The Tsitsikamma National Park in South Africa is characterised by dramatic coastal scenery
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Wonders of the Garden Route - 8 days map

SMALL GROUP ACCOMMODATED SAFARI :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.

Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

Cape Town - explore the tip of the African continent on a Cape Point tour, visiting Hout Bay, Chapman's Peak and the penguin colony at Boulder's Beach
Port Elizabeth - discover Route 67 on a walking tour to see the public artwork displays celebrating Nelson Mandela
Knysna - see the famous 'Heads' rock formations and taste delicious local oysters in the attractive town
Addo Elephant Park - enjoy a game drive in search of elephants, lions, buffalo, leopards and more, and opt to book extra game drives if you wish
Tsitsikamma National Park - spend two nights in the stunning Tsitsikamma Forest, hiking along the coast and admiring the shoreline
Oudtshoorn - marvel at the stalagmites and stalactites of the Cango Caves and spend the night in the ostrich capital of the world


7 breakfasts
Transportation in a suitable touring vehicle according to group size (Toyota Quantum, Mercedes Benz Sprinter, Vito or other appropriate vehicle)
Addo Elephant Park - Explore the park on an exciting game drive (option to book additional game drives in open 4x4 vehicles)
Stellenbosch - Try some delicious local wine on a wine tasting and cellar tour
Port Elizabeth - Explore Route 67 on a walking tour, a series of art works celebrating Nelson Mandela's 67 years of public service
7 nights mid range lodges and chalets
Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 8
Oudtshoorn - Explore the Precambrian limestone Cango Caves
Cape Town - Enjoy a Cape Point Tour

Not Included

Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
International flights and visas
Optional activities


Day 1

Port Elizabeth

Welcome to South Africa. Upon arrival in Port Elizabeth you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this pretty city by the sea.
Overnight: Port Elizabeth

Day 2

Port Elizabeth to Addo

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

Days 3-4

Tsitsikamma National Park

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

Day 5

Knysna & Oudtshoorn

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

Days 6-7

Cape Point Tour

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 'Mother City' has to offer on a Cape Point tour.
Overnight: Cape Town  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 8

Cape Town

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 are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. This safari has a maximum group size of 12. The 'Twin Share' price is per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. The 'Single Room' price is applicable to all solo travellers, or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room. Single Rooms can also be booked by any other person wanting the comfort and privacy of their own room.

Guaranteed Departure


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.

The Kelway Hotel, Port Elizabeth

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The elegant timber-structured Kelway Hotel is warm & inviting, located just 5 minutes from some of the best beaches in Port Elizabeth and conveniently close to the airport. The rooms are comfortable and well-appointed, with ensuite bathrooms, TV, air-conditioning, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Dining is in the onsite restaurant and the wine bar has a 10 yards glass wall offering sweeping vistas of the bay. Eagle-eyed guests can search for whales and dolphins in Nelson Mandela Bay from the hotel's plunge pool.

Addo Elephant Rest Camp , Addo Elephant Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

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

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

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.

The Townhouse, Cape Town

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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.

In Brief

Port Elizabeth
Cape Town
Throughout the year
Hotel Rating
Mid Range Lodges and Hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Breakfast: 7
The beach and edge of the city at Port Elizabeth
Suspension bridge over Storm River Mouth at Tsitsikamma National Park
Baby ostriches walking together in Oudtshoorn
Grassy plains with mountain in the background in Stellenbosch

Extra Tour Info

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2nd January 2020

The booking process with On The Go Tours was easy and all queries responded too quickly. This tour joined into a longer tour, but the group were all very welcoming and it was a pleasure to share the tour with them. Todd and Rodney were a great team and were more like members of the group than tour leader and driver, they both had tremendous knowledge of the country. I chose the tour because if the itinerary and it did not disappoint.

Claire Haynes
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