Coastal Meander to Cape Town!

South Africa

9 Days

4 Stars

Port Elizabeth, George, Garden Route and Cape Town

After spending 2 days in Port Elizabeth continue on the Garden Route with a stop in lovely Herold’s Bay and then Knysna to enjoy a lagoon cruise.  Travel to Cape Town and experience Oudtshoorn’s ostrich farms and Cango Caves along the way.  You will continue your drive to Cape Town where your days will be filled with a Cape Town City tour, where you will step into the rich history of the city and view key historical monuments and places of interest and ascend the iconic Table Mountain (weather permitting); a Peninsula tour will take you further afield, experience a cruise to Seal Island, see Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and the comical penquins at Boulders Beach.

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Day 1

Meet and greet on arrival in Port Elizabeth and transfer to your hotel.  The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Accommodation is at the Summerstrand Hotel, on bed and breakfast basis.  The Summerstrand Hotel is on the shores of Nelson Mandela Bay, perfectly placed between the warm Indian Ocean and the Humewood Links golf Course.  Port Elizabeth is known for being the water sports capital of South Africa and offers endless beaches, diving, jet-skiing and even deep sea fishing.  At the Summerstrand Hotel you will find your beachside retreat that is a serene combination of colour, light, music and hospitality that will immediately make you feel welcomed and relaxed.  The lounge area of the hotel leads out onto the swimming pool and there is a bar and restaurant for good quality meals and drinks.

Includes:  Airport transfer, breakfast

Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel.  This day is at your own leisure, no services booked.  The driver, guide and coach are available for the day.

Includes:  Breakfast

Day 3  

Breakfast at the hotel.  After check-out travel to George where you will overnight.  Enjoy an afternoon Knysna Cruise on the MV John Ben Cruise.

Knysna, about an hour’s drive from George, grew around its large, warm-watered lagoon and is still the town’s principal showcase.  The lagoon is a protected marine reserve.  Outdoor attractions such as the beaches, rivers, mountains and lakes orbit around the town and with it, a host of activities.  The Knysna Heads are a mammoth attraction of sheer cliffs that guard entry into the lagoon:  Many ships have perished in an attempt to sail past the heads.  Scuba divers can still see the remnants of the Paquita that sank in 1903.

Depart on an afternoon lagoon cruise which includes dinner.

The John Ben is a beautiful double-decker floating restaurant that offers daily lagoon cruises to the Knysna Heads.  This verdant part of South Africa is strikingly stunning and what better way to experience it than on serene lagoon waters?  This fully enclosed luxury ferry has been constructed form Yellowwood that was sourced from the Knysna Forest.  The John Ben Ferry is about joviality, good food and wine and scenery that will leave you in awe.  Enjoy dinner on board.

Accommodation from day 3 to 5 is at Oubaai Hotel, in a king room on a bed and breakfast basis.  Located between the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the beautiful Outeniqua Mountains just outside George in Herold’s Bay, the 5-star Hyatt Regency Oubaai Golf Resort & Spa offers luxurious accommodation in 100 stylish rooms and suites.  Guests will be spoilt with modern facilities and complimentary in-room amenities.  Offering exceptional levels of service, this luxury destination boasts the first Ernie Els signature 18-hole golf course in the country as well as the award-winning Freesia Spa.  On-site dining options include lovely Cucina Restaurant, the Waterside Grill and the popular Club House.  Children and specially catered for with Camp Hyatt’s Kids Club and adults can relax on the whale viewing deck, work up an appetite in the fitness centre, on the tennis or squash courts or on the laid-out hiking trails in the hills.  There is wireless internet available in the business centre, communal areas and rooms.

Includes:  Breakfast

Day 4

Breakfast at the hotel.  This day is at your own leisure, no services booked.  The driver, guide and coach are available for the day.

Includes:  Breakfast

Day 5  

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a tour of Oudtshoorn en-route to Cape Town.

Outshoorn is known as the “Ostrich Capital” of the world and is the largest town in the Klein Karoo region, a semi-desert place with a reputation for its inspiring natural splendour.  The ostrich feather boom made nstant millionaires of ostrich farmers in the early 1900’s, when feathers were a sought-after fashion piece by royalty and the upper class.  Feather palaces were built in and around the town of Oudtshoorn and they even went as far as having ostriches pull Santa’s sleigh at Christmas.  Today Oudsthoorn is alive with activity that includes the longest wine route in the world (R62), the Cango Caves, nature adventures and museums.  The Cango Caves are one of the great natural wonders of the world, a subterranean world of limestone caverns and at the Wildlife Ranch, you could cage-dive with a crocodile.

Classic Tour  The Safari Ostrich Farm is a working ostrich farm in the popular town of Oudtshoorn on the celebrated Garden Route.  It was established in 1956 and has been delighting visitors ever since.  It is often referred to as a must-see.  On a guided tour, you will learn and see all the aspects of ostrich farming as well as the ostriches themselves.  Everything from the miracle of hatching to the incubator room is shown and experienced.  The Safari Ostrich Farm is also home to the beautiful and rare White Ostrich.  There are two restaurants that serve delicious home-made ostrich dishes, if you want to try an ostrich fillet and shopping is a treat, with a wide range of well crafted ostrich leather products or intricate ornamental ostrich eggs.

Cango Caves Heritage Tour  Oudtshoorn’s famous Cango Caves can be explored on a guided tour (all guides are accredited) lasting an hour.  This is one of Africa’s most spectacular natural formations with vast caverns, beautiful, delicate and sometimes majestic stalagmites and stalactites and dripstone caverns.  The scenic tour, while not for the feint-hearted, is a relatively gentle stroll through the caves while marvelling at their uniquely dramatic rock formations. 

