Garden Route Explorer

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Garden Route Explorer

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Length of trip:

5 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 0 to $ 2000

Best travel dates to go:

January, February, March, April, May, October, November, December


Detailed Description of this trip:

This unhurried tour gives you plenty of time to enjoy the scenic delights of the Garden Route. You begin with the scenic Route 62 to the dramatic little Karoo with its ostrich farms, mountain passes and limestone caves. Then you travel over the Outeniqua pass to the verdant Garden Route with little back roads to explore through the indigenous rainforest. You will enjoy the forests, coastline, and lakes, all of which make this area so magnificent, before returning along the Southern Coast and through the Winelands to Cape Town.



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Oudtshoorn

    Swellendam and Little Karoo.
    Museums

    Travel through the Overberg to the historic town of Swellendam and the interesting Drostdy Museum.

    Private Car Service

    Continue over the lovely Tradouw Pass into the semi-desert Little Karoo.

    Wine

    Enjoy some port wine tasting at Calitzdorp with an introduction to the distinctive port wines of the Little Karoo.

    Sightseeing

    In the afternoon, you will tour an Ostrich Farm. In the Victorian era, when ostrich feathers were the height of fashion in Europe, the ostrich boom centred on Oudtshoorn creating “feather barons" who built grandiose mansions.

    Hotel

    Overnight at La Plume Guest Farm.

  • Day 2 - Plettenberg Bay

    Cango Caves and Wilderness.
    Sightseeing

    Your first visit is into the bowels of the earth! Explore the spectacular limestone formations in the Cango Caves.

    Sightseeing

    Then travel over the Outeniqua Pass to the lake district of Wilderness. Stroll along Wilderness beach or around the lakeshore on the boardwalk.

    Private Car Service

    Continue via the Seven Passes road through the indigenous forest to Plettenberg Bay.

    Hotel

    Two nights at Mallard River Lodge.

  • Day 3 - Plettenberg Bay

    Tsitsikamma Forest and Plettenberg.
    Sightseeing

    In the morning you visit the Tsitsikamma region. This superb area of primeval forest and wild coastline is incredibly beautiful. It comprises a wild, unspoilt and rugged belt of land, much of it blanketed in dense indigenous forest, and fragmented by winding river valleys.

    Sightseeing

    Continue to Plettenberg Bay, a resort town with a stunning location overlooking the beautiful Walker Bay.

    Adventure

    You may like to enjoy a short walk either on Robberg Nature Reserve or in the indigenous forest at the Garden of Eden.

    Sightseeing

    In the mid afternoon you return to Knysna. The sea approach to Knysna through the Heads was so hazardous in the 19th century that Knysna never developed as a major port for the region and it was only in the 20th century that it has grown as a resort town. Here you have some time at leisure to browse for arts and crafts amongst the many shops, or to visit some of the fascinating little museums.

  • Day 4 - Port Elizabeth

    Mossel Bay and Bontebok Park.
    Private Car Service

    After breakfast you travel along the Southern Coast, via Mossel Bay and Swellendam to Arniston on the coast for an overnight stay.

    Sightseeing

    En route, you visit Mossel Bay (voted South Africa's nicest village for 2003) to see the historically interesting Post Office Tree and the Bartholomew Dias Museum complex.

    Safari

    You continue via a short game-viewing visit to the lovely Bontebok National Park to Arniston, a small fishing village set right on a truly azure sea, amid wild wind-swept dunes.

    Hotel

    Arniston Hotel is a charming beachfront hotel. Note: You can be transferred to Port Elizabeth on Day 4 for a 4 day/3 night tour from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth.

  • Day 5 - Cape Town

    Arniston, Hermanus and Vergelege.
    Sightseeing

    Today you visit the most southern tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas. You return to Cape Town via the picturesque town of Hermanus.

    Sightseeing

    Hermanus is a former fishing village, which boasts some of the finest land-based whale watching in the world from August to November.

    Wine

    Lastly, you will visit the Vergelegen wine estate with its beautiful homestead, the lovely garden, as well as wine-tasting and cellar tours of the state of the art winery.

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