High on the must-see lists of most visitors to South Africa is the Garden Route, and with good reason: you can’t help but be seduced by the glorious natural beauty. The range of topography, vegetation, wildlife and outdoor activities is remarkable. Travel along the Garden Route to majestic Cape Town!
Car Hire: VW Jeta
Duration: 8 Days
Vehicle Type: VW Jeta
Driver of the vehicle must have a valid driver’s license and credit card. Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diners. No debit cards accepted!
A - Accomodation: Knysna
Duration: 3 nights
3 Night’s accommodation at The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spar in 2 x Standard room including breakfast daily
This former power station is located in Knysna and offers sunny suites with an iPod docking station and views of the Knysna Lagoon. The spacious sun deck comes with an outdoor pool. The rooms at Turbine Hotel & Spa are elegantly decorated with light fabrics and parquet floors. The suites have a satellite LCD TV and extra-long beds. A full English breakfast is available each morning at the Turbine Hotel. Guests of this hotel can undergo a hot-stone massage or enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool, which faces the lagoon. The sun deck offers a calm spot to read a book or magazine. The 24-hour reception staff can arrange babysitting and shuttles to George Airport, 65 km away. Lagoon and sea cruises can be arranged as well.
Day Tours: Knysna & Surrounding Areas
Name of Tour: Sunset Cruise on Lagoon
There is no better way to end off the day - enjoying wine and oysters on a relaxing boat cruise and taking in the magnificence of Knysna as our African sun starts to set over the lagoon. Indulge your inner romantic and join us onboard our "Oyster Boat" as we head off slowly towards the impressive Knysna Heads, and take in the splendor of the tranquil lagoon as the sun sets on another perfect day in Africa.
Relax while you enjoy a glass of wine with a few fresh local oysters. The cruise is slow and leisurely, ultimately relaxing and one can't help but just sit back, and take it all in! The sunset cruise is a fully guided cruise and is inclusive of a glass of white wine and three fresh oysters per person. Additional drinks, beverages and snacks are not provided on this cruise, but guests are welcome to purchase drinks from the bar at Quay Four restaurant and bring them onboard. We can also arrange for a table reservation for guests at Quay Four when the cruise returns.
Name of Tour: Robberg Nature Reserve
Type of Tour: Self-Drive - pack a picnic basket and do a self-drive tour through the reserve. The hiking trails are fantastic should you feel energetic
Name of Tour: Elephant Sanctuary – Walk trunk in hand tour
Guided Tour. Full Elephant Introduction in the Forest and tour of the Sanctuary and Stables. Touching and interacting with Elephants. Walking hand-in-trunk with Elephants. Feeding.
Name of Tour: Monkeyland, Birds of Eden & Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, the world’s first free-roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary. Birds of Eden The world’s largest free-flight bird aviary (50 metres high, covering 23 000 square meters of forest). Birds of Eden houses more than 3,500 specimens of more than 280 species, with the main focus being African birds. Jukani Wildlife Sanctaury is home to big cats such as lions (white and tawny), cheetahs, tigers (Siberian, Bengal and white), leopard (spotted and black), jaguar, pumas, caracal, serval cats and other wildlife species such as zebra, springbuck, zorilla, honey badger and various snake species.
Knysna to Mossel bay via Oudtshoorn
Name of Tour: Cango Caves Heritage Tour
Duration: 60 Minutes
All tours are conducted by experienced, knowledgeable and accredited Caves Guides
Name of Tour: Cango Ostrich Farm
Duration: 45 Minutes
The tour is an easy walk through the farm. Visitors are taken out in smack groups by professional guides. What you will experience:
B - Accomodation: Mossel Bay
Duration: 1 night
1 night accommodation at The Point Hotel in 2 x Standard rooms including breakfast daily
Situated in the heart of the Garden Route, lies the seaside town of Mossel Bay. Mossel Bay is second only to Hawaii for having the mildest all-year round climate in the world. The Point Hotel is built right on the rocks above a huge natural rock pool and overlooks the endless blue expanse of the Indian Ocean. From your balcony you can watch the Humpback and Southern Right Whales or the Dolphins passing.
MOSSEL BAY – CAPE TOWN VIA BOSCHENDAL ESTATE IN FRANSCHHOEK
Early Start – approximately a 3 and a half our drive.
