5 Day In the Footsteps of Garden Route Giants - Private 5day Garden Route + Addo Tour | Hotspots2c
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Tour
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Follow Footsteps of Garden Route Giants

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R25,500

per person if 2 book (rate varies per group size)
Duration of tour
5 days
Private Closed

Transfer Type

Mini-coach
Departure dates on request
Everyday

Overview

A firm favourite of visitors and locals alike, South Africa’s famed Garden Route offers a generous dose of the great outdoors, where nature and adventure combine in one perfect playground. Country roads perfectly frame both the rolling farmlands and endless flora and fauna. The landscape dramatically changes – from wine farms to untamed wilderness, Tsitsikamma forest to mountain ranges – as the kilometres pass.

You'll cover some ground on this adventure. There’s optional bungy jumping and ziplining for the thrill-seekers and canoeing in Wilderness or a quick swim in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean for the nature-lovers. Add in hiking in Tsitsikamma National Park, the sounds of silence in Cango limestone caves and prime game viewing at Addo Elephant National Park, home to the densest population of wild elephants on the planet. Plus, you’ll come nose-to-beak with the planet’s largest birds in the feather capital of the world, Oudtshoorn; hit the surf or the surf shops in South Africa’s famous J’Bay and walk with the biggest land mammals on the planet in the Klein Karoo. And, if the mood takes you, you can learn to surf on some of the top-rated waves on the planet or put your goofy foot forward with a spot of sandboarding in Jeffreys Bay.

Expect surprises on the palate from the ubiquitous seafood on the coastal belt and Klein Karoo specialities like lamb and ostrich that are best finished off with some of South Africa’s best Cape Ruby ports or Port-style wines at a Calitzdorp winery. It's only fitting that you'll then cruise down the picturesque Route 62 – think Route 66 with more wine and bigger hospitality – for a spot of wine tasting before heading back to Cape Town’s European cosmopolitan vibe.

 
 
Start

Cape Town / Stellenbosch
End

Cape Town / Stellenbosch
 
Distance
±
1700
km
Tempo
Packed pace
Ideal For
Couple
Family
Friends

Why You'll Love It

  • Head out on a 4x4 safari in search of some of Africa's Big Five animals at Addo Elephant National Park.

  • Paddle through paradise scenery as you glide along a calm forest-lined river in the Wilderness area.

  • Experience a rush like no other if you dare to jump from one of the world’s highest bridge bungy spots.

  • Soak in the picture-perfect views of Knysna lagoon's tranquil blue waters from atop a sandstone cliff.

  • Zipline through dramatic scenery and over waterfalls in the Tsitsikamma forest.

  • Walk along shaded footpaths and over suspention bridges in the lush Tsitsikamma forest.

  • Sandboard your way through Jeffreys Bay's Dragon Dune - the biggest dune ride in South Africa.

  • Get beak to beak with the world’s biggest bird at an ostrich farm.

  • Learn to surf or hang ten on the world famous Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay.

  • Head deep underground to the illuminated wonder world of the Cango Caves.

  • Follow orphaned African elephants at Buffelsdrift on their trek to the waterhole.

  • Roadtrip along Route 62's semi-desert country plains with quirky pitstops along the way.

  • Spot some of Africa's Big Five on a 4x4 safari at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve.

  • Chill out with some beach time or shopping in the surf town of Jefferys Bay.

  • Explore the dusty roads of Addo in the tour vehicle, searching for wild elephant herds and other wildlife.

  • Horse ride along white sandy shores of a secluded beach near Jbay. 

  • It’s always wine-o’clock somewhere along Route 62, after all it is the longest wine route in the world!

  • Walk to Cape St Blaize Lighthouse at Mossel Bay for dramatic views of the bay and the Indian Ocean coastline.

Itinerary guideline

This private tour itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to spend more time at the tour's highlights that interest you the most. This itinerary guideline can run in reverse or a different order. Private tours offer your own exclusive private tour guide and vehicle during the transfer sections of the tour, but any included activities or attractions visited may join others already booked.
Day 1
Garden Route Region > Wilderness
±400km

Start with a morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town.

Venture along the N2 national road and stop at a seaside village called Mossel Bay after about 4 hours driving. Choose between an optional Botlierskop 4x4 Safari drive at a nearby private game reserve or visit Mossel Bay’s Diaz Beach after a leisurely walk to the Cape St Blaize trail to the lighthouse.

