Garden Route- 9 Days

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Garden Route- 9 Days

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Length of trip:

9 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 0 to $ 2000

Best travel dates to go:

Any time.


Detailed Description of this trip:

The Littorina Shell Journey – 9 days Code Shell Journeys. Contact us for rates. This trip can depart at any time and we can shorten it, add on to it, or use different lodging. This is just to give you some ideas.



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Port Elizabeth

    Hotel

    Your guide will meet you in Port Elizabeth, at the Protea Hotel Edward (3-star) and/or Protea Hotel Marine (4-star). Pre-tour accommodation can be arranged at either of these hotels, on request, on a B&B basis. Airport transfers from Port Elizabeth Airport also available through these hotels.

    Bus

    Transfer to a luxury, air-conditioned mini-bus or small coach and drive approximately 1 hour to a private luxury game lodge, situated in/near the Addo Elephant National Park or the renowned Shamwari Game Reserve.

    National Parks

    Addo is particularly famous for its elephants, and reputedly has the biggest elephant herds in South Africa. The Park is also stocked with buffalo, rhino and other African game species. Shamwari also stocks lion and is situated on reclaimed once-degraded farmland – a conservation success story! Check in and begin your ultimate big game experience.

    Camping

    Possible accommodation options: 5-star Gorah Elephant Camp or Shamwari Game Reserve.

  • Day 2 - South Africa

    Adventure

    Spend the day on the reserve, taking in the wonders of African wildlife, and enjoying various big game activities, including game drives and bush walks. Depending on accommodation, activities such as mountain biking and horseriding may also be available.

  • Day 3 - Port Elizabeth

    Bus

    Depart after a sumptuous breakfast, and drive back to Port Elizabeth.

    Food and Dining

    By-pass the city and continue on to the coastal hamlet of Jeffrey’s Bay, where you will enjoy a light lunch (lunch not included).

    Sightseeing

    After lunch, we drive westwards to the famous Storms River Bridge, gateway to the Garden Route. Enjoy a fabulous bridge walk; find out about the history of the bridge and see spectacular views of the Bloukrans River Gorge.

    Optional extra:
    Sightseeing

    Do a unique Canopy Tour of the Tsitsikamma Forests – see the forests from a new perspective by taking a journey through the forest canopy, sitting in a mountaineering harness as you move along mountaineering ropes between treetop wooden decks. Costs R400 (not included).

    Sightseeing

    Depart Storms River/Tsitsikamma, taking the attractive coastal road, affording beautiful views of this unspoilt coastline, before crossing the Keurbooms River. Arrive at Plettenberg Bay in the late afternoon.

    Hotel

    Overnight B&B accommodation in/near Plettenberg Bay. (Dinner not included.)

    Possible accommodation options:
    Hotel

    5-star luxury: The Plettenberg Hotel, Tsala Treetop Camp.
    3-star: Stromboli’s Inn, Keurbooms Protea Hotel.

  • Day 4 - Plettenberg Bay

    Sightseeing

    Depart Plettenberg Bay after a sumptuous breakfast Enjoy a scenic drive down the N2 to the popular coastal town of Knysna – known for indigenous forests, oysters and pansy shells. Then, choose from a variety of excursions, listed below. All are included in tour prices.

    Knysna regional excursions:
    River or Barge Cruise

    Cruise across Knysna Bay to beautiful Featherbed Nature Reserve above the Knysna Heads. Enjoy a guided drive/walk through pristine fynbos with unparalleled views of the Knysna Heads and a delicious lunch (lunch excluded) – about 4 hours
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  • Day 4 - Plettenberg Bay

    River or Barge Cruise

    Enjoy a cruise on board a luxury yacht across the bay and round the Knysna Heads with Knysna Spring Tide Charters; light refreshments (not drinks) included – about 2 hours

    Shopping

    Afterwards, shop in Knysna, with a break for coffee in one of the town’s quaint outdoor cafes or coffee shops.

    Sightseeing

    Alternatively, enjoy one of the inland excursions below.
    Note: These two excursions are weather permitting and may be subject to change or cancellation by the operators due to poor weather conditions.

    Sightseeing

    Excursions for landlubbers (or during inclement weather) En route to Knysna, visit Monkeyland, where visitors enjoy foot safaris into the local forests to see various monkeys and apes from around the world. Ranger guides provide an enriching and interesting experience for visitors.

    National Parks

    Then, we will visit the Knysna Elephant Park, to find out all about the fascinating, almost-human African elephants. Visitors enjoy a unique opportunity to touch, feed and interact with these gentle giants in a magical, unforgettable encounter.

    Adventure

    Also, we will see the endangered Knysna Seahorse at Thesen Islands and find out about conservation efforts to save these unique creatures, which are only found in this part of the world.

    Beach

    Ask your guide to take you on a beautiful beach walk from Brenton-on-Sea to Buffalo Bay and back again (14 km round trip on flat beach), to experience the best of one of South Africa’s most pristine coastlines. Swimming and beach facilities available at both ends. Kiosk and light meals available at Buffalo Bay. If you’re lucky, you may see whales or dolphins out to sea while on your walk.

