Day 1: Hazyview

Arriving at OR Tambo Airport, you will pick up your car rental and make your way to Hazyview in Kruger. After checking into your hotel for the night, the rest of the afternoon is spent at your own leisure.

Rissington Inn offers an award-winning friendly welcome and affordable, unpretentious accommodation in a bush setting just outside Hazyview, the heart of the Lowveld. Stylish but relaxed and informal, the inn is an ideal base from which to explore the Panorama Route and all that Mpumalanga has to offer 

Expert tips

  • YOU WILL PICK UP YOUR VEHICLE FROM THE EUROPE CAR BRANCG SITUATED AT OR TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
  • YOU THEN MAKE YOURWAY TO HAZYVIEW FOR CHECKING AT THE RISSINGTON INN

Included

  • 1 nights accommodation
  • 1 x double room
  • 1 x single room
  • car rental

Excluded

  • all meals
  • drinks
  • optional activities 

Day 2: Central Kruger

This morning after breakfast your adventure starts in Kruger, after checking out you can make your way via the Panorama Route to Letaba Rest Camp in Kruger National Park.

Arriving at the rest camp in the late afternoon you can check in and relax at camp.

Panorama Route:

Connecting the Lowveld and the spectacular Drakensberg, sandwiched between the Kruger National Park and the Highlands Meander, the historical Panorama Route is a scenic road in the Mpumalanga Province. The route features sensational views of breathtaking natural wonders, fascinating rock formations, impressive waterfalls, scenic hiking trails, and a myriad of fauna and flora.

The quaint little town of Graskop serves as the gateway to this wonderful route. Panorama’s undoubtable highlight is the verdant splendour of Blyde River Canyon, one of the world's largest green canyons featuring lush subtropical vegetation. Some other popular natural attractions along the route include: the spectacular Lisbon, Berlin, and Mac Mac Falls, Bourke's Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and the astonishing God’s Window. Don’t miss the world-famous Kruger National Park and the picturesque gold rush town of Pilgrim's Rest, a historic living museum.

 

Letaba Rest Camp Information:

Activities

  • Activities

  • Guided Bush Walks
  • Game Drives (in the company of trained field guides)
  • Bush Breakfast and Bush Braai (Barbecue). Includes game drive to venue. Confirm availability when booking.
  • Letaba Elephant Hall
  • TV Lounge
  • Riverside camp walk
  • Masorini Ruins (located about 38 km west of the camp)
  • Matambeni Bird Hide (located about 10 km north of the camp)
  • Kids Educational Programme (Seasonal)
  • Olifants Wilderness Trail (pre-booked overnight activity)
  • Mananga 4 x 4 Adventure Trail (weather sensitive activity – book at Phalaborwa Gate)
  • Wildlife films (except Sundays)

Tariffs for Activities

  • These activities will ensure an exciting bush experience. All bookings, as well as further details for these activities,  are available from reception.

Facilities

  • Facilities

  • Information at Reception
  • Public Telephone
  • Post Box
  • Restaurant
  • Conference Facilities
  • A slimline ATM facility (instead of holding cash like a conventional ATM, clients are presented with a slip which they can then cash at the retailer's till) is offered in the camp's shop.
  • Cafeteria
  • Shop
  • Laundromat (in camp)
  • Filling Station
  • Communal Kitchens
  • Communal Ablutions
  • Swimming Pool
  • Cutlery and Plates Hampers (from Reception)
  • Basic First Aid Assistance
  • Day Visitors Picnic Area on perimeter of camp with own swimming pool
  • DSTV (limited channels) only available in Guest Houses
  • Cellphone reception

Bungalows

  • 3 single beds

  • Air-conditioned
  • Fridge
  • Hotplate
  • No smoking
  • Sink
  • Utensils
  • WC and shower

