Unfamiliar with the area? Travelling alone? On a budget? Don’t trust your better half with the driving? Our tours are a great way to have a safe and eventful journey in a short period of time. We take all the hassle out of arranging a trip, and provide accommodation, most meals, a guide/driver, and a well-chosen itinerary. We have been operating Garden Route tours since 2006, and have chosen our favourite sites and activities to include along the way. Our tours offer a great mix of nature, culture, and adventure.
Cape Town - Hermanus - Cape Agulhas
We depart from Cape Town/Stellenbosch early on Monday morning for Hermanus. (Shark cage diving clients will be picked up very early in the morning by the diving operator, and will miss the first half of Day 1, including a visit to the Penguins). We follow the scenic coastal road, stopping at Betties Bay to view a colony of endangered African penguins. You can spend the afternoon in the seaside resort town of Hermanus, famous for hundreds of Southern Right Whales during the whale season (July to November) and many shops, restaurants and markets. In the afternoon we will drive on to Cape Agulhas, the most southern tip of Africa, where we visit a viewpoint known as the "real" place where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.
Included meals: Dinner
Included activities: Penguins at Betties Bay
Optional activities: Shark cage diving, R2380
Whale watching boat trip (in season, July - November) R800
Travel route, distance & time: Cape Town – Hermanus – Cape Agulhas: +/- 249km +/- 3 hours
Overnight: Cape Agulhas/Struisbaai
Cape Agulhas - Oudtshoorn
We travel to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, known as the Ostrich Capital of the World, via the scenic and spectacular Route 62, which is South Africa’s longest wine route. We will have a lovely lunch and wine tasting at a local winery, before experiencing the subterranean beauty of the Cango Caves on a guided adventure tour.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Included Activities: Local wine tasting, Cango Caves Adventure Tour
Travel route, distance & time: Cape Agulhas – Route 62 – Oudtshoorn: +/- 330km +/- 4 hours
Oudtshoorn - Knysna - Sedgefield
After breakfast we head over the marvellous Outeniqua Mountain pass where we will explore Wilderness National Park with some canoes. Enjoy an easy paddle up the Touw River through indigenous forest, enjoying the abundance of birdlife. After about 40 minutes, the canoes will be left for a 2km hike along a boardwalk which will take us to a lovely waterfall and rock pools. After the canoeing, we will head to the famous town of Knysna via the lavish Lake District of the Garden Route. This up-market little town is filled with curios, restaurants and a waterfront, where you will be able to relax and do some shopping. After Knysna we will head to the Knysna Heads viewpoint for some magnificent views over Knysna River estuary and the Indian Ocean. Late afternoon you can spend exploring Sedgefield with its expansive views and beaches.
Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
Included activities: Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park
Travel route, distance & time: Oudtshoorn – Wilderness – Knysna – Sedgefield: +/- 144 km +/- 2 hours
Sedgefield - Tsitsikamma - Addo
After breakfast, off to Tsitsikamma National Park. En route a stop at Bloukrans Bridge to view the world’s highest bungee jump bridge (216 metres). There is plenty of time for the adventure seekers among you to test their courage. The late morning will be spent in Tsitsikamma National Park with its unique combination of indigenous forest and the beautiful Indian Ocean. The park provides a wide choice of activities for all, including long and short hikes, crossing the suspension bridge and swimming. Late afternoon we will leave the Garden Route for Big 5 country, Addo.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Included Activities: Entrance to Tsitsikamma National Park
Optional activities: 216 M Bloukrans bungee jump R990, Treetop canopy tour R650
Travel route, distance & time: Sedgefield – Tsitsikamma – Addo area: +/- 320km +/- 4.5 hours
Overnight: Avoca River Cabins, Addo area
Addo - Wilderness - Port Elizabeth
We will spend the morning exploring Addo Elephant National Park. We will spend up to 2-3 hours exploring the 28,000 hectare National reserve with over 600 elephant and some Cape buffalo, lion, black rhino, warthog, zebra, eland, kudu, hartebeest and many more animals. After an exciting morning of game viewing we will drive to Port Elizabeth, where the tour will end at approximately 1:00-2:00pm.
Included meals: None
Included activities: Entrance and 2-3 hour drive with tour vehicle through Addo Elephant National Park
Optional activities: 2-hour open vehicle game drive with Addo field guide
Travel route, distance & time: Addo – Port Elizabeth: +/- 40 km +/- 30 minutes
The accommodation on this tour has been selected for its cleanliness, unique setting, and atmosphere. Guests have a choice of backpackers lodges, in which dorm rooms, private rooms, and private en suite rooms are available; or guesthouses, in which all rooms are private en suite. Single, double, and twin rooms are available at both the backpackers and guesthouses. All bedding and towels will be provided. Dinners for all clients, including those staying at the guest house, usually take place at the Backpackers
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Trip Name: Garden Route and Addo Adventure
Duration: 5 Days
From Price: £413
Supplier Tour ID: CPTGR4/159466
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