Garden Route

Garden Route Itinerary: 4 days 3 nights
R13 000  per person sharing; Single Supplement: R1700 - Includes: Vehicle; & Guide; All meals - 4 lunches, 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners; Accommodation; All entrances; - Excludes: Drinks; Beverages; Personal Items; Gratuities

Day 1: Tuesday - Cape Town to Oudtshoorn

After an early breakfast you will depart Cape Town and head north enroute to Oudtshoorn (Ostrich capital of the world).We traverse the spectacular Du Toit's Kloof Mountain Pass en route to Worcester. Once through Worcester we connect with the R62 (considered to be the longest wine route in the world) through Roberts on and onto Montagu.
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We stop for some lunch and a wine tasting depending on the time. We continue through the Little Karoo experiencing the ever changing scenery from lush green farmlands to semi-desert landscapes. Staff await our arrival at the Protea Riempies Hotel in Oudtshoorn (or similar accommodation) with welcome drinks and dinner later in the evening. This is our first overnight stop. Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world. Here ostriches are found in great numbers and the region produces the best feathers, leather products and ostrich meat worldwide.

But the world’s biggest bird is just one of the many attractions in this area of interesting contrasts.  This small town is the commercial hub of the greater Klein Karoo region (encompassing Prince Albert, De Rust and Calitzdorp – famous for its Port) and is situated in a beautiful valley between the Outeniqua- and Swartberg Mountains.
Overnight at Protea Riempies Hotel / Similar Accommodation

Day 2: Wednesday - Oudtshoorn to Knysna

After Breakfast the following morning we visit the Cango Caves, famous for its amazing Stalagmites and Stalactites. This is a 1 hour guided tour. Departing from the Caves we visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch (Crocodile and Cheetah farm) this is a guided tour educating us about these reptiles, cats and various other animals at the ranch. The next stop is Highgate, our lunch stop for some tender Ostrich meat.
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After lunch we have a guided tourof the farm, where you will have the opportunity to sit and ride on an ostrich. The history of these birds and the economics associated with their feathers will be highlighted by the guide. You will also learn more about the breeding habits of Ostrichesand the history of Oudtshoorn in the midsts of the 1920's ostrich feather boom. The late afternoon takes us over the Outeniqua Mountains to Knysna. Here for the first time one can understand why this area is known as the Garden Route. As you drive over the summit of the pass, lush green vegetation awaits you. 
Overnight at the Knysna Quays Hotel – Knysna / Similar Accommodation

Day 3: Thursday - Knysna to Mossel Bay

The morning gives us some time to enjoy the quaint little town of Knysna and we have a bit of free time in the Knysna Waterfront. At 11h00 we depart on a guided boat trip on the Keurbooms Riverand visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Qualified skippers and guides are on board to ensure that your 2.5hr trip is as informative as it is unforgettable, ending with lunch. Later in the afternoon we make our way to Mossel Bay check into our Hotel and have some time at leisure at the swimming pool or stroll along the beach before enjoying dinner -
Overnight at the Protea Hotel / Similar Accommodation

Day 4: Friday, Mossel Bay - Cape Town

The next morning we visit the Post Office Tree and The Diaz Museum where early pioneers left mail for ships en route to Europe. We depart Mossel Bay in the early afternoon travelling in the direction of Swellendam, The town was founded by the Dutch East India Company in 1745 and was named after the then Governor of the Cape, Hendrik Swellengrebel, and his wife Helena Ten Damme. Lunch is in Swellendam after which we continue on our route back to Cape Town

Includes: All meals i.e.: 4 lunches; 3 breakfasts & 3 dinners; 3 night’s accommodation as per itinerary; All entrance fees; Experienced Tour Guides; Air conditioned vehicles. Excludes: Drinks; Personal Items; Gratuities Please note:The Garden Route Tour departs from Cape Town Airport or Hotels. // Departures on Tuesday's 08h15 to Friday's // Baggage allowed: One suitcase and one shoulder bag. // End your tour in Port Elizabeth or at Cape Town International Airport // Minimum  2 PAX  per tour. // Tour is payable in advance. // Hotel collection and drop off in the city and surrounds. –





Day 1 - Cape Town to Cape Agulhas
This Garden Route Tour departs from Cape Town onto the N2 in an easterly direction until we arrive at the sea side village of Gordons Bay. This is the beginning of Clarence Drive and is considered to be one of the more scenic coastal roads on the False Bay Coastline. On route we pass the towns of Rooiels and Pringle Bay before stopping to view the Betty’s Bay Penguin Colony at Stony Point. The next stop is at the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens for a tour of the gardens and an optional walk up to the waterfall at the top of the gardens. Hermanus is the Southern Right Whale Capital of South Africa and is our next stop for your lunch and whale viewing (Optional boat based whale watching). After viewing these majestic marine mammals we make our way to Cape Agulhas (The southern most tip of Africa), passing through the rolling wheat lands and small quaint towns of Elim, Napier and Bredasdorp.