5 Things To Seek

  1. Bushbuck
  2. Elephant
  3. Lala Palm
  4. Red Headed Weaver
  5. Fish Eagle

Expert tips

  • PLEASE USE REF: R6728197 WHEN ENTERING THE KRUGER GATE AS WELL AS WHEN CHECKING IN AT CAMP
  • PLEASE TAKE NOTE THAT GATES OPEN AT 05:30 AM AND ALL GATES CLOSE AT 18:30 PM

Recommended

Included

  • breakfast
  • 1 nights accommodation
  • 1 x en-suite bungalow 
  • car rental

Excluded

  • lunch & dinner
  • drinks
  • gate fees for Kruger
  • conservation fees
  • safari activities

Day 3: Kruger National Park

After checking out from Letaba Rest Camp you make your way to Rhino Post Safri Lodge. Rhino Post Safari Lodge is situated at the southern end of our 12,000 hectare private wilderness concession in the Kruger National Park

Arriving at the Lodge you are checked into your rooms and have time to freshen up before a light lunch and your afternoon sunset safari drive where you will sip a sundowner as you watch the sky turn from the brilliance of an African sunset to a bright band of stars. You head back to the lodge where dinner awaits and a blazing fire sets the perfect backdrop for tonight’s meal.

  

Expert tips

  • THE GATES AT CAMP OPENS AT 04:30 AM, AFTER CHECKING OUT FROM CAMP YOU MAKE YOURWAY TO RHINO POST SAFARI LODGE 
  • CHECK-IN TIME IS AT 14:00 PM

Activities and Services

Included

  • 1 nights accommodation
  • car rental
  • lunch & dinner
  • 1 x double room
  • 1 x single room
  • afternoon safari

Excluded

  • breakfast
  • drinks

Day 4: Kruger National Park

Expert rangers will ensure that your safari experience is truly memorable. Each day begins with an early morning safari game drive. In the late afternoon, guests head out on another game drive and return after dark, offering guests exhilarating night game drives as well! Optional bush walks are offered every day after breakfast/brunch.

For the more energetic, each day after breakfast there is the option of a morning bush walk. The walk is an opportunity to experience the bushveld at close quarters. All walking safaris are led by qualified rangers. They will explain the animal tracks and what animals passed through during the night, in addition to the sophistication of termite mounds and other interesting facets of the bush that go unnoticed on game drives. The chance to walk amongst wildlife allows you to fully immerse yourself in African smells and sounds.

Activities and Services

Included

  • 1 nights accommodation
  • 1 x double room
  • 1 x single room
  • all meals
  • car rental
  • morning safari
  • afternoon safari
  • bush walk ( optional )

Day 5: Kruger National Park

The final day of your Safari will see you go on one last safari drive before returning to the lodge for a traditional breakfast under the thatched rondawel roofs.  After breakfast, you have time to check out.

You have the day to explore the Southern area before needing to check into Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp that afternoon.

Activities

  • Guided Bush Walks
  • Game Drives (in the company of trained field guides)
  • Lebombo Eco-Trail (pre-booked overnight activity)

Facilities

  • Information at Reception
  • Public Telephone
  • Post Box
  • Shop, with small take-away food section
  • No ATM facility available. 
  • Laundromat
  • Filling Station
  • Communal Kitchens
  • Communal Ablutions
  • Cutlery and Plates Hampers (enquire at Reception)
  • Basic First Aid Assistance
  • Basic Day Visitor Picnic Area in camp
  • Cellphone Reception

5 Things To Seek

  1. Lion
  2. Giraffe
  3. Spotted Hyena
  4. Kudu
  5. Cheetah

Expert tips

  • CAMP GATES CLOSE AT 18:30 PM, PLEASE ENSURE TO BE AT CAMP INTIME 
  • PLEASE USE REF: R6728197 WHEN CHECKING INTO CAMP

Activities and Services

Morning Safari

Included

  • breakfast
  • morning safari
  • 1  nights accomodation
  • 1 x triple bungalow
  • car rental

Excluded

  • lunch & dinner
  • drinks
  • safari activities ( afternoon )

Day 6: Lobamba

This morning you leave the Kruger National Park and make your way to Swaziland. Arriving at the hotel you are checked in and shown to your rooms.

