Cape Country Routes’ exciting ‘Big 5-Shy 5’ & Birding-in-the-Cape 8-day Tour Packages

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Cape Country Routes, South Africa, a leading group of owner operated and managed accommodation and activity establishments, all carefully selected for their character, charm and romance and situated on the scenic and historic routes in the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape, has two exciting 8-day Tour packages on offer – the ‘Big 5-Shy 5’ and Birding-in-the-Cape.

The ’Big 5’- ‘Shy 5‘Tour (8 days/7 nights)
The tour starts in Jeffrey’s Bay (aka J-Bay) home to some of the best surfing in South Africa, then moves on to the Sundays River Valley, an area with unique towns, numerous game reserves and the famous Addo Elephant Park with abundant wildlife including the ‘Big Five’. Then the Karoo, South Africa’s largest ecosystem - semi-arid scrubland with a rich diversity of plant, animal and bird life and the Klein Karoo, famous for its natural scenic beauty - awe-inspiring Swartberg passes and gorges, the Cango Caves, the Oudtshoorn ostrich farms, the Langkloof Valley fruit orchards and any number of reptiles (barking geckos) and animals, including the ‘Shy Five’ - aardvark, bat-eared fox, aardwolf, Cape fox and black-footed cat.

The Itinerary:
Enjoy a one-night stay at Supertubes Collection, just 30 meters from the world-famous Jeffrey’s Bay surfing beach. Activities include surfing, whale watching, fishing, horse-riding and Big Five game viewing; two nights at the 4-star Zuurberg Mountain Village, Sundays River Valley, an historic country hotel that borders on the Addo Elephant National Park. Activities include game drives, horse trails and walking trails; two nights at the Karoo Gariep New Holme Karoo Guest House, an authentic Karoo farm with all the comforts of home - situated on the banks of the Seekoei River it has the only hippo population in the Northern Cape, and it is also where you can view the ‘Shy 5’. The final two nights of the ‘Big 5- Shy 5’ Tour will be at the Wildehondekloof Private Game Reserve - a luxury game lodge in the heart of the Klein Karoo's Swartberg Mountain range, 40 km from Oudtshoorn. Activities and things to do include guided game drives – view various buck species including wildebeest, nyala, eland, kudu, hiking trails, walking and mountain biking.

The ’Big 5-Shy 5‘Tour – (8 days/7 nights): R 6 130 per person sharing on a Bed and Breakfast basis. Two nights Dinner included at Wildehondekloof (only). Excluded are all other meals, entrance fees and additional activities. Valid until 30 September 2020. T’s & C’s apply.

Birding the Cape – (8 days/7 nights)
This tour incorporates the De Hoop Nature Reserve, a World Heritage site and one of the Western Cape’s largest and most beautiful nature sanctuaries it is a paradise for bird enthusiasts with its more than 260 species of birds including the endangered Cape Vultures; South Africa’s ‘Garden of Eden’ Knysna, surrounded by pristine beaches, lagoons and forests, where the famous multi-coloured Knysna Loerie and many other bird species are found; the Sundays River Valley with unique towns, magnificent scenery, wildlife and an abundance bird species; and the Karoo where you can spot many species of inland birds.

The Itinerary:
Two nights at De Hoop Collection which offers a wide range of accommodation designed to suit all budgets. Activities include whales-watching (seasonal), interpretive marine walks, hiking/mountain biking trails, eco boat cruises on the vlei, and nature drives - perfect for birdwatching, and a ‘Bucket List‘ visit to the Cape Vulture colony (the only surviving colony in the Western Cape situated on the Potberg Mountain in the Reserve) is a must! One night at the luxurious 4-star Lofts Boutique Hotel, Thesen island, Knysna, where you can enjoy the serenity of nature expressed by the changing moods of the lagoon, the magnificent views of the surrounding hills and forests and an impressive variety of bird species. Two nights at the Zuurberg Mountain Village, Sunday River Valley, provides the ideal base from which to explore the Addo Elephant park and surrounding areas. Great bird watching is possible while on a safari. And the final two nights at the Karoo Gariep New Holme Karoo Guest House situated on the banks of the Seekoei River nestled amongst trees that attract a wealth of birdlife, this is where you can enjoy an authentic Karoo farm with all the comforts of home. Activities include early morning birding drives and a rowing adventure on the Gariep Dam where many species of inland birds can be spotted and also possible sightings of the Karoo’s ‘Shy 5’ - aardvark, bat-eared fox, aardwolf, cape fox and black-footed cat.

Birding the Cape Tour (8 Days/7 Nights): R 5 656 per person sharing on a Bed and Breakfast basis. Excludes all other meals, entrance fees and additional activities. *Don’t forget your binoculars! Valid until 30 September 2020. T’s and C’s apply.
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