Cape Town & Garden Route School Tour Itinerary

Garden Route and Cape Town

Departure: as per requirements

Day 1

Depart OR Tambo for a flight to George. Pick up your luggage and board your coach to Knysna. On arrival in Knysna, the coach will make its way to the Knysna Quays Waterfront – spend a little time walking around this fabulous area – lunch will be organised for collection at one of the Waterfront restaurants – take away and included in rate.

 Knysna Heads - Photo by Safarinow.com

Knysna Heads - Photo by Safarinow.com

Depart for a cruise to Knysna Heads. If time is limited, join Three Legs for a 75-minute cruise with a difference!

  • This is a fun and adventurous cruise to and INTO the Knysna Heads between the cliffs (ocean conditions permitting), visiting Otter Cove, Island Rock and passing the beachcomber caves.
  • This unequalled experience takes visitors back in time to the days when Knysna was a port and shares with those on board the thrills and spills of Knysna and its past.
  • Three Legs is an open ferry with a sun-deck or shaded seating. There are roll-down weather blinds, fold-away tables and cushioned seats. There is also a cash bar and snack menu on board (in season, or on request with prior bookings)
  • This cruise is ideal for groups, so enjoy the sun on your face, the wind in your hair and experience the excitement of being on the water!

Coach departs Knysna for Plettenberg Bay. Check in to your accommodation 3 – 4* Hotel on the beach where your group will be staying for 3 nights. Dinner at hotel

Day 2

Breakfast at your hotel

Depart by coach to Elephant Sanctuary, Monkeyland and Birds of Eden, Plettenberg Bay and embark on tour

Elephant Sanctuary, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, has African elephants and offers an interactive elephant experience, elephant back riding and overnight accommodation. We offer hands-on educational elephant interactions. This provides our guests with a far more intimate experience with the elephants. Our dedicated staffs are committed to the use of positive reinforcement elephant training methods and as a result, we have relaxed elephants that enjoy interacting with our guests.

The Elephant Sanctuary

 The Elephant Sanctuary - Photo by http://www.elephantsanctuary.co.za/

The Elephant Sanctuary - Photo by http://www.elephantsanctuary.co.za/

Guests are guided on foot through The Elephant Sanctuary. Guides will provide in-depth information and insight into African elephants. You will be introduced to our elephants in the forest area, and here you will be able to touch and interact with the elephants. You will see the special relationship that the elephant handlers share with their elephants and become a part of it. Walk trunk-in-hand with the elephants. See the stables where the elephants sleep at night. Guests learn about elephant anatomy and are able to feed them. On some hot or rainy days, you may see the elephants swimming. Enjoy a drink and visit our curio shop. Remember to wear flat walking shoes, sun hats and bring your camera.

Monkeyland

 Monkeyland - Photo by http://monkeyland.co.za/

Monkeyland - Photo by http://monkeyland.co.za/

The world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary (at The Crags, near Plettenberg Bay) - offers tours (we call them monkey safaris) during which you’ll see more than 550 primates comprising of capuchin monkeys, ringtail and black-and-white ruffed lemurs, saki monkeys, squirrel monkeys, vervet monkeys, 2 species of langur, howler monkeys, gibbons, etc in their forest home. You will also experience our 128-metre suspended canopy walk. There’s also a restaurant, souvenir store, and viewing deck. Our safari guides are multi-lingual (English, Afrikaans, German, Dutch, French, and Spanish). Monkeyland is the only primate sanctuary accredited with Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa. 

Birds of Eden

 Birds of Eden - Photo by http://www.birdsofeden.co.za/

Birds of Eden - Photo by http://www.birdsofeden.co.za/

Birds of Eden (next to Monkeyland) is the World’s largest free-flight bird aviary (50 metres high, covering 23 000 square meters of the forest). Birds of Eden houses more than 3,500 specimens of more than 280 species, with the main focus being African birds. The dome covers 2 km of boardwalks, an amphitheatre (maximum audience: 200), a restaurant, several ponds and dams and a souvenir store. Visits to Birds of Eden are usually self-guided, however, guided walks are offered on request. Birds of Eden is the only Fairtrade accredited bird sanctuary in South Africa.

Return to your hotel after your day of sightseeing and enjoy some games and fun time on the beach before dinner at your hotel. Overnight.

