The Safari Experience

We arrange the ultimate safari experience in South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia




The Gourmet Treat

South Africa is celebrated for its high-quality food. Treat yourself to a wide range of award-winning cuisine

Hiking Trips

We work with the most established local hiking guides to maximize your experience and safety

Golf Travel

Enjoy the country’s fabulous links, seaside, park and championship golf courses


Unique Wine Tours

Meet highly regarded award-winning winemakers and be captivated by their expertise and professionalism


Anniversary Trips

Whatever the occasion, for yourself or your company, we can design and curate a memorable celebration


The Ultimate Treat

Private jet or helicopter? Spoil yourself and include an award-winning chef and butler to boot

Yoga Travel

Extraordinary yoga experiences that combine spectacular settings with nurturing and healing cuisine


Experience Paradise

Enjoy our meticulously selected paradise-like gems in South Africa, Madagascar and Mozambique


Luxury Train Travel

Rovos Rail or the Blue Train. Be instantly transported to a world of myth, legend and timeless luxury

Properties To Rent

We can offer a wide variety of quality accommodation. Enjoy your own villa, house or apartment


Family Travel

We take every family member into consideration to ensure an all-around fabulous family experience


Child-free Travel

If you’re looking for peace and quiet, we’ll guide you to the top child-free accommodation and restaurants


Wedding Experience

Ensure a memorable day by allowing us to curate an unforgettable experience to celebrate your union


Exploring Tours

Our bespoke itineraries deliver once-in-a-lifetime experiences


Conference Travel

Substitute jetlag for state-of-the-art conference venues combined with great wine tasting and superb safari


Tailor-made Trips

Our enthusiasm and professionalism are the hallmark of our tailor-made service offering


You As a Cicerone

All our trips are individually tailored. Unfamiliar guests aren’t part of what we offer. Your journey is about you


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Safari Destinations

South Africa

Outstanding diversity combined with superb comfort makes South Africa a magnificent destination



A nation with some of the best, most pristine and animal-dense national parks. A superb safari destination



Diversity and magnificently varied nature make this classic safari destination one of the absolute best



A safari destination bar none! Be amazed by the abundance and outstanding quality of every safari


Unique flora and exceptional fauna – one of the most beautiful countries in the world

Special offer

RIGHT NOW: Stay six nights at the amazing Jamala Madikwe and you receive the seventh night free



Safari Theme

Big 5 Safari

Keen to experience the Big 5? Our intimate knowledge of the many national parks makes it possible



Family Safari

Our knowledge of safari and safety is unique. Allow us to arrange your once-in-a-lifetime family safari


Walking Safari

We work with the most skilled safari guides to maximize your experience and safety


Shark Cage Diving

We work exclusively with  top local specialists in safe, eco-diving to maximize your experience and safety


Whale Watching

We work exclusively with the best local specialists to maximize your experience and safety



South Africa

Enjoy the peacefulness of endless deserted beaches with nearby access to top-class safari experiences



Enjoy miles of deserted sun-drenched beaches and 30-degree seas




Paradise imagined. Enjoy the magnificent surroundings populated by the very likeable Lemurs

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About South Africa

Read about the complex and fascinating history of the Republic of South Africa



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Please find information about Covid-19 in South Africa as well as basic yet essential information to consider before your departure




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Scenic Garden Route and Route 62
Scenic Garden Route and Route 62

Garden Route is one of South Africa’s most popular attractions which offers spectacular nature experiences with exciting outdoor adventures. Route 62 is considered to be one of the most beautiful routes in South Africa


Hike at Tsitsikamma or try some of the exciting outdoors adventures in the area

Visit some of the excellent private game reserves along the Garden Route

Enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches along the Garden Route

Reaching from Cape Town to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), the Garden Route is so-called because of its perpetual lushness in a beautiful area. From the semi-desert of the Karoo and forests of Tsitsikamma to charming seaside towns and beautiful white sandy beaches. It is home to natural wonders such as the Cango Caves, with the finest dripstone caverns, and the Knysna Heads. The protected fynbos and flora is synonymous with the Garden Route. The section known as the Whale Route takes you to the shores where the Southern Right Whales visit annually to calve. The inland on Route 62 through the Little Karoo with some of South Africa’s most breathtaking mountain passes and many fantastic wineries and some fine brandies and ports. The scenic coastal Route runs from Mossel Bay in the west to Storms River Mouth in the east and is the most traditional of the Garden Route journeys.

