Days
14
From
£1,295GBP
 
 

 

South Africa’s Garden Route is a delightful mix of coastal towns, wildlife parks, adventure activities and wineries. On this exploration, we’ve included plenty of time to hike in the mountains, relax on the beach, meet tribal villagers, game drive with elephant and other wildlife, as well as participate in as many adventure activities as you wish, finishing each day with a nice glass of local wine…

Tailor-made pricing

This itinerary has been designed by our private groups’ specialists, including some of our much-loved highlights and hidden gems. You can choose to travel just as you see it here, or we can tailor it to suit your specific wishes – it’s completely bespoke. Maybe you’d like to add a night or two, or have a burning desire to visit somewhere special. We’re here to create your perfect holiday.

Call us on +44 (0)208 308 9763 or email groupsuk@intrepidtravel.com

 

  • Local guides throughout from one to five people, and an Intrepid tour leader from six to ten people
  • Accommodation on a twin or triple share basis
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Private and public transport as described
  • Local guides throughout from one to five people, and an Intrepid tour leader from six to ten people
  • Accommodation on a twin or triple share basis
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Private and public transport as described
  • Local guides throughout from one to five people, and an Intrepid tour leader from six to ten people
  • Accommodation on a twin or triple share basis
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Private and public transport as described
  • Local guides throughout from one to five people, and an Intrepid tour leader from six to ten people
  • Accommodation on a twin or triple share basis
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Private and public transport as described
  • Local guides throughout from one to five people, and an Intrepid tour leader from six to ten people
  • Accommodation on a twin or triple share basis
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Private and public transport as described
  • An Intrepid tour leader
  • Accommodation on a twin or triple share basis
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Private and public transport as described
  • An Intrepid tour leader
  • Accommodation on a twin or triple share basis
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Private and public transport as described
  • An Intrepid tour leader
  • Accommodation on a twin or triple share basis
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Private and public transport as described

 

Please note, these are quotation prices for a guideline only and are subject to change and availability. Prices will differ depending on your specific itinerary requirements. 

 

Tailor-made itinerary

Arrive into Durban.

Overnight: Happy Hippo Backpackers or similar

Leave Durban and travel inland towards the majestic Drakensburg Mountain range. This highly fertile mountain chain, home to an amazing amount of flora and fauna, is southern Africa’s highest range at 3,482m and forms part of the border between South Africa and Lesotho. It’s a long drive today, but you’ll be able to relax in our unique mountain lodge with a sundowner, Jacuzzi or your first South African barbeque.

Overnight: Ampitheatre Backpackers or similar

Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Today, it’s your choice of optional walks amidst the lofty peaks. Choose between a one-hour walk or a full-day trek, with excellent scenery and photographic opportunities along the way. You will walk in the company of an expert local guide, who knows the routes, terrain and best things to show you as you explore on foot.

Head into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Lesotho is commonly known as the 'Kingdom in the Sky' with beautiful mountain ranges and endless hiking trails. Pass by Golden Gate Highlands National Park which is famous for its extraordinary sandstone rock formations. The park is also home to elands, zebras, mongooses and hundreds of bird species – keep your eyes peeled along the way.

Overnight: Malealea Lodge or similar

Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Today is left free for you to pick your trek amidst the snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, mountain villages and glistening lakes of the Lesotho Highlands. We can advise on the level of activity for you and make sure you have the best local guide to accompany you.

Overnight: Malealea Lodge or similar

Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Head to the stunning wild coast of South Africa and the small town of Cintsa. A charming little coastal town, Cintsa and its surrounding region are inhabited by the Xhosa people, whose lifestyle is deeply rooted in tribal traditions and customs. They will give you a great insight into rural South African life.

Overnight: Buccaneers camping or similar

Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Enjoy free time to explore the town, relax on the stunning beaches or pursue the many optional activities on offer. You might like to go hiking, swimming, mountain biking or surfing.

Overnight: Buccaneers camping or similar

Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Addo Elephant National Park is a fantastic place to see South African wildlife. The park is home to more than 450 elephants, as well as Cape buffalo, black rhinos, all kinds of antelopes and the flightless dung beetle which is unique to the park. On arrival, you’ll have an afternoon game drive in a truck to try and spot some of these resident creatures.

Overnight: Addo National Park camping or similar

Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Spend the next few days discovering the scenic Garden Route. Your first stop is Tsitsikamma National Park. Protecting both land and sea, steep ancient forests meet the breakers of the Indian Ocean at this park. It's a spectacular place for walking and viewing wildlife.

Overnight: Storms River Rest Camp or similar

Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Explore this magnificent national park further. Cape clawless otters, dolphins, tortoises and southern right whales (in season) are all visitors here, along with baboons, monkeys and myriad birds. See how many of them you can spot!

Overnight: Storms River Rest Camp or similar

Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Head out across the arid Karoo region bound for Oudtshoorn, stopping en-route at the forested hamlet of Kynsna. Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world. Today there are thousands of ostriches here being farmed for their meat, leather, and on a smaller scale, their feathers and eggs. Take a short stroll around town and you'll discover all sorts of ostrich souvenirs.

