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From Cape Town: Stellenbosch Winelands Tour & Wine Tasting

1. From Cape Town: Stellenbosch Winelands Tour & Wine Tasting

Explore Stellenbosch's world-renowned wine region on a bus tour from Cape Town. Visit the Stellenbosch Wine Estate to savor two wine tastings and a wine and cheese pairing. Learn about the fascinating history of the town on a guided walking tour.  See for yourself why South Africa is so famously known worldwide for making crowd-pleasing and award-winning wines on this winelands tour. Be picked up from your hotel in Cape town and head straight to the cradle of the country's most beautiful wine region, Stellenbosch. Learn how the South African wine industry arose from refugees from France. Find out how they applied their skills in Stellenbosch and transformed the region into the center of the South African wine industry. Arrive at the Stellenbosch Wine Estate and discover the winery's fine wines during a wine tasting, as well as a wine and cheese pairing tasting. Afterwards, embark on a guided tour of the charming town of Stellenbosch. Learn about its historical Dorp Street and DeBraak. Continue to the cellars for a guided tour. Take in the ambiance created by vast barrels of wine ageing. Next, enjoy a second wine tasting to sample more local notes and flavors before heading back to Cape Town.

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

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

Go on an exciting and unique African safari for 5 days. See elephants, ostriches, dolphins and more. Enjoy free time on the beach to surf and explore, and learn from your expert guides about wildlife conservation. Day 1: Route 62Travel about 400 km Start with a morning pickup from Cape Town and Stellenbosch. Ride along Route 62 — the longest wine route in the world, with a wine tasting stop (a non-alcoholic tasting is available too) before reaching Oudtshoorn in the semi-desert Klein Karoo in the late afternoon. For a close encounter with Mother Nature, you'll have the option to join rangers on an Elephant Educational Bush Walk (at extra cost) as they follow 3 lovable rescued elephants along the waterhole to learn about these gentle giants' background, behavior, and character. You can choose to overnight at (Saver package) Uthando Backpackers, (3*Comfort package) 88 van Rheede or (4*Deluxe package) Buffelsdrift lodge. Day 2: OudtshoornTravel about 250 km Wake up in the ostrich capital of the world, visiting a working ostrich farm to get to know more about the largest, flightless bird in the world. Head to the mountains to wander deep underground in the illuminated wonderworld of the Cango Caves. Explore the narrow passages and vast halls filled with ancient stalactites before traveling onward to the Addo region. Overnight at Avaco Cabins, 3* Gerald's Gift or 4* Addo Wildlife lodge Day 3: Addo, Jeffreys BayTravel about 250 km Start the morning early to spot wildlife as the bush awakes in Addo Elephant National Park — the 3rd largest national park in South Africa. You can join an optional 4x4 game drive (with extra cost) and also go on the included 2-hour safari with your guide navigating the park in the tour van in search of some of the Big Five animals in this sanctuary to over 550 elephants, buffalo, lion, black rhino, zebra, and more. Spend your afternoon relaxing at Jeffreys Bay's beach or choose between with surf lessons, beach horseback riding, or sand boarding (optionals at extra cost). Overnight at Island Vibe, 3* Sea Whisper or 4* On The Beach lodge Day 4: Tsitsikamma, Sedgefield Travel about 250 km Adrenalin junkies can experience the highest Bungy Bridge Jump in the world or Waterfall Zipline over waterfalls in the nearby Tsitsikamma forest (optionals at extra cost). Venture into the Tsitsikamma National Park for a forest fix and short walk to the suspension bridges, before a photo stop at Knysna's lagoon viewpoint en route to Sedgefield. Overnight at Pili Pili Beach Cabanas, 3*Fairy Knowe or 4* Dolphin Dunes lodge 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 you'll get another chance to spot wildlife on a 4x4 Botlierskop game drive (at extra cost) or relax at Mossel Bay's Diaz Beach after a leisurely walk to the Cape St Blaize lighthouse. End with an evening drop-off at your Cape Town or Stellenbosch accommodation between 8 pm to 10 pm.

