This 6 day guided tour or South Africa`s notorious Garden Route is run by registered and qualified tour guides. A safe and affordable way to explore the Western Cape, East Coast, Little Karoo, Whale Route and Route 62. Over the 6 days you will experience the nature, culture and sense of adventure that makes the Garden Route such a hot bed of tourist activity. From whale watching and nature hikes to sky diving and Africa`s highest bungee! This tour offers something for everyone. The tour includes a great choice of accommodations, friendly guides, meals and entrance to national parks. You won`t have to worry about a thing during this trip. Just pack your sandals turn up and have a good time.
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 the 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
Whale watching Boat Trip (Whale season)
Travel route, distance & time: Cape Town – Hermanus – Cape Agulhas: +/- 249km +/- 3 hours
Overnight: Cape Agulhas/Struisbaai
Cape Agulhas - Outdshoorn
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.
Included 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 we will 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 beautiful Indian Ocean coastline. The park has a wide choice of activities for all, including long and short hikes, crossing a suspension bridge and swimming. Early afternoon we will leave the Garden Route for Big 5 country, Addo.
Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
Included activities: Entrance to Tsitsikamma National Park
Optional activities: 216 M Bloukrans bungee jump, Treetop canopy tour
Travel route, distance & time: Sedgefield – Tsitsikamma – Addo area: +/- 320km +/- 4.5 hours
Overnight: Avoca River Cabins, Addo area
Addo – Wilderness/Mossel Bay
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, koedoe, hartebeest and many more animals. After an exciting morning of game viewing we will drive back to the heart of the Garden Route where we will overnight in Wilderness or Mossel Bay.
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 – Wilderness/Mossel Bay: +/- 415 km +/- 5 hours
Overnight: Wilderness/Mossel Bay
Wilderness/ Mossel Bay - Cape Town
After breakfast we will stop in Mossel Bay to spend some time on the spectacular beaches, hike the Cape St. Blaize trail along the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean, and visit the famous Diaz Museum complex, commemorating the first known European exploration around the tip of Africa. The more adventurous can try a 10,000 foot tandem skydive or sand boarding on the longest dune in South Africa. We will arrive back to Cape Town/Stellenbosch in the early evening.
Included meals: Breakfast
Optional activities: 10,000 foot tandem skydive, Sand boarding the longest dune in South Africa
Travel route, distance & time: Wilderness / Mossel Bay – Cape Town: +/- 450km +/- 4.5 hours
Although you won`t spend a great deal of time in your room during this action packed tour it is always important to have a cosy spot to rest your head after a busy day sightseeing.
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: 6 Days
From Price: $847
Supplier Tour ID: CPTRAA/157695
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