Inspirational Garden Route
Embark on an indulgent, leisurely guided journey for 6 days, which combines areas of exceptional natural beauty with accommodation establishments which exude individual character and style. We explore one of the richest areas for plants in the world, the exquisite Cape Floral Kingdom and discover one of South Africa’s newest wine routes. We are treated to the famed hospitality of the Klein Karoo and thrill at sighting some of the oceans most majestic creatures. We luxuriate in the Tsitsikamma forest’s serenity and revitalise our spirits with dramatic coastline views.
Cape Town • Hermanus • Oudtshoorn • Plettenberg Bay • Tsitsikamma • Port Elizabeth
Day 1 (Mon) Cape Town – Hermanus
We depart Cape Town after breakfast. A stunning coastal drive brings us to the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden with its delicate coastal Fynbos. We also seek out the small breeding colony of African Penguins at Stoney Point. In the ‘Hemel en Aarde’ region, one of South Africa’s newest wine routes, we indulge in a wine tasting at a boutique winery before arriving in Hermanus.
Overnight: Harbour Square Hotel or similar – Bed & Breakfast
Distance travelled today: 200 kms
Day 2 (Tues) Hermanus – Oudtshoorn
This morning we explore the unique cliff paths of Hermanus and gasp at the outstanding views of Walker Bay. During the months of July – November, the possibility of whale sightings could add further enhancement to our explorations. We depart late morning stopping for a late lunch (for own account) in the pretty village of Barrydale on the scenic ‘Route 62’, then onward to Oudtshoorn.
Overnight: De Opstal Country Lodge or similar – Bed & Breakfast
Distance travelled today: 380 kms
Day 3 (Wed) Oudtshoorn – Knysna
Today we will have the opportunity to marvel at the impressive Cango Caves, filled with wonderful stalactite and stalagmite formations. Thereafter enjoy a guided tour at an ostrich farm, which will give us insight into why Oudtshoorn is known as the ‘feather capital of the world’. We travel via the panoramic Outeniqua Pass to Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa.
Overnight: Belvidere Manor or similar – Bed & Breakfast
Distance travelled today: 220 kms
Day 4 (Thurs) Knysna
This morning we cruise the vast Knysna Lagoon and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you will learn more about the fascinating history, fauna and flora of the area. Return for lunch under the milkwood trees. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure (unescorted) to further explore the charming village of Knysna.
Overnight: Belvidere Manor or similar – Breakfast & Lunch
Distance travelled today: 20 kms
Day 5 (Fri) Knysna – Tsiksikamma
We depart Knysna after breakfast and travel to Plettenberg Bay for an ocean safari (weather permitting). During the summer months we may encounter bottlenose and common dolphins as well as seals in their natural environment. During the winter months we may see southern right and humpback whales. For those brave souls amongst us, this afternoon you have the opportunity to attempt the world’s highest bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge (for own account and weather permitting). We arrive late afternoon at the picturesque village of Storms River.
Overnight: Tsitsikamma Village Inn or similar – Bed & Breakfast
Distance travelled today: 130 kms
Day 6 (Sat) Tsitsikamma – Port Elizabeth
This morning we immerse ourselves in the splendour and tranquillity of the Tsitsikamma National Park and head to the Storms River Mouth for unrivalled views of the Indian Ocean (weather permitting). We continue our journey to Port Elizabeth where the tour ends on arrival. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 190 kms