Relish the scenic splendor of South Africa’s Cape Winelands, Klein Karoo and southern coastline with Garden Route tours packages from Charlo’s Tour. Our Garden Route safari takes in the road less traveled through the Cape Winelands and the evocative Klein Karoo before traversing the Outeniqua Mountain Pass and descending to the lush Garden Route coastline. It is a circular route, ending back in Cape Town via the coastal roadway so you take in all the fantastic highlights of this beautiful region. Expect breathtaking landscapes, warm hospitality, whale watching (in season), and the chance to taste fine wines. Chat to us about our Cape Town safari and Garden Route trip today.
Depart Cape Town and travel through the ‘Little Karoo’ and Montagu, a picturesque and historic spa town.
En route, stop off in the town of Barrydale, where you will have the opportunity to visit a local farm school, interact with the children and teachers, spending time with them in the classroom learning more about the local farming community (the school visit is subject to the school being open), before continuing to Oudtshoorn, the “ostrich feather capital” and center of the world’s Ostrich farming industry. Overnight in Oudtshoorn. [D]
After breakfast take a tour of the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. Return to Oudtshoorn for a guided tour and light lunch at an Ostrich Farm. Our journey continues over the scenic Outeniqua Pass to George, the administrative hub of the Garden Route area, and then onto Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Overnight in Knysna. [BL]
After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon, returning for lunch under the milkwood trees. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbor lagoon. Overnight in Knysna. [BL]
After a leisurely breakfast, travel via George and Mossel Bay to Albertinia, a town set against the backdrop of the majestic Langeberg Mountain Range. Enjoy an afternoon open vehicle game drive, at a malaria-free private game reserve, that is home to an abundance of animal and birdlife, including the Big Five. Overnight in the region of Albertinia. [BD]
Your safari adventure continues with an early morning open vehicle game drive. Your expert guide will endeavor to spoil you with sightings of the “Big Five”, general game and prolific birdlife. Leaving the bush behind, your journey continues to the seaside resort of Hermanus, known as the heart of the whale route, offering the best land-based whale watching (Aug-Nov) in the world. Dinner and overnight in Hermanus. [BD]
After a leisurely breakfast depart Hermanus and travel to Franschhoek, a picturesque village surrounded by spectacular vineyards, where French Huguenots settled more than 300 years ago, bringing with them their age-old French wine and food culture. Your storytelling guide will take you on a tour through Franschhoek village, sharing with you the fascinating history of the French Huguenots. You then enjoy a wine tasting, before heading back to Cape Town, the oldest city in South Africa, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain, where the tour ends on arrival. [B]
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