GARDEN ROUTE EXPLORER
South Africa Luxury Safari Packages, 7 nights Safari Package, Garden Route + Shamwari
Booking Code: W/A SHAM GR 7
Start Cape Town end Port Elizabeth Airport or Vice Versa
Prices start from R 36,440.00 per person sharing for the 7 nights, for a minimum of 2 people AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Day 1 Cape Town to Oudtshoorn:
This morning, the spectacular Du Toit’s Kloof Pass takes us over the mountains to Worcester, where we stroll through the Karoo National Botanical Garden, a haven for rare or endangered plants. We then enter the verdant Breede River Valley, the largest of the Western Cape’s fruit and wine producing valleys. As we follow the “fruit route” we enjoy
magnificent mountain views, vineyards orchards and indigenous flora. Stops will be made at the roadside farm stalls to purchase fruit. We journey through the unique landscape of the arid Little Karoo, passing through Barrydale and Calizdorp, to Oudtshoorn, ostrich capital of the world.
We visit an ostrich farm where you have the option to include lunch before checking in at our accommodation.
Entrances: Karoo National Botanical Garden & Ostrich Farm
Day 2 – Oudtshoorn to Knysna
After breakfast we drive to the Cango Caves, where we embark on a magical journey through massive caverns and fascinating limestone formations. The Cango Wildlife Ranch and valley of Ancients hosts endangered species and is a breeding facility extraordinaire. We then leave the Little Karoo behind and drive through the protea-covered Quteniqua Mountains to George.
From here we continue along the garden route to Sedgefield, traveling via Wilderness and the scenic Lake District. We reach Knysna in time for a drive along the shores of the Knysna Lagoon to the quite village of Belvidere.
Entrances: Cango Caves + Cango Wildlife Ranch
Day 3 – Knysna to Tsitsikamma:
This morning we have a few hours to browse through the best of Knysna’s arty-crafty shops. We drive along the coast to nearby Plettenberg Bay where we set off on a gentle “eco-stroll” along the Robberg Peninsula, a rocky headland which presents a fine example of how plants and animals adapt to the interacting influences of land and sea. Robberg affords excellent views of any whales and dolphins that may be visiting Plettenberg Bay. Today we are in the heart of the Garden Route and we enjoy a scenic drive along the Old Passes road, stopping for a swim at the unspoilt beaches of Natures Valley.
We stop at the Bloukrans commercial bungy jump before reaching our overnight accommodation in Tsitsikamma Forest.
Entrances: Robberg Peninsula + Knysna Elephant Park
Day 4 Tsitsikamma to Port Elizabeth:
Today is spent in the Tsitsikamma Forest, an indigenous primeval forest with towering ancient yellowwood trees, lush vegetation and deep gorges. We drive down a steep pass to the aptly-named Storms River Mouth, where there are numerous short walking trails into the forest.
In the afternoon we take a short walk to the 800-year old “Big Tree” We leave the garden Route behind , reaching Port Elizabeth in the late afternoon, for overnight.
Entrances: Tsitsikamma National Park
Day 5, 6 & 7 Shamwari Private Game Reserve:
Today you are picked up around 10:00 AM and transferred by road to Shamwari Private Game Reserve, where you will be spending the next three 3 days including 3 meals a day, two guided safari drives and walking safari daily, selected beverages
Day 8 Shamwari Private Game Reserve to Port Elizabeth:
After your morning safari drive followed by breakfast, you are transferred by road to Port Elizabeth Airport where our services end.