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On the Garden Route

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Laurene Dubreuil

Terra South Africa

Terra South Africa is a locally-based travel agency and tour operator in Cape Town, South Africa.

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On the Garden Route

On the Garden Route is a 16-day tour from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. You will discover the rolling landscapes around the vineyards in Stellenbosch, drive through the arid plains around Oudtshoorn, considered the World capital for ostriches, enjoy the beaches in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, and admire the wildlife at the Addo Elephant National Park. This tour offers a captivating insight into the diversity of South Africa.

DAY 1

Cape Town Airport - Cape Town

Meet and greet and assistance with our guide on your arrival. You collect your rental car and drive to your hotel in Cape Town. Overnight stay at Lezard Bleu Guesthouse.

Cape Town
DAY 2

Cape Town

Leisure day to explore Cape Town, known to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Suggestions: Take the cable car and ascend the top of Table Mountain (whether permitting). The floor of the cable car rotates through 360 degrees during the ascent or descent, giving passengers a panoramic view of the city. From the top of the mountain at 1000 meters above sea level, a bordwalk will enable you to get different view point of the city and the Atlantic Ocean. You can also visit the following sites depending on your areas of interest: - The National Museum of South Africa founded in 1825. This museum houses many diverse collections from fossils dating back millions of years to the clothing worn by our ancestors in the last century. All these collections have a common denominator to highlight the biological and cultural diversity of our planet, - The Company 's Gardens founded in 1652 by the Dutch pioneers who plan to establish a Cape refueling station on the boat ride to India. Walk in Company 's Garden , which now houses the St Georges Cathedral, National Library, National Gallery, artworks and beautiful gardens, - The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, one of the finest botanical gardens in the world, located at the foot of Table Mountain. Founded in 1913 to protect the diversity of South African flora, the garden is unique as only indigenous plants are cultivated. This is a rare opportunity to see the fynbos, endemic plants in the region of the Western Cape. More than 7000 species of plants are grown in Kirstenbosch, including many rare and endangered species, - The colorful Bo-Kaap district . The museum located in the historic district showcases the culture of immigrants from Malaysia. A visit to the museum and the neighborhood, with its colorful houses, cobbled streets and calls to prayer of the muezzin, can soak up the cultural diversity of Cape Town, - The African Craft Market of Green Market Square in the middle of the CBD. - The Castle of Good Hope, one of the oldest buildings in the country, which houses a collection of antiques (furniture , paintings, objects) that tells a lot about the life of Dutch settlers. - The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is hosting a craft market, the 'Two Oceans' aquarium and many restaurants. It is from this waterfront that boats depart to Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years, as well as to navigate in the beautiful bay of Cape Town. Other activities suggested during your stay in Cape Town (please consult us in advance for booking): - A Township tours ( 1 half-day ) - A culinary tours of the city ( 1 half-day ) - A cycling tours of the city (between 3 hours and 1 day ) - Shark cage diving to encounter the greatwhite (1 day ) - An evening discovering the origins of the Cape Town jazz - An helicopter flight above the city and the peninsula ( between 12 and 60 minutes) - An abseil of 112m on the Table Mountain (1 half-day ) - A paragliding experience on the Atlantic coast, - A sunset cruise on board of a catamaran including sparkling wine. Overnight stay at Lezard Bleu Guesthouse. Read more

