Project Description

Tour Description

From Cape Town through the Klein Karoo to Addo and back again along the coastline, enjoying the open spaces of the Klein Karoo, vastness of Addo and diversity of the Garden Route with a trip to the tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas.

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Itinerary

We travel inland via Route 62 which will will usher you from the tranquil vineyards to cinematic mountain vistas and the unique beauty of the semi-arid Klein Karoo. Enjoy lunch (own account) and take in the wine tasting (own account)

Arrive in Oudtshoorn late afternoon, enjoying dinner in town (own account).

Queens Hotel or similar – bed and breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the day in and around Oudtshoorn visiting the famous Cango Caves and an ostrich farm. In the early dawn watch the sun’s rise over the Karoo whilst enjoying a hot beverage. Take a short hike to a meerkat-burrow and be party, first-hand, to their social structures and behaviour (own account and weather dependent). In the Cango Valley guests discover the subterranean world of the Cango Caves; a 20-million- year old national
treasure in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. This natural wonder features extraordinary gold and vermillion-coloured dripstone stalagmites and stalactites.

The tour continues to an ostrich farm, near Oudtshoorn, for an informative tour of the farm on board a tractor. Guests learn an understanding for the industry. Guests enjoy lunch (own account) at the farm before returning to Oudtshoorn and a visit to the CP Nel Museum (own account), declared a National Monument in 1980. This sandstone building was commissioned to be the Boys High School during the years of the ostrich-feather boom in the early 20 th -century.Spend the rest of the afternoon indulging in the sights and sounds of the Klein Karoo and its people.

Enjoy dinner in town (own account) before making your way back to your hotel.

Queens Hotel or similar – bed and breakfast

The tour departs for the historic town of Graaff-Reinet; enjoy the open-air vistas of the Greater Karoo en-route. Embark on a guided tour to the Valley of Desolation and experience the hauntingly beautiful “Cathedral of the Mountains” in the Camdeboo National Park. Spectacular 120m-high cliffs and columns of eroded volcanic rock stand sentinel over parched Karoo plains. Guests overnight at the Drostdy Hotel; built on the site of the first magistrate’s court dating back to 1806. Parts of the hotel include the restored Stretch’s Court; a lane of Cape Dutch cottages originally built to accommodate tradesmen in 1850. Enjoy dinner at the hotel (own account).

Drostdy Hotel or similar – bed and breakfast

Sit down to a leisurely breakfast before heading off into town for a walk around Graaff-Reinet, a gem that lies in the horse-shoe bend of the Sundays River and boasts more proclaimed national monuments than any other South African town. Enjoy lunch (own account) en-route to the Zuurberg Mountains, adjacent to the third largest National Park in  South Africa, the Addo Elephant National Park. The park is home to more than 450 elephants, 400 Cape buffalo, over 48 endangered black rhino as well as a variety of antelope species. Lion and spotted hyena have also recently been re-introduced to the area.
Tonight dinner will be served at your hotel.

Zuurberg Mountain Village or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast

After breakfast, head towards the magnificent and picturesque Addo Elephant National Park, where you will enjoy a full day game drive in an open safari vehicle.

This park offers some of the most spectacular elephant viewing in the world, in addition to the ‘Big 5’ and other antelope species which are in abundance in the main game area of the park. These include red hartebeest, eland, kudu and bushbuck whilst gemsbok, black wildebeest, springbok, buffalo and black rhino are found in the arid nama-karoo area. The Burchell’s zebra, Cape mountain zebra, spotted hyenas, mountain reedbuck, baboons, blue duiker, aardwolf and red rock rabbit are some of the other game species found in the park.
Enjoy lunch in the park before moving onto the second part of the game drive. This malaria-free park offers you the opportunity to engage in the boundless amount of animal and birdlife across the 120 000 hectares of land.
Upon your return to your hotel, delight in a delicious dinner before retiring for the night.

Zuurberg Mountain Village or similar – dinner, lunch, bed and breakfast including game activity

After breakfast, depart Addo to the magical Garden Route offering a diverse variety of sights and experiences. Your first stop brings you to Storms River where you can take in the dramatic sights on the suspension bridge of the great Storms River Mouth.
Enjoy lunch (own account) in the mystical Tsitsikamma Forest area renowned for its indigenous forests, dramatic coastline. On arrival at the hotel in the late afternoon, indulge in decadent dinner (own account).

