a guided tour of the cheetah & wild-cat sanctuary

Interact with Elephants, Africa’s bushmasters, and gain a greater insight into their might and majesty, at the Elephant park  

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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 lunch, 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!

Your animal adventure continues into the wilder side, visiting 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.

Then it’s off to the town of Knysna, where one can choose from a great variety of superb restaurants to dine at and where we will spend the night.

 

Day 5: Knysna Lagoon Cruise – Overnight Knysna

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

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After breakfast, 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.

Spend the rest of your afternoon at leisure, exploring the many shops and stalls in Knysna town, which is also considered ‘Little Cape Town’.

The night is spent in Knysna.

 

Day 6: Depart The Garden Route, Returning to Cape Town

Visit a Jackass Penguin colony on route

Coastal drive alongside False Bay

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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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