Group size: 2 - 16 passengers
Travel with a small group on this guided tour from Cape Town. Drive along the exquisite and picturesque Garden Route, through quaint towns and changing landscapes. Visit an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn, Tsitsikamma National Park, Storms River and the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Discover the beauty of Knysna Lagoon, and the natural wonder of the Cango Caves.
Day 1 - Swellendam
Morning departure from Cape Town over the Hottentots-Holland Mountains via Sir Lowry’s Pass into a region of immense beauty. Stop at the Hamilton Russell Vineyards near Hermanus for a tour & tasting of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley terroir driven wines. During whale season (June to December), also stop in Hermanus which boasts the best land based whale watching along its cliff path. Here you would have the option of embarking on an eco-marine (all year round) and whale watching (seasonal) boat trip (additional charge). After lunch (to own account), continue to Swellendam – the third oldest settlement in South Africa. Dinner is enjoyed at the hotel restaurant. (D)
Gaikou Lodge offers accommodation on a 16 hectare private property at the foothills of the Langeberg Mountain, at walking distance from central Swellendam’s shops, attractions and restaurants.
Day 2 - Plettenberg Bay
This morning after a leisurely breakfast, depart Swellendam and enjoy your journey along the Garden Route via Mossel Bay. Travel to Plettenberg Bay – millionaires’ playground for lunch and a stroll along the white sandy beaches. Check into your accommodation during the afternoon. Dinner is enjoyed at the lodge. (BLD)
Hunters Country House is a swift 10km drive from Plettenberg Bay, close enough for convenience and far enough from bustling crowds. This sprawling rural retreat is set amid sprawling lawns, with lush trees casting shade over wandering butterflies while a soft cacophony of bird songs waft about on the wind. Nestled in the heart of the Garden Route with towns like Knysna and George a short drive away, Plett is the perfect combination of country and coast. Visitors can enjoy beach days on Blue Flag beaches, shark-cage diving, whale-watching, and all the bustling delights that can be found in town from boutique shops, delis, and galleries.
Day 3 - Garden Route
This morning 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 (to own account), travel to the Tsitsikamma National Park. Described as the ‘garden of the Garden Route’, the Tsitsikamma actually deserves a more vivid description to encapsulate the beauty of the place. Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River mouth gorge which offers visitors incredible views and photo opportunities. Spend some time at leisure in the town of Plettenberg Bay – ‘millionaires’ playground’ – before returning to the lodge for dinner and overnight. (BD)
Day 4 - Oudtshoorn
Morning departure from Plettenberg Bay to the lagoon-side town of Knysna – gem of the Garden Route. Embark on an excursion to the Featherbed Nature Reserve which is located on the western Knysna Head. The trip includes a ferry across the lagoon to the base of the western head, a drive to the top of the reserve and an optional 2.2 kilometre downhill nature trail walk. The tour ends with a delicious lunch served under the shade of the milkwood trees. On return to the mainland, continue your journey to Oudtshoorn. Visit an ostrich show farm for a guided tour. Following this visit of discovery, check into your overnight accommodation. Dinner at the hotel. (BLD)
Rosenhof Country House is situated on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn en route to the Cango Caves and Ostrich Farms. The carefully renovated homestead (Circa 1852), with its yellowwood beams and ceilings and a tasteful collection of antique furniture, exudes an aura of authenticity. The lovely rose garden, which gave Rosenhof its name, leads to stylishly decorated bedrooms, each individually furnished. All rooms provide air-conditioning, satellite television, telephone, mini bar and tea trays. In summer, cool down in the pool or take tea in the manicured gardens. The Wellness Center offers a fully equipped gym, sauna and a beauty clinic.
Day 5 - End of Scenic Garden Route Tour
This morning enjoy a morning visit to the Cango Caves – one of the natural wonders of the world and which has become a major draw-card to the Karoo area before departing Oudtshoorn. Travel along the famous Route 62 to Cape Town. The ever changing colours of the majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards offer you an unforgettable kaleidoscope of scenic tranquillity. Stop at the Country Pumpkin Restaurant near Barrydale for lunch (to own account). After lunch, enjoy a slow drive to Cape Town where your tour ends around 18h00 with drop-off at Cape Town International Airport or your Cape Town based hotel. (B)
Dates and Pricing
- 30 Jan 18 $1,480 $1,840
- 20 Feb 18 $1,480 $1,840
- 20 Mar 18 $1,480 $1,840
- 01 May 18 $1,480 $1,840
- 15 May 18 $1,480 $1,840
- 04 Sep 18 $1,585 $1,970
- 02 Oct 18 $1,585 $1,970
- 16 Oct 18 $1,585 $1,970
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.