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Tour Description

The 4 day Garden Route Adventure tour is a safe and affordable way to explore the Western Cape, Little Karoo, Whale Route, and Route 62. This adventure tour is suited to persons with a sense of adventure, youthful spirit and looking to enjoy the Garden Route within in fun group of like minded persons . The tour has a good mix of nature, culture and adventure, so you can experience the best the Garden Route has to offer.

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Itinerary

Depart Cape Town at about 08h15 and head northwards over the spectacular Du Toit’s Kloof Mountain pass en route to Worcester. From Worcester we continue on the R62 (route 62 is the longest wine route in the world) through Montagu. We stop for a wine tasting and delicious lunch. In the afternoon we travel through the Little Karoo.

Changing scenery from lush farmland to semi-desert areas make this a day full of surprises. A warm welcome awaits us from the staff of the 3* Riempies Estate Hotel in Oudtshoorn (or similar), where we arrive in the late afternoon for our overnight stop.

Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world. Here ostriches are found in great numbers and the region produces the best feathers, leather products and ostrich meat world wide. But the world’s biggest bird is just one of the many attractions in this area of interesting contrasts. This small town is the commercial hub of the greater Klein Karoo region (encompassing Prince Albert, De Rust and Calitzdorp) and is situated in a beautiful valley between the Outeniqua- and Swartberg Mountains.

Included: Dinner, Cango Caves adventure tour & local wine tasting

Awake the next day to the freshness of the Karoo air. After a good breakfast we visit the world famous Cango Caves where we take a guided tour lasting over an hour – full of fascination. These caves span huge distances of dark, winding caverns and can be a little scary if you aren’t too comfortable with small spaces. Some of the lower, longer passages are only for the courageous.

From the Caves we travel to the Cango Wildlife Ranch (Crocodile and Cheetah farm) to learn more about frightening reptiles and other beautiful animals. Hear the awesome stories from the guide as we tour the farm with a chance to view cheetah, tiger, lion, puma, and jaguar. This is a rare opportunity to be able to get up close to these elegant and graceful predators.

A short drive to the other end of Oudtshoorn brings us to Ostrich country and lunch at the Highgate Ostrich farm. Today’s lunch – yes, you guessed it, includes ostrich delicacies. We’ll listen to the restaurant staff as they serenade us during lunch. After all this, the tour of the farm begins. We head down to the fields, where you will have the opportunity to touch an ostrich and learn more about the breeding habits and of the bygone days, when Oudtshoorn was in the midsts of the 1920’s ostrich feather boom.

The late afternoon takes us over the Outeniqua Mountains to Knysna. Here for the first time one can understand why this area is known as the Garden Route. The nearby mountains contain the moisture from the buffeting waves and winds that come across the seas, and create a floral paradise. As you drive over the summit of the pass, lush green vegetation awaits you.

Included: Breakfast, game drive on a private game reserve
Optional activities:

10,000 foot skydive at R 3 100, sand boarding the longest dune in South Africa at R 500, Diaz Museum Complex at R 60, Point of Human Origins Cave Tour at R 350  (Prices valid until 31/12/2019)

The morning gives us some time to enjoy the quaint village of Knysna and we have a bit of free time in the Knysna Waterfront. At 11h00 we depart on a guided boat trip on the Keurbooms river where you experience the majesty of the Keurbooms River Nature Reserve, as the Ferries glide over shimmering waters, through soaring gorges. Qualified skippers and guides are on board to ensure that your 2.5hr trip is as informative as it is unforgettable, ending with a picnic lunch on the beaches of the Keurbooms River.
In the late afternoon we will make our way to Mossel Bay where we visit to the Post Office Tree and Diaz museum where early pioneers left mail for the home bound ships to Europe. You can still leave message sunder a bottle or a horse shoe for any loved ones passing through, as was the old tradition.

We spend a leisurely afternoon at the swimming pool or stroll along the beach before enjoying dinner, and overnight at the 4* Protea Hotel by Marriott Mossel Bay (or similar).

Included: Breakfast & dinner, Tsitsikamma N.P. entrance
Optional activities: 216 M Bloukrans bungee jump: R 1 350,  Zipline adventure: R 660, and Kayak and Lilo Adventure in Storms River: R 600.  (Prices valid until 31/12/2019)

The next morning we visit Botlierskop Private Game reserve where we have breakfast before departing on a game drive. Experience close encounters with Rhinoceros, Lion, Buffalo, and Giraffe, rare Black Impala and many other African species on an exhilarating three-hour guided game viewing drive in an open vehicle over the 3000 hectare reserve. The private game reserve is a great opportunity for a shorter safari, that still includes all the amazing animals that draw people from all over the world.

