During this 10 Day Beach and Safari holiday you will experience some of the best areas of the Garden Route namely Knysna and its surrounds, as well as the beautiful Botlierskop Private Game Reserve. It is an ideal holiday for families with young children as the Garden Route is a malaria-free area. Your journey will begin and end in the town of George, African Travel Gateway can assist with flights if needed.

The beautiful beaches of the Garden Route

Itinerary at a Glance:
Arrival at George Airport, Brenton Haven Resort
6 nights at Brenton Haven Resort
Travel to Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, The Village Lodge
3 nights on safari in Botlierskop Private Game Reserve
Departure from George Airport


Day 1 – Arrival at George Airport, Brenton Haven Resort

Your journey begins upon arrival at the George Airport.  Once you have collected your luggage you will proceed to the Avis rental office where you will complete the paperwork for your rental car.  Once you have collected your rental car you will drive to Knysna where you will be spending the following 6 nights on a bed-and-breakfast basis at Brenton Haven Resort.  Spend the evening relaxing, and enjoy dinner at the resort or one of the many restaurants in town.

Brenton Haven Resort Dining Area
Brenton Haven Resort Luxury Rooms

Day 2 – Culinary tour of Knysna

This afternoon you will be collected for a delicious culinary tour of Knysna. There are many different restaurants, bakeries, and distilleries that you can choose from, try some fresh oysters and seafood, delicious pastries and even some locally made gin.  After your tour, you will be dropped back at your resort.

Day 3 – Free day in Knysna

Today is yours to explore and enjoy all the activities Knysna has to offer.  Take a stroll through the town centre full of quaint shops or take a stroll on the beaches and through the lagoons.

Ocean views in Knysna

Day 4 – Tsitsikamma Tour, Knysna

This morning you will be collected from your resort and taken on a full day excursion through the Tsitsikamma forests.  During this tour, you will visit the Big Trees of Tsitsikamma, walk on the suspension bridge over Storms River, and take a boat ride up the river (this is optional).  Lunch is for your own account and will be at one of the nearby restaurants.  After lunch, you will visit the Bloukrans Bridge before a stroll through the forests and beaches.  You will be dropped back at your resort in time for dinner.

Views of the treetops in the Tsitsikamma Forest

Day 5 – Oudtshoorn Tour, Oudtshoorn

This morning you will be taken on a tour of Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo.  A small farming town that is known for its ostriches.  You will visit a working ostrich farm and learn about these interesting flightless birds and travel to a wine and fruit farm where you will have the chance to taste some of their wines or beers (tastings for your account).  After lunch you will be taken to the majestic Cango Caves, where you will have a guided tour of the caves, there is no climbing or crawling through the caves so it is suitable for all ages. After the caves tour you will be transferred back to your resort over the beautiful Outeniqua Pass.

Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn

Day 6 – Free day in Knysna

Today is yours at leisure to explore Knysna.  Take a boat trip to the Knysna Heads, have lunch at one of the local restaurants or just enjoy the day strolling on the beach or having a swim in the lagoons.

The Knysna Heads

Day 7 – Brenton Haven Resort to The Village Lodge, Botlierskop Private Game Reserve

Today you will drive to the Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, a 4200-hectare malaria-free Big 5 game reserve.  Here you will be spending the next three nights at The Village Lodge on a Full Board basis.

The Village Lodge at Botlierskop, Suites
Main areas at The Village Lodge, Botlierskop

Day 8 & 9 – On safari in the Botlierskop Private Game Reserve

The next two days will be on safari, making the most of the activities that the lodge has to offer.  The Village Lodge offers game drives, guided walking safaris and horseback safaris, they even have a junior rangers programme for the kids.  There is no age restriction on game drives so kids are welcome to go out on a game-viewing adventure.  There is also an onsite spa where you can kick back and relax in the African bush.

 A herd of Buffalo in front of the lodge

Day 10 – Botlierskop Private Game Reserve to George Airport

Today marks the end of your holiday, after breakfast, you will leave Botleirskop behind and head back to George Airport.  Please ensure you leave enough time to hand back the rental car as well as check-in for your flight.

Tour Costs:

March – April
R39,650 per person sharing

R34,250 per person sharing

Oct – 12 Dec 2023 and 4 Jan 2024 – 28 Feb 2024
R41,890 per person sharing

13 Dec 2023 – 3 Jan 2024
R43,950 per person sharing

March – April
R41,890 per person sharing

R36,110 per person sharing

Oct – 12 Dec 2024 and 4 Jan 2025 – 28 Feb 2025
R44,765 per person sharing

13 Dec 2024 – 3 Jan 2025
R46,800 per person sharing

Price Includes:
6 nights accommodation at Brenton Haven Resort – Bed and Breakfast
3 nights accommodation at The Village Lodge – Full Board
Activities as per itinerary
Meal as per itinerary
Parks and Entrance Fees
10 days vehicle rental (Group I - Toyota Fortuner or similar with manual gears & air-con), this includes:
Premium Collision Damage Waiver (zero liability) 
Premium Theft Loss Waiver (zero liability) 
Unlimited Mileage
1 X Additional Driver
Claim admin fee - in the event of an accident or theft
General Public Liability Insurance
Location Surcharge/Tourism Levy
Rim and hubcap damage
Value Added Tax 15% 
Windscreen, Tyre, and Third-Party Damage Waiver
Young Driver Surcharge

Price Excludes:
Lunches and Dinners whilst in Knysna
Flights to and from George
International flights
Items of a personal nature
Optional extra activities
Holiday or personal insurance
Staff gratuities
Visas for entry to Eswatini and South Africa (if necessary)
Vehicle rental excludes:
Contract Fee
Delivery/ Collection fees
E-tolls / Toll fees
One-way drop-off fees
Optional Equipment: Baby Seat, GPS Unit etc.
Sandblasting/Water and Undercarriage
Traffic Fine Administration Fee

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