GARDEN ROUTE GUIDED TOUR – 4 DAYS (Starts in Cape Town, ends in Port Elizabeth)(CODE: SCCD)

DAY 01. Cape Town – Hermanus – Swellendam – Mossel Bay (Cape Garden Route)

Depart on the Cape Garden Route tour at around 09h00. We drive eastwards in the direction of the Garden Route 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 you drive on to 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. Over night  at Bar -T-Nique Guesthouse in Mosselbay.

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

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. 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. You visit Oudtshoorn, also called the “Feather capital” of the world. We find over ninety percent of the world’s ostrich farms here. Overnight at La Plume Lodge outside Oudtshoorn.

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

After breakfast you visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch and Valley of Ancients, an endangered species breeding facility extraordinaire. Then depart for George and Wilderness National Park. You 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. You join a sundowner cruise on the Knysna lagoon to enjoy the beautiful surrounds of Knysna. You overnight at Augusta Bay Lodge in Knysna.

DAY 04.  Knysna – Plettenberg Bay – Tsitsikamma National Park

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. Then visit Monkeyland, the worlds first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary. On this visit you can expect to see a variety of primates, ranging from the Gibbons of Asia to the Lemurs of Madagascar. More than 700 primates live at the sanctuary. From here travel to The Bloukrans Bridge, 216 metres (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. It’s characterized by massive cliffs, narrow isolated beaches and shady indigenous forests along the river valleys. Here 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.

 

NOTES:
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)

You may be interested in these tours too; Cape Garden Route Tour – 4 Days Plz – Cpt, Cape Garden Route Tour – 3 Days Cpt – Plz, Cape Garden Route tour – Cpt – Cpt, Garden Route tour and Karoo – 5 days Cpt – Cpt

 

 

GARDEN ROUTE GUIDED TOUR – 4 DAYS (Starts in Cape Town, ends in Port Elizabeth)(CODE: SCCD)