Project Description

Garden Route, Karoo and Addo Wonders

9 Days

Cape Town to Cape Town

SCHEDULED GUIDED TOUR
TISD 45

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TRAVEL WITH A PURPOSE

Admire the open spaces of the Karoo; the vastness of Addo and marvel at the sights and sounds of the Garden Route’s coastal roads.

Languages Bilingual – English and German
Departure days Selected Tuesdays
Departure locations Sea Point hotels ±07h30
Waterfront hotels ±08h00
City hotels ± 08h15
Collection times vary; are subject to the hotel collection route and will be confirmed, via the hotel, the day prior to departure
Vehicle Luxury sedan or minibus
Group size 14 guests per vehicle
Additional Touring Options

Private tour: Itinerary available on a private basis departing on selected days • On request and subject to availability (not available on Freesale) • Departure on any other day is subject to availability and  a surcharge may apply • Public attractions will not be private • Other language tour guides available on request.

Self-drive tour: Available on selected days • Entrance fees and excursions not included • Other day departures are subject to availability and a surcharge may apply.

Accommodation 4 and 5-star hotels
Meals 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
Entrance Fees
Camdeboo National Park, Addo Elephant National Park conservation fee, Garden Route National Park conservation fee (Storm’s River), Agulhas Lighthouse Museum
Excursions
Ostrich farm tractor tour, Cango Caves heritage tour, Valley of Desolation tour, full day open safari vehicle game drive, sunset Knysna oyster cruise
Green Seat
SANParks Honorary Rangers, Endangered Wildlife Trust, Trees for Tourism

Excluded: Travel insurance • Flights • Visa fees • Airport transfers • Porterage • 8 lunches, 6 dinners • Optional excursions • Gratuities •  Personal expenses

Optional excursions en route: Morning meerkat adventure (pre-booking required) • Midday Featherbed Nature Reserve eco experience including lunch in Knysna • Local farm produce tasting in Swellendam

 Departure Dates 

Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
10, 24 8 12, 26 9, 23 9, 23 6, 20 4 1 6 3, 17, 31 14, 28 12, 26
  • Valley of Desolation sundowners
  • Addo Elephant National Park
  • ‘Big 5’ open safari vehicle game viewing
  • Experience Crossing the Storms River suspension bridge
  • Sunset Knysna oyster cruise
  • Shore-based whale watching in season
  • Stand at the southern most tip of Africa

Day 1 | Tuesday

CAPE TOWN to OUDTSHOORN via ROUTE 62 (±420km)

Guests travel inland via Route 62 to Oudtshoorn. This route introduces guests to the southern Cape, including the Cape Winelands and the semi-arid Klein Karoo. Enjoy lunch and wine tasting (both for own account) en route. The tour arrives in Oudtshoorn, late afternoon, home to over 400 ostrich farms and several so-called ‘Feather Mansions’. Relax and take pleasure in Klein Karoo hospitality. Guests enjoy dinner in town (own account).

Overnight at Queens Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Day 2 | Wednesday

FULL DAY in OUDTSHOORN

At dawn, guests take a short hike to a meerkat-burrow and be party first-hand to their social structures and behaviour (own account and weather dependant). After breakfast at the hotel, guests can enjoy the day in and around Oudtshoorn, visiting the famous Cango Caves, a primary school witnessing a local upliftment success story (time permitting), and an ostrich farm. Guests enjoy lunch (own account) at the ostrich farm before boarding a tractor for a guided tour. Return to Oudtshoorn and visit the CP Nel Museum (own account), declared a National Monument in 1980. Spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying the sights and sounds of the Klein Karoo and its people. Savour dinner in town (own account).

Overnight at Queens Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Day 3 | Thursday

OUDTSHOORN to GRAAFF-REINET (±320km)

The tour departs for the historic town of Graaff-Reinet. Guests embark on a guided tour to the Valley of Desolation and experience the hauntingly beautiful “Cathedral of the Mountains” in the Camdeboo National Park. Guests overnight at the Drostdy Hotel; built on the site of the first magistrate’s court dating back to 1806, and enjoy dinner at the hotel (own account).

Overnight at Drostdy Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Day 4 | Friday

GRAAFF-REINET to ADDO (±238km)

Guests enjoy a leisurely breakfast followed by a walk in town, which boasts more proclaimed national monuments than any other town in South Africa. Guests enjoy lunch (own account) en route to the Zuurberg mountains, adjacent the Addo Elephant National Park. The park is home to more than 450 elephants, 400 Cape buffalo, over 48 endangered black rhino and other plains game. Lion and spotted hyena have recently been re-introduced to the area. Dinner is served at the hotel.

