Package Tour - Garden Route and Winelands Wonder (SMCC6)
Relish the scenic splendour of the Cape Winelands and the Klein Karoo; the mountains, lagoons, forests and beaches of the Garden Route and enjoy its many, diverse attractions on this 6 day guided journey through one of South Africa’s most treasured regions. This tour starts and ends in Cape Town.
At a Glance
Day 1: Cape Town to Oudtshoorn
Depart Cape Town and travel through the ‘Little Karoo’ and Montagu, a picturesque and historic spa town. En route, stop off in the town of Barrydale, where you will have the opportunity to visit a local farm school, interact with the children and teachers, spending time with them in the classroom learning more about the local farming community, before continuing to Oudtshoorn, the “ostrich feather capital” and centre of the world’s Ostrich farming industry. Tour an Ostrich Farm on arrival. [D]
Day 2: Oudtshoorn
Tour the Cango Caves, before ascending the Swartberg Mountains via the world renowned Swartberg Pass (weather permitting). Explore Sandstone formations dating back more than 300 million years. Enjoy the full splendour of “fynbos” species ranging from proteas to “pin cushions”. Afternoon at leisure. [BL]
Day 3: Oudtshoorn to Knysna
After breakfast, travel over the scenic Outeniqua Pass to George, the administrative hub of the Garden Route area and then onto Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon and walk back through milkwood trees for lunch. [BL]
Day 4: Knysna
After a leisurely breakfast, drive through the Tsitsikamma Forests, continuing to Bloukrans Bridge, currently offering the highest commercially operated Bungy Jump in the world. Explore this breathtaking stretch of the Garden Route, where mountains, indigenous forests, deep gorges, and lush vegetation hug the rugged coastline of cliffs and sandy beaches. Here is an abundance of indigenous flora, ancient yellowwood trees and magnificent fynbos plants. In the afternoon you’ll return to Knysna, via Plettenberg Bay, originally christened "Bahia Formosa" (beautiful bay) by early Portuguese explorers. The highlight of the area is undoubtedly the rivers, beaches and the bay with its ideal conditions for all facets of watersports, including sailing in the safe waters of the Bay, superb rock and surf fishing and scuba diving spots. [B]
Day 5: Knysna to Hermanus
Today, begin the first leg of the return journey. Travel via George and Mossel Bay to the picturesque Cape Dutch town of Swellendam, where lunch will be enjoyed. This charming town was founded in 1745 at the foot of the Langeberg Mountain Range and is famous for its youngberries, eclectic architecture and National Parks, as well as outdoor activities. Our journey further continues to the seaside resort of Hermanus, known as the heart of the whale route, offering the best land based whale watching (Aug-Nov) in the world. [BL]
Day 6: Hermanus to Cape Town
After a leisurely breakfast depart Hermanus and continue to Somerset West, travelling via the scenic coastal road to Gordon's Bay. This is a spectacular route with steep cliffs and lovely coves. Locals label it as the Helderberg areas own "Chapman's Peak" drive and the route offers amazing views over False Bay. Travel to the Stellenbosch area, set within the scenic Cape Winelands. This “Heart of Cape Heritage and hospitality” is a gracious blend of old Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture. A wine tasting will be enjoyed, before travelling to Cape Town, where the tour ends on arrival. [B]
Guests may disembark, on request, at Cape Town International Airport.