Drive along the famous Garden Route taking in the picturesque beauty, exceptional wines and view some Big Five game along the way.
Why we love it:
Day 1: Cape Town - Franschhoek
Today you will collect your hire car and depart Cape Town, heading for the beautiful Cape Winelands. Explore this scenic region and the towns of Stellenbosch and Paarl before heading to Franschhoek for the night. The Winelands is one of the most stunning regions in South Africa. The small village of Franschhoek is famous for its spectacular beauty and is a must visit destination. The town of Stellenbosch is a great place to discover amazing food and to sample the wines available in the area. The Cape Winelands is one of the most renowned wine producing areas in the world.
Day 2: Franschhoek - Oudtshoorn
Continue along the famous Route 62 to Oudtshoorn in the enchanting Klein Karoo, known for its ostrich farms and the Cango Caves, a true showcase of evocative dripstone formations nestled deep in a series of hidden chambers in a limestone layer of rock. Route 62 is the tourist route through the Western and Eastern Cape. It’s an area of magnificent landscapes, towering cliffs and an abundance of indigenous flora, which all contribute to making it one of the most diverse areas in the country. The easily accessible towns, nestled in the valley along the route, offer plenty of opportunities for discovery. You will have the time today, if you choose, to stop off at an ostrich farm for an experience you will never forget. You can enjoy a guided visit and there may even be a chance to touch and feel these magnificent birds.(B)
Day 3: Oudtshoorn - Knysna
Travel over the Outeniqua Pass and along the Garden Route to Knysna. The Garden Route is high on travellers’ to-do lists and it’s easy to see why. The beautiful natural scenery will take your breath away. The coast is dotted with amazing beaches, while inland you’ll find rolling hills, picturesque lagoons and lakes and mountains. The ancient indigenous forests that line the coast are great for hiking, bird watching, canoeing or sliding through the tree canopy. Upon arrival into Knysna, perhaps enjoy a cruise on the Knysna Lagoon with a visit to Featherbed Nature Reserve. Continue to your hotel in Kynsna.(B)
Day 4: Knysna
Today is free to spend at your leisure enjoying all the Knysna has to offer. You may choose to shop or discover one of the many restaurants along the waterfront.(B)
Day 5: Knysna - Port Elizabeth
Drive towards Port Elizabeth stopping at Plettenberg Bay, one of South Africa’s premier holiday spots with golden beaches, the iconic Robberg Peninsula, intriguing lagoons and estuaries, towering indigenous forests, and the Tsitsikamma Forest, which is home to an abundance of plant life and is popular for adventure activities. If you have time, check out the surf at Jeffrey’s Bay en-route.(B)
Day 6: Port Elizabeth - Kariega Private Game Reserve
This morning drive to Kariega Private Game Reserve, a family owned and operated malaria free Big Five game reserve comprising nearly 10,000 hectares of pristine wilderness. The park is home to some of the richest biodiversity in South Africa as well as two abundant rivers. Here, each day begins with a morning safari into the South African bush where you will experience the dawn of a new day as the landscape comes to life with the sunrise. During evening safaris you may be lucky enough to witness the thrill of a lion hunt, or watch as a family of hippo emerge from the water for a night of grazing. As nocturnal life begins to stir, return safely to the lodge for a hearty dinner. Park the car and let Kariega’s expert rangers look after your activities during your stay. Choose from game drives in open 4WD vehicles, river cruises, guided bush walks and canoeing.(B)(L)(D)
Day 7: Kariega Private Game Reserve
Enjoy morning and afternoon game viewing activities.(B)(L)(D)
Day 8: Kariega Private Game Reserve - Port Elizabeth
After your morning game activity, depart the reserve and drive to Port Elizabeth airport for your onward flight.(B)
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