The Garden Route - Port Elizabeth to Cape Town - 7 Days

OVERVIEW

This 7 Day Tour highlights South Africa’s southernmost coastal areas and National Parks. From game driving safari adventures in Addo Elephant National Park to the pristine protected Garden Route, you will travel through scrub bush and indigenous forest, along river and sea. There are a myriad of activities available to you, including the highest bungee jump in the world at Bloukraans Bridge, hiking in the Tsitsikamma National Park, Cango Caving and wine tasting in Stellenbosch to name but a few. We’ll also throw in some spectacular scenery for exceptional photographic opportunities and you’ll be guaranteed to meet some interesting locals enroute.

This tour is offered with either tent accommodation or enjoy lodge accommodation offered.

Camping - Tour Code: NPC

Accommodated - Tour Code: NAPC

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1 – Greater Addo Elephant National Park area:

This morning you will have the option to visit PE before returning to camp for lunch, this afternoon we visit the Addo, famed for the elephants after which the park was named, recent expansion has seen Addo grow to become the third largest of South Africa’s National Parks. The unique vegetation of Addo supports a wide variety of wildlife and we will spend the afternoon in search of the animals that call Addo home.

Name of Lodge Kudu Ridge Lodge or similar.
Facilities:  Accommodation: Two per permanent tent with En-suite Bathroom
or Campsite with Shared Ablutions
   
Included Highlight:  Afternoon game drive in Addo NP (in the Nomad truck)


Day 2 – Tsitsikamma National Park:

Setting out early this morning we make a brief visit to the surfing mecca of Jeffreys Bay, most famous for its waves this little town is also home to a small Surfing Museum. We then turn west to Tsitiskamma region where we set up for the next two nights and where the wonders of the Garden Route await.

Name of Lodge Tsitsikamme Cottages or similar.
Facilities:  Accommodation: Two per Room with En-suites Bathroom
or Campsite with Shared Ablutions 
   
Included Highlight:  Stop in the surfing town of Jeffreys Bay 


Day 3 – Tsitsikamma National Park:

Tsitsikamma National Park is one of South Africa’s premier marine reserves and this morning we set out to explore the rugged coastline on foot. Our hike along the Waterfall Trail sees us cover the first section of the world renowned Otter Trail, this is not an easy hike and those who prefer a more leisurely option can make use of the boardwalks to the Storms River Mouth. For the adventurous the Waterfall Trail offers a spectacular winding path that follows the rocky coastline, an out and back trial we stop for a refreshing swim at the base of an icy Waterfall. For those who wish to get a birds-eye view of the magnificent forests an optional zip line tour through the canopy is offered this afternoon.

Name of Lodge Tsitsikamme Cottages or similar.
Facilities:  Accommodation: Two per Room with En-suites Bathroom
or Campsite with Shared Ablutions
   
Included Highlight:  Tsitsikamma National Park entrance / beer tasting at Tsitsikamma Village Inn brewery
Optional Activity: Treetop Canopy Tours


Day 4 – Heart of the Garden Route:

The Garden Route is a treasure trove of beautiful beaches, forest walks and an exciting menu of optional adventures. While our morning is set aside for an exploration of Nature’s Valley, this beautiful village offers us a chance to enjoy a hike or simply relax on the pristine beach in this paradise. We end the afternoon on the beautiful beaches of the Keurbooms Lagoon. Today offers a number of optional activities and your guide will assist you with a plan to get the most out the day, the truck will run a set schedule of pick-ups and drop-offs giving you the freedom to join or leave at the places of most interest to you.

Name of Lodge Dunes Lodge or similar.
Facilities:  Accommodation: Two per Room with En-suites Bathroom
or Campsite with Shared Ablutions
   
Route:   Tsitsikamma to Plettenberg Bay
Included Highlight:  Morning Visit to Natures Valley and Afternoon at Leisure on Keurbooms Beach
Optional Activity: Bungee Jumping, Birds of Eden, Monkey Town

 
Day 5 - Oudtshoorn:

This morning the adventurous can join a number of optional activities on offer in the resort town of Plettenberg Bay, the winter months (July to November) offer some of the finest Whale Watching in the world and an ocean safari is not to be missed during these months. For those less inclined to adventure on the high seas, the morning can be spent at leisure on the beach or exploring this holiday town. This afternoon we cross the Outeniqua Mountains as we wind our way to the Klein Karoo, we end the day with a visit to the Ostirch Farm where we undertake a guide tour to learn more about the world’s largest birds. 

