South Africa’s Beautiful Garden Route

One of the new seven wonders of the world! This tour includes Table Mountain which forms a natural amphitheatre around the city of Cape Town and is what makes it unique and dramatic! Immerse yourself in the vibrant history of the beautiful Garden Route.

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One of the new seven wonders of the world! This tour includes Table Mountain which forms a natural amphitheatre around the city of Cape Town and is what makes it unique and dramatic! Immerse yourself in the vibrant history of the beautiful Garden Route.

Itinerary

Day 1
We suggest you fly into Cape Town International Airport.
(Flights to Cape Town are for your own arrangement, but please note that Brothers Safaris can assist with quotes and booking of these if required.) You will proceed to the Avis Car Rental kiosk outside the terminal and take delivery of your Group D (automatic Hyundai accent or similar) rental vehicle booked for the next seventeen days. You will drive to your first destination – City Lodge V&A Waterfront overlooking the V & A Waterfront. Your Avis car rental includes GPS, one way fee, local tax, Collision Damage Waiver, Personal Accident Insurance, Liability Insurance, Theft Protection, Rental Contract Fee, Location Surcharge/Tourism levy and Unlimited Mileage. Check in on arrival, get settled and enjoy a day of leisure. You will spend four nights at City Lodge V&A Waterfront. Immerse yourself in the vibrant history of beautiful Cape Town, from the Cape’s first original settlers to the politically turbulent years of apartheid, and marvel at its magnificent scenery. The earliest known remnants in the region were found at Peers Cave in Fish Hoek and date to between 15,000 and 12,000 years ago. Little is known of the history of the region’s first residents since there is no written history from the area before it was first mentioned by Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias in 1486. Vasco da Gama recorded a sighting of the Cape of Good Hope in 1497. In the late 16th century, Portuguese, French, Danish, Dutch and English ships regularly stopped over in Table Bay en route to the Indies. They traded tobacco, copper and iron with the Khoikhoi in exchange for fresh meat. It doesn’t get more convenient than this! The City Lodge Hotel Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is located right at the entrance to the V&A Waterfront – allowing guests to not only easily enjoy this great Cape Town attraction, but also take advantage of V&A Waterfront’s ideal location near local highlights. A nautical theme runs through the hotel and a spa-pool and sundowner bar are available for guests to relax in the warm Cape weather. Enjoy dinner at one of the many quality restaurants nearby (for your own expense). Overnight at the City Lodge V&A Waterfront on a bed and breakfast basis. All drinks and extras are for your own account.

Day 2
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before departing for your full day scheduled Cape Peninsula Tour (includes Cape Point entrance fees. Lunch/drinks and any other entrance fees are for your own account). You can tour the Cape Peninsular in your own vehicle, although we suggest you enjoy a guided tour – either on a private basis or as part of a group. You will be met in the hotel foyer at 09h00 by your guide for the day. Your journey to Cape Point takes you along the scenic Atlantic seaboard coastal road. You will pass the pristine beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay with their soft white sand and assure blue water. The formidable 12 Apostles Peaks rise above the road on one side, while sheer cliffs and incredible rock formations drop into the icy Atlantic Ocean on the other side. There is no doubt the coast of the Cape Peninsula offers magnificent scenery with its great biodiversity. You will arrive at the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay with its imposing Sentinel. Visit Seal Island (own account) or shop for souvenirs at the craft market at the harbour, followed by a lunch stop (optional – for your own account) at one of the restaurants overlooking the ocean. Your tour continues over Chapman’s Peak which offers amazing photo opportunities, and onto the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. This area is home to magnificent ‘fynbos’, many different species of buck and birds, the Cape Mountain Zebra, and mischievous baboons. These creatures entertain guests enjoying lunch at the restaurant which has splendid views of False Bay. Take the funicular (own account) to the lighthouse to see the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans at the Cape Point. Cape Point and the spectacular nature reserve that lies within this area is one of the most famous landmarks in Cape Town, and for good reason. Situated on the very tip of the peninsula, with the Indian Ocean on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, the area spans across landscapes such as rugged cliffs, lush fynbos and vast open spaces – no Cape Town tour is complete without a visit to Cape Point. You will then visit Boulders Beach to see the Jackass penguins before your last stop of the day at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (entrance fees for own account). With the sun setting over the tall peaks of Table Mountain the last rays sparkle on the trees and flowers and offer a fitting end to a day filled with all the Cape has to offer. Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town has a lot going for it: the ancient granite boulders protect it from the wind and large waves, making it an ideal swimming spot for kids. Because it falls under the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area, the beach is always clean and safe, and it is rarely crowded. African Penguins – formerly known as jackass penguins because of their distinctive braying – are the only penguins found on the continent. Colonies can be found from southern Namibia all the way around the South African coast to Port Elizabeth; however, few places offer as remarkable a viewing point as Boulders Beach. When the penguins first came to False Bay in 1983 from Dyer Island, which is near Gansbaai, there was plenty for them to eat and so the colony grew rapidly. In recent years, however, commercial fishing, marine pollution and habitat destruction have negatively affected the size of the colony. In 1910, it was estimated that there were approximately one-and-a-half million African Penguins; a century later, the aquatic bird was classified as an endangered species. These days there are only a paltry 26 000 breeding pairs left in the whole world! At the Boulders Visitors Centre, you’ll find information about the penguins and knowledgeable guides. While Boulders is more attractive as a destination during the summer months, you should be able to see the penguins throughout the year. Kindly note that since many aspects of this tour are outdoors and scenic, the activities/order of the tour may need to be adjusted a little during the course of the day if the weather is not suitable.
Return to the hotel late in the afternoon. Freshen up before dinner and a good night’s rest after a busy and exciting day!
Your stay is at the hotel is on a bed and breakfast basis. All extras are for your own account.

