African Adventures

8 Day Garden Route Extraordinaire

Our 8 Day Extraordinaire is the ultimate experience on The Garden Route, featuring all the significant attractions in depth and affording you even more time spent in our favourite destinations, at a relaxed, leisurely pace on tour of one of most breath-takingly beautiful wilderness areas in the world!

Awaiting you on the Garden Route Extraordinaire experience, is the ultimate adventure through a coastal Eden of splendid shorelines, lagoons, crystal-clear rivers, ancient forests, wild animal encounters of some of Africa’s cute, curious, biggest and most dangerous and finally an epic excursion on a Big 5, overnight African Safari experience, most can only dream of!

The areas highlighted on this tour are Oudtshoorn, Wilderness, Knysna, Nature’s Valley, Tsitsikamma Forest, Addo Elephant National Park and our select Private Game Reserve.

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
  • Interact with African Elephants and experience their magnificent nature and true immensity up-close, at the Elephant Park
  • Visit a Cheetah sanctuary and discover a variety of Africa’s large & small wild cat’s
  • 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
  • Overnight on a safari adventure through one of the Garden Route’s greatest private game reserves as well as the world-renowned, Addo Elephant National 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

8 Days – 7 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 – Overnight Wilderness

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

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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.

We settle in back at the lodge in Wilderness for the night.

 

Day 3: Elephant Park, Wild Cat Sanctuary, Open-Air Aviary & Primate 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  

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

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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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.

Then 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!

After the morning excitement we settle down to lunch, before your animal adventure continues at 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.

On the last wild adventure of the day 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.

 

Day 4: 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 a 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 5: 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

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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!

Leaving 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 6: Private Game Reserve & Addo Elephant National Park Safari Experience – Overnight Knysna

More game viewing adventure on the private reserve before exploring the famous Addo Elephant National Park on a guided safari

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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 7: 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 8: 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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