Mantenga Lodge is in the Ezulwini Valley situated among natural surroundings at the foot of Sheba’s Breasts Mountains (immortalized by Rider Haggards' “King Solomon’s Mines”) overlooking the legendary “Execution Rock”

Nearby Attractions

  • Swazi Cultural Village 1.0km
  • Mantenga Nature Reserve 0.5km
  • Lobamba Township Walking Tours 1.5km
  • Mantenga Craft Centre 0.5km
  • Swazi Trails Tours and Adventure sports 0.5 km
  • Mlilwane wild life Sanctuary 5.0km
  • Swazi Candles 15.0km
  • Royal Swazi Golf course & Beauty Spa 3.0km
  • Gables Shopping centre & Movie Cinema 2.0km
  • Glass Blowing 25.0km
  • Airport 15.0km
  • King Sobhuza II Memorial park 2.0km
  • Happy Valley Casino 1.0 km
Chubeka Trails  on Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Expert tips

  • TODAY YOU CHEKC OUT FROM CAMP, GATES OPEN AT 04:30 AM
  • CHECK-IN TIME AT MANTENGA LODGE IS AT 14:00 PM

Included

  • 1 nights accommodation
  • 1 x double
  • 1 x single
  • car rental

Excluded

  • all meals
  • drinks
  • optional activities

Day 7: Hluhluwe

This morning after a lovely breakfast, you leave Swaziland and make your way to Hluhluwe in Kwazulu Natal. After checking into your hotel, the rest of the day is spent exploring the area.

Neighbouring the World Heritage Site of St Lucia, Falaza is near the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, boasting the Big Five, and the fascinating corals of Sodwana Bay

The local area offers a myriad of exciting activities including the ‘Big 5’ Hluhluwe Game Reserve, Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre, Duma-zulu Cultural Village, a crocodile farm, birdwatching, whale watching (in season), freshwater and deep-sea fishing, beach visits to Sodwana and St. Lucia, a traditional craft market and Ilala Weavers, the St. Lucia World Heritage Site and boat trips on Lake St. Lucia. We can organise all these activities for you, as well as transfers to and from the activities.

Here are a few of the more popular activities that can be booked with the hotel:

HLUHLUWE GAME RESERVE DRIVE Duration: ± 3 hours

You will be awakened at first light with a wakeup call from your ranger to a beautiful morning chorus as the birds welcome a new day. After a cup of tea or coffee the adventure starts as you head off to the Game Park in our state-of-the-art open Game viewer to seek out the wonders of the bush.

Your qualified ranger, with all his bush skills and senses fine-tuned to the environment, will strive to track down a vast array of wildlife in the area. A short stop in the bush to stretch your legs and enjoy refreshments allows you time to digest the soothing peace and tranquility the park has to offer. You then return to the Lodge mid-morning to indulge in a delicious breakfast.

CROCODILE / SNAKE ADVENTURE SHOWS

Witness a diverse collection of indigenous fauna and flora along with traditional Zulu culture and wildlife. Zulu Croc is more than just a reptile park, it is an educational adventure.

Witness hands on demonstrations and an educational presentation of the most feared reptile – snakes. From the snakes you are taken to safe and spacious crocodile enclosures. Watch the guide interact with the amazing creatures, of which some are over 40 years old, and listen as he shares his knowledge and experiences.

EMDONENI CAT REHABILITATION CENTRE Duration: ± 2 hours (afternoon tour includes feeding)

An up close and personal tour to learn more about South Africa’s endangered wild cat species, with interaction with tame cats. Be mesmerized by the beauty of the Caracal (Lynx), enchanted by the playful Serval, astonished by the speed and agility of the Cheetah and delighted by the African Wildcat. View and photograph these amazing animals during the daily educational tour with an informative talk about the animals and the project by an experienced guide. Please arrange to arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of a tour.

