Cape Town, Garden Route, and Safari

Cape Town, Garden Route, and Safari

Cape Town, Garden Route, and Safari

South Africa has much to offer the adventurous traveler! Spend time in sophisticated, vibrant Cape Town, known as the 'Mother City', travel the gorgeous Garden Route, which hugs the scenic coastline of the Western Cape region and delight in a 'Big 5' safari on a malaria-free private game reserve in the Eastern Cape.

Exploring Cape Town with a guide who'll take you through iconic neighborhoods. Then join a small group excursion along the Garden Route for a fun, active excursion that includes canoeing, hikes, and more. End the group trip at Addo Elephant Reserve, a wonderful sanctuary for elephant fans. End your trip with a more intimate safari experience with three nights at Kariega Private Game Reserve, one of the Eastern Cape's beautiful, malaria-free 'Big 5' game reserves filled with abundant wildlife.

This is a great trip for those who would enjoy some time with a small group and a more physically active itinerary.

Quick Summary

Itinerary Detail

Day 1: Arrive Cape Town

Arrive Cape Town

Scenically beautiful, Cape Town is cited for its idyllic placement at the foot of Table Mountain. The stunning vistas become a constant background for a mixture of blocks filled with trendy modern buildings, historic neighborhoods, and unique gardens. Malay and African heritage is evident in the cuisine, traditions, and entertainment, while the architecture often has a residue of Dutch, English, and German-style.

On arrival at the airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel by private car.

Day 2: Cape Town

Cape Town
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Cape Town Discovery

Cape Town Discovery

Enjoy a full day with your guide exploring the city and surrounding area, including the city center, Company’s Gardens, Cape Town Castle, Bo Kaap, Signal Hill, and the V&A Waterfront. Your guide will help you get to know the city, its different cultures, history, and geography. You'll visit Robben Island and ride to the top of iconic Table Mountain in a cable car for magnificent views over Table Bay, Robben Island, The Cape Peninsula, and Lions Head.

Enjoy a full day with your guide exploring the city and surrounding area, including the city center, Company’s Gardens, Cape Town Castle, Bo Kaap, Signal Hill, and the V&A Waterfront. Your guide will help you get to know the city, its different cultures, history, and geography. You'll visit Robben Island and ride to the top of iconic Table Mountain in a cable car for magnificent views over Table Bay, Robben Island, The Cape Peninsula, and Lions Head.

Day 3: Cape Town

Cape Town

Cape Town Day at Leisure

Spend the day exploring Cape Town on your own. Visit one of the Mother City's local art galleries, or fine museums, like the South African Museum, situated in the historic Company's Gardens. Visiting during the weekend? Drop by one of the wonderful food markets such as the Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill on Saturdays or the Oranjezicht City Farm Market Day held every Saturday and Sunday at the historic Granger Bay site of the V&A Waterfront.

Plan your visit to coincide with the Cape Town Art Fair usually held in February, and spend the day experiencing contemporary artworks from all over Africa.

Optional guided tours are also available. Consider a full-day visit to the lesser-known, more laid back Elgin Wine region, or to the Cape Peninsula, where you'll find penguins, the Cape of Good Hope, and more.

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Day 4: Cape Town - Hermanus - Cape Agulhas

Cape Town - Hermanus - Cape Agulhas
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Hermanus and Cape Agulhas

Hermanus and Cape Agulhas

Departs Cape Town early morning for Hermanus. Follow the scenic coastal road, stopping at Betties Bay to view a colony of endangered African penguins and spend the afternoon in the scenic seaside resort town of Hermanus, famous for hundreds of Southern Right Whales during the whale season (July to November) as well as many shops, restaurants, and markets. In the afternoon, drive on to Cape Agulhas, the southern-most tip of Africa, where you'll visit a viewpoint known as the 'real' place where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.

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Whale Watching by Boat

Experience a close encounter with the gentle giants of the ocean by joining an informative whale watching boat trip. This activity takes place over lunchtime in Hermanus, a town known for the many Southern Right Whales that visit the area from July to November every year.

