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You will explore the diversity that this beautiful country has to offer, overnight in a private game lodge with morning and evening safaris. Visit Stoney Point to see a large colony of the endangered African Penguin. You spend the night on a luxury ostrich farm in the Great Karoo, 2 nights on the famous Knysna Lagoon. At the Tsitsikamma National Park, we walk amongst huge endemic Yellowwood trees and cross the Storms River mouth via a suspension bridge. Option to visit the original Meerkat conservation site.
During this tour, you will be accommodated in the following lodges:
This morning, you leave the Cape towards Paarl. The name is derived from ‘Parel’ meaning Pearl in Dutch when, in 1657, a Dutch settler saw a giant granite rock glistening in the sun after a rainstorm. Shortly afterward, the first French Huguenots settled here and commenced the winemaking industry, famous in the region. You'll continue through the famous Huguenot tunnel to visit Worcester, Robertson, and Montagu.
Worcester is the administrative capital of the Breede Valley. Founded in 1820, the town planning and architecture show a strong neo-classical influence. It is now an important training center for disabled, particularly deaf and blind persons. Founded in 1853, Robertson found it’s prosperity with ostrich farming and agriculture. Today, the area has turned to viticulture and fruit production. Some buildings such as the Pink Church, museum, and several houses of Edwardian or Victorian style are the only vestiges of its past.
Montagu situated at the confluence of two rivers is known for its radioactive hot springs and beautiful “folded” mountains. You will enter the semi-desert Karoo region, known for its succulents, fossils, and mountain leopards. You finally arrive in Barrydale on the boundary of the Overberg and Klein Karoo. This charming town offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, where you relax and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
In the early afternoon, you travel towards Oudtshoorn on the Route 62 via Ladismith and Calitzdorp. Surrounded by stunning scenery, the quiet little town of Calitzdorp is known as the port wine capital of South Africa. Upon arrival in Oudtshoorn, you visit an ostrich farm. These flightless birds have brought fame and wealth to the town, called “the ostrich capital of the world” since its founding in 1847.
Here, you view the famous “feather palaces”, the opulent mansions of the first ostrich breeders who made their fortune from the feathers. Today, these birds are raised for their meat, eggs, feathers, and leather. You'll arrive at your guesthouse and enjoy a well-deserved break before dinner at one of the restaurants renowned for their excellent ostrich steak.
This morning, you will visit the Cango Caves where a knowledgeable and accredited cave guide will take you on a tour of the caves, a series of underground tunnels and galleries with impressive limestone formations. Thereafter, you take the road over the famous “Outeniqua Pass” which leads down to the Garden Route and Knysna.
Arriving on the shores of the Indian Ocean, your next port of call is Victoria Bay, a small sandy cove framed by high cliffs and a surfer's paradise. Your lunch will be on the rocks. You arrive in Knysna where you enjoy a sunset cruise on the lagoon and finally a walk before dinner at a restaurant at the “Waterfront”. Also, you will be sampling the famous oysters. Your accommodation will be at a luxurious B&B.
Before leaving on your journey, you admire the view of the “Heads” which is formed by two cliffs creating a narrow passage at the entrance of the lagoon. You pass through the ancient indigenous forests which were and possibly still is home to the last of the forest elephants. You head to Nature’s Valley, a haven amongst the forest with beautiful beaches. This area is one of the South Africa’s best-kept secrets, boasting exceptional hiking trails and superb dramatic coastal scenery.
You will head on to the Tsitsikamma National Park where you will walk amongst huge Yellowwood trees and cross the Storms River mouth via a suspension bridge, beautiful scenery and thrills guaranteed. You will have lunch overlooking the mighty Indian Ocean. On the way back, you stop at the famous Bloukrans Bridge, home to the world’s highest bungee jump. You can partake of this thrilling adventure or watch mesmerized!
The next is Plettenberg Bay, a small chic tourist town with lagoons and great beaches for surfing, diving, and marine mammal boat cruises. You return to Knysna and have dinner at a restaurant of your choice.
After breakfast, you take the road to Mossel Bay (Bay of mussels) and explore caves where the Xhoisan (Strandloper) sheltered in these middens and lived almost uniquely on the abundant marine life along the coast. You visit the Bartolomeu Diaz Museum complex. Bartolomeu Diaz landed here in 1488 and started the first nautical “post office” system.
Afterward, you will have lunch. Continuing south, you reach your private game reserve. On arrival, you will set off on a 4×4 safari with a professional ranger day. Dinner is a delicious African buffet and the accommodation will be a lodge.
You will have an early start for a 3-hour sunrise safari. Enjoy breakfast and head back on the road to Cape Town via Hermanus and Betty’s Bay. You enjoy lunch at Hermanus, a charming resort in Walker Bay, a protected bay offering privileged vantage points to view the whales which breed every year and come close to shore during the austral winter.
As an option and highly recommended, you take a cruise in the bay in order to observe these magnificent giants more closely. You continue to Stoney Point in Betty’s Bay, home to Africa’s larger and lesser known penguin colony. Finally, the last stretch of your journey is via Clarence Drive, a spectacularly scenic route, climbing around cliffs and hugging the wild turquoise Cape coastline where the sea is treacherous and enjoy an ocean sunset. The day ends in Cape Town and sadly you say goodbye at the hotel.
Craig is the director and tour guide of Southern Africa Tours. He is a passionate and experienced African enthusiast who will take you off the beaten track, reveal the true African adventure, and allow you to experience more than your heart desires. He has lived outside of Africa in France, Sweden, America, and Canada and subsequently speaks a few languages. With a great understanding of the overseas market and love of Africa, he is qualified as a national tour guide 15 years ago.
Southern African Tours, tour guide Gerard Maritz is a sixth generation South African, who has years of experience guiding both local and international visitors around South Africa. He is passionate about his country and has an exceptional knowledge of its peoples, geography, history, flora and fauna. He goes behind the text book descriptions of South Africa and brings to life the people’s, their contributions to what made South Africa the diverse, exciting country it has become. His knowledge and enthusiasm in guiding guests to the popular tourist sites, together with the many fascinating site
Your journey will start and end in Cape Town and the highlights of this safari include:
All English breakfasts and one buffet dinner are included. Traditional South African food has its origins in Java and Malaya and was introduced by slaves from these countries brought to South Africa by the Dutch. Stews are very popular in the winter and in particular Lamb Stew.
Barbecue is enjoyed and loved by all ethnic and cultural groups, Lamb Chops, Ribs and Boerewors (farmers sausage) being favorites. All seafood especially fish and chips are part of South Africa's culinary culture,with various fishes such as Yellow Tail, Snoek, Cape Salmon being national delicacies.
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