Overview

This 7 day Garden Route tour highlights South Africa’s southernmost coastal areas and National Parks. We begin our South Africa safari with our first wildlife encounter as we head into the Addo Elephant National Park, a must visit for the best safari in South Africa. Here we enjoy a safari drive. The unique vegetation of Addo supports a wide variety of wildlife and we will spend an afternoon in search of the animals. From Addo Elephant National Park we travel to the pristine protected area of the Garden Route, where you will traverse scrub bush and indigenous forest, along river and sea. Spending two nights near the Tsitsikamma National Park allows us to explore and participate in a myriad of activities available to you, including the highest bungee jump in the world at Bloukraans Bridge. Tsitsikamma National Park is one of South Africa’s premier marine reserves and our guide will lead you out for a hike along the Waterfall Trail – which happens to be the first section of the world famous Otter Trail. Further down the Garden Route, we will overnight in the holiday resort town of Knysna which opens up the opportunity to visit various attractions at leisure, such as Birds of Eden and Monkey Town. Our tour package briefly turns inland for the Karoo town of Oudtshoorn, crossing the Outeniqua Mountains. No visit to Oudsthoorn is complete without a visit to the Cango Caves where we marvel at the incredible formations in these impressive limestone caves. It’s back to the coast and the time it’s to the Whale Coast – where we hope that we get a glimpse of the southern right whales frolicking in the bay during whale season (winter time). Before we reach the ending point of Cape Town, we will stop at the largest breeding colony of the African Penguin at Stony Point Nature Reserve and drive the most scenic road that winds along the shore.

Pre & Post Tour Accommodation

Nomad can book accommodation before and after your tour.

Pre Tour Accommodation - Port Elizabeth

From R1,650
  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

Post Tour Accommodation - Cape Town

From R1,350
  Airport Transfer Available 40 on Burg

In keeping with the extraordinary city in which we are situated, 40 on Burg is no ordinary hotel. Housed in a charming, six-storey, 1930s Art Deco building, we are conveniently located in the lively heart of where it all happens, just steps away from Greenmarket Square. Staying with us means… … Read More

Itinerary

Day 01

Greater Addo Elephant National Park

After meeting your guides in the windy city of Gqeberha(previously called Port Elizabeth), we will take aim for the Addo Elephant National Park for our afternoon game drive. 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

Day 02

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 03

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 04

Heart of the Garden Route

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 an exploration of Nature’s Valley, this beautiful village offers us a chance to enjoy a hike or simply relax on the pristine beach in this paradise. We end the afternoon on the beautiful beaches of the Keurbooms Lagoon. Today offers a number of optional activities and your guide will assist you with a plan to get the most out the day, the truck will run a set schedule of pick-ups and drop-offs giving you the freedom to join or leave at the places of most interest to you.

Day 05

Oudtshoorn

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 06

Route 62 - Hermanus

Travelling through the valley of the Klein Karoo, we follow the winding tarmac of Route 62. Road trips in South Africa are an exploration of the rural highlights that dot the lesser known byways of the land. No journey would be complete without sampling the offerings of a “Padstal” along the way. These small farm stalls offer a selection of homemade treats and bakes and are an important cog in the economies of rural towns. 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 07

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.  Beginning early, 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 the African Penguin, Stony Point Nature Reserve before travelling along the coast to a wine farm in the Stellenbosch region to sample some chocolates & wine. Your tour comes to an end upon arrival in the city centre of Cape Town.

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