DUMAZULU CULTURAL VILLAGE Duration: ± 2 hours

Explore and learn about the wonderful traditions of Zulu culture, how they weave baskets and create different arts, watch performances of Zulu dancing and get the chance to meet the local witch doctor.

BAYETHE ELEPHANT INTERACTION Duration: ± 1½ hours

Enjoy an up close and personal meeting with habituated elephants. Knowledgeable rangers will talk you through their history and provide you with interesting facts about elephants. You will be given the opportunity to feed as well as touch the elephant’s ears, behind his tusks, between his front legs, and even get to feel his tongue! Please book ahead to avoid disappointment.

FALSE BAY WALK Duration: ± 2½ hours

Take a guided walk of about 7km through sand dunes, forests and grassy fields, viewing a variety of different antelope species and the prolific birdlife for which the area is well known, including some rare, seldom seen species.

LAKE ST LUCIA BOAT CRUISE Duration: ± 1½ hours    Times: on request

A leisurely cruise on the St Lucia wetlands, a World Heritage Site, which affords glimpses of crocodiles and hippos as well as the prolific bird life along the river banks. Whether your choice is a morning cruise or the ever-popular sundowner booze cruise, this is a wildlife experience not to be missed.

 

Expert tips

  • CHECK OUT TIME IS AT 10:00 AM
  • CHECK-IN TIME FOR FALAZA GAME PARK IS AT 14:00 PM

Included

  • breakfast
  • dinner
  • 1 nights accommodation
  • 1 x double luxury tent
  • 1 x single luxury tent
  • car rental

Excluded

  • lunch 
  • drinks
  • optional activities

Day 8: Umhlanga

This morning after a leisurely breakfast you can make your way to Umhlanga in Durban.  After checking into your hotel, why not enjoy one of the beautiful beaches in the area

Umhlanga Rocks is one of the most popular summer holiday destinations in South Africa, often referred to as “Joburg by the sea” because of the sheer amount of holidaymakers who flock to the beaches from Gauteng. With subtropical daytime temperatures that seldom drop below 19°C in the winter, Umhlanga is an ideal holiday destination all year round. While the beaches are perfect for long lazy days on the sand, the coral reefs that wrap along the coastline are home to an incredible diversity of tropical fish and are ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving. The warm ocean is also great for surfing, kite-surfing, dolphin and whale watching, deep sea fishing, and ski boat fishing.

 

Expert tips

  • CHECK OUT TIME IS AT 10:00 AM
  • CHECK-IN TIME FOR PROTEA HOTEL UMHLANGA IS AT 14:00 PM

Activities and Services

Included

  • breakfast
  • 1 nights accommodation
  • 1 x double room
  • 1 x single room
  • car rental

Excluded

  • lunch & dinner
  • drinks
  • optional activities

Day 9: Port Elizabeth

This morning you say goodbye to the beautiful beaches of KwaZulu Natal, after checking out from the hotel you will have a short flight to Port Elizabeth in the late afternoon.

You able to fit in one last activity in Durban before needing to drop your car rental and check in for your flight at King Shaka Airport.

Arriving at Port Elizabeth Airport, you can pick up your car rental and check into tyour hotel for the night.

Expert tips

  • CHECK OUT TIME IS AT 10:00 AM
  • YOU WILL  NEED TO DROP OFF YOU CAR RENTAL AT EUROPE CAR OFFICE AT KINGSHAKA AIRPORT BY 12:00 -12:30 PM TO BE INTIME FOR YOUR FLIGHT AT 15:40 PM
  • ARRIVING AT PORT ELIZABETH AIRPORT YOU WILL MAKE YOUR WAY TO EUROPE CAR AT THE AIRPORT TO PICK UP YOUR CAR RENTAL
  • YOU THEN MAKE YOURWAY TO IBHAYI GUEST HOUSE 

