overland tours

7 Day Cape to Addo Garden Route Safari

The Cape to Addo tour has been put together to take in the best highlights of South Africa’s famous Garden Route. The trip will show you some of the lesser known areas of the garden route and no area is left unexplored as we start out from Cape Town city centre heading along the whale route, route 62, the karoo and garden route until we reach Jeffrey’s Bay, Mandela Bay and Port Elizabeth. From here we then visit the Great Addo Elephant National park for an unforgettable wildlife experience before returning to Cape Town.

This overland adventure is packed full of adventure and offer a true African experience, highlights include, Ski Boat Cruise, Caving, Zip Lining, Elephant feeding, Game Drives surfing and much, much more.

Full Course Details

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Project Type: Overland Tour – 7 Days.

Location: Cape Town, Little Karoo, Oudtshoorn, Garden Route, Knysna, Tsitsikamma, Sundays River Valley, Addo National Park, Jeffreys Bay, Sedgefield.

Pick Up Point: Cape Town, Various locations.

Duration: 7 Days.

Price: from £550.

Start Dates: All year round, guaranteed departures on a Sunday.

Accommodation: Backpacked accommodation with upgrade options, see accommodation tab for full details.

Meals: Three meals a day included in tour price.

Age Range: N/A.

FURTHER INFO

Day 1 ǀ Overberg, Whale Route, Cape Agulhus

Departing Cape Town at 8:30 am and Stellenbosch at 9:30 am, our exciting journey begins today as we join the world famous whale route in Gordons Bay for a stunning drive along the picturesque R44 mountain pass overlooking False Bay to the vibrant coastal town of Hermanus. After an opportunity to take some photographs and a picnic lunch on the seafront, we continue to Birkenhead Brewery to sample some fine beers before moving on to the southernmost tip of Africa in Cape Agulhas National Park.

After a visit to the lookout point we make our way to the harbour where there is an option to embark on an exciting ski‐boat cruise to search for dolphin and whales (June to November). After our cruise we take a walk back to our accommodation along “Die Plaat”, the longest beach in the Southern Hemisphere. This day is designed to be a relaxing one for you to get to know your fellow travellers, to get used to travelling in our vehicle and to settle into the comfortable routine of life on tour.

Meals – Breakfast, Dinner.
Accommodation – Backpacker dorm: Cape Agulhas Backpackers: www.capeaulhasbackpackers.com.
Facilities – Shared ablutions, bar, internet, swimming pool.
Route – Cape Town to Struisbaai ±260 km.
Travel time – ±4 hrs.
Included Highlight – Beer/wine tasting at Birkenhead Brewery.
Optional Activities – Shark cage diving, Ski‐boat cruise (possible whale viewing June – Nov).

Day 2 ǀ Little Karoo, Route 62, Oudtshoorn

Driving inland this morning our journey takes us north through rolling wheat fields to the Langeberg Mountains and on to the pristine semi‐desert environment of the Little Karoo. Shortly after Barrydale on Route 62, we stop at Warmwaterberg Spa for lunch and a relaxing swim in 43‐degree natural hot springs.

In the afternoon we drive through Ladismith and Carlitzdorp to the capital of the Little Karoo, Oudtshoorn. Known asthe ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn is situated in a beautiful valley between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountains. Here there is an option to view and ride one of these prehistoric birds on a working farm or go on a guided tour of the Cango Endangered Wildlife Ranch for an opportunity to pet cheetah, cage dive with crocodiles and view many rare and endangered animal species.

Meals – Breakfast, Dinner.
Accommodation – Backpacker dorm: Paradise Backpackers: www.backpackersparadise.net.
Facilities – Shared ablutions, bar, internet, swimming pool.
Route – Struisbaai to Oudtshoorn ±340 km.
Travel time – ±5 hrs.
Included Highlight – Entrance to Warmwaterberg Hot Springs.
Optional Activities – Cango Ostrich Farm, Cango Endangered Wildlife Ranch, Pet a hand raised cheetah, Cage diving with crocodiles.

Day 3 ǀ Garden Route, Knysna, Tsitsikamma

We begin the day with a short 20km drive to the magnificent Cango Caves. Here we’ll embark on a 1‐hour guided tour of the cave system to view its massive caverns and a wonderland of stalactite and stalagmite formations, millions of years old. Cango Caves is a world heritage site and one of the great wonders of the natural world.

