Although the name may give the impression of a long, quiet, leisurely tour, it is four days full of adventure activities and fun! The Garden Route refers to the coastal region between Port Elizabeth and Mossel Bay, where lush mountains, steep cliffs, crystal lakes and white-sandy beaches lay.
From your hotel, we drive along the infamous R62 which happens to be the longest wine route in the world. A few wine-tasting stops and a lunch and we are on our way through Little Karoo. It may surprise some as we travel from green forests to a brown desert-like region. We will stop for the night at Oudtshoorn at a luxury hotel. This is the ostrich capital of the world, with many of the best ostrich leather, feather and meat products made.
First on the day’s activity schedule is a visit to the Cango Wildlife Ranch, to learn about and see cheetahs, jaguars, lions, tigers and reptiles in their environment. After breakfast, we will venture through the Cango Caves. These caves have halls and limestone foundations within small passageways. The next stop is a working ostrich farm, where you will observe the birds and have an opportunity to ride one! A short trip over the Outeniqua Mountains will highlight the name behind the Garden Route. We will then settle into a hotel at Knysna.
The next day, we will explore Nature’s Valley, which is the route’s most beautiful section. It is in the Tsitsikamma National Park, which is a coastal forest. Keep your eyes out for bushpigs, wild birds and antelope as we tour this region. We will return to the Knysna hotel for the evening.
Our day will begin visiting the waterfront and Knysna heads, which are two extreme sea cliffs that guard the beautiful blue-green lagoon. After seeing the Post-Office Tree and museum, we will venture back to Cape Town.