5 Day Garden Route and Addo Safari - Best of South Africa Small Group Tour

Duration: 5 days
Destination: South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town
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  • 5 days
  • Cape Town
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Overview

Discover the highlights of South Africa’s legendary Garden Route – including Addo Elephant National Park, Jeffreys Bay, Wilderness and Oudtshoorn – on a 5-day tour from Cape Town. You’ll explore this coastal paradise with an experienced guide: hike in old-growth forests, see endangered animals in wildlife reserves, canoe through pristine waters and relax on white-sand beaches. A combination of guided tours and optional activities allows you to tailor this trip to your taste for adventure. Try extra activities (own expense) such as bungee jumping, a 4x4 game drive, and ziplining

Itinerary

Day 1: Cape Town - Route 62 - Oudtshoorn

Stop At: Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, Dumbleton Road, Knysna 6571 South Africa
Start with a morning pickup transfer service (start between about 6am to 8am - subject to selected pickup address and pickup route) from your accommodation in Cape Town to reach the Garden Route area by afternoon.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Ashton Winery, Main Road Route 62, Ashton 6715 South Africa
Early morning pick up from your accommodation in Cape Town CBD or Stellenbosch (usually between 6 to 8am, subject to traffic and your drop-off address.) You can receive your pickup time a day before.

Start this epic road trip journeying along the ever-changing scenery on your first day’s drive from Cape Town to the Southern Cape. Wind your way through mountain passes and get ready for the Route 62, modelled after famous America’s Route 66, but with a distinctly local flavour and known as the longest wine route in the world. The Route 62 is more than just a leisurely drive – showcasing local culture, food, larger-than-life local characters and world-class wines. Wine lovers will be in their element with a Wine Tasting pit stop to sample some of the local produce about midway to your overnight stop.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Buffelsdrift Game Lodge - Activities, Cango Caves Road, Oudtshoorn 6620 South Africa
Complete the day with a journey through the landscape of rugged plains and towering cliffs to reach Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world, situated in the semi-desert Klein Karoo. Those seeking a close encounter with Mother Nature can join rangers on an optional Elephant Educational Bush Walk at the Buffelsdrift private game reserve. Follow these three rescued elephants; Jabari, Malaika and Bulelo, as they walk to the waterhole. These gentle giants were orphaned when their parents were poached in the north of South Africa. In efforts to keep the family together, they were transferred to Buffelsdrift, bringing their boisterous personalities with them. You are free to take pictures from a distance and can ask the rangers as many questions as you wish as you walk in their massive footsteps.
Duration: 45 minutes

Pass By: Oudtshoorn, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape
You’ll spend the evening here at leisure in this countryside town of Oudtshoorn. Your guide can help you book a restaurant or join the backpacker's group to taste local delights, such as ostrich "sosaties" (kebabs) and "pot brood" (bread cooked on open flames) at this optional 'braai' barbecue experience at extra cost. Enjoy a peaceful evening relaxing at your accommodation around a crackling fire or under the vast twinkling starry night sky.

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight Oudtshoorn: Saver Uthando Backpackers, 3* Comfort 88 Baron van Reede guest house, 4* Deluxe Buffelsdrift Lodge

