• African Blue Tours
  • Contact David Smith
    Telephone +27 (0)21 438-1900
    Mobile +27 (0)82 321-6175
  • Address
    P.O. Box 32392, Camps Bay, 8040
    Cape Town, South Africa

9 Day Garden Route, Karoo and Addo Wonders

At a Glance

  • Tour duration: 9 days / 8 nights
  • Group size: 2 to 14 people per tour
  • Tour departs from: Cape Town
  • Price: From R26600 to R30600 per person

Tour Highlights

  • Garden Route National Park
  • Addo Elephant National Park
  • Klein Karoo
  • Cango Caves
  • Ostrich Farm

Suitable for those interested in Landmark, Wildlife, Wine


  1. DAY 1: Cape Town to Oudtshoorn via Route 62

    Welcome to the colourful and diverse Cape. You will be collected from
    your hotel and with the magnificent Table Mountain behind you, travel
    inland via Route 62 towards Oudtshoorn.
    This route will usher you from the tranquil vineyards to cinematic
    mountain vistas and the unique beauty of the semi-arid Klein Karoo.
    Enjoy lunch (own account) en route. Partake in the complimentary wine
    tasting at Grundheim Wines which is situated just outside Oudtshoorn.
    They have been producing fine wines for the past 50 years. The estate
    produces Cape Ruby Port, potstill brandy, Witblits, a variety of liquers,
    red and white Muscadel and a Red Jerepigo. The wine farm is known for
    its traditional barrel fermentation process and the absence of artificial
    colourings and sugar in the wines.
    Arrive in Oudtshoorn late afternoon. A picturesque town recognised as
    the ostrich capital of the world, as the climate is ideal for these large
    birds to breed and live.
    Oudtshoorn is home to over 400 ostrich farms as well as several Feather
    Mansions. The world’s biggest bird is just one of the many attractions in
    this area of exceptional contrasts and natural beauty.
    Relax and take pleasure in the friendly Klein Karoo hospitality, enjoying
    dinner in town (own account).

    OVERNIGHT: Queens Hotel or similar (bed and breakfast)

  2. DAY 2: Oudtshoorn to Oudtshoorn

    After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the day in and around Oudtshoorn
    visiting the famous Cango Caves and an Ostrich Farm.
    In the Cango Valley we discover the spectacular subterranean world of
    the Cango Caves; a 20 million year old natural treasure at the foothills
    of the Swartberg Mountains - known as a shelter for early humans. This
    world wonder features an impressive display of gold and vermillion
    dripstone stalagmites and stalactites. The majestic caves consist of a
    series of hidden chambers cut deep into a thick limestone rock layer.
    You will then make your way to an Ostrich farm near Oudtshoorn for
    a highly entertaining and educational tour, where you will learn more
    about these remarkable birds, their fascinating nature and their
    industry. This operating farm of 1 500ha is where visitors will see large
    flocks of ostriches at different stages of development, in the surrounding
    Lucerne fields. For the adrenaline seekers, take the opportunity to ride
    the world’s biggest bird species. Enjoy lunch (own account) at the farm.
    Leaving this subterranean wonderland behind, you will head back to
    the town of Oudtshoorn. Visit the CP Nel Museum (own account) which
    was declared a National Monument in 1980. This beautiful sandstone
    building was officially opened as the Boys High School due to the Ostrich
    Feather Boom period at the beginning of the 20th Century. Today, CP
    Nel’s valuable collection of 40 years back, is secured for the future.
    Spend the rest of the afternoon indulging in the sights and sounds of the
    Klein Karoo and its people.
    Enjoy dinner in town (own account) before making your way back to
    your hotel

    OVERNIGHT: Queens Hotel or similar (bed and breakfast)

