5-Day Garden Route & Addo Adventure Tour
Join us for the road trip of a lifetime!
Our group adventure tour is a safe and affordable way to explore the Western Cape, Little Karoo, Whale Route, Addo Elephant National Park, and Route 62. The tour has a good mix of nature, culture and adventure, so you can experience the best the Garden Route has to offer. This tour starts in Cape Town/ Stellenbosch every Monday, and ends in Port Elizabeth on Friday.
- Services of a professional tour guide
- Pick up and drop off
- Air-conditioned transport
- 4 nights’ accommodation (backpacker or guest house options)
- 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
PICK UP AND DROP OFF
We will pick you up on Monday at the location of your choice in Cape Town central (central business district, Camps Bay, Sea Point, Green Point, Observatory, Rondebosch), the airport, or Stellenbosch, Strand and Somerset West. Unfortunately, we cannot pick up in areas further from the city, such as Hout Bay, Muizenberg, Constantia, Bloubergstrand, Milnerton. Please contact us if you need to arrange a central meeting point outside of our pick up areas – we would be glad to help you arrange a taxi.
Pick up time is generally between 6:00 – 8:00 am in Cape Town, and around 7:30 in Stellenbosch. We will get in touch with you the weekend before your tour to arrange a specific pick up time. Please allow 15 minutes before or after your designated pickup time, as Monday morning traffic can be unpredictable!
Should a flight delay cause you to miss your pick up, contact us and we will arrange for you to meet up with the group at an additional charge. Unfortunately, we cannot be held liable for travel delays. Your guide will wait for up to 15 minutes after your arranged pick up time, but after that will depart out of fairness to the rest of the guests.
We will drop you off at the end of tour in Port Elizabeth at approximately 13:00-14:00 on Friday. Please contact us for advice before booking outward flights from Port Elizabeth on Friday afternoon.
Prices are subject to change.
*** Excludes single supplement and any additional activities & meals not set out in the itinerary.
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DAY 1: CAPE TOWN – HERMANUS – CAPE AGULHAS
Travel route, distance & time: Cape Town – Hermanus – Cape Agulhas: +/- 249km +/- 3 hours
We depart 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). We 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 we will drive on to Cape Agulhas, the most southern tip of Africa, where we visit a viewpoint known as the “real” place where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.
Penguins at Betties Bay
Overnight: Cape Agulhas/Struisbaai, Backpacker twin/double en-suite
Shark cage diving, R2880. Whale watching boat trip (in season, July - November), R950
DAY 2: CAPE AGULHAS – OUDTSHOORN
Travel route, distance & time: Cape Agulhas – Route 62 – Oudtshoorn: +/- 330km +/- 4 hours
We 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. We 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.
Local wine tasting, Cango Caves tour
Overnight: Oudtshoorn, Backpacker twin/double en-suite
Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 3: OUDTSHOORN – KNYSNA – SEDGEFIELD
Travel route, distance & time: Oudtshoorn – Wilderness – Knysna – Sedgefield: +/- 144 km +/- 2 hours
After breakfast we head over the marvelous Outeniqua Mountain pass where we will explore Wilderness National Park with some canoes. Enjoy a paddle up the Touw River through indigenous forest, enjoying the abundance of bird life. After about 40 minutes, the canoes will be left for a 2km hike along a boardwalk, which will take us to a lovely waterfall and rock pools. After the canoeing, we 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 we 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.
Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park
Overnight: Sedgefield, Backpacker twin/double en-suite
Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 4: SEDGEFIELD- TSITSIKAMMA - ADDO
Travel route, distance & time: Sedgefield – Tsitsikamma – Addo area: +/- 320km +/- 4.5 hours
After breakfast, off to Tsitsikamma National Park. En route we 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 we will leave the Garden Route for Big 5 country, Addo.
Entrance to Tsitsikamma National Park
Overnight: Avoca River Cabins, Addo area, Backpacker twin/double en-suite
Breakfast & Dinner
216 M Bloukrans bungee jump, R1400. Zip-line Adventure, R695
DAY 5: ADDO – PORT ELIZABETH
Travel route, distance & time: Addo – Port Elizabeth: +/- 40 km +/- 30 minutes
We will spend the morning exploring Addo Elephant National Park. We 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, we will drive to Port Elizabeth, where the tour will end at approximately 1-2pm.**
**Safari extension: For an additional safari experience, guests can add a safari at a private game reserve in the Eastern Cape, located approximately an hour away from where the Earthstompers 5 Day Garden Route tour ends. Please inquire for rates & options.
Entrance and 2-3-hour drive with tour vehicle through Addo Elephant National Park
2-hour open vehicle game drive with Addo field guide, R420