The Shy and Impossible 5 Luxury South Africa Tour

  • 14 Day Tour
  • South Africa
  • This is a truly unique Safari and Garden Route tour that we are pleased to introduce to our tour offerings from 2019.  Following a lot of research into specialised tours within South Africa we are pleased to introduce The Shy and Impossible 5 Luxury Tour. The main focus is unlike other tours as you will spend your time on safari trying to spot some of Africa's more elusive animals, instead of focussing on the usual Big 5. There are 2 separate safari experiences included in this trip and both are in exceptional lodges that specialise in sightings of animals defined as part of the Shy 5 (meerkat, the aardvark, the porcupine, the aardwolf and the bat-eared fox) and the Impossible 5 (aardvark, Cape mountain leopard, pangolin, riverine rabbit and white lion)

Tour Details

Tour Includes

At Tswalu: 

  • Charter flights to/from
  • Private guide, vehicle, and tracker
  • Walking safaris by experienced field guides and trackers
  • Horse-back rides
  • Nature walks
  • Habituated meerkats; Horse riding; Bird watching
  • Some of the oldest bushman rock engravings
  • A visit to the community clinic and pre-school
  • The Tswalu Foundation research projects
  • In-suite private bar and gourmet pantry
  • Laundry and valet services
  • Children's Junior Ranger programme
  • 1 night Sleep-out deck at The Motse

Cape Town to Samara

  • Services of a private guide, vehicle and driver
  • Meerkat Experience in Oudtshoorn

At Samara:

  • All meals
  • Two game activities daily with experienced rangers
  • Selected local drinks during game activities
  • One night on the sleep-out deck
  • Transfer from Samara to Port Elizabeth Airport

Tour Excludes

  • International Flights into Johannesburg and out of Port Elizabeth
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a Personal Nature
  • VIsa Fees
  • Meals/Drinks not Stated in Itinerary


  • Tswalu, Babylonstoren Farm Hotel, De Zeekoe, Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa, Karoo Lodge at Samara

Price Guide

  • From £7595pp in low season based on 2 sharing


The full details of the tour can be found here - Shy and Impossible 5 Tour


Days 1-3 - Tswalu+

Today you will arrive into OR Tambo in the morning from your international flight. You will then catch your included flight transfer to Tswalu, where your truly luxurious safari stay begins.  With a maximum of 10 private vehicles, Tswalu offers extraordinary privacy in which to explore a vast, pristine wilderness. On top of this the guides at this lodge are phenomenal, and true experts in their field, who will add an extra special level of knowledge to your stay. At Tswalu the game drives will be completely tailored to your particular interests. There are no set routes or times as guests determine their own adventure from the outset. It is this flexibility that allows you to focus on trying to find members of the 'Shy 5' and the highly elusive pangolin - the most exciting member of the 'Impossible 5'.

Days 4-5 - Franschoek+

Today you will depart Tswalu on a charter flight to Cape Town. You will then be met at the airport and transferred to Franschoek, which is about a 1hr 30 minute drive. Franschoek is a beautiful town in the Western Cape with centuries-old vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture. During your time here you will have the opportunity to visit excellent restaurants, sample wine at amazing vineyards or shop in the quaint town.

Days 6-7 - Oudtshoorn+

During your time in Oudtshoorn you have an included 'Meerkat Experience' which gives you the opportunity to see amazing meerkats starting their day, in their natural environment. The guide will be a world leader in meerkat knowledge so you can be sure of a highly informative and enjoyable experience.

Days 8-10 - Knysna+

Knysna is situated in the heart of the Garden Route and is the perfect town to stay while exploring the surrounding areas. The town is completely surrounded by ancient  and mysterious forests, while at the same time is situated next to an exotic lagoon that is popular with both locals and tourists alike. The sunsets over the lagoon can not be missed.

Days 11-13 - Samara+

Samara is uniquely situated at the meeting point of four of South Africa’s eight vegetation biomes: Grasslands, Nama Karoo, Savanna and Thicket. This diversity of vegetation creates a multitude of habitats for species that are specially adapated to the Karoo’s arid environment. Explore each of these biomes during your safari at Samara with our experienced guides, who will bring each biome to life during walks and drives.

Day 14 - Home+

Today following a final game drive and breakfast, you will be transferred to Pot Elizabeth Airport ready for your journey home.

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