DAY 1 South Coast – Wild Coast
The drive from Durban along the South Coast takes you through lush subtropical vegetation and numerous holiday villages dotted along the seaboard. We visit the scenic Oribi Gorge and some beautiful little beaches. We turn inland and enter the Eastern Cape Province, the former homeland of Transkei, and traverse over hilly grasslands dotted with Xhosa homesteads, through valleys and clear streams. We travel via tiny hamlets on the rugged Wild Coast and check into our hotel on the adge of the sea.
DAY 2 Wild Coast
We travel to Umtata, the capital of the former homeland. After a visit to the Nelson Mandela museum we travel further south to and towards the beach again. We travel to our lodge nestled in the middle of the beautiful Chintsa Bay on the Wild Coast, surrounded by rolling hills, lush tropical beach forests and overlooks the warm Indian Ocean.
DAY 3 Addo Elephant National Park – Port Elizabeth
After breakfast overlooking the simmering Indian Ocean we depart and this morning's journey takes us to East London, the only river port in South Africa, and the place where a prehistoric coelacanth was caught in 1938. Then travel along the coast and we enjoy the lush vegetation and rugged coastline. We visit Port Alfred, an outstanding holiday village situated on the Kowie river mouth and travel to Grahamstown. The small cathedral city is considered the art capital of South Africa and is steeped in history. At the Addo National Elephant Park game reserve we have an excellent chance of an encounter with these giants of the bush amongst other animals. This afternoon we reach Port Elizabeth, the fifth biggest city in the country, set on the shores of the Algoa Bay and also called the “Friendly City”.
Day 4 Garden Route – Knysna
We depart from Port Elizabeth, along the N2 national route to the Storms River with the impressive Paul Sauer Bridge across the valley towering some one hundred and thirty-nine metres above the river. Our next stop is at Tsitsikamma National Park (Khoisan for “The place of much water”) stretching more than one hundred kilometers 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 offers shopping opportunities of unusual, locally made, art and craft, etc.
Day 5 Garden Route – Oudtshoorn
We explore the lake areas, the Wilderness National Park and travel via the scenic Montagu 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 comprise an underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites.
Day 6 Mossel Bay – Cape Town
After an early start we visit to an ostrich show farm for some unique experiences, including ostrich racing. A ride on the back of an ostrich is not for the fainthearted. Our route to Mossel Bay takes us over the Outeniqua Mountains via 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 Bartholomew Diaz in 1488. After an early lunch we travel via Swellendam to Cape Town where we arrive late afternoon.
|Duration||6 Days (Departing Saturdays at 09h00)|
|What to bring||Camera, sunscreen, binoculars|
|Departure point||All hotels in Durban and uMhlanga and the airport subject to timings|
|Exclusions||Lunches (provision is made for lunch stops), personal purchases such as artefacts, personal insurances|
|Inclusions||Accommodation in small, luxury hotels/ lodges, 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||All hotels in Cape Town and the local airport|
|What to wear||Comfortable well worn-in clothes and 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|