1 night Dullstroom | 1 night Hazyview | 1 night Sabi Sand | 1 night KwaZulu Natal Midlands | 2 nights Drakensberg | 1 night Port Elizabeth | 1 night Knysna | 1 night Oudtshoorn | 3 nights Cape Town
- Comprehensive KwaZulu Natal
- Luxury Farm Stays
- Sabi Sand Wildlife
- Big Five Game Viewing
- Stunning Self Drive Routes
- Drakensberg Activities
- Garden Route
- Oudtshoorn Experience
- Cape Town Magic
- Cape Town City Living
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Tour Consultant's OverviewSusanna and her friends are well travelled and very independent on their travels so planning this self drive holiday for them was a pleasure. They wanted to see as much as possible in their 13 days in South Africa. They covered a large area of KwaZulu Natal and Mpumalanga. the highlight of which among many was The Drakensberg which they loved. They then flew into the Port Elizabeth and made their way along the garden route to Cape Town where they spent three nights exploring the city and its surrounds. I was able to meet Susanna's group at the Port Elizabeth airport which was a real bonus and I thoroughly enjoyed as we seldom get to do meet our clients in person. I hope to be able to welcome them back here soon!
On arrival in Johannesburg you are met by a representative in the arrival’s hall, who will hand over your travel documents and assist you to collect your hired car and set off for Mpumalanga and the quaint village of Dullstroom. Here you check in and spend the night.
Dullstroom is a charming village nestled in the Mpumalanga Highlands. It is a mere 2.5 hours’ drive from Gauteng and conveniently situated halfway to the Kruger Park. Given its altitude at 2100m above sea level, it is the highest village in South Africa and has become a very popular training base for top European athletes during the summer months.
Dullstroom is known for its crystal, clear dams, perfect for trout fishing and popular outdoor activities include not only fly-fishing, but also hiking, mountain-biking and an array of other adventure sports.
Culture is abundant here with true culinary experiences. Numerous excellent restaurants, coffee shops, craft-beer brewery and a world-renowned whisky bar and eclectic pubs all form part of this relaxed village. Dullstroom supports a significant arts community – and is an escape for artists, writers and musicians
Driving time - Johannesburg to Dullstroom – approx. 2½ to 3 hours (direct drive)
After a hearty breakfast, you check out from your guest house in Dullstroom and enjoy the scenic route to Hazyview. South Africa's Panorama Route is easily one of the most popular places to visit and by far one of the most scenic on the continent. Winding its way through the Drakensberg craggy mountains of Mpumalanga and the north-eastern end of the Great Escarpment, this route has some of the most dramatic landscape in the world. The best views are to be had on a clear winter's day when the mist and clouds that mar the view in summer are nowhere in sight. At the edge of the plateau the land falls away beneath your feet and the vast Lowveld plains spread out about a kilometre below. The rains that come here the rest of the year are largely due to the plateau acting as a cloud barrier and make it hard to see very far.
The Mpumalanga Province’s Drakensberg Mountains divide the cooler Highveld to the west from the lower coastal plains to the east, creating splendid panoramic mountain scenery.
You can stop in Sabie, which is a small country town nestled deep in the valley of the escarpment of the Drakensberg mountain range in Mpumalanga. There are a number of waterfalls to visit close to Sabie such as the Sabie Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Lone Creek Falls and Horseshoe Falls. From here you continue onto the town of Hazyview, which derives its name from the summer haze that envelopes the low bush land. This occurs during the heat of summer season.
You check into your accommodation for your overnight stay.
Driving time - Dullstroom to Hazyview - Full Day self-drive of the Panorama Route
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, you check out and make your way to your lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. You check into your room and have time to relax before a light lunch or high tea is served. Later in the afternoon, you depart on your afternoon game drive in safari vehicles, returning to the lodge for a wonderful dinner before retiring to your room.
Driving time - Hazyview to your lodge in Sabi Sands – approx. 1½ to 2 hours (direct drive)
After your morning game drive and brunch, you bid farewell to this African wonderland. From here you depart and make your way to Nelspruit airport where you return your hire car and check in for your afternoon flight to Durban.
On arrival in Durban, you make your way to the hire car hire kiosk and collect your vehicle for the next part of your journey.
