SOUTH AFRICA LODGE SAFARIS

GARDEN ROUTE EXPLORER

Cape Agulhas m_Baboons m_Boulders Beach m_Cape Point m_Cape Town, Bo Kaap m_Cape Town m_Cape Winelands m_De Hoop Nature Reserve m_Kouga Wilderness area m_Mountain Zebras m_Rock Art m_Table Mountain m_Winelands
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This 15 day Garden Route and Cape tour takes you through these stunning areas of South Africa in a fully comprehensive way.  You will explore the more well known areas, like Cape Town and the Cape Winelands, as well as the more remote and untouched regions.  This safari combines hiking, wildlife spotting and whale watching, with the hustle and bustle of cosmopolitan Cape Town and the fine food and wine of Franschhoek.  An incredible safari for those wanting to take a slow and thorough journey through one of South Africa’s most magical corners.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – 2 KOUGA WILDERNESS AREA
After being met at Port Elizabeth airport, you will make your way to the Kouga Wilderness, an area adjacent to the Baviaanskloof World Heritage Site.

En route we stop at an old historical village for our last chance to get provisions and a light lunch, before leaving the main road and climbing up over the first in a series of mountain ridges and enter the wilderness area, traveling along dirt tracks and farm roads through fynbos covered mountain slopes.

We overnight at Rock Lodge set in a steep sided valley, surrounded by towering yellowwood and ironwood trees. Our comfortable accommodation is so remote that there is neither phone coverage, nor electricity to disturb your inner thoughts.

After a delicious home cooked meal, and a glass of wine, we make our way to bed where a well-deserved peaceful nights rest in our stone chalets will leave you refreshed for the day ahead. 

On day two we explore on foot, and view the Bushman rock art.

The afternoon is free to relax, or explore other paths and valleys, climbing through deep crevasses along a river bed to a natural swimming pool, or hiking along a track to the top of the surrounding hills. 

We return to the lodge for another cosy night around the fire, a warm meal and a comfortable bed for another peaceful night’s sleep. 
Included meals: all meals

Day 3 BAVIAANSKLOOF 
After  breakfast, we board a 4×4 vehicle and travel up fynbos carpeted slopes and down into the neighbouring Baviaanskloof, the valley of the Baboons and a proclaimed World Heritage Site. The valley is home to kudu, red hartebeest, zebra, buffalo and elusive leopard live together with the ever abundant chacma baboons.

We arrive at our overnight destination, a superbly constructed modern lodge, perched on a mountain ridge, looking down a steep precipice into a narrow valley set amongst contorted and twisted rock formations. 

As evening draws near, we make our way to a large sandstone cave for the evening meal around a blazing wood fire. The cave was once home to the Bushmen.      
Included meals: all meals

Day 4 PRINCE ALBERT
After an early wake up, we leave for a morning walk down into the steep sided valley. It is along this route that we have the chance of viewing some of the abundant wildlife and the possibility of seeing the majestic black eagles that call this place home.

We return to the lodge for a delicious breakfast in a wonderful setting before we check out, traveling slowly through the valley through some spectacular countryside before climbing up out of the Baviaanskloof, and making our way through the Little Karoo and Great Karoo to the historical Karoo town of Prince Albert.  

Here we check into our overnight accommodation, a tastefully decorated guesthouse. After our well prepared evening meal at a local restaurant we head for bed. 
Included meals: all meals

Day 5 SWARTBERG NATURE RESERVE, DE HEL
After breakfast we make our way up and out of the arid Karoo, up the spectacular Swartberg Pass. We drive slowly through fynbos covered slopes, before taking a steep drive down into a valley, De Hel.  

The reserve was declared a World Heritage Site in 2004. Climates are extreme here. Very cold winters bring snow to the mountains and temperatures well below zero, while summers can be uncomfortably hot with temperatures reaching 40°C and higher.

There are trails, mountain hikes and historical buildings and equipment that can be visited while staying in this fascinating part of South Africa.   

Our accommodation is restored cottages in the traditional style of the region. Dinner is a braai (barbecue).
Included meals: all meals 

Day 6 BARRYDALE
On day six, after breakfast, we pack up and travel back up through the reserve where we once again join the Swartberg Pass.

We continue our journey through spectacular country at the base of the Swartberg range, passing small settlements whose prime activities are the growing of grapes and various fruits. 

We have lunch en route and continue our travels through picturesque countryside, before arriving in the lazy village of Barrydale. Here we check into the delightfully quirky Karoo Art Hotel, a typical Karoo hotel that has been transformed into a wonderful working art gallery. The village with its neat houses, large fragrant gardens and crisp clean Karoo air make it a welcome and interesting place to rest.  

