Cape Town, South Africa

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Time5 days (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English

Overview

See the best of South Africa’s scenic Garden Route — with visits to Addo Elephant National Park, Wilderness National Park, Jeffreys Bay and Oudtshoorn — during this 5-day trip from Cape Town. Join your expert guide on hikes through lush forests and canoe rides through picture-perfect water. Visit nature reserves to see some of Africa’s endangered species. Kick back and soak in the sun on soft, sandy beaches. This tour offers the perfect mix of guided and self-directed activities.
  • 5-day tour of South Africa's Garden Route from Cape Town
  • See magnificent landscapes while hiking in Tsitsikamma National Park and and canoeing in Wilderness National Park
  • Walk to lookout points around the Knysna Heads and snap photos of the breathtaking views
  • Swim, surf or stroll along the famous beaches in Jeffreys Bay, one of the world’s best surfing spots!
  • Get close to elephants, big cats and other wildlife at Addo Elephant National Park and several other wildlife reserves
  • Check out a working ostrich farm
  • Try extra activities (own expense) such as bungee jumping, a Big Five game drive and ziplining
Take a 5-day tour of South Africa’s famous Garden Route to see some of the country’s most beautiful scenery and a few endangered animal species, and to get your blood pumping with some extreme adventures — at your discretion, of course.
During your 5-day trip, you’ll see three national parks, several wildlife reserves and the popular surfing beaches around Jeffreys Bay. Get up close to animals like elephants, lions, and ostriches. Hike through old-growth forests to access stunning views. Canoe or swim in rivers and the ocean.
This tour includes round-trip transportation via deluxe minicoach, four nights of lodging in budget accommodation or 3-star hotels and guided tours at many attractions. Some meals are included. For others, feel free to ask your guide for advice on places to eat (own expense). Your guide also offers helpful information and context for the sights you’ll visit and the wildlife you may see. Consult the itinerary section below for more details about what to expect each day on this trip.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cape Town – Wilderness National Park – Wilderness
After pickup from your Cape Town hotel, you’ll travel in a comfortable minicoach for approximately five hours, with lunch and plenty of rest stops along the way. Your friendly guide will answer any questions you may have about your 5-day Garden Route tour, a route filled with outdoor adventures and wildlife encounters in gorgeous and varied landscapes.

You’ll head down the road to Wilderness National Park. Take to the water on a 2-hour canoe ride with a professional guide, paddling on a calm river that winds through lush forests and mountains. After gliding through this paradise, you’ll hop back in your van for a 30-minute drive to your hotel for the night. Have the evening at your leisure to rest and enjoy the ambiance of the South African coast.

Overnight: 4-Star or 3-Star Guest House B&B or Backpackers budget accommodation option in the Wilderness area

Day 2: Knysna – Tsitsikamma – Jeffreys Bay
Have breakfast at your accommodation and then drive to the lively town of Knysna. Your guide will take you on an easy walk to the Knysna Heads, two eye-catching sandstone cliffs that flank the mouth of the Knysna lagoon. Snap photos of the stunning views from the lookout points along the path. Then you’ll re-board the minicoach for an hour’s drive to the world’s highest bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge.

Standing 709 feet (216 meters) above the Bloukrans River, the arch bridge is the ideal place to bungee jump! If you don’t want to participate in this optional activity (own expense), you can enjoy vicarious thrills by watching the bungee jumpers take the plunge. Once you catch your breath, enjoy lunch at the jump site.

After lunch, a short 30-minute drive brings you to the spectacular Tsitsikamma National Park where you’ll take a 2-hour guided walk along shady forest paths set against a dramatic coastal landscape. After the walk, you’ll have the option to do a waterfall zipline (own expense) across the nearby Kruis River. The eight ziplines--the longest is 692 feet (211 meters)--zigzag across the river gorge, in some places as high as 164 feet (50 meters) above the water!

When you have finished exploring Tsitsikamma National Park, you'll continue one hour by minicoach to Jeffreys Bay--also known as J-bay--famous for its beaches, marine life and for being one of the world’s top surfing spots. You’ll have the evening to spend at your leisure and enjoy the atmosphere of Jeffreys Bay.

Overnight: 4-Star or 3-Star Guest House B&B or Backpackers budget accommodation option in Jeffreys Bay

Day 3: Jeffreys Bay – Addo Elephant National Park – Jeffreys Bay
Get an early morning start for a day trip to Addo Elephant National Park, the third largest national park in South Africa. It's home to over 550 elephants, lions, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species, and the Addo flightless dung beetle. The park is notable for having the largest remaining population of wild elephants on the planet.

You’ll start the day with a safari tour in your minicoach, with knowledgeable park guides along to spot elephants and explain their behavior and habits. You may get lucky and see buffalo and other big animals, and witness the dung beetles keeping the park tidy! You can also hop aboard an additional 4x4 Addo safari (own expense) for further game spotting with a park ranger.

In the afternoon, you’ll return to Jeffreys Bay and have time to relax on the beach. You can try surfing (own expense) in one of the world's most famous surf spots! You can also check out the Billabong, Rip Curl and Quicksilver factory shops in town for excellent deals on surf gear and beach clothing.

Overnight: 4-Star or 3-Star Guest House B&B or Backpackers budget accommodation option in Jeffreys Bay

Day 4: Jeffreys Bay – Oudtshoorn

After breakfast, you’ll travel approximately four hours on the famous Route 62 to get to Oudtshoorn, where ostriches have been raised on farms for more than a century. You’ll visit a working ostrich farm where you learn about these fascinating flightless birds – the heaviest fowl in the world – and see their enormous eggs and nests.