Leaving Durban airport, you set off for the Midlands where the rolling hills of the Midlands in KwaZulu-Natal will be sure to leave an everlasting impression on you. Winding roads cross streams and lead through quaint towns like Howick, working farms, and exquisite terrains that are peaceful enough to soothe any soul. Marvel at the changing and scattered scenery along this route, from misty forests to grassy plains and rocky cliffs. Stop off at towns so small that if you blink you might miss them. This tranquil pocket of KwaZulu-Natal has been dubbed the Midlands Meander, and, when gliding around lush mountains and rolling farmland, I’m sure it won’t take you long to see why. The Midlands Meander is a popular route for home crafts, local and delicious food and emerging artists.
Driving time – Nottens to Nelspruit airport – approx. 2½ hours
Flight time – Nelspruit to Durban – approx. 1 hour
Driving time - Durban airport to Curry’s Post – approx. 2 hours
After breakfast at Curry’s Post, you make your way to the Drakensberg stopping at some of the art and craft shops on route. On arrival at your lodge, the rest of the day is a leisure to relax at the guest house. Dinner is included this evening.
Driving time - Midlands to the Central Drakensberg – approx. 1½ to 2 hours (direct drive)
Today you explore the surrounding area including Mountain hikes and walks, Horse Riding in the Drakensberg, Rainbow and Brown Trout Fishing in the Drakensberg, View the Drakensberg by helicopter, Bushman Rock Art, the Sani Pass and the Crane Rehabilitation Centre
Geologically the Drakensberg Mountains comprises of a sandstone layer covered by a 1 400- metre-thick basalt layer. This make-up has created hundreds of caves and overhangs where the ancient San people, who roamed freely in the region some 4 000 years ago, have left their mark in the form of more than 30 000 paintings in an estimated 600 caves.
The mountains are also home to a large number of threatened and endemic plants such as the protea, cycad, cabbage tree, tree fern, and giant yellowwood, along with flowers including lilies, lion’s tail, helicrysum, erica, agapanthus, watsonia, and the red hot poker.
More than 300 bird species recorded here range from the tiny greater double-collared sunbird to large raptors like the eagle, buzzard and vulture.
After a scrumptious breakfast you set off back to Durban. Here you return your hired car and check in for your late afternoon flight to Port Elizabeth. On arrival in Port Elizabeth, you make your way to the car hire offices to collect your car and your hotel a short drive from the airport.
Set on the sweeping shores of Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth provides a unique mix of abundant wildlife, long golden beaches and a rich historic heritage. Often referred to as the 'Friendly City', Port Elizabeth is a popular seaside destination. It's big enough to have everything you'd want from a city but small enough to occasionally feel like a village. The clean sandy beaches and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean make Port Elizabeth a great family destination. The bay ensures safe and sheltered swimming and Port Elizabeth has gained a reputation for being a world leader in water sports, such as surfing, diving, sailing, windsurfing and fishing. There is a long promenade along the seafront, linking four of the city’s top beaches. Port Elizabeth has many first-rate cafés, restaurants and bars. It is also a cultural and artistic centre, with an Opera House and many art galleries.
Driving time – Drakensberg to Durban airport – approx. 3½ hours
Flight time – Durban to Port Elizabeth – approx. 1 hour and 25 minutes
Driving time - Port Elizabeth airport to Port Elizabeth – approx. 10 minutes
This morning you begin a leisurely drive towards the Garden Route. You reach the Tsitsikamma Forest, an indigenous primeval forest with towering ancient yellowwood trees, lush vegetation and deep gorges. The Tsitsikamma Forest is a primeval, indigenous rain forest occurring along the southern Cape coastline of South Africa and is situated at the eastern end of the Garden Route, near Port Elizabeth. It is characterised by towering Outeniqua yellowwood trees, many as old as 600 years.
Continuing your journey, you pass the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay which is recognised as South Africa’s Riviera and is full of trendy shops and cafés. There are miles of sweeping, un-spoilt golden beaches, a dramatic rocky peninsula and intriguing lagoons and estuaries.
A little further along the coast, you reach Knysna and check in at your Lagoon-side accommodation. Knysna is the perfect base for exploring the Garden Route. Set on the shores of the beautiful Knysna lagoon and surrounded by the Knysna Forest, which form part of the Garden Route National Park, Knysna is blessed with great scenic beauty. This quaint seaside town is brimming with quirky arty-crafty shops and markets. Find yourself in foodie-heaven – with superb fine dining restaurants, legendary Knysna oysters and bustling wholefood markets.
