Cape Town shopping options invite you to endlessly browse. Elegant shopping malls such as the Victoria Wharf at the V&A Waterfront, where antique shops, craft markets, flea markets and art galleries abound. Specialist boutiques offer an enticing array of unusual items not readily obtainable elsewhere. Gourmets and lovers of fine wines have a treat in store, with the Constantia Winelands producing some of the finest wines worldwide.
There is a narrow coastal plain stretching some 250 km from the town of George in the west to the eastern limits of the Tsitsikamma Mountains. This is known as the Garden Route. The traveler will traverse a region where nature has bestowed her many riches with a generous abundance, so that the "garden' can be likened to Eden! Because the climate is mild and enjoys all year rainfall the countryside is always green, and there are always flowers to be seen alongside the road.
Primordial forests still clothe the slopes of the mountains and the deep valleys of the garden route. The coastline is sheer with outcrops of different rock types interspersed with small bays and occasionally long stretches of beaches. Whales, especially the Southern Right and the Pigmy, visit these shores in summer and calve in the calm waters of Plettenberg bay. Dolphins can be seen all year round along the coastline.
Day 1: Johannesburg - Kruger National Park. We leave Johannesburg early morning and make our way to the beautiful province of Mpumalanga. Game sightings begin virtually as soon as we enter the Kruger Park which is home to 147 mammal species as well as the Big Five, reptiles and birds. After a few hours of game viewing we will arrive at our rest camp for the night. While you enjoy an exciting night safari, searching for the elusive night predators, your guide will be preparing a traditional South African "Braai", or barbeque. After dinner sit around the fire and listen to the African night sounds. (Inclusive of transportation, accommodation, dinner and night drive).
Day 2: Kruger National Park. Wake up bright and early and set off for an early morning game drive with your tour guide. The animals try to escape the African sun by retreating into shady bush during the day, so the best game viewing times are early morning and late afternoon. Stopping for tea and rusks during the drive. Returning to the camp for a delicious breakfast. Your guide will take you out for a few more hours game drive before lunching at one of the rest camps. Enjoy a midday siesta, before heading off for another exciting night drive. Dinner at the rest camp. (Inclusive of breakfast, dinner, accommodation and game drives).
Day 3: Kruger National Park - Johannesburg - Port Elizabeth. Enjoy an early morning game drive before a delicious breakfast. Return to Johannesburg via the "Panorama" route. The highlights include stopping at the Blyde River Canyon, Gods Window, and Bourkes Luck Pot-holes. Arrive in Johannesburg late afternoon. Your guide will put you on a flight to Port Elizabeth. The flight takes an hour and a half. Spend the night at a hotel in Port Elizabeth. (Inclusive of game drive, breakfast, transportation to Johannesburg, flights to Port Elizabeth and overnight accommodation).
Day 4: Port Elizabeth. Port Elizabeth, also known as the friendly city has wide open beaches and wonderful examples of Victorian architecture. After breakfast you will set off to the Addo Elephant National Park for a full day safari! The park is home to the densest population of elephant in Africa. The park was established in 1931 to save the Eastern Cape or Addo elephant from extinction. Other than the elephants there are buffalo, Zebra, jackals and different antelope species. After a full days game viewing return to the hotel in Port Elizabeth. (Inclusive of breakfast, full days game viewing, dinner and accommodation).
Day 5: Port Elizabeth - Tsitsikamma. After Breakfast you will make your way to the Garden Route. You will spend the night in the town of Tsitsikamma. The word is a Khoi-san word for a place of many waters. The southern Cape indigenous rain forest extends south of the Tsitsikamma range and west of the Storms River Bridge. The bridge spans the 130 m deep chasm cut by the Storms River.
