Self Drive Tour to Addo Elephant Park – From Cape Town [COVID19 TRAVEL]

7 Days 8 Nights
TYPOLOGIES

Self Drive Tours

DIFFICULTY

Light to Slightly Active

MIN. AGE

16+ Years

SALE

R 11 500+ 9 900+

CAPE TOWN TO ADDO ELEPHANT PARK

SELF DRIVE TOUR

CAPE TOWN - ROUTE 62 - GARDEN ROUTE - ADDO

This 7 day / 8 night self-drive tour will take you through the best of the Western and Eastern Cape in search of natural wildlife and colourful cultures. This adventure starts in Cape Town and ends in the Addo National Elephant Park, the home of the Big 5.

On this self-drive road trip through 14 towns, you’ll experience the breathtaking expanse of the Little Karoo and winelands, the lush forests and serene beaches of the Garden Route and the wild untamed nature of Tsitsikamma and the Addo Elephant National Park.

 

You will travel in your own vehicle with your own group of family and friends, and your personal virtual guide will keep in touch with you via calls or messages throughout your tour. Your accommodation will be booked for you and your breakfast will be organised each morning, ready when you start the day. We'll suggest the best places to eat each day, the best views to stop at, and book any extra adventure activities you feel like doing along the way.

 

This tour includes eight nights accommodation in our favourite hand-picked spots, all breakfasts (plus one free!), and 3 must-do activities including an ostrich safari in Oudtshoorn “the ostrich capital of the world”, entrance to the Tsitsikamma National Park and a guided safari game drive in the Addo National Elephant Park to see the Big 5. You'll end your tour in Addo or PE, where you can either fly home or drive back to Cape Town.

 

Bring your sense of adventure and we’ll guide you to all the best things to see and do, and we’ll show you the secret gems that only locals know… Things you wouldn’t find in a traditional tour group or while road tripping on your own.

 

This tour is designed to with COVID19 precautions in mind. Your contact with other travellers is minimised and your accommodation is disinfected before and after your stay.

This tour is designed with post-Lockdown Coronavirus precautions in mind, to keep you safe and healthy while you travel.

Comfort Package

3-Star or equivalent, private guesthouse and BnB rooms with breakfasts included. We will try to book en-suite rooms where possible.

SPECIAL: 9 900 ZAR

Luxury Package

A romantic getaway for couples! 4-Star or equivalent, private en-suite guesthouse and hotel rooms with breakfasts included.

SPECIAL: 24 900 ZAR

Price is per person sharing, when you book for 2 people, valid until July 2021. Chat to us if you would like our Solo Traveler rate, kids rate or if booking for more than 2 adults.

DEPARTURE DATES:

You can choose any departure date between 1 July 2020 and 31 Dec 2021.

 

Pro Tip: During high season (Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb) accommodation in the Western Cape gets booked up quickly, so if you'd like to tour during these months, book with us a few weeks in advance.

We'd like to help you have your dream holiday.

  • A deposit of R1000 per  person secures your booking
  • Pay the rest off in instalments up to 30 days before your departure date

INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE

8 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION

All your accommodation is included and pre-booked for you, with bedding included. You can choose which type of room package you would like, from budget backpacker to luxury 4-star guest houses and hotels.

8 MEALS

It's your holiday and you deserve to sleep late, so breakfast is included for every morning of your self-drive tour. Ranging from light muesli and fruit to a full English breakfast.

ACTIVITIES

We've included 3 magical highlight activities with your tour! Spend time with ostriches on Route 62, explore Tsitsikamma National Park and enjoy a professionally guided safari game drive in Addo National Elephant Park.

VIRTUAL GUIDE

While you're travelling your personal virtual guide will be sitting in our office, guiding you via calls or messages, making sure that every day of your self-drive tour is epic.

24/7 SUPPORT

We're with you every step (or kilometer) of your tour, on call and ready to help you with activity bookings, travel tips and emergency assistance.

TREES PLANTED

Just like you, we care about the planet as much as we love travelling. We plant 1 tree for every person on your tour to offset your carbon emissions. We also donate a super-carbon-busting spekboom for every person on tour.

DO GOOD

A percentage of your tour price (and every activity you book through us) is donated to charity. And we only use ethical suppliers, so you can trust us to make sure that the more you travel, the more you help South Africa.

INFO PACK

You'll have your virtual guide with you all the way, and also our Hello Adventure info pack which has tips about your route and all the hidden gems that only locals know.

ITINERARY

* Please note that the order of activities can change without notice.

PRE-DEPARTURE DAY - Cape Town

After arriving in Cape Town and picking up your rental car, head to your accommodation to check in, after which the day is yours to relax by the pool or explore the beautiful mother city. Your virtual tour guide will recommend the best places and sights to see, and will help you arrange them. Before you enjoy dinner at one of our recommended restaurants, your support guide will give you a quick briefing to explain what you can expect from your upcoming tour. **** INCLUDED: Accommodation for tonight; guide on standby to recommend things to do and to book them for you.

DAY 1 - Cape Town to Montagu

It’s time to leave the Mother City behind, and take to the open road to find adventure, diversity and fantastical creatures. With your support guide watching over you from afar to help and give you tips every step of the way, with your info pack in hand, and your locations punched into your GPS, you’ll make your way along Route 62, the world’s longest wine route, and into the small farming town of Montagu. We have some recommended stops for you on the way, and the chance to shape your own experience with extra addon activities, like mountain climbing, wine tasting, river cruises, bike tours and “instagramable” photo stops. Finish the day off in Montagu town, with some beer tasting while meeting the locals, or just relax and enjoy the views while tasting the different wines you may have bought along the way. **** INCLUDED: Breakfast in Cape Town; accommodation in Montagu or surrounding area for tonight.

DAY 2 - Montagu to Oudtshoorn

Wake up to breakfast and the sounds and smells of the Little Karoo. You can explore the town and its history this morning, before greeting the famous Route 62 again, armed with our official Route 62 playlist recommended by your virtual guide. Along the way you’ll have time to explore the little towns of Barrydale, Ladismith and Calitzdorp as you make your way to Oudtshoorn, the “Ostrich Capital of the World”. Your info pack will show you some recommended photo stops and lunch spots along the way, and if you have any questions about the area and its fauna and flora your virtual guide will be ready with a unique response. If you arrive in Oudtshoorn with some daylight to spare, try out some optional extras like the Cango Caves tour or museums and hikes in the area, before heading to the most famous sunset spot on Route 62 and then dinner at a “secret restaurant” with traditional, local menu options. Seeing as we are in the ostrich capital, why not try an ostrich steak? **** INCLUDED: Breakfast in Montagu, accommodation in Oudtshoorn for tonight.

DAY 3 - Oudtshoorn to Knysna

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast before you head out to your first included “must see” activity - the ostrich safari - where you’ll spend some time getting to know the world’s largest flightless bird and discover how the ostrich industry put Oudtshoorn on the map. After this you’ll take to the road again in search of the coast and the lush indigenous forests of the Garden Route. Your info pack will contain some recommended stops along the way, as well as an optional extra adventure worth experiencing. Then take a short drive to the beautiful town of Knysna to see what it has in store for you. **** INCLUDED: Breakfast in Oudtshoorn; ostrich safari activity; accommodation in Knysna for tonight.

DAY 4 - Knysna

Spend the day in the old coastal town of Knysna - a town with a rich history of gold rushes, forest elephants and the wood cutters that encountered them. Enjoy a hike in the luscious afromontane forests, browse the local craft markets or try some famous fresh Knysna wild oysters. If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s the option of an ocean safari in search of whales, dolphins or seals. Your info pack will recommend the top spots to see and restaurants to try, and your guide will be ready to answer any questions or requests you might have. We recommend you end the day off with a sunset cruise on the lagoon to the iconic Knysna Heads, before heading to dinner at a “local secret” restaurant for the freshest seafood in town. **** INCLUDED: Breakfast in Knysna; accommodation in Knysna for tonight.

