Discover the splendour of South Africa's Garden Route on this introductory tour taking in quaint towns, magnificent scenery, wildlife and gastronomy. Start in the vibrant city of Cape Town, travel along this compact coastal belt with its wide beaches, lakes, indigenous forest and impressive mountain passes. Encounter the region's beauty, staying in boutique properties along the way and dining on delicious local cuisine, before returning to Cape Town.
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Overnight flight to Cape Town (regional
connections available) with British Airways. (N)
Early morning arrival. Transfer to 2Inn1 Kensington/
Dockhouse Boutique Hotel & Spa for a 2-night
stay. Morning city tour, discovering the history and
culture that makes up the ‘Mother City’, including a
trip up Table Mountain. Afternoon at leisure. (N)
Explore the peninsula taking in the beaches of
Camps Bay and Clifton before heading towards
Hout Bay. Join an optional boat cruise to Seal
Island before visiting the national park to witness
the symbolic meeting of the two oceans and enjoy
the spectacular views. Head to Simonstown for
lunch and visit the penguin breeding colony at
Boulders Beach. Stroll through the quirky boutiques
and antique shops of Kalk Bay. En route back to
the city visit a boutique winery for wine tasting,
set within the picturesque Constantia area, South
Africa’s oldest wine growing region. (B, D)
This morning, join the group and depart Cape
Town over the Hottentots-Holland mountains
via Sir Lowry’s Pass, stopping en route for wine
tasting within the Hemel-en-Aarde valley. During
the whale season, stop in Hermanus, which offers
the best land-based whale watching along its
cliff paths (June to November) and optional boat
tours. Continue on the Swellendam, the third oldest settlement in South Africa. Overnight at Gaikou
Lodge. (B, D)
Travel along the Garden Route via Mossel Bay.
Arrive in Plettenberg Bay in time for lunch and a
stroll along its white sandy beaches. Stay 2 nights
at Hunter’s Country House (or similar). (B, L, D)
This morning visit Birds of Eden, the largest freeflight
bird aviary in the world. Continue to the
Tsitsikamma National Park. Take a walk along the
suspension bridge across the Storms river mouth
gorge, which offers incredible views. Enjoy time
at leisure in the town of Plettenberg Bay before
returning to the lodge for dinner. (B, D)
Morning drive to the lagoon-side town of Knysna
– the gem of the Garden Route. Embark on an
excursion to the Featherbed Nature Reserve
located on the western Knysna Head. Take a
ferry across the lagoon and a drive to the top of
the reserve and walk an optional nature trail. A
delicious lunch is served under the milkwood trees.
Drive through George and via the Outeniqua Pass
to Oudtshoorn. Visit an ostrich farm for a guided
tour. Stay overnight at Rosenhof Country House (or
similar). (B, L, D)
Morning visit to the Cango caves. Travel along the
celebrated Route 62 to Cape Town taking in the
majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards
and orchards. Stop at the Country Pumpkin
Restaurant near Barrydale for lunch, followed by a
leisurely drive back to Cape Town for the final night
at 2Inn1 Kensington / Dockhouse Boutique Hotel
& Spa. (B)
Day 9: Cape Town • Fly to London
Day at leisure to explore or take optional excursions.
Evening flight to London. (B)
Morning arrival. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch,
D: Dinner, N: No meals.
If you would like to stay in a
different hotel in Cape Town such as the Cape
Grace or Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, please
enquire with your tour consultant.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 3930 5008 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
2Inn1 Kensington is located adjacent to the city centre on the Lion's Head side of Table Mountain in a prestigious residential area of Cape Town. The vast Victorian house, which has been renovated to a modern standard with African finesse, overlooks the wooded parkland of Leeuwenhof Estate, home to the Premier of the Western Cape. Most rooms have balconies or private terraces. The peaceful garden has sheltered terraces and a sun-drenched pool with panoramic views, the ideal place to relax with an evening sundowner enjoying the fusion of nature and city living.
Features: 9 rooms & a self-catering cottage, 10-metre swimming pool, spa treatments, jacuzzi, garage parking, dining room.
Room amenities: Extra length beds, air conditioning, under floor heating, television, iPod docking station, DVD/CD player, Wi-Fi, fridge, in-room safe, hairdryer, tea & coffee...
Gaikou Lodge is the place to unwind amid awe-inspiring mountain views. The private estate is set in the foothills of the Langeberg mountain range. The lush gardens are landscaped for you to enjoy at your leisure and there is a large, walled, chlorine-free swimming pool. The historic town of Swellendam is a short stroll away where you can sample local restaurants or explore the open-air Drostdy Museum with 300 years of heritage. Other activities include mountain hiking, forest or river walks. There are two dams on the property which are ideal places to teach your youngster to fish (all fishing equipment is supplied).
Features: 10 double rooms, 2 family suites, dining room, conference room, wedding venue, outdoor pool, free parking, 2 fishing dams.
Room amenities: Air conditioning/heating, in-room safe, minibar, hairdryer, television, DVD...
Hunter's Country House is a beautiful thatched homestead, far from the madding crowd, yet conveniently close to a wide variety of holiday activities along the Garden Route. All 19 suites are individually decorated and have private patios and gardens, while certain suites have their own splash pools. Hunter's Country House offers beautiful seating areas to enjoy the excellent food and wine on offer. Have breakfast in the sunny glass conservatory, casual lunches in the dining room or on the manicured lawns, and the outdoor boma, with its comfortable couches and fireplace, invites you to enjoy a high tea or a glass of bubbly as the sun sets. Sage @ Hunter's evening a la carte menu offers a selection of flavours which can be complemented by the wine cellar, which has been stocked from the top wine farms in South Africa.
Features: 19 suites, large swimming pool with loungers, formal...
Rosenhof Country Lodge is situated on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn on the main road to the Cango Caves. A 17th century Victorian homestead, it features antique furnishings, yellow wood beams and high ceilings. There are several sitting rooms with fireplaces and an a la carte restaurant offering traditional country meals and an extensive wine list from the homestead's walk-in cellar.
The lodge's 12 en suite rooms feature a small terrace facing inwards over a grassy courtyard. There are also two executive suites with their own private lounge and swimming pool.
With wide verandas, immaculate gardens with water features and plenty of shady trees, Rosenhof is a tranquil retreat in this typically hot region. The lodge also has a swimming pool and a wellness centre offering massage treatments...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
At Victoria Falls, the mighty Zambezi river thunders over a 100-metre drop into a narrow ravine, dividing Zimbabwe and Zambia. While it is not the highest or widest waterfall in the world, it can lay claim to being the largest sheet of falling water and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Transfer to the airport and fly to Johannesburg. Stay overnight at the Peermont Mondior. (B)
Fly to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and transfer to Ilala Lodge Hotel for 2 nights. Spend time at leisure or take optional excursions (see page 81 for suggestions).
Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Johannesburg.
Early morning arrival. (N)
In the heart of the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, Kambaku River Sands Lodge is a small (just 10 suites) unfenced camp overlooking a waterhole. There is a steady stream of wildlife, including the Big Five. On day 9, fly from Cape Town to Hoedspruit with SA Airlink and stay 2 nights at Kambaku River Sands Lodge. Morning and afternoon safari activities are included. The inbound international flight will be with British Airways via Johannesburg.
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