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The Garden Route South Africa Tour - 7 Days 6 Nights

Explore the famous Garden Route, meet elephants at Greater Addo Elephant National Park and discover the Cango Caves at Oudtshoorn!

Port Elizabeth, South Africa
DurationDuration7 Days / 6 Nights
Max Group SizeMax Group Size20
Minimum AgeMinimum Age12 years
LanguagesLanguagesEnglish and German
Start & End LocationStart & End LocationPort Elizabeth to Cape Town

What's Included

  • 2 Crew
  • Transport
  • Meals: 6 Breakfast, 3 Lunch, 4 Dinner
  • Accommodation (camping or two person room)


  • Greater Addo Elephant National Park
  • Tsitsikamma National Park
  • The Garden Route
  • Oudtshoorn
  • Route 62
  • Hermanus
  • The Cape Whale Coast
  • Stony Point Nature Reserve

What's Excluded

  • Items of a personal nature (snacks, alcohol, bottled water, soft drinks, souvenirs, tips)
  • Entrance fees (associated with optional activities)
  • Activity packages and optional activities
  • Sleeping bag 

What to Expect

Enjoy a tour through enchanting South Africa, and discover the much loved Garden Route, Tsitsikamma National Park, and Addo Elephant National Park.

This 7-day tour highlights South Africa's southernmost coastal areas and national parks. There are tons of activities available to you, including the highest bungee jump in the world at Bloukraans Bridge, hiking in the Tsitsikamma National Park, Cango Caving and an ostrich farm visit in Oudtshoorn. And don't forget wine tasting near Stellenbosch! We'll also throw in some spectacular scenery for exceptional photographic opportunities and you'll be guaranteed to meet some interesting locals en-route.
Day 1: Greater Addo Elephant National Park area (dinner)
Accommodated: Two per permanent tent with En-suite Bathroom - Kudu Ridge Lodge
Camping: campsite with shared washrooms - Kudu Ridge Lodge
This morning you will have the option to visit Port Elizabeth before returning to camp for lunch.

In the afternoon, we visit the Addo, famed for the elephants after which the park was named. A recent expansion has seen Addo grow to become the third largest of South Africa’s National Parks. The unique vegetation of Addo supports a wide variety of wildlife and we will spend the afternoon in search of the animals that call the park home.
Day 2: Tsitsikamma National Park (breakfast, lunch, dinner) 
Accommodated: Two per room with En-suite Bathroom - Tsitsikamma Cottages or Storms River Guest Lodge
Camping: campsite with shared washrooms - Tsitsikamma Cottage or Tube n Axe
Setting out early this morning we make a brief visit to the surfing mecca of Jeffreys Bay, most famous for its waves this little town is also home to a small Surfing Museum. We then turn west to Tsitsikamma region where we set up for the next two nights and where the wonders of the Garden Route await.
Day 3: Tsitsikamma National Park (breakfast, lunch, dinner) 
Accommodated: Two per room with En-suite Bathroom - Tsitsikamma Cottages or Storms River Guest Lodge
Camping: campsite with shared washrooms - Tsitsikamma Cottage or Tube n Axe
Tsitsikamma National Park is one of South Africa’s premier marine reserves and this morning we set out to explore the rugged coastline on foot. Our hike along the Waterfall Trail sees us cover the first section of the world-renowned Otter Trail, this is not an easy hike and those who prefer a more leisurely option can make use of the boardwalks to the Storms River Mouth. For the adventurous, the Waterfall Trail offers a spectacular winding path that follows the rocky coastline, an out and back trial we stop for a refreshing swim at the base of an icy Waterfall. For those who wish to get a birds-eye view of the magnificent forests, an optional zip line tour through the canopy is offered this afternoon.
Day 4: Heart of Garden Route (breakfast)
Accommodated: Two per room with En-suite Bathroom - The Dunes Hotel
Camping: Two per room with En-suite Bathroom - The Dunes Hotel
The Garden Route is a treasure trove of beautiful beaches, forest walks and an exciting menu of optional adventures. While our morning is set aside for an exploration of Nature’s Valley, this beautiful village offers us a chance to enjoy a hike or simply relax on the pristine beach in this paradise. We end the afternoon on the beautiful beaches of the Keurbooms Lagoon. Today offers a number of optional activities and your guide will assist you with a plan to get the most out the day, the truck will run a set schedule of pick-ups and drop-offs giving you the freedom to join or leave at the places of most interest to you.
Day 5: Oudtshoorn (breakfast, dinner)
Accommodated: Two per room with En-suite Bathroom - Kleinplaas Holiday Resort
Camping: campsite with shared washrooms - Kleinplaas Holiday Resort
This morning the adventurous can join a number of optional activities on offer in the resort town of Plettenberg Bay, the winter months (July to November) offer some of the finest Whale Watching in the world and an ocean safari is not to be missed during these months. For those less inclined to adventure on the high seas, the morning can be spent at leisure on the beach or exploring this holiday town. This afternoon we cross the Outeniqua Mountains as we wind our way to the Klein Karoo, we end the day with a visit to the Ostrich Farm where we undertake a guided tour to learn more about the world’s largest birds.
Day 6: Route 62 - Hermanus (breakfast, lunch) 
Accommodated: Two per room with En-suite Bathroom - Windsor Hotel
Camping: Two per room with En-suite Bathroom - Windsor Hotel

