Capetown with Garden Route and Private Game Reserve(8 Nights)

Cape Town, Knysna, Mossel Bay, Johannesburg

for Family Traveller, Premium and Luxury Traveller

Holiday Overview

Johannesburg Skyline - Photo Courtesy Lars Haefner
Gondwana Game Reserve
Gondwana Game Reserve
Mossel Bay - Photo Courtesy Dellex
Knysna Lagoon - Photo Courtesy michael clarke stuff
Penguins near Simons Town at Boulders Beach - Photo Courtesy Charlesjsharp
Views from Lions Head - Photo Courtesy Warrickball
Cape of Good Hope - Photo Courtesy Chen Hualin
Capetown Views

Capetown with Garden Route and Private Game Reserve is a holiday itinerary for itinerary where guests experience Captown (One of the world's most beautiful cities), Garden route (exciting sights, activities and experiences) and a private game reserve (Watch the Big 5 and a luxury lodge experience)

  • Visit Cape Town, a vibrant, colourful and the most visited city on the African continent
  • Visit Cape of Good Hope for spectacular views of the Ocean and Penguin's Colony at Boulders Beach
  • Enjoy Garden route experience, spectacular drives, Knysna Lagoon boat cruise, Ostritch farm experience, Cango Caves and Cango Wildlife Farm experience
  • Experience the luxuries of a Private Game Reserve alongwith an opportunity to sight Big 5 (Elephant, Rhino, Leopard, Bison and Lion) in the wild

Cape Town(3) - Knysna(2) - Mossel Bay(2) - Johannesburg(1)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Capetown Arrival
  • Day-2 Cape town City Tour
  • Day-3 Full day Cape Point Tour
  • Day-4 Depart for Garden Route. Cruise in Kysna Lagoon in Afternoon
  • Day-5 Full day tour to Oudtshoorn
  • Day-6 Transfer to Gondwana Private Game Reserve and Game drive in afternoon
  • Day-7 Two Game Drives
  • Day-8 Transfer to George Airport for Johannesburg Flight
  • Day-9 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Cape Town - Castle of Good Hope (1.00 kms), Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (12.00 kms), Boulder Beach (47.00 kms), Cape Point (70.00 kms)

Knysna - Knysna Lagoon (1.00 kms), Ostrich Show (123.00 kms), Cango Caves, Ostrich Farm and Wildlife Ranch (123.00 kms), Cango Caves (148.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Cape Town Departure - Johannesburg
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
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  • May
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  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Guests travelling on Garden route may opt for Port Elizabeth extension (recommended 1 night) or Sun City Extension (2 nights) or Kruger National Park Extension (2 nights) or Victoria Falls extension (2 nights).

  • Cape Town to Knysna -488 kms (6 hrs)
  • Knysna to Mossel Bay -109 kms (1.5 hrs)
  • Mossel Bay to Johannesburg

Cape Town(3) - Knysna(2) - Mossel Bay(2) - Johannesburg(1)

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Capetown Arrival Cape Town, the mother City as it is familiarly known is a vibrant, colourful city and the most visited city on the African continent. Offering a great climate, natural setting, diverse culture and many sight-seeing options, Cape Town is on the top of the list for guests travelling to South Africa.

Day-2 Cape town City Tour At 09h00 for your private half day City Tour. Discover the spirit of the Mother City with its vibrant cultures and history all set against beautiful scenery. The highlights on your half day tour include Table Mountain Cable way (weather permitting), Greenmarket Square, a scenic drive through the city allows you to catch glimpses of iconic landmarks, such as the Company Gardens, the Houses of Parliament, City hall and the Castle. This afternoon guests have some unaccompanied time at leisure which can be used to explore the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and other shopping opportunities.

Day-3 Full day Cape Point Tour Today you will travel on Africa’s premier tour route to the romantic place where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. On Full day Cape Point Tour, discover why Sir Francis Drake, the explorer, called it "the fairest Cape that we saw in the circumference of the Globe". Offering an exciting day out, the tour includes a visit to Hout Bay, a cruise to the seal colony (weather permitting), Cape Point Nature Reserve, Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope, followed by a late lunch stop. Before heading back to your hotel, visit the penguin colony in Simonstown and take a walk through the scenic Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

Day-4 Depart for Garden Route. Cruise in Kysna Lagoon in Afternoon Depart along the Garden Route to the coastal town of Knysna, famous for its oysters and magnificent views. Knysna’ s most famed attraction is the Knysna Heads, the entry into the Knysna lagoon. Legends tell that many ancient sailing vessels met their doom at this location. This afternoon enjoy a sunset cruise on the Knysna Lagoon before spending the evening at leisure, with the vehicle and guide at your disposal until 20h00.