Driving time - Port Elizabeth to Knysna – approx. 3 hours (direct driving time)
You have an early start this morning and drive through the heart of the Garden Route’s lakes district and then over the protea covered Outeniqua Mountains to Oudtshoorn. Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world and ostrich farming has played a large role in the town’s story. Visit the Cango Caves, where you embark on a magical journey through massive caverns and fascinating limestone formations.
On your way turn into the Map of Africa at Wilderness Heights – it’s a viewpoint of mountains and forests. From here you continue your journey to Oudtshoorn. Stop at an ostrich show farm for an insight into the world’s largest bird before checking in to your guest house for your overnight stay.
Driving time - Knysna to Oudtshoorn – approx. 2 hours (direct drive)
Be tempted to take an early morning trip to see the meerkats! It is best to book in advance or check with reception on arrival. It is a short drive from your guest house to the burrows and make sure to dress warmly.
After breakfast, you set off for Cape Town, traveling along the scenic Route 62. The drive takes you through an area of magnificent landscapes and towering cliffs, crystal clear streams and an abundance of indigenous flora - offering a diverse region and a kaleidoscope of scenic tranquility.
This is the longest drive of your trip so make sure to stop at roadside farm stalls along the way to break your journey.
Driving time - Oudtshoorn to Cape Town – approx. 5 to 6 hours (direct drive)
Explore the Mother City and the Fairest Cape – from the oldest buildings in South Africa to trendy waterfront shopping; from majestic Table Mountain to sun drenched beaches; and from dramatic seascapes to verdant vineyards. Cape Town regularly tops many lists of world must-visit destinations and Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain has recently been voted one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Cosmopolitan and fashionable, the relaxed atmosphere and pavement café culture give Cape Town a Southern European feel – but with a distinctive African twist.
During the next few days you enjoy a guided tour of the city & take in the views from Table Mountain and take a drive along the scenic peninsula of the Cape. The Waterfront also has some fantastic local attractions, a range of restaurants and shops.
You check out of your hotel mid-morning and the rest of the day is at leisure until you make your way to Cape Town airport much later in the evening, where you return your hire car and check in for your international flight.
Driving time – Cape Town hotel to Cape Town airport – approx. 40 minutes
The Rose Cottage B&B offers guests different accommodation options, all of which are centrally located in Dullstroom. The Dullstroom Nature Reserve is 1 km away. Free WiFi is available in public areas.
Each room features garden views and will provide you with a TV, a patio and seating area and barbecue facilities. The suites have kitchen facilities, and a private bathroom with hairdryer and free toiletries. The property offers laundry and ironing services, Airport shuttles can be arranged for a surcharge.
Activities in the surrounding area include trout fishing, hiking, mountain biking and there are also horse trials available.
Embracing the ever-green Lowveld flora is Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel. Set among indigenous gardens the Hotel is designed to bring a sense of being outdoors while settling into the comforts of modern day luxury. Located at the Perry’s Bridge Trading Post, guests have access to a unique shopping experience, offering something for young and old with everything from spa treatments to children’s activities at their fingertips.
A standout among Hazyview hotels, the location of Perry’s Bridge Hollow puts guests in a natural, subtropical surrounding while still being central to a host of attractions and activities. The Kruger National Park is a mere 10 minute drive and the breath-taking vistas of the Panorama Route are on your doorstep. Experience a ‘Big 5’ safari, elephant embraces at Elephant Whispers, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Blyde River Canyon during an easy drive from Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel.
Evenings bring their own adventure with a visit to the Shangaan River Club where guests can experience African culture under the vibrant night sky. Sundowners are on offer at the Afro-Chic Kuka Restaurant at Perry’s Bridge Trading Post or overlooking the hippos in the Sabie River at Hippo Hollow Country Estate, down the road.
The rooms are dotted around age old Acacia, Baobab and Wild Fig trees, merging with the natural surroundings and creating an instant feeling of serenity. Guests have a choice between the 31 spacious Deluxe Rooms and 3 Family Rooms which offer views of the sparkling pool or lush gardens from private patios. Air-conditioners, satellite television, tea and coffee making facilities and mini-fridges are just some of the amenities which add to your convenience. Bespoke furnishings celebrate old-world African charm and accentuate the leafy surrounds to plunge guests into a bygone era of elegant quality. Inside and outside showers add to a refreshing Africa experience.
