Cape Town and the Garden Routes

Explore Cape Town, then wind your way along the “garden route”, experiencing South Africa’s wild coast

Highlights

 

CAPE TOWN

CAPE OF GOOD HOPE

GARDEN ROUTE

PORT ELIZABETH

Camps and Lodges

 

THE PORTSWOOD HOTEL

THE ARNISTON HOTEL

ADLEY HOUSE

KNYSNA HOLLOW

PROTEA HOTEL MARINE PORT ELIZABETH

Day by Day Itinerary

 


Day 1 | Arrive Cape Town

 

On arrival into Cape Town you will be met by our representative who will take you to the rental car desk and to Vodafone to pick up your GPS. From here you will drive to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront area of and check in to The Portswood Hotel, situated in the heart of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. The Portswood is in an excellent quiet location within walking distance of the Waterfront. All the rooms offer views of either the harbor or Table Mountain.

     The Portswood Hotel 
                 View Gallery

     Meals: None

 


Day 2 | Camp Town

 

You have the whole day to do as you please. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and then perhaps visit the famous Table Mountain, traveling up cable car (weather permitting). On the other side of the mountain you should visit the world famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Founded in 1913, the gardens are set against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. The estate covers 528 hectares and supports a diverse fynbos flora and natural forest of indigenous South African plants & trees.

You might also want to spend some time in the city where you can visit the Malay Quarter the Castle of Good Hope, before driving through Milnerton for a spectacular view of Table Mountain and the city.

     The Portswood Hotel 
                 View Gallery

     Meals: Breakfast

 


Day 3 | Cape Town – Cape Of Good Hope

 

Today you may want to travel along the scenic coast to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Take in the spectacular scenery or board the Funicular (optional) to reach the hillcrest. After spending time in the reserve you will want to continue to Boulders Bay where you will visit the famous penguin colony. After some time amongst the penguins you can continue to your hotel via Chapman’s Peak and Hout Bay, with a short stop at the harbor, Sea Point and the city.

     The Portswood Hotel 
                 View Gallery

     Meals: Breakfast

 


Day 4 | Garden Route – Arniston

 

This morning you can depart at your leisure for the town on Arniston, which lies on the beautiful Overberg coast, a pleasant two hours’ drive from Cape Town. This coastline is still a quiet, little known part of South Africa although it offers the world’s best whale watching.

Your accommodation tonight is The Arniston Hotel, set amidst the white limestone cliffs above the giant sand dunes and pristine beaches. of the Indian Ocean. The hotel and the villagers co-operate to the benefit of both and the restaurant’s fame is based on the fresh catch brought in daily by the local fishermen.

     The Arniston Hotel 

     Meals: Breakfast

 


Day 5 | Garden Route – Oudtshoorn

 

Today continue along the lush forested, wide bays and rocky cliffs of the Garden Route to the ostrich capital of the world – Oudtshoorn. Situated on the other side of the mountains from the lush coastal belt, the diverse landscape is highlighted by ever-changing semi-desert areas. The Klein Karoo is the land of ostriches, wild flowers and birds.

Your accommodation tonight is at the charming Adley House, a Victorian guest house situated on an ostrich farm. Built in 1905 by Sidney Herbert Adley during the “Ostrich Feather Boom” this magnificent Victorian home was bequeathed in 1948 to the orphans of the Second World War. In 1989, Pieter and Hilda Retief, purchased the house, completely restored it and started a B&B in 1994 which is now a true 4 star guest house. Twelve large ensuite, individually decorated rooms all with channel TV, fully stocked fridges, tea and coffee trays, overhead fans and heaters – telephone and fax facilities are available – to make your stay a pleasant one. After a day of sightseeing relax in the two swimming pools and enjoy the evergreen gardens and park.

Most mornings, Hilda bakes fresh breads. In the evening, on request, they may braai (barbecue) or have a four course meal – real South African style – Ostrich steaks are their specialty.

     Adley House

     Meals: Breakfast

 


Day 6 | Garden Route – Kynsa

 

After breakfast you can start the day with a visit to the world famous Cango Caves. Then, leaving Oudtshoorn, you’ll continue over the Outeniqua Pass and experience the sudden contrast of the semi-desert Klein Karoo to indigenous ‘Fynbos’ vegetation as you approach South Africa’s ‘oyster capital’, Knysna.

Your accommodation tonight will be Knysna Hollow, set on a secluded country estate near Knysna’s famous lagoon. The accommodation consists of 15 luxury chalets and 49 en suite hotel rooms, also under thatch, with television and tea and coffee making facilities. The Knysna Hollow Restaurant in the original homestead serves fine food in relaxed, warm surroundings. Enjoy a drink in the adjoining bar or next to a log fire during winter. Relax by the pool or explore the many activities and attractions.

     Knysna Hollow

     Meals: Breakfast

 


Day 7 | Garden Route – Port Elizabeth

 

From Knysna, you’ll travel along the coast from Plettenburg Bay and along a breathtaking stretch that encompasses mountains, indigenous forests, deep gorges, lush vegetation and the rugged coastline of cliffs and sandy beaches – the Tsitsikamma. Within this region is the Tsitsikamma National Park that incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline. This is an area of sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain Fynbos and temperate high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea.

Tsitsikamma National Park protects a wonderland of inter-tidal and marine life. This is one of the largest single unit ‘no take’ (including fishing) Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in the world, conserving 11 percent of South Africa’s Temperate South Coast rocky shoreline. In 1964 when it was proclaimed, it became the first Marine National Park to be proclaimed in Africa.

Continue along the coast to tranquil Jeffrey’s Bay. This is one of the best areas for collecting sea shells and also one of the best surfing areas on the world. For nature lover’s, bird life is abundant and there are adventurous nature trails in the area and 20 miles ( 34 km) of endless, sun drenched, wild beach.

Continue to Port Elizabeth, where your day ends at your beachfront hotel. Freshen up for a delectable dinner featuring Cape Country cuisine at a local restaurant.

     Protea Hotel Marine Port Elizabeth 

     Meals: Breakfast

 


Day 8 | Depart

 

Today you will drop your car off at the airport in Port Elizabeth in time for your flight back to Johannesburg. From here you will connect with your departing flight.

     Meals: Breakfast

Rates and Dates

Starting at US$1,9500 per person, based on double occupancy
Two person minimum

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INCLUSIONS

All accommodations are per itinerary on B&B basis
Rental car – Toyota Yarus or similar

EXCLUSIONS

Flights to Cape Town, Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg

Visas and visa fees

Drinks, alcoholic beverages & sodas

Laundry Services (can be done for a small fee)

All items of a personal nature

Airport departure taxes

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