11 days
Duration
All ages
Age
Cape Town, South Africa
Location
All Year
Dates

CAPE TOWN AND GARDEN ROUTE

From ZAR 18,692.74

USD 1,420 (approximately, depending on exchange rate at time of booking)

 

11 Day Cape Town and Garden Route tour including Tsitsikamma Park and Addo Elephant National Park is the perfect tour to get a taste of the magnificent Cape and Garden Route.  Experience pristine white beaches and South Africa’s wildlife.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
  • Cable Car up Table Mountain
  • Tour on Franschoek Wine Tram
  • Shark Cage Diving (optional)
  • Boat Whale Watching (available July – December)
  • Cruise on the Knysna Lagoon
  • Afternoon Game Drive
  • Cape Point
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Cape Town, South Africa
DEPARTURE TIME 7:30 am
DURATION 11 days/10 nights
ACCOMMODATION 3 – 4 star
INCLUDED Entrance fees National Park fees
Meals as per itinerary Transport
Driver/guide
NOT INCLUDED International flights Airport departure taxes
Departure transfer Visas
Meals unless otherwise stated Travel Insurance
Laundry Gratuities
Items of a personal nature  Shark Cage Diving & Boat Whale Watching

 

Optional Activities – Shark Cage Diving and Boat Whale Watching (available July – December).

The Tsitsikamma National Park is a protected area on the Garden Route, Western Cape and Eastern Cape, South Africa. It is a coastal reserve well known for its indigenous forests, dramatic coastline, and the Otter Trail. On 6 March 2009 it was amalgamated with the Wilderness National Park and various other areas of land to form the Garden Route National Park.

The park covers an 80 kilometres (50 miles) long stretch of coastline. Nature’s Valley is at the western end of the park, and the main accommodation is at Storms River Mouth. Near the park is the Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest bungee jump at 216 metres (709 ft).

The word “Tsitsikamma” hails from the Khoekhoe language tse-tsesa, meaning “clear”, and gami, meaning “water”, probably referring to the clear water of the Tsitsikamma River. Other meanings are ‘place of much water’ and ‘waters begin’.

Join us on this once in a life time amazing tour of Cape Town and Garden Route.

 

Day 1

Arrive at Cape town international airport, after Customs and Immigration, meet and greet on arrival by our driver/guide and transferred to your overnight in Cape Town. Guests have time to unpack and freshen-up before we head to the Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens. Lunch at Moyo Restaurant (own expense). Situated on the Eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Gardens is internationally acclaimed as one of the seven most magnificent botanical gardens in the world. Kirstenbosch’s new aerial walkway called the Boomslang will offer a fresh perspective over the lush gardens – it’s a 128m long, 12m tall walkway which allows visitors to experience the Botanical Gardens from the tree tops of about 450 of South Africa’s 1000 indigenous species.

Day 2
The tour group takes a trip with the cable car up Table Mountain (weather permitting). The trip to the top is an outing in itself, as you are safely and gently transported from the lower cable station to the top of the mountain and visa versa. The journey takes a little more than 5 minutes and the high tech rotating cable car offers the best views of the city. There is a restaurant atop the mountain offering full meals as well as a small shop where you can pick up a snack and a post card. Ticket for the cable way to Table Mountain is not included as this activity is weather dependent.  If the weather is not good for the mountain, we will drive to Tableview for a “postcard view” of Table Mountain. To get a taste of the thriving center of the Mother City, a half day tour is not to be missed.  Here you will find a number of the Cape’s top attractions, from the imposing Castle of Good Hope to the colourful cottages of the Bo Kaap, the bustling Green Market Square, the South African Museum, the beautiful Company Gardens and plenty more.
Day 3
After breakfast we head out to Franschoek Wine Tram. This has to be one of the most unique ways to experience some of the French corners most loved wine estates. Modelled on the 1890 Brill Trams, this old-fashioned locomotive clacks through the vineyards stopping at the Huguenot Museum, Haute Cabrière, Dieu Donnè, Chamonix, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence – you’re free to hop on or off at any of these stops. There are few better ways to explore the beautiful Franschhoek Valley than by hopping onto an open-sided tram for an unforgettable guided tour. We travel along along the Coastal Whale route, through one of the most scenic parts of our country. En-route we hope to spot the Southern Right whales (seasonal) that visit this coast to breed.  We check-in to our overnight in Hermanus.
Day 4
The day is spent enjoying the optional activities, shark cage diving or boat whale watching (available July – December).  If you’re not into adventure there’s plenty of bird watching, beaches, wine tasting and more to fill your day.  After your adventures the day is spent relaxing on beautiful, white sandy beaches. A delicious dinner is enjoyed in one of Hermanus’ restaurants before retiring to our rooms in time to appreciate one of the most spectacular sunsets.
Day 5
After breakfast we head to the exact point where the African continent sinks into the ocean and keep a sharp eye out for the Cape Grysbok in the fynbos or Cape fur seals and Dolphins playing in the surf. Our route takes us through the scenic fruit and wheat producing regions of the Overberg and Langeberg.  These rolling grasslands are known to be home to the endangered Blue Crane and we may be fortunate enough to spot some of these beautiful birds.  We travel along the world renowned Garden Route, past the picturesque coastal towns nestled in the lake and lagoon region at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains.  We stop in the renowned town of Knysna to enjoy an own expense lunch and join a cruise in the scenic Knysna Lagoon. From here we depart to Tsitsikamma, the jewel of the Southern Cape.  After checking into our accommodation, there is time to explore the beauty of the rare indigenous forest and impressive coastline on a hike to a waterfall.  If we are lucky we might spot the Cape clawless otter hunting in the streams and surf.
Day 6