    Sightseeing

    A word of warning – the walk will take the better part of the day, so you won’t be able to do any of the other excursions if you choose this one!
    All excursions and entrance fees included. Lunches, refreshments, alcoholic drinks and beverages excluded, except where stipulated.

    Sightseeing

    Leave Knysna in the afternoon and head along the exquisite coastline to the pristine hamlet of Wilderness – with plenty of those fabulous dune forests and pristine wetlands, estuaries and lagoons.

    Hotel

    Overnight B&B accommodation in Wilderness. Dinner at local restaurant (not included)

    Possible accommodation options:
    Hotel

    All tours: Wilderness Manor Guest House, Whale’s Way B&B 3-star: Fairy Knowe Hotel.

  • Day 5 - South Africa

    Sightseeing

    After breakfast, leave Wilderness for a day trip to Oudsthoorn Travel to George and then up the breathtaking Outeniqua Pass through the Outeniqua Mountains and into the Little Karoo.

    Sightseeing

    In Oudtshoorn, enjoy a tour of the spectacular Cango Caves, lunch & tour at the Safari Ostrich Show Farm and wander round the local museum (lunch included). The museum houses displays on the ‘ostrich barons’, and regional history, even including Oudtshoorn’s involvement in events such as the Anglo-Boer/South African War and World War I and II.

    Hotel

    Depart Oudtshoorn for Wilderness. Overnight B&B accommodation in Wilderness.

    Food and Dining

    Dinner at local restaurant (not included).

    Possible accommodation options
    Hotel

    As above

  • Day 6 - South Africa

    Sightseeing

    Depart Wilderness after breakfast Drive down the N2 to Geoge and then onto Swellendam, where we head north-west, into the Cape Winelands.

    Wine

    It’s a long way, so we’ll enjoy a late lunch in either Franschoek or Paarl before setting off for some wine tasting at a local winery (lunch and wine tasting not included) in the afternoon.

    Hotel

    Overnight B&B accommodation in Franshoek OR Paarl.

    Food and Dining

    Dinner at local restaurant (not included).

    Possible accommodation options:
    Hotel

    All tours: Eben Haezer Manor House, Pontac Manor Hotel (Paarl), Auberge la Dauphine (Franschoek).

  • Day 7 - Cape Town

    Sightseeing

    Depart Franschoek / Paarl after breakfast Drive to Cape Town Check into accommodation Choose from various local excursions or shop (not included). There’s plenty to do in Cape Town – your guide will assist you or you can make bookings through your accommodation.

    Some suggestions…
    Sightseeing

    Take a cable car trip up Table Mountain, to enjoy fabulous views of both the city and the ocean;
    Book a day in advance with the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens for a guided walk (half-day) to see superb examples of South African plants; Visit Robben Island, the famous prison – now a museum - where Nelson Mandela and other so-called ‘traitors’ of the former (apartheid) government were incarcerated – find out about the history of the African National Congress and the ‘struggle’;
    Enjoy a very worthwhile trip to the Two Oceans Aquarium & Oceanarium, for a fascinating look at South African marine life, including walk-through tanks and unusual displays; The South African Museum (if you’re so inclined) provides the visitor with an interesting overview of South Africa – the country’s past, peoples and natural history; The Castle of Good Hope is also worth seeing, the first fort ever built in South Africa, and housing a collection of South African art and memorabilia;
    Cape Point, situated within the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, is home to a wide variety of fynbos species, seabirds, shipwrecks, spectacular views and more. See Diaz Cross and climb to the cliff top below which two oceans (the Indian and the Atlantic) meet. Restaurant, shop, info centre and other facilities available.
    Simonstown is an attractive enclave (and the site of the South African Naval Base) en route to Cape Point. Enjoy light meals at a number of attractive restaurants or browse small, quaint shops for a variety of items.
    Half-day and full-day city tours are available through various operators: ask your accommodation to make the necessary arrangements for you. Beaches are all pristine and easily accessible. For sandy beaches, try Clifton, Camps Bay and Fish Hoek. For sheltered swimming on windy days, Boulders Beach is probably best. Try Llundudno for rocky shores and breathtaking sunsets (we recommend taking a bottle of local Merlot wine, suitably matured, and cheeses with you!).

    Food and Dining

    Dinner at local restaurant or hotel restaurant (not included).

    Possible accommodation options:
    Hotel

    5-star luxury: Mount Nelson Hotel (Gardens), Ellerman House (Bantry Bay).
    3-star: Ocean Manor House (Camps Bay), Mountain Manor House (Waterfront).

  • Day 8 - Cape Town

    Sightseeing

    Breakfast at accommodation.
    Various excursions (not included) End-of-tour seafood dinner, possibly at Hout Bay (not included)

    Possible accommodation options
    Hotel

    As above

  • Day 9 - Cape Town

    Food and Dining

    Breakfast at accommodation.

    All accommodation establishments will offer airport transfers – make arrangements when booking with us so that we can alert the establishment. Airport transfers in Cape Town not included in tour price.

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