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Garden Route Private Tour, South Africa: Port Elizabeth + Cape Town + Addo

South Africa: Garden Route + Cape Town - Private Guide
SPB12P
12 NIGHTS
FROM £3,595
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Garden Route Private Tour South Africa Port Elizabeth Cape Town Addo

This Garden Route Private Tour explores this scenic region of South Africa, travelling from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town (or visa versa) with your own driver/guide. Ideal for special interests such as photography, birding or family groups. Visit Addo Elephant Park, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn & Hermanus - ending in beautiful Cape Town. English speaking guide, all park fees & activities included,

Garden Route Private Tour South Africa Port Elizabeth Cape Town Addo
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Garden Route Private Tour
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Port Elizabeth
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Addo Elephant Park
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Tsitsikamma & Storms River
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Plettenberg Bay
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Knysna
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Featherbed Nature Reserve
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Cango Caves
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Whales in Hermanus
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Garden Route Private Tour
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Port Elizabeth
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Addo Elephant Park
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Tsitsikamma & Storms River
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Plettenberg Bay
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Knysna
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Featherbed Nature Reserve
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Cango Caves
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Whales in Hermanus
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Cape Town, South Africa
Day 1
You will be met at Port Elizabeth Airport by your guide and transferred 1-hour to Addo Elephant Park in the beautiful Eastern Cape.
  
After checking into your simple self-catering Addo Rest Camp enjoy a late afternoon game drive with your guide, where game viewing opportunities should present themselves almost immediately. In addition to elephants, we hope to see several species of antelope, zebra, wildebeest and maybe even giraffe - as well as several of the Big Five.
 
Note: Addo has a restaurant where you can buy breakfast, lunch & dinner (own account).
Day 2
This morning enjoy a game drive in your guide's vehicle in the malaria free Addo Elephant Park, where you can view these magnificent animals which once roamed free in this area and were saved from extinction by this national park, which has also preserved the rare Cape buffalo and the flying dung beetle. Addo is home to all the Big Five - lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino - as well as many other interesting species.
 
The remainder of the morning is free to relax at your rest camp, before setting out again in the late afternoon on another game drive. You can hope to see ostrich, giraffe, hippo, kudu, crocodiles, antelope, waterbuck, warthogs, baboons and many other animals. With hundreds of different bird species in the region, outstanding bird watching is also guaranteed!
  
After a beautiful African sunset, enjoy the balmy evening and pristine stars of the Milky Way as you have never seen them before – as well as the spectacular Southern Cross.
 
Note: Vehicles are not allowed to drive off-road in any national park in South Africa.
Day 3
This morning we leave Addo and travel 4-hours to the oyster capital of Knysna in the heart of the scenic Garden Route.
 
We travel past the Tsitsikamma Forest and across the dramatic Storms River Gorge where, time permitting, we can make a 2-hour detour to the Storms River Mouth.
 
We then continue driving past the beaches of Plettenberg Bay to Knysna. Check in to your hotel in this area of outstanding natural beauty.
 
Note: In season we recommend booking Knysna restaurants online in advance of your visit, to avoid disappointment.
Day 4
This morning we take the ferry from the Knysna Waterfront to Featherbed Nature Reserve situated on Knysna's Western Head, one of two magnificent sandstone cliffs guarding the entrance to the vast Knysna Lagoon.
 
This spectacular nature reserve is only accessible by ferry, followed by a short trailer ride to the top of the reserve which offers panoramic views. Most visitors choose to return on foot along a 1-mile guided nature walk through natural coastal forest onto the cliffs, through caves and along a scenic coastal path, followed by an included seafood buffet lunch served under the old Milkwood trees.  
  
In the afternoon a special treat awaits – a visit to Knysna Elephant Park, for the opportunity to interact with and feed these gentle giants for 45-minutes.
 
The remainder of the afternoon is free to explore Knysna. This lively town is famous for its oysters, which are grown in the lagoon. It offers good shopping opportunities and many interesting craft shops.
Day 5
Today enjoy a few close encounters with some of South Africa's amazing wildlife.
 
We start with a visit to the Monkeyland sanctuary outside Plettenberg Bay, where you can see these primates up-close in their natural surroundings. Our combo-ticket includes Jukani Animal Centre and the Birds of Eden sanctuary, located within a two-hectare dome spanning a gorge of indigenous forest. Here you can learn about different bird species in their natural habitat.
 