From Cape Town: Garden Route Highlights 3-Day Safari Tour

3. From Cape Town: Garden Route Highlights 3-Day Safari Tour

Day 1: Oudtshoorn Travel about 250 miles (400 km) Start with morning pickup from your accommodation in Cape Town or Stellenbosch. Set off along the famous Route 62, where you'll capture the beauty of high mountains, twisting passes, vast Karoo plains, vineyards and orchards. Pop in at one of the many farm stalls along the way, stocked with locally crafted delights before arriving in Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world. 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 guided Heritage Tour or by contrast, the Adventure Tour allows you to wiggle your way through limestone on a daring underground route. You’ll spend the evening in Oudtshoorn at leisure. Join locals for an optional outdoor braai (similar to bbq) including South African favourites, such as ostrich kebabs and pot brood. Overnight at (Saver) Uthando Backpackers, (Comfort) 88 van Rheede guesthouse, or (Deluxe) Buffelsdrift Lodge. Day 2: WildernessTravel about 280 miles (450 km) As the dawn breaks in the dusty Klein Karoo, opt for a close encounter with Mother Nature and join rangers on an optional Elephant Bush Walk. Gentle giants, Jabari, Malaika and Bulelo made Buffelsdrift their home after their parents were poached in the north of South Africa. Join these three rescued elephants, as they walk to the nearby waterhole. Then, take to the water for a leisurely afternoon paddle along the reed-lined banks in Wilderness National Park region. It’s not until you stop paddling and let the gentle current guide you, that the abundance of birdlife becomes apparent.  The adventure continues as you reach Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest commercial bridge bungy jump. Opt in to hurtle face-first down the 134 (216 m) drop or those who'd prefer to keep their feet on solid ground will visit the nearby forest area near Tsitsikamma. Spend the evening soaking in the slow town way of life in Sedgefield or Wilderness, subject to your accommodation location. Feel the white sand between your toes as you sip on cocktails and enjoy dinner. Overnight at (Saver) PiliPili Beach Backpackers, (Comfort) Fairy Knowe Riverside Guesthouse, or Deluxe Dolphin Dunes Guesthouse. Day 3: Garden Route Travel about 250 miles (400 km) Start the day in the heart of the African bush. On your first stop of the day, spot some of Africa’s wild animals from the back of an open 4x4 vehicle in the malaria-free Botlierskop Private Game Reserve. Search for giraffe, white rhino, kudu, lion, elephant, zebra, and wildebeest, just to name a few. The game drive is led by an experienced game ranger, sharing his knowledge of the local wildlife; including antelope species, birdlife, and insects. End the day with a journey through the landscape of rolling farmlands as you say farewell to the Garden Route on your way back to Cape Town or Stellenbosch.

Franschhoek: E-bike Tour with Wine Tasting and Lunch

4. Franschhoek: E-bike Tour with Wine Tasting and Lunch

Depart from the convenient meeting point in Stellenbosch by e-bike for the first part of the exciting trip to Franschhoek. Cycle along mostly jeep tracks and mountain bike trails over the Helshoogte Pass, a route used by the first Dutch and French families who settled in the Olifantshoek valley in 1688.  Enjoy fantastic views and sites along the way and learn about small mission stations and local people living in the Banghoek Valley. Get a chance to spot eland and blue wildebeest as you cycle along multiple mountain streams in the Banhoek Conservancy. Enjoy a mouthwatering lunch and wine tasting on a Franschhoek wine estate and have time to explore the beautiful town of Franschhoek. The tour concludes with transport by vehicle back to Stellenbosch.

