Garden Route

Unique Experiences on Garden Route Tours South Africa

The garden route tours South Africa offer you an opportunity for unique experiences as it takes you through a series of awe inspiring views and historical landmarks.

3 DAY GARDEN ROUTE TOUR FROM CAPE TOWN

DAY 1 Mossel Bay – Oudtshoorn

Depart from Cape Town and we drive eastwards via Sir Lowry’s Pass and the famous apple country of Grabouw to Swellendam and 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. Then we travel further over the Outeniqua Mountains to the Little Karoo to visit an ostrich show farm for some unique experiences, including possible ostrich racing. Overnight in Oudtshoorn, also called the “Feather Capital” of the world, as over ninety percent of the world’s ostrich farms are found here.

DAY 2  Cango Caves – George – Wilderness – Knysna

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. We travel past Oudtshoorn and over the Outeniqua Mountains again to George and Wilderness for a visit to the Wilderness National Park lakes area. We skirt around the lakes 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 lakelands and adjacent indigenous forests. Knysna also offers shopping opportunities of unusual locally made art and craft, etc.

DAY 3  Plettenberg Bay – Tsitsikamma National Park

We explore Knysna and travel further via Plettenberg Bay for a short visit. Then we traverse through magnificent 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 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’ for a short city tour before the tour ends.

Garden Route Tours South Africa from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth

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

Cape Town – Hermanus – Swellendam – Mossel Bay

Depart 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.

Mossel Bay – Oudtshoorn – Cango Caves – Ostrich Farm.

We 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

After 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.

Knysna – Plettenberg Bay – Tsitsikamma National Park

We 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 16h00)

GARDEN ROUTE GUIDED TOUR – 4 DAYS (CAPE TOWN TO CAPE TOWN)

Day 1  Cape Town – Mossel Bay – George – Knysna

Depart from Cape Town and drive eastwards via Sir Lowry’s Pass and the famous apple country of Grabouw to Swellendam and 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 Bartholomeu Dias in 1488. From here we truly enter the Garden Route and travel past George via the Wilderness Lakelands to Knysna. Overnight at Fish Eagle Lodge.

Day 2  Knysna – Plettenberg Bay – Tsitsikamma National Park – Knysna

We explore Knysna and travel further to Plettenberg Bay for a short visit. Then we traverse through magnificent scenic river valley passes. We visit the Tsitsikamma National Park (Khoisan for ‘The place of much water’) stretching over one hundred kilometres 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 139 m above the river. Return to Knysna via the “Big Tree” and spend the last part of the afternoon exploring the Heads at Knysna.  Overnight at Fish Eagle Lodge.

Day 3  Knysna – George – Oudtshoorn

After breakfast we board a boat for a short trip on the Knysna Lagoon. Depart from Knysna and travel to George. From here we drive via the scenic Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, also known as the ‘Feather Capital’ of the world, as by far the largest concentration of ostrich farms in the world are found here. We visit the Cango Caves, regarded as one of South Africa’s foremost natural wonders. The fascinating calcite caves comprises an underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites.  Overnight at La Plume Guest Lodge.

Day 4  Oudtshoorn – Montagu – Worcester – Cape Town

After an early start, we visit an ostrich show farm for some unique experiences, including ostrich racing. Travel via the famous Route 62 past Montagu and Worcester through the Huguenot Tunnel. On the other side of the mountains, on a clear day, you can see Table Mountain in the distance. Arrive in Cape Town where the tour ends.

CAPE NATURE HIGHLIGHTS GUIDED TOUR – 5 DAYS (CAPE TOWN TO CAPE TOWN)

 DAY 1   Mossel Bay – Garden Route – Knysna

Depart from Cape Town and drive eastwards via Sir Lowry’s Pass and the famous apple country of Grabouw to Swellendam and 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 Bartholomeu Dias in 1488. From here we truly enter the Garden Route and travel past George via the Wilderness Lakelands to Knysna.

