Discover some of the most beautiful coastal views of South Africa on this weeklong journey that hugs the shores. Start in Cape Town, where you'll explore the city's highlights before venturing on an epic ocean drive. Meander along the famous Route 62 for expansive mountain range vistas. Visit national parks and coastal villages along the Garden Route, which runs from the west to the Eastern Cape. Finish your trip in search of the "Big Five" with a safari game drive in Addo Elephant National Park.


  • Explore the vibrant city of Cape Town and enjoy its best highlights
  • Visit the charming sea village of Hermanus and go whale watching near the shores 
  • See stunning coastal and mountain views along Route 62 and the Garden Route
  • Venture out on a safari game drive in Addo Elephant National Park

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cape Town, Explore Cape Town Cape Town
Day 2 Transfer to Cape Agulhas via Hermanus Cape Agulhas
Day 3 Ostrich Farm Safari & Cango Caves Tour, Transfer to Oudtshoorn Oudtshoorn
Day 4 Explore Wilderness National Park & Knysna, Transfer to Sedgefield Sedgefield
Day 5 Visit Tsitsikamma National Park, Transfer to Addo Elephant National Park Addo
Day 6 Game Drive at Addo Elephant National Park, Transfer to Port Elizabeth Port Elizabeth
Day 7 Transfer to Cape Town via Mossel Bay & Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Cape Town, Explore Cape Town

Cape Town beaches from above
Aerial view of Cape Town 

Welcome to Cape Town! Upon arrival at the airport, a driver will transfer you to your hotel. If you have the energy, head out to get your bearings after settling in. Start by discovering the best vantage point in the city. Hop on the aerial cableway to the summit of Table Mountain and marvel at breathtaking views of the city 3,563 feet (1,086 m) below. You could also head over to the V&A Waterfront. This scenic harbor is a gastronomic and commercial wonderland filled with world-class restaurants, food markets, bars, boutiques, shopping malls, and even day spas.

Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium to explore the marine life or enjoy a harbor cruise as you watch the sunset. Other options include the Diamond Museum, which explores the history of the diamond rush in South Africa, or a helicopter flight to see Cape Town's sights from the sky. 

Day 2: Transfer to Cape Agulhas via Hermanus

Wander along the rocky coastline

You'll leave Cape Town this morning and follow a scenic coastal road, stopping at Betty's Bay to view a colony of endangered African penguins. Spend the afternoon at the seaside resort town of Hermanus and visit its many shops and markets. If you're visiting during whale season (July to November), it's an exceptional opportunity to view the most majestic mammals of the ocean. Keep your eyes peeled for southern right whales, humpbacks, and Bryde whales. This area holds the record for the highest number of whales seen at one time, so your chances of an encounter are high.

For the more adventurous, there is also the option to go shark cage diving! During this exhilarating experience, you'll have the opportunity to get face-to-face with these extraordinary predators while remaining in the security of a cage. Continue the drive to Cape Agulhas, the southern tip of Africa, and visit the "Real" viewpoint where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. At the end of the trip, your driver will take you to your hotel for check-in.

Day 3: Ostrich Farm Safari & Cango Caves Tour, Transfer to Oudtshoorn

Ostrich on patrol
Ostrich on patrol

A driver will be waiting to take you along South Africa's scenic highway—Route 62—which offers surprises around every bend. Experience the expansive vistas of broad mountain ranges and fertile plains, home to grapevines and fruit orchards. After the bush drive, enjoy a tractor safari on an ostrich farm. This tour takes place on a working farm that is the only place to see Zimbabwean, Kenyan, and South African ostriches in one place. Your expert guides will explain the natural breeding cycle of these animals, including a visit to the incubator room to see ostrich hatchlings.

Next is the Cango Caves, a natural landmark and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enter a magical limestone labyrinth stretching around 2.5 miles (4 km). These underground systems are also a cultural landmark, as ancient cave art indicates habitation during the early Stone Age. More recently, the caves were used by the Indigenous Khoikhoi people, and samples of their early paintings can still be seen on the walls today. Following the tour, go to your final destination, Oudtshoorn, in the Klein Karoo Valley.

Day 4: Explore Wilderness National Park & Knysna, Transfer to Sedgefield

Stop at Knysna Heads for one of the Garden Route's best views
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Head to the spectacular Outeniqua Mountain pass, where you'll explore Wilderness National Park by canoe. Paddle up the Touw River through the dense forest with its abundance of birdlife, then leave the canoe behind for a 1.24-mile (2 km) hike, following the boardwalk to a waterfall and rock pools. Afterward, your driver will take you through the spectacular Lake District, which marks your entry to the Garden Route. This famous 186-mile (300 km) stretch of the South African coastline runs from the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape region and abounds in natural beauty.

Pass through coastal mountains, native rainforests, lagoons, beaches, and coves before reaching Knysna. This upscale little town has shops, restaurants, and a waterfront, where you will be able to relax and do some shopping. Continue to the Knysna Heads viewpoint for spectacular views of the Knysna River estuary and the Indian Ocean. Later in the afternoon, you'll spend time exploring the charming seaside village of Sedgefield, with its stunning views and beaches, before heading to your hotel nearby.

Day 5: Visit Tsitsikamma National Park, Transfer to Addo Elephant National Park

Sedgefield - Tsitsikamma - Addo
Get lost among the cliffs of Tsitsikamma National Park

Get ready for some outdoor adventure! With your driver, head east toward Tsitsikamma National Park. This stunning protected area on the Garden Route stretches for about 50 miles (80 km) and is famous for its forests, beaches, and rivers. You'll stop at Bloukrans Bridge, the world's highest bungee jump bridge. This incredible concrete archway rises 708 feet (216 m) over the Bloukrans River and offers excellent views. There's time for a jump if you want to give it a try!

For a calmer experience, explore the park with its unique combination of native forest and beautiful Indian Ocean coastline. Many activities include canoeing, hiking, crossing the suspension bridge, and swimming. Later, you'll leave the Garden Route for Addo, home to the coveted Big Five of African game (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalo). You'll check into your accommodation and have the evening to relax.

Day 6: Game Drive at Addo Elephant National Park, Transfer to Port Elizabeth

The majestic lion in Amakhala Game Reserve
A little family out for a stroll

Have your cameras ready for Big Five viewing at Addo Elephant National Park during a half-day safari game drive. As the name suggests, the third-largest national park in South Africa is one of the country's best places to see African elephants. The park was founded in 1931 to protect the last 11 elephants in the area. Their numbers have since rebounded, and today hundreds continue to thrive in this protected area. Upon arrival, meet your expert guide, hop in a 4WD vehicle, and begin the safari. 

While animal sightings can never be guaranteed, you'll almost certainly spot some of the hundreds of elephants in this park. You'll also see plenty of antelope, zebras, warthogs, Cape buffalo, and more. And while spotting big cats here is rare, you might get lucky and catch a glimpse of the elusive rhino or shy leopard. After an exciting morning of game viewing, your driver will take you to Port Elizabeth, where you'll check in to your hotel.

Day 7: Transfer to Cape Town via Mossel Bay & Depart

Wilderness - Mossel Bay- Cape Town
Take in the beautiful views of the bay

It's an early start to your final day with a stop in Mossel Bay to spend time on its spectacular beaches. Hike the Cape St Blaize trail along the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean. Visit the famous Diaz Museum complex, commemorating the first known European exploration around the tip of Africa. The more adventurous can try optional activities such as a 10,000-foot tandem skydive or sand boarding on the longest dune in South Africa just outside of Mossel Bay.

In the afternoon, you'll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Cape Town, where you'll then continue to your final destination. Safe travels!

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