7 Day Ultimate Garden Route & Addo Luxury Tour

Enjoy a dream holiday with luxury accommodation and seven days of fun adventures in the world-famous Garden Route and Cape Winelands. Travel on a beautifully-scenic route to the Little Karoo and onwards onto the quaint coastal towns of the Garden Route.

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What’s included

  • Transfers in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle
  • SATOUR-registered guide (english-speaking)
  • 6-nights in luxury accommodation in the garden route
  • Meals as specified in itinerary (breakfast daily)
  • Activities as specified in the itinerary

Description

The ‘sea and safari’ section of the tour takes you to splendid beaches and gorgeous coastal attractions as well as Addo Elephant National Park for a Big 5 safari tour.

The second half of the tour introduces you to the scenic wonders of the Cape Winelands with gorgeous days spent exploring the towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek and delicious wine and food pairings. The tour ends at the southernmost tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas where the Indian and Atlantic oceans officially meet, and a leisurely drive home along one of the most spectacular coastal roads in the country.

Tour Highlights

  • Sedgefield, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Jeffreys Bay and Addo Elephant National Park
  • Oudtshoorn
  • Stellenbosch and Franschhoek
  • Cape Agulhas
  • Hermanus and Betty’s Bay

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to availability

Protea Hotel Knysna Quays ǀ Luxury accommodation in Knysna

Protea Hotel Knysna Quays is situated in the heart of Knysna at the popular waterfront complex that’s renowned for its excellent restaurants and boutique shops. It’s a short drive from the major Knysna attractions and overlooks the beautiful Knysna lagoon. Each luxury room is tastefully decorated and offers all the modern amenities of a luxury hotel.

Knysna Log-Inn ǀ Luxury accommodation in Knysna

The impressive timber-framed hotel exudes charm and warmth. Large stain glass windows let in glorious natural light and tasteful décor lends the rustic wooden structure an air of sophistication and elegance. Each room is spacious and beautifully decorated and the hotel facilities are world-class. There is an onsite shopping centre, spa and hair salon on the property and a popular fine-dining restaurant and cosy open-plan bar and lounge.

On The Beach ǀ Luxury accommodation in Jeffreys Bay

This beachside paradise is ideally located to the sun-drenched beaches of Jeffreys Bay, which is known as the “Surfing Capital of South Africa”. It provides guests with an oasis of tranquility in the busy surfing town; with elegant décor and luxury amenities for a luxurious stay. The seaside-facing rooms offer spectacular views of a beautiful beach and the sparkling Indian Ocean. On The Beach is literally a stone’s throw from one of the most popular surfing beaches in J’Bay and a selection of festive seaside restaurants and pubs.

Buffelsdrift Glamping ǀ Luxury tented accommodation close to Oudtshoorn

Enjoy a decadent glamping safari experience at Buffelsdrift Private Game Reserve which is a delightful oasis in the semi-arid surrounds of the Little Karoo. It’s home to an array of antelope, plains game and lightweight predators which means it’s also safe for guided walking safaris. The luxury tented suites look out over a massive waterhole and are fully-equipped for luxurious comfort, including a private deck and outdoor shower. The property boasts an excellent restaurant and bar area with a panoramic view of the bushveld, as well as a sparkling pool and spa treatment centre.

Roosenwijn Guest House ǀ Luxury accommodation in Stellenbosch

Roosenwijn Guest House is a historic Victorian-styled homestead that was built in 1904 and has been lovingly restored to offer guests luxurious accommodation in lush surrounds. The guest house is situated in the heart of Stellenbosch right next to the famous Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens. It’s a short 5-minute stroll from the bustling town centre where you’ll find a great selection of popular restaurants and pubs. Each luxury suite is stylishly decorated; furnished with an elegant blend of antiques and African-themed décor.

Agulhas Ocean House ǀ Luxury accommodation in Cape Agulhas

Situated at the southernmost tip of Africa where the Indian and Atlantic oceans officially meet, Agulhas Ocean House offers guests luxurious accommodation with gorgeous panoramic views. Turquoise décor accents reflect the brilliance of the ocean and natural, organic textures add warmth and soul to intimate and modern venue. Each deluxe suite has its own private outdoor patio and luxury features such as a King-sized bed, satellite channels and large flatscreen TV and free Wi-Fi.

