10 Day Garden Route Explorer & Safari – Luxury


 

 button  From ZAR30,640 / US$2,189*
Starting Date:

Any date specified by clients – this is a private tour

Starting Point:

Anywhere in Cape Town/Stellenbosch

Ending Point:

Anywhere in Cape Town/Stellenbosch

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Highlights

  • Delve into the astounding Cango Caves
  • Full ostrich experience at High Gate Ostrich Farm
  • Stop off at Calitzdorp, also known as the “Port Wine Capital”
  • Travel through the picturesque Outeniqua Mountain Pass
  • Visit Knysna
  • Pop in at Knysna Heads for some exceptional views and photo’s
  • Cruise the Knysna lagoon and enjoy the Featherbed Nature Reserve tour
  • Sedgefield
  • Explore Plettenberg Bay’s amazing beaches
  • Visit at the Storms River mouth
  • Hike to suspension bridges in the Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Test your nervous at Bloukrans Bungee Jump 210m (own costs)
  • Swing between the trees on a Tree Top Canopy Tour (own costs)
  • Encounter gentle giants on a game drive through ADDO Elephant National Park
  • Check out the waves at Jefferies Bay
  • Visit the quaint town of George
  • Dias Museum and Post Office Tree tour in George
  • The Big 5 at the luxuries Pumba Private Game Reserve

Day 1: Cape Town - Swellendam

Depart from CAPE TOWN and head to the historical town of SWELLENDAM where we enjoy a lunch at one of the wine estates in the area, wine tasting is also on the program for the day. Later we make our way to SCHOONE OORDT COUNTRY HOUSE HOUSE where we overnight in the luxury of an exclusive country estate. Dinner is served on the patio overlooking the magnificent estate grounds.
Included meals: Dinner
Included activities: Wine tasting
Optional activities: N/A
Travel route, distance & time: Cape Town – Swellendam: ± 230km (± 3hours)
Overnight: Swellendam

Day 2: Swellendam - Oudtshoorn

After a leisurely breakfast and a stroll around the garden we depart from MARDOUW COUNTRY HOUSE at around 10am and we make our way to the town of OUDSTHOORN, famous for the CANGO CAVES and Ostriches. The drive to Oudtshoorn takes us through some really interesting countryside and you will be amazed at some of the mountain passes and the exotic rock formations that we will see. We enjoy a light lunch along the way and sample some PORT at Calitszdorp. This region is world famous for fortified wine (port) production. Arriving in Oudtshoorn we visit the CANGO CAVES to explore some of its wonders. Overnight is at LA PENSION guest house and dinner is at one of the fine restaurants in town where you can try Ostrich steaks cooked to a TEEEEE!
Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Included activities: Cango Caves Adventure/Standard tour, Wine tasting
Optional activities: N/A
Travel route, distance & time: Swellendam - Oudtshoorn: ± 225km (± 2H45 mins)
Overnight: Oudtshoorn
 

Day 3: Oudtshoorn - Knysna

After breakfast we depart from La Pension and head to HIGH GATE OSTRICH farm to learn more about these fascinating birds. After this we make our way towards the coast, not before negotiating the OUTENIQUA mountain pass, once again magnificent scenery. On our way to Knysna we pass through the town of George which is the largest town in the region. We arrive in Knysna in the early afternoon where we check in at the ELEPHANT HIDE GUEST LODGE. After freshening up we depart for the town and spend the afternoon exploring the area. Dinner is at one of the fine restaurants in town.
Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities: High Gate Ostrich Farm, Knysna Heads & Knysna Waterfront
Optional activities: N/A
Travel route, distance & time: Oudtshoorn - Knysna: ± 130km (± 1H 45 mins)
Overnight: Knysna

Day 4: Knysna – Plettenberg Bay

We depart from The Elephant Hide after an enjoyable breakfast and make our way to the ferry that will take us to the Featherbed Nature reserve across the Knysna Lagoon. This excursion is highly recommended and takes four hours which includes a substantial buffet lunch and some interesting local information. Upon returning to shore we proceed up the coast towards PLETTENBERG BAY. We enjoy dinner at one of the legendary restaurants overlooking the beach. We overnight in Plettenberg Bay staying at THE GRAND.
Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities: Featherbed Nature Reserve outing & Lunch
Optional activities: N/A
Travel route, distance & time: Knysna – Plettenberg Bay: ± 33km (± 30 mins)
Overnight: The Grand - Plettenberg Bay

Day 5: Plettenberg Bay – Tsitsikamma National Park (Storms River)

