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. Klein Karoo & Garden Route South Africa.
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 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 another exciting guided safari. Set out on an open-topped 4x4 safari to search for white rhino, buffalo, elephant, kudu, zebra, wildebeest and giraffe - just to name a few. 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.
Day 1: Garden Route > Oudtshoorn
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 lush green 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. On your first stop of the day, 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 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.
Just when you thought your bush experience couldn’t get any better, 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 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.
Day 2: Klein Karoo
A morning wildlife safari in an open-aired 4x4 at Buffelsdrift, a private game reserve on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn, starts your day off with some wildlife action. With the wind in your hair and a private ranger at the wheel, you’ll learn about the arid landscape and the critters that call it home. You could spot buffalo, giraffe, kudu, porcupine, caracals, meerkats, aardvark, honey badgers and foxes 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 game drive; so don’t be surprised if they jump out of the jeep and pick up 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 galore and ask the rangers as many questions as you can muster.
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. Stop at one of the many farm stalls along the way before arriving in Cape Town by late evening.
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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