Cape Town, the Garden Route & Safari incl. Dubai extension

Cape Town, the Garden Route & Safari incl. Dubai extension

Cape Town, the Garden Route & Safari incl. Dubai extensionSouth Africa
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1616 Nights
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    Your Guided Group Holiday To South Africa with a stopover in Dubai.

    Travel with us to encounter local wildlife, Embark on a 16-night guided adventure to South Africa, immersing yourself in its unique culture and breath-taking scenery, with a captivating stopover in Dubai. 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. As if South Africa wasn't impressive enough, this holiday includes a three day stay in Dubai at the end of our tour, where you can relax and explore the city at your own pace.

    Please Note:

    • 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.

    • Visas are required for travel on this tour. Please visit our visa information page for more information.

    Trip Itinerary

    Activity Level 4

    Activity Level: Busy

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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 ! At the end, discover Dubai in the United Arab Emirates at your leisure for three nights.

    Cape Town and Table Mountain


    Cape Town Arrival and Tour

    We have arrived! On arrival in Cape Town, we meet our local representative in the airport. Let's kick start our holiday off with a trip to Table Mountain, (weather permitting) for a cable car ride taking in the spectacular views of the city, stretching to False Bay, including Robben Island and the Devil’s Peak on a clear day. After our exhilarating excursion to Table Mountain, we continue to our hotel, taking a short orientation tour en-route.

    At Leisure

    Let's unpack and relax more after our flight, and excursion up Table Mountain.  We spend the next three nights in Cape Town.

    Savour a Winelands Tour


    Stellenbosch - Winelands Excursion

    We depart Cape Town and make our way towards Stellenbosch the picturesque Winelands countryside. Soak up the incredible scenery of rolling vineyards while sampling some of South Africa’s tasty wines and enjoy a game of wine blending. After our wine blending experience we savour a some lunch (included).  After we will take a very short walking tour of Stellenbosch town before making our way back to Cape Town.

    At Leisure

    Arrive back and enjoy the evening at leisure.

    Uncover the Cape Peninsular


    Full Day Excursion to Cape Peninsula

    On today’s guided Cape Peninsula excursion, we will be treated to some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world! Taking in a drive along the coastal route, overlooking the rocky peninsula with stunning views of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans along the way. Also included is Cape Point, Boulders Beach for an up close and personal encounter with African Penguins and 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 our hotel we take the opportunity to visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

    Lunch is included today.

    Relax More

    After, we make our way back to our hotel and relax. Tomorrow is another day of exploring.

    Discover Robben Island - Transfer to Arniston or Hermanus


    Experience Robben Island

    This morning we depart for Robben Island, weather permitting. All aboard! We catch the boat from the Victoria & Alfred waterfront out to Robben Island, located almost 7km off the coast in Table Bay. The notorious 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. See more on your guided tour of the island and museum. Afterwards we catch the boat back and transfer onwards to our next destination.

    Please note: Your next destination can vary according to your chosen date of departure, to Arniston or Hermanus.

    Travel to Arniston

    We say farewell to Cape Town and transfer onwards to the tranquil and small fishing village of Arniston for the next two nights of our 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).

    We have arrived in Arniston, settle in and get ready for dinner (included tonight).

    Or Travel to Hermanus (Depending on your chosen date)

    Depending on which date you booked your itinerary will include two nights in Hermanus (instead of Arniston). Please enquire with your sales agent for available dates and more details.

    We have arrived in Hermanus, settle in and get ready for dinner (included tonight).

    Orientation Tour and Relax More


    Lets More

    Orientation tour of Arniston

    Let's get to know Arniston, we have a short orientation tour of our chosen resort Arniston, to further become familiar with our  surroundings.

    After we 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.

    The rest of our day is at leisure to further relax and soak up the scenery.


    Or Hermanus (Depending on your chosen date)

    Hermanus 2 nights: Today you will have a short orientation tour of Hermanus and 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.

