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5 Days

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13 people



About this tour

Begin and conclude your adventure in Cape Town with the Explorer tour “5-Day Best of South Africa Highlights: Garden Route with Addo National Park.” This five-day tour package takes you through Cape Town and seven other stunning destinations across South Africa. The tour includes accommodations, an expert guide, meals, transportation, and more, ensuring a comprehensive and unforgettable experience.

Discover the highlights of South Africa’s legendary Garden Route on this fast-paced highlights tour to get you to some of the best spots of this paradise – including Addo Elephant National Park, Jeffreys Bay, Wilderness National Park, and Oudtshoorn – on a 5-day tour from Cape Town. Explore this coastal paradise with an experienced guide.  Hike in old-growth forests, see endangered animals in wildlife reserves, canoe through pristine waters, and relax on white-sand beaches. A combination of included and optional activities allows you to tailor this trip to suit your taste for adventure.

South Africa Highlights Tour

  • Travel distance about 1900km in total / sbout 4 to 6 hours daily. This tour covers a large section of the Garden Route with plenty of driving to reach the locations of the included highlights.
  • This is a small group tour with no more than 25 people per vehicle and tour guide. More than 1 vehicle might be travelling on the same tour. Subject to availability, this itinerary can run in a different or reverse order.
  • This tour is not suitable for children younger than 10 years of age. Please contact us for an exclusive private tour quote for your family. Children between 10 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Please do not make any scheduled arrangements (especially flights) for the first or last day of the tour, as traffic and weather can delay the approximate pickup and drop-off times.
  • This scheduled group tour requires a minimum number of travellers to operate.
  • Important notice for end of year peak season tours: For travel from 10 Dec to 10 Jan this tour will overnight 2 nights at Jeffreys bay and not in Addo town.
  • The bush drive vehicles used are an especially adopted open-roof converted jeep or truck. Subject to the group size of the day at the reserve. You’ll join other groups on the safari drives.
  • As per usual, wildlife is unpredictable and animal sightings can’t be guaranteed – but that makes safari experiences even more exciting as you’ll never know what you’ll find around the next bend.
  • Leopards are nocturnal and rarely seen on Western Cape region game drives.  They roam freely high up in the mountainous regions and cannot be contained in with fences.


  • Soak in the views of Knysna and surrounds from atop the sandstone heads.
  • Zipline through dramatic scenery and over waterfalls in the Tsitsikamma forest.
  • Head deep underground to the illuminated wonder world of the Cango Caves.
  • Spot some of Africa's Big Five on a 4x4 safari at Addo Elephant National Park.
  • If you dare.. jump from one of the world’s highest bridge Bungy spots.


  • Accommodation: 4 nights' accommodation
  • Guide: Local professional tour guide
  • Meals: 4 Breakfasts included
  • Hotel pickup / dropoff
  • Transfers to tour highlights
  • Stops Fees and Tickets
  • Ostrich Farm Visit
  • Cango Caves Exploring
  • Knysna Heads Walk
  • Tsitsikamma National Park Walk
  • Addo Game Drive in Tour Vehicle
  • Chill Out at J'Bay
  • Route 62 Wine Tasting
  • Route 62 Roadtrip
  • Optional activities
  • 4x4 Game Drive
  • Elephant Observation in Nature
  • Bungy + Zipline at Bloukrans Bridge
  • Tsitsikamma Waterfall Zipline
  • Surfboard & Wetsuit Hire or > Beach Horse Ride
  • upgrade to Buffeldrift Glamping - from R2000 pps


