11 day cape town & garden route combo

Overview

This is the best way to experience a bit of everything that the Western Cape has to offer. Go on a 10 day journey from Cape Town along the Garden Route. Hang out with ostriches in Oudtshoorn, jump the highest bungee jump in the world, visit the elephants in Addo National Park, explore the waters of Wilderness in a canoe and much more!

Included:
  • Airport pick up
  • Welcome BBQ
  • MyCiTi bus pass
  • Guided walking Tour or Hop On Hop Off bus tour
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 1 Dinner

Entry fees and activities as listed:

  • Cango Caves tour
  • Ostrich Farm tour
  • Route 62 Wine Tasting
  • Wilderness National Park Canoeing
  • Tsitsikamma National Park Hike
  • Addo Game Drive in tour bus (±2 hours)
  • MCC Tasting
  • Stellenbosch historic walk
  • Wine & Chocolate Pairing
  • Hermanus coastal hike
  • Whale cruise (*seasonal) or sea kayak
  • Penguin Reserve visit
Prices

Depending on which type of accommodation you choose the prices for this tour are as follows:

Dorm room: ZAR 11330
You will share a dormitory room which sleeps 4-10 people.

Private Room: ZAR 17040
You will have one of our private rooms all to yourself.

Sharing Private Room: ZAR 14380 p.p.
This option is ideal if you are travelling with your family or a small group of friends and prefer a bit more privacy.

DAY 1:

You are welcomed at the airport and taken to the SaltyCrax Backpackers in Table View. The hostel is within walking distance from all bars, restaurants, the beach, shops and transport terminals. Early arrivals can spend the day either on a tour through the Cape Town city centre (Own expense) or just relax on the beautiful white beaches with picturesque views of Table Mountain. In the evening, we meet at the hostel for a traditional South African BBQ called a braai. After a good meal, you can roll down to the local bars and pubs where you can spend the rest of the night at leisure.

DAY 2:

Start the day with breakfast at SaltyCrax Backpackers.Your friendly SaltyCrax staff member will teach you about the bus system before you head out to Cape Town city centre. Once you get to the city centre, you have two options to choose from:

Walking Tour:
Do a walking tour visiting historical sites like the Castle of Good Hope and the Grand Parade. Learn about life under apartheid in South Africa at the Parliament Buildings and the District Six Museum. Shop for African arts and crafts in Greenmarket Square and St George’s Mall.

The Hop On Hop Off bus tour:
Board this topless bus that takes you to all the sites you need to see, such as Camps Bay, the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain… all from the comfort of your seat!

After one of the above activities you can take a bus or walk to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Sit back and sip a cocktail, enjoy some fresh fish and watch the ships in the busy working harbour or walk around taking in the shops, markets and musicians on the sidewalks. Alternatively you can take the cable car up Table Mountain and enjoy breathtaking views of the city, or visit the famous Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held in prison during the apartheid era (at own expense).

In the evening head back on the local bus to Table View where you can start planning your next day. We will help you book and arrange all that you need. Later, you can join the staff, other guests and the locals at one of the restaurants or bars along the beachfront in Table View – all within rolling distance from the hostel where you will be staying the night.

DAY 3:

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up from Saltycrax and take you on an unforgettable journey to the Garden Route. As Cape Town fades into the distance, you’ll pass some pretty iconic white sandy beaches, with the likes of Camps Bay and Clifton while heading towards Chapman’s Peak. Drive to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope with their rich fynbos flora and the inevitable baboon spotting. Keep your eyes peeled for the Cape Mountain zebra, ostriches, the elusive eland and sugarbirds. The head for vibrant Kalk Bay, filled with local talent and pristine views. Make a stop at Kalkies in the Kalk Bay Harbour, for lunch. Briefly explore Muizenberg before getting on the road to Stellenbosch where you will settle in for the night in this vibrant town, free to spend your evening at leisure.

