Project Description

Tour Description

From Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and back again, enjoying the sights of the Klein Karoo and Garden Route with a lot of adventure thrown in for those young at heart. Also viewing the “Big Five” in Addo National Park and the tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas.

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Itinerary

We depart from Cape Town or Stellenbosch early on Monday morning for Hermanus. (Shark cage diving clients will be picked up very early in the morning by the diving operator, and will miss the first half of Day 1). We follow the scenic coastal road, stopping at Betties Bay to view a colony of endangered African penguins. You can spend the afternoon in Hermanus, famous for hundreds of Southern Right Whales that visit during the whale season (July to November). There are some great local markets selling fresh organic produce, artisan breads, handmade cheeses and more. 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 warm Indian and cold Atlantic Oceans meet. Many sailors have met their stormy end here, with the violent swell and changing currents pushing ships onto the shallow waters of the Agulhas Bank.

Included:Penguins at Bettys Bay & Dinner
Optional activities:Shark cage diving at R2150 (valid until 31/12/2018). Whale watching boat trip (during season, July – November) at R800 (valid until 31/12/2018).

We travel to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, known as the Ostrich Capital of the World, where the largest ostrich population in the world resides. Then via the scenic Route 62, which is South Africa’s longest wine route at 850km. You will be able to experience the subterranean beauty of the Cango Caves on a guided adventure tour. Descend the 200 steps of Jacob’s Ladder into the Great Hall and continue into King Solomon’s Mine. To help with slowing down the heart rate, we follow this with a sampling of the local wine.

Included: Breakfast, local wine tasting, Cango Caves adventure tour & Dinner

After breakfast we head over the spectacular Outeniqua Mountain pass (the Portuguese named these mountains ‘Serra da Estrela’ meaning Mountains of the Stars) where we will explore Wilderness National Park with some canoes. Relax with an easy paddle up the Touw River through indigenous forest, enjoying the abundance of bird life. 40 minutes downriver, the canoes will be left for a 2km hike along a boardwalk which will take us to a lovely waterfall and rock pool. 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 restaurants and a tranquil 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 impressive views over Knysna River estuary and the Indian Ocean. You can explore Sedgefield in the late afternoon with its remarkable views and beaches.

Included: Breakfast, canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park & Dinner

After breakfast, off to Tsitsikamma National Park. En route we will stop at Bloukrans Bridge to view the world’s highest bungee jump bridge (216 meters). There is plenty of time for the adventure seekers among you to test your courage. The afternoon will be spent in Tsitsikamma National Park with its unique combination of indigenous forest and beautiful Indian Ocean coastline. The park has a wide choice of activities for all, including long and short hikes, crossing a suspension bridge at Storms River Mouth. Late afternoon we will leave the Garden Route for Big 5 country, Addo.

Included: Breakfast,entrance to Tsitsikamma National Park & Dinner
Optional activities: Bloukrans bungee jump at R990 (valid until 31/12/2018)Treetop canopy tour at R650 (valid until 31/12/2018).

We will spend the morning exploring Addo Elephant National Park. We will spend 2 -3 hours exploring the 28,000 hectare National reserve with over 450 elephants, Cape buffalo, lion, black rhino, warthog, zebra, eland, kudu, hartebeest and many more animals. After an exciting morning of game viewing we will drive back to the heart of the Garden Route and overnight in Wilderness.

Included activities: Entrance and 2-3 hour drive with tour vehicle through Addo Elephant National Park
Optional activities: 2-hour open vehicle game drive with Addo field guide at R350 ( valid until 31/12/2018)

After breakfast at the popular George Farmers Market, we will stop in Mossel Bay to spend some time on the spectacular beaches, hike the Cape St. Blaize trail along the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean, and visit the famous Diaz Museum complex, commemorating the first known European exploration around the tip of Africa. The more adventurous can try a 10,000 foot tandem skydive, where you will probably hold on to a stranger whilst flying back to earth, harder than you thought possible. Try sand boarding on the longest dune in South Africa, just like in the European Alps, but without all that cold snow. We will arrive back to Cape Town/Stellenbosch in the early evening on Saturday.

Included: Breakfast

Optional activities: 10,000 foot tandem skydive R2800 (valid until 31/12/2018). Sand boarding the longest dune in South Africa at R500 (valid until 31/12/2018).

The optional activities are not included in your tour because not everyone wishes to do these activities, yet they are a great way to add more adventure to your experience! The tour is designed so that it is not necessary to do these activities to have a good time, there are always plenty of things to see and do. These activities can be paid in cash or credit card direct to the operators, your guide will book these for you on the day that the tour departs.
On certain days, you will have to choose between multiple activities as most of these happen simultaneously. In some cases, depending on how many other people are doing the same activities, your guide might be able to arrange two activities on one day, but this can only be decided upon by your guide as they will know if it will be possible.
Shark Diving and Whale Watching MUST be booked the week before the tour departs, as they take place on the first day of the tour.

