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Garden Route, Safari & Winelands 2023 - Cullinan Guided Journeys
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Garden Route, Safari & Winelands 2023

Wine, Wildlife and Scenery - The Best of South Africa
Cullinan Guided Journeys / Garden Route, Safari & Winelands 2023

Garden Route, Safari & Winelands 2023

From R21140

per person

Experience the beauty of the Garden Route, explore a Private Game Reserve & discover the Cape Winelands on this circular journey which takes in all the highlights of this beautiful region.

From Cape Town travel through Montague to Oudtshoorn, discover the iconic sights of the Cango Caves and a working ostrich farm, before heading to Knysna via the Outeniqua Pass.
Travel via Mossel Bay towards Albertinia where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a malaria-free game drive in a private Game Reserve. Home to the Big 5.
Spend some time in Hermanus, well known for some of the best land-based whale watching in the world, before making your way through the scenic Cape Winelands and back to Cape Town.
  • Departure
    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Include
    2 lunches
    5 breakfasts
    3 dinners
    Professional English-speaking Guide
  • Not Included
    Guided tours of the Company Gardens and the Arderne Gardens
    3 x Mittagessen
    13 x Fruhstuck
    6 x Fruhstuck
    5 x Fruhstuck
    2 x Mittagessen
    1 x Abendessen
    4 x Abendessen
    1 x Mittagessen
    11 x Fruhstuck
    Besichtigungen laut Reiseplan
    3 x Fruhstuck
    3 x Abendessen
    2 x craft beer tastings and brewery tours
    1 wine tasting at Buitenverwachting Wine Estate
    Kliptown Open Air Museum
    11 breakfasts
    1 x cheese & wine pairing
    1 wine tasting and a BBQ (Braai) lunch)
    2 x Craft Beer Tastings & a Beach BBQ (Braai) dinner
    Boulders Beach
    1 wine tasting of five wines at Groot Constantia Wine Estate
    Visit to V&A Waterfront
    Muizenberg Beach
    Table Mountain (excludes the cost of the Cable Way ticket & weather permitting)
    USB charging ports onboard vehicle
    Wifi onboard vehicle
    1 wine tasting and a 2 course winelands lunch
    Entrance to the Franschhoek Motor Museum
    Surface Tour at the Cullinan Diamond Mine
    Professional English Commentary only
    2nd Wine Tasting (time permitting)
    Shore-based Whale Experience
    Carlton Centre
    Entrance into Cradle of Humankind and Sterkfontein
    Hector Peterson Memorial site (photo opportunity only)
    Lilliesleaf Farm
    Entrance to Sun City Resort
    Closed vehicle game drive in PIlanesburg Game Reserve
    Visit to Paul Kruger House
    Visit the Voortrekker Monument
    Visit the Apartheid Museum
    Visit to Hector Peterson Memorial
    Regina Mundi Church
    Visit to Constitution Hill
    Return transfer from main Sandton / Rosebank Hotels
    Entrance fees: God’s Window, Three Rondawels and Bourkes Luck Potholes
    Bottled water
    Kruger National Park Conservation Fees
    Return transfers from central Hazyview Hotels
    Entrance fee in to Addo Elephant National Park
    Closed vehicle game drive in Addo Elephant National Park
    Electric mountain bikes, helmets & water bottles
    Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
    1x wine-tasting at Stellenbosch Wine Estate
    Cape Point Nature Reserve
    3 x wine tastings and 1 x cellar tour
    Estate is closed on Sundays, a visit to the Stoney Point Penguin Colony will be included instead.
    1 x wine-tasting at Bouchard Finlayson Wine Estate
    Welcome drink on arrival
    English-speaking game ranger
    2 -3 hour open vehicle game drive
    Guided tours at Zeits MOCCA and the Norval Foundation
    Guided tours of Company Gardens and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
    3 x gin tastings
    2 hour cruise accompanied by marine biologists
    Chocolate and wine pairing
    Cloete Cellar
    Cape Dutch Manor House at Groot Constantia
    Groot Constantia Wine Estate
    Entrance fees for guided tour of the Heart Museum
    2 x wine tastings
    Passage on the wine tram
    Entrance to the Oranjezicht City Farm Market and Neighbourgoods Market at Old Biscuit Mill
    Interactive djembe drumming session and set menu dinner
    Return transfers to / from Cape Town City Center Hotels with English driver only
    High tea buffet
    An accredited fully licensed guide and use of riding gear
    1 x craft beer or 1 x wine tasting
    Return transfers to / from Cape Town City Centre Hotels
    National Park permits
    2 wine tastings
    Interactive Djembe drumming session & set menu dinner
    Show, 4-course dinner and a glass of sparkling wine
    Riding gear
    1 craft beer tasting or 1 wine tasting
    Kruger National Park Conservation Fees
    Complimentary collection service from select hotels*
    Return transfers from Port Elizabeth city centre hotels
    Full board at Chobe only
    4 breakfasts
    Return airfare ex Johannesburg
    14 breakfasts
    3 lunches
    13 breakfasts
    4 dinners
    10 breakfasts
    2 dinners
    2 breakfasts
    6 breakfasts
    1 dinner
    1 lunch
    3 breakfasts
    Entry Fees

