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5 Days - Scenic Garden Route Circular


Cape Town - City - Hermanus - Swellendam - Knysna - Plettenberg Bay - Tsitsikamma National Park - Oudtshoorn - Route 62 - Cape Town International Airport

Scenic Garden Route Circular

Trip details:

  • Tour code - IL-GRC4
  • Departure Tuesday at 08h00
  • Transport in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle
  • English speaking THETA registered tour guide
  • Superior Accommodation


  • Overberg Wine Region
  • Whale Watching (during season)
  • Quaint and Charming towns
  • Magnificent Scenery
  • Encounters with Elephants
  • Ostriches
  • Cango Caves
  • Route 62





Day 1 - Tuesday (D): Morning departure from Cape Town over the Hottentots-Hollands Mountains via Sir Lowrie's pass into a region of immense beauty. Stop at the Hamilton Russel Vineyards near Hermanus for a tour & tasting the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley terroir driven wines. During the whale season (June - 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 around) 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. Overnight at Schoone Oordt Country House (luxury suite) or similar.

Day 2 - Wednesday (BLD): 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 Knysna 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 2.2km downhill nature trail walk. The tour ends with a delicious lunch served under the shade of milkwood trees. On return to the Mainland, continue your journey to Plettenberg Bay for the following two nights. Dinner is enjoyed at the lodge. Overnight Hog Hollow Country Lodge (standard suite) or similar.

Day 3 - Thursday (BD): After breakfast, get up-close-and-personal with nature at the Elephant Sanctuary. With the help of the resident African Elephants and the well-informed guides, you will learn about the sad and mystical story about the Knysna Elephants. 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. Enjou 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. Overnight Hog Hollow Country Lodge (standard suite) or similar.

Day 4 - Friday (BLD): 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 to discovery, check into your overnight accommodation. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight  Rosenhof Country House (standard room) or similar.

Day 5 - Saturday (B):  Depart Oudtshoorn this morning and travel along the famous Route 62 to Cape Town. The everchanging colours of the majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards offer you an unforgettable kaleidoscope of scenic tranquillity. Stop at the Country Pumpkin Restaurant near Barrydale for lunch (to own account). After lunch, enjoy a slow drive to Cape Town where your tour ends around 18h00 with drop-off at Cape Town International Airport or your based hotel.

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • 4 Breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners


  • Any additional personal expenses and purchases
  • Any activities and meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any flights


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