Garden Route

Embark on a leisurely guided journey through areas of exceptional natural beauty with dramatic coastline views, explore one of the richest areas for plants in the world, the exquisite Cape Floral Kingdom and discover one of South Africa’s newest wine routes. Visit the famous Cango Caves and an ostrich farm in the Klein Karoo, the tranquil Tsitsikamma Forest, and explore the coast for it’s magnificent sea life while staying in stylish accommodations along the way.
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Tour Highlights

  • Wine route
  • Cango Caves and ostrich farm
  • Knysna Lagoon and Plettenberg Bay
  • Tsitsikamma Forest

Itinerary:       6 days/5 nights

Day 1: (Monday) Cape Town – Hermanus

We depart by 08:30am from Cape Town and traveling on to Stellenbosch. A stunning coastal drive brings us to the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden and its exquisite coastal fynbos, the species rich Cape floral kingdom.  On the way we also visit the small breeding colony of African Penguins at Stony Point. This afternoon we explore one of South Africa’s newest wine routes and a wine tasting at a boutique winery.
Accommodation: Harbour House or similar (B)

Day 2: (Tuesday) Oudtshoorn

From the coastal village of Hermanus, stroll along a unique cliff path overlooking beautiful Walker Bay to explore the charms of the area. During the months of July – November the sight of whales add to the enjoyment of the experience. We depart late morning through the spectacular Cape Folded Mountains stopping for lunch in Barrydale (own account) before setting off along the scenic ‘Route 62’ towards Oudtshoorn, the “feather capital of the world”.
Accommodation: De Opstal Country Lodge or similar (B)

Day 3: (Wednesday) Plettenberg Bay Surrounds

This morning we marvel at the famous Cango Caves, filled with beautiful limestone formations followed by a guided tour of an ostrich farm. The Outeniqua Pass affords us panoramic views of the Outeniqua Mountain range as we travel towards the coast and along a scenic route to Pletttenberg where we stay for 2 nights.
Accommodation: Lairds Lodge Country Estate or similar (B)

Day 4: (Thursday) Knysna

Today we explore the lovely village of Knysna and surroundings. Cruise the vast Knysna Lagoon and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. A guided walk through coastal forest and fynbos into ancient sea caves is optional. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to stroll through the town of Knysna and returning to our gracious accommodation.
Accommodation: Lairds Lodge Country Estate or similar (BL)

Day 5: (Friday) Tsitsikamma Forest

Setting off on a short ocean boat trip to explore the stunning coast we may view Bottlenose and Common dolphins as well as seals in their natural environment at Robberg Seal colony during the summer. During winter months we are very likely to view both Southern Right and Humpback whales. In the afternoon, the brave at heart will have the opportunity to jump the world’s highest commercial bungee jump at the Bloukrans Bridge. We arrive in late afternoon in the picturesque village of Storms River.
Accommodation: Tsitsikamma Village Inn or similar (B)

Day 6: (Saturday) Port Elizabeth

Visiting the Tsitsikamma National Park and the Storms River Mouth for unrivalled views of the Indian Ocean, we explore the tranquility of the pristine forest on the nature trails. This afternoon we arrive in Port Elizabeth at approximately 2:00pm and your guided journey ends with either a drop off at a central hotel or at the airport for your onward flight. (B)

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Tour Prices (2017):
Summer (Sept. – April):        US$1,280
Winter (May – Aug):               US$1,120
Deposit:                                   US$ 500
Outstanding Amount:            Payable 2 months prior to tour
Note: Standard prices are per person sharing. For single accommodation please contact our office.


Prices



Price Includes:

  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Hotel porterage
  • Activities as per itinerary

Price Excludes:

  • International and local airfares
  • Pre- and post-tour accommodations
  • Optional activities not listed in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses and gratuities