Cape Town & The Garden Route
Stops: Johannesburg | Port Elizabeth | Tsitsikamma | Knysna | Plettenberg Bay | Oudtshoorn | Cape Winelands | Cape Town
Country: South Africa | eSwatini (Swaziland)
Between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, lies one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world, known as the Garden Route. Experience the trip of a lifetime exploring this piece of paradise, offering an outstandingly beautiful combination of world-class beaches, indigenous forests, picturesque lagoons and mountain ranges creating contrasting, yet equally stunning views. Countless detours and opportunities for activities are on the menu, from hiking and whale watching, to safari and wine-tasting, showcasing the region’s natural beauty, culture, and hospitality.
Day 1: Johannesburg
Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel for check-in. En route, you will get a first-hand feel of South Africa’s biggest city, also known as “the city of gold”. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring this wonderful city on an optional tour customised to your needs, or alternatively, spend the rest of the day at leisure and at your own pace.
Diverse in culture, colour and heritage, Johannesburg’s contrasts will capture your heart and awaken your soul. Spend the day exploring Johannesburg, Soweto and surrounds. Visit the internationally acclaimed Apartheid Museum, illustrating the rise and fall of the Apartheid regime in South Africa. Discover the vibrant township of Soweto, home to Mandela House and many more historically significant sites and figures of the struggle. After the tour, you will be transferred to OR Tambo International airport for a short flight to Port-Elizabeth, affectionally known as the “friendly city”.
Overnight: Port Elizabeth
After breakfast, we depart the ‘friendly city’ and head west to the seaside town of Knysna, via Storms River and the Tsitsikamma forest. You will see and feel the changing landscape as we travel through the area, featuring many viewpoints and scenic stops along the way. Storms River is worth a stop to take a short walk to the suspension bridge and surrounds while enjoying the vistas of the turquoise ocean. You can enjoy lunch in the heart of the Tsitsikamma forest, before continuing on to the picturesque town of Knysna. If you are looking for an adrenaline rush, the Garden Route is home to the highest single span arch bridge in the world, offering the highest commercially operated Bungy Jump on the planet. En route to our destination, possibility to stop at Bloukrans Bridge where you can bungy jump or simply enjoy spectacular views from Africa’s highest bridge.
After breakfast, we will enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve (weather permitting), where we can take a trailer ride to the top of the western head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon. Alternatively, we can make our way to Plettenberg Bay, well-known for its breath-taking beaches, water sport activities, nature reserves, and hiking trails. Possibility to embark on a marine excursion for whale watching and a close encounter with other marine mammals (weather and season permitting). For those not wanting the whale-watching experience, stretch your legs on the magnificent Robberg Nature Reserve, a World Heritage Site where the diverse fauna, flora and spectacular views will leave you breathless. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming area.
Leave Knysna and travel through the Outeniqua Pass, connecting the coastal town of George with Oudtshoorn. Also known as the “ostrich capital of the world”, the quiet town of Oudtshoorn is the largest town in the Klein Karoo and set against the backdrop of the Swartberg and Outeniqua Mountains. We will visit an Ostrich Farm for a fun filled interactive encounter with the world’s largest bird, before taking a tour of the spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo – The Cango Caves. We arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon to check in and relax before dinner.
After breakfast we continue our journey the Cape Winelands along the fascinating Route 62, reputed to be the longest wine route in the world, travelling via Montagu, a picturesque and historic spa town. We arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon.
Overnight: Cape Winelands area
After breakfast, get ready to embark on a full day gourmet tour around the magnificent Winelands of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. World renowned for its spectacular beauty, superb wines and world class restaurants, this region dedicated to viticulture is a definite must-visit destination on any trip to South Africa. Gourmet food, award-winning wines and splendid landscapes are on the menu!
Overnight: Cape Town
Explore South Africa’s “Mother City”, a fusion of rich history, modern culture and stunning landscapes set against the backdrop of the iconic Table Mountain. Discover the city highlights, including the Malay Quarter (Bo-kaap), V&A Waterfront, before soaking up the panoramic views from the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting). Spend the afternoon at leisure to further explore this cosmopolitan city or to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities.
Embark on a scenic tour along the Cape Peninsula, offering some of the most breath-taking coastal scenery on the planet. We will travel along the Atlantic Seaboard from Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, before continuing to Hout Bay with its fishing harbour, magnificent mountain views and beach. Our journey will continue through Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most spectacular marine drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve, boasting magnificent fynbos vegetation, birdlife, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks, as well as a few large mammals such as antelope, zebra and baboons. After lunch at a nearby restaurant, our return trip will take us to the other side of the peninsula along False Bay. We will travel through historic Simon’s Town, a charming naval village home to a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach where we will get a chance to view the magnificent penguins in their natural habitat. The day will end with a visit to the renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens before returning to your hotel.
Overnight in Cape Town.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and spend the last day of the tour at leisure before departing the city to the airport.
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