  3. DAY 3: Oudtshoorn to Graaf-Reinet

    Before sunrise, take an exciting excursion to watch the sun rise over the
    Karoo conservation area whilst enjoying a hot beverage before taking
    a short hike to the Meerkat’s hideaways to observe how they wake
    up, brush their teeth, comb their hair and put on their makeup (own
    After breakfast at the hotel, venture into the Greater Karoo enjoying the
    stunning views en route to the beautiful historic town of Graaff-Reinet.
    Savor lunch en route (own account).
    Embark on the guided tour to the Valley of Desolation to experience
    the hauntingly beautiful “Cathedral of the Mountains” in the Camdeboo
    National Park. With spectacular 120m high cliffs and columns of ancient
    eroded volcanic rock that stand sentinel over the endless, parched and
    silent Karoo plains, formed over a period of 200 million years. Panoramic
    views over Graaff-Reinet and the spectacular Plains of Camdeboo are
    Engage yourself in the timeless sense of wonder at a landscape said to
    be the product of volcanic and erosive forces of nature. The Valley is
    considered a National Monument today.
    En route to the hotel, enjoy dinner (own account) in Graaff-Reinet. The
    Drostdy Hotel, built on the original site of the original residence of the
    magistrate’s court, dates from 1806. Part of the hotel is formed by the
    restored Stretch’s Court, a lane of Cape Dutch cottages that housed
    labourers in the 1850’s and now accommodates guests.

    OVERNIGHT: Drostdy Hotel or similar - bed and breakfast

  4. DAY 4: Graaf-Reinet to Addo

    Sit down to a leisurely breakfast before heading off into town for a
    walking tour, before departing for Addo.
    Discover the town of Graaff-Reinet, a gem that lies in the horse-shoe
    bend of the Sundays River and boasts more proclaimed national
    monuments than any other South African town. The picturesque
    Sneeuberg Mountain Range also keeps watch over this typical 19th
    century rural town.
    Enjoy lunch (own account) en route to the Zuurberg Mountains, adjacent
    to the third largest park in Africa, the Addo Elephant National Park.
    The park is home to more than 450 elephants, 400 Cape buffalo, over 48
    endangered black rhino as well as a variety of antelope species. Lion and
    spotted hyena have also recently been re-introduced to the area.
    Tonight dinner will be served at your hotel.

    OVERNIGHT: Zuurberg Mountain Village or similar - dinner, bed and breakfast

  5. DAY 5: Addo Elephant National Park

    After breakfast, head towards the magnificent and picturesque Addo
    Elephant National Park, where you will enjoy a full day game drive in an
    open safari vehicle.
    This park offers some of the most spectacular elephant viewing in the
    world. Experience and track the “Big 5” and other antelope species
    which are in abundance in the main game area of the park. These
    include red hartebeest, eland, kudu and bushbuck whilst gemsbok,
    black wildebeest, springbok, buffalo and black rhino are found in the
    arid nama-karoo area.
    The Burchell’s zebra, Cape mountain zebra, spotted hyenas, mountain
    reedbuck, baboons, blue duiker, aardwolf and red rock rabbit are some
    of the other game species found in the park.
    Enjoy lunch in the park before moving onto the second part of the game
    drive. This malaria free park offers you the opportunity to engage in the
    boundless amount of animal and birdlife across the 120 000ha of land.
    Upon your return to your hotel, delight in a delicious dinner before
    retiring for the night.

    OVERNIGHT: Zuurberg Mountain Village or similar - dinner, lunch, bed and breakfast including game activity

  6. DAY 6: Addo to Knysna via Tsitsikamma Forest

    After breakfast, depart Addo to the magical Garden Route offering a
    diverse variety of sights and experiences.
    Your first stop brings you to Storms River. After a short hike, take in
    the dramatic sights on the suspension bridge of the great Storms River
    Mouth. Walk along the winding board walk through indigenous forest to
    the mouth of the Storm River.
    Enjoy lunch (own account) in the mystical Tsitsikamma Forest area
    renowned for its indigenous forests and dramatic coastline. With
    a profusion of plant life and abundant water, as well as scenic and
    adventure outings, this forest is a living splendour.
    Arrive in Knysna in the late afternoon. The forested town, which grew
    around an extensive Knysna Lagoon is famous for its oyster festival,
    warm people and the most magnificent views.
    The coastline is home to a very delicately balanced marine eco-system
    and some of the finest whale and dolphin viewing sites.
    On arrival at the hotel, indulge in decadent dinner (own account)
    next to the Estuary on Thesen Islands, a multi-award winning marina
    development. The marina is spread over 90 hectares and consists of 19
    man-made islands linked by 21 arched bridges and surrounded by 25 ha
    of tidal waterways.

