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Sandwiched between the Outeniqua Mountains and the glistening Indian Ocean, is a lush 200km stretch of coastal “Garden of Eden”, providing one of the world’s most spectacular drives.  Typically visitors station themselves either in Knysna (complete with its scenic lagoon) or Plettenberg Bay (famous for its excellent beaches) – and then spend a few days exploring the diverse number of the many surrounding attractions. Whether you are seeking pristine, un-crowded white-sand beaches, world-class golf courses, ancient forests, renowned surf spots, extraordinary nature reserves, excellent hiking opportunities or exhilarating outdoor adventures such as bungee jumping or zip-lining, the Garden Route has it all.

 

Recommended Optional Tours

Prices are subject to change without notice.

Transport to/from excursion is at an additional cost

 

Best of Garden Route: 

  • Knysna Elephant Sanctuary
  • Zip-lining Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour
  • Skydive Plettenberg Bay; Beach Landing approx 10 000 ft; Tandem Skydive with Handycam DVD HD; *Subject to Weather conditions *Pre-booking essential
  • Bungee Jumping – world’s highest Bungee Jump at Bloukrans Bridge – 216 metres

 

Addo Elephant Park: 

Guided game drive in the park in an open safari vehicle

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Itineraries

Day 1

ARRIVAL IN CAPE TOWN

You will be met and welcomed by our representative on arrival at Cape Town International Airport
Transferred to your overnight accommodation and check-in
Recommended arrival time at your accommodation in Cape Town is 16h00 or earlier
Relax and enjoy a cocktail before our scheduled group briefing and welcome dinner
18h00 -Group meeting with Tour Guide in hotel reception and continue to dinner venue
19h00 - Welcome dinner
Overnight:
Cape Town

Included:
Transfers on arrival
Welcome Dinner

Excluded:
Drinks during Dinner

Day 2

TRAVEL FROM CAPE TOWN TO OUDTSHOORN VIA Route 62

Oudtshoorn is famous for its ostriches and the magnificent Cango Caves. Located along the renowned Route 62, which takes motorists past inspiring sights, Oudtshoorn is known as the Ostrich Capital of the World: these huge birds are almost as common as people in this town. Besides the ostriches, their wonderful feathers and the ostrich meat they provide, Oudtshoorn also boasts the spectacular Cango Caves. These Cango Caves are the largest show cave system in Africa, permeating with sparkling stalactites and stalagmites and captivating rock formations.

Depart Cape Town and travel along Route 62. A casual suggestion made by the neighbour, is how the famous pub in the Little Karoo known as “Ronnie’s Sex Shop” got its name. A small bar, with its provocative graffiti title is a popular, colourful stop on Route 62 with both locals and international visitors.
Continue to Oudtshoorn – the ‘feather capital’ of the world, arriving in time for an ostrich tour, which includes an ostrich ride (if you dare). Have lunch at the ostrich farm and enjoy a scrumptious Ostrich Steak in the set menu.

Overnight:
Oudtshoorn
Breakfast included

Day 3

TRAVEL FROM OUDTSHOORN TO KNYSNA via OUTINIQUA PASS

Sandwiched between the Outeniqua Mountains and the glistening Indian Ocean, is a lush 200km stretch of coastal “Garden of Eden”, providing one of the world’s most spectacular drives. Typically visitors station themselves either in Knysna (complete with its scenic lagoon) or Plettenberg Bay (famous for its excellent beaches) - and then the visitors spend a few days exploring the diverse number of many surrounding attractions. Whether you are seeking pristine, uncrowded white-sand beaches, world-class golf courses, ancient forests, renowned surf spots, extraordinary nature reserves, excellent hiking opportunities or exhilarating outdoor adventures such as bungee jumping or zip-lining, the Garden Route has it all.

Knynsa lies between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean and is surrounded by an ever-green world-renowned Knysna forest. Knysna offers a wealth of activities for each and every visitor. A beautiful lagoon and more than 8 beaches provide opportunities to swim, surf, canoe, yacht, jet-ski, boat, fish, walk on soft sand and take ferry rides. Various markets offer organic goods, delicious foods, indigenous plants and a social atmosphere. Mountains, valleys, lakes, forests and streams are also all to be explored. There is a valid reason why this region is known as the “Garden of Eden”! And of course, the area is famous for the Knysna Heads and the ever so delicious Knysna oysters.

Enjoy a morning tour of the Cango Caves – one of the natural wonders of the world.
Continue via the Outeniqua Pass to the lagoon side town of Knysna – the gem of the Garden Route.
Enjoy some time at leisure at the Knysna Waterfront in the afternoon.

Overnight:
Knysna
Breakfast included

Day 4

TRAVEL FROM KNYSNA TO PLETTENBERG BAY

The Portuguese explorers called it the Beautiful Bay. Plettenberg Bay is a picturesque, charming town with miles of pristine beaches, tranquil lagoons, clean rivers, indigenous forests and a dramatic rocky peninsula. Playground for the wealthy, where beach mansions overlook the Indian Ocean, often dotted with luxury yachts. Leisure time is left to polo and golf, among other things. However, all kinds of visitors will feel at peace here as simply swimming in the warm water is a great way to experience the beauty of Plettenberg Bay.

