Group Size: 2 - 16 passengers
Departs: Weekly on Thursdays
Join us on a journey through South Africa’s ‘Garden of Eden’ and experience the highlights of Route 62, magnificent scenery, quaint, charming towns and Knysna Lagoon in this premier tourist destination. With pristine beaches, mountains, forests, lakes and rivers, the Garden Route is a place to restore your soul and revitalise your body and mind.
Day 1 - Oudtshoorn
Depart Cape Town at approximately 08h00 and travel along Route 62 to Barrydale for lunch (at own expense). Continue to Oudtshoorn – the ‘feather capital’ of the world. Visit a working ostrich farm for a guided tour. Check into your accommodation in the late afternoon before enjoying dinner. (D)
De Opstal Country Lodge is situated in the picturesque Schoemanshoek Valley and consists of typical little Karoo buildings. The beautiful farm house, stables and milking parlour date back to 1830. All the buildings in the complex have been creatively converted into modern, quaint en-suite bedrooms with the retention of an atmosphere of rustic charm. The terracotta floors, heavy wooden doors and shutters and wide timber ceilings bear the scars, buckles and blemishes of generations of use and give the entire complex an authentic feel. In this relaxed atmosphere Albertus, Matilda and staff treat their guests to wholesome country hospitality and food, reminiscent of the bygone era of the 1800’s
Day 2 - Knysna
Enjoy a morning tour of the Cango Caves – one of the natural wonders of the world. Continue to the lagoon side town of Knysna – the ‘Gem of the Garden’ Route. Enjoy some time at leisure at the Knysna waterfront before proceeding to The Crags near Plettenberg Bay. Embark on an informative cruise up the Keurbooms River before arriving at your lodge where you shall spend the following two nights. Freshen up before dinner at the lodge. (BD)
Just 18km east of the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay along the renowned holiday destination of the Garden Route is Hog Hollow Country Lodge, set on the edge of indigenous forest with breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and Tsitsikamma Mountains.
Day 3 - Garden Route
After breakfast, get up-close-and-personal with nature at the Elephant Sanctuary. The visit presents you with the opportunity to touch, feed and photograph these gentle giants. After lunch (at own expense), visit Birds of Eden – the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. Optional: Whale & Dolphin boat experience (weather and time permitting; at own expense) before returning to the lodge. (BD)
Day 4 - End of Garden Route Tour
This morning after breakfast journey along the final leg of the Garden Route to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park. Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River mouth gorge which offers visitors incredible views and photo opportunities. The tour terminates in Port Elizabeth at approximately 18h00 with drop-off at the airport or your Port Elizabeth based hotel. (B)
Dates and Pricing
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.