Then take to the water for a leisurely morning Wilderness Canoeing session along the reed-lined river banks, but it’s not until you stop paddling and let the gentle current guide you, that the abundance of birdlife becomes apparent.

Native kingfishers, African fish eagles and brightly-coloured Knysna loeries tease bird-watchers with their calls and the fresh air provides the best pick-me-up after a day on the road. Time suddenly seems to stop moving as the relaxed vibe settles in, before heading to your overnight spot near Sedgefield.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Stay Package

Accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.

Day 2
Knysna > Garden Route Region > Greater Addo Region
±200km

The Garden Route can be as sedate or as adrenaline-charged as you choose and today offers up a mixed-bag of experiences.

Your day starts with a short coastal drive from Sedgefield to Knysna and some Vitamin Me time around the Knysna Lagoon. Towering sandstone cliffs flank the mouth of the Knysna estuary and lookout points offer exquisite views.

This gentle morning is followed by an afternoon of action for those who dare as you make your way to Bloukrans Bridge, the site of the world’s highest commercial bridge bungy. Crazy as it may be; it also happens to be one of the prettiest places to plunge 216 metres down on a bungy cord. There are market stalls and plenty of vantage points for those that choose to stay on terra firma. Or, for another adrenaline option, zip along an optional zipline over waterfalls in the magnificent Kruis River Gorge. The 40-minute, adrenaline-charged course sees you fly across three separate lines. Each ‘flight’ is connected by short scenic pathways through the lush forest, so be sure to take in the fresh air.

But it’s not all about the bungy, and those that get their kicks from nature can forgo the plunge and continue on to explore the lush forests of the Tsitsikamma area.

The next stop, Tsitsikamma National Park, marries lush mountain forestry with dramatic ocean views. A short, albeit steep walk to the suspension bridge is worth it, if just for the views alone, and you’ll get a thrill as you test the bridge’s swing factor. Marine life can often be seen in the water and rock hyraxes regularly sun themselves on the rocky coastline.

Travel inland to the star region of this tour, Addo Elephant National Park.  Tonight you'll overnight in the area close to the reserve called, Addo. 

 
 
 
Stay Package

Accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.

Day 3
Greater Addo Region > Jeffreys Bay
±250km

Answering the call of the wild means an early morning start, but the chance to encounter Africa’s Big Five makes the dawn wake-up so worthwhile. Your guide will expertly lead you on a game drive in the tour van into Addo Elephant National Park - the third largest national park in South Africa. 

Addo opened back in 1931 with only 11 elephants, but is now a sanctuary to more than 600 - the densest population of ‘ellies’ on the planet. These days, these giant tuskers share more than 164,000 hectares of malaria-free reserve with their fellow Big Five. Other iconic African animals - hyena, zebras, a variety of antelope species, jackals and warthogs - also roam free within the grounds, so be sure to have your camera at the ready.

As the safari draws to an end, the afternoon is yours to spend as you choose in Jeffreys Bay. In a town that attracts international surfers year after year, it is no surprise that many of the leisure activities revolve in and around the water.

Try your skills on one of the beginner breaks or learn to surf at one of the many surf schools in town. Sun-seekers can relax on the beach or with a paddleboard and those that prefer not to get wet can take a spin on a sandboard down sandy dunes.

The JB Surf Museum in the centre of town tracks the evolution of the surfboard and there are plenty of factory-outlet surf shops in town.

 
 
 
Stay Package

Accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.

Day 4
Oudtshoorn
±300km

The Garden Route by its very name evokes visions of lush, green sub-tropical landscapes, but today you’ll witness first-hand another of South Africa’s crazy contrasts as you head towards the semi-arid Klein Karoo region. Away from the coastline, temperatures climb and the vegetation thins, but the mountain passes, with their bright bursts of wildflowers and scrubby bush, are equally as spectacular.

Yup, you guessed it. You’re en route to Oudtshoorn, the self-proclaimed ostrich capital of the world. Ostriches thrive in the desert conditions and helped put this tiny town on the global map at the turn of the 20th Century when feathers were worth more than their weight in gold.

The feather trade might be done and dusted, but the town still makes a pretty penny from their birds. A visit to an ostrich farm allows a stylised glimpse into the world of ostrich farming and the chance to come beak-to-nose with the stars of the show.

