4 Day Garden Route Tour
Port Elizabeth to Cape Town
Western Cape and Eastern Cape, South African
Guided Safaris Tours
Day 1 : Knysna – Western Cape
A Far and Wild Safaris guide will collect you. Departing from Port Elizabeth, we travel to Knysna, a picturesque town, located in the heart of the Garden Route. En-route, we visit the Paul Sauer Bridge offering beautiful views over the Storms River gorge. Knysna can best be described as a place of "People, Beauty and Mystery". Nestled between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua Mountains, the town offers an exceptionally equitable climate with rain falling throughout the year, ensuring it is green and lush all year round. Surrounded by world-renowned forests, the heart of the town is the Knysna Lagoon, protected from the sea by monolithic sandstone "Heads" harbouring centuries of rich history.
We overnight at the Knysna Hollow (or similar). Knysna Hollow is set in lush gardens - the chalets and rooms have been tastefully decorated with a Knysna forest feel. Room amenities include private patios, televisions and tea and coffee making facilities.
Day 2 : Knysna – Western Cape
Enjoy a tour to Featherbed Reserve. This reserve offers visitors an unforgettable experience on the Knysna Lagoon. The Lagoon, more accurately defined as an estuary, has five fresh water rivers flowing into it from the surrounding Outeniqua Mountains meeting with the surge of sea water from the Indian Ocean which enters through the mighty headlands - known as the 'Knysna Heads' (grand sandstone cliffs towering above the entrance to the Knysna Lagoon). The Reserve is a privately-owned and registered Nature Reserve and South African Heritage Site. Accessible only by ferry it is a pristine piece of paradise. The tour includes a drive through the reserve, to the top of the Western Head and an optional 2.2km guided walk, through Milkwood forests onto steep sandstone cliffs, into ancient Khoi Khoi sea caves and along a coastal path of fynbos vegetation. Learn about the ecology, fauna, flora marine and bird life in the reserve including but not limited to the Black African Oyster Catcher, Knysna Loerie, endangered Knysna Sea Horse and rare Blue Duiker.
Lunch is enjoyed at The Forest Restaurant, on the edge of the Lagoon and the afternoon can be spent at leisure enjoying the town of Knysna.
Day 3 : Oudtshoorn – Western Cape
Today's overnight destination is Oudtshoorn. We stop at Dolphin Point for a view over the beach and hopefully a sighting of dolphins in the waves, before making our way up the scenic Outeniqua Pass to the town of Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo.
Renowned for its ostrich farms, Oudtshoorn is known as the "feather capital of the world". We visit the Cango Caves which are home to some of the largest stalagmite formations in the world. The caves are widely branching and offer different and strange formations mainly composed of calcium carbonate.
We also visit a working ostrich farm to learn more about these fascinating birds as well as their commercial farming which started in South Africa, during the late 1880's. Lunch is enjoyed at the farm.
We will overnight at the Turnberry Boutique Hotel (or similar). This tiny piece of Scotland is situated in the centre of town and room amenities include air-conditioning, satellite TV's, mini-bars, tea/coffee making facilities and wireless internet connection.
Day 4 : Cape Town – Western Cape
Following "Route 62", we make our way to Cape Town along this meandering and scenic route, which offers magnificent landscapes, towering cliffs, crystal clear streams and an abundance of trees and indigenous flora. The route meanders through the longest wine route in the Western Cape offering beautiful views of winding rivers, scenic passes, vineyards and orchards. The tour finishes Cape Town late afternoon.