Discover the splendour of South Africa’s Garden Route on this introductory tour taking in quaint towns, magnificent scenery, wildlife and gastronomy. Starting in the vibrant city of Cape Town, travel along this compact coastal belt with its wide beaches, lakes, indigenous forest and impressive mountain passes. Encounter the region’s beauty, staying in boutique properties along the way and dining on delicious local cuisine, before returning to Cape Town.
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). Features: 10 double rooms, 2 family suites, dining room, conference room, wedding venue, outdoor pool, free parking, 2 fishing dams. Room amenities: Air conditioning/heating, in-room safe, minibar, hairdryer, television, DVD...
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. Sage @ Hunter's evening a la carte menu offers a selection of flavours which can be complemented by the wine cellar, which has been stocked from the top wine farms in South Africa. Features: 19 suites, large swimming pool with loungers, formal...
Located in the heart of cosmopolitan Cape Town, Pepperclub Hotel & Spa is a sophisticated hotel with opulent interiors, a contemporary cuisine-themed restaurant and excellent service. A serene palm tree-lined courtyard connects directly to the city's vibrant Long Street with its boutique shops and cosmopolitan night life. Features: Fitness centre, odeon cinema, swimming pool, spa, Piano Lounge, Paparazzi Bar, Sinatra's Restaurant. Room amenities: Extra-length king-size beds, wall-mounted flat screen TV, complimentary...
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. The lodge also has a swimming pool and a wellness centre offering massage treatments...
Overnight flight to Cape Town (regional connections available) with British Airways. (N)
Early morning arrival. Transfer to The Pepper Club 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. (N)
Explore the peninsula visiting the impressive Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden before heading towards Hout Bay. Join an optional boat cruise to Seal Island before admiring the natural wild beauty of the Cape of Good Hope. Take the funicular to the lighthouse for the best views of the dramatic landscape. Head to Simonstown for lunch and visit the penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. 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. This evening enjoy a group dinner at Gold Restaurant with a drumming session. (B, D)
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 to Swellendam, the third oldest settlement in South Africa. Overnight at Gaikou Lodge (or similar). (B, D)
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). (B, D)
This morning visit Birds of Eden, the largest free-flight 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. (B, D)
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 to enjoy 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). (B, L, D)
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 a final night at The Pepper Club (or similar). (B)
Day at leisure to explore or take optional excursions. Evening flight to London. (B)
Morning arrival. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.
• A selection of boutique & character hotels
• Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
• Direct flights with British Airways
• Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicles
• 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
• Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
• Porterage at airports
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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