Enjoy the Garden Route’s highlights on a selfdriving tour
The Garden Route is one of South Africa’s most popular travel destinations. With good reason: Within 800 kilometres you find two rough seas, beautiful lagoons, charming wine lands and impressive wildlife – everything you can ask for. This tour combines all the highlights of South Africa in a 8-day-trip: Whale watching in Hermanus, the beautiful landscapes of Wilderness and Tsitsikamma National Park, Game Drives in Addo National Park, a drive along Route 62 and a sleepover on a wine farm.
Day 1 & 2 Hermanus
You’ll start your Garden Route experience with a two-day trip to Hermanus. This charming village is probably the best spot in South Africa to see whales. Between July and November the maritime mammals visit the Walker Bay with their cubs and get so close to the cliffs that you can spot them from the coast. But even if it is not whale season – Hermanus has a lot to offer: Whether its beautiful promenade, the welcoming boutiques or the quality restaurants as well as the beautiful surroundings.
Day 3 Wilderness
Garden Route’s Jewel, Wilderness, is the next stop in your programme. Here you have endless beaches, a wild ocean, protected lagoons and mighty mountains in front of you. You can take a canoe tour or enjoy the beauty of Wilderness by hiking in the Wilderness National Park.
Day 4 Tsitsikamma
Your pulse will go up when you visit Tsitsikamma National Park: One of the most amazing Parks in Africa, with endless possibilities to experience the beautiful nature. How about a walk on the suspension bridge over Storms River, a Canopy Tour in the forest or a 216 metre Bungee Jump down Bloukrans River Bridge? But even if you are not an adrenalin junkie, you can still enjoy everything Tsitsikamma National Park has to offer, whether it’s an 800-year-old Yellowwood-tree or one of the many hiking or biking trails.
Day 5 Addo
While in Tsitsikamma it’s all about the flora, in Addo it’s about the fauna! The National Park close to Port Elizabeth is famous for its Game Drives with the Big 5 without the hustle of malaria-protection. The chances to see some of the 350 elephants in the park are very good as well as buffalo, antelopes or even lepards. Spend two days in this lovely park and join two different game drives – one in Addo National Park and one in a private reserve including a spotlight-drive to spot more of the night active mammals. You will spend the nights in a beautiful camp that has been designed around the original 1920’s traditional colonial building style.
Day 6 –8 Route 62
On your way back to Cape Town you drive along the coast and visit Jeffrey’s Bay, a beautiful little vacation- and swimming spot and one of the best surf-spots in the world.Continue your journey to Oudtshoorn, famous for its ostrich farms and caves. For your last stop before Cape Town you can enjoy the attractive route 62 along the valleys, disrupted by passes, before you end in Barrydale, a small but very nice vineyard in a breathtaking surrounding with high mountains, deep valleys and colonial villages. You spend the last night on a small fruit- and winefarm, where you can enjoy the calmness and beauty of the region.
Programme is subject to availability!
Rate per person in a double room for this itinerary is: R 8’250.00 (May 2013 to December 2013)
Included in the rate:
- All accommodations (at least ****-accommodation)
- 1 Addo Game Drive (approx. 3 hours) incl. park entrance fee and local guide
- 1 dinner in Addo (excluding drinks)
- 1 Game Drive in private reserve incl. dinner (excluding drinks) and transfers
Following services are not included in the rate:
- Rented car
- Personal expenses
- Travel Insurance