This program combines the autonomous exploration of the country with rented cars and some guided tours in Italian to discover South Africa in complete safety.
On the program: discovery of Cape Town and its surroundings, exploration of the famous Garden Route among vineyards, breathtaking coastal landscapes, natural parks and picturesque towns and the thrill of a Big Five safari in the Garden Route private reserve Game Lodge.
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Day 1: Arrival in Cape Town
Upon arrival in Cape Town meeting with the Italian guide and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, an orientation tour of the city and (weather conditions permitting) ascent to Table Mountain, considered the seventh wonder of the world.
Day 2: Excursion to Cape Point
After the first car collection at the AVIS office in the city and departure for the excursion to the Cape of Good Hope Peninsula, which offers incredibly suggestive landscapes. Hout Bay, Seal Island, Cape Point, the colony of the cute penguins “Jack Ass” of Boulders Beach and the Kirstenbosch botanical gardens are among the main attractions of the day.
Day 3: Excursion in the wine valley
Car collection and departure for the romantic and picturesque valleys of the wines of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek where, in addition to admiring the picturesque landscape, you can also visit some of the many wineries in the area and taste the locally produced wines.
Day 4: Free day in Cape Town
During this day we advise you not to miss the opportunity to climb to the top of Table Mountain with the rotating cable car to admire the fantastic panorama. Take the Cape Town City Seeing Red Bus which gives you the opportunity to stop for lunch at one of the Camps Bay restaurants and spend a few hours on the beaches of Clifton or Camps Bay. For the more athletic, we recommend a vigorous walk on the Lion`s Head mountain.
Day 5: Hermanus, whales and sharks
Today you will leave Cape Town to begin your journey to the Garden Route. The first stop is Hermanus, a small town overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Here between May and November, it is possible to admire Southern Right whales, the enormous cetaceans that during this period approach the coasts of South Africa. In this area, it is also possible to dive into the cages to see the “Shark Cage Diving” white shark
Day 6: The Garden Route
Early in the morning departure to the Garden Route towards Knysna (considered the gem of the Garden Route). Leave Gansbaai, before continuing in the direction of George and Knysna. If you wish, you can also head to Cape Agulhas first to visit the southernmost point of Africa and then continue inland and/or also make a stop at the picturesque town of Swellendam.
Day 7: Knysna, the Garden Route theme
While staying in Knysna we recommend visiting the town of Plettenberg Bay and we recommend taking the boat trip on the Featherbed Nature Reserve. A boat will take you across the lagoon to the ocean opening up to a small island where the Featherbed Nature Reserve is located.
From here you will be transferred to special vehicles to the highest area of the reserve. On the way, we will stop at a vantage point where a specialized guide will talk about the history, fauna and flora of the Featherbed Nature Reserva. Then, optionally, you can walk (about 2 km) through the reserve or continue the journey with the available vehicles. The tour lasts about 4 hours and includes lunch.
Day 8: Storm River and Tsitsikamma Forest
Departure from Knysna in the direction of Storms River and the Tsitsikamma National Park. This national park encompasses a long stretch of the Garden Route coast and is made up of various rainforests that extend to the sea. Nature Valley and Suspension Bridge are among the main attractions of this area. From your hotel, you can venture out on foot or by mountain bike along the various trails in the hills surrounding the hotel. For thrill seekers, the “Bloukrans Bridge” with the highest Bungee Jumping in the world is right here in Storms River. 216 Mt of height!
Day 9: Amakhala Game Reserve
Departure from Knysna in the direction of Port Elizabeth. En route, you will cross the Tsitsikamma National Park and the Tsitsikamma forest. After passing Port Elizabeth, continue in the direction of Grahamstown until you reach the Amakhala Game Reserve. Amakhala Game Reserve is a private “malaria free” reserve which covers over 18 000 acres of land and contains 11 different lodges. Here in the coming days aboard 4×4 vehicles equipped with the expert rangers, you will have the opportunity to meet the “BIG 5” Leons, Leopards, Rhinos, Elephants and Buffalos to appreciate them up close in their natural environment in a naturalistic setting of great beauty.
Day 10: Second day of safari
A day dedicated to Safari. The first part at dawn and the second in the afternoon. All meals are included.