This 6-night and 7-day scheduled tour takes you around the famous Garden Route in South Africa. Departing and finishing in Cape Town, you’ll travel through quaint villages, like Montagu, which is known for its sweet Muscadel wines. You’ll visit a working ostrich farm, where a tour will inform you about the life and behaviours of these large birds, from egg to adult stage. The Outenique Mountain pass, built by Italian prisoners of war, takes you further into the heart of the Garden Route, to Knysna, where you will have a few days at leisure. Starting back towards Cape Town, you travel to Hermanus, where depending on the season, you can do shore-based whale watching. The historical town of Stellenbosch is where you’ll spend the last night of the tour. Enjoy a walk around the town, taking in the historic Cape Dutch buildings, and beautiful tree-lined lanes, or buying last-minute souvenirs.

 

 

Destination: South Africa

COST FROM ZAR 16 995.00
INCLUDED Accommodation and boards as per itinerary
Van Loveren Wine Estate outside Robertson
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Tsitsikamma National Park
Stormsriver Bridge
Big Tree
Hermanus Whale Walk
Stellenbosch on Foot Historical Walk
Stellenbosch Museum
All Transfers and excursions conducted in an air-conditioned vehicle according to group size
Services of a bilingual, local Tour Guide (Tour to be conducted bilingually)
The price includes a service fee for the configuration of the requested Tour Package / Services according to your specifications
NOT INCLUDED Flights
Travel insurance
Optional and recommended Excursions
Expenses of a personal nature
Visa fees (where applicable)
Airport taxes
Souvenirs
Optional Excursions
Knysna Oyster and White Wine Boat Cruise: ZA R 800.00 per person

Boat-based whale watching (seasonal and weather dependent) ZA R 1 220.00 per person

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Day 1

Montagu

Meet your local Tour Guide between 08h00 & 08h30 at the reception of your Cape Town CBD Hotel.

Depart the Mother City and drive through the Winelands to the mighty Du Toits Kloof Mountains, flanked by vineyards.

On the other side of the mountains lies Worcester which through its position is a centre of commerce and industries. The town offers many schools and institutions for children and adults with impairments, for example, the Institute for the Blind.

The route continues along the Hex River Mountains and the Langeberg Mountains through the fertile Breede River wine lands to Robertson, where we stop for a wine tasting at Van Loveren Wine Estate.

Situated on the banks of the Breede River, spend some time in the beautiful gardens, soaking up the peace and tranquility and tasting their wines under the large shady trees. Our favourite wines are the Van Loveren range – especially their Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz Blend, light and crispy Sauvignon Blanc, and of course their lightly oaked Chardonnay.

Thereafter we travel past Ashton to Montagu.

Montagu is also the center of the apricot and peach industry and is well known for its sweet Muscadel wines.

Travel distance: 185 km

  • Included: Visit and Wine Tasting at Van Loveren Wine Estate
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Day 2

Montagu to Knysna

Pass the small town of Barrydale and drive to Ladismith. Towering above the town is the landmark Towerkop. It is said that the top was split by the broom of an angry witch as she fled over the mountain peak.

You continue through the Little Karoo and drive over the Huisriver to Calitzdorp, the capital of the local South African Port wine industry, and onto Oudtshoorn. Here we stop for a very informative tour on a working Ostrich Farm.

Safari Ostrich Farm is a working farm where visitors see large flocks of ostriches. The tour informs about the life and behaviour of these large birds, from egg to adult birds. Depending on the season, one sees breeding pairs, eggs in incubators, hatching chicks, and little ones of various ages. The tour also covers information about different types of ostrich feathers and the processing of ostrich skins is showing the different parts of the skin and its use.

Shortly after Oudtshoorn, the route passes hop fields and leads to the Outeniqua Mountains Pass. This 12-kilometer-long pass road has been constructed by Italian Prisoners of War who were captured during World War II.

George, the capital of the eastern part of the Western Cape Province lies on the other side of the mountain range. It has over 120,000 inhabitants and is an important industrial centre, for example for frozen vegetables and timber industries. It is popular amongst golf players with the George golf course and the world-renowned Fancourt golf courses.

The road winds down to the Indian Ocean and to the Garden Route with the small sea-side town Wilderness. It lies at an almost endless white beach and offers fantastic views of the Outeniqua Mountains.

