The Ultimate 7 Day Garden Route and Wine Tour

Take yourself on an action-packed 7-day journey of pure sensory delight. The week- long Garden Route and Wine tour along the iconic coastal and wine routes of the Western Cape is an experience like none other.

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  • Duration: 7 Days
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What’s included

  • Travel in luxury air-conditioned bus (small)
  • Professional guides
  • Breakfasts x 6
  • Accommodation according to your chosen option of backpackers, comfort and deluxe
  • Wilderness Canoeing
  • Knysna Heads walk
  • Tsitikamma National Park explore
  • Addo Game Drive
  • Chill out at J’ Bay
  • Ostrich Farm Visit
  • Cango Caves Heritage or Adventure Tour
  • Boplaas Tasting
  • Route 62 trip
  • Visit a Kayamandi local’s home
  • Simonsig Bubbly Tasting
  • La Bri Wine and Chooclate or Biltong Pairing
  • Explore Franschhoek
  • Tip of Africa – Cape Agulhas
  • Hermanus Cliff Paths Walk
  • Meet Betty’s Bay penguins
  • Wind on Coastal Clarence Drive

Description

What’s more, flexible accommodation options every night means you can tailor this tour to your needs and your budget. This tour ticks every box – every sunrise a promise of an incredible experience, every sunset a chance to marvel at what you have seen and done in a day. Action-packed adventure, flexibility and small groups.

This amazing trip covers 2200km of the most exquisite garden and wine route of the Cape. It’s action-packed, with such a variety of amazing experiences from nature, to adventure, scenery, culture, heritage and of course, wine!

This incredible opportunity provides ease and seamless travel, with flexibility. You choose where you want to stay, how much you want to pay for accommodation and a variety of the activities. Yet, so much is included too. It is perfect for solo travel, couples, students or small groups. Only 13 guests can be accommodated in each vehicle, with a guide. 

Six breakfasts are included, and there is plenty of opportunity to purchase interesting and exciting lunches, dinners and drinks every day. Flights are excluded from the trip, which starts and ends in Cape Town, where you will be picked up and dropped off at the point of your choice.

It is perfect for international tourists, as well as locals who want to experience their own beautiful country – whether you are from Cape Town, from Port Elizabeth or from Durban, you will never experience the beauty on your doorstep quite like this.

Highlights

In just 7 days you can experience a lifetime’s-worth of beauty. 

  • Peaceful, sun-soaked winelands and wine tasting
  • Culinary delights
  • Plethora of wildlife
  • Rare flora
  • Abundant bird life 
  • Full-on adventure
  • Whale watching
  • Addo National Park
  • Canoeing
  • Surfing
  • Bungy Jumping
  • Hiking
  • Game Drives
  • Caving
  • Culture, art and shopping in quaint villages
  • Horse riding on the beach

Accommodation

We have carefully selected different accommodation options for all 6 evenings. Everyone promising a delightful stay and great service. The itinerary breakdown for each day gives you all the accommodation options and a description of each.

Breakfast is included every day, for all options. Lunches and dinners are excluded and allow you flexibility to choose from a variety of exciting options available every day.

Road Travel, Professional Guides, Reservations and Activities

Road Travel: Comfortable and scenic road travel in a luxury small van.

Professional Guides: You will be guided by trusted professionals, greeted with joy by interesting locals and pay rates that are a fraction of what you would expect with this incredible special deal. 

Seamless booking and reservation: All you need to do is prepare yourself for a week of awe-inspiring experiences and life-affirming adventure.

Activities: Each day has a variety of activities to make your tour exciting and unforgettable. There are activities that are included in the price, and ones that are optional and incur a small extra cost. This is the perfect way to further personalise your tour by choosing exactly what you want to do. Each day in the itinerary details what is included, what is optional and the cost thereof.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Depart From Cape Town and Go Through Wilderness and Sedgefield (400km)

Get picked up from your accommodation in Cape Town (there is no central pick up point, we’ll come and get you.) Get ready to feast your eyes on ever-changing scenery. Majestic mountain passes, rolling vistas of winelands and peaceful farm meadows all line the road of your first day’s journey. 

Experience the tasty delights that are a product of South Africa’s Dutch heritage with a stop at Riviersonderend, where traditional pastries and the must-have ‘melktert’ (milk tart) beckon.

Get your camera ready for swoon-worthy snaps of giant aloes in Albertinia, the wild beauty of lush national parks and the picture-postcard towns of Wilderness and George.

When it’s time to stop driving, it’s time for a peaceful spot of canoeing in Wilderness, rare birdwatching and gulps of clean, fresh air.

And the day is finished off with peaceful sundowners at the waterside in one of the coastal towns of Sedgefield or Knysna. Sleep peacefully and soundly, in anticipation of the next day’s action-packed adventure.