DAY 2   Plettenberg Bay – Tsitsikamma National Park – Knysna

We explore Knysna and travel further to Plettenberg Bay for a short visit. Then we traverse through magnificent scenic river valley passes. We visit the Tsitsikamma National Park (Khoisan for ‘The place of much water’) stretching over 100 km kilometres 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 139 m above the river. Return to Knysna via the “Big Tree” and spend the last part of the afternoon exploring the Heads at Knysna.  Join a sundowner cruise on the lagoon and taste some delicacies.

DAY 3   Garden Route – George – Oudtshoorn

We depart after breakfast and travel via the scenic Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, also known as the ‘Feather Capital’ of the world, as by far the largest concentration of ostrich farms in the world are found here. We visit an ostrich show farm for some unique experiences, including ostrich racing and the Cango Wildlife Ranch.

DAY 4   Cango Caves – Swartberg Mountains – Beaufort West – Karoo National Park

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. Depending on weather conditions, we either take on the Swartberg Mountain Pass, where you will experience some of South Africa’s most exciting drives and scenery or through the Meiringspoort Gorge where the rock formations will leave you in awe! Then we travel to Beaufort West through the semi desert of the Great Karoo. The lunar-like landscape with its blue skies and vast clear distances is truly impressive. See springbok and sheep across the open planes.

A short visit of Beaufort West takes us to the birthplace of Chris Barnard who performed the world’s first successful heart transplant, and some of the old colonial buildings in the town.

The Karoo National Park is renowned for its impressive landscapes and large variety of plants, mostly succulents, and animals that have adapted to this harsh climate. We travel through the park and have an opportunity to spot animals such as lion, black rhino, springbok, eland, mountain reedbuck, kudu, gemsbok, and a variety of bird species, including one of the largest concentrations of the rare Black Eagle. It is also home to some 59 species of reptiles, including five species of tortoises. Overnight in the Karoo National Park chalets at the foothills of the Nieuwveld Mountains.

DAY 5  Matjiesfontein – Hex River Valley – Cape Town

After an early morning game walk in the park, enjoy the wide open spaces of this semi-desert area where one can sometimes see a mountain up to 80 kilometres away as we travel through the village of Laingsburg that was almost completely washed away by a freak flash flood in the mid nineteen seventies.  Matjiesfontein appears over the horizon as another green oasis in the barren valley with eerie rocky mountains in the background. The well-preserved and isolated Victorian village was established as a health resort in the 19th century. We stop for lunch in the Lord Millner Hotel. Further on we travel over the summit of the Hex River Pass with great views of the Hex River Valley. As we descend into the valley, the vegetation changes abruptly from the semi-desert Karoo to a colourful patchwork of vineyards. Then westwards via Worcester, nestled in the wine-growing region of the Breede River Valley. The Huguenot Tunnel through the Drakenstein Mountains takes us via Paarl back to Cape Town, where we arrive late afternoon.

 CAPE NATURE SPLENDOUR GUIDED TOUR – 6 DAYS (CAPE TOWN TO CAPE TOWN)

Day 1 Swellendam – Mossel Bay – Oudtshoorn

Depart from Cape Town and drive eastwards via Sir Lowry’s Pass and the famous apple country of Grabouw to Swellendam, where we visit theBontebok National Park.

In Mossel Bay 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 Bartholomeu Dias in 1488. Then we travel over Robinson’s Pass to the Little Karoo for a visit to an ostrich show farm with some unique experiences, including ostrich racing . A ride on the back of an ostrich is not for the fainthearted. Overnight in Oudtshoorn, also called the  “Feather Capital”, as over ninety percent of the world’s ostrich farms are found here.  Overnight at La Plume Guest Lodge or similar. Dinner included.

Day 2 Cango Caves – Garden Route – George – Knysna

We visit the Cango Caves, regarded as one of South Africa’s foremost natural wonders. The fascinating calcite caves comprises an underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites. A visit to the Cango Wild Live Ranch with its cheetahs and crocodiles is optional.

