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Garden Route + Addo
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5 Days / 4 Nights Trip to South Africa

Garden Route + Addo

Explore and experience the wild beauty of South Africa, it’s rugged landscapes and iconic wildlife.
Come discover the incredible diversity and beauty of South Africa on a journey that takes you to the country’s famed regions, and face-to-face with iconic wildlife.  Visit great game reserves and head out on thrilling safari drives to encounter lions, Cape buffalo, elephants, rhinos, leopards, small antelopes and more. Explore regions of quiet beauty, dotted with large green canyons, birdsong, immense waterfalls, and ever-changing skies.
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  • Duration
    5 Days
  • Starting From
    $758
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    HotSpot2C
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Explore Tsitsikamma National Park
Highlight #1
Explore Tsitsikamma National Park
Take a hike till the 77-metre suspension bridge which hangs dramatically above the Storms River Mouth where it enters the Indian Ocean, an instagrammer’s paradise!
Sandboard at Jeffrey’s Bay
Highlight #2
Sandboard at Jeffrey’s Bay
From first timers to advanced snowboarders, small dunes to bigger slopes, the J’bay dunes have plenty to offer. If you can stand, you can sandboard… it’s that simple!
Encounter the Big 5
Highlight #3
Encounter the Big 5
Accompanied by game rangers, set out on an early morning and evening game drives and discover the wonders of the South African bush.
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Road Trip around South Africa by Sergi Martínez Miró

Locations | Panorama Route, Blyde Canyon, Kruger National Park, Port Elizabeth, Jeffreys Bay (J-Bay), Tsitsikamma National Park, Storms River, Plettenberg Bay, Route 62, Hermanus and Cape Town.

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Itinerary

 Wilderness > Sedgefield

Start with a morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town.

In the anticipation of the journey to come, it’s easy to daydream and miss the ever-changing scenery on your first day’s drive from Cape Town. You’ll wind your way through mountain passes where lazy baboons line the roadside; through fertile micro-climates with rows and rows of grapevines and rolling farmlands. A morning stop at Riviersonderend allows those with change in their pockets to indulge in the South African penchant for home-baked pastry like the creamy and delicious milk tart (Melktert) that the country claims from its Dutch origins.

Onwards the abundance of aloe lining the roadside near Albertinia and provides plenty of Instagram opportunities with bigger-than-big succulents. By stark contrast, the oasis-like towns of Wilderness and George en route are surrounded by lush national parks and an afternoon canoe paddle provides the perfect setting to bird watch and enjoy the clean wild air.

For those that savour a relaxing evening, tonight’s end destination – the coastal towns of Sedgefield or Knysna – promises just that.

Garden Route > Jeffreys Bay

Pristine wild and adventure go hand in hand on this adrenaline-packed day. From a morning spent admiring the views from the imposing Knysna Heads to ocean and river views atop Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest commercial bridge bungy jump or ziplining over a gushing river gorge in the Tsitsikamma forest before you get 'me-time' to traverse more lush forests via suspension bridges and hiking trails in Tsitsikamma National Park. Choose your adrenalin activity; either Bungy & Zipline or Waterfall Zipline in nearby Tsitsikamma forest. Some forest free-time is on the schedule for those who don't want to partake in any of these optional activities.

The bungy bridge itself is fairly unassuming as you drive over it, but it’s pretty apparent from the squeals and screams that this isn’t your average photo stop. Here, seemingly normal people hurtle face first down the 216m drop only to spring back up on their elastic cord like a yo-yo. So if you're feeling daring, why not face your fears and have a go?

Or for those choosing a more relaxed thrill, zipline through dramatic scenery and over waterfalls in the nearby Tsitsikamma forest. Over 40 adrenaline-packed minutes you’ll complete eight individual slides (the longest is 211 metres in length), traverse no less than three waterfalls and slide down one breath-taking gorge. 

This region is a playground for the outdoors, and for those who'd prefer to keep their feet on solid ground a visit to the lush forests of the Tsitsikamma area provides the requisite photo opportunity. From birding to game spotting and waterfall chasing; your Tsitsikamma to-do list will be absolutely jam-packed. 