Day 3
Savour a scrumptious breakfast before departing at 09h00 on a scheduled half day tour of Cape Town including Table Mountain (weather permitting) – Castle of Good Hope fees are included. You can tour the city of Cape Town in your own vehicle, although we suggest you enjoy a guided tour – either on a private basis or as part of a group. An alternative is the Red Bus Tour which is an open top bus and is a great way to see the sights! You will be met by your guide in the hotel foyer and return to the hotel after your tour. After departing the hotel you head for Table Mountain. Enjoy the crisp air and clear visibility as you reach the summit using the amazing cable car. Your guide will point out the highlights of one of the world’s most famous views, and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Table Mountain forms a natural amphitheatre around the city which is what makes it unique and dramatic! You will discover why Cape Town is continually voted one of the top destinations in the world! The main feature of Table Mountain is the level plateau approximately 3 kilometres (2 mi) from side to side, edged by impressive cliffs. The plateau, flanked by Devil’s Peak to the east and by Lion’s Head to the west, forms a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town. This broad sweep of mountainous heights, together with Signal Hill, forms the natural amphitheatre of the City Bowl and Table Bay harbour. The highest point on Table Mountain is towards the eastern end of the plateau and is marked by Maclear’s Beacon, a stone cairn built in 1865 by Sir Thomas Maclear for trigonometrical survey. It is 1,086 metres (3,563 ft) above sea level, about 19 metres (62 ft) higher than the cable station at the western end of the plateau. The cliffs of the main plateau are split by Platteklip Gorge (“Flat Stone Gorge”), which provides an easy and direct ascent to the summit and was the route taken by António de Saldanha on the first recorded ascent of the mountain in 1503. The flat top of the mountain is often covered by orographic clouds, formed when a south-easterly wind is directed up the mountain’s slopes into colder air, where the moisture condenses to form the so-called “tablecloth” of cloud. Legend attributes this phenomenon to a smoking contest between the Devil and a local pirate called Van Hunks. When the tablecloth is seen, it symbolizes the contest. Table Mountain is at the northern end of a sandstone mountain range that forms the spine of the Cape Peninsula. To the south of the main plateau is a lower part of the range called the Back Table. On the Atlantic coast of the peninsula, the range is known as the Twelve Apostles. The range continues southwards to Cape Point. After the descent, enjoy a scenic coastal drive through Clifton with its snowy white beaches. The sharp cliffs plunge vertically into the ocean and magnificent mansions cling to the rock and seem to hang precariously over the edge. You will drive on through Sea Point, and then through Green Point past Cape Town Stadium which was built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and then into the city centre to Green Market Square. Stretch your legs with a walk through the Company Gardens in the shade of 160-year-old trees. The tour continues with a drive past the Houses of Parliament, the City Hall, The Castle and Slave Lodge, before entering the “Bo Kaap”, also known as the Malay quarter. The architecture in this area is typical of what Cape Town was like 200 years ago. The Castle acted as local headquarters for the South African Army in the Western Cape, and today houses the Castle Military Museum and ceremonial facilities for the traditional Cape Regiments. The Castle is also the home of the Cape Town Highlanders Regiment, a mechanised infantry unit. In 1682 the gated entry replaced the old entrance, which had faced the sea. A bell tower, situated over the main entrance, was built in 1684—the original bell, the oldest in South Africa, was cast in Amsterdam in 1697 by the East-Frisian bellmaker Claude Fremy and weighs just over 300 kilograms (660 lb). It was used to announce the time, as well as warning citizens in case of danger since it could be heard 10 kilometres away. It was also rung to summon residents and soldiers when important announcements needed to be made. The fortress housed a church, bakery, various workshops, living quarters, shops, and cells, among other facilities. The yellow paint on the walls was originally chosen because it lessened the effect of heat and the sun. A wall, built to protect citizens in case of an attack, divides the inner courtyard, which also houses the De Kat Balcony, which was designed by Louis Michel Thibault with reliefs and sculptures by Anton Anreith. The original was built in 1695 but rebuilt in its current form between 1786 and 1790. From the balcony, announcements were made to soldiers, slaves and burghers of the Cape. The balcony leads to the William Fehr collection of paintings and antique furniture. During the Second Boer War (1899–1902), part of the castle was used as a prison, and the former cells remain to this day. Fritz Joubert Duquesne, later known as the man who killed Kitchener and the leader of the Duquesne Spy Ring, was one of its more well-known residents. The walls of the castle were extremely thick, but night after night, Duquesne dug away the cement around the stones with an iron spoon. He nearly escaped one night, but a large stone slipped and pinned him in his tunnel. The next morning, a guard found him unconscious but alive. In 1936, the Castle has declared a historical monument (from 1969 known as a national monument and since 1 April 2000 a provincial heritage site), the first site in South Africa to be so protected. Extensive restorations were completed during the 1980s making the Castle the best-preserved example of a Dutch East India Company fort. Kindly note that since many aspects of this tour are outdoors and scenic, the activities/order of the tour may need to be adjusted a little during the course of the day if the weather is not suitable. Return to your hotel for an afternoon of leisure. Dinner is a casual affair at one of the many restaurants nearby, before turning in for the night. Your stay is at the hotel is on a bed and breakfast basis. All extras are for your own account.

