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6 Days/5 Nights - Garden Route, Bush Safari & Addo

 

This package is a combination of the gentle Garden Route of the Western Cape and an exciting Bush Safari in the malaria free Eastern Cape region, as well as a trip to the Addo Elephant National Park. The tour starts and ends in Cape Town.

 Day 1 : Drive through the fruit orchards of Elgin and Grabouw to Swellendam and on through the rolling wheatfields to Mossel Bay. Visit the Dias museum complex (please note that between July & November we visit Hermanus instead to view the seasonal whales). On through Wilderness and the delightful ‘Lakes District’ to Knysna. Overnight in luxury lagoon-side apartments in Knysna.

 Day 2 : Visit the Knysna Heads. Drive to Plettenberg Bay and Natures Valley. Visit EITHER the Elephant Sanctuary OR ‘Birds of Eden’ OR ‘Monkeyland’ OR ‘Tanikwa Wildcat Sanctuary’ On to the Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth. Optional short hike to the suspension bridge through the beautiful coastal forest. Overnight in seaside cottages or in the village in the forest, depending upon availability.

 Day 3 : Visit the ‘Big Tree’. Drive to friendly Port Elizabeth. After a delightful lunch we visit Schotia private game reserve for a true safari experience using open air Land Rovers. After a traditional South African ‘boma’dinner under the stars we also do a short night safari before retiring for the night, either in a bush lodge or a riverfront venue close by, depending on availability.

Day 4 : We enter the famous Addo Elephant National Park and do a gentle game drive in search of the giant pachyderms. After lunch at the main lodge we check in and do a quick freshen up before heading off for our afternoon game drive. Overnight in a cottage overlooking a waterhole and fall asleep to the wonderful night sounds of the African Bush.

Day 5 : After breakfast we drive along wonderfully remote country roads with stunning scenery on our way toward the rural town of  Oudtshoorn. Visit the amazing Cango Caves. Overnight in quaint country lodge in Oudtshoorn, the‘Ostrich capital of the World’.

Day 6 : Ride an Ostrich at Highgate? Drive the famous ‘Route 62’ through the arid Little Karoo to Barrydale. On through rugged mountain passes and the colourful fruit orchards and vineyards of the Breede River Valley to Montagu, Worcester and the welcoming embrace of Table Mountain.