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6 Days Garden Route Safari Tour Including Addo Elephant Park Adventure in SouthAfrica

Cape Agulhas, South Africa

South Africa Cultural and safari Tour

Join in an adventurous trip which includes a scheduled group tour departing every Monday from Cape Town, as well as private tours - perfect for school or university groups, family vacations, honeymoons, or small group travel. Earthstompers is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Hendrik and Chrissy Human.

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Maximum group size: 12 persons
  • Teens between the ages of 14-18 may join the tour if accompanied by an adult.
  • Starting point and ending point: Cape Town
  • English speaking guide
  • Park fees are included

Highlights

  • Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park
  • One morning game viewing safari in Addo Elephant National Park
  • Hiking in Tsitsikamma National Park, local wine tasting and Cango Caves adventure tour
  • Spot the big 5, warthog, zebra, eland, kudu, hartebeest, and many more
  • Experience a great mix of good mix of nature, culture and adventure
  • Air-conditioned transportation during tour and pick-up and drop-off
  • 5 nights’ accommodation with backpacker or guesthouse options
  • Transportation during game drives in pop up roof 4X4 vehicle

Styles


6 activity days
The maximum participants in the group is 12
Airport transfer included: Cape Town International Airport
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Accommodation

Guests have a choice of either backpacker or guesthouse accommodation. Backpackers have more of a social vibe, and are better for younger clients looking for a bit of atmosphere. They usually have a bar or bonfire area. Although backpackers offer a budget price, the standard of backpackers in South Africa is generally very high. Guesthouses are quieter, more private, and offer a more luxurious experience.

The following are the accommodation locations typically visited on tour.

Day 1 or 5: Struisbaai / L'Agulhas

  • Cape Agulhas Backpackers
  • Mermaid Guest House

Day 2 or 1: Oudtshoorn

  • Backpackers Paradise
  • Hlangana Guest House or Adley House

Day 3 or 2: Sedgefield

  • Afrovibe Beach House
  • Pili Pili Beachfront Accommodation
  • Dover on Sea or Ichtus

Day 4 or 3: Addo area

Avoca River Cabins - Both backpackers and guesthouse clients stay in the same location - a working citrus farm near Addo. This is a unique location, which isn’t really a backpacker or guesthouse but we feel is a special experience worth having.

Day 5 or 4: Wilderness or Mossel Bay

  • Wilderness Beach House Backpackers
  • Mes Amis or Dolphin Dunes
  • Mossel Bay Backpackers
  • Park House Lodge
  • 94 On Roger or Bar-t-nique

Please note that these are booked for guests according to availability, and can sometimes change.

Program

Please note that this Garden Route tour can operate in two different orders, as described below. The routes are called the Overberg Route and the Klein Karoo Route. Both routes include the exact same destinations and attractions, but are conducted in a different order to avoid overbooking the accommodation establishments.

Overberg Route

Day 1: Cape Town - Hermanus - Cape Agulhas (249 km, approx. 3 hours)

Tour departs from Cape Town / Stellenbosch early on Monday morning for Hermanus. (Shark cage diving clients will be picked up very early in the morning by the diving operator, and will miss the first half of Day 1 which includes the visit to the African Penguin Colony and Hermanus). You will follow the scenic coastal road, stopping at Betties Bay to view a colony of endangered African penguins. You can spend the afternoon in the seaside resort town of Hermanus, famous for hundreds of Southern Right Whales during the whale season (July to November) and many shops, restaurants, and markets.

In the afternoon, you will drive on to Cape Agulhas, the most southern tip of Africa, where you visit a viewpoint known as the “real” place where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.

  • Included meals: Dinner
  • Included activities: Penguins at Betties Bay
  • Optional activities: Shark cage diving, 2880 ZAR and whale watching boat trip (in season, July - November), 900 ZAR
  • Overnight: Cape Agulhas/ Struisbaai

Day 2: Cape Agulhas - Route 62 - Oudtshoorn (330 km, approx 4 hours)

You travel to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, known as the Ostrich Capital of the World, via the spectacular Route 62, which is South Africa’s longest wine route. You will have a lovely lunch and wine tasting at a local winery, before experiencing the subterranean beauty of the Cango Caves on a guided adventure tour.

  • Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Included activities: Local wine tasting and Cango Caves tour
  • Overnight: Oudtshoorn

Day 3: Oudtshoorn - Wilderness - Knysna - Sedgefield (144 km, 2 hours)

After breakfast, you head over the marvelous Outeniqua Mountain pass where you will explore Wilderness National Park with some canoes. Enjoy a paddle up the Touw River through indigenous forest, enjoying the abundance of birdlife. After about 40 minutes, the canoes will be left for a 2 kilometers hike along a boardwalk, which will take you to a lovely waterfall and rock pools. After the canoeing, you will head to the famous town of Knysna via the lavish Lake District of the Garden Route. This up-market little town is filled with curios, restaurants, and a waterfront, where you will be able to relax and do some shopping. After Knysna, you will head to the Knysna Heads viewpoint for some magnificent views over Knysna River estuary and the Indian Ocean. Late afternoon you can spend exploring Sedgefield with its expansive views and beaches.

  • Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Included activities: Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park
  • Overnight: Sedgefield

Day 4: Sedgefield - Tsitsikamma - Addo area (320 km, approx. 4.5 hours)

After breakfast, off to Tsitsikamma National Park. En route you will stop at Bloukrans Bridge to view the world’s highest bungee jump bridge (216 meters). There is plenty of time for the adventure seekers among you to test their courage. The late morning will be spent in Tsitsikamma National Park with its unique combination of indigenous forest and beautiful Indian Ocean coastline. The park has a wide choice of activities for all, including hiking, crossing a suspension bridge and swimming. Early afternoon you will leave the Garden Route for Big 5 country, Addo.

  • Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Included activities: Entrance to Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Optional activities: 216 M Bloukrans bungee jump, 1400 ZAR and Zipline Adventure, 695 ZAR

Day 5: Addo - Port Elizabeth - Wilderness / Mossel Bay (415 km, approx. 5 hours)

You will spend the morning exploring Addo Elephant National Park. You will spend up to 2-3 hours exploring the 28,000-hectare national reserve with approximately 600 elephant and some Cape buffalo, lion, black rhino, warthog, zebra, eland, kudu, hartebeest, and many more animals. After an exciting morning of game viewing, you will drive back to the heart of the Garden Route where you will overnight in Wilderness or Mossel Bay.

  • Included meals: None
  • Included activities: Entrance and 2-3 hour drive with tour vehicle through Addo Elephant National Park
  • Optional activities: 2-hour open vehicle game drive with Addo field guide, 420 ZAR
  • Overnight: Wilderness / Mossel Bay

Day 6: Wilderness / Mossel Bay - Cape Town ( 450 km, approx. 4.5 hours)

After breakfast, you will stop in Mossel Bay to spend some time on the spectacular beaches, hike the Cape St. Blaize trail along the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean, or visit the famous Diaz Museum complex, commemorating the first known European exploration around the tip of Africa. The more adventurous can try a 10,000-foot tandem skydive or sand boarding on the longest dune in South Africa. You will arrive back to Cape Town / Stellenbosch in the early evening.

  • Included meals: Breakfast
  • Optional activities: 10,000 foot tandem skydive, 3300 ZAR (extra 600 ZAR for video), Sandboarding the longest dune in South Africa, 500 ZAR

Klein Karoo Route

Day 1: Cape Town - Barrydale - Oudtshoorn ( 422 km, approx. 5 hours)

You depart from Cape Town / Stellenbosch early on Monday morning. Your tour takes you to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, known as the Ostrich Capital of the World, via the spectacular Route 62, which is South Africa’s longest wine route. Enjoy a lovely lunch and wine tasting at a local winery, before experiencing the subterranean beauty of the Cango Caves on a guided adventure tour.

  • Included meals: Dinner
  • Included activities: Cango Caves adventure tour and local wine tasting
  • Overnight: Oudtshoorn

Day 2: Oudtshoorn - Wilderness - Knysna - Sedgefield (144 km, approx. 2 hours)

After breakfast you head over the marvellous Outeniqua Mountain pass where you will explore Wilderness National Park with some canoes. Enjoy a paddle up the Touw River through indigenous forest, enjoying the abundance of birdlife. After about 40 minutes, the canoes will be left for a 2 km hike along a boardwalk, which will take you to a lovely waterfall and rock pools. After the canoeing, you will head to the famous town of Knysna via the lavish Lake District of the Garden Route. This up-market little town is filled with curios, restaurants, and a waterfront, where you will be able to relax and do some shopping. After Knysna you will head to the Knysna Heads viewpoint for some magnificent views over Knysna River estuary and the Indian Ocean. Late afternoon you can spend exploring Sedgefield with its expansive views and beaches.

  • Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Included activities: Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park
  • Overnight: Sedgefield

Day 3: Sedgefield - Tsitsikamma - Addo area ( 320 km, approx. 4.5 hours)

After breakfast, off to Tsitsikamma National Park. En route you will stop at Bloukrans Bridge to view the world’s highest bungee jump bridge (216 meters). There is plenty of time for the adventure seekers among you to test their courage. The late morning will be spent in Tsitsikamma National Park with its unique combination of indigenous forest and beautiful Indian Ocean coastline. The park has a wide choice of activities for all, including hiking, crossing a suspension bridge and swimming. Early afternoon you will leave the Garden Route for big 5 country, Addo.

  • Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Included activities: Entrance to Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Optional activities: 216 M Bloukrans bungee jump, 1400 ZAR, Zipline Adventure, 695 ZAR

Day 4: Addo - Port Elizabeth - Wilderness / Mossel Bay (415 km, approx. 5 hours)

You will spend the morning exploring Addo Elephant National Park. You will spend up to 2-3 hours exploring the 28,000 hectare national reserve with approximately 600 elephant and some Cape buffalo, lion, black rhino, warthog, zebra, eland, kudu, hartebeest, and many more animals. After an exciting morning of game viewing you will drive back to the heart of the Garden Route where you will overnight in Wilderness or Mossel Bay.

  • Included meals: None
  • Included activities: Entrance and 2-3 hour drive with tour vehicle through Addo Elephant National Park
  • Optional activities: 2-hour open vehicle game drive with Addo field guide, 420 ZAR
  • Overnight: Wilderness / Mossel Bay

Day 5: Wilderness / Mossel Bay - Cape Agulhas ( 338 km, approx. 3.5 hours)

After breakfast you will stop in Mossel Bay to spend some time on the spectacular beaches, hike the Cape St. Blaize trail along the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean, and visit the famous Diaz Museum complex, commemorating 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-ride in South Africa. In the afternoon you will drive on to Cape Agulhas, the most southern tip of Africa, where you will visit a viewpoint known as the “real” place where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.

  • Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Optional activities: 10,000 foot tandem skydive, 3300 ZAR (extra 600 ZAR for video), Sand boarding the longest dune-ride in South Africa, 500 ZAR
  • Overnight: Cape Agulhas / Struisbaai

Day 6: Cape Agulhas - Hermanus - Cape Town (248 km, approx. 3 hours)

You depart from Cape Agulhas after breakfast. You will visit the seaside resort town of Hermanus, famous for hundreds of Southern Right Whales during the whale season (July to November) and many shops, restaurants, and markets. You will finish off on the scenic coastal road, stopping at Betties Bay to view a colony of endangered African penguins.

  • Included meals: Breakfast
  • Included activities: Penguins at Betties Bay
  • Optional activities: Whale watching boat trip (in season, July – November), 900 ZAR, Shark Cage Diving 2880 ZAR

Included excursions

  • Visit to the penguin colony at Betties Bay
  • Local wine tasting
  • Cango Caves tour
  • Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park
  • Entrance and 2-3-hour game drive with tour vehicle through Addo Elephant National Park

Location

This tour takes you to the famous South-African garden Route and also to Addo National Park for a game drive.

Food

You have included in the price breakfast except for day 1 and 5. Breakfasts typically include fruit, muesli, eggs, toast, yogurt, and cereals.

Dinners are also included every day except day 5, and are traditional South African meals, such as potjie (stew) and braai (barbecue). Please advise the hosts of any special dietary requirements in advance.

They are able to cater for vegetarian and vegan diets, but not strict gluten-free, lactose-free, or halal diets. Lunch and drinks are on guests’ own account. Dinners for all clients, including those staying at the guesthouse, usually take place at the backpackers.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Shark cage diving, 2880 ZAR
  • Whale watching boat trip (in season, July - November), 900 ZAR
  • 216 M Bloukrans bungee jump, 1400 ZAR
  • Zipline Adventure, 695 ZAR
  • 2-hour open vehicle game drive with Addo field guide, 420 ZAR
  • 10,000 foot tandem skydive, 3300 ZAR (extra 600 ZAR for video)
  • Sandboarding the longest dune in South Africa, 500 ZAR

What's included

  • Professional tour guide / driver
  • Pick up and drop off
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • 5 nights’ accommodation (backpacker or guesthouse options)
  • Klein Karoo Route: Dinners and breakfasts (except Day 4)
  • Overberg Route: Dinners and breakfasts (except Day 5)
  • Local wine tasting
  • Cango Caves adventure tour
  • Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park
  • Game viewing safari in Addo Elephant National Park
  • Hiking in Tsitsikamma National Park

What's not included

  • All optional activities
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast and dinner on day 5 for Overberg route and Day 4 for Klein Karoo Route

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cape Town International Airport (CPT). The organizer will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

Please note that for airport pick-ups on arrival, guests would have to land very early as the guide usually passes the airport around 08:00 a.m. There are also 2 hotels situated very close to the airport, which are great if guests are flying in the night before the tour departs as they would not have to arrange a transfer to the city.

Airport: Cape Town International Airport Airport transfer included: Cape Town International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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