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3 Day Garden Route's Best Highlights with Safari from Cape Town

Duration: 3 days
Destination: South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town

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  • 3 days
  • Cape Town
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


Spend three days exploring South Africa’s famed Garden Route from Cape Town.  This fast paced tour focus on visiting a vast variety of highlights along the Garden Route - in total you'll cover about 1200 kilometres (about 4 to 6 hours driving per day). Explore this piece of paradise on the southeastern coast of South Africa where many adventures awaits.. canoe along a calm river in the Wilderness area, keeping an eye out for the abundant birdlife. Explore the Cango Caves, and enjoy an included 4x4 safari with a game ranger as you set out to spot some members of Africa’s Big Five, and connect with closely with nature in a private game reserve.

This action-packed itinerary is ideal for the young at heart with the option to join optional activities scheduled for even more fun: eg. Observe orphaned elephants as they roam freely in a natural bushvelt habitat, and face your fears if you choose to partake in the optional world’s highest bridge bungy jump.


Day 1: Cape Town - Oudtshoorn

Stop At: The Cango Caves, 328 Approximately 30km (19 miles) from town on the R, Oudtshoorn 6625 South Africa
Begin your 3-day packed and fast-paced journey along the Garden Route from Cape Town with a drive on South Africa’s scenic Route 62. If your focus is to see as much as possible in 3 days, this this adventure is for you... Admire the diverse landscapes along the coast, in lush nature reserves and in the desert area of the Klein Karoo.

( Travel route today: about 450km / 6 hours )

After a pickup - usually between about 6am to 8am subject to your pickup address - you'll travel inland by mini coach van. Gaze out at the scenery along Route 62, one of the most dramatic roads in South Africa, that meanders through the desert region of Klein Karoo to reach Oudtshoorn.

Enjoy a visit to Cango Caves for a tour into the depths of the caves and wander along the subterranean pathways, admiring towering stalactite and stalagmite formations. your evening is then spent at your leisure, perhaps discovering the nightlife and restaurants of Oudtshoorn.

Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight: Saver/dorm stay > Uthando Backpackers,
4 star Luxury stay > Hlangana Lodge or similar

Day 2: Oudtshoorn - Sedgefield

Stop At: Buffelsdrift Game Lodge - Activities, Cango Caves Road, Oudtshoorn 6620 South Africa
(Travel route today: about 350km / 4 hours)
Check out of your Oudtshoorn accommodation in the morning, and take part in an optional orphaned "elephant observation in nature’’ experience (at own expense) at a nearby reserve as you observe and follow elephant guides alongside these gentle giants in their natural bushvelt environment. Their parents were poached in the Kruger National Park, and in efforts to keep this family together; the herd was hand-reared and now roam in the vast Cango Valley at the Buffelsdrift Private Game Reserve. Visitors are welcome to observe and experience these loveable creatures’ caring nature in the wild Karoo setting from a reasonable distance under the guidance of their human caregivers and guides. Journey onwards to the next stop.
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Kaaiman's River, Wilderness South Africa
Leave the area and resume the journey along Route 62 to the region, roughly an hour away. Take to the water on an easy canoe ride (no training needed) with a local guide, and paddle along a calm river that winds its way through lush forests... Indigenous forests and campgrounds line the river bank and it’s not until you stop paddling and let the gentle current guide you, that the abundance of birdlife becomes apparent.
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Bloukrans Bridge, N2, Tsitsikamma National Park South Africa
Relax on a scenic coastal drive, enjoying views of Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley, and prepare for the adrenaline-rushing view that lies ahead: one of the world’s highest bungee sites at Bloukrans Bridge. Standing 709 feet (216 meters) above the Bloukrans River, the bridge is the perfect place to face your fears with an optional bungee jump! The thrills don’t start when you jump, they begin as you zip line your way out to the jumping platform underneath the colossal bridge. If it’s not for you, get your adrenaline fix by watching the jumpers bounce through the air and then rather do a relaxing walk in the nearby Tsitsikamma forest area. The duration of the bungy jump activity can vary subject to group size and how busy it is.
Duration: 3 hours

Pass By: Sedgefield Lagoon Mouth, 69 Kingfisher Drive Myoli Beach, Sedgefield, Knysna 6573 South Africa
Then, travel to the coastal town of Sedgefield, Wilderness to check in to your overnight accommodation and spend the evening at leisure. If time allows and the sun is still out, go for a dip in the Indian Ocean and watch the sun slip beneath the waves, or perhaps take an stroll along the beach— a sweep of white sand known as one of the most beautiful spots along the Garden Route.

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight stay:
Saver/dorm > Pili Pili Backpackers,
4 star Luxury > Dolphin Dunes guesthouse or similar

Day 3: Sedgefield – Cape Town

Stop At: Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, Gonnakraal Road, Little Brak River, 6503, South Africa
(Travel route today: about 450km / 6 hours - excluding game drive)
Leave your accommodation in the morning, and start the journey back to Cape Town. Enjoy your last day of adventure with an included game drive by 4x4 vehicle to see and search for some members of the Big Five animals. This 2-hour safari drive activity focus on spotting wildlife in Botlierskop Game Reserve's camps. Look out for African elephants, Cape buffaloes, lions and rhinos... giraffes, antelopes, zebras and wildebeests are just some of wide range of animals you may see as well. Your game ranger will use their local knowledge to track the wildlife through this coastal renosterveldt and Cape fynbos, keeping an eye out for animal tracks while sharing share stories about the animals you find and also fun facts about the plants of the region.
After lunch it’s back to the minivan to journey onwards and reach Cape Town by early evening (from 6pm to ± 9pm) to conclude this epic adventure.

Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:

No accommodation included on this day.

  • Hotel pickup within 10km radius of Cape Town central or Stellenbosch town
  • Transport by air-conditioned mini coach & English speaking guide
  • 4x4 Game drive safari shared with group
  • Kayak in Wilderness region shared with group
  • Accommodation for 2 nights
  • A portion of your trip fee is donated to help fund 2Cchange non-profit local charity projects
  • Drop-off after tour to your original pickup location
  • 2x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 2 nights
  • Entry/Admission - The Cango Caves
  • Entry/Admission - Kaaiman's River
  • Entry/Admission - Botlierskop Private Game Reserve

  • Some meals and drinks if not mentioned inclusions. Time is available to buy and enjoy meals on tour.
  • Optional Bungy jump + Zipline shared activity (about R1700)
  • Optional Elephant Observation in Nature shared activity (about R650 )
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Note that this tour has a packed pace with many activities and stops a day. It is advised to book a longer or private Garden Route tour if you prefer to have a more relaxed journey.
  • Minimum age is 8 years. Children from 8 to 18 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult, legal guardian or parent and cannot stay in dorm rooms.
  • According to availability, the itinerary can run in reverse or different route.
  • Daily drive time: about 4 to 6 hours / in total 1200 km distance route. This packed, fast-paced itinerary is filled with many of the best highlights of the region and ideal for the young-at-heart traveller that wants to explore this vast region with limited time available.
  • Personal comprehensive travel insurance is excluded and recommended
  • The tour operator already pre-booked space at all optional activities for the group and you can simply decide on the first day of the tour if you'll partake. Optional activities can only be paid on the tour directly to the supplier. Bungy jump optional activity waiting time can vary from 1 to 2 hours and is subject to group size and how busy it is during the time visited. Optional activities are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed.
  • According to availability at time of booking, accommodation will be in the mentioned hotel or in one of a similar standard and star rating in a similar area. Sedgefield accommodation will occasionally be sold out and then your accommodation will be in nearby town of Wilderness or Knysna.
  • Some meals and drinks are not included on most tours; giving the ideal opportunity to experience typical South African meals (or your own preference) at local restaurants, shops or eating spots. Do check your tour's specific included and excluded section to verify the included meals for your tour package. You'll have free time scheduled daily to buy and enjoy meals. – Breakfast is mostly enjoyed at the accommodation's breakfast room/restaurant in the morning. Bed & Breakfast multi-day packages include breakfast for each overnight stay. – Lunch will be en-route with limited time & limited options to choose from. – Dinner-time during multi-day tours is scheduled in free-time after each day’s tour schedule. You can dine out at leisure; or book meals with your guide at the overnight accommodation that day. Your guide can recommend the best local restaurants, or most backpackers even have communal kitchens to prepare your own food - should you wish to buy the ingredients after the tour to prepare your own meals.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick-up included from any hotel, guesthouse, backpackers or street address within 10km radius of Cape Town or Stellenbosch central. If your hotel is not listed, simply select "my hotel is not listed" on the drop-down menu and message us your preferred pickup address for consideration.

Departure Time

Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.
Luxury Stay Join Group
1/16/2024 - 4/7/2025

Friday : 06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Luxury Stay + Private Transfer
10/18/2023 - 4/7/2025
Monday : 06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Tuesday : 06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Wednesday : 06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Thursday : 06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Saturday : 06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Sunday : 06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Start Luxury Stay- Join Group
8/16/2023 - 4/7/2025
Tuesday : 06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Saturday : 06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Backpack Dorm Stay- Join Group
1/1/2024 - 4/7/2025
Friday : 06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Backpack Own Room Stay -Group
1/16/2024 - 4/7/2025
Friday : 06:00 AM - 07:00 AM

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3 days

User's Reviews


08 Apr, 2024

It was a lovely there days with our Guide Denver. He always made sure we were good and was very knowledable. He told us a lot about the Country and the Places we were visiting. 10/10 Would recommend!.


08 Apr, 2024

We had the most amazing 3 days with Denver as our guide. He made sure we had the best experience possible, took us to the doctor, got us a private room etc. He knows a lot about the country and people which made the whole tour very interesting and informative. Thank you very much and keep up your great work with nice tours that feel a bit like a roadtrip with friends


31 Mar, 2024

We waited for over an hour for two guests who weren’t ready because the company instructed the driver to hold back the other 10 guests to wait for the two late guests. This made us late for the day’s events. It also created an atmosphere where the other guests would make inconsiderate demands like requesting unique drop offs and pick ups at various times and places rather than stick to the itinerary of the trip. Price does not include the majority of activities. After being taken to various activity locations- still need to pay to participate. Price is primarily for the days of driving around and staying at a hostel. Might be more cost effective and time efficient to organize your own trip with friends/family rather than rely on this service.


15 Mar, 2024

Fantastic tour! Nev took such good care of us and was so well informed. The trip was wonderfully planned out and we had a great time!! Highly recommend going with Hotspots2c


11 Mar, 2024

We had such a good time on our 3 day safari. Our guide Nev was so knowledgable and informative and delivered the tour very professionally, he was very patient with the group and added so much value to the whole experience. The tour bus was a bit to small and quite uncomfortable, but Nev gave us such a good commentary and played very relaxing music when he wasn’t talking which really helped. The activities were really good fun and Nev was so flexible with timings.

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