Elephants at Addo National ParkComplete your volunteering experience in South Africa with a Garden Route Adventure

Keen to do some further travel? We are delighted to offer our shark volunteers the opportunity to join an amazing Garden Route Adventure after completing at least 2 weeks of volunteering in South Africa. This is an incredible way to see the country, and round off your time making a difference.

The Garden Route Adventure lasts for either 5 or 6 days. The 5 day option takes you all the way to Port Elizabeth along the stunning Garden Route. The 6 day option covers exactly the same itinerary, but will take you back to Cape Town at the end of the tour.

If you are keen to join the Garden Route Adventure, simply let us know as soon as possible and we will do the rest. We will assume that you would like to stay in backpacker dormitory accommodation unless you request otherwise. See bottom of this post for upgraded accommodation prices.

5 day Garden Route Adventure:

  • Collects you from the shark project on your last Monday of the project
  • Drops you off in Port Elizabeth on Friday afternoon
  • Prices start from £488 in shared backpacker accommodation
  • Upgrade options to stay in private and en-suite rooms available

6 day Garden Route Adventure:

  • Collects you from the shark project on your last Monday of the project
  • Drops you off in Cape Town on Saturday evening
  • Prices from £517 in shared backpacker accommodation
  • Upgrade options to stay in private and en-suite rooms available


Enjoying the Garden Route Adventure tourGarden Route Adventure Itinerary:

Day 1: Monday

  • Collection from the shark conservation project
  • Transfer to Cape Agulhas, the most southern point of Africa

Day 2: Tuesday

  • Drive the spectacular Route 62, the longest wine route in South Africa
  • Visit the Ostrich Capital of the World
  • Lunch and wine tasting at a local winery
  • Check into accommodation on a working game farm in Little Karoo
  • Evening tour of the Ostrich farm, taking in the views of the Outeniqua and
    Swartberg mountain ranges in the background.

Day 3: Wednesday

  • Drive over the Outeniqua Mountain pass to Wilderness National Park
  • Explore the park by canoe, paddling up the river through indigenous forest
  • Take a short hike to a lovely waterfall and rock pools
  • Late afternoon you can spend exploring Sedgefield, with
    its expansive views and beaches.

Day 4: Thursday

  • Today, we head to the famous town of Knysna via the Lake  District of the Garden Route. Visit the Knysna Heads viewpoint, for some magnificent views over the Knysna River estuary and the Indian Ocean
  • Stop off at Bloukrans Bridge to visit the world’s highest bungee jump – and do it if you dare!
  • Visit Tsitsikamma National Park, with lots of hiking, beautiful coastline, crossing a suspension bridge, swimming and more
  • In the afternoon will leave the Garden Route for Big 5 country, Addo

Day 5: Friday – end of tour for some

  • Explore Addo Elephant Park, a reserve covering 28,000 hectares. It is home to approximately 600 elephants and also some Cape buffalo, lions, black rhino, warthogs, zebra, eland, kudu, hartebeest and more.
  • If you are heading to Port Elizabeth to end the tour, you will leave after you visit Addo around lunchtime.

Day 6: Saturday. For those travelling back to Cape Town only

  • After breakfast you will travel on to Mossel Bay to visit its spectacular beaches and cliffs
  • Hike the Cape St Blaize Trail along the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean and visit the famous Diaz Museum, commemorating the first known European exploration around the tip of Africa
  • You have the option to join a 10,000 foot tandem skydive or do sandboarding on the longest dune in South Africa
  • You will arrive back to Cape Town in the evening

Please note, this itinerary may need to change based on weather and other factors.

Travellers watch an amazing sunset on the Garden Route Adventure TourThe admin

Both Garden Route Adventure tours offer you:

  • Qualified driver and guide
  • All transport in an air conditioned mini bus
  • Accommodation
  • Dinners and breakfasts (except on Day 5)
  • Local wine tasting, Ostrich farm visit,
  • Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park
  • Game viewing safari in Addo Elephant National Park
  • Hiking in Tsktsikamma National Park

What’s not included in the Garden Route Adventure tour:

  • Lunches
  • Breakfast and dinner on Day 5 (dinner day 6)
  • Optional activities: bungee jumping, additional game drive at Addo, tandem sky diving, sandboarding, ziplining
  • Day 4: • Bungee jumping (216 m): R 1490
  • Day 5: • 2-hour additional Addo game drive (open vehicle, early morning): R 460
  • Day 6: • Tandem sky diving (10,000 feet): R 3150 (R 980 extra for photos & video) • Sandboarding: R 500 • Ocean ziplining: R 800

    (Please note that we have done our best to provide accurate pricing, but these prices are subject to change!)

  • Insurance

Upgraded Accommodation Prices

5 day tour – end in PE  £
Backpacker dorm 488
Backpacker twin/double En-suite 554
Backpacker single En-suite 582
Guesthouse twin/double 643
Guesthouse single 747
6 day tour – end in Cape Town
Backpacker dorm 517
Backpacker twin/double En-suite 596
Backpacker single En-suite 653
Guesthouse twin/double 718
Guesthouse single 855


You will take in all of the main tourist sights in this area of South Africa. The Garden Route is renowned to be a jaw-jopping part of the country, and an area that is not to be missed!

A lion in Addo National Park

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