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5 Day Garden Route: Port Elizabeth to Cape Town

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Key facts

Where: Port Elizabeth , South Africa Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights

Highlights

  • Admire the Big Tree, the largest and oldest tree in South Africa
  • The Cango Caves have stunning stalagmite formations
  • Visit Oudtshoorn, the Feather Capital of the world

Overview

Explore South Africa's dramatic landscape, scenery and cultures as you travel from the 'Friendly City' of Port Elizabeth to Cape Town on a journey that criss-crosses ostrich farms, whale-watching, charming towns and a scenic drive along the Garden Route.

Admire the lonely beauty of the Tsitsikamma forest. Indigenous forests, craggy unspoilt coastline, mountains adorned with lush vegetation and an incredible variety bird and animal life greet you at Tsitsikamma! As you hike into the forest, admire the majesty of the Big Tree - a behemoth 800 year old yellowwood tree, the largest and oldest tree in South Africa.

The Ostrich Farm in Oudtshoorn is a great place to get up close and personal with ostriches. Situated 30km from Oudtshoorn, the Cango Caves are among the best stalagmite formations in the world. The mysterious beauty of its colourfully illuminated bizarre shapes is a riveting sight.

Arrive in Cape Town after a wonderful, kaleidoscopic experience of South Africa.

Itinerary

Head westwards along the Garden Route, which follows the Indian Ocean coastline and is bordered inland by soaring mountain ranges and indigenous forests. You’ll arrive at your hotel in Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. The afternoon is at leisure to relax or explore the town.

Overnight in Knysna.

After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll 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 of the town and lagoon, returning for lunch under the milkwood trees. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon

Overnight in Knysna.

Travel through the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, the centre of the world’s Ostrich farming industry. You’ll visit an Ostrich Farm for a guided tour, before taking a tour of the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. Late afternoon you will travel to your hotel in time to check in and relax before dinner.

Overnight in Oudtshoorn.

After breakfast, travel through the ‘Little Karoo’ to Barrydale, where you will 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 Montagu, a picturesque and historic spa town. (The school visit is subject to school being opened).

Continue to Stellenbosch, the second oldest city in South Africa, surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountains with vineyards as a backdrop.

Arrive at your hotel for check in. Dinner and overnight in Stellenbosch.

After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy a wine tasting in the Stellenbosch area, arguably the country’s most famous wine route. Then finally onto Cape Town, the oldest city in South Africa, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain. Between beautiful Cape Dutch homesteads, traditional dancers with painted faces performing in the streets, the smell of spicy Malay cooking and the taste of a well-made wine, this city will fill your senses.

Arrive in Cape Town late afternoon where the tour ends with a drop off at either your hotel or the airport.

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Monday

Duration

5 Days/4 Nights

Start time

Start time: 0830h (08:30am)
Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights

Meeting point

Your hotel in central Port Elizabeth.
(Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details. If your hotel is not a pick-up location, you will be advised of the closest pick-up point. Kindly reconfirm pick up upon arrival in Port Elizabeth with your local activity operator)

Ending point

Your hotel/airport in Cape Town

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Inclusions

  • Hotel/ Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned luxury coach
  • English-speaking guide
  • Breakfast (Day 2, 3, 4 & 5)
  • Lunch (Day 2)
  • Dinner (Day 1 & 3)
  • Porterage at hotels
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Sightseeing as specified

Do/Dont's

Wear casual lightweight cotton clothing (warmer clothes in winter), and comfortable walking shoes

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Please note

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 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.
1 Dinner from 01 Dec 2014

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
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