Travel Route about 450km (6hrs drive) Early morning pick up from your accommodation in Cape Town CBD or Stellenbosch (usually between  6 to 8am, subject to traffic and your drop-off address.) You can receive your pickup time a day before. Start this epic road trip journeying along the ever-changing scenery on your first day’s drive from Cape Town to the Southern Cape.  Wind your way through mountain passes where lazy baboons line the roadside;  rolling farmlands and fertile microclimates with rows and rows of grapevines. Get ready for the famous Route 62, modeled after America’s Route 66, but with a distinctly local flavour and the longest wine route in the world. The Route 62 is more than just a leisurely drive – showcasing local culture, food, larger-than-life local characters and world-class wines. Wine lovers will be in their element with a Wine Tasting pit stop to sample some of the local produce about midway to your overnight stop. Few things are more beautiful to behold than the innate majestic beauty of this Valley of Wine with a glass of wine in hand. Complete the day with a journey through the landscape of rugged plains and towering cliffs to reach Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world, situated in the semi-desert Klein Karoo. Those seeking a close encounter with Mother Nature can join rangers on an optional Elephant Observation in Nature activity at the Buffelsdrift private game reserve. See these three rescued elephants; Jabari, Malaika and Bulelo, as they walk or roam freely near a waterhole area. These gentle giants were orphaned when their parents were poached in the north of South Africa. In efforts to keep the family together, they were transferred to Buffelsdrift, bringing their boisterous personalities with them. You are free to take pictures from a distance and can ask the rangers as many questions as you wish as you walk in their massive footsteps. You’ll spend the evening here at leisure in this countryside town of Oudtshoorn. Either ask your guide to help you book a restaurant or taste local delights, such as ostrich "sosaties" (kebabs) and "pot brood" (bread cooked on open flames) at an optional 'braai' (bbq) experience and spend the evening around a crackling fire under the vast twinkling starry country sky. Overnight in Oudtshoorn  - Subject to availability and your selected rate option, choose between: Dorm/Saver Uthando Backpackers or 3star Comfort Baron Van Reede guesthouse or 4 star Luxe Hlangana lodge (ask us to upgrade to Buffelsdrift lodge at extra cost)

Wake up in Oudsthoorn, where the ostrich reigns supreme. If you haven’t picked it up from the bird-filled paddocks and farms lining the highway or the colourful feather stalls on the way to town centre, you will from the many show farm signs and the palatial sandstone homesteads that hark back to an era when ostrich feathers were worth more than gold. The Cango Ostrich Show Farm gives you a glimpse into the farming industry, allowing you to observe the world’s biggest bird beak-to-beak and test the toughness of the shells. Ostrich steak or kebabs complete the experience for those with an adventurous appetite. Head to the mountains to delve deep underground to the magical Cango Caves’ limestone chambers, alive with drip formation stalactites and stalagmites and remnants of Khoikhoi paintings. Opt for the easy-going Heritage Tour to test the cave’s acoustics and gain insights your guide provides into the formation and dripstone evolution. By contrast, the Adventure Tour (if available) allows would-be contortionists to squeeze, twist and wiggle their way through limestone chimneys on a rather more adventurous underground route. As you journey to the world-renowned Greater Addo Region the dusty plains of the Klein  Karoo morphs into a greener horizon. This small citrus farming community lies in the Sundays River Valley surrounded by the Zuurberg Mountains that offer some spectacular hiking and game viewing in a malaria free area. Tonight you'll stay overnight close to Addo National Park, making it east to be ready to go on safari first thing in the morning. Overnight in Addo - Subject to availability and your selected rate option, choose between: Dorm/Saver Avoca backpackers or 3star Comfort Gerald's Gift guesthouse or 4star Luxe Addo Wildlife lodge ( *Important notice for end of year peak season tours: For travel from 10 Dec to 10 Jan this tour will overnight 2 nights at Jeffreys bay and not in Addo town.)

Travel Route about 400km (4hrs drive -excluding safaris) An early wake-up call might seem hard to take at first, but trust us, it’s worth getting to Addo Elephant National Park at dawn to see even more wildlife as the bush awakes.  Your guide will use local knowledge to pinpoint the whereabouts of the park’s big game animals while deftly navigating the maze of dusty dirt roads in search of some of the Big Five animals. From safari to surf; after the morning of safari adventures the journey continues towards the coast. The large white caps (or seahorses as the locals call the surf break) of Jeffreys Bay herald your arrival into South Africa’s quintessential ‘Surf City’. Hang ten with the locals and slip into a relaxed frame of mind at the beach while enjoying the warmer Indian ocean waters. Shopaholics can visit the JBay’s surf wear shoppers village or if you’ve always fancied surfing at this world famous surf spot ; then put your goofy foot forward and go for it. Opt to fill your afternoon with a choice of the following optionals: book Surfing equipment (or surf lessons if time permits), Beach Horseback Riding as an alternative way to adventure along the sandy coastline. End the day with dinner at your accommodation or a night out to a local seafood delicacy restaurant, as the gentle waves lap against the shore. Overnight in Jeffrey's Bay - Subject to availability and your selected rate option, choose between: Dorm/Saver Island Vibe backpacker cabins or 3star Comfort Sea Whisper's guesthouse or 4star Luxe On The Beach guesthouse

