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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.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    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
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
    Reviewed June 2, 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 1 week ago

    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 June 2, 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 July 14, 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

    Reviewed March 15, 2019 via mobile

    Thank you Lesen, for taking care of our family during the three days trip on Garden route. You drove us safely from Stellenbosch to Garden route and back to Cape Town. You guided us about ZA history, flowers and animals. We had lots of fun...More

    Thank johant389
    Hotspots2c, Guest Relations Manager at Hotspots2c, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2019

    Learning about beautiful new places from passionate local guides - does it get any better! Cheers to your 5-star review of your Hotspots2c tour along the Garden Route - glad it was a fun time! Until next time, keep'on adventurin' - from Ferdi & team...More

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