Along The Garden Route – South African Adventure

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15 DAYS
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Visit the best of South Africa in a unique self-discovery style. From the Cape to Johannesburg, South Africa has always inspired travellers with its breathtaking landscapes and unique cultures. Our adventure starts in Western Cape from Cape Town. We explore its famous Winelands, Table Mountain and Cape Point. We follow the gorgeous Garden Route that
takes us through the backcountry and its awe-inspiring landscapes to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. We end the trip in Johannesburg to explore its history of people. What a way to discover South Africa. You can extend your trip to include a visit to the famous Victoria Falls.

Highlights:

Cape Town, Table Mountain, Vineyards, Cape Point, The Garden Route, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg.

Major Cities/Towns:

Cape Town, Swellendam, Knysna Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg.

Cultural/Natural Impact:

Natural wonders from Cape to Port Elizabeth along the garden route. History and culture of South Africa

Variety of Transport:

Bus, van, local taxis, boats.

Activity:

Short walks and easy hikes to natural sites.

Unique Local Experiences:

Experience the best of nature exploration along the famous garden route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth.

 

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01 ARRIVE AT CAPE TOWN

Upon arrival at Cape Town, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure for short walks to the waterfront. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 02 CAPE TOWN – TABLE MOUNTAIN TOUR

City & Table Mountain – Half Day Tours: The perfect trip to orientate yourself with Cape Town is this half day tour through the city and then taking us all the way up to Table Mountain. Here you take a cable car up Table Mountain giving you breathtaking views of the Cape. Stand on the top of Table Mountain The itinerary commences with a tour of Table Mountain (weather permitting). The state-of-the-art cable car rotates 360o on its way to the top, offering a panoramic view of the city and harbour below. In the city itself, we visit the Company Gardens, the SA Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and the vibrant and arty flea market, Greenmarket Square. We take a trip through the picturesque streets of Bo-Kaap and the tour comes to an end with our last stop at the V & A Waterfront.
Tour Highlights
• Tour of Table Mountain, a World Heritage Site
• Visit the Company Gardens and the SA Museum
• Explore the historic Castle of the Good Hope
• Wander through the arty Greenmarket Square

Overnight at your hotel.

Day 03 CAPE TOWN – WINELANDS TOUR

After breakfast, head into the heart of the world- famous wine lands through superb mountain ranges. We visit the vineyards and Cape Dutch farms. This is the perfect way to explore and ‘get merry’. Discover the beauty and history of the Cape Winelands on this tour. We visit the Afrikaans Taal Monument in Paarl and stop at the Drakenstein Prison where Nelson Mandela was released in February 1990. In the Franschhoek Valley we visit the French Huguenots Memorial and call on many fine wine estates in the gastronomic capital of South Africa. We cross the Helshoogte Pass and descend into historic Stellenbosch for a light lunch (own account) and yet more wine tasting. The great thing about visiting the Winelands is that wine can be drunk no matter the weather. In fact, many say the best thing to warm a cold day is a glass of fine red wine!

Day 04 CAPE TOWN – CAPE POINT FULL DAY TOUR

After breakfast start an awe inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point. Magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, historic and picturesque coastal villages are all part of the tour. Circle the peninsula en route to Cape Point Explore the beautiful Cape Peninsula with a guide who loves the region knows his history and won’t get lost! First, you visit the stunning Clifton and Camps Bay beaches and head towards Hout Bay with an optional boat trip to Seal Island. Wind over Chapman’s Peak Drive, a spectacular scenic route with fynbos covered mountain on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Visit the beautiful Cape Point Nature Reserve and marvel at the dramatic Cape of Good Hope. On the other side of the peninsula, you stop off at Boulders Beach and its fascinating penguin colony. After the historic naval village of Simon’s Town, we break for lunch (not included) and then wind through the gracious Constantia Valley en route to the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, to cap a rather marvellous day out.
Tour Highlights
• Visit Hout Bay, Seal Island and Chapman’s Peak Drive
• Cape Point Nature Reserve and Boulders penguin colony
• See Simon’s Town, Constantia and Kirstenbosch Gardens
Overnight at your hotel/guesthouse.

Day 05 CAPE TOWN – FREE DAY

Enjoy a day to explore Cape Town on your own. Overnight at your lodge or camp.

Day 06 CAPE TOWN – SWELLENDAM

After breakfast we board our rented vehicle to drive along the famous Garden Route. Next five days we are on our
own and we will stop to see all the places of interest that come on the way. Our first stop is at the beautiful little
town of Swellendam. Following days we will stop to see many sites along the way on our own time and schedule.
This is a great way to explore this beautiful part
of South Africa.

