Scenic 5 Day Cape Town to Port Elizabeth Garden Route Tour 

This is an exciting and adventurous back packers style group tour that takes you along the renowned whale route and through the heart of the picturesque garden route in the Southern Cape, South Africa.


  • Transfers in comfortable air conditioned vehicle
  • Guide services
  • Meals as indicated
  • Activities as indicated
  • Accommodations (backpackers - dorm or private room)


  • Meals not specified
  • Optional activities
  • Bar drinks
  • Personal expenses


Schedule for 5 Day Cape Town to Port Elizabeth Tour

DAY 1:  Cape Town - whale route
Early Morning Pick up and travel to Hermanus
Late morning  Land based whale watching - in season followed by lunch (own account)
Early Afternoon Visit to Birkenhead Brewery
Late Afternoon Travel to Cape Agulhas  - Walk on "Die Plaat" to accommodation
Evening Freshen up, drinks at bar, dinner and own time. Overnight  (dinner and drinks own account)
DAY 2:  Garden route - agulhas to sedgefield
Early Morning Breakfast (included)
Late morning Travel to Sedgefield
Early Afternoon Optional activities: (Zipline  &Treetop Obstacle Course / Quad Biking)
Late Afternoon Beach time
Evening Dinner and overnight in Sedgefield (dinner included)
DAY 3:  SEDGEFIeld to OUdtshoorn
Early Morning Breakfast (included) followed by drive to Oudtshoorn
Late morning Visit to Cango Caves OR Cango Wildlife Center
Early Afternoon Visit to Ostrich farm OR Cango  Endangered Wildlife farm
Evening Return to Sedgefield . Dinner and overnight (dinner included)
DAY 4: SEDGEField to jeffreys bay
Early Morning Breakfast (included) followed by drive to Knysna for Optional activities 
Late morning BloubergKrans Bungee jump (optional)
Early Afternoon Walk in Tsitsikamma National Park
Late Afternoon Travel to Jeffreys bay
Evening Freshen up, drinks at bar, dinner and own time. Overnight  (dinner included)
DAY 5:
Early Morning Breakfast (included)
Late morning Stay in Jeffreys OR game drive in Addo elephant park
Early Afternoon Drop off in PE or nearby by arrangement. 


Day by Day Itinerary for 5 Day Cape Town to Port Elizabeth Tour

Day 1 – Whale Route | Hermanus | Cape Agulhas

We depart Cape Town at  around 08H00 and our exciting journey begins as we join the world famous whale route starting in Gordon’s Bay. We proceed along the picturesque mountain pass with panoramic views over False Bay. We make our way to the vibrant coastal town of Hermanus.  Here you will enjoy a sea front picnic or lunch and have the opportunity to take same amazing photos. Land bases whale watching in season.

whale watching

We visit the Birkenhead Brewery to sample some fine beers before driving on to the southernmost tip of Africa located in the Cape Agulhas National Park.  Later we take a walk back to our accommodation along the longest beach in the Southern Hemisphere known as “Die Plaat”.

This day is designed to be a relaxing one with opportunity to get to know your fellow travelers and settle into the comfortable routine of this tour.

  • Meals: Own account
  • Accommodation:  Backpackers lodge or similar.
  • Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar, internet, swimming pool
  • Route: Cape Town to Struisbaai ±260 km Travel time: ±4 hrs
  • Included Highlights: Land Based Whale Watching in Hermanus / Shopping / Beer – wine tasting at Birkenhead Brewery
  • Optional Activities: Shark cage diving (must be pre-booked and paid)

Day 2: Cape Agulhas to Sedgefield: Zipline & Aloe Factory

After a tasty breakfast we depart and make our way towards the world renowned Garden Route!  On the way we visit an Aloe factory.  Aloe is a plant genus and some species such as Aloe Vera have many medicinal uses and skin rejuvenation properties.  We also stop at a Zipline obstacle course where you can experience an exciting canopy tour.

Overnight in Sedgefield.

