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Garden Route with Safari

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PRIVATE TOUR - 13 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 8540

Private Tour Highlights

  • Be filled in on some of Cape Town’s history and culture on a private city tour
  • Take a memorable trip to the top of Table Mountain, one of the Natural Wonders of the World
  • Stop at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, home to over 6000 species of plants
  • Visit the Jackass Penguin Colony at Boulders Bay and perhaps have a swim on the beach next door!
  • Keep an eye out for pods of migrating whales
  • Take a trip to the Winelands region just north of Cape Town
  • Experience several wine tastings as well as a private cellar tour
  • Witness the vineyards woven through the spectacular mountain ranges
  • Stop for lunch in the gourmet capital of South Africa, and soak up the surroundings
  • Take a trip on the Ocean Blue whale and dolphin excursion!
  • Head out into the wild under the expert guidance of experienced rangers and insightful trackers
  • Get in close contact with Africa's most exciting wildlife species
  • After sundowners, enjoy a night safari with the aid of powerful spotlights which reveal nocturnal species
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Tour Overview

Explore Cape Town, Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula to view the penguin colony before traveling the famed Garden Route to Swellendam, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and Port Elizabeth. Finish with a full multi-day safari at one of several private game reserves bordering Kruger National Park.

The Garden Route was originally named after the vineyards, orchards and agricultural areas that used to sit between the Karoo Desert and the Southern South Africa coastline. Now it is more recognized for the forests, coastline, beaches, marine life & game reserves as well as the picturesque towns and villages along the way. Starting in Swellendam, gateway to the Garden Route, transfer to Plettenberg Bay. Originally christened “Bahia Formosa” (beautiful bay) by early Portuguese explorers, Plettenberg Bay offers the visitor miles of sweeping, unspoiled golden beaches, a dramatic rocky peninsula, intriguing lagoons and estuaries, towering indigenous forests and unpolluted rivers and sea. It is also home to the best dolphin watching in the World according to the National Geographic and is an adventure lover’s paradise with everything from surfing to kayaking and horse riding. Finish at Port Elizabeth.

Adding to the majesty of Kruger Park safaris are the surrounding private game reserves such as Sabi Sands and Timbavati. Over the last 20 years the fences between the reserves have been removed allowing the animals to roam freely between the Kruger National Park and these private reserves. The removal of these boundaries has afforded visitors to the Kruger Park with the best Big Five safari experience South Africa has to offer.

Inclusions
Price includes:
One way domestic airfare from Port Elizabeth to Nelspruit and Nelspruit to Cape Town, Hotel accommodation including continental or buffet breakfast, All transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling, Guided tours in English including all entrance fees, Meals where specified

Notes:
* Big Five animals (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino) may be viewed all year round.
Exclusions

Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included in the quote (if airfare has been included in the quote)

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Pricing Details
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Double £$6356 £$8540 £$16078 £$16587
Single £$10490 £$13610 £$25674 £$26792

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Flight to Cape Town

Overnight international flight to Cape Town.

Overnight international flight to Cape Town.

Day
2

Cape Town at Leisure

Upon arrival in Cape Town, airport reception and transfer in a private vehicle to the hotel. After check in, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Upon arrival in Cape Town, airport reception and transfer in a private vehicle to the hotel. After check in, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day
3

Cape Town- Table Top Mountain

Today, start off in Cape Town by being filled in on some of the city’s history and culture on a private city tour. Be sure to keep eyes and ears open for seldom seen sights and seldom heard stories about the city’s former inhabitants; previous visitors; beautiful architectural heritage; social, cultural, religious and political history.

Afterwards, travelers will make way to the Cable Car Station for a memorable trip to the top of Table Mountain, one of the Natural Wonders of the World. The views of the city, coastline and Cape Peninsula are in a word: breathtaking. Return to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
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4

Cape Peninsula

After breakfast, be taken on a full day, private tour of the Cape Peninsula that showcases some of Cape Town’s best scenery and attractions. Stop at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, these beautiful gardens are home to over 6000 species of plants. Travelers will then head on to visit the Jackass Penguin Colony at Boulders Bay and perhaps have a swim on the beach next door. After a stop for lunch overlooking False Bay, where one should keep an eye out for whales, move on to Cape Point, which is the south-westernmost point of Africa and one of the most dangerous points to sail around in the world. On the way back, look for wildlife while traveling through Cape Point National Park, before going round Chapman’s Peak Drive and back to the hotel for an evening at leisure. ...read less

