Cape Town & the Garden Route

12 Days Starting in Port Elizabeth and ending in Cape Town

Visiting: South Africa

Tour operator:

Exodus Adventure Travels

Tour code:

AZW

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 16

Physical rating:

Leisurely

Age range:

16-99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Small Group

Activities:

Sightseeing, Wine Tasting

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Tour Overview

This journey brings us from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town following the famous Garden Route. Along the way we take in fantastic wildlife, beautiful beaches, rainforests, deep canyons, rolling hills, endless vineyards, quaint towns, vibrant cities, and one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world. This trip takes in the best of one of South Africa’s greatest regions, packing in surprising diversity. In season (August-November) this is also the best place on Earth to watch whales right from the shoreline.



Highlights

  • Wildlife from elephants and lions to penguins and whales (in season)

  • Scenery along the one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world

  • Diverse nature from the forests of Tsitsikamma to the drylands of the Little Karoo.

  • Culture from quaint towns to cosmopolitan Cape Town and nearby wineries

Itinerary

Day 1

Depart London.
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Day 2


The group flight generally arrives early afternoon. Land only passengers can
meet the rest of the group at the airport; upon arrival we will transfer
about 1hr to the the Sundays River Valley and the lovely Avoca Guest Farm.
The rest of the afternoon is free to relax amidst this bucolic setting.
*Avoca Guest Farm or similar*



Day 3

This morning we head to Addo Elephant National Park. The third largest
national park in South Africa, Addo is home to some 550 elephants (up from a
mere 16 when the park was initially set up) as well as Black rhino, leopards,
lions, buffalos, hyenas, zebras, various antelopes and dung-beetles.
We will enjoy game drives (in our own vehicle) in the park and have the
option of a 2nd game drive as well (at extra cost).
*Avoca Guest Farm or similar*



Day 4

Today we start heading west to the official start of the Garden Route at
Storms River and Tsitsikamma National Park. Stretching along the coast, the
park gets its name from a local word meaning ‘place of abundant water.’
The park is made up of rocky coastlines, fairy-tale forests, waterfalls and
rivers. We have the opportunity to hike in the forest and along suspension
bridges. The area is also a great place for bird-enthusiasts with a variety
of sea, forest and fynbos (scrubland) species present.
*Storms River Mouth Rest Camp or similar*



Day 5

We spend the day at Tsitsikamma where a number of hikes are available as well
as other activities (though some may be dependent on the weather conditions
such as canoeing).
*Storms River Mouth Rest Camp or similar*



Day 6

We start our day with a visit to the Knysna Heads, two tall sandstone cliffs
which form a channel through which the turbulent Indian Ocean enters the
calmer Knysna Lagoon. We have a bit more time to relax in town before leaving
for Oudtshoorn after lunch.
As we head inland and over a pass the landscape changes drastically and we
enter the Little Karoo, a much dryer and hotter region. Oudtshoorn itself
became famous thanks to the trade in Ostrich feathers and is still, today,
the ostrich capital of the world.
Our Guest House is situated out of town in the tranquil rural Karoo village
of De Rust.
*House Martin Guest Lodge or similar*



Day 7


Today we spend all day in and around Oudtshoorn. We start by visiting the
Cango Caves, an extensive complex of caverns with stalactites and
stalagmites. We then enjoy lunch at Buffelsdrift where will overlook a
waterhole that occasionally is visited by elephants, giraffe and springbok.
In the afternoon we visit the beautiful Meiringspoort Waterfall and enjoy a
short walk in the area. (the order in which we do these activities may be
reversed).