After breakfast we enjoy a leisurely stroll along the beach before heading towards the CRAGS where we will spend time enjoying the area with much to see and do. Tenikwa Wildlife Centre, Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and craft & Art shops are all on the day's program. Lunch is enjoyed at a local wine farm that serves delicious cheese platters. After a thoroughly absorbing day we head towards the village of Storms River and the Tsitsikamma Forest. We overnight at the Village Hotel in Storms River.
Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Included activities: Tenikwa Wildlife Centre, Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Optional activities: N/A
Travel route, distance & time: Plettenberg Bay – Tsitsikamma National Park: ± 66km’s (± 55 mins)
Overnight: Tsitsikamma National Park – Storms River
 

Day 6: Tsitsikamma National Park – Storms River

After a hearty breakfast we are all fueled up to enjoy the Tsitsikamma Forest region with all its attractions. The Tsitsikamma offers a great variety of activities that can be enjoyed. The day can be spent in any number of ways with many adrenalin pumping things to do. The Tsitsikamma boasts the world’s highest BUNGY JUMP (Bloukrans Bridge 210m free fall). Other activities for the more adventurous are Blackwater Tubing down the Storms River, Zip Lining through the forest canopy 70m up and abseiling into a ravine. For the less ambitious visitors you can enjoy a leisurely hike to the Storms River Suspension Bridge, or a boat trip up the Storms River Mouth. Storms River Mouth is also a great place to enjoy lunch. The full day in the Tsitsikamma can also be used as a chance to re-fuel, by relaxing around the pool or walking in the forest, you will see it is paradise. This is why we spend two nights in the Tsitsikamma to allow a full day to really experience the region. Overnight at the Village Hotel in Storms River.
Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities: Tree Top Canopy Tour & Suspension Bridge hike in Tsitsikamma National Park
Optional activities: Bloukrans Bungee Jump (210m) ±R895, Blackwater Tuning ±R540 & Abseiling ±R120
Travel route, distance & time: N/A
Overnight: Tsitsikamma National Park – Storms River
 

Day 7: Storms River – Jeffrey’s Bay - Port Elizabeth – Pumba Private Game Reserve

After breakfast we depart the Tsitsikamma and begin our drive to PORT ELIZABETH and then on to PUMBA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE. On the way to PUMBA we will stop off at JEFFRY’S BAY which is a world famous surfing beach for a few photographs and a light lunch. Once we pass through the City of PE we will start to head inland and you will see how the landscape changes from lush forest to Eastern Cape Bushveld. PORT ELIZABETH is the fifth largest city in South Africa and is a major shipping port. We arrive at PUMBA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE in the afternoon where you will be welcomed by the PUMBA staff. After a brief introduction you will be shown to your exquisite accommodation. This is where we Capey Tours leave you, assured that for the next few days you will be in good hands and guaranteed to have a wonderful Safari experience. Overnight at PUMBA.
Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Included activities: Suspension Bridge hike in Tsitsikamma National Park
Optional activities: Bloukrans Bungee Jump (210m) ±R895, Blackwater Tuning ±R540, Abseiling ±R120 & Tree Top Canopy Tour ±R550
Travel route, distance & time: Storms River – Jeffrey’s Bay - Port Elizabeth – Pumba Private Game Reserve: ±292km’s (3H15 mins)
Overnight: Pumba Private Game Reserve
 

Day 8 and 9: Pumba Private Game Reserve

PUMBA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE covers 6500 hectares of land consisting of bushveld, thornveld, grassland, thicket and forest. PUMBA is home to Africa’s Big 5, including a pride of rare white Lions, Hyena, African Wild Dog and over 300 species of birds. PUMBA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE is situated in the Malaria-free Eastern Cape and is a one-hour drive from Port Elizabeth. PUMBA offers luxury stone walled, thatched, waterfront chalets. Each chalet offers a private setting with a unique view of Lake Kariega where the animals come to drink. Both nights are spent at PUMBA.
Included meals: All meals and selected local beverages
Included activities: 2 x game drives and activities
Optional activities: N/A
Travel route, distance & time: Storms River – Port Elizabeth – Pumba Private Game Reserve: ±292km’s (3H15 mins)
Overnight: Pumba Private Game Reserve
 

