The Garden Route tour – 7 days

The Garden Route tour - 7 days

Tour Experience

7-day scenic tour of South Africa coast from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth

Available

All year round on Fridays

Location

South coast of South Africa from Cape Town to Port

Spend 7 magical days on South Africa’s famous Garden Route with this tour. This iconic region is renowned for being one of the most scenic in the country. Start off an unforgettable week in Cape Town, the legendary Mother City, and end it off in Port Elizabeth. In between, you are treated to a thrilling array of activities and experiences, as you see a variety of natural spectacles and historical landmarks. You will have the chance to do the world’s highest bungee jump and go diving with sharks. You will sip the famous Cape wines and explore quaint little towns. You will seek out the Big 5 on a classic African safari and hike through forests in search of waterfalls. You will see ostriches, penguins, and whales, explore the most spectacular underground cave network, and stand at the southernmost point of Africa. All along your journey, your comfort will be ensured- you have a choice of staying in high-quality backpacker lodges, or choosing the deluxe guesthouse/boutique hotel option. One thing is for sure, the Garden Route will not disappoint.

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INCLUDED

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Transport in 25-seat expedition vehicle
  • Local guides for sightseeing tours and activities as per the itinerary
  • All 'included highlights' as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 2 truck crew (driver/guide plus assistant/cook)
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners

EXCLUDED

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Activity Package and optional activities (see itinerary)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for tour leader
  • Entrance fees and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any other items not mentioned above

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1 : Arrive in Cape Town

Your tour starts with your arrival at Cape Town International Airport, from where you are transferred to your accommodation. This will be in the form of either a comfortable, high-quality backpacker lodge, or a more luxurious deluxe guesthouse or boutique hotel, depending on your choice. You will be free to spend the rest of the day, as well as the next day, exploring Cape Town on your own.
Included activities: Airport transfer
Approximate driving time: /- 30 minutes, 25 km
| OVERNIGHT: Cape Town Backpackers or Deluxe Guesthouse
| EXTRAS: Extra day in Cape Town – pre-tour

DAY 2 : Free Day in Cape Town

Today is your chance to experience the sights and sounds of Cape Town, the famous Mother City. Home to many important historical landmarks, as well some gorgeous natural sites, Cape Town has so much to offer. Table Mountain, Signal Hill, Robben Island, Hout Bay, Camps Bay, Clifton Beach, the V&A Waterfront, Constantia… your day will be action-packed and memorable! We recommend booking a tour on the city sightseeing bus; alternatively, you can try out a Cape Peninsula Tour or Cape Winelands Tour. We can assist with booking these.
Optional Activities: Group Cape Winelands day tour, From R 880 per person, Group Cape Peninsula day tour, From R 1100 per person
| OVERNIGHT: Cape Town Backpackers or Deluxe Guesthouse
| MEALS: Breakfast

DAY 3 of the tour is spent along the scenic Cape coastline. We depart Cape Town early, heading towards Hermanus. Guests who have chosen to do the shark cage diving activity depart separately and join up with the rest of the group later in the day. En-route to Hermanus, we make a stop at Betties Bay, where a marvelous sight awaits us: a colony of endangered African penguins. When we reach Hermanus, we are able to explore the charming seaside town’s shops and restaurants. We may also be able to see the famous Southern Right Whales, if we visit during the whale season (July to November). We then continue onto out next stop: Cape Agulhas. This is the southernmost point of the African continent, and is also where we can see the famous meeting place of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

Included activities: Penguins at Betties Bay
Optional activities: Shark cage diving – R2550, Whale watching boat trip (in season, July – November) – R900
Travel route, distance & time: Cape Town – Hermanus – Cape Agulhas: /- 249km /- 3hours
| OVERNIGHT: L’Agulhas Backpackers or Deluxe Guesthouse
| MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 : Wine Tasting and Cango Caves Tour

Today we travel along a famous route in South Africa: Route 62, the longest wine route in the country. This area is famous for its wine production, and we stop off a local winery for a chance to experience a wine-tasting, along with our lunch. We then visit a truly spectacular place: the legendary Cango Caves. These underground caverns feature breathtaking stalactite and stalagmite formations, and a guided adventure tour gives us the ultimate Cango Caves experience.
Included activities: Local wine tasting, Cango Caves tour
Travel route, distance & time: Cape Agulhas – Route 62 – Oudtshoorn: /- 330km /- 4 hours
| OVERNIGHT: Oudtshoorn Backpackers or Deluxe Guesthouse
| MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 : Wilderness National Park and Knysna

We have an adventurous and exciting day ahead of us today. We begin by crossing the magnificent Outeniqua Mountain Pass into Wilderness National Park. We explore this beautiful landscape in a unique way- by paddling down the Touw River in canoes. This is a truly enchanting way to experience the beauty of the park, and our journey takes us through the forest, which is abundant with life. After our boating excursion, we enjoy a short 2km hike to a lovely waterfall and rock pool area.
We then leave the park and head for the well-known town of Knysna. The restaurants and shops give us a chance to refuel and explore, before we visit the Knysna Heads viewpoint, where we are treated to stunning views of the Knysna River estuary and Indian Ocean. We then depart for the town of Sedgefield, our overnight stop, where the pristine beaches are a lovely place to end the day.
Included activities: Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park
Travel route, distance & time: Oudtshoorn – Wilderness – Knysna – Sedgefield: /- 144 km /- 2 hrs
| OVERNIGHT: Sedgefield Backpackers or Deluxe Guesthouse
| MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 : Tsitsikamma National Park and Bloukrans Bridge Bungee Jump

Our destination today is Tsitsikamma National Park. En-route, we stop at the world-famous Bloukrans Bridge, the site of the highest bungee jump in the world. While the thrill-seekers in the group enjoy this must-do experience, the rest of us continue onwards to the park. Tsitsikamma National Park’s delightful combination of forest and unspoiled coastline provides a variety of activities for all. Go hiking and swimming, and cross an awesome suspension bridge across a river mouth. In the afternoon, we depart and head towards Addo.
Included activities: Entrance to Tsitsikamma National Park
Optional activities: 216 M Bloukrans bungee jump – R1350, Treetop canopy tour – R660
Travel route, distance & time: Sedgefield – Tsitsikamma – Addo area: /- 320km /- 4.5 hours
| OVERNIGHT: Addo Backpackers or Deluxe Guesthouse
| MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 : Safari in Addo Elephant National Park, Transfer to Port Elizabeth

Today is the last day of the tour, and what better way to spend it than on safari? We spend the morning exploring the vast wilderness of Addo Elephant National Park, home to an incredible diversity of wildlife species. The park is true to its name, and houses approximately 600 elephants. Also look out for zebra, kudu, eland, warthog, and, of course, the other members of the famous Big 5.
We depart Addo and reach Port Elizabeth in the early afternoon. Those catching international flights will have ample time, as many depart in the early evening. Guests who wish to extend their stay may certainly do so. There is a number of options available- you can book extra nights in PE, at a lodge outside Addo, or even at a private game reserve. Please contact us for more information.
Safari extension: If you wish you can also add on as many days as you would like at a private game reserve in the Eastern Cape, with round-trip transport from Port Elizabeth at the end of your tour with us. Please contact us for more information, options and prices.
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 – R390
Travel route, distance & time: Addo – Port Elizabeth: /- 40 km /- 30 minutes
| OVERNIGHT: N/A
| EXTRAS: Departure airport transfer in Port Elizabeth

DURATION

7 days

Price

A$1477

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