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Inspirational Garden Route

6 days Guided Tours

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An inspirational guided tour of South Africa’s natural landscape and rich flora and fauna. From the Cape Floral Kingdom world heritage site to the stunning coastline of Walker Bay, you’ll explore nature trails, walk along cliff paths, meet marine mammals and visit one of South Africa’s newest wine regions.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cape Town — Hermanus

Morning departure from Cape Town. A stunning coastal drive brings you to the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden with its delicate coastal Fynbos. Seek out the small breeding colony of African Penguins at Stoney Point. In the "Hemel en Aarde" region, one of South Africa's newest wine routes, indulge in wine tasting at a boutique winery before arriving in Hermanus.

DaY 2: Hermanus — Oudtshoorn

This morning explore the unique cliff paths of Hermanus and gasp at the outstanding views of Walker Bay. During the months of July-November, the possibility of whale sightings could add further enhancement to our explorations. Depart late morning stopping for a late lunch (for own account) in the pretty village of Barrydale on the scenic 'Route 62', then onward to Oudtshoorn. (B)

Day 3: Oudtshoorn — Knysna

Today you will have the opportunity to marvel at the impressive Cango Caves, filled with wonderful stalactite and stalagmite formations. Thereafter enjoy a guided tour at an ostrich farm, which will give you an insight into why Oudtshoorn is known as the "feather capital of the world". Travel via the panoramic Outeniqua Pass to Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa. (B)

Day 4: Knysna

This morning cruise the vast Knysna Lagoon and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you will learn more about the fascinating history, fauna and flora of the area. Return for lunch. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to further explore the charming village of Knysna. (B/L)

Day 5: Knysna — Tsitsikamma

Depart Knysna after breakfast and travel to Plettenberg Bay for an ocean safari (weather permitting). During the summer months you may encounter bottlenose and common dolphins as well as seals in their natural environment. During the winter months you may see southern right and humpback whales. For those brave souls amongst us, this afternoon you have the opportunity to attempt the world's highest bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge (for own account and weather permitting). Arrive late afternoon at the picturesque village of Storms River. (B)

Day 6: Tsitsikamma — Port Elizabeth

This morning immerse yourselves in the splendour and tranquillity of the Tsitsikamma National Park and head to the Storms River Mouth for unrivalled views of the Indian Ocean (weather permitting). Continue your journey to Port Elizabeth where the tour ends. (B)

Board Basis - this tour is based on mixed board basis.

Hotels and locations are subject to change based on availability, final hotel list will be confirmed before departure.

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Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.

Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.

Tour information

Pre/Post Tour information

If you would like to extend your trip or make the tour part of a longer holiday, we can tailor make this for you. Our expert touring team will work with you to arrange any additional hotel stays or combine with other destinations. Please contact them on 0344 739 4548 or email Enquiries.Journeys@virginholidays.com

Tour inclusions

  • All excursions and meals as listed
  • Transfers and sightseeing on a shared basis with English speaking guides
  • Standard 3-4V accommodation

Tour exclusions

  • All flights and airport transfers in the UK
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips & gratuities, video camera fees at monuments
  • Anything not detailed on the itinerary

Dining inclusions

Mixed Board as listed

Accommodation

Accommodation in the itinerary are 3-4V rated properties based on availability. Please note some tours stay in remote locations e.g. safari lodges and tented camps, when the ‘V’ rating may vary. Hotels are subject to change up until departure.

Visa requirements

Please see our Country Note documents for queries on visas and required vaccinations or visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for the most up to date information.

Extensions

If you would like to extend your trip or make the tour part of a longer holiday, we can tailor make this for you. Our expert touring team will work with you to arrange any additional hotel stays or combine with other destinations. Please contact them on 0344 739 4548 or email Enquiries.Journeys@virginholidays.com

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