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Enjoy this wonderful 5-day escorted tour of the beautiful Garden Route as you visit Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, and Oudtshoorn. Visit the small historical town of Swellendam, discover the beauty of Knysna and visit its elephant park for an up-close encounter with these remarkable animals.

Go whale-watching in Plettenberg Bay and visit an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn. Explore one of the natural wonders of the world in the remarkable Cango Caves before driving back to Cape Town along the picturesque Route 62.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Travel in a small group
  • Go whale watching in Hermanus
  • Explore Swellendam - South Africa's 3rd oldest town
  • Drive along the picturesque Garden Route
  • Visit the elephants of the Knysna Elephant Park
  • Explore the spectacular Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn
  • Cruise down the beautiful & renowned Route 62

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Begin your Garden Route tour

Depart this morning from Cape Town as you drive over the Hottentot-Holland Mountains and pass into a region of immense beauty. Stop just outside Hermanus for a tour of a wine estate and some wine-tasting.

During whale season (June to December) you'll stop in Hermanus to spot these impressive creatures. Hermanus is well-known as one of the best land-based whale-watching destinations. You also have the option of heading out on an eco-marine or whale-watching boat trip at an additional cost.

Continue on to South Africa's third oldest settlement, Swellendam, after lunch. Spend the night at Schoone Oordt Country House and enjoy a delicious dinner at the hotel's restaurant.

Day 2-3

Discover the gem of the Garden Route

After breakfast, depart Swellendam and travel to the lagoon-side town of Knysna, known as the gem of the Garden Route. Enjoy some time at the Knysna Waterfront Complex before embarking on an excursion to the beautiful Featherbed Nature Reserve located on the western Knysna Head, which includes a ferry across the lagoon. Head out on the 2.2km downhill nature walk that offers truly remarkable scenery. Enjoy a tasty lunch at the reserve before returning to the mainland to continue your journey to Plettenberg Bay for two nights at the Hog Hollow Country Lodge.

The next day, you’ll visit the Knysna Elephant Park, where you will have the amazing opportunity to touch, feed and photograph these wonderful gentle creatures. Later travel to the spectacular Tsitsikamma National Park, followed by some exploring of the 'Millionaire's Playground'- Plettenberg Bay, before returning to Hog Hollow.

Day 4

Marvel at the Cango Caves

Depart Plettenberg Bay in the morning and travel through George via the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn. Stop at an ostrich farm in the late morning for a guided tour and lunch. Continue to the spectacular Cango Caves where you can explore this natural wonder in the afternoon.

Continue your travels, arriving at the Rosenhof Country House for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 5

Travel along Route 62

Depart from Oudtshoorn in the morning and travel along the beautiful and famous Route 62 to Cape Town. The ever-changing colours of the mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards offer an unforgettable kaleidoscope of scenery as you make your way to Cape Town where you’re journey comes to an end.

Inclusions

  • 1 Night at Schoone Oordt Country House on dinner, bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 Nights at Hunter's Country House on dinner, bed and breakfast basis
  • 1 Night at Rosenhof Country House on dinner, bed and breakfast basis
  • Transport in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle
  • English speaking tour guide for the duration of the itinerary
  • Activities as specified in the itinerary

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Jul 2016 - 30 Sep 2016 $940
  • 01 Oct 2016 - 31 Dec 2016 $1005
  • 01 Jan 2017 - 30 Apr 2017 $1155
  • 01 May 2017 - 31 Aug 2017 $1080
  • 01 Sep 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $1155

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

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