Wildlife on the Gardenroute

Cape Town, Winelands, Gardenroute and Safari

Welcome to Cape Town, where you will have a cosmopolitan history and nature experience in close proximity. Where South Africa's finest wines meet thrilling wildlife adventures. Explore lush vineyards and then embark on safaris with the Big Five. Sip world-class wines amid stunning landscapes and create lasting memories in the heart of South Africa. Every moment is a masterpiece, as you blend wine and wilderness in an unforgettable journey. This captivating experience promises to immerse you in the Garden Route's beauty and diversity. Join us for an extraordinary adventure where the magic of this remarkable destination unfolds before your eyes.

Itinerary

Day 1

Cape Town

After your arrival at Cape Town International Airport. We will head to Signal Hill, which is a short drive from the city centre. Signal Hill offers a stunning view of the city, the Atlantic ocean and the historic Robben island where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years prison sentence. Take in this breathtaking view while enjoying a glass of good Cap Classique (South African sparkling wine) to toast the beginning of your adventure followed by city sightseeing exploring the different heritage sites, paths and buidlings. Cape Town is known for its rich cultural diversity, with influences from African, European, and Asian cultures contributing to its vibrant atmosphere. We will then check in at our hotel. Dinner at Gold Restaurant, a great place to experience traditional South African flavours and enjoy some cultural performances and participate in interactive drumming prior to your dinner.

Day 2

Cape Town

Start your day with a refreshing hot and cold breakfast at the hotel. Setting the tone for what's to come. We then head to Table Mountain which offers spectacular view in all directions and gives a bird's eye view of the city It is approximately 1,085 meters high. There are over 2,200 species of plants on the mountain, and it has more plant species per square kilometer than a tropical rainforest. Various animals inhabit the mountain, including dassies (rock hyrax), porcupines, mongooses and a variety of bird species. After a visit to one of the 7 wonders of the world, experience the Oranjezicht food and lifestyle Market, The market is renowned for its diverse range of fresh, locally sourced produce, artisanal goods, and gourmet food offerings. Visitors can find organic fruits and vegetables, homemade baked goods, hand crafted goods and much more. Dinner can be enjoyed at your preferred restaurant from our provided recommendations.

Day 3

Cape Town

Kickstart your day with a satisfying hot and cold hotel breakfast before heading out to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, where natural beauty awaits. Here you will enjoy the garden's tranquil ambiance. Kirstenbosch was established in 1913 to promote, conserve, and display the diverse flora of Southern Africa. It is part of the South African National Biodiversity Institute and covers an area of about 528 hectares (1,305 acres). Travel to Muizenberg and satisfy your taste buds with street food delights for lunch before a surf lesson at Muizenberg Beach. Muizenberg has gained international recognition as a premier surfing destination. One of the most distinctive features of Muizenberg Beach is its row of colorful wooden beach houses, affectionately known as "Muizenberg's Surfer's Corner." Muizenberg Beach serves as a gateway to the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean, whose warm and inviting waters lap against the sandy shores. End the day off with a delightful dinner at the inviting Between Us restaurant.

Day 4

Cape Town

Today we look through different lenses. Commence your day with a hot and cold breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter a visit to Philani Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition Centre founded by the world famous Swedish doctor, Dr. Ingrid Le Roux who was the medical doctor of the noble peace prize winner’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu and first democratically elected president of the republic of South Africa Nelson Mandela. Here you will experience a different reality, Thereafter enjoy lunch at one of our restaurant recommendations. After lunch immerse yourself in the vibrancy of the city of Cape town the afternoon is all yours to explore the diverse local brand shops and boutiques at the lively V&A Waterfront’s The shed. You can explore attractions such as the Chavonnes Battery Museum, which showcases the city's military history. Dinner can be enjoyed at your preferred restaurant from our provided recommendations.

Day 5

Cape Town

This day is all about nature, relaxation, and exploration. Start your day with a hot and cold early breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Cape of Good Hope to witness stunning coastal landscapes and other wild life like Baboons, sea birds, Ostriches and many others. Cape Point is a dramatic headland at the southern tip of the Cape Peninsula. It is a significant maritime landmark and historically served as a navigational point for sailors traveling around the southern tip of Africa. After this excursion Have a delicious seafood lunch at the renowned Black Marlin restaurant. After lunch get up close to African penguins at Boulders Beach. Conservation efforts are in place to protect their breeding sites. Right after you will have the chance to explore the charming streets of the quaint little village of Kalk Bay. Dinner can be enjoyed at your preferred restaurant from our provided recommendations.

Day 6

Cape Town to Hermanus

Start your day with a hot and cold early breakfast at the hotel. Travel to Hermanus a beautiful seaside town southeast of Cape town. The area around Hermanus is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is rich in biodiversity. Hermanus is renowned as one of the best places for land-based whale watching in the world. They can often be seen from the cliffs along the coastline. Enjoy lunch at Moggs country cookhouse a lovely family run restaurant with variety of hearty and tasty meals to choose from. After lunch enjoy a wine tasting at Creation wines and among others. Then check in at your charming hotel and have the rest of the afternoon. Dinner can be enjoyed at your preferred restaurant from our provided recommendations.

