South Africa: Trails of the Garden Route

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  • Trekking
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  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 11
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Ends Cape Town, South Africa
  • +8
Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Hike up Table Mountain
  • Challenge yourself on the Alexandria Trail
  • Go on a safari in Addo National Park
  • Explore vibrant Cape Town
Starting in Port Elizabeth and ending in Cape Town, the trip South Africa: Trails Of The Garden Route is a guided trekking trip that takes 14 days. You will travel through Tsitsikamma National Park, Cape Town, Swellendam and 7 other destinations in South Africa. South Africa: Trails Of The Garden Route is a small group trip which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

From shifting sand dunes to woodlands and fynbos shrublands, South Africa’s Garden Route displays a wild beauty waiting to be explored on foot. Savage oceans crash on shore as whales swim past off the coast (in season) and penguins frolic in the surf. Inland elephants and lions roam Addo National Park, whilst further west endless rows of vines stretch out and Table Mountain towers over the Mother City, Cape Town. We roam coastal trails and forests, wander up gorges and go on safari as we explore some of the best reserves and parks of the Cape region.
5 - Excellent
Based on 4 reviews
South Africa Trails of the Garden Route
5 - Excellent
  • On Apr 16 2017
“The tour was excellent. The walks were all different and the planning was fantastic. Our guide Eugene was great and had a huge amount of knowledge to share with us. Toulei our driver was also excellent. Apart from being a great driver he brought a positive spirit to the group every day.”
South Africa: Trails of the Garden Route
5 - Excellent
  • On Apr 16 2017
“An energetic hugely enjoyable trip along the southern coast of South Africa. Lots of walking, some quite strenuous, game drive and viewing, with some wine and beer tasting as well. A real insight into this delightful country with its beautiful landscapes and friendly diverse peoples.”
Superb holiday
5 - Excellent
  • On Apr 16 2017
“This was a full and energetic holiday as we travelled across the Cape. We saw a wide variety of wildlife, wonderful scenery and, thanks to our guide and driver, learned so much about S.A. society and the places we travelled through. The walking was at the level of the grade, over the two weeks we climbed nearly 5000m, over terrain that varied from sand dunes to high mountains. We stayed at a variety of accommodation, some of it quite unique and lovely, such as the de Hoop nature reserve.”
Trails of the Garden Route, South Africa
5 - Excellent
  • On Apr 16 2017
“First trip south of the equator and such a varied and intense experience of South Africa. What a wonderful country with friendly people, beautiful landscapes and magnificent animals.”
  • Day 1: Arrive Port Elizabeth, transfer to Addo N.P.
  • Day 2: Game drives in Addo N.P.
  • Day 3: Start the Alexandria Trail.
  • Day 4: Continue on the trail through the Alexandria sand dunes; on to Tsitsikamma N.P.
  • Day 5: Hike in Tsitsikamma N.P. before moving on to Plettenberg Bay.
  • Day 6: Free day with optional beach walks or boat rides through Featherbed Nature Reserve.
  • Day 7: Drive to Swellendam; hike in the Marolth Nature Reserve.
  • Day 8: Drive to De Hoop; hike along the whale trail.
  • Day 9: To Cape Town, stopping in the famous winelands of Stellenbosch on the way.
  • Day 10: Hike up Skeleton Gorge to Table Mountain.
  • Day 11: Hike from Smitswinkelbay to Cape Point.
  • Day 12-13: Two days spent exploring Cape Town.
  • Day 14: End Cape Town.
  • 10 nights hotels, chalets and lodge, mostly en suite, 2 nights permanent tented camp, one night hut , All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
  • All transport and listed activities
  • (if booking incl. flights)
  • 7 days walking
  • Varied terrain including sand dunes
  • Altitude max 1195m, average 450m
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Any international flights to Port Elizabeth and from Cape Town are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this South Africa: Trails of the Garden Route tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this South Africa: Trails of the Garden Route tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 16 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 16 August 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

South Africa: Trails of the Garden Route tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this South Africa: Trails of the Garden Route tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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