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  • Location:Cape Town, South Africa
  • Duration:4 days (approx.)

4-Day Garden Route Tour from Cape Town

Discover the coastal paradise of South Africa’s Garden Route on a 4-day highlights trip from Cape Town! With a combination of guided tours, independent sightseeing and optional extra activities, this 4-day tour allows to you truly unleash your sense of adventure! Canoe through the waters of Wilderness National Park; explore Tsitskamma National Park; and visit Jefferys Bay, the Cango Caves and more! Three nights of 3-star accommodation included.


  • 4-day tour of South Africa's Garden Route from Cape Town
  • Explore Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Canoe through Wilderness National Park with your expert guide
  • Enjoy a walking tour around the Kynsna Heads and relax at Jefferys Bay sandy beaches
  • Try extra activities at your own expense: Bloukrans Bridge bungee jumping or a Big Five game drive
  • Overnight accommodation in quality 3- Star hotels with daily breakfast included or budget accommodation

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What You Can Expect

4-Day Garden Route Tour from Cape Town

Cango Caves

South Africa’s Garden Route is the spectacular expanse of coast that lines the country’s southeastern edge. Stretching all the way from Mossel Bay to Stormsriver, the route encompasses breathtakingly beautiful scenery typified by rocky headlands, dramatic gorges and sweeping sandy beaches.

Leaving the city sights of Cape Town behind, you’ll head straight to the town of Wilderness, one of the must-see places on every Garden Route visitor’s list, before visiting Kynsna, Tsitsikamma National Park, Jefferys Bay and Oudtshoorn on following days!

Each day you’ll enjoy a combination of guided tours and activities, as well as free time for independent sightseeing. Canoe through the waters of Wilderness National Park, and tour Tsitsikamma National Park’s forest paths, the Cango Caves and a working ostrich farm! Spend time at leisure in the stunning town of Jefferys Bay, and explore the vibrant yet small town of Oudtshoorn independently.

On certain days you can also try out other additional activities, should you wish, at your own expense. All are payable locally to your guide on the day. Opt for bungee jumping off Bloukrans Bridge; a 4x4 safari around a private, malaria-free game reserve to see Africa’s Big Five (African elephants, Cape buffalos, lions, leopards and rhinos).

Please see the Itinerary below for details on each day of the tour.


Breakfast is included 3 mornings if 3-Star accommodation option is chosen; all other meals are at own expense and can be enjoyed during free time. Your guide will happily share recommendations for local cafes and restaurants each day.

Day 1: Cape Town – Wilderness

Leave Cape Town in the early morning, and head out on the Garden Route to the town of Wilderness, between the Kaaimans River and the Outeniqua Mountains. After a journey of approximately five hours (with plenty of rest stops along the way!), arrive in the private game reserve, and after after taking lunch (own expense) you can get straight in the action! Head out on a game drive safari (own expense) to see South Africa’s famous Big Five: African elephants, Cape buffalos, lions, leopards and rhinos! Alternatively drive to the coastal town of Mossel Bay where you can explore its golden beaches at leisure.

Overnight: 3-star Shearwater on Sea Accommodation in Wilderness Area or Budget Afrovibe Backpackers Lodge or similar accommodation types

Day 2: Wilderness National Park – Kynsna – Tsitsikamma
Leave early and head to the Wilderness National Park for a 2-hour canoe ride through the park’s calm waters, following the lead of your activity guide. When you’re finished canoeing, and the re-board your coach and relax on the drive to the lively town of Kynsna. With your guide, walk to the Kynsna Heads – the two striking sandstone cliffs flanking the mouth of the Kynsna lagoon against the crashing waves of the sea. After touring this stunning geological site, you’ll have time for lunch at your own expense.

Tsitsikamma National Park is the last destination of the day, and here you’ll enjoy a 2-hour guided walk along its shady forest paths. Your evening is spent at leisure in the famous Jefferys Bay 1 hour from Tsitsikamma area.

