Cape Town, Garden Route, Safari & Winelands
Spend 5 nights in captivating Cape Town and enjoy an escorted tour exploring the scenery of the Garden Route. Explore the popular Oudtshoorn and Knysna, visiting the many attractions in the region before heading to a private game reserve where you will enjoy a thrilling game drive in search of the Big Five. Return to Cape Town via the coastal town of Hermanus and Franschhoek, the heart of the Winelands.
- Travel along the must-see Garden Route
- Take in the beautiful sights of Langeberg Mountain Range
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Cape Town, Garden Route, Safari & Winelands
Day 1 : Cape Town
You’ll be met on arrival and will be transferred to your hotel, Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town for a two-night stay in a Standard Room, on a Bed and Breakfast basis.
A mere 15-minutes’ drive from Cape Town International Airport, a 5-minute walk from the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) and within walking distance to the V&A Waterfront, this hotel is superbly located to offers every guest easy access to the sights and sounds of Cape Town. Breath-taking views of Table Mountain can be enjoyed.
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Day 2-3 : Cape Town
Explore Cape Town, a city brimming with possibilities, that offers a plethora of activities to suit every traveller's desires. Hike up Table Mountain for breathtaking views, explore the vibrant V&A Waterfront, visit the historic Robben Island, indulge in wine tasting in the nearby Winelands, and relax on the stunning beaches. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage and culinary delights of this cosmopolitan gem.
Day 4-8 : Garden Route, Safari & Winelands Tour
DAY 1 - CAPE TOWN - OUDTSHOORN
In the morning guests will be met at their hotel by a representative and depart for the Little Karoo, travelling via Montagu, a picturesque spa town. Enjoy tea and scones at the only original Art Deco Hotel in South Africa. Stop off in the town of Barrydale, where guests will have the opportunity to visit a local farm school, interact with the children and teachers, spend time with them in the classroom, learning more about this rural community. A portion of the trip monies go towards the Barrydale Farm School Development Fund, which supports the local education of underprivileged children in rural communities. (The school visit is subject to the school being open). Sample top-quality port-style wines in Calitzdorp, before continuing to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich feather capital and centre of the world's Ostrich farming industry. Overnight in Oudtshoorn. Enjoy dinner at an Ostrich Farm, dining on local specialities. (Dinner) Distance travelled: 418 kilometres.
DAY 2 - OUDTSHOORN - KNYSNA
After breakfast take a tour of the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves, one of the world's great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. Return to Oudtshoorn for a fun-filled interactive tour and light lunch at an Ostrich Farm, including local specialities such as Ostrich Steak. This journey continues over the scenic Outeniqua Pass to George, the administrative hub of the Garden Route area and then onto Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Along the way, visit the Map of Africa, an extraordinary viewpoint in the Wilderness. Overnight in Knysna. (Breakfast & Lunch) Distance travelled: 204 kilometres.
DAY 3 - KNYSNA - PLETTENBERG BAY - KNYSNA
After a leisurely breakfast, drive through the Tsitsikamma Forests. 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. Visit the spectacular Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth (weather permitting). In the afternoon guests will return to Knysna, with a stop in Plettenberg Bay, originally christened Bahia Formosa (beautiful bay) by early Portuguese explorers. There is an option (for your own account and subject to availability) to visit Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, where guests will be able to see a variety of primates, roaming free in the forest. A portion of the trip price of this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience, goes towards ensuring that these already endangered species can survive and reproduce for a future reintroduction into the wild. The experience directly advances UN Global Goal 15: Life on Land. There is also an option (for your own account and subject to availability) to visit the Birds of Eden Sanctuary, the biggest single-free flight aviary in the world. A portion of the trip price of this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience goes towards protecting genetically pure species of various Taxa in a semi-wild state and holding the seeds of these Taxa for future reintroduction into the wild. The experience directly advances UN Global Goal 15: Life on Land. Lunch will be enjoyed en route. Overnight in Knysna. (Breakfast & Lunch) Distance travelled: 200 kilometres.
DAY 4 - KNYSNA - ALBERTINIA
After a leisurely breakfast, travel via George and Mossel Bay to Albertinia, a town set against the backdrop of the majestic Langeberg Mountain Range. En route, enjoy a leisurely walk or swim at Victoria Bay, one of the smallest and most beautiful bays along the Garden Route. Join an afternoon open vehicle game drive, at a malaria-free private game reserve, that is home to an abundance of animal and birdlife, including the Big Five. Enjoy a relaxed dinner of safari cuisine, discussing the day's game viewing. Overnight in the region of Albertinia. (Breakfast & Dinner) Distance travelled today: 150 kilometres.
DAY 5 - ALBERTINIA - HERMANUS
The safari adventure continues with an early morning open vehicle game drive. Our expert guide will endeavour to spoil us with sightings of the Big Five, general game and prolific bird life. Leaving the bush behind, this journey will take guests to the picturesque Cape Dutch town of Swellendam. This charming town was founded in 1745 and is famous for its youngberries, eclectic architecture, and National Parks, as well as outdoor activities. This journey further continues to the seaside resort of Hermanus, known as the heart of the whale route, offering the best land-based whale watching (August to November) in the world. Dinner at the Heritage Restaurant, one of the oldest fisherman cottages in Hermanus, where delectable dishes are created using seasonal, local produce. Overnight in Hermanus. (Breakfast & Dinner) Distance travelled: 370 kilometres.
DAY 6 - HERMANUS - CAPE TOWN
After a leisurely breakfast depart Hermanus and travel to Franschhoek, a picturesque village surrounded by spectacular vineyards, where French Huguenots settled more than 300 years ago, bringing with them their age-old French wine and food culture. The guide will take guests on a tour through Franschhoek village, sharing with guests the fascinating history of the French Huguenots, then drive past the Victor Verster prison, where Nelson Mandela was released in 1990. Finally, onto Cape Town, the oldest city in South Africa, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain where the tour ends on arrival. (Breakfast). Distance travelled: 180 kilometres.
Day 9-11 : Cape Town
You will be transferred to your hotel Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town for a three-night stay in a Standard Room, on a Bed and Breakfast basis. Enjoy your last three days discovering the hidden gems of Cape Town.
Day 12-13 : Depart Cape Town - UK
You will be transfered to Cape Town Airport in time for your overnight flight to the UK.