The Garden Route- from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town

The Garden Route- from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town

This 7-day tour highlights South Africa’s southernmost coastal areas and National Parks.

From game driving safari adventures in Addo Elephant National Park to the pristine protected Garden Route, you will travel through scrub bush and indigenous forest, along river and sea. There are a myriad of activities available to you, including the highest bungee jump in the world at Bloukraans Bridge, hiking in the Tsitsikamma National Park, Cango Caving and ostrich riding in Oudtshoorn and wine tasting in Stellenbosch to name but a few. We’ll also throw in some spectacular scenery for exceptional photographic opportunities and you’ll be guaranteed to meet some interesting locals enroute.

Please note that the listed price is for tent accommodation at specificly designed camping sites !
You can also book an accommodated version (in double room bungalows) of the tour as you can check the supplement payment in the additional expences section listed below after the itinearay !

Highlights:

♦ Addo Elephant National Park-it is recognised as one of South Africa’s most popular national parks and game reserves
♦ Tsitsikamma National Park-a mild all-year-round climate affords tourists the opportunity to engage in a myriad of fun outdoor activities
♦ Knysna-the town resides neatly on the outskirts of the Knysna Lagoon and is surrounded by mountains that are home to the notorious Knysna Forest.
♦ Oudtshoorn-Ostrich Capital of the World-it is home to the world's largest ostrich population, with a number of specialized ostrich breeding farms.
♦ Stellenbosch-steeped in history and renowned for its exquisite scenery and outstanding wines,
♦ Cape Town- Home to Table Mountain the most iconic tourist attractions on the continent, there is no shortage of adventure and travel options as well as world class accommodation for visitors to choose from.

DETAILED TRIP DOSSIER

 

 


Itinerary:

Day 1. Addo Elephant National Park
From Port Elizabeth, we head to Addo Elephant National Park. This unique Eastern Cape park is home to one of the densest concentrations of African elephants on earth as well as boasting the ‘Big Seven’(elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, southern right whale and great white shark) as Addo is a land and marine park.

Day 2. Tsitsikamma National Park
This morning we will make a quick stop at Port Elizabeth’s airport and arrive in the afternoon at Tsitsikamma. The name means ‘place of abundant water’ and it does not disappoint, with its indigenous forests and dramatic coastline. This area is home to the famous multi-day Otter Trail hike and the first few hours of this hike is included in your package.

Day 3.Tsitsikamma National Park
As today is free for you to explore the small village of Storms River, why not spend your time participanting in the optional activities available such as blackwater tubing, jumping the highest bungee jump in the world Bloukrans or discover the Tsitsikamma rainforest from above by joining one of the treetop canopy tours on offer.

Day 4. Knysna / Plettenberg Bay
It is a short distance to Plettenberg Bay. In the afternoon you can choose between remaining to relax at the resort or taking a short excursion into nearby Knysna to explore.

Day 5. Oudtshoorn
Today we travel through the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains towards Oudtshoorn where we visit the world-famous Cango Caves. The caves contain spectacular halls and grand limestone formations, and a local guide will tell you all about the cave system, which extends for over 4km.

Day 6. Stellenbosch Wine Route
We take a scenic drive to Stellenbosch taking in some of Route 62 and a possible stop at Ronnie’s Sex Shop, not a sex shop at all, but a rather interesting country pub… We will have the opportunity to explore Stellenbosch which forms the heart of the Western Cape’s wine region and second oldest European settlement in the Western Cape. As this is the last night on tour we head to a local restaurant for dinner.

Day 7. Cape Town
After a leisurely breakfast, we visit the Cheetah Breeding Project to meet these beautiful animals up close. Afterwards, we head to the Spier Wine Estate to taste some of South Africa’s finest wines and finally, the tour ends in Cape Town.

Included in the price: ► accommodation in tents at a specificly designed camping sites ►meals 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners (unless otherwise specified, all meals are served in the adventure truck)►  transport according to program ► English speaking guide ►Tsitsikamma National Park Entrance ► Cango Caves Basic Tour ► Wine tasting and Cheetah breeding project

Not included: ► international flight tickets ► travel insurance ► transfers from and to the airport ► tips ► accommodation before the tour ► optional adventures on spot ►drinks and meals not mentioned in the program ►personal expenses ► visas

Additional expenses: ► lodge accommodation supplement: 320 EUR ►single supplement: 40 EUR (tent) / 90 EUR (lodge)

 

Practical information: Tour guides will shop and prepare meals and group participation in camp chores is required. Luggage should not exceed 10 kg Bring euro, USD or South African Rand in cash for this trip.Local payment should be made in cash in ZAR or USD. Traveller checkes, credit cards and 100 $ bills are not accepted for this purpose. Please dress appropriately for border crossings, village and market visits-ie:no bare feet, no bare chests, no bikinis and no hats. Bring small gifts.All children love ballpoint pens and coloured pencils and books.Please avoid giving children sweets and money as this encourages them to beg. You will be part of an international group and you will be expected to participate in some of the daily activities as preparing food, pushing the vehicle if stuck etc.It's part of the adventure! This is Africa, where everything happens at its own slow pace and not always as planned, so take it easy and with a smile!

Insurances: Adequate Travel Insurance is necessary. Medical Insurance is not sufficient. Upon request, we will provide you with more information about the insurance required.

Vaccination: а Yellow Fever Certificate might be rewuired for this tour depending on your nationality. Malaria prophylactics is not required throughtout this route.

Notes: The African sun is very strong.Please use a factor 30 sunscreen and wear a hat. You should drink at least 3 litres of water per day to avoid dehydration.It can also get very cold during winter months on this route. Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any unforeseen problems. As the activities on your tour can be moved to any day during the tour, we also highly recommend that you bok your flights to depart the day after the tour officially ends.

 

Vacation Extensions:
Safari in Southern Africa - From Cape Town to Victoria Falls (camping)


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