THE SOUTH AFRICAN COASTAL EXPLORER GUIDED TOUR - 6 DAYS (CAPE TOWN TO DURBAN)

DAY 1  Cape Town – Mossel Bay - Oudtshoorn

Ostrich grazingDepart from Cape Town and drive eastwards via Sir Lowry's Pass and the famous apple country of Grabouw to Swellendam and Mossel Bay. 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 Dias in 1488. Then we 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 - KnysnaCango Caves

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. After lunch we travel past Oudtshoorn and over the Outeniqua Mountains  to George and Wilderness for a visit to the Wilderness National Park lakes area. We 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

We explore the village, travel further to Plettenberg Bay for a short visit, and then traverse magnificent scenic river valley passes. We visit the Tsitsikamma National ParkGarden Route (Khoisan for “The place of much water”) stretching over more than 100 km of wild and rocky coastline, characterised by massive cliffs, narrow isolated beaches and shady indigenous forests along the river valleys. Our next stop is Storms River with the impressive Paul Sauer Bridge across the valley, towering 139 m above the river . The final part of our journey takes us past a few coastal holiday villages to Port Elizabeth, also called the “Friendly City”, for a short city tour.

DAY 4   Addo Elephant National Park – East London – Wild Coast

Addo Elephant ParkOur 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

Wild CoastBreakfast 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. Oribe GorgeWe 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.

 

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TOUR CODE: SCCP
Cango Caves, Cape Town, Durban
Duration 6 Days
What to bring Camera, Sunscreen, Hat, Sunglasses
Departing from
Cape Town
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
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Return point Durban - Most hotels and guesthouses in and around the city
Destinations
Cape Town
Karoo
Cango Caves
Garden Route
Coastal
Tour ends
Durban
Umhlanga
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.

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