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Magnificent Garden Route

Magnificent Garden Route


Between Cape Town in the south, and East London on the eastern Cape coast, runs an
astoundingly beautiful stretch of coastline, the Garden Route, our own garden of Eden.
For four exceptional days, we’ll take you from the spectacle of the world-renowned
Cango Caves with its magnificent dripstone stalactites and stalagmites, to the flamboyant
ostriches on one of our vast feather farms. We’ll journey by ferry to the Featherbed
Nature Reserve at the entrance to the famed Knysna Lagoon, and persuade you to
taste our delectable oysters in this, the oyster capital of South Africa. Meandering along
the coastline, it’s on with those walking shoes for an inspiring stroll through the towering,
age-old trees for which the cool Tsitsikamma National Park is revered. Come along the
Garden Route, and enjoy the extreme beauty of both coast and forest, set against the
real curiosity of the inland landscapes and experiences.


ITINERARY
Day 1: (Wed) Cape Town / Oudtshoorn
We depart by 07h30 and travel via the town of Montagu on the scenic ‘Route 62’to the
pretty village of Barrydale where we stop for tea (own account). Then on to Oudtshoorn,
known as the ‘feather capital of the world’ thanks to its huge ostrich industry. After a
fascinating tour of an ostrich farm, we continue to our Oudtshoorn hotel for check in and
overnight.
Accommodation: Oudtshoorn Inn or similar


Day 2: (Thu) Oudtshoorn / Knysna (BB,D)
This morning go underground to marvel at the icy formations in the Cango Caves, regarded,
for good reason, as one of South Africa’s most spectacular natural wonders. We then drive
via the spectacular Outeniqua Passto the town of George, then onto Knysna, perhaps South
Africa’s most visually stunning resort, in the heart of the famous Garden Route. Spend the
rest of the day discovering the joys of the town’s many art galleries, craft shops and coffee
bars.
Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Hotel or similar


Day 3: (Fri) Knysna (BB,L)
Cruise on the vast Knysna Lagoon, then visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Enjoy an
amazing view of the imposing sandstone ‘Heads’ which guard the sea entrance to Knysna’s
huge tidal lagoon, and the forests, marshes and pristine beaches surrounding it. After lunch
spend the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying this lovely and special town.
Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Hotel or similar


Day 4: (Sat) Port Elizabeth (BB)
This morning transfer to Port Elizabeth to arrive mid afternoon, after a drive through the
glorious indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest. The tour ends at approximately 14h30 at the airport
or at a central hotel.


HIGHLIGHTS
• Discover the Cango Caves with its magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites.
• Enjoy an ostrich farm experience.
• Journey via ferry to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, situated at the entrance to the Knysna Lagoon.
• Stroll through the Tsitsikamma National Park, renowned for its age-old trees.


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