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Garden Route - Cape town to Port Elizabeth

The Garden Route along the coast from Cape Town South Africa to Port Elizabeth is world famous for both for its scenery and culture. Along the route we will find fine wine estates, ostrich farms, fine dining and also the world famous Congo Caves. Join us on this journey of discovery! This is a private guided tour and not a group departure so you can set off and explore with a local guide at your side. This trips can be run in reverse and makes a perfect combination with our Affordable South Africa Safari itinerary.

Trip Itineraries

  • Cape Town plus the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth 
  • Tour Code #OTA-SA29

    Day 1

     On arrival in Cape Town you will be met and taken to Table Mountain,   Table Mountain is more than 1000 meters high and offers spectacular views over Cape Town & the surrounding areas. Drive through the City, passing the Houses of Parliament, City Hall, Castle & Slave Lodge. Spend some time at the V & A Waterfront, a working harbour as well as home to some of the city's premier shops and restaurants. Bed and Breakfast in Gordon's Bay.

    Gordon's Bay is approx 50 minutes from Cape Town City Centre and 30 minutes from the International Airport.

     

    Day 2 

    Cape Point

    Visit the Cape of Good Hope, the most south-westerly point of Africa and the Cape Point lighthouse with its spectacular views.  If you are feeling energetic you can walk up to the lighthouse, or catch the funicular railroad up to the top station.  The park boasts various wildlife species including the cheeky Chacma baboons. Meet the world's largest bird at an Ostrich breeding farm. From Cape Point it's off to Simonstown and a visit to Boulders Beach to view the African Penguins.  We follow the coastal road back to Gordon's Bay via historic villages of Fish Hoek, St. James, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg. Bed and Breakfast in Gordon's Bay

    Day 3 Cape Town

    Route 62 to Oudthsoorn

    Visit a number of wine farms on this scenic wine route, passing through farming towns such as Robertson, Montague, Barrydale and Calitzdorp. It's an area of magnificent landscapes and towering cliffs and is considered one of the longest wine routes in the world. Lunch at the Joubert-Tradauw Private Wine Cellar and Port tasting in Calitzdorp.

    Bed and Breakfast on a working Ostrich Farm.

    Day 4Cape Town  

    Cango Caves, Wilderness & Knysna

    We enjoy an enchanting hour-long journey through the Cango Caves. Then over the mountain pass to George and the Wilderness en-route to Knysna. Knysna is situated on the shores of one of the country's most romantic lagoons.

    Bed and Breakfast in a Guest House in Knysna or Plettenberg Bay

    Day 5  

    Plettenberg Bay, Storms River to Port Elizabeth

    Spend the morning in Plettenberg Bay, the Jewel of the Garden Route. Affectionately know as "Plett" the village is famous for its Restaurants, Art Galleries and Beaches. Lunch in the Tsitsikama Nature Reserve, this reserve is unique in its rugged beauty. Walk on a boardwalk through the forest to the mouth of the Storms River. Bed & Breakfast in Port Elizabeth

    Day 6   

    Transfer to airport for flight home

    Cost

    $1450.00 per person/double occupancy


    Tour Code #OTA-SA28b

     Two nights Gordon's Bay, two nights V & A Waterfront Cape Town!

    Day 1
    South Africa
     Arrive in Cape Town and transfer to your Guest House in Gordon's Bay. Spend the rest of the day relaxing on the beach or enjoying the many activities and trips in the area. Depending on time, a Cultural Township Tour, Bird Watching or Hiking can be arranged. (B & B)

     

     

     

    Day 2

    Cape Town Spend a day in the Winelands

    Enjoy a scenic drive through the mountain passes, cellar tour and wine tastings. A short tour of the historical town of Stellenbosch and a scenic drive over the Helshoogte Pass to  Franschhoek for lunch.  Franschhoek is said to be the gourmet capital of our country and offers breathtaking beauty, great wines, restaurants and shopping. Bed and Breakfast in Gordon's Bay.



     

    Day 3 

    Cape Point

    Cape Town Visit the Cape of Good Hope, the south-westerly point of Africa and the Cape Point lighthouse with its spectacular views.  If you are feeling energetic you can walk up to the lighthouse, or catch the funicular railroad to the top station.  The park boasts various wildlife species including the cheeky Chacma baboons. Meet the world's largest bird at an Ostrich breeding farm. From Cape Point it's off to Simonstown and a visit to Boulders Beach to view the African Penguins.  Via Chapmans Peak to Cape Town. Bed and Breakfast at the City Lodge, V & A Waterfront.

     

    Day 4
    Cape Town
     At leisure in Cape Town - Lots of options

    Bed and Breakfast at the City Lodge, V & A Waterfront.

