4 Day Garden Route Guided Tour from Cape Town (Code: SCCD)

From

R10850

Duration

4 Days

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Experience

This 4-day garden route tour departs daily from Cape Town via Hermanus, arguably the best land-based whale watching spot in the world, and continue to the exceptional scenic Garden Route in a relaxed manner, visiting must-see areas and finally ending up in Port Elizabeth the afternoon of the 4th day! Our small group tours create an exclusive feel in luxurious comfort. 

DAY 01. Cape Town – Hermanus – Swellendam – Mossel Bay (Cape Garden Route)

Depart on Cape Town on the 4 day Garden Route tour at around 09h00. We continue eastwards towards the Garden Route. The road takes us via a beautiful coastal route between Gordon’s Bay and the beautiful seaside town of Hermanus. (Hermanus is also arguably the best place in the World to spot Whales from land – July to Dec). After lunch, you continue to Mossel Bay and visit famous Cape Town tourist attractions such as the oldest post office in Africa.   A huge hollow tree was used to hide the post at the site of the first landfall, made by the Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Dias in 1488. Overnight at Bar -T-Nique Guesthouse in Mosselbay.

DAY 02.  Mossel Bay – Oudtshoorn – Cango Caves – Ostrich Farm.

Travel over the scenic Outeniqua Mountains to the Little Karoo and we visit an Ostrich Show Farm for some unique experiences. Here we learn about these amazing flightless birds.  You visit the Cango caves regarded as one of South Africa’s foremost natural wonders. The calcite caves comprise an underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites. Afterwards; you visit Oudtshoorn, also called the “Feather capital” of the world, because we find over ninety per cent of the world’s ostrich farms here. Overnight at La Plume Lodge outside Oudtshoorn.

DAY 03.  Oudtshoorn – Cango Wildlife Ranch – Garden Route – Knysna

After breakfast, you visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch and Valley of Ancients, an endangered species breeding facility. Then depart for George and Wilderness National Park. You skirt around the lakes with stops at scenic viewpoints en-route to Knysna. The town is situated on the edge of the Knysna Lagoon with its entrance to the sea guarded by two hills known as the “Heads”. The area also falls within a National Park proclaimed to conserve the natural beauty of the Lakelands and adjacent indigenous forests. Knysna also offers shopping opportunities of locally made art and craft, etc. You could join an optional sundowner cruise on the Knysna lagoon to enjoy the beautiful surrounds of Knysna. You overnight at Augusta Bay Lodge in Knysna.

DAY 04.  Knysna – Plettenberg Bay – Tsitsikamma National Park

You explore Knysna and travel further via Plettenberg Bay to visit the 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, with the main focus being African birds. Then visit Monkeyland, the worlds first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary. You can expect to see a variety of primates, ranging from the Gibbons of Asia to the Lemurs of Madagascar. More than 700 primates live here in the sanctuary. 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 the highest commercial natural bungee jump in the world (optional).

You visit the Tsitsikamma National Park (Khoisan for ‘The place of much water’) stretching over 100 kilometres of wild and rocky coastline. It’s characterized by massive cliffs, narrow isolated beaches and shady indigenous forests along the river valleys. Here do a relatively easy walk via a scenic path to the suspension bridge stretching over the mouth of the Storms River. The final part of our journey takes us past a few coastal holiday villages to Port Elizabeth where the tour ends.

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From

R10850

Duration

4 Days

Included

Accommodation in small, luxury hotels / lodges, Breakfasts and dinners, entrance fees, activities mentioned, conservation fees

Excluded

Lunches (provision is made for lunches), purchases of a personal kind such as artefacts, Travel insurances

Depart from

All hotels in Cape Town and the airport subject to timings

Return to

All hotels in Port Elizabeth and the local airport

What to wear

What to bring

Camera, Binoculars, A hat, Sunscreen

Accommodation

Small, 4 star type luxury lodges

Transport

3 – 7-seater air-conditioned vehicle depending on the group size

Departures

Daily

Group Size

1 – 7 guests on a scheduled tour

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