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Garden Route - Taste of Adventure Heritage Long Weekend

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R4,950

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Duration of tour
4 days

Trip type

Small Group

Transfer Type

Van
Guaranteed to depart
Friday

Overview

Looking to experience a taste of adventure while exploring the Garden Route over one epic long weekend? Then you’ve found your match! We have carefully hand-crafted this four-day itinerary to celebrate the unique tastes and flavours of South African staples and snacks over this coming Heritage Day long weekend. Known to South Africans as "braai day" - that's "barbeque day" to those who were wondering - Heritage Day celebrates all that is South African, and this itinerary pays tribute it. This adventure is filled to the brim with the best highlights the area has to offer. Wander along the Garden Route - a piece of paradise on the southeastern coast of South Africa. Search for members of Africa's Big 5, bungy jump, walk through dense forests, spot African wildlife on a safari and follow the flavours of South Africa.

The road trip begins as you drive along the longest wine route in the world, South Africa’s very own Route 62. Enjoy the rugged scenery and winding roads as you make your way to Oudtshoorn to explore the fascinating underground maze of the Cango Caves.

Adventure awaits over the next three days. Walk with three orphaned elephants as they venture to their water hole. Canoe along the tranquil waters of the Touws River in Wilderness National Park, keeping an eye out for the abundant birdlife. Face your fears as you hurtle off the world’s highest bridge bungy, or visit the lush forests of the Tsitsikamma area. Bundu-bash through the fynbos on a 4x4 safari with a game ranger as you set out to spot members of Africa’s Big Five, and sit around a campfire as you craft a truly South African meal. There's a lot to explore on this 4-day adventure, so let's get started! 

 
 
 
 
Start

Cape Town
End

Cape Town
 

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Distance
±
1200
km
Tempo
Packed pace
Ideal For
Students
Solo
Theme

Why You’ll Love It

  • Paddle through the staggering scenery and abundant birdlife of Wilderness.

  • Experience a rush like no other when you jump from one of the world’s highest bridge bungy spots!

  • Soak in the views of Knysna and its surrounds from atop the sandstone heads.

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

  • Hike through the luscious Tsitsikamma forest over suspension bridges with views of a secret beach.

  • 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.

  • Sit back, loosen your belt, and dig in to a traditional South African braai.

  • Get that perfect Insta-worthy shot of the mesmerising Map of Africa, a sight to behold.

  • Prepare a hearty South African Potjie around the fire while sampling local beer.

Itinerary

This itinerary guideline can run in reverse or a different order.
Day 1
Oudtshoorn
±450km

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

  South African treat of the day: Milktart 

Set off along the famous Route 62, where you'll capture the beauty of high mountains, twisting passes, vast Karoo plains, vineyards and orchards. Pop in at one of the many farm stalls along the way, stocked with locally crafted delights before arriving in Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world.

Upon arrival in the dusty Klein Karoo, opt for a close encounter with Mother Nature and join rangers on an optional Elephant Bush Walk. Gentle giants, Jabari, Malaika and Bulelo made Buffelsdrift their home after their parents were poached in the north of South Africa. Join these three rescued elephants, as they walk to the nearby waterhole. Following in their footsteps, you'll make memories that you'll never forget. 

Delve deep underground into the magical Cango Caves’ limestone chambers, alive with drip formation stalactites and stalagmites and remnants of Khoikhoi paintings. Opt for the easy-going guided Heritage Tour to test the cave’s acoustics and gain insights about the dripstone evolution. By contrast, the Adventure Tour allows would-be contortionists to squeeze, twist and wiggle their way through limestone chimneys on a rather more daring underground route.

You’ll spend the evening in Oudtshoorn at leisure enjoying an outdoor braai (similar to barbeque) including South African favourites, such as ostrich kebabs, 'boerewors' sausage and 'potbrood' bread at the local backpackers.

*South African flavour of the day: Sit back and savour the tastes of a South African favourite - Milk Tart. Similar in nature to a custard tart, but with a uniquely South African spin, Milk Tart offers creamy goodness in abundance and holds a firm place in every South African family hand-me-down recipe book.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ways 2 Stay

Overnight accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.

Day 2
Garden Route
±480km

  South African treat of the day: Koeksisters & Rooibos tea 

Pristine wild and adventure go hand in hand on this adventurous day. From a morning spent admiring the views from the top of the forest canopies in the Tsitsikamma forest to the thrill of a bungy jump. Be prepared for a feast of the senses.

Tsitsikamma National Park is a favourite with holidaying locals, offering lush forests and a tropical vibe. You'll be able to choose an optional ziplining adventure where you’ll complete eight individual slides (the longest is 211 metres in length), traverse no less than three waterfalls and slide down one breath-taking gorge. For those that prefer to experience the beauty from the ground, the short but steep walk to Tsitsikamma’s suspension bridge is worth it for the views alone and you’ll likely get a thrill as fellow explorers test its swing factor.

The adventure continues as you reach Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest commercial bridge bungy jump. The bungy bridge itself is fairly unassuming as you drive over it, but it’s pretty clear from the squeals and screams that this isn’t your average photo stop. Seemingly normal people hurtle face first down the 216m drop only to spring back up on an elastic cord like a yo-yo. This region is a playground for the outdoors and those who'd prefer to keep their feet on solid ground will continue to explore the lush forests of the Tsitsikamma area. 