Day 7

Hermanus

Begin with a hot and cold breakfast at your hotel. Embark on an adventurous day. Head off to a thrilling whale-watching tour, Southern right whales are the main attraction in Hermanus. These whales are known for their playful behavior and can be seen breaching, tail-slapping, and spy hopping close to the shore.where you can witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. As the day winds down have lunch and enjoy flavours at Bientang cave restaurant, Bientang's Cave Restaurant is a unique dining establishment located in a natural sea cave near the ocean at Walker Bay. After lunch, enjoy drinks at Fick’s pool restaurant. Then explore the area, and get some shopping done or enjoy some relaxing time and take in the beauty that surrounds you. After go on a biodiversity walk and witness the beauty along the beach. Dinner is recommended to be had at Char’d grill wine and bar restaurant, offering a culinary experience that complements your journey.

Day 8

Hermanus to Knysna via Swellendam

Begin with a hot and cold breakfast at the hotel. Check out and hit the road to Swellendam, it is the third-oldest town in South Africa, founded in 1745. The town was established by the Dutch East India Company as a magisterial district. Swellendam provides a tranquil atmosphere and access to nearby natural attractions. The town's warm hospitality, local eateries, and cultural richness make it a delightful destination for those seeking a relaxed South African experience. Enjoy a delightful lunch at Country Deli in Swellendam, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a South African bread called Roosterkoek. Continue to Knysna, a scenic town on the Garden Route, Knysna is set on the banks of an estuary, the Knysna Lagoon, which is connected to the Indian Ocean. The town is surrounded by lush forests and is known for its stunning natural landscapes.. Dinner at 34 Degrees South restaurant, known for its seafood. Overnight in Knysna, preparing for the next leg of your journey to Plettenberg Bay the following day.

Day 9

Knysna to Plettenberg bay

Begin with a hot and cold breakfast at the hotel. Check out from your Knysna accommodation. join a guided Eco experience tour at Featherbed Nature Reserve, it is situated on the Western Head of Knysna and is accessible by boat from the Knysna Waterfront. Explore the natural beauty and scenic landscapes of the reserve. Lunch you will enjoy at the Eco experience tour. Embark on a scenic drive to Plettenberg Bay after the tour, a coastal town that is located on the shores of the Indian Ocean and is known for its stunning beaches and rocky cliffs. Check in at your accommodation and take some time to relax after the journey. Dinner can be enjoyed at your preferred restaurant from our provided recommendations. Take this evening to unwind and prepare for more adventures in Plettenberg Bay tomorrow.

Day 10

Plettenberg bay

Plettenberg bay Start your day with a delicious hot and cold breakfast at your hotel. Embark to the Keurbom nature reserve, this reserve is known for its diverse ecosystems, including riverine forests, wetlands, and coastal dune vegetation.Keurboom. Join the guided Keurboom River boat tour for a scenic experience along the river. Enjoy lunch at your own leisure. In the afternoon, head to Barringtons Brewery for beer tasting, exploring local craft brews, Barrington’s produce, American Lager, German Hefeweizen, American Pale Ale, Irish Stout and English Ale. Following the beer tasting, enjoy dinner at Barrington’s Restaurant, indulging in a delightful meal paired with your newfound favorite beers. After a day filled with exploration and flavours, return to your hotel.

Day 11

Plettenberg bay to Safari via Port Elizabeth

Begin your day with a satisfying hot and cold breakfast at your hotel. Check-out after breakfast, and start your journey toward the wild. Make a lunch stop in Port Elizabeth, it is located on the southeastern coast of South Africa, along Algoa Bay. Explore local cuisine at Something good roadhouse restaurant and take a break before continuing your journey. After lunch, hit the road again, heading to your authentic game reserve. 11,500 hectares of pristine African wilderness incorporating the Kariega and Bushmans river, just 80 minutes from Port Elizabeth. This vast landscape allows for a diverse range of ecosystems and wildlife. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the wildlife and enjoy the unique experience that a savannah safari adventure brings and join an afternoon game drive on arrival day. Enjoy your first night dinner at your safari, then rest up for exciting safaris and exploration on the upcoming day.

Day 12

Safari

Embark on a exhilarating early morning game drive exploring the wonders of the wild and witnessing the vibrant wildlife and sunrise over the landscape then a hot and cold Breakfast at the Lodge breakfast, Leisure time after breakfast, Take some time to relax and enjoy the amenities offered by the safari lodge. Whether it's a refreshing dip in the pool or a spa treatment, make the most of your leisure time. In the afternoon, set out on another game drive adventure of Spotting a remarkable variety of animals, capturing the beauty of the landscape and its inhabitants. Conclude your day with a delicious dinner at the lodge, savoring the flavors of the region. As you retire for the night, relish the memories created during your second night in the heart of the safari.

Day 13

Safari to Port Elizabeth

This morning starts with a morning game drive followed by a hot and cold breakfast at the lodge, then check out. We will take a drive down to Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport in Port Elizabeth and catch a flight home from here.