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Wildlife, Wine and the Garden Route

6 Days Guided Tours

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This unique tour departs from Cape Town and travels through the Karoo to explore the area around Oudtshoorn, and the coastal region of the Garden Route. Travel back via the magnificent Cape Winelands and the spectacular Whale Coast. The highlight? An overnight lodge experience in a 'Big Five' game reserve.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cape Town — Oudtshoorn

Depart Cape Town and travel through the 'Little Karoo' and Montagu, a picturesque and historic spa town. En route, stop off in the town of Barrydale, where you will have the opportunity to visit a local farm school (subject to term times), interact with the children and teachers, spending time with them in the classroom learning more about the local farming community. Continue to Oudtshoorn, the 'ostrich feather capital' and centre of the world's Ostrich farming industry. (B/D)

Day 2: Oudtshoorn — Knysna

After breakfast take a tour of the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves, one of the world's great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. Return to Oudtshoorn for a tour and light lunch at an Ostrich Farm. Your journey continues over the scenic Outeniqua Pass to George, the administrative hub of the Garden Route area and then onto Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. (B/L)

Day 3: Knysna

Enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon. Return for lunch. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon. (B/L)

Day 4: Knysna — Albertinia

After a leisurely breakfast, travel via George and Mossel Bay to Albertinia, a town set against the backdrop of the majestic Langeberg Mountain Range. Enjoy an afternoon open vehicle game-drive, at a malaria free private game reserve, that is home to an abundance of animal and birdlife, including the 'Big Five'. Overnight in the region of Albertinia. (B/D)

Day 5: Albertinia — Hermanus

Your safari adventure continues with an early morning game-drive. Your expert guide will endeavour to spoil you with sightings of the 'Big Five', general game and prolific bird life. Leaving the bush behind, your journey will take you to the picturesque Cape Dutch town of Swellendam. This charming town was founded in 1745 and is famous for its youngberries, eclectic architecture and National Parks, as well as outdoor activities. Your journey further continues to the seaside resort of Hermanus, known as the heart of the whale route, offering the best land-based whale watching (Aug–Nov) in the world. (B/D)

Day 6: Hermanus — Cape Town

After a leisurely breakfast depart Hermanus and travel to Franschhoek, a picturesque village surrounded by spectacular vineyards, where French Huguenots settled more than 300 years ago, bringing with them their age-old French wine and food culture. Your story telling guide will take you on a tour through Franschhoek village, sharing the fascinating history of the French Huguenots. Then finally onto Cape Town, the oldest city in South Africa, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain 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 4-5V 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 4-5V 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