Explore charming historic towns off the beaten track in the Klein Karoo, travel through picturesque scenery and take in all the top highlights of the Garden Route in just 4 days/3 nights. The tour departs on selected Mondays and includes 3 breakfasts; 1 lunch; 1 dinner; 3 nights accommodation; porterage; transport; and sightseeing as specified.
This morning, you will be collected from your hotel by your tour group and you will travel through the picturesque Sir Lowry's Pass, surrounded by magnificent mountains. Stop for coffee and a short rest at a farm stall at the top of Sir Lowry's pass, before continuing through Caledon, Napier and Bredasdorp on your way to Cape Agulhas.
You will spend some time at the Cape Agulhas lighthouse before departing for lunch in Swellendam. Thereafter continue onward to Mossel Bay and your overnight accommodation.
You will overnight here at The Swartberg Hotel. This is a charming Victorian hotel dating back to 1864. It boasts a rich history and its one of 19 national monuments in the village. The hotel features a number of rooms in the main building and the quiet garden, each uniquely decorated with a Victorian feel. Guests can enjoy delicious evening meals in the Victoria Room and delectable treats as well as delicious breakfasts and lunches at their quaint coffee shop. The large dining area leads out onto the patio overlooking the swimming pool and a large second floor balcony offers a quiet retreat with beautiful views of the town.
After breakfast, enjoy a spectacular drive through Meiringspoort Pass, with breathtaking rock formations and jaw-dropping beauty, as the road winds its way through the Swartberg Mountains to the quaint Little Karoo village of De Rust. Continue 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, followed by a wine tasting at a local wine estate, before a tour of the Cango Caves, one of the world's great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. You will then be taken to your overnight accommodation in Oudtshoorn.
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 travel over the Outeniqua Pass to George, the sixth oldest town in South Africa, with many historical landmarks such as 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, where you can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to take in the panoramic views of the town and lagoon, returning for some lunch under the milkwood trees. In the afternoon, explore and discover more of this charming town at your leisure.
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. Whether you are a foodie, a golfer, wildlife enthusiast or an adventure seeker, there are plenty of experiences in store for you. Accommodation at the Rex is inspired by a mix of contemporary and classic decor, featuring calming colours and plush fabrics. Every modern comfort is available in these beautifully appointed rooms, suites and apartments.
After breakfast you will be transferred (unescorted, driver only) eastward along the Tsitsikamma Forest to Port Elizabeth, where the tour will come to an end. Guests may disembark, on request, at Port Elizabeth Airport.