23-DAY SLOW TRAVEL IN CAPE TOWN AND GARDEN ROUTE

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OVERVIEW

This ‘slow travel’ route allows you to discover the Western and Eastern Cape provinces from Cape Town along this Garden Route tour. It contains a variety of landscape, diversity of cultures and flora and fauna.

This trip is for those who want to take it easy, hopping from location to location at an easy pace and discover the true atmosphere of the Garden Route and go a little off-the-beaten-path while meeting and exchanging stories with locals.

With just a few tours booked this itinerary is packed with options for you to pick and choose at any time!.

Day 1: Arrival in Cape Town
Day 2: Cape Town City Tour
Day 3: Cape of Good Hope
Day 4: Another Side of Cape Town
Day 5: Drive to Goedverwacht
Day 6: Die Swartland
Day 7: Drive to Montagu
Day 8: A Day in Montagu
Day 9: Take the Garden Route 62
Day 10: Botlierskop Private Game Reserve
Day 11: Mossel Bay
Day 12: Drive to Tsitsikamma National Park
Day 13: Tsitsikamma National Park
Day 14: Travel to Knysna
Day 15: A Day around Knysna
Day 16: Relax in Knysna
Day 17: Travel to De Hoop Nature Reserve
Day 18: A Day in De Hoop
Day 19: De Hoop Nature Reserve and it Surrounds
Day 20: Drive to Stellebosch
Day 21: Stellenbosch Wine Region
Day 22: Another Day in Stellenbosch
Day 23: Drive to the Airport

DURATION

23 days, 22 nights

DESTINATIONS

South Africa: Cape Town, Western Cape, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Graskop, Swellendam, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Mossel Bay, Paarl, Malmesbury,
Goedverwacht, Tulbagh, Montagu, Groot Brakrivier, Rheenendal, Overberg DC, Uniondale

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Unit 8A/141 Flemington Road
Mitchell ACT 2911
INCLUDED

– 22 nights accommodation
– 5 activities
– 22 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners
– Ground transportation
– Licensed English speaking guides

EXCLUDED

– Airport transfer
– Domestic flights
– Travel insurance
– International flights
– Entrance fees
– Entry visas / airport departure tax
– Alcohol beverages
– Gratuities
– Personal expenses
– Laundry
– Trekking permits

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN CAPE TOWN
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On arrival at the airport of South Africa’s Mother City, meet & greet and transfer to hotel. There are many optional sights to visit: take the Table Mountain Cable Way for spectacular city panorama views. As the cable car only operates in good weather conditions squeeze this visit in as soon as possible. A 2-hour round trip hike to the top of Lion’s Head towards evening also offers wonderful views.

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Private Driver

11:15 to 12:00

From: Cape Town International Airport
To: Cape Town

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Antrim Villa

12:15 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 5)
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Built in the late 1800s, this old English Victorian house was originally a family residence. High ceilings and well-kept stuccos give this guesthouse charm and light. The house is inspired by a tropical-African style in an earthy colour palette, accentuated with natural fabrics such as sisal, linen and bamboo. The large saltwater pool lies enticingly in a secluded, tropical garden. The house has 6 parking bays, secure off-street parking and 24-hr service.

Unwind in the sun-drenched, yet well-secluded tropical bamboo and palm garden. Here you will find a large saltwater swimming pool, loungers, an outdoor shower and pool towels are provided for your convenience and comfortability.

Address: Antrim Villa, Antrim Road, Three Anchor Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

DAY 2: CAPE TOWN CITY TOUR
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This morning you will meet your hostess at her home in the Bo-Kaap, the colourful Cape-Malay neighbourhood on the slopes of Signal Hill. You will go to her home for an interactive cooking session. You can just watch and learn, or you can give a hand, it’s up to you! Alternatively, Kirstenbosch and Groot Constantia are close by where you can learn about the Cape’s endemic plants or the oldest wine estate in the Southern Hemisphere. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is a must for its vibrancy.

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Bo-Kaap Cooking Class

09:45 to 13:00
3 hours 15 minutes

Meet your hostess at her home in the Bo-Kaap, the colourful Cape-Malay neighbourhood situated against the slopes of Signal Hill, known for its multi-coloured houses. On a walking tour of the area, she will take you to the spice shop where she will explain the various spices that are used in the traditional cuisine of her people. From here, you will go to her home for an interactive cooking session in her kitchen.

You can just watch and learn, or you can give a hand, it’s up to you! Lunch will be the delicious meal that you have just prepared.

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Address: 71 Wale St, Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

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V&A Waterfront

15:15 to 16:45
1 hour 30 minutes

The V&A Waterfront is an iconic mixed-use destination located in the oldest working harbour in the Southern Hemisphere.

With Table Mountain as its backdrop, the 123-hectare neighbourhood sits within the beautiful city of Cape Town, welcoming millions of people from all over the continent and the rest of the world.

The V&A is a symbol of heritage and diversity, where people from all walks of life can play, live, shop, dine and work while immersed in the vibrant spirit and authentic local culture that exists in this bustling ecosystem. It sees its role on the continent to be a platform that facilitates and champions art and design, to support entrepreneurship and innovation, lead the charge on sustainability, and drive positive social and economic change.

By prioritising people and the planet, the V&A is an example of how working with communities, respecting the environment and operating with passion and integrity is a better, more productive and kinder way of doing business.

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Address: V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

DAY 3: CAPE OF GOOD HOPE
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The tour starts at 7.30 am at Ashanti Lodge Green Point. The excursion takes you along the Atlantic coast to Hout Bay harbour, guarded by the Twelve Apostles mountains. You have the option of a cruise to Seal Island. The journey continues along the breathtaking Chapman’s Peak Drive. Another optional activity visiting the penguins at Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town. At the Cape of Good Hope enjoy a picnic followed by a leisurely walk from Cape Point to the Cape of Good Hope.