As you head to the coastal belt, paradise-like towns such as Plettenberg Bay show why it and the Tsitsikamma National Park are favourites with holidaying locals aplenty. The short but steep walk to Tsitsikamma’s suspension bridge is worth it for the views alone and you’ll likely get a thrill as fellow explorers test its swing factor.

The large white caps (or seahorses as the locals call the wave crests) of Jeffreys Bay mark your departure from the official Garden Route and your arrival into South Africa’s quintessential ‘Surf City’. Hang ten with the locals, hire a board and hit the beach, sandboard on the dunes, shop and slip into a relaxed frame of mind.

Addo National Park > Jeffreys Bay

A pre-dawn wake-up call might seem hard to take at first, but trust me, it’s worth getting an early start for your Addo game drive to see even more wildlife as the bush awakes. Your guide will use their experience to pinpoint the whereabouts of the park’s big game animals while deftly navigating the maze of dusty dirt roads in search of most of the Big Five from the safety of the tour van.

The early morning start means free time in the afternoon and J’Bay’s surf shop village – with its discount outlets – is perfect for shopaholics. But, if you’ve always fancied learning to surf, then this town or the sand slopes beyond it are the places to put your goofy foot forward and try to surf, opt to try sandboarding or a calming beach horse ride along a secluded beach near J'bay.

Oudtshoorn

South Africa delivers on its contrasts with landscape and lifestyle as you leave the Indian Ocean shoreline behind and wind your way through the Langkloof Mountains to the arid lands of the Klein Karoo. Here, the ostrich reigns supreme. Bird-filled paddocks line the highway with colourful feather stalls and show farms around every corner as you head into Oudtshoorn. The palatial sandstone homesteads stand tall, harking back to an era when ostrich feathers were worth more than gold. 

A visit to the Cango Ostrich Show Farm gives you a glimpse into the farming industry, allowing you to observe the world’s biggest bird beak-to-beak. 

Now it's time to delve deep underground into the magical Cango Caves' limestone chambers, alive with drip formation stalactites and stalagmites and remnants of Khoikhoi paintings. Opt for the easy-going Heritage Tour to test the cave’s acoustics and gain insights into the formation and dripstone evolution. Or, by contrast, the Adventure Tour allows would-be contortionists to squeeze, twist and wiggle their way through limestone chimneys on a rather more adventurous underground route. 

Subject to availability, return to the wild for an optional 4x4 bush drive with a knowledgeable game ranger at Buffelsdrift Private Game Reserve for a possible sighting of resident wildlife. This bush safari will bring you closer to nature as you traverse the tranquil reserve and learn more about the local flora.

Oudtshoorn hospitality is second-to-none, and the serving sizes are generous. Ostrich steak or kebabs complete the experience for those with an adventurous appetite. If you have the chance to try the Karoo lamb or local ostrich, don’t be shy – they are delicious.

Oudtshoorn

As dawn breaks in Oudtshoorn, South Africa’s sunniest town, join an optional stroll with rescued elephants - you are in Africa after all - along the dam wall at the Buffelsdrift Private Game Reserve. Gentle giants, Jabari, Malaika and Bulelo made this their home after their parents were poached in the north of South Africa. This experience will have you following in their massive footsteps, making memories you'll never forget. 

After your morning adventure, it’s time to head back to Cape Town along the famous Route 62, modelled after America’s Route 66, but with a distinctly local flavour. Route 62 is more than just burgers and beers, farm stalls or small country towns, the highway is also the longest wine route in the Western Cape. Oenophiles will be in their element with a wine pit stop to sample wines en route to Cape Town.

Inclusions

 Guide - Led by a local English-speaking professional tour guide.

 Transport - Transfers to included tour highlights. 

 Pick-up + Drop-off - There is no central meeting point for this tour. A transfer service will collect you from your Cape Town accommodation.

 Accommodation - 4 nights accommodation according to your Ways 2 Stay package.

 Breakfast - 4 x Breakfasts included

Not Included

 Additional 5% GST

 Optionals

 Flights - Local and international flights are excluded.

 Travel Insurance

 Lunch, Dinner + Drinks - You can purchase meals + drinks on tour.

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