South Africa Garden Route
The Garden Route on South Africa’s south-western coast, extends from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape. It is known for its glorious natural beauty, excellent beaches, picturesque lagoons and lakes. The mountains of the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma ranges that divide the verdant Garden Route from the arid Little Karoo offer hiking trails and eco-tourism activities. The route has the mildest climate in Africa ranging between 10 °C - 28 °C through the year.
South Africa appears to have it all; sun, beaches, bush, exotic wild animals, diverse culture, great hotels and game lodges, food to wet even the most jaded appetite and a friendly, welcoming people. This relaxed tour begins with comprehensive touring of Cape Town and the surrounding Winelands and Garden Route and ends with a Big Five luxury safari in KwaZulu-Natal.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 13-DAY SOUTH AFRICA’S GARDEN ROUTE ADVENTURE…
And, experience Cape Town, Winelands, Hermanus, Knysnya, Plettenberg & Port Elizabeth.
Garden Route Adventure
Cape Town, Winelands, Hermanus, Plettenberg, Port Elizabeth
(13 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 01 – Arrive South Africa
Cape Town On arrival in Cape Town today transfer to your hotel, where you stay for three nights. This afternoon, you could take the shuttle bus service to the bustling Victoria and Alfred Waterfront entertainment district, and spend some time exploring on your own.
Day 02 – Tour
Cape Town Private transfer to Cape Town for three nights, with touring en route and afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel. This afternoon, you could take the shuttle bus service to the bustling Victoria and Alfred Waterfront entertainment district, and spend some time exploring on your own.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)
Day 03 – Tour Cape Peninsula
Cape Town This morning, tour the Cape Peninsula, an area of scenic beauty. Travel along the Atlantic Seaboard to Hout Bay, and continue through the leafy suburb of Constantia. Visit the Cape Point Nature Reserve, and ride the funicular to the viewpoint of the meeting place of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. From Cape Point, travel to the naval town of Simonstown for lunch (not included) at Seaforth, and then visit Boulders Beach to see resident African Penguins. Return to Cape Town in the late afternoon for an evening at leisure.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)
Day 04 – Explore
Cape Wineland Private transfer to the Winelands for two nights in Franschhoek. Spend two nights at a luxurious retreat in Franschhoek with private touring in the region, including personalized wine tastings at some of South Africa's premier vineyards and a visit to the charming town of Stellenbosch. There will be ample time to explore the town, browse high-end artisan boutiques and indulge in some of the country's most acclaimed gourmet restaurants.
Overnight La Residence (D)
Day 05 – Explore
Cape Winelands Day at leisure to enjoy the resort and Franschhoek for art galleries and shopping. Spend some time exploring Franschhoek on foot - a host of shops and galleries line the Main Street, providing a wonderful choice of antiques, a world class collection of artworks and interesting bric-a-brac to browse through. After a picnic lunch (own account) at a well-known wine estate, we travel to Stellenbosch and onto Spier Wine Estate.
Overnight La Residence (B, L, D)
Day 06 – Transfer
Hermanus Take a scenic drive along the rugged coastline to Hermanus, a small cliffside fishing and resort town with the best shore-based whale watching in the world. Enjoy wine tastings and lunch en route to Hermanus for two nights.
Day0 7 – Explore
Hermanus Morning whale watching excursion. From June through November, Hermanus is home to migrating whales. Embark on a whale-watching boat excursion, visit a local maritime museum, dine on fresh seafood, and enjoy a walk along a coastal pathway. If you dare, you might like to try shark-cage diving.
Day 08 – Transfer
Plettenberg Private Garden Route touring en route to Plettenberg, including stop in Knysna and Mossel Bay.
Spend the next two days exploring the Garden Route and the Klein Karoo, a region of diverse natural beauty—from rugged mountains to beaches and lakes, forests and wetlands to dusty arid landscapes.
Day 09 – Explore
Plettenberg Private excursions in the Garden Route area. Visit small historic coastal towns, dine on fresh seafood, explore caves, journey through scenic mountain passes, enjoy outdoor activities such as day hikes, mountain biking, or visiting an ostrich farm.
Day 10 – Transfer via Durban
Phinda Game Reserve Private transfer to Port Elizabeth for flight to Durban and Phinda. Private transfer to private game reserve for three nights at luxury safari lodge.
Day 11 & 12 – Safari
Phinda Game Reserve Game drives and walking safaris. The Phinda private game reserve in Kwa-Zulu Natal covers 7 different eco-systems, including sand forest, savanna, bushveld, woodland and wetlands. Expert guides lead game drives for Big Five game viewing and optional activities are available such as scenic flights and canoeing on the Mzinene River.
Day 13 – Airport Transfer
Depart Durban Private airport transfer to Durban.
Make this your holiday
Getting There Johannesburg with its O.R. Tambo International Airport is the air transport hub of Southern Africa and is linked to the rest of the world by many major airlines. Other international airports are located in Cape Town and Durban, but few flights from Europe or America fly directly to either destination. There is a good network of internal flights.
Travelling around South Africa is mostly by car and a good range of car rental companies are available. The road system is amongst the best in Africa. However, travelling off the beaten track to the national parks is virtually impossible by public transport. This is mostly organised by local tour operators.
When to go The best time to visit Kruger and most wildlife parks is from May to September. This is the dry season and animals congregate around waterholes and rivers.
The climate of South Africa is generally mild throughout the country with warm, sunny days and cool nights. There's really not a bad time to visit, but winter is a good time (especially October) if you are going for a safari – grass is short, and the animals tend to gather around watering holes.
In winter, due to altitude, temperatures drop to the freezing point, and in places even lower. Snow is a possibility June-August in the mountain areas. It generally rains in the afternoon during the summer (November-February) everywhere in the country except in the Cape Province, where it rains during the winter.
Visas If you’re a UK citizen and visiting South Africa for tourism or business purposes for a period of up to 90 days, you don’t need a visa.
The South African government doesn’t accept British passports that have been extended by 12 months by British Embassies and Consulates under exceptional measures put in place in mid-2014. You won’t be able to enter or exit South Africa on an expired British passport with an extension stamp.
Visa information source: www.gov.uk