Immerse yourself in the Garden Route with a perfect mix of farmland, bush, and beach experiences - with an added dash of luxury. The beauty and charm of this unique region of South Africa are brought to life by the culturally colourful towns of Oudtshoorn, Wilderness, Knysna and Mossel Bay. Revel in a glamping and safari experience to get close to wildlife at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve; overnight on the beachfront in Wilderness and delight in a unique farm-stay in the semi-desert Klein Karoo. Along the way taste some of the country’s finest port; see the magnificence of the Cango Caves and the indigenous flora and fauna of the Wilderness National Park.
Day 1 : CAPE TOWN – ROUTE 62 – OUDTSHOORN
Travel route ± 450 km You’ll be collected from your accommodation in the morning to start your journey along Route 62 - South Africa’s longest and most famed wine route. A brief stop in the quaint town of Barrydale allows for the opportunity to stretch your legs and have a spot of lunch (own expense). Continue to Calitzdorp to taste some of the finest port South Africa has to offer. Tastings are done at an acclaimed winery that has been regarded as the forefront of premium wine production and known for their world-class port. Journey through a landscape of rugged plains and towering cliffs to reach Oudtshoorn by the afternoon. Visit the impressive Cango Caves, located in a limestone ridge parallel to the picturesque Swartberg Mountains. During the Heritage Tour, wander through the subterranean wonderland with its colourful stalactites hanging from the roof like ancient chandeliers. Arrive at Mooiplaas Guesthouse - a family-run, working ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn, a town once known as the ‘feather capital of the world’. Find peace and tranquillity in the wide-open spaces of the farmland and the ever-changing purple backdrop of the Outeniqua Mountains. Dine at the main house with the owner’s set menu with the option to try local treats – including delicious and healthy Ostrich Fillet (own expense). This is African big sky country and the star-studded heavens make this off-the-grid location the ideal place for stargazing. After dinner, your knowledgeable guide will point out the spectacular constellations above. Overnight: 4-star Mooiplaas Guesthouse in Oudtshoorn
Day 2 : OUDTSHOORN – WILDERNESS
Travel route ± 100 km Following a traditional farmhouse breakfast, you’ll get the chance to tour the Mooiplaas Ostrich farm and learn more about these fascinating flightless birds. The next stop is Wilderness National Park - approximately 90min drive away. This famous Garden Route National Park gently unfolds against lush forests and lofty mountains. The many lagoons and glimmering lakes instil a sense of tranquil wonderment and beg to be explored. Choose to paddle up the calm waters of the Touws River, with its abundant birdlife; or follow shady footpaths that wind through an enchanting world of giant Yellow Wood trees. Arrive at Beach Villa Wilderness, your retreat for the night, with its elegant rooms and direct access to the pristine Wilderness beach. Spend the rest of the day lazing on the beachfront sundeck, with unsurpassed sea views and the ultimate vantage point for dolphin spotting. Stroll along this wide sandy beach as the sunset transforms the sky in a kaleidoscope of colour. Your guide can suggest the best seafood or other dining options (own expense) available. Overnight: 4-star Beach Villa Wilderness
Day 3 : WILDERNESS – KNYSNA – BOTLIERSKOP
Travel route ± 150 km & ±2 hours Game Drive Travel to Knysna. Embark on the John Benn luxury ferry for a cruise on the Knysna Lagoon. The estuary is home to the massive sandstone Knysna ‘Heads’, standing guard over the vast expanse of water as it flows out into the ocean. The estuary is filled with many endangered water species, as well as the famed Knysna oyster – which you’ll get to sample along with sparkling wine onboard. Venture a mere hour inland to Botlierskop; set on a sprawling 3500 hectare, malaria-free private game reserve. With fauna and flora abound, it is home to over 26 different free-roaming species of animals and more than 200 bird species. Tonight you’ll get real close to nature without giving up any creature comforts. Your 4-star graded, air-conditioned tented suite is perched on a private wooden deck, carefully weaved into the surrounding bushveld and under a canopy of trees along the riverbed. Each lavishly furnished tent has a 4-poster bed draped in mosquito nets, comfy wingback chairs, a deep oval bath and outdoor nature shower –pure opulence in the wild. Before you get completely lost in the luxury of your tent; head off on a 3-hour sundowner game drive to look for members of the Big 5 and other wild animals. Possible sightings include Rhino, Lion, Buffalo, Giraffe, Black Impala, Golden Wildebeest, Mountain Zebra, Hippo and so much more. From the safety of a specially adapted vehicle, an experienced game ranger will point out sightings and share his knowledge of the local wildlife. After returning from safari you’ll have some time to relax and settle in before dinner at the lodge Restaurant -situated on a hilly outcrop with uninterrupted views of the incredible African bush. Opt to sit all cosied up inside by the fireplace or dine al fresco under the starry night-sky (own expense) while feasting on a mix of various local culinary favourites– each with a South African twist. Overnight: 4-star Botlierskop Game Lodge
Day 4 : BOTLIERSKOP – MOSSELBAY – CAPE TOWN
Travel route ± 420 km Wake-up early for a pre-dawn sunrise game drive to catch the bush as it awakes. After breakfast travel to Mossel Bay, a bustling holiday town and port set on the sun-washed slopes of the Cape St Blaiz peninsula. A visit to the Dias Museum Complex will shed light on the fascinating maritime histories of the town - brought to life through various displays. The main feature is a to-scale model of the very vessel that first brought European explorers to South African shores when Dias dropped anchor back in 1488. As a unique souvenir, send a postcard to your loved ones from the oldest post office in the country – a sailor’s boot under a big indigenous Milkwood tree. From Mossel Bay the journey back to Cape Town begins. The 4 hour drive is broken up midway for a relaxed stop at the quaint town of Swellendam, set amongst the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains. The tour ends with a farewell lunch of Cape Fusion inspired cuisine at one of the regions’ top farm-to-table restaurants (own expense). Anticipate your arrival back in Cape Town in the early evening.
Pickup & Drop-off service Transfers to tour highlights Insured & licensed mini-van
English speaking, local qualified guide
Accommodation for 3 nights
Afternoon & Morning 4x4 Game Drives Knysna Lagoon cruise & Oyster tasting Ostrich Farm tour Cango Caves tour Wilderness National Park Wilderness canoe hire Stargazing in the Klein Karoo Port Tasting Diaz Museum 3 Breakfasts
This private tour will run exclusively for your group. The itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to spend more time at the tour highlights or other activities that interest you the most.
3 Breakfasts included Other meals + drinks excluded -You’ll get the opportunity to experience a choice of local restaurants en route.
- A minimum of two people per booking required, and this tour will run exclusively for you. - Two people sharing per room. Single supplement rates apply. - Accommodation listed is subject to availability and the itinerary may run in reverse to match available options. Alternative accommodation options at similar standard will be offered if preferred options listed are fully booked.
DISCOUNT is only valid for travel until October 2017. Please contact us to claim your discount.