     

    Day 5

     Morning at leisure and transfer to the airport for flight home.

     

    Cost

    $860 per person/double occupancy

    INCLUDES: 

    Bed and Breakfast
    Tours and Transfers

    The rate does not include:

    The cable car at Table Mountain. (weather permitting)
    The Funicular at Cape Point as it's a lovely walk.

     


    Tour Code #OTA-SA26c -11 Day

    Day 1

    A warm welcome awaits you at Durban International airport where you will be met by your friendly hosts. You will be transferred in fully accessible, air-conditioned vehicles through Durban, Africa’s exciting seaside paradise to The Makaranga Garden Lodge. This lodge is the premier lodge in South Africa catering for people with physical disabilities and one of the few resorts in the world providing wheelchair users with the opportunity to enjoy luxurious facilities and 30 acres of private botanical gardens. The grounds and buildings of Makaranga have been designed to be totally wheelchair friendly with 18 ponds, waterways and prolific birdlife and sleeping facilities for carers. There is even a swimming pool with full access for wheelchair users. Located in the rolling hills of Kwazulu Natal and near the Valley of Thousand Hills this is the perfect place to unwind, relax, be enchanted by the scenery after your exertions of a long flight. The beautiful gardens are a oasis of peace and serenity with indigenous and exotic plants and provide the ideal backdrop to achieve the desired levels of relaxation for all who visit. Soak up the spirit of our special slice of Africa while enjoying refreshments on the Tuscan Terrance which overlooks a pond.

    (L, D)

    Day 2

    Today holds much excitement as we explore The Golden Mile along the Durban Beachfront with its wonderful mix of cultures, nationalities, shops, stunning beaches, flea markets, restaurants and places of interest. You may choose exciting attractions to visit such as Ushaka Marine World Africa’s largest aquarium with its seal and dolphin stadium and aquariums where you can touch a starfish and feel the skin of a sea cucumber with the help of a trained guide. Be fascinated by sharks, sea snakes and stone fish! We have lunch along the Village Walk with its numerous shops and restaurants before heading back to the Makaranga Lodge for much needed rest from the days excitement.

    (B, D)

    Day 3

    A unique and captivating day begins. We head for Umshlanga a prime up-market beach resort with protected beaches, restaurants and many other attractions. Umshlanga is home to The Sharks Board where we enjoy an informative, entertaining and eye opening audio and visual of sharks and their history. For those who would like a adventure of a difference we head for the beach where the Quad-Para Association of South Africa through the sponsorship from Approved Auto and The Rotary Club of Kloof have placed 3 beach wheelchairs. These chairs allow persons with mobility difficulties the opportunity to be pushed easily over the beaches and to the water’s edge and in calm conditions one can float safely on water. There is no charge for the use of these chairs. Alternatively one can relax, unwind and enjoy the views of the warm Indian ocean all along the beachfront as it is completely accessible. Alternative tours can include a visit to the Umgeni River and Bird Park, Snake Park and lastly the Botanical Gardens. There is much to do! The night holds more excitement as we head for The Sibiya Casino with its stylish restaurants and chic nightclubs, 25 gaming tables and 800 slot machines.

    (B)

    Day 4

    Time to head for The Valley of Thousand Years Hills towards Pietermaritzburg. Revisit a bygone era as you travel along the same roads as ancient Zulu Tribes did. Sleepy villages of ancient Zulu communities nestled in thick forests welcomes you to the valley. The Phezulu Park in The Valley of Thousand Hills is famous for its crocodile farm, the longest crocodile of which is 4.5 meters long. Learn of the African Zulu Tribe as you visit its cultural village. Be spellbound by the energetic Zulu Dancing with its awesome rhythm of drumbeats and African dancing. There is a stunning heritage market in Hillcrest filled with curios, quaint coffee shops, home industries and crafts where you will be entertained looking for special reminders of your African adventure.

    (B)

    Day 5

    After a leisurely breakfast we set out for the Midland Meander towards Pietermaritzburg, a stunning stretch of 80 kms long and brimming with amazing sights, sounds, and activities. In 1985 local artists, potters and weavers decided to join forces to create an arts and crafts route and The Midland Meander was born. Today we explore, eat, drink, shop, play and enjoy the diverse and fascinating mix of arts, crafts through the villages set in picturesque landscapes offering magnificent views.

    (B)

    Day 6

    After a well deserved rest and a full English breakfast, we head for The Dolphin and Elephant Coast to Shakaland, a unique resort built on the set of the movies Shaka the Zulu King and John Ross. Feel the pulsating rhythm of mysterious and magical Africa as you relive the excitement and romance of the days of Shaka, the Zulu king. Be spellbound by the fascinating secrets of sangomas and witness customs such as the assegai welding Zulu warriors. Share the customs such as tribal dancing, beer making and spear-making ceremonies. We stay overnight here where you will be entranced by dinner with the sights and sounds under the African sky.

