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From Cape Town: 5-Day Best of Garden Route and Addo Safari

1. From Cape Town: 5-Day Best of Garden Route and Addo Safari

Day 1: Route 62 (travel about 400 km) Start with a morning pickup from Cape Town and Stellenbosch. Travel along Route 62, the longest wine route in the world, with a wine-tasting stop (non-alcoholic tasting available too) before reaching Oudtshoorn by late afternoon. For a close encounter with Mother Nature, opt in to join elephant guides on an Elephant Observation Nature Walk (at extra cost) and follow 3 lovable rescued elephants in their natural Cango Valley bush veld habitat. Overnight at Uthando Backpackers (dorm or saver package) or 88 van Rheede Guesthouse (3* comfort package) or Buffelsdrift Lodge (4* deluxe package). Day 2: Oudtshoorn (travel about 400 km excluding safari drives) Visit a working ostrich farm and see the largest flightless birds in the world. Next, head to the mountains to go deep underground in the illuminated wonder world of the Cango Caves, exploring vast halls filled with ancient stalactites before traveling onward to the Addo region. Overnight at Avaco Cabins (dorm or saver package) or Gerald's Gift (comfort package) or Addo Wildlife lodge (deluxe package). Day 3: Addo, Jeffreys Bay (travel about 200 km) An early morning start allows the best option to spot wildlife as the bush awakes in Addo Elephant National Park, the 3rd largest national park in South Africa. Join the park's optional 4x4 game drive or simply take the included 2-hour safari bus drive. Along with. your guide, search for some of the big five, which includes elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards, and rhinos. Spend your afternoon relaxing with free time at Jeffreys Bay's Beach. Choose between surfing, beach horseback riding, or sand boarding (all optional at an extra cost). Overnight at Island Vibe (dorm or saver package) or Sea Whisper (3* comfort package) or On The Beach Lodge (4* deluxe package). Day 4: Tsitsikamma, Sedgefield (travel about 250 km) Experience the highest bungy jump bridge in the world, Waterfall Zipline over waterfalls in the nearby Tsitsikamma forest for even more optional adventure (at extra cost) or spend more time in Tsitsikamma National Park. Take a short walk to the suspension bridges before a photo stop at Knysna's lagoon en route to Sedgefield. Overnight at Pili Pili Beach Cabanas (dorm or saver) Fairy Knowe (3* comfort) or Dolphin Dunes (4* deluxe). Day 5: Wilderness (travel about 450 km excluding safari drives) Take to the water for a leisurely canoeing session to a secret waterfall along the rivers of the wilderness region. On the journey back to Cape Town, spot wildlife on a 4x4 Botlierskop game drive (at extra cost) or relax at Mossel Bay's Diaz Beach after walking to the Cape St Blaize lighthouse. Your adventure ends with an evening drop-off at your Cape Town or Stellenbosch accommodation.

Port Elizabeth Shore Excursion: Addo Elephant Park Safari

2. Port Elizabeth Shore Excursion: Addo Elephant Park Safari

Embark on a thrilling adventure in South Africa for nature enthusiasts and anyone looking for a fun-filled day. Addo Elephant Park, the country's third-largest National Park, awaits your arrival. Your journey will begin with a comfortable pickup from the cruise terminal, followed by a picturesque ride through the beautiful South African countryside in an air-conditioned vehicle. During your tour, your knowledgeable guide will provide insightful information about the area's history and wildlife. Your game drive will commence once you arrive and check in at the park, allowing you to witness the "Big Five" in their natural habitats. Your guide will lead you through some of the most stunning landscapes in the park, where you'll have the chance to observe majestic elephants, lions, antelope, and other wildlife nearby. Throughout your excursion, you'll be in a closed vehicle, guaranteeing your safety while you have an unforgettable experience with some of Africa's most iconic wildlife. Your experienced guide will offer insights into the reserve's incredible flora and fauna, giving you a deeper understanding of the area's biodiversity and conservation efforts. Your guide will make stops at lookout points along the way for you to enjoy panoramic views and indulge in some delightful local wine. You can also purchase a delicious meal at the park restaurant and browse for the perfect souvenir at the gift shop before continuing your safari. After exiting the park, you'll be back in time for the cruise ship. Come and experience the beauty of Addo Elephant Park, where you'll create memories that will last a lifetime!

