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 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 Dias in 1488. Then you 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
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. After lunch you travel past Oudtshoorn and over the Outeniqua Mountains to George and Wilderness for a visit to the Wilderness National Park lakes area. 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
You explore Knysna and travel further via Plettenberg Bay to visit the 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. 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 the highest commercial natural bungee jump in the world.
You visit the 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. The final part of our journey takes us past a few coastal holiday villages to Port Elizabeth, also called the 'Friendly City' where the tour ends.
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)
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.
|What to bring||Camera, Sunscreen, Hat, Sunglasses|
Cpt Int Airport
|Departure point||Cape Town - Most hotels and guesthouses in and around the city|
|Exclusions||Lunches (provision is made for lunch stops), Personal purchases such as artefacts, Personal insurances|
|Inclusions||Accommodation in small, luxury hotels/lodges and owner managed where possible, 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||Durban - Most hotels and guesthouses in and around the city|
King Shaka International Airport
|What to wear||Comfortable well worn-in clothes, 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.|