Day 07 SWELLENDAM – KNYSNA

Day 08 KNYSNA

Day 09 KNYSNA

From our opulent accommodation with all the comforts and conveniences of a modern home situated on a ridge above the picturesque town of Knysna. From up here, the view is spectacular, stretching out across the shimmering waters of the vast Knysna Lagoon all the way to the famous Knysna Heads and beyond. From our villa/hotel, we take full advantage of this panoramic vista with wrap-around glass walls and doors leading out onto open and covered decks suspended above an indigenous forest. The residence’s proximity to town makes it very convenient. Its elevated position on the edge of the ridge ensures privacy and tranquillity. We will visit the many sites of this region on our own.

Day 10 KNYSNA – PORT ELIZABETH

Arrive and transfer to your hotel in Port Elizabeth. Free time to explore on your own. Overnight at your hotel/guesthouse.

Day 11 PORT ELIZABETH – JOHANNESBURG

After breakfast transfer to airport for yourflight to Johannesburg. Rest of the afternoon is free to explore on your own.

Day 12 JOHANNESBURG

Full Day Soweto & Apartheid Tour:
Apartheid Museum:
A visit to the apartheid museum will take us back in time during the 70’s and 80’s, giving us a great understanding of what people were going through. This extraordinary museum has become an important stop for tourist and residents alike. It is appropriate that the first apartheid museum in South Africa should open in Johannesburg, where at the turn of the century there was a convergence of people for a range of different reason. Black people were displaced from the land through colonial wars and the imposition of poll taxes; white farmers were displaced through the Anglo Boer War.
Visit SOWETO: SOWETO is the most populous black urban residential area in the country, with Census 2001 putting its population at almost a million people. Thanks to its proximity to Johannesburg, the economic hub of the country, it is also the most metropolitan township in the country – setting trends in politics, fashion, music, dance and language. But the township was, from its genesis, a product of segregationist planning. It was back in 1904 that Klipspruit, the oldest of a cluster of townships that constitute present-day Soweto, was established. The township was created to house mainly black labourers, who worked in mines and other industries in the city, away from the city centre. The inner city was later to be reserved for white occupation as the policy of segregation took root. But it was not until 1963 that the acronym, Soweto, was adopted as the official name for the South Western Townships, following a four-year public competition on an appropriate name for the sprawling township. The perennial problems of Soweto have, since its inception, including poor housing, overcrowding, high unemployment and poor infrastructure. This has seen settlements of shacks made of corrugated iron sheets becoming part of the Soweto landscape. Apartheid planning did not provide much in terms of infrastructure, and it is only in recent years that the democratic government has spearheaded moves to plant trees, develop parks, and install electricity and running water to some parts of the township. Soweto has also been a hotbed of many political campaigns that took place in the country, the most memorable of which was the 1976 student uprising. Other politically charged campaigns to have germinated in Soweto include the squatter movement of the 1940s and the defiance campaigns of the mid-to-late 1980s. The area has also spawned many political, sporting and social luminaries, including Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu – two Nobel peace prize laureates, who once lived in the now famous Vilakazi Street in Orlando West. Other prominent figures to have come from Soweto include boxing legend, Baby Jake Matlala, singing diva Yvonne Chaka Chaka and soccer maestro, Jomo Sono. Others include mathematician Prof Thamsanqa Kambule, medical doctor Nthato Motlana and prominent journalist Aggrey Klaaste. After our trip we return to our hotel for overnight.

Day 13 JOHANNESBURG – DEPARTURE

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Day 14 VICTORIA FALLS

From our hotel we are just a walk to the world-famous Victoria Falls. You can see this famous hotel on the right- hand side beside the falls in this picture below. We will spend all day on our own to explore the falls. There are
,options available to visit the falls from the Botswana side and even to visit Chobe National Park.,Return to your hotel for an evening to relax. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 15 LIVINGSTONE – Departure

Today we head back to Livingstone to take our flight back to South Africa or to your homeward destination.

Services include:

  • Accommodation: Our unique select hotels/guest houses with clean rooms, reliable service and safe for foreign travellers.Meals: Meals as mentioned in the program outline, are included
  • Meals: As mentioned with the program.
  • All entrance fees for sites are included in the tour with the exception of those that are mentioned otherwise.
  • Air-conditioned transport throughout the tour (as per sightseeing program and hotel transfers).
  • Experienced and professional chauffeurs.
  • Sightseeing as mentioned with the tour details.
  • English speaking guide and/or trip leaders.

Services do not include:

  • Entry visas (if applicable).
  • If you book your flights yourself, you may be required to pay an additional cost for the airport transfers. Please contact our office to confirm.
  • International Airfare (except mentioned otherwise).
  • Domestic Airfare (except mentioned otherwise).
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, drinks, use of mini-bar at the hotels, laundry or personal medications.
  • Any expenses that may arise due to unforeseen natural or political situation.
  • Insurance: We strongly recommend that all clients consider buying Trip Cancellation/Interruption + Medical Travel Insurance. Contact our office for a quote.
  • Tips and gratuities to porters, guides, drivers and trip leaders.

NOTE:

  • This trip may only operate with a minimum number of participants.
  • Sudden changes in the foreign currency rates can impact the prices. We can only protect our prices as long as they do not change over 5%.

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