Cape Town, the Garden Route & Safari

South Africa

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  • Explore South Africa on this 13-night guided group holiday.
  • Discover Cape Town with a city tour & cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain.
  • Savour the flavours of the region on a full day wine tour of local vineyards.
  • Encounter African Penguins on a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula.
  • Walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela on a visit to Robben Island.
  • Drive the scenic “Garden Route” to discover breathtaking scenery, historic towns & unspoilt landscape.
  • Spend 3 days at Kariega Game Reserve encountering animals like hippos, zebras, hyenas & lions.
  • Includes 8 nights on a bed breakfast basis, 3 nights on a full board basis.

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Your Guided Group Holiday To South Africa

Travel with us to encounter local wildlife, unique culture and spectacular scenery on this 13-night guided holiday to South Africa. Our tour begins in Cape Town, where we’ll encounter some of the city’s most famous landmarks including the majestic Table Mountain and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years. Next, we’ll visit the stretch of south-eastern coast known as the Garden Route. Staying in characterful towns as we travel, we’ll be treated not only to magnificent coastal views, mountains and lagoons, but also a taste of rural South Africa. Our final stop is Kariega Game Reserve, a family-owned and operated private safari reserve located in South Africa's Eastern Cape. Situated on the Garden Route, the reserve is the perfect place to take game drives in search of the ‘Big Five’ game animals.

Please Note:

  • The itinerary will vary for 2025 tours. 
  • Outbound flights to Cape Town will be via Doha, Dubai, Istanbul or Frankfurt and return flights home will depart from Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) via Johannesburg then via Doha, Dubai, Istanbul or Frankfurt depending on your chosen dates.

Trip Itinerary

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Travel to Cape Town South Africa

Depart for Cape Town

Depart for Cape Town to enjoy the beauty of South Africa's Garden Route and one of the many highlights of the trip, a Big Five game safari!

2

Cape Town - We have Arrived!

Discover Table Mountain and Orientation Tour

We have arrived! Let's meet our guide and kick start our holiday with an excursion to the iconic Table Mountain (weather permitting). Take in the spectacular views of the city on the cable car ride up the mountain, stretching to False Bay, including Robben Island and the Devil’s Peak on a clear day. After our excursion to Table Mountain, we enjoy a short orientation tour en-route to our hotel.

Cape Town At Leisure

The rest of the evening is yours to relax and become familiar with your surroundings. Our guide will be happy to tell you of further places to visit in your free time.

3

Discover Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and a Wine Blending Game

Guided Tour of the Winelands countryside

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Embark on a picturesque journey through the delightful Winelands countryside. First stop on our full day excursion is the charming town of Stellenbosch. Let's enjoy a short walk through the town centre. Next we take in the beauty of rolling vineyards while sampling some South African wines, and enjoy a game of wine blending. After our wine blending we savour a some lunch (included). Later we experience the town of Franschhoek on a short orientation tour, before making our way back to Cape Town.

 

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Cape Peninsula Tour Including Boulders Beach African Penguins

Full Day Guided Excursion to Cape Point

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On today’s guided Cape Peninsula excursion, you will be treated to some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world! We drive along the coast route, overlooking the rocky peninsula and take in stunning views of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans along the way. We experience one of the highlights to Cape Point, Boulders Beach for an up close and personal encounter with African Penguins! Discover the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, where the Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias first established trading routes between Africa and Asia in the fifteenth century. En- route to your hotel you will have the opportunity of visiting Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Lunch is included.

We make our way back to Cape Town and enjoy the rest of our evening at leisure.

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Robben Island - Transfer to Arniston or Hermanus (pending your chosen date)

Uncover the Historic Robben Island

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Weather permitting; today you will catch the boat from the Victoria & Alfred waterfront out to Robben Island. Located almost 7km off the coast in Table Bay, the island is internationally known as the location where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Today the island is a UNESCO world heritage site and a living museum, welcoming thousands of visitors every year. You will have a guided tour of the island and museum. Afterwards catch the boat back and transfer onwards to your next destination. Please note: your next destination can vary according to your chosen date of departure.

