4 Day Best of Garden Route Tour
South Africa’s Garden Route is famous for its outstanding beauty. For those that are short on time, This 4 day Garden Route adventure tour is perfect for you.
Leaving Cape Town we head up to Oudtshoorn where we will explore the Cango Caves. Next up we head towards the town of Mossel Bay where we go in search of the Big 5 on a game drive at a private reserve. There are also plenty of optional activities here such as Skydiving or sand boarding. Next up we head to the forests of the Tsitsikamma National Park and for the brave, you can try your luck at Bloukrans Bungee jump. The highest bridge Bungee in the world. Heading back towards Cape Town now, we stop at Wilderness National Park and explore the Touw River by Canoe.
A short and sweet adventure tour for anyone who wants to see the best of the Garden Route. Book Now!
Day 1: Cape Town – Barrydale – Oudtshoorn
We depart from Cape Town/Stellenbosch early on Friday morning. Our route takes us to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, known as the Ostrich Capital of the World, via the scenic and spectacular Route 62, which is South Africa’s longest wine route. We will have a lovely lunch and wine tasting at a local winery, before experiencing the subterranean beauty of the Cango Caves on a guided adventure tour. For dinner, we will have an authentic braai (barbeque).
Meals included: Dinner
Activity Included: Cango Cave Adventure Tour, Local Wine Tasting
Day 2: Oudtshoorn – Mossel Bay
On day 2 of our Garden Route tour, we head over the Robinson Mountain pass to enter the Garden Route at Mossel Bay. We can spend some time on the spectacular beaches, hike the Cape St. Blaize trail along the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean, or visit the famous Diaz Museum complex, commemorating the first known European exploration around the tip of Africa. The more adventurous can try a 10,000-foot tandem skydive or sandboard the longest dune-ride in South Africa. Alternatively, join a historical cave tour on the coastline, showcasing early evidence of modern human behavior. In the afternoon we will go on a game drive on a private game reserve, hoping to see wildlife such as zebra, lion, antelope, and African buffalo.
The evening will be spent in Mossel Bay, with options for several seaside restaurants for dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast
Activity Included: Game drive on private Game Reserve
Day 3: Mossel Bay – Tsitsikamma – Sedgefield
Today we continue along the coastline to Tsitsikamma National Park. En route we will stop at Bloukrans Bridge to view the world’s highest bungee jump bridge (216 meters). There is plenty of time for the adventure seekers among you to test their courage. The afternoon will be spent in Tsitsikamma National Park, with its unique combination of indigenous forest and beautiful Indian Ocean coastline. The park has a wide choice of activities for all, including hiking, crossing a suspension bridge and swimming. Late afternoon you can spend exploring Sedgefield with its spectacular views and beaches. For dinner, we will have a traditional potjie (stew) at a beach bar.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Included Activity: Entrance to Tsitsikamma National Park
Day 4: Sedgefield – Wilderness – Cape Town
On our final touring day, we will travel to Wilderness National Park, where we will explore the Touw River by canoe. After about 40 minutes, the canoes will be left for a 2km hike along a boardwalk, which will take us to a lovely waterfall and rock pools. After the canoeing, we will drive back to Cape Town, finishing the tour between 17:00 – 19:00 on Monday evening.
Meals included: Breakfast
Included Activity: Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park
Pick up and drop off
We will pick you up on Friday morning at the location of your choice in Cape Town central (central business district, Camps Bay, Sea Point, Green Point, Observatory, Rondebosch), the airport, or Stellenbosch. Unfortunately, we cannot pick up in areas further from the city, such as Hout Bay, Muizenberg, Constantia, Bloubergstrand, or Milnerton. Please contact us if you need to arrange a central meeting point outside of our pick up areas – we would be glad to help you arrange a taxi.
Pick up time is generally between 6:00 – 7:00 am in Cape Town, and around 7:30 in Stellenbosch. We will get in touch with you two days before your tour to arrange a specific pick up time. Please allow 15 minutes before or after your designated pickup time, as Friday morning traffic in Cape Town can be unpredictable!
Should a flight delay cause you to miss your pick up, contact us and we will arrange for you to meet up with the group at an additional charge. Unfortunately, we cannot be held liable for travel delays. Your guide will wait for up to 15 minutes after your arranged pick up time, but after that will depart out of fairness to the rest of the guests.
We will drop you off at the end of tour at the same locations (Cape Town central, the airport, or Stellenbosch). Tours typically return between 17:00 – 19:00 on Monday evening. Please contact us before booking outward flights on Monday evening.
We will arrange all accommodation along the way, at locations we have selected over the years for their cleanliness, unique setting, and atmosphere. Guests have a choice of backpackers lodges, in which mixed dorm rooms (ranging in size from 4-12 beds), private rooms, and private en suite rooms are available; or guesthouses, in which all rooms are private en suite. Single, double, and twin rooms are available at both the backpackers and guesthouses. All bedding and towels will be provided. Please note that heating and air conditioning is not standard in the backpackers or the guesthouses (because it is generally not necessary in South Africa). Please ask for a fan or for extra blankets if you need them!