Day 3

Breakfast at hotel. Coach will depart for Robberg Beach, Plettenberg Bay

Guided walk of Robberg

 Robbeberg Nature Reserve - Photo by  Expedia

Robbeberg Nature Reserve - Photo by Expedia

The Robberg Peninsula is a nature reserve and national monument that lies about 8km south of Plettenberg Bay, a prestigious coastal resort on South Africa's famous Garden Route.
The reserve is situated in an overlapping region of winter and summer rainfall. There is an increased likelihood of showers between August and November.
The ecology of the Robberg Peninsula is similar to that of other rocky headlands on this coastline. It presents a fine example of how plants and animals adapt to the interacting influences of land and sea. Robberg offers a choice of three circular routes of increasing difficulty and distance.

Spend some time on Plett Beach – time for a swim and some lunch. LUNCH FOR OWN ACCOUNT – Plettenberg Bay

Return to your hotel. Dinner at hotel. Overnight

Day 4

Breakfast at the hotel. Coach departs for Oudtshoorn. En route – stop off at Cango Caves for your Adventure tour of the Caves.

Adventure tour of the Caves

 Cango Caves - Photo by https://www.westerncape.gov.za/

Cango Caves - Photo by https://www.westerncape.gov.za/

Entrance

Upon entering the entrance chamber one is immediately conscious of the increased humidity and pleasantly warm temperature. A faint musty odour may point to the presence of a small colony of bats which still make the cave their home.

Van Zyl’s Hall

You catch your breath as the first view of VAN ZYL'S HALL opens up before you. Ancient stalactites, aptly known as the dried tobacco leaves of Oudtshoorn, festoon the grey-blue of the limestone ceiling. This spacious hall is over 90 metres long, 50 metres wide at its widest point, and between 14 and 18 metres high. Nearly 100 metres of solid limestone roof separates the cavern from the ridgecrest above. 

Botha’s Hall

Leaving Van Zyl's Hall through a wide passageway, you enter the spectacular BOTHA'S HALL, with its decorative side-chamber, The Throne Room. Glancing to the left as we enter Botha's Hall, we see a formation resembling the beak of a Giant Eagle, feeding its chick. Botha's Hall is dominated by two completed columns soaring upwards to the ceiling. 

Rainbow Chamber

Leaving the Throne Room and Botha's Hall, you ascend a staircase, pass a hollowed out stalagmite known as The Pulpit, then proceed through a narrow passageway into the RAINBOW CHAMBER.

Against the back wall, in the eerie glow of lights, we make out the head of Old Nick, the tame Cave Devil, posed in profile. Immediately above the viewing platform, bathed in soft, blue light, is the cavern's Biblical Section. High against the wall we may see an open Family Bible.

Beside it, the Outstretched Lost Wing of an Angel. Below, directly in front of the viewing platform, is another hollowed-out stalagmite known as The Christening Font.

Bridal Chamber

A flight of steps leads into the BRIDAL chamber with its fourteen-post bridal bed. The bride may be spotted in the kitchen to the rear, sitting on a low stool and weeping quietly to herself. A clue to her tears may be found in the Peach Brandy Bottle, prominently displayed on a rock mantlepiece. Active stalactites drip constantly from the low roof above.

Fairyland Chamber

Fairyland, the next chamber, provides a fantasy for the younger generation. Coloured lights illumine the Fairy Queen's Palace (or Cathedral), The Fairy Castle, an inverted Sunflower, and even the bizarre 'upper plate' of an enormous set of dentures. Here, too, the first helictites may be observed, twisting against the ceiling in frozen motion.

Drum Room

The Drum Room, 500 metres from the entrance, provides the first major turn-back point on HERITAGE TOUR. In this chamber, there is also a striking example of a translucent formation. Alongside it, a stalagmite resembling a Bushman hut lends fantasy to the presentation of "Sunrise and Sunset over darkest Africa".

From this point, the tour becomes progressively more difficult. JACOB'S LADDER, with its over 2OO steps, leads through THE GRAND HALL into THE AVENUE, and then the low confines of LUMBAGO ALLEY.

The Grand Hall

Towards the end of the Grand Hall you will pass LOT'S CHAMBER, where a group of stalagmites represent the biblical Lot, his two daughters, and his wife, who turned into a pillar of salt. Alongside the viewing platform is another hollowed-out stalagmite known as King Arthur's Throne.

Lumbago Alley

Beyond THE AVENUE you enter LUMBAGO ALLEY. It is 85 metres long. For the most part the roof is low and for 28 metres of the Lumbago Walk the roof height seldom exceeds 1,2 metres.

Emerging from this tunnel you can glimpse delicate roof crystals and get to view some of the lovely smaller grottos.

The roof of the Crystal Palace is decorated with "Hanging crystal gardens", adorned with ice-like crystals and weirdly contorted helictites. A light to the left reveals a translucent crystal wall.

