Garden Route West

  • Duration: 4 days

Departure: PORT ELIZABETH
Sunday afternoons or as per arrangement.

01 November 2015 – 30 April 2016
Twin Sharing ZAR 10 995
single supplement applies
01 May 2016 – 31 August 2016
Twin Sharing ZAR 8995 per person sharing
single supplement applies.
01 September 2016 – 30 April 2017
Twin Sharing ZAR 12 095 per person sharing
Extensions to the above tour are available, as well as various other optional day excursions.

Includes

Transportation, Tour in air-conditioned mini or midi-buses
Discover the Garden Route with professional Tour Guides, Accommodation
Rooms with private facilities, on a twin share basis.All accommodation is of a 4 star economy standard.
Dining Inclusions (3 Breakfasts 2 Lunches 1 Dinner)

 

The Eastern entrance to the Garden Route starts in the Friendly City of Port Elizabeth, you’ll see and feel the changing landscape…and why we call it The Garden Route. The lush Tsitsikamma forest awaits within 2 hours drive.

Our leisurely journey takes us through the cool, calming Tsitsikamma National Park, the charming coastal towns of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna with it’s well established fine arts and crafts centre, glorious lagoon and sandstone ‘Heads’ standing sentry where the lagoon meets the sea, via ferry to the Featherbed Nature Reserve set at the entrance to the Knysna Lagoon. Then we’re off to Oudtshoorn(pronounced Oats Horn) , dubbed the feather capital of the world. If you haven’t heard or read about the Cango Caves, prepare for something extraordinary. Their magnificent drip stone formations of stalactites and stalagmites, are an awe-inspiring natural creation, and we’ll be standing right inside them.

Depending on the season, our return to Cape Town will either involve a gentle drive along the coast at Hermanus, so we can catch a glimpse of Southern Right whales frolicking off shore; or, we’ll take you via the scenic Route 62.  Feathers to fine art to forests, our Garden Route Splendour tour gives you a little of everything you’ll like best!

Day 1
Port Elizabeth / Knysna (D)

We set off West traveling to the indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest some 150km from Port Elizabeth and further towards the romantic seaside resort of Knysna, in the heart of the famous Garden Route, with scenic stops along the way. Dinner and overnight in Knysna.

Accommodation: Knysna Log Inn Hotel or similar

Day 2

Knysna (BB,L)

Spend 4 hours on a Knysna estuary cruise and visit to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Enjoy an amazing view of the imposing sandstone ‘Heads’ which guard the sea entrance to Knysna’s huge tidal lagoon, and the forests, marshes and pristine beaches beyond. After lunch the remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy this lovely and special town.

Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Hotel or similar

Day 3
Cango Caves & Oudtshoorn (BB,L)

This morning we enjoy the wonderful views of the lake district between Knysna and George before crossing the spectacular Outeniqua Mountain Pass en route to Oudtshoorn, the ‘feather capital of the world’, so named, because it’s the centre of South Africa’s ostrich industry. After lunch, we learn more about these hardy, enigmatic creatures during a tour of an ostrich farm. We then head underground for a fascinating tour of the Cango Caves, one of South Africa’s most incredible natural wonders. Overnight in Oudtshoorn.

Accommodation: Mooiplaas Guest House or similar

 

Day 4
Cape Town (BB)

A day of magnificent vistas. Enjoy the ever changing passing canvas as we travel to Cape Town. During the whale season we will travel via the seaside village of Hermanus in the hopes of catching a glimpse of southern right whales, which frolic offshore or opt for the scenic route 62 to Cape Town.

Optional

On arrival at Port Elizabeth Airport you will be met by a driver and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon depart on a City Tour of the ‘Friendly City’ of Port Elizabeth. You will be collected on Sunday for the start of your tour.
Accommodation: 5th Avenue Beach House or similar

Arrive Cape Town

Check into your accommodation in Cape Town, your base for 3 nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

Accommodation: Lagoon Beach Hotel or similar

Cape Peninsula

Depart on a full day tour to Cape Point , drive along the Atlantic seaboard, visit Hout Bay and then continue to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, before stopping off to see the lovable penguins at Boulders Beach. Drive through the historic naval village of Simon’s Town. Return to Cape Town and overnight.

Accommodation: Lagoon Beach Hotel or similar

Cape Winelands

Explore the beauty of the Cape Winelands, visiting both Paarl and Stellenbosch before stopping for wine tasting at two well known estates. Visit the Huguenot Memorial and the Afrikaans Language Monument.

Accommodation: Lagoon Beach Hotel

 

 

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