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GARDEN ROUTE LITTLE KAROO
3 DAY TOUR
We depart Port Elizabeth, the third largest harbor city in South Africa, towards the Tsitsikamma National Park. Here we undertake a short hike to the hanging foot bridge across Storms River Mouth. We continue on the Panorama Route through the former Yellow-wood forest to Plettenberg Bay and enjoy a short sightseeing trip in this popular holiday resort. We finally drive to Knysna where we overnight. We explore the town and visit the Knysna Heads at the Lagoon. In the early evening we join a cruise across the Knysna Lagoon.
Overnight and breakfast at the Knysna Hollow Country Estate.
After breakfast we continue along the Garden Route to the small seaside town, Wilderness. Here we have the opportunity to walk along the beach and swim in the Indian Ocean. Further along we by-pass George, the capital of the Garden Route, to Mossel Bay and visit the Bartholomae Diaz Museum and the Old Post Office Tree. We continue via the Robinson Pass to Oudtshoorn, the capital of the Feather barons. We visit an Ostrich farm for a demonstration of the largest bird in the world. Afterwards we continue to the famous Cango Caves, known for its magnificent dripstone formations. After our arrival to an Oudtshoorn Guest House.
Overnight and breakfast at Montana Guest Farm.
After breakfast we visit the Cheetah and Crocodile Ranch for a guided tour. We depart Oudtshoorn via the Route 62 over several passes, with magnificent views of rock formations and ostrich farms, towards Worcester. Enjoy a possible lunch in Montagu and, if time allow, enjoy the natural spring water swimming pools. Over the Du Toits Kloof Pass, via the Boland we reach Cape Town.
This tour can also start in Cape Town.
WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE
6 DAY TOUR
After breakfast we leave the Mother City and travel via the coastal towns of Somerset West, Gordons Bay and Kleinmond to Hermanus. This area is particularly popular during July to November when it is whaling season. We depart via Bredasdorp, known for its wheat and wool industry, to Cape Agulhas – the most Southern point of Africa. After a short walk on the beach and a visit to the Lighthouse, we continue to the picturesque village of Waenhuiskrans, also known as Arniston.
Overnight and breakfast at the Arniston Hotel.
After breakfast we travel to Swellendam and along the N2 via Mossel Bay to George – the centre of the Garden Route and continue to Knysna. Knysna is the centre of the wood production industry and famous for its Stink-and Yellow-wood plantations. We visit the impressive rock formations, the Knysna Heads, where the lagoon mouths into the ocean. On our way to the Leisure Isle Lodge we enjoy a short tour of Knysna.
Overnight and breakfast at Leisure Isle Lodge.
After breakfast the ferry takes us across to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, one of the most famous nature attractions along the Garden Route. We visit the scenic Western Head with 4×4 Landrover, before we undertake a 2,2 km guided hike along the Bushbuck Trail offering spectacular nature views. Enjoy a refreshing lunch at the Featherbed Nature Reserve. On our return to Knysna we visit the small coastal town of Plettenberg Bay, today one of the most popular, famous and exclusive recreation resorts.
Return to Leisure Isle Lodge for overnight and breakfast.
Breakfast. Enjoy the full day at leisure in the beautiful surroundings of Knysna. Rely on your guide for hints about places to go and people to see.
Overnight and breakfast at the Leisure Isle Lodge.
We leave the coast and travel via Wilderness, a popular holiday resort with an 8 km long beach, over the majestic Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, the largest town in the Little Karoo and the capital of ostrich farming industry. Our first visit will be at an Ostrich Farm for a demonstration and an educational tour around the ostriches. We travel through the centre of Oudtshoorn for a visit to the Cheetah- and Crocodile Farm. Our last visit will be at the Cango Caves, one of the most famous dripstone formations in the world.
Overnight and breakfast at Montana Guest Farm.
After breakfast we depart from Oudtshoorn and travel via Schoemanspoort over the breathtaking Swartberg Pass – connecting road between the Little and the Big Karoo, to Prince Albert. Continue along the national Highway to Matjiesfontein, a beautiful historical town restored to its former glory. This village was founded in 1880 as a Health Resort. After a short tour through Matjiesfontein we return to the National Highway and continue to Cape Town.
GARDEN ROUTE SAFARI
8 DAY TOUR
We depart Cape Town and head in the direction of the Cape Winelands. Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa and known for producing top wines. We explore the city center and visit the Dorps museum. Enjoy your first wine tasting and cellar tour before leaving via Somerset and the beautiful Clarens Drive to Hermanus and die Kelders. In the months between May and September, Whales can be seen frolicking along the shores. Bed and Breakfast Whalesong Lodge (Fairtrade approved).
Breakfast and depart via the scenic Hemel & Aarde valley for another wine tasting in this region. Continue your journey back to the N2, through the town of Caledon toward the outskirts of the sleepy town of Swellendam.
Bed and breakfast Jan Harmsgat Country House (Fairtrade approved).
After visiting the Drostdy museum in the heart of Swellendam we will be driving straight to Mossel Bay. We explore Mossel Bay and the Old Post Office Tree before we arrive at Botlierskop, a malaria free private game reserve, blessed with a great diversity of habitat and wildlife. In the afternoon there will be a 2 hour guided nature walk riverine forest, marsh areas, fynbos and plains. Accommodation in luxury tented suites on wooden decks offer a stunning view of the river and the tranquil mountains.
Dinner/Bed and breakfast Botlierskop Private Game Reserve and 2 game activities.
Early morning open vehicle game drive and with a bit of luck you will be able to see the remainder of the Big Five animals. Depart after breakfast along the well-known Garden Route via Wilderness to Knysna. In Knysna we will conduct a short city tour and view the Knysna Lagoon with its famous Heads. Only short drive and we reach the exclusive town of Plettenberg Bay, where we will stay overnight.
Bed and breakfast Hog Hollow Country Estate (Fairtrade approved).
Today we will visit the Tsitsikamma National Park, which incorporates a rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes. We undertake a short relaxing walk to the hanging foot bridge, which leads over the Storms River mouth. Back into the vehicle we continue along the panoramic route to the picturesque privately owned nature reserve Oyster Bay.
Bed and breakfast Oyster Bay Lodge.
Leaving Oyster Bay, passing the friendly city of Port Elizabeth we arrive at the Addo Elephant National Park, which was proclaimed a national park in 1931. Gaming from your vehicle before leaving to Grahamstown. A hauntingly beautiful region – arguably the crucible of South African history – Frontier Country is a vibrant mix of all the best that Africa has to offer.
Bed and breakfast Colonel Graham Guest House.
In the morning we will visit the Observatory Museum where we will find the only Camera Obscura in the Southern Hemisphere. After exploring the town we will depart for Amakhala Private Game Reserve, only half an hour drive away. Check-in, freshen up and sit down for a scrumptious lunch at Woodbury or Hlosi Lodge. In the late afternoon there will be an open vehicle game drive or alternatively a river cruise to be followed by dinner at the lodge. Fully inclusive Amakhala Game Reserve, Woodbury Lodge or Hlosi (Fairtrade approved).