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5

Winelands Region with Tasting

After breakfast, take a trip to the Winelands region just north of Cape Town. South African wine is one of the fastest growing in popularity, and Yampu Travelers will witness this first hand with one of the best wine makers in the country. Experience several tastings as well as a private cellar tour. The Winelands region is also incredibly beautiful, with the vineyards woven through spectacular mountain ranges. Stop for lunch in Franschhoek, which is the gourmet capital of South Africa, and soak up the surroundings while enjoying some first rate cuisine. This is a fantastic day out! ...read less

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6

Swellendam at Leisure

Transfer to Swellendam. This is a day at leisure where one can explore the historic town of Swellendam and take a trip to the Southernmost tip of Africa at Cape Agulhus, or explore the vineyards of the Robertson region. There is a 3-hour transfer to Plettenberg Bay in the afternoon.

Transfer to Swellendam. This is a day at leisure where one can explore the historic town of Swellendam and take a trip to the Southernmost tip of Africa at Cape Agulhus, or explore the vineyards of the Robertson region. There is a 3-hour transfer to Plettenberg Bay in the afternoon.

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7

Knysna- Plettenberg

After breakfast, travelers will be taken to Knysna where there will be the chance to browse the markets of this bustling town, before being taken out for a boat cruise on the beautiful Knysna Lagoon and a chance to see the infamous Knysna Heads. Return to Plettenberg Bay after a stop for lunch where travelers will take a trip on the Ocean Blue whale and dolphin excursion. Plettenberg is known for having some of the best dolphin watching in the world and it is an amazing year round experience to watch the huge pods playing in the surf and around the boat. If one is lucky, possibly see the rare Orca (Killer) Whale (most frequently seen August-October). ...read less

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Day
8

Port Elizabeth

Begin early today and transfer to Port Elizabeth (approximately 2 hours). Day at leisure in Port Elizabeth to explore the city's historical attractions, gardens and fine beaches.

Begin early today and transfer to Port Elizabeth (approximately 2 hours). Day at leisure in Port Elizabeth to explore the city's historical attractions, gardens and fine beaches.

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Day
9

Port Elizabeth- Nelspruit

After breakfast, be transferred to the Port Elizabeth airport for a flight to Nelspruit. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to the game lodge.

After breakfast, be transferred to the Port Elizabeth airport for a flight to Nelspruit. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to the game lodge.

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Day
10

First Day on Safari

In open safari vehicles with seating for between 6 and 12 visitors, head out into the wild under the expert guidance of experienced rangers and insightful trackers. Guests are able to get in close contact with Africa's most exciting wildlife species, and are presented with unparalleled photographic opportunities. Early morning game drive heads out as the sun rises and as the bush stirs to life. The ranger and tracker teams search for animals by tracking their spoor, and by listening for the tell-tale signs of activity. The bush has its own language, and it is fascinating to watch those who possess the tools to encode it.


Late afternoon game drive commences as the sun burns its way towards the horizon. The animals are now getting more active, many preparing for the great hunt after dark. After sundowners, the drive continues with the aid of powerful spotlights which reveal nocturnal species in another world. On average, approximately 6 hours of game drives per day.
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11

Game drive on Safari

Another Safari day starting with a morning game drive, followed by free time and late afternoon game drive. Each day will differ in the animals that may be seen. One may ask their tracker to search out animals which may have not been seen yet.

Another Safari day starting with a morning game drive, followed by free time and late afternoon game drive. Each day will differ in the animals that may be seen. One may ask their tracker to search out animals which may have not been seen yet.

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Day
12

Safari Day III

Last Safari day and last chance to see these remarkable animals in the wild. One never knows what amazing moment they will witness!

Last Safari day and last chance to see these remarkable animals in the wild. One never knows what amazing moment they will witness!

Day
13

Flight Home

After morning activities and breakfast, be transferred to the airport for a connection to Cape Town and flight home or continue with the Yampu Tours add-on of choice.

After morning activities and breakfast, be transferred to the airport for a connection to Cape Town and flight home or continue with the Yampu Tours add-on of choice.

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa

Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape, South Africa

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Kruger National Park, Kruger Park, Limpopo, South Africa

Places You'll See

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    Cape Town

    As Africa’s most popular tourist destination, Cape Town has much to offer. From its natural features such as Table Mountain, or Hout Bay with its views of the Atlantic Ocean, to its cultural attractions and several hundred shops, it has something for everyone. The Two Oceans aquarium is a popular destination, with its large viewing windows and seven exhibition galleries.