Day 2- Cape Agulhas to Oudtshoorn
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The day starts with a visit to the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and optional walk to the top. After departing this southernmost tip of Africa we head inland to the town Swellendam passing through Bredasdorp (optional visit to the Shipwreck Museum) and Malgas for the last man operated pont in South Africa. We exit the N2 through Suurbraak and over the Tradouws Pass. If time permits we will stop for lunch at the famous 'Clarke of the Karoo' for the best lamb chops or one of the many restaurants. After a lunch we continue on the R62 (longest wine route in South Africa) passing through Ladismith and Calitzdorp (Port capital of South Africa) before arriving in Oudtshoorn and checking into our accommodation.

Day 3 - Oudtshoorn to Wilderness
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Today we visit the Cango Caves for a standard tour and then continue to The Cango Ostrich Farm. After viewing the ostriches and other animals we leave Oudtshoorn and head south toward Mossel Bay via the Robinson Pass. In Mossel Bay, we visit The Diaz Museum, Post Office Tree and Bats Cave before making our way to Wilderness passing through the towns of George and Victoria Bay. We check into our accommodation with some beautiful views of the town and beach.

Day 4 - Wilderness to Plettenberg Bay
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After breakfast we will make our way along the N2 through the town of Sedgefield and onto Knysna. Here there are a variety of boat trips to choose from followed by lunch. Some leisure time is allowed for shopping and browsing around the waterfront. We then continue toward the Knysna Elephant Park for a walking excursion with the African Elephants and then onto the Garden of Eden for an indigenous forest walk. After theses excursions we proceed to our accommodation in Plettenberg Bay for our check. The evening is at leisure.

Day 5 - Plettenberg Bay & Surrounds to Knysna
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After breakfast we will depart for a Boat based whale trip (weather dependent), followed by visits to Monkeyland and Birds of Eden. There is an optional visit to Tenikwa Wildlife Sanctuary for encountering and walking with cheetahs. We return to Plettenberg Bay in the afternoon where you will have some time at leisure.

Day6 - Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth / George, Mossel Bayor Cape Town
After a relaxing breakfast, we depart Plettenberg Bay for our final destination. We stop at the Storms River Mouth for a walk to the suspension bridges followed by a zipline tour through the treetops. In the mid afternoon we carry onto Port Elizabeth for a City orientation tour. The late afternoon is spent at leisure. Overnight at a Hotel in Port Elizabeth, Wilderness or George so you can be dropped at the airport of your choice in the morning
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Highlights -  Clarence Drive / Harold Porter Botanical Gardens with walk to waterfall / Stony Point Penguins Hermanus (whales June – November) / Elim – old mission village / Cape AgulhasLighthouse / Shipwreck Museum / Malgas – last man operated pont / Tradouws Pass / R62 / Cango Caves / Cango Ostrich Farm / Robinson Pass / Diaz Museum Complex & Post Office Tree / Bats Cave / Wilderness / Choice of boat trip on Knysna Estuary / Knysna Elephant Park/ Monkeyland / Birds of Eden / Tenikwa Wildlife Sanctuary / Zipline tour through the forest - optional extra / Port Elizabeth City Tour

Included -  Clarence Drive / Stony Point Penguin Colony / Harold Porter Botanical Gardens /  Cape Agulhas & Lighthouse / Shipwreck Museum / Cango Caves / Diaz Museum Complex / Boat trip on the estuary / Knysna Elephant Park / Monkeyland / Birds of Eden / Wildlife encounter and cheetah walk / All breakfasts / 1 x dinner / Accommodation / Porterage / Registered tourist guide / Registered vehicle with Road Transport Permit / Guides meals

Excluded - All lunches and dinners / Extra activities / Expenses of a personal nature and gratuities

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