Garden Route Splendour: Port Elizabeth to Cape Town
- 4 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 829
FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: The Garden Route is legendary for its awesome natural beauty. From Port Elizabeth to Cape Town, this touring idea journeys across spectacular mountain passes and along a pristine coastline boasting some of South Africa's top resorts.
This 4-day small group trip takes you from friendly Port Elizabeth to Cape Town via many of South Africa’s finest attractions.
Consider arriving early to enjoy all Port Elizabeth has to offer before heading off to explore the beautiful Tsitsikamma Forest and Tsitsikamma National Park. The following day, a memorable trip to stunning Knysna will satisfy any cravings for panoramic views and the chance to explore independently.
A visit to Oudtshoorn, the centre of South Africa’s ostrich industry and ‘feather capital of the world’ will give you a unique insight into daily local life. Later, you will visit the fascinating limestone caverns of the Cango Caves, one of the world's great natural wonders.
The tour ends in dynamic Cape Town, famously set at the foot of Table Mountain.
- 4 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 829
Itinerary View Trip Map
Port Elizabeth to Knysna
Meet your representative and fellow travellers and head westwards along the Garden Route, which follows the Indian Ocean coastline, and is bordered inland by soaring mountain ranges and indigenous forests. Visit the spectacular Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth (weather permitting). You'll arrive at your hotel in Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon, in the heart of the Garden Route. Overnight in Knysna.
Distance travelled today: 360 kms
aha The Rex Hotel
aha The Rex Hotel
One of Knysna's most elegant and sophisticated accommodation offerings, The Rex Hotel promises its guests superior service and exceptional comfort. The impeccably appointed Rex Hotel offers travellers a gateway to world-class restaurants, blossoming forests and the shores of the serene lagoon. The Rex Hotel offers …
One of Knysna's most elegant and sophisticated accommodation offerings, The Rex Hotel promises its guests superior service and exceptional comfort. The impeccably appointed Rex Hotel offers travellers a gateway to world-class restaurants, blossoming forests and the shores of the serene lagoon. The Rex Hotel offers its guests free onsite parking, free bicycle hire and 24 hours security. The hotel is centrally located and within walking distance to all major banks, shopping malls as well as the Waterfront.
- Fitness Centre
- Hair Salon
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After breakfast, journey into the magical Knysna Forests, the stamping ground of the elusive Knysna elephants.
Discover the stories of the woodcutters who worked the forests, the elephants that were hunted to extinction, and the discovery of gold. Our expedition into the forest starts with a visit to the Dalene Matthee Big Tree Memorial.
The enormous Yellowwood tree of over 880 years was named after Matthee, best-known author of four books on the Knysna Forest. Enjoy a delicious lunch, in the forest, of traditional cuisine and local treats at the Diepwalle Tea Garden. The afternoon concludes with a visit to the Forest Legends Museum, that exhibits tools and household items used by the woodcutters, the colourful Old Suzie steam engine, that was used to generate power, and the stately Old Forester's House, home of forester David Ernest Hutchins, who was the first person to manage the indigenous forest in a sustainable manner. Overnight in Knysna with dinner at Drydock Restaurant, renowned for dishes with glorious aromas and flavours, using the finest local ingredients and freshly picked herbs from the region.
Distance travelled today: 100 kms
|Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Knysna to Oudtshoorn
Travel through the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the "ostrich capital" and the centre of the world's Ostrich farming industry. Along the way, visit the 'Map of Africa', an extraordinary viewpoint in Wilderness. In Oudtshoorn, we'll visit an Ostrich Farm for a fun-filled interactive tour and light lunch that includes local specialties such as Ostrich Steak, before taking a tour of the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves, one of the world's great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. We will arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon, in time to check-in and relax before dinner (for own account). Overnight in Oudtshoorn.
Distance travelled today: 210 kms
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Located on the quiet part of the Golden Mile, enroute to the Cango Caves and walking distance to the best restaurants in town, this first class guest house is set on more than a hectare of exotic gardens. Enjoy the great South African outdoors in …
Located on the quiet part of the Golden Mile, enroute to the Cango Caves and walking distance to the best restaurants in town, this first class guest house is set on more than a hectare of exotic gardens. Enjoy the great South African outdoors in the landscaped gardens or relax in a deck chair next to the salt water swimming pool.
- 24 Hour Reception
- Internet Access
- Laundry Service
- Swimming Pool
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Oudtshoorn to Cape Town
There is an option (for own account and subject to availability) to enjoy an early morning Meerkat Safari. Witness these incredible wild habituated creatures emerging out of their burrows, in time to soak up the sun before they head about their daily activities (weather permitting). A portion of the monies paid by guests for this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience go towards the Buffelsdrift Foundation, that focuses on Wildlife conservation in the Klein Karoo region, habitat conservation, and the local community. The experience directly advances UN Global Goal 15: Life on Land. After breakfast, the journey continues through the 'Little Karoo' to Barrydale, where you will have the opportunity to visit a local farm school, to interact with the children and teachers, spend time with them in the classroom, learning more about this rural community. A portion of the trip monies goes towards our Barrydale Farm School Development Fund, that supports the local education of underprivileged children in rural communities.
(The school visit is subject to the school being open). Continue to Cape Town, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain, where the tour ends on arrival.
Distance travelled today: 468 kms
- Shared departure transfer to Cape Town Airport
- 2 nights of first-class accommodations in Knysna
- 1 night of first-class accommodations in Oudtshoorn
- Transportation in shared air-conditioned microbus or mini bus (max 10 guests per vehicle)
- Services of English-speaking driver/guide
- Visit Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth
- Visit to Knysna Forests
- Guided visit to the Cango Caves
- Guided visit to Ostrich farm
- Entrance fees
- 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
- Meals & beverages not explicitly listed as included
- Optional excursions
- Items of a personal nature
- Visa fees if applicable
TERMS AND 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 inquire.
There is also the private option with same or higher category of accommodations that can depart on any day.
Alternative accommodation may be confirmed due to availability, these will always be in the same category or higher, at no additional charge.
25 Aug 2024