GARDEN ROUTE + PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
PRICE: 895 dollars per person based on 4 people private guided tour
PRICE: 595 dollars per person based on 2 people self – drive
The price of this 6 day itinerary included for private guided tour:
– All entrance fees in national cultural parks, museums and tastings
– 1 boat cruise (Knysna)
– All breakfasts, 1 barbecue
-Meals and safaris in the reserve included
This tour will afford us the luxury to explore the diversity that this beautiful country has to offer, including an overnight in a game lodge.
- Montagu, Worcester, Robertson, charming small towns reminiscent of the past, situated in the winelands of the Breede river valley.
- Oudtshoorn, situated in the Karoo, ostrich feathers made this town it’s fortune in the last century, we enjoy the remains of the rich history and visit the famous, beautiful caves.
- Knysna and Plettenberg Bay wealthy coastal towns reminiscent of the Mediterranean coast .
- Tsitsikamma National Park, an ancient indigenous forest, that extends down to the sea and offers beautiful walks through forest of giant Yellow wood trees following the paths once used by elephant herds in search of food.
- Mossel Bay, where the first Europeans (Bartholomew Diaz and Vasco de Gama) stopped for refreshments on their way to the trading posts of the East.
- Hermanus, a beautiful coastal resort town where the Southern right whale comes here to calf between July and December.
Day 1: Oudtshoorn
This morning we leave the Cape towards Paarl, the name is derived from ‘Parel’ meaning Pearl in Dutch when in 1657 a Dutch settler saw a giant granite rock glistening in the sun after a rainstorm.
Shortly afterwards the first French Huguenots settled here and commenced the winemaking industry, famous in the region. We continue through the famous Huguenot tunnel to visit Worcester, Robertson and Montagu. Worcester is the administrative capital of the Breede Valley. Founded in 1820, the town planning and architecture shows a strong neo-classical influence. It is now an important training center for the disabled particularly the deaf and blind.
Founded in 1853, Robertson found it’s prosperity with ostrich farming and agriculture. Today the area has turned to viticulture and fruit production. Some buildings such as the Pink Church, Museum and several houses of Edwardian or Victorian style are the only vestiges of its past.
Montagu situated at the confluence of two rivers is known for its radioactive hot springs and beautiful “ folded” mountains. We will enter the semi-desert Karoo region, known for its succulents, fossils and mountain leopards. We finally arrive at Barrydale on the boundary of the Overberg and Klein Karoo. This charming town offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, where we relax and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant
In the early afternoon we travel towards Oudtshoorn on the Route 62 via Ladismith and Calitzdorp. Surrounded by stunning scenery, the quiet little town of Calitzdorp is known as the port wine capital of South Africa.
Upon arrival in Oudtshoorn we visit an ostrich farm.These flightless birds have brought fame and wealth to the town, called “the ostrich capital of the world” since its founding in 1847. Here we view the famous “feather palaces”, the opulent mansions of the first ostrich breeders who made their fortune from the feathers. Today these birds are raised for their meat, eggs, feathers and leather.
We arrive at our guesthouse and enjoy a well deserved break before dinner at one of the restaurants renowned for their excellent ostrich steak.
Day 2: Knysna
This morning we will visit the Cango caves where an knowledgeable and accredited Caves guide will take us on a tour of the caves, a series of underground tunnels and galleries with impressive limestone formations. Thereafter we take the road over the famous “Outeniqua Pass” which leads down to the Garden Route and Knysna.
Arriving on the shores of the Indian Ocean, our next port of call is Victoria Bay, a small sandy cove framed by high cliffs and a surfers paradise
Lunch “on the rocks
We arrive in Knysna, where we enjoy a sunset cruise on the lagoon and finally a walk before dinner at a restaurant at the “Waterfront”. sampling the famous oysters.
Accommodation in a luxurious B&B
Day 3: Knysna
Before leaving on our journey we admire the view of the “Heads” which is formed by two cliffs creating a narrow passage at the entrance of the lagoon.
We pass through the ancient indigenous forests which was and possibly still is, home to the last of the forest elephants.
We head to Nature’s Valley, a haven amongst the forest with beautiful beaches. This area is one of South Africa’s best kept secrets, boasting exceptional hiking trails and superb dramatic coastal scenery.
On to the Tsitsikamma National Park where we will walk amongst huge Yellow wood trees and cross the Storms River mouth via a suspension bridge…beautiful scenery and thrills guaranteed.
Lunch overlooking the mighty Indian Ocean.
On the way back we stop at the famous Bloukrans Bridge, home to the world’s highest bungee jump. We can partake of this thrilling adventure or watch mesmerised!
Next is Plettenberg Bay, a small chic tourist town with lagoons and great beaches for surfing, diving and marine mammal boat cruises.
We return to Knysna, dinner at a restuarant of our choice.
Day 4: Private Game Reserve
After breakfast we take the road to Mossel Bay (Bay of mussels) and explore caves where the Xhoisan (Strandloper) sheltered in these middens and lived almost uniquely on the abundant marine life along the coast. We visit the Bartolomeu Diaz museum complex. Bartolomeu Diaz landed here 1488 and started the first nautical “post office” system.
Continuing south we reach our private game reserve. On arrival we will set off on a 4×4 safari with a professional ranger day.
Dinner is a delicious African buffet.
Day 5: Cape Town
Early start for a 3 hour sunrise safari.
Breakfast and back on the road to Cape Town via Hermanus and Betty’s Bay.
We enjoy lunch at Hermanus, a charming resort in Walker Bay, a protected bay offering privileged vantage points to view the whales which breed every year and come close to shore during the austral winter
An option and highly recommended we take a cruise in the bay in order to observe these magnificent giants more closely.
We continue to Stoney Point in Betty’s Bay, home to Africa’s larger and lesser known penguin colony.
And finally the last stretch of our journey is via Clarence Drive, a spectacularly scenic route, climbing around cliffs and hugging the wild turquoise Cape coastline where the the sea is treacherous and enjoy an ocean sunset.
The day ends in Cape Town and sadly we say goodbye at the hotel.