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The name, The Garden Route, comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered and the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast. Making it one of the most popular holiday destinations for local and international guests stretching from Heidelberg to the Storms River Valley including towns such as Mossel Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay, The Wilderness and also Natures Valley of which George is the largest and also the central head base of the Garden Route.

Pick-up time: 08:00am

Return drop off on last day: 17:30pm

Highlights of day 1:

Driving along Route 62, also known as the longest wine route in the world, it curves and stretches from Wellington travels through The Breederiver Valley, Tulbagh, Worcester, Robertson and The Klein Karoo.

  • Driving through the Huguenot Tunnel in Paarl Valley
  • Travelling along the Breederiver Valley and with a quick stop in Montague, the fruit town
  • Barrydale and Ladismith which are well known amongst hikers
  • Oudtshoorn – South Africa’s center for ostrich farming
  • Plenty of ostrich farms to choose from to visit, Cango Wild Life Ranch & Cango Caves
  • A high light of an experience is to visit the Meerkat Adventures in a early morning visit
  • Overnight in Oudtshoorn

Highlights of day 2:  

George, named after the British monarch, King George 3rd, was established as a result of the fast growing demand for timber in the cape which was used in building, transport and furniture trades. Today George is the administrative center for the garden route.

  • Travelling from Oudtshoorn to George via The Outeniqua Mountain Pass
  • From George we travel through The Wilderness to Knysna
  • Visiting Knysna Heads overlooking The Knysna Lagoon
  • Overnight in Knysna

Highlights of day 3:

Knysna’s port could provide shelter for up to about 50ships at a time and the regions abundant timber as exported as early as 1787. Being such a difficult port to enter, a harbor pilot was employed to assist large vessels and the pilot was known as John Benn. A double-deck pleasure cruise currently operating as tourist attraction on the Knysna Lagoon is then named after this iconic man in Knysna at the time.

  • Featherbed cruise on the Knysna Lagoon on the John Benn Cruise
  • Natures valley and monkey valley
  • Tsitsikamma natures reserve and also strorms river mouth
  • Bungy jumping and even kayaking can be experienced in this region
  • Overnight in Knysna

Highlights of day 4:

Although Mossel Bay was discovered in 1488, in 1501 a Portuguese navigator, Pedro d’ Ataide, sought shelter in Mossel Bay after losing much of his fleet in a storm. He left an account of the disaster hidden in an old shoe which he suspended from an old milk wood tree. The report was found by the explorer whom it was addressed to – Joao da Nova – and the tree served as a kind of post office tree for decades there-after and is known today as the now famous “Post Office Tree” in Mossel Bay.

  • Dias Museum and Old Post Office Tree in Mossel Bay
  • A visit to the Aloe Vera factory in Albertinia on route back to Cape Town
  • Driving the N2 Highway route back to Cape via Riversdale, Heidelberg, Swellendam, etc
  • Optional drop off can be arranged at Port Elizabeth with prior arrangement (additional costs)

Included in this trip:

  • Qualified tour guide, private vehicle and fuel
  • 3 night’s accommodation (1 x night in Oudtshoorn + 2 x nights in Knysna)
  • Entrance fees to some of the activities which will be indicated on the itinerary
  • Accommodation is based on a Bed & Breakfast bases at 3 & 4 star rated accommodation
  • Prices are valid until September 2019
2 people 3 people 4 people 5 people 6 people
R15 950 p/p R14 950 p/p R13 950 p/p R12 950 p/p R11 950 p/p

You can also book a private vehicle, qualified tour guide and fuel excluding all entrance fees:

  • 3 Seater Sedan Vehicle @ R5250 per day x 4 days = R21 000
  • 7 Seater Minibus VW Kombi @ R6550 per day x 4 days = R26 200

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