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Things to see and do in Garden Route

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Wave good bye to the delights of Cape Town as you wind your way through the mountains to the vineyards of the Cape Winelands, spend a few nights in Franschhoek sampling the local delights. Alternatively drive down to Hermanus, this quaint fishing village is known as one of the best places in the world for land-based whale watching. For the more adventurous, head down to Gansbaai to up get up close and personal with the Great White Shark.

A long drive awaits today, either drive along the N2 to George or, we recommend, heading out along the scenic Route 62 through the Great Karoo to Oudtshoorn. Spot meerkats and ostriches in this semi-desert landscape. From here drop down through the lush landscapes and rugged roads of the Outeniqua Pass to Knynsa where you should spend a few nights at least to explore the local area. Further up the coast and not far from Knysna is the beautiful Plettenberg Bay. Drive onwards through the indigenous forests of the Tsitsikamma National Park, before ending in Port Elizabeth. 

Ostrich in South Africa

After all that driving, climb into a 4x4 and let your game ranger take over – it is definitely time to go on safari. We have a great choice of lodges in the Eastern Cape, malaria-free and just a 1-2 hour drive from Port Elizabeth. Alternatively jump on a flight from Port Elizabeth and fly up to Johannesburg or onwards to the Kruger National Park to spot some animals in the northern game reserves.

Safari lodges in South Africa

The Kariega, Shamwari, and Pumba Private Game Reserves are fantastic places to take the family. These lodges put on many activities for kids, and with day and night safaris on offer, you'll never run out of things to keep you busy in the great outdoors!

Eastern Cape Game Reserves

Combine your visit to the Easter Cape with a few days over in Mauritius. The combination is great for honeymooners, giving you the white, sandy beaches, along with the adventure on safari - the best of both worlds, giving you the change to wind down after your excursions!

Multi-centre with Mauritius