Garden Route Tour in South Africa


This 7 day Garden Route tour forms part of our 20 day “Explore South Africa (North) ” tour from Cape Town to Johannesburg.

During this 7 day tour you will visit some world famous South African highlights such as Cape Town, the wine lands, Oudtshoorn in the Karoo and the Garden Route of course.

And no group tour of South Africa will be complete without seeing some wild animals. We go on Safaris in Addo Elephant National Park where you could see the "Big 5".  

  • This tour is offered in two travel styles:

1. Camping: Clients mostly overnight in comfortable two-man dome tents, with built in mosquito nets and of course a mattress… and a couple of nights are upgraded to budget rooms.
2. Accommodated (hotels/ lodges): Clients overnight in a comfortable twin rooms or permanent safari tents, mostly with en-suite bathrooms.

2021 Tour dossier
  • The basics:

Camping option How much
Tour price ZAR 11 450
Single supplement ZAR 600
Hotel/ Lodge option How much
Tour price ZAR 16 950
Single supplement ZAR 800
How long 7 days
Group size 20 clients max
Start point Cape Town, South Africa
End point Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Meals Breakfast x 6, Lunch x 6, Dinner x 6
Countries South Africa

Included: Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary, transport, registered guides and selected activities as per itinerary.
Excluded: flights, all items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips and optional activities etc.

  • Day to day description l Garden Route Tour

Day 1: Cape Town to Hermanus - The Cape Whale Coast Route
We have a full day ahead of us which takes us from the bustling city centre of Cape Town via the vineyards to the coastal town of Hermanus. En-route we will stop at the largest breeding colony of the African Penguin at Stony Point Nature Reserve. 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.During the months of July to November you may be lucky enough to see the southern right whales that visit the bay in Hermanus.

We highly recommend that you arrive in Cape Town at least 1 day before the tour starts. This gives you some time to acclimatize... and there are loads to see and do in Cape Town.

Day 2: Route 62 - Oudtshoorn
Crossing the Hottentots-Holland Mountains this morning we set out for the Klein Karoo and our overnight stop in Oudtshoorn. Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world. We follow the scenic Route 62 today, stopping to experience one of the many farm stalls on the way. One of the more quirky highlights today is Ronnie’s Shop... a rather interesting country pub!

Day 3: Heart of Garden Route
Our morning starts with a guided tour of the famous Cango Caves, we can only marvel at the astonishing formations that have formed in these impressive limestone caves. Returning above ground we make our way over the Outeniqua Mountains and descend to the beautiful Garden route coastline below. In the coming days we spend time hiking, relaxing at the beach and sampling the many optional activities available.

Day 4: Tsitsikamma 
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 some relaxation on the beaches of Plettenberg Bay, today offers a number of optional activities and your guide will assist you to get the most out the day. This afternoon we have the opportunity to visit the hidden gem of Nature’s Valley, this beautiful village offers us a chance to enjoy a hike or simply relax on the pristine beach in this little paradise. In order to make the most of this day, the truck will run a set schedule and you are free to join or leave at the places that interest you. 

Day 5: Tsitsikamma
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.

Day 6: Greater Addo Elephant National Park area
This morning we set out for the Eastern Cape and the Addo National Park. We make a stop this morning in the surfing mecca of Jeffrey’s Bay, famous for its waves. You have the opportunity to visit the small surfing museum, catch a quick wave or simply enjoy a cup of coffee overlooking these famous waves. This afternoon we will make our first visit to seek the elephants after which Addo is named. Addo is also home to the Big 5 and lots of other wild animals.

Day 7: Addo - Port Elizabeth
This morning your guide will transfer you to Port Elizabeth where your tour comes to an end. 

Interested in this tour?

Before and after the tour services
To help with the planning of your trip, you are more than welcome to book these hotels before and/ or after your tour through us. These hotels are either the starting or end point of your tour, or it will be conveniently close to it. These hotels also offer airport transfers. For information on prices, just click "Hotels and Transfers" at the bottom of this page.

Your cheap Africa tour of the Garden Route in South Africa departs from Cape Town

40onBurg is located in the centre of Cape Town, right next to the Greenmarket Square and is within easy walking distance of vibrant Long Street and the V&A Waterfront. This is also the departure point of your tour. Offers Wi-Fi, laundy facilities, fitness centre…

Your budget group tour of the Garden Route in South Africa ends in Port Elizabeth

Kings Beach Garden Court Hotel in Port Elizabeth is centrally located and enjoys sweeping views of Algoa Bay. The hotel is within walking distance to the beach, shops, boardwalk, restaurants and other attractions. Rooms are clean and comfortable with modern bathrooms, air-conditioning, tea and coffee facilities and complimentary wifi…