4-Day Garden Route Tour – SCCE – Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) – Cape Town
This 4-day Garden Route fully guided tour departs daily from Gqeberha and offers a relaxed way to view the exceptionally scenic Garden Route area. Our hand-picked overnight accommodations add to the comfort and luxury.
DAY 1 Gqeberha – Garden Route – Knysna
Our day begins departing from Port Elizabeth / Gqeberha, towards the Garden Route, so-called because of its lush, green scenery, looking much like gardens, along the N2 national route to the Storms River. This is the beginning of the Garden Route. Your next stop is at Tsitsikamma National Park (Khoisan for the place of much water), stretching over one hundred kilometres of wild and rocky coastline characterized by massive cliffs, narrow isolated beaches, and shady indigenous forests along the river valleys. Here you can do a relaxing walk/hike to the suspension bridge stretching over the mouth of the Storms River.
We then continue to The Bloukrans Bridge, 216 meters (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!
On the road again, before entering Plettenberg Bay, we 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 a short stop at Monkeyland, the world’s first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary. On this visit 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 at the sanctuary.
Continuing 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 proclaimed to conserve the extraordinary natural beauty of the Lakeland and forests. Knysna also offers shopping opportunities of unusual locally made art and craft, etc. Overnight in Knysna at the Stannards Guest House or similar.
DAY 2 George – Oudtshoorn (Garden Route)
We spend the morning exploring Knysna visiting the “Heads” etc. Driving west, we experience some of the most magical views on the Garden Route and Wilderness National Park and scenic viewpoints along the way. We travel over the Outeniqua Mountains to the Little Karoo where you visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch and Valley of Ancients, an endangered species breeding facility extraordinaire. Then travel to our hotel—overnight La Plume Boutique Guest House or similar.
DAY 3 Oudtshoorn – Mossel Bay (Garden Route)
After breakfast you visit an Ostrich Show Farm for some unique experiences with these strange birds. You visit the Cango caves, regarded as one of South Africa’s foremost natural wonders. The fascinating calcite caves comprises an underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites. Visit Oudtshoorn, also called the “Feather capital” of the world, as over ninety percent of the world’s ostrich farms are found here. Continue to the Aquamarine Guest House or similar in Mossel Bay where you spend the night.
DAY 4 Swellendam – Hermanus – Cape Town
You 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. Continue to Hermanus, the best place in the World to spot Whales from land – (July to Dec). After lunch you depart for Cape Town via the beautiful coastal route between Hermanus and Gordon’s Bay, arriving late afternoon.
OTHER TOURS YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN
4-Day Garden Route Tour (Code: SCCD) – Cape Town to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth))
3-Day Garden Route Tour (Code: SCCB) – Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) to Cape Town)
4-Day Garden Route Tour (Code: SCCH – From and return to Cape Town)