Garden Route & Addo Adventure

Welcome to Southern Africa!

This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the ‘Rainbow Nation’, South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of African, Asian and European cultures. Spend your days: discovering the gourmet restaurants, impressive art and nightlife scenes and fine beaches of Cape Town; enjoying a typical local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto Township; browsing the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sampling some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotted around the picturesque Cape Winelands. Due to its rich and turbulent history there are plenty of historical attractions to explore including the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, South Africa’s attraction lies in its remarkably untamed wilderness, with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world-famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.

 

Destination: South Africa

 

COST & VALIDITY
ZAR 21 550.00
1 January 2022 to 31 October 2022
INCLUDED Accommodation and boards as per itinerary
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Services of a certified Tour Guide
Vehicle and Petrol
Hermanus
Route 62
Cango Caves
Wilderness National Park/Canoeing and Hike
Tsitsikamma National Park with Suspension Bridge
Addo Elephant National Park
The price includes a service fee for the configuration of the requested Tour Package / Services according to your specifications.
NOT INCLUDED Flights
Travel insurance
Optional and recommended Excursions
Expenses of a personal nature
Visa fees (where applicable)
Airport taxes
Souvenirs
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Day 1

Cape Agulhas

Depart early in the morning from Cape Town/Stellenbosch together with your guide for Hermanus. We follow the scenic coastal road, stopping at Betty’s 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.

Included: Stony Point Penguin Colony

Included: Hermanus

Hermanus is situated at the end of Walker Bay. This holiday village is well known for whales that come here from July to November to mate and calve. The Southern Right whale is the most common to be seen. Many walking trails lead through nearby nature reserves with unique fynbos. A visit to one of the wineries of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is recommended as well as a drive to the nearby village of Stanford.

Travel distance: 206.5 km

  • Included: Stop at Stoney Point Penguin Colony
  • Stop in Hermanus
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Day 2

Cape Agulhas to Oudtshoorn

We travel to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, known as the Ostrich Capital of the World, via the scenic and spectacular Route 62, which is South Africa’s longest wine route. You will be able to experience the subterranean beauty of the Cango Caves on a guided adventure tour, followed by a sampling of local wine & craft beer.

Route 62 might market itself as the longest Wine Route in the world, but that’s definitely not all there is to it. Lush greenery and fertile valleys form a stark contrast against the semi-desert of the Klein Karoo while towering mountains and their rivers and streams provide an awe-inspiring backdrop throughout. Some of the renowned attractions visitors will spot as they follow the route are the winelands of the Breede River Valley, the majestic Swartberg mountains, the Cango Caves and ostrich farms of Oudtshoorn, and the fruit orchards of the Langkloof Valley.

Included: Cango Caves

The Cango Caves are situated in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains, 30 kilometers outside of Oudtshoorn. The cave system with more than 80 caverns extends 5 kilometres into the mountain. A 1.2 kilometer stretch is open to visitors. The Great Hall is more than 107 meters in diameter, 16 meters high and showcases various stalagmites and stalactites. The caves were originally discovered by the San, almost 10’000 years ago.

Travel distance: 330.5 km

  • Included: Visit Cango Caves
  • Wine-and Craft Beer tasting
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Day 3

Oudtshoorn to Knysna

After breakfast we head over the spectacular Outeniqua Mountain pass where we will explore Wilderness National Park with some canoes. Enjoy an easy paddle up the Touw River through indigenous forest, enjoying the abundance of birdlife. 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 spectacular 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 have lunch and do some shopping. After Knysna we will head to the Knysna Heads viewpoint for some spectacular views over Knysna River estuary and the Indian Ocean.

Included: Wilderness National Park

Wilderness National Park is situated in the heart of the Garden Route, in South Africa. The park is a fascinating combination of rivers, lakes, estuaries and beaches, unfolding against the backdrop of lush forests and imposing mountains. Wilderness protects three major zones of indigenous forest, four types of Fynbos, lakes and winding waterways. There are also a number of historic sites of archaeological significance.