Day 4
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at 08h00 before departing on your activity for the day. At 09h00 you will be met by a Big 6 Tours representative for your full day Winelands Tour. You can tour the Winelands in your own vehicle, although we suggest you enjoy a guided tour – either on a private basis or as part of a group. A guided tour gives you the option of enjoying more of what the Winelands has to offer compared to driving yourselves.
You will head north to Paarl. Your first stop will be at Anura Wine Estate for a cellar tour and a cheese and wine tasting. Learn all about what makes these wines world class! You then make your way to Franschhoek. The village of Franschhoek nestled amongst the mountains can easily be mistaken as being in Switzerland. Home to some magnificent wine estates, you will have time to walk through the village and soak up the atmosphere of rural sophistication. After a short tour of the little town, a second wine tasting will take place in Franschhoek, followed by a lunch stop (optional – own account). After lunch, the tour continues over the Hells Hoogte Mountain Pass to Stellenbosch. It is easy to understand why Simon van der Stel decided to settle in a village amongst the mountains. The backdrop of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, the white gabled Cape Dutch homesteads and the oak-lined streets and lanes all blend in to give this place a charm that will not be forgotten. Enjoy the scenery as you head back to the hotel late afternoon. Dinner is a casual affair at one of the many restaurants nearby, before turning in for the night. Your stay is at the hotel is on a bed and breakfast basis. All extras are for your own account.