DAY 4:

After breakfast, you will visit Kayamandi township to illustrate the diversity of our beautiful country. Pop in at a local’s house, where you’ll be treated to tea or home-made ginger beer and an array of local Xhosa treats such as amagwinya (vetkoek) and chakalaka. Just a little way on, you’ll pop in at the picturesque Simonsig, home of the country’s first ever produced MCC. Enjoy a bubbly tasting from the masters as you take a moment to soak in the fresh country air and the beauty of the Stellenbosch Winelands. Your next destination sees you venture into the quaint town of Franschhoek for some fine wine paired with hazelnut, cranberry or rich mint chocolates. You could also opt for a bit of local flair and choose a wine and biltong pairing instead where you’ll taste how the wine flavours are enhanced by beef and game biltong. As lunch nears, we stop at South Africa’s epicurean capital, Franschhoek, with its multitude of eateries. After lunch you’ll head to the southernmost point of Africa and the very spot where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans collide.

DAY 5:

Wake up to the sound of the ocean in Cape Agulhas. Start the short journey to the coastal haven of Hermanus. Meander along coastal paths lined with indigenous fynbos. Hermanus is also one of the best land-based whale watching locations the world, so you can look forward to trying to spot a few southern right whales during whale season from June to November. The hike will take around an hour, after which you’ll have a choice of how to spend the rest of your morning. You could hop on an optional whale cruise in search of some cavorting whales (during whale season), or an optional guided sea kayaking experience, or have a whale of a time in the seaside town of Hermanus. The thriving African penguin colony at Betty’s Bay adds the final nature wow. Flap a wave goodbye as you head on along one of South Africa’s most scenic coastal routes – Clarence Drive – to reach Cape Town by late afternoon.

DAY 6:

This morning, you’ll wind your way through mountain passes where lazy baboons
line the roadside; through fertile micro-climates with rows and rows of grapevines
and rolling farmlands. A morning stop at Riviersonderend allows those with change
in their pockets to indulge in the South African penchant for home-baked pastry like
the creamy and delicious milk tart (Melktert) that the country claims from its Dutch
origins. The abundance of aloe lining the roadside heralds your arrival in Albertinia and thereafter the oasis-like towns of Wilderness and George. An afternoon canoe paddle provides the perfect setting to bird watch and enjoy the clean wild air. For those that savour a great night’s sleep, tonight’s end destination – the coastal town of Sedgefield – promises just that.

DAY 7:

Pristine wild and adventure go hand in hand on this adrenaline-packed day. From a morning spent admiring the views from the imposing Knysna Heads to jumping from the world’s highest commercial bridge bungy, or ziplining over a gushing river gorge in the Tsitsikamma forest. Your afternoon arrival in Jeffreys Bay mark your departure from the official Garden Route and your arrival into South Africa’s quintessential ‘Surf City’. Hang ten with the locals, hire a board and hit the beach, sandboard on the dunes, shop and slip into a relaxed frame of mind.

DAY 8:

A pre-dawn wake-up call might seem hard to take at first, but it’s worth getting an early start for your Addo game drive 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. The early morning start means free time in the afternoon and J’Bay’s surf village – with its discount outlets – is perfect for shopaholics. But, if you’ve always fancied learning to surf, then this town or the sand slopes beyond it are the places to put your goofy foot forward and go for it.

DAY 9:

Bird-filled paddocks line the highway with colourful feather stalls and show farms around every corner as you head into Oudtshoorn. A visit to 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. Then it’s time to delve deep underground into the magical Cango Caves’ limestone chambers, alive with drip formation stalactites and stalagmites and remnants of Khoikhoi paintings. Oudtshoorn hospitality is second-to-none, and the serving sizes are generous. Ostrich steak or kebabs complete the experience for those with an adventurous appetite.

DAY 10:

As dawn breaks in Oudtshoorn, South Africa’s sunniest town, join an optional stroll with rescued elephants – you are in Africa after all – along the dam wall at the Buffelsdrift Private Game Reserve. Gentle giants, Jabari, Malaika and Bulelo made this their home after their parents were poached in the north of South Africa. This experience will have you following in their massive footsteps, making memories you’ll never forget. After your morning adventure, it’s time to head back to Cape Town along the famous Route 62, modelled after America’s Route 66, but with a distinctly local flavour. Route 62 is more than just burgers and beers, farm stalls or small country towns, the highway is also the longest wine route in the Western Cape. We will then head back to SaltyCrax to watch the sun go down over the ocean and share your stories with the guests.

DAY 11:

After breakfast, head to your next adventure

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