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Garden Route Adventure Tour

   * Chauffer or Self-drive *        5 DAYS

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

Highlights:

  • Wine tasting and cheese lunch in the vineyards. Visit an Ostrich Ranch

  • Cango Caves and Cheetah Wildlife Ranch.  Cage Diving with Crocodiles

  • Exciting Boat Cruise through the Knysna Heads. Exciting Tree Top Zip Line

  • The highest Bungy -Jump in the world. Boat Based Whale Watching.

  • Paragliding, Quad-biking, Great White Shark Cage Diving  

 

The Tour Begins in Cape Town and ends at George Airport. From George you have an option of reaching your next destination by Air, Luxury Coach or Private Road Transfer. Accommodation is in three or four star Guest Houses, Lodges or Apartments and includes daily breakfasts, Dinners and Lunches as per itinerary.

 

DAY 1  (Lunch + Wine Tasting)

Guests leave Cape Town at 08h00 and travel through some of the wine-producing valleys of the Winelands. Each valley is graced with great scenic beauty. Finding our way into the unique Klein Karoo by way of the superb Cogmanskloof Pass, we travel through a string of picturesque small towns set in this uniquely beautiful scenery. Lunch and wine tasting at Die Krans in Calitzdorp, an internationally renowned award winning Wine Estate.

We arrive in the town of Oudtshoorn, undisputed "ostrich capital" of the world. Our first  visit is the Cango Wildlife Ranch to view cheetahs, lions, tigers, crocodiles and much more.

Optional Adventure Today:  Cage Diving with Crocodiles.   Read More

 

DAY 2  (Breakfast + Lunch)

The day begins with the Cango Caves Adventure Tour. Visit one of the great wonders of Africa - the subterranean wonderland of Cango Caves for a tour of this vast sequence of caverns, each filled with astonishing formations of glittering dripstones.

Our itinerary includes a visit to a fascinating Ostrich Show Farm where flocks of these strange birds are kept. We are shown their development from the egg to the 100 kg adult. Ostrich is on the menu for lunch today.

After lunch we head over the Outeniqua Pass to Knysna. En Route we stop at the Wilderness for an optional Craft Beer or Gin tasting. We arrive in Knysna in the late afternoon.  Enjoy a Sun-downer at the Knysna Yacht Club before dinner at the Knysna Quays. Overnight in Knysna.

Optional Adventure Today:  Knysna Lagoon Experience.  Read More 

 

DAY 3  (Breakfast + Dinner)

Today we drive to The Tsitsikamma National Park which is the adventure capital of the Sunshine Coast. We visit Plettenberg Bay and try to spot the local dolphins at play. Visit  Natures Valley and take a walk along one of the most pristine unspoilt beaches in South Africa. View ancient giant Yellowwood trees.

In the afternoon it is time to get some exercise. Choose between hiking a Forest Trail or doing a beach walk along a deserted beach. In the late afternoon we return to Knysna where guests can go on an Optional Lagoon Sunset Cruise: Choose between a yacht or cruiser which will take you to see the Knysna heads close up.

Guests will enjoy a traditional South African Braai (Barbeque) at the Knysna Yacht Club.

Optional Adventures Today:

Bungy Jumping:  At the Bloukrans Bridge you will have the opportunity to jump the highest Bungy Jump in the world. 216 meters of sheer terror.   Read More

Forest Canopy Tours: The Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour takes place in the magnificent Tsitsikamma rainforest. Zip-line your way from tree-top to tree-top.    Read More

Boat Based Whale Watching: Take a boat ride to see whales (in winter), dolphins, seals and abundant marine bird-life.    Read More

Tsisikamma Quad Biking: Create memories of a lifetime in one of the most beautiful tours in the Tsitsikamma area.  Have fun on our quad bikes and explore the beautiful forest plantations that are famous in this region.  Read More

 

DAY 4  (Breakfast)

Before heading off to your next destination there will be time to explore the many art and craft shops around Knysna. A beach hike is included today.