After our visit to the caves, we leave the Karoo and travel 60km to the coast through the magnificent Outeniqua Pass. Entering the Garden Route for the first time in George and take a leisurely drive up the coast to Knysna, rated South Africa’s most beautiful town. Here we’ll take a walk to the entrance of the lagoon to explore the captivating scenery surrounding the famous Knysna Heads.

In the afternoon we drive to the highest road bridge in Africa at Bloukrans Bridge. At a height of 216m this is also the site of the highest bungy jump in the world! For those wishing to take the leap, this is your opportunity!

Meals – Breakfast, Dinner.
Accommodation – Backpacker dorm: Tube n Axe: www.tubenaxe.co.za.
Facilities – Shared ablutions, bar,free wi‐fi.
Route – Oudtshoorn to Storms River Village ±220 km.
Travel Time – ±3 hrs.
Included Highlight – Standard or adventure guided tour of Cango Caves.
Optional Activities – Bloukrans bungy jump (216m), Bloukrans bridge walking tour.

Day 4 ǀ Tsitsikamma, Sundays River Valley

This morning you have the opportunity to explore the Tsitsikamma National Park, either via a hike across the suspension bridge at Storms River Mouth or by means backwater tubing. Tubing is a unique, four hour fun adventure, filled with splashing, swimming, rock jumping, kloofing and hiking (seasonal). The National Park, declared in 1964, encompasses a marine reserve made up of 80km of coastline and offers magnificent scenery.

Approximately 30% of the park is covered in fynbos, scattered amongst the forest vegetation, boasting a wide variety of beautiful flowers, including proteas and heath. Many species of forest, fynbos and sea birds are present.

We stop off at the fun waterfall zipline at Tsitsikamma Falls Adventures. This “foefie‐slide” tour takes you on 8 cable rides over the Kruis River and down a ravine over three waterfalls.

Afterwards we make our way inland towards Addo and our accommodation for the night, in the Sundays River Valley. Set in a wild and scenic location on the banks of the Sundays River, we take the time to relax under the African sun as well as explore the river by canoe. Around the campfire tonight, this is what you’ve come to experience … Wild Africa at her enigmatic best!

Meals – Breakfast, Dinner.
Accommodation – Backpacker dorm: Avoca River Cabins: http://www.gardenroute.co.za/addo/avoca/.
Facilities – Shared ablutions, swimming, canoeing.
Route – Storms River Village to Sundays River Valley ±220 km.
Travel Time – ±3 hrs.
Included Highlight – Canoeing on Sundays River.
Optional Activities – Entrance to Tsitsikamma National Park, Tsitsikamma Blackwater Tubing, Tsitsikamma Falls Zipline.

Day 5 ǀ Addo National Park, Jeffrey’s Bay

Up early this morning, we begin our Addo Park Safari along a network of winding roads stopping regularly for photographs and information on the animals we encounter along the way. On our game drive we’ll also disembark from our vehicle at the main lookout point for a spectacular view over the evergreen wilderness that is Addo. After our game drive we’ll take lunch at the park restaurant before a leisurely drive down to the coast and Port Elizabeth.

Proclaimed a National Park in 1931, this malaria free, 145 000 ha. Park, extends all the way down to the Indian Ocean and is home to the densest African Elephant population on earth, totalling over 500 elephant.

After lunch in the park we head to Port Elizabeth if anyone needs to be dropped off here. A major sea port and tourist destination, Port Elizabeth is set along the beautiful shores of Algoa Bay and is fondly referred to as the Friendly City. We then head for the pristine beaches of Jeffrey’s Bay! Renowned the world over as one of the best surfing waves on the planet, we’ll take time out to view the waves at “supertubes” before exploring the town and visiting the ever‐popular surf wear factory shops i.e.: Billabong, Rip Curl, Roxy, Quicksilver and more. You have to chance to rent a board to experience the waves for yourself or do a surf lesson.

Meals – Breakfast, Dinner.
Accommodation – Backpacker dorm: Island Vibe J‐Bay: www.islandvibe.co.za.
Facilities – Shared ablutions, bar, restaurant, internet.
Route – Sundays River Valley to Jeffrey’s Bay ±200 km.
Travel Time – ±3 hrs.
Included Highlight – Entrance fee and 3 hour game drive in Addo National Park.
Optional Activities – 2 Hour game drive with 4×4 vehicle in Addo National Park, Surfboard & wetsuit rental, Surfing lessons, Beach horse ride.

