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Discover the splendour of South Africa's Garden Route on this introductory tour taking in quaint towns, magnificent scenery, wildlife and gastronomy.
- A selection of boutique & character hotels
- Pre- & post-group tour nights in Cape Town (private basis)
- A non-exclusive group tour element (days 4-8)
- Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
- Direct flights with British Airways
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
- Experienced local tour guides
- 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
- Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
- Porterage at airports
- Travel along the scenic Garden Route
- Stay in charming, boutique properties
- Enjoy the balance between group & private travel
- Wine tasting in South Africa’s oldest vineyards
Day 1: Fly to Cape Town
Overnight flight to Cape Town (regional connections available) with British Airways.
Day 2: Cape Town
Early morning arrival. Transfer to 2Inn1 Kensington/ Dockhouse Boutique Hotel & Spa for a 2-night stay. Morning city tour, discovering the history and culture that makes up the ‘Mother City’, including a trip up Table Mountain. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 3: Cape Peninsula
Explore the peninsula taking in the beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton before heading towards Hout Bay. Join an optional boat cruise to Seal Island before visiting the national park to witness the symbolic meeting of the two oceans and enjoy the spectacular views. Head to Simonstown for lunch and visit the penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. Stroll through the quirky boutiques and antique shops of Kalk Bay. En route back to the city visit a boutique winery for wine tasting, set within the picturesque Constantia area, South Africa’s oldest wine growing region.
Day 4: Overberg region
This morning, join the group and depart Cape Town over the Hottentots-Holland mountains via Sir Lowry’s Pass, stopping en route for wine tasting within the Hemel-en-Aarde valley. During the whale season, stop in Hermanus, which offers the best land-based whale watching along its cliff paths (June to November) and optional boat tours. Continue on the Swellendam, the third oldest settlement in South Africa. Overnight at Gaikou Lodge.
Day 5: Plettenberg Bay
Travel along the Garden Route via Mossel Bay. Arrive in Plettenberg Bay in time for lunch and a stroll along its white sandy beaches. Stay 2 nights at Hunter’s Country House (or similar).
Day 6: Tsitsikamma • Plettenberg Bay
This morning visit Birds of Eden, the largest freeflight bird aviary in the world. Continue to the Tsitsikamma National Park. Take a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms river mouth gorge, which offers incredible views. Enjoy time at leisure in the town of Plettenberg Bay before returning to the lodge for dinner.
Day 7: Knysna • Oudtshoorn
Morning drive to the lagoon-side town of Knysna – the gem of the Garden Route. Embark on an excursion to the Featherbed Nature Reserve located on the western Knysna Head. Take a ferry across the lagoon and a drive to the top of the reserve and walk an optional nature trail. A delicious lunch is served under the milkwood trees. Drive through George and via the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn. Visit an ostrich farm for a guided tour. Stay overnight at Rosenhof Country House (or similar).
Day 8: Cape Town
Morning visit to the Cango caves. Travel along the celebrated Route 62 to Cape Town taking in the majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards. Stop at the Country Pumpkin Restaurant near Barrydale for lunch, followed by a leisurely drive back to Cape Town for the final night at 2Inn1 Kensington / Dockhouse Boutique Hotel & Spa.
Day 9: Cape Town • Fly to London
Day 9: Cape Town • Fly to London Day at leisure to explore or take optional excursions. Evening flight to London.
Day 10: London
Rosenhof Country House, Oudtshoorn
Rosenhof Country Lodge is situated on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn on the main road to the Cango Caves. A 17th century Victorian homestead, it features antique furnishings, yellow wood beams and high ceilings. There are several sitting rooms with fireplaces and an a la carte restaurant offering traditional country meals and an extensive wine list from the homestead's walk-in cellar.
Gaikou Lodge, Swellendam
Gaikou Lodge is the place to unwind amid awe-inspiring mountain views. The private estate is set in the foothills of the Langeberg mountain range. The lush gardens are landscaped for you to enjoy at your leisure and there is a large, walled, chlorine-free swimming pool. The historic town of Swellendam is a short stroll away where you can sample local restaurants or explore the open-air Drostdy Museum with 300 years of heritage. Other activities include mountain hiking, forest or river walks. There are two dams on the property which are ideal places to teach your youngster to fish (all fishing equipment is supplied).
Hunters Country House, Plettenberg Bay
Hunter's Country House is a beautiful thatched homestead, far from the madding crowd, yet conveniently close to a wide variety of holiday activities along the Garden Route. All 19 suites are individually decorated and have private patios and gardens, while certain suites have their own splash pools. Hunter's Country House offers beautiful seating areas to enjoy the excellent food and wine on offer. Have breakfast in the sunny glass conservatory, casual lunches in the dining room or on the manicured lawns, and the outdoor boma, with its comfortable couches and fireplace, invites you to enjoy a high tea or a glass of bubbly as the sun sets.
Rosenhof Country House, Oudtshoorn
Rosenhof Country Lodge is situated on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn on the main road to the Cango Caves. A 17th century Victorian homestead, it features antique furnishings, yellow wood beams and high ceilings. There are several sitting rooms with fireplaces and an a la carte restaurant offering traditional country meals and an extensive wine list from the homestead's walk-in cellar. The lodge's 12 en suite rooms feature a small terrace facing inwards over a grassy courtyard. There are also two executive suites with their own private lounge and swimming pool. With wide verandas, immaculate gardens with water features and plenty of shady trees, Rosenhof is a tranquil retreat in this typically hot region.
2 Nights from £1335
At Victoria Falls, the mighty Zambezi river thunders over a 100-metre drop into a narrow ravine, dividing Zimbabwe and Zambia. While it is not the highest or widest waterfall in the world, it can lay claim to being the largest sheet of falling water and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Day 15: Fly to Johannesburg
Transfer to the airport and fly to Johannesburg. Stay overnight at the Peermont Mondior. (B)
Days 16-17: Victoria Falls
Fly to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and transfer to Ilala Lodge Hotel for 2 nights. Spend time at leisure or take optional excursions (see page 81 for suggestions).
Day 18: Fly to London via Johannesburg
Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Johannesburg.
Day 19: London
Early morning arrival. (N)
2 Nights from £1665
In the heart of the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, Kambaku River Sands Lodge is a small (just 10 suites) unfenced camp overlooking a waterhole. There is a steady stream of wildlife, including the Big Five. On day 9, fly from Cape Town to Hoedspruit with SA Airlink and stay 2 nights at Kambaku River Sands Lodge. Morning and afternoon safari activities are included. The inbound international flight will be with British Airways via Johannesburg.
If you would like to stay in a different hotel in Cape Town such as the Cape Grace or Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, please enquire with your tour consultant.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
A single supplement is available from £450 - £535.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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