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Cape of Good Hope Full-Day Tour

07:30 to 17:30
10 hours

The tour starts around 7.30 am at Ashanti Lodge Green Point, which is situated in the same street as Antrim Villa. The excursion takes you along the Atlantic Coast to Hout Bay harbour, which is guarded by the Twelve Apostles mountains in the background. You have the option of going on a cruise to
‘Seal Island’ (approximately ZAR 110.00). Otherwise, check out the local handicraft exhibitors.

The journey continues along the breathtaking Chapman’s Peak Drive. Another optional activity is to visit the penguins at Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town (approximately ZAR 160.00).

At the Cape of Good Hope, enjoy a picnic followed by a leisurely walk from Cape Point to the south-western Cape of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope.
The tour ends at Ashanti Lodge Green Point between five and six in the evening.

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Address: Cape Peninsula, Simon’s Town, 7995, South Africa

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Hout Bay

08:30 to 09:30
1 hour

Hout Bay is a small area that is known for its role in the fishing industry. The area is surrounded by mountains and part of the Cape Peninsula that leads to Cape Point, making it a very sheltered area, lined with a beach. Next to the Hout Bay area, you will find the wealthy district of Constantia with its vineyards and the gorgeous Llandudno beach.

Hout Bay has many neighbourhoods, dotted through the hilly area that leads to the harbour and beach where there are a few restaurants that sell some of the best fish and chips you will ever have.

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Address: 9 Little Lions Head Rd, Mount Rhodes, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa

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Chapman’s Peak

09:45 to 10:45
1 hour

Around the west of the Cape Peninsula, Chapman’s Peak neighbours the stunning Hout Bay, around winding roads and views stretching far out into the Atlantic Ocean.

Chapman’s peak and the drive that goes around it was first discovered in 1607, however, the road was not chipped out of the rock face until the early 1900s. The drive is one of the most picturesque in and around Cape Town.

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Address: Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

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Boulders Beach

10:45 to 11:45
1 hour

Cape Town has no shortage of amazing beaches, but Boulders Beach offers something extra special hidden between the bushes and under the water – a colony of African Penguins in all their waddling glory, right under your nose. In fact, it’s the only place in the world where you can get close to African
Penguins.

During the winter periods you can walk along the boardwalk to find the penguins hiding in containers that look similar to a milk churn while they are breeding.

That’s not all the beach has to offer, the rock formations that surround you, dotted across the clear blue waters and ranging greatly in size, are incredibly smooth granite rock, unlike you have seen anywhere before.

Here you have the option to swim, but be warned, it’s not always warm.

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Address: 1 Kleintuin Rd, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, 7995, South Africa

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Cape of Good Hope

12:15 to 13:45
1 hour 30 minutes

The Cape of Good Hope is a rocky headland along the Cape Peninsula of South Africa. Once you have walked to it’s peak, Cape Point offers stunning views along the jagged coastline.

A common misunderstanding that is broadly advertised in tourism in Cape Town is that the Cape of Good Hope is the southern-most tip of Africa. This misconception was based on the misbelief that the Cape was the dividing point between the Atlantic and Indian Ocean. However, the southernmost point of Africa is the not as beautiful Cape Agulhas, which can be found not far from the Cape of Good Hope.

The Cape is considered very important for sailors as a marking point for the Cape route to India or the clipper route to Australia.

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Address: Cape Point Rd, Cape Peninsula, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

DAY 4: ANOTHER SIDE OF CAPE TOWN
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The name ‘township’ still has a certain negative feeling- now it’s less true! Explore the heart and soul of the city, through a community walk or bike ride through one of the largest in the city: Khayelitsha! This part of the city has a mix of cultures; from the original San, Rasta’s, Zulu’s and Xhosa to Somalians.
Khayelitsha is no longer a ‘ghetto’. Varying from middle-class neighbourhoods to informal settlements; the area benefits from its influx from other regions and countries in Africa.

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Explore Khayelitsha

10:00 to 14:00
4 hours

The name ‘township’ still has a certain negative feeling. But nothing is less true! Explore the heart and soul of the city, through an authentic community walk or bike ride with a passionate local guide through one of the largest communities in the city: Khayelitsha (my house)!

This part of the city is a mix of cultures; from the original San (Bushmen), Rasta’s, Zulu’s and Xhosa to Somalians and Malawi. No longer a ‘ghetto’, Khayelitsha varies from villas to middle-class residential neighbourhoods, but also still has the informal settlements with its ‘shacks’ through the influx from other regions and countries.

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Address: Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa

DAY 5: DRIVE TO GOEDVERWACHT
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Rental Car

10:00 to 14:00

From: Cape Town
To: Goedverwacht
First you will drive via Route 27 to a little gem that introduces you to the first inhabitants of South Africa; the Khoi San. The tour is a fascinating insight into the culture, heritage, knowledge, skills and contemporary life of the San. Then a traditional, tasty and interactive lunch awaits you at Route 27 Roosterkoek, where you will learn to make your own bread on a ‘braai’.

We continue to the cultural capital of the West Coast where you are able to taste a couple of the local specialities at either Darling Brew, Darling Wines, Darling Olives or Darling Sweets. Don’t forget to make a stop at Evita se Perron, a theatre and restaurant run by a local comedian with an Apartheid Museum  with a wink!

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!Khwa ttu San Heritage Centre

10:30 to 11:30
1 hour

As a safe travel destination and training centre, Khwa Ttu San Culture and Education Centre combines adventure, relaxation and education to leave a lasting impressing and a new understanding of the phrase “San Spirit Shared”.