    Transfer to Knysna By Coach


    Transfer to Knysna via the Garden Route

    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). The 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.

    We spend the next two nights of our holiday in Knysna.

    Dinner is included tonight.

    Experience the Featherbed Nature Reserve


    Guided Excursion to Feather Bed Nature Reserve

    Today we visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. We travel by ferry across the Knysna Lagoon. The reserve lies on the unspoilt western head of Knysna, where we will be driven in a 4x4 to see stunning views and beautiful flora and fauna.

    We savour a buffet lunch (included) 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. Please ensure to wear good sturdy shoes for this walking excursion.

    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.

    At Leisure

    Time: Full DayFull Day

    After our nature reserve excursion we return to our hotel and enjoy the afternoon at leisure to further explore Knysna.

    Uncover Tsitsikamma National Park By Coach


    Transfer to Gqeberha via Tsitsikamma National Park

    Today, we travel by coach to Tsitsikamma, where we experience the dramatic coastal areas of the Garden Route and where the forest meets ocean. Discover the beauty of 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.

    Transfer to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    After our morning of discovery we make our way onwards to our hotel in Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) for the night.

    The journey today will take approximately three and a half hours (261km). Check into our hotel, and take the opportunity to relax for the evening. Charge up your cameras, polish up your binoculars for tomorrow, as we are going on safari!


    Welcome to Kariega For Your Safari Time!


    Transfer to Kariega Game Reserve By Coach

    Time: MorningMorning

    Let's see more! We transfer by coach on to Kariega Game Reserve approximately two hours journey (144km), where we  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.

    Make sure to have your camera ready, as animals can appear at any time, not just while on a safari drive!

    Game Driver Experience

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    We have arrived. We enjoy a spot of lunch at the lodge before we set off on our first game drive in the Kariega Game Reserve! The experienced game rangers will try to bring you as close to the Big 5 - lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard as well as a multitude of other African wild game, and bird species. Now is the moment to have the camera ready in anticipation for your game drive, one of the highlights of this tour!

    At Leisure

    Time: EveningEvening

    After our exhilarating game drive experience we return to the lodge. Dinner will be served at the lodge. Savour the evening at leisure, and enjoy the beautiful calm surroundings of your lodge. 

    Game Drive In Search Of The Big 5


    Early Morning Game Drive

    Time: Early MorningEarly Morning

    It’s time for safari! We set off early in the 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 keep your eyes peeled!

    Afternoon Game Drive

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    We return to the lodge for lunch and depart in the afternoon for a second game drive in the reserve today. 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.

    We return and enjoy the rest of our evening at leisure.

    Experience More On A Game Drive In Kariega Game Reserve


    Early Morning Game Drive

    Time: Early MorningEarly Morning

    Another very early morning start, this time we drive through a different area of the park in search of some new species of birds and animals to add to what we experienced yesterday.

    Discover More - Afternoon Game Drive

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

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

    Depart Port Elisabeth Fly To Dubai


    Depart South Africa

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

    Arrive in Dubai

    On arrival in Dubai you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

    Spend three nights in Dubai on a bed and breakfast basis.

    *Please note: Your extension in Dubai will be on an individual basis rather than as part of a group and that guide services are not included for this part of the tour.

    Early check in is guaranteed for early AM arrivals in 2024.

    Experience Dubai At Your Leisure


    Relax More in Dubai

    Discover Dubai at your leisure for the next two full days. Enjoy an independent stay in Dubai, a cosmopolitan city where the traditional and contemporary meet. You could visit Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai’s largest mosque, or Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city. Or you could relax on the beach, or shop till you drop in one of the many Dubai Shopping Malls!

    Depart Dubai For Home


    Transfer to Dubai Airport

    Transfer to Dubai Airport for your flight home.

    * 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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    Know before you go

    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.

    Do I need a Visa?

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

    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.

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