South Africa: Cape & Garden Route

Code: AFWHW

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Food & drink
  • New 2017 Itinerary
  • Wildlife

Level

  • Easier
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One of the world’s most spectacular settings at the tip of Africa, the extraordinary landscapes of the Cape and the Garden Route offer a wonderful region for walking with mountain and ocean views, wildlife, history and culture.

Stay four nights in Cape Town, including a walk on Table Mountain and a visit to Robben island, then head into the scenic countryside of the Swartberg and down to the coastal Garden Route before finishing with a classic African game experience.

Holiday highlights

  • 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

Price includes

  • 10 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms (12 nights in 2017)
  • 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
  • Tips

Accommodation

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.

2016

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. 

At Knysna, our accommodation is at the The Graywood Hotelonly a short stroll from the waterfront. The rooms are comfortable, spacious ensuites and there's a swimming pool for use too. 

On the Garden Route coast we stay at Tsitsikamma Village Inn where individual cottages, styled in the fashion of a colonial Cape village, surround village green like, beautifully kept gardens.

The Kariega Game Lodge is a traditional style African safari lodge located in 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. 


2017

In Cape Town we stay at the Sun Square Hotel (4 nights) with a great central location close to the foot of Table Mountain and a short walk to Company Gardens and the city. 

At Montagu, our accommodation is at the The Montagu Country Hotel,(2 nts). The rooms are comfortable, spacious ensuites and there's a swimming pool for use too. 

In Wilderness, we stop at the Wilderness Hotel Resort & Spa (2 nts), 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.

On the Garden Route coast we stay at Tsitsikamma Village Inn (2 nts) where individual cottages, styled in the fashion of a colonial Cape village, surround village green like, beautifully kept gardens.

The Kariega Lodge (2 nts) is a traditional style African safari lodge 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.

Itinerary

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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. 

2016

Day 1: To Cape Town - Fly from London to Cape Town.

Day 2: Cape Town - Arrive in Cape Town (4 nights). Afternoon visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens with picnic lunch on the lawns.

Day 3: Cape Town - Morning walking tour of the city, including the castle and Company Gardens, followed by afternoon visit to the infamous Robben Island.

Day 4: Table Mountain - 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.

Day 5: Cape of Good Hope - 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.

Day 6: To Winelands & Montague - 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 Montague for 1 night.

Day 7: To Knysna - Head into the Garden Route and the Swartberg mountains, to Knysna (1 night). Traditional South African braai for dinner.

Day 8: To Tsitsikamma - Travel over the Prince Albert pass towards the spectacular Knysna lagoon. Take a boat trip to Featherbed Nature Reserve for a specialist guided walk on this protected island. Continue to Tsitsikamma for 2 nights.

Day 9: Tsitsikamma National Park - 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.

Day 10: To 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.

Day 11: Kariega Game Reserve - 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.

Day 12: To Port Elizabeth - Transfer to Port Elizabeth for our return flight to London via Johannesburg.

Day 13: London - Morning arrival.

Please Note: No flight holidays start on day 2 and finish on day 12. 


 

Day 1: To Cape Town - Fly from London to Cape Town.

Day 2: Cape Town - Arrive in Cape Town (4 nights). Afternoon visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens with picnic lunch on the lawns.

Day 3: Cape Town - Morning walking tour of the city, including the castle and Company Gardens, followed by afternoon visit to the infamous Robben Island.

Day 4: Table Mountain - 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.

Day 5: Cape of Good Hope - 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.

Day 6: To Winelands & Montague - 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 Montague for 2 nights.

Day 7: Montagu -Full day hiking in the Cogmanskloof Mountains in the Montagu area.

Day 8: To Wilderness - through the port wine area to Wilderness (2 nts) . We'll stop for a port tasting and visit an Ostrich farm.

Day 9: Wilderness - Morning paddle up the Touw river, followed by a Forest Walk with picnic lunch.

Day 10: To Tsitsikamma - Travel towards the spectacular Knysna lagoon. Take a boat trip to Featherbed Nature Reserve for a specialist guided walk on this protected island. Continue to Tsitsikamma for 2 nights.

Day 11: Tsitsikamma National Park - 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.

Day 12: To 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.

Day 13: Kariega Game Reserve - 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.

Day 14: To Port Elizabeth - Transfer to Port Elizabeth for our return flight to London via Johannesburg.

Day 15: London - Morning arrival.


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.

General Information

Passport
A full passport valid for at least one month after departing South Africa is required, with at least 2 blank pages for entry stamps.

Visa
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.

Health advice
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.

Climate
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.

Money
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.

Tipping
Tips are included on this holiday.

For flight information please see the Dates and Prices tab.

Leaders

Trevor Boulle

Trevor, our local South African leader, lives in Durban and leads all of our South African holidays, both The Cape & Garden Route, and The Drakensberg & Zululand.

