Cape Town – Oudtshoorn 420km
We depart Cape Town/Stellenbosch at around 9:30am and head for the beautiful,scenic Sir Lowry's Mountain Pass stopping as we crest the pass to photograph the stunning views over the valley below. We follow the N2 passing through small villages that were once considered " frontier towns" and where traders once mingled with the Khoisan bartering and trading their wares. At Swellendam (once the last outpost of Dutch civilization ) we head inland through the Langeberg Mountains via the Tradouw Pass that connects the coast with the Karoo ( place of Thirst ) The scenery changes from small quaint villages, farmlands rolling with wheat to semi desert as we travel through the Little Karoo to our destination at Oudtshoorn where we arrive late in the afternoon. Oudtshoorn is known as the Ostrich capital of the world and is also famous for the Cango Caves with its dramatic Stalactites and Stalacmites sure to impress!
The Route : Cape Town-Caledon-Swellendam-Barrydale-Calitsdorp-Oudtshoorn
Hottentot-Holland Mountain Pass
Houw Hoek Mountain Pass
Tradouw Mountain Pass
Accommodation : Berluda farmhouse and cottages : Oue Werf Guest Farm or similar 4*
Meals included: Dinner
Awaken to the sound of a working farm and fresh Karoo air! After a hearty breakfast we head for the World Famous Cango Caves to marvel at the subterranean wonder on a guided tour lasting over an hour. Thereafter we head for the Cango Ostrich show farm for a guided tour and for the more adventurous a challenging ostrich ride. Make sure your partner has the camera or video ready! After lunch we drive through the Outeniqua Mountain pass and down to the beautiful town of Kynsna , famous for its tidal lagoon, natural forests and also known as South Africa’s ‘oyster capital ‘ After checking into your guest-house we head for the Waterfront where after a short stroll around we board the ferry for a sunset cruise in the Lagoon ( Optional )
The Route : Oudtshoorn-Outeniqua Pass-George-Wilderness-Sedgefield-Knysna
Cango Ostrich Show Farm
Accommodation : Protea Hotel 4* or similar
Meals included : Breakfast
Activities Included : Cango Cave, Ostrich Show Farm
This morning we are heading to the Knysna Featherbed Reserve
The reserve is a privately-owned, registered Nature Reserve and a South African Heritage Site.It is a pristine piece of paradise situated on the Western Head of Knysna and is accessible by ferry only.. The reserve is home to the rare Blue Duiker - one of the smallest antelope species in the world - the beautiful Knysna Loerie and the endangered Knysna Sea Horse.
The trip includes the following :
Return ferry trip on the Knysna Lagoon to the Western Head.
4x4 vehicle & trailer drive up the headland onto the Reserve, stopping at spectacular viewpoints.
Specialist guide giving information on history, fauna & flora.
Optional guided 2.2km walk through coastal forest and fynbos into ancient sea caves.
Lunch in The Forest Restaurant situated on the edge of the Lagoon under a canopy of Milkwood trees
THINGS TO BRING
Afternoon at Leisure
For those of you that want to do something more strenuous and out there ! We can offer Half Day Hiking Tours or Mountain Biking Cycle tours through the forests instead of the Knysna Featherbed Tour option.
Accommodation : Protea Hotel or similar 4*
Meals Included: Breakfast/Lunch
Activities Included: Knysna Featherbed experience
Knysna-Stormsriver-Addo Reserve 460km
Today we are going to explore the ‘Garden Route’ .
We visit the " Garden of Eden," a magnificent example of the Forest Fauna and Flora that once dominated the region. We walk along a boardwalk amongst the ancient Yellow-wood and Blackwood trees through a landscape that was once home to the Elephants.
Birds of Eden is a unique Four acre dome that spans a gorge ( the largest aviary in the world ) and is home to more than 300 birds comprising over 220 species. Afterwards we visit we visit Monkeyland, the worlds first free roaming primate sanctuary where you can view over 500 primates in their natural environment walking in amongst them on a guided tour with its 128 meter canopy walk being the longest in Africa
We head for the beautiful Tsitsikamma Coastal Park , stopping on way at the Bloukrans bridge to view the world’s highest bungy jump ( 216 meters! ). We also visit the forest’s oldest inhabitant, the ancient Outeniqua Yellowwood Tree estimated to be over 800 years old was already growing when Europe was still in the dark ages! We drive onto Port Elizabeth arriving late in the afternoon at our accommodation which is situated just outside the Addo Elephant Park Reserve.
The Route : Knysna-Plettenberg Bay-Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve-Addo Reserve
Bloukraans Bridge ( Bungi Jump )
Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve
Tree Top Canopy Tour
Accommodation : Africanos Country Estate : Hopefield Country House or similar 4*
Meals included : Breakfast/Dinner
Activities Included : Garden of Eden, Birds of Eden,Monkeyland, Big Tree
We visit the famous Addo Elephant Park for a guided tour through the Park . After lunch guests are transferred to Schotia Safaris where they join the Tooth and Claw Safari in open vehicles . This afternoon / evening experience can be one of the highlights of your visit to Addo. Late afternoon and early evening is often the most rewarding time of day for game viewing as this is when animals are at their most active. This is especially the case with lion, which are generally nocturnal hunters. Schotia is also home to white rhino, zebra, wildebeest, warthog, jackal and crocodile. The drive is followed by a traditional meal served under the stars in a thatched open air lapa. At the conclusion of the evening guests are transported back to Hopefield Country House.
Meals included : Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Activities Included : Schotia Safari
Accommodation Africanos Country Estate : Hopefield Country House or similar 4*
This morning we take a game drive through the Addo Elephant Park in an open Safari vehicle before we head back along the Garden Route to overnight at Tsitsikamma Lodge.
We spend the afternoon in the National Park where indigenous forest and the beautiful Indian Ocean meet and a walk to the suspension bridge at the Storms River mouth will be a highlight
Accommodation : Tsitiskamma Lodge
Meals included : Breakfast
Activites Included : Storms River
Storms River-Cape Town 580km
After an early start we head back along the Garden Route to arrive in the afternoon in Cape Town.( An option is to fly back to Cape Town )
Meals included : Breakfast
Activities Included : Bartholomew Diaz Museum
There is an option to stay in Amakhala Private Game Reserve or Shamwari Private Game Reserve
Please enquire as to the extra cost of this option.
Things To Bring
Photo / Video Camera
As per the itinerary
The Garden Route has a Mediterranean Climate .Summers ( Nov-April) is warm to hot with day time temperatures averaging in the mid 20’s . Winters ( June- August) are mild 16 Degrees average. One can expect rainfall throughout the year.
Quantum 9/13 seater luxury busses, Mercedes Benz c220cdi luxury Vehicle
Credit Cards Accepted
* Private Tour Rates available on request.
*Single Supplement rates on request