Garden Route Tour

What does Garden Route mean? The Garden Route is a stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa. It extends from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape.

The name comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here and the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast. It includes towns such as Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley and George. It has an oceanic climate, with mild to warm summers, and mild to cool winters. It has the mildest climate in South Africa and the second mildest climate in the world, after Hawaii, according to the Guinness Book of Records.
The Route is sandwiched between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains and the Indian Ocean. Cross the Outeniqua Mountains and find yourself entering the Little Karoo (Khoikhoi word) with it’s arid semi-desert landscapes, extreme hot and cold climate and beautiful succulents....

OUR HIGHLIGHTS ON THIS TOUR:

This tour is usually tailor made.... below are suggestions and can be discussed:

We visit Knysna, the Waterfront, Knysna Heads, Plettenberg Bay, Bungee Jumping (optional) Monkeyland and Birds of Eden, Old Nick Village (Resident fine artists and master crafters showcase their work in an eclectic combination of locally inspired design to enhance a creative lifestyle.) Tsitsikamma National Park, Canopy
tours,Ostrich Farm, Cango Caves, Cango Wildlife Ranch, Route 62 which meanders through wine regions...or even start from Cape Town, Montagu en route Oudtshoorn ...

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Itinerary options (tours are tailor made)

Day 1

Cape Town to Oudtshoorn via Route 62

Depart Cape Town early and stop in Montagu for breakfast.  Make our way to Oudsthoorn on  Route 62.  Different options i.e. Cango Caves, Ostrich Farm, Cango Wild Ranch animal encounters...

Day 2

Tsitsikamma

We depart Oudtshoorn over the Outeniqua Mountains towards Tsitsikamma. Stop at Old Nick's Village at The Crags for 'eclectic' shopping.   Enjoy the Tsitsikamma National Park, an optional boat ride into the gorge or waterfall, a walk through the forest to the suspension bridge...

Day 3

Tsitsikamma

Adrenaline Junky?  Do a Bridge jump at Bloukrans Bridge, the highest bridge jump in the world!

Canopy Tours - zipline through 30 meter high Yellow wood trees! Fun for all ages.

A visit to  Monkeyland (the world’s first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary) and Birds of Eden ,the Garden Route’s very own world class free flight bird sanctuary.

Day 4

Knysna

From Tsitsikamma we take a drive through Plettenbergbay. 

In Knysna  we experience a trip across the estuary on a ferry to the Knysna Heads, a 4x4 tractor ride to the top of the mountain and an optional 2.2 km walk down through the Milkwood trees.. afterwards we spend leisure time at the lovely Waterfront with it’s interesting shops and great restaurants.  Visit the East Heads for the most spectacular views..

 

Day 5

Knysna

 

We end our trip by returning back to Cape Town.  Lunch in Swellendam and an optional stop at a winery.