Garden Route and Klein Karoo Tour

The Garden Route and Klein Karoo Tour is a paradise for nature lovers which offers never ending adventure opportunities and activities.

Tour Date Special

This stunning Garden Route and Klein Karoo Tour  is recommended any time of the year, please contact us for booking information.

Tour Price

The Garden Route and Klein Karoo Tour price varies according to group size, accommodation and activities.  Remember, all our tours can be combined  to create a personal itinerary for your own dream holiday.  Please contact us for a quotation.

Important Dates

Knysna Oyster Festival: July
Whale watching: July to December
Klein Karoo National Arts Festival:  Annually first week in April

Tour Summary

Day 1
Hike on Robberg Nature Reserve and visit Tsitsikamma National park.

Day 2
A choice from an extraordinary number and variety of activities and adventures for the Garden Route and Klein Karoo Tour

Day 3
See more of the Garden Route and Klein Karoo Tour in Knysna.

Day 4
The Klein Karoo with its amazing diversity.

Day 5
Splendid scenic drive to Cape Town.

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Detailed Garden Route and Klein Karoo Tour Plan

5 Days.  Remember, all our tours can be combined  to create a personal itinerary for your own dream holiday.

Day 1

Morning hike on Robberg Nature Reserve and National Monument. Here we find a fine example of how plants and animals adapt to the interacting influence of land and sea.

Visit Tsitsikamma National Park, encompassing a marine reserve made up of 80 km of coastline. The visitor is offered magnificent scenery, beautiful forest walk and a small beach. The famous Storms River suspension Bridge spans the river mouth.

Overnight in Plettenberg Bay.  Plettenberg Bay is the jewel of the Garden Route, tranquil and rather special.

Day 2

A difficult choice to make between relaxing on the beautiful, protected beach of Plettenberg Bay or enjoying one of the many activities available on the Garden Route and Klein Karoo Tour:

Canoeing

On the mountain side of the Keurbooms River Bridge, an awe inspiring river gorge is enfolded in the beauty of the natural forest. You can enjoy the experience of canoeing up the 7 kilometers of river.

Quad Bikes

On the Garden Route you can experience the thrill of driving your own quad bike through beautiful scenery while having the adventure of a lifetime.

Canopy Tour

The Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour takes place in the magnificent Tsitsikamma indigenous rainforest.  Many of the platforms are built around giant Outeniqua Yellowwood trees that are up to 700 years old!  Standing within the crown of these giants is an experience of a lifetime.

Whale Watching

Plettenberg Bay enjoys abundant marine life, and it is one of the best places in South Africa, if not in the world, to see whales, dolphins and seals.
Between late May and November, Plettenberg Bay’s waters host a great number of Southern Right whales, and in November many Humpbacks move through the Bay.

Shark Diving

Mossel Bay in the Garden Route is home to an abundance of shark species including the intriguing Great White Shark, making it the perfect location for Shark Cage Diving.

Deep Sea Fishing

Plettenberg Bay offers the most scenic fishing in South Africa. Cob, Grunter and Sharks are just some of the species to tempt you!

Sailing

The highlight of the area is undoubtedly the rivers, beaches and the bay with its ideal conditions for all facets of watersports, including sailing in the safe waters of the Bay.

Horse Trails

Twice daily, visitors go on an unforgettable forest horse ride, accompanied by experienced guides. From beginners to experienced riders can enjoy the lovely Knysna forest.

Golf

Plettenberg Bay Country Club has an 18 hole par 72 golf course set in a private nature reserve as well as 2 magnificent bowling greens and 4 all-weather tennis courts.

The Goose Valley Golf Club is situated in pristine surroundings, only 4 km from Plettenberg Bay, bordering on the Keurbooms Lagoon. This magnificent golf estate offers a splendid Gary Player designed 72 pars, 18-hole signature golf course in the heart of the Garden Route.

Cycling

The lush indigenous forest trails and spectacular scenery of the Plettenberg Bay area make this part of the Garden Route a favourite mountain biking destination.

Elephant Experience

The Crags Elephant Sanctuary sets itself apart from anything that the Garden Route and Klein Karoo Tour  has previously had to offer in terms of elephant interaction. All programmes are fully guided and guest numbers are limited to ensure personal attention and maximum elephant interaction for each guest which makes for a truly enriching experience.

Game Viewing

Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve is the biggest game reserve in the Southern Cape, with more than 2200 ha spread out across the hills above the scenic Garden Route coastline. It offers an exciting child-friendly safari experience in a non-malaria area with an excellent chance of spotting four of Africa’s Big Five – buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino.

Overnight in Plettenberg Bay.

Day 3

Enjoy some of the adventures available or explore the unique and quaint coastal town Knysna, one of the most beautiful of the coastal towns.

Tour to Featherbed Nature Reserve: return ferry trip on the Knysna Lagoon to the Western Head. 4 x 4 vehicle & trailer drive up the headland onto the Reserve, stopping at spectacular viewpoints. Specialist guide giving information on history, fauna & flora. Guided 2.2 km walk through coastal forest and fynbos into ancient sea caves. World renowned buffet lunch at an outdoor restaurant setting under a canopy of Milkwood trees.

Overnight in Plettenberg Bay.

Day 4

Depart for the Klein Karoo. Travel via Wilderness and the lakes district.  The Wilderness National Park protects this sensitive wetland area with five rivers, six lakes, two estuaries and 28 km of coast line.

The Outeniqua Mountain Pass, the fifth pass to be built, easily takes the traveller across the formidable barrier of the Outeniqua Mountains.

The Klein Karoo is the only place where succulent karoo, fynbos and sub-tropical thicket interface, resulting in a wonderful mosaic of plant life. Enjoy the brilliantly coloured sandstone cathedral while travelling the 13 km long road through Meiringspoort which crosses the Groot River 30 times. A short footpath leads to a waterfall which cascades 55 m into crystal clear rock pools.

Overnight in Oudtshoorn

Day 5

Depart for Cape Town on a truly splendid and scenic drive.  A coffee stop in the artistic small village of Barrydale gives you some unique shopping opportunities.  On the beautiful Tradouw Pass is an opportunity to view an abundant display of Aloes. This pass is so craggy and arduous that the mind boggles as to just how the pass originated. It is breath-taking! The winding course of The Tradouw River is followed down the gorge.

The popular resort town of Hermanus, situated between mountain and sea, has gained world-wide recognition as the world’s foremost land based whale watching destination. Enjoy the buzzing of this small harbour town; alternatively take a hike in Fernkloof Nature Reserve on the beautiful mountain which forms an imposing backdrop to the town.

Enjoy the spectacular scenic coastal drive along the Atlantic Ocean from Hermanus to Gordons Bay.

Arrive Cape Town End of the Garden Route and Klein Karoo Tour.

Klein Karoo

This is an area of magnificent landscapes and towering cliffs, crystal clear streams and an abundance of indigenous flora, contributing to making this one of the most diverse regions. This is the land of succulents – their thick, fleshy diversity unparalleled anywhere else in the world.

The Klein Karoo is recognised as the country’s premier vegetable seed production area, due to extremely clean air.

The ever changing colours of the majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards, as well as a multitude of attractions, will offer you an unforgettable adventure.

Highlights of this region

Cango Caves, Ostrich Farms, the Swartberg Pass, Meiringspoort Gorge, Wine Route.

Climate

It is generally hot in summer and mild in winter. Judged on available sunlight, this area is very suitable as year round destination in South Africa and with an annual rainfall of less than 150 mm, bright and sunny days.

All tours can be combined in any combination to create a personal itinerary for your own dream holiday.

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