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The perfect add-on to a Cape Town holiday, this week-long self-drive journey along the scenic Garden Route culminates in a Big 5 safari in the malaria-free Eastern Cape. Easy, diverse and full of things to do and see, this package will make a great family holiday, honeymoon or independent adventure.

Kick off at the heart of the Garden Route and the ever-popular coastal town of Plettenberg Bay. Surrounded by mountain ranges, golden beaches and rolling green hills, this is the perfect place to find out why the Garden Route has long been a favourite holiday destination.

You'll then make your way to Kariega Game Reserve, situated on the banks of the Bushmans River in the Eastern Cape for excellent Big 5 game viewing and other safari activities. Expect delicious South African cuisine, warm hospitality and beautiful scenery on this affordable safari.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Enjoy a classic safari & beach holiday
  • Ideal for families & independent travellers
  • Self drive your way down the Garden Route
  • Enjoy all the attractions of famous Plettenberg Bay
  • Enjoy seasonal whale watching at Plettenberg Bay
  • Spot the Big 5 in malaria-free Kariega Reserve
  • Go on day & night game drives plus walking safaris
  • Take a birding boat cruise on the Bushmans River

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1-3

Relax on Robberg Beach

Fly into George Airport, located just outside the Garden Route town of George, and collect your rental car. Buckle up and take a two-hour scenic drive along the national road to Plettenberg Bay via the towns of Wilderness and Knysna.

Check in for three nights at Cottage Pie Guest House, a charming accommodation situated just minutes away from beautiful Robberg Beach and the Indian Ocean.

With plenty of sunshine, fantastic swimming beaches, numerous nature reserves and many outdoor activities in the area, Plettenberg Bay makes for an ideal base to explore the Garden Route. Head out for wildlife adventures, tee off on any one of the great golf courses in the area or lace up your boots and hit a hiking trail - the choice is yours.

Day 4-6

Spot the Big 5

Today you'll set off after breakfast to travel further along the Garden Route and into the Eastern Cape for your next destination: Kariega Private Game Reserve.

Here you will spend your last three nights on safari at Kariega River Lodge, situated on the banks of the meandering Bushmans River. Kariega is rich in both birdlife and big game and is home to the famous Big 5 - it also sits in a malaria-free area so you don't have to worry about bringing young children on safari.

You have the rest of today and the next two full days to enjoy morning and afternoon game drives as well as river cruises, birding excursions, hiking trails and mountain bike game rides.

Day 7

Drive to Port Elizabeth

After breakfast you'll leave Kariega Game Reserve and drive to Port Elizabeth where your self-drive Garden Route safari comes to an end; return your car to the airport and connect with your onward arrangements.


  • 3 nights at Cottage Pie Guest House on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 nights at Kariega River Lodge on a fully inclusive basis
  • 7 day car rental


  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 03 Apr 2014 - 07 May 2014 £970
  • 08 May 2014 - 11 Jun 2014 £735
  • 12 Jun 2014 - 16 Jul 2014 £735
  • 17 Jul 2014 - 20 Aug 2014 £735
  • 21 Aug 2014 - 24 Sep 2014 £735
  • 04 Dec 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 £990

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

Product Manager

"Perfect for a lazy meander up the South African coast: scenery, beach and safari - and affordable too!"



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