Eastern Cape Safari – 3 nights Cape Town | 3 nights Knysna | 3 nights Lalibela Game Reserve
Just a short note to thank you for your great assistance during our last week in SA.
Everything fell into place and your arrangements all worked very well.
The hotels in both Cape Town and Knysna were superb and the hire car, flights and excess luggage arrangements all went to plan. Last but not least, Lalibela was magnificent. Can’t fault their facilities, service, location or the client experience they provide. Excellent!! Will let you know if we ever think about coming back and would be happy to recommend Pembury to anyone who asks.
Your hired car will be delivered to Steenberg Golf Estate this morning and you will take a leisurely drive back to the city to check into your hotel at the V&A Waterfront for a three night stay. Along the way you will travel through the beautiful southern suburbs of Cape Town and perhaps stop by the Rhodes Memorial or Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Explore the Mother City and the Fairest Cape – from the oldest buildings in South Africa to trendy waterfront shopping; from majestic Table Mountain to sun drenched beaches; and from dramatic seascapes to verdant vineyards. Cape Town regularly tops many lists of world must-visit destinations and Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain has recently been voted one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Cosmopolitan and fashionable, the relaxed atmosphere and pavement café culture give Cape Town a Southern European feel – but with a distinctive African twist.
This morning you check out of your hotel and leave Cape Town behind. You drive out of the City on the N1 and through the spectacular Du Toitskloof Pass. You journey along the scenic Route 62 through the verdant Breede River Valley, the largest of the Western Cape’s fruit and wine producing valleys.
As you follow the “fruit route”, you enjoy magnificent mountain views, vineyards, orchards and indigenous flora. Stops can be made at roadside farm stalls to purchase fruit. You then enter the unique landscape of the arid Little Karoo, passing through Barrydale and Calitzdorp and Oudsthoorn and heading across the majestic Outeniqua Pass, through the town of George and onto Wilderness and the Lakes District before reaching your overnight stop, Knysna
Knysna is the perfect base for exploring the Garden Route. Set on the shores of the beautiful Knysna lagoon and surrounded by the Knysna Forest, which form part of the Garden Route National Park, Knysna is blessed with great scenic beauty. This quaint seaside town is brimming with quirky arty-crafty shops and markets.
Find yourself in foodie-heaven – with superb fine dining restaurants, legendary Knysna oysters and bustling wholefood markets.
Drive along the coast over spectacular single-span bridges to the Tsitsikamma Forest, an indigenous primeval forest with towering ancient yellowwood trees, lush vegetation and deep gorges. Tsitsikamma is a Khoisan (early inhabitants of the area) word meaning, “place of much water.”
The Tsitsikamma National Park incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain Fynbos and temperate high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea. The Tsitsikamma’s spectacular scenery includes the Indian Ocean breakers, pounding rocky shores beneath 180 m high cliffs, evergreen forests and fynbos (proteas and heath) rolling down to the sea in a lush carpet where ancient rivers have carved their path to the ocean through rocky ravines.
You depart the Tsitsikamma and leave the Garden Route behind. You enter the city of Port Elizabeth and head through to the airport to drop off your hired car.
You will be met at the airport by Pembury Tours and transferred by road to Lalibela Game Reserve for your 3 night stay.
Game viewing in the malaria-free Eastern Cape is excellent. The Eastern Cape straddles the meeting point of 5 distinct biomes (valley bushveld, savannah grassland, fynbos, riverine forest and acacia woodland), resulting in a breath-taking variety in animal and bird species.
In addition, the carrying capacity of the vegetation in Eastern Cape game reserves is much higher than that of the Kruger area, so you will find a much higher concentration of animals. The region has some of the most luxurious safari lodges in the country, all seeking to offer discerning travellers the ultimate African adventure that harks back to the golden age of safaris.
Lalibela Game Reserve is a 7,500 hectare malaria-free Big Five game reserve in the heart of Eastern Cape game country. Lalibela brings you the charm of authentic Africa and is a perfect blend of the formal and informal. Lalibela has three lodges, all offering décor that is infused with the essence of Africa, as well as warm and friendly service, exciting safari cuisine and unforgettable game viewing.
This morning you enjoy your last game drive at Lalibela before you bid farewell to this African wonderland. You are transferred to reception, where you will be met by your driver and driven back to Port Elizabeth Airport for your domestic flight to Johannesburg to meet up with your international flight home.