Day 6 ǀ The Crags Elephant Sanctuary & Monkeyland, Sedgefield

This morning we begin our relaxing journey back to Cape Town with our first stop for the day at the Crags Orphaned Elephant Sanctuary for a truly wonderful close encounter experience. Here you have an opportunity to walk, feed and ride an African elephant while receiving instruction from a knowledgeable African guide.

After the Sanctuary we continue down the Garden Route, stopping occasionally to take in anything we may have missed on our way up. We arrive at our accommodation overlooking the sea at Myoli Beach in Sedgefield. Situated right on the beach and close to the Swartvlei Lagoon, here are loads of water sports and other activities to partake in for the remainder of the afternoon before a delicious dinner.

Meals – Breakfast, Dinner.
Accommodation – Backpacker dorm: Afrovibe Backpackers: www.afrovibes.co.za.
Facilities – Shared ablutions, bar, restaurant, free wi‐fi.
Route – Jeffrey’s Bay to Sedgefield: ±220 km.
Travel Time – ±2 hrs.
Optional Activities – Elephant Sanctuary, Monkeyland, Paragliding, Kite/Wakeboarding lessons, Various board rentals at Myoli Beach.

Day 7 ǀ Return to Cape Town via Sir Lowry’s Pass

After breakfast overlooking the ocean in Sedgefield, we start our journey back to Cape Town. We visit an Aloe factory in Albertinia and enjoy a wonderful scenic drive via Swellendam and Sir Lowry’s Pass. We arrive in Cape Town early Saturday afternoon.

Meals – Breakfast.
Route – Sedgefield to Cape Town: ±470 km.
Travel Time – ±5-6 hrs.

Tour Ends

We will drop you off back at your original pick up point in the Cape Town city centre unless otherwise requested. Drop offs at Cape Town International Airport can be arranged. We generally arrive back in Cape Town between 14:00 and 15:00 in the afternoon, although this cannot be guaranteed. Please inform us if you have to be back at a certain time on the last day upon making your booking.

Location
Where You'll Stay

ACCOMMODATION

Activities on Tour
There are a range of activities that can be done on tour to fully experience the areas visited and to get a feel for their unique offerings. The included activities are of such a nature that anybody on tour can partake in them and are not physically demanding in any way. The optional activities, as outlined in the itinerary, are optional because not everybody on tour may want to do them (like the world’s highest bungy!). Please note that the rates for these activities can change without prior notice and are thus not included in the itinerary. For a guideline of the rates of these activities, please see the end of this document (credit cards can be used to pay for the various optional activities on tour).

Vehicle
We use new, air‐conditioned vehicles equipped with headrests and safety belts for a safe, comfortable ride with music. The Toyota Quantum’s we use can carry a maximum of 13 people, with the driver being the 14th person. Please note that depending on the season, tours are full on a regular basis, but please refer to ‘people on tour’ for average numbers of people on tour and their ages. There is ample space inside the vehicle to store your personal belongings and a luggage section for your backpack. When the tour group exceeds a certain number, we use a trailer for the luggage.

Pick Up and Drop Off
Pickups in Cape Town city centre and surrounding areas are included in the tour price. Your pick up address and time will be confirmed by your booking agent. The pickup time for the 7 & 5 day tour is between 08:00 and 09:00 on a Sunday morning and between 06:30 and 07:00 on a Friday morning for the 3 day tour. Private tours have their own pickup times and will be communicated to you prior to your tour departure. Please note that unforeseen traffic delays, accidents and road works can delay pick up times, especially with pickups during the week when it is peak traffic time.

Drop offs are done back in Cape Town on return tours from where you were picked or as otherwise requested. A drop off at the airport is available on request. If you need to be picked up / dropped off outside of the city centre or surrounding areas, please let us know beforehand so that the necessary arrangements can be made. On the 5 day one way tour clients can either choose to be dropped off in Port Elizabeth at the airport or Jeffrey’s Bay after lunch on the fifth day of the tour. If you have a flight out of Port Elizabeth on the fifth day please take note that you will arrive there at the latest 14:00, so please schedule flights accordingly.

