South Africa: Cape & Garden Route
JOURNEY FROM CAPE TOWN ALONG THE BEAUTIFUL GARDEN ROUTE
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New 2017 Itinerary
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Gaze down on Cape Town from iconic Table Mountain, and look out for penguins at the Cape of Good Hope. Step into the past with a visit to historic Robben Island, and discover native flora with walks in the fragrant Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Cape winelands. Journey to the awe-inspiring Kariega Game Reserve and experience wild game.
- Walks on spectacular Table Mountain for probably the world’s finest city and harbour views
- Different sides of Cape Town – Kirstenbosch botanical gardens, Robben Island, the city
- Mediterranean climate ideal for walks in beautiful settings
- Wonderful hotels, guesthouses and lodges with local character and excellent standards
- Delicious South African food and hospitality, including a traditional country braai, a picnic at the botanical gardens, and wine tasting
- Walk on the Cape of Good Hope, with its soaring cliffs and unusual wildlife
- Elephants, giraffes, big cats and other African wildlife at the Kareiga Game Lodge
The hotels on this tour are themselves a highlight of the holiday - a selection of 3 & 4-star hotels and lodges chosen for their excellent locations, character and standards of luxury and service. The hotels serve some of the best South African cuisine. We will also take meals in local restaurants, which is another highlight of the holiday.
Sun Square Hotel, Cape Town - 4nts
In Cape Town we stay at the Sun Square Hotel with a great central location close to the foot of Table Mountain and a short walk to Company Gardens and the city.
Montagu Country Hotel, Montagu - 2nts
The rooms are comfortable, spacious ensuites and there's a swimming pool for use too.
October/November tours will stay at the Galenia Estate.
Wilderness Hotel Resort & Spa, Wilderness - 2nts
One of the Garden Route's oldest and best loved hotels, rooms will have views of the gardens, or mountains, or lagoon. 9 minutes walk to the beach, the hotel also offers swimming pools, tennis courts.
Tsitsikamma Village Inn, Tsitsikamma - 2nts
On the Garden Route coast the Tsitsikamma Village Inn has individual cottages, styled in the fashion of a colonial Cape village. The cottages are surrounded by beautifully kept gardens in the style of a village green.
In April, we will spend two nights at the Kynsna River Club Resort. Located on the shore of the Kysna Lagoon, guests will stay in comfortable and well-appointed chalets, surrounded by beautiful gardens and spectacular views.
Kariega Lodge - 2nts
This traditional style African safari lodge is located in the Kariega Game Reserve, an area of rolling hills and small settler towns by the Bushmans River. It has an excellent team of game guides offering game drives and walks in possibly the best malaria-free ‘big five’ game viewing area in Africa.
On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.
Cape & Garden Route itinerary
Most walks are part day between 2-6 miles (3.25-9.5km) on undulating terrain. On Table Mountain choose either a harder walk with an ascent of approx. 2,000 feet (600m) or the cable car to the top and a walk along the summit.
Days 1-5: Cape Town
After an overnight flight, arrive in Cape Town for our 4-night stay. There's an afternoon visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens with picnic lunch on the lawns. The next morning we'll take a walking tour of the city, including the castle and Company Gardens, followed by afternoon visit to the infamous Robben Island.
We include a full day walk on Table Mountain for extraordinary views of the Cape. We can take a long, harder climb to the summit or take the cable car to the top for a leisurely walk along the plateau.
On our final day here we'll travel out of the city and stop to see the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Continue for walks at the Cape Point Nature Reserve amid the soaring cliffs of the Cape of Good Hope where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet.
Days 6-7: Winelands & Montagu
Travel into the beautiful Cape winelands and take a walk among the vineyards, with wine tasting included. After visiting the French influenced town of Franschoek we continue to the lovely country town of Montagu for 2 nights.
Spend time in the majestic Cogmanskloof Mountains surrounding Montagu. There have recently been severe field fires in the area, so we've adjusted our walks until further notice to ensure not only your safety but your enjoyment of the walk. We'll hike along the Aasvöelkrans trail, which leads us to a viewpoint for stunning views over the town and mountains, and there's an abundance of plant and animal life to spot along the way before returning to our hotel for time at leisure in the afternoon.
Days 8-9: To Wilderness
Journey through the port wine area to Wilderness (2 nts). We'll stop for a port tasting and visit an Ostrich farm. The next day, paddle up the Touw river, followed by a Forest Walk with picnic lunch.
