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Lighthouse, Cape Agulhas
Ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn, South Africa
Matthee Big Tree Memorial
Knysna Heads, Featherbed, Garden Route, South Africa
Storms River Suspension Bridge, Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa
Bloukrans Bridge, Eastern Cape

Garden Route Splendour

6 day Small Group Tour – from £899

From Karoo villages to coastal towns, with breathtaking scenery in between, enjoy an in-depth escorted tour of the Garden Route led by an experienced guide.

Highlights:
  • Visit an ostrich farm and the magnificent Cango Caves
  • Cross the Outeniqua Pass, soaking in the spectacular views
  • Enjoy a stay in the scenic lagoon-side town of Knysna
  • Travel through historic Swellendam to Cape Agulhas, where oceans meet
  • Stay overnight in the stunning Tsitsikamma National Park

Your Itinerary

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You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or activities before or after your Garden Route escorted tour. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Lighthouse, Cape Agulhas

Day 1 – Cape Town to Mossel Bay

This morning you will be met by your local tour guide and depart for the scenic…

This morning you will be met by your local tour guide and depart for the scenic Garden Route. Travel along Sir Lowry’s Pass, with its magnificent views, to Grabouw and Elgin, a lush landscape surrounded by majestic mountains. Stop en route at a farmstall packed with locally produced products from the area. Our journey continues to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The area has largely been untouched and unexplored with its rugged coastline being the graveyard for many a ship. The historic Cape Agulhas Lighthouse is considered the icon that signifies the tip of Africa. After this thrilling experience, we continue via historic Swellendam, the third oldest town in South Africa, to Mossel Bay, from where the Garden Route extends to the Storms River in the east.

    Oudtshoorn at La Plume or similar

    Dinner
Lighthouse, Cape Agulhas
Ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Day 2 – Oudtshoorn

After breakfast, we head to Oudtshoorn and visit the Cape St Blaize Cave, site of one…

After breakfast, we head to Oudtshoorn and visit the Cape St Blaize Cave, site of one of South Africa’s oldest archaeological excavations, known as the Cradle of Human Culture. We continue our journey to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world and home to the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves. Visit an Ostrich Farm for a guided tour. Enjoy a wine tasting at a local wine estate in the scenic Schoemanshoek Valley, before setting off on a tour of the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages

    La Plume Guest House

    Breakfast and Dinner
Ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn, South Africa
Matthee Big Tree Memorial

Day 3 – Knysna

After breakfast, travel over the Outeniqua Pass to George, the sixth oldest town in South Africa,…

After breakfast, travel over the Outeniqua Pass to George, the sixth oldest town in South Africa, with many historical landmarks like the Slave Tree and King Edward VII Library building; said to be the best example of Edwardian architecture in the town. The tour travels via Wilderness, an attractive holiday resort, to Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Journey into the magical Knysna Forests, the stamping ground of the elusive Knysna elephants. Discover the stories of the woodcutters who worked the forests, the elephants that were hunted to extinction and the discovery of gold. Visit the Dalene Matthee Big Tree Memorial. The enormous Yellowwood tree of over 880 years was named after Matthee, best known author of four books on the Knysna Forest. Enjoy a delicious lunch, before returning to Knysna.

    Rex Hotel

    Breakfast and Lunch
Matthee Big Tree Memorial
Knysna Heads, Featherbed, Garden Route, South Africa

Day 4 – Knysna

Today explore further the natural beauty of the Knysna area with a visit the Forest Legends…

Today explore further the natural beauty of the Knysna area with a visit the Forest Legends Museum, the colourful Old Suzie steam engine, that was used to generate power, and the stately Old Forester’s House.

Afterwards you’ll have the opportunity to visit Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, where you will be able to see a variety of primates, roaming free in the forest. The sanctuary is well known for its efforts to rehabilitate and free previously caged primates.

The tour continues to the famous Eastern Head, where you will enjoy spectacular views of the Knysna Heads, before travelling to the nature lovers paradise of Brenton on Sea with its unspoilt beaches. The remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure.

    Rex Hotel

    Breakfast
Knysna Heads, Featherbed, Garden Route, South Africa
Storms River Suspension Bridge, Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa

Day 5 – Tsitsikamma

After breakfast travel to the Plettenberg Bay area where you will visit Birds of Eden sanctuary,…

After breakfast travel to the Plettenberg Bay area where you will visit Birds of Eden sanctuary, the biggest single free flight aviary in the world. The sanctuary provides a safe environment in which to release a large collection of free-flight African birds.

The journey continues to Bloukrans Bridge, the highest single span arch bridge in the world, currently offering the highest commercially operated bungy jump in the world (optional!).

Later, visit the Tsitsikamma National Park which contains the popular Storms River Mouth suspension bridge. The park incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline, secluded valleys covered in mountain Fynbos and temperate forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea.

    Tsitsikamma Village Inn

    Breakfast
Storms River Suspension Bridge, Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa
Bloukrans Bridge, Eastern Cape

Day 6 – Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha)

After breakfast, travel eastwards by the Tsitsikamma Forest to Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha), where the tour ends. From…

After breakfast, travel eastwards by the Tsitsikamma Forest to Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha), where the tour ends.

From here, your Travel Consultant can arrange onward flights or an Eastern Cape safari.

