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TOUR:7 Day Unexplored Garden Route Experience
ROUTE: Capetown-Capetown
DEPARTURES: Departs on selected Saturdays

VEHICLE : Custom 17-seater adventure truck
DURATION : 6 nights Lodge
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The Garden Route of South Africa offers visitors a variety of experiences with unique fauna and flora. This tour explores some of the highlights the area has to offer giving visitors with limited time a fantastic glimpse into this fascinating part of the country. Departing from the Mother City we explore the dry interior, enjoy some local wine, follow the famous Route 62, enjoy some game viewing and explore the dramatic coastline along the Atlantic Ocean.

The tour offers the perfect combinations of highlights on the Garden Route.

DAY 1: CAPE TOWN TO ROBERTSON
Our tour starts at 08h00 in Sea Point, at the Greenfire Lodge Cape Town. After a few formalities and a briefing, we make our way to the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Gardens, for an introduction to the unique flora found along the Garden Route. The Cape Floral Kingdom contains over 9000 species, nearly 70% of which are endemic, and includes over a third of all plant species found in South Africa.

We then cross the Cape Flats, via Stellenbosch to Franschhoek, and then over Franschhoek Pass. Using roads less travelled, we cross the Breede River, before stopping to enjoy wine tasting at a vineyard in the Robertson area. We overnight in comfortable accommodation in Robertson and enjoy a catered meal.

Meals: D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
– Visit to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek
– Wine tasting
Optional Activities:
– None, all included

DAY 2: ROBERTSON TO OUDTSHOORN
After a relaxed breakfast we depart for Montagu, famous for its dried fruit, where we join the famous Route 62 to travel east through the heart of the Klein Karoo. This scenic road passes through small towns like Barrydale, Ladismith and Calitzdorp, strung out along the valley between the Langeberg and Swartberg mountain ranges. We enjoy a picnic lunch today, with beautiful views of the Swartberg Mountains.

After lunch we make our way toward the ostrich capital of South Africa, Oudtshoorn, where we spend the night in comfortable accommodation, just outside the town. This evening a local expert will give a talk explaining the breathtaking southern the night sky (weather permitting). The clear, dry Karoo air is perfect for stargazing.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Route 62
– Montagu
– Swartberg Mountains
– Star gazing (weather permitting)
Optional Activities:
– Visit to local ostrich farm

DAY 3: OUDTSHOORN TO KNYSNA
Today we rise before the sun and make our way to a local meerkat manor. Seated comfortably around their burrows, we watch as they come out to greet the day, while a local guide tells us about these fascinating creatures and their social behaviour. Then, after breakfast, we drive over the spectacular Outeniqua Mountains, before descending to the coastal town of Knysna. We have the afternoon free to explore the town, or to partake in an optional activity.

Tonight we can eat at one of the local restaurants (own expense), but you may also take the opportunity to help prepare an authentic African meal, and have dinner, with members of the local community. This is a unique dining experience. Your Drifters guide can make the arrangements if you would like to do this (own expense).

Meals: B
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Meerkat encounter (weather permitting)
– Outeniqua Mountains
– Knysna
Optional Activities:
– Local dining experience

DAY 4: KNYSNA
After breakfast at our lodge, we head for the indigenous Knysna forest, where we enjoy a guided walk with a local expert, who will share his insight to the area, its history and the fascinating plant life that gives the Garden Route its name.

We return to town in time for lunch at a local restaurant, and again have the afternoon free to enjoy some of the optional activities on offer. Tonight we’ll eat at one of the many restaurants in town.

Meals: B
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Guided forest walk
Optional Activities:
– Boat cruise
– Mountain biking

DAY 5: KNYSNA TO GAME RESERVE
Today we follow the coastline to George, and from there make our way to one of the Big 5 game reserves located on the Garden Route. After checking into our accommodation, we enjoy an afternoon open-vehicle game drive, with the chance to see many of the same species you could see in the Kruger Park, and a few that are unique to this area. These lodges have pioneered the re-introduction of wildlife in an area that was previously rich in game species, but where, for many years, human activity reduced the area of suitable habitat to such an extent that many species became locally extinct. It is good to have them back.

We enjoy a relaxed evening and a catered meal at the lodge.

Meals: B L D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic drive along coast
– Private game reserve
– Afternoon game drive
Optional Activities:
– None, all included

DAY 6: GAME RESERVE
We spend our day at the reserve, with morning and afternoon game drives included, and enough time between to relax and enjoy the views. Local guides will share their in-depth knowledge of the area and its history, and of the social webs and behaviour of the various animals on the reserve.