The San guided tour experience is offered daily at 10 am and 2 pm and lasts 1.5 hours. The tour is a fascinating insight into the culture, heritage, knowledge, skills and contemporary life of the San.

You will be able to see fresh animal tracks, explore a replica San village and get to know the herbaceous fynbos of the area and its many uses. You can explore !Khwa Ttu San
on foot, safari vehicle or mountain bike.

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Address: West Coast Road R27, Yzerfontein, 7351, South
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Route 27 Roosterkoek

12:00 to 13:00
1 hour

Roosterkoek is one of the oldest forms of bread in South Africa. And that’s what this little shack does best! Go back in time with this delicious Roosterkoek.

You’ll have the chance to make your own bread the traditional way – on a braai! This little restaurant is famous in South Africa for serving up traditional South African cuisine in the traditional way. Expect lots of meat, braais and beer!

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Address: 7351 R27, Milnerton, Cape Town, 7351, South Africa

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Moravian Mission Station Goedverwacht

14:15 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 7)
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Live with the locals in an authentic community experience at the Moravian Mission Station Goedverwacht near Piketberg. Be very special guests with a private family to experience their way of life in this tiny village.

The Moravian Mission Station of Goedverwacht is nestled between the Piketberg Mountains and is accessed by an excellent tarred road off the R399, between Piketberg and Velddrift. Drive through the Swartland wine route to your ‘home away from home’.

Goedverwacht was established in 1889 as a Moravian Mission Station and has a fascinating story. The land originally belonged to a widowed farmer, Hendrik Schalk Burger. When the emancipation of the slaves was in sight, he asked his slave and her family to stay.

Besides getting to know your family and their way of life, a historical village walk is also included, with a visit to the church, the mill museum, the school and the slave graves.

Address: Moravian Church, Goedverwacht, South Africa

DAY 6: DIE SWARTLAND
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Meet your local guide at the tourism office for a guided walk to the watermill and museum, the Moravian Church, school, the  first monument and the slaves graves. Originally owned by Hendrik Schalk Burger, he left the farm to Maniesa, his slave and her children who agreed to continue to look after him. As his thanks, the farm was theirs. The descendants decided to sell the farm to the Moravian Missionaries. At the end of the day, you’ll ave a home-cooked dinner with your host family.

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Die Swartlander

09:00 to 15:00
6 hours

Meet your local guide at the tourism office for a guided historical walk. This includes a visit to the Watermill and Museum, the Moravian Church, the Stone-built School, first monument and the slave’s graves. The church and parsonage were constructed of local stone and built by the villagers. It was established in 1889 as a Moravian Mission station and has a fascinating story.

The land originally belonged to a widowed farmer, Hendrik Schalk Burger. When the emancipation of the slaves was in sight, he asked his slave, Maniesa (originally from Bengal, India), and her five children and son-in-law to stay on the farm with him and care for him until his death. In his will, he left the farm to Maniesa and her children with the instructions that when all her children had died; their descendants should sell the farm and divide the proceeds.

His own children challenged the will in court twice but the will was upheld and remained in Maniesa’s family’s hands until 1888 when her last child, Hester, died. Her grave can still be seen in the graveyard. Thei descendants then decided that instead of selling the farm on open auction, they would sell it to the Moravian Missionaries for 750 Pounds.

Your guide will tell you interesting stories about the church, the mill and the slave graves.

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Address: Loedolf St, Malmesbury, 7299, South Africa

DAY 7: DRIVE TO MONTAGU
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Say goodbye to your host family after breakfast, and hit the road to Montagu. The scenery is breathtaking: towering mountains, fertile valleys and historical villages like Tulbagh where you might stop for lunch. Beautiful vineyards and award-winning wines await you!.

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Rental Car

10:00 to 14:00

From: Goedverwacht
To: Montagu

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Tulbagh

11:30 to 12:30
1 hour

In Tulbagh, you can visit the historic village which is a living museum depicting settler life in the 1800s. Church Street was fully restored to its former glory after the earthquake in 1964.

A small historical town in the Western Cape Winelands, Tulbagh rests within a lush valley surrounded by the peaks of several mountain ranges, the slopes of which are blanketed with indigenous buchu, proteas and wildflowers.

Tulbagh is home to the highest concentration of national monuments
anywhere in South Africa, with over 30 historical buildings clustered around the old church. A number of esteemed wine farms are located in the valley and offer wine tastings and tours, including Twee Jonge Gezellen and Drostdyhof vineyards.

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Address: Tulbagh, 6820, South Afric

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Montagu Country Hotel

14:15 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 9)
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The Montagu Country Hotel is the only original art deco hotel in South Africa where quirky flair and lush green gardens meet warm country hospitality.

All rooms are individually decorated with your utmost comfort and wellbeing in mind. The rooms in the main building are mostly decorated in the unique art deco style while the rooms in the two Victorian Villas in the garden boast furniture and décor from that period. The African Hut is a standalone African Chic rondavel while the 54m² Executive Suite is furnished with original early French mahogany masterpieces.

Address: Montagu Country Hotel, Bath Street, Bergsig, Montagu, South Africa

DAY 8: A DAY IN MONTAGU
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This day is to relax but there is still a lot to do. You can follow the historical walking route in town, visit the ancient hot springs, indulge in a spa treatment or just relax in the lovely gardens at your hotel. Dinner at Montagu Country Hotel is an absolute feast with many local delicacies to try!

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Avalon Springs

10:00 to 11:00
1 hour

Judging by some early “graffiti” which was found during the excavations of the present-day pool complex, man has known about the springs since the late 1700s and the “graffiti” referred to is a chiselled rock inscription by an “A.J. De Wit” dated 1812.