From the reserve we travel via rolling hills to Swellendam, which is full of romantic history. The town was founded by the Dutch East India Company in 1745 in order to exercise control over independent frontiersmen who migrated over the Hottentots Holland Mountains at the beginning of the 18th century. This dangerous and wild frontier was tamed by these men, who were in turn tamed themselves. The district and town were named after the reigning Governor of the Cape, Hendrik Swellengrebel, and his wife, Helena Ten Damme. In time, a village was established and Swellendam became the last outpost of civilization on the eastern frontier. Our lunch today is at a restaurant in Swellendam (La Belle Alliance).

We stop at one of the local Farm stalls where you can purchase local artisan breads, cheeses and meats, before continuing on our scenic route back to Cape Town, either terminating at the airport at 18h00 – 19h00 or at the various hotels!

Included: Breakfast and hiking in Wilderness N.P.  

Tour Details

  • Duration: 4 Days | 3 Nights
  • Start Location: Cape Town
  • End Location: Cape Town
  • Pax: 4-12 guests per vehicle
  • Departure: Fridays from Cape Town/Stellenbosch
  • Departure Time: 06:00-08:00 in Cape Town and around 08:30 in Stellenbosch
  • Languages: English
  • Accommodation: Backpackers lodges and/or guesthouses

Rates

  • Rates – 2019:
    Backpacker dorm @ R 6 000 pp
    Backpacker twin/double en suite @ R 6 700 pp
    Backpacker single en suite @ R 7 800 pp
    Guesthouse twin/double @ R 8 600 pp
    Guesthouse single @ R 9 700 pp

  • Rates – 2020:
    Backpacker dorm @ R 6 700 pp
    Backpacker twin/double en suite @ R 7 600 pp
    Backpacker single en suite @ R 9 100 pp
    Guesthouse twin/double @ R 9 800 pp
    Guesthouse single @ R 12 000 pp

Included:  
⇒ Meals: 3 Breakfasts; 2 Dinners.
⇒ Entrance Fees: Wine tasting; Cango Caves Adventure tour; Game Drive on a Private Game Reserve; Canoeing & hiking in Wilderness National Park; Hiking in Tsitsikamma National Park

Excluded:
⇒ Flights; Airport transfers; Porterage; Gratuities; Visa fees; other meals.

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What Clients’ Say

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Review via email
29 March 2019
“We recently visited South Africa where we went on your 4 Day Garden Route Adventure Tour. We booked it a couple of months back and the organisation and communication was faultless.
When the big day came, Ferne our guide and driver picked us up from our hotel and we hit it off from day one. Our transport was a new VW Transporter, very comfortable and quiet, which was good as we covered a lot of miles.
We made regular stops along the way and Ferne always knew the best places for food and drink. We weren’t sure what to expect in the way of our evening accommodation as we had booked to stay in guest houses, but they were not at all what we anticipated. Absolutely wonderful, beautiful rooms, great breakfasts, and each guest house had a pool.
The excursions were all very well organized, we visited the Cango Caves, went zip-wiring, visited a private game reserve and went kayaking on the Storms River. We even had an evening barbeque with ostrich on the menu.
We have now returned to the UK with a lot of great memories and some wonderful photos. I can’t recommend this tour highly enough, and we couldn’t have wished for a better guide.
Thank you!”
Dan Lacey, UK
“Wonderful Peninsula and Garden Route Tour”
5 of 5 stars
Reviewed 9 May 2016

I had the pleasure of traveling with African Blue in April 2016 for 5 days- 1 day Peninsula Tour and 4 day Garden Route Tour.
All my email queries were dutifully and promptly answered by David giving me peace of mind whilst planning the trip.
During the trip, Duncan (our guide) impressed us with his attention to detail, willingness to go the extra mile, his knowledge, and his eagerness to pick up new knowledge and experiences. He even soldiered on through a bout of gastroenteritis which we both picked up from a restaurant. We really appreciated Duncan’s careful driving, given the long distances we covered during this trip.
All in, a great experience with African Blue. Highly Recommended!

Kwire, Singapore

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