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Garden Route Splendour 2024 - Cullinan Guided Journeys
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Garden Route Splendour 2024

South Africa's Most Scenic Coastal Route

Garden Route Splendour 2024

From R19975

per person

Experience the beauty of the Garden Route.

Travel through picturesque scenery to explore off- the- beaten track villages in the Klein Karoo and the charming towns.
Travel from Cape Town via Cape Agulhas, the Southernmost tip of Africa to Oudtshoorn. Discover iconic sights like the Cango Caves and a working ostrich show farm before heading down to Knysna via the Outeniqua Pass.
Travel onwards towards Tsitsikamma National Park for an exploration into indigenous forests and rocky coastline.
  • Departure
    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Include
    1 dinner
    1 lunch
    5 breakfasts
  • 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
    2 lunches
    3 dinners
    3 breakfasts
    Entry Fees
    Professional English-speaking Guide

Day 1: Monday - Cape Town - Cape Agulhas - Oudtshoorn

This morning you will be met by your local tour guide and depart for the scenic Garden Route. Travel along Sir Lowry’s Pass, with its magnificent views, to Grabouw and Elgin, a lush landscape surrounded by majestic mountains. Stop en route at a farmstall packed with locally produced products from the area. Our journey continues to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The area has largely been untouched and unexplored with its rugged coastline being the graveyard for many a ship. The historic Cape Agulhas Lighthouse is considered the icon that signifies the tip of Africa. After this thrilling experience, we continue via historic Swellendam and the Tradouw Pass to Barrydale and the famous Route 62. 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 in Oudtshoorn. Enjoy dinner, dining on local specialities such as Ostrich Steak. Overnight in Oudtshoorn [Dinner] Distance travelled today: 550 kms           

Day 2: Tuesday - Oudtshoorn

After a leisurely 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. Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting at a local wine estate in the scenic Schoemanshoek Valley. Return to Oudtshoorn for a fun-filled interactive guided tour at a working Ostrich Farm. Overnight in Oudtshoorn. [Breakfast] Distance travelled today: 90 kms

Day 3: Wednesday - Oudtshoorn - Knysna

After breakfast, travel over the Outeniqua Pass to George, the sixth oldest town in South Africa, with many historical landmarks like the Slave Tree and King Edward VII Library building; said to be the best example of Edwardian architecture in the town. The tour travels via Wilderness, an attractive holiday resort, to Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Journey into the magical Knysna Forests (weather & road conditions dependent), 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. Visit 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. Enjoy a delicious lunch en route of traditional cuisine and local treats. Overnight in Knysna. [Breakfast & Lunch] Distance travelled today: 170 kms 

Day 4: Thursday - Knysna

Today you’ll have the opportunity to further explore the natural beauty of the Garden Route. Visit Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, where you will be able to see a variety of primates, roaming free in the forest. This award-winning sanctuary is well known for its efforts to rehabilitate and free previously caged primates. A portion of the trip price of this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, goes towards ensuring that these already endangered species can survive and reproduce for a future reintroduction into the wild. The experience directly advances UN Global Goal 15: Life on Land. The tour continues to the famous Eastern Head, where you will enjoy spectacular views of the Knysna Heads (weather permitting). Afterwards, you’ll travel to Brenton on Sea, a breathtaking holiday location and a nature lover’s paradise with its unspoilt beaches and peaceful surroundings. The remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure. Overnight in Knysna. [Breakfast] Distance travelled today: 110 kms 

Day 5: Friday - Knysna - Tsitsikamma

Travel to Plettenberg Bay, considered the jewel of the Garden Route, for a visit to the Birds of Eden sanctuary, the biggest single free flight aviary in the world. The sanctuary was developed to create a safe environment in which to release a large collection of free-flight African birds. A portion of the trip price of this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience goes towards protecting genetically pure species of various Taxa in a semi-wild state and holding the seeds of these Taxa for future reintroduction into the wild. The experience directly advances UN Global Goal 15: Life on Land. Our journey continues to Bloukrans Bridge, the highest single-span arch bridge in the world, currently offering the highest commercially operated Bungy Jump in the world. Visit the Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth (weather permitting). The Tsitsikamma National Park incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain Fynbos and temperate high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea. Overnight in the Tsitsikamma area. [Breakfast] Distance travelled today: 100 kms 

Day 6: Saturday - Tsitsikamma - Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

Head eastwards along the Tsitsikamma Forest to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), affectionately known as the “friendly city”. Enjoy a city orientation tour of Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), where the tour ends on arrival at approximately 13h00. Guests may disembark, on request, at Chief Dawid Stuurman Airport. [Breakfast] Distance travelled today: 185 kms 

2024 English Departure Dates

  • January - 1, 15
  • February - 5, 12, 19, 26
  • March - 18, 25
  • April - 1, 8
  • May - 6, 20
  • June - 10
  • July - 1, 15
  • August - 19, 26
  • September - 2, 16, 23
  • October - 7, 14, 21, 28
  • November - 4, 11, 18, 25
  • December - 2

Tour Highlights:

    • Visit Dassiesfontein farmstall, packed with locally produced products from the Overberg region
    • Visit to Cape Agulhas (the southernmost tip of Africa)
    • Sample top-quality Port-style wines in Calitzdorp, a town well known for its fortified wines
    • Guided tour of the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn
    • Wine tasting in the scenic Schoemanshoek Valley, outside Oudtshoorn
    • Guided tour of a working ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn
    • Immersive journey into the mythical Knysna Forests, discovering the legends build around woodcutters, elephants. steam trains and gold miners
    • Visit to Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary & Birds of Eden Sanctuary in Plettenberg Bay
    • Bloukrans Bridge near Nature's Valley (highest single span arch bridge in the world & the world’s highest bridge bungy)
    • Visit to Tsitsikamma National Park and scenic Storms River Mouth
    • Enjoy carefully chosen MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences that positively impact our travellers and the communities we visit
  • All tour departures are in English commentary
  • Tour ends in Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) on Day 6 at approximately 13h00
  • 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

2024 RATES valid: 

  • 01/01/24 - 30/04/24 & 01/10/24-31/12/24
    • R 20 530.00 per person sharing twin/double accommodation
    • R 22 990.00 per single person
  • 01/05/24 - 30/09/24
    • R 19 975.00 per person sharing twin/double accommodation
    • R 22 335.00 per single person
  • Accommodation included:
    • La Plume Boutique Guest House in Oudtshoorn or similar x 2 nights
    • Rex Hotel in Knysna or similar x 2 nights
    • Tsitsikamma Village Inn in Storms River or similar x 1 night