Go wild with an overnight trip from Cape Town. Venture off the beaten track in search of Africa's Big Five and encounter wildlife at private game reserves. Enjoy daily game drives, a bush walk safari and walk with orphaned elephants.
Go wild in the Western Cape on an overnight safari trip from Cape Town! Travel off the beaten track to immerse yourself in the African bush. The Western Cape offers the perfect backdrop for a wildlife encounter, and the views along the way en route to the Garden Route aren’t too shabby either. This tour offers guided safaris in two prestigious private game reserves, a guided bush walk as well as a chance to walk alongside orphaned elephants. You’ll also visit the ostrich capital of the world and get a chance to try local delicacies, giving you a taste of authentic South African culture.
You will travel to Botlierskop Private Game Reserve for a guided 4x4 bush drive safari and a tranquil bush walk with an expert game-ranger at your side. Learn more about the diversity of the African bush and her wildlife as your knowledgeable ranger shares nature’s secrets and teaches you about the region's fauna and flora.
Your next wildlife encounter takes you to Buffelsdrift Game Lodge for a bush drive. Set out on an open-topped 4x4 vehicle to search for buffalo, rhino, kudu, zebra, wildebeest and giraffe as you get closer to nature in this tranquil reserve. Then, you can choose an optional educational Elephant Bush Walk as you learn more about three charismatic orphaned elephants now living on a private reserve.
End off your experience with a drive through the rugged Karoo plains of South Africa’s famed Route 62.
- Day 1 : Cape Town to Oudtshoorn
Start with a morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town.
Your journey today will begin as you leave the silhouette of Table Mountain behind and trade it for the scenery of the Garden Route. You’ll soon understand why it is one of the most loved areas in the country, by locals and visitors alike. The private game reserve is approximately 450 km (4 to 6-hour journey) from Cape Town will include extra rest stops.
On arrival, spot some of Africa’s wild animals from the back of an open 4x4 vehicle in a malaria-free private game reserve. Among the dense coastal renosterveldt landscape and Cape fynbos, search for giraffe, white rhino, kudu, lion, elephant, zebra and wildebeest, to name a few. The game drive is led by an experienced game ranger sharing his knowledge of the local wildlife; including antelope species, birdlife and insects.
For an immersive bush experience, hop off the safari vehicle for an up-close and personal encounter with nature on a tranquil bushwalk. Follow your game ranger as you look for wildlife, birds or insects and learn about the medicinal value or names of the plants around you as you walk.
End off your day with a journey through the landscape of rugged plains and towering cliffs to reach Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world, situated in the semi-desert Klein Karoo. You’ll spend the evening here at leisure.
Either head to town to enjoy a restaurant meal or taste local delights, such as ostrich "sosaties" (kebabs) and "pot brood" (bread cooked on open flames) at an optional 'braai' (bbq) experience and spend the evening around a crackling fire under the vast twinkling starry country sky.
Overnight at Oudtshoorn: Select between Cost Saver package: Untando Backpackers or Luxury Package: 4-star Buffelsdrift Lodge Glamping luxury canvas tents.
- Day 2 : Oudtshoorn to Cape Town
A morning bush drive in an open-aired 4x4 at Buffelsdrift, a private game reserve on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn, starts your day off with some fauna and flora. With the wind in your hair and a private ranger at the wheel, you’ll learn about the arid landscape and the wildlife that call it home. You could spot buffalo, giraffe, rhino, kudu, porcupine, caracals, meerkats, aardvark and the experience feels even more intimate in the open-air jeep. Rangers use their local knowledge to ensure you get the best out of the bush; so don’t be surprised if they jump out of the jeep and point out a tortoise or a lizard for the ultimate show and tell.
Those seeking a close encounter with Mother Nature can join rangers on an optional Elephant Bush Walk. Follow three rescued elephants, Jabari, Malaika and Bulelo, as they walk to the nearby waterhole. These gentle giants were orphaned when their parents were poached in the north of South Africa. In efforts to keep the family together, they were transferred to Buffelsdrift, bringing their boisterous personalities with them. You are free to take pictures from a distance and can ask the rangers as many questions as you wish.
End off the day with a drive along Route 62, the longest wine route in the world! Along this famous country road, you'll capture the beauty of high mountains, twisting passes, rugged Karoo plains, vineyards and orchards. The approximate 450 km (4 to 6-hour) journey is broken up with additional lunch and rest stops. You'll also stop at one of the many farm stalls along the way before arriving in Cape Town by late evening.
Good to know
- A minimum number of travellers is required for tour to run
- Small group: Maximum 13 guests per vehicle or guide *The exact itinerary route is a suggested guideline above, and can on occasion be in a different order with different but similar activities or accommodation
- There is no central meeting point for this tour. A transfer service will collect you from your Cape Town area accommodation
- Local Guide: Led by a local English-speaking professional tour guide
- Transport: Transfers to included tour highlights
- Accommodation: 1x night and bedding
- Breakfast: 1x
- Buffelsdrift 4x4 Bush Drive
- Route 62 Roadtrip
- Botlierskop 4x4 Safari
- Botlierskop Walking Safari
- Optional Educational Elephant Bush Walk ±R435
- Meals + Drinks not mentioned (you can purchase meals + drinks on tour)
- Gratuities (optional)
- Comfortable clothing and shoes
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Our guide Nev was such a wonderful guy with lots of humor, kindness and flexibility. We really enjoyed the whole trip even in three days. My favorite was walking with elephants at the sanctuary and kayaking at the river, which not all the other tours offer. I’m so happy with my decision joining this trip!! Thank you so much.
