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Inspirational Garden Route

Cape Town or Stellenbosch • Hermanus • Oudtshoorn • Plettenberg Bay
• Tsitsikamma • Port Elizabeth

Embark on an indulgent, leisurely guided journey which combines areas of exceptional natural beauty with accommodation establishments which exude individual character and style.  We explore one of the richest areas for plants in the world, the exquisite Cape Floral Kingdom and discover one of South
Africa’s newest wine routes. We are treated to the famed hospitality of the Klein Karoo and thrill at sighting some of the oceans most majestic creatures. We luxuriate in the Tsitsikamma forest’s serenity and revitalize our spirits with dramatic coastline views.

SUMMARY:


 
Day Location Accommodation Meal Plan

Day 1 (Sun) Cape Town Southern Sun Waterfront Bed & breakfast

Day 2 (Mon) Hermanus Harbour House Bed & breakfast

Day 3 (Tue) Oudtshoorn De Opstal Country Lodge Bed & breakfast

Day 4 (Wed) Plettenberg Bay Lairds Lodge Country Estate Bed & breakfast

Day 5 (Thu) Knysna Lairds Lodge Country Estate Bed & breakfast

Day 6 (Fri) Tsitsikamma Tsitsikamma Village Inn Bed & breakfast

Day 7 (Sat) Port Elizabeth Departure

YOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1 (SUN) : CAPE TOWN ARRIVAL
Upon arrival you will be met and assisted to your shuttle transfer service to the hotel. You have the remainder of the day at leisure until 19h00 when we all meet at the hotel reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet up with your fellow travellers.

Accommodation: Southern Sun Waterfront                       
Meals: Bed & breakfast

DAY 2 (MON) : HERMANUS
We depart by 08h30 from Cape Town and traveling on to Stellenbosch for further collections. A stunning coastal drive brings us to the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden and its exquisite coastal fynbos. After marvelling at the richness of the Cape floral kingdom we visit the small breeding colony of African Penguins at Stony Point. This afternoon we explore one of South Africa’s newest wine routes ‘Hemel-en-Aarde’ which translates to ‘Heaven and Earth’. A wine tasting at a boutique winery serves as a perfect illustration of why this region is so aptly named.


Accommodation: Harbour House

Meals: Bed & breakfast

DAY 3 (TUE) : OUDTSHOORN
Beautiful Walker Bay stretches out in front of the narrow coastal village of Hermanus and the unique cliff path invites us to explore on foot the charms of the area. During the months of July – November the majestic sight of whales add further enchantment to our explorations. We depart late morning and experience a spectacular drive through the heart of the Cape Folded Mountains. In the pretty village of Barrydale we enjoy a late lunch (own account) before setting off along the scenic ‘Route 62’ towards Oudtshoorn, our final destination for the day.


Accommodation: De Opstal Country Lodge

Meals: Bed & breakfast

DAY 4 (WED) : PLETTENBERG BAY
This morning we marvel at the impressive Cango Caves, filled with weird and wonderful stalactite and
stalagmite formations. Thereafter a guided tour of an ostrich farm gives us insight into why Oudtshoorn is known as the ‘feather capital of the world’. The Outeniqua Pass affords us panoramic views of the Outeniqua Mountain range as we travel towards George and then onto our accommodation for two nights.

Accommodation: Lairds Lodge Country Estate
Meals: Bed & breakfast

DAY 5 (THU) : KNYSNA
After a leisurely breakfast we venture to nearby Knysna to cruise the vast Knysna Lagoon and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve.  A specialist guide shares the history and fascinating facts on the fauna and flora of the area with us.  An optional guided walk through coastal forest and fynbos into ancient sea caves is richly rewarded with a delectable lunch served under a canopy of Milkwood trees. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to either further explore the enticing town of Knysna or return to our wonderful accommodation and soak up the relaxed atmosphere of its country setting.

Accommodation: Lairds Lodge Country Estate
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 6 (FRI) : TSITSIKAMMA
Today we set off on an ocean safari from the delightful holiday resort of Plettenberg Bay.
During summer months we may view Bottlenose and Common dolphins as well as seals in their natural environment at Robberg Seal colony. During winter months we are very likely to view both Southern Right and Humpback whales.  For those brave souls amongst us, this afternoon you have the opportunity to attempt the world’s highest commercial bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge.  We arrive late afternoon in the picturesque village of Storms River.


Accommodation: Tsitsikamma Village Inn

Meals: Bed & breakfast

DAY 7 (SAT) : PORT ELIZABETH
After a hearty breakfast we enter the Tsitsikamma National Park
and head to the Storms River Mouth for unrivalled views of the Indian Ocean and its relentless waves that crash against the rocky shores.  We immerse ourselves in the splendour and tranquillity of the pristine forest as we explore one of the nature trails.  This afternoon we arrive in Port Elizabeth at approximately 14h00 and your guided journey ends with either a drop off at a central hotel or at the airport for your onward flight.