Recommended

Included

  • breakfast
  • 1 nights accommodation
  • car rental
  • 1 x double room
  • 1 x single room
  • local flight

Excluded

  • lunch & dinner
  • drinks
  • optional activities

Day 10: Addo Elephant National Park

After an early breakfast you make your way to Addo National Park, after checking into Addo Main Camp you have the rest of the day to explore the park

Chalet:

  • Air-conditioned
  • Kitchen with stove, fridge, utensils
  • Lounge with 2 single beds & 1 dbl sleeper couch
  • No smoking
  • Not suitable for 2 adults (dbl sleeper couch)
  • Open plan lounge / kitchen area
  • WC, shower and bath

Activities available include:

  • Birding
  • Game Drives
  • Hiking and Nature Walks
  • Marine Eco Tours
  • 4x4
  • Horse Riding

Other activities on offer:

  • Underground hide
  • Waterhole view point

The following facilities are available at the main rest camp:

  • A fuel station selling petrol and diesel is available between 07:00 and 17:00.
  • A shop selling curios, snacks and basic supplies is open between 08:00 and 18:00 (Please note: times vary according to season, please check with park staff).
  • An al-la-carte restaurant is available in the main camp and is open for all meals from 07:00 to 22:00. Bookings are advisable, especially for dinner. Telephone: +27 (0)42 233 8674.
  • A swimming pool is available for overnight visitors.
  • A picnic and braai area is available for day visitors.
  • The SASOL Red Bishop Bird Hide.
  • The PPC Discovery Trail is accessible to all, including the visually and mobility-impaired.
  • There is a public telephone and a post box near the reception. Post is collected for delivery every week day morning at 09:00. A post office is situated in the town of Addo, approximately 15km from the park.
  • Credit cards are accepted for payment of accommodation, activities (except for the Alexandria Hiking trail and the Zuurberg horse trails), shop purchases and restaurant meals.
  • First National Bank with ATM is situated in the town of Addo, 15km from the park. Other banking facilities are located in the town of Kirkwood, 35km from the park and Port Elizabeth, 75km from the park.
  • Underground wildlife viewing hide.

5 Things To Seek

  1. Elephants
  2. Lions
  3. Spotted Hyena
  4. Cape buffalo
  5. Flightless dung beetle (which has right of way on the roads!)
Addo Addo Addo

Expert tips

  • CHECK OUT TIME IS AT 10:00 AM FROM HOTEL
  • PLEASE USE REF: R6728221 WHEN ENETERING ADDO GATE AND AT CAMP TO CHECK-IN
  • GATES OPEN AT 07:00 AM AND ALL GATES CLOSE AT 18:30 PM

Included

  • breakfast
  • 1 nights accommodation
  • 1 x triple chalet
  • car rental

Excluded

  • lunch & dinner
  • drinks
  • gate fees
  • conservations fees

Day 11: Stormsriver

This morning after breakfast you depart Addo National Park and make your way to Storms River Mouth Rest Camp in Tsitsikamma National Park.

Activities

Most of these activities are safe enough to undertake unguided.

  • All activities are dependent on favourable weather conditions.
  • For more information or directions, visit the Information desk, Enviro Centre or Reception at the Storms River Mouth Rest Camp (Tsitsikamma Section).
  • The park has a joint initiative it runs with private parties from on the park’s periphery. The result is a semi-luxury hiking trail known as the Dolphin Trail.
  • "Spirit of Tsitsikamma" boat rides
  • The Otter Trail, 42km long, 5 days and 4 nights: (www.footprint.co.za); Check Availability.
  • Several nature trails (1-3 hours)
  • Dolphin Trail – a joint initiative with private parties adjacent the park
  • Marine and River Activities
    • Kayaking and Lilo adventure in Tsitsikamma
    • Snorkelling in Storms River Mouth
    • Scuba Diving in Storms River Mouth
    • Boat Cruises
  • Bathing at a small beach, and swimming pool (for resident guests only).
  • All angling in the Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park is prohibited.
  • Guided outings (Eco-guides from local communities).
  • Holiday programme during school holidays.
  • Activities for School Groups.