This afternoon your tour reaches new depths. Hidden beneath the arid landscape lies a special place that the Khoisan people named Cango, the wet place. Some 100 metres underground, you’ll find incredible 20-million-year-old limestone formations that dominate a series of enormous underground caverns and are illuminated to show-off their extraordinary curves and shapes.

There are two ways to explore the caves. The Heritage Tour is a gentle wander with a guide (there are plenty of steps, so be warned) who fills you in on the history and ecology of the area and tests out the acoustics with a well-timed song. The second isn’t called the Adventure Tour for nothing, so be prepared to climb, wriggle and squirm your way through small openings and passageways. 

Subject to availability, return to the wild for an optional 4x4 game drive with a knowledgeable game ranger at Buffelsdrift Private Game Reserve for a possible sighting of resident wildlife.

After a wild day out, it’s pretty fitting to end the day with a taste of local delicacies. There are plenty of fantastic eateries in town for those that wish. And, as night falls, be sure to sit back and watch the stars in the clear night sky – it’s African big sky country after all.

Stay Package

Accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.

Day 5
Karoo Region
±400km

As dawn breaks in Oudtshoorn, South Africa’s sunniest town, join an optional stroll with rescued elephants along the dam wall at the Buffelsdrift Private Game Reserve. Gentle giants, Jabari, Malaika and Bulelo made this their home after their parents were poached in the north of South Africa. This experience will have you following in their massive footsteps, making memories you'll never forget. 

After your morning adventure, it’s time to head back to Cape Town along the famous Route 62, modelled after America’s Route 66, but with a distinctly local flavour. Route 62 is more than just burgers and beers, farm stalls or small country towns, the highway is also the longest wine route in the Western Cape. Oenophiles will be in their element with a wine pit stop to sample local wines en route to Cape Town. 

 
 

End with an evening drop-off at your Cape Town accommodation.

 

Included

Private Tour

This trip will run exclusively for you. Optional activities and included activities may join other groups but the guide and transfers on tour is exclusively for your closed group.

Local Guide

Led by a local English-speaking professional tour guide.

Transport

Private transfers to included tour highlights. 

Pick-up + Drop-off

There is no central meeting point for this tour. A transfer service will collect you from your Cape Town accommodation.

Accommodation

4 nights accommodation according to your Ways 2 Stay package.

Rates are calculated on 2 people per room sharing. If a single or uneven number is booked the package rate will add a single supplement fee for the extra person that will overnight in a separate private ensuite room.

Breakfast

4 x Breakfast included

Included Activities & Entry fees
  • Ostrich Farm Visit
  • Cango Caves Exploring
  • Knysna Heads Walk
  • Tsitsikamma National Park Walk
  • Addo Game Drive in Tour Vehicle
  • Route 62 Roadtrip
  • Route 62 Wine Tasting
  • Chill Out at J'Bay
  • Wilderness Canoeing

Excluded

Optionals

Optional activities are not included but also not compulsory. It can be booked with the tour guide and paid to the activity provider on tour.

 

  • Bungy & zipline at Bloukrans Bridge  ±R1400
  • Tsitsikamma Waterfall Zipline ± R600
  • Botlierskop 4x4 Safari ± R600
  • Addo 4x4 Safari ± R500
  • Elephant Bush Walk ± R500 
  • Surf lessons -or- Sandboarding -or- Beach Horseback Riding ± R500 

 

± Rates for optional activities are only an indication and subject to change by season or third party suppliers.

Flights

You are responsible for your own personal travel insurance. 

Travel Insurance

You will require your own travel insurance.

Lunch, Dinner + Drinks

You can purchase meals + drinks on tour.

Optional Transport Upgrade

from ±R1200 per day

A surcharge to travel in a luxury SUV vehicle for the included transfer sections of the tour. Maximum 3 people allowed per car.

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Payment Policy: 20% deposit to reserve. Full payment due at least 31 days before.

20% deposit is required to reserve. The remaining balance is due in full at least 31 days before the departure date.

