5 Days Safari tour itinerary for south-africa: Journey On The Garden Route & Route 62
Cape Town, Addo Elephant Park, Tsitsikamma National Park, Oudtshoorn, Jeffreys Bay
Discover South African wildlife in some of the country's best national parks, travelling along the Garden Route. In this untamed paradise on the southeastern coast, set your sense of adventure free at beaches, on safari, on ziplines and lots more.
Cape Town to Wilderness Area
Start with a morning pickup from your accommodation in Cape Town to reach the Garden Route section by early afternoon.
Paddle through the staggering scenery and abundant birdlife of Wilderness. Wilderness features 18 kilometres of beaches cooled by sea spray, 5 lakes, 5 rivers, and 2 estuaries.
Canoe in the beautiful Wilderness region and watch the birdlife while gliding over the water in a pure encounter with nature.
Overnight in Sedgefield and Knysna - subject to availability of accommodation and your selected rate option, select between budget backpacker or en-suite guest house stay tour package options. Choose between Afrovibe Backpackers, 3-star Greywood Hotel, or 4-star Protea Hotel Knysna Quays.
Wilderness to Jeffrey's Bay
Hike along walkways to soak in the views of Knysna from the imposing sandstone Knysna Heads nestled between forested mountains and the sea, and curving around a big lagoon.
Choose between optional Bloukrans bungy and zipline, waterfall zipline, or explore the surrounding forest.
Face your fear and jump from the world's highest bungee jump (optional activity at an extra fee) or watch the adrenaline junkies as they scream through the air.
Zipline through dramatic scenery and over waterfalls in the Tsitsikamma forest. Multiple slides, of which the longest is 211 metres, zigzag along cables across the river gorge, as high as 50 metres above the water in some places (optional activity, at an additional fee).
If you don't want to do the zipline or bungee jump, this region is an outdoor playground and for those who'd prefer to keep their feet on solid ground. A visit to the lush forests of the area provides the requisite photo opportunity.
Spend time in Tsitsikamma National Park. Explore paradise as you trek along boardwalks to the suspension bridges in this marine reserve with its unique combination of dramatic coastal and forest landscapes.
Overnight in Jeffreys Bay. Choose between Island Vibe Backpackers, 3-Star Mandyville Guesthouse, or 4-Star On the Beach Guesthouse.
Jeffreys Bay & Addo National Park
Take a 2-hour drive in the tour bus, through the 3rd-largest national park in South Africa, Addo Elephant National Park. This park conserves a wide diversity of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. The original elephant section of the park was dedicated to providing a safe haven for the few wild elephants that survived government-sponsored culling in the early 20th century. The lush vegetation provides protection and a rich food source, supporting what is now the most densely populated area of wild elephants on the planet. This finely tuned ecosystem is a sanctuary to over 550 elephants, lions, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra and other species.
Head to the beach or shop in Jeffrey's Bay.
Enjoy early morning surfing or just chill out on the beach. You can rent surfboards and wetsuits for an additional fee.
Overnight in Jeffreys Bay. Choose between: Island Vibe Backpackers, 3-Star Mandyville Guesthouse, or 4-Star On the Beach Guesthouse.
Jeffreys Bay to Oudtshoorn
Tour a working ostrich farm to learn more about the largest flightless bird in the world with your South Africa tour guide.
Head deep underground to the illuminated wonder world of the Cango Caves. On the tour, explore the narrow passages and vast halls filled with colourful ancient stalactites. Choose between the easy-going heritage tour or the adventure tour where you'll need to squeeze, twist, and wiggle your way through limestone chimneys on a rather more adventurous underground route.
In the afternoon, return to the wild for an optional 4x4 game drive with a knowledgeable game ranger at Buffelsdrift Private Game Reserve for a possible sighting of resident rhino and giraffe (this is subject to availability).
Overnight in Oudtshoorn. Choose between Backpackers Paradise, 3+Star Yamkela guest house B&B, or 4-Star Buffelsdrift Lodge and 4-Star Surval Boutique Olive Farm.
Oudtshoorn to Cape Town
Rise early for an Elephant Bush Walk Experience. Fall in love with these giant and lovable creatures. Learn about their background, behaviour, and character as you walk along with orphaned African elephants in a natural setting (optional activity at an extra fee).
Travel on Route 62, South Africa's famous country road, also known as the longest wine route in the world. You'll capture the beauty of high mountains, twisting passes, rugged Karoo plains, vineyards and orchards.
A quick wine tasting stop along the way is the perfect way to end this journey and take in spectacular views.
Return to the Cape Town area, and arrive by late evening.
Pickup and drop-off at your accommodation (within a 10 kilometre radius of Cape Town)
Cango Caves adventure tour
Ostrich farm tour
Entrance to Addo National Park
Entrance to Tsitsikamma National Park
2-hour game drive in Addo National Park (by tour bus)
Friendly local South African driver/guide
Transport to the tour's hotspots (licensed and insured vehicles)
Accommodation for 4 nights (as per option selected)
Route 62 wine tasting
Lunch, dinner, or drinks
Optional Elephant Bush Walk, optional ±R395
Optional Bungy jump zipline, optional ±R1350 or Waterfall zipline, optional ±R430
Optional 4x4 Bush Safari at Buffelsdrift, optional ±R350
Optional Sandboarding or Beach Horse ride
Optional Surfboard and wetsuit hire
Go on safari to see most of the Big Five at Addo Elephant National Park
Zipline through the luscious Tsitsikamma forest
Hike over suspension bridges with views of a secret beach
Paddle through the staggering scenery and abundant birdlife
Jump from the highest commercial bridge bungy
Go wine tasting long the famous Route 62
Enjoy a memorable 5 days visiting some of South Africa’s top national parks and admire the scenery of sunsets, beaches, and the lush forests of the famed Garden Route. Expect a generous dose of the great outdoors, where nature and adventure combine in one perfect playground. Country roads perfectly frame both the rolling farmlands and endless flora and fauna. The landscape dramatically changes — from wine farms to untamed wilderness, Tsitsikamma forest to mountain ranges — as the kilometres pass.
Please note, the tour itinerary can run in reverse or a different order to ensure the optimal experience as per the season.
Optional activities are weather dependent, and can only be booked and paid for on the tour. We select and book you in the best-suited accommodation for the tour's itinerary.
Children under 12 years cannot join a small group tour and need to be quoted for a family-friendly private tour. Children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Prices of optional activities are subject to change and are seasonal.
Accommodation may change to a similar star grading option if the preferred options listed are not available. Accommodation can only be confirmed after the tour is paid for in full.
Double and twin rooms require a minimum and maximum of 2 customers per room.
Leopards are nocturnal hunters, evasive, and not contained by fences so it's unlikely to see them during these game drives, especially rare in the mountainous and dense vegetation regions of the Western Cape and Garden Route.
Scheduled Group tour departs most Mondays and some Saturdays or Thursdays. Private quotes on any day can be quoted accordingly.
Cape Town, Addo Elephant Park, Tsitsikamma National Park, Oudtshoorn, Jeffreys Bay
Type of Tour
This tour is offered throughout the year on the following days of the week.
- Monday 07:00
- Thursday 07:00
- Saturday 07:00
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