Escursioni a Eastern Cape-Port Elizabeth: The Garden Route is ideally explored on a luxury coach road trip. You can sit back and relax and enjoy the incredible scenery of the Tsitsikamma and Outeniqua mountain ranges which run parallel to the stunning southern Cape coastline and harbour large stretches of indigenous hardwood forests and expansive lagoons.
* Verdant natural beauty of the Tsitsikamma mountains and forests, Nature’s Valley and Knysna’s spectacular lagoon
* Travelling the Outeniqua mountain pass and entering the Klein Karoo with its ostrich farms and the exceptional Cango Caves
* Community visit at a farm school before reaching the picturesque Cape Winelands
Day 1 (Sunday): Port Elizabeth and Knysna
We depart Port Elizabeth and head westwards to explore the magnificent beauty of the indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest. Visit the spectacularly beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth (weather permitting). We’ll arrive at our hotel in Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Overnight in Knysna. Dinner included.
Day 2 (Monday): Knysna
After a leisurely breakfast we’ll enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where we can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon, returning for lunch under the milkwood trees. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon. Overnight in Knysna. Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 3 (Tuesday): Knysna and Oudtshoorn
Travel through the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the “ostrich capital” and the centre of the world’s Ostrich farming industry. We’ll visit an Ostrich Farm for a guided tour and light lunch, before taking a tour of the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. We will arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon, in time to check in and relax before dinner (for own account). Overnight in Oudtshoorn. Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 4 (Wednesday): Oudtshoorn and Franschhoek
There is an option (for own account & subject to availability) to enjoy an early morning Meerkat Safari. Witness these incredible wild habituated creatures emerging out of their burrows, in time to soak up the sun before they head about their daily activities (weather permitting). After this thrilling experience, head back for a delicious breakfast. After breakfast, the journey continues through the “Little Karoo” to Barrydale, where you will have the opportunity to visit a local farm school, interact with the children and teachers, spending time with them in the classroom learning more about the local farming community, before travelling to Montagu, a picturesque and historic spa town (the school visit is subject to the school being open. ) Continue to Franschhoek, a picturesque village surrounded by spectacular vineyards, where French Huguenots settled more than 300 years ago, bringing with them their age-old French wine and food culture. Overnight in Franschhoek. Breakfast included.
Day 5 (Thursday): Franschhoek and Cape Town
After a leisurely breakfast, our storytelling guide will take us on a tour through Franschhoek village, sharing with us the fascinating history of the French Huguenots and the Huguenot Memorial Museum. Enjoy a wine tasting before continuing to Cape Town, the oldest city in South Africa, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain where the tour ends on arrival. Breakfast included.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up from central Port Elizabeth hotels (other hotels available on request).
Duration: 5 days.
Pick-up time: At 10:30am on the first day.
Drop-off time: At 12pm on the last day.
Drop-off location: Cape Town.
Opening dates/period: 2017: 10 and 17 December.
2018: 14, 21 and 28 January.
4, 11, 18, and 25 February.
4, 11, 18, 25 March.
1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 April.
6, 13, 20 and 27 May.
3, 10, 17 and 24 June.
1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 July.
5, 12, 19 and 26 August.
2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 September.
7, 14, 21 and 28 October.
4, 11, 18 and 25 November.
2, 9, 16 and 23 December.
Selected Sunday departures.
Languages: English. German available on selected dates.
Included: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner; accommodation in 3 star hotel; porterage; transport; entrance fees, activities and sightseeing as specified.
Others: The school visit is subject to the school being open.
Guests will travel in a luxury vehicle with a professional guide.
Guests do have a choice of accommodation options, which may be offered at the same hotel, or at different hotels in the same vicinity (Comfort/Superior/Premium).