• Reference code: TISD 45

  • Days: 9

  • Group size: 14

  • Validity: Nov 20 – Oct 21

  • Languages: German, English

  • Freesell: 30 Days

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Admire the open spaces of the Karoo; the vastness of Addo and marvel at the sights and sounds of the Garden Route’s coastal roads.

  • Valley of Desolation sundowners
  • ‘Big 5’ open safari vehicle game viewing
  • Sunset Knysna oyster cruise

Day 1 | Tuesday
CAPE TOWN to OUDTSHOORN via ROUTE 62 (±420km)
Guests travel inland via Route 62 to Oudtshoorn. This route introduces guests to the southern Cape. Enjoy lunch and wine tasting (both for own account) en route. The tour arrives in Oudtshoorn, late afternoon, home to over 400 ostrich farms. Guests enjoy dinner in town (own account).
Overnight at Queens Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Day 2 | Wednesday
FULL DAY in OUDTSHOORN
At dawn, guests take a short hike to a meerkat-burrow and observe their behaviour (own account and weather dependant). After breakfast guests visit the Cango Caves, a local upliftment success story (time permitting), and an ostrich farm. Guests enjoy lunch (own account) before boarding a guided tractor tour. In Oudtshoorn, guests visit the CP Nel Museum (own account). Spend the afternoon at leisure before dinner in town (own account).
Overnight at Queens Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Day 3 | Thursday
OUDTSHOORN to GRAAFF-REINET (±320km)
The tour departs for the historic town of Graaff-Reinet. Guests embark on a guided tour to the Valley of Desolation and “Cathedral of the Mountains” in the Camdeboo National Park. Guests overnight at the Drostdy Hotel and enjoy dinner at the hotel (own account).
Overnight at Drostdy Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Day 4 | Friday
GRAAFF-REINET to ADDO (±238km)
Guests enjoy breakfast followed by a walk in town, which boasts many national monuments. Guests enjoy lunch (own account) en route to the Zuurberg mountains, adjacent the Addo Elephant National Park, which is now home to the ‘Big 5’. Dinner is served at the hotel.
Overnight at Zuurberg Mountain Village or similar – Dinner and breakfast.

Day 5 | Saturday
ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK
Following breakfast, guests depart for a full days game drive in the Addo Elephant National Park, stopping for lunch in the park. Guests return to the hotel for dinner before retiring for the night.
Overnight at Zuurberg Mountain Village or similar – Dinner, lunch, breakfast, and a game excursion.

Day 6 | Sunday
ADDO to KNSYNA via TSITSIKAMMA FOREST (±360km)
Tour departs for the Garden Route. Guests will stop at Storms River, enjoy a short walk to the suspension bridge before lunch (own account) in the Tsitsikamma Forest. In the late afternoon, guests enjoy a sunset Knysna oyster cruise (weather permitting) to the Knysna Heads. Guests enjoy wine and fresh oysters on the return trip. Enjoy dinner at the hotel (own account).
Overnight at The Rex Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Day 7 | Monday
FULL DAY AT LEISURE in KNYSNA
Guests spend the day at leisure or on optional excursions. Guests can visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve (own account, including lunch) to enjoy panoramic views on board the ferry, 4WD vehicle and on the optional 2.2km guided nature walk. Enjoy a buffet lunch at the Forest Restaurant on the edge of the lagoon. Guests dine at the hotel (own account).
Overnight at The Rex Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Day 8 | Tuesday
KNYSNA to HERMANUS via CAPE AGULHAS (±540km)
The tour departs for Hermanus via Cape Agulhas and a brief stop in Swellendam. If time permits, guests have the opportunity to taste local farm produce in Swellendam (own account). Enjoy lunch (own account) en route. Continuing to Africa’s southern-most tip at Cape Agulhas, guests visit the map of Africa monument and the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse Museum before arriving in Hermanus. Guests dine at the hotel or in town (own account).
Overnight at Arabella Spa & Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Day 9 | Wednesday
HERMANUS to CAPE TOWN via FRANSCHHOEK (±190km)
Guests enjoy breakfast before the tour departs for Franschhoek, en route to Cape Town. Enjoy lunch (own account) in Franschhoek before visiting the Drakenstein Correctional Centre where Nelson Mandela took his first steps to freedom. Guests continue to Cape Town, where the tour ends.

Inclusions

Accommodation: 4 and 5-star hotels
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
Entrance fees: Camdeboo National Park, Addo Elephant National Park conservation fee, Garden Route National Park conservation fee (Storm’s River), Agulhas Lighthouse Museum
Excursions: Ostrich farm tractor tour, Cango Caves heritage tour, Valley of Desolation tour, full day open safari vehicle game drive, sunset Knysna oyster cruise
Green Seat: SANParks Honorary Rangers, Endangered Wildlife Trust, Trees for Tourism

Exclusions

Travel insurance, flights, visa fees, airport transfers, porterages,
8 lunches, 6 dinners, optional excursions, gratuities, and personal expenses

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