Included: Wilderness Canoeing

Accommodation options Day 1:

  • Afrovibe Backpackers 

Chill and watch the sunset next to the Indian Ocean, enjoy the beachside restaurant and convivial bonfire evening of Myoli beach. Includes free wifi, late night bar and self-catering facilities

  • Pili Pili Beach Cabanas (Backpackers)

A vibrant beach with amazing views from the dormitory balconies and the perfect holiday atmosphere.

  • Graywood Hotel (Comfort)

You’ll feel as if you are actually in the Kynsna forest, in this architectural wonder of Kynsna wood and yesteryear charm. History buffs will love the steam train memorabilia and poolside loungers will not be able to resist the opulent deck pool and lush gardens. Just a 5 minute walk from the Knysna Waterfront, full of gorgeous restaurants and eclectic shopping opportunities.

  • Protea Hotel Knysna Quays (deluxe)

This is pure scenic opulence. The hotel is situated on the Kynsna Waterfront, with heated pool and views of the majestic Knysna Heads. You could go for a spa treatment, explore the vibrant waterfront restaurants and shops or go on a tranquil lagoon cruise and sample the famous Kysna oysters. 

  • Knysna Log Inn (deluxe)

This majestic wooden hideaway is an awe-inspiring homage to the Knysna timer industry. The impressive entrance will blow you away, with timber walls and exquisite stained glass. Cosy, luxurious rooms, sauna, jacuzzi and pampering opportunities await, followed by a jaunt into the Knysna Waterfront, just two blocks away.

Day 2 – The Garden Route and Jeffreys Bay (200km)

Wake up and start your day with the incredible views afforded by the magnificent Knysna Heads, then proceed to admire the lush river views from Bloukrans Bridge. Here is where the adrenaline seeker can casually jump from the world’s highest bungy jump. Yes, if throwing yourself off a bungy bridge and free-falling 216m and then springing back is on your bucket list, now’s your chance. It’s exhilarating and wild, sure. However, if that is not quite your scene you can head into the mystical forests of Tsitikamma and absorb the power and majesty of these ancient trees.

The tang of fresh ocean air becomes apparent as you journey onward, but not without a chance to climb up to the Tsitsikamma suspension bridge, where the mind-blowing views will take your breath away. 

As you emerge from the Garden Route you’ll be welcomed into one of the world’s coolest surfing spots, Jeffreys Bay. It’s time to get beachy and hang out, dude. Here you can hire a board and catch some awesome waves, laze on the beach or potter around shopping. Whatever your vibe, ‘J-Bay’ will be pleased to provide for you.

Included:

  • Knysna Heads walk
  • Tsitikamma National Park explore

Optional:

  • Tsitikamma Zipline Explore (from R430)
  • Bloukrans Bungy and Zipline Experience (from R1350)

Accommodation Options Day 2:

  • Island Vibe Backpackers

Mingle with beach people young and not-so-young at Island Vibe’s famous surf side restaurant.

  • Mandyville (Comfort)

Listen to the waves crashing in spacious comfort, and your perfect nook to relax, whether it is under a milkwood tree or around the fire pit. Wake up to a delicious, full English breakfast before embarking on the next day’s adventure.

  • Sea Whisper (Comfort)

A gorgeous guesthouse with breath-taking sea views, landscaped gardens and air conditioned, en suite rooms. A gorgeous 4 star venue.

  • On the Beach (Deluxe)

The ultimate beach side luxury offers complete peace and tranquillity. Enjoy your private balcony from your tastefully appointed room and wake up to the seafront vista and the wafting aroma of a delicious breakfast.

Day 3 – Addo National Park and Jeffreys Bay (250km)

Whether a pre-dawn wake up call is easy for you or not, it will be completely rewarded as you venture into the unspoilt bush on a game drive into the Addo Elephant National Park. A professional game guide will whisk you away on wildlife experience that you will never forget. Keep your camera handy to snap the lion, elephant, black rhino and hauntingly beautiful vistas.

That early morning start means you get the afternoon to just ‘chill’ in Jeffreys Bay. Mosey around the discount outlets and quirky shops, get back on your board, take in the beach scene or try sandboarding. Or indulge your romantic side with horse riding on the beach with the salty spray whipping through your hair. 

Included:

  • Addo Game Drive
  • Chill out at J’ Bay

Optional:

  • Surfing at J Bay (from R90)
  • J Bay Sandboarding (from R250)
  • J Bay Beach Horse Ride (from R450)

Accommodation Options Day 3

  • Mandyville (Comfort)

Listen to the waves crashing in spacious comfort, and your perfect nook to relax, whether it is under a milkwood tree or around the fire pit. Wake up to a delicious, full English breakfast before embarking on the next day’s adventure.

