Spending the first four days touring the Garden Route en-route to Port Elizabeth enables the traveller to fully appreciate the spectacular beauty and diversity of the Garden Route in a relaxed manner. Flying from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg one will spend the next four days touring the internationally famous Kruger National Park. Here one is likely to encounter the “Big Five’ - elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo - as well as a vast selection of other game animals, reptiles and bird life. Particularly thrilling are the sounds of Africa heard at night when in the camps.
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|TOUR NAME:||A Touch of Wildlife and Scenery, CPT to JHB|
|MEALS INCLUDED:||Breakfasts and Dinners|
|DEPARTURE:||Daily from Cape Town or Johannesburg (Code SC-01 Johannesburg departure is just a reversal of the one below|
|ROUTING:||Depart from Cape Town - Oudtshoorn - Garden Route - Port Elizabeth - Kruger National Park - Mpumalanga - end in Johannesburg.|
|DRESS REQUIREMENTS:||Comfortable casual and smart casual for the evenings|
DAY 1: Cape Town – Hermanus – Swellendam - Mossel Bay.
We depart from Cape Town and drive eastwards along the beautiful coastal route between Gordon’s Bay and Hermanus - a holiday town which from July to December is said to be the best whale watching spot in the world. After lunch we proceed to Mossel Bay where a point of great interest is arguably the oldest port office in Africa known as the Post Office Tree and the site of Bartholomew Diaz’ first landfall in 1488.
Overnight Mossel Bay
DAY 2: Mossel Bay – Oudtshoorn – Cango Caves – Ostrich Farm.
Travelling over the Outeniqua Mountains to the Little Karoo one visits an Ostrich Show Farm where one is introduced to these enormous flightless birds. Ostrich racing is a feature but certainly not recommended for the faint hearted. Then comes a visit to one of South Africa’s foremost natural wonders - the Cango Caves - an underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites. One also pays a visit to Oudtshoorn - known as the ‘Feather Capital of the World’ as ninety percent of the world’s ostrich farms are found in this district.
Overnight at La Plume Guest House.
DAY 3: Oudtshoorn – George - Knysna.
The first stop on day three is a visit to the Cango Wildlife Ranch and Valley of Ancients where one finds a unique endangered species breeding facility. En route to Knysna one travels via the town of George and the Wilderness National Park - skirting around the lakes and stopping at scenic viewpoints. Knysna is situated on the Knysna Lagoon with its entrance to the sea guarded by two famous promontories known as the ‘Knysna Heads’.
This area falls within a Natural Park proclaimed to conserve the extraordinary natural beauty of the lakelands and adjacent indigenous forests. For those interested in acquiring locally made art, crafts and curios - Knysna is the place to shop. The day ends with a sundowner cruise on the lagoon.
Overnight in Knysna at the Fish Eagle Lodge.
DAY 4: Knysna – Plettenberg Bay – Tsitsikamma National Park - Port Elizabeth.
Having explored Knysna one travels to Plettenberg Bay for a short visit following which one traverses magnificently scenic river valley passes to the Tsitsikamma National Park. Tsitsikamma meaning ‘The Place of Much Water’ in the Khoisan language stretches for over 100 kilometres of wild and rocky coastline characterised by the massive cliffs, narrow isolated beaches and indigenous forests which run along the river valleys.
The next stop is Storms River with the impressive Paul Sauer Bridge across the valley. The huge suspension bridge towers sime 169 metres above the river. The journey then proceeds past some coastal holiday villages to Port Elizabeth - known as the ‘Friendly City’ - for a short city tour.
DAY 5: Johannesburg – Kruger National Park.
We drive eastwards via Witbank and Middelburg to Nelspruit and enter the Kruger National Park in the south. Our encounter with the wild life starts here. Tonight we enter our camp for dinner and overnight
Overnight Skukuza Camp.
DAY 6: Kruger National Park.
Today is completely devoted to game viewing as we search for the 'Big Five' amongst other animals. We reach our camp at sunset for dinner and overnight. Some may want to do a night drive in an open game viewing vehicle utilising high powered spotlights to find the nocturnal animals (optional).
Overnight Satara Camp.
DAY 7: Kruger National Park – Panoramic Route – Hazyview.
After a final game drive and breakfast, we leave the park and drive via Klaserie and the Abel Erasmus Pass to the Escarpment and visit Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes, God's Window and the Pinnacle Rock. Travel to Sabie where we overnight.
Overnight Lone Creek River Lodge.
DAY 8: Pilgrim’s Rest – Johannesburg.
Our first stop is at the Lone Creek falls before we visit the town of Pilgrim’s Rest, the museum. Take a walk through the main street and get carried away to the late nineteenth century when this little village was bustling with activity as a result of the alluvial gold found here.Then we travel to Johannesburg arriving late afternoon.
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