our garden route tour with the world famous dripstone Cango
Caves that is also known to be the most beautiful in the world.
Time permitting we can also visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch,
famous for its crocodile and cheetah breeding programs.
Our overnight accommodation is either in
Adley Guest House, the oldest house in Oudtshoorn or Hlangana
Lodge with its superb views of the Swartberg and an emphasis
on excellent service or Foster's Manor, one of the few remaining
fine examples of the Feather Palaces, which was built during
the ostrich boom era.
After breakfast we continue our travels over
the awesome Outeniqua Mountain Pass to George, the so-called
capital of the Garden Route. We depart on the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe
steam train to Sedgefield where your guide will meet you again.
The train is one of the traditional modes of transport along
one of the world's most picturesque rail routes which includes
five lakes, five rivers, two estuaries. From Sedgefield we
continue a short while until we reach Knysna where we will
enjoy lunch at the waterfront During the afternoon we take
a boat ride on the picturesque lagoon, home of the Chameleon
Seahorse where after we continue our journey to Plettenberg
Bay ", Pearl of the Garden Route" We overnight at
Hog Hollow, a delightful private nature reserve set on the
edge of indigenous forest or Milkwood Manor with panoramic
sea and mountain views.
After we have spent some time during the
morning in Plettenberg Bay we continue along the shores of
the Indian Ocean to Port Elizabeth and through to Addo Elephant
National Park, home of the unique species of elephant, where
the female has no tusks. There are approximately 300 of these
elephants in the park, as well as rhino, buffalos and other
antelope. We enjoy an evening game drive before dinner.
We overnight either in The Elephant House,
an exclusive lodge or Woodall Country House a beautiful citrus
farm. Both accommodation establishments are only minute away
from Addo Elephant Park.
Situated between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown
is the Shamwari Game Reserve, committed to game preservation,
natural surroundings, reintroducing the "BIG FIVE"
and to conserve a vanishing way of life. We visit the Born
Free Conservation Centre which is at the forefront of drawing
the public's attention to the plight of wild animals confined
in impoverished captive environments. Another visit is Khaya
Lendaba, an African Cultural Village. After a buffet lunch
we enjoy a game drive in an open landrover to see wildlife
at its best. We overnight in one of the lodges at Shamwari
Private Game Reserve
After a city tour of Port Elizabeth we depart
for the Tsitsikama Rain Forest at Storms River Mouth one of
the most beautiful places on the African continent. Here we
take a stroll along a forest boardwalk until we reach the
Storms River Suspension Bridge, which is not for the faint
hearted. A boat trip up the river is also something not to
be missed and the giants of the forests which include the
great Outeniqua Yellowwood Trees are quite spectacular. Here
we can enjoy a swim and perhaps some lunch at the local seafood
restaurant. Close to Natures Valley we will visit the world's
highest bungy jumping (216m) where you will be given the opportunity
to try this adventurous and popular feat! Time permitting
we may also be able to visit Monkeyland where we do a walking
safari conducted by a game ranger.
We proceed to Knysna for an optional sunset
cruise on the Knysna estuary out to the famous "Heads"
and back to the waterfront complex. Dinner must include oysters
and Cape Sparkling. We overnight at Headlands House, which
is dramatically situated on the highest point of the famous
Knysna Heads or Milkwood Bay Guest House with an uninterrupted
view across the bay.
After breakfast we proceed to Mossel bay
for a historical tour through the Bartolomew Diaz Complex,
to board the replica of the Caravel the navigator used to
sail into this bay anno1448. We continue to Swellendam where
we will enjoy lunch and have time to explore this wonderful
historical town with all its unique architecture. During the
afternoon we will have the opportunity to stand on the most
southern point of the African continent at Cape Agulhus from
where we will proceed for Hermanus a seaside retreat to the
wealthy and famous. During the months August to November whale
watching from the cliffs is guaranteed. We overnight at Schulphoek
Guesthouse one of the best-kept secrets of this area or the
stylish Provençal style guest house, Auberge Burgundy.
Both places have spectacular sea views.
After a hearty breakfast, the morning is
at leisure. Optional will be a face-to-face meeting with a
great white shark in a shark cage diving excursion or a visit
to one of the wine estates in the area. Another possibility
is to stroll around Hermanus or to enjoy some time on the
beach. After lunch we proceed for Cape Town via Clarence Drive,
which is most probably one of the most scenic drives in the
world. Should you decide to stay on in Cape Town, my favourite
overnight establishment would be the Raddisson Hotel which
has excellent cuisine, unsurpassed sea views and close to
the famous V & A Waterfront.
This garden route tour can be shortened to five / four days
by way of cutting days 3, 4 / 7 from the above itinerary or
lengthened by adding extra days in Cape Town or along the
No Prophylaxes have to
be taken against the dreaded Malaria parasite, as it is a
malaria free area.
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