Wild Coast & Garden Route Adventure (Accommodated)

Tour Code 21WCGR6A. Signature Tours & Safaris
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$1'810 USD
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Group Size: Maximum 8. Age Group: 8+

Explore South Africa's diverse landscapes on this Durban to Cape Town tour

Discover and experience South Africa from Durban’s Indian Ocean seaboard to Cape Town on the Atlantic seaboard. We visit land-mark attractions such as Bloukrans, home to the highest road-bridge in Africa, the lush forests and rugged cliffs of the Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna Heads and lagoon, the Klein Karoo Cango Caves (dripstone caverns), a working Ostrich farm, the Addo Elephant Park and the scenic vineyards of the Cape.

Join us for an unforgettable experience!

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Day 1. Durban – Wild Coast Highlights. Oribi Gorge National Reserve.

Departing the city, we take the coastal route and our first stop is at Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve, a wonderfully scenic area boasting forests, cliffs and idyllic walking/hiking trails. After our visit, we turn inland and the former homeland of Transkei, where we traverse the hilly grasslands dotted with Xhosa homesteads and tiny hamlets. Our accommodation for this evening is situated at the mouth of the tidal Mbotyi River, nestled between rolling hills, tropical forest and the warm Indian Ocean.

Day 2. Wild Coast – East London

After breakfast, we depart for Mthatha (also known as Umtata) – the focal point of the Nelson Mandela Route. Our next stop is Chintsa, a village on the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape Province and located at the mouth of the Chintsa River. We spend the night in Chintsa Bay, surrounded by rolling hills and tropical beach forests overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Day 3. Chintsa – Port Elizabeth Highlights. Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa.

Departing Chintsa, our journey takes us to East London, the only river port in South Africa, and the place where a prehistoric and previously thought extinct coelacanth (fish) was caught in 1938. We visit Port Alfred and Grahamstown before heading to the Addo Elephant National Park where we will spend time exploring the park. Addo is the only national park in the world to conserve the “Big 7”(Big 5, Southern Wright whale, Great-White shark). You are bound to spot many animals during your time here before we continue to Port Elizabeth.

Day 4. Port Elizabeth – Knysna Highlights. Birds Of Eden. Knysna, South Africa. Monkeyland. Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa.

Departing the ‘Friendly City’, we journey to the Tsitsikamma National Park (Khoisan for ‘The place of much water’), where we walk a suspended bridge at the mouth of the Storms River, taking in the sheer beauty of the area. We continue to the highest road bridge in Africa (Bloukrans @ 216m). After our visit, we stop at The Birds of Eden - world’s largest free-flight aviary before we head to the Knysna lagoon and Knysna town, best-known for it's unique locally made art & craft.

Day 5. Knysna - Oudtshoorn Highlights. Cango Caves, South Africa.

Today we travel via George, through the lush forests of the Wilderness National Park and the picturesque Outeniqua Mountains to Oudtshoorn, where we embark on a guided tour of the Cango Caves - a dripstone caverns system with vast halls of towering Stalactite & Stalagmite formations. There is an option to visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch before dinner.

Day 6. Oudtshoorn – Cape Town Highlights. Cape Winelands, South Africa. Oudtshoorn, Ostrich Farm, South Africa.

Rising early, we visit some historical landmarks of the ‘feather capital’ of the world (so called after the 18th-century Ostrich industry boom), as well as a working Ostrich farm, to view and learn about these magnificent birds. From here we journey along the famous Route 62 and the historical Du Toit’s Kloof Pass to the Cape Winelands, where we will have the opportunity to visit one of the local wine estates. Our final stop is Cape Town, the ‘mother city’ – where we end our tour.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

Road Lodge, Umhlanga

City Lodge is 4 km from the beach, 18 km from King Shaka International Airport and is adjacent to the Gateway Theatre of Shopping's sprawling upscale mall, cinemas, mini-golf and waterpark. Rooms have en suite bathrooms with showers. All rooms feature conservative decor, TVs, radios and desks. Free Wi-Fi is offered in the bar/restaurant. There's also a fitness room, an outdoor pool surrounded by tropical trees, and a sundeck.

* 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

Tour style:
Signature South Africa

This Signature South Africa tour is operated by a locally based (African) ground handler. We believe that working with a local operator in this way assists the community to benefit in a sustainable way from tourism. At the same time it provides our clients with the extensive local knowledge and enthusiasm of the local staff and guides employed to ensure your safari is as enjoyable as it is memorable.

Accommodation:
Pick up from your hotel in Durban
Drop off to your hotel in Cape Town

On tour - accommodation is in twin shared accommodation with en-suite facilities. Many are situated in comfortable and picturesque locations.

Transport:
Minibus/ 3 seater sedan

Meals
5 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners

Accommodation
Twin/ Double share accommodation with en-suite facilities

Includes.
Transport
Accommodation
Meals as indicated
Services of driver/ guide
All road tolls and vehicle taxes


Included Highlights:
Oribi Gorge
Addo Elephant National Park
Bloukrans Bridge
Tsitsikamma National Park
Wilderness Lakes
Birds of Eden
Cango Caves
Ostrich Farm
Route 62
Wine Tasting
Excludes.
Travel insurance
Flights
Airport taxes
Visas
Optional activities
Items of a personal nature
Single Supplements apply - contact Acacia for rates
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