We rise early for a morning hike in search of the beautiful but elusive Knysna Turaco and depart after breakfast to the world renowned Addo Elephant Park.  The drive takes us from the forest and plantation through the semi arid region of the Southern Cape with several opportunities to see some of the rare Raptor species that make this area their home.

We arrive at Addo Elephant Park and start exploring the park in our tour vehicle.  After a short drive, we have lunch (own expense) at the main rest camp and check into our accommodation.  This afternoon you head out on an afternoon game drive, conducted by a SANParks ranger, in an open game drive vehicle.  This drive generally takes about 3 hours and tends to extend into the early evening, affording guests the possibility of spotting some nocturnal animals.

Day 7

Today we spend the morning and afternoon exploring the park in our tour vehicle, in search of some great photo opportunities and experiencing wildlife at its best! Addo Elephant Park offers a unique eco system and is home to a huge variety of wildlife, including the Big 5 as well as plains game, Black Backed Jackal, Tortoises and Dung Beetles (who have right of way!).

We’ll return to camp for breakfast after the morning drive and have time for a siesta and lunch (own expense) before heading off on our afternoon drive.

Day 8

After an early wake-up call, we pack up and enjoy a last game drive on our way out of the park.  We will stop for breakfast in one of the small villages somewhere along the way. Today’s route takes us away from the coast along Route 62.  The scenery along this route is vastly different from what we have experienced during the first couple of days of our safari as lush green coastal forests makes way for a much more austere environment with start landscapes.  Nestled between the Outeniqua and the Swartberg Mountain ranges, this area is world renowned for its agriculture, in particular ostrich farming. We stop for lunch en-route in one of the quaint towns (own expense) and spend the night in the Ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn.

Day 9

After a leisurely breakfast, we explore the area west of Oudtshoorn. This fruit & dairy producing area sports some interesting towns with brandy distilleries and cheese factories.  We stop for lunch en-route (own expense).

We finally pass through the fruit producing areas of Elgin & Grabouw to cross the Hottentots Holland Mountains, with spectacular views of the surrounding landscape, as well as False Bay and the Cape Peninsula in the distance with Table Mountain watching over Cape Town.  We arrive back in Cape Town between 16h00 and 17hoo and check in to our overnight accommodation.

Day 10

If we missed the amazing trip up Table Mountain, this will be our opportunity to experience this amazing trip.

We travel to Cape Point where we spend the day.  Named the “Cape of Storms” by Bartolomeu Dias in 1488; the “Point” was treated with respect by sailors for centuries.  By day, it was a navigational landmark and by night, and in fog, it was a menace beset by violent storms and dangerous rocks that over the centuries littered shipwrecks around the coastline.

Apart from offering visitors an exciting and novel method of travel, taking the Flying Dutchman funicular saves visitors a long uphill walk from the car park to see the old lighthouse and enjoy the panoramic views.

The Flying Dutchman Funicular, also known as the Cape Point Funicular, is a funicular railway located at Cape Point. It is believed to be the only commercial funicular of its type in Africa, and takes its name from the local legend of the Flying Dutchman ghost ship.

The line runs from a lower station at the Cape Point car park, up an incline through dense fynbos to the upper lighthouse.  The funicular leaves from the lower station every 3 minutes, comfortably accommodates 40 passengers per car, and can transport 450 persons to the upper lighthouse per hour, making it the ideal way to whisk closer to the lighthouse even during peak times.

Day 11

This morning we pack and depending on your onward flight, we will spend the morning on the beach enjoying the beautiful white sandy beaches of Cape Town and from there be transported to Cape Town International Airport for your onward journey.

Storms River Bridge on the Cape Town and Garden Route tour
The Coomodore Hotel Dining
Tsitsikamma Park
Elephants at Addo Elephant Park
Bedroom at Tsitsikamma Park backpackers
Bedroom at Hermanus backpackers
Game drive in Addo Elephant Park
Garden at Tsitsikamma Park backpackers
Lion in Addo Elephant Park
Lounge at Hermanus
Lounge at Tsitsikamma Park backpackers
Tsitsikamma Park tours to Cape Town
Shark cage diving in Cape Town
Storms River Bridge on the Cape Town and Garden Route tour
Waterfall at Tsitsikamma Park

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