Travel Route about 150km (2,5hrs driving) Lush green landscapes and adventure go hand in hand on this adrenaline-packed day... from ziplining over gushing river gorges, breathtakingly-beautiful ocean and river views atop Bloukrans Bridge and exploring dense forests along suspension bridges and footpaths in Tsitsikamma National Park - today is all about the "garden" of the Garden Route! Calling all adrenalin junkies: get ready for the highest Bungy Bridge Jump in the world. The bungy bridge itself is fairly unassuming as you drive over it, but it’s pretty apparent from the squeals and screams that this isn’t your average photo stop. Here, seemingly normal people hurtle face first down the 216m drop only to spring back up on their elastic cord like a yo-yo. So if you're feeling daring, why not face your fears and have a go? For a more relaxed thrill, Waterfall Ziplining through dramatic scenery and over waterfalls in the nearby Tsitsikamma forest. You’ll complete about five individual slides (the longest is 211 meters in length), zip over three waterfalls and slide down one impressive gorge. This region is a playground for the outdoors, and for those who'd prefer to keep their feet on solid ground a visit to the lush forests of the Tsitsikamma National Park is sure to provide your essential forest fix. From birding to game spotting and waterfall chasing; your Tsitsikamma to-do list will be absolutely jam-packed.  A short but steep walk to Tsitsikamma’s suspension bridge is worth it for the views alone, but the abundant reptile and bird wildlife, secret waterfall and sandy beach is waiting to amaze and delight you along the forest footpaths. As you head along the coastal belt, the paradise-like coastal towns show off and display why this region is a favourite with holiday goers and locals alike. Stop for the obligatory photo op at Knysna Heads, a pair of rocky sandstone cliffs on the edge of the lagoon, to drink in the exquisitely scenic lagoon views surrounded by ancient forests. Spend the evening soaking in the slow town way of life in Sedgefield, Wilderness. Take a walk along the uninterrupted sandy beach shores at sunset, this place oozes serenity, the ideal way to reset your inner calm. After your recharged stroll check out the rustic beach restaurant if you are in Sedgefield or venture into town for a more intimate dinner if you overnight in the Wilderness area. Overnight in Sedgefield - Subject to availability and your selected rate option, choose between: Dorm/Saver Pili-pilli Backpackers or 3star Comfort Fairy Knowe Riverside Resort or 4star Luxe Dolphin Dunes Guesthouse

<span>Day 5</span>Wilderness > end Cape area

  Travel Route about 500km (6hrs driving) Today start off strong with another beautiful and exciting trip passing oasis-like coastal towns along the ocean-lined route hugged by forested national parks. Venture along the N2 national road as you return to the Cape and stop at a seaside village called Mossel Bay.  Choose to do another optional Botlierskop 4x4 Safari drive at this nearby private game reserve. After all the excitement of the week; ticking off the region's bucket list items and exploring the best spots of the Garden Route and beyond, you'll say your goodbyes as you reach Cape Town or Stellenbosch. End with an evening drop-off at your Cape Town or Stellenbosch accommodation in evening about 8pm to 10pm, subject to traffic and your drop-off address. > Please do not make any scheduled arrangements (especially flights) for the first or last day of the tour, as traffic and weather can delay the approximate pick-up and drop-off times on group tours.



Tour Durations

4 - 7 Days

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Fully Guided

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Group Size

1 - 4 People
5 -10 People

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