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Garden Route and Winelands

South Africa Holidays - Stellenbosch vineyards

Oudtshoorn
La Plume
2 nights
Knysna
Rex Hotel
2 nights
HermanusMisty Waves
1 night

Click on the name of the hotel or lodge for details

 

6 days £1365

 

Relish the scenic splendour of Cape Winelands, Little Karoo and the Garden Route

This journey sets out on the road less travelled through the Cape Winelands and the evocative Little Karoo before traversing the Outeniqua Mountain Pass and descending to the lush Garden Route coastline. It is a circular route, ending back in Cape Town via the coastal roadway so you take in all the fantastic highlights of this beautiful region.

Highlights:

  • The evocative landscapes and warm hospitality of the Little Karoo including a community visit at a heart-warming farm school.
  • Verdant beauty of mountains and lagoons, and the largest continuous tracts of stately indigenous forest.
  • Whale-watching (in season) and fine wines from Hermanus to the heart of the Cape Wineland.


This tour begins and ends in Cape Town.  We can book pre- and/or post-tour accommodation at your selected Cape Town hotel, and also arrange for arrival and departure transfers as required.  Please ask for details.

 

DAY 1 – Through the Little Karoo to Oudtshoorn.

You will be collected from your hotel in Cape Town.  Depart this morning and travel through the Little Karoo region to Montagu, a picturesque and historic spa town.  En route stop off in the town of Barrydale, where you will have the opportunity (subject to the school being open) to visit a local farm school, interact with the children and teachers, spending time with them in the classroom learning more about the local farming community.  Your destination today is Oudtshoorn, the centre of the world’s ostrich farming industry. Enjoy a guided tour of an ostrich farm.
Meals included: Dinner.

South Africa Holidays - Garden Route - Oudtshoorn - Cango CavesDAY 2 - Oudtshoorn.  Cango Caves.  Swartberg Mountains.

After breakfast take a tour of the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves (left), one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages.  Afterwards, ascend the Swartberg Mountains via the world-renowned Swartberg Pass (weather permitting).  Get close to nature and explore the spectacular sandstone formations dating back more than 300 million years.  Feast your eyes on the full splendour of diverse 'fynbos' species ranging from various protea species as well as 'cone bush' and 'pin cushions'. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Oudtshoorn.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch.

South Africa Holidays - Garden Route - Knysna - Featherbed Nature ReserveDAY 3 - Along the Garden Route to Knysna.  Cruise on Knysna Lagoon.

This morning travel over the scenic Outeniqua Pass to George, the administrative hub of the Garden Route area and then onto Knysna, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon.  Enjoy a cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve (left), where you can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon, returning for lunch under the milkwood trees.  The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch.

DAY 4 - Tsitsikamma.  Plettenberg Bay.  Knysna.

After a leisurely breakfast, drive through the Tsitsikamma Forests, continuing to Bloukrans Bridge, the highest single span arch bridge in the world, currently offering the highest commercially operated Bungy Jump in the world. Explore this breathtaking stretch of the Garden Route, where mountains, indigenous forests, deep gorges, and lush vegetation hug the rugged coastline of cliffs and sandy beaches. Here is an abundance of indigenous flora, ancient yellowwood trees and magnificent fynbos plants. In the afternoon you’ll return to Knysna, via Plettenberg Bay, originally christened "Bahia Formosa" (beautiful bay) by early Portuguese explorers.
Meals included: Breakfast.

South Africa Holidays - Swellendam - Cape Dutch housesDAY 5 - George.  Mossel Bay.  Swellendam.  Hermanus.

Today, begin the first leg of the return journey. Travel via George and Mossel Bay to the picturesque Cape Dutch town of Swellendam (left). This charming town was founded in 1745 at the foot of the Langeberg Mountain Range and is famous for its eclectic architecture. Your journey continues to the seaside resort of Hermanus, which offers the best land based whale watching (August to November) in the world.  Enjoy dinner while spending the night in Hermanus.
Meals included: Breakfast, dinner.

 

DAY 6 - Somerset West.  Gordon's Bay.  Stellenbosch. Retrurn to Cape Town.

After a leisurely breakfast leave Hermanus and continue to Somerset West, travelling via the scenic coastal road to Gordon's Bay. This is a spectacular route with steep cliffs and lovely coves, and offers amazing views over False Bay. Travel to the Stellenbosch area in the scenic Cape Winelands, where you will find a gracious blend of old Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture.  Enjoy a wine tasting before travelling to Cape Town, where the tour ends (we can arrange for you to be dropped off at Cape Town International Airport if you are departing for home at the end of the tour).
Meals included: Breakfast.

 

South Africa Holidays: Garden Route and Winelands (Reference: WDSA004)
2018 Departures

Price per person based on a minimum of two persons travelling together:

Daily departures

Price

Jan to Apr
£1420
May to Aug
£1365
Sep to Dec*
£1450

* Supplements will apply during the Christmas and New Year periods.

Single Room Supplements on request.

The price includes:

  • Hotel and lodge accommodation as listed above in twin-bedded or double rooms (please let us know which you prefer) with private facilities.
  • 5 full breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners as shown in the itinerary.
  • 1 wine tasting in Stellenbosch.
  • Private group transportation throughout, with an English-speaking guide.
  • All sightseeing as shown (unless indicated as ‘optional’), including entrance fees.

Not included in the price:

  • International flights.
  • International airport taxes.
  • Tipping. We will give you guidance in this often sensitive matter.

A deposit of £250 per person is required at the time of booking. The balance of the price for your South Africa holiday must be paid at least 8 weeks before your departure date.

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