There are many exciting experiences along the scenic Garden Route coastline. The green and lush coastline offers a mild climate with relatively much rain that naturally contributes to the greenery. Garden Route is one of the most popular destinations in South Africa and along the route there is much to experience such as beautiful nature, world class golf courses, beautiful endless white beaches, hiking trails etc.

Route 62, with the spectacular Swartberg Pass, is considered one of the most beautiful driving routes in South Africa, but also one of the least known.


Destinations along the Garden Route



Knysna’s (probably from a Khoikhoi word meaning “ferns”) with about 56,000 inhabitants, is a popular and lively holiday resort along the Garden Route. The location of the city is carefully chosen by a protected lagoon where oysters are grown and is beautifully framed with the Outeriqua Mountains as a background and the Indian Ocean as a foreground. Knysna center is a lively and cozy area that offers shopping and nice restaurants, many with views of the beautiful lagoon. It’s most famed attraction, where the treacherous entry into the Knysna lagoon where many an ancient sailing vessel met its doom. It is also famed for its oysters who appear frequently on restaurant menus. Knysna is home to the country’s largest indigenous forest. Dolphins are often spotted offshore, while southern right whales pay seasonal visits (June to mid December) to the shores of the Paradise Coast. A dolphin-spotting boat trip might include a stop off at the Robberg Peninsula near Plettenberg Bay to visit a noisy seal colony. Participate in an Oyster cruise with an historical look at the famous Knysna oyster. For anyone who loves oysters this is an ideal cruise. The cruise starts off towards the Knysna Heads, At the Knysna lagoon, where a guide will inform you, in a fascinating interactive experience. You will get to taste both wild and farmed oysters and learn alot about the Knysna oyster.

The beaches around Knysna are well suited for swimming, sailing, fishing and surfing. Due to sharks in the Indian Ocean, the most popular beaches have been secured using nets in the water. The nearest protected beach is called Buffalo Bay. At Brenton-on-Sea you can see whales and dolphins (mainly September to mid-December). In the area around Knysna there are several attractions. The Rheenerdal district is located a mile west of Knysna and is an area filled with artists and craftsmen, painters, potters and wood sculptors. Here you will also find nice restaurants and cafes.


Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay, nicknamed Plet or Plett, was originally named Bahia Formosa (beautiful bay) by early Portuguese explorers. Plett lies on Garden Route approximately 600 km from Cape Town and approximately 210 km from Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth). The city is perched high on red sandstone cliffs that rise above the coastline and lagoon formed by the rivers Kerubooms and Bietou. South of the city, the Robberg Nature and Marine Reserve juts out into the sea with cliffs that rise 148 meters above the water. From hiking trails you have a varied view of dramatic surf and calm, sheltered coves where anglers cast for bluefish, red tuber, galleon fish, South African sea bream. Seals and dolphins are a common sight, while whales occur in the spring (September to mid-December). East of Plett runs a crooked scenic road from the N2 to Nature’s Valley. This densely populated seaside resort is part of the Garden Route National Park. Plett is a premier holiday destination with sweeping golden beaches, the iconic Robberg Peninsula, intriguing lagoons and estuaries, towering indigenous forests and unpolluted rivers. With its moderate climate and beautiful view sites over the Indian Ocean, Plett’s about lazy sun-filled beach holidays and adrenalin-filled activities ranging from mountain biking to abseiling and diving with the seals. Plett is home to wildlife sanctuaries, game reserves, whale and dolphin watching, canoeing up the Bitou and Keurbooms rivers, sailing, boating etc. Just outside Plettenberg Bay in the Crags area, there are some Sanctuaries where different animals are cared for. These include Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, Elephant Sanctuary and Tenikwa (Cats).