Name of Lodge Kleinplaas Holiday Resort or similar.
Facilities:  Accommodation: Two per Room with En-suites Bathroom
or Campsite with Shared Ablutions
   
Route:   Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn
Included Highlight:  Plettenberg Bay Beaches, Ostrich Farm Tour.
Optional Activity: Ocean Safari, Township Tour, Sea Kayaking and Whale Watching (in Season)


Day 6 - Oudtshoorn to Paarl:

Our first stop this morning is visiting the impressive formations of the Cango Caves, we join a guided tour as we venture underground into this sprawling network of limestone caves. Travelling through the valley of the Klein Karoo, we follow the winding tarmac of Route 62. Road trips in South Africa are an exploration of the rural highlights that dot the lesser known byways of the land, no journey would be complete without sampling the offerings of a “Padstal” along the way. These small farm stalls offer a selection of homemade treats and bakes and are an important cog in the economies of rural towns. One of the more quirky highlights today is Ronnie’s Sex Shop, not a sex shop at all, but a rather interesting country pub! 

Name of Lodge Le bac Estate or similar.
Facilities:  Accommodation: Two per Room with En-suites Bathroom
or Campsite with Shared Ablutions
   
Route:   Oudtshoorn to Paarl
Activity Package: Cango Caves Heritage Tour 


Day 7 - Paarl – Cape Town:

Cape Town is not only set in one of the most scenic parts of South Africa, but offers a wide variety of attractions and highlights. We will gain a unique insight into the city when we join a local guide for a Cultural Tour. We Sample some of the fine Cape wines and spend some time exploring the town of Stellenbosch. To allow for Sundays and Public Holidays the order of events may be reversed today, the tour will however always end in Cape Town in the afternoon. 

Accommodation: Own arrangements
Route:   Paarl to Cape Town
Activity Package: Cape Town Cultural Tour & Cheese and Wine Tasting
Included Highlight: Self-Guided Walk through Stellenbosch 


This itinerary has been written with the Activity Package items included. If you wish to participate in all the activities listed, you will need to purchase the Activity Package. 

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Malaria-Free
  • Crew: 2 Crew
  • Max Passengers: 20 Passengers Max
  • Vehicle: Adventure Truck
  • Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • From / To: Port Elizabeth to Cape Town
  • Meals: 6 Breakfast / 3 Lunch / 4 Dinner
  • Countries: South Africa

INCLUSIONS

Meals (Breakfast x 6 / Lunch x 3 / Dinner x 4) (unless otherwise specified, all meals are prepared and served at the truck) / accommodation / qualified crew / transport in the truck / included highlights as per the itinerary / entrance fees to National Parks.

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Activity Package: 

This is an optional payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours. Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this. This payment is 100% transparent and is listed below. The Activity Package must be prebooked along with your tour booking. We cannot always guarantee availability of the activities if you only book on the morning of your tour departing.

Activity Package Price
Cape Town cultural township tour R 580
Cheese and wine tasting  R 70
Cango caves basic tour R 140
Total R 790


This itinerary has been written with the Activity Package items included. If you wish to participate in all the activities listed, you will need to purchase the Activity Package. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO NOTE: 

Maximum Number of Passengers: 20

Arrival / Departure:
Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any unforeseen problems.

As the activities on your tour can be moved to any day during your tour, we also highly recommend that you book your flights to depart the day after the tour officially ends.

Pre and Post Tour Accommodation:
If you require accommodation before or after your tour we can arrange this for you. We can also arrange airport transfers – contact your travel agent or Nomad to make these bookings.

Your tour will be departing from the following location

11:00am Kings Beach Hotel, La Roche Drive, Humewood, Port Elizabeth. 

Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 

Your tour will be ending at the following location

Nomad Adventure Tours, 39 Castle Street, (Corner Castle & Burg Streets), Cape Town, South Africa

What’s excluded:
Items of a personal nature (snacks, alcohol, bottled water, soft drinks, souvenirs, tips) / entrance fees (associated with optional activities) / activity packages and optional activities.

Countries Visited:
South Africa.

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Additional Info

  • Region: Western Cape and Eastern Cape, South Africa
  • Name of Package: The Garden Route
  • Nights / Days: 6 Nights & 7 Days
  • Route: Port Elizabeth to Cape Town or reverse
  • Areas Visited: Addo Elephant National Park / Tsitsikamma National Park / Plettenberg Bay / Oudtshoorn / Paarl / Cape Town
  • Luxury or Budget: Budget accommodation or camping
  • Price: FROM R 8450pp ZAR (camping) or FROM R13 250pp ZAR (lodging)