Travel to Arniston

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Depart Cape Town and transfer onwards to the tranquil small fishing village of Arniston for the next two nights of your stay, depending on your chosen date of travel. This quaint village is an attraction for artists and photographers, known for its prettiness, rolling sand dunes, blue sea and rugged cliffs. The transfer will take approximately three hours (210km).

Or Travel to Hermanus (Depending on your chosen date)

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On certain chosen dates, your itinerary will include two nights in Hermanus. Please enquire with your sales agent for available dates and more details.

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Arniston

Orientation tour of Arniston

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2024 Arniston

Today you will have a short panoramic orientation tour of Arniston, to further become familiar with your surroundings. After you will visit Cape Agulhas, included is a stop at the lighthouse, which is situated at the southernmost tip of Africa. The rest of your day is at leisure to further discover this charming little village of Arniston, your guide will advise on places of interest to visit.

 

Please Note:

2025 Arniston

This morning let's discover Arniston together on an orientation walk. The rest of your day is a free day to embrace the essence of this enchanting seaside destination. Take a leisurely stroll and fully enjoy the refreshing sea breeze. Ask your guide to tell you more insider tips on must-see attractions for you to discover.

Or Hermanus (Depending on your chosen date)

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Hermanus 2024:

Today let's discover Hermanus on an orientation tour and a  enjoy a visit to Cape Agulhas. The rest of your day is at leisure, your guide will advise on places of further interest to visit at your own pace.

 

Hermanus 2025

This morning let's discover Hermanus together on an orientation walk. The rest of your day is a free day to embrace the essence of this enchanting seaside destination. Take a leisurely stroll and fully enjoy the refreshing sea breeze, coastal walks, and small shops. Ask your guide to tell you more insider tips on must-see attractions for you to discover.

 

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Transfer to Knysna via the Garden Route

Take in the beauty of the Garden Route

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After breakfast transfer from Hermanus or Arniston (depending on your chosen date) along the N2 via Mossel Bay to Knysna, enjoying some of the most scenic landscape in the world along the Garden Route, the journey will take approximately four and a half hours drive to the coastal town of Knysna (364km). This town lies on the Knysna lagoon, the mouth of which is guarded by two promontories known as ‘The Heads’ and is famed, due to the number of sailors who lost their lives sailing through this dangerous stretch. Spend the next two nights of your holiday in Knysna.

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Uncover Featherbed Nature Reserve

Guided excursion to the Featherbed Nature Reserve

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Today we visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where we make our way by ferry across the Knysna Lagoon. The reserve lies on the unspoilt western head of Knysna, and here you will be driven in a 4x4 to see stunning views and beautiful flora & fauna. Savour a buffet lunch sitting underneath a canopy of Milkwood trees. Also included is the option to take a guided walk through coastal forest and fynbos into ancient sea caves.

Note: Please note your visit to the Featherbed Nature Reserve is subject to weather conditions.  If possible, another attempt will be made and/or an alternative excursion organised.  Our guide will reconfirm the arrangements locally. It is recommended to wear comfortable and supportive shoes during this excursion for the walk.

At Leisure in Knysna

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Let's enjoy the rest of our day at leisure to further soak up our surroundings.

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Transfer to Port Elizabeth via Tsitsikamma National Park, Forest

See the Tsitsikamma National Park & Forest

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Let's see more as we depart Knysna and make our way to Tsitsikamma, where we experience the dramatic coastal areas of the Garden Route, where the forest meets ocean. Visiting the Tsitsikama National Park, a glorious 10km stretch of wild and rocky coastline characterised by massive cliffs, narrow isolated beaches and shady indigenous forest, composed of Stink Woods and Yellow Woods along the river valleys.

Continue to Port Elizabeth - Gqeberha

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After, we make our way towards our hotel in Port Elizabeth where we will spend the night, our journey today will take approximately three and a half hours (261km). Let's check in and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure, time to relax and unwind.