Popular history tells us that a trekboer had injured his hand whilst repairing the wheel on one of his ox-wagons and whilst bathing the hand in a stream nearby, discovered that the water was warm and decided to trace the stream to its origins; this was when hot springs were discovered! Allegedly the Farmer’s hand, after repeated bathing in the water, healed in no time at all and the news of this “miracle spring” quickly spread throughout the Cape Colony.

People started coming from all over the country (and world) to experience this natural wonder for themselves. However, based on the fact that there are various Khoi drawings on rocks and in caves in the greater Montagu area,  one can safely assume that the springs were known to these people for hundreds, possibly thousands of years before the aforementioned “discovery” and as such the real date of the origin of the spring is lost in the mists of time.

The spring and the land surrounding it has had a varied history and over the years, has changed hands many times with various owners putting it to different uses.

Since 1982, these springs are now part of the Avalon Springs Spa Resort Hotel and whilst the process of getting here, as well as the levels of luxury enjoyed by visitors from far and wide, are much improved since 200 years ago, the springs are as natural and perfect as they have always been.

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Address: Uitvlucht str, Bergsig, Montagu, 6720, South Africa

DAY 9: TAKE THE GARDEN ROUTE 62
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Continue on Route 62 and see the changes from the lush wine valleys into the dry Klein Karoo semi-desert. A must stop is the restaurant ‘Diesel and Creme’ on the main road. The Tradouw Pass is one of the most beautiful in the country; take time to stop at the viewpoints. You can imagine the Voortrekkers travelled right down through the valley along the river with their ox wagons. At the end of the pass, you can choose the tarred road to Swellendam; another little gem lies before you: Suurbraak.

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Tradouw Pass Drive

10:00 to 15:30
5 hours 30 minutes

You will continue on Route 62 and will continuously see the changes from the lush wine valleys into the dry Klein Karoo semi-desert.

A must stop is the restaurant ‘Diesel and Creme’ on the main road: tasty lunches and the best milkshakes in the country! Barrydale is worthwhile strolling around with its little shops and art galleries.

Then it is time for nature again. The Tradouw Pass is one of the most beautiful in the country; take time to stop at the various viewpoints. Can you just imagine, the Voortrekkers travelled right down through the valley along the river with their ox wagons. At some points, you can still see the tracks!

At the end of the pass, you can choose the gravel road to Heidelberg or the tarred road to Swellendam. Choose the latter, because another little gem lies before you: Suurbraak. Suurbraak lies in a little piece of heaven, and because it is not a commercial centre, it is largely left alone. The little village came into existence in 1812 as a mission village. Today people still cook on wood-burning stoves, use donkey-drawn ploughs and horses and carts to get around – it’s really oldstyle living, mostly untouched by development.

Most of the old-style houses line the road through town. The Wonder Kloof lies across from town, an incredible geological crack in the Langeberg mountain range, with a number of recently opened hiking trails that take you through the kloof. Hiking and biking, and visiting historical buildings are the main attractions of the town. It has a very interesting history of relocation and resettlement.

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Address: Tradoupas, South Africa

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Ilita Lodge

16:00 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 12)
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Set above the picturesque town of Great Brak River on a tranquil hill surrounded by panoramic views of the river mouth, rolling mountains and Mossel Bay, this hidden gem will take your breath away.

Ilita Lodge’s friendly and professional atmosphere is sure to serve your every need and leave you feeling renewed, revitalised and invigorated. The 12 luxury en-suite bedrooms have all the modern facilities to ensure that you have a comfortable and memorable stay, decorated with exceptional style.

All bedrooms are awarded a private balcony ensuring that guests have a prime spot when spying on the incomparable views which the Garden Route has to offer. The seven spacious self-catering units are perfect for families and come  fully equipped with everything you need for your stay including private balconies, braai area and a beautiful open plan lounge and kitchen.

Address: Ilita Lodge, Great Brak River, Groot Brakrivier, South Africa

DAY 10: BOTLIERSKOP PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
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Stop at a game reserve. You will have the chance to encounter some wildlife in beautiful surroundings. Enjoy close encounters with rhinoceros, lions, elephants, buffalo, giraffe, the rare black impala, golden wildebeest, mountain zebra, hippos and more! The Botlierskop Game Reserve is 4200ha and comprises of over 26 different species of animals and over 200 resident bird species. You can book a game drive, spa treatments or horseback safaris.

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Botlierskop Private Game Reserve

11:15 to 12:15
1 hour

Day visitors can enjoy game drives in open 4×4 vehicles on Botlierskop Private Game Reserve.

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Address: Gonnakraal Road, Little Brak River, 6503, South Africa

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Botlierskop Private Game Reserve

11:15 to 12:15
1 hour

Day visitors can enjoy game drives in open 4×4 vehicles on Botlierskop Private Game Reserve.

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Address: Gonnakraal Road, Little Brak River, 6503, South Africa

DAY 11: MOSSEL BAY
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Whilst in the area, why not visit Mossel Bay? The reasons ancestors were drawn to Mossel Bay 162,00 years ago are the same reasons that still beckon us today: freshwater, pristine beaches, tranquil lagoons, fynbos, wildlife, and fresh seafood. The oldest ‘post office’ was established in Mossel Bay in an old
shoe hanging from a branch. You can post your letter at the Bartholomew Diaz Museum complex, with a replica of his boat, the story of explorers, a shell and fynbos museum and herb garden.

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Mossel Bay

10:00 to 12:45
2 hours 45 minute

A coastal village on the Western Cape, Mossel Bay is a famous stop on the Garden Route between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.

Central to Mossel Bay’s attractions is the Post Office tree where seafarers would leave letters. The first post office in southern Africa; those returning to Portugal would collect the letters and take them back to their families. With the second-mildest climate in the world, Mossel Bay is a year-round beach destination that attracts surfers, swimmers and sunbathers.

