For those looking to explore the Garden Route on an action packed itinerary, stopping at all the best highlights the area has to offer; you’ve found your match! Wander along the Garden Route - a piece of paradise on the southeastern coast of South Africa. Search for members of Africa's Big 5, bungy jump, walk along forest footpaths, canoe and interact with African wildlife, all in one exciting itinerary. Your Garden Route experience begins as you drive along the longest wine route in the world, South Africa’s very own, Route 62. Enjoy the rugged scenery and winding roads as you make your way to Oudtshoorn to explore the fascinating underground maze of the Cango Caves. Adventure awaits you over the next two days. Choose to join an elephant bush walk where you’ll get to meet three orphaned elephants. Hop in a canoe and explore the Wilderness National Park, keeping an eye out for the abundant birdlife. Face your fears as you hurtle off the world’s highest bridge bungy, or visit the mystical forests of the Tsitsikamma region. Enjoy a 4x4 safari with a game ranger as you set out to spot members of Africa’s Big Five, and connect with nature on a tranquil bush walk amongst the animals in a private game reserve. It’s all part if this 3-day adventure and it’s waiting for you…
DAY 1: CAPE TOWN – OUDTSHOORN
Route 62 Scenic Drive
Cango Caves Tour
Set off from Cape Town along the rugged landscapes of Route 62, the longest wine route in the world! Along this famous country road you'll capture the beauty of high mountains, twisting passes, vast Karoo plains, vineyards and orchards. Stop at one of the many farm stalls along the way to sample local delights before arriving in Oudtshoorn, ostrich capital of the world and home to the fascinating Cango Caves where your next adventure awaits.
Delve deep underground to the magical Cango Caves’ limestone chambers, alive with drip formation stalactites and stalagmites and remnants of Khoikhoi paintings. Opt for the easy-going Heritage Tour to test the cave’s acoustics and gain insights your guide provides into the formation and dripstone evolution. By contrast, the Adventure Tour allows would-be contortionists to squeeze, twist and wiggle their way through limestone chimneys on a rather more adventurous underground route. You’ll spend the evening in the quaint town of Oudtshoorn where you could try local delicacies such as ostrich kebabs.
OVERNIGHT IN OUDTSHOORN
DAY 2: OUDTSHOORN – SEDGEFIELD
Elephant Bush Walk
Wilderness National Park Canoeing
Bloukrans Bungy Jump
Those seeking a meaningful experience can rise early and join rangers on an optional Elephant Bush Walk. You’ll have the opportunity to walk alongside three rescued elephants, in their own natural environment. These gentle giants were orphaned when their parents were poached in the north of South Africa, they were then transferred to Buffelsdrift, bringing their boisterous personalities with them. During your walk, you are free to take pictures galore and ask your rangers as many questions as you can muster.
Then, you’ll take to the water for a leisurely afternoon canoe along reed-lined river banks in Wilderness. It’s not until you stop paddling and let the gentle current guide you, that the abundance of birdlife becomes apparent.
The adventure continues as you reach Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest commercial bridge bungy jump. The bungy bridge itself is fairly unassuming as you drive over it, but it’s pretty apparent from the squeals and screams that this isn’t your average photo stop. Here, seemingly normal people hurtle face first down the 216m drop only to spring back up on their elastic cord like a yoyo. This region is a playground for the outdoors and for those with tamer appetites who have opted not to bungy, a visit to the lush forests of the Tsitsikamma area provides the requisite photo opportunity. Spend the evening in the slow town of Sedgefield.
OVERNIGHT IN SEDGEFIELD
DAY 3: SEDGEFIELD – CAPE TOWN
4x4 Garden Route Game Drive
Your journey today will begin as you leave the silhouette of Table Mountain behind and trade it for the lush green scenery of the Garden Route. You’ll soon understand where the area gets its name from, and why it is one of the most loved areas in the country. On your first stop of the day, spot some of Africa’s wild animals from the back of an open 4x4 vehicle in a malaria-free private game reserve. Search for giraffe, white rhino, kudu, lion, elephant, zebra and wildebeest, to name a few. An experienced game ranger leads the game drive.
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.
End off your day with a journey through the landscape of rugged plains and green vegetation as you pass through the heart of the Garden Route on your way back to Cape Town.
Reach Cape Town by late evening.
INCLUDED IN PRICE:-
Accommodation (dorm with shared bathroom
Transport to tour highlights
2 night stay with 2 breakfasts
Entry fees & Activities as listed (Included):
- Cango Caves tour
- Wilderness National Park Canoeing
- 4x4 Garden Route Safari (±2,5 hours)
- Bush Walk (±30 minutes)
Lunch, Dinner & drinks
- Elephant Bush Walk ±R395
- Bungy Jump ±R1100
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