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Garden Route & Addo Adventure 5D/4N

Venture through some of the most picturesque areas of South Africa on this five-day tour.

Go on a wildlife game drive, hike, and relax in the region’s towns and coastal communities.

Tour Highlights

  • Soak up stunning sights driving down the Garden Route
  • Try to spot wildlife at Addo Elephant National Park
  • Enjoy a wine tasting along Route 62
Price from

$1,150.00

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Tour Information

Inclusions:

  • - 4 nights in hostels or 3-star guesthouses
  • - Cape Town accommodation pick-up/drop-off (+/-10km radius from Cape Town CBD)
  • - 4 Breakfasts
  • - Tours and activities as per itinerary
  • - Local English-speaking guides
  • - Entry fees as per itinerary

Departures:

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Itinerary

Day 1: Cape Town - Sedgefield, South Africa

Early morning pick up from your accommodation in Cape Town CBD or Stellenbosch (usually is between about 6 to 8am). You can receive your pickup time a day before.

Today starts off strong with a beautiful and exciting trip passing oasis-like seaside towns along the ocean-lined route hugged by forested national parks.

After about 4 hours heading south east you’ll be welcomed by the Garden Route in all its glory!

Venture further along the N2 national road to reach Botlierskop Game Reserve.

Kick off of the tour with this exciting included safari activity in the heart of the native bushveld.

On your first activity stop of the day, spot some of Africa’s wild animals from the back of an open 4×4 vehicle in the malaria-free Botlierskop Private Game Reserve.

Search for most of the big 5 animals and also giraffe, white rhino, kudu, lion, elephant, zebra and wildebeest, just to name a few. The game drive is led by an experienced game ranger, sharing his knowledge of the local wildlife.

After the animal sightings in the wild you’ll travel onwards towards the coast.

Tonight’s end destination at beachy coastal town in Sedgefield for the backpacker stay crowd and Knysna or near Wilderness town area for the guest house crowd promises a serene and relaxed evening… and if you’re lucky Mother Nature will bless you with the region’s usual out-of-this-world golden sunset.

Day 2: Sedgefield - Jefferys Bay, South Africa

As you head along the coastal belt, the paradise-like coastal towns show off and display why this region is a favourite with holiday goers and locals alike.

Stop for the obligatory photo op at Knysna Heads, a pair of rocky sandstone cliffs on the edge of the lagoon, to drink in the exquisitely scenic lagoon views surrounded by ancient forests.

Pristine lush landscapes and adventure go hand in hand on this adrenaline-packed day… from ziplining over gushing river gorges, breathtakingly-beautiful ocean and river views atop Bloukrans Bridge and exploring dense forests along suspension bridges and footpaths in Tsitsikamma National Park – today is all about the “garden” of the Garden Route!

Calling all adrenalin junkies: Get ready for the highest Bungy Bridge Jump in the world. The bungy bridge itself is fairly unassuming as you drive over it, but it’s pretty apparent from the squeals and screams that this isn’t your average photo stop. Here, seemingly normal people hurtle face first down the 216m drop only to spring back up on their elastic cord like a yo-yo. So if you’re feeling daring, why not face your fears and have a go?

For a more relaxed thrill, Waterfall Ziplining through dramatic scenery and over waterfalls in the nearby Tsitsikamma forest. You’ll complete about five individual slides (the longest is 211m), zip over three waterfalls and slide down one impressive gorge.

This region is a playground for the outdoors, and for those who’d prefer to keep their feet on solid ground a visit to the lush forests of the Tsitsikamma National Park is sure to provide your essential forest fix. From birding to game spotting and waterfall chasing; your Tsitsikamma to-do list will be absolutely jam-packed. A short but steep walk to Tsitsikamma’s suspension bridge is worth it for the views alone, but the abundant reptile and bird wildlife, secret waterfall and sandy beach is waiting to amaze and delight you along the forest footpaths.

The journey continues along the coast to reach surf-central; Jeffreys Bay as the sun dips behind the ocean by early evening. End the day with dinner at your accommodation or a night out to a local delicacy seafood restaurant, as you hear the gentle waves lap against the shore.

Day 3: Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

Wake up in South Africa’s quintessential ‘Surf City’.