The forest consists of the countries finest indigenous trees, namely the Outeniqua yellowwood, Stinkwood, and many others! Apart from the forests the park is well known for its varied marine life in the rock pools and river mouths. Enjoy a guided walking trail through the forests and explore the majestic coastline. (Inclusive of breakfast, walking tour, and accommodation)
Day 6: Tsitsikamma - Knysna. After breakfast make your way to the town of Knysna. On the way enjoy a stop at the up market holiday town of Plettenberg Bay. You will visit the fascinating monkeyland, where you will enjoy a walking safari through the dense forest. Continue on to Knysna known as "Jewel' of the garden route. Knysna area is a natural paradise of lush, indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches. The town of Knysna nestles on the banks of a beautiful lagoon, which is now a protected marine reserve that is home to the amazing seahorse and over 22 species of fish. Knysna is also home to the only forest elephants of South Africa. Spend the night at a hotel in Knysna. (Inclusive of breakfast, entrance fees and accommodation).
Day 7: Knysna. After breakfast you will join a tour of the Featherbed Nature reserve. The reserve provides scenic views of The Heads and Knysna. Visitors get to the reserve via a ferry trip. On arrival guests are taken in 4 wheel drive vehicles to the top of the western Head. A foot trail leads through 2 km of coastal forest and along the waters edge back to the Featherbed tavern, where a delicious lunch of grilled fresh fish can be enjoyed.
In the afternoon guests are treated to an exhilarating steam train ride aboard the Outeniqua Choo-Choo! The steam train provides some of the best views of the coastline and hidden valleys inaccessible by car. Overnight at a hotel in Knysna. (Inclusive of breakfast, entrance fees and accommodation).
Day 8: Oudtshoorn. Today you will travel to Oudshoorn, via the town of George. Oudshoorn is the principal town of the Little Karoo, where you will be welcomed with hospitality which has become synonymous with the people of the region. Oudshoorn is also the Ostrich capital of the world. Visit a working ostrich farm and for the more daring, try riding one!
These flightless birds are very fast runners and can reach speeds of upto 65 km/hr! After lunch your guide will take you to the Cango caves. The Cango caves have some of the biggest stalagmite formations in the world, set in Precambrian limestone. In total the system of tunnels and chambers in the caves stretch for over 4 km's, but the section open to visitors takes place as part of supervised
tours. Spend the night at a lodge in town. (Inclusive of breakfast, entrance fees and accommodation).
Day 9: Cape Town. After breakfast your guide will start making his way to Cape Town. Travel through the little Karoo on the interesting R62, traveling through towns such as Barrydale and Swellendam. Arrive at your hotel situated in the City late afternoon. Your guide will take you to the famous Victoria and Alfred Waterfront for dinner. (Inclusive of breakfast and accommodation).
Day 10: Cape Town. After breakfast your guide will take you on a full day Cape Peninsula Tour. En route to Cape Point, view the breathtaking 12 apostles and enjoy a photo stop at Chapman's peak. Experience a boat trip to Duiker Island to view the seal colony. At The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve enjoy a ride in the Funicular up 238 meters and view the legendary meeting place of the two great oceans. Observe the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach. And lastly drive through the scenic naval port of Simons Town and Constantia. Return to your hotel late afternoon. (Inclusive of breakfast, full day tour and accommodation).
Day 11: Cape Town - Winelands. After breakfast your guide will collect you for a full day wine lands tour. Visit Paarl, Franschoek and Stellenbosch. Enjoy a cellar tour as well as wine tasting at two well known Wine Estates. Drive trough the majestic Helshoogte Mountain pass. In Stellenbosch view the wonderful examples of Cape Dutch Architecture and enjoy a stroll through the historic Dorpstreet and visit the Burger Museum in Stellenbosch. At Spier Wine Estate visit the Cheetah and raptor programs. Returning to the hotel late afternoon. (Inclusive of breakfast, full day tour and accommodation).
Day 12: Cape Town. Your guide will collect you after breakfast for a half day city tour. Experience the magic of Cape Town. Highlights include Table mountain (weather permitting), The Castle, the oldest building in South Africa, the Malay Quarter with its slave origins and a diamond cutting tour. Depending on the time of your flight from Cape Town Airport a tour to the world famous Robben Island can be arranged. Your guide will drop you at the airport for your return flight home. (Inclusive of breakfast and city tour).
These tours are for private escorted tours, not coach tours. The prices quoted are based on per person sharing minimum 2 people.
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