- Wine tasting on the world’s longest wine route
- Sunset Knysna oyster cruise
- Big 5’ open safari vehicle game viewing
- Arniston coastal village hospitality
- Stand at the southernmost tip of Africa
- Cape Agulhas map of Africa monument
Day 1 | Monday / Wednesday
CAPE TOWN to OUDTSHOORN via ROUTE 62 (±420km)
Guests are collected from the hotel and travel inland, via Route 62, towards Oudtshoorn. Route 62 meanders through vineyards, mountain vistas and the semi-arid Klein Karoo. Guests savour lunch (own account) in Barrydale, at the foot of the Langeberg mountains. Afterwards, discovering Calitzdorp, South Africa’s port wine capital. Guests can enjoy wine tasting (own account). Oudtshoorn, dubbed ‘the ostrich capital of the world’, boasts over 400 ostrich farms and several so-called Feather Mansions. Guests board a tractor for a guided tour of a working ostrich farm. Relax and delight in the friendly Klein Karoo hospitality. Enjoy dinner in town. Overnight at Hlangana Country Lodge or similar – Dinner and breakfast.
Day 2 | Tuesday / Thursday
OUDTSHOORN to KNYSNA via WILDERNESS (±125km)
Guests enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before departing for Knysna. The tour visits the Cango Caves, a 20 million year-old national treasure in the foothills of the Swartberg mountains, before continuing over the Outeniqua mountains to the Garden Route. Admire sweeping views from Dolphin Point and the Map of Africa (weather permitting), savour lunch (own account) and continue on to Knysna. In Knysna, guests board a boat and enjoy a sunset Knysna oyster tour (weather permitting). This informative cruise introduces foodies to local wines and the culinary delights of a wild Knysna oyster. Dinner is served at a Knysna Estuary Restaurant.Overnight at Protea Hotel by Marriott Knysna Quays or similar – Dinner and breakfast.
Day 3 | Wednesday / Friday
KNYSNA to ALBERTINIA via MOSSEL BAY (±160km)
Guests depart the hotel after breakfast and head for the historical harbour town of Mossel Bay. Guests visit the Dias Museum Complex and several different museums, including the Shell and Maritime Museums as well as the iconic Post Office Tree. Lunch (own account) is savoured at The Point. Guests continue westwards to a private game reserve for the evening’s accommodation. The reserve offers guests the opportunity to see the ‘Big 5’ and other game. Board an open safari vehicle for an afternoon game drive. Delight in an outdoor dining experience (weather permitting). Overnight at Garden Route Game Lodge or similar – Dinner, breakfast and
2 game viewing excursions.
Day 4 | Thursday / Saturday
ALBERTINIA to ARNISTON via SWELLENDAM (±220km)
Guests enjoy an early morning game drive before breakfast. The reserve is home to elephant, lion, buffalo, white rhino, giraffe, cheetah and a variety of antelope species. The tour departs for Arniston, a small coastal village in the Overberg region on the Cape south coast. Lunch (own account) and local farm produce tasting (time permitting – own account) are enjoyed en route. Dinner is served at the hotel. Overnight at The Arniston Hotel or similar – Dinner and breakfast.
Day 5 | Friday / Sunday
ARNISTON to CAPE TOWN via FALSE BAY (±290km)
Guests enjoy a leisurely breakfast before departing for Cape Agulhas, the southern-most tip of Africa and where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic. The Cape of Storms is notorious for its many wrecks. Visit the new map of Africa monument and a South African national monument – the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and Museum. Continue on to Hermanus, renowned for its whale watching. In season (July to November) the southern right whales return to these waters to calve. Lunch is enjoyed en route (own account). The tour continues its meander along the False Bay coast and concludes late afternoon at a Cape Town city hotel.
Accommodation: 4-star hotels and private game lodge
Meals: 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners
Entrance Fees: Cango Caves, Diaz Museum, Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, Museum
Excursions: Ostrich farm tractor tour, sunset Knysna oyster cruise, 2 open safari vehicle game drives
Green Seat: SANParks Honorary Rangers, Endangered Wildlife Trust, Trees for Tourism
Travel insurance, flights, airport transfers, visa fees, porterages, 5 lunches, gratuities and personal expenses