Enjoy the extraordinary beauty of the Garden Route. This is 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 Klein Karoo to jewel-bright greens and blues of the forests and lagoons. Highlights include the stunning scenery and warm hospitality of the Klein Karoo, picturesque and quaint holiday towns offering diverse attractions, great shopping and fine dining, and extraordinary natural beauty and fascinating flora and fauna of the delicate mountain, forest, lagoon and coastal eco-systems.
ItineraryDay 1: Cape Town to Prince Albert Pass By: Matjiesfontein Tourist InformationTravel 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. Continue to Matjiesfontein, where a part of the local hotel served as a convalescent hospital for British officers during the Anglo-Boer War. 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. There will be a stop for lunch en-route (for clients own account).No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Swartberg hotel or similar comfortable - standard roomcut above - chalet roompremium - chalet roomDay 2: Prince Albert to Oudtshoorn Stop At: Meiringspoort Waterfall, De Rust, Western CapeAfter breakfast we continue our journey through the spectacular Meiringspoort Pass and Waterfall, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with breathtaking rock formations and jaw-dropping beauty. The winding road takes us 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 wine tasting at a local wine estate before setting off on a tour of the Cango Caves, 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. Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • Dinner: Drinks for clients own account. Accommodation included: La Plume Guest House or similar comfortable - luxury roomcut above - honeymoon suitepremium - superior roomDay 3: Oudtshoorn to KnysnaStop At: Featherbed Nature Reserve, Knysna, Western CapeAfter breakfast, travel over the Outeniqua Pass to George, the sixth oldest town in South Africa, with many historical landmarks like 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 (weather permitting), 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. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon. Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: drinks for clients own account.Accommodation included: Rex Hotel or similar comfortable - standard roomcut above - studio luxury apartmentpremium - studio luxury apartmentDay 4: Knysna Stop At: Garden of Eden, Knysna, Western CapeToday 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. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Western Capevisit 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.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Rex Hotel or similar comfotable - standard roomcut above - studio luxury apartment premium - studio luxury apartmentDay 5: Knysna to Tsitsikamma Stop At: Birds of Eden, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Western CapeTravel 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. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Tsitsikamma National Park, Tsitsikamma National Park, Eastern CapeOur 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.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Tsitsikamma Village Inn or similarcomfortable - log cabinscut above - village roompremium - premier roomDay 6: Tsitsikamma to Port ElizabethStop At: Port ElizabethHead 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. [Breakfast]Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.