*House Martin Guest Lodge or similar*



Day 8


Returning towards the coast we make a stop at Mossel Bay and the Dias museum
complex celebrating the influence of early Portuguese sailors on S. Africa
and the location of the Post Office Tree (an old milkwood tree which was used
to leave messages for passing ships since 1500). We then continue to
Hermanus, famed as the whale capital of the world.
*Windsor Hotel or similar*



Day 9


Today is a free day to relax and enjoy Hermanus. From late August to November
Southern Right whales are easily spotted from shore as they frolic in Walker
Bay. A whale crier sounds his kelp horn when he spots whales off the coast.
Those who want can also do a boat-based whale watching trip. There are also a
number of other activities available from hikes to river cruises and
lagoon-kayaking which are available year-round.
*Windsor Hotel or similar*



Day 10

Our next destination is South Africa’s famed wine region. The wine
industry, which dates back to the 17th Century and was heavily influenced by
French Huguenots, produces some of the best wines in the world. We will have
the opportunity to taste some of these wines before continuing to Cape Town,
the Mother City.
*Sweetest Guest House or similar*



Day 11-12


We spend the next two days in and around Cape Town, Africa's most exciting
city. Our activities in Cape Town will, to some extent, be dictated by the
weather as visits to the top of Table Mountain, which has its own
micro-climate, are determined by cloud cover and wind. Because of this,
often, temperamental weather, it is best not to pre-book the cable car but to
just buy tickets on the spot (not included) Those who are staying longer in
Cape Town post-tour may opt to visit Table Mountain later if the weather
looks as though it may be better then.
There is also the option of visiting Robben Island on one of the days,
however we recommend you pre-book Robben Island with us before the trip (but
pay the tour leader locally).
On one of the days we head down the Cape Peninsula. We follow the Atlantic
Seaboard past the areas of Camps Bay, Llandudno and Hout Bay to the Cape
Point via Chapman's Peak drive, if it is open. The highlight of the day is
our visit to the famous Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, which covers an
area of 7680 hectares. The reserve is home to eland, bontebok, grysbok,
springbok, wildebeest, baboon and ostrich. Rugged cliffs, unspoilt beaches,
shipwrecks and beautiful flora are the main features of the reserve. We will
go on a walk through the reserve for approximately two hours. We first take a
walk to the old lighthouse for the panoramic views, before following the
pathway to the new lighthouse which offer spectacular cliff views. We then
follow the downhill path to the Cape of Good Hope. Once we leave the park we
stop at the former Royal Navy base at Simonstown and take time to visit the
resident penguin colony at Boulders Beach.
*Sweetest Guest House or similar*



Day 13


Our final day of the trip we have the option of doing a township tour,
strolling along the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront or exploring various other
parts of Cape Town. Those on group flights will be transferred to the airport
this afternoon for their flight home, those on a land-only basis the tour
officially ends today.



Day 14

Arrive London
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What's Included

  • Meals
    10 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 0 dinners.


* All breakfasts
* All accommodation (see below)
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's Not Included

  • Visas or vaccinations

  • Single accommodation (available on request)

  • Travel insurance

Food


All breakfasts included

The food you'll encounter on this trip is very similar to the kind of food
you'll be used to at home. There may be the opportunity to try some more
unusual meats such as ostrich, kudu or eland. There are also some options for
vegetarians.

The water provided on this trip is safe and clean drinking water, normally
coming from bore-holes. It is not bottled water, however. If you would rather
have bottled water then this will be at your expense, though we would
encourage you to make use of the safe drinking water provided as this helps
diminish plastic consumption.

Accommodation

We spend 11 nights in a range of hotels and guesthouses, each well located for our activities and to keep the drives between destinations relatively short. Properties are comfortable and many have fantastic views. The normal accommodations used on this trip can be found on the day-to-day itinerary; however, below are a couple of the notable places we stay.



De Rust: Housemartin Guest Lodge (nights 5-6)







In the small Karoo town of De Rust is the quaint Housemartin Guest Lodge. Owners Theresa and Jan personally welcome every Exodus group that comes to their home and they take great pride in making guests as comfortable as possible. The property has 12 rooms, each with a private veranda leading into the garden. There is also a swimming pool plus beautiful indoor and outdoor dining areas. The meals at the guest lodge are a particular highlight with seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms to create classic South African dishes.



Hermanus: Windsor Hotel (nights 7-8)







The 120-year-old Windsor Hotel in Hermanus sits opposite Walker Bay, one of the best whale-watching destinations in the world when southern right whales migrate to the bay to breed (July to November). Whale-watching is even possible from the comfort of the hotel restaurant. However, the location of the property is also ideal out of season with a central setting within town and quick access to the 7.5mi (12km) Hermanus Cliff Path.