Meals: B D
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Two game drives
– Private reserve
Optional Activities:
– Mountain biking

DAY 7: GAME RESERVE – CAPE TOWN
Our last morning, we depart after breakfast and make our way to the southernmost tip of Africa – Cape Agulhas. We spend some time here, before continuing to Hermanus, famous around the world for its shore-based whale watching. We enjoy an own expense lunch at a local restaurant, before following the coastal route back to Cape Town. This is one of the most scenic drives in South Africa, and a late afternoon stop, time permitting, to visit the penguins at Betty’s Bay is recommended. The tour ends on arrival at the Greenfire Cape Town Lodge in Sea Point.

Meals: B
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Cape Agulhas
– Hermanus
– Betty’s bay
– Scenic drive along False Bay
Optional Activities:
– None, all included

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
This tour is fully accommodated and all linen and towels are supplied. Our price includes all transport, food, coffee, tea, accommodation, walks, game drives, entry fees and permits, group equipment and a professional guide.

The price does not include alcohol, bottled water and soft drinks, curios, tips and meals whilst in transit to and from Johannesburg. Before departure, clients will be required to enter into an agreement pertaining to our booking conditions and general information. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.

A valid passport is required by everyone. This tour will visit South Africa and it is the client’s responsibility to insure they have the appropriate visas required for this trip.

General Info and Important Details

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Please note that Southern African weather conditions vary tremendously from season to season. During summer months temperatures of up to 40°C can be experienced. During the winter months of June, July and August the nights are very cold, temperatures may drop well below 0°C, although the day temperatures will be pleasant at around 20°C

CLOTHING & PERSONAL EFFECTS
Herewith a recommended guide of what to bring along:
For walking, hiking and Safaris
Sport Shoes / Sneakers
Sandals
Hat
Sun Cream
Water Bottle
Smaller day pack
Camera, Binoculars
Books (Birds, Mammals, personal reading books, Optional)

For general travelling
Personal iPod
Personal Reading Books
A deck of cards or something similar
Battery chargers for your personal devices (Ipods, Ipads, E-Readers, Handy’s etc)

Our vehicles are well equipped with charging facilities while driving. See below examples of what you will need.

Clothing and Toiletries
Long Trousers / Tracksuit
Shorts
Waterproof Windbreaker
Jersey / Jumper
T-Shirts / Shirts
Insect Repellent
Socks & Underwear
Personal toiletries
Swimming Costume & Towel
Hat or cap

General Accessories
Money (Sundry expenses, gratuities)
Torch / Flashlight / Batteries
Refreshments
Pen

MEALS AND REFRESHMENTS

Meals are provided as indicated in the brochure/website. We do not provide meals on the first day of the tour. We do however stop en-route; therefore it is always possible to buy something along the way. Soft drinks, bottled water and alcohol are for your own expense; there is ample opportunity during the tour to buy refreshments. The guide will advise when you need to stock up for a couple of days.

PERSONAL EXPENSES

A reasonable amount of personal spending money must be brought on our tours. This is to cover own expense meals as indicated in our Drifters Brochure, bottled water, soft drinks, alcohol, sundry goods purchased- such as suntan cream etc., curios, optional extra excursions, airport tax, transfers and tips.

Please note: Tips – In Africa things work a little different to the rest of the World. Tipping or gratuity, unless otherwise specified, is not included in the price you pay for services delivered. This accounts for restaurant meals, casual help and the services of the guide or guides that you will meet on your tour.
In Southern and East Africa it is classified as a common courtesy to TIP “casual help (guides)”.

This TIP is not something that is forced upon you by any means, but in many industries of tourism it is customary. It works as follows: if you believe your guide has lived up to your expectations and has performed his/her job in a way that you respect and are happy with the services rendered, an amount of R 50 per day or equivalent amount of R50 per day in any major currency per person per day would constitute a fantastic tip. Remember that this is just a guideline and is not by any means compulsory, but seen as common courtesy in Southern and East Africa.

Included Highlights/Activity:

  • Garden Route
  • Kirstenbosch Gardens
  • Wine tasting
  • Oudtshoorn
  • Knysna
  • Forest walks
  • Open vehicle game drives
  • False Bay

PRE AND POST NIGHT ACCOMMODATION

PRE and POST night accommodation can be arranged at the Greenfire Lodge Cape Town. It is advisable to overnight at the Greenfire Lodge if you have not already made alternative arrangements.  Accommodation at the Greenfire Lodge can be arranged through Drifters or your travel representative.  The Lodge is within walking distance of various shopping centres and banks.  The Greenfire Cape Town Lodge is on the corner of Graham and Arthur road in Seapoint.

Please note that we strongly advise against flying out on the day that the tour ends. Drifters will not be held responsible for missed flights on this day. We generally travel long distances and late arrivals are common.

DEPARTURES

This tour departs from Cape Town on selected Saturdays

PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION KRUGER TOUR

This tour is fully accommodated and all linen and towels are supplied. Our price includes all transport, food, coffee, tea, accommodation, walks, game drives, entry fees and permits, group equipment and a professional guide.

