Embrace the magic of the south on a week-long escapade through South Africa’s enthralling Garden Route. This sojourn plunges you into the heart of the country’s most magnificent coastal regions and protected national parks, serving you the most savoury slices of the South African safari experience.
The adventure unfurls in the verdant expanses of the Addo Elephant National Park, a wildlife sanctuary that is pivotal to the safari connoisseur’s bucket list. Steeped in untamed nature, we embark on an invigorating safari ride, our hearts pounding with the thrill of the impending wildlife encounters. The park’s diverse botanical landscapes play host to an equally diverse range of fauna, turning our afternoon into a stimulating exploration of the wild.
Leaving the Addo behind, we journey to the untamed allure of the Garden Route, a natural spectacle that tugs at the heartstrings of every nature lover. Traversing through scrub bush and indigenous forest, flanked by river and sea, we reach our sojourn near the Tsitsikamma National Park. Our two-night halt here gifts you a plethora of activities to participate in. Unleash your adrenaline with a plunge off the Bloukraans Bridge, the world’s highest bungee jump spot, and explore the marine marvels of the Tsitsikamma National Park. Follow your guide on a picturesque hike along the Waterfall Trail, the inaugural stretch of the world-renowned Otter Trail.
Next, we venture to the effervescent resort town of Knysna along the Garden Route, serving as a springboard to several leisure attractions like Birds of Eden and Monkey Town. From the coastal allure, we head inland towards Oudtshoorn, crossing the breathtakingly beautiful Outeniqua Mountains. The unique allure of Oudtshoorn lies within the labyrinthine Cango Caves, a network of limestone wonders that promise awe-inspiring natural formations before stopping in the quaint Karoo Town of Barrydale.
Onward, we return to the coastline, traversing the Hottentots-Holland Mountains and making a stop at Cape Agulhas, Africa’s southernmost point, and the diverse De Hoop Nature Reserve. A visit to Hermanus in the right season (winter) may reward us with sights of the southern right whales performing their maritime ballet in the bay.
Our journey culminates at Cape Town, but not before a pitstop at the Stony Point Nature Reserve, home to the largest breeding colony of African Penguins. A leisurely drive along the most scenic coastline wraps up our immersive Garden Route experience, leaving us with memories as colourful and diverse as the route itself
Day 1 – Greater Addo Elephant National Park area
Today we head into Addo Elephant National Park for a half day game drive through the park. 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 our time search of the animals.
Day 2 – Tsitsikamma National Park
Setting out early this morning we make a brief visit to the surfing mecca of Jeffreys Bay. Most famous for its waves this little town is also home to a small Surfing Museum. We then turn west to the Tsitiskamma region where we set up for the next two nights and where the wonders of the Garden Route await.
Day 3 – Tsitsikamma National Park
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 its indigenous fauna & flora.
Day 4 – Oudtshoorn
After a stop in the town of Knysna, we make our way inland, crossing the Outeniqua Mountains and descend to the town of Oudtshoorn. We head to the famous Cango caves to enjoy a guided tour where we marvel at the astonishing formations that have formed in these impressive limestone caves.
Day 5 – Route 62 – Barrydale
This morning prior to bidding farewell to the Klein Karoo, we stop to experience one of Africa’s most endearing creatures – The meerkat! You’ll have the opportunity to sit and watch these curious animals go about their day in the natural world without much disturbance form humans, as they wake up and catch the morning sun rays. We then follow a section of the scenic Route 62, stopping to experience some 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!
Day 6 – The Cape Whale Coast Route & Africa’s Southernmost Tip
After passing through some quaint Overberg villages, we reach the southernmost tip of the African continent, where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet, Cape Agulhas. We will then drive along the beautiful Cape Whale Coast which is a pristine stretch on the South African coastline. Stretching from the town of Rooiels for roughly 150km, to the east, making up a collection of villages, farms, rivers, bays, coves and valleys. We will have a short time to stroll along the boardwalk in Hermanus in search of the southern right whales that frequent the shores in the months of July to November. Next we stop at the largest breeding colony of African Penguins, Stony Point Nature Reserve, before travelling along the coast to the city centre of Cape Town. Your tour comes to an end upon arrival in the city centre of Cape Town.
- Crew3 Crew
- Max Passengers Passengers Max
- Vehicle Seater Vehicle
- Duration6 Days and 5 Nights
- From / ToPort Elizabeth to Cape Town
- Meals6 Breakfast 6 Lunch 6 Dinner
- Countries South Africa
- On Request
- Small Group
- German Translator
- German Guided
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