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3-Day Private Garden Route Highlights Tour from Cape Town

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    Day 1: Cape Town – Oudtshoorn

    Stop At: Oudtshoorn, 6620, Western Cape, South Africa, Oudtshoorn, 6625, South Africa
    Begin with a pickup from your central Cape Town hotel, and then travel in a private vehicle to the Western Cape. Gaze out at the awe-inspiring scenery along Route 62, which meanders through the desert region of Klein Karoo as well as countryside and coastal areas from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. The journey takes between five to six hours, but several stops are factored in so you can stretch your legs, take photos and eat. After venturing through the landscape of rugged plains and towering cliffs, stop in Oudtshoorn, the region’s principle town, so-called ‘ostrich capital,’ and your base for the night.
    Duration: 2 hours

    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

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight: 3-star Yamkela or 4-star Buffelsdrift accommodation in the Oudtshoorn area

    Day 2: Oudtshoorn – Sedgefield/ Knysna

    Stop At: Buffelsdrift Game Lodge - Activities, Cango Caves Road, Oudtshoorn 6620 South Africa
    Pack your bags and check out of your accommodation in the morning. Then, join up with your private guide and take part in an optional 45-minute ‘meet the elephants elephant bush walk’ experience (own expense) at a nearby reserve. Learn about orphaned elephants as you join a ranger and walk alongside these gentle giants in their natural environment.
    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Kaaiman's River, Wilderness South Africa
    After, resume the journey along Route 62 to Wilderness area roughly an hour away. Take to the water on a 1- to 2-hour canoe ride with a local guide, and paddle along a calm river that winds its way through verdant forests.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, Knysna South Africa
    Relax on a scenic coastal drive, enjoying views of Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley, before arriving at Bloukrans Bridge, one of the world’s highest bungee sites. Standing 709 feet (216 meters) above the Bloukrans River, the bridge is the perfect place to face your fears with an optional bungee jump (own expense). Alternatively, set your adrenaline rushing by watching the jumpers take the leap instead. If jumping of bridges is not for you, rather explore the nearby Tsitsikamma National Park with a short easy hike to the surrounding forests.

    Stop At: Sedgefield Lagoon Mouth, 69 Kingfisher Drive Myoli Beach, Sedgefield, Knysna 6573 South Africa
    Then, travel to the coastal town of Sedgefield, check in to your overnight accommodation and spend the evening as you wish. Perhaps go for a dip in the Indian Ocean and then watch the sun slip behind the horizon, or take an evening stroll along Myoli Beach, known as one of the most beautiful spots along the Garden Route.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight: 3-star Purple Heron or 4-star Dover on Sea accommodation in the Wilderness or Knysna or Sedgefield area

    Day 3: Knysna/Sedgefield – Cape Town

    Stop At: Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, Gonnakraal Road, Little Brak River, 6503, South Africa
    Depart from your accommodation in the morning and begin the journey back to Cape Town, stopping along the way to enjoy most of your activities of the tour your last day of adventure. Arrive first at a private game reserve for a 2-hour 4x4 game drive to see some most of Africa’s famous Big Five. 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 a tranquil bush walk. 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. Then, it’s back to your private vehicle for the final leg of the return journey to Cape Town. Finish your 3-day experience with a hotel drop-off in the evening.

    - The exact itinerary is subject to change and may, on occasion, run in a different order.
    - This tour will run exclusively run for you. The itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to spend more time at the tour’s highlights that interest you the most. Do contact us after booking the tour to let us know if you would prefer any changes of the tour.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Important Information
    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.
    Duration
    3 days
    Return Details
    Concludes between 6 and 9pm at your Cape Town hotel on Day 3
    Inclusions
    • 3x Breakfast
    • Accommodation included: 2 nights
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transport by private vehicle
    • English-speaking professional tour guide
    • 4x4 game drive
    • Wilderness National Park canoe session or forest walk
    • 2 nights of accommodation
    • Glass bottled water
    • Entry/Admission - The Cango Caves
    • Entry/Admission - Kaaiman's River
    • Entry/Admission - Botlierskop Private Game Reserve
    Exclusions
    • Lunch, dinner and drinks
    • Bungy jump and zipline (about R1350)
    • Elephant Bush Walk experience (about R405)
    • Gratuities
    • Entry/Admission - Buffelsdrift Game Lodge - Activities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Optional activities are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed
    • Children under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult
    • 44lbs (20kg) luggage allowance per person
    • According to availability at time of booking, accommodation will be in the mentioned hotel or in one of a similar standard and star rating.
    • The exact itinerary is subject to change and may, on occasion, run in a different order.
    • This private tour will run exclusively run for you. The itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to spend more time at the tour’s highlights that interest you the most or swop for alternative options. Do contact us after booking the tour to let us know if you would prefer any changes of the tour and we can suggest an updated itinerary and cost estimate if the changes need to be charged extra.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Reviewed 6 days ago

    We had a great time. The tour guide ( Liezel) was very friendly and took personal interest in taking care of us. She is informative and answered our questions. We would like to thank Liezel for making this tour very pleasant for us. We thoroughly...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Copaag123
    Reviewed 29 July 2019

    Our Garden Route Tour was my biggest highlight of my time in South Africa! From seeing the Stars on the beach, to bungee jumping off of a terrifying bridge, I would not take back any of it! Our Tour guide Neville was so much fun...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank marcusmarasigan
    Hotspots2c, Communications Creative at Hotspots2c, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2019

    11/10 and a 5 star review, what a compliment! Thanks for your review of your time along the Garden Route, we’re ecstatic that you loved it so much and enjoyed your guide Neville. Well done on that bungy jump! Keep exploring, from Ferdi & team...More

    Reviewed 29 July 2019 via mobile

    I had an amazing experience with this company. We were picked up from our accommodation in cape Town and then we drove to the first place to stay. All the guides were very nice, especially Ulrich. The next day we were allowed to walk with...More

    1  Thank Noavdp
    Hotspots2c, Communications Creative at Hotspots2c, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2019

    Sounds like a perfect action packed weekend, just what the doctor ordered! Love that Ellie pic, super stoked you got to see 4 of the Big Five, what great memories to take home! See you next time for a spot of wine tasting maybe? Keep'on...More

    Reviewed 2 June 2019 via mobile

    My girlfriend and I had an amazing time on this tour, and it was a great way to see and explore South Africa! Our tour guide was Yuriel, and I cannot say enough good things about him. He was extremely kind, helpful, and informative while...More

    1  Thank bleyman
    Hotspots2c, Guest Relations Manager at Hotspots2c, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2019

    Thanks for this stellar review bleyman. We love that you loved your trip with Uriel as guide. We passed on your complements and positive comments and he is super grateful to have met you too. Keep on adventuring, from Ferdi & team Hotspots2c

    Reviewed 2 June 2019 via mobile

    My boyfriend and I just returned from the garden route tour with Yuriel as our guide and would highly recommend traveling with him! The tour was great, as were the accommodations. I have gone on the Garden Route twice and this trip was definitely my...More

    1  Thank nicolespring
    Hotspots2c, Guest Relations Manager at Hotspots2c, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2019

    Wow, now that's a complement. Thanks for the 5-star review and letting us know you loved our this experience more than your previous trip. Yes, only a excellent local guide like Uriel can give this kind of insider know-how and visit all the top stops...More

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