Garden Route, Karoo and Addo Wonders (9 Days)

Fun in Tsitsikamma Forest

Garden Route, Karoo, and Addo Wonders Tour – Admire the open spaces of the Karoo; the vastness of Addo National Park, and marvel at the sights and sounds of the Garden Route; with its beautiful coastal roads. This 9 day tour departs Cape Town on Tuesdays; finishing back in Cape Town on Wednesdays. Choose to depart on the scheduled tour (maximum of 14 people) or have your own private guide drive your party. Alternatively; a self-drive tour is also available.

Garden Route Karoo and Addo Wonders Tour Map
Garden Route Karoo and Addo Wonders Tour Map showing the number of nights in each place

Garden Route, Karoo and Addo Wonders Tour Summary

Day 1Cape Town to Oudtshoorn via Route 62 (Garden Route) (±420km)
Day 2Full day in Oudtshoorn
Day 3Oudtshoorn to Graaff Reinet (±320km)
Day 4Graaff Reinet to Addo (±238km)
Day 5Addo Elephant National Park
Day 6Addo to Knysna via Tsitsikamma Forest (±360km)
Day 7Full day at leisure in Knysna
Day 8Knysna to Hermanus via Cape Agulhas (±540km)
Day 9Hermanus to Cape Town via Franschhoek (±190km)
Garden Route Karoo and Addo Wonders Tour Full Itinerary

Day 1, Tuesday

Guests travel inland via Route 62 to Oudtshoorn. This route introduces guests to the southern Cape. Enjoy lunch and wine tasting (both for your own account) en route. The tour arrives in Oudtshoorn in the late afternoon; home to over 400 ostrich farms. Guests enjoy dinner in town (own account).

Overnight at Queens Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Garden Route, Karoo and Addo Wonders Tour
Ostrich Farm in Oudtshoorn

Day 2, Wednesday

At dawn, guests take a short hike to a meerkat burrow and observe their behavior (own account and weather dependant). After breakfast guests visit the Cango Caves, a local upliftment success story (time permitting), and an ostrich farm. Guests enjoy lunch (own account) before boarding a guided tractor tour. In Oudtshoorn, guests visit the CP Nel Museum (own account). Spend the afternoon at leisure before dinner in town (own account).

Overnight at Queens Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn
Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn

Day 3, Thursday

The tour departs for the historic town of Graaff Reinet and Camdeboo National Park. Embark on a guided tour to the Valley of Desolation and “Cathedral of the Mountains”. Guests enjoy dinner at the hotel (own account).

Overnight at Drostdy Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Valley of Desolation in the Camdeboo National Park
Valley of Desolation in the Camdeboo National Park

Day 4, Friday

Guests enjoy breakfast followed by a walk in town, which boasts many national monuments. Guests enjoy lunch (own account) en route to the Zuurberg mountains, adjacent to the Addo Elephant National Park. Dinner is served at the hotel.

Overnight at Zuurberg Mountain Village or similar – Dinner and breakfast.

Zuurberg Mountain Village game drive
Zuurberg Mountain Village game drive

Day 5, Saturday

Following breakfast, guests depart for a full day’s game drive in the Addo Elephant National Park; which is now home to the ‘Big 5’. A stop for lunch in the park. Guests return to the hotel for dinner before retiring for the night.

Overnight at Zuurberg Mountain Village or similar – Dinner, lunch, breakfast, and a game excursion.

Day 6, Sunday

Tour departs for the Garden Route. Stop at Storms River and enjoy a short walk to the suspension bridge; before lunch (own account) in the Tsitsikamma Forest. In the late afternoon, guests enjoy a sunset Knysna oyster cruise (weather permitting) to the Knysna Heads. Guests enjoy wine and fresh oysters on the return trip. Enjoy dinner at the hotel (own account).