There are many activities in the area of the park, for which staying in the park is an excellent base. The following are some that SANParks recommends.

  • Abseiling & climbing
  • Hiking (www.footprint.co.za)
  • Mountain biking
  • Kloofing

Facilities

  • Shop where souvenirs and basic commodities may be purchased, a la carte restaurant, also serving light refreshments, laundromat and ironing room (flat-irons not supplied) and information desk at Storms River Mouth Rest Camp (Tsitsikamma Section).
  • No ATM facility available
  • Cattle Baron operates Tsitsikamma Restaurant.
  • Fuel is available at Storms River Bridge (±25km from Storms River Rest Camp (Tsitsikamma Section)) and at Nature's Valley (adjacent Nature's Valley Rest Camp (Tsitsikamma Section)).

5 Things To Seek

  1. Dolphins and Porpoises – keeping vigil on the ocean will produce sightings of schools of dolphins and porpoises frolicking in the waves.
  2. African Black Oystercatcher – this red data species is one of South Africa’s most threatened bird species. Several pairs nest along the park’s rocky coastline.
  3. Knysna Lourie – these beautiful birds with a gruff call are common in the forest.
  4. Cape Clawless Otter – the source of the name of the Otter Trail, this shy and elusive species hunts crabs along the park’s coastline and rivers alike.
  5. Blue Duiker – this miniature antelope is found in the forests.

  

Expert tips

  • GATES OPEN AT 07:00 AM
  • PLEASE USE REF: R6728239 WHEN CHECKING INTO STORMS RIVER MOUTH REST CAMP
  • GATED CLOSE AT 19:30 PM

Included

  • 1 nights accommodation
  • 1 x double chalet
  • 1 x single chalet
  • car rental

Excluded

  • all meals
  • drinks
  • safari activities
  • gate fees
  • conservations fees

Days 12 - 13: Knysna

Today you will make your way to Knysna, after checking into your accommodation you have the next two days to explore the beautiful area.

What to do in the Area

Knysna, in the centre of the Garden Route is one of South Africa’s best known travel destinations and was recently named as one of the Top 100 Destinations in the World and one of the Top 25 in Africa in the Trip Advisor Travellers' Choice Destinations Awards. 

Surrounding Knysna are the towns of Sedgefield, Brenton, Noetzie, Rheenendal and Buffalo Bay. Indigenous forests, fynbos, lakes, rivers and mountains and beautiful coastlines combined with a moderate climate, make the Knysna area a natural Eden for flora and fauna lovers. 

A Natural Paradise

In Knysna, nature quite literally knocks on your front door. The town nestles between the impressive Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, with the world-renowned forests encircling it like a protective mantle. This exceptional nature's playground of beaches, lakes, mountains, forests and rivers offers an unforgettable holiday. Whether you're an adventurous type or simply like it lolling around in the sun, Knysna has it all. 

The 21ha estuary is protected from the sea by the monolithic sandstone "Heads" - silent sentinels down the centuries of the rich history of this unique part of "paradise of earth". Adding to the richness of this incredible region is the spectacular Fynbos vegetation, contributing 8000 plant species to the Cape floral kingdom. The Knysna forest measures some 80, 000 ha in size and is managed according to strict conservation principles. 
 

Our Animal Kingdom

Knysna boasts an array of unique, some of them sadly endangered, species including the unique Knysna seahorse, the delicate Pansy shell of the lagoon and the endangered dwarf chameleon and Brenton Blue Butterfly. Knysna is also home to the only forest elephants in South Africa. 

The Humpback and Southern Right whales visit the coastline during the months of May and September to breed in the calm, warm waters of the Indian Ocean and present a spectacular theatre of breaching, rolling, playing with calves and just generally lolling about. Spectators sit for hours watching these giant gentle creatures enjoying life on their way around the most southern tip of Africa. 