Overnight: 3-star Dolphin’s View Guest House in Jefferys Bay or Budget Backpackers Paradise Lodge
or similar accommodation types

Day 3: Bloukrans Bridge – Jeffreys Bay – Oudtshoorn
Head to Bloukrans to spend the morning at its eye-catching bridge. Standing 709 feet (216 meters) above the Bloukrans River, Bloukrans Bridge is the ideal place to face your fears with a bungee jump! If you don’t want to participate in this optional activity (at own expense), get your fix by watching the adrenaline junkies as they bounce through the air.

Once you’ve got your breath back, spend the afternoon at Jeffrey's Bay for a swim in the sea or a walk along its beautiful, unspoiled white beaches. There is even the chance for you to try surfing (own expense) in one of the most world famous areas.

Arrive at Oudtshoorn, where you’ll spend your evening at leisure, perhaps checking out the town’s nightlife and restaurants.

Overnight: 3-star Cul de Sac Guest House in Oudtshoorn or budget Island Vibe Backpacker or similar accommodation types

Day 4: Oudtshoorn – Cango Ostrich Farm – Cango Caves – Cape Town
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, and then visit a working ostrich farm in the nearby Cango district. Learn all about these fascinating flightless birds – the heaviest in the world -- and stand in a nest to see their typically massive eggs. While in this gorgeous area, another optional activity (at own expense) is available: a ‘meet the elephants’ experience. Learn about these orphaned elephants, as you feed and interact with the huge and lovable creatures.

Next head to the incredible Cango Caves, lying nearby at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. With your guide, enjoy a 2-hour tour to see ancient stalactites, stalagmites and other eerie yet intriguing rock formations. Then hit the road to Cape Town! The journey is long (more than five hours), but oh-so scenic. Following Route 62, pass a landscape of soaring plains and mountain peaks before reaching Cape Town in the evening.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very informative, fun tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Over all ok, but spend long time in the bus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was fantastic with a lot of great activities. Elephant ride and feed were great but the lion walk was exceptional. Highly recommended. Our tour guide, Andrew was fantastic and knows his way so well even in the dark. Great organizing power and bought us to great places for lunch and dinner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

We experienced many exciting things along the route, and the quide was very pleasant and helpful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Our guide on this tour was Andrew and apart from the beautiful places we went and the exciting things we did, it was really his personality that made this tour so enjoyable. Andrew did whatever he could to make the tour as pleasant as possible for everyone and put a lot of time and energy into it to make it happen. He also knew all kinds of interesting stories and trivia around the places we passed by and they were not the superficial, boring kind that you might expect from such a tour. As for the trip itself, it's worth sacrificing a little comfort and staying at the backpackers because that's apparently where most of the tour guests stay.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

We had a wonderful time on this tour! Zaahid was our tour guide and went above and beyond to make sure we all had a good time and were taken care of! I also like that there was some flexibility with the activities. We were able to add zip lining and we wanted to go to the Cango ranch instead of the caves and he made that happen for us! The places we stayed were wonderful and a great value for the price!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2013

very nice and interesting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

The highlight of our trip to South Africa was this 4-Day Garden Route tour. Our guide was friendly, funny and helpful. This trip is loaded with activities like Canoeing, Hiking, Ostrich Riding and so on. The Big Game Drive was amazing and a must do. Bungy is not for the faint-hearted but is a phenomenal experience. The awesome part of the tour is the places the tour company had picked to stay. One night was in a lodge with Ostriches in the backyard, One night was in a beautiful room with a sea view and the third night was on the banks of a lake. The drive itself is extremely scenic and the price for the entire package is well worth it. Me and my wife had a wonderful time on this tour and would highly recommend this to anyone who wishes to have a fun-filled 4 days. Cheers!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

This was an excellent tour with an top quality guide, interesting excursions, beautiful scenery, and very good accommodations. The tour was advertised as 3-star but the guest houses were all top notice with friendly staff and delicious breakfasts. The tour was a very good value compared with other similar tours along the Garden Route.

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

Great tour and wonderful sights and adventures.

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