Garden Route Uncovered - 4 Days


Sandwiched between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean in the heart of the Garden Route, Knysna is known as the ‘Garden of Eden’. Knysna is located on a vast lagoon, sheltered from the sea by two mountain ridges, known as the eastern and western “Heads”. In its vicinity are dense indigenous forests, lagoons and pristine beaches.

Visitors can look forward to an array of markets in the area, offering organic food and locally-made crafts, explore the town’s Waterfront and quaint streets, hike through the forests, hopefully catching a glimpse of the multi-coloured Knysna Loerie, take a ferry trip to the Heads or to the famed Featherbed Nature Reserve on the Western Knysna Head and sample the local oysters, which Knysna is famous for.

With Knysna as a base for a couple of days, guests can visit Monkeyland, an extensive primate sanctuary and Birds of Eden, the biggest free-flight aviary in Africa, the Tsitsikamma National Park, the Big Tree and a number of vineyards on the relatively new Garden Route Wine Route. A wide range of activities including surfing, swimming, yachting, jet-skiing, boating, fishing, and golfing can also be enjoyed here. (ITT)


RATES valid 01/01/21-30/04/21 & 01/09/21-31/12/21
R 12 510.00 per person sharing twin/double accommodation
R 13 410.00 per single person

RATES valid 01/05/21-31/08/21
R 12 270.00 per person sharing twin/double accommodation
R 13 170.00 per single person


Day 1

Meet your representative and fellow travellers and head westwards along the Garden Route, which follows the Indian Ocean coastline, and is bordered inland by soaring mountain ranges and indigenous forests. Visit the spectacular Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth (weather permitting). You’ll arrive at your hotel in Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon, in the heart of the Garden Route. The afternoon is at leisure to relax or explore the town.
Overnight in Knysna. [Dinner]
Distance travelled today: 360 km

Day 2

After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve (weather permitting), where we can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon, returning for lunch. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon. [Breakfast & Lunch]
Distance travelled today: 15 km

Day 3

Travel through the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the “ostrich capital” and the centre of the world’s Ostrich farming industry. We’ll visit an Ostrich Farm for a guided tour and light lunch, before taking 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. We will arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon, in time to check in and relax before dinner (for own account).
Overnight in Oudtshoorn. [Breakfast & Lunch]
Distance travelled today: 210 km

Day 4

There is an option (for own account and subject to availability) to enjoy an early morning Meerkat Safari. Witness these incredible wild habituated creatures emerging out of their burrows, in time to soak up the sun before they head about their daily activities (weather permitting). After this thrilling experience, head back for a delicious breakfast. After breakfast, the journey continues through the ‘Little Karoo’ to 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, before travelling to Montagu, a picturesque and historic spa town. (The school visit is subject to the school being open). Continue to Cape Town, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain, where the tour ends on arrival. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 468 km


  • 3 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 1 dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Porterage
  • Transportation
  • Sightseeing as specified

Trip Facts

  • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Rex Hotel (standard room) or similar x 2 nights & Hlangana Lodge (standard room) or similar x 1 night
  • English