Garden Route Safari

Itinerary Ideas

Malaria-free - perfect for families

Set in the private reserves of the Eastern Cape, a Garden Route safari is the ideal grand finale to your Cape Town and Garden Route holiday, promising an authentic Big 5 safari in the comfort of a malaria-free environment.

There are tours and fly-in options but a Garden Route safari is easy to do yourself. Hire a car in Cape Town, take a few days along the Garden Route and then into the neighbouring Eastern Cape for your safari. Then simply return the car at Port Elizabeth and fly back to Cape Town or onto Johannesburg where you’ll have the rest of Africa at your fingertips: the Kruger and Sabi Sands, Victoria Falls and Botswana.

Browse our recommended tours below, each including a Garden Route safari as well as a variety of experiences. Alternatively, contact us for a tailor-made itinerary based on your needs and budget.

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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.

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