If you’re looking to see more of the incredible countryside without venturing outside of the Western Cape then this experience is the one. The Garden Route and Klein Karoo along SA's south western coastline offers travelers contrasting landscapes from mountain passes and untouched beaches to paragliding over lagoons and jumping the world's highest bungee natural jump. The 2nd half of the tour ventures into the gems of our unique inland semi-desert region. Africa’s largest cave system, family owned wineries, craft breweries and tasty culinary experiences are rife in this area. 4 Days. 4 Regions, over 1200 kilometers of pure road trip joy! For the traveler looking to experience a little bit of everything that the Western Cape has to offer.
Day 1 - Peregrines Farm Stall. Garden Route Safari. Braai BBQ Dinner.
Morning & Afternoon
We head east after departing Stanford and our first stop is one of SA's most loved farmstall shops for some roadtrip snacks! The Oude Muel treats travelers seeking honest homemade fare and warm country hospitality and they do it well! Situated in the beautiful and fertile Rivers End Valley, Oude Muel offers an abundance of locally sourced artisanal goods, tasty pastries and freshly brewed bootleggers coffee.
Our journey then takes us to one of the Cape’s best safari experiences, The Garden Route Game Lodge. Enjoy a relaxed safari in an open Landrover with an expert safari guide who will do their best to bring sightings of lion, elephant, white rhino, buffalo and cheetah. The reserve is also home to giraffe, zebra and numerous antelope species. This Safari drive will take between 2 and 3 hours depending on how much time is spent at each sighting. Lunch (for your own account) will be in the thatch restaurant overlooking the reserve once you have returned from your time with the animals.
Our accommodation will be in the quaint seaside town of either Herold’s Bay or Wilderness. Depending on the size of the group and availability; shared rooms will be in a boutique hotel, shared beach/lagoon house or a guesthouse setting. The sunsets in this region are epic and to accompany the end of day 1 guests will get to enjoy a gin sundowner provided by Pesky Hobbit Craft Gin, our sister company. A celebration of local botanicals infused into a classic London Dry Gin, a project that was born in the hard lockdown levels of 2020. *Weather permitting. Your Tour Companions and hosts will prepare a traditional South African Braai (BBQ) coupled with tasty side dishes. The Braai is a celebration of local cuisine cooked on the open fire with a focus on ethically sourced meats from the region. Having a braai is perhaps our favorite thing to do as South Africans, the sharing of food and good times together is high on our priority list (Vegetarian + vegan options available).
Day 2 - The Kingfisher Kayaking and Waterfall Walk. Paraglide or Bungee?
Morning & Afternoon
The Garden Route National Park is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts and spans across most of the region. We’ll join the team from Eden Adventures to take on the awesome Half-Collared Kingfisher Waterfall Trail. The experience starts off with an easy 1 hour canoe trip up the always calm Touws River. As the river starts to narrow we’ll leave our canoes on the river bank and join the hiking trail through the lush indigenous forest. The trail is well maintained and accessible for all levels of fitness. The waterfall is situated an hour down the trail, be sure to pack a bathing suit or shorts as well as some snacks and drinks as we’ll spend some time in the natural rock pools before heading back the same way. After completing this experience you'll then have the opportunity to choose between 2 very different air adventure activities:
Paragliding in the heart of the Garden Route
Paraglide over the forests and lagoons of the Wilderness or Sedgefield with our friends from Dolphin Paragliding. With over 20 years of experience in this area, using the best gear you’ll get to enjoy a tandem flight over some of the best scenery of the trip. Launch site will depend on where the best winds are for the day. Landing takes place on the beach or a safe open field depending on the launch site. *Weather permitting*
Bloukrans Bridge Bungee Jump
The 216 metre jump is the highest bridge bungee in the world and takes place from the top of the bridge's arch. To get out to the jump point the team from Face Adrenaline send you out on a zipline from the bank to the arch. From there, it’s time for your jump accompanied by only the best South Africa house music to get you amped up! The final part of the experience is short but exhilarating return on the skywalk situated on the underside of the bridge. A must for any adrenaline junkies.
Day 3 - The Iconic Karoo Region. Cango Caves. Wagyu & Wine.
Morning & Afternoon
After a busy day 2 we’ll have a slow start to day 3 as we head inland over the Outeniqua Mountains. The landscape undergoes a dramatic transition as we head up the pass toward the Karoo region (semi-desert) for part 2 of our tour. When touring with 3 or 6 PAX we’ll use the old gravel road up the epic pass which is especially fun when using our high-rise SUV’s. Once in the Karoo we’ll visit our nation’s oldest tourist attraction. The Cango Caves is one of the 7 wonders of Southern Africa and have frequently been described as one of the great Natural Wonders of The World. An expert led tour into the 7 extraordinary chambers of the caves awaits. A series of dripstone caves with the most fascinating stalactites and stalactite formations make up a route that is known to be over 20 million years old.