People on Tour
Our tours are for everybody as adventure travel isn’t limited to certain ages as in the past. It comes down to the individuals’ ability to join in and communicate with the other members of the group. That being said, from experience we can say that the broad average age of people on tour are from 20 – 35 years, although if you have to narrow this down it would be between 22 –25 years. The reason being, we work closely with a lot of backpacking establishments, language schools and volunteer organisations, who in turn focuses on the youth travel market. Nonetheless, we will do our best to accommodate people from all walks of life.

The size of the group averages between 6 and 8 people per trip. This is an average throughout the year and some trips may only have 4 people on them while others could have the maximum of 13 people. Tours are run regularly with student/volunteer groups exceeding this size with 2 or more vehicles. Kindly note that the 3 Day Weekend Safari & Bungy tour is oriented more at the younger market of travellers as it entails a whole lot of driving in a short time in order to see the entire Garden Route. We have to stick to a tight schedule to get all the activities done and although you won’t be rushed, the tour is relatively fast paced and for people who don’t have the time to do the longer 7 day tour.

Your Tour Leader
Your tour leader is there to make sure that you have an unforgettable trip. Our belief is that in Africa; experience is everything. All in all, good African guides are distinguished by their ability to make you feel safe no matter what environment you’re in; they’re also characterized by their passion and love for their subject … Africa!

If there is anything that is upsetting you whilst on tour, you need to approach your tour leader to give him a fair opportunity to rectify the problem. Dealing with any problems that may arise whilst on tour will prevent them from developing into something more problematic. Your tour leader cannot help you if you remain quiet.

Be Flexible
Your tour leader is trained not only to run an informative, fun and adventurous tour, but also to take control when things don’t run smoothly. Please remember that this is Africa after all and that the itinerary stated has to be flexible and will depend on local conditions. Travelling in Africa is sometimes unpredictable and by the very nature of travelling here, there are unforeseen challenges to overcome and passengers should have a taste for adventure. Problems with road conditions, bad weather and tire changes can delay and change the schedule of the tour. Please be prepared and pack a sense of humour. In the event of any incidence regarding local conditions that may affect safety, security, and the well being of the tour participants, the decision of the tour leader will be final.

Health
Please inform us of any pre‐existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disability that you may have.

Climate
The African sun is very strong. Please use a factor 30 sunscreen and wear a hat. You should drink at least 3 litres of water per day to avoid dehydration. It can also get very cold during winter months on this route. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information.

Currency and Banking
South African Rand is the best currency to use on this route. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information on each country. Travellers Cheques can take a long time to change into cash and often incur unreasonable charges. Credit Cards cannot always be processed – especially in remote areas.

DESTINATION

Our overland tours have a standing relationship with some of SA’s top backpacker lodges. Known for their flare, all our stops provide unique, clean and professional hospitality with excellent shower / bath ablution facilities with a bar and Internet facilities. All bedding is provided.

Our advertised tour price includes spacious and comfortable dorm accommodation. Bedding is provided but clients have to bring their own towels (not necessary for room upgrades). Dorms are not always just for the group and can be shared with other travellers. Dorm sizes can range from 6 to 12 people sharing, and varies from each backpacker visited. Accommodation upgrades are available, subject to availability.

What accommodation upgrades are available?
Backpacker room upgrades: You can upgrade to a private room within the backpackers where the group will be staying. You can choose from either a room with shared bathroom facilities or en suite bathroom facilities. The shared option is generally two rooms sharing one bathroom while an en suite is your own bathroom connected to the room. Rooms can either be twin or double and family rooms are available on request. Bedding and towels are provided. The upgrades are subject to availability at the time of making the booking. The rates given for the room upgrades are a once off cost and not per day. Guesthouse/Bed & Breakfast upgrades: These are for the more discerning traveller, with a bit more luxury and privacy as to provide a comfortable night’s rest. All rooms are private twin or double with en suite bathrooms, with bedding and towels provided. The guesthouses used are situated in the same town as the backpackers where the rest of the group will be staying.

After dinner with the rest of the group the people that choose this upgrade while be transported to their accommodation and picked up the next morning after breakfast to continue on with the tour.

Gallery Rates

RATES

From £550 per person sharing.
Upgrade costs from £130 per person.

PAYMENT

£200 deposit to secure placement at time of booking, final balance due 8 weeks prior to departure.

INCLUDED

Meals as indicated on the itinerary, accommodation, registered guide and transport. We also include some of the highlights as listed under “included highlights” in the tour itinerary.

NOT INCLUDED

All items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips and optional activities (see list for an indication of prices).

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