The Knysna area is home to a wealth of bird life. Near-endemic avian wonders include the famous Knysna Loerie with its bright red feathers highly visible in flight. Then there's the Narina Trogon, Knysna warbler, Knysna Woodpecker, chorister robin-chat and the forest canary. The lakes play host to a wide variety including the Malachite Kingfisher, the African Fish Eagle and our beaches provides the breeding grounds for the endangered African Black Oyster Catcher. 
 

Adventure and Sport

Come and play in our forests and dive into outdoor adventures like horse-riding, hiking, yachting, fishing and canoeing. For a pure adrenalin rush get into the more extreme sports of abseiling, paragliding, scuba diving or water skiing and some of the best mountain bike routes in the country. Knysna has something for everyone - from the very young to the well matured and for every size, shape and temperament. 
 

If you are traveling, here is an idea of time and distance:

  • Brenton-on-Sea :: 7kms :: 10 mins
  • Knysna Quays Waterfront :: 9kms :: 10 mins
  • The Knysna Heads :: 15kms :: 20 mins
  • Plettenberg Bay :: 26kms :: 35 mins
  • Buffalo Bay :: 15kms :: 20 mins
  • Millwood Gold Mine :: 22kms :: 30 mins
  • Monkeyland :: 30kms :: 40 min

Expert tips

  • GATES OPEN AT 06:00 AM
  • CHECK-IN TIME FOR BELVIDERE MANOR HOTEL IS AT 14:00 PM

Included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 1 x breakfast ( day 13 )
  • 1 x double
  • 1 x single
  • car rental

Excluded

  • lunch & dinner
  • drinks
  • optional activities 

Day 14: Oudtshoorn

This morning you leave Knysna and make your way to Oudtshoorn.  De Opstal Country Lodge is set in the picturesque valley of Schoemanshoek, near the world famous Cango Caves of Oudtshoorn

ACTIVITIES

OSTRICH FARM TOURS

As a special benefit, guests of De Opstal Country Lodge can enjoy an exclusive and customised tour to the farm of family member to Albertus & Matilda De Bod, Piet Schoeman, one of the leading Ostrich farmers in the world.

Tours are presented by Leon or Jade and will give you understanding and insight into the farming activities of an authentic working ostrich farm.  Part of the fascination of these big birds is the variety of unique products that can be produced using ostriches, such as leather, feathers, and healthy low fat meat.

MEERKAT ENCOUNTER

An early morning drive down to the burrows of a meerkat family has grown to become one of the highlights of a visit to Schoemanshoek.

The mystical silence of the Little Karoo landscapes in the early morning hours, combined with a fresh cup of coffee in your hand and the expectation in your heart of meeting these cute creatures personally, all contributes to this once in a lifetime experience.

SUNSET DRIVE

Discover the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of the little Karoo when you take one of the relaxing sunset drives and finish your day soaking up the majestic landscapes surrounding you.

On this drive, you have the opportunity to see species such as giraffe, springbok, kudu, eland and wildebees and in addition to that, almost 200 different kinds of birds, including the beautiful Fish eagle.

The wildlife reserve encompasses and area of over 5000 hectares and your guide will introduce you to the some of the fascinating Karoo vegetation, much of which can be found nowhere else in the world.

And no sunset drive will be complete with a relaxing sundowner to enjoy while the sun sets on yet another perfect day in the Little Karoo.

THE CANGO CAVES

One of the world’s great natural wonders, sculptured by nature through the ages. It is situated close to the Klein Karoo Town of Oudtshoorn. Mysterious and breathtaking limestone formations in a wide variety of natural colours, a subterranean wonderland. Regular guided tours daily.