 We travel over the Outeniqua Mountains to George and Wilderness for a visit to the Wilderness National Park lakes area. Then we skirt around the lakes 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 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. Overnight at Fish Eagle Lodge or similar. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 3  Plettenberg Bay – Tsitsikamma National Park – Port Elizabeth

We explore Knysna and travel further via Plettenberg Bay through magnificent scenic river valley passes.  Visit the Tsitsikamma National Park (Khoisan  for “The place of much water”), stretching over a 100 km 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 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”, for a short city tour.  Overnight in Port Elizabeth at Fifth Avenue Beach House. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 4 Addo National park – Cradock – Mountain Zebra National Park

We visit the Addo Elephant National Park, a finely tuned ecosystem that provides sanctuary to more than 400 elephant, lion, black rhino, buffalo, hyena, several species of antelope, and a wide variety of birds. The unique flightless dung beetle is almost exclusive to this area.  After this unforgettable experience, we drive via Cradock to the Mountain Zebra National Park. The park proclaimed to save the rare Cape Mountain Zebra from certain extinction, also boasts lion, black rhino, buffalo, springbok, blesbuck, black wildebeest, grey rhebok and mountain reedbuck. After game viewing drives in our vehicle, we arrive at the camp to overnight in the park’s chalet type accommodation. Overnight Mountain Zebra Park. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 5  Graaff Reinet – Beaufort West – Karoo National Park

After breakfast and another drive through the park, we travel via Graaff Reinet through one of the remotest and arguably loneliest roads in the country, where it is impossible to determine the horizons for the mirage images. Graaff Reinet, the oldest town in the Eastern Cape, is world renowned for its well-preserved old buildings. In all, there are 220 proclaimed National Monuments in the town.

The vast open planes are stark contradictions of the densely populated areas of the world. We visit the Valley of Desolation, a geological phenomenon; a ravine with giant dolomite pillars eroded into extraordinary shapes, hiding fossils of animals that inhabited the swamps 200 million years ago.

A short visit of Beaufort West takes us to the birthplace of Chris Barnard who performed the world’s first successful heart transplant, and some of the old colonial buildings in the town.

The Karoo National Park is renowned for its impressive landscapes and large variety of plants, mostly succulents, and animals that have adapted to this harsh climate. We travel through the park and have an opportunity to spot animals such as the black rhino, springbok, eland, mountain reedbuck, kudu, gemsbuck, and a variety of bird species, including one of the largest concentrations of the rare Black Eagle. It is also home to some fifty-nine species of reptiles, including five species of tortoises.

Overnight in the park in the chalet type accommodation at the foothills of the Nieuwveld Mountains.

Day 6 Matjiesfontein – Hex River Valley – Cape Town

After an early morning game walk in the park, awe at the wide open spaces of this semi-desert area as we travel through the village of Laingsburg that was almost completely washed away by a freak flash flood in the mid nineteen seventies.  At Matjiesfontein, a well-preserved and isolated Victorian village established as a health resort in the 19th century, we stop for lunch in the Lord Millner Hotel. We travel over the summit of the Hex River Pass with great views of the Hex River Valley. As we descend into the valley, the vegetation changes abruptly from the semi-desert Karoo to a colourful patchwork of vineyards. Then westwards via Worcester, nestled in the wine-growing region of the Breede River Valley. The Huguenot Tunnel through the Drakenstein Mountains takes us via Paarl back to Cape Town, where we arrive late afternoon.

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

DAY 1 Cape Town – Mossel Bay – Oudtshoorn

Depart from Cape Town and drive eastwards via Sir Lowry’s Pass and the famous apple country of Grabouw to Swellendam and 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. Then we travel further over the Outeniqua Mountains to the Little Karoo to visit an ostrich show farm for some unique experiences, including ostrich racing.  Overnight in Oudtshoorn, also called the “Feather Capital”, as more than 90 percent of the world’s ostrich farms are found here.

DAY 2 Cango Caves – Garden Route – Knysna

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. After lunch we travel past Oudtshoorn and over the Outeniqua Mountains  to George and Wilderness for a visit to the Wilderness National Park lakes area. We skirt around the lakes 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 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 arts and crafts, etc.

