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Duration: 6 days
A classic tour of the Garden Route starting in Cape Town and ending in the friendly city of Port Elizabeth. You take in all the highlights from the evocative, sepia-tinged landscapes of the Karoo to jewel bright greens and blues of the forests and lagoons
Travel through the picturesque Hex River Valley, surrounded by
magnificent mountains. This area is considered to be the biggest
producer of table grapes in South Africa. Enjoy a wine tasting along a
route that boasts with the longest harvest season in the world.
In the afternoon, continue to Matjiesfontein. The entire village was declared a
National Heritage Site in 1975 and is today a charming, beautifully
restored throwback to the late Victorian era. The journey continues to
Prince Albert, another delightful village, dating back to 1762. The town
is known for its sun-ripened fresh and dried fruit, vineyards, olives
and local cheese. Overnight in Prince Albert.
No meals included.
Day 2: Prince Albert - Oudtshoorn
After breakfast, enjoy a spectacular drive through Meiringspoort
Pass, with breathtaking rock formations and jaw-dropping beauty, as the
road winds its way through the Swartberg Mountains to the quaint Little
Karoo village of De Rust.
Continue to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of
the world and home to the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango
Caves. Enjoy a tour of one of the world’s great natural wonders,
sculpted by nature through the ages. In the afternoon, visit an Ostrich
Farm for a guided tour.
Breakfast & dinner included.
Day 3: Oudtshoorn - Knysna
After breakfast, travel over the Outeniqua Pass to George, the sixth
oldest town in South Africa, with many historical landmarks such as the
Slave Tree and King Edward VII Library building; said to be the best
example of Edwardian architecture in the town. The tour travels via
Wilderness, an attractive holiday resort to Knysna, known as the oyster
box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the
heart of the Garden Route.
Enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed
Nature Reserve, where you can take a trailer ride to the top of the
Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon, returning
for lunch under the milkwood trees. The afternoon is at leisure to
further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon.
Breakfast & lunch included.
Day 4: Knysna
Today you’ll have the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of
the Knysna area. Your journey will include a visit to the Garden of
Eden, set in the lush, green, indigenous Knysna forest. The major
attraction is the forest itself, beautiful yellow wood trees, thick
green foliage and streams. Afterwards you’ll have the opportunity to
visit Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, where you will be able to see a
variety of primates, roaming free in the forest. The sanctuary is well
known for its efforts to rehabilitate and free previously caged
The tour continues to the famous Eastern Head, where you will
enjoy spectacular views of the Knysna Heads (weather permitting).
Afterwards you will travel to Brenton on Sea, a breathtaking holiday
location and a nature lover’s paradise with its unspoilt beaches and
peaceful surroundings. The remainder of the afternoon will be at
Day 5: Tsitsikamma National Park
After breakfast, travel to Plettenberg Bay, the jewel of the Garden Route, before
visiting Birds of Eden sanctuary, the biggest single free flight aviary
in the world. The sanctuary was developed to create a safe environment
in which to release a large collection of free-flight African birds. Our
journey continues to Bloukrans Bridge, the highest single span arch
bridge in the world, currently offering the highest commercially
operated Bungy Jump in the world.
Visit the Tsitsikamma National Park
and Storms River Mouth (weather permitting). The Tsitsikamma National
Park incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and
landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in
mountain Fynbos and temperate high forests with deep river gorges
leading down to the sea. Overnight in the Tsitsikamma area.
Day 6: Tsitsikamma - Port Elizabeth
On your last day of the tour, head eastwards along the Tsitsikamma Forest to Port Elizabeth, known
as the “friendly city”, with a wonderful climate and its well known
oceanarium and snake house (optional activity). Enjoy a city orientation
tour of Port Elizabeth, where the tour ends on arrival.
Departs - Selected dates (listed below)
La Plume Guest House
Tsitsikamma Village Inn
*Please note: This tour allows you to choose your level of accommodation
in the above hotels from either Comfort, Super or Deluxe. Please refer
to our Dates tab for prices.
**Hotels are subject to change due to availability.
Accommodation with private facilities
Tours with experienced Guide(s)
Excursions as specified
Meals as specified
What's not included?
Passport, visa and immigration fees
Additional hotel nights
Travel protection plan
Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages
Any items not mentioned as included
*Hotel rates are based on twin share in lead in rooms. Other room types and hotels are available. Rates are subject to change and different rates may apply during holiday seasons and special events. Single supplement will be applied if travelling alone or if you wish to have a room to yourself.
**All departures are in English. German commentary is available on selected departure dates.