Luxury 5 star Garden Route tour (6 Days)


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Cape Town - Hermanus - Oudtshoorn - Knysna - Stormsriver - Port Elizabeth

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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 - Hermanus, 150km

We depart from Cape Town and take the beautiful coastal drive (Clarens drive) towards Hermanus. The route is well-known for its natural beauty, white sandy beaches, majestic mountains, a rich diversity in plant life and excellent wines. We visit beautiful waterfalls and learn about the indigenous flora at Harold Porter Nature Reserve.

During whale season there are several opportunities to spot whales from the numerous vantage points along Hermanus’ elevated rocky coastline (the best land-based viewing point in the world for whale–watching). We conclude the day with wine tasting at one of the well known estates in the Hemel en Aarde valley (meaning – “Heaven and Earth”) followed by a drive up the mountain for a majestic view over Hermanus and the spectacular Walker Bay.

Route
Cape Town – Strand – Gordon’s Bay – Rooiels – Pringle Bay – Betty’s Bay – Kleinmond (Clarens Drive) – Hermanus
Highlights of the day
  • Harold Porter Nature Reserve
  • Whale spotting (June – December)
  • Rotary drive (Walker Bay view point)
  • Wine tasting (Hemel en Aarde Valley)
Optional
  • Whale watching adventure on the open sea
  • Picnic in the Harold Porter Nature Reserve
  • Walk along one of Hermanus blue flag beaches
Accommodation Hermanus – Misty Waves
Meals No meals included

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Day 2: Hermanus - Oudtshoorn, 350km

This is a day of changing landscapes and beautiful contrasts. We leave the coastal areas and travel towards the Klein Karoo. Klein meaning “small” and Karoo is an old Khoi San word meaning “Land of thirst”. We travel through the third oldest town in South Africa, Swellendam and cross into the Klein Karoo via the very scenic Tradouw pass. Keep your eyes open for the Blue crane, South Africa’s national bird which is known to be found in this area.

This route brings you to the famous Route62, known as the longest wine route in the world! Crossing the beautiful Huisrivier pass with its magnificent geological rock formations we head into Calitzdorp, well known as the Port Capital of South Africa. We stop at Boplaas wine estate for port tasting. A short drive brings you to the feather capital of the world, Oudtshoorn, where we will spend the night.

Route Hermanus – Stanford – Riviersonderend – Swellendam – Tradouw pass – Barrydale – Ladismith – Huisrivier pass – Calitzdorp – Oudtshoorn
Highlights of the day
  • Famous Route 62
  • Swellendam (South Africa’s third oldest town)
  • Tradouw pass
  • Huisrivier pass
  • Port & wine tasting
Optional
  • Swellendam Drostdy museum
Accommodation
Oudtshoorn – Eldorado
Meals Breakfast included

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Day 3: 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’s 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!

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

Optional: this morning or during the afternoon on Day 4

  • 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 4: 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 Oudshoorn 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

Optional: this morning or during the afternoon on Day 3

  • 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 5: 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.

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
  • 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 6: Stormsriver - Port Elizabeth 280km

Our first stop for the day is only a short drive away. Many impressive bridges have been built to cross the deep ravines that are found in this beautiful area. We take a stroll across the Stormsriver bridge, 140m above the riverbed!

From here a pleasant 2 hour drive takes us to the Addo Elephant National Park. We conduct a game drive in our own vehicle (open vehicle at additional cost). With luck you will also be able to spot Lion, Buffalo, Black Rhino and, much other smaller game, such as Kudu, Warthog and many bird species. The Big 5 is difficult to spot, but the landscape combined with the animals, makes this an unforgettable experience! From here a short drive takes us to historical Port Elizabeth, also known as “The Friendly City”, and we come to the end of a memorable tour.

Route Stormsriver – Van Stadens bridge - Addo Elephant Park – Port Elizabeth
Highlights of the day
  • Stormsriver bridge
  • Big 5 safari - Addo Elephant National park
  • Port Elizabeth
Optional
  • Big 5 Game drive with open vehicle in Addo Elephant park
Meals Breakfast included

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