DAY 5 - Knysna to Crags/Tsitsikamma

Leaving Knysna, you’ll head forth on a journey towards the gentle giants of the Addo Elephant National Park. On your way your first stop will be the Tsitsikamma National Park where you can explore the magical forests in every shade of green, and brave the famous suspension bridge. You can also choose to hike to the breathtaking waterfall situated on the first stretch of the Otter Trail. There are loads of optional extras to keep you busy in this park, such as kayaking through deep canyons, snorkelling in wild waters and hiking. When you’re done, drive through to the cute little village of Storms River to explore a bit before checking into your accommodation for the night. Feel free to say “howzit” to Marilyn Monroe and Elvis if you see them, and try some locally made craft beer from the brewery down the road. **** INCLUDED: Breakfast in Knysna; entrance to the Tsitsikamma National Park; accommodation in the Tsitsikamma area for tonight.

DAY 6 - Tsitsikamma to Addo

Enjoy a hearty breakfast while you relax to the sounds of the forest around you, after which you are free to explore the area or go ziplining through the forest canopy, or head to Bloukrans if you’d like to try the world’s highest bridge bungee jump. From there you embark on your journey towards Addo, watching how the vegetation changes as you cruise through the final stretch of the Garden Route and into the Eastern Cape. You can stop stop off to see the famous surfing town of Jeffrey’s Bay and maybe try a surfing lessons if you’re keen. Your info pack will recommend some great shopping spots to get a good deal on some surfwear. From there it’s off to the greater Addo area where you can check into your accommodation and enjoy a beautiful sunset. **** INCLUDED: Breakfast in Tsitsikamma; accommodation in the greater Addo area for tonight.

DAY 7 - Addo

As you wake to the sounds of lions nearby, or the calls of the elephants, sit down for breakfast in a scenic setting and get ready for an adventure-filled day. It’s time for your third included “must see activity”: a guided safari through Addo Elephant National Park. Your guide will escort you through the park, and show you the best places to see the Big 5. From there you can either head back to your accommodation and relax by the river, or go canoeing. Otherwise feel free to jump into your car and take another drive through the park. Enjoy one last night at your accommodation before heading back into civilisation the next day. Note: The Comfort package includes a half-day game drive. If you book the Luxury Package with us you will be treated to a FULL day game drive safari and a traditional South African braai for lunch. **** INCLUDED: Breakfast; a safari game drive in Addo National Elephant Park with park entrance fee included; a braai lunch if you booked the Luxury Package; accommodation in the greater Addo area for tonight.

Bonus - After the tour

Although your self-tour has finished, your virtual guide will still be by your side throughout the day if you need help with anything. As you make your way to Port Elizabeth, feel free to explore this beautiful coastal city before dropping your car at the airport. If you’d like to take a different route back to Cape Town, why not hop on to our next self-drive package and continue the adventure along the Whale Route? **** INCLUDED: FREE breakfast; guide on standby to recommend things to do and to book them for you during the day.

MAP OF THE ROUTE

HOW YOUR BOOKING HELPS SOUTH AFRICA

INCLUDED

  • All accommodation booked for you, with bedding included.
    Comfort Package: 3-star private room.
    Luxury Package: 4-star private en-suite room.
  • Breakfast on each morning of the tour + a FREE breakfast on the morning after the tour.
  • An ostrich safari on Route 62.
  • Entrance to Tsitskimamma National Park.
  • Entrance to Addo National Elephant Park.
  • A guided safari game drive in Addo to see the Big 5.
    Comfort Package: half day game drive.
    Luxury Package: full day with traditional braai lunch.
  • A professional guide on-call to book your activities and and answer your questions throughout your tour, plus the day before and the day after your tour.
  • Support staff on call 24/7 to assist if needed.
  • A Hello Adventure info pack for your route, with our recommended places to stop, explore, do and eat along the way.
  • 1 Tree planted per person to offset the carbon emissions of your tour.
  • 1 Spekboom planted per person - because why not!
  • A donation to a local charity or NPO. A percentage of every sale we make, on all products we sell, gets donated. So the more you travel, the more you help South Africa.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Vehicle
  • Fuel
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks, snacks
  • Activities not included in itinerary
  • Gratuities
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Visas

YOU CAN ADD

  • A "welcome to SA" survival pack
  • More adventure activities to add to your itinerary
  • An extra night at any of the towns included in your itinerary
  • More trees
  • More Spekboom plants

OPTIONAL ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES YOU CAN ADD

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