A fantastic 7-day Budget South African Safari travelling along the famous Garden Route of South Africa from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth.
Leaving Cape Town our first stop is the scenic Cape Winelands region, where we do some wine tasting and walk about in historic Stellenbosch. Heading into the semi-arid Karoo we visit Oudsthoorn's Cango Caves, before driving to the picturesque southern coast. We explore Plettenberg Bay, Nature's Valley and then the diverse Tsitsikamma National Park, in the heart of the Garden Route. There is an array of activities here, from hiking to bungee jumping and simply relaxing on the beautiful beaches.
We then move on to the malaria-free Addo Elephant National Park for some exciting game viewing, before our Accommodated Garden Route Tour ends in Port Elizabeth.
This Accommodated Overland Safari starts in Cape Town where we take a cultural tour (included in the Activity Package). Those doing the cultural tour, will set off from the city at 08h00 in smaller tour vehicles with a private tour company.
This tour goes to the historic District Six area and then to Langa and Khayelitsha townships. Visiting the informal settlements offers a glimpse into the dynamic culture and hard realities of township life in South Africa. After the cultural tour you return to the city to meet up with the rest of the group and your guides.
Departing from the beautiful city of Cape Town we travel to the Stellenbosch area of the Cape Winelands. Arriving in the Stellenbosch region, you have the option of sampling fine wines and cheeses produced locally (included in the Activity Package). Then we continue to the charming town of Stellenbosch for lunch (own account) at one of the great restaurants in this historic town. After lunch you are free to walk around the town of Stellenbosch, the second oldest European-established settlement in South Africa. This old university town is known for its oak tree-lined streets, dotted with historical monuments, cute shops, sidewalk cafes and top-notch restaurants.
In the evening, your guide can take you to a restaurant near the hotel for an optional dinner out. We overnight in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms at a hotel in the Cape Winelands, enjoying the pool, bar and internet facilities.
This safari comes with an optional Activity Package at an additional cost. The itinerary includes these highly-recommended activities. Contact African Budget Safaris for a detailed breakdown of what is included in the Activity Package and see the Full Pricing Information above for the cost of the Activity Package.
Today our scenic Garden Route journey takes us inland along the famous Route 62 towards the town of Oudtshoorn, stopping at Ronnie’s Sex Shop (an interesting country pub) en route. The Route 62 is famous for its quirky farmstalls, local wines and its arts and crafts.
Oudtshoorn is famous for its ostriches, being named the 'ostrich capital' of the country. In the afternoon we visit an ostrich farm to get a good look at these strange-looking birds, the largest birds in the world.
Tonight we stay at a resort in Oudtshoorn town in the Klein Karoo. We stay in twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms at the resort with a pool and internet.
On day three of this Accommodated Garden Route Tour we are up early for a guided tour of the underground Cango Caves (included in the Activity Package). This impressive network of limestone caverns and passageways features amazing rock formations, famous the country over. Then we return to the coastline of South Africa, driving via some beautiful country roads as we cross the Outeniqua Mountains and enter the Garden Route.
One of South Africa’s most picturesque areas, the Garden Route is a nature lovers paradise with pretty lagoons, majestic mountains, sandy beaches and rocky coast, indigenous forests and fynbos. Continuing along the Garden Route, we head to the popular coastal resort town of Plettenberg Bay. We overnight at a resort near Plettenberg Bay, best known for its lovely sandy beaches. Accommodation is in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms and facilities include a pool, bar, restaurant and internet.
Spend day four enjoying optional outdoor and adventure activities, or lazing on the beautiful beaches of Plett, as Plettenberg is known locally. Your guide can help you organise activities and the safari truck moves between selected points on a set schedule to enable you to move between highlights. You can go to Nature’s Valley this afternoon to hike along the coast and relax on the unspoilt beaches - enjoying the peace of this scenic hideaway. Later in the afternoon, a short drive takes us to the Storms River near Bloukrans Bridge, further along the renowned Garden Route.
On day five we explore the scenic coastal region of Tsitsikamma National Park. One of South Africa’s natural treasures, the Tsitsikamma National Park incorporates rich marine ecosystems, lush indigenous forests and fynbos-covered hills. While in Tsitsikamma we walk the first stretch of the Otter Trail, one of the most famous hiking trails in the country. Alternatively you can walk along the boardwalks at Storms River Mouth, crossing the suspension bridge along the way.
In the afternoon you are free to join optional adventure activities, including a treetop canopy tour on a zip-line through the forest. Adventure-seekers can bungee jump off the 216m high Bloukraans Bridge (the highest commercial bungee jump in the world) for a full-on adrenalin rush.
On night four and five of our Garden Route Tour we sleep in twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms at a Tsitsikamma hotel, featuring a bar, internet and laundry services.
Our journey through South Africa continues along the Garden Route and into the rustic Eastern Cape Province. Along the way we stop off in Jeffrey's Bay, one of the top surfing spots in Africa. Visit the surfing museum, take a quick surf or sit back and watch the waves with a cup of coffee.
Then we head to a private game farm near Addo Elephant National Park, which is home to one of the densest populations of African elephants in the world. In the afternoon we embark on a game drive in Addo Park in our safari truck.
We stay in permanent tented-rooms at a lodge with internet and laundry services, and a bar.
This morning we set off into the game-rich Addo Elephant Park on foot, to experience the bush and see African wildlife. Walking in the rugged bush is an exhilarating experience as we may come across Africa’s big game, along with other creatures, at any moment.
After our game viewing in malaria-free Addo Park we drive back south to the sunshine coast. You will be dropped off at the airport in Port Elizabeth, where this memorable Budget Garden Route Tour of South Africa comes to an end.
This Accommodated Garden Route Tour is also available in the reverse order starting in Port Elizabeth and ending in Cape Town, as the Garden Route Safari - Southbound.
These budget Garden Route Tours are also available as affordable Camping Tours in both directions. For more info contact African Budget Safaris.
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