3 Day Garden Route Highlights with Big5 4x4 Safari Guided Small Group Tour

Duration: 3 days
Destination: South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town
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  • 3 days
  • Cape Town
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Overview

Spend three days exploring South Africa’s famed Garden Route from Cape Town, , stopping at all the best highlights the area has to offer.  Wander along the Garden Route - a piece of paradise on the southeastern coast of South Africa. Adventure awaits you over the next three days. Choose to join an elephant bush walk where you’ll get to meet three orphaned elephants, walk along forest footpaths and hop in a canoe to float a river in the Wilderness area, keeping an eye out for the abundant birdlife. Face your fears as you hurtle off the world’s highest bridge bungy, or visit a 100-year old tree in the thick of the Tsitsikamma forest.  Enjoy a 4x4 safari with a game ranger as you set out to spot some members of Africa’s Big Five, and connect with nature on a tranquil bush walk amongst the animals in a private game reserve. An action-packed itinerary with some scheduled free time for you to partake in optional activities scheduled or explore the nearby area.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cape Town - Oudtshoorn

Pass By: Oudtshoorn, 6625, South Africa
Begin your 3-day packed-paced excursion along the Garden Route from Cape Town with a drive on South Africa’s scenic Route 62. The focus is to see as much as possible in 3 days so get ready for an adventure of your life... Admire the diverse landscapes along the coast, in lush nature reserves and in the desert area of the Klein Karoo.
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After a pickup (between about 6am to 8am - subject to your pickup address) from central Cape Town, leave the bright city lights behind and travel to the Western Cape by mini coach van. Gaze out at the scenery along Route 62, one of the most dramatic roads in South Africa, that meanders through the desert region of Klein Karoo. Adventure awaits.

The journey takes around five to six hours, but several stops are factored into the journey so you can stretch your legs, take photos and eat. After venturing through the landscape of rugged plains and towering cliffs, stop in Oudtshoorn.

Stop At: The Cango Caves, 328 Approximately 30km (19 miles) from town on the R, Oudtshoorn 6625 South Africa
Drop your bags at your accommodation, and then enjoy a visit to Cango Caves for a tour into the depths of the caves and wander along the subterranean pathways, admiring towering stalactite and stalagmite formations. your evening is then spent at your leisure, perhaps discovering the nightlife and restaurants of Oudtshoorn.
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight at Uthando Backpackers, 3-star 88 Baron Van Reede Guesthouse or 4-Star Buffelsdrift (if available, or similar)

Day 2: Oudtshoorn - Sedgefield

Pass By: Buffelsdrift Game Lodge - Activities, Cango Caves Road, Oudtshoorn 6620 South Africa
Check out of your Oudtshoorn accommodation in the morning, and take part in an optional orphaned "elephant bush walk’’ experience (own expense) at a nearby reserve as you join a ranger and walk alongside these gentle giants in their natural environment. Their parents were poached in the Kruger National Park, and in efforts to keep this family together; the herd was hand-reared and now roam in the vast Cango Valley at the Buffelsdrift Private Game Reserve. Every morning and late afternoon, they eagerly report to the waterhole to walk alongside their human caregivers. Visitors are welcome to join and experience these loveable creatures’ caring nature in the wild Karoo setting from a reasonable distance.

Stop At: Kaaiman's River, Wilderness South Africa
Leave the area and resume the journey along Route 62 to the region, roughly an hour away. Take to the water on an easy canoe ride (no training needed) with a local guide, and paddle along a calm river that winds its way through lush forests... Indigenous forests and campgrounds line the river bank and it’s not until you stop paddling and let the gentle current guide you, that the abundance of birdlife becomes apparent.
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Bloukrans Bridge, N2, Tsitsikamma National Park South Africa
Relax on a scenic coastal drive, enjoying views of Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley, and prepare for the adrenaline-rushing view that lies ahead: one of the world’s highest bungee sites at Bloukrans Bridge. Standing 709 feet (216 meters) above the Bloukrans River, the bridge is the perfect place to face your fears with an optional bungee jump! The thrills don’t start when you jump, they begin as you zip line your way out to the jumping platform underneath the colossal bridge. If it’s not for you, get your adrenaline fix by watching the jumpers bounce through the air and then rather do a relaxing walk in the nearby Tsitsikamma forest area. The duration of the bungy jump activity can vary subject to group size and how busy it is.
Duration: 3 hours

Pass By: Sedgefield Lagoon Mouth, 69 Kingfisher Drive Myoli Beach, Sedgefield, Knysna 6573 South Africa
Then, travel to the coastal town of Sedgefield or Wilderness, check in to your overnight accommodation and spend the evening at leisure. If time allows and the sun is still out, go for a dip in the Indian Ocean and watch the sun slip beneath the waves, or perhaps take an stroll along the beach— a sweep of white sand known as one of the most beautiful spots along the Garden Route.

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight at Pili Pili Backpackers Saver or 3* Comfort Fairy Knowe Riverside Guesthouse or 4* Deluxe Dolphin Dunes

Day 3: Sedgefield – Cape Town

Stop At: Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, Gonnakraal Road, Little Brak River, 6503, South Africa
Leave your accommodation in the morning, and start the journey back to Cape Town to enjoy your last day of adventure. First on the list is a 2-hour game drive by 4x4 vehicle to see some members of the Big Five animals.

