TISD 42 : 5 Day Cape Town – Garden Route-Cape Town
Cape Town to Knysna via Klein Karoo and back to Cape Town
journey from Cape Town to Knysna and back to Cape Town
enjoying the sights of the Klein Karoo. Take in the outstanding natural beauty of the Garden Route. Track cheetahs – visit the tip of Africa and see the Big 5
Tour Code : TISD 42
Departure Times : Wednesdays (English)
Mondays & Fridays (English & German)
Sea Point Hotels ± 07h30
Waterfront Hotels: ± 08h00
City Hotels: ± 08h15
Participants: 2 – 14 per vehicle
Accommodation : 3 and 4 star hotels and private game lodges
Vehicle: luxury sedan or minibus
Languages: Bilingual – English & German (Mondays)
English only (Wednesdays) other languages guides available on request if booked on
a private basis
Includes: meals: 4 Breakfasts; 4 Dinners
Entrance Fees: Cango Caves; Ostrich Farm; Diaz Museum; Cape Agulhas Lighthouse Museum
Excursions: Sunset Knysna Oyster Cruise; 2 open safari vehicle game drives
Accommodation: Day 1 : Hlangana Country Lodge or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast
Day 2 : Protea Hotel Knysna Quays or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast
Day 3 : Garden Route Game Lodge or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast with 2 game viewing activities
Day 4 : The Arniston Hotel or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast
DAY 1 | WEDNESDAY
CAPE TOWN to OUDTSHOORN via ROUTE 62 (±420km)
Guests are collected from the hotel and travel inland, via Route 62, towards Oudtshoorn. Route 62 meanders through vineyards, mountain vistas and the unique topography of the semi-arid Klein Karoo. Enjoy lunch (own account) in eclectic Barrydale, located at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains. In a secluded valley, once an ancient lake, discover Calitzdorp, South Africa’s port wine capital. Enjoy wine tasting (own account).
Oudtshoorn, dubbed ‘the ostrich capital of the world’, boasts over 400 ostrich farms and several, so-called, Feather Mansions. Learn an appreciation for the industry and, for the adventurous, ride an ostrich. Relax and delight in the friendly Klein Karoo hospitality. Enjoy dinner in town.
DAY 2 | THURSDAY | OUDTSHOORN to KNYSNA via WILDERNESS (±125km)
Guests enjoy a country breakfast, at the hotel, before the tour departs for Knysna. The tour visits the Cango Caves, a 20-million-year-old national treasure in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains, before continuing over the Outeniqua Mountains to the Garden Route. Admire sweeping views from Dolphin Point and the Map of Africa (weather permitting). Savour lunch (own account) and continue on to Knysna. In Knysna guests board a boat and enjoy a sunset Knysna oyster tour. This informative cruise introduces foodies to local wines and the culinary delights of a wild Knysna oyster. Dinner is served at a Knysna Estuary restaurant.
DAY 3 | FRIDAY | kNYSNA to ALBERTINIA via MOSSEL BAY (±160km)
Depart the hotel after breakfast and head for the historical harbour town of Mossel Bay. Visit the Dias Museum Complex, inclusive of several different museums, including the Shell and Maritime Museums. At the centre of the museum complex is the Post Office Tree. This ancient Milkwood tree has served as a post office since the 1500’s. Lunch (own account) is savoured at The Point. Guests continue westwards to a private game reserve; the evening’s accommodation. The Langeberg Mountains serves as an apt backdrop. This private game reserve offers guests the opportunity of seeing the ‘Big 5’ and other game. Board an open safari vehicle for an afternoon game drive. Delight in an outdoor dining experience (weather permitting).
1914 – 1918 War Memorial in Mossel bay
DAY 4 | SATURDAY |ALBERTINIA to ARNISTON via SWELLENDAM (±220km)
Enjoy an early morning game drive. Return to the lodge for breakfast and a visit to the informative Reptile Centre. The tour departs for Arniston, a small coastal village in the Overberg region on the Cape south coast. Lunch is enjoyed en-route (own account). Dinner is served at the hotel.
DAY 5 | SUNDAY | ARNISTON to CAPE TOWN via FALSE BAY (±290km)
Guests enjoy a leisurely breakfast before departing for Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa and where the warm Indian Ocean meets the cool Atlantic. The Cape of Storms is notorious for its many wrecks and, most notably, for recorded tales of courage in the face of adversity and the origin of the Birkenhead Drill – ‘women and children first’. Visit a South African National Monument – the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and Museum; the third lighthouse to be built in South Africa and the second oldest currently in operation.
Continue on to Hermanus, a coastal town renowned for its whale watching. In season (July to November) the Southern Right Whale returns to these waters to calve. Lunch is enjoyed en-route (own account). The tour continues its meander along False Bay’s coast and concludes, late afternoon, at a Cape Town city hotel