Enjoy South Africa's picturesque Garden Route. Explore Oudtshoorn, Hermanus and the natural wilderness of the Tsitsikamma National Park on this epic 4-day adventure. End this tour with a wine tasting in one of the worlds famous wine regions near Cape Town.
ItineraryDay 1: Port Elizabeth area – Storms River / Tsitsikamma Forest Stop At: Tube and Axe Boutique Lodge, Backpackers & CampingWe depart on tour early and make our way over to the exciting adventures at Storms River within the Tsitsikamma forest. Tsitsikamma National Park is a multi-dimensional destination with dramatic coastal scenery, reefs, rivers, lush forest and delicate Fynbos. A hiking and birders paradise, this region forms the top section of the magnificent Garden Route National Park. It’s here you have the option to choose from a selection of optional activities depending on your energy and interests. From boat cruises and canoe trips to nature hikes and bird watching, the forest has something to offer for most visitors’ curiosity and exploration desires. Alternatively, visit the famous Bloukrans Bridge where you could be tempted to a jump off the highest bungee jump. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Tube and Axe Backpackers, Storms River, Tsitsikamma, South AfricaDay 2: Storms River - Oudtshoorn Stop At: Kleinplaas ResortAfter breakfast we’re off to Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains. Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world with a number of farms based in the dry Karoo. This region is home to the spectacular Cango Caves, Africa's largest show cave system. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well-known Swartberg Mountains, here we find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations. After exploring the caves, we enjoy the night in the old settlers’ town in the Karoo.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Kleinplass Resort, Oudtshoorn, South AfricaDay 3: Oudtshoorn – Hermanus Stop At: Hermanus BackpackersRelaxed and revitalized from the wonderful Oudtshoorn hospitality, we board our vehicle and head south across the farmlands of the Cape to the coastal town of Hermanus, famous for its whale and dolphin sightings. En route we stop off at Cape Agulhas, the place where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, lying at the southernmost tip of Africa. Historically, the ‘Cape’ coastline has been recognised by sailors as extremely hazardous, notorious for winter storms with huge rogue waves reaching a spectacular height of 30 metres. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the coastline is littered with lonely ship wrecks. We visit the gigantic lighthouse built as early as 1848 before enjoying a lunch break. The afternoon is spent exploring Hermanus, a haven for the outdoor enthusiast! We spend the night enjoying the town’s atmosphere, inhaling the cool breeze.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight at Hermanus Backpackers, Western Cape, South AfricaDay 4: Hermanus – Cape Town Stop At: Ashanti Lodge GardensA free morning in Hermanus gives us ample opportunity to join a whale watching tour or explore the town’s variety of shops and boardwalk on foot or visit the Old Harbour Open-Air Museum that is a provincial heritage site. This museum is unique as it is only one of two fishing harbours in the world that has been conserved intact and remnants of the vibrant fishing industry can be seen everywhere. The museum is the axis around which the fishing village of Hermanus was developed. We leave Hermanus before lunch and follow the rough coastal route taking a leisurely drive through small fishing towns. We visit a winery en route to Cape Town where we enjoy wine tasting. The tour draws to an end towards late afternoon at the foot of Table Mountain in the popular mother city of South Africa, Cape Town. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.