Pass the village of Sedgefield en-route to Knysna, a small seaside town on a protected lagoon. The name derives from the Khoi language and probably means “straight down”, a reference to the Knysna Heads. They shelter in the lagoon of the Indian Ocean. Its most celebrated settler was George Rex, who arrived in 1804 and was rumoured to be an illegitimate son of King George III. Knysna is well known for its oysters, its nature reserves, and various activities offered to its visitors.

Check into your hotel for the evening at leisure.

Travel distance: 360 km

  • Included: Visit Safari Ostrich Farm
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Day 3

Knysna

We will take you on a Full-day excursion today, discovering Tsitsikamma National Park. Enjoy a walk to its famous Suspension Bridge and visit the impressive Big Tree.

The untouched, indigenous nature of the Tsitsikamma National Park stretches from the Outeniqua Mountains, over coastal plateaus and down to the Indian Ocean. Hiking trails of various lengths await the visitor. Some trails take several days to complete such as the well-known Otter Trail (48 km) or the Tsitsikamma Trail (72 km). Hikers encounter small inhabitants of the forest and experience the unique plants of this area, including over 800 year old yellowwood trees.

A walk, leading from the parking area through lush forest to a hanging bridge, offers spectacular views over Storms River Mouth.

  • Included: Visit Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Storms River Suspension Bridge
  • Big Tree
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Day 4

Knysna

Enjoy a day at leisure with the possibility to explore Knysna on your own or come with us on an Oyster and white wine tour on Knysna’s Lagoon.

  • Excluded: Optional Oyster and white wine Boat Cruise and Boat-based whale watching (seasonal and weather dependent)
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Day 5

Knysna to Cape South Coast

Just after Wilderness, the road turns inland and towards the Mossel Bay area. This town’s history dates back to 1488 and to Bartholomew Dias. It was in this area, the first European set foot in South Africa.

Tiny Albertinia is the home of a thriving Aloe Vera production. Various products of this natural remedy can be bought directly at one of the two factories. The road passes many canola fields. Canola and wheat are the main products of the Overberg area.

The next villages are Riversdale, Heidelberg, and Swellendam, one of the oldest European administration centers going back to 1747.

Turning towards the coast, our home for tonight is based in Arniston, right next to one of South Africa’s most beautiful beaches.

Travel distance: 365 km

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Day 6

Cape South Coast to Stellenbosch

Leaving romantic Arniston behind, the road passes a hilly area dotted with flocks of sheep, passes Stanford, and leads to Hermanus.

Hermanus offers some of the best shore-based whale watching in the world, with a seaside trail that runs for miles along the coastal cliffs. The land drops off sharply into a deep bay below where whales come to cruise of play, sometimes as little as 20 meters away from the shore. To ensure that visitors are kept in the know, a designated ‘whale crier’ patrols the trail, sounding his kelp horn when he spots these majestic ocean mammals.

Here we stop for a walk along Hermanus’s famous Wale walk and stroll along the picturesque streets of this quaint town.

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley starts just outside Hermanus. The relatively cool climate together with the soil creates an ideal climate for wine growing.

Pass Elgin and approach Sir Lowry’s Pass to cross the Hottentots Holland Mountains. Enjoy a magnificent view over the False Bay to the Cape of Good Hope.

After the descent, you pass through Somerset West, a town well known for its beautiful setting, various golf courses, and an array of well-known wineries. Travel along the majestic Helderberg mountain towards Stellenbosch. The second oldest town of South Africa and without doubt one of the most beautiful and most kept cities.

Many original Cape Dutch buildings are situated in Dorp Street and its neighbouring streets in the vibrant old town. The Stellenbosch Village Museum, a museum complex of historical houses furnished with period furniture depicts the lifestyle of the inhabitants of this town from the 16th to the 18th century. Stellenbosch is surrounded by countless wineries and is the hub of the wine industry in the Western Cape. Discover the historical center of Stellenbosch during a walk and visit of the Museum.

Stellenbosch on Foot Historical Walk is a great way for visitors to explore and discover Stellenbosch. Visitors can explore the numerous oak-shaded avenues, admire the Cape Dutch Architecture of the town, and listen to the tales of past inhabitants. Visitors also discover how Eerste River got its name, where Simon van der Stel set up camp as well as explore the many historical buildings and lastly hear the tales of The Eikestad.

The Stellenbosch Museum currently comprises four houses of historical interest and their gardens. Each of these beautiful homes represents a different period in the architectural development of Stellenbosch. The houses, their interiors, and their gardens have been wonderfully restored, furnished, planted, and decorated to illustrate the particular style and taste of the time. Houses in the museum complex include the Schreuderhuis, Blettermanhuis, Grosvenor House, and O.M. Berghhuis. The museum is open to guests every day of the week.

