$13,500

A classic tour of the Garden Route starting in Cape Town and ending in the friendly city of Port Elizabeth. You take in all the highlights from the evocative, sepia-tinged landscapes of the Karoo to jewel bright greens and blues of the forests and lagoons.

Tour Departs:

Selected departure dates

Tour Notes:

Minimum 2 guests. Guests on this tour travel together in a luxury vehicle with a professional guide providing a fantastic quality holiday experience. Guests do have the choice of accommodation options, which may be offered at the same hotel, or at different hotels in the same vicinity

Tour Includes:

5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, 5 nights’ accommodation, porterage, transport and sightseeing as specified

Highlights:

  • The stunning scenery and warm hospitality of the Karoo
  • Picturesque and quaint holiday towns offering diverse attractions, great shopping and fine dining
  • The extraordinary natural beauty and fascinating flora and fauna of the delicate mountain, forest, lagoon and coastal eco-systems

Day One – Depart Cape Town

Travel through the picturesque Hex River Valley, surrounded by magnificent mountains. This area is considered to be the biggest producer of table grapes in South Africa. Enjoy a wine tasting along a route that boasts with the longest harvest season in the world.

Day One

Continue to Matjiesfontein. The entire village was declared a National Heritage Site in 1975 and is today a charming, beautifully restored throwback to the late Victorian era. The journey continues to Prince Albert, another delightful village, dating back to 1762. The town is known for its sun-ripened fresh and dried fruit, vineyards, olives and local cheese. Overnight in Prince Albert.

Day Two

After breakfast, enjoy a spectacular drive through Meiringspoort Pass, with breathtaking rock formations and jaw-dropping beauty, as the road winds its way through the Swartberg Mountains to the quaint Little Karoo village of De Rust. Continue to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world and home to the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves. Enjoy a tour of one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. In the afternoon, visit an Ostrich Farm for a guided tour. Overnight in Oudtshoorn.

Day Three

After breakfast, travel over the Outeniqua Pass to George, the sixth oldest town in South Africa, with many historical landmarks such as the Slave Tree and King Edward VII Library building; said to be the best example of Edwardian architecture in the town. The tour travels via Wilderness, an attractive holiday resort to 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, returning for lunch under the milkwood trees. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon. Overnight in Knysna.

Day Four

Today you’ll have the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Knysna area. Your journey will include a visit to the Garden of Eden, set in the lush, green, indigenous Knysna forest. The major attraction is the forest itself, beautiful yellow wood trees, thick green foliage and streams. Afterwards you’ll have the opportunity to visit Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, where you will be able to see a variety of primates, roaming free in the forest. The sanctuary is well known for its efforts to rehabilitate and free previously caged primates. The tour continues to the famous Eastern Head, where you will enjoy spectacular views of the Knysna Heads (weather permitting). Afterwards you’ll travel to Brenton on Sea, a breathtaking holiday location and a nature lover’s paradise with its unspoilt beaches and peaceful surroundings. The remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure. Overnight in Knysna.

Day Five

Travel to Plettenberg Bay, the jewel of the Garden Route, before visiting Birds of Eden sanctuary, the biggest single free flight aviary in the world. The sanctuary was developed to create a safe environment in which to release a large collection of free-flight African birds. Our journey continues to Bloukrans Bridge, the highest single span arch bridge in the world, currently offering the highest commercially operated Bungy Jump in the world. Visit the Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth (weather permitting). The Tsitsikamma National Park incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain Fynbos and temperate high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea. Overnight in the Tsitsikamma area.

Day Six

Head eastwards along the Tsitsikamma Forest to Port Elizabeth, known as the “friendly city”, with a wonderful climate. Enjoy a city orientation tour of Port Elizabeth, where the tour ends on arrival. Guests may disembark, on request, at Port Elizabeth Airport.

Day 1
Swartberg Hotel

Situated in the heart of the quirky Karoo town of Price Albert, Swartberg Hotel is a charming Victorian hotel dating back to 1864. It boasts a rich history and its one of 19 national monuments in the village! The hotel features a number of rooms in the main building and the quiet garden, each uniquely decorated with a Victorian feel. Guests can enjoy delicious evening meals in the Victoria Room and delectable treats as well as delicious breakfasts and lunches at their quaint coffee shop. The large dining area leads out onto the patio overlooking the swimming pool and a large second floor balcony offers a quiet retreat with beautiful views of the town.

Day 2
La Plume Guest House

La Plume is a family-owned 1902 Victorian homestead on a working ostrich, alfalfa and vine farm outside the town of Oudtshoorn offering warm country hospitality and accommodations in refined style. Enjoy relaxing on the cool veranda with its sweeping view across the Olifant’s River Valley to the Swartberg Mountains. The spacious en suite rooms are tastefully furnished with gracious antiques and offer all modern conveniences.

Day 3 & 4
The Rex Hotel

The Rex Hotel is renowned for its chic urban style and impeccable service. Located in the vibrant seaside town of Knysna and surrounded by beaches, forests and lakes – this elegant retreat is the perfect base from which to explore all the attractions of the world-famous Garden Route. Whether you’re a foodie, a golfer, a wildlife enthusiast or an adventure-seeker, there are plenty of experiences in store for you!

Accommodation at the Rex is inspired by a mix of contemporary and classic décor, featuring calming colours and plush fabrics. Every modern comfort is available in our beautifully appointed rooms, suites and apartments – with accommodation options available to suit your budget and the size of your group.

The Rose Café is the Rex’s fabulous dining establishment, where guests are treated to excellent service and superb cuisine. The menu features a mélange of dishes from the Greater Mediterranean which have been influenced by North Africa, the Middle East and the vast culinary treasures of South Africa. Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan or have other special dietary requirements – the chefs will cater for your needs.

Other notable hotel features include an outdoor terrace area for al fresco refreshments, a hair salon, complimentary Wi-Fi and a welcoming atmosphere for children.

Day 5
Tsitsikamma Village Inn

This family-run hotel has a magical setting on the outskirts of the Tsitsikamma National Park at Storms River Mouth, and is known for its good food and old world charm. En suite standard accommodation is in individually-decorated cottages, set village-style in beautiful gardens. The historic main building offers the De Oude Martha restaurant, the popular Hunters Pub, Café Bacchus and a tranquil guest lounge. Guests can relax in the manicured gardens or around the sparkling swimming pool.

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R15,040 per person single

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