Day 5: Cape Agulhas - Oudtshoorn

Cape Agulhas - Oudtshoorn
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Cape Agulhas – Oudtshoorn

Cape Agulhas – Oudtshoorn

Travel to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, known as the Ostrich Capital of the World, via spectacular Route 62, which is South Africa’s longest wine route. Enjoy a delicious lunch and wine tasting at a local winery before experiencing the subterranean beauty of the Cango Caves on a guided adventure tour.

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Day 6: Oudtshoorn – Knysna – Sedgefield

Oudtshoorn – Knysna – Sedgefield
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Oudtshoorn – Knysna – Sedgefield

Oudtshoorn – Knysna – Sedgefield

After breakfast, head over the marvelous Outeniqua Mountain pass to explore Wilderness National Park by canoe. Enjoy a paddle up the Touw River through the indigenous forest, where there is an abundance of birdlife. Afterward, take a short hike along a boardwalk, to discover a lovely waterfall and rock pools.

After canoeing, head to the famous town of Knysna via the lavish Lake District of the Garden Route. This up-market small town is filled with curios restaurants and a waterfront - great for relaxing and shopping. After Knysna, head to the Knysna Heads viewpoint for magnificent views over Knysna River estuary and the Indian Ocean. Late afternoon you can explore Sedgefield with its expansive views and beaches.

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Day 7: Sedgefield - Tsitsikamma - Addo

Sedgefield - Tsitsikamma - Addo
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Sedgefield- Tsitsikamma - Addo

Sedgefield- Tsitsikamma - Addo

After breakfast, depart for Tsitsikamma National Park. En-route, stop at Bloukrans Bridge and admire the view. Spend the late morning in Tsitsikamma National Park with its unique combination of indigenous forest and beautiful Indian Ocean coastline. The park has a wide choice of activities for all including hiking, crossing a suspension bridge, and swimming. Late afternoon, leave the Garden Route for 'Big 5' country, Addo.

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Garden Route: Zip-lining in Tsitsikamma Forest

Get into the forest by zip-lining from one platform to another along a steel cable suspended up to 100 feet above the forest floor. Located in the magnificent Tsitsikamma indigenous rainforest, many of the platforms are built around giant Outeniqua Yellowwood trees that are up to 700 years old! Standing within the crown of these giants and looking down at the lush forest floor below is an experience of a lifetime. The scenery and birdlife is spectacular and professional guides ensure your safety while keeping you informed about interesting features of the forest ecology. If you are fortunate enough, you will spot a pair of Knysna Loeries or the brilliant red plumage of the elusive Narina Trogon.

Day 8: Kariega Private Game Reserve

Kariega Private Game Reserve
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Addo – Kariega Private Game Reserve
  • Transfer: Internal Transfer

Addo – Kariega Private Game Reserve

Spend the morning driving Addo Elephant National Park exploring the 28,000-hectare National reserve with approximately 600 elephants. Other wildlife such as Cape buffalo, lion, black rhino, warthog, zebra, eland, kudu, and hartebeest may also be seen.

Private transfer to Kariega and check into your lodge suite, where you will spend the next 2 nights. Enjoy a late lunch and get ready for your afternoon game drive.

Welcome to Kariega Private Game Reserve

Kariega Game Reserve is a family-owned and operated 'Big 5' private safari reserve located in South Africa's Eastern Cape. The reserve is situated along the Garden Route, making it the perfect South African safari destination to compliment a Cape Town visit and a trip along the country’s beautiful coast.

This malaria-free game lodge incorporates 10,000 hectares of pristine African wilderness, as well as two abundant rivers - the Kariega and the Bushmans rivers - a delight for birders. The reserve offers five safari lodges to suit all needs. Experience close up game viewing of the 'Big 5' - lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard - as well as multitudes of other South African wildlife from the comfort of an open game drive vehicle.

