Package Tour - Garden Route Tour
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A wildlife experience on the South Coast, incorporating the renowned Winelands of the Cape and the scenic beauty of the Garden Route.
At a Glance
Day 1: Stellenbosch to Oudtshoorn
I will pick you up at your guesthouse at about 9 am and then travel along the N1, through the wine lands of Paarl and Worcester. Within one hour we are in the little Karoo – a semi desert but with fruit and wine farms along the Breede River. We can visit some of the wine cellars and take part in a tasting. Very soon we will arrive in the area of the Ostrich capital, Oudtshoorn. We will visit an ostrich farm where you will learn everything about this desert, flightless bird. We overnight in Oudtshoorn.
Overnight: The Thorntree (b&b)
Day 2: Oudtshoorn to Addo National Park
After breakfast we will head for our next wildlife experience. We will travel in a valley known for its apple farms, Langkloof, until we join the N2 just before Port Elizabeth. One hour from there, we will be in the Addo National Park. This park was established in 1931 and has the highest concentration of elephants in any park. Besides elephants there are also Rhino and Buffalo and many antelope.
Overnight: Casa Mia Spa (b&b)
Day 3: Addo National Park to Kariega Private Game Reserve
After our last game drive, we leave the Addo Park and drive a short distance to Grahamstown. This area is called Frontier Country and was settled by English Settlers in the 1820’s. Grahamstown was a military camp which provided protection for the settlers. It has many old Victorian buildings and churches. Then we visit a pineapple farm where I will show you how they are grown. About lunchtime we will arrive at our next wildlife experience – the private game reserve, Kariega. There we will be taken on two game drives in an open vehicle and all our meals will be included.
Overnight: Kariega Private Game Reserve (full board)
Day 4: Kariega Private Game Reserve to Tsitsikamma Mountains
After our last game drive, we leave the park and make our way back towards Port Elizabeth. After a short city tour, we will continue along the N2 towards the Tsitsikamma Mountains. Very soon we will be surrounded by the largest indigenous forest in South Africa. We are staying at a hotel at the foot of the mountains, surrounded by forests.
Overnight: Tsitsikamma Village Inn (b&b)
Day 5: Tsitsikamma Mountains to Knysna
This is where the heart of the Garden Route starts. We visit a very large, 800 year old Yellowwood tree, before turning off to Natures Valley, following the old national road for a scenic drive. Flowers, ferns, beaches and mountains are our companions. Before long we are in Plettenberg Bay, our premier holiday, beach destination. It’s a small town, beautifully situated on the bay of Formosa – as the Portuguese called it 500 years ago. In the whaling season, June to October – whales may be seen close to the beach. We continue, towards Knysna. In Knysna we will visit the Knysna Quays, with its wonderful shops and restaurants. A boat ride on the lagoon is included. Perhaps some oysters and sparkling wine will go down well. We overnight in Knysna.
Overnight: Elephant Hide (b&b)
Day 6: Knysna to Arniston
After breakfast we continue on the N2, to Mosselbay. There we will visit the Diaz Museum. When the Portuguese Seafarer, Diaz searched for a route to India, it was here where he landed after rounding the African continent. In a museum, we can see a replica of the boat in which he made the epic journey. Then we continue our journey, past Riversdale and Swellendam before turning off towards the coast again – where we will come to the most southerly point of the African continent, Cape Aghulas. Then we will visit the quaint little fishing village of Arniston, where you can see the original little fisherman’s cottages of the fishing folk. We overnight in Arniston.
Overnight: Arniston Hotel (b&b)
Day 7: Arniston to Cape Town International Airport
First we will travel through the wheat and merino sheep farms of the Overberg, before coming back to the coast at Hermanus and then following the coast until we get to False Bay and Cape Town again. That route is also known as the flower route and in spring the mountain sides are covered by Erica, Geraniums and Proteas. It is a very spectacular route, with high mountains on one side and the sea on the other. We arrive late in the afternoon, back in Cape Town. After spending some time at the Waterfront, we depart for the airport. Tour ends.