Itinerary

DAY 1: CAPE TOWN - SEDGEFIELD (approx 460 kms)

Guests are collected from a pre-arranged pick-up point in Cape Town. Your journey to the scenic coastal towns of the Garden Route winds its way through mountain passes and past rolling farmlands with a quick stop at Riviersonderend to stock up on snacks and drinks. 

You continue on to the lush coastal town of Wilderness where you’ll spend the afternoon paddling on a beautiful river in the Wilderness National Park. Your day ends in the magical town of Knysna.

Overnight at Protea Hotel Knysna Quays or Knysna Log-Inn in Knysna (booking depends on availability).

Activities included:

Wilderness canoeing

Includes: No meals

DAY 2: SEDGEFIELD - JEFFREY’S BAY (approx 218 kms)

Enjoy a hearty breakfast; then it’s time to explore this stunning stretch of coastline as we make our way to the “Surfing Capital of the World”. Included in the itinerary is a leisurely walk to the imposing Knysna Heads which is a pair of rocky sandstone cliffs that stand where the Knysna Lagoon and Indian Ocean meet; and 2-hours exploring the magnificent Tsitsikamma National Park. 

Take a walk through the dense indigenous forest and come out at the striking 77-metre suspension bridge that hangs dramatically over the Storms River Mouth.

Enroute to Jeffreys Bay, we stop at Bloukrans Bridge which is a famous stop-off for adrenalin junkies. Here you have the option to experience the world’s highest commercial bungy jump which is a 216 metre fall into the gorgeous riverine gorge below, or you can zipline over the gushing river. 

Continue on to ‘Surf City’ where you can relax at the surf-side restaurant or grab a few hours on the beach before the sun sets.

Overnight at On The Beach in Jeffreys Bay (booking depends on availability).

Activities included:

  • Knysna Heads walk
  • Tsitsikamma National Park walk

Optional activities (excluded in the rate):

  • Tsitsikamma waterfall zipline
  • Bloukrans bung jump or zipline

Includes: Breakfast

DAY 3: JEFFREYS BAY - ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK (approx 120 kms)

Wake up before the sun rises and be ready to depart for an exciting safari tour of Addo Elephant National Park. It’s the third-largest national park in South Africa and a protected sanctuary for over 500 endangered African elephants. 

Addo is the only place in the world where you’ll find the Big 7 which includes elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard as well as the great white shark and southern right whale. The last two are found in Addo’s protected marine reserve.

Return to Jeffreys Bay for an afternoon of leisure; explore the quaint surfing shops in town or head to the beach. Optional activities include surfing and sandboarding lessons or horse riding on the beach. Eat out in town or stay in and enjoy a delicious meal at the lodge’s seaside restaurant.

Overnight at On The Beach in Jeffreys Bay (booking depends on availability).

Activities include:

  • Big 5 safari tour of Addo Elephant National Park

Optional activities (excluded in the rate):

  • Surfing at J’Bay
  • Sandboarding at J’Bay
  • Beach horse riding

Includes: Breakfast

DAY 4: JEFFREY’S BAY - OUDTSHOORN (approx 290 kms)

After a good breakfast, we leave the stunning eastern coastline of South Africa and head inland to the Little Karoo. Winding our way through the spectacular Langkloof Mountains, we arrive in Oudtshoorn which is known as the “Ostrich Capital of the World”. Our first stop is at a working ostrich farm where you meet these quirky big-eyed birds and get a glimpse into the ostrich farming industry. 

Next stop is the world-renowned Cango Caves. This is an intricate system of underground limestone chambers which are renowned for their striking drip-formation stalactites and stalagmites. You can opt for the leisurely heritage tour or the more challenging adventure tour which sees you on your hands and knees crawling through a maze of tunnels and chimneys.

Afterwards, you can carry on the fun with an optional 4x4 safari tour of a private game reserve in Buffelsdrift which lies at the foothills of the magical Swartberg Mountain or you can relax back at your accommodation. Dine out in town and sample the Karoo’s famous cuisine or stay in and enjoy one of the best braais (barbeques) in the country; sample mouthwatering Karoo lamb or ostrich steaks.

Overnight at Buffelsdrift Glamping close to Oudtshoorn (booking depends on availability).