Day 2: Oudtshoorn - Addo

Stop At: Cango Ostrich Show Farm, 1954 R328 1954 R328, Oudtshoorn 6620 South Africa
Wake up in Oudsthoorn, where the ostrich reigns supreme. If you haven’t picked it up from the bird-filled paddocks and farms lining the highway or the colourful feather stalls on the way to town centre, you will from the many show farm signs and the palatial sandstone homesteads that hark back to an era when ostrich feathers were worth more than gold. The Cango Ostrich Show Farm gives you a glimpse into the farming industry, allowing you to observe the world’s biggest bird beak-to-beak and test the toughness of the shells.
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: The Cango Caves, 328 Approximately 30km (19 miles) from town on the R, Oudtshoorn 6625 South Africa
Head to the mountains to delve deep underground to the magical Cango Caves’ limestone chambers, alive with drip formation stalactites and stalagmites and remnants of Khoikhoi paintings. Opt for the easy-going Heritage Tour to test the cave’s acoustics and gain insights your guide provides into the formation and dripstone evolution. By contrast, the Adventure Tour (if available) allows would-be contortionists to squeeze, twist and wiggle their way through limestone chimneys on a rather more adventurous underground route.
Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Addo, Addo, Sundays River Valley, Greater Addo, Eastern Cape
As you journey to the world-renowned Greater Addo Region the dusty plains of the Klein Karoo morphs into a greener horizon. This small citrus farming community lies in the Sundays River Valley surrounded by the Zuurberg Mountains that offer some spectacular hiking and game viewing in a malaria free area. Tonight you'll stay overnight close to Addo National Park, making it easy to be ready to go on safari first thing in the morning.

Note that the guesthouse accommodation is usually far away from the bustling backpackers, in some cases it can be 15 to 30 minutes driving away.

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight Addo: Saver Avoca Cabins or 3* Comfort Gerald's Gift guest house or 4* Deluxe Addo Wildlife Lodge

Day 3: Addo Elephant National Park - Jeffreys Bay

Stop At: Addo Elephant National Park - South Gate - Mathyolweni Gate, South Africa
A pre-dawn wake-up call might seem hard to take at first, but trust me, it’s worth getting an early start for your Addo game drive to see even more wildlife as the bush awakes. This optional 4x4 safari drive (guided by a qualified ranger) will use their experience to pinpoint the whereabouts of the park’s big game animals while deftly navigating the maze of dusty dirt roads in search of 4 the Big Five.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Addo Elephant National Park, Addo Elephant National Park, Greater Addo, Eastern Cape
You'll experience an included 2 hour game drive in the tour bus. The original elephant section of the park was dedicated to providing a safe haven for the few wild elephants that survived government-sponsored culling in the early 20th century. The lush vegetation provides protection and a rich food source, supporting what is now the most densely populated area of wild elephants on the planet. This finely tuned ecosystem is a sanctuary to over 550 elephants, lions, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra and other species.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Jeffreys Bay, Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape
The early morning start means free time in the afternoon and J’Bay’s surf shop village – with its discount outlets – is perfect for shopaholics. But, if you’ve always fancied learning to surf (optional activity at own expense), then this town or the sand slopes beyond it are the places to try surfing or sandboarding (optional activity at own expense) or just chill out on the beach. You can rent surfboards and wetsuits for an additional fee.

End the day with dinner at the backpackers accommodation or a night out to a local seafood delicacy restaurant, listening to the sounds of the waves lap against the shore.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight Jeffreys Bay: Saver Island Vibe Backpacker or 3* Comfort Sea Whisper or 4* Deluxe On The Beach guest house

Day 4: Tsitsikamma - Knysna - Wilderness

Stop At: Bloukrans Bridge, N2, Tsitsikamma National Park South Africa
Lush green landscapes and adventure go hand in hand on this adrenaline-packed day... from ziplining over gushing river gorges, breathtakingly-beautiful ocean and river views atop Bloukrans Bridge and exploring dense forests along suspension bridges and footpaths in Tsitsikamma National Park - today is all about the "garden" of the Garden Route!

Calling all adrenalin junkies: get ready for the highest Bungy Bridge Jump in the world... Here, seemingly normal people hurtle face first down the 216m drop only to spring back up on their elastic cord like a yo-yo. So if you're feeling daring, why not face your fears and have a go?
Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Tsitsikamma National Park, Tsitsikamma National Park, Eastern Cape
For a more relaxed thrill, try the optional Waterfall Ziplining through dramatic scenery and over waterfalls in the nearby Tsitsikamma forest. You’ll complete about five individual slides, zip over three waterfalls and slide down one impressive gorge.