Moving on to the next chamber, you pass an active candle-wax column in delicate golden hues.

King Solomon’s Mines

Steps lead downwards into the cellar-like chambers of KING SOLOMON'S MINES. The cavern gets its name from a formation high up near the roof, resembling a rotund king with a bearded face, wearing a crystal crown. His throne is mounted on an inverted Protea, South Africa's national flower.

Alongside the throne, much to the children's delight, hangs a gigantic ice-cream cone. The roof of this chamber is decorated with a fantasy of amazing helictites.

The Devils Chimney

An iron ladder ascends from King Solomon's Mines into the unique caving adventure of The Devil's Chimney section. First you have to crawl through THE TUNNEL OF LOVE, a low passageway some 74 centimetres high, narrowing at one point to about 3O centimetres, where stouter cavers are apt to receive a loving squeeze!

This tunnel brings you to THE ICE CHAMBER, with its fascinating shelfstone ledge high around the outer wall. This ledge indicates the level of a cave pool from a bygone age. The pool's level ultimately subsided, leaving only a shallow pool in the cavern today.

The Coffin

Next comes THE COFFIN, a hexagonally-shaped hole in the shelfstone, which is the beginning and end of the final circular route. The cave opens out again as we pass through the ICE-CREAM PARLOUR into the colourful beauty of the DEVIL'S WORKSHOP. The brilliantly-coloured ceiling is decorated with many delicate helictites.

Devil’s Kitchen

The way ahead leads over a steep hump, which leads you into the DEVIL'S KITCHEN, with its notorious DEVIL'S CHIMNEY. The guide points to a narrow crack in the wall - surely someone's idea of a joke! But no, this is the DEVIL'S CHIMNEY. Peering in you see a steep shaft about 45 centimetres wide which leads upwards for some 3,5 metres. There is a light at the top. Amidst an assortment of grunts, groans and, usually, hysterical laughter you squirm through the chimney into another larger chamber, only to be confronted by an even smaller opening.

Devil’s Post Box

Using 'Leopard Crawl' to wriggle forward you approach a low, wide slot - the only exit route. It is only 27 centimetres high.

Some guides recommend a head-first 'posting', which may be likened to a rebirth experience, as one emerges infant-like from the narrow crevice. The alternative of feet-first results in an easy slide (depending on girth or chest-size) down the smooth, sloping wall and being deposited on the flowstone floor below. You have now reached the furthest point of the tour.

A short scramble leads you back to the Coffin, through the Ice Chamber and Tunnel of Love and back down the iron ladder into King Solomon's Mines and back along the previous route, emerging into the welcome light of day at the cave entrance.

LUNCH FOR OWN ACCOUNT

After lunch proceed to Cango Wildlife Ranch for your guided tour of this amazing establishment

Cheetahland

 Cheetah - Photo by  Wikipedia

Cheetah - Photo by Wikipedia

Get close! Get very close...as you meander on the catwalk over large natural enclosures, which are home to some of the world's greatest big cats. From the treetop lookout, view the elegant cheetah, mighty lion, breathtaking African leopard and the awesome white Bengal tiger.

Experience the wonder of your own personal encounter with purring hand-reared cheetah and our other large ambassador cats.

Kuranda Forest

 Kurunda Forest - Photo by: http://www.kuranda.org/

Kurunda Forest - Photo by: http://www.kuranda.org/

Visit our aviary filled with rainbow coloured lorikeets and shy marmosets! You also get the chance to purchase nectar and feed these beautiful animals while they make themselves comfortable on your shoulders and head.

Lemur Falls

 Lemur - Photo by:  Wikipedia

Lemur - Photo by: Wikipedia

Lemur Falls is the only interactive lemur exhibit on the South African continent!!!

The exhibit themed to replicate a Madagascan forest… is entered by crossing a large river teaming with birdlife such as spoonbills and whistling ducks - which are native to the exotic island…while volcanic rock waterfalls provide an impressive backdrop to the indigenous Betselio Village bordering the primeval forest. As you glance across the forest you will see dozens of piercing eyes staring back at you from the high indigenous Madagascan trees. We house 3 species of lemurs, from the ring-tails to the black and white ruffs as well as the inquisitive brown lemurs. We offer you the unique opportunity to be face-to-face with these beautiful and rare primates while our experience department captures this moment on camera for you.

