This tour through the Garden Route offers quick but in-depth views over this diverse and scenic area. The emphasis is on affordable luxury and comfort utilizing small 4-star type lodges. Guided transport is in luxury 7-seater or smaller air-conditioned vehicles.
DAY 1. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) – Garden Route – Knysna
You depart on this 3 day Garden Route Tour from Gqeberha, also called the ‘Friendly City’, towards the Garden Route and along the N2 national route. Arrive at Storms River with the impressive Paul Sauer Bridge across the valley towering some 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. You can do a relaxing walk/hike 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 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 of the Garden Route proclaimed to conserve the extraordinary natural beauty of the Lakeland and adjacent indigenous forests. Knysna also offers shopping opportunities for 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, a picturesque part of the Garden Route. It leads us to the scenic Outeniqua Pass and 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
After an early start, you visit an ostrich show farm for some unique experiences with these strange flightless birds.
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.
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