Day 1: Thursday - Cape Town - Oudtshoorn

This morning you will be met at your hotel by your representative and depart for the ‘Little Karoo’, travelling via Montagu, a picturesque spa town. Enjoy tea and scones at the only original Art Deco Hotel in South Africa. Stop off in the town of Barrydale, where we will have the opportunity to visit a local farm school, interact with the children and teachers, spending time with them in the classroom, learning more about this rural community. A portion of the trip monies go towards our Barrydale Farm School Development Fund, that support local education of underprivileged children in rural communities. (The school visit is subject to the school being open). Sample top quality port style wines in Calitzdorp, before continuing to Oudtshoorn, the ‘ostrich feather capital’ and centre of the world’s Ostrich farming industry. Overnight Overnight in Oudtshoorn. [Dinner] Distance travelled today: 418 kms

Day 2: Friday - Oudtshoorn - Knysna

After breakfast take a tour of the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. Return to Oudtshoorn for a fun filled interactive tour and light lunch at an Ostrich Farm, including local specialties such as Ostrich Steak. Our journey continues over the scenic Outeniqua Pass to George, the administrative hub of the Garden Route area and then onto Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Along the way, visit the ‘Map of Africa’, an extraordinary viewpoint in Wilderness. Overnight in Knysna. [Breakfast & Lunch] Distance travelled today: 204 kms

Day 3: Saturday - Knysna

After breakfast, journey into the magical Knysna Forests, the stamping ground of the elusive Knysna elephants. Discover the stories of the woodcutters who worked the forests, the elephants that were hunted to extinction and the discovery of gold. Our expedition into the forest starts with a visit to the Forest Legends Museum, that exhibits tools and household items used by the woodcutters, the colourful Old Suzie steam engine, that was used to generate power, and the stately Old Forester’s House, home of forester David Ernest Hutchins, who was the first person to manage the indigenous forest in a sustainable manner. Enjoy a delicious lunch, before visiting the Dalene Matthee Big Tree Memorial. The enormous Yellowwood tree of over 880 years was named after Matthee, best known author of four books on the Knysna Forest Overnight in Knysna. [Breakfast & Lunch] Distance travelled today: 15 kms

Day 4: Sunday - Knysna - Albertinia

After a leisurely breakfast, travel via George and Mossel Bay to Albertinia, a town set against the backdrop of the majestic Langeberg Mountain Range. Enjoy an afternoon open vehicle game drive, at a malaria free private game reserve, that is home to an abundance of animal and birdlife, including the Big Five. Overnight in the region of Albertinia. [Breakfast & Dinner] Distance travelled today: 150 kms

Day 5: Monday - Albertinia - Hermanus

Our safari adventure continues with an early morning open vehicle game drive. Our expert guide will endeavour to spoil us with sightings of the “Big Five”, general game and prolific bird life. Leaving the bush behind, our journey will take us to the picturesque Cape Dutch town of Swellendam. This charming town was founded in 1745 and is famous for its youngberries, eclectic architecture and National Parks, as well as outdoor activities. Our journey further continues to the seaside resort of Hermanus, known as the heart of the whale route, offering the best land-based whale watching (Aug-Nov) in the world. Dinner and overnight in Hermanus. [Breakfast & Dinner] Distance travelled today: 370 kms

