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Garden Route and Addo

Experience an epic trip of South Africa's garden route

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Group Size: Maximum 39

Trip code: CTGA

Duration: 8 days

Tsitsikamma National Park
Addo National Elephant Park and Amakhala Game Reserve
Cango Caves

You won’t forget this 8-day tour of the famous Garden Route, packed full of South Africa’s stunning wildlife, watersports and buzzing towns. With two game reserves trips, in Addo Elephant National Park and Amakhala, you will have ample opportunity to spot the big 5! Experience South Africa’s wonderful culture in towns such as Knysna, where you can take a locally guided Township tour, and lush nature in Tsishikamma National Park. Local guides will provide you with a full immersive experience and our group experience will allow you to share these breathtaking moments with ready-made friends!

Trip highlights

  • Discover the famous sites of Cape Town 
  • Explore cave paintings from the Stone Ages in Cango Caves 
  • Spot wildlife at the amazing Addo Elephant National Park and Amakhala Game Reserve 
  • Taste South African wine in the best wineries in Africa
  • Visit the marine life at South Africa’s Shark Conservancy 
  • Spot instagrammable views on a hike of Tsishikamma National Park
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What's included
  • 7 nights accommodation 
  • 7 breakfasts 
  • Guide
  • All on-trip transport with driver
  • Local guides 
  • Cango Caves tour
  • Game Drive in Addo Elephant National Park 
  • Game Drive in Amakhala 
  • Hike up Tsitsikamma National Park 
  • Tour of South African Shark Conservancy 
  • 24-hour support
What's not included
  • Return airport transfer
  • Flights
  • Most meals, snacks and drinks
  • Insurance
  • Visas
  • Optional Activities
Further trip information

Day 1: Cape Town - Touch down in Cape Town and meet your new group and your Trip Manager, grab dinner and get settled in your hotel for the night. 

Day 2: Cape Town to OudtshoornGood Morning Cape Town! We’ll be visiting Cango Caves, Africa’s biggest show cave system, intricately decorated with cave paintings from the Stone Ages! Then, head to the land of the ostrich’s, Oudtshoorn, for an evening with your group. 

Day 3: Oudtshoorn to  Gqeberha -  Get ready for our first safari experience at Addo Elephant National Park, keep an eye out for the beautiful elephants, lions, buffalo’s and antelope! We’ll be spending the night in the coastal city of Gqberha with perfect beaches scattered with buzzing restaurants and bars. . 

Day 4: Gqeberha to Knysna - Time to set off in an open vehicle game drive to spot the beautiful wildlife at Amakhala Game Reserve. Spot the big 5 in one of South Africa’s most inviting locations to wildlife thanks to the Bushman’s River. You and your group will spend the evening exploring the town of Knysna where you can eat, swim, canoe and sail. 

Day 5: KnysnaIt’s a beach morning! Kick back on Plettenburg Bay’s sandy beach or meet South Africa’s water wildlife on an ocean safari. Later, we’ll hike up to Tsishikamma National Park where you won’t be able to stop snapping the stunning views! Spend the evening relaxing back in Knysna. 

Day 6: Knysna to Stellenbosch - Today’s our Make Travel Matter Day! Start off with a locally guided Township Tour of the underdeveloped areas of the country, you will learn more about the Xhosa culture and are guaranteed an eye-opening experience. Stop at Hermanus’ Shark Conservancy before heading to Stellenbosch, a town rich with culture and buzzing with nightlife, for a delicious dinner and drinks. 

Day 7:  Stellenbosch to Cape Town - Spend the morning with some free time then as the clock strikes 12, it’s time to get drinking as we try out Stellenbosch’s world renowned wine! It’s just a short trip back to Cape Town for our final night together!

Day 8: Cape Town - It’s time to say goodbye! Wrap up your exploration of the southern coast and start planning your visit back ASAP! We’ll see you soon! 

 

 
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Arrival information

The trip kicks off on day 1 in Cape Town. Arrive at Cape Town International Airport (CPT) and make your way to your starting hotel. We recommend arriving in the morning or afternoon so you can settle in and meet your group for dinner.

The trip ends on day 8 in Cape Town. You can depart anytime.

Speak to your travel adviser for more information.

 

Accommodation & meals

Accommodation

7 days of accommodation is included in this trip in a variety of hotels, with twin shared rooms in central locations. 

Below are some examples of accommodation on this trip. Please note all accommodation is subject to change. 

Cape Town - Waterfront Breakwater Lodge 
Oudtshoorn - Riempie Estate 
Gqeberha - City Lodge Hotel Port Elizabeth 
Knysna - Knysna Quays 
Stellenbosch - Protea Hotel Stellenbosch

Please speak to a travel advisor for more information. 

Meals

7 breakfasts are included. You have freedom with other meals to experience local delicacies and to interact with local people at restaurants and markets. 

 

 

 
Minimum age & eligibility

You’ll need to be a minimum of 18 years old to participate in this trip. This trip is designed for 18-35 year olds.

British passport holders can enter South Africa for a stay of up to 90 days without a passport. Your passport should be valid for at least 30 days beyond your intended date of exit. However, some immigration officials request at least 6 months' validity. You’re advised to ensure your passport meets this requirement.

Please note: Visa and passport restrictions can be subject to change. Always check foreign travel advice and visa rules with the local embassies before travel.

Covid safety

This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:

Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.

Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.

Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.

Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.

Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.

Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.

Healthcare
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.

24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.

It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.