Hang ten with the locals and slip into a relaxed frame of mind at the beach while enjoying the warmer Indian ocean waters. Shopaholics can visit the JBay’s surf wear shoppers village or if you’ve always fancied surfing at this world famous surf spot; then put your goofy foot forward and go for it.

Opt to fill your morning with a choice of the following optionals: hire Surfing equipment (or surf lessons if time permits) or book a Beach Horseback Riding optional activity to explore the coast as you gallop through the shallow waters of the unspoilt, rugged sandy beach.

From surf to safari; after the morning of beach adventures the journey now goes inland to visit the malaria-free Addo Elephant National Park and go see native wildlife in their natural habitat.

As you journey to the world-renowned Greater Addo Region the dusty plains of the Klein Karoo morphs into a greener horizon. Your guide will use local knowledge to pinpoint the whereabouts of the park’s big game animals while deftly navigating the maze of dusty dirt roads in search of some of the Big Five, and smaller animals too.

You’ll stay overnight in a small citrus farming community that lies in the Sundays River Valley surrounded by the Zuurberg Mountains – in the Addo town region

Day 4: Jeffreys Bay - Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Journey inland to the mountains as you start the day with a journey through the landscape of rugged plains and towering cliffs to reach Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world, situated in the semi-desert Klein Karoo.

Head deep underground to the magical Cango Caves’ limestone chambers, alive with drip formation stalactites and stalagmites and remnants of Khoikhoi paintings. Opt for the easy-going Heritage Tour to test the cave’s acoustics and gain insights your guide provides into the formation and dripstone evolution. By contrast, the Adventure Tour (if available) allows would-be contortionists to squeeze, twist and wiggle their way through limestone chimneys on a rather more adventurous underground route.

Those seeking a close encounter with Mother Nature can join rangers on an optional (with extra charge) Elephant Observation in Nature at the Buffelsdrift private game reserve this afternoon (or the next morning in most cases). Meet these three rescued elephants named: Jabari, Malaika and Bulelo, as they roam freely in their natural habitat bushveld area close to a waterhole dam. These gentle giants were orphaned when their parents were poached in the north of South Africa. In efforts to keep the family together, they were transferred to Buffelsdrift, bringing their boisterous personalities with them. You are free to take pictures from a distance and can ask the guides as many questions as you wish as you follow their massive footsteps.

You’ll spend the evening here at leisure in this countryside town of Oudtshoorn. Either ask your guide to help you book a restaurant or taste local delights, such as ostrich “sosaties” (kebabs) and “pot brood” (bread cooked on open flames) at an optional ‘braai’ (BBQ) experience and spend the evening around a crackling fire under the vast twinkling starry country sky.

Day 5: Oudtshoorn - Cape Town, South Africa

Wake up in Oudsthoorn, where the ostrich reigns supreme. If you haven’t picked it up from the bird-filled paddocks and farms lining the highway or the colourful feather stalls on the way to town centre, you will from the many show farm signs and the palatial sandstone homesteads that hark back to an era when ostrich feathers were worth more than gold. The Cango Ostrich Show Farm gives you a glimpse into the farming industry, allowing you to observe the world’s biggest bird beak-to-beak and test the toughness of the shells.

Complete this week-long epic road trip journeying along the ever-changing scenery, winding your way through mountain passes where lazy baboons surprise and delight along the roadside; rolling farmlands and fertile microclimates settle among the rows and rows of grapevines.

Traverse our famous Route 62; modelled after America’s Route 66, but with a distinctly local flavour and the longest wine route in the world. This is more than just a leisurely drive – an opportunity to drink in the local country-life culture, taste the farm fresh produce and meet the larger-than-life local characters and sample world-class wines.

Wine lovers will be in their element with a Wine Tasting pit stop to sample some of the local produce about midway to your overnight stop. Few things are more beautiful to behold than the innate majestic beauty of this Valley of Wine with a glass of wine in hand. Non-alcoholic options available for non-drinkers or under legal drinking age children.

After all the excitement of the week; ticking off the region’s bucket list items and exploring the best spots of the Garden Route and beyond, you’ll say your goodbyes as you reach Cape Town or Stellenbosch.