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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 Karoo to jewel bright greens and blues of the forests and lagoons.

Day 1 Cape Town - Mossel Bay

After an early morning departure from Cape Town, we’ll travel along Sir Lowry’s Pass, with its magnificent views from the top, to Grabouw and Elgin, a lush landscape surrounded by majestic mountains.

Our journey continues to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The area has largely been untouched and unexplored with its rugged coastline being the graveyard for many a ship. The historic Cape Agulhas Lighthouse is considered the icon that signifies the tip of Africa and that creates unforgettable memories. After this thrilling experience, we continue via historic Swellendam, the third oldest town in South Africa, to Mossel Bay, from where the Garden Route extends to the Storms River in the east. Overnight in Mossel Bay.

Day 2 Mossel Bay – Oudtshoorn (Breakfast & Dinner)

After breakfast we continue our journey to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world and home to the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves. Visit an Ostrich Farm for a guided tour. 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. Overnight in Oudtshoorn.

Day 3 Oudtshoorn – Knysna (Breakfast & Lunch)

After 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. Overnight in Knysna.

Day 4 Knysna (Breakfast)

Today 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. Afterwards you’ll have the opportunity to visit 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 breath-taking holiday location and a nature lover’s paradise with its unspoilt beaches and peaceful surroundings. The remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure.
Overnight in Knysna.

Day 5 Knysna – Tsitsikamma (Breakfast)

Travel 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. Our 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. 

Day 6 Tsitsikamma – Port Elizabeth (Breakfast)

Head 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.

 

Tsitsikamma Tsitsikamma Village Inn

Darnell Street, Storms River, 6308 Tsitsikamma, Eastern Cape, South Africa

+27 (0)42 281 1711

+27 (0)42 281 1669

Knysna aha The Rex Hotel

8 Gray St, Knysna, South Africa, 6571

+27-(0)-44-302-5900

Oudtshoorn La Plume Guest House

Volmoed Road (off the R62), Oudtshoorn

+27 (0) 44 272 7516

Mossel Bay Diaz Hotel & Resort

1 Beach E Blvd, Die Voor Bay, Mossel Bay, 6506 South Africa

+27 (0)44 692 8400

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US and Canadian passport holders do not require a tourist visa to enter South Africa.

  • Prices are for Land Only
  • All Prices are in USD
  • Prices are per person based on twin share accommodation
  • Add on airfare: available upon request
  • No Child discounts

Price includes

  • Domestic transportation indicated in the itinerary
  • Deluxe & Exotic Hotel accommodations
  • Meals and featuring regional delicacies mentioned in the itinerary
  • All visits and admission fees including entertainment shows mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking guides
  • Taxes and fuel surcharges

Price does not include

  • International flights (Home to destination & back home)
  • Tips (Gratuities to tour guides and drivers)
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional tours
  • Visa fee (if applicable)

6 Days

Garden Route Splendour

From: USD $1,099 

Group Size:

Guide:

2-18
English
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