Afterwards we drive to Plettenberg Bay, when you can spend some time exploring the town or relaxing on one of its magnificent beaches.
Day 6
Today we travel 2-hours from Knysna, driving past the lakes of Sedgefield and the beaches of Wilderness on the beautiful Garden Route.
 
We continue through the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to the ostrich capital of Oudtshoorn in the arid Little Karoo. Here we visit the world-renowned Cango Caves – a vast series of underground halls and caverns formed over 20 million years ago in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. The caves, which extend for over 3 miles, contain spectacular stalagmites and stalactites and offer relatively easy access.
Day 7
After visiting an Ostrich Farm to view these huge flightless birds in their natural surroundings, enjoy more of the dramatic and contrasting beauty of South Africa on your scenic 4-hour drive along spectacular Route 62. During our journey we enjoy wine tasting at two Wine Estates, one renowned for its port and the other for its wine.
  
Continue to the small seaside town of Hermanus where, from July to November, southern right and humpback whales come to breed and considered the best location for land-based Whale Watching in the world. Once severely endangered, these magnificent creatures of the deep are now breeding successfully in the area due to a major international conservation effort. Check in to your hotel in Hermanus and enjoy the natural beauty of the coastline.
Day 8
Today we leave Hermanus and drive 2-hours to Cape Town.
 
Along the way we visit Harold Porter Botanical Garden, which is renowned for its fine collection of fynbos (meaning "fine bush"). Situated between the mountains and the sea, in the heart of the Cape Fynbos region, it lies in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and comprises 10-hectares of cultivated fynbos garden and 190-hectares of natural fynbos shrubland vegetation. The walk through the gorge and down to the waterfall is particularly rewarding.
 
We also visit the Stoney Point Penguin Colony outside Bettys Bay, before continuing to Cape Town.
 
Afterwards we continue to Cape Town, travelling along the scenic coastal route through Betty's Bay and Gordon Bay, with spectacular views of the Cape Peninsula and False Bay. Check in to your hotel within sight of Table Mountain and relax in this beautiful city.
Day 9
Today enjoy a full day private tour of the beautiful city of Cape Town.
 
Weather permitting, we start by ascending Table Mountain by cable car to see one of the world's most famous views (alternatively we will drive up Signal Hill). We then drive around the city to see the key sights including the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, City Hall, Greenmarket Square, Houses of Parliament, Bo Kaap, Castle of Good Hope, District Six and Sea Point.
 
After lunch (own account) we continue to beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens, nestled on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Bequeathed to the nation by Cecil John Rhodes, the garden was established 1913 and is regarded as one the most beautiful botanic gardens in the world. There is an avenue of camphor trees, a beautiful protea and fynbos garden, useful plants garden, sculpture garden and a dell garden as well as a world class collection of indigenous South African flora. Don’t miss the magnificent steel and timber Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway (fondly known as the 'Boomslang' - or tree snake) that winds around the mountainside. Wonderful summer sunset concerts are held in the gardens on Sunday evenings from December to March.
Day 10
Today enjoy a full day private tour to the beautiful Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve peninsula.
 
We start with a short boat trip from Hout Bay to view Cape Fur seals at Seal Island and continue via Chapman’s Peak Drive to spectacular Cape Point where you may see baboons, ostrich and perhaps even dolphins or whales in season (July/November).
 
On the return journey we pass through naval Simons Town and visit the resident penguin colony at Boulders Beach, before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 11
At leisure to relax and explore the "Mother City" of Cape Town independently.
 
Many optional activities are available in this beautiful city. You can visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned (advance booking essential in season) and explore the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
 
You can also take the Hop Off bus (Blue Route) to visit world famous Kirstenbosch Gardens, enjoy a city tour or simply relax on golden Camps Bay Beach.
Day 12
Today enjoy a full day private tour to the renowned Stellenbosch Winelands, travelling through the scenic Franschhoek Valley where a handful of French Huguenot refugees started South Africa’s now famous wine industry.
 
We visit two wine estates, with included wine tastings, and the historic university town of Stellenbosch before enjoying a picnic lunch at a wine estate (own account).
 
In the afternoon we visit a third wine estate and the Cheetah Outreach project in Somerset West. This community-based programme seeks to raise awareness of the plight of the cheetah and campaign for its survival. Observe these magnificent endangered cats up close, before returning to Cape Town.
Day 13
Transfer to Cape Town Airport for your flight home.