Day 6: Tuesday - Hermanus - Cape Town

After a leisurely breakfast depart Hermanus and travel to Franschhoek, a picturesque village surrounded by spectacular vineyards, where French Huguenots settled more than 300 years ago, bringing with them their age-old French wine and food culture. Our story telling guide will take us on a tour through Franschhoek village, sharing with us the fascinating history of the French Huguenots and the Huguenot Memorial Museum. Then finally onto Cape Town, the oldest city in South Africa, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain where the tour ends on arrival. [Breakfast] Distance travelled today: 180 kms

2023 English Departure Dates

  • January - 5, 19, 26
  • February - 2, 9, 16, 23
  • March - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • April - 13
  • September - 7, 21
  • October - 19
  • November - 23
  • December -

2024 English Departure Dates

  • January - 4, 18
  • February - 1, 15
  • March - 7, 21
  • April - 11, 25
  • May - 9
  • June - 6
  • July - 4, 25
  • August - 8, 22
  • September - 5, 19
  • October - 3, 17
  • November - 7, 21
  • December - 5

Tour Highlights:

  • Explore the small towns long the famous Route 62 between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn
  • Enjoy tea & scones at the Montagu Country Hotel, the only original Art Deco Hotel in South Africa
  • Visit a local farm school in the Barrydale area with the opportunity to interact with the children. The visit supports our Barrydale Farm School Development Fund that encourages local education of underprivileged children in rural communities
  • Sample top quality Port style wines in Calitzdorp, a town well known for its fortified wines
  • Guided tour of the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn
  • Guided tour of a working ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn
  • Visit the ‘Map of Africa’ viewpoint in Wilderness, a unique sight that is quite literally a Map of Africa
  • Immersive journey into the mythical Knysna Forests, discovering the legends build around woodcutters, elephants, steam trains and gold miners
  • Enjoy a leisurely walk or swim at Victoria Bay, one of the smallest and most beautiful bays along the Garden Route
  • Open safari vehicle game drives in a malaria-free Big Five private game reserve
  • Visit to Hermanus, famous for shore based whale watching during the whale season (August – November)
  • Visit to Franschhoek, a picturesque village in the Cape Winelands
  • Drive past the Victor Verster prison where Nelson Mandela was released from in 1990
  • Enjoy carefully chosen experiences that positively impact our travellers and the communities we visit
  • All departures are in English commentary
  • This Small Group Tour requires a minimum of 2 Guests to operate and will not exceed a maximum of 10 Guests
  • Transport will be in a Cullinan Guided Journeys branded vehicle with 2-10 guests travelling in a 13-seater vehicle

2023 RATES valid:

  • 01/01/23 - 30/04/23 & 01/09/23 - 31/12/23
    • R 21 380.00 per person sharing twin/double accommodation
    • R 25 220.00 per single person
  • 01/05/23 - 31/08/23
    • R 21 140.00 per person sharing twin/double accommodation
    • R 24 870.00 per single person
  • Accommodation included:
    • La Plume Boutique Guest House in Oudtshoorn or similar x 1 night
    • Rex Hotel in Knysna or similar x 2 nights
    • Garden Route Game Lodge in Albertinia or similar x 1 night
    • Misty Waves Boutique Hotel in Hermanus or similar x 1 night

2024 RATES valid: (Itinerary changes apply from 01/01/2024)

  • 01/01/24 - 30/04/24 & 01/09/24 - 31/12/24
    • R 23 100.00 per person sharing twin/double accommodation
    • R 27 225.00 per single person
  • 01/05/24 - 31/08/24
    • R 22 730.00 per person sharing twin/double accommodation
    • R 26 690.00 per single person
  • Accommodation included:
    • La Plume Boutique Guest House in Oudtshoorn or similar x 1 night
    • Rex Hotel in Knysna or similar x 2 nights
    • Garden Route Game Lodge in Albertinia or similar x 1 night
    • Misty Waves Boutique Hotel in Hermanus or similar x 1 night