Cape Town
DAY 3

Cape Town

Day at leisure to discover the Cape Peninsula and the legendary Cape of Good Hope. Suggested itinerary: You can commence this discovery with a little stop in the small fishing village of Hout Bay. This fishing village is a cosy little hamlet surrounded by mountains to the North, East and West and the Ocean to the South. Home to bustling craft markets, antique shops, a beautiful beach and a thriving fishing community. The harbour is also where many boat cruise departs from to Duiker Island. This small island is home to thousands of Cape Fur Seals and local birdlife. The boat ride lets you see the Cape Peninsula from a new perspective. You can thereafter proceed and enjoy the twists and turns around the famous Chapman’s Peak scenic drive. Chapman’s Peak Drive is renowned for its spectacular 180° views of the Cape Peninsula as well as its 114 twists and turns. Viewpoints and picnic spots are scattered throughout its 9km length and its dramatic views have made it a favoured spot for photographers. You enter the Cape Point Nature Reserve to reach the tip of the Cape Peninsula where you enjoy a dramatic view point located in a 17 750 hectare nature reserve. Looking out over the shining sea from the Cape Point Lighthouse truly makes you feel like you are standing at the edge of the world. The rich diversity of the nature reserve, part of the Table Mountain National Park, makes it home to a stunning array of animal and plant species. After leaving Cape Point Nature Reserve you travel up the other side of the Cape Peninsula on the way to Simon’s Town and Boulder’s beach. Simon’s Town has been an important naval base and harbour for over two centuries and you can still see some historic naval vessels anchored just off-shore. Boulder’s beach is home of a colony of African Jackass penguins since 1985. These small citizens have been charming residents and tourists ever since. A seafood lunch is highly recommended in this area but you can also have lunch in the Cape Peninsula Nature reserve’s restaurant. As you head back towards Cape Town along the False Bay coastal road; you travel through Fish Hoek a little town with a long history. From Fish Hoek you drive past Muizenberg, another seaside town. The warm waters and long stretch of beach make this a popular spot for holidaymakers and there are a wide variety of activities, like kite boarding and surfing, for the adventurous. Overnight stay at Lezard Bleu Guesthouse. Read more

Cape Town
DAY 4

Cape Town - Stellenbosch

Day at leisure to explore the Cape Winelands. Departure for Stellenbosch, a university town in the beautiful wine region of the Western Cape. The oldest city in South Africa with Cape Town is beautifully maintained with typical Cape-Dutch style buildings (the name given to the Cape architecture inspired by the Dutch). You can visit the wineries and taste wines including the Pinotage, a typical South African grape, a cross of Pinot Noir and Cinsault. Visit of the village of Franschhoek, the South African gourmet capital located in one of the most beautiful valleys in the country. Read more

Stellenbosch
DAY 5

Stellenbosch - Swellendam

Departure for the town of Swellendam via the Sir Lowry's Pass. Estimated travel time: 2h30. Swellendam was founded in 1745 (making it the third oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town and Stellenbosch) and is located at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains halfway between Cape Town and George. Its streets are lined with oak trees and beautifully preserved old buildings. Agricultural (raising sheep and cattle, the cultivation of cereals and fruits) is the main resource of this town. The most important building in Swellendam is the Drostdy Museum built in 1747, a real architectural treasure of Cape Dutch style. Read more

Swellendam
DAY 6

Swellendam - Oudtshoorn

You leave the village of Swellendam and cross the vineyards of the Little Karoo with the longest wine route in the world: the R62, a scenic road that winds through mountain passes and natural reserves to the desert of the Little Karoo. Estimated travel time (excluding visits): 3h30. Suggestions of visits on the road: - Calitzdorp: tastings of muscat and port at De Krans Cellar or Boplaas, - Ladysmith: Parmalat cheese factory visit, brandy and wine tasting, - Barrydale: a roadside restaurant called Country Pumpkin. Read more

Oudtshoorn
DAY 7

Oudtshoorn

Day to enjoy the Little Karoo known for its ostrich breeding farms. Suggestions: - Visit the ostrich farm of Highgate - ride on an ostrich, - Visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch which is a wildlife rehabilitation center where you can encounter wild animals such as a cheetah, - Discover the Cango Caves which have magnificent geological formations, - Climb to the Swartberg Pass for a beautiful view on the desert expanses of the Great Karoo, - Discover the Rust and Vrede waterfalls. Read more

Oudtshoorn
DAY 8

Oudtshoorn - Knysna

Drive to the town of Knysna, a seaside village that is renowned for its lagoon and estuary leading to the Indian Ocean. Our suggestion: go for a boat ride across the lagoon to "The Heads", the river mouth that separates the estuary from the ocean.

