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Tsitsikamma is a Khoisan word meaning place of much water. The Tsitsikamma National Park protects a wonderland of inter-tidal and marine life. There is also the terrestrial part of the park with its lush forest, delicate fynbos and sheer cliffs that makes this a great destination. Embark on an indulgent, leisurely guided journey which combines areas of exceptional natural beauty with accommodation establishments which exude individual character and style. We explore the exquisite Cape Floral Kingdom, discover one of South Africa's newest wine routes, are treated to the famed hospitality of the Klein Karoo and thrill at sighting some of the oceans most majestic creatures. We luxuriate in the Tsitsikamma forests serenity and revitalise our spirits with dramatic coastline views.

  • Guided tour of an Ostrich farm Where you will also get an insight into why Oudtshoorn is know as the 'feather capital of the world'
  • Enjoy lunch under Milkwood trees Cruise the Knysna Lagoon with a specialist guide before enjoying this unique lunch break
  • Attempt the worlds highest bungee jump For the brave souls amongst you, you'll have this once in a lifetime opportunity at Bloukrans Bridge

(Mon) Cape Town / Hermanus (BB)
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.

Accommodation: Harbour Square Hotel or similar

Distance Travelled Today: 200 km

(Tue) Oudtshoorn  (BB)
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.

Accommodation: De Opstal Country Lodge or similar

Distance Travelled Today: 380 km

(Wed) Knysna (BB)
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.          

Accommodation: Belvidere Manor or similar

Distance Travelled Today: 220 km

(Thu) Knysna  (BB, L)
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.

Accommodation: Belvidere Manor or similar

Distance Travelled Today: 15 km

(Fri) Plettenberg Bay/Tsitsikamma (BB)
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.

Accommodation: Tsitsikamma Village Inn or similar

Distance Travelled Today: 130 km

(Sat) Port Elizabeth  (BB)
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.

This tour departs on selected Mondays:
23 Jan
20 Feb
20 Mar
24 Apr
22 May
19 Jun
17 Jul
14 Aug
18 Sep
16 Oct
13 Nov
18 Dec

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Inspirational Garden Route

inspirational garden route
  • Day 1Cape Town / Hermanus
  • Day 2Oudtshoorn
  • Day 3Knysna
  • Day 4Knysna
  • Day 5Plettenberg Bay/Tsitsikamma
  • Day 6Port Elizabeth

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