Cape Town and the Garden Routes

8 Days from US$1,950 per person

Overview

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

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What's Included

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

Highlights

Cape Town  |  Cape of Good Hope |  Garden Route |  Port Elizabeth

Cape Town

Rising up from the heart of the Kenyan landscape, the snow-capped Mount Kenya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is Africa’s second highest mountain reaching an impressive 5199 metres in height, which is an awe-inspiring sight. Visitors can explore its surrounding forests, trout-filled streams and game reserve; or for the more adventurous, summit the peak. While Mount Kilimanjaro is an easier climb, Mount Kenya is more of a challenge as it has a higher technical difficulty, however, Point Lenana can be easily reached by a fit hiker. Visitors can look forward to a variety of wonderful activities such as: cave exploration, mountain climbing, camping, and game viewing. Commonly spotted wildlife include: elephant, mongoose, duiker, bushbuck, eland and over 130 bird species.

Cape of Good Hope

Located in the Great Rift Valley surrounded by yellow acacia woodlands and bushy shrublands, the Lake Nakuru National Park was created to protect the Lake and its large flocks of Lesser Flamingo, which are drawn to the algae that flourish in the saline waters of this soda lake. The national park is inhabited by over 50 mammal species including hippo, black and white rhino, Rothschild giraffe, buffalo and eland. Known as a bird watcher’s paradise, the park is home to over 450 bird species. Visitors can look forward to hiking through the scenic landscape, picnicking next to this magnificent lake, and spotting an array of wildlife on a game drive. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful Makalia Waterfall.

Garden Route

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

Port Elizabeth

Located just a few hours drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for safaris travelling through the northern circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The park extends into two game controlled areas and the wildlife are allowed to move freely throughout. After the Serengeti, Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania and in the dry season the Tarangire River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife. Large herds of elephants and migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland gather and not surprisingly the predators follow. This is also the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted. Tarangire is also known for its spectacular baobab trees, and its breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south.

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Camps & Lodges

The Portswood Hotel  |  The Arniston Hotel |  Adley House |  Knysna Hollow |  Protea Hotel Marine Port Elizabeth

The Portswood Hotel

Rising up from the heart of the Kenyan landscape, the snow-capped Mount Kenya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is Africa’s second highest mountain reaching an impressive 5199 metres in height, which is an awe-inspiring sight. Visitors can explore its surrounding forests, trout-filled streams and game reserve; or for the more adventurous, summit the peak. While Mount Kilimanjaro is an easier climb, Mount Kenya is more of a challenge as it has a higher technical difficulty, however, Point Lenana can be easily reached by a fit hiker. Visitors can look forward to a variety of wonderful activities such as: cave exploration, mountain climbing, camping, and game viewing. Commonly spotted wildlife include: elephant, mongoose, duiker, bushbuck, eland and over 130 bird species.

The Arniston Hotel

Located in the Great Rift Valley surrounded by yellow acacia woodlands and bushy shrublands, the Lake Nakuru National Park was created to protect the Lake and its large flocks of Lesser Flamingo, which are drawn to the algae that flourish in the saline waters of this soda lake. The national park is inhabited by over 50 mammal species including hippo, black and white rhino, Rothschild giraffe, buffalo and eland. Known as a bird watcher’s paradise, the park is home to over 450 bird species. Visitors can look forward to hiking through the scenic landscape, picnicking next to this magnificent lake, and spotting an array of wildlife on a game drive. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful Makalia Waterfall.

Adley House

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

Knysna Hollow

Located just a few hours drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for safaris travelling through the northern circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The park extends into two game controlled areas and the wildlife are allowed to move freely throughout. After the Serengeti, Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania and in the dry season the Tarangire River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife. Large herds of elephants and migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland gather and not surprisingly the predators follow. This is also the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted. Tarangire is also known for its spectacular baobab trees, and its breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south.

Protea Hotel Marine Port Elizabeth

Located in Northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater is best known for its natural beauty and abundance of diverse wildlife; which makes it one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations. Surrounded by Tanzania’s highlands, this UNESCO-listed crater is said to be the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Visitors can look forward to spotting the world-renowned Big Five and a host of other wildlife species including large herds of zebra and wildebeest. It is famed as one of Tanzania’s best tourist attractions offering visitors an array of wonderful activities including excellent bird watching, trekking, wildlife viewing, mountain biking and visiting a local Maasai village. Don’t miss the opportunity to jump on an excursion to the magnificent Olduvai Gorge.

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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

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

Travel Insurance

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