Rex Hotel or similar – bed and breakfast

This morning we embark on a tour of Qolweni Township and journey further to a wildlife sanctuary, a well-known attraction and nesting ground of the ‘big cats’. Enjoy an informative guided tour, visiting the indigenous wild cats of South Africa and other wildlife at Tenikwa in Plettenberg Bay. This is a unique opportunity to get close to some amazing creatures, and learn about their struggle to survive in the wild.

Heading for the hotel, visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve (own account) en-route, offering you a premier eco-experience on the Garden Route on the Western Knysna Head. On arrival at the reserve, board a Unimog-drawn trailer and drive up to the top of the reserve. While stopping at a scenic lookout point, our specialist guide will share fascinating tales about Knysna and the surrounding area while you enjoy the panoramic views. The Lagoon more accurately described as an estuary, has 5 fresh water rivers flowing in from surrounding Outeniqua Mountains meeting with the surge of sea water from the Indian Ocean through the mighty headlands – known as the Knysna Heads.

Tonight, you will dine at the hotel (own account).

Rex Hotel or similar – bed and breakfast

After an early breakfast, we have a brief stop-over at the quaint and picturesque town of Swellendam before visiting the most Southernmost point of Africa at Cape Agulhas, the geographical meeting place of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.
Once you have arrived at the beautiful town of Hermanus, take in the sights and sounds of the unparalleled scenic beauty, modern infrastructure and upmarket shops of this bustling hub, most famous for its breathtaking scenery and shore-based whale watching spots.
Hermanus is built along the beautiful shores of Walker Bay and is the official whale watching capital of the world, surrounded by majestic mountains, indigenous fynbos and spectacular natural beauty with its residents being the heart and soul of the town.
Arrive at your hotel late afternoon. Perfectly placed in the heart of one of the world’s richest plant kingdoms, this hotel offers a wealth of elegance and service. Enjoy dinner at your hotel or in town (own account).

Arabella Spa & Hotel or similar – bed and breakfast

After breakfast we depart for one of South Africa’s oldest towns, Franschhoek which is nestled between towering mountains in the beautiful Cape Winelands. Franschhoek promises world class cuisine and the finest wines. Enjoy lunch (own account) in town.
The tour will end in Cape Town at your hotel in the late afternoon.

Tour Details

  • Duration: 9 Days | 8 Nights
  • Start Location: Cape Town
  • End Location: Cape Town
  • Pax.: 2 – 26
  • Departure: Selected Tuesdays
    2017: 05 Dec
    2018: 09 & 30 Jan, 06 & 27 Feb, 06 & 27 Mar, 03 & 24 Apr, 8 May, 12 Jun, 10 Jul, 7 & 21 Aug, 04 & 25 Sep, 02 & 23 Oct
  • Departure Time: 07h30 to 08h15 from City hotels
  • Attire: Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Tour Guide: Services of CATHSSETA registered tour guide
  • Visa / Passports: Not required
  • Languages: English & German
  • Accommodation: 4 & 5 star hotels
  • Vehicle: Luxury sedan, Minibus or coach

Rates (valid until 31/10/2018)

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  • ⇒ Sharing:
    R 24 850 pp pp (valid until 31 October 2018)
    R 25 390 pp (valid until 31 October 2019)

    ⇒ Single:
    R 29 090 pp (valid until 31 October 2018)
    R 29 600 pp (valid until 31 October 2019)

    ⇒ Children 7-11 years:
    R 12 425 per child sharing with two adults (valid until 31 October 2018)
    R 12 690 per child sharing with two adults (valid until 31 October 2019)

    Please Note: Only one child permitted per two adults sharing and subject to availability at properties.  Should you have two or more children or they are under 7 years of age, we can operate this package on a private basis. Please request a quote.

  • Included:

    ⇒ Meals: 8 x Breakfast, 1 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner
    ⇒ Entrances: Cango Caves, Ostrich Farm, Camdeboo NP, Valley of Desolation tour, Addo Elephant NP and one full day game drive, Garden Route NP, Township tour, Tenikwa Wildlife Centre, Cape Agulhas Lighthouse Museum

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

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