Activities included:

  • Ostrich farm visit
  • Cango Caves heritage or adventure tour

Optional activities (excluded in the rate):

  • Buffelsdrift 4x4 safari tour

Includes: Breakfast

DAY 5: OUDTSHOORN - STELLENBOSCH (approx 390 kms)

You have the choice of waking up early for a leisurely stroll in the Buffelsdrift Private Game Reserve and interacting with three hand-reared orphaned elephants; or you can sleep in and have a more leisurely start to the day.

Then it’s time to hit Route 62 which is known as the “Longest Wine Route in the World”. The route is modelled on the famous American Route 66 but with an emphasis on wine and delicious food. Our first stop is at Boplaas which is a family-run wine estate that’s renowned for its award-winning wines and port. 

Spend time in the Boplaas wine tasting room and enjoy a meal at a restaurant in town before it’s time to depart for the historic town of Stellenbosch which lies in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Your guide will give you a scenic tour of the town and an insight into its incredible cultural heritage.

Overnight at Roosenwijn Guest House in Stellenbosch.

Activities included:

  • Wine tasting at Boplaas Family Vineyards

Optional activities (excluded in the rate):

  • Buffelsdrift elephant bush walk

Includes: Breakfast

DAY 6: STELLENBOSCH - CAPE AGULHAS (approx 200 kms)

Make sure you have a good breakfast because today we visit two exceptional wine farms where you’ll sample their award-winning wines. Before we leave Stellenbosch, we pay a quick visit to a local home in Kayamandi. You’ll have a chance to taste a selection of authentic Xhosa meals and get a glimpse into the life of the vibrant community.

The first stop on our tour of the Cape Winelands is the famous Simonsig Wine Estate. It’s one of the oldest wine estates in the Cape and intricately linked to the beginnings of wine production in South Africa. Enjoy tasting some of Simonsig’s finest sparkling wine before venturing on to La Bri Wine Estate in the picturesque valley of Franschhoek for wine and chocolate or biltong pairing.

You’ll be hungry by now which is the perfect time to stroll through the charming main street of Franschhoek and take your pick of the finest restaurants and cafés in the Cape. Franschhoek is known as the ‘Culinary Capital of South Africa’ and is also well known for its art galleries, stylish shops and rich French Huguenot heritage.

After a day of fine wine and food, we make our way to Cape Agulhas which is the southernmost tip of Africa and where the Indian and Atlantic oceans officially meet. The day ends with a visit to the point that marks the ‘Tip of Africa’ and the iconic working lighthouse and a nearby shipwreck.

Overnight at Agulhas Ocean House in Cape Agulhas.

Activities included:

  • Kayamandi community visit
  • Bubbly wine tasting at Simonsig Family Vineyards
  • Wine and chocolate/biltong pairing at La Bri Wine Estate

Includes: Breakfast

DAY 7: CAPE AGULHAS - HERMANUS - BETTY’S BAY - CAPE TOWN (approx 220 kms)

After a leisurely breakfast, we depart for the vibrant town of Hermanus which is famous for whale watching, cliffside walks and its colourful street market. There’s no rush to get back to Cape Town so you can join a whale cruise if its whale-watching season, take a long stroll along the craggy coastal cliffs, spend time shopping for souvenirs or relax at one of the many popular sea-facing restaurants.

The return journey home takes you via Stony Point in Betty’s Bay where you get a chance to see one of the largest successful breeding colonies of African penguins in the world. The slow drive back to Cape Town takes you along the breathtaking Clarence Pass with a panoramic view of the glistening Atlantic Ocean.

Activities included:

  • Hermanus cliff path walk
  • Betty’s Bay penguin visit

Optional activities (excluded in the rate):

  • Hermanus whale cruise
  • Hermanus sea kayaking

Includes: Breakfast

What’s excluded

  • Scheduled domestic and international flights
  • Purchases of a personal nature
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary (lunch and dinner)
  • Optional activities highlighted in the itinerary
  • Entry fees for optional activities
  • Gratuities
  • Visa fees, if required

Important information

Tour departs

Monday

Saturday

Collect/ drop-off

Departs: Monday, Thursday and Saturday

There is no central meeting point for this tour. A transfer service will collect you from your Cape Town accommodation.

Collect: Between 06h00 and 07h00

Drop-off : Between 15h00 and 16h00

Please note

Children must be 10 years and older to join this tour and are charged as adults.

The itinerary can run in reverse or a different order. 

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