Notten’s Bush Camp, is an exclusive and private safari lodge personally run by the Notten family. This beautiful, intimate safari lodge is situated within one of South Africa's finest natural sanctuaries the Sabi Sand Reserve and Greater Kruger National Park. It is a destination that will truly touch your heart and soul. Notten’s has 8 private suites, each elegantly styled, spacious and cooled by ceiling fans.
With splendid panoramic views, this private game lodge is the perfect place for peace and relaxation while watching animals meander past. Meals are a social event and guests gather in the enclosed boma around a log fire under a canopy of stars in winter or in the open plan summerhouse lit up with candlelight during summer. Meals are eaten together around one communal table, with the company of the Notten family and their Notten’s Bush Camp team. This creates a wonderful atmosphere and an opportunity for the guests to share stories and conversation with other interesting people from South Africa and around the world. A magical atmosphere is created with the purposeful absence of electric lighting; the ambient candlelight and lanterns capturing an enchanting spirit of romance. Each suite has a private game viewing deck.
Conveniently located in the heart of The Midlands Meander, Curry’s Post Bed & Breakfast is 3.2kms from Khyber Pass, 1.3kms from the famous Terbadore Coffee Roasters and 5.3kms from Old Halliwell Country Inn and Wedding Venue.
On arrival enjoy ample secure parking, private check-in, a safety deposit box for hidden treasures and a warm welcoming smile. The sun terrace with outside furniture and barbeque facilities is surrounded by tranquil gardens with expansive lawns, picturesque mountain views that stretch as far as the eye can see and home to an abundance of birdlife. The King Rooms are elegantly decorated, air-conditioned with luxury bathrooms, wardrobe, a flat screen TV, DSTV, complimentary WIFI and serviced daily.
Curry’s Post B&B is close to Karkloof Nature Reserve where the more adventurous can hike, cycle, go by horseback up the mountain and zipline at Karkloof Canopy Tours. Visit the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Howick only 18kms away or you can just relax and enjoy your stay.
Within a decade, Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse has earned global renown as a romantic gourmet getaway. Nestled in the heart of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Drakensberg, Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse is a 5 star lodge dedicated to sumptuous food and rustic luxury. This is the ultimate getaway for peace, tranquillity and solitude. It is a restful refuge with professional yet understated service, and the gourmet experience is something to savour. The historical farmhouse is set in magnificent gardens, including an enviable vegetable garden.
Each of the 11 rooms has warm, snug beds with crisp, fresh cotton sheets and mohair blankets, spectacular views and country kitchen aromas filling the air with fresh smells of freshly-caught trout and homemade breads. The menus for Cleopatra’s legendary 7-course dinners change every evening according to the seasons in the gardens and the availability of the local produce. Choose your wine from the underground wine cellar to complement your meal and experience the tales of Chef-Owner Richard’s culinary preparations.
Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse is tucked away in the beautiful Kamberg Valley close to Giant’s Castle Nature Reserve, and it has splendid views of the Drakensberg Mountains and crystal clear streams and waterfalls running by. Enjoy fishing in the trout-filled dam or just relax at the dam with one of your favourite novels. Discuss food with your knowledgeable hosts or relax with a book in the Library and watch the weaver birds building nests outside. If you can bear to tear yourselves away from Cleopatra’s, there are scenic drives, walking and hiking trails and horse-riding in the nearby mountains.
The Windermere hotel is located one street away from the bustling King’s Beach waterfront area, and offers beach holiday stays all-year-round. The Windermere is set in the Humewood area – a multi-cultural suburb with a youthful spirit. You can tell by the surfboard shops, trendy bars, and colourful market that this is a place to kick off your shoes and merge with the locals.
The Windermere is the epitome of barefoot luxury. Offering intimate social spaces where guests socialise. Wintery nights are best spent around the fire in the lounge, and summer days at The Windermere usually have our guests tanning on the deck or in the pool. Families are especially welcome as The Windermere caters for both young and old in our spacious rooms and open courtyard.
Each room comes equipped with a satellite TV and a minibar. The private bathroom includes a shower and toiletries.
