Garden Route Tours from Port Elizabeth
Garden Route Tours – From Port Elizabeth
The Garden Route tours from Port Elizabeth is literally the same tours which depart from Cape Town, just in reverse. It runs parallel to Africa’s southernmost coastline; famous for its unique diversity of lakes, mountains, golden beaches, cliffs, and dense indigenous forests. Its extraordinary beauty complements the adjacent semi-arid valley, called the Little Karoo. The Garden Route also offers natural wonders such as the Cango Caves, Storms River Gorge, Knysna Lagoon and the astoundingly lush, indigenous forests. It is truly a wonderworld of natural gardens! Oudtshoorn has the ideal habitat for ostrich farming making it the ostrich Mecca of the world. This is one of our most popular tours due to its diversity of scenery.
Here is the itinerary of a typical tour departing from Port Elizabeth:
DAY 1. Port Elizabeth – Garden Route – Knysna
Travel westwards from Port Elizabeth to the first stop at Storms River with the impressive Paul Sauer Bridge across the valley towering some one hundred and thirty- nine metres above the river.
Now truly in the Garden Route, our next stop is further along at Tsitsikamma National Park (Khoisan for the place of much water). The park stretches over one hundred kilometres of wild and rocky coastline characterized by massive cliffs, narrow, isolated beaches, and shady indigenous forests along the river valleys. Take a relatively strenuous walk to the suspension bridge stretching over the mouth of the Storms River. Afterwards, 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 is the highest commercial natural bungee jump in the world!
You visit 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, focusing on African birds. Travelling past Plettenberg Bay to Knysna on the Knysna Lagoon’s edge with its entrance to the sea guarded by two promontories known as the ‘Heads’. The area also falls within a National Park of the Garden Route proclaimed to conserve Lakeland’s extraordinary natural beauty and adjacent indigenous forests. Knysna also offers shopping opportunities of unusual locally made art and craft, etc. We overnight at Augusta Bay Lodge in Knysna.
DAY 2. Garden Route – George – Oudtshoorn
Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast and afterwards travel through the lake areas and the Wilderness National Park. It is an exceptionally picturesque part of the Garden Route. It leads us to the scenic Outeniqua Pass and 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. You visit the Cango caves, regarded as one of South Africa’s foremost natural wonders. Further, in the fascinating calcite caves, you see an underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites.
An optional visit to the Cango Wildlife Ranch can be done if time permits. The Ranch encompasses over 90 different animal species. They provide guided tours which are fundamental in educating the public. It gives each species a voice and highlighting animal and environmental issues.
We Overnight at La Plume Lodge outside Oudtshoorn.
DAY 3. Oudtshoorn – ROUTE 62 – Cape Town
You visit an ostrich show farm for some unique experiences with these strange flightless birds after an early start.
After that, you continue via Route 62 through the Little Karoo with its many unique mountain ranges and vegetation to the Wine regions of Montague, Robertson and the Breede Valley Wine – the heartland of South Africa’s Brandy producers. You visit one of the many Wine Estates in these areas for a wine tasting. Your route to Cape Town takes you over the Du Toitskloof Pass and Paarl where we arrive late afternoon.