Cape Town / Hermanus
We depart by 08h30 from Cape Town. A stunning coastal drive brings us to the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden with its delicate coastal fynbos. We also seek out the small breeding colony of African Penguins at Stony Point. In the 'Hemel -en -Aarde' region, one of South Africa's newest wine routes, we indulge in a wine tasting at a boutique winery before arriving in Hermanus.
This morning we explore the unique cliff paths of Hermanus and gasp at the outstanding views of Walker Bay. During the months of July - November the majestic sight of whales add further enchantment to our explorations. We depart late morning, stopping for a late lunch (own account) in the pretty village of Barrydale on the scenic 'Route 62', then onward to Oudtshoorn.
This morning we marvel at the impressive Cango Caves, filled with weird and wonderful stalactite and stalagmite formations. Thereafter a guided tour of an ostrich farm gives us insight into why Oudtshoorn is known as the 'feather capital of the world'. We travel via the panoramic Outeniqua Pass onto our accommodation for two nights.
This morning we cruise the vast Knysna Lagoon and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. A specialist guide shares the history and fascinating facts on the fauna and flora of the area with us. We are served a sumptuous lunch under a canopy of Milkwood trees. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore Knysna or return to our boutique accommodation.
From Plettenberg Bay we set off on an ocean safari. During summer months we may view Bottlenose and common dolphins as well as seals in their natural environment. During winter months we are very likely to view both Southern Right and Humpback whales. For those brave souls amongst us, this afternoon you have the opportunity to attempt the world's highest commercial bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge. We arrive late afternoon in the picturesque village of Storms River.
After a hearty breakfast we enter the Tsitsikamma National Park and head to the Storms River Mouth for unrivalled views of the Indian Ocean and its relentless waves that crash against the rocky shores. We immerse ourselves in the splendour and tranquillity of the pristine forest as we explore one of the nature trails. This afternoon we arrive in Port Elizabeth at approximately 14h00 and your guided journey ends with either a drop off at a central hotel or at the airport for your onward flight.
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