From Cape Town: 7 Day Garden Route, Addo and Winelands Combo

3. From Cape Town: 7 Day Garden Route, Addo and Winelands Combo

Join the ultimate Garden Route experience: explore the winding roads from Cape Town to Addo National Park with a combo tour package including a 2-day Western Cape tour and a 5-day Garden Route tour. Enjoy accommodation, tastings, bushwalks, and more. Day 1-2: Cape Winelands and Cape Point Sample wine paired with cheese at the Fairview wine estate and enjoy chocolate at the Muratie Wine Estate in the scenic Cape Winelands. Join a 15-minute wine tram journey to Rickety Bridge in the historic town of Franschhoek for a Taste & Tram tour along the Cape Winelands (or similar). Continue to spend time in Franschhoek for lunch before you return to Cape Town for your overnight stay as per your selected package: Never@home Backpackers (Saver), 3-star Sea Point Protea or Sky hotel (Comfort), or 4-star Garden Court Hotel Victoria Junction or similar (Deluxe). The next day, travel via Chapman's Peak towards Cape Point. After a short hike to the top of the lighthouse and a stroll down to the Cape of Good Hope, journey along Boulder's Beach to visit the penguins. Drive past colorful beach huts at Muizenberg Beach before another overnight stay in Cape Town. Day 3: Oudtshoorn Capture the beauty of the high mountains and rugged Karoo Plains on a drive along the legendary Route 62 to reach and explore the Cango Caves. Stay the night in Oudtshoorn: Uthando Backpackers (Saver), 3-star Yamkela Guesthouse (Comfort), or 4-star Buffelsdrift Lodge or similar (Deluxe). Day 4: Addo Fall in love with giant orphaned elephants on an optional bush walk. Visit an ostrich farm before spending the night in the town of Addo: Avoca Cabins (Saver), 3-star Gerlads Gift Guesthouse (Comfort), 4-star Addo Wildlife Lodge or similar (Deluxe). Day 5: Addo and J’bay Look for wildlife on a game drive by tour bus at Addo Elephant National Park, home to the densest population of wild elephants on the planet. Chill at J’bay Beach: swim, surf, or join in optional activities like beach horse riding or sand boarding. Stay overnight at Jeffrey's Bay: Island Vibe Backpackers (Saver), 3-star Sea Whisper (Comfort), or 4-star On The Beach Guesthouse (Deluxe). Day 6: Wilderness Face your fear during an optional jump from the world's highest bungee bridge at the Bloukrans, zip-line over waterfalls, or have more time to explore the Tsitsikamma National Park. Visit The Heads Viewpoint at Knysna, then stay overnight in the Wilderness National Park area: PiliPili Backpackers (Saver), 3-star Fairy Knowe (Comfort), or 4-star Dolphin Dune (Deluxe). Day 7: Wilderness National Park Canoe peacefully in nature in the Wilderness region and watch abundant birdlife while rowing to a waterfall. Choose to visit Mossel Bay Beach or partake in an optional 4x4 Botlierskop Game Reserve Safari before arriving back in the Cape in the evening.

Hankey: Pabala Private Nature Reserve Honey Tasting & Lunch

4. Hankey: Pabala Private Nature Reserve Honey Tasting & Lunch

Join us for a honey tasting at The Venue @ Pabala (requires 48hour prior arrangement). Upon arrival you will receive honey tasting samples, be educated about bees, its importance to nature, farmers and our everyday lives, followed by the actual tasting. After the tasting and education session, you make your way to the local Restaurant for a nice lunch with selected menu choices. We may share a few secrets also. Honey comes in different tones, tastes and textures! Pabala Pure Honey are all naturally raw, harvested, spinned and bottled at Pabala. You will never look at honey the same way. Coffee/Tea station fully available during the tasting session for your convenience. Tasting samples are yours’ to take home! Minimum of 4 people per tasting session. *Pre-Booking Required*

Hankey: Craft Gin, Vodka, and Spiced Rum Tasting Tour

5. Hankey: Craft Gin, Vodka, and Spiced Rum Tasting Tour

Enjoy a variety of seasonal natural locally double distilled Craft Gin, Vodka, and Spiced Rum Samples at the Venue@Pabala, with a few insights from the brewer himself. Experience the "wild side of gin" - crafted and bottled in the Gamtoos Valley. It includes samples of seasonal locally double distilled natural Craft Gin, Vodka and Spiced Rum

