6 Day Garden Route Tour
Port Elizabeth to Cape Town
Western Cape and Eastern Cape, South African
Guided Safaris Tours
Day 1 : Addo Elephant Park – Eastern Cape
You will be collected by a guide from Far and Wild Safaris, from your overnight accommodation venue after your breakfast or on arrival at the Port Elizabeth Airport. Drive to the Addo Elephant Park, which lies in the dense valley bushveld of the Sundays River region of the Eastern Cape. The original Elephant conservation section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only eleven elephant remained in the area - today this finely tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to elephant, Cape buffalo, black rhino, lion, a variety of antelope species, as well as a unique flightless dung beetle, found exclusively in the Addo area.
Overnight Addo Elephant Park Main Camp.
Day 2 : Knysna – Western Cape
This morning we depart Addo Elephant Park and travel westwards to the town of Knysna, where we overnight at Knysna Hollow (or similar). The Garden Chalets and Rooms are set in lush gardens and have been tastefully decorated with a Knysna forest theme. Room amenities include private bathroom en suite, television, tea and coffee making facilities and private patios.
En route we stop at the Paul Sauer Bridge over the Storms River and take a stroll onto the bridge to enjoy the view of the gorge, then to have lunch.
We may also then visit the Tsitsikamma National Park and walk to the suspension bridge over the Storms River, the round trip taking about an hour and a half and then we head to the Bloukrantz Bridge. Here you have the opportunity to bungee jump at this, the highest commercial bungee jump in the world at 216-metres! Please note that this is for your own account.
Day 3 : Knysna – Western Cape
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 : 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 5 : Oudtshoorn – Western Cape
After breakfast we drive the Swartberg Pass, considered one of the most impressive mountain passes in the world - an untarred road that winds to the summit 1583 meters above sea level with scenic views all the way. The road is reinforced in places with hand-packed stone walls, a characteristic of Thomas Charles Bain's design, a brilliant road engineer of the 19th Century. En route are relics of prisons, tollhouses, and Way stations that bear historic testimony to the past. Often covered with snow in winter, the mountain's microclimate supports fynbos and a rich bird life, in contrast with the arid-zone flora and fauna outside its cool shady kloofs. The Swartberg Pass was declared a National Monument in its Centenary year, 1988. Lunch stop at the town of Prince Albert, then on to Meiringspoort, a deep ravine, eroded through the seemingly impenetrable Swartberg Mountain range. This natural passage forms a convenient link between the Great and Little Karoo. Soaring cliff walls with spectacular rock formations line the 25 km tarred road, which winds along the floor of the gorge, crossing the Groot River 25 times. Please note that this trip is only possible if the Swartberg pass has not been closed. This usually happens when there has been heavy snowfall or very heavy rain, making the road dangerous.
Overnight at the Turnberry Boutique Hotel (or similar).
Day 6 : Cape Town – Western Cape
Following "Route 62" through the Little Karoo, we make our way to Cape Town along this meandering and scenic route, which offers magnificent landscapes. The route meanders through the longest wine route in the Western Cape, offering beautiful views of winding rivers, scenic passes, vineyards and orchards.
We reach Cape Town in the mid-afternoon where we drop you off at your overnight accommodation or at the Cape Town International Airport.