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Garden Route Conservation

Garden Route Conservation

Spend three nights in Cape Town and discover the natural beauty of the city with all of its breathtaking sites and activities. Choose between a Springbok Atlas Tours & Safaris guided Cape Malay Cultural Experience, a Winelands tour, or a Cape Peninsula tour.

Continue along the Garden Route to Mossel Bay where you will have the opportunity to get involved in a conservation experience at the Big 5 Gondwana Game Reserve. During the three-night stay, you will have the opportunity to participate in wildlife and veld management, learn important bush skills as well as the interpretation thereof. The research findings are used to assist with enhancing the reserve management plan. Your base will be the recently opened Gondwana Eco Camp, offering comfortable tented accommodation with all meals provided.

Tour Notes:

  • The Gondwana Game Reserve Conservation Experience at Eco Camp starts only on a Monday
  • Comprehensive travel insurance is recommended
  • Quote based on standard room types only
  • Minimum 2 guests

Tour Includes

  • Transfer from Cape Town International Airport to The Cape Milner Hotel
  • A choice between a Springbok Atlas Tours & Safaris guided Cape Malay Cultural Experience, a Winelands guided tour, or a Cape Peninsula guided tour (tours depart on selected days and may be conducted in German/English dual language)
  • 3 nights’ accommodation at The Cape Milner Hotel in a standard room on a bed & breakfast basis
  • 3 nights’ accommodation at Gondwana Eco Camp, which includes tented accommodation, meals, conservation activities, and game drives
  • Car rental (Group B, Ford Fiesta or similar) from Day 3 to Day 7, with final drop-off at George Airport

Tour Excludes

  • All flights
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Drinks
  • Additional activities
  • Reserve conservation fee
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Telephone calls
  • Travel insurance

What to Bring

  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm jacket and jersey for the nights and game drives
  • Jeans / khaki pants
  • Closed sneakers or hiking boots
  • Summer: T-shirts, shorts, flip flops, bathing suit, light button-down bush shirts
  • Winter: long sleeves and short sleeves, pants and shorts
  • Warm and cool pyjamas
  • Binoculars/camera/etc.
  • Working clothes

Price Validity


Day One

You will be met by a Springbok Atlas Tours & Safaris representative for a transfer to your Cape Town hotel in the leafy suburb of Tamboerskloof. This intimate hotel offers spacious lounge areas, a swimming pool and a courtesy shuttle service to the city centre. Overnight at The Cape Milner Hotel.

Day Two

Choose your guided experience of the day! Embark on a Cape Malay Cultural Experience to discover the cultural diversity of the Cape Malay community, a Winelands Day Tour to savour exquisite South African wines, or a Cape Peninsula Tour taking you to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, each providing its own unique experience. Overnight at The Cape Milner Hotel. [B]

Day Three

After breakfast, a rental vehicle will be delivered to your hotel, giving you the flexibility to choose your day’s discovery route. Explore the views from atop Table Mountain, unwind with sundowners at the chic neighbourhood of Camps Bay, or drive along the West Coast for postcard-perfect views of the Mother City and its iconic mountain. Overnight at The Cape Milner Hotel. [B]

Day Four

Enjoy a delicious breakfast before departing on your journey along the renowned Garden Route towards Mossel Bay. A conservation experience at Gondwana Game Reserve – an 11 000 hectare private Big 5 reserve – awaits! Get ready to get your hands dirty with wildlife and veld management and learn key bush skills and the interpretation of them. But first, check into the eco-friendly tented camp beautifully set within a protected Fynbos valley in the heart of the reserve. Head to the pool area for an afternoon siesta in a hammock, and enjoy dinner at either the indoor or outdoor dining area. Overnight at Gondwana Eco Camp. [BD]

Day Five & Day Six

Your day starts early with a continental and Ranger’s fry-up breakfast before departing on an eventful day. You may participate in the monitoring of the Cape Leopard cameras and learn more about photographic surveys and radio collar data to determine species distribution within the surrounding area. Conduct vegetation surveys and have the opportunity to take part in the eradication of alien vegetation. Learn how to identify Fynbos and various animal species and have fun while becoming skilled at fishing and foraging. A hearty homemade meal can be looked forward to for dinner, followed by an evening talk preparing you for the next day’s activities. Overnight at Gondwana Eco Camp. [BLD]

Day Seven

After breakfast, depart for George Airport for your onward flight to Cape Town or Johannesburg. [B]

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