Absolutely fantastic tour. We did the 3 day adventure tour. Round trip from Cape Town. Very busy tour and loads of driving but our tour guide Ureil was fantastic and very informative!
This trip was so fun! My mom and I decided to go with this company after our Airbnb host said his previously hosts said only great things about Hotspots2C. Our guide “Issac” picked us up on time and we took a four hour drive to the first safari. The place was clean and the food was great! We saw so many cool animals we were amazed. We were then taken to the second safari which is the buffelsdrift game lodge and stay in their beautiful tents. Worth every penny! We saw three large hippos swimming in the lake in front of us and then went to spend time with the elephants. We then went on another safari ride where we saw more animals! It was definitely a trip to remember. My mom and I will definitely be back next time. Thank you to our amazing guide Issac and to the rest of the staff!
It was one of the best experiencies I had in South Africa. The whole trip was the highlight of my visit to Cape Town. The attractions were awesome, the car comfortable, the group friendly, not to mention our guide, Nev, who was kind, helpful and fun all the time. For sure, we couldn’t have asked for a better guide to this remarkable trip!! Congrats, Hostspot and Nev!!
I was in the 5 day Garden Route and Addo tour and enjoyed every minute of it. TK was the perfect guide, always informed and available whenever we needed him. I would definitely recommend it!
The overall experience was amazing. My partner and I had a limited time in Capetown and wanted to experience the wildlife so abundant in Africa. The transportation, the accommodations and the game safaris were outstanding. The customer service from the Hotspot team was amazing. They went the extra mile to make sure we had the best overall experience. We would absolutely recommend them to anyone visiting Capetown and seeking unique experiences such ad wine tasting, gaming safaris, cruises in the bay, etc.
This two-day safari trip was great! I had a pickup from Stellenbosch, and had a nice introduction to the rest of the group by our guide TK. Het took the time to get to know each member of the group and checking for their preferences (we were a group of four solo travelers) It was a long road to botlierskoppark, but our guide understood the balance between silence and giving some explanation on the surroundings. The 6h travel was ideally divided in blocks of 2h with nice rest stops.
At arrival in botlierspark our lunch was ready to serve, which we pre-ordered in the minivan thanks to TK's organization skills. Our 4x4 safari started immediately after lunch, guided by wildlife ranger James, we were lucky that we didn't had to share the vehicle with other groups. This private setting gave James the opportunity to do whatever we wanted, which was great! Thanks to James eagle eyes, we managed to see four out big-Five. James could see a lion or a baby rhino from kilometers away! Although the drive was rough, as expected on a safari, I really enjoyed. We didn't had a specific bush walk, James wanted to emphasize on seeing as much as animals as possible, but he allowed us to go out the jeep and pose for pictures with giraffes or rhino's!
After this magnificent experience, we had a drive to our hostel in Oudtshoorn, were we enjoyed the Ostrich BBQ prepared by Mario the owner of the Uthando Hostel. Although we were exhausted of the day, we had a late night next to the camp fire and the unique atmosphere a hostel can bring.
The following day we left after a nice breakfast towards buffelsdrift game resort. We opted in on the walk with the orphans elephant which was an amazing experience, we had close contacts with the animals and were informed well about their background and living conditions. They are used to human contact and show different behavior then wild animals, but are for sure not used as a circus act.
A final activity was a bush ride throughout buffelsdrift park, and especially compared to the day before this was not that special. The names describes it well, a gentle ride through the park, while encountering some boks or girafs... It was a very family proof activity.
Ofcourse we needed to head back to Stellenbosch/Cape Town, another 6h drive over the very scenic route 62. Our guide TK adjusted the paste again to the suggestions of the group, with a nice lunch break and if needed some bathroom stops.
In summary, I think the long drive is worth the effort. Of course depending on the animals and even the wildlife ranger, the botlierskop park is a nice safari for those who want to catch a glimpse of the game in South Africa.
The trip was very well organized and planned. We had a lot of fun. it was amazing. A big compliment to our driver Issac. He put so much effort into making sure we are all always satisfied. He stops wherever you want. tries to take every hotspot with you and even if you want something that wasn't actually planned on the route. thank you isaac we will miss you very much. your jokes and your good mood. especially your knowledge. he knew everything, no matter what you wanted to know about the places or the country. We are so happy. we have often booked trips in many countries, but rarely or never experienced a guide like Isaac. thank you really!! due tour was well planned. everything was explained to you and the price is 10000% justified for the performance. we will certainly recommend you and thank hotspots2c.
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