Breakfast is served daily in the dining area at The Windermere. A room service menu is available for light lunches and dinner, and a number of restaurants serving a range of cuisines can be found within 4 km. Free Wi-Fi and private parking is available. Humewood Beach is 1.5 km away from the hotel.
Knysna in is the centre of The Garden Route. Thesen Island is in the centre of the Knysna Estuary and The Lofts Boutique Hotel is in the centre of it all. What better way to enjoy Knysna than a stay on an island, located not only in the heart of the Knysna Lagoon, but also in a Blue Flag Marina in the very centre of Knysna?
The unique location of this Boutique Hotel on Thesen Harbour Town sets the tone for a tranquil, revitalising, relaxing and refreshing stay on the island. Driving over the venetian style bridge you are transported to the world of nature, lending an invisible and intangible flavour to your holiday experience at The Lofts Boutique Hotel.
Set within the remodelled timber frame of the old Knysna boatbuilding shed, the hotel rooms take one's breath away with their industrial refurbishment and design. This fresh, smart-casual approach is far from the ordinary, and caters well to every desire. Multiple room options are presented in various styles.
All suites have unique views, the connection to and effect of nature - the perfect break-away. Bask in sunsets unique to the Knysna Lagoon. Photograph the surrounding views. Breathe in the fresh lagoon air flowing through your open glass balcony doors. The design incudes a large bedroom with an open-plan bathroom and a separate toilet.
More luxuries that are provided include extra length twin beds which can also be made up as a king size bed, hanging and packing space, flat-screen television with select satellite channels, coffee station, air conditioning, digital electronic safe and WiFi.
De Zeekoe guest farm is a large, privately-owned working ostrich and alfalfa farm on the banks of the Olifants River just outside Oudtshoorn. De Zeekoe's old colonial homestead is over 150 years old. Restored to its former splendour, its tastefully decorated luxury rooms all open onto cool verandas. Richly-decorated rooms each with its own private entrance, are tastefully styled with textures of wood, earthy fabrics, colourful rugs and soft lighting. De Zeekoe's 4-star superior rooms all have large bedrooms with full en-suite bathrooms and open-air showers. These rooms also offer guests majestic views of the riverbed and mountain ranges. Wake up with the call of the fish eagle and a view of the majestic Swartberg and Outeniqua Mountains and hear the silence all around you. There is a swimming pool in the sunny garden.
De Zeekoe has all the “ingredients“ for a great restaurant: a beautiful setting with an open deck, skirted by an expanse of lawn and the Olifants river and a chef with a passion for food and good service, ensuring an enormously satisfying gourmet experience. The Klein Karoo is renowned for its unique cuisine. Traditional ostrich, venison and appetising vegetarian dishes with a unique Karoo twist are just some of the plates of delicacies offered on De Zeekoe's impressive menu.
The Commodore Hotel is a nautically themed, 4-star hotel at Cape Town's popular Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. With views of Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Harbour and the Atlantic Ocean, The Commodore is Legacy Hotels’ flagship hotel in Cape Town. Stylish accommodation, quality service and a tranquil setting have ensured that guests return year after year.
As the name suggests, the nautical theme is carried throughout the hotel, including the 150-seater Clipper Restaurant, which offers an array of seafood dishes. The menu is varied, with influences from around the globe. There is also a stylish cocktail bar & lounge. The Commodore is spacious enough to accommodate 236 rooms. They have a fully-equipped gymnasium with sauna and steam room, as well as a pool deck and terrace. Wellness and rejuvenating treatments are on offer in the in-house spa.
The Commodore is in the heart of the bustling Waterfront precinct and is an easy stroll from a host of fine restaurants and trendy shops.
The Panorama Route in Mpumalanga has breath-taking vistas around every mountain corner, waterfalls plunging down faces of sheer rock, memories of the gold rush and an endless river canyon. One breath-taking view after another – that's South Africa's famous Panorama Route, where you'll experience mountains, sky, forests and the truly impressive Blyde River Canyon, one of the world's largest canyons.
Scenic landmarks with evocative names like God's Window, Wonder View, the Pinnacle, Bourke's Luck Potholes and the Three Rondawels beckon. The Blyde River Canyon's lush subtropical foliage makes it the world's largest 'green canyon’, thread your way along the cliff tops 800m above the Blyde River Canyon, and at God's Window, be sure to walk in the thick, indigenous mist forest that's often among the clouds.