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Address: Mossel Bay, South Africa

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Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex

13:45 to 16:00
2 hours 15 minutes

The Bartolomeu Dias Museum complex was officially opened on 3 February 1989, however, the Mossel Bay museum  industry can be traced back to the 1960s when the Mossel Bay museum was first opened. The museum later became known as the Post Tree museum complex before being renamed again in 1989.

Dedicated to celebrating the history of the region, the Bartolomeu Dias Museum is named after the Portuguese seafarer who started to use Mossel Bay as a rest stop.

The complex is made up of the Post Office Tree, a 500-yearold “post office” that is the oldest in the country; The Maritime Museum, where you’ll find a life-size caravel, and the EthoBotanical Garden, where you’ll find a range of plants that were used by the indigenous people of the area and introduced to the settlers.

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Address: 1 Market St, Mossel Bay Central, Mossel Bay, 6500, South Africa

DAY 12: DRIVE TO TSITSIKAMMA NATIONAL PARK
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After two weeks it’s time to relax as we make our way to Plettenberg Bay. You should arrive in time for a walk along the beach as the sunsets. You can ‘Cuise the Crags’ just before Plettenberg Bay with the Fair Trade accredited Birds of Eden, Monkey Land and the cheetahs at Jukani. Today’s journey takes you through the 7 passes. Indulge in the white sandy beaches of Plettenberg Bay, or discover whales, dolphins and locals on a guided combi tour with a responsible operator and local guide.

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Rental Car

09:30 to 16:00

From: Ilita Lodge
To: Tsitsikamma National Park

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Uniondale

10:45 to 11:45
1 hour

Found in the heart of the Klien Karoo, Uniondale is a quirky town that formed when two villages became one in 1856.

Uniondale is synonymous with the ghost story that surrounds the town. With several sightings from people who live in the town, a young woman who passed away on the outskirts of the town in a car crash in 1968 has left the people in the town a little spooked.

The town is known for its aloe factory, great restaurants and local beer, making it the perfect stop on the way to Tsitsikamma mountains; the foothills are not too far away.

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Address: Uniondale, 6460, South Africa

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Misty Mountain Reserve Lodge

16:00 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 14)
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Nestled 230 metres above the rugged Tsitsikamma coastline is Misty Mountain Reserve, situated in a Marine Reserve along the famous Garden Route, bordering the Tsitsikamma National Park. With breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, Tsitsikamma Mountains and indigenous forest.

Whether a family holiday, adventure escape, romantic breakaway or simply self-touring down the Garden Route, they offer ocean view lodges and lakeside glamping tents, the perfect accommodation to suit your needs.

On-site activities include a guided hiking trail, forest walks, footgolf, 9-hole mashie chip and wedge golf, mountain bike routes to freshwater fishing. There are many wild animal sanctuaries and adventure activities nearby.

The lodge staff prides themselves on good value, comfortable accommodation, delicious meals, friendly staff and great customer service. Guests depart inspired and rested having  had wonderful experiences in nature.

There is something for everyone at the Misty Mountain Reserve Lodge!

Address: Misty Mountain Reserve Lodge and Self Catering Chalets, Tsitsikamma, Garden Route, South Africa

DAY 13: TSITSIKAMMA NATIONAL PARK
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One of the sectors of the greater Garden Route national parks, Tsitsikamma has plenty of activities to do! Hiking, biking, kloofing, bungy jumping (the highest in the world!) and the Fair Trade canopy tour through the treetops of the forests. If you really want something special, go on a walking tour with Stanley Grootboom, a local guide who will tell you all the secrets of medicinal plants, Khoi San heritage and culture, and share a mouthwatering meal with his grandma, Elna.

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Big Swing and Zipline

09:45 to 10:45
1 hour

Now incorporated into the Graskop Gorge Lift Centre, the Big Swing is the world’s highest cable gorge swing.

The experience is very different from a bungee-jump because participants are strapped in an upright position in a full safety harness. Being upright enables them to enjoy the magnificent views – that is if they can keep their eyes open as they do a 70-metre freefall at 140km/h in under three seconds. If participants need to hold someone’s hand when they jump, they can choose the tandem option.

Once their hearts have stopped racing after their jump, participants get to immerse themselves further in the spectacular scenery of the gorge, waterfall and forest as they climb over 400 stairs back to the top.

Visitors to the centre who still want to get their hearts racing but who think the Big Swing is too extreme for them can fly across the gorge on a 130m high-wire zipline.

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Address: Graskop, 1270, South Africa

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Zipling through the Tsitsikamma Forest

13:30 to 14:30
1 hour

There are some fantastic adventure activities available in the Tsitsikamma Forest.

A popular choice is a ziplining tour. The tour consists of 8 slides and is done in a harness fitted with a braking system, as you make your way across the slides you’ll go back and forth across the Kruis River. The longest slide is 211 metres, however, the average length is around 100 metres over 3 waterfalls and down a gorge.

The tour can take between 45 and 90 minutes to complete depending on how many people are in the group.

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Address: Tsitsikamma National Park MPA, South Africa

DAY 14: TRAVEL TO KNYSNA
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After two weeks it’s time to relax in Knysna. Today, you’ll travel there at a leisurely pace as there is plenty to do. You can ‘Cruise the Crags’ just before Plettenberg Bay with the Fair Trade accredited Birds of Eden, Monkey Land and the cheetahs at Jukani. Travel the seven passes with stops to indulge in the white sandy beaches of Plettenberg Bay, or discover whales, dolphins and locals on a guided combi tour before arriving in Knysna.

