Garden Route Safari

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Usually part of a more extensive SA trip

A Garden Route safari is usually part of a more extensive South Africa holiday. Together with classic destinations such as Cape Town and the Kruger Park, you’ll have the opportunity to create a highly diverse and unforgettable holiday. The country’s sophisticated travel infrastructure means getting between destinations is easy, accommodation is plentiful and wide-ranging, and you can choose between self-drive and guided tours. Browse our recommendations or simply ask us to tailor-make an itinerary for you.

Garden Route

Lying between Cape Town and the Eastern Cape reserves, the Garden Route meanders along the Western Cape’s coastline, taking in beaches, grand forests and friendly towns such as Knysna and Plettenberg Bay along the way. Packed with activities and home to world-class golf courses, it’s an easy self-drive destination and connects seamlessly with your Big 5 safari in the Eastern Cape.

Cape Town

Whether you start in Cape Town and make your way to the Eastern Cape’s Big 5 reserves or begin in Port Elizabeth and work back to the Mother City, you can add Table Mountain, Cape Point, the Boulders Beach penguins and the V&A Waterfront onto your safari itinerary. Save some time for the Cape Winelands and – in season – whale watching and shark-cage diving.

Kruger & Sabi Sands

Super-size your Garden Route safari by adding one of Africa’s best reserves to your itinerary. The Kruger Park and its adjacent Sabi Sands Private Reserve offer peerless Big 5 game viewing and have well-deserved reputations for up-close leopard sightings. Accommodation ranges from budget-conscious to some of the most luxurious and well-appointed on the continent.

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What to Do

on a Garden Route Safari?

1. Track the Big 5

The Eastern Cape reserves are home to the Big 5 & you’ll be on the lookout for them on your guided morning & afternoon game drives. Spot-lit night drives add to the thrill.

2. Go on a River Safari

Whether you explore by kayak, small boat or sunset cruiser, a river safari is an excellent way to spot wildlife & enjoy the sunset. Ask us about the best riverside lodges.

3. Bring the Family

Malaria-free game viewing; tailored safari activities; baby sitters, kids menus & private family villas – a Garden Route safari couldn’t be better for families if you designed it yourself!

4. Bring the Binoculars

A mix of different habitats means many of the Eastern Cape reserves have bird counts of over 400 species, including many of South Africa’s endemics. Expect fabulous, year-round birding with expert guides.

5. Hit the Beach

Many reserves are within easy reach of the famously unspoilt Eastern Cape coast. Add marine tours, beach walks & seasonal whale watching onto your Garden Route safari.

6. Walk the Wild Side

The Eastern Cape is great walking country & its private game reserves offer anything from short self-guided walks to fully-guided multi-day trekking – ask us about the best one for your requirements.

7. Explore on Horseback

The open landscape of the Eastern Cape was made for horseback safaris; stunning scenery, easy riding & a great way to see big game. We’ll tell you the best places to saddle up.

8. Get Romantic

Couples are spoilt for choice on a Garden Route safari: idyllic settings, private suites & all the candle-lit details. Ask us about the best honeymoon hideaways & boutique spa resorts.

Tailor-made Holiday

Experience the extraordinary! Let us tailor-make your safari to South Africa.