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Garden Route and Addo Elephant National Park: 6-Day Safari

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Activity provider: Earthstompers Adventures

Garden Route and Addo Elephant National Park: 6-Day Safari

Activity provider: Earthstompers Adventures
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From US$ 604.16 per person

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This popular tour is an adventurous, yet relaxed and affordable way to explore South Africa’s Garden Route. Enjoy six-days of visiting the area’s key landmarks, exploring nature, learning about the region’s culture and taking part in daring activities.

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Duration 6 days
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
You will be picked up on Monday at the location of your choice in Cape Town central (central business district, Camps Bay, Sea Point, Green Point, Observatory, Rondebosch), the airport, or Somerset West. Pickup time between 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM in Cape Town, and around 8:00 AM in Somerset West. The local supplier will get in touch with you the weekend before your tour to arrange a specific pickup time. Please allow 15 minutes before and after your designated pickup time, as Monday morning traffic can be unpredictable!
Small group
Limited to 12 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • This popular tour is an adventurous, yet relaxed and affordable way to explore South Africa’s Garden Route
  • Your qualified tour guides will take you to Hermanus, Mossel Bay, Wilderness, Knysna, Tsitsikamma, Addo, Sedgefield, Route 62 and more
  • Take part in activities like canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park and game viewing in Addo Elephant National Park
  • Test your daring and participate in a shark tank dive, bungee jumping, whale watching, sand boarding and open vehicle safari drive
  • Pick-up from any hotel in Cape Town and their surrounding areas included
Full description

Day 1

: Cape Town – Hermanus – Cape Agulhas The tour departs from Cape Town and heads to Hermanus. Follow the scenic coastal road to Betty's Bay to see a colony of endangered African penguins. Spend the afternoon in the seaside resort town of Hermanus, famous for playing home to hundreds of Southern Right whales from July to November. The town also features many shops, restaurants, and markets. In the afternoon you'll drive on to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, and the place where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet.

Day 2

:  Cape Agulhas – Oudtshoorn Travel to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, known as the ostrich capital of the world, via scenic Route 62, South Africa’s longest wine route. Sample local wines before experiencing the subterranean beauty of the Cango Caves on a guided tour.

Day 3

:  Oudtshoorn – Knysna – Sedgefield After breakfast head over to Outeniqua Mountain Pass, where you'll explore Wilderness National Park by canoe. Enjoy a paddle up the Touw River through the indigenous forest, admiring the diverse local birds along the way. After about 40 minutes, leave your canoe behind for a 2-kilometer hike along a boardwalk that leads to rock pools and a lovely waterfall. Afterwards, head to the famous town of Knysna via the beautiful Garden Route Lake District. Visit the famous Knysna Heads viewing point, overlooking the Knysna estuary. Spend the late afternoon exploring the beaches of Sedgefield.

Day 4

: Sedgefield- Tsitsikamma - Addo After breakfast, head off to Tsitsikamma National Park. En route, you'll stop at Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest bungee jump bridge, standing at 216 meters tall. You'll spend the afternoon in Tsitsikamma National Park, which features a unique combination of indigenous forest and beautiful Indian Ocean coastline. The park offers hikes of varying lengths including a walk across a suspension bridge, and swimming. In the late afternoon, depart the Garden Route for Addo.

Day 5

: Addo-Wilderness/Mossel Bay Spend the morning exploring Addo Elephant National Park. You'll get up to 2-3 hours to roam the 28,000-hectare national reserve, home to approximately 600 elephants and various other animals, including buffalo, lions, rhinos, warthogs and many more. After an exciting morning on safari, we drive back to the Garden Route where we overnight in Wilderness/Mossel Bay.

Day 6

: Wilderness –Mossel Bay - Cape Town After breakfast, stop in Mossel Bay to spend some time on the gorgeous beaches, hike the Cape St. Blaize trail along the seaside cliffs, and visit the famous Diaz Museum complex which commemorates the first known European exploration around the tip of Africa. The more adventurous can try a 10,000 foot tandem skydive or sandboarding on the longest dune in South Africa. Arrive back at Cape Town in the early evening.

Includes
  • Air-conditioned transport throughout
  • 5 nights' accommodation – backpacker and guesthouse options available
  • Dinners and breakfasts, except on Day 5
  • Local wine tasting
  • Cango Caves adventure tour
  • Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park
  • Wilderness viewing safari in Addo Elephant National Park
  • Hiking in Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Gratuities
  • Optional activities – bungee jumping, tandem skydiving, treetop canopy tour, sand boarding, seasonal whale and dolphin watching, shark cage diving, open vehicle Addo tour
  • Meals on Day 5
  • Lunches
  • Snacks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 14 years
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Tour departs every Monday, all year round
  • This is an active tour. It is best suited towards those who like to be on the move, and can comfortably walk, carry luggage, and get in and out of the vehicle frequently
  • Tour fee varies by accommodation type
  • Those who select the shark cage diving option will be picked up very early in the morning on day 1 by the diving operator, and will miss the first half of day 1
  • Please note that the itinerary given is sometimes done in a different order
  • Travelers as young as 14 can attend, if accompanied by a parent/legal guardian
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 79 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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This tour is particularly suitable for solo travelers who don't want to rent a car on their own and don't have as much time. In six days, a lot of time on the bus, a tight schedule, a lot of activities and a great guide, you can see the highlights of the Garden Route. And at a great price - the accommodations and the food were incredibly good! The organization pays attention to sustainable tourism and accompanies you in the form of a very competent and local guide. I had a great time!

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October 29, 2019

Ferne was amazing

My girlfriend and I had an awesome time. The tour guide, Ferne, was amazing., She was sweet, happy, and knowledgeable. The tour was reversed in order. The first 3.5 days were action packed and fun. The last 2.5 days were a lot of driving and boring. The only problem we had with the trip was the final day; you could either do shark diving or whale watching or walk around a town and do nothing. The weather prevented shark diving and whale watching so we basically did nothing the last few days. We were disappointed but had an amazing time overall. I turned 25 on the trip and Ferne treated me like family. She was the best tour guide ever.

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August 20, 2019

Great tour, our Guide Christine was fantastic !

Very well organized tour, we visited beautiful places in a few days, our guide Christine, was fantastic, she has a great personality, always taking care of each member of the tour and every detail. The group size is perfect, you get to meet interesting people form all over the world. I would definitely recommend this tour for anyone, is very well suited for families, groups of friends, couples, etc. You get to choose the activities that you want to do, so it's very flexible.

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January 16, 2019

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