Garden Route tours and Garden Route holidays - Oudtshoorn is the ostrich farming capital.

South Africa - Garden Route Tours

A tour of South Africa’s Garden Route is one of the world’s most iconic journeys. Whether you have chosen to join a small group Garden Route tour or are self-driving, this is eco-touring at its best with small picturesque seaside towns, wonderful local food and charming guesthouses set in unparalleled scenery.
 
Combining time in Cape Town with a leisurely Garden Route tour is one of our most popular itineraries. This entire area is ideal for a self-drive holiday as the roads are good and relatively quiet, driving is on the left and you can travel at your own pace.
 
Winelands Meander
A favourite route is along the starkly beautiful Route 62, where the contrast between the lush coastal region and the arid Little Karoo is dramatic. Meander through small Winelands’ towns such as Robertson and Montagu to Swellendam – the third oldest town in South Africa with some wonderful examples of old Cape Dutch architecture – and onwards to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich farming capital. Here you can view the stalactites and stalagmites of the cavernous Cango Caves and watch meerkats emerge from their burrows at sunrise.
 
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Mossel Bay, Wilderness & Knysna
Some Garden Route tours take a detour to ascend the rugged Prince Albert Pass, whilst others opt for the more direct route across the stunning Outeniqua Pass to George, renowned for its Fancourt golf estate. A beautiful stretch of Indian Ocean coastline extends from Mossel Bay, where the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama erected a cross, to Port Elizabeth, past the expansive beaches of Wilderness and lakes of Sedgefield, to the artists’ town of Knysna set on a vast lagoon. Here the must-do on any Garden Route holiday is a visit to Featherbed Nature Reserve by ferry, followed by a nature walk and lunch under the milkwood trees.
 
There is also good access to wildlife, with Knysna Elephant Park offering interactions with these gentle giants. At Tenikwa Wild Cat Sanctuary you can observe cheetah, caracal and serval, while at Monkeyland and Birds of Eden, you can see primates and bird species in their natural habitats.
 
Plettenberg Bay
If it’s beaches you long for, head for Plettenberg Bay, which has four of the best in the country. Most Garden Route holidays include some time beside the ocean and Plett makes the perfect base. Known as the playground of the rich and famous, golfers will be spoilt for choice too, with a wide selection of world famous championship courses. Adventure seekers should head to the Tsitsikamma Forest, where you can glide through the treetops in a harness, black water tube down the Storms River or bungy jump from spectacular Bloukrans Bridge, the highest bungy jump in the world.
 
St Francis, Graaff Reinet & Camdeboo
At the northern end of the Garden Route the beach resort of St Francis is located, and beyond this is the city of Port Elizabeth, which is the gateway to Addo Elephant Park and the malaria free big-five game reserves of the Eastern Cape. Heading inland to Graaff Reinet, you can find Camdeboo National Park and the aptly named Valley of Desolation, as well as smaller wildlife sanctuaries such as Mountain Zebra National Park.
 
