Inspirational Garden Route - 6 night / 5 days small group escorted tour

5 Nights

Cape Town

This is the longest of the 3 Garden Route Tours that we offer and is a small group tour for up to a maximum of 8 passengers. It takes in the delights of Cape Town, Hermanus, Oudtshoorn, Knysna, Tsitsikamma and Port Elizabeth. There is an option to add extra nights in Cape Town at the beginning of the tour and add a safari at the end.

From £917pp
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Highlights

  • Visit Harold Porter National Botanical Garden.
  • See the African Penguins at Stoney Point.
  • Indulge in a wine tasting at a boutique winery.
  • View possible whale sightings in Hermanus (Jul-Nov).
  • See the impressive stalactites and stalagmite formations in Cango Caves.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of an ostrich farm.
  • Experience an ocean safari (weather permitting) and some possible dolphin and seal spotting during summer months.
  • Attempt the world’s highest bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge.
  • Enjoy the tranquility of Tsitsikamma National Park.
  • Witness unrivalled views of the Indian Ocean at Storms River Mouth.

 

  • Day 1 - Cape Town - Hermanus
  • Day 2 - Hermanus - Oudtshoorn
  • Day 3 - Oudtshoorn - Knysna
  • Day 4 - Knysna
  • Day 5 - Knysna - Tsitsikamma
  • Day 6 - Tsitsikamma - Port Elizabeth
  • Additional Information

We depart Cape Town after breakfast. A stunning coastal drive brings us to the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden with its delicate coastal Fynbos. We also seek out the small breeding colony of African Penguins at Stoney Point. In the “Hemel en Aarde” region, one of South Africa’s newest wine routes, we indulge in a wine tasting experience at a boutique winery before arriving in Hermanus.

Distance travelled today: 200 kms

Meals Included: Ro

Misty Waves Boutique Hotel

Hermanus Western Cape, South Africa. The impressive boutique hotel is situated in Hermanus a charming coastal village in The Cape Whale Coast or Overstrand. It offers the best land based whale watching in the world, Great White Shark cage diving, famous Wine Routes in Hemel-and-Aarde valley, penguin viewing, blue flag beaches and all nature can offer an hours from Cape Town.

This morning we explore the unique cliff paths of Hermanus and gasp at the outstanding views of Walker Bay. During the months of July – November, the possibility of whale sightings could add further enhancement to our explorations. We depart late morning stopping for a late lunch (for own account) in the pretty village of Barrydale on the scenic “Route 62”, then onward to Oudtshoorn.

Distance travelled today: 380 kms

Meals Included: Bed and Breakfast

La Plume Boutique Guest House

La Plume is a Boutique Guest House on a working ostrich, alfalfa and cattle farm with spectacular views of the Swartberg Mountains and the Olifants River Valley. A warm welcome awaits you at this charming 1902 Victorian homestead with its tranquil surroundings where Karin, the owner, has combined old-world charm with modern comforts to ensure extraordinary service and personal attention.

Today we will have the opportunity to marvel at the impressive Cango Caves, filled with wonderful stalactite and stalagmite formations. Thereafter enjoy a guided tour at an ostrich farm, which will give us insight into why Oudtshoorn is known as the “feather capital of the world”. We travel via the panoramic Outeniqua Pass to Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa.

Distance travelled today: 220 kms

Meals Included: Bed and Breakfast

Knysna Hollow Country Estate

Knysna Hollow is beautifully set in a secluded 3-acre garden environment near Knysna's famous lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Knysna Hollow Country Estate will feature 44 luxurious Garden Suites, situated in the indigenous gardens around two sparkling swimming pools. All rooms will be decorated in a clean, contemporary style with private garden-facing verandahs and will offer all modern in-room amenities including air-conditioning, satellite television, Nespresso coffee stations, king-size beds and free wireless internet.

This morning we cruise the vast Knysna Lagoon and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you will learn more about the fascinating history, fauna and flora of the area. Return for lunch. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure (unescorted) to further explore the charming village of Knysna.

Distance travelled today: 20 kms

Meals Included: Half Board

Knysna Hollow Country Estate

Knysna Hollow is beautifully set in a secluded 3-acre garden environment near Knysna's famous lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Knysna Hollow Country Estate will feature 44 luxurious Garden Suites, situated in the indigenous gardens around two sparkling swimming pools. All rooms will be decorated in a clean, contemporary style with private garden-facing verandahs and will offer all modern in-room amenities including air-conditioning, satellite television, Nespresso coffee stations, king-size beds and free wireless internet.

We depart Knysna after breakfast and travel to Plettenberg Bay for an ocean safari (weather permitting). During the summer months we may encounter bottlenose and common dolphins as well as seals in their natural environment. During the winter months we may see southern right and humpback whales. For those brave souls amongst us, this afternoon you have the opportunity to attempt the world’s highest bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge (for own account and weather permitting). We arrive late afternoon at the picturesque village of Storms River.

Distance travelled today: 130 kms

Meals Included: Bed and Breakfast

Tsitsikamma Village Inn

The Hotel’s Hunters Pub was a hunting lodge that was built in 1841 to accommodate hunters that walked into the area to hunt game in the surrounding forests. In 1860, Thomas Bain constructed the road from Plettenberg Bay to Kareedouw through the Tsitsikamma. This 184 km road took 4 years to complete with the help of 200 convicts. Just past the Tsitsikamma Village Inn is the original pass – at the time the pass was so narrow, it was only open to traffic in one direction each day. Travellers waiting for their turn used to outspan in the Hotel’s ground.

This morning we immerse ourselves in the splendour and tranquillity of the Tsitsikamma National Park and head to the Storms River Mouth for unrivalled views of the Indian Ocean (weather permitting). We continue our journey to Port Elizabeth where the tour ends on arrival.

Meals Included: Bed and Breakfast

Minimum 2 guests / Maximum 8 guests.

Tour Includes:
5 breakfasts and 1 lunch, accommodation, porterage and transportation and sightseeing as specified.

Tour departs on one selected Saturday per month.

Departure Dates in 2020:-
Jan 18         
Feb 15       
Mar 14   
Apr 18
May 16       
Jun 13    
Jul 11           
Aug 8
Sep 12      
Oct 10
Nov 7      
Dec 12

Departure Dates in 2021:-
Jan 16
Feb 13      
Mar 13   
Apr 17
May 15      
Jun 12        
Jul 10           
Aug 7
Sep 11    
Oct 9
Nov 6      
Dec 11

Please note: one suitcase and one overnight bag is allowed per person.