As if the Garden Route could not get any better, there are, in fact, several magnificent conservation-focused areas in this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. You can expect to see carnivores, the Big 5, ample birdlife, and other photogenic critters roaming this secret safari spot's malaria-free hills and plains.

Nestled between the sparkling Indian Ocean and ancient mountain ranges, the Garden Route's game reserves fall within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, a biodiversity and eco-tourism stronghold. Offering the best in natural beauty and a limitless choice of attractions, leave footprints behind on white sandy beaches at sunrise and be sitting by a pride of burly maned lions come lunch! In the malaria-free reserves of the Garden Route, you can expect to see predatory mammals, the Big 5, ample birdlife, and a range of other critters on a conservation-centred safari.

Highlights

Stretch your legs on a morning bush walk led by knowledgeable trackers
On a bird-watching excursion, keep your eyes peeled for flashes of endemic and indigenous avifauna
Go on a sunset game drive coupled with safari snacks and wildlife sightings
'Giddy-up!' on a horseback safari past herds of wild animals in the heart of nature
Enjoy a private picnic under the shade of a photogenic Acacia tree
Learn about the region's rich paleo-anthropological history and the Khoisan's age-old ties with the land

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The Garden Route game reserves' added beauty is that they truly are an all-year-round destination. Our top tip is to visit in the autumn months, between March and May, or in Spring from September to November, when the cool nights and pleasantly warm days allow all day exploring. There is also less wind and rain. From September, you can marvel at kaleidoscopic spring flowers amidst the thorny bush! The hot temperatures (and hoards) during the festive season, from December to January, may be unbearable to some, but you may see more animals as they congregate at waterholes.

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Botlierskop Private Game Reserve

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