Garden Route: Cape Town To Addo Elephant NP

6. Garden Route: Cape Town To Addo Elephant NP

Day 1: Whale Route, Cape Agulhas Today our adventure begins early, as we take a beautiful drive along the scenic R44 mountain pass looking out over False bay and the quaint seaside town of Hermanus. We stop over at a local Brewery to try some interesting fine beers and then make our way to the southernmost tips of Africa, Cape Agulhas national Park. Meals: None Included: Land Based Whale Watching in Hermanus/ Beer/wine tasting at Birkenhead Brewery Day 2: Cape Agulhas to Sedgefield This morning we enjoy some breakfast and travel further into the garden route. We stop over at an Aloe Factory and later stop to enjoy either a canopy tour, or cross over rope bridges, wobbly crossings and thrilling zip wires in the trees. We can also experience some Quad biking. At the end of the day we have some leisurely beach time at Myoli Beach Meals: Breakfast Day 3: Oudtshoorn day trip: Little Karoo, Cango caves, Ostrich Farm, Wildlife Endangered Ranch This morning we start with a scenic drive over the Outeniqua mountain range into the Klein Karoo, a semi desert region and also Oudtshoorn. Firstly we stop over at the majestic Cango Caves. The caves are millions of years old, is a world heritage site and considered as one of the great wonders of the world. Later we have a chance to ride on an ostrich on a working Ostrich farm or we can choose to visit the Cango Endangered Wildlife Ranch where we can see cheetah, cage dive with crocodiles and see many other endangered animals. Meals: Breakfast Included: Standard guided tour of Cango Caves Day 4: Sedgefield – Jeffrey’s Bay: Monkey OR Elephant Sanctuary, Bloukrans Bungee & Tsitsikamma National Park This morning we take a picturesque drive through Knysna and make our way to crags where we can either visit an elephant sanctuary or a monkey sanctuary. Next stop is the world’s highest Bungee Jump or you can choose to take a stunning walk through Tsitsikamma national Park to the storms river swing bridges. After that we travel to Jeffreys bay, known for it’s amazing surf spots and we stay overnight right on the beach. Meals: Breakfast Included Highlights: Tsitsikamma Forest Day 5: Jeffrey’s bay – Addo National Park – Sedgefield: This morning we rise early and make our way to Addo National Park and enjoy a morning game drive where we can see a huge variety of different wildlife such as the Big 5. If there is time we will visit Knysna Heads . Meals: Breakfast Included Highlights: Jeffrey’s Bay/Addo Entrance & Game Drive with guide & Knysna Heads Day 6: Return to Cape Town via Sir Lowry’s Pass This morning we have some breakfast and enjoy a stunning canoe trip down one of the most serene rivers in the area and we take a walk to a beautiful waterfall. We also visit an Aloe factory and take a picturesque drive via Swellendam and Sir Lowry's Pass. We reach Cape town late Thursday afternoon/early evening. Meals: Breakfast Included Highlights: Aloe Factory/ Hike

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Great experience! Guide was awesome, van was comfortable. Did the reverse order starting with the wine tasting and finishing with the kayaking and 4-wheel safari. The wine tasting was lovely, we saw so many elephants in Addo, I loved the kayaking and the short hike to the suspension bridge. Lots of driving which is to be expected in order to cover part of the Garden Route but our guide arranged for comforts stops which made it a great experience. I went solo but had such a great time and our group was wonderful. Would definitely recommend!

Great tour. Communication for initial pickup was good and on time, from there our guide TK looked after everything. Backpackers accommodations were a good standard overall (varied from basic to really nice). Activities were brilliant and scenery throughout the tour was fab. Tour guide TK added a lot of knowledge and was keen to share South African history and culture with the group as well as learn about our countries current affairs, culture and history.

I had a wonderful week and our guide Maudi from Hotspot2c was just lovely and fun! We saw so many elephants in addo and I always felt welcomed by our hosts. If you are in cape town and want to see more of the Garden Route - it's the thing to book!

The trip was incredibly beautiful and gave me many unforgettable moments! The Garden Route is beautiful and the stops were well chosen. But the best was our tour guide :)

Gerhard was an awesome guide, the group was amazing and the trip was a lot of fun!! Would highly recommend to anyone looking to explore the garden route.