Day 1: Drive to Inverdoorn Game Farm from Cape Town over the Du Toits Kloof Pass via Ceres and the Mitchell’s Pass. We arrive in time for lunch and overnight at the luxury game farm including an afternoon game drive.
Day 2: After the early morning game drive and breakfast we head for Western Cape’s premier wildness area the Cederberg we arrive in time for lunch and explore the Stadsaal Caves (town hall caves) and sample the Cederberg wines. We will stay overnight in a luxury Guesthouse on the Groot River having crossed the Blinkberg and Groot River passes.
Day 3: If the weather is very hot we can take a morning swim in the Maalgat Swimming hole on the Matjies River. We then drive up the Eselbank Pass and visit Wuppertal a remote but beautiful mission station founded by German missionaries in 1829. The village consists of photogenic little cottages and a church all built by the resident. Wuppertal is famous for veldskoen (felt shoes) made in the village, tobacco is dried and rolled, rooibos tea is sorted and packed, and dried fruit is also produced.
In the wild flower season August To September we can also visit the Bidouw Valley. After which we drive up the Hoekseberg Pass and arrive at the Englishman’s grave. An English officer killed in the Boer War, whose relatives still come from England once a year to place flowers on his grave. We then ascend the Gannagapass and the Pakhuis pass. On passed Clanwilliam and the magnificent Clanwilliam Dam and down to Citrusdal, Citrus fruit capital of this area. We will stay overnight in a luxury guesthouse on a citrus farm.
Days 4-7: Early the next day we leave Citrusdal and drive the r303 over the Middleberg, and Buffelshoek passes. We drive through some of the best Tankwa Karro scenery over the Katbakkies Pass (dickey seat as in old vehicle) because the pass is so steep that old cars could only go up backwards after we pass Katbakkies we turn of to arrive at our next overnight stop Kagga Kamma here we stay 3 nights. Sleeping in rooms built into the sides of caves. With an optional extra of sleeping out under the stare if the weather is suitable.
Day 8: After an early breakfast we set off over yet another pass the Peerboomskloof Pass and travel along the N1 through Laingsburg tragically washed away by a huge flood in 1981, it has since been rebuilt. We stop on the way a Matjiesfontain a historic town built by an eccentric Scotsman in the early 1800s it has been preserved as it was in latter times and feels like a time warp, it was also very important to the English during the Boar War. We move along to Prince Albert just in time for lunch and enough time to explore this little Karro town nestling in the side of the Swartberg.
Day 9: We tackle the mighty Swartberg Pass, the King Of passes in the Cape Province a superb drive full of history we will stop many times to take photographs. At the top of the pass we turn off to Gamkas Kloof (the valley of the lions) also known as Die Hell we will have time to explore this little valley forgotten for so long. Accommodation will be in one of the 16 historic farm buildings now converted by Cape Nature.
Day 10: After breakfast we will leave for the Cango Caves in the hart of the Swartberg well worth visiting these large caves have become on icon of South Africa. Afterwards we will visit an ostrich farm in this historic ostrich farming area. Then a drive to Rust-en-Vrede famous for its waterfall. We will then pass through a beautiful farming area to De Rust and the start of the Mierings Poort the only ravine through the Swartberg Mountains. A truly fantastic site. We then had back to Oudtshoorn the Capital of the ostrich-farming region. You are welcome to true a very healthy ostrich steak. We stay over at Oudtshoorn.
Day 11: We don’t have to be up so early this morning. We take a scenic drive down the Outeniqua Pass and onto the famous seven passes road. We will visit the big tree and finally arrive at our final destination Knysna.
Day 12: A day off to explores Knysna and undertake one or two of the many adventures in the area (all optional extras, we can help you decide which). Of course you must try the Knysna oysters.
Day 13: We drive back to Cape Town along the sonic coastal route or route 66 you decide! If you are going to the Kruger or up north and want to fly form Port Elisabeth we can transfer you there, at a slightly extra cost.
- Single Supplement: R12141 p/p
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