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Plettenberg Bay: Swim with Seals

1. Plettenberg Bay: Swim with Seals

Go swimming with seals in Plettenberg Bay, a fun and playful experience for all involved. Meet at the local office to take care of the paperwork and pick up all your equipment. Your group will depart by boat from Central Beach aboard the Robberg Express for an exciting beach launch. Head towards Robberg Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area, home to approximately 6000 Cape fur seals.   Accompanied by a qualified divemaster, hop into the water and enjoy 30 minutes of amazing animal interaction among bundles of playful, inquisitive fur seals. Have the ultimate wild animal encounter in their natural environment and without altering their natural behaviours.

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Wild Cat Experience 1-Hour Tour

2. Wild Cat Experience 1-Hour Tour

Join a guided 1-hour tour to get up close to the indigenous wild cats of South Africa, including servals, caracals, cheetahs, lions and leopards. Catch a glimpse of other animals such as meerkats, marabou storks, and many more. Enjoy this unique opportunity to see incredible wildlife, as you learn about conservation efforts in the region from your informative guide.  Follow your guide through the various habitats of the different cats as you listen to interesting facts about each species. See and photograph the wild cats at close range from a raised walkway. Your tour includes a visit to the penguin pool, where you'll discover more about marine conservation and wildlife rehabilitation as you watch these playful animals.

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South Africa's Garden Route: 4-Day Adventure Tour

3. South Africa's Garden Route: 4-Day Adventure Tour

Discover the beauty of South Africa’s Garden Route on a 4-day tour from Cape Town. Taste fine local wines, go on a cave adventure and a game drive and explore wilderness areas. Choose from backpacker accommodation and guesthouse options. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Cape Town – Barrydale – Oudtshoorn (Dinner) Depart from Cape Town early on Friday morning for Oudtshoorn, known as the Ostrich Capital of the World. Enjoy scenic Route 62, which is South Africa’s longest wine route. Stop for lunch and wine tasting at a local winery, before experiencing the subterranean beauty of the Cango Caves on a guided adventure tour. For dinner, enjoy an authentic braai, or South African barbeque. Overnight in Oudtshoorn. Day 2: Oudtshoorn – Mossel Bay (Breakfast) Head over the Robertson Mountain pass to enter the Garden Route at Mossel Bay. Spend some time at one of the spectacular beaches, hike the Cape St. Blaize trail along cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean and visit the famous Diaz Museum complex. Experience a game drive on a private game reserve, and be on the lookout for zebra, lion, antelope and the African buffalo. Spend the evening in Mossel Bay, where you’ll find a variety of seaside restaurants for dinner. Overnight in Mossel Bay. Day 3: Mossel Bay – Tsitsikamma – Sedgefield (Breakfast, dinner) Continue following the coastline to Tsitsikamma National Park. Stop at Bloukrans Bridge to view the world’s highest bungee jump bridge, at 216 meters. There will be plenty of time for adventure seekers to test their courage. Spend the afternoon in Tsitsikamma National Park, with its unique combination of indigenous forest and Indian Ocean coastline. Activities available include hiking, crossing a suspension bridge and swimming. Later, explore Sedgefield and take in the spectacular views and beaches. For dinner, head to a beach bar to enjoy a traditional potjie, or South African stew. Overnight in Sedgefield. Day 4: Sedgefield – Wilderness – Cape Town (Breakfast) Travel to Wilderness National Park and explore the Touw River by canoe. Follow this with a 2-kilometer hike to a lovely waterfall and rock pools, before the drive back to Cape Town.

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Garden Route and Addo Elephant National Park: 6-Day Safari

4. Garden Route and Addo Elephant National Park: 6-Day Safari

Day 1: Cape Town – Hermanus – Cape Agulhas The tour departs from Cape Town/Stellenbosch and heads to Hermanus. The tour follows the scenic coastal road and includes a stop at Betty's Bay to see a colony of endangered African penguins. Spend the afternoon in the seaside resort town of Hermanus, famous for playing home to hundreds of Southern Right whales from July to November. The town also features many shops, restaurants, and markets. In the afternoon you'll drive on to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, where you'll see the point where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. Day 2:  Cape Agulhas – Oudtshoorn Travel to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, known as the ostrich capital of the world, via scenic Route 62, South Africa’s longest wine route. Sample local wines before experiencing the subterranean beauty of the Cango Caves on a guided tour. Day 3:  Oudtshoorn – Knysna – Sedgefield After breakfast head over to Outeniqua Mountain Pass, where you'll explore Wilderness National Park by canoe. Enjoy an easy paddle up the Touw River through the indigenous forest, admiring the diverse local birds along the way. After about 40 minutes, leave your canoe behind for a 2-kilometer hike along a boardwalk that leads to rock pools and a lovely waterfall. Afterwards, head to the famous town of Knysna via the beautiful Garden Route Lake District. This small, upscale town is filled with curios and restaurants, and also features a waterfront where you can grab lunch and do some shopping.  After leaving Knysna, head to the Knysna Heads viewing point to enjoy views of the Knysna River estuary and the Indian Ocean. Spend the late afternoon exploring the beaches of Sedgefield. Day 4: Sedgefield- Tsitsikamma - Addo After breakfast, head off to Tsitsikamma National Park. En route, you'll stop at Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s tallest bungee jump bridge, standing at 216 meters tall. You'll spend the afternoon in Tsitsikamma National Park, which features a unique combination of indigenous forest and beautiful Indian Ocean coastline. The park has a wide range of activities on offer, including hikes of varying lengths, a walk across a suspension bridge, and swimming. In the late afternoon, depart the Garden Route for Addo. Day 5: Addo-Wilderness/Mossel Bay Spend the morning exploring Addo Elephant National Park. You'll get up to 2-3 hours to roam the 28,000-hectare national reserve, home to approximately 600 elephants and various other animals, including cape buffalo, lions, black rhinos, warthogs, zebras, elands, kudus, hartebeest, and many more. After an exciting morning of game viewing drive back to the heart of the Garden Route where you will stay overnight in Wilderness or Mossel Bay. Day 6: Wilderness –Mossel Bay - Cape Town After enjoying breakfast, stop in Mossel Bay to spend some time on the gorgeous beaches, hike the Cape St. Blaize trail along cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean, and visit the famous Diaz Museum complex, which commemorates the first known European exploration around the tip of Africa. Return to Cape Town/Stellenbosch in the early evening.  The more adventurous can try a 10,000 foot tandem skydive or sandboarding on the longest dune in South Africa. Arrive back at Cape Town/ Stellenbosch in the early evening.

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based on 66 reviews

We came across the tour quite by accident and it was more than worth it. Our guide Ryn explained a lot about animals and their habitat, showed us a lot in the water (how the animals react when to which movements) and made great pictures. We had bad luck with the weather and the water was very cold despite the wetsuit but everything else was great. PS: the seals stink extremely .. haha

The trip was wonderful, food and accommodation were excellent. Our guide was Cindy - amazing, funny and positive person. We managed to see everything, impressions will last for a whole year. Thank you.

It was an amazing once in a life time experience. The group was so lovely and we have had fun from the first day. Our Tourguide Christine has made the tour something special. Thanks

really fun experience. staff were really friendly, the boat ride was fun and interacting with the seals was great.

Very well organized, good material, highly recommended!