Join us on an affordable, guided road trip along South Africa's idyllic Garden Route. Our guided four-day Best Of Garden Route Budget Tour explores Route 62, the Little Karoo and picturesque towns and villages along the coast. Activities include wine tasting, cultural heritage site tours, a game drive in a private game reserve, hiking and canoeing.

Highlights
  • Pick up and drop off in Cape Town
  • Service of a professional, English speaking tour guide
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned transport
  • 1-night accommodation in Oudtshoorn incl. dinner and breakfast
  • 1-night accommodation in Mossel Bay incl. breakfast
  • 1-night accommodation in Sedgefield incl. dinner and breakfast
  • Choice of backpacker or guesthouse accommodation
  • Local wine tasting
  • A guided adventure tour of the Cango Caves
  • A game drive on a private game reserve
  • Hiking and canoeing in Wilderness National Park
  • Hiking in Tsitsikamma National Park

Map of our 4-day, guided Best of Garden Route Budget Tour

Best of Garden Route Budget Tour - 4 Day Guided Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Our guided four-day Best of Garden Route Budget Tour leaves from Cape Town/Stellenbosch early Friday morning. Our road trip takes us along scenic Route 62 through spectacular winding mountain passes and past rivers, orchards and sleepy towns famous for their award-winning wines. Our destination is Oudtshoorn, the Ostrich Capital of the World, in the Little Karoo. We stop for lunch and wine tasting at a local winery before heading to the Cango Caves.

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The Cango Caves, Oudtshoorn

(Image: Rosenhof Country House)

After exploring the Cango Caves on a guided adventure tour, we check-in at our accommodation and gather around the fire for a traditional South African braai (barbeque).

Day 2

After breakfast, we leave Oudtshoorn and take the scenic Robertson Mountain Pass to Mossel Bay on the seaside. There, you can either spend the morning lazing on one of Mossel Bay's spectacular beaches (the weather is always fantastic in Mossel Bay) or hike the Cape St. Blaize trail along the cliffs which overlook the Indian Ocean.

Alternatively, you can ask us to pre-book an optional adventure or cultural activity of your choice such as:

  • a 10,000-foot Tandem Skydive
  • sandboarding the longest dune in South Africa
  • a visit to the historical Diaz Museum Complex which commemorates the first documented European voyage around the tip of Africa
  • a Point of Human Origins Cave Tour along the coastline

Please note that these optional activities are not included in the price of the tour. Feel free to ask us for a price list.

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Game drive in a private game reserve

(Image: Gondwana Game Reserve)

The afternoon sees us going on a game drive in a private game reserve in search of zebra, lion, various antelope species and African buffalo. The evening is spent at your leisure in the town of Mossel Bay where you have a number of great seaside restaurants and trendy local pubs to choose from for dinner.

Day 3

We leave Mossel Bay after breakfast and follow the coastline route to Tsitsikamma National Park. En route, we make a stop at Bloukrans Bridge to look at the highest bungee jump in the world (216-metre drop into the gorge). We spend the afternoon exploring the indigenous forests and dramatic coastline of the Tsitsikamma National Park.

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Tsitsikamma zipline adventure

(Image: Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour)

There are a number of activities inside the park. They include hiking, crossing the suspension bridge and swimming. There is also a variety of optional activities you can pre-book with us including:

  • the 216-metre Bloukrans Bungee Jump
  • a Zipline Adventure
  • a Storms River Kayak and Lilo Adventure

Please note that these optional activities are not included in the price of the tour. Ask us for a price list and let us know if you'd like us to pre-book any of the activities for you.

In the late afternoon, we leave the Tsitsikamma and head to the coastal village of Sedgefield. There, you can spend some time exploring the beaches before gathering for dinner which is a potjie, a traditional South African stew made in a large cast-iron pot on an open fire.

Day 4

Day 4 sees us canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park after breakfast. Wilderness is a small seaside village about 23 kilometres away from Sedgefield so there'll be plenty of time to explore the Touw River by canoe, a winding strip of water that feeds lakes and estuaries.

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Canoeing in Wilderness National Park

Approximately 40 minutes into our canoeing adventure, we'll leave our canoes to hike a two-kilometre long boardwalk through the indigenous forest to a waterfall and rock pools. When we're done with our hiking and canoeing adventure, we head on back to Cape Town. The estimated time of arrival in Cape Town is between 17h00 and 19h00 on Monday evening.

Rates
Period Price per person (pp)
January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2022 Backpacker accommodation
$571
£413
€484
R8,200
January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2022 Guesthouse accommodation
$704
£509
€596
R10,100

The rate is per person sharing. Please ask us about the applicable single supplement, child policy, and child rates. All rates on our website are provided to give a price estimate only and should not be seen as a firm quote. Likewise, our currency converter will give you a rough idea of the price in another currency, but should not be seen as a firm quote. It is only intended as a guideline, based on the daily interbank exchange rate. Please contact us to receive an accurate, free quote with no obligation.

All rates on our website are provided to give a price estimate only and should not be seen as a firm quote. Likewise, our currency converter will give you a rough idea of the price in another currency, but should not be seen as a firm quote. It is only intended as a guideline, based on the daily interbank exchange rate. Please contact us to receive an accurate, free quote with no obligation.

Includes

Day 1 to Day 4

  • Pick up and drop off in Cape Town
  • Air-conditioned transport
  • Services of a professional, English-speaking tour guide
  • Three nights accommodation (backpacker or guesthouse options)

Day 1

  • Dinner
  • Local wine tasting
  • Guided adventure tours of Cango Caves

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Afternoon game drive on a private game reserve

Day 3

  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Tsitsikamma National Park entry fees
  • Hiking in Tsitsikamma National Park

Day 4

  • Breakfast
  • Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park
Excludes
  • Tandem sky diving in Mossel Bay
  • Sandboarding in Mossel Bay
  • Diaz Museum in Mossel Bay
  • Point of Human Origins Cave Tour in Mossel Bay
  • Bungee jumping at Bloukrans Bridge
  • Kayak and Lilo Adventure in Storms River
  • Zipline Adventure in Tsitsikamma
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