We enjoy our evening meal in the hotel restaurant. Fare here is more reminiscent of the fine restaurants in Cape Town, rather than in this far flung, modest hotel in the middle of the Little Karoo.  
Included meals: all meals

Day 7 – 8 DE HOOP NATURE RESERVE 
After a leisurely breakfast we check out and head towards the coastal plains, stopping for lunch in Swellendam.

Our overnight destination is De Hoop Nature Reserve, established to preserve the threatened coastal fynbos biome, the rare Cape mountain zebra and the equally threatened bontebok antelope.  The Reserve is also home to the Cape vulture, and baboons are common and can be seen foraging along the lagoon coastline together with vervet monkeys and a large number of sea and water birds that find food and refuge on these protected waters.

Snow white sand dunes fringe the coastline and form an ideal vantage point from which to stand to view the seasonal great whales, the southern right and humpback whales that use these sheltered bays to bear their young. This area is regarded as one of best shore-based whale viewing sites in the world.    

On the morning of day eight we head out on a morning game drive. We return for a well-deserved breakfast and later in the day set out for a walk to admire the plentiful proteas and other fascinating plant life that cover the undulating hills and valleys. 
Included meals: all meals

Day 9 – 10 HERMANUS
After a leisurely breakfast we check out and depart for Cape Agulhas, at the southernmost tip of the African continent. We explore the operational lighthouse, and walk the short distance to the plaque proclaiming the junction of the Indian and Atlantic oceans.  

We take a lunch break at a small, working harbour, and after lunch we continue along the coast to Hermanus, where we walk along the shoreline and in season keep a watchful eye out for the gentle southern right whales as they laze in the ocean below the cliffs.

Our home for the next two night is a well-appointed guesthouse, and we enjoy an evening meal at one of Hermanus’ many restaurants.   

Besides whale watching, Hermanus offers a wide variety of activities. After breakfast on day two you have the choice of shark cage diving, kite surfing, boat cruises, wine tasting, walks in a beautiful nature reserve, paragliding, kayaking, shopping, or simply swimming and sunbathing at one of the many beautiful beaches. (All activities for your own account).
Included meals: 2 x breakfast, 1 x lunch, 2 x dinner

Day 11 – 12 CAPE WINELANDS
After a leisurely morning and breakfast, we travel through scenic countryside on our way to the heart of the Cape Winelands, the world renowned Franschhoek Valley.  Here you will find breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine and fine wines.    

On our arrival in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley and village we check into our comfortable accommodation, early enough to explore the delights of this lovely village, recognised as the gourmet capital of South Africa. 

After breakfast on day 12 we head out to sample the many delights of the Winelands and in particular the Franschhoek area. There are a number of tours and activities that are available. 

The Wine Tram with its hop-on hop-off tours is a great way to discover the Franschhoek Valley.  Between Franschhoek and Paarl is the Victor Verster Prison, famous for being the location where Nelson Mandela spent the last part of his imprisonment and from where he was released in 1990.  (Tours, entrance fees, wine tasting, and lunch are for own account.)  
Included meals: 2 x breakfast, 1 x lunch, 2 x dinner

Day 13 – 15 CAPE TOWN 
After a scrumptious breakfast we pack up and make our way through the Winelands to the Mother City beneath the iconic Table Mountain.  

We check into our lovely guesthouse in the older residential area overlooking the city centre. After lunch at one of the many popular restaurants and depending on the weather we depart for the base of the mountain and the cable car station where we start our tour of Table Mountain. On reaching the top of the mountain one is taken aback by the unsurpassed views of the City, the Cape Peninsula, the Atlantic Ocean and beyond. 

On day 14 we wake up for an early breakfast before we depart for the scenic route around the Cape Peninsula, taking in spectacular scenery and some of the most expensive real estate in the world with magnificent views of the azure Atlantic Ocean.  

On our return we travel over the over the spectacular Chapman’s Peak pass, affording stunning views of the bay and the ocean beyond.  We have lunch en route before we continue to the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point and Cape Maclear, a series of points jutting out into the southern Atlantic Ocean.

From the Cape of Good Hope we wind our way over the peninsula to False Bay and the enigmatic African black footed penguin at the picturesque Boulders Beach.  

If there is sufficient time we visit the world renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens before returning for dinner. 

Our tour ends on day 15.
Included meals: 2 x breakfast, 1 x lunch, 2 x dinner

PRICE (01Dec15 – 30Nov16)
R 95 820.00 per person sharing

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R95 820 pps

15 days

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the remote areas on the stunning Garden Route

  • Baviaanskloof Work Heritage Site

  • Swartberg Narture Reserve

  • De Hoop Nature Reserve

  • Hermanus Whale Watching

  • Cape Winelands

  • Cape Town​

PRICE INCLUDES

  • 15  days professional private guided tour

  • 14  nights accommodation as per itinerary

  • Meals as per itinerary

  • Activities as per itinerary

  • Entrance/conservation fees 

  • Community levy fees

  • Toll fees

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