A great 7 day Budget Safari travelling north along the famous Garden Route of South Africa from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth.
Leaving Cape Town we travel into the scenic Cape Winelands region to do some wine tasting and explore the charming town of Stellenbosch. Heading into the semi-arid Karoo we visit an ostrich farm in Oudsthoorn and tour Cango Caves, before driving to the picturesque southern coast. We explore the beautiful coastal areas of Plettenberg Bay, Nature's Valley and the diverse Tsitsikamma National Park, in the heart of the Garden Route. Choose from an array of exciting activities here, including hiking, bungee jumping, kayaking, relaxing on unspoilt beaches and taking a treetop canopy tour.
We then move on to the malaria-free Addo Elephant National Park for some game viewing, before our camping Safari adventure ends in seaside Port Elizabeth.
This Accommodated Overland Safari starts in Cape Town where we join a cultural tour (included in the Activity Package) to gain insight into the local people and history. We set off from the city at 08h00 in smaller tour vehicles with a private tour company, visiting the historic District Six area and then 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 transfer 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, in the semi-arid Small Karoo. If time permits we stop at one of the charming farmstalls along the way and a quirky pub, with the eye-catching name of Ronnie's Sex Shop. The panoramic Route 62 is famous for its quirky farmstalls, local wines and its arts and crafts.
This afternoon we visit an Ostrich farm in the sparsely populated Little Karoo area for a quick tour. Tonight we camp at a resort with shared ablution facilities, a pool and internet.
On day three, 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.
Leaving Oudtshoorn, we return to the coastline of South Africa, driving via spectacular scenery as we cross the majestic Outeniqua Mountains. One of South Africa’s most picturesque areas, the Garden Route is a nature lover's paradise with pretty lagoons, majestic mountains, sandy beaches and rocky coastline, indigenous forests and endemic fynbos. Continuing along the Garden Route, we make our way to the popular seaside resort town of Plettenberg Bay.
We camp at a coastal resort close to Plettenberg Bay, where facilities include shared ablution facilities, 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 take a nature walk 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.
We camp at a lodge in the village of Storms River on night four and five. Facilities include a bar, shared ablutions (hot showers) and internet.
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 rugged 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 make our way to a private game farm near Addo Elephant National Park, home to one of the densest populations of African elephants in the world, as well as many of Africa's big game and marine species. In the afternoon we embark on a game drive in Addo Park, searching out the fascinating wildlife of Africa, in our safari truck. The elevated vantage point of our safari truck offers great views over the surrounding bush and its inhabitants.
Addo Elephant Park hosts many of Africa's big game species, including the Big Five (elephant, 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.
We camp at a lodge with a bar, laundry services, hot showers and internet.
On our final morning we head into the wilderness on foot to get a closer look at the wild flora and fauna of the region. As we walk through the bush with our guide we may encounter all kinds of animals, birds and other creatures, making for an exciting exploration of Greater Addo.
After game viewing in the malaria-free Addo National Park we drive back south to the sunshine coast. Reaching Port Elizabeth in the afternoon this memorable Garden Route Tour of South Africa comes to an end.
This Garden Route Camping Tour is also available in the reverse order starting in Port Elizabeth and ending in Cape Town, as the Garden Route Safari - Southbound.
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