An excellent 7-day Accommodated Budget Safari travelling along the scenic Garden Route and into the Little Karoo of South Africa, beginning in Port Elizabeth and ending in Cape Town.
Starting with game viewing in Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape this affordable Garden Route Tour heads west to the diverse Tsitsikamma National Park on the coast of the beautiful Garden Route. From Tsitsikamma we continue to Nature's Valley and the renowned beach resort town of Plettenberg Bay, where we enjoy optional activities and sandy beaches.
Then we cross the Outeniqua Mountains to visit the famous Cango Caves and an ostrich farm near Oudtshoorn, in the Klein Karoo. Our final overnight stop is in the picturesque Cape Winelands region, where we visit the historic town of Stellenbosch and do some wine tasting, before ending off with a cultural tour in Cape Town.
This Accommodated Garden Route Tour takes you to some of South Africa's most beautiful beaches, a top malaria-free game park and memorable natural sights offering a great mix of optional adventure activities from hiking to bungee jumping - at a great price!
This Garden Route Safari starts in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape Province. The tour group and guides meet up in the afternoon and drive to Addo Elephant Park, in the Sundays River area of South Africa.
Addo is a unique, malaria-free Game Park, providing a haven for one of the world's densest populations of African elephants, hence the name of the national park. Addo Elephant Park also boasts many of Africa's other big game species, including the rest of the Big Five, namely leopard, rhino, lion and buffalo. Other large mammals include the spotted hyena, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, eland and hartebeest, among other antelope species. In addition to the famous land animals, whales and great white sharks can also be seen along the coast and the park is inhabited by the endemic flightless dung beetle.
Addo Park is the third largest national park in the country stretching from the inland Karoo region down to the coast, even including two islands. The islands of Addo host some of the world's largest breeding colonies of African penguins and gannets. Game drives in this 1800km² game park provide a range of exciting wildlife sightings in a rugged African bush environment.
In the late afternoon you have the option of setting off on a sunset game drive in Addo, stopping for sundowners in the bush. Tonight we stay in twin-share, permanent tents with en-suite bathrooms at a safari lodge inside a private game park, near Addo Park.
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.
Early on the morning of day two we set off on a game drive in Addo Elephant National Park, going in search of the Big Five and other wildlife.
After game viewing in Addo, we make our way west to the beautiful Tsitsikamma area of the Garden Route. Along the way we stop at the famous surfing destination of Jeffrey's Bay, known as J'Bay. Then it is on to the Tsitsikamma National Park, which is part of the larger Garden Route National Park, encompassing Knysna Lakes and the Wilderness National Park. The idyllic location of Tsitsikamma Park makes it a diverse and scenic protected area, nestled between the Tsitsikamma Mountains and Indian Ocean.
The park stretches about 80km's along the coastline and includes the belt of sea along its shores for about 5km's out into the ocean, making it one of the largest marine protected areas worldwide. In addition to the rich marine ecosystems protected by the national park, Tsitsikamma also features South Africa's endemic Fynbos biome, as well as indigenous forests. Between the marine habitats, Fynbos covered hills and forested ravines this park provides habitats for a diverse range of birds and animals.
The Otter Trail, one of South Africa's top hiking trails, begins at Storms River in the Tsitsikamma Park. The trail is named after the Cape clawless otter, found in this part of the southern Cape of South Africa. On day three we walk the first section of this incredibly scenic and challenging trail along the rocky coast, hiking to a waterfall and back.
Alternatively you can take it easy; going for a swim, walking along the beach and in the indigenous forests, crossing the Storm's River suspension bridge and exploring Storms River village. In the afternoon there is the option of doing a treetop canopy tour, viewing the forest from a zip-line up in the branches.
We stay in en-suite rooms at an inn or guest house in Tsitsikamma Village. Facilities here include a bar, internet, laundry and drinkable water.
This morning we travel to the pretty seaside village of Nature’s Valley, where you can unwind on the beach or go hiking along the coast.
A short drive further westwards along the Garden Route brings us to the popular beach resort town of Plettenberg Bay, known for its stunning Blue Flag beaches. There are plenty of optional activities to enjoy in and around Plett, as locals call it. Your guide helps with planning and booking activities to ensure that you get the most out of today.
The safari truck will travel between selected points of interest on a set schedule providing you with the freedom to join or leave activities as you choose. At the end of the day we meet up on a pretty beach of the Keurbooms Lagoon and this evening we celebrate our adventures with an optional meal out in Plettenberg Bay.
Tonight we stay in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms (hot showers) at a lodge with a swimming pool, near Plettenberg Bay.
On the morning of day five, you can join an outdoor activity or relax on the beach in Plettenberg Bay. Whale watching safaris are a highlight in Plett, which is a whale watching hot spot in season (July to October).
Next, our Budget Garden Route Tour travels inland, taking us over breathtaking mountain passes of the Outeniqua Mountains; which separate the coast from the semi-arid Klein (Small) Karoo region. Leaving the green belt along the ocean we make our way to Oudtshoorn, a historic Karoo town and popular tourist destination. This town's popularity is due to two major attractions - the Cango Caves and the ostrich farms.
Arriving in the Oudtshoorn area we make our way to the Cango Caves. This underground cave network is made up of a grand complex of interconnected caverns and passageways. We take a tour of the caves to see the magnificent stalagmites and stalactites in the large limestone caves.
Our overnight stay in Oudtshoorn is at a resort with a pool, internet, drinkable water and en-suite rooms (with hot showers).
Before continuing our journey today we take a guided tour of an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn to see the world's largest bird up close. Oudtshoorn's ostrich industry is huge - this is the ideal place to see plenty of these big flightless birds and buy all kinds of ostrich-related souvenirs from ostrich feathers to eggs and biltong.
Then we drive along the well-known Route 62, passing through the barren Klein Karoo on our way to Somerset West in the Cape Wine Region. Along the way we stop to sample the homemade confectionaries and baked goods, and browse or buy local arts and crafts, at one of the many quaint and unique farmstalls along the Route 62. One of our colourful stops is at a quirky bar, with an eye-catching name - Ronnie's Sex Shop - which is actually just a country pub.
We overnight in en-suite rooms at a Cape Winelands hotel, with a swimming pool, bar, internet and laundry. In the evening you are free to relax at the hotel or eat out with your fellow travel companions.
After a leisurely breakfast, we travel to Stellenbosch, in the heart of the Western Cape’s Wine Region. This is the second oldest European-established town in South Africa, home to one of the country's leading universities. Arriving in the historic town we explore the leafy streets on foot to see the monuments, museums, art galleries and cafes that give the town its charm.
After walking around Stellies, as locals call it, we pop in at a local wine estate to sample some fine wines and cheeses (included in Activity Package). Then we make our way towards the famous Table Mountain and Cape Town. Completing the last leg of our budget Garden Route Tour through South Africa, our memorable journey ends in the beautiful city of Cape Town.
Those joining the Cape Town cultural tour (included in Activity Package) will set off in a smaller tour vehicle to explore the historic area of District Six, before heading to the informal settlements (townships) of Langa and Khayelitsha to see how many South Africans live.
This Southbound Accommodated Garden Route Tour is also available in the reverse order as the Garden Route Tour - Northbound starting in Cape Town and ending in Port Elizabeth.
These Accommodated Garden Route Tours are also available as affordable Camping Tours along the Garden Route, travelling in both directions. For more info contact African Budget Safaris.
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