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Scenic Garden Route Circular

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 5 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 12 people
Destination(s): South Africa  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1700 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3500 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1, Sunday: Winelands

Your guide will collect you this morning at 09h00 and you will set off for Stellenbosch, the second oldest settlement in South Africa after Cape Town. Its oak lined streets and famed Cape Dutch architecture make it one of the most charming towns in the country. We continue from here to Paarl, where we stop at the impressive Afrikaans Language Monument, that offers awe inspiring views of the Winelands and the Hottentots Holland Mountains, before enjoying lunch and a wine tasting at one of the nearby wine estates. We continue to Franschhoek, where we enjoy another wine tasting, before checking in to our accommodation, Maison Chablis (or similar) and giving you an opportunity to explore this French Huguenot town with its charming pavement cafes on your own. Includes: (L).

Day 2, Monday: Oudtshoorn

We join Route 62 today - an inland road that travels through the stark beauty of the Little Karoo, a semi desert region, passing towns such as Barrydale and Montagu. We stop at the little village of Calitzdorp, famous for its Haanepoort grapes for a port tasting, before arriving at Oudtshoorn, the ostrich farming capital of the world. We have lunch and a tour of an ostrich farm before visiting the Cango Caves, the largest accessible caverns in Africa. Overnight in Oudtshoorn at De Opstal (or similar). Inlcudes: (B), (L).

Day 3, Tuesday: Knysna

This morning of Day 3 we travel over the Outeniqua mountains, leaving behind the dry Little Karoo and entering the lush greenery of the Garden Route. At George, you board a steam train to travel the coastal route in nostalgic fashion (seasonal September - April), before joining up with your guide at Sedgefield. This whole area is characterised by sweeping white beaches, deep rivers and indigenous forest. Travel on to Knysna where we join the ferry on Knysna Lagoon and set off for Featherbed Nature Reserve, where we are met by all terrain vehicles that will take us up to the top of the cliffs for breathtaking views of the area. Lunch is served on the edge of the lagoon, before we check into Waterfront Lodge (or similar) for overnight. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 4, Wednesday: Tsitsikamma

We drive east after breakfast to the thick indigenous Forest of Tsitsikamma, where we head towards the coast at Storm's River Mouth. Here the Storm's River meets the Indian Ocean amidst dramatic cliffs and gorges, bordered by the forest - an inspiring sight. Our tour continues with a stop at a monkey sanctuary, where rescued apes and monkeys run wild in a protected area of the forest, before we drive to the holiday village of Plettenberg Bay, and famed Lookout Beach. We return to Knysna, with time at leisure this afternoon to enjoy the artistic shops and crafts of the town. Dinner and overnight in Knysna. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 5, Thursday: Cape Town

After breakfast, we head west via the historic town of Swellendam, with its 18th century architecture, to the coastal town of Hermanus, world famous for its excellent land based whale watching. Whales are in the bay between May and November, but even out of whale season, the location and views makes this a special place to visit. We enjoy lunch here at the Relais and Chateaux hotel, the Marine, a beacon of elegance on the coast. This afternoon, we continue to Cape Town via Sir Lowry's Pass where you will be dropped off at your chosen accommodation or at the airport (arrival approximately 17h30). Includes: (B), (L).

Notes: You may also choose to extend your stay in Cape Town with our Cape Town or Safari extension packages.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Expert guiding
- Intimate accommodation of a very high standard
- Dinner or lunch daily.

About This Supplier
Location: South Africa
Joined InfoHub: Aug 2008

M18592 is a full service tour operator offering escorted tours, transfers, day tours, car rental, safari and hotel accommodation and charter flights in Southern Africa, including South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Mauritius and Zambia. It is made up of travel professionals who have a minimum of 8 years...

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