Day 5
Wake up early and enjoy a delicious breakfast before checking out. Enjoy a leisurely drive from Cape Town to De Hoop Nature Reserve. Check in on arrival, get settled and enjoy an afternoon of leisure. You will spend two nights at De Hoop Nature Reserve. The De Hoop Reserve is situated just three hours’ drive from Cape Town on the world-renowned Garden and Whale Routes. It is in the Overberg region near the southern tip of Africa and can be approached from either Bredasdorp or Swellendam. The Overberg area is characterised by quaint towns, a blossoming wine industry and delicious local dishes. The 36 000 hectares of De Hoop conservation area is a World Heritage Site comprising rich biodiversity and over 70 kilometres of pristine coastline. A 19 km vlei (wetland) stretches across the reserve, which is on the Ramsar list of Wetlands of International Importance. Enjoy dinner at Figtree restaurant nearby. Overnight is on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. All drinks and extras are for your own account.

Day 6
Enjoy a mouthwatering breakfast before departing on your activity for the day. Few other reserves offer as complete an outdoor experience as De Hoop – sea, sand dunes, the vlei, a floral sensation of rare fynbos plants, diverse antelope and the Potberg Mountains. Birders observe wading birds on the shores of the vlei while the Potberg Mountains are home to a colony of endangered Cape vultures. Hikers and cyclists have close-up encounters with bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, eland, baboons and ostrich. Activities are diverse and guests choose between various day walks through the rich fynbos plains or along the deserted coastline, or mountain biking along the many gravel roads or scenic game drives. Lazing on the beach and snorkelling in the many turquoise rock pools is simply another way to pass a rewarding day. If you enjoy a deliciously ripe glass of red or a fragrant and woody Chardonnay, consider including the exquisite Agulhas wine farms as part of your things to do itinerary in the Overberg. These working farms are the ideal getaway for anyone looking to sample the fruits of the region. And not to mention the exquisite natural splendour you can take in while enjoying a sip or two. Part of a handful of tasting venues in Agulhas, you can sniff and sip your way through each of these establishments, while taking in the remarkable mountain views and fresh ocean air. Each of these wine farms provides ample opportunities for picnics, nature walks and other activities – suitable for an array of ages. Agulhas is also the home to the southern-most tip of Africa, making it a popular tourist destination to visit. Cape Agulhas as a region hosts a collection of small fishing towns and inland farming communities in the Overberg region. Including locations like Elim, Suiderstrand and Napier, you can also find several tasting venues and wine farms here. Renowned for its hospitality, entrepreneurial opportunities and historical sites, each of these towns boast their own quirky personalities and thriving tourism amenities. Freshen up before dinner and a good night’s rest. Overnight is on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. All drinks and extras are for your own account.