Interior

Expert tips

  • CHECK OUT TIME IS AT 10:00 AM
  • CHECK-IN TIME FOR DE OPSTAL COUNTRY LODGE IS AT 14:00 PM

Included

  • breakfast
  • 1 nights accommodation
  • 1 x double
  • 1 x single
  • car rental

Excluded

  • lunch & dinner
  • drinks
  • optional activities 

Day 15: Cape Town

After a scrumptious breakfast you make your way to Cape Town, why not rive along the famous route 62.

Cape Route 62 is the tourist route in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, South Africa that meanders between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn, the Langkloof and Port Elizabeth, offering the shorter, scenic alternative to the N2 highway. 

It's an area of magnificent landscapes and towering cliffs, crystal clear streams and an abundance of trees and indigenous flora - all contribute to make Paarl, Wellington, the Breede River Valley,Klein Karoo and Langkloof some of South Africa's most diverse regions. The ever changing colours of the majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards, as well as the multitude of attractions, will offer you an unforgettable adventure - whether this is in the physical sense or simply a kaleidoscope of scenic tranquillity. 

The easily accessible towns, nestled along the valleys, all offer ample opportunity for discovery. From visits to wineries and game reserves, tribal art, cultural tours, museums and for the more adventurous: hiking trails and mountain climbing, 4x4 routes, canoeing, horse riding, even ostrich riding, fishing and caving ... 

After checking into your hotel that afternoon, the rest of the afternoon is spent at your own leisure

CT Aerial

Expert tips

  • CHECK OUT TIME IS AT 10:00 AM
  • CHECK-IN TIME FOR CAPE RIVIERA GUEST HOUSE IS AT 14:00 PM

Included

  • breakfast
  • 1 nights accommodation
  • 1 x double
  • 1 x single
  • car rental

Excluded

  • lunch & dinner
  • drinks
  • optional activities 

Days 16 - 18: Cape Town

Spend these days exploring Cape Town, take a trip up Table Mountain, a boat ride to Seal Island, a trip to Robben Island or a visit to a wine farm.

I suggestions would be to do use your  Cape Town Hop on Hop off 2 day pass, that gives you access to over 50 attraction in Cape Town

TOUR DESCRIPTION

This HopOn HopOff tour package offers access to over 50 of Cape Town's leading attractions with unlimited HopOn HopOff access on Official City Tour.

  •  FREE Walking tour
  •  Official City Tour
  • Valid for all 4 hop on - hop off loops
  •  2 Consecutive days on the bus

Direct from the V&A to the Table Mountain Cable Car base station this tour option offers over 30 stops, and taking you to over 50 of Cape Town’s top attractions, the bus allows you to hop-on and hop-off at your leisure.

With our buses scheduled to stop at regular intervals, you will have plenty of time to uncover the city's treasures. So whether you want to jump off and take a quick scenic pic of Table Mountain or wonder around Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens or visit Groot Constantia, the oldest Wine Estate in South Africa, you have the flexibility to do so. Join us and create your own itinerary.

Tour assistance offices

* V&A Waterfront, located outside the Two Oceans Aquarium

* CBD, located at 81 Long Street

* Camps Bay, located opposite the Bay Hotel on Victoria Road

Expert tips

  • YOU WILL BE ABLE TO USE YOUR HOP ON HOP OFF 2 DAY BUS TICKET FOR ANY OF THESE DAYS

Included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • daily breakfast
  • 1 x triple room
  • car rental
  • 2 day complimentary hop on hop off bus pass

Excluded

  • lunch & dinner
  • drinks
  • optional activities 

Day 19: End of Itinerary

Today you bid farewell to our beautiful country, after checking out you can go and do some last minute exploring.

Depending on your flight time, you will drop of your car rental at the airport before checking in for your international flight.

Expert tips

  • CHECK OUT TIME IS AT 10:00 AM
  • YOU WILL NEED TO DROP YOUR CAR RENTAL AT THE EUROPE CAR BRANCH AT CAPE TOWN AIRPORT BY 16:00 PM LATEST 

Included

  • breakfast
  • car rental ( until flight )

Excluded

  • lunch
  • optional activities 
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