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Private Magnificent Garden Route Gold

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,720

The Garden Route is legendary for its natural beauty. From Cape Town to Port Elizabeth (or vice versa), journey across mountain passes and along a pristine coastline that boasts excellent resorts.


This 4-day private overview takes you from exquisite Cape Town to Port Elizabeth via many of South Africa’s finest attractions.

Consider arriving early to enjoy all Cape Town has to offer. Take a day trip down the Cape Peninsula or hop the cable car to the top of Table Mountain. An early departure takes you to Oudtshoorn, the centre of South Africa’s ostrich industry and ‘feather capital of the world’. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the natural sights such as Meiringspoort waterfall.

A visit to Cango Caves gets your second day off to a memorable start before going on to Knysna, which can often feel like the best of South Africa rolled into one compact town. Marked by its impressive sandstone Heads, Knysna is surrounded by forests, Outeniqua Mountain Range and a marine reserve, meaning a vast number of native species call this region home.

The trip ends at Port Elizabeth, a famously friendly coastal getaway.


 

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Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,720

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Day 1

Cape Town to Oudtshoorn

Today you will depart by 7:30am and travel through the town of Montagu on "Route 62", South Africa's version of America's famous "Route 66", to the pretty village of Barrydale, where you will stop for tea (own expense). Afterwards, continue on to Oudtshoorn, known as the "feather capital of the world" thanks to its huge ostrich industry. After a fascinating tour of an ostrich farm, you will continue to your Oudtshoorn hotel for check in and overnight.

Oudtshoorn is located in an oasis-like setting, in a fertile valley called the Little Karoo, cupped by the Swartberg Mountains in the North and the Outeniqua and Langeberg Mountain Ranges in the South. Surrounded by natural beauty, Oudtshoorn is situated at the foot of the majestic Swartberg Mountain range. Numerous rivers, streams and falls have their origins in the Swartberg, Outeniqua and Kamanassie ranges around the town. Waterfalls abound and visitors can safely visit two spectacular examples at Rus en Vrede and Meiringspoort, a narrow, vertical cleft in the Swartberg Mountain, with a road through crossing the Meiring's River no less than 32 times.

Duration1 Night
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La Plume Guest House

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    La Plume Guest House



    La Plume Guesthouse is a 1902 Victorian homestead on a working ostrich, alfalfa and wine farm, in the Olifantsrivier Valley. It offers spectacular views of the Swartberg Mountains. The attractive homestead has expansive wooden floors and Cape antiques. There's a swimming pool to take a ...

    La Plume Guesthouse is a 1902 Victorian homestead on a working ostrich, alfalfa and wine farm, in the Olifantsrivier Valley.
    It offers spectacular views of the Swartberg Mountains. The attractive homestead has expansive wooden floors and Cape antiques. There's a swimming pool to take a dip in.

    Facilities

    • Bicycles
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 2

Oudtshoorn to Knysna

This morning go underground to marvel at the icy formations in the Cango Caves, regarded for good reason, as one of South Africa's most spectacular natural wonders. You will then drive via the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to the town of George and then onto Knysna, perhaps South Africa's most visually stunning resort, in the heart of the famous Garden Route. Spend the rest of the day discovering the joys of the town's many art galleries, craft shops and coffee bars.

Knysna, as a tourist destination, offers an eclectic mix of attractions and activities, offering something for everyone. Diverse in its mix of people and its surroundings, this diversity is reflected in a range of choices of eco-tourism, cultural tourism and heritage tourism. Knysna is situated on South Africa's only national lake, which is also the country's largest permanent estuary. The waters of the Indian Ocean channel through two large sandstone cliffs, The Heads, forming the gateway to the old harbour (Thesen's Jetty), from where ships carried timber to the far corners of the globe into the wide lagoon basin. The enchanting town of Knysna is surrounded by the Outeniqua Mountain range, engulfed by indigenous forests and the protected by 21 square kilometres of marine reserve, locally better known as the Lagoon.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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St. James of Knysna

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    St. James of Knysna



    The St. James of Knysna is an exclusive, owner run, five star Country House Hotel uniquely situated directly on the shores of the famous Knysna Lagoon. The luxuriously appointed Suites and Rooms offer spectacular views across this peaceful lagoon to the dramatic Knysna Heads or ...

    The St. James of Knysna is an exclusive, owner run, five star Country House Hotel uniquely situated directly on the shores of the famous Knysna Lagoon. The luxuriously appointed Suites and Rooms offer spectacular views across this peaceful lagoon to the dramatic Knysna Heads or over the magnificent 3-acre gardens.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Canoe Rental
    • Free WiFi
    • Garden
    • Pentanque Pit
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool
    • Terrace

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Day 3

Knysna

Today you will cruise on the vast Knysna Lagoon and then visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Enjoy an amazing view of the imposing sandstone "Heads" that guard the sea entrance to Knysna's huge tidal lagoon, forests, marshes and pristine beaches surrounding it. After lunch, spend the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying this lovely and special town.

The world famous landmark, the spectacular Knysna heads are two giant sandstone cliffs which mark the Knysna River's entrance. Featherbed Nature Reserve, a unique 150 ha private Nature Reserve, encompasses the whole of the Western Head of Knysna and is one of South Africa's Natural Heritage Sites. It is home to two of the Garden Route's icons, namely the Knysna Loerie and the Blue Duiker, one of Africa's smallest antelope species. Other wildlife found on the Reserve include Cape Mountain Tortoises, Blue Cranes (South Africa's national bird), rare Black African Oyster Catchers (listed in the endangered Red Data List), White breasted cormorant, Bushbuck and more!

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Day 4

Port Elizabeth

Today you will arrive in Port Elizabeth mid-afternoon after a drive through the glorious indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest and enjoy spectacular coastal views from the Storms River mouth. Your garden route tour ends at the airport or at a central hotel (arriving approx 2.30pm).

Superbly set on the shores of Algoa Bay, "The Friendly City" is the fifth biggest city in South Africa and the largest on the coast between Cape Town and Durban. A popular leisure resort, Port Elizabeth beckons with an attractive atmosphere of year-round holiday fun against a backdrop of urban activity. Its warm, welcoming nature is matched by a climate, which boasts more sunshine than any other coastal town in the country. Port Elizabeth has beautiful parks, botanical gardens and nature reserves with an abundance of bird life. Many inland and coastal walking trails can be explored in the area. In Port Elizabeth, the 1820 settlers were introduced to their new land, and there they built some of the graceful period homes that still enhance the city's landscape.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily on request

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Meet and greet on arrival
  • Private vehicle with English speaking guide
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary by BLD
  • Tours/sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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.

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