Addo & Eastern Cape Safaris
Complete your Garden Route tour with a thrilling safari in the private game reserves of the Eastern Cape, which are malaria free, or explore Addo Elephant Park near Port Elizabeth.
Cape Town + Garden Route + Safari (self drive)
SCA14C
14 NIGHTS
FROM £1,394
International flights and car hire quoted separately
This popular self-drive holiday combines the penguins of Cape Town, with exploring the Stellenbosch winelands & the Garden Route at your own pace - including the whale centre of Hermanus, Oudtshoorn in the Karoo and the seaside towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Complete your holiday with a Big-5 safari at a game lodge in the Eastern Cape, with wonderful birding. All game drives included.
Self Drive Garden Route Holidays Cape Town South Africa Car Hire Rental Vacations
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain
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Stellenbosch Winelands
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Franschhoek
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Hermanus
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Swellendam
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Oudthoorn
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Knysna
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Plettenberg Bay
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Big-5 Safari
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain
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Stellenbosch Winelands
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Franschhoek
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Hermanus
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Swellendam
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Oudthoorn
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Knysna
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Plettenberg Bay
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Big-5 Safari
Garden Route Explorer + Graaff-Reinet (self-drive)
SCJ16C
16 NIGHTS
FROM £1,495
International flights and car hire quoted separately
Explore Cape Town & the Eastern Cape in depth on this self drive holiday. Highlights include the Stellenbosch Winelands, Tsitsikamma Forest with its many adventure activities, Addo Elephant Park & the dramatic Valley of Desolation in the Great Karoo. Complete your holiday with a thrilling Big-5 safari in a malaria free game reserve, with open top game drives included.
South Africa Self Drive Holiday Valley of Desolation Graaff Reinet Garden Route
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain
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Cape of Good Hope
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Stellenbosch Winelands
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Oudtshoorn
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Knysna
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Addo Elephant Park
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Tsitsikamma Forest
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Valley of Desolation
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Big 5 Safari
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain
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Cape of Good Hope
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Stellenbosch Winelands
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Oudtshoorn
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Knysna
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Addo Elephant Park
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Tsitsikamma Forest
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Valley of Desolation
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Big 5 Safari
Adventurous Cape, with Shark Diving + Safari
4CA14C
14 NIGHTS
FROM £1,595
International flights and car hire quoted separately
This adrenalin holiday starts in Cape Town, where you can abseil down Table Mountain, before self-driving to Hermanus to Cage Dive with great white sharks. Continue along the Garden Route to Tsitsikamma, the adventure capital of South Africa, where you can bungy jump from Bloukrans Bridge - the highest in the world. Complete your holiday with a luxury safari. All transfers, activities & game drives included.
Shark Diving South Africa Adventure Holidays Cape Town Garden Route
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain Abseiling
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V&A Waterfront
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Cape Point
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Stellenbosch Winelands
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Shark Cage Diving
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Tsitsikamma Forest
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Bloukrans Bridge Bungee
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Tree Top Canopy Tour
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Addo Elephant Park
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain Abseiling
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V&A Waterfront
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Cape Point
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Stellenbosch Winelands
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Shark Cage Diving
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Tsitsikamma Forest
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Bloukrans Bridge Bungee
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Tree Top Canopy Tour
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Addo Elephant Park
Cape Town + East Cape Safari + St Francis Beach
SRF10P
10 NIGHTS
FROM £1,595
International flights quoted separately
This beach safari combines the pretty marina town of St Francis with the excitement of visiting beautiful Cape Town & a luxury Big Five safari in the malaria-free Eastern Cape. Ascend Table Mountain, visit Cape Point & Robben Island. After your safari relax on the warm Indian Ocean beaches of St Francis, within easy reach of Port Elizabeth. All transfers & game drives included.
Beach Safari Photo Port Elizabeth South Africa St Francis Cape Town
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain
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Winelands
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Robben Island
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Cape of Good Hope
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Port Elizabeth
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East Game Game Reserve
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Big 5 Game Drives
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St Francis
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Indian Ocean Beaches
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain
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Winelands
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Robben Island
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Cape of Good Hope
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Port Elizabeth
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East Game Game Reserve
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Big 5 Game Drives
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St Francis
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Indian Ocean Beaches
Cape Town + Cape Agulhas Tour (circular)
SYD10C
10 NIGHTS
FROM £1,595
International flights quoted separately
Journey through the highlights of the Garden Route on this group tour that visits Cape Agulhas at the southernmost tip of Africa. See the Cango Caves, the Ostrich Farms of Oudtshoorn, Knysna lagoon & a game reserve near Mossel Bay. Visit the picturesque fishing village of Arniston, before completing your holiday in Cape Town. Departs weekly. Group size 2 to 14.
Escorted Tour Garden Route South Africa Cape Town Port Elizabeth
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain
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Cape Point
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Winelands
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Robben Island
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Oudtshoorn
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Cango Caves
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Knysna
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Game Drive
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Cape Agulhas
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain
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Cape Point
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Winelands
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Robben Island
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Oudtshoorn
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Cango Caves
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Knysna
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Game Drive
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Cape Agulhas
