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Explore The Garden Route

   * Chauffer or Self-drive *         4 DAYS

 

 
 

 

 

 

     
 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spend one night in Oudtshoorn and two nights in Knysna

  • Visit the Cango Caves and an Ostrich Ranch 

  • Knysna, Wilderness, Plettenberg Bay, Mossel Bay & Natures Valley

  • Take a boat cruise to Seal Island at Mossel Bay

  • Explore the art and craft shops at the Knysna Waterfront

 

The Tour Begins and ends at George Airport. On the last day  you have an option of reaching your next destination by Air, Luxury air-con Coach or a Private Road Transfer.

There are several options getting to the Garden Route. You can fly from Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban. We can arrange a door to door private road transfer from Cape Town or Port Elizabeth. There is a luxury coach service from Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.     (See Transport Details Below)

Accommodation is in three or four star Guest Houses, Lodges or Apartments and includes daily breakfasts, Dinners and Lunches as per itinerary.

A Typical Itinerary:

DAY 1 (Dinner) 

We depart from George Airport in the early afternoon. We  journey to Knysna via the Wilderness. Here we stop for an optional craft Beer tasting. Arriving in  Knysna, there is time to discover the craftsmen, who have settled in the area from every corner of South Africa. This region has a tremendous range of arts and crafts, in all mediums. Visit the Knysna Heads where the mighty Indian Ocean rushes in and out of the Knysna Lagoon.

Wind up the day with an optional Lagoon Sunset Cruise. There are a number of options including luxury Yachts and Ferries.  This evening guests are invited to the Knysna Yacht Club for sundowners and a barbeque (Braai).

Accommodation is in 3/4 star accommodation. Either at the at the Knysna Waterfront or in a Guest House overlooking the Knysna lagoon. 

DAY 2 (Breakfast)

Today you will explore Plettenberg Bay and the Tsitsikamma region. Originally named Bahia Formosa (Beautiful Bay) by the first Portuguese explorers, Plettenberg Bay more than lives up to its name as you spend time in its environs. We will do some whale and dolphin spotting. In the winter months there will be plenty of whales to view close to the shore. 

The coastal road we follow wends it's way along steep river gorges, over spectacular mountain passes and through dense indigenous forests and ferns. We visit the tiny settlement of Nature's Valley, one of the loveliest havens of tranquillity along the Garden Route. Our exploration of this ancient forest  leads through the tangle of trees, ferns and creepers and the the undisputed monarch of the forest -  gigantic Outeniqua Yellowoods.

 Enjoy your lunch on the beach at Plettenberg Bay.

Enjoy a tour of  Monkeyland or the Birds of Eden before departing back to Knysna. The Evening is free to explore the Waterfront and dine at one of the many restaurants.

DAY 3  (Breakfast)

Today we head for Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo. The Route takes you through the seven passes road which winds through forests, farmlands and rivers. We travel over the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, principal centre of the Klein Karoo and undisputed "Ostrich capital" of the world. Our itinerary includes a visit to a fascinating Ostrich Show Farm where, amidst enormous flocks of these strange birds, we are shown their development from the one kg egg to the 100 kg adult.

You will  then 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 stalagmites and stalactites. End the day with an optional wine tasting, sampling some of the finest wines from the region. Overnight in Oudtshoorn.

DAY 4 (Breakfast)  

After breakfast we head down to Mossel Bay. Enjoy a boat ride out to Seal Island to view seals, whales and sometimes the Great White Shark. We also explore the Diaz Museum. After an opportunity to do some last minute shopping and enjoy lunch at the seaside, we drop off our guests in the early afternoon at George Airport for your onward flight or coach transport to Cape Town or Port Elizabeth.

Included in the Price: Three nights accommodation with breakfasts.  Ground transportation and chauffer driver from George on day 1 to George on Day 4. Barbeque on day 1. Entry to Monkeyland, Seal Island Cruise, Cango Caves and Ostrich Ranch. Tourism levies  and sales tax.

Not included in the Price: Lunches & dinners not specified, optional activities, flights or transfers to and from George,  drinks, tips and personal items.

 

 

 

DETAILED MAP

Knysna

Dolphins at Plettenberg Bay

 Ostriches in Oudtshoorn

Knysna Forest

  Cango Caves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting To George:

By Air:  The Following Flights are recommended:

From Johannesburg: Mango  Flight JE 821  @ 11h50    |   Kulula  Flight MN925 @ 11h05    |    Safair   Flight  FA220 @ 09h55

From Cape Town: S A Airlink   Flight SA8639 @ 14h15   |   Cemair   Fly to Plettenberg Bay  Flight 5Z0901  @ 11h45

From Durban: S A Airlink   Flight SA8515 @ 09h40

By Private Transfer: Guests depart at 08h00 from Cape Town or Port Elizabeth Hotel at 11h00 and transferred directly to Knysna.

By Coach: Daily departures by Inter-cape Coaches Depart at 06h00 from Cape Town and 06h30 from Port Elizabeth.

 

Self Drive Tour:  (Contact us for rates)

Included: Accommodation only (3/4 star )  with breakfasts. Booking fees

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

 

   
 
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