DAY 3  Garden Route – Tsitsikamma National Park – Port Elizabeth

We explore the village, travel further to Plettenberg Bay for a short visit, and then traverse magnificent scenic river valley passes. We visit the Tsitsikamma National Park (Khoisan for “The place of much water”) stretching over more than 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 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”, for a short city tour.

DAY 4   Addo Elephant National Park – East London – Wild Coast

Our first stop is at the Addo Elephant Park where we have an excellent chance to encounter these giants of the bush. The park also provides sanctuary to lion, black rhino, buffalo, a variety of antelope, and many birds. Next stop Grahamstown, the small cathedral city, considered the art capital of South Africa, and is steeped in history. We travel to East London, the only river port in South Africa, and the place where a prehistoric coelacanth was caught in 1938.  We travel to Chintsa Bay north of East London for overnight in our lodge nestled in the middle of the beautiful Chintsa Bay on the Wild Coast, surrounded by rolling hills, lush tropical beach forests and overlook the warm Indian Ocean.

DAY 5   Wild Coast

Breakfast is served overlooking the shimmering Indian Ocean. We depart from this paradise and our journey takes us inland into the former homeland of Transkei. We traverse over hilly grasslands dotted with Xhosa homesteads, and through valleys and clear streams to Umtata, capital of the former homeland, where we visit the Mandela Museum.  From here we travel via Port St Johns, and Lusikisiki, past the tea plantations to our overnight stop, along the rugged Wild Coast.

DAY 6   Oribi Gorge – Durban

After a sumptuous breakfast we travel further north and enter the province of KwaZulu Natal in the south. We hug the coastline and drive through lush sub-tropical vegetation and numerous holiday villages dotted along the seaboard. We visit the Oribi Gorge to experience some spectacular scenic panoramic views.  Why not be a daredevil and take a leap into the gorge with the Wild Gorge swing, an awesome experience that leaves you breathless yet exhilarated.  Situated at the top of Lehr’s Falls, it is the highest swing in the world. Hurl yourself (or simply step) off the edge of the waterfall to swing into the gaping depths of the gorge – 165m (55 Storeys) Unbelievable!  Arrive in Durban, the subtropical Holiday Mecca of South Africa, in the late afternoon.

A TOUCH OF WILDLIFE AND SCENERY GUIDED TOUR – 8 DAYS (JOHANNESBURG TO CAPE TOWN)

DAY 1 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 wildlife starts here. Tonight we enter our camp for dinner and overnight.

DAY 2 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).

DAY 3 Kruger National Park – Panoramic Route – Hazyview

After a final game drive and breakfast, we exit the park and drive via Klaserie and the Abel Erasmus Pass to the Escarpment where we enter the Panoramic Route. Visit the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window and Pinnacle Rock. Travel via Graskop to our hotel.

DAY 4 Pilgrim’s Rest – JNB – Port Elizabeth

After breakfast and a visit to the Lone Creek Falls, we travel to the national heritage town of Pilgrim’s Rest. Take a walk through the main street and get transferred to the late 19th century when this little village was bustling with activity as a result of the alluvial gold found here. From here we return via Robber’s Pass and reach Johannesburg International Airport late afternoon for your flight to Port Elizabeth where you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

DAY 5 Port Elizabeth – Garden Route

This morning we start our journey into the Garden Route. Our first stop is Storms River with the impressive Paul Sauer Bridge across the valley towering some 139 meters above the river. 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. Then we traverse through magnificently scenic river valley passes to Plettenberg Bay for a short visit and continue to Knysna. Here we enjoy a sundowner cruise and check into our hotel before we go for dinner.

DAY 6 Knysna – George – Oudtshoorn

Spend the morning exploring Knysna including a visiting to the “Heads”. Knysna offers shopping opportunities of unusual locally made art and crafts, etc. This afternoon we experience some of the most magical views on the Garden Route and Wilderness National Park offering scenic viewpoints along the way. Travel over the Outeniqua Mountains to the Little Karoo where we visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch and Valley of Ancients, an endangered species breeding facility extraordinaire. Then we travel to town of Oudtshoorn.

