Wonders of the Garden Route 2019 - 8 days
Discover the highlights of the southern coast of South Africa, known as the Garden Route, on this 8 day tour from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town. Visit Knysna Heads and Cango Caves, go wild on safari in Addo, hike in Tsitsikamma, enjoy wine tasting in Stellenbosch, explore rugged Cape Point and more.
Port Elizabeth - Addo National Park. This morning we will discover Route 67 on a walking tour, this routes consists of a series of public art works celebrating the 67 years of public service of the freedom icon, Nelson Mandela, fondly known as Tata Madiba.
In the early afternoon, you will be transferred to Addo National Park. A benchmark conservation success, the park offers a unique wildlife habitat, famous for the Addo elephants and the remaining population of the flightless dung beetle. We spend the afternoon on a game drive in our tour vehicle, in search of elephant, black rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard. Additional game drives conducted in open game-viewer vehicles are available at an extra expense. An evening spent at the floodlit waterhole allows us to watch the nocturnal animals and listen to their calls.
Overnight: Addo Elephant Park | Breakfast
Addo National Park - Tsitsikamma. After breakfast on day 3 our journey takes us to a region of startling beauty along South Africa’s southern coastline, known as the Garden Route. We spend two nights in the Storms River Village, at the heart of the Tsitsikamma Forest. We take a leisurely hike along one of the short trails, which allow you to explore the coastal bush and rocky shoreline. There is also an option to plunge off the world’s highest bungee jump at the Bloukrans River.
Overnight: Tsitsikamma National Park | Breakfast x 2
Tsitsikamma - Knysna - Oudtshoorn. After visiting ‘The Heads’ in Knysna, a town nestled on a tranquil lagoon, we will enjoy an interactive and educational oyster tasting experience. We continue our journey, travelling over the Outeniqua Mountains into the Little Karoo arriving in the town of Oudtshoorn. We take a trip to the famous Cango Caves, with their impressive ancient stalagmites and stalactites before overnighting in the ostrich capital of the world.
Overnight: Oudtshoorn | Breakfast
Oudtshoorn - Stellenbosch - Cape Town. En-route to Cape Town, we visit the pretty university town of Stellenbosch, for wine tasting and a cellar tour. Once in Cape Town the afternoon is at leisure, enjoy sundowners at one of the fabulous beaches or indulge in some last minute shopping at the V&A Waterfront.
The next day we get to explore the many attractions the area has to offer on our Cape Point tour. We travel along the Atlantic Seaboard to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach. Here you have the option to take a boat trip to Seal Island (seasonal and not included in the cost). We carry on over Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve. In the afternoon we travel on to Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach (entrance to Boulders Beach is optional, pay locally).
Overnight: Cape Town | Breakfast x 2
Spend the final day at leisure. Weather dependent there is the chance to take the cable car up Table Mountain and enjoy one last view of the Cape of Good Hope (payable locally) before your transfer to the airport. With so much to see and do in Cape Town we recommend that you extend your stay. Post tour accommodation can be booked upon request.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. Prices shown above are per person travelling. Single travellers will be paired up in tents with another person of the same sex.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
The Kelway Hotel, Port Elizabeth
Elegant in style the overall tone of The Kelway Hotel is warm & inviting. The rooms are comfortable and well appointed.
Addo Elephant Rest Camp , Addo Elephant Park
Offering a wide selection of accommodation, Addo Elephant Rest Camp is a popular spot next to Addo Elephant Park. Guest rooms vary from chalets to rondavels and cottages. All are comfortable with en suite facilities. The unique feature of the camp is the waterhole look out point that is floodlit at night. Sitting here listening and watching is the perfect way to end a busy day on safari. The main Rest Camp in The Addo Elephant Park is situated near Addo and close to the entrance gate.
Tsitsikamma Village Inn, Tsitsikamma National Park
Established in 1946, the Tsitsikamma Village Inn is a village style accommodation close to Tsitsikamma National Park. The 49 guest rooms are all individually decorated in a number of free standing buildings. All are decorated in the colonial style famous on the Garden Route. The Inn is home to the relaxed Hunter's Pub which serves a good range of refreshing beverages. There is also a beautiful outdoor pool - perfect for an early morning dip. This accommodation is well located at the end of the Garden Route, in beautiful Tsitskamma.
Turnberry Boutique Hotel, Oudtshoorn
This charming hotel is situated in the centre of the picturesque Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn. Relax in the comfort of one of the 22 well-appointed bedrooms that are elegantly decorated with soft, neutral colours and are blissfully air-conditioned. They all come with en-suite bathrooms, cosy double beds and wifi. In addition to this, guests, when not in their rooms, can enjoy the local hospitality at the Scottish themed pub. Alternatively visitors can tuck into a traditional South African Braai (barbecue).
The Townhouse, Cape Town
Modern and intimate, the Townhouse is a luxury hotel in the heart of cosmopolitan Cape Town. Guest rooms are all beautifully appointed, have luxury en suite facilities and are provided with Free WiFi. The in house 'Trees' restaurant offers an exciting menu from a Michelin-trained chef. Being in such a great location, why not grab a complimentary walking map and head out to explore Cape Town - right on your doorstep! Well located in down town Cape Town, adjacent to the South African Parliamentary Precinct.