Wilderness, while an area of natural beauty, is also an exciting playground for both young and old. Enjoy fantastic dolphin and whale sightings from Dolphin Point, hire a canoe or bicycle and explore the area, go abseiling, kloofing, and paragliding, boating, fishing or hiking. Visitors can follow the many nature trails winding through the densely forested areas and along tranquil rivers, spend time at the bird hide or simply enjoy star gazing while camping alongside the river.

Travel distance: 121.5 km

  • Included: Canoeing
  • Hiking
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Day 4

Knysna to Sundays River Valley

After breakfast, we head off to the Tsitsikamma National Park. There is plenty of time for the adventure seekers among you to test their courage. It only takes a 30 minute walk to the suspension bridge for a breath-taking view into the abyss. Late afternoon we will leave the Garden Route for Big 5 country, Addo. En route we will stop at Bloukrans Bridge to view the world’s highest bungee jump bridge (216 meters).

Included: Tsitsikamma National Park

Travel distance: 290.5 km

  • Included: Tsitsikamma National Park with walk to Suspension Bridge
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Day 5

Departure

We will spend the morning exploring Addo Elephant National Park during an exciting game drive. The famous 28,000 hectare National reserve is home to over 450 elephant and some Cape buffalo, lion, black rhino, warthog, zebra, eland, kudu, hartebeest and many more animals. After this exciting experience, we will drive to Port Elizabeth, where the tour will end between 1:00-2:00pm.

Included: Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park stretches over 12.000 hectares between the Zuurberg Mountains and the Sunday River. It was established in 1931 to save the last Cape Elephants from extinction. Today it is home to more than 400 elephants as well as buffalo, kudu, black rhino, various antelopes and lions. Visitors can also see the dung beetle which has become a rare sight. Animals can be viewed along circular routes in their natural surroundings and at various water-holes. Visitors can participate in guided game drives in open 4×4 vehicles.

Travel distance: 58.4 km

  • Included: Game Drive ½ day

We look forward to welcoming you back to Southern Africa!

Tour Location

CAPE AGULHAS | OUDTSHOORN | KNYSNA | SUNDAYS RIVER VALLEY

Cape Agulhas Guest House

Luxury guest house within 2 minutes walking from the sea. Hearty South African breakfasts served in spacious breakfast room. Catering for diabetics, vegetarians and religious diets. Restaurant where meal of the day is served for lunch and dinner. Fully licensed bar facilities. Spacious lounge area and DSTV lounge. All rooms have en-suite shower.

Conference facilities for groups up to 15.

In process of going ‘green’. Solar heating, energy efficient appliances and recycling already in place.

Protea Hotel by Marriott Oudtshoorn Riempie Estate***

Meet Protea: Africa’s top hotel company joins the Marriott family of brands. Combining country charm with Protea Hotel’s superior standards, this hotel is situated in a farm-like setting with well-appointed thatched rondawels and is only 20 minutes away from the Cango Caves. Enjoy the best Oudtshoorn has to offer from the comfort of Protea Hotel Riempie Estate—a cozy country atmosphere in a tranquil setting. The hotel is close to the exotic crocodile and ostrich farms the town is famous for and a short drive from the town’s central business district. It’s a hotel that complements your travel style. The hotel offers an excellent restaurant that serves the best in country fare and guests can keep their heart rates up with golf, tennis, squash, gym and lawn bowling amenities nearby, plus we have state-of-the-art conference facilities for our business and corporate guests.

