GARDEN ROUTE GUIDED TOUR - 4 DAYS (CAPE TOWN TO PORT ELIZABETH)

DAY 01 Cape Town – Hermanus – Swellendam - Mossel Bay

Outeniqua MountainsDepart from Cape Town at around 09h00 and drive eastwards via the beautiful coastal route between Gordon’s Bay and Hermanus, a seaside holiday town (Hermanus is the best place in the World to spot Whales from land – July to Dec). After lunch we drive on to Mossel Bay. Here we visit arguably the oldest post office in Africa, the Post Office Tree and the site of the first landfall, made by the Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Dias in 1488.

DAY 02  Mossel Bay – Oudtshoorn – Cango Caves – Ostrich Farm.

cango CavesWe travel over the Outeniqua Mountains to the Little Karoo to visit an Ostrich Show Farm for some unique experiences including ostrich racing. A ride on a back of an ostrich is not for the fainthearted. We visit the Cango caves, regarded as one of South Africa's foremost natural wonders. The fascinating calcite caves comprise an underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites. Visit Oudtshoorn, also called the "Feather capital" of the world, as over ninety percent of the world's ostrich farms are found here.  

DAY 03  Oudtshoorn – Cango Wildlife Ranch – Garden Route - Knysna

WildernessAfter breakfast we visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch and Valley of Ancients, an endangered species breeding facility extraordinaire. Then depart for George and Wilderness National Park. We skirt around the lakes with stops at scenic viewpoints to Knysna. The town is situated on the edge of the Knysna Lagoon with its entrance to the sea guarded by two promontories known as the "Heads". The area also falls within a National Park proclaimed to conserve the extraordinary natural beauty of the lakelands and adjacent indigenous forests. Knysna also offers shopping opportunities of unusual locally made art and craft, etc. We join a sundowner cruise on the lagoon.

DAY 04  Knysna – Plettenberg Bay – Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma MouthWe explore Knysna and travel further via Plettenberg Bay for a short visit. Then we traverse through magnificently scenic river valley passes. We visit the Tsitsikamma National Park (Khoisan for 'The place of much water" stretching over 100 km of wild and rocky coastline characterised by massive cliffs, narrow isolated beaches and shady indigenous forests along the river valleys. Our next stop is Storms River with the impressive Paul Sauer Bridge across the valley towering some 139 m above the river. The final part of our journey takes us past a few coastal holiday villages to Port Elizabeth, also called the 'Friendly City' where you are dropped off at the airport for your onward flight (not earlier than a 17h00 departure - kindly check with us before you book your flight).

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TOUR CODE: SCCD
Garden Route, Hermanus
Duration 4 days
What to bring Camera, Binoculars, A hat, Sunscreen
Departing from
Cape Town
Cpt Int Airport
Departure point All hotels in Cape Town and the airport subject to timings
Exclusions Lunches (provision is made for lunches), purchases of a personal kind such as artefacts, Travel insurances
Inclusions Accommodation in small, luxury hotels / lodges, Breakfasts and dinners, entrance fees, activities mentioned, conservation fees
Price from To find the price for your date of travel, kindly click on BOOK NOW, select your departure date and click on time slot. Then enter the number of people travelling to get the per person rate, the total and a deposit amount if available to book your tour.
Return point All hotels in Port Elizabeth and the local airport
Destinations
Cape Town
Cango Caves
Garden Route
Knysna
Oudtshoorn
Tour ends
Port Elizabeth
PLZ Airport
What to wear Well worn-in comfortable clothes and walking shoes, A warm jacket and a set of warmer clothing for the winter months between May and August

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