Go wild in the Western Cape on an overnight safari trip from Cape Town! Travel off the beaten track to immerse yourself in the African bush. The Garden Route offers the perfect backdrop for a wildlife encounter, and the views along the way aren’t too shabby either. This tour offers guided safaris in two prestigious private game reserves, a guided bush walk as well as a chance to walk alongside orphaned elephants. You’ll also visit the ostrich capital of the world and get a chance to try local delicacies, giving you a taste of authentic South African culture.
You will travel to Botlierskop Private Game Reserve for a guided 4x4 bush drive safari and a tranquil bush walk with an expert game-ranger at your side. Learn more about the diversity of the African bush and her wildlife as your knowledgeable ranger shares nature’s secrets and teaches you about the region's fauna and flora.
Your next wildlife encounter takes you to Buffelsdrift Game Lodge for a bush drive. Set out on an open-topped 4x4 vehicle to search for buffalo, rhino, kudu, zebra, wildebeest and giraffe as you get closer to nature in this tranquil reserve.
Then, you can choose an optional Elephant Bush Walk as you learn more about three charismatic orphaned elephants. End off your experience with a drive through the rugged Karoo plains of South Africa’s famed Route 62.
Get close to nature as you learn more about indigenous plant species, insects, birds and wildlife on a Buffelsdrift 4x4 bush safari.
Follow orphaned African elephants at Buffelsdrift on their trek to the waterhole.
Roadtrip along Route 62's semi-desert country plains with quirky pitstops along the way.
Spot some of Africa's Big Five on a 4x4 safari at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve.
Follow a field ranger as you look for wildlife on a guided bush walking safari.
Start with a morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town.
Your journey today will begin as you leave the silhouette of Table Mountain behind and trade it for the scenery of the Garden Route. You’ll soon understand why it is one of the most loved areas in the country, by locals and visitors alike. The private game reserve is approximately 450 km (4 to 6-hour journey) from Cape Town will include extra rest stops. On arrival, spot some of Africa’s wild animals from the back of an open 4x4 vehicle in a malaria-free private game reserve. Among the dense coastal renosterveldt landscape and Cape fynbos, search for giraffe, white rhino, kudu, lion, elephant, zebra and wildebeest, to name a few. The game drive is led by an experienced game ranger sharing his knowledge of the local wildlife; including antelope species, birdlife and insects.
For an immersive bush experience, hop off the safari vehicle for an up close and personal encounter with nature on a tranquil bush walk. Follow your game ranger as you look for wildlife, birds or insects and learn about the medicinal value or names of the plants around you as you walk.
End off your day with a journey through the landscape of rugged plains and towering cliffs to reach Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world, situated in the semi-desert Klein Karoo. You’ll spend the evening here at leisure. Either head to town to enjoy a restaurant meal or taste local delights, such as an ostrich kebab during an optional 'braai' (similar to bbq) at a backpacker lodge under the vast twinkling starry skies.
Overnight accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.
A morning bush drive in an open-aired 4x4 at Buffelsdrift, a private game reserve on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn, starts your day off with some fauna and flora. With the wind in your hair and a private ranger at the wheel, you’ll learn about the arid landscape and the wildlife that call it home. You could spot buffalo, giraffe, rhino, kudu, porcupine, caracals, meerkats, aardvark and the experience feels even more intimate in the open-air jeep. Rangers use their local knowledge to ensure you get the best out of the bush; so don’t be surprised if they jump out of the jeep and point out a tortoise or a lizard for the ultimate show and tell.
Those seeking a close encounter with Mother Nature can join rangers on an optional Elephant Bush Walk. Follow three rescued elephants, Jabari, Malaika and Bulelo, as they walk to the nearby waterhole. These gentle giants were orphaned when their parents were poached in the north of South Africa. In efforts to keep the family together, they were transferred to Buffelsdrift, bringing their boisterous personalities with them. You are free to take pictures from a distance and can ask the rangers as many questions as you wish.
End off the day with a drive along Route 62, the longest wine route in the world! Along this famous country road, you'll capture the beauty of high mountains, twisting passes, rugged Karoo plains, vineyards and orchards. The approximate 450 km (4 to 6-hour) journey is broken up with additional lunch and rest stops. You'll also stop at one of the many farm stalls along the way before arriving in Cape Town by late evening.
End with an evening drop-off at your Cape Town accommodation.
Maximum 13 guests per vehicle or guide.
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.
1 night accommodation according to your Ways 2 Stay package.
1x Breakfast is included
This optional activity can be added to your journey as per rates listed in the itinerary.
Local and international flights are excluded.
You are responsible for your own personal travel insurance.
You can purchase meals + drinks on tour.
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Children under 10 years are not allowed.
Children between 10 and 17 years must be accompanied by an adult and book a private room tour package.
Children under 18 years are not allowed to book the Cost Saver Backpacker dorm room tour package.
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.