7 Day Cape to Addo Safari

Our 7-day Cape to Addo Safari Tour is a fantastic way to experience the best the Cape South Coast. The thrill of a game drive in an authentic Big 5 national game park is just one of the many highlights to look forward to.

On this expedition we tour the coastal regions of both the Western and Eastern Cape. On this Cape to Addo Safari nothing is left out as we explore the Whale Route, Route 62, the Karoo and Garden Route all the way to Jeffreys Bay, Mandela Bay and Port Elizabeth. Every Cape to Addo Safari is professionally driven and guided by an experienced African tour leader and the itinerary is packed full of unique African experiences and exciting discoveries. Game driving, ski-boat cruises, beer tasting, caving, zip-lining, bungee jumping, hot natural springs, horseback rides, surfing, elephant feeding and riding, river canoeing, the list goes on… and on.

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Overberg, Whale Route, Cape Agulhus

Departing from Cape Town at 08:30 via Stellenbosch (at 09:30), our exciting journey begins as we join the world famous whale route in Gordon’s Bay for a stunning drive along the picturesque R44 mountain pass overlooking False Bay to the vibrant coastal town of Hermanus. After an opportunity to take some photographs and enjoy a picnic lunch on the seafront, we continue to Birkenhead Brewery  in Stanford to sample some fine beers before moving on to the southernmost tip of Africa in Cape Agulhas National Park. After a visit to the lookout point we make our way to the harbour where there is an option to embark on an exciting ski-boat cruise to search for dolphins and whales (June to November). After our cruise we take a walk back to our accommodation along “Die Plaat”, the longest beach in the Southern Hemisphere. This day is designed to be a relaxing one for you to get to know your fellow travellers, to get used to travelling in our vehicle, and to settle into the comfortable routine of life on tour.

Included meals:             Breakfast and dinner

Included highlight:        Beer/Wine tasting at Birkenhead Brewery

Optional activities:        Shark Cage Diving – R1 650 pp

 

Day 2: Little Karoo, Route 62, & Oudtshoorn

Driving inland the next morning our journey takes us north through rolling wheat fields to the Langeberg Mountains and on to the pristine semi-desert environment of the Little Karoo. Shortly after Barrydale on Route 62, we stop at Warmwaterberg Spa for lunch and a relaxing swim in 43-degree natural hot springs. In the afternoon we drive through Ladismith and Calitzdorp to the capital of the Little Karoo, Oudtshoorn. Known as the ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn is situated in a beautiful valley between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountains. Here there is an option to view and ride one of these prehistoric birds on a working farm or go on a guided tour of the Cango Endangered Wildlife Ranch for an opportunity to pet cheetah, cage dive with crocodiles, and view many rare and endangered animal species.

 

Included meals:             Breakfast and dinner

Included highlight:        Entrance to Warmwaterberg Hot Springs

Optional activities:        Cango Ostrich Farm – R75 pp
Cango Endangered Wildlife Ranch – R120 pp
Pet a Hand-raised Cheetah – R190 pp
Cage diving with crocodiles – R320 pp

 


Day 3: Garden Route, Knysna, & Tsitsikamma

Day three of our Cape to Addo starts with a short 20km drive to the magnificent Cango Caves. Here we’ll embark on a 1-hour guided tour of the cave system to view its massive caverns and a wonderland of stalactite and stalagmite formations, millions of years old. Cango Caves is a world heritage site and one of the great wonders of the natural world. After our visit to the caves, we leave the Karoo and travel 60km to the coast through the magnificent Outeniqua Pass. We enter the Garden Route for the first time in George and take a leisurely drive up the coast to Knysna, rated South Africa’s most beautiful town. Here we’ll take a walk to the entrance of the lagoon to explore the captivating scenery surrounding the famous Knysna Heads. In the afternoon we drive to the highest road bridge in Africa at Bloukrans Bridge. At a height of 216m this is also the site of the highest bungee jump in the world! For those wishing to take the leap, this is your opportunity!