The Graywood Hotel***

The Graywood Hotel offers visitors a perfect base from which to explore the quaint village of Knysna and the many adventures found on the Garden Route. The Hotel itself is centrally situated in the town, within easy walking distance to the Knysna Waterfront, as well as the town centre. Amongst the many interests, you will find quaint shops, restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets, boat cruises and ferry rides and local art galleries In keeping with the character and spirit of the surrounding indigenous Knysna forest, the hotel enjoys beautiful woodwork throughout. An extensive collection of original railway and steam train memorabilia recall a bygone era, while our selection of historic photographs gives you deeper insight into Knysna’s locomotive past. The wood is complimented by lush landscaped gardens with a sparkling swimming pool suspended in a wooden sundeck. Breakfast at the hotel may be enjoyed inside The Blue Goose Restaurant or on the sundeck overlooking the courtyard and pool. Relax in the comfort of your room, refresh with a dip in the pool or sit back on the sun deck and surrounding gardens with a drink while you contemplate the choice of local restaurants for dinner. The Graywood Hotel offers 48 tastefully decorated en-suite rooms. Decor is fresh and uncluttered, with crisp white duvets and warm tones in the upholstery. Each room is equipped with air-conditioning, an electronic safe, remote control TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer as well as tea and coffee making facilities.

The Kraal Addo Country Estate

The Kraal Addo is situated just 15 km from the main gate of the word famous Addo Elephant National Park. This now-fully restored hotel built in 1844 retains its colonial charm and acts as a gateway to the National Park.

Each unit at The Kraal Addo is fully Air Conditioned and the modern bathrooms are equipped with spacious power showers and free WiFi in all of the rooms. Toiletries are also provided in the rooms for our guests comfort.

A full English or continental breakfast is included in our hotel rooms, served in the dining room every morning, while the pub is a frequent favourite watering hole for locals and visitors alike in the afternoon.

The Kraal also has three mixed dorm rooms. This is a shared room comprising of four single beds with a shared bathroom and small fully equipped kitchen. Breakfast can also be added for an additional cost.

Guests can spend their free time relaxing in our comfortable TV room, exploring our beautiful wild flower gardens before refreshing themselves with a swim in our outdoor pool.

The Kraal Addo also offers a shuttle services at a surcharge to and from Port Elizabeth International Airport which is 58 km away, while Grahamstown is within a 1 hour, 30 minutes’ drive of the property.

 

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Terms & Conditions

General Terms:

  • The hotels mentioned in the itinerary will depend on availability at the time of making the booking. Should alternatives be used it would be of similar standard.
  • It is compulsory to sign an indemnity form when entering South African National Parks. More information in the regulation and the parks can also be found on the official SANPARKS website: sanparks.org

Health:

  • See your doctor for advice in regards to vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis.

Travelling with children:

  • Parents travelling with children will be requested to provide an unabridged birth certificate (including the details of the child’s father as well as the mother) of all travelling children. This applies even when both parents are travelling with their children.
  • When children are travelling with guardians, these adults are required to produce affidavits from parents proving permission for the children to travel.
  • The above applies to foreigners and South Africans travelling to or from South Africa as well as travelers in transit.
  • Please note that the child must be the appropriate age (according to accommodation stipulated) at the time of travel
  • Unless otherwise specified, children under 12 years of age qualify as a child rate and over 12 years of age as an adult rate.

Recommended driver/guide per vehicle guidance:

1 – 9 pax:        Driver only

10 + pax:         Driver and guide

Disclaimer:

Travel and safety information and advice is based on information received from the various Southern African tourism boards of the countries we trade and operate in, and is deemed as correct and up to date at the time of publish. A guarantee of accurate and complete information, as well as a liability for any occurring damages and / or changes cannot be applied.

Payment Terms

20% Prepayment at time of booking.

Balance to be paid 60 days prior to travel.

Option 1: Bank Transfer

The customer will be liable for any bank charges.

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Cancellation Policy South Africa

  • 90 – 45 days prior to travel: 20% (forfeit the deposit paid)
  • 44 – 30 days prior to travel: 30%
  • 29 – 15 days prior to travel: 40%
  • 14 – 08 days prior to travel: 60%
  • 07 days – NO SHOW: 100%

Special cancellation terms may apply for certain products and services.