Cancellation / Refund Policy:
30+day notice 80% refund
21+days notice 50% refund
< 20 days notice no refund

 

  • Cancellation at least 30 days prior to tour departure date = 20% cancellation fee

  • Cancellation 21 to 29 days prior to tour departure date = 50% cancellation fee

  • Cancellation within 20 days prior to tour departure date or no-show will not be granted a refund

 

Refer to the full private tour booking terms online at: https://hotspots2c.co.za/agent#privateterms 

Cancellation fees are calculated on the total booking price.

Child Policy: Child Friendly

Children are welcome on private tours. Some activities will have age limits and alcohol may only be served to adults over 18 years of age. 

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Know Before You Go

 what to expect

 

South Africa

  

11 official Languages Spoken

Afrikaans – English – isiNdebele – Sepedi.– Sesotho – Siswati – Xitsonga – Setswana – Tshivenda – isiXhosa

How to say hello?

Molo – Xhosa

Sawubona - Zulu

Hallo - Afrikaans

Dumela - SeSotho

 

Electricity – Volt & plug

The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins.

Measurements 

Metric System

 

WiFi/Internet Access on tour 

WiFi can be found at most accommodations, restaurants and airports, however, the download speed is often slow and many connections limit your data usage. In short, you’ll be able to stay connected with home, but don't expect to watch HD movies in your spare time.

 

When to go

South Africa is blessed with a mostly mild climate, but different areas will yield different temperatures throughout the year. Summer in South Africa is usually peak season, lasting between November – February, however, Easter time (March) is often still considered peak season too. Temperatures range from 25ºC in coastal areas to high 30ºs in inland areas. Cape Town has ideal weather during this time and Durban sports warm beaches and humid air, Johannesburg experiences hot clear days and often an afternoon thunderstorm.

The shoulder season is April and May, as well as September and October. Surprisingly, the weather in Durban is often at its best during this time, and other areas simmer down from their scorching highs. Prices are lower and crowds are smaller. September and October see eruptions of flowers and blooms all around the country.

Winter is beautiful in most parts of the country. Cape Town experiences winter rain and is often a little cold and miserable, but still crisp and beautiful. Because of the warm Indian Ocean, Durban has spectacular weather in winter, often hovering around 20-25ºC with clear blue skies. Inland areas get quite chilly and the odd snowfall is not uncommon (it only lasts for a day though!). Prices are at an all-time low and it is an ideal time for game viewing, as the animals are more active in the cooler weather. 

The Garden Route enjoys a Mediterranean Oceanic climate, which is intrinsically temperate and mild almost all year round. Summers are warm to hot, and winters are cool. Second only to Hawaii, the Garden Route is acclaimed for having one of the mildest climates in the world.

However, the winter rain season can cause some delays for outdoor activities but the mild sunny days and the appeal of seeing the Southern Right Whale migration makes the Cape Whale Coast & Garden Route an ideal destination during the European summer holidays. You can expect cool mornings and evenings, but usually the climate remain bright and sunny during the day.

 

Best time to go where?

Jun-Jul ( mid winter) = Safari in Kruger region

Jan-Feb ( mid summer) = Cape Town city or beach destinations along the Cape Coast

Year-Round = Moderate weather in the Garden Route region

 

Public Holidays

With the possible exception of Christmas Day and New Year's Day, most tourist services and attractions are open on South African public holidays. In addition most city shopping centres, restaurants and entertainment venues remain open.

1 Jan   New Year's Day
21 Mar   Human Rights Day
30 Mar   Good Friday
2 Apr   Family Day
27 Apr   Freedom Day
1 May   Workers' Day
16 Jun   Youth Day
9 Aug   National Women's Day
24 Sep   Heritage Day
16 Dec   Day of Reconciliation
17 Dec   Day of Reconciliation Holiday
25 Dec   Christmas Day
26 Dec   Day of Goodwill

 

Visa & Travel docs

Travellers from most Commonwealth countries (excluding New Zealand), most Western European nations, Japan and the USA receive a free, 90-day visitor's permit on arrival. These travellers do not need a visa to enter South Africa. A valid passport is essential with at least two empty pages. You generally will need to show return or onward travel arrangements. Children aged under 18 must show an unabridged birth certificate (showing both parents details).

