Package Tour - Self-Drive: Garden Route Tour 4 Nights/5 Days
Categories: City / Countryside / Sightseeing
Relaxed 5 day schedule of all the major areas in the Garden Route, including a combination of some “must do” activities, as well as the opportunity to experience some lesser visited parts of this popular region. Destinations: Oudshoorn, Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park, Wilderness, and Mossel Bay
At a Glance
Day 1: Cape Town or Port Elizabeth to Outdshoorn
Leave Cape Town via the Du toits Kloof Pass, passing through the Breede River Valley area en route to Montagu and The Little Karoo. Pass through the historic Mission Station villages of Zoar and Amelienstein before stopping off for a wine and port tasting session in the port capital of South Africa, Calitzdorp. Carry on to Outdshoorn for either a tour of a local Ostrich Farm, or the Cango Caves, whichever suits the schedule the best at the time.
Overnight: Mooi Plaas, Outdshoorn
Day 2: Outdshoorn to Storms River mouth,Tsitsikamma National Park
After breakfast visit either the nearby Cango Caves, or an Ostrich Farm, whichever one wasn't done the previous day, before leaving Outdshoorn. Head over the Outeniqua mountains to the coast via the charming village of De Rust, and negotiating the lesser known Prince Alberts Pass finally emerging along the Bitou River Valley close to Plettenberg Bay. Continue east, pausing a while to view the "human lemmings" throwing themselves into oblivion from the Bloukrans River Bridge, which is the site of the worlds highest Bungi Jump ! End the day at the beautifully situated Armagh Counry Lodge in Storms River at the Tsitsikamma National Park.
Overnight: Armagh Guesthouse, Storms River
Day 3: Storms River mouth, Tsitsikamma National Park to Knysna
Before leaving this spectacular piece of coastline take the opportunity for a walk to the actual river mouth itself, which is pleasant, but not strenuous. Spend a casual day ambling around areas such as tranquil Natures Valley at the bottom of the Groot River Gorge, and maybe spend a little time wandering along its beautiful beach. Visit the popular holiday resort of Plettenberg Bay, and take a walk around the Robberg Nature Reserve, including the interesting archealogical sight of Nelsons Cave, home to some of the early Strandlopers who inhabited this coastline some 20 000 years ago. Continue through to Knysna centrally situated on South Africa's second largest Estuary, and "unpack" for two nights.
Overnight: The Log Inn, Knysna
Day 4: Knysna
Enjoy the "Featherbed experience". A casual cruise across the estuary, to the privately owned Featherbed Nature Reserve, where a tractor trailer ride to the top of the Western Head provides magnificent views over coastline, and the lagoon itself. Taking an optional walk back through forests, caves, and a lagoon side path, lunch is served under the milkwood trees before returning to the mainland. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure, and can be spent browsing around this quaint town, possibly in search of genuine local mementoes.
Overnight: The Log Inn, Knysna
Day 5: Knysna to Cape Town
Return to Cape Town via the Lakes Wilderness area, and the town with the Portuguese influence, Mossel Bay. Travel through the rolling farmlands areas of the Overberg region to the historic town of Swellendam, before detouring via the coastal holiday areas around Hermanus, eventually approaching Cape Town via the beautiful eastern coastline of False Bay.