South African tour without Garden Route would be an incomplete vacation. Garden route makes it to the top of the list, for everyone who wants to visit this country. The natural beauty and the variation in topography, flora and Fauna and the things to do around this area are astounding. There is for something for everyone here whatever your interests may be. This stretch of coastline will without a doubt will be nothing like anything you’ve seen before.
Visiting top tourist destinations is on everybody’s bucket list, however, there’s much more than roaming the busy streets and visiting the beaches. The small towns of South Africa has a lot to offer when it comes to budget travelling and exploring the charming villages, providing the perfect insight into the history, wildlife and natural beauty of mountains and seaside.
Scheduled as per the allotted time.
Starting from the Cape Town, we look out for African Penguins and stop for wine tasting on our way to the first stop Hermanus, the seaside town popular for its whale-watching and cliff paths. Another beautiful village comes on the picturesque ‘Route 62’ as you reach Oudtshoorn to visit phenomenal Cango Caves and the Ostrich Farm. You can view the panoramic Outeniqua Pass on your way to Knysna where you experience the cruise and Featherbed Nature Reserve. Get ready for the ocean safari at Plettenberg Bay and you may also attempt the world’s highest bungee jump here. Spent some time visiting places in Tsitsikamma before reach to our final destination, Port Elizabeth, ending this scenic and historic trip.
Hermanus – Misty Waves Boutique Hotel
Oudtshoorn- La Plume Guest House
Knysna – Knysna Hollow
Tsitsikamma – Tsitsikamma Village Inn
After the breakfast, we start the trip from Cape Town. With its subtle coastal Fynbos, we reach Harold Porter National Botanical Garden after a magnificent coastal drive. We will stop at the Stoney Point to look for the small breeding area of African Penguins. Before reaching in Hermanus, we will treat in a wine tasting at a boutique vineyard in the ‘Hemel en Aarde’ county, one of the newest wine routes in South Africa.
Overnight: Harbour Square Hotel or similar – Bed & Breakfast
Distance travelled today: 200 kms
In the morning, we visit the Hermanus’s incomparable cliff paths and wheeze at the spectacular views of Walker Bay. The chances of whale sightings are higher during the months of July – November and could enhance our trip experience. In the late morning, we proceed on the picturesque ‘Route 62’ for a late lunch (for own account) in the beautiful village of Barrydale, and then head to Oudtshoorn.
Overnight: De Opstal Country Lodge or similar – Bed & Breakfast
Distance travelled today: 380 kms
We visit the impressive Cango Caves, packed with magnificent stalagmite and stalactite formations. Afterwhich, we’ll see the ostrich farm on a guided tour, which will help us know the reason of Oudtshoorn being known as ‘feather capital of the world’. Next up is the oyster box of South Africa, Knysna, reaching there via the panoramic Outeniqua Pass.
Overnight: Belvidere Manor or similar – Bed & Breakfast
Distance travelled today: 220 kms
We cruise the gigantic Knysna Lagoon this morning and travel to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you get to know about its captivating past, and flora and fauna of the region. We return to have lunch under the milkwood trees. Rest of the day is at leisure (unescorted) to sightsee the fascinating village of Knysna or simply relax in your hotel.
Overnight: Belvidere Manor or similar – Breakfast & Lunch
Distance travelled today: 20 kms
Once done with the breakfast, we leave from Knysna heading straight for an ocean safari at Plettenberg Bay (if the weather permits). In summers, you may come across common dolphins, seals and bottlenose in their natural habitat. And in winters, the humpback whales and southern right may be seen. Amongst the fellow travellers, the ones with brave heart have the chance to go at Bloukrans Bridge this afternoon for the world’s highest bungee jump (for own account and weather permitting). Late afternoon, we arrive at the scenic village of Storms River.
Overnight: Tsitsikamma Village Inn or similar – Bed & Breakfast
Distance travelled today: 130 kms
This morning we get engrossed into the serenity and magnificence of the Tsitsikamma National Park and continue to see the unmatched views (weather permitting) of the Indian Ocean at the Storms River Mouth. Moving ahead to Port Elizabeth, the tour ends on arrival. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 190 kms