A feast of variety, this tour offers a premium selection and combines some of South Africa's finest coastal seascapes with quintessential quirks of the Garden Route, and perfectly rounds them off along the robust Route 62 to give you an all encompassing escape into this corner of paradise. You'll traverse oceanside routes, gazing upon vast ocean expanses framed by distant mountains; taste local delicacies highlighting South Africa's unique flavours; you'll immerse yourself in the sound of nature at Buffelsdrift Private game Reserve and join in the thrill of spotting wild animals on safari. The perfect recipe for an unforgettable escape, this 4 day itinerary selection is a travellers dream and we're confident you'll be left with fond memories of an unforgettable holiday.
As a bespoke luxury group option, our Africa Select Journeys division offers this premium micro group experience with a difference. This curated journey is aimed at the distinguished traveller who is not interested in the fast pace of a standard group tour, and has an affinity for the finer things in life but still enjoys the idea of travelling in a smaller, more intimate group. This group size is limited to a maximum of 8 people, guaranteeing each and everyone on the trip a window seat. This ensures less time wasted on waiting on the large group and more flexibility and me-time to truly immerse yourself in the environment and enjoy the journey.
Get close to nature as you learn more about indigenous plant species, insects, birds and wildlife on a Buffelsdrift 4x4 bush safari.
Hike amongst fragrant fynbos along the Hermanus cliff paths for some of the world's best seasonal land-based whale watching.
Wind along the wild beauty of the Kogelberg Biosphere with dramatic coastal scenes of Clarence drive.
Stand at the point where two oceans meet at Africa's southernmost tip.
Spot some of Africa's Big Five on a 4x4 safari at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve.
Meet orphaned African elephants at Buffelsdrift and learn about these gentle giants.
It’s always wine-o’clock somewhere along Route 62, after all it is the longest wine route in the world!
Be in awe of the magnificence of nature on a hike through Wilderness National Park.
Set out from Cape Town, expectant for the day ahead with a guaranteed window seat and the promise of many awe-inspiring moments to come. You’ll head along the spectacular Clarence Drive, winding along the coastal road and marvelling at the dramatic twists where the ocean meets the mountain slopes. The view changes with each turn, revealing more of the silhouettes ahead and exposing the vast expanse of False Bay as the ocean stretches out before you.
The coastal beauty continues as you meander towards the little hamlet of Hermanus, known around the world for its unparalleled land-based whale watching between July-December. You’ll enjoy the magnificent surrounding scenery and the quaint streets of Hermanus with a hearty lunch at a local eatery. Nearby, local stallholders offer a selection of African wares for shopaholics, and so eat your heart out as you browse and marvel over the local bric-a-brac.
From the fynbos lined paths of Hermanus, head on to the southernmost point of Africa and the very spot where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans collide. Whist eagle-eyed visitors look for a discernible difference between the two oceans, most visitors will make the pilgrimage to the official plaque and take the requisite photo with one foot on each side of the ocean or for those that dare to brave the cooler Atlantic currents, in the water.
Your final resting place for the day is none other than the local fishing town of Arniston, characterised by drastic craggy cliffs, white sandy beaches and charismatic fishermen's cottages. Indulge in an included local seafood dinner and prepare to be blown away by the unique flavours that have been perfected by generations.
After a leisurely morning soaking in the ocean air, you'll set course for an exhilarating afternoon at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, traversing vast hills in search of some members of the African Big 5. Hidden between Mossel bay and George along the esteemed Garden Route, this 4200 hectare private reserve with sprawling views of the Outeniqua mountains and the Indian Ocean is the epitome of safari excellence. Home to four of the Big Five, Botlierskop offers a host of unrivalled wild animal viewing options. After lunch, you'll head out on a custom fitted 4x4 vehicle with a knowledgeable ranger; you can expect wild encounters with giraffes, honey badgers, Cape mountain zebra, vervet monkeys, hippos, waterbuck and the rare and endangered white rhinoceros. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of Africa’s apex predators, the lions!
As the sun begins to wane, you'll continue on to the eclectically quirky town of Knysna, famed for sensational coastal views, rare oysters and a bustling waterfront scene. This jewel of the Garden Route lazes on the edge of the lagoon, and the Knysna Heads - a pair of rocky sandstone cliffs - highlight the meeting place between the town’s lagoon and the Indian Ocean. Dinner can be enjoyed from the Eastern Head, affording you a breathtaking view and the chance to sample some world-famous Knysna oysters if you please!
