The fabulous Garden Route is a highlight of any trip to South Africa and if you would like somebody else to take care of the driving while you concentrate on enjoying the scenery, this small group tour operated by Ilios Travel is ideal! Travel in an air-conditioned mini bus with an experienced driver guide and stay in comfortable accommodation. The tour gives you the opportunity to view the magnificent Cape Winelands, lush Route 62 and the Knysna region.
Leave Cape Town and travel along the N1, through the Huguenot Tunnel and on to Route 62. Cape Route 62 is the tourist route in the Western Cape, offering the shorter, scenic alternative to the N2 highway.
Enjoy a lunch stop (not included in cost) in Barrydale then continue on to Oudtshoorn where your first stop will be at an Ostrich Farm, where you can enjoy an informative tour (included in cost).
Enjoy a morning tour of the Cango Caves – one of the natural wonders of the world. Travel to the lagoon-side town of Knysna – gem of the Garden Route before continuing your journey to Plettenberg Bay. Embark on an informative cruise up the Keurbooms River before check-in to your accommodation where you shall spend the following two nights. Freshen up before dinner at the lodge.
After breakfast visit Birds of Eden, the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. After lunch (to own account), enjoy the afternoon at leisure or enjoy an optional Marine Encounter boat trip (weather and time permitting; additional charge) before returning to the lodge for dinner.
Early morning takes you to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park. Tsitsikamma originates from the Khoi-Khoi language used by the local Inqwa Tribe that lived in the area some 1700 years ago meaning "a place of many / sparkling / abundant water". Enjoy lunch (not included in cost) in the Tsitsikamma National Park. The tour terminates in Port Elizabeth.
Breakfast & Dinner as specified
Transport in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle
English speaking THETA registered tour guide
This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the 'Rainbow Nation', South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of African, Asian and European cultures. Spend your days: discovering the gourmet restaurants, impressive art and nightlife scenes and fine beaches of Cape Town; enjoying a typical local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browsing the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sampling some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotted around the picturesque Cape Winelands.
Due to its rich and turbulent history there are plenty of historical attractions to explore including the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, South Africa’s attraction lies in its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.