Exploring the Garden Route
October 5th – October 16th, 2021
3395 USD Single
Experience the unique nature, charming places and exceptional wines of this region which is filled with variety and charm.
Experience it all in one trip, from Mountains to Desert, Beaches to Caves. Visit Table Mountain, experience the Atlantic and Indian oceans, relax by a lagoon, skirt the edge of the Karoo Desert, stand at the Southern-most tip of Africa and delve into an exquisite cave alongside sipping some of South Africa’s tastiest wines and if we are blessed, see whales who visit the coast.
This tour is 11 days / 10 nights in a group of maximum 15 women in a mid-size bus.
This is a tour for the adventurous woman who wants to experience Africa with safety and not too much discomfort. Your tour host will be Zimbabwean born, intrepid traveller and author Dot Bekker, who overlanded 20,000 kms through 18 African countries.
The tour starts in Cape Town where we spend 2 days taking in the delights of the city, including a visit to the Victoria & Albert Waterfront, where the charm of the old fishing docks merges with the new arcades on the shores of Table Bay to create a delightful ambiance. Accommodation is in the Waterfront where you can safely wander and enjoy the charm of this bustling city.
A visit to Cape Town would not be complete without an excursion to the top of incredible Table Mountain with its magnificent views and its encounters with sun worshipping dassies (rock hyrax, a relative of the elephant). The second day will take you past the 12 Apostle Mountains around which the city is built, past coastal towns and onward to the rugged Cape of Good Hope where we stop for a picnic lunch.
From here we proceed to Boulders Beach to visit with the famous African / Jackass penguins that reside here, before skirting the mountains and returning to the Waterfront.
Leaving the city behind, our first destination will be one of the beautiful wine farms in the Hottentots Holland Mountains, where we will stop for wine tastings and you get a chance to savour the unique local flavours of the wine and food. Overnight in the winelands.
Our journey of discovery continues further inland to a different wine region to compare and contrast the local wines and food. In Montagu, renowned for Muscadel wines, hot mineral springs and scenic mountains we will taste their wines and overnight.
The journey continues to Oudtshoorn, the "ostrich capital of the world"; via the nearby Cango Caves, famed as the finest dripstone caverns with examples of prehistoric art, we overnight in the town. The following morning includes a visit to an ostrich farm to get up close and personal with these primeval flightless bird and laugh at their peculiar antics.
We continue our journey to Knysna, one of South Africa’s most picturesque and popular coastal towns, where we take a break for 2 nights on the shores of the glorious lagoon and enjoy the charm and beauty of the area: additional activity options include; a lagoon cruise to the Knysna Heads, a nature hike, zip-line in the Tsitsikama Forest, walk the charming village and Thesen Island or just relax.
If you choose to do more wine tasting this can be done in a nearby wine region of Plettenburg Bay also known as the “Bubbly Route” due to 8 MCC style wines being created in this exciting new wine growing region.
Our return to Cape Town is via the coastal route and will include a visit and stop-over in Swellendam, South Africa’s third oldest town, to step into the world of the local people with a Township Tour, including dancing from the children.
Cape Agulhas is our next stop, the true southern-most tip of Africa where the Indian and Atlantic oceans merge. From there onward to beautiful Hermanus where we will spend the final 2 nights of the tour, it will include visiting the local wineries, taking in the charm of this town and with some luck, see the magnificent and memorable sight of Southern right whales at play in the bay.
Our tours are all accompanied by a local Tour Guide and Driver, and hosting is in B&B / Guest House accommodation where you will be welcomed by local people and shown true local hospitality.
Accommodation 3/4 star, in hotels, guest houses, lodges or camps, per person sharing, single options on request.
Entry fees to caves, ostrich farm, wine-tasting tours (x3),
Entry fee township tour
Local English speaking guide
Entrance fees and activities as per the program
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Additional nights (can be provided for departure and arrival)
Cost of optional extras or activities where they are available (CT, Knysna, Hermanus)
Tips, photo or video fees
Lunch or Dinner (except where specified) and beverages other than tea/coffee and water.
We want to make sure that you get what you need so do let us know if you have any disabilities, dietary requirements or other needs in order to ensure that you enjoy every moment of the tour.
Contact us too for flight information and suggestions and additional nights and tours that you can undertake.
Tour Highlights: Cape Town and all it’s nature and diversity, Winelands and tastings, Mountains and Beach, Cango Caves, Cape Agulhas, more wine and whales.
DATES: October 5th - October 16th, 2021
Pricing: 3395 USD single
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