Overnight at The Rex Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Garden Route, Karoo and Addo Wonders Tour in Knysna
Garden Route, Karoo and Addo Wonders Tour in Knysna

Day 7, Monday

Guests spend the day at leisure or on optional excursions. Visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve (own account) to enjoy panoramic views onboard the ferry, a drive on the Reserve, and; an optional 2.2km guided nature walk. Enjoy a buffet lunch at the Forest Restaurant on the edge of the lagoon. Guests dine at the hotel (own account).

Overnight at The Rex Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Day 8, Tuesday

The tour departs for Hermanus via Cape Agulhas and a brief stop in Swellendam. If time permits, guests have the opportunity to taste local farm produce in Swellendam (own account). Enjoy lunch (own account) en route. Continuing to Africa’s southernmost tip at Cape Agulhas; guests visit the map of Africa monument and the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse Museum; before arriving in Hermanus. Guests dine at the hotel or in town (own account).

Overnight at Arabella Spa & Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Arabella Spa and Hotel
Arabella Spa and Hotel

Day 9, Wednesday

Guests enjoy breakfast before the tour departs for Franschhoek, en route to Cape Town. Enjoy lunch (own account) in Franschhoek before visiting the Drakenstein Correctional Centre; where Nelson Mandela took his first steps to freedom. Guests continue to Cape Town, where the tour ends.

Garden Route, Karoo, and Addo Wonders Tour 2023 Rates

Scheduled Tour Rates from 1st November 2022 until 31st October 2023: R 30,820 per person sharing (Single Supplement: R 11,645). Children from 7-11 years pay R15,410

Garden Route Karoo and Addo Wonders Private Tour Rates
Number of travelers from 1st November 2022 until 31st October 2023Per Person Rate
1 personR81 450
2 peopleR47 088
3 peopleR37 088
4 to 6 peopleR32 063
7 to 9 peopleR35 225
10 to 14 peopleR28 694
Single SupplementR4 588

Garden Route, Karoo, and Addo Wonders Tour Scheduled and Private Guided Tour Include:

Accommodation: 4 and 5* hotels
Meals: 8 x breakfasts, 1 x lunch, and 2 x dinners
Entrance fees: Camdeboo National Park, Addo Elephant National Park conservation fee, Garden Route National Park conservation fee at Storm’s River, plus; Cape Agulhas Lighthouse Museum.
Excursions: Ostrich farm tractor tour, Cango Caves heritage tour, Valley of Desolation tour, a full day open safari vehicle game drive, and; also a Knysna sunset oyster cruise.
Green Seat: SANParks Honorary Rangers, Endangered Wildlife Trust, Trees for Tourism

Garden Route, Karoo, and Addo Wonders Scheduled and Private Guided Tour Excludes:

Travel insurance, flights, visa fees, airport transfers, porterages, 8 x lunches, 6 x dinners, optional excursions, gratuities, and personal expenses

Garden Route Karoo and Addo Wonders Self-drive Tour Rates
Number of travelers from 1st November 2022 until 31st October 2023Per Person Rate
1 person Group B Car HireR29 519
2 people Group B Car HireR21 231
3 – 4 people Group V Car HireR21 256
5 – 7 people Group E Car HireR21 156
Single SupplementR3 569

Garden Route, Karoo, and Addo Wonders Self-Drive Tour Inclusions:

Accommodation: 4 and 5* hotels
Meals: 8 x breakfasts, 1 x lunch, and 2 x dinners
Arrival English Airport Meet and Assist
Air-conditioned vehicle of appropriate size (Europcar Group B, V, or E); including Tourism levy, 15% VAT, Carbon Emissions Tax, Airport Surcharge, Unlimited mileage, and Document admin fee. You will also receive a VIP Card giving you discounts / value adds.
Select conservation fees and excursions as per the itinerary
Green Seat: SANParks Honorary Rangers, Endangered Wildlife Trust, Trees for Tourism

Exclusions

Travel insurance, flights, toll fees, airport transfers, visa fees, porterages, meals not mentioned, optional excursions, gratuities, and personal expenses

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