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This self-drive or escorted holiday adventure presents curious travellers with the best way to discover some of South Africa's most famous landmarks and exciting routes. Travellers on this tour will embark on a unique journey of discovery, taking in the Winelands, doing some whale-watching, going on the Garden Route and admiring the breathtaking views of the mountain scenery as they work their way down to one of the private game reserves in the Eastern Cape, where they will stay for a couple of days and get the chance to see the African Big 5.
This tour comprises 10 Nights exploring the Wonders of Cape Town and the Garden Route plus an Eastern Cape Safari on a Bed & Breakfast and Full Board basis (depending on the different hotels you will be staying at throughout the trip - detailed below) and including 8 days car hire for self-driven excursions and explorations during your leisure time.
Day 1 to 3 - 3 nights in Cape Town staying at the Protea President hotel (on Bed & Breakfast basis)
After arriving in Cape Town in the morning, you will be greeted by representatives at the airport and then transferred to your hotel where you will get to spend the rest of the day at your own leisure. During the first three days of your journey you will be spending your time as you desire, with plenty of free time available for independent sightseeing and strolling around Cape Town on your own.
Suggestions: Spend your leisure time discovering Cape Town, known as the “Mother City”. A perfect opportunity to visit the V&A Waterfront, where you can experience: spectacular views, the buzz of the working harbour, world class restaurants, shopping and so much more. There are various day tours available in Cape Town and we suggest spending one of your free three days by going on the full day Cape Peninsula Tour, where you will be driven along the Atlantic seaboard via Hout Bay, to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and its scenic viewing point. You will then stop at Boulders Beach to see the African penguins, and then travel through the naval port of Simon’s Town. Simon’s Town is situated on False Bay and is rich in history, character and atmosphere.
3 Nigths Garden Route
Day 4 - Oudsthoorn - staying at The Pearl Hotel (on Bed & Breakfast basis)
Departure from Cape Town today as you head towards "Route 62", one of the most beautiful travel routes in South Africa, as well as one of the least known and least travelled ones. Make your way off the beaten path via Robertson, to Montaque and passing towns like Barrydale and Calitzdorp, a Port Wine producing area.
Arrive in Oudtshoorn, affectionately known as the ‘feather capital’, because of its large ostrich farming industry. Here you can visit the Ostrich Capital of the world, visit an ostrich farm show and explore the Cango Caves; boasting a labyrinth of massive caverns and intertwining passages. These caves are considered one of the world’s great natural wonders.
Day 5 - Oudtshoorn to Kynsna - Knysna Hollow Boutique Hotel (on Bed & Breakfast basis)
Guests are based in the main lodge on arrival depending upon the time game drive takes place in the afternoon. There will be two game drives each day on days 8 and 9 and a morning game drive on day 10.
Day 10 - Depart from Kariega Game Reserve towards Mossell Bay ( staying Mossel Bay Lodge on Bed & Breakfast basis)
Day 11 - Depart Mossel Bay to Cape Town and onwards journey home to the UKToday you will get the chance to enjoy and take in the changing passing canvas as you make your way back to Cape Town International Airport, via the scenic Sir Lowry’s Pass, which provides spectacular views of the Cape Peninsula, arriving at the airport in time for your return flight.
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Should accommodation not be available we will offer a similar standard
As part of the Wonders of Cape Town and Garden Route + Eastern Cape Safari Tour, guests will be enjoying comfortable accommodation at various hotels and reserves as described below:
Protea Hotel President - when staying at this modern and elegant four-star resort, perfectly located at the heart of Cape Town, you will enjoy a good selection of facilities while having plenty of leisure and entertainment options right at your fingertips. Set against the lush landscape of the Lion's Head Mountain Range and the Atlantic Ocean on the other side, the Protea Hotel President offers scenic accommodation with a set of luxury rooms that have been recently refurbished following major extensive updates carried out in 2011 and 2012. As part of this tour you will stay in a Mountain-Facing Room equipped with two twin beds or a queen bed, a full ensuite bathroom and a host of amenities including WiFi internet access, Satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities, a work desk, hair dryer and electronic safe. Hotel facilities include a swimming pool, a gym and a shuttle service to the Canal Walk Shopping Centre. The resort is located conveniently close to many of Cape Town's main attractions including the V&A Waterfront, the Clifton Beach and the Table Mountain.
Pearl of Oudtshoorn - a nice and secluded boutique hotel property set amidst the sheer splendour of the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountain ranges, you might only be staying one night at this beautiful property but the little time you do spend there will no doubt be a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Rising over four floors and comprising a total of 120 modern air-conditioned guest rooms with ensuite bathrooms, the fantastic range of facilities at this hotel include a relaxing swimming pool, lush gardens, a therapeutic health spa with massage service, tennis courts, miniature golf and a jungle gym. The hotel's Garden Buffet offers guests sumptuous breakfasts and delicious grill items with flavourful local dishes. Authentic, traditional Boma dinners are hosted nightly under the stars.
Knysna Hollow Country Estate - an elegant country-style hotel set in a beautiful estate close to Knysna's lagoon on the Garden Route, this cosy and homely hotel will provide you with a comfortable stay at one of the estate's 15 panoramic Garden Chalets and 64 Garden Rooms, all perfectly equipped with standard modern amenities such as TV, tea and coffee making facilities, mini-bar fridges, private patios and ceiling fans. Despite being decorated with a forest feel and somewhat rustic interiors in-keeping with Knysna's landscape, this estate offers a modern selection of facilities including two restaurants, a bar, 3 swimming pools set amidst beautiful lush grounds including a children's mini-pool and a boutique.
Kariega Game Reserve - this privately-owned game reserve comprising 9,000 hectares of virtually untouched wilderness, immaculately preserved to offer visitors with amazing wildlife encounters of the Big 5 (rhinos, lions, elephants, buffaloes and leopards). Situated around the famous Garden Route, this protected malaria-free zone is home to rich biodiversity, one of the richest in South Africa and also comprises the beautiful Kariega and Bushman's Rivers. During their stay here guests will be staying at the Main Lodge, offering comfortable luxury accommodation for families, groups and couples in a cosy and laid back atmosphere . The Main Lodge comprises 21 log chalets, all featuring large private decks (some also including private pools) offering amazing views over the Kariega River Valley. All chalets are air-conditioned, have en-suite bedrooms, a fireplace and Satellite TV as well was tea and coffee-making facilities, a bar fridge, telephone and internet connectivity and a safe at the reception.
Bay Lodge on the Beach - a cosy family-owned beachside property that perfectly combines luxury accommodation with exclusive facilities, this friendly lodge will provide you with the perfect soothing atmosphere to help you rest on your last night of the tour before heading back home. Enjoying the perfect setting right on the beach, here you will be staying in a standard non sea-facing room, comforably equipped with either twin single beds, a queen bed or a king bed plus a host of other modern amenities including Satellite TV, ensuite bathroom, bathrobes, hairdryer, mini-bar and tea making facilities.
As described on Itinerary
As per Itinerary - 7 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis at the Protea hotel, Pearl of Oudtshoorn hotel, Knysna Hollow Country Estate and Bay Lodge on the Beach and 3 nights on Full Board basis at the Kariega Game Reserve
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This tour holiday does NOT include the following: