Wild Coast and Garden Route Essentials
Durban to Cape Town
SCHEDULED GUIDED TOUR
TRAVEL WITH A PURPOSE
Explore the Wild Coast and the Garden Route, view the home town of South Africa’s beloved Madiba, the Storms River Bridge, as well as an ostrich farm, before sampling the wines of Route 62.
|Languages||English and German|
|Departure days||Selected Saturdays|
|Departure locations||Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Umhlanga ±15h30
Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Edward ±16h00
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 Saturdays • Entrance fees and excursions not included • Other day departures are subject to availability and a surcharge may apply.
|Accommodation||3 and 4-star hotels|
|Meals||7 breakfasts and 1 dinner|
||Garden Route National Park conservation fee (Storms River Bridge)|
||SANParks Honorary Rangers, Endangered Wildlife Trust, Trees for Tourism|
Optional excursions en route: Ostrich farm tractor tour • Cango Caves heritage tour • Cheese and wine pairing; Cellar tour • Full day tour of Cape Point • Morning tour of Cape Town City and Table Mountain
English Departure Dates
German Departure Dates
|7, 21||5||23||6, 20||6, 20||10, 24||8||12||10||7, 21||11, 25||9, 23|
- See and hear Mandela’s story
- Beach hotels
- Wild Coast scenery and villages
- Wine tasting on the world’s longest wine route
- Cape Point
- Stand on top of Table Mountain
Day 1 | Saturday
DURBAN to PORT EDWARD (±190km)
Guests enjoy the morning at leisure. The tour departs late afternoon for Port Edward on the South Coast. Arrive early evening, in time for dinner (own account) at one of the resort’s many restaurants.
Overnight at Wild Coast Sun or similar – Breakfast.
Day 2 | Sunday
PORT EDWARD to MTHATHA (±280km)
Guests enjoy the morning at leisure before departing for Mthatha, stopping for lunch en route (own account). The Mandela Route takes a scenic drive on the N2 highway to Mthatha. Once there, guests can follow in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, a South African icon. Arriving at the hotel in the late afternoon, guests freshen up before enjoying dinner (own account).
Overnight at Hotel Savoy or similar – Breakfast.
Day 3 | Monday
MTHATHA to PORT ALFRED (±365km)
Guests enjoy an early breakfast and depart from Mthatha to the marina town of Port Alfred via Qunu, where Nelson Mandela was laid to rest and is still recognised as his family home. Guests continue south and enjoy lunch en route (own account), and arrive late afternoon at the hotel in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. Enjoy refreshing drinks (own account) before savouring the delightful local cuisine.
Overnight at The Royal St Andrews Lodge or similar – Dinner and breakfast.
Day 4 | Tuesday
PORT ALFRED to PLETTENBERG BAY via EASTERN GARDEN ROUTE (±380km)
After an early breakfast, guests enjoy a boat cruise (weather permitting) along the scenic Kowie River before travelling inland along the Garden Route. 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.
NOTE: The vehicle may be required to collect guests at a Port Elizabeth hotel.
Day 5 | 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 6 | Thursday
OUDTSHOORN to CAPE TOWN via CAPE WINELANDS (±450km)
After breakfast, the tour journeys westwards along Route 62 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). Arrive at their hotel in Cape Town. This evening’s dinner can be enjoyed at the hotel (own account), or one of the many world class restaurants located in close proximity to the hotel.
Overnight at StayEasy Cape Town City Bowl or similar – Breakfast.
Day 7 | Friday
FULL DAY AT LEISURE in CAPE TOWN
Cape Town boasts a smorgasbord of delights, including an impressive mountain range, an inviting night life, extensive shopping venues, world-class art and cultural events. After breakfast, guests spend the morning at leisure discovering the Mother City or join an optional, guided full day Cape Point tour (own account) including Cape Point, Boulder’s Beach (entrance fee for own account) and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Dine out or at the hotel (own account).
Overnight at StayEasy Cape Town City Bowl or similar – Breakfast.
Day 8 | Saturday
DAY OF DEPARTURE – MORNING AT LEISURE in CAPE TOWN
Guests enjoy breakfast at the hotel before spending the last day of the tour at leisure. Guests can select an optional Table Mountain and City Tour (own account). Table Mountain is a unique conservation area and affords its visitors the best views of Cape Town. Guests can enjoy the revolving cable car ride up the mountain (own account and weather permitting). The tour continues through the Malay Quarter, city centre and Company Gardens and time permitting, the Castle of Good Hope.
RECOMMENDED PRE-TOUR HOTEL
Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Umhlanga
- Self-catering rooms
- Minutes from the beach
RECOMMENDED POST-TOUR HOTEL
Protea Hotel by Marriott Balalaika Sandton
- Walking distance to Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square
- Ideal for business or leisure travellers
- Popular Bull Run Restaurant
RECOMMENDED POST TOUR
Kruger National Park Safari (TISD 05)
- Flight required
- 3 day Kruger National Park short break
- Departs Johannesburg Fridays and Mondays; Bilingual
- 3 Kruger National Park open safari vehicle game drives