Some countries do, however, need a visa. Visas are not issued upon entry, they must be attained beforehand. It is advised that you clarify this before you leave, the Department of Home Affairs office has a comprehensive list of countries that do not require visas. http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries

 

What to pack

We're generally laid back in South Africa, so no need to haul out your best silks and diamonds when you head to our shores. Here's some clothing advice when in South Africa:

  • For the summers, bring clothes that are cool and comfortable, along with an umbrella or rain jacket, as this is when most of the country gets rain. A light jacket or wrap is a good precaution. Don't forget a swimming costume.
  • The winters are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers. But we do get some days when temperatures plummet, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg (some nights go below 0ºC), so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. If you are going to the Cape, rain gear will be needed in this season (your average here will be between 10-20ºC).
  • Always bring a hat - the sun can be strong even in the winter months. Make sunglasses, a hat and sunblock a firm part of your skin care kit.
  • Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.
  • For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful, but there's no need to go overboard and kit yourself out like David Livingstone, out to explore Africa for the first time.
  • For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, go the smart-casual route. If you are simply going out to get a bite to eat, a general “no shirt, no shoes - no service” rule applies, so as long as you are fully clad, your attire should not be an issue.
  • When travelling with Hotspots2c we encourage reasonably sized bags for multi-day tours and we are able to accommodate bags that are on average under 20kgs. For one and two day tours, a light backpack is encouraged. 

  

Health & Safety

There are no compulsory vaccinations required to enter South Africa with exception of a yellow fever vaccination if you have been in a yellow fever area within the last 12 months.

The only major health risk you might face in South Africa is malaria, which is confined to small areas in the north-eastern parts of the country. Small pockets of the northern parts of the Kruger National Park fall under this area but the risk here is considered extremely low and it is not always necessary to take anti-malaria tablets. Remember as a precautionary measure to check with your doctor or a local travel clinic on what is recommended for your country to visit South Africa.

 

For more info about the safety regulations on tour - please see https://hotspots2c.co.za/ideas/safetravels

 

South Africa may have high crime statistics, but if you conduct yourself wisely, most tourists enjoy the country without any incident at all. Here are some tips: ensure that you lock away your passports and travel documents in a safe, which is usually provided by your accommodation or keep valuables at a safe place. Don't flash around valuables and keep an eye on your belongings at all time. Majority of South Africa’s crime is opportunistic petty crime, so if you are vigilant about your belongings you should not have any problem.

 

Getting Around 

South Africa has 3 world-class airports that receive international flights every day; Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Most international airlines will have flights into one or all of these airports daily.

There are numerous budget carriers that offer domestic flights between the major cities for very reasonable rates; this is the fastest and safest way to span large distances, especially between Johannesburg and Cape Town, which is a 2-hour flight.

From the airports there are numerous shuttles and taxis that you can pick up upon arrival, there are also many different car hire options at each airport and in all major cities. Uber is another reliable and affordable option.

 

Money 

Our currency in South Africa is the South African Rand. You can easily convert your currency to rand at a bank or Forex Bureau, the airports and larger towns often have many different Forex options. You can also withdraw from an ATM, banks are available throughout South Africa. Be sure to check what international bank charges you will incur for withdrawals before you arrive. Major credit cards are usually accepted in hotels or restaurants, however, there may be a surcharge. It is advisable to have small amounts of cash for curios and tipping. 

Tipping

  • Restaurants and Bars - Tipping in restaurants is the norm and is customarily kept at 10% of the total shown on the bill. Many restaurants will add a 10% service charge to a bill if the number of guests exceeds six or ten.
  • Petrol Stations and Car Parking - Petrol station attendants may be tipped a few Rands if they wash the windscreen, and offer to check oil and water and the tyres. Car-guards or parking-attendants are usually given R2 - R5. Car parks and areas around many popular tourist spots are populated by locals in day-glo yellow vests who offer to direct you to a space or to "look after your car for you." They are not threatening and you do not have to pay them, but giving them a few Rands may stop them from turning to petty crime. Cape Town has recently instituted a more formal parking attendant system in the downtown area, where uniformed attendants with handheld machines take payment for parking.
  • Tour Guides and Drivers – Tipping on tour is neither expected nor compulsory, However, should you wish to tip, the recommended tip is usually R10 per person on a day tour and R15 per person per day on multi-day tours. For private tours, R50 per person per half-day tour and R80 per person per day for a full-day tour is the norm.
  • Hotels - At hotels you may choose to leave money for housekeeping, this is often between R10-R50 per person per day but is in no way compulsory. It can also be done at the end of your stay
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