Project Description

Garden Route Essentials

3 Days

Port Elizabeth to Cape Town

SCHEDULED GUIDED TOUR
TISD 20

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TRAVEL WITH A PURPOSE

Explore the Garden Route from Port Elizabeth, visiting Tsitsikamma, standing on the Storms River Bridge, Oudtshoorn sights and the Cape Winelands.

Languages English and German
Departure days Selected Tuesdays
Departure locations Protea Hotel by Marriott Marine ±11h30
Kelway Hotel ±11h30
Collection times vary; are subject to the hotel collection route and will be confirmed, via the hotel, the day prior to departure
Vehicle Luxury sedan, minibus or coach
Group size 30 guests per vehicle
Additional Touring Options

Private tour: Itinerary available on a private basis departing on selected days • On request and subject to availability (not available on Freesale) • Departure on any other day is subject to availability and  a surcharge may apply • Public attractions will not be private • Other language tour guides available on request.

Self-drive tour: Available on selected Tuesdays • Entrance fees and excursions not included • Other day departures are subject to availability and a surcharge may apply.

Accommodation 3-star hotels
Meals 2 breakfasts
Entrance Fees
Garden Route National Park conservation fee (Storms River Bridge)
Green Seat
SANParks Honorary Rangers, Endangered Wildlife Trust, Trees for Tourism

Excluded: Travel insurance • Flights • Visa fees • Airport transfers • Porterage • 3 lunches, 2 dinners • Optional excursions • Gratuities •  Personal expenses

Optional excurions en route: Ostrich farm tractor tour • Cango Caves heritage tour • Cheese and wine pairing; cellar tour

 English Departure Dates 

Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
17 15 2, 16 16 20 18 29 27 17 21 19

German Departure Dates 

Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
10, 24 8 26 9, 23 9, 23 13, 27 11 15 13 10, 24 14, 28 12, 26
  • Experience crossing the Storms River suspension bridge
  • Ostrich Farm tractor tour
  • Enter the Cango Caves
  • Travel along Route 62 – the world’s longest wine route
  • Discover the Tsitsikamma forest
  • Beach front hotel
  • Photographic opportunity at the Knysna Heads

Day 1 | Tuesday

PORT ELIZABETH to PLETTENBERG BAY via EASTERN GARDEN ROUTE (±255km)

Guests depart for the Garden Route around midday. The Garden Route derives its name from the ecologically diverse vegetation of the area found between the Indian Ocean and the Tsitsikamma mountains. Guests enjoy lunch in Tsitsikamma (own account) and take a short walk to the suspension bridge of the Storms River Mouth. Guests arrive at the beach hotel in Keurboomstrand and enjoy time at leisure. Guests can enjoy walks on the beach, and stunning sunsets. Dine at the resort’s restaurant (own account).

Overnight at The Dunes Hotel & Resort or similar – Breakfast.

Day 2 | Wednesday

PLETTENBERG BAY to OUDTSHOORN via CANGO CAVES (±160km)

After a hearty breakfast, guests depart for Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo, via Knysna. This morning’s excursion gives guests the opportunity to photograph the Knysna Lagoon and the Knysna Heads. Travelling inland to the ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn, driving over the Outeniqua Pass, the tour arrives in time for lunch (own account) at an ostrich farm on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn, where a tractor tour (own account) introduces guests to the ostrich industry. In the Cango Valley guests discover the spectacular subterranean world of the Cango Caves (own account). Arriving at the hotel, guests enjoy the afternoon at leisure, and have the opportunity to explore the charming country setting and enjoy dinner (own account).
Overnight at Protea Hotel by Marriott Riempie Estate or similar – Breakfast.

Day 3 | Thursday

OUDTSHOORN to CAPE TOWN via CAPE WINELANDS (±450km)

After breakfast, the tour journeys westwards, along Route 62 and via the Cape Winelands, to Cape Town. Route 62 is an iconic route with intoxicating and ever-changing landscapes and is possibly the world’s longest wine route. Lunch en route (own account). Guests visit a wine estate for a cheese and wine pairing followed by a guided cellar tour in the Robertson Wine Valley (own account). Guests arrive at the city hotel in Cape Town late afternoon.

RECOMMENDED PRE-TOUR HOTEL

Protea Hotel by Marriott Marine

Location: Hobie Beach, Port Elizabeth

  • Close to entertainment and restaurants
  • Beach front hotel
  • Located on the famous Hobie Beach

RECOMMENDED PRE-TOUR

Kruger National Park Safari (TISD 05)
  • 3 days
  • Johannesburg to Johannesburg
  • Flight required
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RECOMMENDED POST-TOUR HOTEL

aha Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites

Location: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

  • Easy access to the V&A Waterfront
  • Walking distance from the Cape Town International Convention Centre
  • Artscape Theatre for opera, ballet, and drama nearby

RECOMMENDED POST TOUR

Cape Highlights (TITC)
  • Full day tour
  • Experience and taste the best of what Cape Town has to offer, in a day
  • Wine tasting
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Guests travelling on this tour support GREEN SEAT to conserve South Africa’s

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