    Breakfast
Bloukrans Bridge, Eastern Cape

Your Itinerary

You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or activities before or after your Garden Route escorted tour. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Day 1

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Cape Town to Mossel Bay

This morning you will be met by your local tour guide and depart for the scenic Garden Route. Travel along Sir Lowry’s Pass, with its magnificent views, to Grabouw and Elgin, a lush landscape surrounded by majestic mountains. Stop en route at a farmstall packed with locally produced products from the area. Our journey continues to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The area has largely been untouched and unexplored with its rugged coastline being the graveyard for many a ship. The historic Cape Agulhas Lighthouse is considered the icon that signifies the tip of Africa. After this thrilling experience, we continue via historic Swellendam, the third oldest town in South Africa, to Mossel Bay, from where the Garden Route extends to the Storms River in the east.

    Oudtshoorn at La Plume or similar

    Dinner
Lighthouse, Cape Agulhas

Day 2

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Oudtshoorn

After breakfast, we head to Oudtshoorn and visit the Cape St Blaize Cave, site of one of South Africa’s oldest archaeological excavations, known as the Cradle of Human Culture. We continue our journey to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world and home to the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves. Visit an Ostrich Farm for a guided tour. Enjoy a wine tasting at a local wine estate in the scenic Schoemanshoek Valley, before setting off on a tour of the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages

    La Plume Guest House

    Breakfast and Dinner
Ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Day 3

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Knysna

After breakfast, travel over the Outeniqua Pass to George, the sixth oldest town in South Africa, with many historical landmarks like the Slave Tree and King Edward VII Library building; said to be the best example of Edwardian architecture in the town. The tour travels via Wilderness, an attractive holiday resort, to Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Journey into the magical Knysna Forests, the stamping ground of the elusive Knysna elephants. Discover the stories of the woodcutters who worked the forests, the elephants that were hunted to extinction and the discovery of gold. Visit the Dalene Matthee Big Tree Memorial. The enormous Yellowwood tree of over 880 years was named after Matthee, best known author of four books on the Knysna Forest. Enjoy a delicious lunch, before returning to Knysna.

    Rex Hotel

    Breakfast and Lunch
Matthee Big Tree Memorial

Day 4

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Knysna

Today explore further the natural beauty of the Knysna area with a visit the Forest Legends Museum, the colourful Old Suzie steam engine, that was used to generate power, and the stately Old Forester’s House.

Afterwards you’ll have the opportunity to visit Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, where you will be able to see a variety of primates, roaming free in the forest. The sanctuary is well known for its efforts to rehabilitate and free previously caged primates.

The tour continues to the famous Eastern Head, where you will enjoy spectacular views of the Knysna Heads, before travelling to the nature lovers paradise of Brenton on Sea with its unspoilt beaches. The remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure.

    Rex Hotel

    Breakfast
Knysna Heads, Featherbed, Garden Route, South Africa

Day 5

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Tsitsikamma

After breakfast travel to the Plettenberg Bay area where you will visit Birds of Eden sanctuary, the biggest single free flight aviary in the world. The sanctuary provides a safe environment in which to release a large collection of free-flight African birds.

The journey continues to Bloukrans Bridge, the highest single span arch bridge in the world, currently offering the highest commercially operated bungy jump in the world (optional!).

Later, visit the Tsitsikamma National Park which contains the popular Storms River Mouth suspension bridge. The park incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline, secluded valleys covered in mountain Fynbos and temperate forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea.

    Tsitsikamma Village Inn

    Breakfast
Storms River Suspension Bridge, Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa

Day 6

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Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha)

After breakfast, travel eastwards by the Tsitsikamma Forest to Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha), where the tour ends.

From here, your Travel Consultant can arrange onward flights or an Eastern Cape safari.

    Breakfast
Bloukrans Bridge, Eastern Cape

This Tour Includes

5 nights accommodation
Sightseeing and entrance fees
Daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Arrival/departure transfers
Expert guide throughout the tour
Travel by air-conditioned vehicles
Professional and experienced driver

Departure Dates

Check for departure dates that suit you:

2024-05-20

2024-06-10

2024-07-01

2024-07-15

2024-08-05

2024-08-19

2024-08-26

2024-09-02

2024-09-16

2024-09-23

2024-10-07

2024-10-14

2024-10-21

2024-10-28

2024-11-04

2024-11-11

2024-11-18

2024-11-25

2024-12-02

To confirm availability call 0333 234 3667

Flights & More

With FREEDOM, you can book your Garden Route Splendour small group tour and flights together, as an ATOL protected package. Our Travel Experts can find the best priced Economy, Premium or Business Class flights for you.

You can also personalise your holiday. Why not add:

  • Nights in Cape Town or Port Elizabeth before or after your tour
  • A wildlife experience at an Eastern Cape safari lodge after your tour
  • A 4 day Magnificent Garden Route tour which heads to Port Elizabeth after the first night in Knysna

Next Step

Please get in touch with our Africa Experts to start planning your holiday. You’ll have a single point of contact from your first enquiry through booking.

Garden Route Splendour

6 day Small Group Tour – from £899

Accommodation specified is subject to availability and may be substituted to a similar standard if necessary.

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Garden Route Splendour