The aim of this exciting development is to continue providing the experience of memorable encounters at the Ranch with unique and endangered animals whilst drawing attention to their plight in the wild of Madagascar. We have also proudly entered into an agreement with the Madagascan Fauna Group – whereby a portion of the funds generated through the lemur encounter programs will be donated to the MFG (Madagascar Fauna Group) to go towards their conservation efforts regarding saving lemurs in Madagascar.
This wonderful encounter opportunity is open to children 5 years and older, and is a great experience for the whole family for any day of the year! Where better to love a lemur....than Lemur Falls!

Snakepark

Slimy, slithering snakes; creatures nightmares are made of; the one animal most people love to hate. But exactly how slimy and scaly are these footless wonders...

Take a walk through our snake park and see a different side to these animals. Learn interesting facts about snakes and where they come from. Walk where most people fear to tread and appreciate the bizarre beauty of these creatures that are so important to our ecosystems.

The Wallaby Walkabout

 Wallaby - Photo by  Wikipedia

Wallaby - Photo by Wikipedia

Our guests are welcome to come and feed our wallabies. Our curious little wallabies might be shy at first BUT... Give us some food and we will be great friends!

Valley of Ancients

Our exploration starts in the ruins of The Great Temple... Many years ago an ancient tribe built this temple to protect a hidden valley filled with wondrous animals. Here they performed human sacrifices to the river god Nyami Nyami whose statues still guard the entrance today.

In 1835 explorers discovered the valley and soon exploited the natural resources and people. Trading stores were established and diamonds were recovered from the riverbeds using specially designed crocodile-proof cages. At some point (and we’re not sure when) – everyone in the valley disappeared. Some say the river god became angry at the devastation and destroyed all who lived here.

In 2006 the valley was rediscovered and it is here that we will be travelling - hopefully with lessons learnt... so that we do not anger the Nyami Nyami as well. And without further ado, follow us into the Valley of Ancients…

A tropical house inhabited by giant flying foxes, the shy blue duiker and a magnificent tank offering you an underwater view of Malawian cichlids, will be your first encounter as you enter this ancient temple.

Our resident Marabou stork, has moved to this exciting exhibit and now share their new home with endangered Cape Vultures.

Coach departs Cango Caves for stay at Country lodge.

Check in to your accommodation for one night. Time to relax and have a swim in one of the two pools, or in the sparkling clean river on the property. Dinner at the lodge.

Day 5

Breakfast at lodge. Coach departs for Ostrich farm.

 Ostrich

Ostrich

Visit one of Oudtshoorn’s famous Ostrich farm and enjoy a guided tour. Tours are comprehensive are not only interesting but also great fun. The tour is an easy walk through the farm. Visitors are taken out in small groups by professional guides.

We are fond of our animals and ensure that they are always in peak condition. 
What you will experience:

  • The eggs, incubators and chicks (in season)

  • To hug and kiss our super friendly female - Betsie

  • To feed the ostriches by hand

  • To sit on the ostriches

  • And for the daring type, too...

Ride the ostriches (weight limit 75kg) and to stand on the eggs (the ultimate weight test). Only 4 lucky people in the group will be allowed to ride the ostriches.

Lunch for own account – in Oudtshoorn

Return to the lodge and enjoy a guided hike through the Schoemanspoort. Dinner at the lodge.

Day 6

Breakfast at the lodge and depart for Mossel Bay. On arrival in Mossel Bay, it is time to have loads of fun.

Sandsurfing

Sandboarding.jpg

It’s time for SANDSURFING on the longest sandboard ride in South Africa....Dragon Dune! Situated on private land this beast provides the ultimate ride on sand ... similar to snowboarding! Not a Pro Sandboarder?

Perfect!!! ... the less you know the BEST! Our focus for ALL guests is to have FUN!!!! We do all sorts of FUN rides and make sure you do it in the safest way ever. 3 hours of exhilarating fun!!!

Afterwards, the coach will make its way to Breede River Lodge, your home for the evening. Enjoy a well-deserved swim before dinner.

Breede River Resort and Fishing Lodge is situated at the mouth of the Breede River. Come and experience friendly village life that offers food for the soul and a place to simply relax and unwind.

All of the above units have satellite television (12 channels) and most of them have coffee making facilities. Some units have balconies where one can sit and enjoy an early morning cup of coffee or to enjoy the sunset. Some balconies have a sea/river view. Enjoy leisure time at our pool.

