5 days – Garden Route to Addo

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5 days
Accommodated Group Tour
Cape Town - Cape Town
South Africa
Min Age : 16
Max People : 12
Tour Details

The ultimate Garden Route and Eastern Cape experience. Spot abundant wildlife by exploring three national parks along the south eastern coast – including Tsitsikamma -, Wilderness- and Addo National Park. Swim in the Indian Ocean, surf the famous waves of J’bay, have close encounters with ostriches, cheetah, elephants and even walking with lions! Set your sense of adventure free and get your adrenaline pumping by taking part in a selection of exhilarating adventure activities, like Bungy jumping & Waterfall Ziplining in paradise.


Route 62; Boplaas Wine Tasting; Ostrich Farm Visit in Oudtshoorn; Cango Caves; Heritage or Adventure Visit; Wilderness Canoeing; Knysna Heads Walk; Tsitsikamma National Park; Addo Game Drive in Tour Vehicle; Chill Out at J’Bay; 


Accommodation is included in the tour price. You will stay at BACKPACKER hostel/s with lively atmosphere and shared bathrooms. You can upgrade if you want to a single room or a guesthouse with en-suite facilities. Contact us for more rates.


  • Minimum age 16


You can decide if you want to do these and book & pay for it on tour. Some optionals are seasonal or subject to weather conditions.

  • Elephant Experience
  • Bungy Jump
  • Waterfall Zipline 
  • Addo 4×4 Game Drive 
  • Lion Walk
  • Cheetah Encounter 
  • Croc cage dive 

Departure & Return Location

Cape Town – Cape Town

Departure Time

You will be picked up from your accommodation in Cape Town or Stellenbosch on day 1 of the tour early morning.

Price Includes

  • Pickup & Drop-off service
  • Transfers to tour highlights
  • Insured & licensed mini-van
  • English speaking, local qualified guide
  • 4 nights accommodation including breakfast
  • Route 62 Wine Tasting
  • Ostrich Farm Visit
  • Cango Caves Tour
  • Wilderness Canoeing
  • Tsitsikamma National Park Explore
  • Addo Game Drive in Tour Vehicle
  • Flexible payment options in multiple currencies
  • No booking or credit card fees
  • Coverage by Guarantee Fund

Price Excludes

  • Lunch, dinner and drinks excluded. You’ll get the opportunity to experience a choice of local eating spots en route.
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance (bookable via African Travels)
  • Flights (bookable via African Travels)
  • Departure tax
  • Optional activities are not included but also not compulsory. It can be booked with your tour guide and paid directly to the activity provider on tour. Bungy & zipline at Bloukrans Bridge ±R1400 Tsitsikamma Waterfall Zipline ± R600 Botlierskop 4x4 Safari ± R600 Addo 4x4 Safari ± R500 Elephant Bush Walk ± R500 Surfboard Hire ±R100 OR Sandboarding ±R300 OR Beach Horseback Riding ±R500 ± Rates for optional activities are only an indication and subject to change by season or third party suppliers.
  • Items of a personal nature, tips
  • COVID related expenses

Day 1Cape Town - Oudtshoorn


Route 62 Wine Tasting
Optional Elephant Bush Walk

Early morning pick up from your accommodation in Cape Town CBD or Stellenbosch (usually between 6 to 8am, subject to traffic and your drop-off address.) You can receive your pickup time a day before.

Start this epic road trip journeying along the ever-changing scenery on your first day’s drive from Cape Town to the Southern Cape. Wind your way through mountain passes where lazy baboons line the roadside; rolling farmlands and fertile microclimates with rows and rows of grapevines.

Get ready for the famous Route 62, modeled after America’s Route 66, but with a distinctly local flavour and the longest wine route in the world. The Route 62 is more than just a leisurely drive – showcasing local culture, food, larger-than-life local characters and world-class wines. Wine lovers will be in their element with a Wine Tasting pit stop to sample some of the local produce about midway to your overnight stop. Few things are more beautiful to behold than the innate majestic beauty of this Valley of Wine with a glass of wine in hand.

