Search and spot most of the Big Five animals on a 4x4 safari game drive
Find smaller wildlife on a brief guided bush walk during a safari
Visit Oudtshoorn, a quirky country town in the heart of the Klein Karoo
Have the option to observe rescued elephants as they roam freely in nature
Day 1: Botlierskop, Oudtshoorn Travel route about 450km / 6 hrs daily.
Leave Cape Town or Stellenbosch early morning ( between 6am to 7am) and trade the silhouette of Table Mountain for the lush green scenery of the start of the Garden Route region after about 450km of driving.
The first game reserve visited is 5 hours driving away (subject to weather, stops and traffic), but the route is scenic with a few photo and rest stops along the way. The 3500ha Botlierskop private game reserve is located in a malaria-free area and home to an abundance of wildlife including four of the Big Five, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, well over 26 different species of animals, and more than 200 bird species. Spot some of Africa’s wild animals from the back of an open-top 4x4 vehicle and particularly keep your eyes open for lion, elephant, buffalo, and rhino sightings. Leopards are nocturnal hunters, evasive and not contained by fences so it's unlikely to see them during these game drives.
During the 2-hour game drive you may get a more personal encounter with nature on a short tranquil bush walk (subject to weather & safety). Hop off the safari vehicle for about 5 minutes, following your game ranger to look for smaller wildlife and plants of the coastal Renosterveldt region.
A short 1-hour drive to the next stop to end your day in Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world. Either head to town to enjoy a restaurant meal or taste local delights, such as an ostrich kebab during an optional 'braai' (similar to BBQ) dinner under the Klein Karoo's twinkling starry skies.
Overnight in Oudtshoorn as per your stay package selected: Uthando Backpackers (Dorm or Saver package) or 88 Baron van Reede guesthouse (Comfort package) or Buffelsdrift (Luxe package) or Mooiplaas guesthouse (Farmstay package) .
Day 2: Oudtshoorn, Route 62
After breakfast, jump straight into the thick of the Klein Karoo bush this morning as you set out on an open-topped 2-hour 4x4 bush drive to seek out more of Africa’s smaller wildlife at Buffelsdrift Private Game Reserve. Your expert guide and ranger will help spot wildlife and share some of nature’s secrets while teaching you about the region’s fauna and flora. This bush drive focuses more on looking closer to see details of nature as the reserve is not home to many big game.
Join elephant guides on an optional Elephant Observation in Nature activity (at extra expense) to see three rescued elephants in their natural habitat near the waterhole. Learn about these gentle giants, under the watchful eye of the elephant guides. As you observe these lovable creatures you can take photos and ask ellie-related questions.
End-off the day with a 400km drive along Route 62, the longest wine route in the world! Capture the beauty of high mountains, twisting passes, and rugged Karoo plains before arriving in Cape Town or Stellenbosch by evening (between 8pm to 10pm).
Pickup and drop-off from Cape Town and Stellenbosch central regions
Local driver guide
Transportation in an air-conditioned minivan
Accommodation with bedding for 1 night (as per package selected)
Safari activities (shared with a group)
Botlierskop 4x4 shared safari game drive (about 2 hours)
Buffelsdrift 4x4 shared bush drive (about 2 hours)
The exact itinerary is subject to change and may, on occasions, run in reverse order.
Travel route about 900 km in total / driving about 6 hours daily (excluding the safari drives). This fast-paced packed itinerary tour is ideal for the young-at-heart that only have limited time to travel and explore this region.
Preferred accommodation listed may vary and be replaced with the same standard of property due to availability
According to availability at the time of booking, accommodation will be in the mentioned accommodation or one of a similar standard and star rating
Pickup time is usually between 6 AM to 7 AM on the morning of departure. An email will be sent confirming the exact pick-up time a day before the tour departs
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
Leopards are nocturnal hunters, evasive and not contained by fences so it's unlikely to see them during these safari drives. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed, the animals roam freely in large reserve camps