Package Tour - Garden Route Tour
Categories: Nature / Photographic / Wildlife
Initially we will be driving through rich agricultural land, looking out for the stately Blue Crane, South Africa’s national bird. The Garden Route is characterised by beautiful indigenous forests, inland lakes, beautiful sweeping beaches, small quaint villages and large estuarine mud flats. We will be visiting the Knysna, Wilderness and Tsitsikamma National Parks, as well as nature reserves and many sights of interest. We will be able to enjoy walks along the coast and through the forests. We will head inland via the Old Cape Road and on to Oudtshoorn, the Cango Caves and the Little Karoo. We will walk around the Karoo National Botanical Gardens, well known for their collection of succulents and hardy plants. En-route to Cape Town we will drive through the spectacular Du Toitskloof Pass.
At a Glance
Day 1: Cape Town to Oudtshoorn
We leave Cape Town and head for Hottentot’s Holland Mountains where we will drive through the spectacular Du Toitskloof Pass to the town of Worcester. Here we will walk around the Karoo National Botanical Gardens, well known for their collection of succulents and hardy plants. Following ‘Route 62’ over mountain passes and through the semi arid Little Karoo we come to Barrydale where we will stop for lunch. We will arrive in Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world, in time for a tour of a working ostrich farm. Our accommodation is in Oudtshoorn.
Day 2: Oudtshoorn to Knysna or Plettenberg Bay
We will be visiting one of South Africa’s greatest natural wonders, the Cango Caves. The first ‘hall’ in this cave system is 98m long, 49m wide and 15m high, with stalactites, stalagmites and helictites. We then drive over the spectacular Outiniqua Mountains to the forests of the Garden Route. The Garden Route is characterised by beautiful indigenous forests, inland lakes, beautiful sweeping beaches and beautiful towns. We will be visiting the Knysna Heads, where we have a splendid view over Knysna. After lunch you can either have the afternoon to browse around the shops at Knysna’s waterfront or we can go for a walk through the indigenous forest. The Diepwalle Forest has a number of trails that take you through the forest. We will be looking out for the birds & wildlife of the forest. We overnight in Knysna or Plettenberg Bay.
Overnight: Knysna or Plettenberg Bay
Day 3: Knysna or Plettenberg Bay
We head further up the Garden Route to Plettenberg Bay and on to Nature’s Valley. We can have a short walk on the beach at Nature’s Valley before continuing to Tsitsikamma National Park, where the indigenous forest and the Indian ocean meet. The Tsitsikamma National Park has over 220 bird species and regular sightings of Common Dolphins and Southern Right Whales are made from the shore. After lunch we will walk to the ‘Big Tree’ An 800 year old Yellowwood tree. We will visit the Garden of Eden forest trail on our way back to Knysna. We overnight in Knysna or Plettenberg Bay.
Overnight: Knysna or Plettenberg Bay
Day 4: Knysna or Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town
We leave the forests of the Garden Route and head for Mossel Bay and the Diaz Museum. This interesting museum depics the Portugese influence on Southern Africa. We then enter the ‘bread basket of South Africa’. This area of rich fertil farmland and quaint villages is steeped in local history. We will stop at Swellendam for lunch before moving on to Hermanus by the coast. Hermanus has gained world recognition for it’s excellent land based whale watching. During our Spring months (August to October) the Southern Right Whales use the South Western Cape coastline as a safe haven in which to calve. We will return to Cape Town via Betty’s Bay and the impressive coastline of False Bay.