There are several beautiful waterfalls on the Panorama Route; The Lisbon Falls is 94 metres (308 ft) high. The Berlin Falls is on the Sabine River and falls 80 metres (260 ft), pouring into a circular basin flanked by red cliffs. The falls have the shape of a candle, with the first short drop forming the wick, and the remaining, broader drop being the candle body. The Mac Mac Falls are 70 meters (229 ft) and is situated near the site where payable quantities of gold were first found in 1873. The diggings became known as Mac-Mac because of large number of Scottish diggers at the camp.
The gold rush town of Pilgrim's Rest gives you the chance to relive the 1873 gold rush in surroundings of unparalleled beauty. You can even try your hand at panning for gold.
Forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Reserve has no fences and the wildlife is able to cross freely between the Sabi Sands and the rest of the Greater Kruger National Park. The safari experience in the Sabi Sand is highly personalised because game drive vehicles have exclusive traversing rights in their area. The Sabi Sand Reserve is a remarkable natural sanctuary known for its exceptionally high concentration of animal and bird life. Close contact encounters are guaranteed as the animals are not threatened by the presence of vehicles thanks to sound conservation management policies. Safaris are led by experienced rangers coupled with local Shangaan trackers.
With exceptional sightings of leopard (usually the most elusive of cats), lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo during game drives - visitors are never lacking in exciting photographic content. Nowhere in South Africa will one find a wildlife experience quite like the one experienced within the Sabi Sand Reserve. Sharing a 50km (31.25 miles) unfenced border with the Kruger National Park, this immense (65 000 hectare/ 153 000 acre) and diverse tract of land is home to The Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant), and much, much more.
Mountain hikes and walks:
The Ukahlamba Drakensberg Park is a well-deserved World Heritage Site and the soaring basalt cliffs and golden sandstone ramparts towering over rolling grasslands, steep-sided valleys and rocky gorges call out to be explored on foot. There are many trails within the Park and in the many nature reserves surrounding the Park. Whether you prefer to stroll through the rolling foothills, hike the upper reaches or take on the challenge of man against mountain, the Drakensberg is a hikers’ paradise.
There are several companies offering horse-riding in the Drakensberg. All levels of rider are catered for. They specialise in customising trails to suit the rider with everything from gentle strolls over flat fields and along bridle paths to exhilarating descents into the river valleys and up the escarpments.
Ancient San (Bushman) Rock Art:
Bushman or San rock paintings are one of the Drakensberg's and South Africa's greatest cultural treasures. Some 40,000 individual rock paintings have been recorded at 500 different cave and overhang sites throughout the Drakensberg. Some of the rock art in the Drakensberg dates back over 3000 years. It was first thought that Bushman rock paintings were merely narrative accounts of hunter-gatherer life. This has now found not to be the case, and their work is recognised as holding deep spiritual and religious meaning. When shamans put paint to rock, they opened portals to the spirit world. The Kamberg Rock Art Centre will help visitors understand and interpret the more than 40 000 San Bushman images.
The Drakensberg mountain range hosts more than 290 species and is a birder’s paradise. Amongst the towering peaks of the majestic Drakensberg, the bearded vulture is undisputed monarch of the skies. This soaring raptor has a wingspan of nearly three metres. Witness these giants flying at great height and speeds between the towering peaks and along the crags. Other regularly sighted raptor species include lanner falcons, jackal buzzards, black eagles and cape vultures. Birders will also enjoy spotting the Natal sugarbird, swifts, sunbirds, kingfishers and the orangebreasted rockjumper.
Visit to Storms River Mouth:
We recommend you drive down the steep scenic pass to Storms River Mouth in the Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park. Storms River Mouth is where the booming breakers of the Indian Ocean relentlessly pound against rocky shores, where temperate high forest and fynbos roll down to the sea in an unspoilt verdant carpet, and where ancient rivers carve their paths to the ocean down rocky ravines. Tsitsikamma means "the place of much water". In addition to protecting the indigenous forest, the park stretches some 5 km to sea, protecting a wonderland of inter-tidal life, reef and deep-sea fish. Dolphins frolic in the breakers, surfing and playing for the sheer joy of life, and the gentle giant of the ocean, the southern right whale visits here, coming inshore to breed. Activities available at Storms River Mouth include several short walking trails through the forest to the swing bridge or along the shore, bathing at the small beach, snorkeling, scuba-diving, kayaking and boat trips.