Fullday Wine Tour

5. Fullday Wine Tour

Driving Northeast out of Cape Town, we will pass some of the most well known townships in South Africa. The first one Langa, is the oldest one in Cape Town. Compared to other squatter like townships in South Africa. Langa is well developed and has seen its local economy grow from strength to strength over the years. Next we will pass the Cape Town International Airport. Known to be Africa's most award winning and safest Airport. Then we will pass a township called Khayelitsha. In Xhosa it means 'our new home'. Measuring 10 square miles and inhabiting more than half a million people. Vast majority of her inhabitants works in town and is daily dependant on public transport. As we drive off to the Cape Winelands region, we will pass The Cape Town Film Studios. The film industry grew rapidly in the lockdown. This is where The pirate carribean and Black Snails was shooted. Next we continue to the town of Stellenbosch, known to be the second oldest colonial town in the country. Her architecture, water furrows and well over 300 old oka trees guves one a nostalgic feeling of a bygone era. Dorp street for example has the longest row of oldest buildings in the Southern Hemiphere. Then we will pass the University of Stellenbosch. This is one of the Best universities in the country, because its where our winemakers study to become a wine maker. Next you will enjoy your first winetasting at Delaire Graff. Known to be the Jewel of the Cape Winelands. Next you will enjoy your second wine tasting at Tokara. They grow their own olives, and they reckon that it goes good with wine. Here you can do olive and wine tasting. Then we will continue to the town of Franschoek meaning ' French Corner'. This is where the French used to settle in the 1800's when they fleed from prosecution because of their religion. Franschoek is also top for food in the country. This is where we will stop for lunch. Lastly you will do a wine tasting at Eikenhof. A Small winefarm inherited by the fourth generation. This is where you will have the privilege of meeting the farmer himself doing the tasting. On our way back to Cape Town, we will stop at the Drakenstein Prison, where Nelson Mandela spend his last two years in prison.

Stellenbosch: Guided Vineyard Hike and Wine Tasting

6. Stellenbosch: Guided Vineyard Hike and Wine Tasting

Your guide will meet you at your hotel in Stellenbosch and transport will be provided to the starting point of the walk. The vineyard trail meanders through beautiful wine farms in the Banhoek Valley between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. While walking through this beautiful landscape, you'll learn more about winemaking, the indigenous flora and fauna, and life on the estate in general. During the walk, visit two wine estates for tastings and a cellar tour before heading to the final stop for lunch. For lunch, taste the famous chef’s selection of cheeses, antipasti and charcuterie platters (vegetarian options are also available). Sample these local delicacies while enjoying amazing views of the mountains and vineyards of the Banhoek valley. Transportation back to your hotel will be provided. The distance covered is 7- 9 km (there are variations on the route) and the level of difficulty is moderate.

Cape Town: Wildlife Sanctuary and Wine Tour

7. Cape Town: Wildlife Sanctuary and Wine Tour

Trek through the rocky plains outside of Cape Town in a 4x4 as you explore an animal sanctuary. Spot local wildlife such as springbucks, wildebeest, and zebras. Afterward, try some local wines at a winery. Begin your tour with a pickup from your Cape Town hotel. Enjoy a two-hour off-road trek through the wilderness with opportunities to spot a variety of South African wildlife. When you reach the winery, take a brief tour of the vineyards and learn about local conservation projects. Next, explore the cellar before taking your seat in the wine tasting room. Savor a tasting of sparkling wines with an optional nougat pairing. After your tasting, arrive at another award-winning winery for lunch (not included). Taste a diverse variety of wines, from easy-drinking selections to premium wines. Get dropped off back at your hotel in Cape Town at the end of your tour.

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based on 434 reviews

Great experience! Guide was awesome, van was comfortable. Did the reverse order starting with the wine tasting and finishing with the kayaking and 4-wheel safari. The wine tasting was lovely, we saw so many elephants in Addo, I loved the kayaking and the short hike to the suspension bridge. Lots of driving which is to be expected in order to cover part of the Garden Route but our guide arranged for comforts stops which made it a great experience. I went solo but had such a great time and our group was wonderful. Would definitely recommend!

The trip was amazing. Everyone was so freindly and kind. The accomodations were so well picked - we were not expecting such beautiful, spacious and clean venues as a backpacker. It was a real treat! Denver our guide was the best guide in the world. He is an amazing person. He made sure to give us the trip we would never forget. Without him the experience would not have been the same! As he would say: "This is Africa..;)"

I had a wonderful week and our guide Maudi from Hotspot2c was just lovely and fun! We saw so many elephants in addo and I always felt welcomed by our hosts. If you are in cape town and want to see more of the Garden Route - it's the thing to book!

The trip was incredibly beautiful and gave me many unforgettable moments! The Garden Route is beautiful and the stops were well chosen. But the best was our tour guide :)

Gerhard was an awesome guide, the group was amazing and the trip was a lot of fun!! Would highly recommend to anyone looking to explore the garden route.