Overnight at Zuurberg Mountain Village or similar – Dinner and breakfast.

Day 5 | Saturday

ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK

Following breakfast, guests depart for a full days game drive in the Addo Elephant National Park, stopping for lunch in the park. Guests return to the hotel for dinner before retiring for the night.

Overnight at Zuurberg Mountain Village or similar – Dinner, lunch, breakfast, and a game excursion.

Day 6 | Sunday

ADDO to KNSYNA via TSITSIKAMMA FOREST (±360km)

After breakfast the tour departs for the Garden Route, a region acclaimed for its diversity and extraordinary scenery. Guests will stop at Storms River and enjoy a short walk to the suspension bridge to take in the views. Guests enjoy lunch (own account) in the mystical Tsitsikamma forest, renowned for its endemic diversity and dramatic coastline. Guests enjoy dinner at the hotel (own account).

Overnight at The Rex Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Day 7 | Monday

FULL DAY AT LEISURE in KNYSNA

Following breakfast, guests spend the day at leisure or on optional excursions in and around Knysna. Guests can visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve (own account, including lunch). The local tour guide will share tales about Knysna whilst guests enjoy panoramic views on board the ferry and a Unimog-drawn trailer. An optional 2.2km guided nature walk, through the forest and along the coast, is recommended. Enjoy a buffet lunch at the Forest Restaurant, a unique outdoor restaurant under a canopy of milkwood trees, on the edge of the lagoon. In the late afternoon, guests board a boat and enjoy a relaxed and informative sunset Knysna oyster tour. The cruise goes to the Knysna Heads, where an amazing photo opportunity awaits. Guests are served with wine and fresh oysters on the return trip, while kept entertained and informed on the natural elements of the lagoon and the history of Knysna. Guests dine at the hotel (own account).

Overnight at The Rex Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Day 8 | Tuesday

KNYSNA to HERMANUS via CAPE AGULHAS (±540km)

The tour departs for Hermanus via Cape Agulhas and a brief stop in Swellendam. Swellendam is locally acclaimed for its youngberries, eclectic architecture, adventure activities and national parks. Enjoy lunch (own account) en route. The tour continues to the coast and Africa’s southern-most tip at Cape Agulhas. Guests visit the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse Museum, the third lighthouse to be built in South Africa and the second oldest still in operation today, as well as the new map of Africa landmark. Further west, the town of Hermanus on Walker Bay, affords guests unparalleled scenery, modern infrastructure and an upmarket shopping experience. Guests dine at the hotel or in town (own account).

Overnight at Arabella Spa & Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Day 9 | Wednesday

HERMANUS to CAPE TOWN via FRANSCHHOEK (±190km)

Guests enjoy breakfast before the tour departs for one of South Africa’s oldest towns, Franschhoek, en route to Cape Town. The tour follows the scenic drive through Villiersdorp, situated in the Overberg, before arriving in Franschhoek, a town lauded for world-class cuisine and extensive cellars. Enjoy lunch (own account) in town. Guests experience authentic history and walk the path of Nelson Mandela’s own walk to freedom to the then Victor Verster Prison, now the Drakenstein Correctional Centre, outside Franschhoek. Guests visit the location and road where the late Nelson Mandela ended his long walk to freedom. Guests continue to Cape Town, where the tour ends.

RECOMMENDED PRE-TOUR HOTEL

aha Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites

Location: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

  • Easy access to the V&A Waterfront
  • Walking distance from the Cape Town International Convention Centre
  • Artscape Theatre for opera, ballet, and drama nearby

RECOMMENDED PRE TOUR

Cape Highlights (TITC)
  • Full day tour
  • Experience and taste the best of what Cape Town has to offer, in a day
  • Wine tasting
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RECOMMENDED POST-TOUR HOTEL

Protea Hotel by Marriott Balalaika Sandton

Location: Sandton

  • Walking distance to Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square
  • Ideal for business or leisure travellers
  • Popular Bull Run Restaurant

RECOMMENDED POST TOUR

Safari and City Short Break (TISD 03)
  • 3 Days
  • ‘Big 5’ game viewing activities
  • Soweto bicycle tour
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Guests travelling on this tour support GREEN SEAT to conserve South Africa’s

PEOPLE

PLANET

WILDLIFE

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