Complete the day with a journey through the landscape of rugged plains and towering cliffs to reach Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world, situated in the semi-desert Klein Karoo. Those seeking a close encounter with Mother Nature can join rangers on an optional Elephant Educational Bush Walk at the Buffelsdrift private game reserve. Follow these three rescued elephants; Jabari, Malaika and Bulelo, as they walk to the waterhole. These gentle giants were orphaned when their parents were poached in the north of South Africa. In efforts to keep the family together, they were transferred to Buffelsdrift, bringing their boisterous personalities with them. You are free to take pictures from a distance and can ask the rangers as many questions as you wish as you walk in their massive footsteps.

You’ll spend the evening here at leisure in this countryside town of Oudtshoorn. Either ask your guide to help you book a restaurant or taste local delights, such as ostrich “sosaties” (kebabs) and “pot brood” (bread cooked on open flames) at an optional ‘braai’ (bbq) experience and spend the evening around a crackling fire under the vast twinkling starry country sky.

We prefer to use the following accommodation options, but this is subject to availability.
If unavailable for this tour date, a similar standard of accommodation will be booked.

Saver package: Uthando Backpackers (Shared bathroom)
Comfort package: 3 star Yamkela Guest House (En-suite bathroom)
Deluxe package: 4 star Buffelsdrift Lodge (En-suite bathroom)

Day 2Oudtshoorn - Greater Addo Region


Ostrich Farm Visit
Cango Caves Tour

Wake up in Oudsthoorn, where the ostrich reigns supreme. If you haven’t picked it up from the bird-filled paddocks and farms lining the highway or the colourful feather stalls on the way to town centre, you will from the many show farm signs and the palatial sandstone homesteads that hark back to an era when ostrich feathers were worth more than gold. 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 and test the toughness of the shells. Ostrich steak or kebabs complete the experience for those with an adventurous appetite.

Head to the mountains to 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 Heritage Tour to test the cave’s acoustics and gain insights your guide provides into the formation and dripstone evolution. By contrast, the Adventure Tour (if available) allows would-be contortionists to squeeze, twist and wiggle their way through limestone chimneys on a rather more adventurous underground route.

As you journey to the world-renowned Greater Addo Region the dusty plains of the Klein Karoo morphs into a greener horizon. This small citrus farming community lies in the Sundays River Valley surrounded by the Zuurberg Mountains that offer some spectacular hiking and game viewing in a malaria free area. Tonight you’ll stay overnight close to Addo National Park, falling asleep to the sounds of the wild and ready to go on safari first thing in the morning.
We prefer to use the following accommodation options, but this is subject to availability. If unavailable for this tour date, a similar standard of accommodation will be booked.

Saver package: Avoca Cabins Backpackers Lodge (Shared bathroom)
Comfort package: 3 star Gerald’s Gift Guesthouse (En-suite bathroom)
Deluxe package: 4 star Addo Wildlife Stay Lodge (En-suite bathroom)

Day 3Addo to Jeffreys' Bay


Optional 4×4 Addo Safari
Tour Bus Game Drive in Addo National Park
Optional Surfing or Beach horseback ride or Sandboarding
An early wake-up call might seem hard to take at first, but trust us, it’s worth getting to Addo Elephant National Park at dawn to see even more wildlife as the bush awakes. Your guide will use local knowledge to pinpoint the whereabouts of the park’s big game animals while deftly navigating the maze of dusty dirt roads in search of some of the Big Five animals.
Those who opt to partake in the optional 4×4 Addo Safari get double the chance to spot more of the wildlife.

From safari to surf; after the morning of safari adventures the journey continues towards the coast. The large white caps (or seahorses as the locals call the surf break) of Jeffreys Bay herald your arrival into South Africa’s quintessential ‘Surf City’. Hang ten with the locals and slip into a relaxed frame of mind at the beach while enjoying the warmer Indian ocean waters. Shopaholics can visit the JBay’s surf wear shoppers village or if you’ve always fancied surfing at this world famous surf spot ; then put your goofy foot forward and go for it. Opt to fill your afternoon with a choice of the following optionals: book Surfing equipment (or surf lessons if time permits), Beach Horseback Riding or try Sandboarding as an alternative way to adventure along the sandy coastline.

End the day with dinner at your accommodation or a night out to a local delicacy seafood restaurant, as the gentle waves lap against the shore.

We prefer to use the following accommodation options, but this is subject to availability. If unavailable for this tour date, a similar standard of accommodation will be booked.