Day 7
Enjoy breakfast before checking out and departing for Oudtshoorn. It is a scenic 3.5-hour drive from De Hoop to Oudtshoorn passing through the fruit growing and wine producing towns of Barrydale and Swellendam as well as farming towns such as Calitzdorp, Ladysmith, historic Amalienstein and Zoar. The road to Oudtshoorn is filled with awe-inspiring mountain passes, what makes this even more incredible is the fact that these roads were built by hand! The Tradouw Pass (which means Women’s Path in the old Khoi language) is a 16-kilometre drive through an altitude range of 219 meters through some of the most beautiful and rugged mountain scenery on offer in the Langeberg. Oudtshoorn, the “ostrich capital of the world”, is a town located to the south of the Outeniqua Mountains. Two ostrich-feather booms, during 1865-1870 and 1900-1914, truly established the settlement. With approximately 60,000 inhabitants, it is the largest town in the Little Karoo region. The town’s economy is primarily reliant on the ostrich farming and tourism industries. Oudtshoorn is home to the world’s largest ostrich population, with a number of specialized ostrich breeding farms, such as the Safari Show Farm and the Highgate Ostrich Show Farm. The Cango Caves are located in Precambrian limestones at the foothills of the Swartberg range near the town of Oudtshoorn. The principal cave is one of the country’s finest, best known, and most popular tourist caves and attracts many visitors from overseas. Although the extensive system of tunnels and chambers go on for over 4 km (2.5 mi), only about a quarter of this is open to visitors, who may proceed into the cave only in groups supervised by a guide.
Cave paintings and artefacts indicate that the caves were in use throughout prehistory over a long period during the Middle and Later Stone Ages. The caves were rediscovered in modern times in 1780 by a local farmer named Jacobus Van Zyl. The chamber he first was lowered down into was found to be as long as a football field and is named Van Zyl Hall in his honour. Further exploration was done and a second chamber discovered in 1792. The caves soon became a popular place to visit. A.J.H. Goodwin, an archaeologist at the University of Cape Town, carried out a test excavation in the Cango Caves in 1930 which found stone artefacts and other cultural material. The Cango Caves Ordinance of 1971 gave certain legal powers over the caves to what was then the Administrator of the Cape; legally, these same powers now devolve to the local government members of the executive. However, day-to-day management of the caves is the responsibility of the municipality of Oudtshoorn. Check in on arrival, get settled and enjoy an afternoon of leisure.
You will spend two nights at Berluda. Nestled in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains on a typical Little Karoo farm, you will find Berluda Farmhouse and Cottages. Enjoy a comfortable and relaxing stay with luxurious touches, personal service and South African hospitality. Their family history in the area dates back 200 years when the Schoeman ancestors started leaving their footprints in the valley. Today they are proud to share this valley with you when you visit our farm. The name Berluda is derived from an apricot variety, and today the annual harvest and jam production still forms a central part of our business. Their local restaurant specializes in signature ostrich and Karoo lamb dishes like you’ve never tasted before. As Berluda lies just off the R62, the longest wine route in the world, you are invited to come and pair their local Little Karoo cuisine with award-winning wines and ports from the region. Within easy reach of the world heritage site of the Swartberg Mountain pass and the world famous Cango Caves, Berluda is perfectly situated to explore the Little Karoo. Enjoy dinner and turn in for the night. Your stay is at the hotel is on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. All extras are for your own account.

Day 8
Enjoy a delectable breakfast before departing on your activity for the day. Authentic experiences on the farm for the whole family range from working ostrich farm tours, sunset drives and meerkat encounters. As the Little Karoo is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, their guests can have a close encounter with this unique fauna and flora. Berluda also offers exceptional bird-watching opportunities, and star gazing – offering the “High Five”. The greater Oudtshoorn area is well known for its beautiful Cango Caves, the breathtaking Swartberg Pass and the magnificent Meiringspoort. Also worth visiting, are the many museums in Oudtshoorn, like the CP Nel Museum, the Le Roux Townhouse and Arbeitsgenot. Freshen up before dinner and a good night’s rest. Overnight is on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. All drinks and extras are for your own account.

Day 9
Enjoy breakfast before checking out and departing for Knysna.
Knysna is a scenic 2-hour drive from Oudtshoorn through the dramatic and ever changing countryside. Take in the breath-taking views as you travel over the Outeniqua Pass to George and onward to Knysna via Wilderness and Sedgefield. The Outeniqua Pass is a relatively modern pass, connecting the coastal town of George with Oudtshoorn and the Little Karoo. For southbound traffic, there are several excellent view-sites and the third one from the summit is particularly impressive, which is marked as “The 4 passes”. From this vantage point all four passes still be seen, one of which dates back almost 200 years. Little is known about the indigenous inhabitants of Knysna, the Khoikhoi. The area east of present-day George was separated by high mountains and deep gorges, making it virtually inaccessible to European travellers. Nevertheless, the first Europeans arrived in the area in 1760, and the farm Melkhoutkraal (literally translating from Afrikaans as ‘milkwood kraal’) was established on the eastern shore of the Knysna Lagoon. Stephanus Terblans, the first European farmer to settle in the area, was given a loan permit to farm here in 1770. Upon moving to Knysna George Rex, a British-born entrepreneur credited as being the founder of Knysna acquired the loan rights to Melkhoutkraal in 1804 and later, in 1816, to the farm Welbedacht, which he renamed Eastford. He gave 80 acres (32 ha) of Eastford to the Colonial Government, on which the Royal Navy established the township of Melville. Rex’s properties were sold when he died in 1839. On their way to New Zealand, the Thesen family who were travelling from Norway fancied the little hamlet of Knysna so much that they decided to stay, bringing with them their knowledge of commerce and sailing. Soon, timber was being exported to the Cape from the vast areas of forest surrounding Knysna, and a steam sawmill and small shipyard were established. Later, these were relocated to Paarden Island, later known as Thesen’s Island. Check in on arrival, get settled and enjoy an afternoon of leisure. You will spend two nights at The Lofts Boutique Hotel. What better way to enjoy Knysna than a stay on an island, located not only in the heart of the Knysna Lagoon but also in a Blue Flag Marina in the very centre of Knysna? The unique location of this Boutique Hotel on Thesen Harbour Town sets the tone for a tranquil, revitalising, relaxing and refreshing stay on the island. Driving over the Venetian style bridge you are transported to the world of nature, lending an invisible and intangible flavour to your holiday experience at The Lofts Boutique Hotel. Set within the remodelled timber frame of the old Knysna boatbuilding shed, the hotel rooms take one’s breath away with their industrial refurbishment and design. This fresh, smart-casual approach is far from the ordinary and caters well to every desire. Enjoy dinner at one of the many quality restaurants nearby (for your own expense). Overnight at The Lofts Boutique Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis. All drinks and extras are for your own account.