Enticed by the crisp morning air and fresh ocean scents, you will have a morning at leisure to drink in the surrounds and sneak in a little shopping at the Knysna Waterfront if you so desire.
A gem of the Garden Route, and a picture perfect representation of its essence; the Wilderness National Park awaits you next for a back-to-nature immersive hike. The Park’s lush terrestrial landscapes will transport you to a Garden of Eden type paradise as you follow the gentle hiking paths along reed lined banks covered by dense forest canopies. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears open for colourful Kingfisher’s flitting and feeding around the water’s edge or the region’s famous, but rare Knsyna loerie with its green plumage and dark red wing feathers.
From the lush Garden Route to the vast arid plains of the Klein Karoo, your journey over the Outeniqua Mountain Pass really shows off our magnificent country of contrasts as the scenery changes before your eyes. Reach Buffelsdrift, a private game lodge on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn, for a serene sunset bush drive. With the wind in your hair and a private ranger at the wheel, you’ll learn about the natural landscape in the Karoo and the critters that call it home; look out for buffalo, giraffe, kudu, porcupine, caracals, meerkats, aardvark, honey badgers and foxes.
When evening arrives, you'll enjoy a sensational dinner on the deck overlooking the waterhole and if you're lucky enough you might get to see the resident hippos lazing about. Enjoy the sounds of the bush as you kick back tonight in one of Buffelsdrift's luxury glamping safari tents.
As dawn breaks and the animals of the bush begin to awake, you will embark on a "walk to remember" of huge proportions. Meet three orphaned African elephants with suitably tribal names: Bulelo meaning Thank you, Jabari aka Powerful and Malaika aka Angel. Their parents were poached in Kruger, and in efforts to keep this family together; the herd was hand-reared and now roam free in the vast Cango Valley at the Buffelsdrift private game reserve. Every morning, they eagerly report to the waterhole to walk knee-cap-to-shoulder alongside their human-dad caregivers. Join in the stroll to experience these loveable creatures’ caring nature up-close in a wild Karoo setting.
With cameras and memories full, you'll begin your slow journey back to Cape Town along the expansive Route 62. America might have the flashier Route 66, but South Africa’s most famous country road – Route 62 – charms from the first. From the give way road signs warning that nimble-footed antelope might leap in front of your car at any moment to the multitudes of boutique wine farms along the way, you'll be spoilt for choice as you sample local wines and ports!
Capture the beauty of high mountains, twisting passes, rugged Karoo plains, vineyards and orchards as you approach Cape Town and that nostalgically unmistakable silhouette of Table Mountain, marking the end of your time with us.
End with an early evening drop-off at your Cape Town accommodation.
Maximum 8 guests per vehicle or guide & guaranteed window seat.
Led by a local English-speaking professional tour guide.
Transfers to included tour highlights.
There is no central meeting point for this tour. A transfer service will collect you from your Cape Town accommodation.
3 nights accommodation according to your Ways 2 Stay package.
3 x Breakfast, 2 Dinners included
Local and international flights are excluded.
You are responsible for your own personal travel insurance.
You can purchase meals + drinks on tour.
If you'd like to request additional stops along the way.
Firstly it is important for you to know that I literally cannot see a dog without stopping to stroke it. Right, with that out of the way, I have always thought that travel was an important way to learn about oneself, and that it allowed for growth and development. It’s also very exciting – which is why I started out working for a travel marketing agency before I joined the Hotspots2c Team. When I’m not working I’m usually creating decadent baking creations, enjoying music, or spending time with family and friends.
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Children under 8 years are not allowed.
Children between 8 and 17 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Children under 18 years are not allowed to consume alcohol and will require adult consent to partake in some optional activities.
11 official Languages Spoken
Afrikaans – English – isiNdebele – Sepedi.– Sesotho – Siswati – Xitsonga – Setswana – Tshivenda – isiXhosa
How to say hello?
Molo – Xhosa
Sawubona - Zulu
Hallo - Afrikaans
Dumela - SeSotho
Electricity – Volt & plug
The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins.
WiFi/Internet Access on tour
WiFi can be found at most accommodations, restaurants and airports, however, the download speed is often slow and many connections limit your data usage. In short, you’ll be able to stay connected with home, but don't expect to watch HD movies in your spare time.
