Combine the glories of South Africa’s Garden Route with the delights of the Cape Winelands on this magical 6-day getaway. Among much else you’ll discover some of the finest coastal scenery in the world, delightful architecture, stunning views, ostriches, vibrant flowers in all shapes and sizes, lush forests and delicious wines.
From Cape Town travel to Oudtshoorn, center of the world’s ostrich farming industry. Climb the Swartberg Mountains via the celebrated Swartberg Pass and see magnificent sandstone formations over 300 million years old.
Enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve and a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head. Travel along one of the most breathtaking stretches of the Garden Route - where mountains, forests, deep gorges, and lush vegetation hug the rugged coastline of cliffs and sandy beaches - and visit Tsitsikamma, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.
Stop at the charming Dutch town of Swellendam and the seaside resort of Hermanus - the world’s land-based whale-watching capital - before concluding your tour in the scenic Cape Winelands.
There are two options for your 6-Day Garden Route and Winelands Tour (subject to availability at the time of booking). On the Superior Option there is a combination of 3and 4 star hotels, guest houses and lodges. The Standard Option uses 3 star accommodation hotels, lodges or guest houses.
Day 1: Wednesday, Cape Town – Oudtshoorn
At the start of your 6-Day Garden Route and Winelands Tour you will be picked up from your hotel in the City Center, Green Point or Sea Point. You will travel in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle with an English-speaking guide.
Travel through Montagu, a historic spa town, and the ‘Little Karoo’. In the town of Barrydale, you’ll have the opportunity to visit a local farm school, interact with the children and teachers, spending time with them in the classroom learning more about the local farming community, before continuing to Oudtshoorn, the “ostrich feather capital” and centre of the world’s ostrich farming industry.
You will stay the night at Oudtshoorn and dinner is included in your package.
Day 2: Thursday, Oudtshoorn
Enjoy breakfast (included) then take a tour of the limestone caverns of the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. Afterwards, ascend the Swartberg Mountains via the world renowned Swartberg Pass (weather permitting). Get close to nature and see the amazing rock formations dating back more than 300 million years. Feast your eyes on the full splendor of diverse “fynbos” species ranging from various protea species as well as “cone bush” and “pin cushions”. Return to Oudtshoorn for a tour and light lunch (included) at an ostrich farm.
You will stay the night at Oudtshoorn. Dinner is payable direct.
Day 3: Friday, Oudtshoorn – Knysna
After breakfast (included) continue over the Outeniqua Pass to George, the sixth oldest town in South Africa, with many historical landmarks like the Slave Tree and the King Edward VII Library building. Continue to Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views, returning for lunch under the milkwood trees (included).
The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon. You will stay the night at Knysna. Dinner is payable direct.
Day 4: Saturday, Knysna
After a leisurely breakfast (included) drive through the Tsitsikamma Forests, continuing to Bloukrans Bridge, the highest single span arch bridge in the world, currently offering the highest commercially operated Bungy Jump in the world.
Explore this breathtaking stretch of the Garden Route, where mountains, indigenous forests, deep gorges, and lush vegetation hug the rugged coastline of cliffs and sandy beaches. Here is an abundance of indigenous flora, ancient yellowwood trees and magnificent fynbos plants.
In the afternoon you’ll return to Knysna, via Plettenberg Bay, originally christened "Bahia Formosa" (beautiful bay) by early Portuguese explorers. The highlight of the area is undoubtedly the rivers, beaches and the bay with its ideal conditions for all facets of water-sports, including sailing in the safe waters of the Bay, superb rock and surf fishing and scuba-diving spots.
You will stay the night at Knysna. Dinner is payable direct.
Day 5: Sunday, Knysna – Hermanus
Today, begin the first leg of the return journey. Travel via George and Mossel Bay to the picturesque Cape Dutch town of Swellendam, where lunch will be enjoyed (included). This charming town was founded in 1745 at the foot of the Langeberg Mountain Range and is famous for its youngberries, eclectic architecture and National Parks, as well as outdoor activities. The journey further continues to the seaside resort of Hermanus, known as the heart of the whale route, offering the best land-based whale-watching (Aug-Nov) in the world.
You will stay the night in Hermanus. Dinner is payable direct.
Day 6: Sunday, Hermanus – Cape Town
After a leisurely breakfast (included) depart Hermanus and continue to Somerset West, travelling via the scenic coastal road to Gordon's Bay.This is a spectacular route with steep cliffs and lovely coves. Locals label it as the Helderberg area’s own "Chapman's Peak" drive and the route offers incredible views over False Bay.Travel to the Stellenbosch area, set within the scenic Cape Winelands.This “Heart of Cape Heritage and hospitality” is a gracious blend of old Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture. A wine tasting will be enjoyed before travelling on to Cape Town, where the tour ends on arrival.
The guests will be travelling on the same vehicle, but will be dropped off at different accommodation, depending on their accommodation choices.
Please call the activity operator at least 48 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
No children under 8 years are permitted on this tour.