Africa Tours and Safaris
6 Days The Cape Nature Splendour Tour

This 6 days tour will start from Cape Town, George, Oudtshoorn, Garden Route, Port Elizabeth, Cradock, Karoo, Beaufort West, Worcester and end in Cape Town.
During this tour, you will visit the Addo Elephant Park and the Mountain Zebra Park.

ITINERARY

Day 1
Leave Cape Town and drive eastwards via Sir Lowry’s Pass and the famous apple country of Grabouw to Swellendam, where you will visit the Bontebok National Park.
In Mossel Bay, visit the Post Office Tree, and the site of the first landfall. Later travel over Robinson’s Pass to the Little Karoo for a visit to an ostrich show farm with some unique experiences, including ostrich racing. Head to Oudtshoorn where almost 90% of the world’s ostrich farms are found. Overnight at La Plume Guest Lodge

Day 2
After breakfast, visit the Cango Caves, regarded as one of South Africa’s foremost natural wonders. The fascinating calcite caves comprise of an underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites. Visit the Cango Wild Live Ranch with its cheetahs and crocodiles is optional. Later travel over the Outeniqua Mountains to George and Wilderness for a visit to the Wilderness National Park lakes area. Then you will go around the lakes to Knysna on the edge of the Knysna Lagoon with its entrance to the sea, guarded by two promontories known as the ‘Heads’. Overnight at Fish Eagle Lodge

Day 3
Have breakfast and then explore Knysna. Travel further via Plettenberg Bay through magnificent scenic river valley passes. Visit the Tsitsikamma National Park, stretching over a 100 km wild and rocky coastline, characterised by massive cliffs, narrow isolated beaches and shady indigenous forests along the river valleys. Have a next stopover at Storms River with the impressive Paul Sauer Bridge across the valley, towering 139 m above the river. You will later head to Port Elizabeth past a few coastal holiday villages for a short city tour. Overnight at Fifth Avenue Beach House

Day 4
In the morning, you will visit the Addo Elephant National Park, a finely tuned ecosystem that provides sanctuary to more than 400 elephant, lion, black rhino, buffalo, hyena, several species of antelope, and a wide variety of birds. After, drive via Cradock to the Mountain Zebra National Park. The park, proclaimed to save the rare Cape Mountain Zebra from certain extinction, also boasts black rhino, buffalo, springbok, blesbuck, black wildebeest, grey rhebok and mountain reedbuck. After the game drives, you will arrive at the camp for an overnight in the park’s chalet type accommodation.

Day 5
After breakfast, have a morning game drive in Mountain Zebra National Park and later journey via Graaff Reinet through one of the remotest and arguably loneliest roads in the country, where it is impossible to determine the horizons for the mirage images. You will visit the Valley of Desolation and a short visit of Beaufort West takes you to the birthplace of Chris Barnard who performed the world’s first successful heart transplant, and some of the old colonial buildings in the town. Later travel through Karoo National Park and have a chance to spot animals such as the mountain reedbuck, kudu, black rhino, springbok, eland, gemsbuck and a variety of bird species such as Black Eagle. The park inhabits over 60 species of reptiles and 5 species of tortoises. Overnight in the park chalets at the foothills of the Nieuwveld Mountains

Day 6
After a morning game walk in the park, travel through the village of Laingsburg that was almost completely washed away by a freak flash flood in the mid nineteen seventies. Have a lunch stop over at Matjiesfontein in the Lord Millner Hotel. You will travel over the summit of the Hex River Pass with great views of the Hex River Valley. The Huguenot Tunnel through the Drakenstein Mountains will take you via Paarl back to Cape Town.

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