4 Day Garden Route Tour
Cape Town to Port Elizabeth
Western Cape and Eastern Cape, South African
Guided Safaris Tours
Day 1 : Oudtshoorn
Our Far and Wild Safari's guide will collect you in Cape Town area and drive through the scenic mountain barrier to the Little Karoo, and to Oudtshoorn along "Route 62". The topography offers magnificent scenic landscapes, towering cliffs, crystal clear streams with an abundance indigenous flora. Arguably the longest wine route in the World. Arrive at Oudtshoorn late afternoon, a town that was known as the "Feather Capital of the World".
Overnight at the Turnberry Boutique Hotel (or similar). The Turnberry Boutique Hotel is situated in the centre of this picturesque Klein Karoo town. Well appointed air-conditioned bedrooms (satellite television, coffee station and mini bar), each with private bathroom en-suite, double / twin beds. Each room has WiFi.
Day 2 : Oudtshoorn
A visit to the impressive Cango Caves, having amongst the largest stalagmite / stalactites in the World. Some of these limestone formations are colourfully illuminated. On to a working ostrich farm where one can learn more about these fascinating birds. Commercial ostrich farming started during the late 1880's in South Africa; the start of the burgeoning ostrich feather industry, with the Oudtshoorn district quickly being established as the "Feather Capital of the World". A unique feature of the farm experience is a visit to the Ostrich Palace "Welgeluk" which was built at the height of the feather boom in 1910. The homestead is a National Monument and is a superb example of that period's architecture. Lunch will be enjoyed at this farm.
Drive via the scenic Outeniqua Pass to Knysna, overnight Knysna Hollow (or similar). The chalets and rooms are set in lush gardens and have been tastefully decorated with a Knysna forest feel. Room amenities include televisions, tea and coffee making facilities and private patios.
Day 3 : Knysna
Morning visit to the Featherbed Nature Reserve an unforgettable experience on the Knysna Lagoon. Featherbed is a privately-owned, Nature Reserve and a South African Heritage Site, a pristine paradise situated on the Western Head (The 'Knysna Heads' - the grand sandstone cliffs towering above the entrance to the Knysna Lagoon) accessible by ferry only. After driving through the reserve to the top of the Western Head, guests take the optional, 2.2 kilometre guided walk, passing through Milkwood forests onto steep sandstone cliffs, into ancient Khoi Khoi sea caves then along a scenic coastal path, fringed with Cape fynbos. On the coastal walk back, you can often see African Black Oystercatcher, a rare coastal bird in South Africa. Featherbed Nature Reserve has a breeding program for the rare Blue Duiker - (one of the smallest antelope species in the world) - the colourful Knysna Turaco and the endangered Knysna Sea Horse.
Lunch at The Forest Restaurant, on the edge of the Lagoon, under a canopy of Milkwood trees.
Balance of the afternoon at leisure, stroll around the town or the interesting Knysna Waterfront for some shopping or relaxation.
Day 4 : Port Elizabeth
Drive to Port Elizabeth, visiting the Indian Ocean town / beach of Plettenberg Bay on to the Bloukrantz Bridge where you have the opportunity to bungee jump at this, the highest commercial bungee jump in the World, at 216-metres! This would be for your own account. Visit the Tsitsikamma National Park and walk to the suspension bridge over the Storms River at it's mouth, the round trip taking about an hour and a half, then on to the Paul Sauer Bridge over the Storms River - beautiful views of the Gorge - enjoy lunch here.
On to Port Elizabeth where the tour ends.