After getting familiar with the ostriches, you’ll drive to the nearby Cango Caves. Located in a limestone ridge parallel to the picturesque Swartberg mountains, the caves include over 2.5 miles (4 km) of dripstone caverns, with vast halls and towering formations of stalactites and stalagmites. You’ll walk through some of this subterranean wonderland with your guide on a 2-hour tour of the caves.

You’ll have the evening to spend at leisure in Oudtshoorn. As you explore the town, note the grand houses that were built in the late 1800s when the booming ostrich feather trade brought riches to the area's 'feather barons.'

Overnight: 4-Star or 3-Star Guest House B&B or Backpackers budget accommodation option in Oudshoorn


Day 5: Oudtshoorn – Cape Town
After breakfast, you’ll have the option to take part in a 45-minute ‘meet the elephants’ experience (own expense). You can also feed and interact with these huge noble creatures and learn about orphaned elephants.

Return to the wild for an optional morning bush game drive (at own expense).  Spot wildlife from the safety of a 4x4 vehicle in their natural habitat on a malaria-free private game reserve. Led by an experienced game ranger you’ll search for animals rarely seen in Addo - including Hippo, Giraffe, Rhino and Springbok to name a few. 

After spending the morning with the wildlife, you can relax in the minicoach as you return to Cape Town along Route 62, ,the world's longest wine route. You’ll pass through breathtaking scenery and have plenty of rest stops, including a stop for a splash of wine tasting before reaching Cape Town in the evening to end your tour.

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D
, May 2018

Quality trip!! Did so much in a short space of time.

m
, Mar 2018

With a multiple day tour, the guide made the tour. Our guide, Uriel, from HotSpot2C, certainly made the tour! He was courteous, considerate, and went over and above to make our experience a pleasant and memorable one. All the optional activities were excellent and we thoroughly enjoy our time! Thank you Uriel!

R
, Nov 2017

Hands down this was the best tour I have ever been on. Isaac the guide was brilliant, a true highlight of the trip. The elephant walk at Buffelsdrift was one of the best activities I have ever done. I opted for the 4 star accommodation which was absolutely stunning (esp. Dover bay guesthouse).

R
, Nov 2017

The best of the best, new vehicle with AC, loved our guide Isaq he was amazing v.informative and cooperative, amazing sceneries and stop points! Schedule exactly as written on the site and the activities were amazing (bunji jumping, ziplining, canoeing, safari..) 4* accommodations were spectacular

E
, Sep 2017

We don't usually make organized tour, but this one was really fantastic! In five days we cover a lot of ground and were able to see much more of South Africa than it would be possible on our own. Xenny, our guide, was fun and at the same time very professional and punctual. The tour was really above our expectations and we will highly recommend it to our friends and relatives.

c
, Aug 2017

This trip was first rate in every respect. The tour included plenty of activity, as well as spectacular viewing of animals and terrain. Most especially, our guide was as good as any I have ever had. He was knowledgeable, humorous, patient, and very concerned for all members of the party, their comfort, and enjoyment. Across the board I cannot imagine any aspect of this trip that I would have changed. Thank you for a wonderful South Africa experience!

I
, Aug 2017

Long drive, but good tour. We stopped at the most delicious bakery Ou Mel on the way splurge here. Drove through beautiful S. African country and farms. Canoeing was nice. Overnight stays were well organized. At the Tsitsikamma National park the hike was really good, the food at the restaurant was awful. They served us stale,smelly, thawed that's what they said seafood at the beach!,when we returned our plates, and asked for a substitute instead, they gave us one partial plate of calamari!!!! Word to the wise, don't order seafood here or anywhere on this tour. People are really good at their pastries and cheeses, but cannot cook good food, especially fish. Eat at George's taverna in town. Nice place, great food. Skip the expensive Kitchen windows. Saw a lot of Elephants, but no cats. Congo caves was nice.

c
, Jul 2017

The 5 day Garden Tour was wonderful. Our multi-national, multi-age tour group meshed well, was relaxed and fun all the way through. The accommodations were excellent with lovely rooms and terrific food. Our phenomenal tour guide, Maudi, was organized, knowledgeable, patient and fun. I feel very fortunate to have had his expertise in the whole process. I can't imagine how the tour could have been managed in a more professional manner. Each experience from observing the animals, viewing such beautiful landscapes and making new friends was terrific. Overall, the trip to South Africa was spectacular.

R
, Jun 2017

The trip was amazing and a great way to see loads of places in a short space of time my friend tells me we would have driven over 2000km on the round trip!. It was all extremely well-organised, including visits to lots of well-known places along the route as well as a few added extras.

The guides were very friendly and knowledgeable- it was clear that my particular driver there were 3 minibuses doing the same trip was well-known and well-loved and respected at places we stopped along the way. The minibus was clean and comfortable and our guide was really accommodating of all of us, whether it was supporting dietary requirements, organising drop-offs, stopping for toilet breaks on request, organising meals both those included in the trip and those that were not or efficiently organising the included and additional activities.

I would recommend them to anyone who wants a quick, convenient and quite personal way to see parts of South Africa!

j
, Jun 2017

The first and last days and accommodations where outstanding, I would love to spend two nights on both instead of driving to Jeffreys Bay. Unless you are a surfer there's not as beautiful as Wilderness or the Buffelsdrift Game Lodge. Even Addo National Park was not a good experience since you do it in the van instead of a 4x4 open car. In addition to that the knowledge of the driver is nos as good as the people that works in the park. It is so big that we saw just few animals and they where far away. I will skip the Big Tree stop as well, nothing impactful about it. In other words I'll redesign the tour lol. Special point to the Hotel at Wilderness Beach Villas and Buffelsdrift, both where amazing. Gigi our driver was great as well.


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