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Rental Car

08:00 to 16:15

From: Tsitsikamma National Park
To: Knysna

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Monkeyland

13:00 to 14:00
1 hour

Monkeyland is the worlds first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary. Its mission is to educate and foster a greater understanding of our primate cousins and the threats and challenges they are facing.

Monkeyland offers tours (called monkey safaris) during which you’ll see more than 550+ primates comprising of capuchin monkeys, ringtail and black-and-white ruffed lemurs, saki monkeys, squirrel monkeys, vervet monkeys, two species of langur, howler monkeys, and gibbons in their forest home.
There is the chance to experience a 128-metre suspended canopy walk whilst on tour.

There’s also a restaurant, souvenir store, and viewing deck.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Portion 11 & 12 of Kirbywood Farm The Crags, 6602, South Africa

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Plettenberg Bay

14:00 to 15:00
1 hour

With a long history of European settlers go back as far as the 15th century, Plettenberg Bay has a lot of history, however, today it is primarily known for its beautiful beach and all that it brings with it.

With several long beaches to choose from, a day on the sand is never too far away in the summer months. Equally, for those that are looking for more adventurous days, activities such as canoeing, abseiling and hiking the many trails around the coast will definitely satisfy a need for some adrenaline. In wintertime, you might spot a whale or two in the distance.

n the town centre, there are many restaurants focusing on the beautiful seafood of this area that is to die for.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

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Forest Edge Nature Lovers’ Retreat

16:00 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 17)
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Forest Edge is a private, tranquil, eco-friendly retreat nestled against an indigenous forest outside of Knysna.

Each free-standing cottage features a private entrance, a seating area fireplace, and barbecue facilities, a children’s playground and a lush garden outside. The individually decorated cottages come with a terrace overlooking the garden and forest.

Each cottage has a library of books and guests can relax in their hammock whilst reading a book. Activities include picnicking and bird watching and other facilities available include a splash pool, kiddies play area and a meditation corner.

The Wild Oats Farmers’ Market and the beach is a 30-minute drive away. Knysna lagoon and town is 22 km away, and George Airport is 1 hours’ drive.

Address: Forest Edge Nature Lovers’ Retreat, Rheenendal, Knysna, South Africa

DAY 15: A DAY AROUND KNYSNA
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You are in heaven now. So a tour to Featherbed, with a relaxing boat trip over the lagoon is a must! The Featherbed Nature Reserve, situated on the Western Head in Knysna is the premier eco-experience on the Garden Route tour, accessible by ferry. A 4×4 vehicle and trailer go into the reserve with a specialist guide on fauna and flora. You might want to do the guided 2.2km walk through coastal forest and fynbos into ancient sea caves.

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Featherbed Nature Reserve Eco Tour

09:45 to 11:45
2 hours

The Featherbed Nature Reserve, situated on the Western Head in Knysna, is the premier eco-experience on the Garden Route and is accessible by ferry only.

The services featured are a 4×4 vehicle and trailer drive up the headland onto the reserve, a specialist guide giving information on fauna and flora, optional guided 2.2km walk through coastal forest and fynbos into ancient sea caves as well as buffet lunch at an outdoor restaurant setting under a canopy of Milkwood trees.

In order to protect the splend our of the natural beauty, access to the reserve is controlled. Numbers are limited and visits are only permitted in the company of the reserve’s specialist guides.

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Address: Knysna, South Africa

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Knysna & Knysna Heads

13:45 to 16:30
2 hours 45 minutes

Set in the heart of Cape Town’s Garden Route, Knysna is a quaint town sitting on the coast looking out to the Indian Ocean.

A haven for adventure-seekers and beach lovers with its coastal location and proximity to national parks, Knysna is great to explore at all times of the year and delights all with its wildlife spotting opportunities. Whether you are looking to walk in close proximity to elephants or gaze onto a seal colony, you’ll find Knysna has something for all the family.

Sitting as a pair in the Knysna lagoon, Knysna Heads is a famous landmark along the famous Garden Route. The eastern head, accessible by car, offers spectacular views of the channel, Indian Ocean, the Knysna Lagoon and the Outeniqua Mountains.

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Address: Knysna, South Africa

DAY 16: RELAX IN KNYSNA
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Individual tourists and tour companies visit Judah Square on most days. There are trained and registered guides to show them the community and educate them on the Rasta way of life. You can also go on a hiking trail. After exploring, treat yourself to fresh-water lagoon cultivated- and ocean oysters at Knysna waterfront restaurants.

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Judah Square Rasta Community

09:00 to 11:00
2 hours

Judah Square is a Rastafari community situated in a small valley in Khayalethu South, a suburb of Knysna, a town in South Africa.

It was an informal settlement which developed into a formal one. It began in 1993 when the municipality responded to a request by the local Rasta’s to allocate them their own area. As per the development plan happening in the area, the Rastas still had to apply individually for lots but they were
accorded beside one another.

At first, there were only shacks and no fences. The Knysna municipality then gave title deeds and subsidized dwellings. This inspired pride in the Rastas. Over the years, rooms were built on, new dwellings erected, fences installed and gardens made. Through self-fundraising, they built a tabernacle (a church), an Educare Centre, homestays, a holistic healing centre, an office, a food stall and a community hall. They also formed a band called The Reggae Ambassadors who assist with fundraising efforts.

Youth and adult workshops are held most Sundays. These impart Rastafari teachings, arts, crafts, music, Black history, permaculture and various life skills. this also provides spiritual balance in their lives.

There is a boom gate for security at the entrance to Judah Square. Stallholders who sell fruit, vegetables and arts and crafts take turns manning the gate voluntarily. Consequently, Judah Square is much safer than the surrounding area, having no violent crime (such as rape and murder) and very little
theft. Parents take comfort in the knowledge that their children are safe while they play. It also serves as a convenience to visitors and tourists who are greeted warmly and directed where to go.

