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From Cape Town: 5-Day Best of Garden Route & Addo Safari

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Activity provider: hotspots2c tours

From Cape Town: 5-Day Best of Garden Route & Addo Safari

Activity provider: hotspots2c tours

From US$ 576.98 per person

Discover South African wildlife in some of the country's best national parks, traveling along the Garden Route. In this untamed paradise on the southeastern coast you can set your sense of adventure free at beaches, on safari, on ziplines and lots more.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details.
Duration 5 days
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Any location within a 10-km radius of Cape Town city center and from Stellenbosch
Small group
Limited to 13 participants

Experience

Itinerary
120 hours
  • Cape Town

  • Stellenbosch

  • Oudtshoorn

  • Cango Caves (guided tour)

  • Addo

  • Addo Elephant National Park (game drive)

  • Jeffreys Bay

  • Tsitsikamma National Park

  • Knysna Lagoon

  • Sedgefield

  • Wilderness National Park (kayaking)

  • Botlierskop Private Game Reserve (game drive)

    • Optional
    • Extra fee
  • Mossel Bay

    • Optional
  • Stellenbosch

  • Cape Town

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
Highlights
  • Go on safari to see most of the Big Five at Addo Elephant National Park
  • Zipline through the luscious Tsitsikamma forest
  • Hike over suspension bridges with views of a secret beach
  • Paddle through the staggering scenery and abundant birdlife
  • Jump from the highest commercial bridge bungy
Full description

Day 1: Route 62

Travel about 400 km

 

Start with a morning pickup from Cape Town and Stellenbosch, between 6 - 7 AM.

Travel along Route 62, the longest wine route in the world, with a wine-tasting stop (non-alcoholic tasting available too) before reaching Oudtshoorn in the semi-desert Klein Karoo in the late afternoon.

 

For a close encounter with Mother Nature, opt in to join rangers on an Elephant Educational Bush Walk (at extra cost) as they follow 3 lovable rescued elephants along the waterhole, learning about these gentle giants' background.

 

Then, spend overnight at Uthando Backpackers (if you choose the Saver Dorm package), at 88 van Rheede (if you choose the 3* Comfort package), or Buffelsdrift Lodge (if you choose the 4* Deluxe package).

 

Day 2: Oudtshoorn

Travel about 250 km

 

Visit a working ostrich farm to learn about the largest, flightless bird in the world. Next, head to the mountains to go deep underground in the illuminated wonder world of the Cango Caves. Explore the vast halls filled with ancient stalactites before traveling onward to the Addo region.

 

Spend overnight at Avaco Cabins, Gerald's Gift (if you choose the 3* Comfort package) or Addo Wildlife lodge (if you choose the 4* Deluxe package).

 

Day 3: Addo, Jeffreys Bay

Travel about 250 km

 

An early morning start allows the best option to spot wildlife as the bush awakes in Addo Elephant National Park, the 3rd largest national park in South Africa. You can join the optional 4x4 game drive (with extra cost). 

 

Next, go on the included 2-hour safari with your guide. Navigate the park in the tour van in search of some of the Big Five animals, including 550 elephants, buffalo, lions, black rhinos, and zebras. Spend your afternoon relaxing with free time at Jeffreys Bay's beach. 

 

Choose between surf lessons, beach horseback riding, or sand boarding (all optional at extra cost). Spend overnight at Island Vibe, Sea Whisper (if you choose the 3* Comfort package), or On The Beach lodge (if you choose the 4* Deluxe package).

 

Day 4: Tsitsikamma, Sedgefield

Travel about 250 km

 

Experience the highest Bungy Bridge Jump in the world or Waterfall Zipline over waterfalls in the nearby Tsitsikamma forest (optional at extra cost). Next, see Tsitsikamma National Park. Take a short walk to the suspension bridges before a photo stop at Knysna's lagoon en route to Sedgefield.

 

Spend overnight at Pili Pili Beach Cabanas, Fairy Knowe (if you choose the 3* Comfort package), or Dolphin Dunes Lodge (if you choose the 4* Deluxe package).

