Garden Route Explorer (Accommodated)

Tour Code 19GRE4A. Accommodated Overland
4 days from
$598 USD
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Plus 20 USD optional Adventure Pass
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Suitable for Ages: 18 to 39. Group Size: 24

Port Elizabeth to Cape Town - Explore the picturesque Garden Route on this 4-day tour.

Join this 4-day magical Garden Route trip starting at the coastal town of Port Elizabeth. Explore the forests of Tsitsikamma National Park, ostrich country and the Cango Caves at Oudtshoorn, and the whale coast of Hermanus. End in style with a wine tasting at one of Cape Town's wine farms.

This tour can be extended 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. Accommodation. Tube 'n Axe Lodge, Storms River.

Our first day of the tour we make our way to Storms River in the heart of the Tsitsikamma forest on the Garden Route. Home to dramatic scenery, dense forests and flowing rivers we enjoy an afternoon exploring the area and the many optional activities - forest walks, black water tubing and bungy jumping.

The Tsitsikamma National Park is part of the larger Garden Route National Park and is home to a magnificent forest and marine reserve. Take a walk along one of the many paths to the suspension bridge spanning the river mouth to explore some of the beautiful views to be seen.

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

After breakfast, we head to the ostrich capital, Oudtshoorn which lays between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains. On arrival, we join a tour at Cango Caves, Africa's largest show cave system filled with some of the finest dripstone caverns. Formed over thousands of years, with water seeping through the lime stone, you'll see the fragile stalagtites, stalagmites and drip-stone features throughout the caverns.

After exploring the caverns, we spend the night in this old settlers town.

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

Leaving the Karoo behind, it's time to hit the coastal town of Hermanus. Enroute, we stop at Cape Agulhas, the place where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.

Hermanus was an old fishing village with a small-craft harbour that can still be seen at the open air museum in town. Today the town is most well known as the best place to view whales from the shore during the cooler months from June-September each year.

The afternoon is at leisure to explore the town, sample some of the local cuisines and the many optional activities.

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 that is a provincial heritage site. We leave Hermanus and visit a winery en route to Cape Town where our tour will end on arrival.

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 Green Point

Stylish and comfortable, this recently renovated upmarket budget lodge in Green Point is just across the road from the impressive Cape Town Stadium. It’s an ideal location for easy access to tourist attractions, beaches and shops, within walking distance to the V&A Waterfront, and a short taxi ride to the city centre and the Table Mountain Cableway. Rooms - dorms, twins, doubles and singles. There are a limited number of en suite rooms available. Facilities - plunge pool, kitchen, bar, laundry service, Internet, Breakfast available. Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement

* 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 twin share accommodation with facilities (3 nights) some may be with 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 accommodation 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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