Enchanted Garden Route
This 6-nights-7-day scheduled tour takes you around the famous Garden Route in South Africa. Departing and finishing in Cape Town, you’ll travel through quaint villages, like Montagu, which is known for its sweet Muscadel wines. You’ll visit a working ostrich farm, where a tour will inform you about the life and behaviours of these large birds, from egg to adult stage. The Outenique Mountain pass, built by Italian prisoners of war, takes you further into the heart of the Garden Route, to Knysna, where you will have a few days at leisure. Starting back towards Cape Town, you travel to Hermanus, where depending on the season, you can do shore-based whale watching. The historical town of Stellenbosch is where you’ll spend the last night of the tour. Enjoy a walk around the town, taking in the historic Cape Dutch buildings, beautiful tree-lined lanes or buying last minute souvenirs.
Destination: South Africa
- This morning you will meet your tour guide at your hotel in Cape Town to begin your 7-day tour of the Garden Route.
- Depart the Mother City and drive through the Winelands to the mighty Du Toits Kloof Mountains that are flanked by vineyards.
- On the other side of the mountains lies Worcester which through its position is a centre of commerce and industries. The town offers many schools and institutions for children and adults with impairments, for example the Institute for the Blind.
- The route continues along the Hex River Mountains and the Langeberg Mountains through the fertile Breede River wine lands to Robertson, Ashton and Montagu, a quaint little town with a number of National Monuments. It is an ideal stop for a stroll and some refreshments. Montagu is also a centre of the apricot and peach industry and well known for its sweet Muscadel wines.
- Wine Tasting at Van Loveren Wine Estate
- In the morning we continue towards Oudtshoorn. Through the small town of Barrydale you come to Ladismith. At Ladismith’s local mountain, the Towerkop, the saga had a small collision with the mountain peak after a witch’s broom, so that it is now split in the middle.
- The journey continues through the Kleine Karoo via the Huisriver Pass to Calitzdorp, the capital of the South African port wine industry, to Oudtshoorn. Oudtshoorn is the main town of the Little Karoo and is also known as the capital of the ostrich bird. Some “ostrich palaces” still testify to the wealth that was triggered by the great ostrich feather boom in the 1920s. The feathers have become a by-product today because the hard-wearing ostrich leather and the healthy ostrich meat are much sought after on the market today. Here we will visit the Safari Ostrich Farm.
- Shortly after Oudtshoorn, the route passes hop fields und leads to the Outeniqua Mountains pass. This 12 kilometres long pass road has been constructed by Italian Prisoners of War who were captured during World War II.
- Pass George and the village of Sedgefield en-route to Knysna, a small sea-side town on a protected lagoon.
- Standard tour at Safari Ostrich Farm
- Today you take a day trip to the Tsitsikamma National Park.
- The ride leads past Plettenberg Bay, which is also known as the paradise of millionaires. The moderate and warm weather conditions all year round, the three beautiful beaches, the lagoon, and a river valley have made the place a popular holiday destination.
- The untouched, indigenous nature of the Tsitsikamma National Park stretches from the Outeniqua Mountains, over coastal plateaus and down to the Indian Ocean. Hiking trails of various length await the visitor. Some trails take several days to complete such as the well-known Otter Trail (48 km’s) or the Tsitsikamma Trail (72 km’s). Hikers encounter small inhabitants of the forest and experience the unique plants of this area, including over 800 year old yellowwood trees.
A walk, leading from the parking area through lush forest to a hanging bridge, offers spectacular views over Storms River Mouth.
- Tsitsikamma National Park
- Today is at your leisure. Spend the day walking, including a delicious lunch in Knysna or at the Knysna Waterfront.
- After breakfast, you will head to the small coastal town of Hermanus.
- Just after Wilderness, the road turns inland and towards the Mossel Bay area. This town’s history dates back to 1488 and to Bartholomew Dias. It was in this area, the first European set foot in South Africa.
- Tiny Albertinia is the home of a thriving Aloe Vera production. Various products of this natural remedy can be bought directly at one of the two factories. The road passes many canola fields. Canola and wheat are main produces of the Overberg area.
- Next villages are Riversdale, Heidelberg and Swellendam, one of the oldest European administration centres going back to 1747.
The road passes a hilly area dotted with flocks of sheep, passes Stanford and leads to Hermanus.
- Hermanus is tucked at the end of Walker Bay. This holiday village is well known for whales that come here from July to November to mate and calve. The Southern Right whale is the most common to be seen. Many walking trails lead through near-bye nature reserves with unique fynbos.
- Land Based Whale Watching (Whale Season between June and November)
- Today you make your way to Stellenbosch.
Immediately after Hermanus is the Hemel-en-Aarde valley, which is ideal for winegrowing due to its relatively cool climate and soil conditions.
- Past Elgin you come to Sir Lowry´s Pass, which takes you over the Hottentots Holland Mountains and offers you a wonderful view over False Bay to the Cape of Good Hope. At the foot of the pass is Somerset West, which is known for its beautiful location, various golf courses and a variety of wineries.
- You drive along the Helderberg and come to Stellenbosch, the second oldest city in South Africa and today’s university town. Stellenbosch is one of the most beautiful and best preserved cities. On a walk you can explore the many Cape Dutch buildings on Dorp Street and the adjacent streets of the lively old town. The Stellenbosch Village Museum, a complex of historic houses and furnished in the style of the time, gives a good insight into the lifestyle of the city’s inhabitants in the 16th to 18th centuries. The place is surrounded by countless wineries and the center of viticulture in the Western Cape.
- Stellenbosch City Tour incl. visit to Village Museum
- After breakfast, you will return to Cape Town. The tour ends for you either at Cape Town International Airport or at a city center hotel of your choice.
Montagu | Knysna | Hermanus | Stellenbosch