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 via the famous Cape Winelands to the beautiful Cape Whale Route where we visit the African penguin colony of Stony Point. Then we taste wine and chocolate in Betty's Bay before continuing to Hermanus, the top whale watching hotspot in South Africa. Heading into the semi-arid Karoo we visit Oudtshoorn and the 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.
Our first stop on the Cape Whale Route is Stony Point Nature Reserve, near the small coastal town of Betty's Bay. At Stony Point, we get to see one of the world's largest breeding colonies of African Penguins and endangered cormorant species. Then you are treated to a Chocolate & Wine Tasting in Betty's Bay to sample the decadent delights of the Western Cape region.
Arriving at today's destination, Hermanus, we may spot southern right whales frolicking in the waves during whale watching season (between July and November). In the evening, you can enjoy an optional dinner out in Hermanus. We overnight in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms at a beachfront hotel with ocean views.
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 over the Hottentots-Holland Mountains. We drive along the famous Route 62 towards the town of Oudtshoorn, in the semi-arid Small Karoo. Oudtshoorn is famous for its ostriches, being named the 'ostrich capital' of the country so keep an eye out for the largest birds in the world.
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.
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 head to the charming coastal village of Wilderness where we overnight at a resort. Accommodation is in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms and facilities include a pool, bar, restaurant and internet.
Spend the morning enjoying the beautiful beaches of Plett, as the seaside resort town of Plettenberg Bay is known locally.
From Plett, the choice is yours - pick an optional adventure activity or head to Nature's Valley. Your guide can help you to organise optional activities and the safari truck moves between selected points on a set schedule to enable you to move between highlights. Options include sea kayaking, ocean safaris and bird or animal sanctuary visits.
In the afternoon you can go to Nature’s Valley 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 Tsitsikamma area near Bloukrans Bridge, further east on the renowned Garden Route. 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.
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. We also walk to the Big Tree, an eight-hundred-year-old yellowwood in the indigenous forest of Tsitsikamma. Alternatively, you can take a more gentle walk along the boardwalks at Storms River Mouth, crossing the suspension bridge along the way.
This afternoon, after our beautiful hike we embark on a tour called the Woodcutters Journey (included in Activity Package). This interesting journey reveals more about the indigenous flora and fauna of this rich ecosystem, as well as the local history of the Tsitsikamma area. Alternatively, you can do a treetop canopy tour (optional extra) in the indigenous forests of Tsitsikamma.
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 south to the sunshine coast. Reaching Port Elizabeth in the afternoon this memorable Garden Route Tour of South Africa comes to an end. You will be dropped off at your post-tour accommodation (can be booked through us) or the airport in Port Elizabeth.
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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