In The late afternoon you will check into your Seafront Hotel in Mossel Bay.

Optional Adventures Today:

Paragliding: Enjoy the thrill of paragliding and soar like an African Eagle high above the magnificent Garden Route coastline. No previous experience necessary.   Read More

Quad-biking: Quad-biking trails for various skill levels. Bikes are automatic and easy to use. Trails are through indigenous bush and spectacular scenery.  Read More

 

DAY 5  (Breakfast)

After Breakfast guests enjoy a boat ride out to Seal Island to view seals, whales and sometimes the Great White Shark. We also explore the Diaz Museum.

Depending on your departure time, we will drop you at George Airport, Coach station or drop you at your hotel/airport in Cape Town or Port Elizabeth.

Optional Tours today include:

Great White Shark Cage Diving.  Read More

This tour can begin in George & end in Cape Town with slight changes to the itinerary.

 

Included: Accommodation in International Tourist Class 3 & 4 star Guest Houses, lodges or apartments. Daily breakfasts and meals as indicated in the itinerary. 1 Wine Tasting, ground transportation, Chauffer driver and entrance to the Cango Wildlife Ranch, Cango Caves, and Ostrich Ranch, Seal Island Boat trip and  Diaz Museum. Bottled Water tolls and taxes.

Not Included: Dinners, lunches, optional activities, alcoholic beverages and items of a personal nature.

Self Drive Tour:  (Contact us for rates)

IncludedAccommodation only (3/4 star )  with breakfasts. Booking fees

Excluded: Car Rental (See Rates Here)  fuel, tolls, conservation and entry fees

 

 

 

Optional Adventure Activities:

 

Cage Diving with Crocodiles:    (Approx Rates: R 190)

With crocodile cage-diving you are lowered into a clear water pool in a bite-proof cage and into the company of 4m long Nile crocodiles, each with a bite pressure four times the amount of pressure a great white shark can exert.

The cages are specially built to withstand the incredible pressure of these ancient reptiles, and visitors are exposed to an up-close and personal view of them in their natural habitat, which few people have experienced.

Participants are kitted out with goggles and a snorkel and then secured in the specially designed cage. The cage is then lowered into the pool, home to five Nile crocodiles. The crocodiles will surround the cage to see if this latest visitor is a snack of some kind. To add to the experience, an underwater photograph is taken of you while you are surrounded by the reptiles. Crocodile cage diving is not for the faint hearted, but it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience something unique and tell a story no one is likely to top.

 

Knysna Rib Adventures:   (Approx Rates: R 450 - 1 200)

The 1 hour trip will go past  Featherbed Bay and then exit the infamous Heads. From there you go past Noetzie, Cony Glen and back across to Brenton and many other areas. With the RIB we get up close and personal with the myriad of sea caves and grottos. Keep your eyes peeled for the tell-tale blow of the whales as they breathe, or the large schools of dolphins that regularly comes past.

Apart from the pristine estuary, an adventure through the infamous Knysna Heads will be the ultimate boating experience. Once out to sea the world is our oyster, where one can experience a vast array of bird and marine life as well as breath-taking scenery. When the conditions of the Knysna Heads are unsafe the adventure will continue down the Knysna estuary which has its own variety of scenery and birdlife. Be sure that this is no ordinary lagoon cruise!

 

Bungy Jumping:   (Approx Rates: R 1 000)

The Bloukrans Bungy is the worlds highest commercial natural bungy jump. The Bridge is 216 meters (709 feet) above the Bloukrans River.  Our bungy jump operations are  open 365 days of the year during all weather conditions (except gale force winds) Our primary focus is on maintaining the highest quality safety standards on our operations so that bungy jumping can be  enjoyed by all. 

The view from Africa’s highest bridge captures all the majesty and tranquility of the Bloukrans River valley. But there is nothing tranquil about throwing yourself more than 200 metres down towards the river below.  

