Southern African Tours

OVERVIEW

You will explore the diversity of this beautiful country. Overnight in a luxury game lodge, during the morning and evening safaris watch predators hunt their prey. Visit Stoney Point & see a large colony of endangered African Penguin. Spend the night on a luxury ostrich farm in the Little Karoo, 2 nights next to the Knysna Lagoon. At the Tsitsikamma NP walk amongst endemic Yellow wood’s & cross the Storms River mouth on a suspension bridge. Visit the original Meerkat conservation site(Optional).

Tour Summary

 

  •  You’ll go to South Africa South Africa
  •  You’ll visit Oudtshoorn (Garden Route), Knysna (Garden Route), Tsitsikamma NP (Garden Route) & Gondwana Luxury Private Game Reserve
  •  This tour starts and ends in Cape Town – Getting there

Activities & Transportation

  •     Activities: game drives & boat trip
  •   Game drives: open-sided 4×4 vehicle
  •   Getting around: minivan
  •   A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included                                     
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DAY BY DAY

Day 1

The Little Karoo and Oudtshoorn

Leaving Cape Town & passing the beautiful town of Paarl we travel through the Huguenot tunnel, giving us an insight to the huge obstacle the first pioneers experienced leaving the Cape for the interior. We visit Viljoensdrift & taste their wines in the beautiful Breede valley where French Huguenots settled & started the wine making industry. Arriving in Barrydale on the border of the Little Karoo. This charming town offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, where we relax and enjoy a light lunch.
In the afternoon we travel towards Oudtshoorn on Route 62 via Ladismith and Calitzdorp. On arrival in Oudtshoorn we visit an ostrich farm and view the famous “feather palaces”

On arriving at our guesthouse, relax & enjoy a sundowner as the sun sets over the Karoo. Enjoy an excellent dinner (optional) in the farm’s restaurant, after which take the time to study the night sky’s of the Southern Hemisphere. The Karoo offers some of the best star gazing in the Southern Hemisphere.

Main Destination:
      •  Oudtshoorn (Garden Route)
Accommodation:

      •  De Denne
      •  Luxury guest house located in or near Oudtshoorn

Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Non-alcoholic drinks & spirits/liquor (Beer and wine not included)
 
 

Day 2

Knysna and lagoon

Early this morning, before sunrise you have the (option) of visiting the original Meerkat conservation site. Meerkats are part of the so-called Shy 5 which also includes the bat-eared fox, the aardvark, porcupine and aardwolf. The meerkat tours last between 2-3 hours and booking is essential.

After a hearty breakfast back at the Guest house we visit the Cango caves where an knowledgeable and accredited Caves guide will take you on a tour of the Caves, a series of underground tunnels and galleries with impressive limestone formations. Thereafter we take the road over the famous “Outeniqua Pass” which leads down to the Garden Route and Knysna.

Arriving on the shores of the Indian Ocean, our next port of call is Victoria Bay, a small sandy cove framed by high cliffs and a surfers paradise
We arrive in Knysna, where you enjoy a sunset boat cruise on the iconic lagoon. A walk around the Waterfront then dinner there (optional) sampling the famous oysters perhaps.

Main Destination:
      •  Knysna (Garden Route)
Accommodation:

      •  River Tide Lodge
      •  Mid-range guest house located in or near Knysna

Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Non-alcoholic drinks
 

Day 3

Tsitsikamma National Park

We view the “Heads” which is formed by two cliffs creating a narrow passage at the entrance of the lagoon. We pass through the ancient indigenous forests which was and possibly still is, home to the last of the forest elephants.

Next is Nature’s Valley, a haven amongst the forest with beautiful beaches. This area is one of South Africa’s best kept secrets, boasting exceptional hiking trails and superb dramatic coastal scenery. Time permitting.
At the Tsitsikamma National Park where we will walk amongst huge Yellow wood trees and cross the Storms River mouth via a suspension bridge…beautiful scenery and thrills guaranteed.

Lunch overlooking the mighty Indian Ocean (optional).
The Bloukrans Bridge offers the world’s highest bungee jump.
Partake of this thrilling adventure or watch mesmerized!
Next we pass through Plettenberg Bay, a small chic tourist town with lagoons and great beaches. We return to Knysna, dinner (optional) at a restaurant of our choice.

Main Destination:
      •  Tsitsikamma National Park (Garden Route)
Accommodation:

      •  Rivertide Lodge
      •  Mid-range guest house located in or near Knysna

Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 4

Gondwana Luxury Private Game Reserve

After breakfast we travel along the garden route passing through fresh water lake systems and ancient vegetated sand dunes, stopping for a spectacular panoramic view over the Kaaiman’s river and Wilderness. We drive to Mossel Bay (Bay of mussels) and explore caves where the Xhoisan (Strandloper) sheltered in these middens and lived almost uniquely on the abundant marine life along the coast. We visit the Bartholomeus Diaz museum complex. Bartholomeus Diaz landed here 1488 and started South Africa’s first post office.

Continuing south we arrive at Gondwana Luxury Private Game Reserve one of South Africa’s finest, home to the Big 5 where the animals run free, stalking prey to survive. After refreshments set off on a 4×4 safari vehicle with a professional game ranger departing in the afternoon returning in the evening after sunset.

Complimentary aperitif’s & snacks await you. Try our Biltong, a South African delicacy. Dinner is a delicious South African buffet.
Lodge luxury accommodation.

Main Destination:
     •  Gondwana Luxury Private Game Reserve
Accommodation:

     •  Gondwana Luxury Private Game Reserve
     •  Luxury lodge located in or near Knysna

Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)
  • All drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)
 
 

Day 5

Whales (in season) to Africa’s largest penguin colony via the picturesque Southern Cape

Early start for a 3 hour sunrise safari and reptile park tour.
Breakfast and back on the road to Cape Town through the rolling wheat fields of the Overberg to Hermanus. This area is renowned for being the best land based whale watching destination in the world. NB: season is generally from June to November. We then continue to Stoney Point visiting Africa’s larger and lesser known penguin colony.

And finally the last stretch of our journey is via Clarence Drive, a spectacularly scenic route, climbing around cliffs and hugging the wild turquoise Cape coastline where the the sea is treacherous. We enjoy an ocean sunset.
The day ends in Cape Town and sadly we say goodbye at your hotel.

Main Destination:
     •  Cape Town
Accommodation:
     •  No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Non-alcoholic drinks