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8 Day Cape Town to Garden Route & Kruger on a Budget

StartCape Town
Duration: 8 Days
Style of Tour :
ZAR 21095.00AUD 1,654.51CAD 1,496.10EURO 1,019.57GBP 960.17USD 1,119.10

From vibrant and colourful Cape Town we set of to experience spectacular Game viewing in Kruger National Park and Addo Elephant Park, have your cameras ready! Visit the ancient landscape of the Klein Karoo in Oudtshoorn, enjoy picturesque hikes in Tsitsikamma National Park with it's indigenous forests and beautiful coastlines and make your way to the most southern tip of Africa where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic. Fly to Johannesburg and embark on a thrilling Kruger National Park Safari.

Countries visitingSouth Africa
Accommodation on tour:Backpackers


  • Cape Agulhas (Southern-most tip of Africa)
  • Local Wine Tasting & Route 62 road trip
  • Penguins @ Betty's Bay and Hermanus visit
  • Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park
  • Game viewing safari in Addo Elephant National Park
  • Tsitsikamma National Park and Wilderness National Park
  • Experience a private Big 5 game reserve after dark in an open top 4x4 vehicle!
  • Enjoy traditional South African cuisine while dining under the stars
  • Try to spot the Big Five in Kruger National Park on a full day game drive!
  • Stay in a backpackers and permanent tents with friendly hosts
  • Visit the awesome Blyde River Canyon and view the Three Rondavels

Below is the basic day to day brief.

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Day 1: Cape Town – Hermanus – Cape Agulhas
This morning we leave Cape Town early and make our way to the coastal town of Hermanus. The guests who are taking part in the Shark Diving will be picked up early and will miss the first half of the day which includes the Penguin Colony & Hermanus. Our journey takes us on picturesque coastal roads to Betties bay where the Penguin Colony is. The early afternoon is spent exploring Hermanus, famous for hundreds of Southern Right Whales during the Whale season (July – November). There are lots of little shops and restaurants in the area as well as some beautiful beaches. Later in the afternoon we head for Cape Agulhas, the most southern tip of Africa. This is where the warm Indian Ocean meets the cold Atlantic.

Meals: Dinner
Included Highlights: Penguins at Betties Bay
Optional Activities: Shark Cage Diving; Whale Watching Boat trip (July -November)
Accommodation: Backpackers (Shared Dorm or Private Room)

Day 2: Cape Agulhas – Oudtshoorn
Today we drive to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, the Ostrich Capital of the World. We take the scenic road through the amazing Route 62. We enjoy some lunch and sample some wine at a local winery. The last highlight of a wonderful day is enjoying a stunning Klein Karoo sunset taking in the views of the Outeniqua and Swartberg mountain ranges in the background while enjoying the ostrich farm tour. 

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Included Highlights: Local Wine Tasting, Route 62 road trip, Klein Karoo Ostrich farm tour
Accommodation: Backpackers (Shared Dorm or Private Room)

Day 3: Oudtshoorn – Wilderness – Sedgefield
This morning we have breakfast and drive over the magnificent Outeniqua Mountain pass towards Wilderness National Park where we hop on canoes to explore this breathtaking area. It’s an easy paddle up the Touw River and the indigenous forest with its multitude of birdlife. We then take a 2km hike along a boardwalk, leading us to a beautiful waterfall and some rock pools. In the late afternoon we explore Sedgefield with its beautiful views and stunning beaches.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Included Highlights: Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park
Accommodation: Backpackers (Shared Dorm or Private Room)

Day 4: Sedgefield – Knysna - Tsitsikamma – Addo
After breakfast we head for Knysna and the Knysna heads viewpoint for some incredible views over the Knysna River estuary and the Indian Ocean. Next we drive on to Tsitsikamma National park, stopping at Bloukrans Bridge (the highest bungee jump bridge in the world). We spend the afternoon in Tsitsikamma National Park and its luscious indigenous forest and spectacular Indian Ocean coastline. There are many activities such as hikes, a suspension bridge and swimming. Early in the afternoon we start to make our way to Addo Elephant park and the Big 5.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Included Highlights: Entrance to Tsitsikamma National Park
Optional Activities: 216m Bloukrans Bungee Jump, Zipline Adventure
Accommodation: Backpackers (Shared Dorm or Private Room)

Day 5: Addo – Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) - Johannesburg
This morning we explore the wonders of Addo Elephant Park for 2-3 hours. We can see wildlife such as elephant, Cape Buffalo, Lion, Black Rhino, Warthog, Zebra, Eland, Kudu, Hartebeest and many more. Once we enjoyed our exciting game viewing, we are dropped off in Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) around 12 -1pm. You are taken to the airport where your flight to Johannesburg needs to be booked for after 2pm. In Johannesburg on arrival you are taken to the lodge for a good night’s rest before our amazing safari in the Kruger National Park starts.

Meals: None
Included Highlights: Entrance & 2-3-hour game drive in tour vehicle in Addo Elephant Park
Optional Activities: 2 Hour Open vehicle Game drive with Addo Field Guide
Accommodation: Guest Lodge

Day 6: Johannesburg – Greater Kruger National Park
We leave Johannesburg and travel to the greater Kruger National Park for our exhilarating Safari. We reach camp where we overnight and we are transferred to an open Game viewer for an amazing sunset Safari game drive. Dinner will be an unforgettable bush Braai (BBQ) deep in the South African bushveld. 

Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Included Highlights: Big 5 Game viewer Sunset Safari
Accommodation: Dome Tents

Day 7: Kruger National Park
We wake up bright and early, enjoy some breakfast back at the lodge and start our amazing day exploring Kruger National Park in our open-sided Gameviewer. Our fantastic game drive takes us through beautiful bushveld landscapes as we go on search for the Big 5. The Kruger is home to a multitude of different game species and birdlife. After a thrilling Safari, we head back to camp for a delicious dinner and a good night's rest in our tents.

Meals: Brunch & Dinner
Included Highlights: Full Day Game viewer Game Drive in Kruger Park
Accommodation: Secure Permanent Tents with beds & bedding provided

Day 8: Greater Kruger National Park – Johannesburg
We rise early, and head out on an early morning sunrise game walk in the bush. Our expert guides give us some insight into our environment and the animals that calls this magnificent area home. We have a delightful breakfast and embark on our final part of this amazing tour, stopping at the awe-inspiring Blyde River Canyon and Three Rondavels that take your breath away. Have your cameras ready. We arrive in Johannesburg between 5 and 6pm and our adventure comes to an end here.

Meals: Breakfast
Included Highlights: Morning Game Walk, Visit to Three Rondavels & Blyde River Canyon

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Note: Itineraries do change, please speak to your consultant for the latest up to date itinerary for your travel period.

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Approx. tour cost in
ZAR 21095.00AUD 1,654.51CAD 1,496.10EURO 1,019.57GBP 960.17USD 1,119.10

2024 Tour Prices - Per person

ZAR 21,095 p/p sharing
Dorm Room & Permanent Tent
ZAR  22,445 p/p sharing
Private Room Upgrade on Garden Route

ZAR 22,595 per single
Dorm Room & Permanent Tent
ZAR 24,595 per single
Single Private Room Upgrade on Garden Route

  • Accommodation - Backpackers and Permanent Tents
  • Small group tour
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Transport
  • Experienced & registered tour guides
  • Kruger Park entrance fees, all activities and game drives
  • Visas & travel insurance
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Beverages & snacks
  • Souvenirs & tips
  • Optional activities (see list on itinerary for complete breakdown)
  • Flights
This tour has a duration of: 8 Days

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