The tour group is a good mix of backpacker and guest house clients with a a large age and nationality range, making it a diverse grouping of like minded persons keen on adventure.
As this is an active tour, it is best suited to those who like to be on the move and can comfortably walk, carry luggage and get in and out the vehicle frequently.

This tour does not operate over the Peak Season.

The last departure for 2017 is on 18 December 2017 and the first departure for 2018 is on 2 January 2018.

Tour Details

  • Duration: 6 Days | 5 Nights
  • Start Location: Cape Town on Mondays
  • End Location: Cape Town on Saturdays
  • Pax.: 4 – 12
  • Departure: Mondays … except no departure on 25 December 2017.
  • Departure Time: 07h00 to 09h00 in Cape Town / 09h30 Stellenbosch
    Pre-departure letters to be sent to each guest’s pick-up location a day prior collection
  • Attire: Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Tour Guide: Services of CATHSSETA registered tour guide
  • Visa / Passports: Not required
  • Languages: English
  • Accommodation:
    Bronze : Backpacker
    Silver : Guest House
  • Vehicle: fully air-conditioned 8 or 12 seater

Rates

African Blue Silver Rating
  • Valid until 31/12/2018

    ⇒ Guesthouse upgrade twin/double R 9800 pp sharing or R 10600 pp single

    Valid until 31/12/2017

    ⇒ Guesthouse upgrade twin/double R 9800 pp sharing or  R 10600 pp single

African Blue Bronze Rating
  • Valid until 31/12/2018

    ⇒ Backpacker dorm R 6900 pp
    ⇒ Backpacker twin/double R 7850 pp sharing or R 8750 pp single
    ⇒ Backpacker twin/double en-suite R 8350 pp sharing or R 9100 pp single

    Valid until 31/12/2017

    ⇒ Backpacker dorm R 6900 pp
    ⇒ Backpacker twin/double R 7850 pp sharing or R 8750 pp single
    ⇒ Backpacker twin/double en-suite R 8350 pp sharing or R 9100 pp single 

  • Included: 

    ⇒ Meals: 4 Breakfasts; 4 Dinners.
    ⇒ Entrance Fees: Betty’s Bay Penguins, wine tasting, Cango Caves; canoeing Wilderness National Park; Tsitsikamma National Park, 2-3 hour drive with tour vehicle through Addo Elephant National Park.

    Excluded: 

    ⇒ Travel insurance; Flights; Airport transfers; Porterage; Gratuities; Visa fees; other meals

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What Clients’ Say

We really appreciate our clients feedback on their African Blue experience as we are constantly striving to improve our service levels and selection of tour and safari experiences.

“We had such an awesome trip lead by the masterful guide, Hendrick Human. First, we couldn’t have been more lucky with the composition of our 12 person group. Our ages ranged from 17 to 57 (but everyone was ageless in their interactions), and we represented five different nationalities (but everyone was able to communicate and relate as if we were all neighbors). Every where we toured and stayed was really spectacular. The only negative was that we didn’t get to spend enough time at each stop. I wish we could have had a longer trip… (our fault). Hendrick was incredibly informative, accommodating, and willing to cater to our unique needs. He also did a remarkable job of offering a wide variety of activities that kept everyone entertained.”
Louise Henslee, USA
“I did the 6 day garden route and addo elephant park tour the week after Easter. My guide was Ferne. She was awesome!! So bubbly, positive and full of laughter and smiles. I stayed in the guest houses which were all awesome, especially the Avoca Citrus Farm. Ferne made the trip fun and made me feel part of the group since I was travelling solo and only one staying at the town houses.learned lots about south african culture and things I never would have known. Lakkar!”
Melanie Seneviratne, Canada
What an incredible experience! From pick-up to drop-off and everything in between, this was such an incredible experience. My boyfriend and I need to book something rather last minute and we saw reviews of this experience online. We had originally thought to rent a car and drive the Garden Route ourselves, but I am so glad we didn’t!
Steph was our guide, and she was ABSOLUTELY incredible. The places that we stayed were unique and the food was exceptional. We had a small group, only 9 in total. There is a lot of driving throughout the 6 days, but the landscape is breath taking and the bus was comfortable. We had plenty of stops along the way, and usually they were at cute shops or small, unique restaurants along the way.
I have not one complaint about this experience except that I wish it lasted longer! I cannot say enough good things about this opportunity and if you are considering booking a tour, you will be thrilled with this experience.
Ashley Farr and Christoph Busch, USA & Germany