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Transfer to Kariega Game Reserve

Kariega Game Reserve - We have arrived!

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We depart Port Elizabeth and make our way to Kariega Game Reserve approximately two hours journey (144km), where we will spend the next three nights. Kariega is a family-owned and operated private safari reserve located in South Africa's Eastern Cape and is situated along the Garden Route and one of the many highlights on our tour. Make sure to have your camera ready, as animals can appear at any time, not just while on a safari drive!

Game Drive

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After lunch at the lodge, you will enjoy your first game drive in the Kariega Game Reserve. The experienced game rangers will try to bring you close to the Big 5 - lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard as well as a multitude of other African wild game and bird species. Have your camera ready and the binoculars polished in anticipation for your game drive.

At Leisure

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After the game drive, dinner will be served in the lodge. Enjoy the rest of your evening at leisure. Relax more, and soak up the enchanting African surroundings.

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Experience a Game Drive in Kariega Game Reserve

Early Morning Game Drive

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It’s time for safari! You will set off early this morning while it’s still cool and the animals are most active, in an open top four-wheel drive vehicle to explore some of the magnificent 10,000 hectares of Kariega Game Reserve. If you are lucky today, you might witness a lion hunting, or the heart-warming social interactions of an elephant herd.

Afternoon Game Drive

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You will return to the lodge for lunch and depart in the afternoon for a second game drive in the reserve. You might be able to see other species such as hippo, hyena, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, eland, kudu, waterbuck and a variety of other antelope, as well as a myriad of bird species including the nesting crowned eagle, martial and fish eagles.

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See More on a game drive in Kariega Game Reserve

Early Morning Game Drive

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Another early morning start, this time you will drive through a different area of the park in search of some new species of birds and animals to the ones you saw yesterday.

Afternoon Game Drive

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After enjoying lunch at the lodge, you will enjoy your last game drive in the reserve. This is your last chance to see the big 5 so keep your eyes peeled!

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Return Home

Depart South Africa

Today we say farewell and transfer to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) Airport for your flights home, the journey will take approximately two hours (144km). Check in for your return flight home after enjoying the many memorable highlights South Africa has to offer.

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Arrive Home

Arrive home following your once in a lifetime trip to South Africa.

* We aim to operate your tour itinerary according to the format shown. Occasionally, local conditions and unexpected events may result in adjustments to the planned schedule. We kindly ask for your understanding and flexibility in the event of any changes

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Cape Town  South Africa

President Hotel

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Situated in the suburb of Bantry Bay, in the city and by the sea, the President Hotel is a peaceful place just a step away from the buzz of Cape Town’s CBD. Guests can enjoy the endless horizon view …

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Arniston  South Africa

Arniston Spa Hotel

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Arniston Spa Hotel is set in one of the Cape's most beautiful locations, next to an old fishing village in Arniston, surrounded by pristine beaches and nature reserves.The hotel is ideally located cl…

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Knysn  South Africa

Premier Hotel Knysna

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Secluded amongst the banks of the Knysna Lagoon and nestled in woodland gardens, this is a pleasant and picturesque hotel. Situated 3 km from Knysna city centre, it is one of the most popular destina…

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Port Elizabeth  South Africa

The Kelway Hotel

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Located within walking distance of multiple tourist attractions and the stunning beaches of Port Elizabeth, this hotel is a place for those looking to relax and enjoy their vacation. Built as a timbe…

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Kariega Game Reserve  South Africa

Kariega Main Lodge

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Kariega Game Reserve is a family-owned and operated private safari reserve located in South Africa's Eastern Cape. It incorporates 10,000 hectares of the pristine African wilderness, as well as the K…

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Hermanus  South Africa

Windsor Hotel Hermanus

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The Windsor Hotel is situated in central Hermanus, South Africa. The hotel is close to several attractions including the Whale Museum, the Old Harbour Museum and is also only a few minutes walking di…

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Know before you go

Will I be met at the airport?

You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.

Do I need a Visa?

Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements

What if there is an emergency?

We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.

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