  • Sea Whisper (Comfort)

A gorgeous guesthouse with breath-taking sea views, landscaped gardens and air conditioned, en suite rooms. A gorgeous 4 star venue.

  • On the Beach (Deluxe)

The ultimate beach side luxury offers complete peace and tranquillity. Enjoy your private balcony from your tastefully appointed room and wake up to the seafront vista and the wafting aroma of a delicious breakfast.

Day 4 – Oudtshoorn (300km)

It’s time to experience a change of scene as you say goodbye to the ocean for a bit and feast on the contrasts of this amazing country as you head through the winding road in between the Langkloof Mountains and out into the austere beauty of the Klein Karoo. This is ostrich country, and the giant, awkward birds are everywhere.

Ostrich farms and colourful farm stalls full of show-worthy plumes line your road, along with grand and extravagant Sandstone homesteads built in the old days from farmer’s ‘feather-fortunes’. You can look straight into one of these creature’s small, beady eyes at the Cango Ostrich Show Farm, and learn a bit about ostrich farming.

The afternoon is dedicated to yet another enchanting natural wonder – the Cango Caves limestone Chambers. 

You can appreciate this mystical underground world of stalactites, stalagmites and historical Khoi San paintings in one of two ways. A relaxed Heritage Tour is perfect for an informative exploration of the geological wonders and their evolution, as well as a chance to experience the amazing sound quality and natural cave acoustics. If claustrophia is not your phobia, then the Adventure Tour will afford the opportunity to twist and turn, squeeze and wriggle into the limestone chimneys themselves.

This super special day still has more to come! Go back into the wild in the afternoon with an (optional) game drive into the Buffelsdrift Private Game.

And round out your wonderful experience with some delicious ostrich steak and friendly Oudtshoorn locals.

Included:

  • Ostrich Farm Visit
  • Cango Caves Heritage or Adventure Tour

Optional:

  • Buffelsdrift 4x4 Bush Safari (from R350)

Accommodation Options Day 4

  • Backpackers Paradise (Budget)

Enjoy the unique town of Oudtshorn from the Backpackers Paradise, where you will enjoy free Wi-Fi, bar and coffee shop, pool and self-catering facilities and the flexibility to choose between dormitory or private rooms with en suite bathroom.

  • Yamkela (Comfort)

Spend your evening in the elegant sandstone building, enjoying local hospitality – Yamkela means ‘welcome’ in Xhosa, and you certainly will feel exactly that in this tranquil, homely oasis. 

  • Oakdene (Comfort)

Stay in charming style and enjoy a history lesson too – this is one of the oldest buildings in the area, originally built in 1853. It is full of quaint and interesting detail, while being perfectly comfortable and cosy. The family-run guesthouse has a pool, air conditioning, heated blankets for chill evenings and a lush garden supplying contrast to the dry (yet still beautiful) surrounds.

  • Buffelsdrift Glamping (Deluxe)

You will love the experience of this tented lodge offering a wonderful game experience, including resident hippos, giraffes, waterbuck, hartebeests, wildebeests and eland. The natural outdoor showers and beautifully appointed tents add a definite ‘glamour’ to the luxury camping experience.

Day 5 – Oudtshoorn – Stellenbosch (450km)

A breathtaking Oudtshoorn sunrise is best enjoyed with a walk, before it gets too hot. But this jaunt comes with some very special guests. The peaceful and awe-inspiring elephant rescues Bulelo, Jabari and Malaika invite you along to stroll the dam wall of the Buffelsdrift Private Game Reserve. Revel in their peace and wisdom up close, and you will never forget it.

Then, it’s time for another change of scene as you get your kicks on Route 62. It’s the lekker, local version of the famous Route 66 in America that winds through the longest wine route in the Cape. Everywhere you look there are vintage burger bars, fabulous farm stalls and ‘blink and you’ll miss them’ towns, each with a unique story and a charm. For a pre-cursor of delights to come, a wine stop for some Port-wine sampling completes the route.

Included:

  • Boplaas Tasting
  • Route 62 trip

Optional:

  • Buffelsdrift Elephant Bush Walk (from R395)

Accommodation Options Day 5:

  • Banghoek Place (Backpackers)

The perfect place to enjoy the charming university town with dorm, double, twin and en suite room choices. You can stroll into town and enjoy a variety of restaurants, bars and great entertainment.

  • Caledon Villa (Comfort)

A cosy home-from-home in Stellenbosch with 15 unique rooms, pool, lush gardens and modern amenities. If you can tear yourself away, you can enjoy the bustling university town in the evening, stroll or hop on a bicycle!

  • Roosenwijn (Deluxe)

Stay in a national monument – an exquisite Victorian home that has been beautifully restored to give the perfect olde-world charm as well as 4 star luxury in one. After admiring the many antiques of the home, you can stroll 5 minutes into Stellenbosch and experience your choice of history, culture, art and fine wine and dining. Or visit the renowned Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens, conveniently next door!

