Garden Route Splendour - 5 Nights/6 Days

Western Cape

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From Cape Town to Prince Albert and the 'Friendly City' of Port Elizabeth, you'll see and feel the changing landscape… and understand why we call it The Garden Route.
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Garden Route Splendour 5 Nights/6 Days

Garden Route Splendour - 6 Days

Includes:
5 Breakfasts (BB - Buffet Breakfast)
1 Lunches (L - Lunch)
1 Dinner (D - Dinner)

Plus:Hotel porterage included.

Please note:
Visas may be needed by some passport holders.

Day 1: (Mon) Cape Town - Price Albert (D):
Travel through the picturesque Hex River Valley, surrounded by magnificent mountains. This area is considered to be the biggest producer of table grapes in South Africa. Continue to Matjiesfontein, where a part of the local hotel served as a convalescent hospital for British officers during the Anglo-Boer War. The entire village was declared a National Heritage Site in 1975 and is today a charming, beautifully restored throwback to the late Victorian era. The journey continues to Prince Albert, another delightful village, dating back to 1762. The town is known for its sun-ripened fresh and dried fruit, vineyards, olives and local cheese.
Accommodation: Swartberg Hotel (standard room) or similar.

Day 2: (Tue) Prince Albert - Oudtshoorn (BB,D):
After breakfast we continue our journey through the spectacular Meiringspoort Pass and Waterfall, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with breathtaking rock formations and jaw-dropping beauty. The winding road takes us through the Swartberg Mountains to the quaint Little Karoo village of De Rust. Continue to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world and home to the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves. Enjoy a wine tasting at a local wine estate before setting off on a tour of the Cango Caves, one of the world's great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. In the afternoon, visit an Ostrich Farm for a guided tour.
Accommodation: La Plume Guest House (standard room) or similar.

Day 3: (Wed) Oudtshoorn - Knysna (BB,L):
After breakfast, travel over the Outeniqua Pass to George, the sixth oldest town in South Africa, with many historical landmarks like the Slave Tree and King Edward VII Library building; said to be the best example of Edwardian architecture in the town. The tour travels via Wilderness, an attractive holiday resort 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 (weather permitting), 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. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon.
Accommodation: Rex Hotel (standard room) or similar.

Day 4: (Thurs) Knysna (BB):
Today you will have the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Knysna area. Your journey will include a visit to the Garden of Eden, set in the lush, green, indigenous Knysna forest. The major attraction is the forest itself, beautiful yellow wood trees, thick green foliage and streams. You will have the opportunity to visit Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, where you will be able to see a variety of primates, roaming free in the forest. The sanctuary is well known for its efforts to rehabilitate and free previously caged primates. The tour continues to the famous Eastern Head, where you will enjoy spectacular views of the Knysna Heads (weather permitting). Afterwards you will travel to Brenton on Sea, a breathtaking holiday location and a nature lover's paradise with its unspoilt beaches and peaceful surroundings. The remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure.
Accommodation: Rex Hotel (standard room) or similar.

Day 5: (Fri) Knysna - Tsitsikamma (BB):
Travel to Plettenberg Bay, the jewel of the Garden Route, before visiting Birds of Eden sanctuary, the biggest single free flight aviary in the world. The sanctuary was developed to create a safe environment in which to release a large collection of free-flight African birds. Our journey continues to Bloukrans Bridge, the highest single span arch bridge in the world, currently offering the highest commercially operated Bungy Jump in the world. Visit the Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth (weather permitting). The Tsitsikamma National Park incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain Fynbos and temperate high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea.
Accommodation: Tsitsikamma Village Inn (standard room) or similar.

Day 6: (Sat) Tsitsikamma - Port Elizabeth (BB):
Head eastwards along the Tsitsikamma Forest to Port Elizabeth, known as the "friendly city" with a wonderful climate. Enjoy a city orientation tour of Port Elizabeth, where the tour ends on arrival.
Guests may disembark, on request, at Port Elizabeth Airport.
Terms & Conditions

Please note: Visas may be needed by some passport holders.
Please note this tour only operates on certain Mondays of the year: 10, 24 June, 08, 22 July, 05, 19 August and 02, 09, 16, 23 & 30 September 2019.
Prices are from a starting price per person sharing, subject to change and availability. Advance purchase, peak season surcharges, block out periods and minimum stay conditions may apply. Group rates available on request. Thompsons Standard Terms and Conditions may apply. E & OE.

Exclusions

All Items of a personal nature. Meals not mentioned. Medical and Travel insurance.


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