Day-5 Full day tour to Oudtshoorn Full day touring in Oudtshoorn visiting attractions and experiences. First stop is Cango Caves, the Klein Karoo’s oldest and most popular attraction and one of the world’s natural wonders.Next stop is Safari Ostrich Farm, where can interact with the world’s largest birds that sport the most beautiful feathers. Fall in love with these uniquely clumsy birds and risk standing on their eggs. Professional guides will conduct a tour where you learn more about the farming methods involved and the ostrich economy which saw a boom in this small desert town in the early 1900’s. The final piece of tour is a stop at Cango Wildlife Ranch, where you have the opportunity to view some of the animal species which inhabited the Karoo region in the early days. Return to hotel. The vehicle and guide at disposal until 20:00.

Day-6 Transfer to Gondwana Private Game Reserve and Game drive in afternoon Transfer to Gondwana Private Game Reserve. The 11,000-hectare (26,000 acre) private game reserve offers a distinctive and luxurious safari, with free roaming Big 5 Game at 25 minutes outside the charming coastal town of Mossel Bay. On arrival at the lodge, check in and freshen up before lunch. In the afternoon guests have first opportunity of spotting the Big 5 on a 4x4 open safari vehicle.

Day-7 Two Game Drives Spend the whole day at the lodge and enjoy two more game drives on the reserve

Day-8 Transfer to George Airport for Johannesburg Flight Transfer to George Airport for flight to Johannesburg. Arrive at Johannesberg and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Emperor’s Palace (unaccompanied), which offers a wide variety of entertainment and activities to entice all ages.

Day-9 Departure Transfer to International Airport for onward departure

Detailed Sightseeing

Cape Town :

  • Castle of Good Hope - The Castle of Good Hope is a star fort built in the 17 th century in Cape Town. Built by the Dutch East India Company between 1666 and 1679, the Castle is the oldest existing colonial building in South Africa and considered the best preserved example of Dutch East India Company fort. Originally located on the coastline of Table Bay, following land reclamation the fort is now located inland.

  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens - Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is spread over 36 hectare having more than 7,000 species and the area is a UNESCO World heritage site. The garden includes a large conservatory (The Botanical Society Conservatory) that exhibits plants from a number of different regions, including Savanna, Fynbos, Karoo and others. The gardens also form several trails that lead off along and up the mountain slopes which are used by walkers and mountaineers.

  • Boulder Beach - Boulders Beach is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders. The main attraction of the beach is the colony of Penguins which settled on the beach in 1982.

  • Cape Point - Cape Point, a nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park is a declared Natural World Heritage Site. Located at the tip of the Cape Peninsula, Cape Point encompasses about 7,750 hectares of rich and varied flora and fauna along with bucks, baboons and Cape Mountain zebra and over 250 species of birds. Cape Point offer spectacular view points to the most isolated and serene beaches. It also falls within the Cape Floral Region, a World Heritage Site. The Cape Floral Region is one of the richest areas for plants in the world; it is home to nearly 20 percent of Africa's flora.

Knysna :

  • Knysna Lagoon - The Knysna Lagoon is an estuary supporting the ecology along the coastline with its valuable nutrients. The lagoon is popular with water sports enthusiasts. Sailing and boating is also popular with the beautiful views of the lagoon. Boats and canoes can be hired by visitors.

  • Ostrich Show - Oudtshoorn is home to a number of ostrich show farms where visitors can spend up to an hour and a half interacting with and feeding these unusual and long-necked birds. The more adventurous members of the group can also try their hand at ostrich riding and take part in an ostrich race.

  • Cango Caves, Ostrich Farm and Wildlife Ranch - Cango Wildlife Ranch is a set of popular wildlife experiences set in a Ranch near Oudtshoorn where guests are able to see Cheetah, Tiger, Crocodiles etc. from close quarters. There are even experiences where guests can walk with these animals.

  • Cango Caves - The Cango Caves are vast underground caverns lay in the limestone foothills of the Swartberg range. 90 minute ride is sees visitors negotiating the Chimney and crawling through the narrow caves.

Destination Overview

Cape Town - Capetown is most popular and most visited destination of South Africa and one that is rated consistently Internationally as the best destination to travel.

Knysna - Knysna is a popular stopover on the Garden route and a Golf Resort. Knysna is set at about 25 kms from Plettenberg Bay and is renowned for Knysna Oyster Festival (July)

Mossel Bay - Mossel Bay is an ocean front destination and a popular local Getaway. Mossel Bay is a popular enroute stopover on Garden Route and is base point to visit Gondwana Private Game Reserve

Johannesburg - Johannesburg is the commercial capital of South Africa and its largest city. Johannesburg is a popular arrival point for International travellers and is the access point to visit many destinations of South Africa such as Sun City and Kruger National Park.

Prefered Arrival : No ImageCape Town
Prefered Departure : No ImageJohannesburg
  • Cape Town to Knysna -488 kms (6 hrs)
  • Knysna to Mossel Bay -109 kms (1.5 hrs)
  • Mossel Bay to Johannesburg

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  • Cape Town to Knysna -488 kms (6 hrs)
  • Knysna to Mossel Bay -109 kms (1.5 hrs)
  • Mossel Bay to Johannesburg

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While Kruger is much North of the Garden route, a Private Game Reserve experience fits very well for travellers looking for wildlife experience in South Africa without really taking many internal flights.

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