Check out our Q&As

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    British passport holders and most European and Commonwealth Passport holders do not require a visa to travel to South Africa. Please note that all travellers to South Africa who do require a visa are required to have a minimum of 2 blank consecutive pages in their passport i.e. a left hand page and a right hand page to enable an entry visa to be issued.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    16

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Minimum 16 years old people can go on this tour.

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

    Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Garden Route

We had a great holiday and would recommend South A

We had a great holiday and would recommend South Africa as a holiday destination. Justin our guide was excellent and showed us the best bits of the Garden Route. He arranged a great safari and we saw 4 out of the big 5. As the sea was too rough we could not go out on the boat but we still saw loads of whales breaching from the shore. We all really enjoyed South Africa.

Cape Town and Garden Route

Great time with good company. Our guide Petro was

Great time with good company. Our guide Petro was excellent; great knowledge, well organised, safe driver etc. but she became a friend rather than just the guide/trip leader. Great selection of accommodation. Great scenery, wild life and food.

Superb in every way

This was one of the best holidays we have had in e

This was one of the best holidays we have had in every way. We stayed in some beautiful guest houses, all a bit different with lovely personal and homely touches. The places we visited were quite diverse and made the trip more interesting. The locals were extremely friendly and made us feel welcome. The food was out of this world. I could not fault this holiday and will have fond memories for years to come.

An incredible trip

I have been on a few trips with Exodus but this wa

I have been on a few trips with Exodus but this was by far the best! It had everything packed into it and we saw some beautiful parts of such a diverse country. The trip was amazing from wildlife including elephants and lions in the wild, whale watching, ostrich farms, beautiful and an abundance of birds and oh what stunning scenery. There was a bit of everything and we did all the main attractions in Cape Town and such and interesting and poignant trip to the Township with someone who lived there. There was time to do some fab hikes to see gushing waterfalls and the vineyard was beautiful with some fantastic wines. Every hotel or guest house we stayed in was perfect for the place we were in and food and restaurants we had/went to were chosen carefully by Justin, our amazing Trip leader and his recommendations for food and wine were spot on so we ate like kings! Justin was the perfect Trip leader and made the trip what it was and I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it.

Interesting and Relaxing Tour

This was an interesting, relaxing and varied trip.

This was an interesting, relaxing and varied trip. There wasn't too much driving - just one day that was a bit longer. The tour took in a good variety of destinations and was accommodated in a variety of good quality locations.

Amazing holiday

This was an amazing trip, with beautiful scenery,

This was an amazing trip, with beautiful scenery, fabulous food and wine, wildlife, and some great places to stay. Would highly recommend it.

A Most Varied and Inspiring Adventure

Like many other previous reviews have already stat

Like many other previous reviews have already stated, this trip covered so many different experiences-lots of wildlife from elephants, big cats, whales, many antelope species, birds, reptiles and insects. Also stunning scenery including mountains,fynbos vegetation,semi-desert and the wild cape coast as well as the interesting and varied city life of Cape Town itself.

Stunning South Africa

This was our first trip to South Africa which we f

This was our first trip to South Africa which we found was a stunning introduction. The pace of the trip was perfect, and we visited memorable and beautiful locations every day. The flora and fauna were amazing, the excursions should not be missed. The route is scenic and interesting

Excellent trip

What a great trip. A good mixture of scenery, anim

What a great trip. A good mixture of scenery, animals, the city and history. In most hotels for two or more nights and the drives were never that long. Difficult to fault it really. The accommodation was all good to excellent. Food was great and relatively cheap. A few 'free days' with optional trips as well adding to flexibility. The accomodation in De Rust (Jan and Theresa) was excellent and they were very welcoming and made amazing food (most of us went away with recipes at the end!). Would definitely advise an extra few days in Cape Town at the end - there's so much to do and see there. I had an extra three days but wouldn't have been bored with an extra five.

Cape Town and Garden Route trip February 2017

An excellent trip. The majority of the inclusive t

An excellent trip. The majority of the inclusive trips were well thought out and planned.

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