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11 day Garden Route & Game Road Trip

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Day 1

On arrival at Cape Town International airport, you will be met and assisted with collecting your rental vehicle and your welcome pack with necessary documents will be handed over to you.

Self drive to the city and check into the Winchester Mansions. Situated on Cape Town's Platinum mile, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this privately - owned hotel sets itself apart through its convenient location and personalized service. The rest of the day is at leisure to recover from your international flight.

Overnight : Winchester Mansions

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Day 2

This morning we suggest you might like to take a drive around the Cape Peninsula. The drive will take you along the Atlantic seaboard via glamorous Clifton and Camps Bay to the quaint seaside village of Hout Bay. Here you can take a boat ride from the harbor to the seal colony on Seal Island. Continue via the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.

After a traditional Cape Lunch you can then follow the coastline northwards via Simonstown, where you can visit the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach. A leisurely drive through the southern suburbs will bring you back to the Winchester Mansions in the late afternoon.

Overnight : Winchester Mansions

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Day 3

Today we suggest you visit the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. You can take a ferry from the Clocktower at the Waterfront across Table Bay to Robben Island. An ex-prisoner takes you on an extensive tour of the prison, which includes a visit to Nelson Mandela’s cell, the limestone quarry and the old leper colony.

This afternoon you could visit the Waterfront’s Two Oceans Aquarium, which is highly recommended for the insight it gives into life in the two oceans off the southern tip of Africa – the cold Atlantic Ocean and the warm Indian Ocean. Alternatively, museum lovers can visit the Company Gardens where you will find the South African Museum, the Slave Lodge and the National Gallery. This evening with sunset would be a good time to go up Table Mountain (weather permitting).

 

Overnight : Winchester Mansions

 

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Day 4

Depart Cape Town after breakfast and check out, and drive to the Cape Winelands, with its backdrop of majestic mountain ranges and beautiful vineyards and valleys. You check into the Evergreen Manor & Spa in Stellenbosch, the “town of oaks” and South Africa’s second oldest town.

 

Overnight : Evergreen Manor & Spa

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Day 5

Today will be spent following the various wine routes (Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek). You can stop for tastings at wine estates along the way and you will have the chance to purchase some of the wines you have tasted. Recommendations will be made and information will be in your welcome pack.

A scenic drive over the Helshoogte Pass (Hell’s Heights) takes you to the Franschhoek Valley where you can visit the memorial to the French Huguenots, who sought refuge from religious persecution in Europe and settled here in the late seventeenth century. Franschhoek is a good lunch stop as it has a reputation as the gourmet centre of South Africa. Paarl, with its three imposing granite domes and monument to the Afrikaans language, is also a recommended stop.

 

Overnight : Evergreen Manor & Spa

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Day 6

This morning, after a delicious breakfast, you begin your journey along the Garden Route. After checking out, drive over the spectacular Sir Lowry’s Pass, catching your last glimpse across the Cape Flats towards Cape Town and Table Mountain. Travel through the apple orchards of Grabouw and over undulating wheat fields to Swellendam. This small village nestling at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains and has many beautiful historical buildings.

Continue your journey to the seaside town of Mossel Bay, where you can visit the “Old Post Office Tree”, a 500 year old milkwood tree used by 15th century Portuguese sailors as a mail box. A scenic drive through Wilderness and the Lakes District brings you to the St James of Knysna. Take a sundowner cruise out onto the Knysna lagoon, which will take you out to the Heads, the large sandstone cliffs guarding the narrow mouth of the lagoon. You could then have dinner at one of the quayside restaurants, or dine at your hotel.

 

Overnight : St James of Knysna

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Day 7

Today is at your leisure in Knysna. This quaint seaside village is full of art and craft shops and roadside curio stalls to browse through. Alternatively, you might like to delve into the past and catch the historic Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe steam train to George and back. You could do a tour of an oyster farm, take a walk in the Knysna Forest looking for the lost Knysna Elephants and visiting the Big Tree, or drive out to the beautiful beaches at nearby Brenton-on-Sea or Noetzie.

 

Overnight : St James of Knysna

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Day 8

Today you can spend another day soaking up the atmosphere in Knysna visiting the Featherbed Nature Reserve, or you could take a drive to Oudtshoorn in the arid Little Karoo where you can visit an ostrich farm for an insight into the world’s largest birds. You could also visit the Cango Caves and embark on a magical journey through massive caverns and fascinating limestone formations.

You could also drive to nearby Plettenberg Bay, with several beautiful beaches that offer safe bathing. Midyear is whale-watching season in South Africa, when Southern Right whales migrate from Antarctica to calve in the sheltered bays of the South African coast. There are several licensed operators in Plettenberg Bay offering boat-based whale-watching trips.

 

Overnight : St James of Knysna

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Day 9

After breakfast and checking out, you depart Knysna and enjoy a scenic drive over soaring single-span bridges and through the Tsitsikamma Forest, an indigenous forest with towering ancient yellowwood trees, lush vegetation and deep gorges. Drive down the pass to the Storms River Mouth where there are numerous short walking trails into the forest. You then leave the Garden Route behind and drive into the Eastern Cape and the Big Five game reserve, Lalibela.

Upon check-in at about mid-day, you are served lunch at reception. Shortly after you are transferred by landrover to your Lodge. After high tea, you are taken on your first game drive at Lalibela. The late afternoon/evening game drive is an opportunity to search for nocturnal animals, such as the elusive bat-eared fox, aardvark, black-backed jackal, aardwolf and the curious spring hare. You return to the lodge in time for a sumptuous safari cuisine dinner.

 

Overnight : Lalibela Game Reserve

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Day 10

This morning after a light breakfast you are taken on another exciting game drive. Game drives at Lalibela bring you face to face with a multitude of game species, ranging from the mighty Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard) to tiny blue duiker and rock Hyrax. Lalibela is also home to African wild dog, cheetah, hyena, hippo, giraffe, zebra, warthog and numerous species of antelope.

You return to the lodge for a delicious big brunch. You will have time to relax around the sunny pool, do some bird-watching from the observation deck, or read a book in the tranquility of your room’s private deck. After tea you set off on another night drive, returning again in time for a boma dinner under the stars.

 

Overnight : Lalibela Game Reserve

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Day 11

This morning you will enjoy your last game drive at Lalibela. After brunch you bid farewell to this African wonderland and are transferred by landrover to reception, where your car will be waiting for you. Self drive to Port Elizabeth airport and return your car at the vehicle hire counter before boarding your flight.
***END OF ROAD TRIP***

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Cost includes & excludes

Cost: From R13 775.00 Per Person Sharing

Includes:

  • Meet & Greet
  • One of our representatives will meet you at the airport with your welcome pack with relevant information
  • Car Hire
  • 11 days car hire (Group B - air-conditioned, power steering)
  • Car hire excludes fuel and one-way rental surcharge
  • Cape Town
  • 3 nights at Winchester Mansions Hotel (bed & breakfast basis) Winelands
  • 2 nights at Evergreen Manor & Spa Garden Route
  • 3 nights at St James of Knysna Safari
  • 2 nights at Lalibela Game Reserve (includes accommodation, all meals, all drinks,
  • 2 evening game drives and 2 morning game drives)

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