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 over the Hottentots-Holland Mountains via Swellendam, with a visit to the southern most tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas and De Hoop Nature Reserve, before our stay over in Standford. Then it is time to visit 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) in Hermanus. 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.
Day 1 – Greater Addo Elephant National Park area
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 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 we bid farewell to the Klein Karoo and we 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 – Africa’s Southernmost Tip
After passing through some quaint Overberg villages, we reach the De Hoop Nature Reserve where you will have time to walk and explore a small section of the reserve. After having stretched our legs, we visit the southernmost tip of the African continent, where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet, Cape Agulhas. We will overnight in the town of Stanford.
Day 7 – 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 well wine farm for a wine tasting experience. Your tour comes to an end upon arrival in the city centre of Cape Town.
- Crew3 Crew
- Max Passengers 12 Passengers Max
- Vehicle 12 Seater Vehicle
- Duration7 Days and 6 Nights
- From / ToPort Elizabeth to Cape Town
- Meals6 Breakfast 6 Lunch 6 Dinner
- Countries South Africa
- On Request
- Small Group
- German Translator
- German Guided
Pre & Post Tour
Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
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Airport Transfer Available Kings Beach Hotel Tsogo Sun
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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