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

Highlights

  • 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
  • Tour a working ostrich farm and ride an ostrich (if you dare!) before visiting the Cango Caves
  • Try extra activities at your own expense: Bloukrans Bridge bungee jumping, a Big Five game drive or a 'meet the elephants' experience
  • 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; feeding, walking and riding elephants in a reserve near Oudtshoon; a 4x4 safari around a private, malaria-free game reserve to see Africa’s Big Five (African elephants, Cape buffalos, lions, leopards and rhinos); or a walk alongside Africa's most majestic predator - the lion.

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

Itinerary

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.

After the Game Drive, you have the option to take part in a walk with lions (own expense) at a nearby sanctuary. Walk and interact with young, hand reared African lions for approximately one hour - depending on how fast the lions are prepared to stroll. The close interaction with the lions strengthens mutual respect and understanding, aiding in their conservation. The experience is fully supervised and professionally managed by an experienced team.

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

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 Sea Wisper Guest Lodge in Jefferys Bay or Budget Backpackers Paradise Lodge


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

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. These birds’ stocky legs and bulky bodies give them the ability to carry humans; if you’re brave enough, go for a ride!

While in this gorgeous area, another optional activity (at own expense) is available: a ‘meet the elephants’ experience. This fantastic opportunity allows you to experience the exhilarating adventure of an elephant back ride. 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 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

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