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Cape, Karoo & Garden Route Secrets

Duration
5 Days
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US$ 1,046

Spend time discovering the delights of the beautiful mountainous Klein Karoo and the spectacular Garden Route with stops in Oudtshoorn, Knysna and Cape Agulhas. Visit limestone caves, an ostrich farm, an enchanting wild forest, an old lighthouse and see whales frolicking.


Depart from Cape Town and travel via Stellenbosch and Montague along the scenic Route 62 known as the longest wine route in the world. You will stop in the attractive village of Barrydale for refreshments (try the Melktart) after which continue to Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo. Before your arrival, you will visit the Cango Caves renowned for their limestone formations. Your accommodation just outside Oudtshoorn is in a beautifully scenic region with amazing views of the surrounding mountains.

The next morning, enjoy a guided walk in search of the wild meerkats. These include the bat-eared fox, the aardvark, the porcupine and the aardwolf. On arrival at the meerkat burrows, have a snack and then, learn all about these animals as they emerge from their burrows. Return for breakfast back at your accommodation after which, travel to an ostrich farm where you will see them racing and endeavouring to hide behind small trees. Then, it’s on to Knysna after travelling through the spectacular Outeniqua Pass. Knysna, a very beautiful resort, is located in an attractive lagoon and offers a variety of restaurants, shops and bars. The lagoon is a protected marine reserve and home to over 200 species of fish and the unusual sea horse. In the afternoon, you will be treated to a hands-on oyster demonstration where you will try your hand at opening/shucking oysters and of course, tasting them. You will stay 2 nights in Knysna.

The following day, you will head to the wonderful Tsitsikamma Forest in the Tsitsikamma National Park, a place with dramatic coastal scenery, reefs, rivers, and lush forest. Tsitsikamma is a Khoisan word meaning, “place of much water.” The park incorporates an 80 kilometre/50 mile rocky coastline with spectacular seafront and landscapes and a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys. Visit here the Tenika Wildlife Awareness Centre for a tour to learn about the indigenous South African wildcats such as servals, cheetahs, lions and leopards. Later visit the Elephant Sanctuary where you will get up close and personal with them, walk with them and help brush them down.

Depart from Kynsna and travel along the rugged and dramatic coastline stopping at Dolphin Point Look-out in the Wilderness area with its towering cliffs in the background. Eventually arrive at Mossel Bay, a resort town is a popular vacation destination, catering to sun lovers with its safe swimming beaches. Visit the famous Post Office Tree where in olden times, sailors use to leave letters hoping that another sailor would be heading to wherever the letter was intended. Also visit the Bartholomew Diaz Museum dedicated t the Portuguese explorer. Continue to Swellendam and the fishing village of Struisbaai. Eventually arrive at Cape Agulhas for overnight and where you will experience an amazing sunset from the southern-most point of the African continent.

Your final day includes a trip to the top of the lighthouse in Cape Agulhas built in 1848 and now a museum. Despite the lighthouse, Cape Agulhas is known as having over 150 shipwrecked vessels in its history. This is also where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Depart for Hermanus renowned for its whale population and known as the world’s best land based site for whale watching. Continue back to Cape Town where your tour comes to an end.

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,046

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Day 1

Oudtshoorn

You will depart from Cape Town by 07:30 am and travel via Stellenbosch. You will then continue via the town of Montagu to scenic "Route 62" celebrated as being the longest wine route in the world. In the pretty village of Barrydale you will stop for light refreshments (own account) and start the Journey to Oudtshoorn in the "Klein Karoo". This afternoon, you will go underground to marvel at the icy looking stalactite, stalagmite, column and curtain formations in the Cango Caves. The caves are regarded, for good reason, as one of South Africa's most spectacular natural wonders. In the late afternoon, arrive at a unique accommodation in "Klein Karoo", surrounded by breath taking views of the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration0 Nights
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De Zeekoe Guest Farm

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    De Zeekoe Guest Farm



    This beautiful, owner managed African farm is nestled near the town of Oudtshoorn, between the majestic Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains in the heart of the Klein Karoo, which is also part of the world famous Garden Route in South Africa. It boasts over 2000 hectares ...

    This beautiful, owner managed African farm is nestled near the town of Oudtshoorn, between the majestic Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains in the heart of the Klein Karoo, which is also part of the world famous Garden Route in South Africa. It boasts over 2000 hectares and is part of the world's 17 hotspots with 3 overlapping flower zones. Conveniently situated on the longest wine route in South Africa, namely Cape Route 62, De Zeekoe's unique charm attracts guests of a different kind. People from all walks of life visit this stylish African farm in search of a unique experience. Guests can choose between various types of accommodation, ranging from stylish suites in guest house atmosphere to rustic waterfront chalets, either for a self catering stay, a stylish bed and breakfast or a farm holiday.