Once farmland, the owners of this reserve have, either by habitat restoration or reintroduction, populated this area with the animals that once thrived here. In addition to the larger species, Kariega Game Reserve ecology hosts a variety of wildlife, most of which has persisted in the Eastern Cape over the centuries. Wild cat, lynx, hyena, jackal, genet, bushpig, warthog, baboon, monkey, aardvark, otter, honey badger and porcupine can all be seen here.

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Garden Route: Guided Morning Game Drive in Addo

Enjoy an optional, ranger-guided game drive this morning through Addo National Park. With the ranger, you'll get a better understanding of the animals and the park itself. The park guides also know where the animals hang out!

Day 9: Kariega Private Game Reserve

Kariega Private Game Reserve
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Kariega Private Game Reserve Safari Day

Kariega Private Game Reserve Safari Day

The main attractions of the reserve are the wildlife and stunning scenery. On game drives you will explore many different habitats highlighting five different ecosystems - valley bushveld, savannah grasslands, fynbos, riverine forests and acacia woodland. The awe-inspiring African landscape captivates the senses as the trees, grasses and plants of the Eastern Cape divulge their secrets.

Game drives happen twice daily. Coffee, tea and a snack are served at 6 am before the morning drive. Once back at the lodge, you'll enjoy a hearty breakfast or brunch. You are then free to enjoy a bush walk, a spa treatment, go canoeing, have a swim or just relax. After a refreshing afternoon tea, head out for the afternoon game drive. While out, you'll participate in an African safari tradition - the sundowner. Once back at the lodge, a hot evening meal will be waiting!

While on your game drive, you'll ride in an open safari vehicle with your ranger and other guests of the lodge.

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Day 10: Homeward Journey

Homeward Journey
Daily Summary
  • Transfer: Depart Home

Enjoy one last early morning game drive, a hearty breakfast and then check out.

Say goodbye to South Africa! Private transfer to the Port Elizabeth International Airport for flights onward home or extend your African adventure!

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Accommodation

Details

Details

Price Includes

• Services of a professional tour guide (Days 2, 4-8)
• Airport transfers (Day 1 in Cape Town and Day 10 in Port Elizabeth)
• Transport, as described in the itinerary
• 9 nights’ accommodation
• Meals as described in the itinerary
• Return Table Mountain Cableway tickets
• Robben Island ferry tickets
• Visit to the African Penguin colony at Betties Bay
• Local wine tasting
• Cango Caves tour
• Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park
• Hiking in Tsitsikamma National Park
• Game viewing safari in Addo Elephant National Park
• 2-night all-inclusive safari at Kariega Private Game Reserve, Ukhozi Lodge

Price Excludes

• International and regional airfare
• Optional activities
• Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
• Any items of a personal nature, including portage, laundry, telephone
calls, table drinks
• Passport and visa fees
• Gratuities to drivers, guides, wait-staff, maid service, porters
• Travel insurance

Why Ponte Travels

Why Ponte Travels

How is Ponte Travels different

Unlike travel agencies, we specialize in off-the-beaten-path, custom-designed itineraries for individuals and small groups. Our focus is on sustainable tourism, with low environmental impact and high cultural interaction.

24-hour local support & assistance

We partner with expert agents and guides in the countries we visit who are specially trained to deal with unexpected issues and can assist you 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

Safe and reliable cars & drivers

Your safety is our primary concern, which is why we only work with partners who share our high safety and quality standards for the drivers and vehicles used.

Hotels

All our hotels, homestays, guesthouses, eco-lodges, tented camps and houseboats (based on location and itinerary) have been selected to offer a high level of unique experience, service, cleanliness and value.

Local guides

We use English-speaking, certified, local guides who are passionate about sharing their country with you.

Giving back

We believe that responsible tourism involves giving back to organizations that are working to improve the lives of the poorest citizens in the countries we visit as well as our own community. We make a donation from every tour to carefully selected NGOs who we believe are making a difference. Learn more about who we support at www.pontetravels.com.