The price does not include alcohol, bottled water and soft drinks, curios, tips and meals where indicated. Before departure, clients will be required to enter into an agreement pertaining to our booking conditions and general information. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.

A valid passport is required by everyone. This tour will visit South Africa, and it is the client’s responsibility to insure they have the appropriate visas required for this trip.

DEPARTURE POINT

The 7 Day Unexplored Garden Route  tour departs every second Saturday at 08h00 from the Greenfire Lodge Cape Town, on the corner of Graham and Arthur road in Seapoint , then ends back on the last day (Friday) at around 16h00 till late. Guests not staying at the Greenfire Lodge Cape Town must arrive at the Lodge at 12h00. The telephone number is +27(0)21 439 2412.

ACCOMMODATION ON TOUR:

Please note that linen will be provided for the duration of your tour and there is no need to bring along a sleeping bag or pillow.

  • Batteries can be charged from a 220-volt source pre tour departure in Johannesburg, on most nights at the lodges and every day on the truck while the truck is driving from a 12 V inverter.
  • Currency exchange opportunities: Arrival at Cape town Airport
  • Limited Laundry facilities: Available post tour from the Cape town Lodge if you are staying an extra day
  • Internet facilities: Pre night in the Greenfire  Cape Town Lodge

We have a range of barrel bags for sale starting from € 50 nett per bag.

ON SAFARI

All our tours require a certain level of participation from all group members. This entails assisting with the food preparation, washing of dishes and keeping the truck clean.

Please keep in mind that flexibility and an open mind will greatly contribute to an enjoyable safari.

We are travelling in developing countries therefore please do not expect the punctuality you have come to expect in first world countries. Things do not always run according to plan, however we do endeavour to run according to the itinerary as best as possible.

DRIFTERS WISH YOU AN ENJOYABLE AFRICAN EXPERIENCE!

UNEXPLORED GARDEN ROUTE Tour Rate p/p
2020 € 1 995

Please note: As of 1 January 2020 Drifters will implement a minimum requirement of 4 passengers to confirm a tour departure. Our reservation office will be able to assist with any request or questions.

DAY TOURS

Please note that Drifters do not book any of the mentioned optional activities in advance. Majority of the activities are weather dependent and are not always available. Activities can be booked on arrival by the clients directly with the external suppliers. 

Drifters will not accept any liability for the availability or change in rates of Optional Activities. Rates are subject to change without prior notice!

CAPE TOWN and SURROUNDS

You are in close proximately to shops, pubs and restaurants.

The V&A Waterfront is a major attraction in Cape Town (shuttle service to the Waterfront runs regularly from alongside the Lodge).

  1. ½ day Township tour: District 6 and museum; Langa; Community school; Shebeen; Kayalitscha; 4 ½ hours R 660.00 (evening tour R 780.00)
  2. Robben Island: 3 ½ hours; boat ride to the Island; drive over the island; visit of the prison; boat ride back; R 360.00
  3. Hop on – Hop off bus: 1 day ticket R 220.00, all routes. 2 day ticket R 320.00 all routes, including free walking tours
  4. Full day Peninsula tour- Clifton, Camps Bay, Twelve Apostles, Hout Bay, Chapmans Peak, Noordhoek, Ostrich Viewing, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape Point, Penguin Colony, Simons Town, Muizenberg, Constantia, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens: R 1250.00 Half day without Kirstenbosch R 950.00
  5. Full day Wine route- Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschoek: R 1100.00 Half day R 820.00
  6. Full day whale watching trip to Hermanus R 1100.00 (seasonal)
  7. Abseiling off Table: R 1195.00, excluding cable car tickets
  8. White shark diving: R 2500.00 includes drive to Gansbaai; Boat trip; snorkel or dive in cage; picnic lunch
  9. Tandem Paraglide from Lions head: R 1300.00
  10. Tandem skydive R 2850.00, excludes transfer to jump site
  11. Snorkeling with seals R 970.00, including equipment
  12. Two Oceans Aquarium in the V&A Waterfront: R 175.00
  13. Sailing trip in the bay: Various options on various boats for various rates
  14. Helicopter flips: various options from R 2500,00 to R 30.000,00
  15. Fishing Charters: Also here various options.
  16. Horse riding in Noordhoek Beach:  R 735.00
  17. Various rentals: Harley Davidson; Scooter; bicycles;
  18. FREE Historic walking tour through the city: 1.5 hours Every day from Green Market Square
“I really enjoyed the tour! I would definitely do the adventure again and I will recommend it! Thank you so much.”
17 Day Namibia, Sep 2017, Ursi, Switzerland
“Great Tour! Great Crowd! I will come back to Africa as soon as possible!”
12 Day Kenya Tanzania, May 2017, Maaike, Dutch
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