23 March 2015

Last week I got the most amazing chance to go on the 5-day Garden Route tour. I can count myself so incredibly lucky that BokBus has given me the opportunity to come along and see all the beauty the Garden Route has to offer. This tour was a little smaller than most. I was on the BokBus bus with two German girls, a Greek girl, a British woman, a Swedish man, and our lovely tour guide Benjamin.

rhino giraffe

Day 1:

Our 5-day tour was a bit different than normal – it was done backwards. On our first day we didn’t go to the Cango Caves, but to the Garden Route Game Lodge. On our way there we stopped for a nice lunch in Hermanus. Even though it isn’t whale season, it was still nice to make a stop in Hermanus because it is such a beautiful place to visit. From here on we drove to the Garden Route Game Lodge where we were warmly welcomed into our amazing, spacious rooms. It is an incredible lodge to stay in. When we arrived we did a late afternoon game drive. Even though the weather was not so great – cold and wet – we still managed to spot a lot of animals including rhinos, a hippo, zebras, lions and lots more. We ended this first day with a huge buffet with delicious food.

Day 2:

The next morning we got a second chance at a game drive – with better weather this time – and to try and spot the animals that we hadn’t seen the day before. We spotted elephants, giraffes, buffalos and many more animals, which was awesome. After this we left the Garden Route Game Lodge to continue our journey along Route 62 to Knysna with a stop in the Wilderness. Here you can have a look at the ‘map of africa’. Once we arrived in Knysna we went to the Knysna Elephant Park where we had a lot of fun feeding and stroking the elephants.

elephant-touching bridge

Day 3:

We started this third day nice and fresh: by doing a short hike up to the suspension bridge in Tsitsikamma National Park. Yes, the name ‘suspension bridge’ says it all: a long wobbly bridge right above a wild river. After the short hike we made our way up to Jeffreys Bay for lunch. We had amazing weather and sat at the beach for an hour to enjoy a bit of sun. We ended this third day by driving through Addo Elephant Park, which was also our furthest point along the Garden Route. We did a safari with our own bus through this park and spotted several deer, warthogs, and groups of elephants. An amazing experience!

Day 4:

Day four was going to be the day that I was going to do the bungee jump (from the highest bungee jump bridge in the world!). However, when we arrived there it was raining incredibly hard and there was a lot of wind, which meant for me that I was going to be soaking wet, and I would not enjoy it as much as I wanted to. After a long while of doubts, I decided not to do the bungee and come back for it when the weather is better. Even in the rain, it was still fun to see other people jumping. From here we drove back to Knysna Heads to enjoy this beautiful view.

Day 5:

Our last day…, which ended perfectly! We drove to the Cango Caves where we did an ‘adventure tour’. This tour was so amazing: we walked through the beautiful caves, climbed and crawled through tiny spaces and made our way up and over rocks just to see all of the caves from the inside. This was an incredible ending to the 5-day garden route.

ostrich-feeding cango

I had the most amazing journey on the 5-day garden route tour. I can honestly recommend this tour to everyone. The people on the tour were so nice, our tour guide Benjamin was the best (and he knows eeeeverything), the food was delicious and of course the things we saw and did were wonderful. This was really a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am so grateful to BokBus for sending me on this journey. Thank you to BokBus, the best tour guide, and everyone on the tour for making this the most amazing five days!