Best of the Garden Route Tours 2013

**For 2014 rates, please contact us.

Garden Route Classic Tour, ex Cape Town

 

Highlights

–          Route 62

–          Magnificent Scenery

–          Quaint & charming towns

–          Knysna Lagoon & Heads

–          Encounter with elephants

 

Information

–          Departure – Thursdays at 08h00

–          Transport in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle

–          English speaking THETA registered tour guide

–          Luxury accommodation

–          Includes 3 Breakfasts and 3 Dinners

 

Day 1         Thursday                          (D)

Depart Cape Town and travel along Route 62 to Barrydale for lunch (not included in cost). Continue to Oudtshoorn – the ‘feather capital’ of the world.  Visit a working ostrich farm for a guided tour.  Check into your accommodation in the late afternoon before enjoying dinner. Overnight De Opstal Country Lodge (standard room) or similar.

Day 2         Friday                              (BD)

Enjoy a morning tour of the Cango Caves – one of the natural wonders of the world.  Continue to the lagoon side town of Knysna – the gem of the Garden Route.  Enjoy some time at leisure at the Knysna Waterfront before proceeding to The Crags near Plettenberg Bay. Embark on an informative cruise up the Keurbooms River before arriving at your lodge where you shall spend the following two nights.  Freshen up before dinner at the lodge. Overnight Hog Hollow Country Lodge (standard room) or similar.

Day 3 – Saturday                               (BD)

After breakfast, get up-close-and-personal with nature at the Elephant Sanctuary. The visit presents you with the opportunity to touch, feed and photograph these gentle giants.  After lunch (to own account), visit Birds of Eden – the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. Optional: Whale & Dolphin boat experience (weather & time permitting; not included) before returning to the lodge.  Overnight Hog Hollow Country Lodge (standard room) or similar.

Day 4 – Sunday                                  (B)

After breakfast and check-out formalities, journey along the final leg of the Garden Route to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park. Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River mouth gorge which offers visitors incredible views and photo opportunities. The tour terminates in Port Elizabeth at approximately 18h00 with drop-off at the airport or your Port Elizabeth based hotel.

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Note: This tour is available in the opposite direction, departing Port Elizabeth on a Monday morning at 08h45 and ending in Cape Town on a Thursday around 18h00. German departures available. Please contact us for the departure dates.

T&C’s: Min 2 pax to guarantee departure. Rates valid until 31 December 2013

 

01.05.13 – 30.09.13

R 7057 per person sharing

R 1505 single supplement

01.10.13 – 31.12.13

R 8063 per person sharing

R 1774 single supplement

 

Garden Route Classic Tour, ex Port Elizabeth

Highlights

–          Magnificent Scenery

–          Quaint & charming towns

–          Encounter with elephants

–          Knysna Lagoon & Heads

–          Route 62

 

Information

–          Departure – Mondays at 08h45

–          Minimum 2 pax / Maximum 14 pax

–          Transport in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle

–          English speaking THETA registered tour guide

–          Luxury accommodation

–          Includes 3 Breakfasts and 3 Dinners

 

Day 1     Monday                                                (D)

Depart Port Elizabeth and travel via the coastline to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park. Described as the ‘garden of the garden route’, the Tsitsikamma actually deserves a more vivid description to encapsulate the beauty of the place. Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River mouth gorge which offers visitors incredible views and photo opportunities.  Continue to Plettenberg Bay for dinner and overnight.  Overnight Hog Hollow Country Lodge (standard room) or similar.

Day 2     Tuesday                                               (BD)

After breakfast, get up-close-and-personal with nature at the Elephant Sanctuary. The visit presents you with the opportunity to touch, feed and photograph these gentle giants. After lunch (to own account), travel to Plettenberg Bay for a visit to Birds of Eden – the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. Birds of Eden stems from the need to create a safe environment in which to release a large collection of free-flight African birds and the sanctuary also enables bird owners to apply to release their pet birds into the sanctuary, after undergoing rehabilitation. Time permitting you have the option of embarking on a Whale & Dolphin boat experience (weather permitting and to own account) before returning to the lodge. Overnight Hog Hollow Country Lodge (standard room) or similar.

Day 3     Wednesday                                         (BD)

After breakfast and check-out formalities, proceed on an informative cruise up the Keurbooms River.  Continue to the lagoon side town of Knysna – the gem of the Garden Route.  Enjoy some time at leisure at the Knysna Waterfront Complex before travelling to Oudtshoorn – the ‘feather capital’ of the world due to its large ostrich industry.  Visit a working ostrich farm for a guided tour.  Check into your accommodation in the late afternoon before enjoying dinner. Overnight De Opstal Country Lodge (standard room) or similar.