 DAY 7 Oudtshoorn – Mossel Bay

After breakfast we visit an Ostrich Show Farm for some unique experiences including ostrich racing. A ride on a back of an ostrich is not for the faint-hearted. Afterwards 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, then continue to Mossel Bay.

DAY 8 Mossel Bay – Hermanus – Cape Town

After breakfast 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. We continue to Hermanus, the best place in the World to spot Whales from land – (July to Dec). After lunch we depart for Cape Town via the beautiful coastal route between Hermanus and Gordon’s Bay, arriving in the late afternoon.

GARDEN ROUTE – 3 DAYS (PORT ELIZABETH TO CAPE TOWN)

 DAY 1 Port Elizabeth – Garden Route – Knysna

We 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 139 m above the river. Our next stop is at 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. Now, truly in the famous Garden Route of the Cape, we traverse more magnificently scenic river valley passes 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. 

DAY 2 Garden Route – George – Oudtshoorn

We explore the lake areas, the Wilderness National Park and travel via the scenic Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, also known as the ‘Feather Capital’ of the world, as by far the largest concentration of ostrich farms in the world are found here. 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. 

DAY 3 Oudtshoorn – Mossel Bay – Cape Town

After an early start we visit an ostrich show farm for some unique experiences, including ostrich racing. Our route to Mossel Bay takes us over the Outeniqua Mountains via the Robinson’s Pass. 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 Bartholomeu Dias in 1488. After an early lunch we travel to Swellendam, Grabouw and over the Sir Lowry’s Pass to Cape Town where we arrive late afternoon.

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

DAY 1    Garden Route – Tsitsikamma National Park – Knysna

Our first stop is Storms River with the impressive Paul Sauer Bridge across the valley towering some one hundred and thirty nine metres above the river. We visit the Tsitsikamma National Park (Khoisan for ‘The place of much water’ stretching over one hundred kilometres of wild and rocky coastline characterised by massive cliffs, narrow isolated beaches and shady indigenous forests along the river valleys. Then we traverse through magnificently scenic river valley passes to Plettenberg Bay for a short visit. Continue to Knysna. We join a sundowner cruise on the lagoon.

DAY 2   George – Oudtshoorn

Spend the morning in Knysna visiting the “Heads” etc. Knysna also offers shopping opportunities of unusual locally made art and craft, etc.  This afternoon we experience some of the most magical views on the Garden Route and Wilderness National Park and scenic viewpoints along the way. We travel over the Outeniqua Mountains to the Little Karoo where we visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch and Valley of Ancients, an endangered species breeding facility extraordinaire. Then travel to our hotel.

DAY 3 Oudtshoorn – Mossel Bay

After breakfast we 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 comprises 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. Continue to Mossel Bay.

DAY 4 Swellendam – Hermanus – Cape Town

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.  Continue to Hermanus, the best place in the World to spot Whales from land – (July to Dec). After lunch depart for Cape Town via the beautiful coastal route between Hermanus and Gordon’s Bay, arriving late afternoon.

A TASTE OF SOUTH AFRICA – 10 DAYS

DAY 1 Johannesburg – Dullstroom – Panoramic Route – Sabie

You are collected from the O R Tambo International Aiport outside Johannesburg at around 09h15 to start your tour. We travel from Johannesburg via Middelburg, Dullstroom and Lydenburg to Pilgrim´s Rest, the early gold mining town turned into a living museum. Rich deposits of alluvial gold were found here at the end of the 19th century, hence the existence of the town deep in the mountains. We continue to Sabie.

DAY 2   Panoramic Route – Private Game Reserve

We visit Lone Creek Falls and travel via Graskop to marvel at scenic areas such as God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, and some of the spectacular waterfalls in the area. Finally we descend to the Lowveld via Abel Erasmus pass and the Strijdom Tunnel to arrive at Mohlabetsi in the Balule private game reserve. This afternoon our encounter with Africa’s wildlife begins as we travel on an open vehicle to search for the game. Enjoy a great dinner under the stars tonight (weather permitting).