Travelling through the valley of the Klein Karoo, we follow the winding tarmac of Route 62 today.

Road trips in South Africa are an exploration of the rural highlights that dot the lesser-known byways of the land. And no journey would be complete without sampling the offerings of a “Padstal” along the way. These small farm stalls offer a selection of homemade treats and bakes and are an important cog in the economies of rural towns.

One of the more quirky highlights today is Ronnie’s Sex Shop, not a sex shop at all, but a rather interesting country pub!
Day 7: Paarl – Cape Town (breakfast)
Please make your own accommodation arrangements. 
Made up of a collection of villages, farms, rivers, bays, coves and valleys, the Cape Whale Coast is a pristine stretch of the South African coastline which runs from the town of Rooiels for roughly 150km, to the east.  Beginning early, we will have a short time to stroll along the boardwalk in Hermanus in search of the southern right whales that frequent the shores in the months of July to November.

Next we stop at the largest breeding colony of the African Penguin, Stony Point Nature Reserve before travelling along the coast to a wine farm in the Stellenbosch region to sample some chocolates and wine.

Your tour comes to an end upon arrival in the city centre of Cape Town.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any unforeseen problems.

Meals listed on the itinerary are included. Vegetarians can be catered for and we do our best to offer a varied menu. Our guides can produce miracles on a camp-stove but please remember that they are cooking for the whole group on two gas burners. Special dietary requirements can be catered for, but only by special request. In East Africa it is more difficult to cater to certain requirements.

On our camping tours you will be staying in two-man dome tents. We supply a mattress and you supply your own sleeping bag.
The accommodated tours stay in traditional huts, permanent tented camps and hotel rooms, the majority of these are ensuite.

Please ensure you have the relevant vaccinations. Proof of inoculation is required on certain tours.


Terms & Conditions:
  • Nomad will accept a maximum of two children between the ages of 13 to 15 years on any tour without requesting permission from agents or clients. If more children want to join a tour once the maximum has been reached, this will be allowed on a request basis.
  • Children between the ages of 8 – 12 years will be accepted to travel with Nomad on a request basis only.
  • No children under 8 years of age may travel on Nomad’s scheduled tours.
  • Passengers can bring one bag (backpack or soft bag, and not a suitcase) that weighs not more than 20 kilograms, and a daypack.
Cancellation Policy:
  • Should a client cancel a booking 60 days or less prior to the date of departure of the tour for any reason (except due to death or hospitalization), the client shall be liable to pay a cancellation penalty. The cancellation penalty is calculated by having regard to the nature of the booking, length of notice of cancellation and reasonable potential to find alternative customers. 
  • More than 60 Days: No fee applies (unless Gorilla Permit has been booked – which is non-refundable)
  • 30 - 60 Days: 50% of the tour price is held as a cancellation
  • 10 - 29 Days: 75% of the tour price is held as a cancellation
  • 0 - 09 Days: 90% of the tour price is held as a cancellation

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