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8 Day Garden Route Explorer

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Route::

Cape Town - Klein Karoo - Garden Route - Cape Town or George or Port Elizabeth 

Steps:

Step 1.
Click on bold names in order to bring up information and descriptions on Cities/Towns, and options for Accommodation, Excursions, Transfers and Flights.

Cape Town:
Cape Town is the cosmopolitan “Mother City of South Africa” with its beautiful and scenic Peninsula, oceans, lakes, mountains, shopping malls, theatres and recreational facilities.

Collect your rental car. National Car hire options.
OR Take a private transfer to your accommodation. Cape Town transfer options.

Check into accommodation to be reserved in Cape Town.

Optional excursions in Cape Town.

Overnight in Cape Town

Step 2. Cape Town –Rawsonville / Worcester / De Doorns:
It is about a 1.5 hour drive to Worcester.

Worcester - Kleinplasie Farm, where the whole farm is run as though 100 years ago with equipment, etc from days gone by.

De Doorns – situated in the Hex River Valley and fringed by hectares of vines.

Check into accommodation to be reserved in De Doorns.

Overnight at accommodation of your choice.

Step 3. De Doorns – Robertson – Bonnievale - McGregor – Montagu :

About a 2 hour drive to Montagu

Robertson - an area of vineyards (e.g. Graham Beck Wine Farm for Cape’s best Shiraz wines) set in the fertile Breede River Valley at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains.

McGregor - a pretty little village from the 19th century in which time stood still. The many thatch roofed Cape between nostalgic fruit and vegetable gardens are well preserved and maintained

Bonnievale - Bonita cheese factory, which is the largest of its kind in the country; Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve.

Montagu - natural hot spring water pools, 4 x 4 tractor ride to superb views of the wine farms in the Valley’s below.

Barrydale – historical town situated at the mouth of the Breede River; walks; wine co-op; near to the Warmwaterberg therapeutic hot springs. Check into accommodation to be reserved in Robertson or McGregor or Bonnievale or Montagu

Overnight at accommodation of your choice

Step 4. Montagu – Ladysmith - Oudtshoorn:
The drive from Montagu to Oudtshoorn is about 3 hours.

Oudtshoorn

is the ostrich farming capital of the world and famous for not only the ostrich farms, but also the Cango Caves, museums, Crocodile and Cheetah Farm.

From Oudtshoorn, travel via Prince Albert Town through to the incredibly beautiful and awesome Meiringspoort Pass. It is made of Cape Red Sandstone cliffs cutting into the Swartberg Mountain Range and crossing the river about 27 times. Travel through to De Rust where you have an option to check into an incredible stone guesthouse, which is situated on top of the Swartberg Mountains overlooking the Little Karoo below.

Optional excursions in Oudtshoorn

Have an option to travel down the forested Robinson Pass, to the coastal town of Mossel Bay. This is a gateway town to the Garden Route.

Check into accommodation to be reserved in Oudtshoorn or Mossel Bay

Overnight at accommodation of you choice

Step 5. Oudtshoorn/Mossel Bay - George -Wilderness – Sedgefield - Knysna :
From Oudtshoorn to George is about 1.5 hours drive.

George – Principal Town of the Garden Route with stinkwood, yellow wood and milkwood furniture manufacturers. Famous Outeniqua Tjoe Choo Train rides between George and Knysna (undertaken in both directions) taking you over gauges, mountain passes, sea and lakes.

Wilderness – “fluffy” white sanded beach.

Picnic Baskets to order: choice of picnic hampers from Pickleberries in Wilderness.

Sedgefield – lake and seaside holiday resort area.

Knysna – Lagoon and major furniture manufacturing centre (stinkwood, yellowwood and milkwood). It also supports an oyster hatchery and many small shops. The Knysna Elephant Park is worth a visit. Boat cruise on Knysna lagoon, scenic steam train ride, butterfly world; a ferry ride to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, John Benn Pleasure Boat on the Knysna Lagoon.

Check into accommodation to be reserved in George or Wilderness or

Knysna.

Optional excursions in George or Knysna.

Overnight at accommodation of your choice

Step 6. Knysna – Plettenberg Bay - Natures Valley – Tsitsikamma Forests And National Park– Storms River:

Plettenberg Bay

- a popular holiday resort with safe beaches, a lagoon and river mouth with the estuary of the Keurboom River. Monkeyland - a safari where you can expect to see many species of Monkey and a variety of forest dwelling birds.

Natures Valley

– a beautiful beach, walks and scenic views.

Tsitsikamma National Park – indigenous forest with bird life, bushbuck, bush pig and blue duiker. There are about 30 species of indigenous trees. The elephants can be seen at the Knysna Elephant Park. This area is stunning with walks through the forests, along the beautiful beach coves. It is a haven in itself.

Storms River Mouth - This area has diving trails, caves, walks, look out points, a fynbos garden and waterfalls that must be hiked to.

Optional excursions in Plettenberg Bay or

Storms River

Check into accommodation to be reserved in Plettenberg Bay or Tsitsikamma National Park or Storms River

Overnight at accommodation of your choice

Step 7. Plettenberg Bay or Tsitsikamma National Park or Storms River

Spend the day at leisure.

Optional excursions in Plettenberg Bay or Storms River

Overnight at accommodation of your choice.

Step 8. Storms River - Cape Town / George / Port Elizabeth:
The drive from Storms River to Port Elizabeth is about a 3.5 hours drive OR return to George or Cape Town, which is about a 6 hour drive.

Flights from Port Elizabeth to George or Cape Town

 

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