Day 6 – Cape Agulhas (200km)

It’s time to get excited for a day that includes a myriad of colourful culture and tasty culinary delights. Heading through the Cape Winelands and into the Overberg Mountain region, you will experience the Xhosa culture at Khayamandi – a typical South African township area of makeshift houses and eclectic local food – from home-made ginger beer, tea like you’ve never had it before, spicy hot chakalaka and a good yarn from the locals.

From the hustle and bustle of location living, the charming and historic Simonsig Wine Estate awaits. This is where French Huguenot Jacques Malan arrived in the winelands in 1688, and where the Malan family created South Africa’s first Méthode Cap Classique, South African Rhine Riesling and wooded whites. Sip your bubbly whilst surveying the 206 hectares of different grape varieties.

The exquisite town of Franschhoek is next on the list, where you have an appointment with a variety of exquisite wines paired with chocolate or biltong, and an interesting exploration of how to pair different tastes for taste experiences way beyond the ordinary.

It’s time to get up close and personal with the enchanting lanes and streets of Franschhoek, the gastronomic centre of South Africa. Quaint cafes, tantalising restaurants and approximately 30 wine cellars give you a chance to shop around for a few special keepsakes. 

Next on the agenda is a meander south, through the Overberg region and as south as you can go in Africa to Cape Agulhas, where the warm Agulhas current collides with the cool Benguela current and the two oceans meet. You have to have a picture of yourself at this incredible spot, as the sun goes down and the exquisite hues of the sky and sea astound.

Included:

  • Visit a Kayamandi local’s home
  • Simonsig Bubbly Tasting
  • La Bri Wine and Chooclate or Biltong Pairing
  • Explore Franschhoek
  • Tip of Africa – Cape Agulhas

Accommodation Options Day 6:

  • Agulhas Backpackers

Visit the most Southern Backpackers in South Africa! Chooose hammocks in the garden or goose down duvets, depending on the weather. A lovely pool and barbeque area means plenty of space too chill out.

  • Mermaid Guest House (Comfort)

Enjoy tranquil sea views and a fabulous nautical theme in the décor of this lovely guesthouse, with easy village and beach access.

  • Agulhas Ocean House (Deluxe)

Drink in the majestic seascapes in a sophisticated and warm environment that mixes oriental, African and European style influences. Each suite is individually styled with an en suite bathroom and private outdoor area, and all modern amenities. Wake up to the fresh sea air and a delicious breakfast, and enjoy gardens with a bounty of bird life, and possibly a whale sighting or two in season.

Day 7 – Cape Whale Coast – Hermanus (200km)

After spending the night in Cape Agulhas, you can awaken to the invigorating sea breeze and get ready to experience Hermanus. You can take in its wild coastal beauty by wondering along beautiful ocean paths and jagged, rocky cliffs while admiring the unique fynbos and indigenous bird life of the area.

Your biggest treat might be spotting a Southern Right whale or two, especially between June and November, as this is the best place to spot whales (from land) in the world. 

After your hike, there is time to mosey around the alluring town of Hermanus, where you could truly feel as if you have stepped back in time. For the adventurous, there are whale cruises (in season) and guided sea kayaking experiences.

There are more locals who will want to make your acquaintance in the next town of Betty’s Bay, where there is the most abundant breeding colony of endangered African penguins in the world. After meeting and greeting your new friends in the beautiful bay, it’s time to take in a last delight at the exquisite scenery as you travel along Clarence Drive, musing on the incredible sights, sounds and adventures you have experienced.

Included:

  • Hermanus Cliff Paths Walk
  • Meet Betty’s Bay penguins
  • Wind on Coastal Clarence Drive

Optional:

  • Hermanus Whale Cruise (from R900)
  • Hermanus Sea Kayaking (from R450)

By the afternoon of the 7th day of this tour, you will be delivered back to another beauty – the Mother City Cape Town, full of amazing stories, unforgettable experiences and enviable memories.

What’s excluded

  • Hermanus Whale Cruise (from R900)
  • Hermanus Sea Kayaking (from R450)
  • Buffelsdrift Elephant Bush Walk (from R395)
  • Buffelsdrift 4x4 Bush Safari (from R350)
  • Surfing at J Bay (from R90)
  • J Bay Sandboarding (from R250)
  • J Bay Beach Horse Ride (from R450)
  • Tsitikamma Zipline Explore (from R430)
  • Bloukrans Bungy and Zipline Experience (from R1350)
  • Lunches, dinners and snacks

Important information

Collect: Cape Town International Airport or any hotel/guest lodge within city precinct

Drop-off: Cape Town International Airport or any hotel/guest lodge within city precinct

There is no central pick up and drop off point for this tour – we’ll come and get you.

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