  •  Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation:  Backpackers lodge
  • Facilities: Shared ablutions, internet, pool, entertainment areas
  • Route: Struisbaai to Sedgefield ± 340 km Travel time: ±4 hrs
  • Included Highlights: Aloe factory
  • Optional: Canopy Tour

Day 3 ǀ Oudtshoorn day trip: Little Karoo, Cango Caves, Ostrich Farm, Wildlife Rehabilitation Ranch

We begin the day with a drive over the picturesque Outeniqua mountain range. This route takes us into the semi desert region of the Klein Karoo and into the bustling town of Oudtshoorn. Known as the ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn is situated in a beautiful valley between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountains. This region offers the wildlife and adventure enthusiast loads to choose from!

The Cango Caves will be the first stop and here we’ll embark on a 1-hour guided tour of the cave system to view its massive caverns and a wonderland of stalactite and stalagmite formations, millions of years old. Cango Caves is a world heritage site and one of the great wonders of the natural world. If you enjoy spelunking and don’t mind trying to squeeze through some smaller gaps then you are also welcome to take the 1.5 hour adventure tour!

cango caves

Next is an option to view ostriches on a working ostrich farm*, or go on a guided tour of the Cango Endangered Wildlife Ranch for an opportunity to cage dive with crocodiles and view many rare and endangered animal species. We then head back Sedgefield. Dinner and overnight.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Sedgefiield Backpackers
  • Sedgefield Facilities: Shared ablutions, internet, pool, free shuttle service to PiliPili Beach bar
  • Route: Sedgefield to Oudtshoorn day trip ±190 km Travel time: ±3 hrs
  • Included Highlight: Standard or adventure guided tour of Cango Caves OR Cango Endangered Wildlife ranch.
  • Optional:  Tour of ostrich farm

*Warning: There is the option to ride an ostrich at this farm. We are against this and strongly advise you not to engage in this activity. As an ethical tour operator, we have made it our obligation to spread awareness of the concerns we have about riding ostriches. We feel the educational aspect of learning about ostriches is, however, important, but please, do not ride them!

Day 4 ǀ Sedgefield – Jeffrey’s Bay: Monkey Sanctuary, Kloofing, Bloukrans Bungee & Tsitsikamma National Park

This morning we drive through Knysna on our way to the Crags where you have a number of options to choose from such as the  monkey sanctuary where rescued monkeys roam free in a large jungle area.

Our next stop is the World’s highest commercial Bungee Jump at 216 meters where you have the opportunity to experience this adrenaline pumping activity. Finally, to end the day we take a beautiful walk through the indigenous Tsitsikamma National Park to the Storms river swing bridges.

tsitsikamma forest

Next we head to the famous surfing town of Jeffreys Bay where we stay at a backpackers directly on the beach.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Backpacker dorm; Island Vibe Backpackers, Jeffreys Bay
  • Facilities: Shared ablutions, bar, restaurant, internet
  • Route: Sedgefield to Storms River/Jbay Travel time: ±2-3 hrs
  • Included Highlight: Tsitsikamma Forest
  • Optional Activities: Monkeyland, Bloukrans bungee jump (216m), Bloukrans Bridge walking tour

Day 5 ǀ Jeffrey’s Bay – Addo Elephant National Park – Sedgefield: Game Drive (Addo), Surfing, shopping time (Jeffrey’s bay)

There are 2 options to choose from this morning.

  1. Sleep in and take some time in the morning to explore the towns many surf factory shops, or go for a surf lesson in one of the most famous surf spots on earth.
  2. Wake up early and head to Addo Elephant National park where we go on a morning game drive to view the multitudes of wild animals. Addo is home to the Big 5 and it also has the highest concentration of African Elephants in the world!

addo elephant park

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Included highlights:  Addo NP, Game Drive closed vehicle
  • Optional:  Surf Lessons; Addo Game Drive open vehicle

This is where the 5 Day One Way from Cape Town to PE/ Jbay/ Knysna will end.

Drop off can be arranged for Port Elizabeth, Jeffrey’s Bay or Knysna. Note drop off at Port Elizabeth airport is around 2 pm so book your flight accordingly.

Note this tour only departs on Saturdays


Valid Between Pax Price Per Person Single Supplement Children Under 12, per child
02 Oct 2023 - 31 Dec 2024 2 $ 541 - -
02 Oct 2023 - 31 Dec 2024 1 $ 584 - -
02 Oct 2023 - 31 Dec 2024 Dorm $ 455 - -