Overview

Made up of a collection of villages, farms, rivers, bays, coves and valleys, the Cape Whale Coast is a pristine stretch of the South African coastline, which forms part of many South African road trip itineraries. Our 7 day Garden Route safari tour departs from Cape Town along the Cape Whale Coast, stopping at the largest breeding colony of the African Penguin, Stony Point Nature Reserve before reaching Hermanus – where, during the months of July to November you may be lucky enough to see the southern right whales that visit the bay in Hermanus. Crossing the Hottentots-Holland Mountains we set out for the Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn, where we will enjoy an afternoon guided tour of the famous Cango Caves, we can only marvel at the astonishing formations that have formed in these impressive limestone caves. We head back towards the coast and descend to the beautiful Garden Route coastline where, in the coming days we spend time hiking, relaxing at the beach and sampling the many optional activities available. The Garden Route is a treasure trove of beautiful beaches, forest walks and an exciting menu of optional adventures. Tsitsikamma National Park is one of South Africa’s premier marine reserves and our guide will lead us out to explore the rugged coastline on foot, along the Waterfall Trail. Next up, we cross the provisional boundary between the Western Cape for the Eastern Cape and take aim for the Addo Elephant National Park, offering one of the best safari experiences in South Africa. This afternoon we will enter the National Park to seek the elephants after which Addo is named. Recent expansion has seen Addo grow to become the third largest of South Africa’s National Parks. The unique vegetation of Addo supports a wide variety of wildlife and we will spend the afternoon in search of the animals. Our South Africa safari package comes
to an end in the windy city of Port Elizabeth.

Pre & Post Tour Accommodation

Nomad can book accommodation before and after your tour.

Pre Tour Accommodation - Cape Town

From R1,750
  Airport Transfer Available Double Tree Hilton Upper Eastside Cape Town

Our Cape Town departure point for scheduled tours. Nearby the base of Table Mountain with views of Devil's Peak. This hotel is a 15-minute walk from The Old Biscuit Mill, and offers free shuttle services to the V&A waterfront – please book in advance. Rooms feature city views and walk-in… … Read More

Post Tour Accommodation - Port Elizabeth

From R1,730
  Airport Transfer Available Kings Beach Hotel Tsogo Sun

Kings Beach Garden Court Hotel in Port Elizabeth is centrally located and enjoys sweeping views of Algoa Bay. The hotel is within walking distance to the beach, shops, Boardwalk, restaurants and other attractions. Rooms are clean and comfortable with modern bathrooms, air-conditioning, tea and coffee facilities and complimentary wifi. From… … Read More

Itinerary

Day 01

The Cape Whale Coast Route

Made up of a collection of villages, farms, rivers, bays, coves and valleys, the Cape Whale Coast is a pristine stretch of the South African coastline which runs from the town of Rooiels for roughly 150km, to the east.  We have a full day ahead of us which takes us from the bustling city centre of Cape Town via the vineyards and town of Stellenbosch to the town of Hermanus – not forgetting a stop at the largest breeding colony of the African Penguin, Stony Point Nature Reserve.  During the months of July to November you may be lucky enough to see the southern right whales that visit the bay in Hermanus.

Day 02

Route 62 – Oudtshoorn

Crossing the Hottentots-Holland Mountains this morning we set out for the Klein Karoo and our overnight stop in Oudtshoorn. We follow the scenic Route 62 today, stopping to experience one of the many farm stalls on the way. One of the more quirky highlights today is Ronnie’s Sex Shop, not a sex shop at all, but a rather interesting country pub! Our day ends with a guided tour of the famous Cango Caves, we can only marvel at the astonishing formations that have formed in these impressive limestone caves.

Day 03

Heart of Garden Route

Our morning starts as we make our way over the Outeniqua Mountains and descend to the beautiful Garden route coastline below. Our first stop for the day is a visit to the George Museum, a quirky and interesting museum displaying the local timber trade of the area. In the coming days we spend time hiking, relaxing at the beach and sampling the many optional activities available.

Day 04

Tsitsikamma

The Garden Route is a treasure trove of beautiful beaches, forest walks and an exciting menu of optional adventures. While our morning is set aside for some relaxation on the beaches of Plettenberg Bay, today offers a number of optional activities and your guide will assist you to get the most out the day. This afternoon we have the opportunity to visit the hidden gem of Nature’s Valley, this beautiful village offers us a chance to enjoy a hike or simply relax on the pristine beach in this little paradise. In order to make the most of this day, the truck will run a set schedule and you are free to join or leave at the places that interest you.

Day 05

Tsitsikamma

Tsitsikamma National Park is one of South Africa’s premier marine reserves and this morning we set out to explore the rugged coastline on foot. Our hike along the Waterfall Trail sees us cover the first section of the world renowned Otter Trail, this is not an easy hike and those who prefer a more leisurely option can make use of the boardwalks to the Storms River Mouth. We return after our hike and you will have the opportunity to book the Woodcutters Journey in the afternoon – experiencing the uniqueness of the Tsitsikamma biome and learning about the history of the area and it’s indigenous fauna & flora.

Day 06

Greater Addo Elephant National Park area

This morning we set out for the Eastern Cape and the Addo National Park. We make a stop this morning in the surfing mecca of Jeffrey’s Bay, famous for its waves. You have the opportunity to visit the small surfing museum, catch a quick wave or simply enjoy a cup of coffee overlooking these famous waves. This afternoon we will make our first visit to seek the elephants after which Addo is named.

Day 07

Gqeberha (previously called) Port Elizabeth

This morning after breakfast, we will make the short drive to the windy city of Gqeberha (previously called) Port Elizabeth, where your tour will come to an end upon arrival.

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