Day 10: Pumba Private Game Reserve – Port Elizabeth

After breakfast and depending on your flight schedule the PUMBA Courtesy vehicle will transfer you safely to PORT ELIZABETH to meet your flight. Thus ends a Garden Route & Safari that will be remembered for many years to come, and who knows we might see you sooner than you think. It is loosely estimated in the Tourism Industry that more than 70% of first time visitors to SOUTH AFRICA will find their way back here sometime in the future.
Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities: Morning game drive, depending on your flights
Optional activities: N/A
Travel route, distance & time: Pumba Private Game Reserve – Port Elizabeth: ±110km’s (1H20 mins)
PRIVATE TOURS - PRICE PER PERSON:  
5-8 People ZAR 30,640 US$2,189
4 People ZAR 31,800 US$2,272
3 People ZAR 33,780 US$2,413
2 People  ZAR 34,820 US$2,487

NB: Please note that 2 people are required for the tour to run. We can accommodate larger groups (up to 18 guests). Please contact us for a quotation.

Includes
  • Transport in air-conditioned vehicle
  • Luxury accommodation
  • 9 x breakfast
  • 1 x lunch
  • 4 x dinners
  • All entrance fees as per above itinerary
  • Featherbed Experience
  • Game drives as per above itinerary
  • All activities as mention in above itinerary
  • Wine tastings
  • Pumba Private Game reserve – all meals and game drives & selected local beverages
Excludes
  • International airfare (to & from South Africa)
  • Activities not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Gratuities
  • Drinks
  • Meals not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal & medical insurance

Capey Tours

Pre Departure Info

Important notes

  1. This trip departs early in the morning on day 1 and it is strongly recommended that you arrive at least one day prior.
  2. This trip is a combination of short break Adventures and you will be joined by your local tour guide
  3. Prices are based on double/twin/family share and a compulsory single supplement applies for solo traveler’s. See Important notes for more details.
  4. A departure airport transfer is included on Day 1 of this short break adventure. Please ensure your arrival and departure flight details are provided to your at least 7 days prior to your departure.

Group size

Maximum of 18 travelers per group

Your fellow traveler’s

This trip is operated in "Join-In" basis and you may travel alongside other Capey Tours or non-Capey Tours traveler’s during included activities.

Please note many of our Short Break Adventures operate with a minimum of 2 people, so there may be instances where there are only 2 people on the trip.

Accommodation

Hotel / Guesthouse / Backpackers depending on your choice

Meals & Drinks

As per the itinerary. Drinks are for your own account

Money Matters

SOUTH AFRICA

The official currency of South Africa is the Rand (ZAR). The best way to manage your money in Africa is a mixture of cash and an ATM card (best to have both Visa and MasterCard).

Cash

Cash is easily changed at exchange bureaus and they generally offer the best rates. ***PLEASE NOTE: MANY BUSINESSES AND BANKS IN AFRICA DO NOT ACCEPT US DOLLAR NOTES OLDER THAN 2006. IF YOU ARE BRINGING USD, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND LARGE BILLS IN GOOD CONDITION, 2006 SERIES ONWARDS ONLY. ANY OLD OR DAMAGED NOTES MAY NOT BE ACCEPTED. ***

The South African Rand can also be used widely in countries of Southern Africa. When changing money, only use reputable authorized money exchange vendors and never anyone on the street. There are many instances of traveler’s being given counterfeit notes or being tricked when money is being counted out.

Visa & Master Card

With ATMs being increasingly available in the many major towns and cities and even some campsites, credit or debit cards are a convenient way to access money. Throughout Africa, cards with the Visa logo are most readily recognized, although MasterCard is also accepted in most places. A charge is made for each international transaction - please check with your bank how much this fee will be. Check with your bank before leaving home that your card can be used as a debit card in Africa. You may also want to notify your bank that you are visiting Africa as it's not unknown for banks to freeze cards which show sudden transactions in other countries. At “A Team Tours” we are serious about your safety and strongly advise that you follow the following rules when drawing cash at an ATM:

  • Take someone with you when you want to withdraw money from an ATM
  • Withdraw money inside a bank if possible
  • Do not withdraw large sums of money from an ATM – rather use your credit card
  • NEVER ACCEPT HELP FROM A STRANGER, not even

When it comes to money matters on the trip, every traveler is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need.

Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).

Emergency Funds

Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (e.g. a natural disaster, civil unrest, strike action or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.