Arrive in Plettenberg Bay and explore the coastal day during your free time.

Overnight:
Plettenberg Bay

See "Trip Overview" for optional tours & activities.

Day 5

PLETTENBERG BAY – FREE DAY

You will never forget the first time you see Plettenberg Bay. Once named Bahia Formosa, or ‘Beautiful Bay’ by early Portuguese explorers, Plettenberg Bay is also called the ‘Jewel of the Garden Route’. Surrounded by a mountain backdrop as far as the eye can see, Plettenberg Bay offers the best of nature, beaches and coastline, along with excellent accommodation, dining and tourist attractions. Visitors begin returning for the Whale Season from July to November and then we are back to summer again. Plettenberg Bay is South Africa’s premier holiday resort with magnificent beaches and weather to match!

Overnight:
Plettenberg Bay

See "Trip Overview" for optional tours & activities.

Day 6

TRAVEL FROM PLETTENBERG BAY TO ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK

Discover, Experience and Explore a world of diversity in one Park. Now the third largest national park in South Africa, Addo Elephant National Park has expanded and also includes a wide range of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. Addo Elephant National Park lies in the malaria-free Sundays River valley in the Eastern Cape, just over an hour's drive from Port Elizabeth. More recently the Addo Elephant National Park has expanded to become the only park in the world to lay claim to Africa's 'Big 7' - elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, southern right whale and great white shark. It has done this by expanding along the coast from the Sundays River mouth towards Alexandria (South Africa) and by adding an offshore marine reserve that includes St Croix Island and Bird Island, which are essential breeding grounds for penguins and gannets. St Croix has the largest African penguin colony in the world.

Today we depart the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay and head into the Addo Elephant National Park for a 2.5-hour safari with the tour bus in search of The Big 5 or Big 7 (if you lucky).

You also have the opportunity to do a 2.5-hour safari in an open 4x4 all-terrain vehicle (Optional at an additional cost).

Overnight:
Addo Area
Breakfast included

Day 7

ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK

The Greater Addo area is known to be a malaria-free big game viewing area. This area is rich in history and diverse in culture featuring lush citrus valleys, rolling dunes and abundant fauna and flora. ‘Must-see’ sites include the renowned Addo Elephant National Park, hosting one of the most densely populated elephant herds in the world. The Greater Addo area offers an exciting array of activities ranging from Game Drives in Safari Vehicles, horse trails, 4 x4 trails, hiking trails and marine Econ tours.

Overnight:
Addo Area
Breakfast included

See "Trip Overview" for optional tours & activities.

Day 8

DEPARTURE DAY – TRAVEL FROM ADDO NATIONAL PARK TO PORT ELIZABETH

Port Elizabeth or The Nelson Mandela Bay is one of the largest cities in South Africa, situated in the Eastern Cape Province and 770 km east of Cape Town. Port Elizabeth or nicknamed P.E. which is known by locals as the "The Friendly City" or "The Windy City".

Today we depart your overnight accommodation, heading for Port Elizabeth.

If you wish to extend your stay in Port Elizabeth, the team will drop you off at your pre-arranged accommodation.

For the traveller departing South Africa, the transport vehicle will take you to Port Elizabeth International Airport for your onward flight.

Breakfast included
  • Accommodation at selected hotels/hostel
  • Check-in time is 14h00 and check-out time is 10h00
  • Daily breakfast
  • Welcome Dinner on Day 1
  • English speaking Tour Guide throughout the trip
  • Tours and transfers are done as mentioned in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Sightseeing fees and permits mentioned are included
  • Domestic & International Flights
  • VISA’s – Please visit your local Embassy to enquire about the VISA requirements for South Africa
  • Please make sure you have 6 months passport validity with 6 empty pages in your passport
  • Travelling Insurance (Compulsory)
  • Early check-in or late checkout is subject to availability with an additional surcharge.
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Services and meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks during meals
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Optional Tours Cost
  1. :

    Diese herrliche, 8 tägige Reise der südafrikanischen Garten Route entlang, hinterliess auf mir und meinem Reisepartner einen bleibenden Eindruck. Jeder Wunsch wurde uns den Lippen abgelesen und erfüllt. Wir hatten das Glück nur zu zweit in dem Fahrzeug zu sein und die sehr kompetente Reiseleitung alleine für uns zu geniessen. Es lag wohl an der Jahreszeit obwohl wir trotzdem hauptsächlich, sonnige Tage hatten. Kurz und knapp : Unterkunft war überall ausgezeichnet mit sehr freundlichem Personal. Tagestouren waren unheimlich interessant und für Photographen ein Paradies. Das Essen war sehr gut , vor allem die Vogelstauss Fillets. Preisleistung: Sehr zufriedenstellend . Endfazit: Eine empfehlenswerte Tour für jeden.

    Wir danken Euch für die hochwertige Betreuung unserer Flitterwoche.
    Viele Grüsse aus Hamburg,
    Euer Klaus und Guido.

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