Overnight: Klein Plass Guest Farm or similar

Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Take a guided tour around the Cango Caves, before driving along the beautiful Route 62 to Swellendam. Swellendam is a picturesque town renowned for its great restaurants, adventure activities and wildlife. It’s also the base for visits to the local wine region, and we can certainly help you to build some of those into your itinerary if you wish.

Overnight: Round the Bend Lodge or similar

Meals: Breakfast, dinner

An early start for your journey to Africa's southernmost point – Cape Agulhus. You'll travel along the famous R320 winery route, visiting two or three wineries along the way, before heading onto the beachfront town of Hermanus.

Overnight: Windsor Hotel or similar

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Hermanus before driving back to Cape Town via the scenic bay route. With its stunning coastline, dramatic surrounding mountains and modern cityscape, Cape Town is one of Africa's most appealing cities. It's a great place to end your trip, with vineyards, adventure activities and plenty of good restaurants and cafes at your doorstep.

Meals: Breakfast

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Frequently asked questions

On a standard group trip you travel on a set date and itinerary with other people who you may not know. A private group – whether that’s a private departure or tailor-made - is yours exclusively for your family and friends.

On a private departure, you travel on one of our 1,000+ pre-designed group trips on a date of your choice. The idea is you experience the itinerary as many others have enjoyed it before you, but sharing those special moments just between you and your friends.

A tailor-made holiday offers complete flexibility. You can choose the dates, activities, accommodation, transport, special highlights and things you’ve always wanted to see – and we will plan you an itinerary for your budget, whatever that may be.

Intrepid has 1,000+ group trips that cover most of the world. We can plan a private departure for you on most of these. There will be exceptions, usually because logistics and price make it prohibitive to offer the trip but, as a rule, we can do it!

For tailor-made, the suggested itineraries you see on our website are in our favourite destinations. We know these countries well and can deliver a fantastic, bespoke experience in each of them. Because we’re Intrepid, we also have a vast network of global suppliers and trust them to operate wonderful holidays for our customers worldwide. If you don’t see an itinerary or country on our website that you fancy, call us, and we’ll most likely be able to help you.

To and from the UK - yes, we certainly can. And we only add a nominal fee to do it. You can also book your own flights, if you wish. Those travelling from outside the UK would be best to book their own, because it’s likely to be cheaper.

For private departures, it depends on which trip you’d like to travel on. For bigger groups – eight upwards – we can often give you the itinerary at the price you see on the website. We also offer a discount for larger groups, and can include a free-of-charge place for 10+ people, so it might work out cheaper. 

A tailor-made itinerary is designed to your budget, so you set the price. You tell us what you want to spend and we will do our very best to deliver your itinerary to that specification. We also have to be realistic – 5* hotels are, of course, a lot more expensive than a hostel. But we have lots of ideas, knowledge and operational experience to help you get the holiday you want at the price you want – and we’ll make suggestions to help you achieve that. For example, we might suggest using a train or local bus for one journey, rather than a private charter; that way you save money, as well as getting a fantastic local experience!

Whatever you choose. We can book anything from homestays to jungle lodges to indulgent beach properties. We always try to use locally-run, characterful properties where we can.

We use a variety of transport to suit the itinerary, destination, terrain and budget for the trip. We could take you from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang by overnight train, or plane. Hop aboard a local bus in Thailand, or sit back in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle in India. 4WDs are a great way to safari and camels are the ships of the desert. Getting there is all part of the fun.

If you’ve asked us to, we will make sure someone is there to pick you up on arrival at the airport and take you to your first accommodation. Here, your leader or guide will brief you on your itinerary. From there, Intrepid takes care of the logistics. Together with our local suppliers, we will arrange your accommodation, transport, guides and excursions, where they are included. We will smooth the way, so you can get on with enjoying your travels.

You’ll have the full backing of our 24/7 emergency contacts. The joy of a private group? As it’s just you and your friends if you do want to make a slight tweak to the itinerary along the way, such as an extra photo stop, we’ll do our best to accommodate…

Call Jo, Rena and Vicky on 020 3308 9763.

Email them on groupsuk@intrepidtravel.com

Or fill out our online form above.

Founded in 1988, Intrepid has nearly 30 years’ experience of taking travellers to far-flung corners of the globe. Our operational credentials are second-to-none and we have a global team who will look after you before and during your trip 24 hours a day.

Intrepid also prides itself on its responsible travel credentials. We design our trips to use locally-owned accommodation and suppliers where possible, minimise waste and offer real-life experiences to promote cross-cultural understanding. We also have The Intrepid Foundation, a not-for-profit fund which benefits 50 projects around the world.

For more about us see https://www.intrepidtravel.com/uk/about/

 

Customer feedback

Rachel Hardie

Your very helpful and friendly approach made our group decide to book our trip through intrepid. You really seemed to care about what we wanted and were very thoughtful, putting yourself in our shoes.

Review submitted 07 Dec 2016