Luxury 4 star Garden Route Tour (7 days return)


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Cape Town - Oudtshoorn - Knysna - Stormsriver - Mossel Bay - Hermanus - Cape Town

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Meals
All breakfasts.

Transport: vehicle, fuel, and toll fees
Quality air-conditioned vehicles are used. The type of vehicle will depend on the group size. All our vehicles have operating licenses and ample passenger liability insurance.

Vehicle (self drive only)
A suitable quality vehicle is included according to the group size. Your vehicle type can be upgrade at an additional cost.

Qualified tourist guide (guided tours only)
Registered tourist guide.

Driver (for guided tour groups bigger than 9 people)
All our drivers are licensed and have professional driving permits.

Accommodation
We have selected comfortable 3 and 4 star accommodations for this tour. The establishments we use at each destination are stipulated on the itinerary above. Please refer to our accommodation page for the Garden route. If for some reason we cannot accommodate you at the establishment(s) listed on this itinerary then a suitable alternative(s) will be used. You are able to upgrade your grading of accommodation. Please contact us with your requests.

Prices are per person sharing. A single supplement applies.

Entrance fees
All entrance fees to cited highlights on the itinerary.

Meals
All lunches, dinners, and extra meals are for clients own account.

Optional activities
All optional activities are excluded. Please refer to optional activities page for current prices.

Travel insurance
All travel and medical insurances are excluded and it is recommended that travelers arrange this before they travel.

Transport: fuel, and toll fees (self drive)
Fuel and toll fees are excludes on the self drive option.

     

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  * The tour operates all year round with a minimum of two persons.        
               

The tour operates all year round with a minimum of two persons. For single travelers who would like to do this as a private tour please contact us for a quotation.

Please note that the tour starts with a full-day tour of the city and its surrounds. Meet and greet can be organized as well as the first nights’ accommodation and transfer to your hotel. Please contact us if you require these services.

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Day 1: Cape Town - Oudtshoorn, 420 km

We depart from Cape Town and take a picturesque drive towards Paarl, crossing the impressive Du Toitskloof pass. The route is well-known for its natural beauty consisting of majestic mountains, a rich diversity in plant life and excellent wines. Today we are travelling through the Klein Karoo. Klein meaning “small” and Karoo is and old KhoiSan word meaning “Land of thirst”. We travel on Route62, known as the longest wine route in the world!
We also cross the beautiful Huisrivier pass with its magnificent geological rock formations that leads us into Calitzdorp, well known as the port capital of South Africa. We stop at Boplaas wine estate for port and wine tasting. A short drive brings you to the feather capital of the world, Oudtshoorn, where we will spend the night.

Route
Cape Town – Du Toitskloof pass – Worcester – Robertson – Montagu – Barrydale – Ladysmith - Huisrivier pass – Calitzdorp - Oudtshoorn
Highlights of the day
  • Du Toitskloof pass
  • Kogmanskloof pass
  • Barrydale and its numerous touristy shops
  • Huisriver pass
  • Port and wine tasting
Accommodation Oudtshoorn – Eldorado
Meals No meals included

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Day 2: Oudsthoorn and surrounds 60km

We will be spending the day around the Karoo town of Oudtshoorn, which is situated between the spectacular Swartberg and Outeniqua passes. We visit one of the many ostrich show farms in the area and learn about this fascinating bird, which played such a big economic role in this town. The tranquil Schoemanshoek Valley leads us to the world renowned Cango Caves, Oudtshoorn oldest and most popular attraction.

To date three systems of limestone caverns have been discovered and a part of these magical caves will be explored by us! We end our day with a late-afternoon drive up the Swartberg pass, with its soaring cliff walls and rock formations, a truly spectacular world heritage site!

Route In and around Oudtshoorn – overnight Oudsthoorn
Highlights of the day
  • Ostrich show farm
  • Schoemanshoek Valley
  • Cango Caves
  • Swartberg pass
Optional activities

Optional: this day or the morning of Day 3

  • Elephant interaction
  • Visit the CP Nel Museum
  • Wine tasting
  • Cheetah encounters at the Wildlife Ranch
Accommodation
Oudtshoorn – Eldorado
Meals Breakfast included

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Day 3: Oudtshoorn - Knysna 150km

This morning you have time to explore Oudtshoorn a little further, either participating in one of the many optional activities or a bit of free time in this town with its numerous museums, interesting architectural relics and National monuments. The road from Oudtshoorn towards the Garden Route leads us to the spectacular Outeniqua pass!

After a brief photo stop we travel through George and the winding Kaaimans pass, towards the beautiful coastal town of Wilderness, which is well known for its un-spoilt sandy beaches. We head for one of South Africa’s favourite towns, Knysna, where you have a bit of time to explore the waterfront and optional oyster tasting, before heading to our accommodation. We end the day with a relaxing, late-afternoon sunset boat-cruise on the Knysna estuary.

The Route Oudtshoorn – Outeniqua pass - George – Kaaimans pass – Wilderness – Sedgefield – Knysna
Highlights of the day
  • Outeniqua Pass
  • Wilderness
  • Sunset boat cruise on the Knysna estuary
  • The Heads viewpoint
Optional activities

Optional: this morning or during the afternoon on Day 2

  • Elephant interaction
  • Visit the CP Nel Museum
  • Wine tasting
  • Cheetah encounters at the Wildlife Ranch
  • Oyster tasting
Accommodation
Knysna – Knysna Lagoona Inn
Meals Breakfast included

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Day 4: Knysna - Stormsriver 100km

The lush vegetation, mountains, lagoons, rivers, beaches and sea combine to make the Garden Route a visual treat. We leave Knysna and travel further along the coast, passing pretty coastal towns and picturesque estuaries. On the other side of Plettenberg Bay the Bloukrans Bridge crosses a deep ravine, which is the site of the world’s highest bungy, a full 216m in height. We stop at the viewpoint for a look at this spectacular site, and an optional bungy jump.

Another 20km brings us to one of South Africa’s national parks, Tsitsikamma National Park. Tsitsikamma means “place of the sparkling waters”. With its rugged coast, thriving indigenous forest, panoramic views and abundance of fresh water from streams, this park is a paradise to visitors. We spend the afternoon in the park, which gives you ample time for different hiking trails and taking pictures, or just relaxing at the restaurant with its views over the sea. After a short drive we arrive in the beautiful village of Stormsriver, surrounded by thriving vegetation and indigenous forests. A short walk in the forest brings us to a massive Yellow wood tree, one of the best examples of South Africa’s National Tree.

The Route Knysna – Plettenberg Bay – Bloukrans Bridge bungy jumping – Tsitsikamma National Park – Stormsriver
Highlights of the day
  • Bloukrans Bridge
  • Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Hiking and beautiful photo opportunities
  • Visit to the big Yellow wood tree
  • Indigenous forest
Optional activities
  • Whale watching adventure on the open sea
  • Bungy jumping at Bloukrans bridge
  • Wine tasting outside Plettenberg Bay
  • Boat trip up the Stormsriver
Accommodation Stormsriver – Tsitsikamma Village Inn
Meals Breakfast included

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Day 5: Stormsriver – Mossel Bay 150km

After a hearty breakfast we take a short drive to the impressive Stormsriver bridge. You will have the chance of crossing this 140m high bridge by foot. Stunning panoramic views down the deeply cut valley makes for beautiful photographs and an adventurous start to your morning.

The bridge forms the border of the Garden Route and also means our turning point. We take a drive towards Mossel Bay where the very interesting Diaz Museum will be visited. The afternoon, an exciting game drive will be done in Botlierskop Private Game Reserve outside Mossel Bay.

Route   Stormsriver – Plettenberg Bay - Knysna – Sedgefield – Wilderness – George –Mossel Bay
Highlights of the day
  • Walk across the impressive 140m high Stormsriver bridge
  • Diaz museum
  • Botlierskop game drive
Optional activities
  • Big 5 Game drive with open vehicle in Addo Elephant park
  • Treetop tour in Tsitsikamma forest
  • Activities at Botlierskop
  • Walk in the forest before departure
Accommodation Mossel Bay – Bay Lodge on the Beach
Meals Breakfast included

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Day 6: Mossel Bay – Hermanus 320km

A relatively early departure will take us on the N2 highway towards Albertinia where we will make a brief stop to learn about the Aloe Vera industry and see some of the products that are made from the plant that grows here in abundance. We keep travelling on this road and enter Riversdal and the famous “sleeping beauty” lies watching over this farming town. The next town is Swellendam (the third oldest in the country) with its beautiful Cape Dutch style buildings and its rich history.

Passing the town of Riviersonderend we take the turn-off towards Hermanus, the world’s best site for land-based whale watching. You have the adventurous option of going in search of the Southern Right whales by boat or go for some wine tasting in the beautiful Hemel en Aarde valley (meaning – “Heaven and Earth”). Hermanus itself offers some beautiful coastal walks as well as stunning sandy beaches! We overnight in Hermanus.

Route Mossel Bay – Albertinia – Riversdal – Heidelberg – Swellendam – Riviersonderend – Stanford – Hermanus
Highlights of the day
  • Swellendam and its rich history and beautiful architecture
  • Spotting the Blue Crane, South Africa’s National bird
  • Land-based whale watching
  • Wine tasting
Optional activities
  • Hermanus whale watching boat cruise
  • Beer tasting at the Birkenhead brewery
  • Taking a walk on the long white sandy beaches of Hermanus or drive up the mountain
Accommodation
Hermanus – Misty Waves
Meals Breakfast included

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Day 7: Hermanus – Cape Town 150km

Today is a day of extreme beauty and lots of great stops. After a short travel we take the coastal route towards the holiday town of Kleinmond. Outside Kleinmond we visit the Harold Porter Nature Reserve and learn about the rich flora of this area, the Cape floral kingdom is known as the richest plant Kingdom in the World!

Some beautiful waterfalls can also be found inside the park. An optional picnic can be organized here before we travel further to the coastal village of Pringle Bay. From here the route will take you into an area with majestic mountains on one side and the sea on the other (Clarens drive). Another short drive and we will be back in “The beautiful Mother City”, Cape Town, where we have come to the end of our terrific tour!

Route Hermanus – (Clarens Drive) Kleinmond – Harold Porter Nature Reserve – Betty’s Bay – Rooiels – Cape Town
Highlights of the day
  • Walk on the beach at Pringle Bay
  • Harold Porter Nature Reserve and waterfalls
  • Clarens Drive
Optional activities
  • Whale watching boat cruise
  • Wine tasting in the Helderberg region
  • Penguin colony at Betty’s Bay
Meals Breakfast included

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