Garden Route - Hidden Treasures. Code (OV19). A 9 day tour
8 Nights, 9 Days
Garden Route - Hidden Treasures
Port Elizabeth – Cape Town – Port Elizabeth
Cape Town - Port Elizabeth - Cape Town
Day 2, night 2
Plettenberg Bay to Mossel Bay
Wake up for a delicious breakfast, check out and depart for the famous Garden Route and Knysna with its spectacular Knysna heads and lagoon.
We enjoy some time at the Knysna Waterfront and have lunch at a restaurant overlooking the entrance of the lagoon before departing for Mossel Bay.
Here we visit the site of the first European landfall, made by the Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Diaz in 1488 and the local post office tree. If there is sufficient time we visit he Maritime Museum, housing the replica of the Diaz Caravel.
We depart Mossel Bay and make our way up one of the nearby mountain ranges via a steep pass to overnight in a special retreat in this Fynbos covered mountain range.
Overnight Mountain retreat, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast
Day 4, night 4
Seaside Village to Cape Town
After breakfast we depart for the southernmost point of the African continent, walking to the southernmost point with its fully operational lighthouse for a photo session before making our way to a local eatery near the small boat harbour for a meal of freshly caught fish.
After lunch we continue to Hermanus for the best shore based whale watching in the world. We walk along the shoreline looking for the gentle Southern Right whales as they lazy in the ocean below the low cliffs before we finally approach Cape Town through expansive wheat fields and towering mountains as we descend to the Cape flats on our way to the Mother city lying before the majesty of that sandstone massif, Table Mountain.
We Check into our accommodation, freshen up before evening meal at one of the many restaurants.
Overnight Cape Town, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast
Day 6, night 6
Cape Town to Barrydale
Wake up for delicious breakfast and check out before we depart inland towards the Cape Winelands, the mountains and onto the spectacular scenery of the Du Toit’s Kloof pass which carries one up over the mountains in spectacular fashion and down into the drier interior.
Here we find a country covered by extensive fruit tree orchards set amongst the neat vineyards in this rich agricultural area.
On reaching Worcester we turn off the main route and continue along the R62 a characterful and colourful alternative to the busy highways.
We have lunch en route, continue travelling through this picturesque countryside before checking into our accommodation in the small tranquil village of Barrydale with its neat houses, large fragrant gardens and crisp clean Karoo air and enjoy our evening meal in a local restaurant before a restful night in this quite valley.
Overnight Barrydale area, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast
We continue to the magnificent Cango Caves for a guided tour of these incredible underground caverns.
Completing the tour and after a lunch break we make our way up the spectacular Swartberg pass, a national monument offering spectacular views both to the south and later to the north of the country as we drive slowly through fynbos covered slopes with Protea and many other species of flowering plants and shrubs decorating the verges. Contorted rock formations and tight winding roads provide us with a memorable drive.
We descend into the great expanse of the arid Karoo and the historical town of Prince Albert where we check into our accommodation in a tastefully decorated guesthouse. After our evening meal at a local restaurant we head for bed and a peaceful nights rest in the cool, clean Karoo air.
Overnight guesthouse, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast
Day 8, night 8
Prince Albert to Port Elizabeth
After a well prepared breakfast in the sunlit breakfast room or el fresco on the swimming pool patio we check out and depart via a spectacular route through this tortured mountain range, hugging the amber coloured waters of a river to emerge on the far side in one of the celebrated wine growing areas where Hanepoort grapes are grown to produce sweet Desert Wines, Cherries and Ports. Continuing through the Little Karoo we descend through the Outeniqua Mountains over a wide modern pass to drop back down to sea level to make our way, after a lunch en route along the well-known Garden Route to Port Elizabeth and the end of the tour.
Overnight guesthouse Port Elizabeth, lunch, bed and breakfast
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