Following your time at the Caves we’ll head for an early check-in into cottages, a boutique hotel, desert glamping or farmhouse accommodation at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains. *We only check in early on this day to allow guests to fully appreciate the dinner experience on this day by allowing for more time at it’s location.
Our setting for an early dinner is an experience very close to our hearts. Friends of Reveler have restored a 150-year-old Cape Dutch Barn to house a unique wagyu specialty restaurant & deli. They’re serious about their farm-to-table philosophy and owners Martin and Manina often have a subtle Asian twist to complement their love for Japanese beef. The Wagyu centered menu is constantly changing to reflect seasonal availability of other produce available on the farm. The farm also boasts their very own boutique wines derived from the vineyards you’ll be looking over during sunset. The chefs at The Marbled Wagyu are committed to creating memorable dishes for vegetarians, vegan or pescatarian guests too. This is a truly special setting and one that remotes of the past have highlighted as one of their favorite culinary experiences in SA.
Day 4 - Route 62 back to Cape Town. Quirky Towns. Silverthorn Bubbly or Damn Good Mountain Beer.
Morning & Afternoon
Our final day starts with a warm and hearty breakfast before we make the 3 hour journey to the famous little town of Barrydale. A firm favorite of visitors from all around the globe. Diesel and Creme provides the perfect desert like diner experience with a South African twist. Ask for a milkshake, if you dare. We start the journey back toward Cape Town at this point. Farm Stalls and Mountain Passes await as we marvel at the beauty of open road and Karoo scenery.
Final stop option 1 - Saggy Stone Mountain Brewery
A privately owned secret brewery in the mountains of Robertson where you'll be treated to a tour of the beer making process from some pioneers of the SA craft beer industry. The Saggy Stone Brewery is also home to a traditional style pub and grub type outdoor restaurant which is known for its generous portions, live local music on Sundays and homey atmosphere.
Final stop option 2 - Silverthorn Sparkling Wines
Husband and wife team John and Karen Loubser have created a heaven-on-earth like location on the banks of the Breede River. John is a member of the prestigious Cape Winemakers Guild; a club reserved for the very best at their craft. Specializing in Sparkling Wines (bubbly), John and Karen provide a tasting of 4 truly great wines. Silverthorn’s terroir, with its rocky, lime-rich, shale soils share a strong similarity with the famous Champagne soils in France. The astronomic story-telling and imagery based tasting is a feature that truly sets the Silverthorn experience apart.
* It is a 90-120 minute journey back to Cape Town from either of the above final stops via the scenic Du Toits Kloof Mountain Range
- Transportation in a high rise SUV or a 7 seater touring van
- Food - Snack pack on day 1
- Food - Breakfast on days 2, 3 & 4
- Food - Dinner on Day 1 & 2
- Private Guide + Location Step-on Guides where applicable
- Accommodation - 3 Nights Accommodation in 4* Establishments
- Safari Drive at Garden Route Game Lodge (2-3hrs)
- Kayaking and Waterfall Walk/Hike
- Braai BBQ Dinner Experience
- Sundowner Drink at end of Day 1 (Pesky Hobbit Craft Gin, Wine or Beer)
- Cango Caves Heritage Tour
- Craft Beer or Wine Tasting Experience on Final Day
- 2 X 500ml water bottles per day
A Reveler Tours, Nava Apparel branded cap (colour at discretion of the vendor)
What's Not Included:
- Lunch on all days will be for your own account
- Dinner on day 3
- 2nd Activity on day 2:
- Paragliding Experience - 65 USD excluding camera footage
- Bungee Jumping Experience - 100 USD
- Bungee Bridge Walk - 15 USD (For those who only want to watch the bungee)
- Wagyu & wine pairing on day 3 - 15 USD
- ANY additional food or beverages purchases
- Special clothing required - Warm weather Swimming attire and sun cream for the summer months and kayaking + beach towel
Single rooms COULD BE available on request but this cannot be guaranteed
- Warmer clothes for the winter months
- Comfortable walking shoes (Hiking boots not necessary)
- The weather on the Garden Route is as unpredictable as Cape Town. Day 2's activities are all outdoor and will go ahead come rain or shine.
- The paragliding can only take place should the wind be optimal. It is possible than this experience gets substituted by a forest ATV trail activity (35-45 USD)
- The Garden Route and Karoo is not as vegan or vegetarian friendly as Cape Town. We have made accommodation for all dietary requests for the breakfasts and dinners included. We'll always try our best to stop at lunch spots to suit everyone but please be aware that they are not as easily found as in the main city.
Your host(s) will be Blaine Smith or Ryan Louw, local South African tourist guides. Blaine has lived in 6 of South Africa’s 9 different provinces and currently ventures all over the country on various expeditions. Ryan chose to make the Western Cape his home after a stint up north, you won’t find a bigger patriot for his country anywhere else! We left the corporate world to celebrate South African people, landscapes and products in that order. We’d love for you to join us! You’ll be in the best of South African hands.
*There is a possibility that you may be hosted by a different guide from Blaine's team on this experience and on occasion there will be more than one guide.
Minimum number needed to operate
14 days prior to the start of the experience