 

Included meals:              Breakfast & Dinner

Included highlight:        Standard or Adventure Guided Tour of Cango Caves

Optional activities:        Bloukrans Bungee Jump (216m) – R950 pp
Bloukrans Bridge Walking Tour – R100 pp

 


Day 4: Tsitsikamma, Sundays River Valley

This morning you have the opportunity to explore the Tsitsikamma National Park, either via a hike across the suspension bridge at Storms River Mouth or by means of backwater tubing. Tubing is a unique, 4-hour fun adventure filled with splashing, swimming, rock-jumping, kloofing and hiking (seasonal). The National Park, declared in 1964, encompasses a marine reserve made up of 80km of coastline and offers magnificent scenery. Approximately 30% of the park is covered in fynbos, scattered amongst the forest vegetation, boasting a wide variety of beautiful flowers, including proteas and heath. Many species of forest, fynbos and sea birds are present. We stop off at the fun waterfall zip-line at Tsitsikamma Falls Adventures. This “foefie slide” tour takes you on 8 cable rides over the Kruis River and down a ravine over three waterfalls. Afterwards we make our way inland towards Addo and our accommodation for the night in the Sundays River Valley. Set in a wild and scenic location on the banks of the Sundays River, we take the time to relax under the African sun as well as explore the river by canoe. Around the campfire tonight, this is what you’ve come to experience… wild Africa at her enigmatic best! 

 

Included meals:             Breakfast and dinner

Included highlight:        Canoeing on Sundays River

Optional activities:        Entrance to Tsitsikamma National Park – R55 pp
Tsitsikamma Blackwater Tubing – R550 pp
Tsitsikamma Fall Zip-line – R350 pp

 

Day 5: Addo National Park, Jeffreys Bay

Up early this morning, we begin our Addo Park Safari along a network of winding roads stopping regularly for photographs and information on the animals we encounter along the way. On our game drive we’ll also disembark from our vehicle at the main lookout point for a spectacular view over the evergreen wilderness that is Addo. After our game drive we’ll enjoy lunch at the park restaurant before a leisurely drive down to the coast and Port Elizabeth. Proclaimed a National Park in 1931, this malaria free, 145 000 hectare Park extends all the way down to the Indian Ocean and is home to the densest African Elephant population on earth, totaling over 500 elephant. After lunch in the park we head to Port Elizabeth if anyone needs to be dropped off here. A major seaport and tourist destination, Port Elizabeth is set along the beautiful shores of Algoa Bay and is fondly referred to as the Friendly City. We then head for the pristine beaches of Jeffreys Bay! Renowned the world over as one of the best surfing waves on the planet, we’ll take time out to view the waves at Supertubes beach before exploring the town and visiting ever-popular surfwear factory shops including Billabong, Rip Curl, Roxy, Quicksilver and more. You have a chance to rent a board to experience the waves for yourself or do a surf lesson.

 

Included meals:             Breakfast and dinner

Included highlight:        Entrance fee and 3-hour game drive in Addo National Park

Optional activities:        2-Hour 4×4 game drive in Addo National Park – R240 pp
Surfboard and wetsuit rental (per hour) – R50 pp
Surfing Lessons – R200 pp
Horseback beach ride – R250 pp

 


Day 6: The Crags Elephant Sanctuary & Monkeyland, Sedgefield

This morning we begin our relaxing journey back to Cape Town with our first stop for the day at the Crags Orphaned Elephant Sanctuary for a truly wonderful close-encounter experience. Here you have an opportunity to walk, feed and ride an African elephant while receiving instruction from a knowledgeable African guide. After the Sanctuary we continue down the Garden Route, stopping occasionally to take in anything we may have missed on our way up. We arrive at our accommodation overlooking the sea at Myoli Beach in Sedgefield. Situated right on the beach and close to the Swartvlei Lagoon, here are loads of water sports and other activities to partake in for the remainder of the afternoon before a delicious dinner.

 

Included meals:                     Breakfast and dinner

Optional activities:                Elephant Sanctuary visit – R360 pp
Monkeyland – R150 pp  

 

Day 7: Return to Cape Town via Sir Lowry’s Pass

After breakfast overlooking the ocean in Sedgefield, we start our journey back to Cape Town. We visit an Aloe factory in Albertinia and enjoy a wonderful scenic drive via Swellendam and Sir Lowry’s Pass. We arrive in Cape Town early Saturday afternoon.

PriceStandard dorm accommodation: R6500 pp
Single: R7500 pp
Double: R7250 pp sharing

Upgradable to private room or luxury guesthouse accommodation.
DeparturesSundays or request a private tour.