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Magnificent Garden Route

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cape town, south africa

Between Cape Town in the south, and East London on the Eastern Cape coast, runs an astoundingly beautiful stretch of coastline, the Garden Route, our own Garden of Eden.

(Wed) Oudtshoorn
We depart by 07h30 from Cape Town and travel on to Stellenbosch for further collections. We then continue via the town of Montagu on the scenic 'Route 62' to the pretty village of Barrydale where we stop for tea (own account). Then it's on to Oudtshoorn, known as the 'feather capital of the world' thanks to its huge ostrich industry. After a fascinating tour of an ostrich farm, we continue to our Oudtshoorn hotel for check in and overnight.

Accommodation: Queens Hotel or similar

Distance travelled today: 480 km

(Thu) Knysna  (BB, D)
This morning we go underground to marvel at the icy formations in the Cango Caves, regarded, for good reason, as one of South Africa's most spectacular natural wonders. We then drive via the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to the town of George, then onto Knysna, perhaps South Africa's most visually stunning resort, in the heart of the famous Garden Route. Spend the rest of the day discovering the joys of the town's many art galleries, craft shops and coffee bars.

Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Country Estate or similar

Distance travelled today: 200 km

(Fri) Knysna  (BB, L)
Cruise on the vast Knysna Lagoon then visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Enjoy an amazing view of the imposing sandstone 'Heads' which guard the sea entrance to Knysna's huge tidal lagoon, and the forests, marshes and pristine beaches surrounding it. After lunch spend the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying this lovely and special town.

Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Country Estate or similar

Distance travelled today: 20 km

(Sat) Port Elizabeth  (BB)
This morning we explore part of the glorious indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest and enjoy spectacular coastal views from the Storms River mouth. We continue on to Port Elizabeth to arrive mid-afternoon. The tour ends at approximately 14h30 at the airport or at a

central hotel.

Distance travelled today: 315 km

  • H Magnificent Garden Route

    Tour in Cape Town resort

  • A Cape Town

    Airport in Cape Town city

  • A Port Elizabeth Airport

    Airport in Port Elizabeth city

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South Africa, Figures and Facts

Climate (Tropical)

The weather in South Africa is as diverse as its multicultural people, from sunshine-filled Mediterranean shores to subtropical conditions in the southwest and temperate climate in the interior plateau - here you can find it all. Regardless of the differences in weather according to regions, this is a year-round destination where you can experience a variety of exciting climates depending on when and where you go. Rainfall is minimal throughout the year and varies according to season and region.

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Minimum °C 17181816138558121516
Maximum °C 303030282624212124282929
Sunshine (hours) 7767799101012119
Rain (cm) 1010118410002710
Average Rainfall Days 181714128431231216

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