Accommodation is at the Double ree by Hilton, Upper Eastside, in a standard room, including breakfast, V&A Waterfront shuttle and wifi.  The DoubleTree by Hilton is an Upper Eastside hotel in Cape Town that embodies chic and contemporary with bright splashes of flamboyant colour.  It has Devils’ Peak and Cape Town harbour as its scenic backdrop and is conveniently located close to the Mother City and all she has to offer in terms of sightseeing.  The on-site Liberty Resaurant famous for its burgers in a glamorous environment and the Estreet Bar is in the heart of the hotel and is the place to be for sundowners or to catch the latest live music art.

Includes:  Breakfast, Waterfront shuttle

Day 6  

After breakfast, depart on a full-day private tour.

Cape Town is addictive and inspires discovery.  It has been voted as the best place in the world to visit by the prestigious New York Times.  This vibrant multicultural city is a healthy mix of urban and convenient living, vibey day and night sports, nature and relaxation as well as the ocean and white sandy beaches at your fingertips.  Ride the revolving cable car to the sky on Table Mountain; shop at the V&A Waterfront, one of Africa’s premier shopping destinations; stand on the edge of the world at Cae Point or delve into South Africa’s past at Robben Island, the prison that once hold one of the world’s greatest heroes, Nelson Mandela.  The “Mother City”, the “Green City’, the “Tavern of the Seas”… whatever name you give it, it remains beautiful and beckons to be explored – the more the better!

Cape Town City Tour:  Explore South Africa’s exciting “Mother City” on this guided tour of the historical and cultural sights of Cape Town.  You will step into the rich history of the city passing by key historical monuments and places of interest, such as the impressive Castle of Good Hope and Cape Town City Hall.  The tour stops at the beautiful St George’s Cathedral, passes through the lush Company Gardens, and explores a cultural hub of Cape Town, the Bo-Kaap, also known as the Cape Malay quarter.  A tour of this vibrant city, home to street markets of every kind, cosmopolitan and rustic eateries and a host of cultures is an unforgettable experience.

Table Mountain (weather permitting):  The Table Mountain Cableway has transported more than 20 million people to the summit of Cape Town’s most iconic destination, Table Mountain.  The cableway offers a comfortable way of reaching the top of the mountain in revolving cars that afford 360 degree views of the surrounds during the ascent.  Each cable car can carry 65 people at a time and trips run on a continuous basis – the cableway is shut down during bad weather.  At the top, visitors will discover a series of walking paths and stunning views of the surrounding oceans and the city below.  There is a self-service restaurant and deli on site.

Day 7  

After breakfast, depart on a full-day private Peninsula tour.

Hout Bay Harbour: Step into the working harbour of Hout Bay at the end of the Cape Town’s Atlantic seaboard for an authentic fishing village experience from the colourful fishing boats moored on the dock to the range of fish markets, restaurants, street markets and shops set overlooking the bay.  Indulge in fresh seafood, fabulous views, adventure activities and shopping experiences – everything from jewellery and maritime artefacts to seashells and more.  The beach stretches from here to Chapman’s Peak in the east.

Seal Island Cruise:  Take to the ocean on the only glass bottomed passenger launch in South Africa.  circe Launches has been taking enthusiastic travellers to the Cape Fur Sean and Sea Bird Colony at Duiker Island in Hout Bay since 1972.  View the kelp forests and abundant sea life from two glass viewing ports at the bottom of the boat.  With ample outside deck seating, you can sit comfortably and observe the Cape Fur seals in their natural environment, the vessel is usually within metres of these majestic and social animals.

Chapman’s Peak(weather permitting):  Locals call this famous scenic drive that winds its way between Hout Bay and Noordhoek on Cape Town’s stunning Atlantic Ocean coastline “Chappies”.  The toll road stretches nine kilometres along the coast taking over 100 curves in a road carved our by prisoners of war in the mid-1910’s over a seven-year period.  On the one side are towering cliffs and on the other a steep drop to the ocean.  A favourite with visitors and locals alike for scenic hikes, cycles and drives, as well as picnicking.

Cape Of Good Hope:  The famous Cape of Good Hope nature reserve, a World Heritage site, is set at the end of Cape Town’s south Peninsula.  Take a trip via funicular to the lighthouse at 286 metres above sea level (built to warn shops that they are approaching the feared “Cape of Storms”), stroll along the cliff paths or venture down the steep slopes to the stunning white sandy beaches below.  The reserve is home to a variety of small wildlife and is a favoured picnicking, fishing (with a permit) and hiking destination with its rich plant biodiversity and inspiring landscapes.

Cape Point Funicular:  The flying Dutchman Funicular takes passengers uphill from the car park of the Cape fo Good Hope Nature Reserve to the old lighthouse.  The views are spectacular and the air, coming off the Antarctic, is among the purest in the world.  The funicular is believed to be the only commercial one of its kind in Africa and is named after a local legend of a ghost ship.  The short three-minute ride passes through 585m of dense fynbos and over rocks to the upper lighthouse.  The two cars can carry 40 passengers at a time and trips run continuously.

Boulders Beach (Penguins):  The sheltered Simon’s Town beach of Boulders is home to an endangered land-based colony of African penguins (over 2 000 of them), as well as a favourite swimming and beach destination for locals and international travellers, particularly children.  One can walk between the three pristine and sheltered beaches on boardwalks, which also link to the penguin-viewing area offering fantastic sightings of these unique and endearing animals in their natural habitat.

Day 8  

Breakfast at the hotel.  Spend this day at your own leisure.  Guide, driver and vehicle available for full day (8 hours).

Day 9  

After breakfast, depart for Cape Town International Airport where your guide will bid farewell before continuing with your onward travel arrangements.

Includes:  Breakfast, airport transfer

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