Note: Min: 2pax
Departure – Daily
Transport in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle
With THETA registered tour guide.
Includes 5 Breakfasts
PLAT.Code: 022 Overland Tours / Departures from Cape Town From $1393 PP
A 6 day circular guided touring program which explores the diverse landscapes and experiences on offer in the Western Cape of South Africa. The tour traverses three major regions – Route 62 into the Klein Karoo, the picturesque Garden Route and the Cape Riviera / Whale Route which has so much more on offer than just whales during season. Categories:
Day 1 Cape Town / Route 62 / Oudtshoorn .
Depart Cape Town and travel along Route 62 to Barrydale for lunch (own cost). Continue to Oudtshoorn – the ‘feather capital’ of the world. Visit a working ostrich farm for a guided tour. Check into your accommodation in the late afternoon. Overnight Hlangana Lodge (standard room).
Day 2 Oudtshoorn / Knysna (Breakfast).
Enjoy a morning tour of the Cango Caves – one of the natural wonders of the world. Continue to the lagoon side town of Knysna – the gem of the Garden Route. The demonstration includes 2 oysters per person (one wild and one cultivated). Remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight Knysna Hollow Country Estate (standard room) or similar.
Day 3 Plettenberg Bay (Breakfast).
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel followed by a boat trip on the lagoon to the Knysna Heads. Sit back and relax, enjoy the feeling of the African sun on your face, the wind in your hair, while viewing Knysna from a unique vantage. Enjoy hearing all about one of SA’s favourite coastal towns, Knysna, from a local, homegrown perspective! Continue to The Crags near Plettenberg Bay where you would visit Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary and Birds of Eden – Overall winner of the World Responsible Tourism Award and in the category ‘Best Animal Welfare Initiative’ Jukani is home to big cats such as lions (white and tawny), cheetahs, tigers (Siberian, Bengal and white), leopard (spotted and black), jaguar, pumas, caracal, and other wildlife species such as zebra, springbuck, zorilla, honey badger and various snake species. Birds of Eden is the world’s largest free-flight bird aviary (50 meters high, covering 23 000 square meters of forest) and is the only Fairtrade accredited bird sanctuary in South Africa. Spend some time in the town of Plettenberg Bay or enjoy the white sandy beaches before returning to Knysna for overnight. Overnight Knysna Hollow Country Estate (standard room) or similar.
Day 4 Knysna / Mossel Bay / Hermanus (Breakfast)
Breakfast and check-out of the hotel. Today the journey takes us into the Overberg region of the Western Cape. Travel to Mossel Bay where we will visit the Bartholomeu Diaz Maritime Museum and the Old Post Office Tree. Continue the journey to Swellendam which is the third oldest town in South Africa. Here you shall stop for lunch (to own account), and, time permitting, visit the old Dutch Reformed Church. The day ends on arrival at the coastal village of Hermanus. Overnight at The harbour House hotel (standard room) or similar
Day 5 Hermanus (Breakfast)
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Hermanus. The popular resort town of Hermanus, situated between mountain and sea, has gained world-wide recognition as the world’s foremost land based whale watching destination. This has resulted in the former fishing village showing a tremendous growth over the last few years. A lots of activities and sites of interest abound (to own account) in the immediate vicinity of Hermanus, including a Shark Cage Diving expedition (throughout the year), a Whale Watching Boat Trip (June to December), various hikes and walks in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, wine tasting experiences at the nearby Benguela Cove wine estate, and various adventure activities such as quad-biking. Overnight at Harbour house hotel (standard room) or similar
Day 6 Hermanus / Cape Town (Breakfast)
After breakfast, proceed to Cape Town, via the scenic Whale Route along R44. Morning visit to the Harold Porter Botanical Garden, This lovely garden is situated in the Centre of the coastal fynbos where the flora is at its richest, as well as sandy dunes adjacent to the beach. The Garden is known for its waterfalls and amber pools. Continue to Stony Point Penguin breeding colony which is near an old abandoned whaling station where, from 1917 until the Great Depression, around 300 whales were killed each year for their oil. The whaling station finally closed in 1930 and without any particular reason, the penguins started to breed at the abandoned station. Continue to scenic drive along R44 also known as the Cape Riviera. The road hugs the shoreline all the way from Betty’s Bay to Gordon’s Bay and Strand. There are many stops along the way for panoramic views and photo takings. Arrive in Cape Town in the afternoon where your tour ends on arrival at your Cape Town based accommodation or the Cape Town International Airport.