Day 10
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast before departing on your activity for the day. Today you will spend exploring the Garden Route.
Knysna is a gem on the Garden Route and is flanked by George and Plettenberg Bay. The town resides neatly on the outskirts of the Knysna Lagoon and is surrounded by mountains that are home to the notorious Knysna Forest. The area has an incredibly laid back atmosphere and serves as both a permanent and holiday address for many locals and tourists. It is popular for its annual Oyster and Pink festivals and is a hub of activity all year round. The Knysna Heads are especially well known and many restaurants can be found close to them, offering sprawling views of the ocean. The lagoon is great for paddling and Thessen Island sits snug in the middle of this lagoon. The Island boasts many of the best restaurants and residencies in Knysna. While Thessen Island and Knysna as a whole are a hub of activity, the atmosphere is quiet and laid back. However, if you require even more solace, then retreat to the Knysna Forest to enjoy an elephant experience. Alternatively, take on the Pezula Golf Course and let off some steam on the 18 holes. Knysna also has plenty of markets offering local creations, food and other curiosities. Of course, no tours to Knysna would be complete without the taste of a few oysters, festival or not. The Tsitsikamma region is known throughout the world as one of the most beautiful places on earth. Nestled in the emerald foliage of the Garden Route, the Tsitsikamma National Park is one of South Africa’s best-kept secrets and a truly unique natural gem. Tsitsikamma is a khoi word meaning ‘place of abundant or sparkling water’ – an apt name considering the abundance of bubbling natural rivers and streams decorating the region. The Tsitsikamma region stretches from the sweeping Bloukrans River in the west all the way to the Eerste Rivier in the east. Bordered on the north by the majestic Tsitsikamma Mountains and the tepid Indian Ocean on the south, the sought-after destination is flanked by incredible natural scenery every direction you look. The lush park covers an 80km stretch of sweeping coastline with popular holiday destination Nature’s Valley resting on the western end and the world-famous Storms River Mouth at its epicentre. The protected area is covered in a thick blanket of indigenous forest along with the odd commercial plantation and an abundance of natural Fynbos. Deep river gorges fork between the plateau as they rush down towards the sea, resulting in a dramatic spectacle of tumbling waterfalls and deep kloofs. Enjoy dinner at one of the many quality restaurants nearby (for your own expense). Overnight at The Lofts Boutique Hotel is on a bed and breakfast basis. All drinks and extras are for your own account.