Grand South Africa - Escorted Tour
SYA14J
15 NIGHTS
FROM £1,694
International flights quoted separately
This great value fully escorted tour travels the length of South Africa, from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Visit the beautiful Panorama Route & the world famous Kruger National Park. Then continue through Swaziland, Zululand, Durban, the Drakensberg Mountains & the scenic Garden Route to Cape Town. 2 departures per month, with English speaking guide. Group size 2 to 40.
Escorted Tour South Africa Kruger National Park Durban Cape Town
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Blyde River Canyon
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Kruger National Park
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Swaziland
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Hluhluwe
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Durban
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Drakensberg
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Wild Coast
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East London
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Garden Route
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Cape Town
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Blyde River Canyon
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Kruger National Park
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Swaziland
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Hluhluwe
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Durban
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Drakensberg
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Wild Coast
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East London
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Garden Route
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Cape Town
Cape Town + Big-5 Safari + Plettenberg Bay
SRC10C
10 NIGHTS
FROM £1,794
International flights quoted separately
Enjoy a taste of South Africa on this safari holiday that combines magnificent Cape Town & iconic Table Mountain, with a luxury Big-5 safari to view lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, rhino, giraffe, zebra and many other interesting species. Complete your holiday relaxing on the splendid beaches of Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route. All transfers & game drives are included.
Malaria Free Safari Holiday Cape Town Garden Route South Africa
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Cape Town
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V&A Waterfront
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Table Mountain
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Cape Point
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Winelands
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Game Drives
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Big-5 Safari
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Bird Watching
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Plettenberg Bay
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Garden Route
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Cape Town
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V&A Waterfront
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Table Mountain
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Cape Point
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Winelands
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Game Drives
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Big-5 Safari
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Bird Watching
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Plettenberg Bay
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Garden Route
Cape Town + Garden Route + Safari Tour (circular)
SYE14C
14 NIGHTS
FROM £1,795
International flights quoted separately
This holiday offers superb value, combing exploring Cape Town with a fully escorted tour of the Garden Route - including Route 62, the ostrich town of Oudtshoorn, Cango Caves, the oyster capital of Knysna, safari at a nature reserve near Mossel Bay & Hermanus. Finish relaxing on Camps Bay beach. Regular departures from Cape Town. Group size 2 to 14. All transfers & excursions included.
Tour Cape Town Garden Route South Africa Escorted Tours
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain
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V&A Waterfront
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Winelands
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Oudtshoorn
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Cango Caves
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Ostrich Farm
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Knysna Lagoon
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Garden Route Safari
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Camps Bay Beach
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain
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V&A Waterfront
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Winelands
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Oudtshoorn
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Cango Caves
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Ostrich Farm
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Knysna Lagoon
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Garden Route Safari
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Camps Bay Beach
Cape Town + Escorted Garden Route Tour + Safari
SYG13C
13 NIGHTS
FROM £1,895
International flights quoted separately
Explore the magnificent city of Cape Town followed by an escorted  small group tour along the scenic Garden Route, before finishing with a Big-5 malaria free safari. Ascend Table Mountain, visit the Cango Caves & Featherbed Nature Reserve in the oyster capital of Knysna & Tsistikamma Forest. Departs weekly, with all activities, transfers & game drives included.
Garden Route Tour Cape Town South Africa Knysna Port Elizabeth
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain
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Ostrich Farm
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Cango Caves
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Garden Route
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Featherbed Nature Reserve
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Plettenberg Bay
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Tsitsikamma Forest
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Port Elizabeth
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Big Five Safari
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain
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Ostrich Farm
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Cango Caves
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Garden Route
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Featherbed Nature Reserve
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Plettenberg Bay
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Tsitsikamma Forest
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Port Elizabeth
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Big Five Safari
Walking: Cape Town + Shamwari Walking Safari
8RW10P
10 NIGHTS
FROM £2,795
International flights quoted separately
This amazing walking holiday combines a walking safari in the famous Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, with walking in Cape Town. Climb Table Mountain with a guide, walk along the spectacular Cape Peninsula & among the penguins  of Boulders Beach, and hike the Jonkershoek trail in the Stellenbosch Winelands. Private walking guide & all transfers included.
Shamwari Walking Safari Cape Town Garden Route South Africa
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain Hike
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V&A Waterfront
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Boulders Beach
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Cape Point Hike
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Stellenbosch
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Wine Tasting
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Jonkershoek Hike
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Shamwari Walking Safari
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Walking Safari
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain Hike
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V&A Waterfront
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Boulders Beach
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Cape Point Hike
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Stellenbosch
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Wine Tasting
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Jonkershoek Hike
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Shamwari Walking Safari
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Walking Safari
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