Stop At: Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, Dumbleton Road, Knysna 6571 South Africa
This region is a playground for the outdoors, and for those who'd prefer to keep their feet on solid ground a visit to the lush forests of the Tsitsikamma National Park is sure to provide your essential forest fix. From birding to game spotting and waterfall chasing; your Tsitsikamma to-do list will be absolutely jam-packed. A short but steep walk to Tsitsikamma’s suspension bridge is worth it for the views alone, but the abundant reptile and bird wildlife, secret waterfall and sandy beach is waiting to amaze and delight you along the forest footpaths.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Knysna Heads, Coney Glen Road, Knysna 6571 South Africa
As you head along the coastal belt, the paradise-like coastal towns show off and display why this region is a favourite with holiday goers and locals alike. Stop for the obligatory photo op at Knysna Heads, a pair of rocky sandstone cliffs on the edge of the lagoon, to drink in the exquisitely scenic lagoon views surrounded by ancient forests.
Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Myoli Beach, Sedgefield, 6573, South Africa
Spend the evening soaking in the slow town way of life in Sedgefield, Wilderness. Take a walk along the uninterrupted sandy beach shores at sunset, this place oozes serenity, the ideal way to reset your inner calm. After your recharged stroll check out the rustic beach restaurant if you are in Sedgefield or venture into town for a more intimate dinner if you overnight in the Wilderness area.

Note that the guesthouse accommodation is usually far away from the bustling backpackers, in some cases it can be 15 to 30 minutes driving away.

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight Wilderness: Saver Pili Pili Backpackers or 3* Comfort Fairy Knowe or 4* Deluxe Dolphin Dunes guest house

Day 5: Botlierskop or Mossel Bay - N2

Stop At: Kaaiman's River, Wilderness South Africa
Another exciting morning awaits with a trip passing oasis-like coastal towns along the ocean-lined route hugged by forested national parks.

Take to the water for a leisurely morning Wilderness Canoeing session along the reed-lined river banks, but it’s not until you stop paddling and let the gentle current guide you, that the abundance of birdlife becomes apparent.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, Gonnakraal Road, Little Brak River, 6503, South Africa
Venture along the N2 national road as you return to the Cape and stop at a seaside village called Mossel Bay. Choose between another optional Botlierskop 4x4 Safari drive (if you've not seen many animals in the Addo National Park, this gives yet another option to spot most of the Big 5 animals on safari) at this nearby private game reserve or spend time at Mossel Bay’s Diaz Beach after a leisurely walk to the Cape St Blaize trail to the lighthouse.

After ticking off the region's must-do bucket list items and exploring the best spots of the Garden Route, journey back to the Cape and end with an evening drop-off at your Cape Town or Stellenbosch accommodation at about 8pm to 10pm (subject to traffic and your drop-off address.)
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:

No accommodation included on this day.

Inclusions
  • 4x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 4 nights
  • Hotel pickup + Guided transfers with English-speaking tour guide
  • Game drive tour of Addo Elephant National Park in tour van
  • Route 62 Wine Tasting
  • Ostrich Farm Visit + Cango Caves Exploring tickets
  • Wilderness Canoeing
  • Tsitsikamma National Park entry ticket
  • Accommodation & bedding
  • Knysna Heads visit
  • A portion of your trip fee is donated to help fund 2Cchange non-profit local charity projects
  • Entry/Admission - Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Ashton Winery
  • Entry/Admission - Cango Ostrich Show Farm
  • Entry/Admission - The Cango Caves
  • Entry/Admission - Knysna Heads
  • Entry/Admission - Kaaiman's River