Day 10: Tsitsikamma
Take a boat trip on the spectacular Knysna Lagoon and enjoy an afternoon at the Birds of Eden Sanctuary which boasts the world's largest dome, spanning over a gorge of indigenous forest.
Continue to Tsitsikamma for 2 nights.
Here we'll enjoy a full day of walking in the heart of the Garden Route, with dramatic coastal scenery on the edge of the Indian Ocean. A boat trip leads to the famous suspension bridge at the Storms River mouth.
Days 12-13: Kariega Game Reserve
Journey inland to Kariega for 2 nights, set high above the river in attractive African wilderness. Take an afternoon game drive in comfortable open jeeps searching for lions and other big cats, giraffe, zebra, elephant and many other species of African game and bird life.
A sunrise game drive gives us excellent chances to see the wildlife. Later take a bush walk in the company of a wildlife
guide, in order to closely observe the flora and fauna, and an optional trip to the beaches of nearby Kenton-on-Sea.
Days 14-15: Port Elizabeth & return flight
Transfer to Port Elizabeth for our return flight to London via Johannesburg.
Extend your stay
Extend your travels in South Africa and combine this itinerary with our Drakensberg & Zululand holiday. Call our reservations team for more information and prices.
A full passport valid for at least one month after departing South Africa is required, with at least 2 blank pages for entry stamps.
Holders of EU passports and nationals of the USA, Canada and Australia can stay in South Africa for up to 3 months without a visa. Other nationals should check with their nearest South African embassy for details of entry requirements.
Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk www.traveldoctor.co.uk
Vaccines: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A & Tetanus vaccinations are recommended. Typhoid, rabies and hepatitis B vaccines are sometimes recommended too.
South Africa enjoys an enviable climate, the main factors influencing the weather being the altitude and its closeness to the sea. Cape Town and the Garden Route share a Mediterranean type climate with warm summers and mild winters. Summer is from late September to March and usually offers good conditions for walking.
The South African currency is the rand. Banks are open Monday to Friday 9am to 3.30pm and Saturdays 9am to 11am and are the most convenient place for exchanging money. Credit cards are also a convenient way of obtaining money and Visa and Mastercard are all widely recognised. Cash machines are found in most major towns and cities.
Tips are included on this holiday.
For flight information please see the Dates and Prices tab.
Trevor, our local South African leader, lives in Durban and leads most of our Cape & Garden Route holidays.
He has been involved in tourism for over 16 years, initially as a tour operator and for the last ten years as a full time tourist guide. Trevor has a strong passion for history, culture, hiking and the great outdoors, all of which South Africa has in abundance.
Leading our HF Holidays’ groups on their holidays in South Africa allows Trevor the opportunity to share his deep warmth and knowledge of the land and its people. A wicked and sometimes dry sense of humour is utilised at opportune moments to convey this message!
For him, the most endearing legacy of one of our holidays is to witness the group bonding and to see strong friendships being nurtured and forged. To be an integral part of this process he feels is very special indeed.
Trevor’s feedback from our groups is consistently, excellent, excellent, excellent. Here are just a few examples of what our guests say about him:
“Trevor was one of the best HF leaders I have experienced. His knowledge/enthusiasm and care was second to none. He must be one of your best ambassadors”
“Trevor is exceptional in all respects”
“Trevor made a huge contribution to the whole group’s enjoyment of the holiday”
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Dates & Prices
Here at HF Holidays, we pride ourselves in offering a unique holiday full of experiences that you can’t find with anyone else. Find out what's included in this holiday.
|8 Sep 2018||
AFWHW - The Cape & Garden Route
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|9 Sep 2018||AFWHW - The Cape & Garden Route||12||£2,735.00||Book Now|
|29 Sep 2018||
AFWHW - The Cape & Garden Route
Flight - Outbound
Flight - Return
|30 Sep 2018||AFWHW - The Cape & Garden Route||12||£2,735.00||Book Now|
|14 Oct 2018||AFWHW - The Cape & Garden Route||12||£2,735.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- 12 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
- Full Board from lunch on day 2 to breakfast on departure
- A full programme of guided walks led by a local tour director and local guides
- All sightseeing and entrance fees
- Travel by air-conditioned coach/minivan
Other important information
- Single room: £400 (2018)
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person