Backpackers have more of a social vibe, and are better for younger clients looking for a bit of atmosphere. They usually have a bar or bonfire area. Although backpackers offer a budget price, the standard of backpackers in South Africa is generally high. Guesthouses are a more private, quieter, luxurious experience. About 80% of our guests choose to stay in the backpackers and 20% in the guesthouses. Backpackers and guesthouse clients travel together in the same tour vehicle.
Although we frequently utilize the same accommodation every week, we cannot guarantee that we will stay at a specific location each week, due to availability and group size.
Wi-Fi is generally available at most accommodation locations in the common areas (not necessarily in the bedrooms).
The company reserves the right to change itinerary, accommodation, and transport along the way should circumstances dictate. Many of these outdoor activities are weather dependent, which could force changes in the itinerary. The guide will try his or her best to arrange events according to prevailing weather conditions.
We have space for each passenger to have one suitcase and one “carry-on”-sized piece of luggage – a laptop bag, backpack, or similar. Suitcase size is limited to the dimension of 67cm (26in) by 45cm (18in), and carry on is limited to the dimension of 48cm (19in) by 32cm (13in). There are generally not porters or staff available to assist with luggage – your luggage should be of a size and weight you can comfortably manage yourself. Hard or soft suitcases are fine. If you have more or bigger luggage than this, please contact us in advance to make alternative arrangements, as our luggage trailers are specifically designed to fit one suitcase per person, not exceeding above dimensions.
The vehicles that we will be touring in are fully air-conditioned and can comfortably seat 8 adults including driver/guide or 14 adults including driver/guide. The seats in our 14-seater vans are comparable in size to an airplane seat – if you are uncomfortable in that set up, please enquire about a private tour, so we can arrange a different vehicle. All vehicles have valid operating licences to convey paying customers.
This is an active tour. It is best suited towards those who like to be on the move, and can comfortably walk, carry luggage, get in and out of the vehicle frequently, etc. The group is almost always a mix between backpackers and guesthouse clients, and ages can range from 18 to…we don’t set an upper age limit, but generally about 65. We can accept guests as young as 14 on group tours, as long as they are traveling with a parent or legal guardian. Our average age is 33. Our groups range between 4-12 people, with most guests hailing from Europe, America, Canada, and Australia. The group tour is perfect for the solo traveller, small groups of friends, or couples, as you will have the opportunity to travel with a diverse group of people from all over the world.
Breakfasts are included on days 2-4, and typically include fruit, muesli, eggs, toast, yogurt, and cereals. Two dinners are also included, and are authentic South African meals, such as potjie (stew) and braai (barbeque). Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance. We are able to cater for vegetarian diets, but not strict gluten-free, lactose-free, vegan or halal diets. Lunch and drinks are on guests’ own account. Dinners for all clients, including those staying at the guesthouse, take place at the backpackers on nights 1 and 3.
All tours are conducted in English. We ask that while you are in the group, you make an effort to speak English, so that everyone can be included in the conversation.
Attitude is important – “one rotten apple can spoil the bunch”. We ask that you bring a positive, interactive, and easy-going spirit to tour, to make it a good experience for all.
Our tours run on a tight schedule. Please do your best to be on time, all the time.
All guides are well trained, experienced and South African born. By law we are required to use CATHSSETA registered and qualified guides with professional driver’s licences. We make use of only the best guides that will make sure you get a fun, relaxing, informative and safe trip.
Our tours take place in a malaria-free area, so no anti-malaria precautions are necessary. You are however advised to bring insect repellent during summer.
Most guests come away with incredible photos of their week, and share those photos among the group. We like to use tour photos in social media and promotional materials. If you do not wish for your photo or image to be used in this way, please let us know in advance.
Please wear clothes that you are comfortable in. This tour includes several hikes and walks, so comfortable shoes are essential. No special hiking boots are needed. A small backpack would be useful on the hike. A rain jacket is a good idea, as well as a sweater or jacket for the cool evenings by the sea. Bring a hat; the African sun can be intense! Also bring a hat & gloves in winter – the open game-viewing vehicle can be quite chilly in winter.
The Garden Route has a Mediterranean climate, which is pleasant to visit all year round. It gets rainfall throughout the year, mostly at night (you can imagine why it’s called the Garden Route!) Temperatures in winter range between 6-21 degrees Celsius (C), and summer temperatures range between 17-30 degrees C. This tour also goes into the Little Karoo, where temperatures can get as high as 40 C in summer, and zero degrees C in winter.
It is strongly recommended that you hold comprehensive travel insurance to safeguard you against possible unforeseen emergency or theft. We have comprehensive passenger and public liability insurance, but this does not cover the theft of guests’ personal belongings.
Exclusion of liability
The Tour Provider, or its employees and agents shall not be responsible for and shall be exempt from any liability in respect of loss, damage, injury, accident, delay or inconvenience to any person or their luggage or other personal property under any circumstances whatsoever whilst on tour.
The optional activities are not included in your tour because these are activities that not everybody would like to do! Optional activities are a great way to add more adventure to your experience. Our tours are designed so that it is not necessary to do the optional activities to have a good time – there are always plenty of things to see & do.