This amazing one week round tour starts and finishes off from Cape Town and takes the scenic Route 62 through the Little Karoo before making our way down to the Garden Route and the Indian Ocean. It includes many of the Western Cape’s most magnificent natural attractions, such as the Cango Caves, the Swartberg mountain pass, the Garden route towns of Wilderness and Knysna and the whale watching capital of Hermanus.
Once we collect you from your Cape Town accommodation you can leave all your worries behind. We will take care of you for the next seven days. Showing you amazing scenery , wildlife and villages. This is a real chance to experience the best of the Western Cape all in one amazing week. The highlights include a drive along Route 62 through the Little Karoo, a visit to Oudtshoorn, the world Ostrich capital, a night in a four star big game reserve, the amazing Cango Caves, where you can choose either the standard tour or the adventure tour if you are brave enough, before we head over one of Africa’s most spectacular mountain passes, the Swartberg Pass, built by Thomas Bain in the 1880’s, its dry stone walls and hairpin bends offer a scenic drive that can’t be matched. We spend a night in the very quaint Victorian village of Prince Albert, before heading down to the coast and the Garden route via the canyon pass of Meiringspoort.
The first night in the Garden Route is spent in the village of Wilderness, staying in a log cabin in the Garden Route National Park. We suggest a walk along the beautiful beach there at sunset, fantastic. The second night of the Garden route section is spent at the Knysna Elephant park, a sanctuary for orphaned elephants. There you have the opportunity to walk with the elephants and to sleep in accommodation overlooking their boma. The next leg is to the smallest National Park in South Africa ; Bontebok National Park, created specifically to save the endangered antelope from where the name comes from. The last night and day is in the whale watching capital of Hermanus, where you can watch the Southern Right Whales breaching and tail sailing during their annual visit to our shores, and out of whale season you can try the more adventurous option of Great White Shark cage diving.
This one week tour starts off from Cape Town and takes the unique Route 62 through the Little Karoo.We visit the wine region towns of Worcester, Robertson and Montagu before stopping for lunch in Barrydale. From there we travel to our first nights destination, the 4 star Buffelsdrift Game Lodge. There we have evening and morning game drives viewing a large range of animals, including elephant, rhino, buffalo, giraffe and much more.
The next day we visit the amazing Cango Caves. This limestone cave system has huge caverns full of spectacular stalagmites and stalactites. You can choose between the standard tour, or if you feel fit and adventurous you could do the adventure tour. After our cave excursion we travel over the breathtaking Swartberg Pass to stay the night in a local guesthouse in the Karoo village of Prince Albert. A Victorian village that is filled with charm and traditional style cottages.
On day four we travel through Meiringspoort, a magnificent ravine road, on route to Oudtshoorn , over the Outeniqua Pass , and down to Wilderness in the heart of the Garden Route. There we stay over a night in one of the National Park log cabins, and have the opportunity to discover the riches of this area, which include mountain walks and beautiful beaches that stretch for miles. From the beaches you will hopefully catch a view of one of the many pods of Bottlenose dolphins that are resident in the area.
We head along the coast a bit to overnight in the town of Knysna. Our accommodation there is in the Knysna Elephant Park, a sanctuary for orphaned elephants. We can go for an afternoon and morning walk with the elephants as they are lead out to graze for the day in the park. The rooms that we overnight in overlook the boma where the elephants are kept at night, and it is a unique experience to hear their rumblings during the night.
After the morning walk with the elephants we head into the town and down to the waterside to go out on ferry boat to the Featherbed marine reserve that is located at the head of the Knysna Lagoon. This very interesting eco tour includes a stop over on the Western Head where you go out on 4 x 4 vehicle for a guided tour to some spectacular viewpoints. After the tour we head along the coast to our next destination of the Bontebok National Park.
Bontebok National Park was created in the early 1900’s to save the near extinct Bontebok. At the time there was only 17 animals left. This remarkable conservation effort has resulted in the numbers increasing to more than 3000 today. The park itself now has 200, with the rest spread out over the other Western Cape nature reserves. After we leave the park in the early afternoon we head down the back roads and cross the Breede River by the only hand drawn Pont (ferry) left in South Africa, on our way to the seaside town of Hermanus for our last evening.
Hermanus is seen as South Africa’s whale watching capital, with more than 100 whales entering Walker Bay during the whale season from June to November. Even out of whale season it is still a great place to visit as there is a great number of attractions to visit. These include one of South Africa’s premier wine areas, the Hemel-en-Aarde (heaven and earth) valley, and if you prefer a beer there is also a micro brewery. For the more adventurous there is the option of doing a Great White Shark cage dive, which they do all year round.
In the late afternoon we make our way back to Cape Town to sadly come to an end of your tour.
As with all our tours there is total flexibility on the itinerary when booking. Discuss with us the amount of days and the route you would prefer to take.
Tour includes private vehicle, all fuel, qualified nature guide and driver, all entrance fees, tours and excursions, all accommodation and all meals, including snacks and beverages on the vehicle. Excluding alcoholic beverages.
Please request an up to date price as many of the establishments have seasonal specials.
Prices normally range from R 2650 per person per day to R 3,250 pppd depending on grade of accommodation, which we can offer options on.
Larger discounts are applicable for group bookings (more than 4 persons).