SOUTH AFRICAN COASTAL EXPLORER GUIDED TOUR- 6 DAYS (DURBAN TO CAPE TOWN)

oribi2.jpgDAY 1  South Coast – Wild Coast

The drive from Durban along the South Coast takes you through lush subtropical vegetation and numerous holiday villages dotted along the seaboard. You visit the scenic Oribi Gorge and some beautiful little beaches. You turn inland and enter the Eastern Cape Province, the former homeland of Transkei, and traverse over hilly grasslands dotted with Xhosa homesteads, through valleys and clear streams. You travel via  tiny hamlets on the rugged Wild Coast and check into our hotel on the adge of the sea.

Wild Coast SeaDAY 2 Wild Coast

You travel to Umtata, the capital of the former homeland. After a visit to the Nelson Mandela museum You travel further south to and towards the beach again. You travel to our lodge nestled in the middle of the beautiful Chintsa Bay on the Wild Coast, surrounded by rolling hills, lush tropical beach forests and overlooks the warm Indian Ocean.

DAY 3 Addo Elephant National Park – Port Elizabeth

Addo.jpgAfter breakfast overlooking the simmering Indian Ocean you depart and this morning's journey takes us to East London, the only river port in South Africa, and the place where a prehistoric coelacanth was caught in 1938. Then travel along the coast and you enjoy the lush vegetation and rugged coastline. You visit Port Alfred, an outstanding holiday village situated on the Kowie river mouth and travel to Grahamstown. The small cathedral city is considered the art capital of South Africa and is steeped in history. At the Addo National Elephant Park game reserve You have an excellent chance of an encounter with these giants of the bush amongst other animals. This afternoon you reach Port Elizabeth, the fifth biggest city in the country, set on the shores of the Algoa Bay and also called the “Friendly City”.

Day 4 Garden Route – Knysna

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You depart from Port Elizabeth, also called the 'Friendly City' along the N2 national route to the Storms River with the impressive Paul Sauer bridge across the valley towering some one hundred and thirty- nine metres above the river.

Your next stop is at Tsitsikamma National Park (Khoisan for the place of much water) stretching over one hundred kilometres of wild and rocky coastline characterized by massive cliffs, narrow isolated beaches, and shady indigenous forests along the river valleys. In the park you can do a relaxing walk/hike to the suspension bridge stretching over the mouth of the Storms River. You now travel to The Bloukrans Bridge, 216 meters (709 feet) above the Bloukrans River. The Bloukrans Bungee is the world's highest commercial bungee bridge and is the highest commercial natural bungee jump in the world!

You visit Birds of Eden. This unique two hectare dome (the world’s largest), spans over a gorge of indigenous forest. It is currently home to over 3,500 birds from over 220 species, with the main focus being African birds. Travelling past Plettenberg Bay to Knysna 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 Lakeland and adjacent indigenous forests. Knysna also offers shopping opportunities of unusual locally made art and craft, etc.

You overnight in Knysna.

Knysna LagoonDay 5  Garden Route –  Oudtshoorn

You explore the lake areas, the Wilderness National Park and travel via the scenic Montagu Pass to Oudsthoorn also known as the 'Feather Capital' of the world, as by far the largest concentration of ostrich farms in the world are found here. You 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.

Day 6  Mossel Bay – Cape Town

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After an early start you visit to an ostrich show farm for some unique experiences, including ostrich racing. The ride on the back of an ostrich is not for the fainthearted. Our route to Mossel Bay takes us over the Outeniqua Mountains via Robinson's Pass. Here you 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 Diaz in 1488. After an early lunch we travel via Swellendam to Cape Town where you arrive late afternoon.

 

NOTE: Many extreme sport activities and weather dependent excursion options exist along the routing of this tour. We have included the nature highlights in the tour – however please discuss any of these options with your guide. (Some are only available on private and personalized tours)

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TOUR CODE: SCDP
Knysna Forest
Duration 6 Days (Departing Saturdays at 09h00)
What to bring Camera, sunscreen, binoculars
Departing from
Durban
Departure point All hotels in Durban and uMhlanga and the airport subject to timings
Exclusions Lunches (provision is made for lunch stops), personal purchases such as artefacts, personal insurances
Inclusions Accommodation in small, luxury hotels/ lodges, owner managed where possible, breakfasts and dinners, entrance fees, activities mentioned, conservation fees
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Return point All hotels in Cape Town and the local airport
Destinations
Durban
Coastal Route between Cape Town and Durban
Addo
Garden Route
Tour ends
What to wear Comfortable well worn-in clothes and walking shoes, a warm jacket / wind breaker and a pair or two of long pants are advisable in our winter months from May to August

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