Travel distance: 180 km

  • Included: Whale Walk – Land-based Whale watching in Season (June-November)
  • Historical Stellenbosch walk with a visit to the Stellenbosch Museum
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Day 7

Departure

Enjoy breakfast, check out and your African adventure ends with a transfer to Cape Town’s Airport or your Cape Town City Centre Hotel.

Travel distance: 50 km

We look forward to welcoming you back to Southern Africa!

Montagu Country Hotel

Our ‘OLD TIMER” takes you back to a bygone era of elegance and space. Art Deco, style of the 30’s, Charleston the music! Montagu, situated halfway between Cape Town and the Garden Route on Route 62, chosen by many for its scenic diversity. Robertson, preferred Wine Route of South Africa is on our doorstep – lots of fun while tasting “wine on the river”. Get Royal treatment when we take you for Wine Tasting in one of our American Dream Cars. Montagu’s fame of the early 19th century was its healing waters. Experience these waters in the privacy of the bath tub in our wellness centre.

The Graywood Hotel***

The Graywood Hotel offers visitors a perfect base from which to explore the quaint village of Knysna and the many adventures found on the Garden Route. The Hotel itself is centrally situated in the town, within easy walking distance to the Knysna Waterfront, as well as the town centre. Amongst the many interests, you will find quaint shops, restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets, boat cruises and ferry rides and local art galleries In keeping with the character and spirit of the surrounding indigenous Knysna forest, the hotel enjoys beautiful woodwork throughout. An extensive collection of original railway and steam train memorabilia recall a bygone era, while our selection of historic photographs gives you deeper insight into Knysna’s locomotive past. The wood is complimented by lush landscaped gardens with a sparkling swimming pool suspended in a wooden sundeck. Breakfast at the hotel may be enjoyed inside The Blue Goose Restaurant or on the sundeck overlooking the courtyard and pool. Relax in the comfort of your room, refresh with a dip in the pool or sit back on the sun deck and surrounding gardens with a drink while you contemplate the choice of local restaurants for dinner. The Graywood Hotel offers 48 tastefully decorated en-suite rooms. Decor is fresh and uncluttered with crisp white duvets and warm tones in the upholstery. Each room is equipped with air-conditioning, an electronic safe, remote control TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer as well as tea and coffee making facilities.

The Arniston Spa Hotel****

Arniston is a leisurely two-hour drive from Cape Town, on a road that meanders through the beautiful rolling hills of the Overberg region. The Arniston Spa Hotel is set in one of the Cape`s most exquisite locations, next to an old fishing village, surrounded by pristine beaches and nature reserves offering the best in arniston accommodation. The luxurious 4-star Arniston Spa Hotel is internationally known as one of the world`s great getaways. Touched by the spray from the Indian Ocean, we welcome you with panoramic views of the unspoilt ocean and endless beaches. Blessed with an abundance of sea life the hotel promises delicious oysters from nearby shores and the freshest fish from the local fishing boats. Our sophisticated menu blends traditional South African cuisine with modern innovations from renowned chefs. Your culinary treat is complemented by an award-winning list of wines, many of which are from the local wine routes. We offer a breakfast buffet that is a delicious spread of traditional and healthy foods.

Eendracht Hotel****

Situated in historic Dorp Street in the core of the oldest part of Stellenbosch, this village hotel is within walking distance of more than 60 excellent restaurants and coffee shops, all the major museums, more than 6 art museums/galleries, 3 theatres and the soccer, athletic and rugby sports grounds. Central to the famous Cape Winelands. A mere 35 min easy drive from Cape Town International airport and 55 min from Cape Town Waterfront. At Eendracht we offer 12 luxurious rooms all en-suite with 100% cotton linen, down duvets, writing bureaus and all the usual luxuries. Some of the unexpected luxuries are surround sound DVD and a spa bath. Also available is Free Hi speed Wi-Fi Internet throughout the property. At the Minserie Str House we have 3 semi self-catering units. In keeping with the established standards which you would expect from Eendracht, we have added another building 5 minutes’ walk from Eendracht. The same – but totally different. The building is a 1928 listed house that was restored in its original Art Deco style. Make Eendracht your base from where to explore Cape Town, the Cape Winelands, the Whale Route and the beautiful West Coast with its magnificent displays of wild flowers. All are within easy driving distance.

 

Montagu Country Hotel Garden
Pool side view at Montagu Country Hotel