The Crags Wildlife Encounter – Cheetahs, monkeys, lemurs, birds & elephants:
Enjoy an action-packed day full of the best animal-based adventure activities the Garden Route has to offer. Have an early breakfast and then start the day off with an exhilarating stroll through indigenous forest and Cape fynbos as you join the cheetahs of Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre on their daily walk. You then enjoy a guided safari through Monkeyland – the world’s largest free-roaming primate sanctuary, where previously caged primates can live in dignity. Here you can expect to see many species of monkeys, apes and lemurs living in this forested sanctuary. Thereafter you work up an appetite as you wander through the world's largest free-flight aviary at Birds of Eden, which incorporates the indigenous forest with waterfalls and elevated walkways. Previously caged birds from every corner of the globe live here in free flight.
You can then enjoy a light lunch under the vines at Bramon Wine Estate. Bramon is the only wine estate this far east of the Western Cape and has pioneered a superior Sauvignon Blanc champagne-method sparkling wine. The day ends at the Crags Elephant Sanctuary, where you interact, touch, feed and walk trunk-in-hand with magnificent elephants. You participate in their bedding down during the brushdown programme.
Here you can embark on a magical journey through massive caverns and fascinating limestone formations. The Cango Caves, in the Swartberg Mountains, are filled with a wonderland of stalactites, stalagmites and helictites (dripstone formations that grow in unusual directions), which have been formed over millions of years. The Cave system consists of five large cavern systems, but because of the extreme fragility of the formations, only Cango One is open to the public. Visitors to the Cango Caves have an option between two tours of the caves:
The standard Heritage Tour is an enchanting and sedate hour-long walk through the first six chambers of the caves. Or, the 90 minute Adventure Tour which involves clambering & crawling and is only recommended for the physically fit.
Safari Ostrich Show Farm:
The history and development of Oudtshoorn is inextricably connected with the growth of the ostrich feather industry from as early as 1860. At the Ostrich Farm you enjoy a tour of the farm where you will learn more about these remarkable birds and their fascinating nature. On this operating farm you will see large flocks of ostriches and the various processes will be explained to you. The tour ends with the Ostrich Derby where ostrich jockeys show off their riding skills. The restaurant at Safari Ostrich Farm showcases dishes made with ostrich meat and ostrich egg. It is worth trying it!
Those wanting to do this tour have an early start. The tour commences at sunrise and lasts between 2-3 hours. Upon arrival at the meerkat burrows, guests are treated to a hot cup of coffee, after which they are issued with a lightweight aluminium chair to sit in while observing the meerkats as they come out of the burrow into the sunshine and then go about their daily routine of foraging and frolicking. Please note that the tour is dependent on fair weather, since these little creatures will not venture outside their burrows on cold and rainy days.
If you prefer to sleep in a little, enjoy breakfast before you head out on the R62 or the `fruit route’. You pass through the village of Calitzdorp well known for its port wine and fruit. Then follow the road to Swellendam and the national road will take you to Cape Town via Sir Lowry’s Pass
You are collected from your hotel. A tour guide takes you on a city tour of one of the world’s most beautiful cities. You will visit the historic Castle and the Bo-Kaap Malay Quarter with its narrow, cobbled streets and colourful mosques. You will also visit District Six, site of forced removals during the Apartheid era. You view the Houses of Parliament, the City Hall and the Slave Lodge and will enjoy a walk through the Company Gardens. Weather-permitting, you will ride the cable car up Table Mountain to enjoy the view over Cape Town and across Table Bay to Robben Island. If the weather is inclement, you will be taken on a scenic drive up Signal Hill.
You set off from your hotel and drive along the Atlantic seaboard via glamorous Clifton to the quaint seaside village of Hout Bay. Continue via the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive to Cape Point. Looking at this dramatic promontory jutting into the sea gives one an idea why early sailors nicknamed it the Cape of Storms. Follow the coastline northwards via Simonstown, where you can visit the penguin colony of Boulders Beach. Time permitting, visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, which is dedicated to the extraordinary variety of plants found in the Cape Floral Kingdom. A leisurely drive through the leafy southern suburbs will bring you back to the city bowl in the late afternoon. Remember that there are entry fees to Cape Point Nature Reserve, Boulders Beach for the penguins and the Kirstenbosch Gardens so have some cash handy.