Setting course for the coast once again, we pass through the open plains of the Karoo and the wildlife charms of the Addo National Park. Upon arrival in the greater Addo region, we set up camp and head to the National Park to enjoy an afternoon game drive in our truck, in search of the famous elephants that call Addo home.
Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in Addo National Park (in truck)
Route: Graaff Reinet to Addo
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.
Route: Addo area to Tsitsikamma
Included Highlight: Stop in the surfing town of Jeffreys Bay
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. We return after our hike and will have the chance to enjoy the Woodcutters Journey in the afternoon – experiencing the uniqueness of the Tsitsikamma biome and learning about the history of the area and it’s indigenous fauna & flora.
Included Highlight: Tsitsikamma National Park entrance, Waterfall Hike
Activity Package: Woodcutters Journey tour
Optional Activity: Treetop Canopy Tours
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.
Route: Tsitsikamma to Wilderness
Included Highlight: Morning Visit to Natures Valley
Optional Activity: Bungee Jumping, Birds of Eden, Monkey Town
We make our way inland, crossing the Outeniqua Mountains and descend to the town of Oudtshoorn, making our way to famous Cango caves to enjoy a guided tour, where we marvel at the astonishing formations that have formed in these impressive limestone caves.
Route: Wilderness to Oudtshoorn
Activity Package: Cango Caves basic tour
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!
Route: Oudtshoorn to Hermanus
Included Highlight: Stop at Ronnie’s sex shop
Made up of a collection of villages, farms, rivers, bays, coves and valleys, the Cape Whale Coast is a pristine stretch of the South African coastline which runs from the town of Rooiels for roughly 150km, to the east. Beginning early, we will have a short time to stroll along the boardwalk in Hermanus in search of the southern right whales that frequent the shores in the months of July to November. Next we stop at the largest breeding colony of the African Penguin, Stony Point Nature Reserve before travelling along the coast to a wine farm in the Stellenbosch region to sample some chocolates & wine. Your tour comes to an end upon arrival in the city centre of Cape Town.
Accommodation: Own arrangements
Route: Hermanus to Cape Town
Included Highlight: Stony Point Penguin Colony visit, Chocolate & wine tasting