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Garden Route Wildlife Viewing Tour, South Africa (4 Days)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 4 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 14 people
Destination(s): South Africa  
Specialty Categories: Wildlife Viewing  
Season: August - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 699 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 799 US Dollar (USD)

The Garden Route, running parallel to the southernmost coastline of Africa, is famous for its unique diversity of lakes, mountains, golden beaches, cliffs and dense indigenous forests. Its extraordinary beauty complements the contrast of the adjacent semi-arid valley, called the Little Karoo. This region in turn offers natural wonders such as the Cango Caves and its ideal habitat for ostrich farming makes it the ostrich Mecca of the world.

Day 1: Depart from Cape Town and drive eastwards via the beautiful coastal route between Gordon’s Bay and Hermanus, a seaside holiday town (Hermanus is the best place in the World to spot Whales from land – July to Dec). After an early lunch we drive on to Mossel bay. Here we visit arguably the oldest post office in Africa, the Post Office Tree and the site of the first landfall, made by the Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Dias in 1488. Overnight Mossel Bay.

Day 2: We travel over the Outeniqua Mountains to the Little Karoo to visit an Ostrich Show Farm for some unique experiences including ostrich racing. A ride on a back of an ostrich is not for the fainthearted. We visit the Cango caves, regarded as one of South Africa's foremost natural wonders. The fascinating calcite caves comprises an underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites. Visit Oudtshoorn, also called the "Feather capital" of the world, as over ninety percent of the world's ostrich farms are found here. Overnight at La Plume Guest House.

Day 3: After breakfast we depart for George where we board the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe Train, an antique steam train, to Knysna, a unique way to experience some of the most magical views on the Garden Route and Wilderness National Park. We skirt around the lakes to Knysna on the edge of the Knysna Lagoon with its entrance to the sea guarded by two promontories known as the "Heads". The area also falls within a National Park proclaimed to conserve the extraordinary natural beauty of the lakelands and adjacent indigenous forests. Knysna also offers shopping opportunities of unusual locally made art and craft, etc. We join a sundowner cruise on the lagoon. Overnight in Knysna.

Day 4: We travel to Plettenberg Bay for a short visit. Then we traverse through magnificently scenic river valley passes. We visit the Tsitsikamma National Park (Khoisan for 'The place of much water' stretching over one hundred kilometres of wild and rocky coastline characterized by massive cliffs, narrow isolated beaches and shady indigenous forests along the river valleys. Our next stop is Storms River with the impressive Paul Sauer Bridge across the valley towering some one hundred and thirty nine metres above the river. The final part of our journey takes us past a few coastal holiday villages to Port Elizabeth, also called the 'Friendly City' for a short city tour before the tour ends.

Supplemental Tour Information:
Note: We run a multiple of tours throughout the country covering all interests and areas. Please let us know if you want additional tours to this one or lengthen your stay in exotic places such as Cape Town, Durban or perhaps a private reserve or a luxury lodge on a deserted sub-tropical beach – luxury with an abundance of wildlife in rural Africa! You are also able to choose your type of accommodation in the cities to suit your budget or style. This tour departs from Port Elizabeth as well ending in Cape Town. Please state your preference when booking.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation in small luxury, owner managed establishments
- Full breakfasts
- Sumptuous dinners
- Entrances, other activities mentioned in the itinerary such as a boat cruise and touring in luxury 7 seater microbuses with our expert guides.

Price Excludes:
- Lunches
- Costs of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone, personal insurances.

About This Supplier
Location: South Africa
Joined InfoHub: Oct 1997

Africa, the mystical continent, a superlative experience visiting the routes of humankind, close encounters with Mother Nature in luxury, and get VERY close (safely) to Africa's extraordinary wildlife! A complete destination management company into South Africa and southern Africa including family holidays,...

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