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Address: Nzimeni Street, Kayalethu South, Knysna, 6571, South Africa

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Knysna Oyster Company

14:00 to 15:00
1 hour

The Knysna Oyster Company specialise in fresh, cultivated, Pacific oysters produced in the cool clean waters of Nelson Mandela Bay. The fresh oysters are available all year round, direct from the farm to your fork!

As part of the Knysna Oyster Company, you’ll experience the sharing of a rich history of oyster cultivation that started way back in 1949. They sell oysters directly from the farm to customers that are private, restaurants and specialist wholesalers.

The Knysna Oyster Company adhere to the SA Shellfish Monitoring and Control Program and test the oysters according to international standards.
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Address: 37B Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

DAY 17: TRAVEL TO DE HOOP NATURE RESERVE
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Hop in the car to the next coastal destination on your trip. One of the largest natural areas in the region, De Hoop is a beautiful reserve that is a favourite for hikers, cyclists, bird and whale watchers. De Hoop encompasses 34,000 which then extends out to its neighbouring marine reserve, which extends 5km out to sea and is one of the largest marine protected areas in Africa.

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Rental Car

10:00 to 13:00

From: Knysna
To: De Hoop Nature Reserve

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De Hoop Nature Reserve

13:15 to 16:00
2 hours 45 minutes

One of the largest natural areas in the region, De Hoop is a beautiful reserve that is a favourite for hikers, cyclists, bird and whale watchers. De Hoop encompasses 34,000 which then extends out to its neighbouring marine reserve, which extends 5km out to sea and is one of the largest marine
protected areas in Africa.

De Hoop is home to one of the best hiking trails in South Africa. A mix of coastal and mountain walking, the Whale Trail has spectacular views and some of the best opportunities for whale watching. With the chance to do small parts of the trail as you wish, the complete route is a five-day trail.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Overberg District Municipality, 6740, South Africa

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De Hoop Collection

14:45 check-in
09:00 check-out (Day 20)
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Few other reserves offer as complete an outdoor experience as De Hoop – sea, sand dunes, the vlei, a floral sensation of rare fynbos plants, diverse antelope and the Potberg Mountains.

De Hoop Collection offers self-catering or luxury accommodation in one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa. From affordable self-catering chalets to more luxurious self-catering cottages and upmarket fully catered lodges.

The De Hoop Collection accommodation has something for everyone, from families travelling on a limited budget, couples seeking a comfortable but affordable breakaway to top-end fully inclusive weddings and honeymoons. Catered and selfcatered options are available for most accommodation types.

Address: De Hoop Collection, Overberg DC, South Africa

DAY 18: A DAY IN DE HOOP
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One of the largest natural areas in the region, De Hoop is a beautiful reserve that is a favourite for hikers, cyclists, bird and whale watchers. De Hoop encompasses 34,000 which then extends out to its neighbouring marine reserve, which extends 5km out to sea and is one of the largest marine protected areas in Africa.

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Bontebok National Park

10:15 to 14:00
3 hours 45 minutes

Home to the Langeberg mountains, Bontebok National Park is a place of rustic beauty and charm.

Whether you are looking for the perfect place for a braai at Die Stroom or want to take yourself on a game drive in search of Bontebok, grey Rhebuck, red Hartebeest as well as many smaller mammals or the 200 species of bird the park is home to; Bontebok National Park has a host of activities that are
suitable for solo travellers and families.

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Address: Swellendam, 6740, South Africa

DAY 19: DE HOOP NATURE RESERVE AND IT SURROUNDS
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Indulge in the peace and quiet of this reserve, go on a boat trip, a walking tour, nature discovery or go and explore the nearby third-oldest town in the country, Swellendam. This quirky town echoes of its past in ways that might just surprise you. For families with young children, a visit to the Faerie Sanctuary at Sulina’s is a must!.

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Swellendam

09:00 to 11:30
2 hours 30 minutes

Perfectly situated at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, the quaint heritage town of Swellendam is South Africa’s thirdoldest town. It is Idyllically positioned in the scenic Overberg area and serves as an excellent base from which to explore the magnificent surrounding landscape including the Little
Karoo in the hinterland.

The streets are lined with beautifully restored Cape Dutch buildings dating back to 1745. Visitors can explore the Dutch Reformed Church and Drostdy Museum complex, visit the surrounding nature reserves and enjoy the local farm stalls selling an array of locally produced jams, liqueurs and baked
goods. Other popular activities include: hiking, kayaking, camping, game viewing, horse riding, and stargazing.

+ optional (not included in price)
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Address: Swellendam, 6740, South Africa

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Sulina Faerie Sanctuary

12:45 to 14:30
1 hour 45 minutes

The continent of Sulina better known as the Faerie Sanctuary is now twenty years old. It was started by creators Minky and Ian Sulin who, because of their love for faeries, and the natural world turned their garden and home into a magical place for all people to experience the thrill of being a child in a
world filled with love peace and happiness.

As you enter though the gates you leave the harsh reality of the human world behind and begin to relax to the sound of water, birds and frogs. Many families bring picnics and relax in this enchanted garden. There is also a lovely home gallery for all to enjoy and maybe a faerie to adopt. One thing is certain though you will leave with a warm feeling in your soul and a lightness in your step.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: 37 Buitekant St, Swellendam, 6740, South Africa

DAY 20: DRIVE TO STELLEBOSCH
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From the Garden Route to the Overberg, this morning’s drive takes you along the stunning coastal road with awesome views as you near Cape Town once more. You’ll have the option of going via Kleinmond, Betty’s- and Gordon’s Bay, both of which offer beautiful views of Cape Town in the distance on a clear day. Finally, you enter into the Cape Winelands.

