Trip reference number: ITN-ZAF044
Trip Operator: Rainbow Tours
Our Cape Town, Garden route and Safari small group tour introduces you to South Africa without you having to drive.This fully escorted small group tour takes in many of South Africa's renowned highlights, from its lively multi-cultural city centre in Cape Town to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, with a stop en route to see the penguins at Boulders Beach. You also spend a full day exploring the Cape Winelands and sampling some of the world-famous produce. The tour then leaves Cape Town to follow the iconic Route 62, exploring the quaint charming Karoo towns where time has stood still along the journey, before reaching the heart of the 'Garden Route'. Explore the beautiful coastal lagoon and cliffs of Knysna, watch for dolphins in the Plettenberg area, and search for wildlife at the Tsitsikamma National Park and Addo Elephant Park.
The tour ends in Port Elizabeth, which gives you the opportunity to extend your trip with a safari in either the Eastern Cape or transferring north to the Kruger area. You stay in small 4-star hotels and lodges throughout and this itinerary is ideal for those who do not want to drive but wish to see the Garden Route.with many meals included. The tour departs on a weekly basis with a minimum of two people and maximum of 14.
Day 1 Depart from the UK on overnight flight to Cape Town.
Day 2 On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Radisson Blu Hotel in the V&A Waterfront for a 3-night stay with breakfast. Enjoy an afternoon tour of Cape Town starting at the modern shopping malls of the V&A Waterfront, then into the heart of the city which is filled with historical buildings, modern high-rises, even a castle, all thrown together with the hustle and bustle of city dwellers and street vendors.
Day 3 Spend a full day exploring the Cape Peninsula. You head down to the Cape Point Nature Reserve where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet, via trendy, along the spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive and into the southern suburbs where you find historic coastal villages and a penguin colony at Boulders Beach.
Day 4 Finally the wine! Enjoy a picturesque drive into the heart of the Cape Winelands through mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Stop for wine tastings and lunch (own account), visiting the towns of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.
Day 5 After breakfast depart for Route 62, effectively the back road to the Garden Route. First stop the quaint town of Barrydale for lunch (own account) before going onto Oudtshoorn, which was once the ‘feather capital’ of the world. Take a guided tour of a working ostrich farm and then check in at De Opstal Country Lodge in the late afternoon for 1 night stay in a standard room with breakfast and dinner included.
Day 6 The first stop of the day will be the Cango Caves before heading to the lagoon side town of Knysna for a cruise to the Knysna Heads (weather permitting). The day ends at one of our favourite lodges, Hog Hollow in a suite with breakfast and dinner on both nights.
Day 7 Visit the largest free-flight Avery at Birds of Eden. There is an optional whale and dolphin boat experience (weather & time permitting) before returning to the lodge for dinner.
Day 8 Explore the Tsitsikamma National Park, first taking a walk on the suspension bridge that takes you across the Storms River mouth gorge, where there are incredible views and photo opportunities. The tour will end this afternoon at Port Elizabeth Airport. You will be met and transferred by private vehicle to Shamwari Private Game Reserve. Stay 3 nights at the Edwardian Manor House, Longlee Manor with all meals and 2 game activities per day included.
Day 9 Long Lee Manor is an Edwardian styled Manor in the heart of Shamwari reserve. It is surrounded by a beautiful manicured garden which is a pleasure for younger children. The lodge has 15 luxury rooms which have either a private balcony or patio. Activities include morning and afternoon game drives as well as a visit to the rehab centre.
Day 10 Enjoy another day on safari today, opt to do a walk in the wilderness with your guide. There is no better way to see the smaller things like tracks, birds and insects.
Day 11 Enjoy a morning activity before your transfer to Port Elizabeth Airport for return flight via Johannesburg to the United Kingdom
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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