Tsitsikamma National Park is considered one of the country’s foremost wilderness areas and is pure heaven for those who enjoy the outdoors and adventure. Tsitsikamma National Park is located on the coast, south of the Fromosa Nature Reserve and east of Plettenberg Bay. Tsitsikamma, means “water-rich place” in San. The park offers a marine wildlife such as dolphins and porpoises, for bird lovers this park is home to the beautiful African black Oystercatcher (shorebird) and Knysna Lourie (beautifully colored African bird). For hiking enthusiasts, here are two of South Africa’s most popular hiking trails, the Tsitsikamma Trail (60 km long) and the Otter Hiking Trail. The latter stretches right along the coast from the Groot River to the mouth of the Storms River, a total distance of 42.5 km – a 5 day and 4 night trip. Tsitsikamma with dramatic coastal scenery, reefs, rivers, lush forest and delicate fynbos, is a hiking and water sports paradise. The region forms the top section of the magnificent Garden Route National Park. The boundary of the Tsitsikamma stretches some 5 km out to sea, protecting a wonderland of inter-tidal life, reef and deep-sea fish. The park has two rest camps, one at Storms River mouth and one at Natures Valley.


Bloukrans Bridge Bungy

25 km from Storms River and 40 km from Plettenberg Bay, in Tsitsikamma Forest Village Market, lies the world’s second highest commercial bungy bridge, Bloukrans Bridge. The brigde is 216 meters above the Bloukrans River. Enjoy an adrenaline-filled bungee experience!


Alternative route – Route 62

The Cape Route 62 is a tourist route that meanders between Cape Town, Oudtshoorn, the Garden Route, and Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), offering the scenic alternative to the N2 highway. The beautiful Route 62 is named for the R62 provincial route, which it follows from Montagu to Humansdorp approximately 650 km, but the tourist route extends further along other highways to Cape Town and Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth). Also known as the Wine Route, Route 62 leads through the wine-growing areas of Wellington, Tulbagh, Worcester, Robertson and the Klein Karoo and is thus one of the longest wine routes in the world. Along Route 62, a variety of attractions are offered and, among other things, you pass picturesque small towns and it is an excellent opportunity to make small stops to explore many of the locally produced products. Activities along Route 62 include wine tours, safari game drives, tribal art, cultural tours, museums, hiking, mountain climbing, 4X4 routes, canoeing, horseback riding, ostrich riding, fishing, caving, and even skydiving. In the Karoo area is the charming town of Prince Albert, with many historical sites, art galleries, museums as well as restaurants and cafes. Just a few kilometers from the city begins the magnificent Swartberg Pass, built by the legendary road builder Thomas Bains in the 1860s and recognized as one of the world’s spectacular mountain passes with miles of sweeping panoramic views. The beautiful mountain pass runs between Prince Albert and the city of Oudtshoorn.



Visit Oudtshoorn, the principal town of the Little Karoo. The town is home to the world’s largest ostrich population, with a number of specialized ostrich breeding farms. 29 km from Oudtshoorn, at the head of the picturesque Cango Valley, lies the spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo, the Cango Caves. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well known Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations. Oudtshoorn is about 6 hours by car from Cape Town.



South Africa has a lot to offer in terms of activities. Upplev Sydafrika have put together activities to do in regions or hubs you will pass during your trip. Contact us for more information.


Suggested Family Travel that includes the Garden Route


Proposed itinerary, Family Trip



Family Trip 2: A return trip with a start in one of the most beatiful towns, Cape Town. Then on to the wine district for a “mini-safari”, tresure hunt and wine tasting. Further on to the scenic coastsl town of Hermanus and Garden Route and end the trip with safari at Kariega Game Reserve.


You can travel to South Africa all year round, but we recommend going September to May

Healthcare is good in South Africa. Even so we suggest obtaining a sound travel insurance before departure

As a EU and UK citizen, you will receive a 90-day tourist visa upon arrival in South Africa

To ponder before travelling:

The so-called “peak season” in December / January is very popular indeed and requires booking of accommodation, safaris, activities and restaurants well in advance.