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” 

Reviews

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28 Nov 2016, 10:34 a.m.

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Just returned from my 2nd HF holiday and service excellent as before.

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A wonderful trip.
28 Nov 2016, 12:28 a.m.

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I found HF staff to be very helpful and efficient.

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Enjoyed the holiday very much, particularly Cape Town and the safari.
Perhaps HF should reconsider their contract with BA as my travelling companion was put on standby from Heathrow to Cape Town and didn't get on the flight therefore missing out on a day of her holiday. Looking back at previous reviews of this holiday, it isn't the first time it's happened.
27 Nov 2016, 11:55 a.m.

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leaders have good knowledge and healpfull

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an excellent holiday. very good S.A. guide & coach driver. suggest a 14 day holiday would be better with at least 1 day with no visit, a relax day
26 Nov 2016, 9:27 p.m.

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HF Holidays are always excellent.

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Super holiday, excellent leader, Game reserve was wonderful. Too much travelling on coach to wine yards and Oudshoom would have p

Fantastic trip , well organised .Excellent leader.


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26 Nov 2016, 8:16 p.m.

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well organised and excellent leader lots of information on The Cape and historical details also on the landscape, flora and faurna

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holiday was quite rushed and I note 2017 itineries are 2 days longer for same price therefore feel very annoyed.c
26 Nov 2016, 10:14 a.m.

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V good again. Outstanding itinerary - a lot packed into the 12 days! We are regular users of HF and they seldom disappoint

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Overall excellent - possibly too much packed into each day.
21 Nov 2016, 4:36 p.m.

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Accommodation is always high quality. Walks are varied & interesting. Leaders have excellent knowledge of history/wildlife/flora etc of walks

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All the accommodations were of high standard. Food quality superb. Coach was comfortable & journeys broken up with places of interest & varied. Leader very knowledgeable of local history/politics/wildlife/flora etc. Very good value for money.
17 Nov 2016, 4:24 p.m.

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This was our first holiday with HF. We were most impressed and had a wonderful time. We look forward to going with HF again.

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After a bad start when we were 'bumped off' the flight, everything went brilliantly. The itinerary was varied and interesting, accommodation very comfortable, meals delicious, others in the group were great company, the organisation and guide excellent. What more can I say! We loved South Africa and plan to visit there another time, hopefully with HF and the same guide.
3 Nov 2016, 8:34 p.m.

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We were impressed with the standard of this holiday having previously only been with h f in this country .thank you it was most enjoyable

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Organisation and accomadation were first class especially the game reserve which was a real highlight,I would also like to mention the leader who was excellent and the bus driver who was most accomodating
adding to the overall enjoyment of the holiday, we will definitely be doing another overseas holiday with HF
30 Oct 2016, 10:08 p.m.

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No booking problems. An easy to use website.

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A well organised and well run trip. The leader was excellent and all the specialist guides were informative and interesting.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
22 Apr 2017 AFWHW - The Cape & Garden Route
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 22 Apr 2017, 9:35 p.m.
  • Arrive: 23 Apr 2017, 10 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Cape Town D. F. Malan

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 5 May 2017, 1:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 6 May 2017, 5:30 a.m.
  • Depart from: Port Elizabeth H.f. Verwoerd
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
13 £2,779.00 Book Now
23 Apr 2017 AFWHW - The Cape & Garden Route 12 £2,029.00 Book Now
7 Sep 2017 AFWHW - The Cape & Garden Route
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 7 Sep 2017, 9:35 p.m.
  • Arrive: 8 Sep 2017, 10 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Cape Town D. F. Malan

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 20 Sep 2017, 1:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 21 Sep 2017, 5:30 a.m.
  • Depart from: Port Elizabeth H.f. Verwoerd
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
13 £2,829.00 Book Now
8 Sep 2017 AFWHW - The Cape & Garden Route 12 £2,069.00 Book Now
12 Oct 2017 AFWHW - The Cape & Garden Route
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 12 Oct 2017, 9:35 p.m.
  • Arrive: 13 Oct 2017, 10 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Cape Town D. F. Malan

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 25 Oct 2017, 1:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 26 Oct 2017, 5:30 a.m.
  • Depart from: Port Elizabeth H.f. Verwoerd
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
13 £2,899.00 Book Now
13 Oct 2017 AFWHW - The Cape & Garden Route 12 £2,149.00 Book Now
11 Nov 2017 AFWHW - The Cape & Garden Route
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 11 Nov 2017, 9:35 p.m.
  • Arrive: 12 Nov 2017, 11:05 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Cape Town D. F. Malan

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 24 Nov 2017, 1:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 25 Nov 2017, 5:25 a.m.
  • Depart from: Port Elizabeth H.f. Verwoerd
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
13 £2,899.00 Book Now
12 Nov 2017 AFWHW - The Cape & Garden Route 12 £2,149.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room: £340 (2016) £290 (2017)
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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