Explore the Garden Route – Self Drive Adventure Tour
The Garden route in South Africa is one of the top destinations to visit. Stretching from Mossel Bay through to Storms River – it encompasses some of the most beautiful coastline in the world.
What better way to experience it than by signing up for this epic self drive adventure tour.
We have put together all the best places to stay, the most awesome experiences – the top places to visit and the most thrilling adventures to challenge you. Choose from additional adventures or let us know if you want to customise the tour to suite your needs.
This is a self Drive Tour and includes the following:
- Accommodation on a Bed and Breakfast basis
- Select fixed itinerary Tours
- Guides and transport on select tours*
- Tour Itinerary
- Tour support 24/7
The following is not included in this tour:
- Flights and/or car rental and/or fuel
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Visa fees and entry clearing fees
- Photography accessories like cameras etc.
- Items of a personal nature
- Dinner and/or drinks that are not stipulated on the tour package
Your Journey begins in the quaint Karoo town of Oudtshoorn. Here you will be welcomed by your hosts Johan and Louise at De Denne Country House, a luxurious B&B situated on one of the oldest working ostrich farms in the country.
After check-in – spend time lounging around the pool or taking a scenic walk on the grounds. You might even meet some very large feathered friends.
Dinner is served in the restaurant, where sumptuous gourmet South African dishes will surprise and delight any pallet.
Klein Karoo Day Tour
Experience the beauty and cultural heritage of the famous Klein Karoo on this amazing half day guided tour.
After a delicious breakfast – The day starts off with a tour of the Ostrich farm and the rich history of Ostrich farming in the area.
The tour then heads over to explore the World renowned Cango caves on a guided tour.
You are then whisked away to enjoy a picnic at the summit of the Swartberg pass with complimentary cheese and wine tasting.
The tour finishes off with a visit to Rust en Vrede waterfall, a 40 metre waterfall that cascades into a beautiful clear pool. The water is freezing but feel free to have a swim.
The tour returns back to De Denne Country house, where you can have dinner
After breakfast you will depart De Denne and head to the famous seaside town of Knysna, which is approximately an hour and half drive. Take some time to explore the town and the waterfront, with so much to see and do – Knysna will keep you entertained for hours.
Once you have sen enough head down to Chez Pierre, located the lovely leisure Isle. There you will be welcomed by Pierre and Linda.
After checking in head down to the Knysna harbour, where you will be welcomed by the awesome team from Knysna Charters who will bring you aboard for a sunset cruise out to the iconic Knysna Heads, whilst enjoying drinks and snacks.
Should you still feel the need for something to eat then make sure you stop off at one of the world class restaurants on Thessen Island.
Explore Plettenberg Bay
After your amazing breakfast – You jump back on the N2 and head out to the town of Plettenberg Bay – The jewel of the garden route.
Your accommodation is located right in the heart of the town, a stones throw away from main beach. A luxury self catering house situated in the River club.
Once you are settled, its time to join the team from Ocean Blue adventures for an awesome whale watching tour out in the bay. With a full permit, the boat is able to get within a safe distance to the Whales, where you will have plenty of photographic opportunities in watching the whales playfully interacting with each other.
After your tour, you can decide to spend the evening in the hustle and bustle of Plett’s night life or have a quiet dinner at the Lookout restaurant right on the beach.
Robberg Nature Reserve Marine
An early start is always welcome – especially when you have a swim with Seals tour. Join the team from Offshore adventures for this interactive snorkelling experience off Robberg nature reserve.
This one and a half hour adventure starts with an adrenaline pumping beach launch into the sea, followed by an a amazing boat ride along the scenic coastline to the Cape fur seal colony. There you will get to snorkel and interact with the oceans most loved character and see them playfully swimming in their natural environment.
After the tour – you can head out to the Robberg Nature reserve and complete the 7km nature hike or just simply head back to the house for a relaxing afternoon.
Head out on day 6 back to the N2 to the town of Stormsriver, the end of the garden route. You will drive over the Bloukrans bridge, where if you brave enough – can do the bungee jump. The Face Adrenalin jump platform forms part of the colossal arches bridging the chasm over the Bloukrans river and is the highest bridge in Africa at 260 metres high.
From there you will head to the Tube n Axe on Darnell street in Storms river and be welcomed by the owners Marius and Natasha.
After checking in to your luxury tent, head down to the pool and just enjoy the cocktails and ambience.
Storms River Gorge Tour
The last tour day starts with a good wholesome breakfast, after which you head out for the Tube n SUP tour down the storms river gorge.
The tour starts at the Tube n Axe back packers lodge in Storms river village, where guests are chaufferred through the Plaatbos nature reserve through the Tsitsikamma forest to the drop off and pick up point. After disembarking guests paddle up-stream on the tubes within a calm pool, followed bye a short walk over the river bed into the next calm pool.
Guests jump on the paddle boards and paddle up to a 8m rock jump, where if your brave enough you can take the leap. Guests paddle back to the tubes and take a different stream, for scenic pool hopping. To exit again at the low water bridge and meet the vehicle for the scenic drive back.
After the tour head back to Tube n Axe for some much need R&R.
Day 1 & 2 – Oudtshoorn: De Denne Country Lodge | Family Suite | http://www.dedenne.com
Day 3 – Leisure Isle, Knysna: Chez Pierre | King Suite | http://www.chezpierre.co.za
Day 4 & 5 – Plettenberg Bay: River club | Self Catering House
Day 6 & 7 – Stormsriver: Tube n Axe Boutique | Luxury Tent | http://www.tubenaxe.co.za