3 Night Garden Route Tour (CPT to PE)
Cape Town City Centre
About 3 Night Garden Route Tour (CPT to PE)
Enjoy a fabulous three night, four day Garden Route tour, taking you from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth in style.
Day 1: Cape Town – Hermanus – Swellendam – Mossel Bay
Depart from Cape Town at around 09h00 and drive eastwards via the beautiful coastal route between Gordon’s Bay and Hermanus, a seaside holiday town (Hermanus is the best place in the World to spot Whales from land – July to Dec). After lunch we drive on to Mossel Bay. Here we visit arguably the oldest post office in Africa, the Post Office Tree and the site of the first landfall, made by the Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Dias in 1488.
- Overnight at Point Hotel Mossel Bay. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 2: Mossel Bay – Oudtshoorn – Cango Caves – Ostrich Farm
We travel over the Outeniqua Mountains to the Little Karoo to visit an Ostrich Show Farm for some unique experiences including ostrich racing. A ride on a back of an ostrich is not for the fainthearted. We visit the Cango caves, regarded as one of South Africa's foremost natural wonders. The fascinating calcite caves comprise an underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites. Visit Oudtshoorn, also called the "Feather capital" of the world, as over ninety percent of the world's ostrich farms are found here.
- Overnight at La Plume Guest House. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 3: Oudtshoorn – Cango Wildlife Ranch – Garden Route – Knysna
After breakfast we visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch and Valley of Ancients, an endangered species breeding facility extraordinaire. Then depart for George and Wilderness National Park. We skirt around the lakes with stops at scenic viewpoints to Knysna. The town is situated on the edge of the Knysna Lagoon with its entrance to the sea guarded by two promontories known as the "Heads". The area also falls within a National Park proclaimed to conserve the extraordinary natural beauty of the lakelands and adjacent indigenous forests. Knysna also offers shopping opportunities of unusual locally made art and craft, etc. We join a sundowner cruise on the lagoon.
- Overnight in Knysna at the Fish Eagle Lodge or Simola Hotel. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 4: Knysna – Plettenberg Bay – Tsitsikamma National Park
We explore Knysna and travel further via Plettenberg Bay for a short visit. Then we traverse through magnificently scenic river valley passes. We visit the Tsitsikamma National Park (Khoisan for 'The place of much water" stretching over 100 km of wild and rocky coastline characterised by massive cliffs, narrow isolated beaches and shady indigenous forests along the river valleys. Our next stop is Storms River with the impressive Paul Sauer Bridge across the valley towering some 139 m above the river. The final part of our journey takes us past a few coastal holiday villages to Port Elizabeth, also called the 'Friendly City' where you are dropped off at the airport for your onward flight (not earlier than 16h00).
- Minimum stay: 3 Days
Activity/entrance fees include:
- Post Office Tree Museum
- Ostrich Farm
- Cango Caves Standard Tour
- Cango Wildlife Ranch entrance
- Sundowner Cruise
- Big Tree
- Tsitsikamma National Park Conservation Fee
- Full breakfast
Lunches are an optional extra.
3 Night Garden Route Tour (CPT to PE) Map
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling