Garden Route Safari – 6 Day Cape to Addo (CA 6)

The Cape to Addo Park Safari is a unique, safe and affordable way to experience the thrill of game driving in an authentic BIG 5 National Game Park, while touring the coastal regions of both the Western and Eastern Cape. On this tour nothing is left out as we explore the Whale Route, Route 62, the Karoo and Garden Route all the way to Jeffrey 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, bungy jumping, hot natural springs, horseback rides, surfing, elephant feeding and riding, river canoeing, the list goes on and on.
Elephants at waterhole in Addo Elephant National Park
2018 R6000 per person

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 ǀ Cape Town to Struisbaai: Overberg, Whale Route, Cape Agulhus

Departing Cape Town at 8:30 am and Stellenbosch at 9:30 am, our exciting journey begins today as we join the world famous whale route in Gordons 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 a picnic lunch on the seafront, we continue to Birkenhead Brewery 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 dolphin 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.

Meals:  Dinner
Accommodation:  Backpacker dorm -Cape Agulhas Backpackers:
Facilities:  Shared ablutions, bar, internet, swimming pool
Route:  Cape Town to Struisbaai ±260 km
Travel time:  ±4 hrs
Included Highlight:  Land Based Whale Watching in Hermanus / Shopping, Beer/wine tasting at Birkenhead Brewery

Optional Activities:  Shark cage diving


Day 2 ǀ Cape Agulhas to Sedgefield: Canoeing & Hike

After a relaxing breakfast we start driving inland again, this time towards the famed Garden Route!
After a scenic drive we begin a beautiful canoe trip down one of the many tranquil rivers in the area, followed by a short hike to a stunning waterfall. We finish off the day with some beach time down at Myoli Beach.

Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation:  Cape to Addo Backpacker dorm: Sedgefield
Facilities:  Shared ablutions, internet, pool, entertainment areas
Route:  Struisbaai to Sedgefield ± 340 km
Travel time:  ±4 hrs
Included Highlight:  Canoe trip & hike to waterfall


Day 3 ǀ Oudtshoorn day trip: Little Karoo, Cango Caves, Ostrich Farm, Wildlife Rehabilitation Ranch

We begin the day with a drive over the picturesque Outeniqua mountain range into the semi desert region of the Klein Karoo and Oudtshoorn. Known as the ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn is situated in a beautiful valley between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountains, and offers the wildlife and adventure enthusiast loads to choose from!

The Cango Caves will be the first stop and 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. If you enjoy spelunking and don’t mind trying to squeeze through some smaller gaps then you are also welcome to take the 1.5 hour adventure tour!

Next is an option to view and ride ostriches on a working ostrich 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.

Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation:  Cape to Addo Backpacker dorm: Sedgefield
Facilities:  Shared ablutions, internet, pool, free shuttle service to PiliPili Beach bar
Route:  Sedgefield to Oudtshoorn day trip ±190 km
Travel time:  ±3 hrs
Included Highlight:  Standard or adventure guided tour of Cango Caves

Optional Activities:  Tour of a working Ostrich farm + riding (weight restriction apply to riders)
Cango Endangered Wildlife ranch


Day 4 ǀSedgefield – Jeffrey’s Bay: Monkey Sanctuary, Elephant Sanctuary, Kloofing, Bloukrans Bungee & Tsitsikamma National Park

This morning we drive through Knysna on our way to the Crags where you have a number of options to choose from:

  1. Elephant Sanctuary where you learn about, and interact with orphaned elephants.
  2. Monkey Sanctuary where rescued monkeys roam free in a large jungle area.
  3. Kloofing trip through a spectacular gorge with jumps, abseils and swimming.

Our next stop is the World’s highest commercial Bungee Jump at 216 meters where you have the opportunity to experience this adrenalin pumping activity.
Finally, to end the day we take a beautiful walk through the indigenous Tsitsikamma National Park to the Storms river swing bridges before we head to the famous surfing town of Jeffreys Bay where we stay at a backpackers directly on the beach.

Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation:  Backpacker dorm; Island Vibe Backpackers, Jbay (for those doing Addo morning trip or spend the morning in Jbay)
Facilities:  Shared ablutions, bar, restaurant, internet
Route:  Sedgefield to Storms River/Jbay
Travel time:  ±2-3 hrs
Included Highlight:  Tsitsikamma Forest

Optional Activities:  Elephant Sanctuary, Monkeyland, Bloukrans bungee jump (216m), Bloukrans Bridge walking tour


Day 5 ǀJeffrey’s Bay – Addo National Park – Sedgefield: Game Drive (Addo), Surfing, shopping time (Jeffrey’s bay)

There are 2 options to choose from this morning.
1. Sleep in and take some time in the morning to explore the towns many surf factory shops, or go for a surf lesson in one of the most famous surf spots on earth.

2. Wake up early and head to Addo Elephant National park where we go on a morning game drive to view the multitudes of wild animals. Addo is home to the Big 5 and it also has the highest concentration of African Elephants in the world!
We then take a relaxed drive back towards Sedgefield for the night. If there is time available we will visit the famous Knysna Heads for some absolutely amazing pictures where the ocean meets the inlet to the Knysna Lagoon.

Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation:  Backpacker dorm: Cape to Addo house – Sedgefield
Facilities:  Shared ablutions, internet, pool, entertainment areas,  free shuttle service to PiliPili beach Bar
Route:  Jbay – Addo NP – Sedgefield +-470 km’s
Travel time:  ±6 hrs
Included Highlight:  Storms River/Jeffrey’s Bay/Addo & Knysna Heads

Optional Activities:  Black Water Tubing, Canopy Tour, Surf Lessons, Shopping, Addo Elephant NP tour (morning)


→ This is where the 5 Day One Way to PE/ Jbay/ Knysna will end


Day 6 ǀ Sedgefield to Cape Town: Return to Cape Town via Sir Lowry’s Pass

After breakfast overlooking the ocean in Sedgefield, we start our journey back to Cape Town. Our first stop is a once in a lifetime experience, walking with lions! This informative walk allows you to get some amazing photos while getting up close and personal with these amazing creatures We then visit an Aloe factory in Albertinia and enjoy a wonderful scenic drive via Swellendam and Sir Lowry’s Pass. We arrive in Cape Town Thursday afternoon.

Meals:  Breakfast
Route:  Sedgefield – Cape Town +-450 km’s
Travel time:  ±5 hrs

Optional Activities:  Lion Walk


Included in the price

  • All accommodation + bedding
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • All transport in vehicle with AC, CD player and reclining seats
  • Visit to Cape Agulhas
  • Beer/Wine tasting in Hermanus
  • Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Cango Caves OR Cango Wildlife ranch entry fee
  • Knysna Heads
  • Entrance to Wilderness National park
  • Canoe trip and hike to waterfall in Wilderness
  • Visit to an aloe factory
  • Stop at Storms River/Jeffreys Bay


Details 2018

Length 6 Day Cape to Addo Safari (return)
Departure Time From 08:00
Start Point Pickup in Cape Town City Bowl areas
End Point Drop off in Cape Town City Bowl areas
Transport Included
Departs Saturdays
Minimum People 1
Meals Breakfast and Dinner daily
Price From R6000 per person ( Backpacker Standard room)