Joining Point

Cape Milner Hotel

2a Milner Road

Tamboerskloof

Cape Town

SOUTH AFRICA

Phone: 27 (21)4261101

Finish Point

Cape Milner Hotel

2a Milner Road Tamboerskloof Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA Phone: 27 (21)4261101

Joining/Finish point description

The Cape Milner is a sophisticated, comfortable hotel in the Tamboerskloof region of central Cape Town. All rooms have a refined, contemporary decor, en suite bathrooms and fabulous views of Table Mountain. Tea and coffee making facilities are included as is Wi-Fi and flat screen TV's. The hotel facilities include an elegant dining room, outdoor pool, glass-roofed bar, a small gym and many lounge areas.

Joining/Finishing Point Instructions

If you have pre-booked a departure transfer, please inform your leader and they will notify you of your departure transfer time. If you are making your own way to the airport the hotel will be able to help book you an airport shuttle or taxi. Please ask at reception.

Emergency Contact

In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, A Team Tours representatives can be reached on +27 810188912 (24/7). For general enquiries or questions about your booking, please visit us at www.capeytours.co.za/contact-us While we always endeavor to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip. We recognize that there may be times when your group tour leader/guide may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager? You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

Visas

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

SOUTH AFRICA:

Australia: No visa required Belgium: No visa required Canada: No visa required Germany: No visa required Ireland: No visa required Netherlands: No visa required New Zealand: No visa required Switzerland: No visa required United Kingdom: No visa required USA: No visa required

Citizens of the above countries do not need visas to visit South Africa as a tourist for up to three months. Citizens of all countries should check with the relevant consulates as to whether a visa is required.

Entry Requirements - Passports

Please note that non-machine readable passports are no longer accepted by South African immigration. All visitors to South Africa must have a machine readable travel document (e-passport). Failure to present an e-passport will result in denied entry. Passengers with a valid visa issued in a non-machine readable passport will be handled on a case by case basis, but a fine will still be applicable.

Entry Requirements - Travelling with Children

A new immigration regulation came into effect on 1st October 2014, whereby parents will need to produce an original unabridged birth certificate if they are travelling with children. The new regulation has been put in place to protect children from being abducted, kidnapped and preventing child trafficking. The Department of Home Affairs has urged all parents to apply for unabridged certificates for their children. Additionally, further documentation including permission to travel, may be required if only one parent is travelling. These are requirements of the immigration regulation 6 (12)(a) for parents travelling with children. So just to be on the safe side, more information can be found here: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/civic-services/traveling-with-children

We recommend traveler’s check requirements before travel as they can change.

What to Take

What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the tour you have chosen and when you are travelling. Generally speaking, you should pack as lightly as possible.

Most traveler’s carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc. for day trips.

Water Bottle

Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.

Health

All Capey Tours traveler’s need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveler is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Capey Tours reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

Yellow Fever

A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.

It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.

Travel Insurance

span style="font-size: 14pt;">Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24-hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

A Couple Of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Capey Tours traveler’s. Capey Tours philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Capey Tours, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately, please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.

Responsible Travel

We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimize the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects.

Safety

At Capey Tours we take your safety very seriously. Like any other country in the world, South Africa also has “hotspots” where it’s not safe to go. In order to keep you safe at all times, we have listed a few pointers below that will go a long way in ensuring your safety in various situations:

ATM’s

  • Take someone with you when you want to withdraw money from an ATM
  • Withdraw money inside a bank if possible
  • Do not withdraw large sums of money from an ATM – rather use your credit card
  • NEVER ACCEPT HELP FROM A STRANGER, not even someone who looks like a security guard. If your card should get stuck or be “swallowed” by the machine, stay there and send you companion to look for help or phone the number on the machine
In the Car
  • Plan your route in advance
  • Keep your car doors locked at all times and windows closed
  • Lock valuable items in the boot
  • At night, park in well-lit areas
  • Never pick up strangers or hitch-hikers
  • If in any doubt about the safety of an area, phone a police station for advice
At the Hotel
  • Never leave your luggage unattended
  • Store valuables in the hotel’s safe-deposit box
  • Keep your room locked, whether you’re in it or not
  • If someone knocks, check who it is first before opening the door
  • Hand the keys in at reception whenever you leave the hotel
 

In the Street

  • Avoid ostentatious displays of expensive jewelry, cameras and other valuables
  • Don’t carry large sums of money around
  • At night, steer clear of dark, isolated areas
  • It’s better to explore in groups and stick to well-lit, busy streets
  • A policeman or traffic officer will be glad to direct you if you get lost
  • If you want to call a taxi, your hotel or the nearest tourist information office will recommend a reliable service

Feedback

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We trust you enjoyed your adventure and look forward to seeing you return ASAP!

“Capey Tours”

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