Relish the scenic splendour of South Africa’s Cape Winelands, Klein Karoo and the southern coastline on this 6 day/5 night adventure. This Garden Route safari takes in the road less travelled through the Cape Winelands and the evocative Klein Karoo before traversing the Outeniqua Mountain Pass and descending to the lush Garden Route coastline.
It is a circular route, ending back in Cape Town via the coastal roadway so you take in all the fantastic highlights of this beautiful region. Expect breathtaking landscapes, warm hospitality, whale watching (in season) and the chance to taste fine wines.
Tours depart on selected Thursdays, with a minimum of 2 guests. The school visits are subject to the school being open. Guests will travel together in a luxury vehicle with a professional guide.
The tour includes 5 breakfasts; 2 lunches; 3 dinners; 5 nights accommodation; porterage; transport as specified; and sightseeing as specified.
Holiday Title: Garden Route, Safari and Winelands Wonder
Countries Visited: South Africa
This morning, you will be collected from your Cape Town hotel by your tour group and depart Cape Town, travelling through the Little Karoo and Montagu, a picturesque and historic spa town. Along the way, you will stop off in the town of Barrydale, where you will have the opportunity to visit a local farm school, interact with the children and teachers, spending time with them in the classroom learning more about the local farming community, before continuing onto Oudtshoorn - the 'ostrich feather capital' and centre of the world's ostrich farming industry.
La Plume is a family-owned 1902 Victorian homestead on a working ostrich, alfalfa and vine farm outside the town of Oudtshoorn offering warm country hospitality and accommodations in refined style. Enjoy relaxing on the cool veranda with its sweeping view across the Olifant's River Valley to the Swartberg Mountains. The spacious en-suite rooms are tastefully furnished with gracious antiques and offer all modern conveniences.
After breakfast, you will take a tour of the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves, one of the world's great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. After this, you will return to Oudtshoorn for a guided tour and light lunch (included) at an Ostrich Farm. The journey continues over the scenic Outeniqua Pass to George, the administrative hub of the Garden Route area and then onto Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. You will then be taken to your accommodation in Knysna where you will overnight.
The Rex Hotel is renowned for its chic urban style and impeccable service. Located in the vibrant seaside town of Knysna and surrounded by beaches, forests and lakes, this elegant retreat is the perfect base from which to explore all the attractions of the world-famous Garden Route. Accommodation at the Rex is inspired by a mix of contemporary and classic decor, featuring calming colours and plush fabrics.
After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, 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 (included). In the afternoon, explore and discover more of this charming town at your leisure.
After a leisurely breakfast, travel via George and Mossel Bay to Albertinia, a town set against the backdrop of the majestic Langeberg Mountain Range, and onto the Garden Route Game Lodge. The lodge is set on a family-owned and operated malaria-free private game reserve and offers beautifully appointed lodge rooms and luxury thatched chalets, all equipped with the essential amenities expected of a luxury lodge. There are a number of superb dining options on offer, from a boma to on-site restaurant, ensuring a memorable dining experience. Guests can also enjoy wide range of activities, including open vehicle guided game drives, bird watching, reptile encounters as well as relaxing spa treatments at the spa.
Enjoy an afternoon open vehicle game drive - you may hopefully spot an abundance of animal and birdlife, including the Big Five.
The day starts with an early morning game drive in an open safari vehicle. Your expert guide will endeavour to spoil you with sightings of the Big Five, general game and prolific bird life. After this, you will then be taken to the seaside resort of Hermanus, known as the heart of the whale route, offering the best land based whale watching (Aug-Nov) in the world. You will then be taken to your overnight accommodation in Hermanus.
Misty Waves is a boutique-styled hotel, ideally positioned, just metres away from the cliff paths of Walker Bay that offers some of the best land-based whale-watching in the world. Enjoy an attentive stay in fine accommodation with easy access to town and the beach. Spacious sea-facing rooms have en-suite facilities, fantastic views and all necessary modern amenities. You can dine at the Pakistani-themed restaurant on site as easily as you explore the excellent options in town. There is a sparkling swimming pool in a tranquil setting that is ideal for relaxation.
After a leisurely breakfast you will depart Hermanus and travel to Franschhoek, a picturesque village surrounded by spectacular vineyards, where French Huguenots settled more than 300 years ago, bringing with them their age-old French wine and food culture. Enjoy a guided tour of Franschhoek with your storytelling guide sharing with you the fascinating history of the French Huguenots and the Huguenot Memorial Museum, finishing with a wine tasting, before finally heading back to Cape Town where the tour comes to an end.
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