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SOUTH AFRICA

GARDEN ROUTE & WILDLIFE LODGE TOUR

Destination

South Africa

Highlights

The magical Garden Route, Knysna Waterfront, Monkey and Bird World, Wildlife at Addo, Ostrich Farm, Cango Caves, Route 62

Tour Type

Accommodated Safari

From

R 38,000 pp sharing

Duration

9 days/8 nights
Cape Town to Cape Town

This adventure commences and concludes in Cape Town. We combine the wonderful Garden Route with the Addo National Park, which is one of the very best nature reserves in South Africa.

Addo does not only have large numbers of elephants, but also buffalo, lion, leopard, hyena, kudu, rhino, zebra and many other animal species.

The first part of the adventure is extraordinarily scenic and beautiful, where we enjoy great lodging, awesome cuisine and very good attractions, whilst the latter halve is spent exploring the wildlife of Addo.

ROUTE: (CAPE TOWN – CAPE TOWN)

DAY 1
After collection from your lodge we depart to Mossel Bay, our destination today.
Mossel Bay is a beautiful mid sized town, perched on high cliffs, right on the edge of the Indian ocean.
Our journey is very scenic and arrival at our lodge is at around 14h00 and you have the afternoon to explore the town, visit the beach or just catch up on some rest.
Dinner is enjoyed at one of the best eateries in town with spectacular views of the Indian ocean.

DAY 2
The Oyster Capital of South Africa, Knysna, is our next destination and we depart soon after the lodge breakfast.
The entire stretch from Mossel Bay is remarkably beautiful and one of the most scenic parts of the country.
After arrival at our lodge you have time to explore the Knysna waterfront and perhaps enjoy a boat cruise on the huge Knysna lagoon, before dinner at one of the many restaurants at the waterfront.

DAY 3
Today we explore the entire area from Knysna to Plettenberg Bay and visit some of the best attractions of the area.
You are welcome to partake in an optional whale cruise departing from Plettenberg Bay beachfront, first up, to be followed by visits to the bird and monkey sanctuaries, both of which are world class attractions.
A full filling day is rounded of with another great dinner at the waterfront.

DAY 4
An exciting day awaits us as we depart to Addo soon after breakfast. This is another amazingly beautiful drive and arrival at Addo is around 14h00.
After booking into our lodging inside the park, we enjoy a short break before partaking in the first of 5 game drives during our stay.
Tonight we enjoy a South African style fire side barbecue expertly prepared by your private guide and host.

DAY 5
Wildlife and more wildlife is the order of the day as we partake in a 3 hour morning as well as a 2 hour afternoon game drive, hoping to find some of the many interesting animals found in the park.
Elephants, lion, hyena, leopard, buffalo are but a few of the species we will be on the look out for.
Many smaller animals like jackal, caracal, wild cat, warthog as well as many bird species and more also occur here and we hope to see good numbers of them too.

DAY 6
Today we repeat the program of day 5 and by the end of the day should have ticked a large number of the wonderful animals we came to see.
Other than the animals we enjoyed 3 fireside dinners, a number of great picnic brunches, enjoyed the large pool and lastly had some rest between all the activities too!

DAY 7
Our last destination on this wonderful adventure is Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world.
We arrive in town during the early afternoon and upon arrival visit a working ostrich farm before booking into our lodging for tonight.
Dinner is enjoyed at the lodge and we spend a great part of the evening reminiscing the wonderful week behind us and vow to return soon to enjoy more of the wonders of this great continent they call Africa!

DAY 8
We enjoy an early breakfast as we have one last attraction in Oudtshoorn before heading back to Cape Town.
The Cango Caves are world famous with remarkable geological features and people flock from around the world to experience them first hand.
After a two hour guided tour of the caves we enjoy a refreshment before taking a slow drive back to cape town via the scenic Route 62, visiting some of the laid back interesting little towns along the way.
Arrival at your lodging in Cape town is at around 18h00.

DAY 9
After a final breakfast on South African soil we depart to the Cape Town International Airport for your return flight back home… This might be a sad moment, but you already start thinking of your next visit to this magical place, Africa!

This adventure is ideal for guests who want to explore the scenic Garden Route as well as the wildlife of Addo National Park.

The Garden Route is one of the top scenic, leisure and cultural destinations in Africa and adding Addo to the itinerary turns a great tour into a great adventure.

The wildlife of Addo is phenomenal with large numbers of different animals occurring here, all in their natural surroundings and without any interference by man…. its a great place for sure!

 

What’s Included
All road transport
Public liability as well as passenger liability insurance
All accommodation
All meals
Entries into Addo, the Cango Caves, Monkey Land, Bird World, Cango Caves
Coffee and tea
Occasional sundowners
5 Game drives at Addo

What’s Excluded
International air transport travel
Personal travel insurance
Bottled water, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages
Gratuities
Sweets

Optional extras in the areas we travel through
Sundowner boat cruises
Whale boat charters
Bungee jumping
Kayaking

Clothing
Neutral colours are recommended when on a wildlife safari, whilst random colours are in order when on scenic and landscape safaris.
The choice of clothing will depend on the season during which you travel

Cooler months – May through August
Although evenings will be cool to cold, nights might drop to zero degrees celsius or even below zero
days might be cool but sunny and temperatures could reach mid 20’s regularly.

During these months we recommend some long pants, long sleeve tops, jerseys and jackets as well as warm socks, gloves, a beanie and scarves
Thermals
Sarong
Sunhat
Sunglasses
Siking shoes
A travel towel or two
Sleeping bag liner
Short sleeve shirts t shirts, skirts and sandals for warmer days
At least one nice outfit

Warm months – September through April
During these months do bring predominantly short sleeve shirts, dresses, skirts, shorts, sandals as well as a few warm items in case of freak weather
Sarong
Sunhat
Swimsuit
Sunglasses
Sandals as well as hiking shoes
A travel towel or two
At least one nice outfit

Medicinal
We recommend you bring some basic items including:
Malaria prophylaxis
Tablets for headache, nausea, cramps as well as diarrhea
Sunscreen
Lip balm
Body lotion
Mosquito repellent
Hand sanitizer

Other items
Binoculars
Camera with spare batteries
A torch or headlamp
A good book to read
A water bottle
A universal power adaptor
A power pack or portable charger with usb cable

To experience the real Africa is a priviledge that changes you for ever. There is no other place on earth like it… 

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