Day 11
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before checking out and departing for Plettenberg Bay. Although Plettenberg Bay is a 40 minute drive from Knysna, you will never forget the first time you see this awesome bay. Surrounded by a mountain backdrop as far as the eye can see, Plettenberg Bay offers the best of nature and wildlife experiences. Plett is the ideal place to relax on the beach. From the blue flag, Robberg Beach, to the vibey central beach and the out of the way quieter Keurbooms Beach, the sun worshipper can choose from so many options. Central beach and the Lagoon are especially suited to the littler visitors. Here there are great sundowner watering holes as well as many top-notch restaurants to enjoy lazy lunches or great evening outings. Plettenberg Bay is a seaside town on the Garden Route in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. The sandy Central Beach and Lookout Beach both have surf breaks. To the south, Robberg Nature Reserve is a rocky peninsula with trails and the Stone Age Nelson Bay Caves. Nestled at the heart of the world-famous Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay is a destination of distinction for all travellers in South Africa. Its splendid sky and seascapes and the unspoilt beauty of its lagoons and beaches, as well as a great selection of restaurants, bars and coffee shops, make it a great destination for all ages. Check in at The Robberg Beach Hotel and have some time to settle into your room. Just five minutes from the bustling restaurants, galleries, coffee shops and bars of Plett’s Main Street, The Robberg is a tranquil beach-side haven. This understated, private retreat boasts 5-star luxury accommodation and is ideally situated, at Robberg’s beautiful Blue Flag Beach. Enjoy dinner at one of the many quality restaurants nearby (for your own expense). Overnight at The Robberg Beach Hotel is on a bed and breakfast basis. All drinks and extras are for your own account.

Day 12
Enjoy breakfast before departing on your activity for the day.
Today you will enjoy a day of leisure or embark on some of these activities, which we can pre-book for you: For some, its long, lazy days on sunny beaches; for others it’s Plett’s buzzing nightlife! There are those who are up early to ride (bike) the forests and go parachuting and bungee jumping… and then there are the monkeys and elephants and other wild animals and birds dotted throughout Plett that make for the perfect fun-filled leisure time. The largest single span free-flight aviary in the world, Birds of Eden is an experience you will find nowhere else. Encompassing an area of 2.3 hectares of forest and waterways with 1.2km of walkways, enjoy the thrill of spotting an abundance of birds flying free and living natural lives at your own pace. A home to over 3500 birds of some 200 species of previously caged birds which include several species of parrot, turaco, waterfowl, finches, crane, hornbill and many more. Monkeyland is the world’s first free-roaming, multi-species primate sanctuary. Covering an area of 12 hectares of indigenous forest and providing ex-captive primates with a healthier, more natural lifestyle. Home to over 550 primates including gibbons, howler monkeys, vervet monkeys, langurs, sakis, capuchins, squirrel monkeys, spider monkeys, ring-tailed lemurs and the critically endangered black and white ruffed lemurs. An Eco-Tourism experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. Elephant Sanctuary, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, has African elephants and offers an interactive elephant experience and elephant back riding. They offer hands-on educational elephant interactions. This provides their guests with a far more intimate experience with the elephants. Enjoy dinner at one of the many quality restaurants nearby (for your own expense). Overnight at The Robberg Beach Hotel is on a bed and breakfast basis. All drinks and extras are for your own account.

Day 13
Enjoy a heavenly breakfast before checking out and departing for Port Elizabeth. The seaport city of Port Elizabeth, 3 hours from Plettenberg Bay, boasts 40 kilometres of magnificent beaches. Also known as PE, or “the friendly city”, it forms part of the bigger Nelson Mandela Bay metro with the towns Uitenhage and Despatch, and marks the gateway to the Eastern Cape. Check in to Singa Lodge and have some time to settle into your room. Singa Lodge offers romantic & luxury accommodation close to the beach in Port Elizabeth. Each of the nine luxury suites and three executive suites in this luxurious modern fusion of Eastern and African décor is distinctive, offering returning guests a fresh experience with every visit. Enjoy dinner at one of the many quality restaurants nearby (for your own expense). Your stay is at the hotel is on a bed and breakfast basis. All extras are for your own account.