Knysna
DAY 9

Knysna

Day at leisure in Knysna. Suggestions: - Go for a boat ride across the lagoon to "The Heads", the mouth that separates the estuary from the ocean, - Enjoy the beaches around Knysna, including Buffalo Bay considered to be the best beach in the area.

Knysna
DAY 10

Knysna - Plettenberg Bay - The Crags

Day dedicated to the visit of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay in the heart of the Garden Route. Suggestions: - Go for a boat ride across the lagoon to "The Heads", the estuary between the lagoon and the ocean, - Visit the Knysna Elephant Park, a conservation center dedicated to elephants where you can interact with them, - Stroll around Birds of Eden, a bird sanctuary which is one of the largest aviaries in the world with hundreds of bird species, - Next to Birds of Eden, visit the primates sanctuary of Monkeyland, - Hike to the heart of the Robberg Nature Reserve near Plettenberg Bay, - Visit the winery Bramon in The Crags for a wine tasting or even a lunch there (the restaurant tables are in the vineyards!) Read more

The Crags
DAY 11

Plettenberg Bay - The Crags

Day in the Plettenberg Bay region in the heart of the Garden Route. Suggestions: - Stroll around Birds of Eden, a bird sanctuary which is one of the largest aviaries in the world with hundreds of bird species, - Next to Birds of Eden, visit Monkeyland, a sanctuary for primates, - Nature hike to the heart of the Robberg Nature Reserve, - Wine tasting at the Bramon estate in The Crags, - Enjoy the beautiful beaches of Plettenberg Bay. Read more

The Crags
DAY 12

Plettenberg Bay - Storms River

Travel to Storms River where the river, forest and ocean meet. Estimated travel time: 1 hour. This narrow coastal strip wedged between the sea and mountains contain the Tsitsikamma National Park bounded on the west by the town of Nature's Valley and east by the Storms River mouth on the Indian Ocean. The view of the coast from the Tsitsikamma national park is spectacular, especially when the waves of the ocean are unleashed. Read more

Tsitsikamma National Park
DAY 13

Storms River - Amakhala Game Reserve

Drive to the Amakhala private reserve in the region of the wildlife national park Addo Elephant. Estimated travel time: 3 hours. Near Port Elizabeth, this reserve of 7,500 ha offers a family safari experience in an authentic atmosphere without risk of malaria. You will see the famous Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) but also cheetahs, giraffes, zebras and many antelope. Activities offered by the lodges in the reserve include 4x4 safaris but also boat safaris on the river Bushman. Read more

Amakhala Reserve
DAY 14

Amakhala Game Reserve

Near Port Elizabeth, this reserve of 7,500 ha offers a family safari experience in an authentic atmosphere without risk of malaria. You will see the famous Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) but also cheetahs, giraffes, zebras and many antelope. Activities offered by the lodges in the reserve include 4x4 safaris but also boat safaris on the river Bushman. Read more

Amakhala Reserve
DAY 15

Amakhala Game Reserve

Near Port Elizabeth, this reserve of 7,500 ha offers a family safari experience in an authentic atmosphere without risk of malaria. You will see the famous Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) but also cheetahs, giraffes, zebras and many antelope. Activities offered by the lodges in the reserve include 4x4 safaris but also boat safaris on the river Bushman. Read more

Amakhala Reserve
DAY 16

Amakhala Reserve - Port Elizabeth Airpor

Drive to Port Elizabeth airport. Estimated travel time: 1h30. Rental car drop off.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Cape Town
Hotel Lezard Bleu
Day 4
Location Stellenbosch
Day 5
Location Swellendam
Day 6
Location Oudtshoorn
Day 8
Location Knysna
Day 10
Location The Crags
Day 12
Location Storms River
Day 13
Location Amakhala Reserve

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

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Terra South Africa is a locally-based travel agency and tour operator in Cape Town, South Africa.

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