Saver package: Island Vibe Backpackers (Shared bathroom)
Comfort package: 3 star Sea Whisper Guesthouse (En-suite bathroom)
Deluxe package: 4 star On The Beach Guesthouse (En-suite bathroom)

Day 4Jeffrey's Bay to Sedgefield, Wilderness


Optional Waterfall Zipline
Optional Bloukrans Bungy Jump
Tsitsikamma National Park Walk
Knysna Heads Walk

Pristine lush landscapes and adventure go hand in hand on this adrenaline-packed day… from ziplining over gushing river gorges, breathtakingly-beautiful ocean and river views atop Bloukrans Bridge and exploring dense forests along suspension bridges and footpaths in Tsitsikamma National Park – today is all about the “garden” of the Garden Route!
Calling all adrenalin junkies: Get ready for the highest Bungy Bridge Jump in the world. 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?
For a more relaxed thrill, Waterfall Ziplining through dramatic scenery and over waterfalls in the nearby Tsitsikamma forest. You’ll complete about five individual slides (the longest is 211 meters in length), zip over three waterfalls and slide down one impressive 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 National Park is sure to provide your essential forest fix. From birding to game spotting and waterfall chasing; your Tsitsikamma to-do list will be absolutely jam-packed. A short but steep walk to Tsitsikamma’s suspension bridge is worth it for the views alone, but the abundant reptile and bird wildlife, secret waterfall and sandy beach is waiting to amaze and delight you along the forest footpaths.
As you head along the coastal belt, the paradise-like coastal towns show off and display why this region is a favourite with holiday goers and locals alike. Stop for the obligatory photo op at Knysna Heads, a pair of rocky sandstone cliffs on the edge of the lagoon, to drink in the exquisitely scenic lagoon views surrounded by ancient forests.
Spend the evening soaking in the slow town way of life in Sedgefield, Wilderness. Take a walk along the uninterrupted sandy beach shores at sunset, this place oozes serenity, the ideal way to reset your inner calm. After your recharged stroll check out the rustic beach restaurant if you are in Sedgefield or venture into town for a more intimate dinner if you overnight in the Wilderness area.

We prefer to use the following accommodation options, but this is subject to availability. If unavailable for this tour date, a similar standard of accommodation will be booked.

Saver package: Pili Pili Cabanas Backpackers (Shared bathroom)
Comfort package: 3 star Wilderness Beach Resort (En-suite bathroom)
Deluxe package: 4 star Dolphin Dunes Guesthouse (En-suite bathroom)

Day 5Sedgefield, Wilderness to Cape Town


Wilderness Canoeing
Optional Botlierskop 4×4 Safari or MosselBay beach & walk to St.Blaize lighthouse

Today starts off strong with another beautiful and exciting trip passing oasis-like towns along the ocean-lined route hugged by forested national parks. Take to the water for a leisurely morning Wilderness Canoeing session along the reed-lined river banks, but it’s not until you stop paddling and let the gentle current guide you, that the abundance of birdlife becomes apparent.

Venture further along the Garden Route’s N2 national road on your return trip to the Cape for a stop at a seaside village called Mossel Bay. Choose between another optional Botlierskop 4×4 Safari drive at this private game reserve or visit Mossel Bay’s Diaz Beach after a leisurely walk to the Cape St Blaize trail to the lighthouse.

After all the excitement of the week; ticking off the region’s bucket list items and exploring the best spots of the Garden Route and beyond, you’ll say your goodv=byes as you reach Cape Town or Stellenbosch.

Usually drop off times vary between +/- 8 to 10pm


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Couple Traveller

We had a Fantastic time with JP he was great. We saw a lot and had a great time in South Africa. We toured the garden route and walked with the elephants and had fun on the zip line

June 6, 2019


Couple Traveller

Great experience and interesting variety of activities. Everything along the journey fine with regular stops to relax. Afrovibe is my favourite accommodation and very lovely and clean. Great value: guide, activities top!

June 3, 2019

Anirban Banerjee

Solo Traveller

Great tour package, lots of fun and many included highlights. I will do it again.

April 11, 2019


Solo Traveller

Favourite was the last one accmmodation at Paradise Backpackers, such a fun tour overall too.

April 11, 2019