A fully-inclusive Adventure Safari to South Africa's Garden Route and beyond. This Garden Route Tour offers something for everyone, especially the adventure-seeker. Enjoy a wide variety of optional activities, including bungee jumping at Bloukrans, diving with great white sharks in Gaansbaai, and skydiving or sandboarding in Mossel Bay, to name a few.
This Garden Route Safari will appeal not only to the adrenalin junkies, but to the nature-lovers and travellers who wish to experience some of the most majestic scenery in South Africa. Travel to top highlights on the Garden Route, visiting beautiful beaches and charming towns that give the Garden Route its distinct flavour. This exciting tour takes you game viewing in the Big Five Addo Elephant Park and also includes the scenic Route 62, Little Karoo, and Overberg mountains!
Join us on a 6-day South African adventure mission to this magnificent part of the world.
Early on Monday morning we set off from the beautiful city of Cape Town travelling via Stellenbosch on the Cape Wine Route, to the coastal town of Hermanus. Following the Scenic Whale Coastal route along the Atlantic Ocean we stop at Betties Bay to see the Colony of endangered African Penguins living there.
You can spend the afternoon exploring the seaside resort town of Hermanus, famous for the hundreds of Southern Right Whales visiting the area during the whale season (July to November). Admire the pretty coast of Hermanus and visit the quaint shops, beach, restaurants and markets. Later in the afternoon we will drive on to the rocky Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of the African continent.
We will visit the View Point at the tip of Africa, considered the true place where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. You will have time to admire the views and take a walk down to the longest white sand beach in the Southern Hemisphere. We overnight at a backpackers in the coastal village of Struisbaai, in the Overberg Region of South Africa.
Please note: If you choose to go shark cage diving (optional extra) the diving operator collects you very early in the morning, and you will miss the tour activities of the morning.
Next, we journey along the charming Route 62 - the longest wine route meandering through South Africa. We make our way into the semi-arid Little Karoo region, where wide skies and open landscapes abound. Today we visit a winery to taste some fine wines with our tasty lunch.
Our next stop is Oudtshoorn, home to so many ostriches that it is said to be the Ostrich Capital of the World. The surrounding farms and historic town of Oudtshoorn form the centre of the ostrich goods industry - providing feathers, meat, leather, eggs and rides on the world's largest bird.
We stop near Oudtshoorn at the famous Cango Caves to explore the vast underground halls and passageways of this extensive cave system. Impressive stalactites and stalagmites decorate the echoing limestone chambers that we visit on our underground adventure tour.
We spend the night in Oudtshoorn, surrounded by the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains
After breakfast we head over the spectacular Outeniqua Mountain Pass to the coast of the Garden Route. Here we will explore Wilderness National Park in canoes. Take an easy paddle up the Touw River through indigenous forest, enjoying the abundance of birdlife.
After about 40 minutes, we stop for a 2 km hike along a boardwalk which takes us to a lovely waterfall and rock pools. After our waterfall walk we canoe back to Wilderness and travel on to the famous town of Knysna, via the spectacular Lake District of the Garden Route. This up-market little town is filled with curios, restaurants and a waterfront, where you will be able to have lunch and do some shopping.
Then we head to the Knysna Heads viewpoint for sweeping views over the Knysna River estuary and Indian Ocean. Later in afternoon you can explore Sedgefield, our next stop, enjoying the mountain views and pretty beaches.
Today we visit Tsitsikamma National Park after breakfast, stopping at Bloukrans Bridge along the way. At Bloukrans we have time to view the world’s highest commercial bungee jump bridge (216 metres) and the adventure seekers among you can even test your courage by taking the plunge.
We spend the afternoon in the Tsitsikamma National Park with its unique combination of indigenous forests, mountains and the rugged Indian Ocean coastline. The area offers a wide choice of activities for all, including long and short hikes, treetop canopy tours, crossing the suspension bridge and swimming. In the late afternoon we leave the charming Garden Route for the Big Five Addo Park and our overnight stay in the area.
On day five we spend the morning exploring Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Our two-to-three hour Addo game drive takes us in search of the Big Five and other wildlife found in this 28 000 hectare National reserve. Addo Park is home to about 600 elephants, as well as Cape buffalo, lion, Black Rhino, Wart Hog, Zebra, Eland, Kudus, Hartbeest and many more wild animals.
After our exciting morning game drive in Addo Park, we drive back to the heart of the Garden Route. Arriving at our overnight backpackers we sit back and sip on sundowners, enjoying the lovely views over Wilderness Beach.
After breakfast at the popular George Farmers’ Market on the Garden Route, we will stop in Mossel Bay to spend some time on the spectacular beaches, hike the Cape St. Blaize trail along the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean, and visit the famous Diaz Museum complex, commemorating the first known European exploration around the tip of Africa. The more adventurous can try a 10,000 foot tandem skydive or go sand boarding on the longest dune in South Africa.
In the early evening we arrive back in the charming town of Stellenbosch and then picturesque Cape Town, bringing South Africa's Garden Route Adventure Safari to a close.
The vehicles used on the South Africa's Garden Route Adventure Safari are air-conditioned and can comfortably seat 8 adults including the driver/guide or 14 adults including the driver/guide. The tour vehicles also have a CD and Mp3 players so you can listen to music on the road.
All vehicles have valid Operating Licences to transport paying customers.
Each accommodation establishment on this Garden Route Adventure Tour has been selected over many years of experience for its cleanliness, unique setting, closeness to nature and great atmosphere whilst remembering the need for home comforts.
Accommodation on the Garden Route Tour is at backpackers in dormitory rooms with shared bathroom facilities, or at guesthouses in en suite rooms. Upgrades to single and double backpacker rooms with shared bathroom facilities and upgrades to backpacker rooms with en-suite bathrooms are available. Guest house upgrades to single, double or twin en-suite rooms are also available at an additional cost. All bedding and towels will be provided on the Garden Route Safari.
Breakfasts and dinners are included on this safari, except for on day five of the tour. Lunches and drinks are not included in the tour price.
All meals on the Garden Route Tour have been well selected and prepared, including traditional South African meals. Breakfast is normally a combination of healthy continental breakfast with fruits, cereals, yoghurt and toast, or cooked breakfasts. Traditional dishes of South Africa have been included on the dinner menu, from potjies (stews) to braais (barbecues).
Please inform us of any special dietary requirements when booking your tour. Vegetarian, gluten-free and lactose-free diets can be accommodated.
The order of this itinerary can change, whereby you visit the same destinations, but in a different order. The alternative tour is the same as above, except that Cape Agulhas and Hermanus are visited at the end, instead of the beginning of the trip.
The variation includes all of the same destinations, highlights and activities shown in the itinerary above and stays at the same accommodation establishments. This alternative itinerary is run to ensure that guests enjoy a more personal and intimate journey. Guests are assigned to one of the travel groups the weekend prior to departure, based on practical considerations.
Should you prefer to take one of the routes in particular, please request your prefered route when you make your booking.
For up-to-date and confirmed pricing info for optional items, please drop us an enquiry.
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