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    Swellendam

    The gateway to the striking Garden Route and the fourth oldest town in South Africa is Swellendam. Here, there are many nearby game reserves that can be visited. While in Swellendam, take in the Cape Dutch architecture while learning of the area’s history and culture.

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    Plettenberg Bay

    Reaching out into the ocean is Plettenberg Bay. Here one can bathe in the tranquil waters while enjoying the sands of the beach, as well as take on adventurous tours. Birdwatching, diving, and whale watching are just a few of the options one has while visiting the bay. Stop by the Robberg Nature and Marine Reserve to witness the occasional great white, and penguins!

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    Port Elizabeth

    Port Elizabeth is a beautiful beach town that is spoiled by warm waters and beautiful beaches. Enjoy surfing, sandboarding, and other beach activities as well as visiting galleries and local museums. Another stop that one could make is at the Addo Elephant National Park where one can see an assortment of big game.

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    Kruger National Park

    Get the real safari experience at the Kruger National Park, one of South Africa’s largest game reserves. The offers a chance to see some of the 500 plus species of wild birds, nearly 150 species of large mammals including all of the Big Five game animals, and over 100 species of reptiles including the black mamba. There’s even a 9-hole golf course.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Cape Town : Inn on the Square

Cape Town : Protea Hotel Fire & Ice

Cape Town : Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge

Cape Town : SunSquare Cape Town

Swellendam : Swellendam Country Lodge

Plettenberg Bay : Periwinkle

Port Elizabeth : Summerstrand Hotel

Kruger National Park : Tydon Safari Camp

4 Star Properties

Cape Town : Protea Hotel Victoria Junction

Cape Town : Adderley Hotel (Waterfront)

Cape Town : The Vineyard (Newlands)

Cape Town : Victoria & Alfred Hotel

Swellendam : Bloom Estate

Western Cape : Emily Moon River Lodge

Port Elizabeth : King Edward Hotel

5 Star Properties

Cape Town : Cape Royale

Cape Town : Taj Cape Town

Cape Town : Cape Grace

Swellendam : De Kloof Estates

Plettenberg Bay : Bay Lodge

Port Elizabeth : Windermere

Kruger National Park : Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

Luxury Properties

Cape Town : Table Bay Hotel

Testimonials

Trent S.

Traveled October, 2014

Can’t think of a single thing we didn’t love about the whole experience

Can’t think of a single thing we didn’t love about the whole experience. From the phone conversations with Yampu to the representatives who met us at each airport and hotel everyone was great. And the properties they set us up with?! Amazing! Their own websites didn’t do them justice. Every day was better than the day before so every day you saw me was the best day of my life.

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Peter C.

Traveled May, 2013

We all loved Cape Town and Franschoek

We’re on our last day at Kagga Kamma and I wanted to let you know that we are having a great time and everything is according to plan. We all loved Cape Town and Franschoek. While we were unsure about KK when we arrived, it has turned out to be a great experience. Just today we saw ostrich, eland, wildebeest, red hartebeest, zebra, botinbok, Springbok and cave paintings. Ted and i are taking the ATV’s this afternoon. It is a huge reserve here. The weather today is sunny and cool. Off to the airport in early morning to fly to Kruger. Hopefully the last leg of our trip will be as good as the first.

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Shannon

Traveled August, 2014

The whole family had such a wonderful time

I have a few more comments you might be interested in.I am so glad you sent us to Sanbona and Shamwari, especially Shamwari. They were both easier to get to than Kruger and we didn’t even need malaria prophylactics which was very nice. I was worried the animal viewing wouldn’t be good so relatively close to civilization, but it was terrific!I also appreciate your getting tickets to Robben Island and Table Mountain for us and taking care of the transportation. It was nice to be able to just enjoy. You even managed good weather for us. Robben Island had been closed the previous four days! Don’t know how you did it.Want to say once again, the guides were wonderful. They were both so knowledgeable and shared some of their experiences with apartheid. They also had a great sense of humor and very quickly picked up on our family jokes. The whole family had such a wonderful time. The children managed everything beautifully– the very long plane ride, the change in time zones and climate, new foods and schedules. They were amazing. Once again, we thank you so much and would be happy to serve as references.

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