Today, these animals are some of the most elusive and exciting forms of wildlife to see on safari. Look out for African elephants, Cape buffaloes, lions and rhinos. Giraffes, antelopes, zebras and wildebeests are just some of the other animals you may see as well.

Just when you thought your bush experience couldn’t get any better, you’ll hop off your safari vehicle for an up-close and personal encounter with nature on short ±15min tranquil bushwalk. Follow your game ranger as you track wildlife through the coastal renosterveldt and Cape fynbos, keep an eye out for animal tracks, and learn about the medicinal value of the plants around you as you walk.
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Then, it’s back to the van to travel back to reach Cape Town by late afternoon to early evening (from 5pm to ± 9pm).
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:

No accommodation included on this day.

Inclusions
  • 2x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 2 nights
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned mini coach & English speaking guide
  • 4x4 Game drive safari
  • Wilderness canoe session
  • Accommodation for 2 nights
  • A portion of your trip fee is donated to help fund 2Cchange non-profit local charity projects
  • Entry/Admission - The Cango Caves
  • Entry/Admission - Kaaiman's River
  • Entry/Admission - Botlierskop Private Game Reserve

Exclusions
  • Some meals and drinks not mentioned in itinerary. Time is available to buy and enjoy meals on tour..
  • Optional Bungy jump + Zipline (about R1400)
  • Optional Elephant Bush Walk (about R600)
  • Entry/Admission - Buffelsdrift Game Lodge - Activities
  • Entry/Admission - Bloukrans Bridge
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • The tour operator already pre-booked space at all optional activities for the group and you can simply decide on the first day of the tour if you'll partake. Optional activities can only be paid on the tour directly to the supplier. Bungy jump optional activity waiting time can vary from 1 to 2 hours and is subject to group size and how busy it is during the time visited. Optional activities are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed.
  • According to availability at time of booking, accommodation will be in the mentioned hotel or in one of a similar standard and star rating in a similar area. Sedgefield accommodation will occasionally be sold out and then your accommodation will be in nearby town of Wilderness or Knysna.
  • Minimum age is 10 years.
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult, legal guardian or parent.
  • According to availability, the itinerary can run in reverse or different route.
  • Note that this tour has a packed pace with many activities and stops a day. It is advised to book a longer or private Garden Route tour if you prefer to have a more relaxed journey.
  • Upgrade accommodation fees cannot be refunded if cancelled less than 8 days before the tour departs.
  • Personal comprehensive travel insurance is excluded and recommended
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Some meals and drinks are not included on most tours; giving the ideal opportunity to experience typical South African meals (or your own preference) at local restaurants, shops or eating spots. Do check your tour's specific included and excluded section to verify the included meals for your tour package. You'll have free time scheduled daily to buy and enjoy meals. – Breakfast is mostly enjoyed at the accommodation's breakfast room/restaurant in the morning. Bed & Breakfast multi-day packages include breakfast for each overnight stay. – Lunch will be en-route with limited time & limited options to choose from. – Dinner-time during multi-day tours is scheduled in free-time after each day’s tour schedule. You can dine out at leisure; or book meals with your guide at the overnight accommodation that day. Your guide can recommend the best local restaurants, or most backpackers even have communal kitchens to prepare your own food - should you wish to buy the ingredients after the tour to prepare your own meals.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Personal comprehensive travel insurance is excluded and recommended to protect you against unexpected trip cancellation, lost or damage of personal items and other travel related claims.
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We can pick up from any hotel, guesthouse, backpackers or street address within 10km radius of Cape Town or Stellenbosch central. If your hotel is not listed, simply select "my hotel is not listed" on the drop-down menu and inform your address.

Ports

  • Western Cape Maritime Cluster, 06 Duncan Rd, Port of, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
  • Cape Town Cruise Terminal, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa


Departure Time


Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.
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1/9/2023 - 12/22/2023
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3* Comfort Double package
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Friday : 06:00 AM - 07:30 AM
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Cost Saver Double package
10/1/2020 - 1/8/2023
Friday : 06:00 AM - 08:00 AM
12/19/2022 - 1/9/2023
Friday : 06:00 AM - 06:30 AM
1/9/2023 - 12/22/2023
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Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

3 days

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

User's Reviews

Niamh_G

09 Jan, 2023

The trip is fun, but rushed, you’re leaving one activity to rush to the next. The bus for our tour was at full capacity and the road travelled was bumpy, therefore quite uncomfortable. Note there is alot of bus time on this trip. The safari was good but we didn’t see the giraffe and rhino.

abdullahalsyari

09 Jan, 2023

It was a perfect experience for those who don't have a long time in Cape Town and we went to many places I like it. And the guide Paul was very helpful and gave us information about what we visited. I will recommend this tour

Passenger35207778797

10 Dec, 2022

Our family truly enjoyed our time with Hotspots. Nev, our guide was fantastic! His knowledge of history, geography, politics, language, and culture taught us some much about the eastern and western capes. Interacting with the animals on the 2 night 3 day garden trip was amazing. Nev, ran a tight ship and he personally saw to it that we made the most of our time in South Africa.

Y6697CKjamesc

09 Dec, 2022

Bad service avoid in all cost They are scammer I hate there service Please avoid this service on all ways

Kainaat M

03 Oct, 2022

Loved the tour. It was a good experience overall. Even though I feel that a lot of it was hush hush and we spent more time on the road than on actual destinations but it was still worth it. The guide was kind, fun, and the most accommodating. All the stays and activities were five-star.

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