South African Flavour of the day - Koeksisters and Rooibos Tea. There really is nothing quite like a koeksister to compare flavours to. A plaited dough masterpiece that is fried and then drenched in syrup until it is golden and crisp and oozes when you bite into it. Complimented with rooibos tea, this pair is a match made in heaven (you'll thank us later).

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ways 2 Stay

Overnight accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.

Day 3
Wilderness > Sedgefield
±450km

  South African treat of the day: Potjie & local beer

Wild scenery and peaceful vistas are what you can expect from your day. Take a slow start in the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay as you relax on the beach and explore the quaint local surrounds. Then you'll journey to the coastal town of Knysna, to soak in the views of the town and the vast lagoon below from atop the imposing sandstone heads. With every metre that you journey up to the lookout point, the scenery just keeps getting more unbelievable. Soak it all in as you gaze out into the open ocean and azure blue lagoon below. Spend some leisure time in the little hamlet of Knysna, with a buzzing waterfront area and spectacular surrounds. 

Next up, a view that will leave your jaw hanging wide open. Head towards Wilderness to catch a glimpse of the spectacular "Map of Africa". Over the years, as the Kaaimans River has flown through the lush landscape it has created a distinct shape of the outline of Africa, and you can view this from above at the Map of Africa viewpoint. You'll also be able to admire the sweeping views over Wilderness and the paragliders flying overhead as the launch site is nearby. A beauty to behold. 

Spend the evening soaking in the slow town way of life in Sedgefield, with a local flair. Gather around the fire at your evening accommodation as you prepare a true South African feast for the evening - the potjie.

 

South African flavour of the day - Potjiekos and beer sampling. Potjiekos (literally translated to small pot of food) is a South African delight cooked in a cast iron pot over an open fire. The dish is thought to originate from the early settlers as they cooked the stew-like dish each evening when they set up camp. The dish includes meat and vegetables and is slow cooked over a fire producing a hearty and delicious feast. Pair this with local beer tastes and you have yourself a winning combo.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ways 2 Stay

Overnight accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.

Day 4
Wilderness
±460km

  South African treat of the day: Biltong & Springbokkie shots

 

Start your day off with a leisurely paddle along reed-lined banks in Wilderness as you hop in a two-man canoe and explore the waterways. It’s not until you stop paddling and let the gentle current guide you, that the abundance of birdlife becomes apparent. The perfect, crisp start to your day.

Continue onwards to vast open plains of wild African bush. You'll get the chance to spot some of Africa’s wild animals from the back of an open 4x4 vehicle in the malaria-free Botlierskop Private Game Reserve. Search for giraffe, white rhino, kudu, lion, elephant, zebra and wildebeest, just to name a few. The game drive is led by an experienced game ranger, sharing his knowledge of the local wildlife; including antelope species, birdlife and insects.

End off the day with a journey through the landscape of rolling farmlands as you pass through the heart of the Garden Route on your way back to Cape Town.

 

South African flavour of the day - Biltong and Springbokkies. A uniquely South African delicacy - biltong forms a large part of culture and heritage in South Africa. Game or beef meat is cured and dried to produce a feisty, meaty delight that is unlike any other. To top it off you'll enjoy a Springbokkie which is named after South Africa's rugby team, the Springboks, and their green and gold colours. Traditional Amarula (a cream liqueur) is paired with peppermint liqueur to produce a creamy cup of liquid gold. A taste of South Africa.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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

 

Included

Small Group

Maximum 13 guests per vehicle or guide. 

Local Guide

Led by a local English-speaking professional tour guide.

Transport

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

3 nights accommodation according to your Ways 2 Stay package.

Some Meals

3 x Breakfast, 2x Dinner

South African snacks 

Included Activities
  • Tsitsikamma National Park Hike
  • Wilderness Canoeing
  • Botlierskop 4x4 Safari
  • Knysna Heads Hike
  • Map of Africa Viewpoint
  • Potjiekos and Beer Sampling
  • Route 62 Roadtrip
  • Cango Caves Heritage or Adventure Tour
  • Braai in Klein Karoo

Excluded

Optionals

Optional activities can be paid and booked during your journey.

  • Elephant Bush Walk ± R405pp
  • Bungy Jump ± R1000pp
  • Waterfall Zipline ± R400pp
Flights

Local and international flights are excluded.

Travel Insurance

You are responsible for your own personal travel insurance. 

Lunch, Some Dinners + Drinks

You can purchase extra meals + drinks on tour.

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Tyla-Rae Africa
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I love working with people and making them smile, it’s why I chose to work in the travel industry. To be able to help someone make their travel dreams come true really makes my day. When I’m not busy being the friendly voice on the other side of the Hotspots2c hotline, you’ll find me spending time with my daughter and my husband, exploring and, every now and then, indulging in a little art or dance.

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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.

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. 

Best time to go

Jun-Jul = Safari 

Jan-Feb = Beach 

 

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 accommodation what is recommended.

South Africa may have high crime statistics, but if you conduct yourself wisely, most tourists enjoy the country without any incident at all. Ensure that you lock away your passports and travel documents in a safe, which is usually provided by your accommodation. 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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