South Africa Garden Route wildlife holiday
Price depends on your party size (couples and private solo tours can be arranged).
Please contact us for a quote specific to your party size and requirements.
Description of South Africa Garden Route wildlife holiday
Discover the delights of Cape Town before heading off to Port Elizabeth along South Africa's lush green Garden Route. This 16 day tailor made tour, with your very own driver, is a must for anyone wishing to experience incredible coastline and animal abundant nature reserves.
From seals and penguins around the Cape of Good Hope to whale watching at Plettenberg Bay and game safaris in Addo National Park, observing animals in South Africa, in the company of professional zoologist, is definitely the best way to experience life on the Western Cape coast.
Both on and offshore you'll get to see some of South Africa's most incredible creatures with expert advice and knowledge coupling with pure and simple excitement. Jeep safaris, guided walks, nocturnal spotlighting, boat trips and impromptu pit stops allow for an abundance of opportunities to watch wildlife over the course of 16 days.
As this a tailor made tour it will be entirely up to you if you'd prefer a day off to rest, relax and soak up the sun although we really do recommend making the most of each and every day on safari or out a sea.
The best time of year to go:
The southern Hemisphere winter is best, July - September. This tour tries to incorporate various different seasonal phenomenon and as a result there is a narrow window where everything can be seen. We recommend late September and early August as you will be able to see southern right whales as well as arriving at a good time of year for terrestrial wildlife, too.
What makes us special:
This Garden Route tour of South Africa has a great success rate of observing animals. We have an unrivalled network of experts and guides throughout Southern Africa which gives us the best opportunities to learn behaviours and know when and where wildlife will appear. Also, unlike many other tour operators, we're happy to run this tour for individuals. All you need to do is ask.
Following the Garden Route:
This tour travels from Cape Town and the Western Cape Region, visiting False Bay, Table Mountain National Park and Robben Island before moving east to De Hoop Nature Reserve, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Addo National Park before finishing in Port Elizabeth.
Recommended fitness levels:
The vast majority of wildlife watching is all done from the 4x4 safari vehicle or from whale watching boats so any fitness level can participate.
Minimum age allowed: 18 years
PlanetIn South Africa we (as with everywhere we go) carefully choose accommodation, supplies and transportation that either minimises its effect on the environment or helps to contribute to its sustainable development. By choosing small, privately owned accommodation where possible we also look to only stay in truly eco-lodges that abide by basic and also pioneering methods of ecological sustainability. Where possible, we make sure that the lodges, camps and ranches that we use support local projects for the protection of the wildlife and local communities which rely on tourism as the principal source of income. This is why we stay inside Addo National Park, as the SAN Parks organisation dedicate much of their revenue to conservation all over South Africa. We try and make sure that all the accommodation that we use is are ecologically responsible and use solar power electricity and water recycling pumps etc as well as making sure that all the food consumed is produced locally. We also contribute and participate in as many studies that the local researchers are conducting as possible. Such as Chris Fallows in False Bay, South Africa.
By bringing people here with a professional zoologist as well as professional local guides we aim to showcase the environment in full but also to allow you to learn about the problems facing the ecosystems here and highlight the ways that continued development and human exploitation are affect the species and how cutting edge research is countering the problems as well as showing you examples of success stories. We also keep a record of all the great sightings we see on each tour and record the environmental factors, this data is used by ourselves but also given to the researchers who are working on many of these species. By visiting the elephant sanctuary in Knysna we are helping contribute to their continued well being as well as raising awareness of the mistreated and abused elephants in South Africa and internationally as well. Chris Fallows (who we use for our pelagic birding trips) regularly tags and monitors sharks caught by local fishermen as well as helping to establish sustainable and shark friendly fishing techniques for the local communities. He is also a valued member of many research institutes and has numerous publications to his name. So by continuing to use his services we help to fund his own observational research as well as providing data for many of the leading shark biologists around the world. He also helps to release captured seals, turtles and sea birds that are also caught in fishing nets. All the information collected in invaluable as the knowledge of some of the animals that live here are little understood. We also donate our pictures to the researchers to aid in their photo identification studies.