GARDEN ROUTE & KAROO
GARDEN ROUTE & KAROO is a very condensed, medium-budget tour itinerary that allows you to experience in less than one week (5 days - 6 nights) the South Cape cultural mosaic, as well as a wide range of superb landscapes and spectacular sights, including the tip of the African continent. You will enjoy great game viewing, with a unique diversity of wildlife. A cultural experience with the Xhosa people will allow your immersion in traditional African way of life.
Cape Town & Winelands – Cape Agulhas – Mossel Bay – Port Elizabeth & Addo Elephant Park –
Graaff Reinet & Great Karoo – Oudtshoorn & Little Karoo – Cape Town
Cape Town – Stellenbosch – Hermanus – Cape Agulhas
Early departure. Drive to Stellenbosch, the main town in the Winelnds. Visite Tour, followed by a wine tasting in one of the great wine wine estates in the region.Route to to Hermanus, the beautiful seaside resort made famous by its annual festival of the whale held in September, during the presence of these cetaceans in the blue waters of Walker Bay. Lunch at leisure in Hermanus.Drive to Cape Agulhas, the southern most point of the continent, and meeting place of Atlantic and Indian Oceans. At the end of Africa, visit Cape Agulhas and its lighthouse. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Cape Agulhas – Swellendam – Mossel Bay – Knysna
Buffet breakfast. Continue to Swellendam. Founded in 1745, is the third oldest city in South Africa. Continue to Mossel Bay, a city founded on the very spot where the Portuguese navigator landed Bartolomeu Dias in 1488 during his exploration of the sea route to India and the spice markets in the East. Visit to Dias Museum Complex. Lunch at leisure in Mossel Bay. Continue to Knysna. Free time and shopping at the Knysna Wa
terfront, along the Lagoon. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Knysna – Tsitsikama – Port Elizabeth
Buffet breakfast. Continue to Plettenberg Bay and Tsitsikama National Park. Enjoy the charm of this part of the famous Garden Route, stretching from Mossel Bay and Port Elizabeth, in a succession of coves received, estuaries, lakes and beaches lined with dunes and forests primaries. Lunch at Tsitsikama Village. Walk in the Tsitsikamma Forest Reserve where you can admire the "Big Tree", a huge connifère older than 800 years. Arrival at Port Elizabeth, the Xhosa country's industrial metropolis. Panoramic City. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight
Port Elizabeth – Addo Park – Graaff Reinet
Buffet breakfast. Departure for an entire morning in Addo Elephant National Park, a sanctuary created specifically to save the elephants when they were threatened with extinction in the Eastern Cape. Early morning game drive in your car or in 4x4 vehicle with rangers. Lunch at the restaurant of the Park. Continue to Graaff-Reinet. Arrival in Graaff-Reinet, nicknamed the "Pearl of the Karoo". Visit this city founded in 1786, its some 200historic buildings. Climb to the Valley of Desolation for its spectacular sunset. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Graaff Reinet – Great Karoo – Oudtshoorn
Buffet breakfast. Route to Oudtshoorn, through the vast plains of the semi-arid Great Karoo. It is here that Jewish immigrants from Lithuania in the 19th century established the first factory ostrich farms that earned this town the nickname of today's world capital of the ostrich. Visit and lunchbased on ostrich meat on a breeding farm. Visit the magnificent Cango Caves, more than 5 kilometers long, in the heart of the SwartbergMountains. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Oudtshoorn – Little Karoo – Cape Town
Buffet breakfast. Drive to Cape Town via Montagu, through the semi-desert valleys the Little Karoo. Visit Montagu. Continue to Cape Town, via Franschhoek, the "French Corner". It is in this beautiful valley that French Huguenots - refugees in the Netherlands - introduced the cultivation of vines in 1688, with vines imported from France. Visit the Huguenot Museum and Monument. Back to Cape Town, via the Paarl Valley.
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