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.
- 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|
|NOT INCLUDED||International flights||Airport departure taxes|
|Meals unless otherwise stated||Travel Insurance|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.