Dream Destinations Southern Africa

Garden Route and Klein Karoo 8 days

Suggested itinerary day overview

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Day 1: George

Arriving in George will you be receiving your vehicle and make a short drive towards the small coastal town of Knysna. On route will be passing by some of the most scenic coastal roads in South Africa.

Day 2 and 3: Knysna

Today will you continue you journey on the Garden route and make your way towards the coastal town of Knysna. The next two days will be spent at leisure and exploring the area. A great excursion is a boat trip to the famous Knysna Heads where the estuary and the ocean meets. Visit the Featherbed nature reserve and see if you can spot the endangered Knysna Turaco (bird) or the critically endangered Knysna Sea Horse. You can also do a short drive and experience the Knysna (rain?) forest and the century old yellowwood trees, or just explore the town with its big variety of markets and souvenir shops.

Day 4 and 5: Addo National Park

Making your way down the coast you will be crossing the Bloukrans Bridge, and for the adrenaline chasers there is the opportunity to do the world’s highest bridge bungee jump – a staggering 215m jump. Continuing east you could have a great lunch stopover at Tsitsikamma National Park. Enjoy a short leisurely walk to the hang bridge crossing the Stormsriver or do a walk along the coast on the beginning of the world-renowned Otter Trail and enjoy a packed lunch at the waterfall and have a swim to cool down. After lunch you will be making your way to the Addo National Park. The National Park is the only park in the world where it is possible to spot the big 7 wildlife (Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, Southern Right Whale and Great White Shark). You will have the whole next day to enjoy the game drives and have the opportunity to do some of the activities on offer (game drives, nature walks etc.).

Day 6: Baviaanskloof

Today will you be making your way to Baviaanskloof (Valley of Baboons). Baviaanskloof is about 200 kms in length and is associated with pristine nature, narrow gorges, and views of unspoiled wilderness. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 2004 and is one of the richest plant regions in the world, less than 0.5% of the surface of Africa but home to nearly 20% of Africa’s fauna and flora. You will overnight on a guest farm in the region, which are known for their hospitality

Day 7: Oudtshoorn

Today is short drive towards another World Heritage Site, the Cango Caves. You can visit the caves on a guided tour and even go adventure caving. After the caves will you be making your way towards the Ostrich capital of South Africa, Oudtshoorn, where you can visit an Ostrich farm. You will be spending your last night in the region.

Day 8: George

The short drive back to George will take over the Outeniqua mountain pass, which forms the border between the Klein Karoo and the Garden Route. Arriving in George will you be making your way to the airport from where you will be departing on your journey back home.
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Adjustable comfort levels for this itinerary

1. Comfort

You will be staying in lodges between 3- and 4-star grading except in the National Parks where accommodation will be in the Camp chalets.

2. Comfort and camping

You will be staying in lodges between 3- and 4-star grading and will be spending some nights in a campsite where you will be sleeping in a roof top tent on top of the vehicle.

3. Camping

You will be staying in public campsite and be sleeping in a roof top tent.

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