Magnificent Garden Route Escorted Tour

3 Nights

Cape Town

Make your way from Cape Town, through the picturese picturesque Hex River Valle and explore Matjiesfontein, the National Heritage Site village. Journey through the spectacular Meiringspoort Pass and Waterfall. 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. Discover the natural beauty of the Knysna area and Plettenberg Bay, the jewel of the Garden Route. You will finish the tour in Port Elizabeth.

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Highlights

  • Explore the National Heritage Site declared in 1975.
  • Journey through the spectacular Meiringspoort Pass and Waterfall.
  • 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.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Knysna area.
  • Travel to Plettenberg Bay, the jewel of the Garden Route.
  • Enjoy a city orientation tour of Port Elizabeth.
  • Day 1 - Cape Town - Prince Albert
  • Day 2 - Prince Albert - Oudtshoorn
  • Day 3 - Oudtshoorn - Knysna
  • Day 4 - Knysna - Port Elizabeth
  • Additional Information

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.

Meals Included: Ro

Swartberg Hotel

The Swartberg Hotel is a charming three star (TGCSA) Victorian hotel, situated in the heart of our quaint Karoo village, Prince Albert. Established as a hotel in 1864, the Swartberg is now one of 19 national monuments in the village, and is still the only hotel in Prince Albert today.

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.

Meals Included: Half Board

La Plume Guest House

Roll to a halt on the crunching pebbles and Pieter, the famous La Plume porter, will appear as if by magic. By the time Lena and Christel have greeted you like a long awaited friend come home and Linda and Corlu have signed you in, you will be enjoying your welcome drink on the wide veranda, looking across the manicured garden and over the vast Olifants River Valley. Discuss your sight-seeing plans with us. We are genuinely interested in making your stay very, very enjoyable indeed, and we are able to make valuable suggestions on your planned activities, because we know Oudtshoorn very well.

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.

Meals Included: Half Board

aha The Rex Hotel

Property Location Located in Knysna, aha The Rex Hotel is in the suburbs and convenient to Pledge Nature Reserve and Knysna Quays. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Knysna Elephant Park and Simola Golf Course.

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Port Elizabeth. You’ll head eastwards along the Tsitsikamma Forest to Port Elizabeth, known as the ‘friendly city’, with a wonderful climate. The tour ends on arrival in Port Elizabeth. Guests may disembark, on request, at Port Elizabeth Airport.
Distance travelled today: 274 kms

Meals Included: Breakfast

Minimum 2 guests / Maximum 25 guests.

Tour Includes:
3 Breakfasts | 1 Lunch | 1 Dinner
Accommodation | Transportation | Porterage
Sightseeing as specified

2019 DEPARTURE DATES
All departures are in English on dates below.
14, 28 Jan            
4, 11, 18, 25 Feb               
4, 11, 18, 25 Mar              
1, 15, 29 Apr
13, 27 May         
10, 24 Jun           
8, 22 Jul               
5, 19 Aug
2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Sep          
7, 14, 21, 28 Oct
4, 11, 18, 25 Nov              
2, 16 Dec