Oudtshoorn Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF AFRICA 815

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Cape Point, South Africa

Day 1: Cape Town

Welcome to Africa! We will be there to meet you at Cape Town airport, and transfer you to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

One of the many bays around Cape Town

Day 2: Cape Town - Swellendam

Early morning departure from Cape Town over the Hottentots-Holland Mountains via Sir Lowry's Pass into a region of immense beauty. Stop at the Hamilton Russell Vineyards near Hermanus for a tour & tasting of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley terroir driven wines. During whale season (June to December), also stop in Hermanus which boasts the best land based whale watching along its cliff path. Here you would have the option of embarking on an eco-marine (all year round) and whale watching (seasonal) boat trip (additional charge). After lunch (to own account), continue to Swellendam – the third oldest settlement in South Africa. Dinner is enjoyed at the hotel restaurant.

Day 3: Swellendam - Plettenberg Bay

After breakfast, depart Swellendam and travel to the lagoon-side town of Knysna – gem of the Garden Route. Enjoy some time at leisure at the Knsysa Waterfront Complex before embarking on an excursion to the Featherbed Nature Reserve which is located on the western Knysna Head. The trip includes a ferry across the lagoon to the base of the western head, a drive to the top of the reserve and an optional 2.2 kilometre downhill nature trail walk. The tour ends with a delicious lunch served under the shade of the milkwood trees. On return to the mainland, continue your journey to Plettenberg Bay for the following two nights. Dinner is enjoyed at the lodge.

Seals on the rocks at Plettenberg

Day 4: Plettenberg Bay

After breakfast, get up-close-and-personal with nature at the Elephant Sanctuary. The visit presents you with the opportunity to touch, feed and photograph these gentle giants. After lunch (to own account), travel to the Tsitsikamma National Park. Described as the 'garden of the Garden Route', the Tsitsikamma actually deserves a more vivid description to encapsulate the beauty of the place. Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River mouth gorge which offers visitors incredible views and photo opportunities. Spend some time at leisure in the town of Plettenberg Bay – 'millionaires' playground' – before returning to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Rockpool at Plettenberg

Day 5: Plettenberg Bay - Oudtshoorn

Morning departure from Plettenberg Bay. The tour winds its way through George and via the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn. Visit an ostrich show farm for a guided tour and lunch. Continue to the Cango Caves – one of the natural wonders of the world and which has become a major draw-card to the Karoo area. Following this visit of discovery, check into your overnight accommodation. Dinner at the hotel.

Inquisitive ostrich getting up close

Day 6: Oudtshoorn - Cape Town

Depart Oudtshoorn this morning and travel along the famous Route 62 to Cape Town. The ever changing colours of the majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards offer you an unforgettable kaleidoscope of scenic tranquility. Stop at the Country Pumpkin Restaurant near Barrydale for lunch (to own account). After lunch, enjoy a slow drive to Cape Town.

Vineyard in the winelands region

Day 7: Cape Town

Your tour will take in the Houses of Parliament, the Castle (built between 1666 and 1679, this is South Africa’s oldest building), the lively Greenmarket Square , the Company Gardens and of course Table Mountain, which will give you spectacular views over the city and the Peninsula. (the cable car fee is not included). As you come back down from the mountain, make a stop at Bo-Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses. from here you have the choice of being dropped off at the Waterfront to experience this vibrant location at your own pace, with its many shops, restaurants and pubs - or at your hotel to end the tour.

Cablecar to Table Mountain

Day 8: Cape Town

Sadly your African adventure comes to an end today and we will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight.

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