Garden Route Explorer

Tour Code 19GRE4. Camping Overland Tours
4 days from
$472 USD
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Plus 20 USD optional Adventure Pass
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Suitable for Ages: 18 to 39. Group Size: 24

Enjoy the highlights of South Africa's Garden Route to Cape Town...

Enjoy South Africa's picturesque Garden Route. Explore Oudtshoorn, Hermanus and the natural wilderness of the Tsitsikamma National Park on this epic 4-day adventure. End this tour with a wine tasting in one of the worlds famous wine regions near Cape Town.

*This tour can be extended to start from Pretoria or Durban - ask Acacia for more info

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Day 1. Port Elizabeth – Storms River / Tsitsikamma Forest Highlights. Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa.

Heading off early, we make our way over to the exciting adventures at Storms River within the Tsitsikamma forest. Tsitsikamma National Park is a multi-dimensional destination with dramatic coastal scenery, reefs, rivers, lush forest and delicate Fynbos. Take a walk along one of the many paths through the forest to explore, or along the scenic suspension bridges which span the Storms River mouth. This park offers breathtaking views out over the ocean alongside tree-canopies filled with a myriad of birdlife.

Day 2. Storms River - Oudtshoorn Highlights. Cango Caves, South Africa.

Today we travel to Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains. Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world with a number of farms based in the dry Karoo sporting a history of lavish lifestyles brought on by the ostrich feather boom in the early 1900's. This region is home to the spectacular Cango Caves, Africa's largest show cave system in which a number of different rock formations can be seen. Marvel at the great cavern with the flow-stone features, stalagtites and stalagmites all buried within the depths of the lime-stone caverns.

Day 3. Oudtshoorn – Hermanus Highlights. Cape Agulhas Light House, South Africa. Hermanus, South Africa.

Today we travel south across the farmlands of the Cape to the coastal town of Hermanus, famous for its whale and dolphin sightings. En route we stop off at Cape Agulhas, the place where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet.

This evening is at leisure to explore the town of Hermanus

Day 4. Hermanus – Cape Town

A free morning in Hermanus gives us ample opportunity to join a whale watching tour or explore the town’s variety of shops and boardwalk on foot, or visit the Old Harbour Open-Air Museum. We visit a local winery en route to Cape Town where we enjoy wine tasting. The tour draws to an end towards late afternoon at the foot of Table Mountain in the popular mother city of South Africa, Cape Town.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

Willow's Resort, Port Elizabeth

The Willows Holiday Resort is situated 15 km from Port Elizabeth and only a few meters from the beach, on the “wild side” of the Port Elizabeth coastline. The small, private beaches with tidal pools are perfect for swimming and lazing in the sun. For those looking for a little more action, there is a wide array of games and activities in the resort.

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation.
Ashanti Lodge, Gardens, Cape Town

Situated at the foot of Table Mountain and in walking distances to the city centre, Ashanti Lodge Backpackers in Gardens is your gateway to Cape Town. This gorgeous Victorian Mansion offers backpacker dormitories to single, double and twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Chill next to the stunning pool, join the party in the legendary Kumasi Café/Bar with its cool cocktails, tasty food and fabulous mountain views or go explore the city's highlights close by.

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Additional Info

PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour departs Port Elizabeth early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings.

If time allows, we also suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of Cape Town and the surrounding area.

ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS:
These are optional activities that are booked during your holiday and paid directly to the provider while on tour. These options offer a variety of experiences and allow you the freedom to decide what activities you would like to do.

ACCOMMODATION:
We use 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in groundsheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. We mainly use campsites, which usually have reasonable wash and shower facilities, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool.

TRANSPORT:
24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari truck with on-board tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, I-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers, 4x4 safari vehicle.

GAME PARK VISITS:
In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit

TOUR STYLE:
This is a participation tour and your help will be needed in assisting with the various day to day duties, such as shopping, cooking and keeping the truck tidy (usually on a rota basis). But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip.

Meals
3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners

Accommodation
Twin share camping with shared facilities

Includes.
Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Sleeping mattress
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew

Included Highlights:

Tsitsikamma NP
Garden Route
Cango Caves, Visit*
Cape Agulhas
Wine Tasting

*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
Excludes.
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
Visas
Flights
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Sleeping bag
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature
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Adventure Pass

Every Overland tour has an Adventure Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.

20 USD or 25 USD (If prepaid)

This pass is an optional add-on for this tour.

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