Day 4 – Thursday                                              (B)

Breakfast and check-out of the hotel. Enjoy a morning tour of the Cango Caves before departing Oudtshoorn.  The Cango Caves – one of the natural wonders of the world and has become a major draw-card to the Karoo area.  Afterward, travel via Route 62 to Barrydale for lunch (to own account). Arrive in Cape Town around 18h00 with drop-off at Cape Town International Airport or your Cape Town based hotel.

***End of Services***

 

T&C’s: Min 2 pax to guarantee departure. Rates valid until 31 December 2013

 

01.05.13 – 30.09.13

R 7057 per person sharing

R 1505 single supplement

01.10.13 – 31.12.13

R 8063 per person sharing

R 1774 single supplement

 

 Scenic Garden Route Circular 2013

 

Highlights

–       Overberg wine region

–       Whale watching (during season)

–       Quaint and charming towns

–       Magnificent scenery

–       Encounters with elephants

–       Ostriches

–       Cango Caves

–       Route 62

 

Information

–       Departure – Tuesday

–       Transport in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle

–       English speaking THETA registered tour guide

–       Superior accommodation

–       Includes 4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 4 Dinners

 

Day 1         Tuesday                          (D)

Morning departure from Cape Town over the Hottentots-Holland Mountains via Sir Lowry’s Pass into a region of immense beauty.  Stop at the Hamilton Russell Vineyards near Hermanus for a tour & tasting of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley terroir driven wines.  During whale season (June to December), also stop in Hermanus which boasts the best land based whale watching along its cliff path.  Here you would have the option of embarking on an eco-marine (all year round) and whale watching (seasonal) boat trip (additional charge). After lunch (to own account), continue to Swellendam – the third oldest settlement in South Africa. Dinner is enjoyed at the hotel restaurant. Overnight Schoone Oordt Country House (standard cottage) or similar.

Day 2         Wednesday                   (BLD)

After breakfast, depart Swellendam and travel to the lagoon-side town of Knysna – gem of the Garden Route.  Enjoy some time at leisure at the Knysna Waterfront Complex before embarking on an excursion to the Featherbed Nature Reserve which is located on the western Knysna Head.  The trip includes a ferry across the lagoon to the base of the western head, a drive to the top of the reserve and an optional 2.2 kilometre downhill nature trail walk.  The tour ends with a delicious lunch served under the shade of the milkwood trees. On return to the mainland, continue your journey to Plettenberg Bay for the following two nights.  Dinner is enjoyed at the lodge. Overnight Hog Hollow Country Lodge (standard room) or similar.

Day 3         Thursday                        (BD)

After breakfast, get up-close-and-personal with nature at the Elephant Sanctuary. The visit presents you with the opportunity to touch, feed and photograph these gentle giants.  After lunch (to own account), travel to the Tsitsikamma National Park. Described as the ‘garden of the Garden Route’, the Tsitsikamma actually deserves a more vivid description to encapsulate the beauty of the place. Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River mouth gorge which offers visitors incredible views and photo opportunities. Spend some time at leisure in the town of Plettenberg Bay – ‘millionaires’ playground’ – before returning to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Overnight Hog Hollow Country Lodge (standard room) or similar

Day 4         Friday                            (BLD)

Morning departure from Plettenberg Bay.  The tour winds its way through George and via the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn.  Visit an ostrich show farm for a guided tour and lunch.  Continue to the Cango Caves – one of the natural wonders of the world and which has become a major draw-card to the Karoo area.  Following this visit of discovery, check into your overnight accommodation. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight Rosenhof Country House (standard room) or similar.

Day 5         Saturday                          (B)

Depart Oudtshoorn this morning and travel along the famous Route 62 to Cape Town.  The ever changing colours of the majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards offer you an unforgettable kaleidoscope of scenic tranquility. Stop at the Country Pumpkin Restaurant near Barrydale for lunch (to own account). After lunch, enjoy a slow drive to Cape Town where your tour ends around 18h00 with drop-off at Cape Town International Airport or your Cape Town based hotel.

***End of Services***

 

T&C’s: Min 2 pax to guarantee departure. Rates valid until 31 December 2013

 

01.05.13 – 30.09.13

R 10213 per person sharing

R 2365 single supplement

01.10.13 – 31.12.13

R 10965 per person sharing

R 2580 single supplement

 

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