    OVERNIGHT: Rex Hotel (or similar) (bed and breakfast)

  7. DAY 7: Knysna to Knysna (full day excursion)

    Enjoy breakfast before embarking on a township tour, providing a
    unique opportunity to explore the heart of the Qolweni Community
    Settlement, surrounded by breath-taking views of the Tsitsikamma
    Mountains. Experience the vibrant culture that characterises the city’s
    Journey further to the Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, a well-known attraction
    and nesting ground of the ‘big cats’. Jukani is the only facility of its kind
    on the Garden Route and provides these predators sanctuary for the
    duration of their natural lives. Enjoy an informative tour and meet the
    feline family.
    Thereafter, tantalise your taste buds with wine tasting at a boutique
    wine estate and enjoy lunch (own account) at the first and only wine
    estate this far East of the Western Cape, in The Crags near Plettenberg
    Heading for the hotel, visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve (own
    account) en route offering you a premier eco-experience on the Garden
    Route on the Western Knysna Head. On arrival at the reserve, board a
    Unimog-drawn trailer and drive up to the top of the reserve.
    While stopping at a scenic lookout point, our specialist guide will share
    fascinating tales about Knysna and the surrounding area while you
    enjoy the panoramic views. An optional 2.2 km guided nature walk takes
    you through the forest onto the cliffs into the caves and along the scenic
    The Lagoon more accurately described as an estuary, has 5 fresh water
    rivers flowing in from surrounding Outeniqua Mountains meeting with
    the surge of sea water from the Indian Ocean through the mighty
    headlands – known as the Knysna Heads.
    Tonight, you will dine next to the Estaury (own account)

    OVERNIGHT: Rex Hotel (or similar) (bed and breakfast)

  8. DAY 8: Knysna to Hermanus via Cape Agulhas

    After an early breakfast, we have a brief stop-over at the quaint and picturesque town of Swellendam before visiting the most Southernmost point of Africa at Cape Agulhas, the geographical meeting place of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.
    Once you have arrived at the beautiful town of Hermanus, take in the sights and sounds of the unparalleled scenic beauty, modern infrastructure and upmarket shops of this bustling hub, most famous for its breathtaking scenery and shore-based whale watching spots.
    Hermanus is built along the beautiful shores of Walker Bay and is the official whale watching capital of the world, surrounded by majestic mountains, indigenous fynbos and spectacular natural beauty with its residents being the heart and soul of the town.
    Arrive at your hotel late afternoon. Perfectly placed in the heart of one of the world’s richest plant kingdoms, this hotel offers a wealth of elegance and service. Enjoy dinner at your hotel or in town (own account).

    OVERNIGHT: Arabella Spa and Hotel (or similar)

  9. DAY 9: Hermanus to Cape Town via Franschhoek

    Enjoy breakfast before departing to one of South Africa’s oldest towns,
    Franschhoek, en route to Cape Town.
    After the scenic drive through Villiersdorp, situated in the heart of the
    Overberg, arrive in Franschhoek which is nestled between towering
    mountains in the beautiful Cape Winelands. Franschhoek promises
    world class cuisine and the finest wines. Enjoy lunch (own account) in
    In 1982 Mandela was transferred from the maximum security prison on
    Robben Island, a small island in Table Bay, to Pollsmoor Prison in Tokai,
    Cape Town. From there, Mandela was moved to the then Victor Verster
    Prison on 9 December 1988.
    Today this prison is called the Drakenstein Correctional Centre where we
    visit the house that Nelson Mandela lived in for the last 3 years of his 27
    years that he spent in prison for campaigning against Apartheid.
    Tour will end in Cape Town at your hotel or Cape Town International



2020 Departures:
July 14 / Aug 04, 18 / Sept 1, 15, 29 / Oct 13, 27

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