Exclusions
  • Meals & drinks not mentioned in tour description. There is time to buy and enjoy meals on tour.
  • Optional Elephant Bush Walk (about R600)
  • Optional Waterfall Zipline (about R550) or Bungy jump (about R1400)
  • 4x4 Safari Drive (about R600)
  • Entry/Admission - Buffelsdrift Game Lodge - Activities
  • Entry/Admission - Addo Elephant National Park - South Gate - Mathyolweni Gate
  • Entry/Admission - Bloukrans Bridge
  • Entry/Admission - Botlierskop Private Game Reserve
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • Children between 10 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult and book in private rooms
  • Children under 18 years of age are not allowed to book in Dorm room packages
  • 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
  • It is recommended that you bring: comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, sun hat, jacket for cooler evenings, beach towel and swimming costume
  • The exact itinerary is subject to change and may, on occasions, run in reverse order
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Some optional activities on this tour require a moderate level of fitness
  • Upgrade accommodation fees cannot be refunded if cancelled less than 8 days before the tour departure date
  • 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
  • Personal comprehensive travel insurance is excluded and recommended
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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 12 travelers
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Personal comprehensive travel insurance is excluded and recommended to protect you against unexpected trip cancellation, lost or damage of personal items and other travel related claims.
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
If your accommodation is not listed, please inform us.

Airports

  • Cape Town Intl Airport, Cape Town Central South Africa


Ports

  • Western Cape Maritime Cluster, 06 Duncan Rd, Port of, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa


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You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

5 days

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

User's Reviews

marc_H

24 Jan, 2023

If you’re looking for a real adventure with plenty of activities (optional), breathtaking view, an expert and friendly guide, click on this roundtrip. Excellent choice. Good value for money.

Dragana V

09 Jan, 2023

We choose the 4* luxury option. Unfortunately, by the time we booked,.. the original rooms were completely booked. We had fairly nice replacement rooms… however, Maudi was the silver lining on our tour! I traveled with my husband and our 25 year old son. This tour has many amazing highlights, however, there is a lot of driving involved. Maudi really helped keep us and our son stay entertained with many thrill seeking adventures which included zip lining, bungee jumping as well as sky diving! We appreciated how knowledgeable he is and his positive bedside manner! He definitely made our experience unforgettable! Thank you Maudi! We’d definitely recommend this experience. Maudi did all the hard work… we just enjoyed!

Sherpa66262032878

09 Jan, 2023

Wonderful experience! Highly recommend Our tour guide Nev was really great explaining history and facts as the tour went along . Stayed at and ate at some great places - Nev was able to give some good recommendations . Nice mix of being on a tour and doing activities.

Jayne_J

06 Jan, 2023

The itinerary was excellent and well planned out with a variety of options. Pick up and drop off were easily arranged and the accommodation was good throughout. I think I would if repeated splash out on the deluxe accommodation as they looked amazing. The driving was a lot as there was so much to see and do ....if im honest this was a slight negative but just a personal thing. What made the tour was our guide Neville. What a great guide and a great guy. He looked after us like we were family he was knowledge and enthusiastic and nothing was too much trouble for him he worked so hard for us if I could rate him higher than 5 I would. Overall a brilliant experience

Dave S

05 Jan, 2023

We loved this tour. It was the perfect mixture of activities and sightseeing. We saw jackals and buffels, we fed elephants and oistriches, we drank wine, we ziplined over waterfalls and experienced much, much more. Probably more in five days than one would for months at home. But most importantly, we had Maudi. Maudi is the guide you hope for when you book something like this. He was funny, knowledgeable, kind, knows pretty much every single person who works at every single stop, and he did everything he could to make us feel welcome in his country. ‘You don’t have to worry about anything,’ he told us on the first day, and he was right until the very end.

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The best tour there is! Bucket list approved!

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Best tour ever 😍

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5 day Garden State Tour - Incredible

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Unbelievably Amazing!

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Hayley E.

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A beautiful route with various activities

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Garden Route + Addo⭐️❤️

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5 day garden route and addo

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Lekker! Amazing tour with amazing people

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T.I.A. - this is africa

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THE BEST AND MOST FUN WAY TO SEE THE GARDEN ROUTE!!

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Best tour ever and I’ve been living in CapeTown for 2 months.

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Great great great!

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The best trip with the best tour guide (Nev)!

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Amazing Memorable Trip

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Garden Route + Addo 5 days - awesome!

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Amazing tour and even more amazing tour guide!

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Very nice!!

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Fun times!!

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