Garden Route Safaris

Along the south coast of South Africa lies the Garden Route, boasting some of the country’s most exquisite coastline and several Big 5 game reserves. The long stretch of coastline is known for its picturesque beaches, lagoons, and coves as well as indigenous forests, extraordinary flora, and majestic mountain ranges. The game reserves along the Garden Route are found nestled on the foot of the Langeberg and the Outeniqua mountain ranges and offer magnificent views and wildlife. Garden Route game reserves are not as populated as those of the Kruger National Park or Eastern Cape but offer a unique setting and fantastic Big 5 safari experiences including walking safaris and horseback safaris. Hiking, mountain biking, and picnics in the bush can also be enjoyed as part of your safari experience.

 

Safari lodges include a range of luxurious 4- and 5-star options with the opportunity at Gondwana Tented Camp to embark on a unique hands-on safari conservation experience. The 3, or 5-day conservation programs allow guests to submerge themselves in the wild at the eco-friendly, solar-powered tented camp for an authentic safari encounter. The Garden Routes 300-kilometre (190-mile) stretch of beautiful coastline and mountain ranges is a hub of exciting adventure activities. Combined with breath-taking Big 5 sightings, the malaria-free area provides the perfect safari setting for families, honeymooners, solo travelers, and adventurists.

Malaria:

The Garden Route is a malaria-free safari area.

Location:

The Garden Route is a 300-kilometre (190 mile) stretch of coastline on the south-east of South Africa extending from the Western Cape to the border of the Eastern Cape.

Getting there:

By Road

Garden Route Game reserves are a 30- to 90-minute drive from George, or a 3.5- to 4.5-hour drive from Cape Town on the scenic N2 highway through the Garden Route.

 

Flying

Fly from all major centres in South Africa to George airport.

 

Flight Duration

  • Cape Town to George: 50 minutes
  • Johannesburg to George: 2 hours
  • Durban to George: 1 hour 50 minutes

Wildlife:

Garden Route game reserves are not as populated or large as those of the Kruger National Park or Eastern Cape but offer a magnificent setting, intimate experience, and great Big 5 safari experiences. Besides the chance of seeing big African cats, you will also see plenty of elephant, Cape buffalo, giraffe, zebra, varieties of antelope, hippo, and warthog to name but a few.

Highlights:

  • The long stretch of coastline is known for its picturesque beaches, lagoons, and coves as well as indigenous forests, extraordinary flora, and majestic mountain ranges.
  • See whales, dolphins, and great white sharks on-route.
  • The Garden Route is known for a host of adventure and nature activities.

Reason to go:

  • The Garden Route is a great family safari destination as well as a superb location for honeymooners.
  • Nature-lovers, adventurists, and adrenaline junkies will not be short of activities in this superb natural playground.
Safaris Down South - Village Lodge at Botlierskop Game Reserve

Village Lodge

Botlierskop Private Game Reserve

All ages

From R2905 per person per night

Includes 2 daily game drives, meals…

Safaris Down South - Garden Route Game lodge

Game lodge

Game Lodge Private Game Reserve

All ages

From R1775 per person per night

Includes 2 daily game drives, meals…

Kwene Lodge

Gondwana Private Game Reserve

+12 years

From R3830 per person per night

Includes 2 daily game drives, meals…

Safaris Down South - Gondwana - Ulubisi House

Ulubisi House

Gondwana Private Game Reserve

All ages

From R41651 per person per night

Includes 2 daily game drives, meals, beverages…

Safaris Down South - Botlierskop - Village Lodge

Main Lodge

Botlierskop Private Game Reserve

+6 years

From R3635 per person per night

Includes 2 daily game drives, meals…

Safaris Down South - Gondwana - Tented Eco Camp

Tented Eco Camp

Gondwana Private Game Reserve

+16 years

From R4580 per person per night

Includes 2 daily game drives, meals…

Luxury Bush Villas

Botlierskop Private Game Reserve

All ages

From R2500 per person per night

Includes 2 daily game drives, meals…

Gondwana’s Villas

Gondwana Private Game Reserve

All ages

From R3830 per person per night

Includes 2 daily game drives, meals…

Pioneer Trail at Gondwana

Botlierskop Private Game Reserve

+16 years

From R4250 per person per night

Includes 2 daily game drives, meals…

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