    (B)

    Day 7

    Today we head out for the great African safari to the Umfolozi/ Hluhluwe Game Reserve situated in the largest and most spectacular Ecotourism region in South Africa. Established in1895 Hluhluwe/ Umfolozi is the home of The Big Five and Operation Rhino. It became world renowned for saving the white rhino from extinction. This is where we will be spending the next three days. A warm welcome awaits you at your accommodation, The Hilltop camp which is situated high on the edge of a forested slope where it commands breathtaking views of Zululands hills and valleys. After settling in at your comfortable spacious and completely accessible thatched chalet, we introduce you to the magical experience of Zululand and explore this magnificent 100000 hectares of Africa.

    You will be sure to spot elephant, buffalo, giraffe, warthog, zebra, impala and wildebeest and many other species. The park is also home animals such as Lion, Leopard and Wild Dog. Enjoy a peaceful and safe ambience with Africa and its wildlife in your luxurious, air-conditioned vehicle with your experienced Game Ranger and your host. Enjoy a safari picnic at one of the several picnic sites with splendid views overlooking floodplains and rivers. All meals during your stay is at the Mpunyane Restaurant where you will be captivated by excellent service and world class cuisine. There is also the relaxing Uzavolo Bar Lounge which lends itself to discussions of the days experiences.

    (B, L)

    Day 8

    This is the day where the spirit of Africa touches your soul. We embark on leisurely extended game drives to all areas of the Park. There is much to explore! Your experienced ranger will help you spot and identify many species of bird and animal life. (The Elephant Coast has more than 500 species of birdlife recorded). With a little assistance most people will be able to distinguish the more common families of birds in no time at all. Look out for the abundant animal life such as black rhino, nyala, kudu, hippo, crocodile, waterbuck, reedbuck, red duiker, baboons, monkeys, hyena, wildebeest, giraffe and often to be seen elephant and buffalo You may also see lion, cheetah, wild dog and other predators. For those who are able to transfer, we arrange night drives in open vehicle safari trucks where one can get to spot the nocturnal animal life such as leopard and the bush-baby. Those who prefer can be taken on night-drives with the accessible buses.

    (B, L)

    Day 9

    Today will be a special excursion: You will visit numerous eco/cultural activities available in the area. Visit the ancient World Heritage Site at False Bay, the largest estuarine system formed in Africa formed 140 million years ago. Other attractions include Ilala Weavers with its restaurant, museum and curio shops featuring traditional Zulu basket weaving and beading. A trip to a local Wildlife Reserve, an animal sanctuary which is a non hunting reserve will intrigue you as the Zebra are so tame they eat out of your hands. Other activites available is a tour to Muzi Pan where one can be taken by canoe past the abundant bird, crocodile and hippo life. Alternatively you will be able to enjoy this from the shoreline as well.

    (B)

    Day 10

    After waking up to the sound of Africa with birds and nature, we enjoy a leisurely breakfast and set off for the return back to Durban. We visit St Lucia, a picturesque village situated within a nature reserve and which is surrounded by 5 distinct ecosystems and Isimangaliso Wetland Park. St Lucia offers the day visitor an endless wealth of possibilities with its shops, curio and African-ware flea markets, pubs, restaurants, boat trips, crocodile farms and a lovely interpretation centre explaining the ecology of the World Natural Heritage Site. For those who are adventurous whale watching sightseeing boat trips (In season) can be arranged. We finally head back down the Elephant Coast to Durban to your hotel for a good night’s rest.

    (B)

    Day 11

    Time to rest relax and prepare for your flight and transfer to Durban International Airport. For those who prefer to extend their tour to Capetown or Johannesburg, we are more than happy to assist you with any final arrangements.

    (B)

    Cost

    3*/4* accommodations: $3665.00pp
    5* Accommodations: $4060.00pp

    INCLUDES:
    All transport & transfers & personal driver. (in the case of handicapped clients their own accessible van with hydraulic lift)
    Personal tour guides and game rqanger
    All safaris as indicated on itineraries
    All accommodations
    All activities as indicated. Only the trips to Umgeni Park, Snake Park in durban, Whale watching and boat rides at St Lucia are not included. These are extra options.
    All meals as indicated
    A 'braai' at Hluhluwe Game Reserve served at the picnic site by our expert chef




*Prices subject to government taxes/levies or prices beyond our control. Prices and programs are subject to change without notice. All prices quoted in US dollars. Contact us for booking information, liability waiver, and terms and conditions. Airfare and air schedules subject to change without prior notice.



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