When to go
South Africa is blessed with a mostly mild climate, but different areas will yield different temperatures throughout the year. Summer in South Africa is usually peak season, lasting between November – February, however Easter time (March) is often still considered peak season too. Temperatures range from 25ºC in coastal areas to high 30ºs in inland areas. Cape Town has ideal weather during this time and Durban sports warm beaches and humid air, Johannesburg experiences hot clear days and often an afternoon thunderstorm.
Shoulder season is April and May, as well as September and October. Surprisingly, the weather in Durban is often at its best during this time, and other areas simmer down from their scorching highs. Prices are lower and crowds are smaller. September and October see eruptions of flowers and blooms all around the country.
Winter is beautiful in most parts of the country. Cape Town experiences winter rain and is often a little cold and miserable, but still crisp and beautiful. Because of the warm Indian Ocean, Durban has spectacular weather in winter, often hovering around 20-25ºC with clear blue skies. Inland areas get quite chilly and the odd snowfall is not uncommon (it only lasts for a day though!). Prices are at an all time low and it is an ideal time for game viewing, as the animals are more active in the cooler weather.
Best time to go
Jun-Jul = Safari
Jan-Feb = Beach
With the possible exception of Christmas Day and New Year's Day, most tourist services and attractions are open on South African public holidays. In addition most city shopping centres, restaurants and entertainment venues remain open.
|1 Jan||New Year's Day|
|21 Mar||Human Rights Day|
|30 Mar||Good Friday|
|2 Apr||Family Day|
|27 Apr||Freedom Day|
|1 May||Workers' Day|
|16 Jun||Youth Day|
|9 Aug||National Women's Day|
|24 Sep||Heritage Day|
|16 Dec||Day of Reconciliation|
|17 Dec||Day of Reconciliation Holiday|
|25 Dec||Christmas Day|
|26 Dec||Day of Goodwill|
Visa & Travel docs
Travellers from most Commonwealth countries (excluding New Zealand), most Western European nations, Japan and the USA receive a free, 90-day visitor's permit on arrival. These travellers do not need a visa to enter South Africa. A valid passport is essential with at least two empty pages. You generally will need to show return or onward travel arrangements. Children aged under 18 must show an unabridged birth certificate (showing both parents details).
Some countries do, however, need a visa. Visas are not issued upon entry, they must be attained beforehand. It is advised that you clarify this before you leave, the Department of Home Affairs office has a comprehensive list of countries that do not require visas. http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries
What to pack
We're generally laid back in South Africa, so no need to haul out your best silks and diamonds when you head to our shores. Here's some clothing advice when in South Africa:
Health & Safety
There are no compulsory vaccinations required to enter South Africa with exception of a yellow fever vaccination if you have been in a yellow fever area within the last 12 months.
The only major health risk you might face in South Africa is malaria, which is confined to small areas in the north-eastern parts of the country. Small pockets of the northern parts of the Kruger National Park fall under this area but the risk here is considered extremely low and it is not always necessary to take anti-malaria tablets. Remember as a precautionary measure to check with your accommodation what is recommended.
South Africa may have high crime statistics, but if you conduct yourself wisely, most tourists enjoy the country without any incident at all. Ensure that you lock away your passports and travel documents in a safe, which is usually provided by your accommodation. Don't flash around valuables and keep an eye on your belongings at all time. Majority of South Africa’s crime is opportunistic petty crime, so if you are vigilant about your belongings you should not have any problem.
South Africa has 3 world-class airports that receive international flights every day; Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Most international airlines will have flights into one or all of these airports daily.
There are numerous budget carriers that offer domestic flights between the major cities for very reasonable rates; this is the fastest and safest way to span large distances, especially between Johannesburg and Cape Town, which is a 2-hour flight.
From the airports there are numerous shuttles and taxis that you can pick up upon arrival, there are also many different car hire options at each airport and in all major cities. Uber is another reliable and affordable option.
Our currency in South Africa is the South African Rand. You can easily convert your currency to rand at a bank or Forex Bureau, the airports and larger towns often have many different Forex options. You can also withdraw from an ATM, banks are available throughout South Africa. Be sure to check what international bank charges you will incur for withdrawals before you arrive. Major credit cards are usually accepted in hotels or restaurants, however, there may be a surcharge. It is advisable to have small amounts of cash for curios and tipping.