DAY 3  Private Game Reserve – Kruger National Park

After an early morning safari, conditions permitting a search for the wild on foot, and breakfast we enter the Kruger National Park and spend the rest of day in this magnificent reserve around 2 million ha in extent.

DAY 4   Kruger National Park  – Swaziland

We rise early for a game drive and return for breakfast in the camp. We spend the rest of the morning in the reserve and depart in the afternoon for the mountain Kingdom of Swaziland. We visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory, and travel via Mbabane, the capital city of Swaziland to our hotel in the mountains at Mhlambanyatsi.

DAY 5 Swaziland – Zululand – Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

This morning we have an early breakfast and then visit Swazi Candles in the Malkerns Valley where we watch the locals hand-moulding wax into a variety of interesting shapes.  On this site there is also a market where the locals sell their craft, as well as other shops where you can buy items like batik, hand-woven cloth, colourful handbags, etc. We then continue along the Ezulwini Valley towards Manzini, the country’s industrial centre, and Big Bend with its large sugar plantations to the South African border. We are now getting closer to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game reserve, where we spend most of the afternoon looking for animals in this Big Five Reserve that became world-renowned for saving the rhino from extinction. Late afternoon we check in at Zulu Nyala Game Lodge.

DAY 6  Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park – Lake St Lucia  – Durban

After an early breakfast we do our final game drive before travelling to the village of St Lucia. Here we join a boat cruise of the famous Lake St Lucia, a paradise with bird species such as fish eagle, Goliath heron and many more. Your guide will show you the world of the hippo and the crocodile and the other mystic inhabitants of the “deep”. After this unforgettable experience we travel to Durban, South Africa’s holiday Mecca.

DAY 7    Durban

Durban is an intriguing cultural blend of East, West and Africa, which with its endless summer climate, effervescent and lukewarm ocean lined with golden beaches, offers a subtropical carnival atmosphere all year round. Our tour of this bustling metropolis, often called the cultural ‘melting pot’ of South Africa, includes a drive through the sports corridor with its impressive sporting facilities to the Blue Lagoon area on the Umgeni River where you get a panoramic view of the whole bay of Durban. Then past the so-called Apartheid Beaches, the Marine Parade (Golden Mile) where you will see the rickshaws, en route to the impressive developments at the new Point Waterfront area. We drive past the busiest harbour in Africa and various historical monuments, and then through the city centre where the second railway station, the City Hall and the Post Office buildings each have a story to tell. We stop at the Indian Market where you get a glimpse into the Indian culture and bargain for souvenirs and spices. Our last visit is to the Botanical Gardens. You have the option of being dropped off at the end of the tour at the Ushaka Marine world with its world-class aquarium, and many shops and restaurants.  Return to your hotel with our bus or spend the rest of the afternoon here and take a taxi back to the hotel.

DAY 8 Durban – Port Elizabeth – Garden Route – Plettenberg Bay/Knysna

An early transfer to the local airport for a flight to Port Elizabeth where our tour begins.
We 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 139 m above the river. Our next stop is at 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. Now, truly in the famous Garden Route of the Cape, we traverse more magnificently scenic river valley passes 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.

DAY 9  Garden Route – George – Oudtshoorn

We explore the lake areas, the Wilderness National Park and travel via the scenic Outeniqua 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. We visit the Cango Caves, regarded as one of South Africa’s foremost natural wonders. The fascinating calcite caves comprises an underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites.

DAY 10 Oudtshoorn – Mossel Bay – Cape Town

After an early start we visit an ostrich show farm for some unique experiences, including ostrich racing. Our route to Mossel Bay takes us over the Outeniqua Mountains via the Robinson’s Pass. 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 Bartholomeu Dias in 1488. After an early lunch we travel to Swellendam, Grabouw and over the Sir Lowry’s Pass to Cape Town where we arrive late afternoon.

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