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Rental Car

09:00 to 14:45

From: De Hoop Nature Reserve
To: Stellenbosch

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Gordon’s Bay

10:30 to 11:30
1 hour

Sitting on the coast, Gordon’s Bay is a resort town that is known as a relaxing escape from the city just moments from Stellebosh and Franschoek. Surrounded by beaches and abundant with wildlife, Gordon’s Bay satisfies all manner of travellers at all times of the year with whale and seal sightings in winter and hot sheltered beaches in summer.

Enjoying a Mediterranean climate, Gordon’s Bay is rarely cold! A must while in this delightful resort town is indulging in decadent seafood dishes or the home comfort of seafood on the pier!

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Address: Gordons Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

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Spier Hotel

14:30 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 23)
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The four-star Spier Hotel features village-style buildings, lush green lawns and spacious rooms situated next to the calming Eerste River.

The rooms are clustered around six courtyards, with each courtyard boasting its own swimming pool. The design is reminiscent of the Bo-Kaap or Mediterranean villages that gives space for people to walk freely and safely.

The upstairs rooms are simply and tastefully appointed, and feature large comfortable beds and original artworks. The en suite bathrooms incorporate a large bath and a separate shower. In keeping with the sustainability ethos, minibars are energy-efficient and showerheads water-wise.

Address: Spier Hotel Restaurant, R310, Stellenbosch, South Africa

DAY 21: STELLENBOSCH WINE REGION
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First, we have Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in the country, with many vineyards and estates. There are plenty of markets, quaint shops like Oom Samie se Winkel, and restaurants in the town or take a hike in Stellenbosch’s Jonkershoek Nature Reserve. There is more; over the mountain pass, there is Franschhoek a picturesque village with vineyards, fruit farms, lush valleys and mountains! To avoid drink-driving, it is recommended you organise a driverguide to take you around the Winelands.

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Stellenbosch Wine & Bike Tour

09:30 to 12:00
2 hours 30 minutes

Meet in Stellenbosch for the tour registration at 9.45. The cycle tour begins at 10 am.

Look forward to a 21km action-packed bike tour. Enjoy wine tastings at three excellent smaller boutique wineries. The cycle route takes you along the private farm roads through the area’s stunning vineyards.

Afterwards, you can explore Stellenbosch. In the colonial cityscape mix interesting buildings, such as the houses of the “East India Company” or Cape Dutch houses from different eras. Also worth seeing is the University’s neoclassical main building “Ou Hoofgebou”, the “Dorp Museum” or a Victorian
villa in the south of Stellenbosch.

Alternatively, take this tour as a self-drive on many wine routes visiting Stellebosch, Paarl and the Franschhoek vineyards.

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Address: 47 Church St, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7599, South Africa

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Franschhoek

14:45 to 16:15
1 hour 30 minutes

Sitting in South Africa’s vineyard-laden Western Cape, Franschhoek is a town which is home to winding trails, wineries, art galleries, Cape Dutch architecture and museums.

Settled by French Huguenots over 300 years ago, they bought their vines and winemaking skills to the Franschhoek valley. Since then and still today, Franschhoek has held onto its French roots and touts the title of South Africa’s gastronomic capital.

One thing is for sure, you won’t run out of places to eat, wineries to visit and art galleries to browse here.

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Address: Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa

DAY 22: ANOTHER DAY IN STELLENBOSCH
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Today, you can explore Stellenbosch a little more, perhaps this time by bicycle. Additionally, you could visit the nearby Paarl, with its Language Monument and take a picnic up Paarl Rock for panoramic views as far as Table Mountain on a clear day. If you do not wish to visit Paarl there is wine tasting and glass blowing at Seidelberg; cheese and wine tasting at Fairview and places of interest in the town.

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Paarl

09:00 to 14:00
5 hours

Situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands, Paarl boasts an array of cultural and historical attractions and is surrounded by some spectacular nature reserves. Paarl was named after the huge granite dome of rock, which overlooks the town founded in 1690.

The famous 11-kilometre-long Main Street features the  Strooidak Church, Die Oude Pastorie Museum and the Patriot Building. The beautiful homestead of Labories on Main Street was bought by KWV.

The KWV cellar complex is the largest in the world, covering an area of 22 hectares. The magnificent Cathedral Cellar, with its barrel-vaulted roof and large carved red wine vats is spectacular and depicts the history of the Cape’s wine industry. Visitors can enjoy a wide selection of activities including wine tasting, scenic fynbos hikes, cycling, sampling local cuisine and much more.

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Address: Paarl, South Africa

DAY 23: DRIVE TO THE AIRPORT
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From Stellenbosch, Cape Town airport is just a short distance away. You will leave your rental car at a designated post in the airport.

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Rental Car

10:15 to 11:15

From: Stellenbosch
To: Cape Town International Airport
Drop your car off at the rental agent and enjoy your flight.

TINUS, THE LOCAL DESIGNER

I grew up on a farm adjacent to the Kruger National Park, and attended primary school at Skukuza in the park. The drive to and from school every day was a game drive – how lucky can one guy be! That is probably what planted the seed in me to travel and to discover the magnificence of South Africa. If you have always dreamed of visiting our country, or our neighbours like Namibia, Botswana, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) or Lesotho, please get in contact with me. It will be a pleasure to help you plan your dream trip!

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EXPERIENCE
16 years

COVERAGE
Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa, Zimbabwe

BASED IN
Cape Town, South Africa

EXPERTISE
Culture & Arts, Food & Drink, Hiking & Trekking, Outdoors & Nature, Sightseeing

LANGUAGES
English