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Kruger Park + Cape Town + Garden Route (self-drive)
and car hire
This classic self-drive holiday of South Africa combines the beautiful Panorama Route and a safari at a luxury game lodge in the Kruger National Park, one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries on earth, with the beautiful city of Cape Town & the Stellenbosch Wineland, before heading along the scenic Garden Route to Port Elizabeth. All game drives included.
collect your hire car and drive to your hotel on the scenic
Check into your hotel in this beautiful region.
This morning we recommend driving to
Hazyview Elephant Sanctuary
to experience a very special close-up encounter with these gentle giants. There is also the option of riding an elephant, but this needs to be pre-booked.
Afternoon at leisure to relax at your lodge, or enjoy other optional activities on offer.
Today we recommend you explore the splendour of the
Drakensberg Panorama Route
through the green
Blyde River Canyon
, the third largest in the world.
Enjoy the wonderful views from God's Window, view Mac Mac Falls and visit the unusual Bourkes Luck pot holes - cylindrical holes formed from the swirling waters of the Blyde and Treur Rivers. You can also visit the historic mining village of Pilgrim’s Rest (pay any entrance fees locally).
Drive 3-hours to your game lodge
in the world famous
Kruger National Park
After checking in to your lodge, enjoy your first thrilling game drive in an open-top vehicle accompanied by a lodge ranger. Game viewing opportunities should present themselves almost immediately and hopefully you will see several species of antelope, zebra, wildebeest and maybe even giraffe today - as well as several of the Big Five
- before dining under the stars in the atmosphere that only the African bushveld can provide!
Days 5 To 6
Rise at dawn to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day, as you enjoy an open-top game viewing drive with a lodge ranger in the world famous
Kruger National Park
Explore some of this vast game sanctuary that is the size of Wales, offering magnificent game viewing opportunities and the highest concentration of lion in the whole of Africa. Hope to see several of the Big Five today - lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino - as well as many other species before returning to your lodge for breakfast.
The rest of the morning is free to relax by the swimming pool or enjoy bird watching at the lodge, before setting out again in the late afternoon for another game drive. With nearly 150 different species of mammals and over 100 species of reptiles in the Kruger National Park, you can hope to see cheetah, giraffe, hippo, kudu, crocodiles, sable antelope, waterbuck, warthogs, baboons, wild dogs and many other interesting animals. With over 500 different bird species including eagles, kingfishers, vultures and storks, outstanding bird watching is also guaranteed.
After a beautiful African sunset, enjoy the balmy evening and pristine stars of the Milky Way as you have never seen them before – as well as the spectacular
Children < 6 are not allowed on open top game drives
Drive 3-hours to
for your onward flight.
Cape Town Airport
, collect your hire car and drive to your hotel in this beautiful city, within sight of
Check in and relax in your magnificent surroundings.
Today we recommend ascending
by cable car (weather permitting) to enjoy one of the world’s most famous views.
beach, before visiting the shops and many other attractions of the
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Today we recommend a full day exploring the beautiful
Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
Start with an optional short boat trip from
to view Cape Fur seals at
and continue via
Chapman’s Peak Drive
where you may see baboons, ostrich and perhaps even dolphins or whales in season (July/November).
On the return journey we recommend driving through naval Simons Town and visit the resident penguin colony at
. You can also make a short stop at the world famous
, before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Today we recommend a full day exploring the renowned
, travelling through the scenic
where a handful of French Huguenot refugees started South Africa’s now famous wine industry.
Visit the historic university town of
and several different wine estates of your choice. In the afternoon we recommend lunch at a good restaurant or wine estate, and a visit to the Cheetah Outreach project in Somerset West on the way home.
Drive for 5-hours today along the scenic
through the arid Little Karoo
On arrival we suggest visiting an
to see these huge flightless birds in their natural surroundings, before checking into your hotel.
We suggest that today you visit the famous
– a vast series of underground halls and caverns formed over 20 million years ago in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. The caves, which extend for over 3 miles, contain spectacular stalagmites and stalactites and offer relatively easy access.
Afterwards drive 2-hours to
on the beautiful Garden Route. If you are adventurous and enjoy driving on steep gravel mountain passes, you can detour via the Swartberg Pass (about 1-hour) to
. You can return the same way, or head east along the base of the mountain and return to Oudtshoorn via the Meiringspoort Pass (about 2-hours) - both offering spectacular views. Then continue through the magnificent Outeniqua Pass to
Alternatively make a 30-minute detour to visit the Dias Museum in
, which has a life-sized replica of the ship that the Portuguese explorer Bartholemew Dias sailed when he became the first European to set foot on South African soil and erect a cross. At the centre of the complex is the famous Post Office Tree, an ancient Milkwood where early sailors left mail for homebound ships.
Drive past the beaches of Wilderness and the lakes of Sedgefield to
. Check into your hotel and relax in this area of outstanding natural beauty.
Today we recommend making your way to the
for the ferry to
Featherbed Nature Reserve
situated on Knysna's Western Head, one of two magnificent sandstone cliffs guarding the entrance to the vast Knysna Lagoon.
This spectacular nature reserve is only accessible by ferry, followed by a short trailer ride to the top of the reserve which offers panoramic views. Most visitors choose to return on foot along a 1-mile guided nature walk through natural coastal forest onto the cliffs, through caves and along a scenic coastal path, followed by a seafood buffet lunch served under the old Milkwood trees.
In the afternoon we recommend a visit to
Knysna Elephant Park
where you will have the opportunity to feed one of these gentle giants (pay entrance fee locally). The remainder of the afternoon is free to explore Knysna. This lively town is famous for its oysters, which are grown in the lagoon. It offers good shopping opportunities and many interesting craft shops.
Today is free to explore the small town of
with its beautiful lagoon, shops, restaurants and beaches.
Walkers can enjoy the beautiful Knysna Forest or travel to nearby Plettenberg Bay and enjoy a scenic coastal hike around the Robberg Peninsula. Other activities in Knysna include sailing, deep sea fishing, horse riding, mountain biking, kayaking and golf.
Optional wildlife activities near Plettenberg Bay include a visit to the Elephant Sanctuary; Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary; Birds of Eden; Jukani Wild Cat Sanctuary; Raptor Park or Lawnwood snake sanctuary. You can also participate in an ocean safari to search for dolphins and whales in season (July to November).
Drive 1-hour to
for your flight home.
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