 

Day 5: Wilderness

Travel about 450 km

 

Take to the water for a leisurely canoeing session to a secret waterfall along the rivers of the Wilderness region. On the journey back to Cape Town, spot wildlife on a 4x4 Botlierskop game drive (at extra cost) or relax at Mossel Bay's Diaz Beach after walking to the Cape St Blaize lighthouse.

 

Your adventure ends with an evening drop-off at your Cape Town or Stellenbosch accommodation between 8 - 10 PM.

Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off at your accommodation (within a 10-kilometer radius of Cape Town and from Stellenbosch)
  • Friendly local qualified tour guide
  • Transportation in minivan with air-con
  • Accommodation for 4 nights (as per option selected) Upgrades are available directly with the supplier
  • 4 breakfasts
  • Cango Caves adventure tour
  • Ostrich farm tour
  • Entrance to Addo National Park
  • Entrance to Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Game drive in Addo National Park by tour bus (about 2 hours)
  • Wilderness canoeing
  • Route 62 wine tasting
  • A portion of your trip fee is donated to help fund local community projects that the 2Cchange non-profit organisation support
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned can be purchased on tour. There is time daily to enjoy meals at local eating spots on tour
  • Optional activities can be booked and paid for on tour: Optional Elephant Bush Walk ±R600
  • Optional Bungy Jump ±R1450
  • Optional Waterfall Zipline ±R500
  • Optional 4x4 Addo Safari ±R500
  • Optional 4x4 Game Reserve Safari ±R500
  • Optional Surf lessons ±R250 or Sandboarding ±R250 or Beach Horse Ride ±R500
  • Personal travel insurance

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Windbreaker
  • Sun hat
  • Towel

Know before you go

  • Please note, the tour itinerary can run in reverse or a different order to ensure the optimal experience as per the season
  • Optional activities are weather dependent, and can only be booked and paid for on the tour.
  • Pickup time is usually about 06:00 to 07:00 on the morning of departure. An email will be sent confirming the exact pick-up time a day before the tour departs
  • Prices of optional activities are subject to change and are seasonal
  • Accommodation may change to a similar star grading option if the preferred options listed are not available. Accommodation can only be confirmed after the tour is paid for in full
  • Double and twin rooms require a minimum and maximum of 2 customers per room
  • Leopards are nocturnal hunters, evasive, and not contained by fences so it's unlikely to see them during these game drives, especially rare in the mountainous and dense vegetation regions of the Western Cape and Garden Route.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 62 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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Great tour. Communication for initial pickup was good and on time, from there our guide TK looked after everything. Backpackers accommodations were a good standard overall (varied from basic to really nice). Activities were brilliant and scenery throughout the tour was fab. Tour guide TK added a lot of knowledge and was keen to share South African history and culture with the group as well as learn about our countries current affairs, culture and history.

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November 27, 2022

Everything was wonderful from the organization to the guide. Maudi, an amazing guide who is always at your side with advice and action. A point that we definitely want to address, as we regretted it very much afterwards: Book a backpacker accommodation, because we had decided on the variant: 3-star comfort guest house. However, the backpacker accommodations trump with location, appearance, charm and food. Furthermore, you save the guide so many additional kilometers and you have more time to enjoy the trip and that with the rest of the group. Another fact: the variant Variant: 3-star comfort guest house cost almost +200.00 more per person at the time of our booking than if we had booked directly via hotspost2c. Since you have to arrange everything directly with them anyway, booking via Getyourguide only makes sense if you want to have the 24-hour cancellation before departure to be on the safe side (or if there is no difference in price ;-))

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November 18, 2022

Really nice 5 days! Feedback to the organization: Clearer communication of what is planned on which day. Background: There is no point in stopping at a bathing spot and saying that you can swim now if everyone has their bathing suits in the trailer in their suitcases and you don't have time to open them.. Also a lot of bureaucracy with signatures and meal lists etc... Possibly switch to digital lists in 2022? But that's complaining on a high level! Otherwise really great!

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November 17, 2022

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