11-day trip

A South African Rewilding Road Trip

From 5350 PP


Garden Route adventure

11 days, 1200km and four stunning spots on South Africa’s coast that will immerse you in the Cape’s culture, wildlife and most breathtaking vistas.

Start with three nights in sunny Cape Town, getting a taste of the Mother City and its highlights, Then pick up your rental car for the scenic drive to the iconic conservation success story of Grootbos for views out across the wildflower blanketed fynbos to Walker Bay.

The road to Plettenberg Bay follows a stunning stretch of Indian Ocean coastline known as the Garden Route. Enjoy a little adventure here, perhaps kayaking with dolphins, hiking or braving the world's highest bridge bungee jump.

End in Samara Karoo Reserve for three nights of safari with a difference. 27,000 hectares have been rewilded in a pioneering project, bringing the ‘Big Five’ and more back to this epic region making for a truly special wilderness experience.


Trip highlights

  • Be inspired by Samara's rewilding journey

  • See the Marine Big Five from Grootbos

  • Drive the iconic Garden Route

  • Culture and epic views in Cape Town


What's included

  • Ten nights of luxury accommodation

  • Tours, experiences and safari activities

  • Private transfers and car rental

  • Price per person based on two people sharing

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    Cape Town hiking
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    Samara Karoo Lodge
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    Plettenberg Bay
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    Horse riding in Grootbos
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    Samara walking safari
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    On safari in the Karoo
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    Kayaking in Plettenberg Bay
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    Samara's infinity pool

An unforgettable trip with a positive impact

Created to maximize the benefits to people and place, while minimizing the environmental footprint.

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    Community & Culture

    Properties and experiences that uplift and empower local communities.

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    Supports wildlife projects, protected areas and ecosystem regeneration.

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    Lodges and camps chosen for their sustainability credentials and initiatives.

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Days 1 — 4

Mother city welcome

Cape Town is a wonderful introduction to South Africa. See the best of the city and its stunning surroundings on privately guided tours with plenty of time to discover the buzzing waterfront, art galleries and restaurant scene at your own pace.

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Days 4 — 6

Cape floral kingdom

Pick up your rental car in Cape Town and set out east along legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive and the Whale Coast to Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Here you’ll find your luxury lodge set surrounded by 2,500 hectares of multihued fynbos and ancient Milkwood forests, one of the most florally biodiverse landscapes on earth, looking out across Walker Bay.

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Days 6 — 8

Garden Route vistas

A longer drive along the African continent’s tip, past where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, brings you to the heart of the Garden Route, a place of lush forests, mountains and wonderful views around each new corner.

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Days 8 — 11

The Great Karoo rewilded

From Plettenberg, follow the road through the mountains into the vast great Great Karoo and your rustic lodge in the 27,000 hectare Samara, a pioneering reserve that has been rehabilitated and rewilded in one of the country’s most inspiring contemporary conservation stories. You play a role in it just by being here.

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Samara landscape

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A South African Rewilding Road Trip
5350 PP
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Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

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    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

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    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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