DAY 1 Port Elizabeth – Garden Route – Knysna
You depart from Port Elizabeth, also called the ‘Friendly City’ towards the Garden Route and along the N2 national route. We arrive at Storms River and view the impressive Paul Sauer Bridge across the valley towering one hundred and thirty-nine metres above the river.
Our next stop in the breathtaking Garden Route is the 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. You can do a relaxing walk/hike to the suspension bridge stretching over the mouth of the Storms River. 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!
We 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 area proclaims 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. We overnight at Augusta Bay Lodge in Knysna.
DAY 2 Garden Route – George – Oudtshoorn
You travel along with the lake areas and the Wilderness National Park, a picturesque part of the Garden Route. This leads us to the scenic Outeniqua Pass and to Oudsthoorn. Oudsthoorn is known as the ‘Feather Capital’ of the world, 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.
An optional visit to the Cango Wildlife Ranch can be done. 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
After an early start, we visit an ostrich show farm for some unique experiences with these strange birds.
You travel 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.