 

Tsitsikamma Tree Top Canopy Tour:   (Approx Rates: R  650)

Many of the zip line platforms are built around giant Outeniqua Yellowwood trees that are up to 700 years old! Standing within the crown of these giants and looking down at the lush forest floor thirty metres below is an experience of a lifetime. The scenery and birdlife is spectacular and professional guides ensure your safety while keeping you informed about interesting features of the forest ecology.

If you are fortunate enough, you will spot a pair of Knysna Loeries or the brilliant red plumage of the elusive Narina Trogon. Whatever happens, we’re quite sure you’ll be back.

 

Tsitsikamma Quad Bike Adventures:   (Approx Rates: R 590)

From start to finish, the tour is filled with energy, fun and sights that are so beautiful you just want to stop and take it all in. Create memories of a lifetime in one of the most beautiful tours in the Tsitsikamma area.  Have fun on our quad bikes and explore the beautiful forest plantations that are famous in this region.

 

Boat Based Whale Watching:  (Approx Rates: R 910)

WHALES! Every year, both the Southern Right whales and the Humpback whales leave their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica and migrate to mate and calve in the warmer waters of our Southern African coastline. The Garden Route is one of the best whale watching destinations in the country.

Ocean Odyssey, is Knysna’s only close encounter permit holder and our tours are set to offer our guests an up close and personal experience with these gentle giants of the ocean. Tours are typically 1 ½ to 2 hours long and are led and narrated by our experienced skipper guides. Once out in the ocean, we have a whale spotter that assists us in finding wildlife who is in radio contact with all skippers and will direct them to any sightings.

Paragliding:   (Approx Rates: R 750)

A paraglider is a flexible, inflatable, ultra light gliding wing, not a parachute, but a genuine aircraft wing in every sense of the word.  The pilot inflates the glider, raises it above his head and ensures that it is fully open before taking off from any suitable slope.  We do not "jump" off mountains, but run down a slope in order to get airborne, using the slope exactly like a regular aircraft uses a runway. 

The pilot then uses a combination of ridge lift and thermal lift to stay aloft, and can choose to land at the bottom of the very same hill or mountain, or sometimes cover vast distances. For the inexperienced, flights take place with the passenger and pilot flying together in tandem.

Quad-biking:  (Approx Rates: R 300 - 450)

We have different trails available for any and all skill levels.  Guided rides takes you through spectacular scenery and vistas and an incredible range of indigenous bush on the slopes of the Outeniqua mountains between Knysna and the Wilderness.

The Bikes are easy to ride and fully automatic so even if it’s your first time on a Quad it will not be a problem as our friendly and efficient staff will show you how it’s done in only a few minutes. Kiddies are very welcome and may ride pillion with Adults. The older kids ride their own Bikes under the watchful supervision of our trained guides.

 

Great White Shark Cage Diving:   (Approx Rates: R 1 800)

Hotel Pick-up. (Time to be advised). After registration and some fresh percolated coffee and continental breakfast a short safety briefing will follow. After boarding the vessel we head out to Shark Alley. Our experienced crew scatter a scent trail into the water to attract the Great White Sharks which are sometimes circling ‘Shark Alley’ for seals. During this time, we prepare the first guests assisting them into their wet suits, and diving equipment that we provide.

The cage is suspended on the surface of the water right next to the boat. Once the sharks arrive and feel comfortable with the boat and cage in the water, the first divers get into the cage, ready to see these magnificent animals face too face. Our Skipper will be standing above you on the boat, and he will let you know when the shark is within your viewing range, and which direction it is coming from. Light lunch included. A video of your shark experience is available. Hotel Drop-off. (Time to be advised).

 

DETAILED MAP

Wine Tasting

 

Ostriches in Oudtshoorn


 

Cango Wildlife Ranch

Cango Caves Adventure Tour

Rib Adventures

Worlds Highest Bungy Jump

Tsitsikamma Quad Biking

Tree Top canopy Zip-line

Boat Based Whale Watching

Wilderness Paragliding

Garden Route Quad Biking

Great White Shark Diving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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