Garden Route Adventure:
itinerary ideas, places of interests.
GARDEN ROUTE ADVENTURE: DAY 1
Day 1: Depart by road to Oudtshoorn on Garden Route Tour
Distance from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn: Approximately 480 kilometres (5 hours)
Oudsthoorn is known as the Ostrich Capital of South Africa and overlooked by the Outeniqua Mountains in the south and the Swartberg mountains in the north. At Oudstshoorn, we will visit the following attractions:
The main reason for visiting Oudtshoorn is the Cango Caves, some of the biggest stalagmite formations in the world set in Precambrian (a time about 4500 million years ago) limestone. The Cango Caves entice approximately 250 000 visitors each year. In totality, the extensive system of tunnels and chambers in the Cango Caves stretch for over 4 kilometres, but the section open to visitors, about a quarter of this, takes place as part of supervised tours, including an 'adventure tour', which takes about an hour and a half. Tours are conducted by experienced guides and depart every hour on the hour.
A visit to one of the ostrich farms is a must for all visitors to Oudtshoorn. It is in Oudtshoorn that over 900,000 of these magnificent birds are bred each year for their feathers, meat and skins.
Visitors are given a short introductory talk on ostriches and ostrich farming before heading out to explore the ostrich farm. Visitors will see and hold ostrich eggs (equal in size and content to 24 chicken eggs), get to touch and if they like feed an ostrich, they will probably get to see ostrich chicks and even have the chance to ride an ostrich.
En-route from the Cango caves we will visit a reptile park, which houses a variety of crocodiles. Here you are invited to explore the facts and fiction surrounding crocodiles. For the adventurous, face to face encounters with reptiles are offered and you can wrap yourself in a python and even dive with Nile crocodiles.
Overnight at Oudtshoorn.
Garden Route Tour:
Day 2: Knysna
Distance from Oudtshoorn to Knysna: Approximately 220 kilometres (2.5 hours)
We take a scenic drive to Knysna over the famous Outeniqua Pass and through George.
George is the sixth oldest town in South Africa - the first founded under British rule - and was named after the reigning monarch in 1811, King George III. Nestling at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains, George finds itself at the centre of natures “Garden Route” in the Cape Wildflower Floral Kingdom. It is the business hub of the region and offers a variety of conference facilities, restaurants, tourist attractions and activities.
Knysna has been voted several years in a row as the most popular holiday destination for national and international visitors. Knysna is set on the banks of the Knysna Lagoon and is known as the Jewel of the Garden Route. Knysna offers many activities and attractions of a wide variety.
The main attractions on this day Garden-Route Tour include:
The Knysna Heads are the most well-known attraction in Knysna - two great sandstone cliffs guarding the mouth of the lagoon which connects the estuary with the sea. A lookout has been erected on the Eastern Head, commanding spectacular views of the lagoon, Leisure Isle and Knysna. Here your clients can enjoy a pleasant boat trip across the Knysna Lagoon to the western side of the Knysna Heads.
• Knysna Waterfront
Knysna was once was a small harbour that served the timber trade. This has however made space for the fairly newly built Waterfront area with its popular restaurants and shops. It is from here that several charter boats sail.
• Knysna Elephant Park
The Knysna Elephant Park offers a rare and exciting opportunity to get close to the gentle giants, who live in a controlled, free range environment in the heart of the Garden Route.
In order to cater for all preferences the park has a range of inspiring experiences. The Daily Tour provides the shorter experience of meeting, feeding and interacting with the elephants. For longer experiences the park offers Elephant Back Rides or Walks, while the Exclusive Sunrise / Sunset Safaris and Sundowners provide more private and intimate encounters.
At the park, you will be welcomed by well-trained and informative guides, and after viewing a short video presentation, a tractor and trailer will drive them through the fields to the ellies. Here you will have the opportunity to touch, feed and photograph the gentle giants.
Overnight at Knysna.
GARGEN ROUTE TOUR: DAY 3
Day 3: Plettenberg Bay and Tsitsikamma
The main attractions on this day include:
• Plettenberg Bay Beach
We start the tour with a visit to the beach at Plettenberg Bay for a leisurely stroll on the shore or a swim.
• Storms River Mouth
Storms River is a tiny scattered hamlet with shady lanes situated just north of Plettenberg Bay and on the edge of the Tsitsikamma Forest. This ancient indigenous forest is a world of giant trees, forest ferns, clear streams and brightly coloured birds. Storms River is the starting point for many adventure activities.
• Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour
The Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour is a unique eco-wilderness adventure that takes place in the magnificent Tsitsikamma indigenous rainforest. The first of its kind in Africa, the canopy tour involves traversing from one platform to another along a steel cable suspended up to 30 meters above the forest floor. All groups are escorted through the forest canopy by a lead guide and a follow guide to ensure your safety as you slide from tree to tree.
The platforms, built high up in the giant Outeniqua Yellowwoods, provide an unbelievable view. The bird life is incredible. Knysna Loeries, sightings of the elusive Narina Trogon and the Vervet monkey are not uncommon. The Tsistikamma Canopy Tour consists of 10 platforms and 10 'fufi' slides, the longest of which is 100m. About three hours later you exit the forest, having undertaken the journey of a lifetime.
• Bloukrans River Bridge
Storms River village provides a number of adventure activities, one of which is the bungi jumping from the Bloukrans River Bridge. This is the world’s highest at 216 metres.
• The Big Tree
The Big Tree in the Tsitsikamma stretches its distinctive Yellowwood leaves skywards, towering over the other trees in the canopy. This oldest of the Tsitsikamma yellowwoods is estimated to be between 600 and 800 years old, and is well worth a special visit. This tree is 36,6 metres tall and has a trunk circumference of 9 metres. A boardwalk path carries visitors through the dappled light of the lush, cool forest to the Big Tree.
Overnight at Knysna
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Day 4: Return drive to Cape Town
Distance from Knysna to Cape Town: Approximately 490 kilometres (5.5 hours).
Total: from R12500*
depends on how many people
* excluding accommodation, meals, entrance fees.