    Facilities

    • Conference Centre
    • Fax
    • Function Room
    • Laundry Service
    • Parking
    • Pool
    • WiFi

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Day 2

Knysna

An early start before sunrise, as you embark on a magical, fully guided experience walking with wild meerkats (otherwise known as suricates). Meerkats are part of the so-called "Shy 5" which also includes the bat-eared fox, the aardvark, porcupine and aardwolf. Upon arrival at the meerkat burrows, you are treated to a hot beverage and rusks. Spend time learning and observing the meerkats as they come out of their burrow into the sunshine and go about their daily routine of foraging and frolicking. These habituated wild animals are never fed or handled by humans. After a hearty fresh farm breakfast, you will discover why Oudtshoorn is known as the "feather capital of the world" by enjoying a fascinating tour of a working Ostrich farm. Drive via the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to the town of George, then onto Knysna, perhaps one of South Africa's most visually stunning resort towns, in the heart of the famous Garden Route. In the mid-afternoon you will venture down to the Knysna Quays for an oyster experience and are treated to a hands-on oyster demonstration and learn all about this famous delicacy. Have a go at "shucking" or opening an oyster and tasting the difference between the wild and cultivated varieties. You will travel back to a country estate hotel for a delectable dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Knysna Hollow

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    Knysna Hollow



    Perfectly set on a secluded country estate, near Knysna's famous lagoon on the Garden Route, Knysna Hollow welcomes you with warm and friendly hospitality. Knysna Hollow is the perfect base from which to explore Knysna, the Garden Route and the surrounding forests. Activities are endless... ...

    Perfectly set on a secluded country estate, near Knysna's famous lagoon on the Garden Route, Knysna Hollow welcomes you with warm and friendly hospitality.

    Knysna Hollow is the perfect base from which to explore Knysna, the Garden Route and the surrounding forests. Activities are endless... from ferry trips across the lagoon, to walking trails through the ancient forests, a game of golf, treetop canopy tours, township experiences, whale watching or just relaxing at one of the three sparkling swimming pools set in lush indigenous gardens with abundant birdlife. The tastefully decorated Garden Chalets and Garden Rooms with patios, are perfectly placed within the lush two hectare Country Estate.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Fireplace
    • Gift Shop
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 3

Knysna - Tsitsikamma

Today is a day of stunning beauty and unique animal experiences. You will explore parts of the glorious indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest and enjoy spectacular coastal views from the suspension bridges at Storms River mouth. You will travel to Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre for a guided tour of the centre to learn about the indigenous wild cats of South Africa such as African wild cats, servals, caracals, cheetahs, lions and leopard. After a light lunch at the centre we continue to the Elephant Sanctuary for a life changing interaction with Africa's "gentle giants". Walk "trunk in hand" through the indigenous forest and finally help brush down these enigmatic creatures before you travel back to Knysna where a sumptuous a-la-carte dinner consisting of delightful locally harvested fare can be enjoyed at leisure (own account).

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Day 4

L'Agulhas (Cape Agulhas)

Today, you will trace back legends of early explorers along the rugged Cape coast. After a quick photo stop at Dolphin Point look-out in Wilderness, you will arrive in Mossel Bay for a visit to the famous Post Office Tree and Bartholomew Diaz museum. Travelling through Swellendam, you are once again back at sea level in lazy Struisbaai - a hidden treasure boasting one of South Africa's richest sustainable fishing grounds. After a light lunch (own account), it is time to enjoy some much deserved down time in L'Agulhas relaxing at a lodge. Cape Agulhas derived its name from early 14th century explorers - mainly Portuguese, who named the region "Cabo das Agulhas" which when translated means "Cape Of Needles". After enjoying the spectacular sunset from the southern-most point of the African continent, a decadent dinner feast (own account) completes the day.

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Duration1 Night
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Agulhas Country Lodge

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    Agulhas Country Lodge



    Experience the southernmost tip of Africa where the two oceans really meet. Located in L'Agulhas (Cape Agulhas), the Agulhas Country Lodge is built from natural lime stone and blends into the background of a rocky hill. The Lodge, with its elevated position has spectacular seaviews ...

    Experience the southernmost tip of Africa where the two oceans really meet. Located in L'Agulhas (Cape Agulhas), the Agulhas Country Lodge is built from natural lime stone and blends into the background of a rocky hill. The Lodge, with its elevated position has spectacular seaviews from nearly every vantage point. The Agulhas Country Lodge has 8 en suite bedrooms - all with seaview balconies. The atmosphere in the candlelit restaurant is relaxed and romantic with wood fires creating a cozy ambience on chilly and windy nights. A fully stocked bar with a lovely enclosed balcony offers stunning sea views. The cigar lounge is very popular for after dinner cognac and cigars.

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Day 5

Cape Town

This morning, take a view from the top of the iconic 1848 built lighthouse (now a museum) that has guided ships safely around the Cape over the years. Looking out over the jagged coastline and remembering the replica ship viewed in Mossel Bay, there is little wonder the perilous oceans in Cape Agulhas became infamous amongst maritime explorers and even modern maritime experts as being hazardous. Cape Agulhas is known to have tragically wrecked over 150 vessels in its history. Leaving the town where the Atlantic and Indian oceans crash together, you will travel to Hermanus where we hope to catch a glimpse of various whale species frolicking offshore with their new calves. Hermanus is regarded as the world's best land based whale watching site and in season (July to November), it is clear to see why. As you traverse Sir Lowry's pass, Table Mountain once again rises up to greet us back into the "Mother City" where your epic adventure ends at your central Cape Town hotel in the late afternoon.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Jan 9; Feb 6; Mar 6; Apr 3; May 8; Jun 5; July 3, 31; Aug 28; Sep 11; Oct 2, 30; Nov 27; Dec 11

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 4 Nights Accommodation
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Tours/sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • Touring in an Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Services of an experienced driver/guide
  • Hotel Porterage
  • Conservation Levy and Park Fees

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional excursion
  • Gratuities

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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28 Aug 2017
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