Day Tours: Cape Town
Name of Tour: Full day Cape Point and Peninsula Tour
Duration: 9 Hours
This awe-inspiring tour will take you to the towering headland known as Cape Point. Magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, historic and picturesque coastal villages will be enjoyed along the way. After being picked up from your accommodation, you will travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, stopping at a Llandudno look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach. From here, you will go through Chapman's Peak, one of the world's most breathtaking coastal drives to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve, which has magnificent fynbos vegetation, birdlife, endemic antelope species and zebra, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks. After lunch at a nearby restaurant (not included), you will go on to historic Simon's Town, with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. Before you are transferred back to your accommodation, you will visit the well-known Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
Name of Tour: ½ Day Robben Island Tour (Perhaps have a lovely lunch at the Waterfront after the tour)
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
For nearly 400 years, Robben Island, 12 kilometres from Cape Town, was a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment. It was here that rulers sent those they regarded as political troublemakers, social outcasts and the unwanted of society. During the apartheid years Robben Island became internationally known for its institutional brutality. Those imprisoned on the Island succeeded on a psychological and political level in turning a prison 'hell-hole' into a symbol of freedom and personal liberation. Robben Island came to symbolize, not only for South Africa and the African continent, but also for the entire world, the triumph of the human spirit over enormous hardship and adversity. Here you will have the possibility to interact with an ex-political prisoner.
Name of Tour: Half Day City, Table Mountain & Waterfront Tour
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
After being picked-up from your hotel you will be taken directly to the lower cable way station on the slopes of Table Mountain. Weather permitting, ascend the mountain by aerial cable car (Cost of the cable car is not included in cost of tour). From a height of 1067m view the city and Table Bay below; also Robben Island, the Atlantic seaboard and most of the spectacular Cape Peninsula. We then head down into the Bo Kaap Malay Quarter with its narrow cobbled streets and colourful Mosques. Having parked at the top of Government Avenue stroll to the National Gallery and South Africa Museum. View the Houses of Parliament. Then to the City Hall on the Grand Parade and later a visit to the Castle. Enter the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront that abounds with shops, pubs, restaurants and entertainment. You may leave the tour here to explore on your own or return to your hotel at approximately 13:00h.
Deliver the vehicle to Cape Town Airport and take your flight to Johannesburg
OR Tambo Airport to Sandton, Johannesburg Hotel
Sandton, Johannesburg Hotel to OR Tambo Airport
C - Accomodation: Sandton, Johannesburg
Duration: 2 nights
2 nights accommodation at Da Vinci in 2 x Standard rooms including breakfast daily
Featuring an infinity pool with cushioned loungers, this Sandton hotel offers a full-service spa and gym. DaVinci’s gourmet restaurant includes a sushi bar and serves a variety of European specialities. A full English breakfast is served each morning and can be cooked according to guests’ wishes. DaVinci Hotel and Suites on Nelson Mandela Square is situated in Legacy Corner with 5,000 m² of retail and entertainment space. It is 16 km from the centre of Johannesburg. Airport shuttle service can be arranged to Johannesburg International Airport, 33 km away
Day Tours: Johannesburg
Name of Tour: Johannesburg City Tour
Duration: 4 hours and 30 minutes
South Africa’s largest city remains its financial and commercial heart. It’s in this fast-paced metropolis that the country’s radical political and social transformation is most evident – this is the ‘Rainbow Nation’ at work. It’s a heady experience, with contrasts of every kind round every single corner. Our tour sets off for Constitution Hill, home of South Africa’s architectural marvel, the Constitutional Court and site of Johannesburg’s Old Fort Prison (closed Sundays). We visit and explore the Maboneng Precinct which is a wonderful example of urban regeneration of the East-side of the Johannesburg CBD, which is now home ot several independent retail, restaurant, art and entertainment venues. A fresh and unique lifestyle offering of this new and exciting development. We'll have time to stop at Museum Africa is Johannesburg’s premier cultural history museum; reminiscent of a 1950’s shebeen or pub, and its here you’ll really sense the soul of the inner city. We return to your hotel via the flipside of the coin, the lush, up market suburb of lower Houghton. A city of contrasts, that’s for certain.
Name of Tour: Soweto Tour
Duration: 4 hours and 30 minutes
SOWETO, acronym for South Western Township, is home to over 2 million people, who, despite living in crowded and chaotic conditions, have a tangible sense of community, one which ironically, the ordered, walled, elitist northern suburbs lack. Inside Soweto, we visit the Hector Pieterson Museum, and discover the cause of the tragic riots which led to his death. We pass Mandela House, and give you time to visit this fascinating little museum (own account). Our journey continues to Regina Mundi Church, site of many secret underground meetings of the then banned political parties. Finally, we take you past the largest stadium in Africa with a seating capacity of almost 95,000. Construction of the stadium commenced in 2007. Soccer City, also known as the Calabash was host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup opening and final matches.
History, culture, luxury and wildlife - what more could you want...