Day 14
Enjoy a hearty breakfast this morning. Today you will enjoy a day of leisure or embark on some of these activities, which we can pre-book for you: Enjoy a day trip to Addo Elephant National Park which is a magnificently diverse national park and offers a wide variety of game viewing, outdoor adventure, accommodation and cultural experiences. The park includes Bird Island and St. Croix Island in Algoa Bay and is home to the Big 7 – Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, Humpback Whale and Great White Shark. You will be amazed at the variety of natural landscapes and wildlife species that can be experienced in one easily accessible destination. Safe from relentless persecution in the past, the grey leviathans of the bush now roam in peace. The original Elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only eleven elephants remained in the area – today this finely tuned ecosystem is a sanctuary to over 450 elephants, Cape buffalo, black rhino, a variety of antelope species, as well as the unique flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo. And there Addo has only just begun, with plans to expand the 164 000 ha Addo National Elephant Park into a 360 000 ha mega-park. In addition, plans include the proposed proclamation of a 120 000 ha (296 500 acres) marine reserve that includes islands that are home to the world’s largest breeding populations of Cape gannets and the second largest breeding population of African penguins. You can either self-drive or enjoy a guided trip. Alternatively, stay for one night at Amakhala Game Reserve and enjoy some leisure time at the lodge, followed by a late afternoon/evening game drive (depending on arrival time) on the Reserve in an open game viewer in search of their wildlife – rhino (white and black), elephant, cheetah, buffalo, lion, giraffe, black wildebeest, zebra, tortoise and over 16 antelope species. Watch the sunset while enjoying drinks and snacks, before searching for elusive nocturnal animals such as lynx, porcupine and springhare. Amakhala Game Reserve began in 1999 as a joint conservation venture and today has several independently owned lodges. Many of these are owner managed by the descendants of the original families who arrived here with the British settlers of 1820. The vegetation and landscape are awe-inspiring and the time spent in this reserve of approximately 7000 hectares will teach you a great deal about African wildlife. There are several lodges with a range of prices to choose from in Amakhala Game Reserve. If back in Port Elizabeth, enjoy dinner at one of the many quality restaurants nearby (for your own expense). Your stay is at the hotel is on a bed and breakfast basis. All extras are for your own account.

Day 15
Enjoy a mouthwatering breakfast before enjoying a day of leisure catching up with Pat. Some local optional activities in Port Elizabeth include: Walk the Sacramento Trail – an 8km walk starting at the west end of Schoenmakerskop and following the coast to Sardinia Bay or try out the 9km Roseate Tern Trail at Cape Recife Nature Reserve. Look out for the lighthouse, built in 1851. Leave your vehicles outside the gate. Nelson Mandela Bay has been called South Africa’s water sports capital. It has excellent conditions for windsurfing, kite surfing, and wave jumping. The many shipwrecks, coral fish and reefs provide for some top-notch scuba diving sites too. Visit 47 historical Settler sights on the 5km Donkin Heritage Trail through Central Town. Buy a booklet from the Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism office at the Donkin Reserve in the historical lighthouse building, and then simply follow the painted blue line. No 7 Castle Hill was completed in 1830 and is now regarded as one of the oldest surviving settler cottages in Port Elizabeth. The interior presents a picture of domestic life in mid-19th century Port Elizabeth. This picturesque family dwelling has yellowwood floors and beams, and a restored slate roof. The dollhouse, lace displays and kitchen is particularly impressive. The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum houses collections in two buildings at the entrance to St George’s Park, and consist of South African art (particularly that of the Eastern Cape), British art, international printmaking and Oriental art (including Indian miniatures and Chinese textiles). These activities can be guided or self-drive. Enjoy dinner at one of the many quality restaurants nearby (for your own expense). Your stay is at the hotel is on a bed and breakfast basis. All extras are for your own account.

Day 16
Enjoy an appetizing breakfast before checking out and departing for Port Elizabeth Airport where you will return your rental vehicle– sadly it is time to head home. Check-in for your flight to Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport – from where you will travel further. (Flights are for your own arrangement, but please note that Brothers Safaris can assist with quotes and booking of these if required.)

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Included

Your safari cost includes:
• Tours in Cape Town as specified
• Avis Rental vehicle
• All accommodation and meals as stipulated in the itinerary
• All activities and entrance fees as stipulated in the itinerary
• Tourism levies and Government VAT

Not included:
• Items of a personal nature
• Drinks (unless otherwise specified)
• Additional excursions/activities not included in this itinerary
• Medical/travel insurance (compulsory)
• Meals indicated not included
• Gratuities

Please note that due to the nature of this experience, times and plans may need to be adjusted slightly as we proceed. Please bear with us should this become necessary.

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