Witsand offers 4km of white sandy beaches, surrounded by magnificent species of this Cape Fynbos Floral Region World Heritage Site. Witsand is a popular resort for fishermen and other holidaymakers. It offers magnificent views on the estuary against the backdrop of the Potberg to the west. Visitors are often standing in awe when they gaze across the wide river mouth over the bay. The tidal flow of the river and the sheer beauty of the area create an unequalled tranquillity and peacefulness to the surroundings. It is a paradise to residents and visitors alike. For those interested in ecology, the dynamic interphase between river and ocean, the geological structures, the Fynbos- and duineveld flora and the abundant animal life could prove to be worthwhile study objects.

Dinner at Pili Pili restaurant at the lodge

Day 7

Breakfast at hotel. Depart for Cape Town.

Two Ocean’s Aquarium

 Two Oceans Aquarium - Photo by: https://www.aquarium.co.za/

Two Oceans Aquarium - Photo by: https://www.aquarium.co.za/

Before checking in to your hotel, enjoy a visit to the Two Ocean’s Aquarium.

Explore this wonderful attraction and enjoy a hands-on learning environmental learning experience. Activities are designed to lead learners to discover and learn about the freshwater, coastal and marine environments.

Depart Aquarium and check in to 3* Hotel in Vredehoek. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 8

Breakfast at hotel. Coach departs for a full day of excursions starting off with a tour to Robben Island.

Robben Island

 Robben Island

Robben Island

Depart the V& A waterfront on one of the historic vessels – The Susan Kruger or The Dias. Your morning includes a visit to the infamous Maximum Security Prison, Interaction with an ex-political prisoner, a 45-minute bus ride with a guide providing commentary, the opportunity to explore the Murray's Bay Harbour precinct attractions, such as the Muslim shrine, or kramat, and the Museum Shop.

Lunch for own account

On your return to the V&A waterfront you coach will take you to the famous Charley’s Bakery – so remember to leave space for a little cake.

District 6

 District 6

District 6

Proceed to the District 6 area of Cape Town.

Enjoy a tour of this fascinating museum and include a talk by a District 6 resident on the effects of forced removal on families and the destruction of District 6.

Depart from District 6 and make your way back to the hotel for a little swim or chill time before your amazing dinner experience

Richards Supper Stage

A wonderfully exciting theatre venue, Richard’s Supper Stage and Bistro is situated on the corner of Glengariff and Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town.  This exciting dinner-and-show venue was launched by two business partners, Richard Loring and Roland Seidel, in June 2012. 

Upstairs, in the Supper Stage, international and local guests of all ages will be transported into the vibrant world of District Six, featuring talented artists performing in the signature show "Kaapse Stories from the Mother City", directed by award-winning Capetonian director: Basil Appollis. 

Here, guests can feast on a resplendent, 4-course offering of the best culinary experiences the traditional Cape cuisine has to offer. This iconic, uniquely Capetonian show has been played for over 1200 times and continues to delight and amaze audiences from all over the country and abroad.

 Return to hotel

Day 9

Breakfast at hotel. Your private Hop on Hop off Bus will pick you up at the hotel.

Spend the day on this tour bus enjoying the following

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Heart of Cape Town guided tour at Groote Schuur

First human heart transplant: How it all began…“It is the crowning effort of a team of men and women who bring at that moment, the training of a lifetime. Structured with the inherited technique and skill of a millennium - all are fused to one objective: to replace a dying heart with a new one, to save one life.” .The drama of the world’s first human heart transplant, led by Professor Christiaan Neethling Barnard, played out within the walls of the Charles Saint Theatre, at Groote Schuur Hospital on the 3rd December 1967. The human heart transplant, one of the greatest moments in medical history, was made possible by an extraordinary interplay of scientific dedication; human courage and generosity and a timely chain of events. Today, The Heart of Cape Town Museum honours all those who played a major role in the surgical feat that pushed the boundaries of science, into the dawn of a new medical era, an era in which it became possible to transplant the symbol of the essence of life, our human heart.

And then whilst enjoying your scenic ride around the Cape jump off at the following:

Kirstenbosch Gardens

 Tree canopy walkway - Photo by: https://www.archdaily.com

Tree canopy walkway - Photo by: https://www.archdaily.com

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden lives up to its reputation as the most beautiful garden in Africa and one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain.

Kirstenbosch was established in 1913 to promote, conserve and display the extraordinarily rich and diverse flora of southern Africa, and was the first botanic garden in the world to be devoted to a country's indigenous flora.

The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway is a new curved steel and timber bridge that winds and dips its way through and over the trees of the Arboretum. Inspired by a snake skeleton, and informally called 'The Boomslang' (meaning tree snake), it is a low-maintenance, low-impact sculptural raised walkway.

The Walkway takes the visitor from the forest floor into and through the trees and bursts out above the canopy, giving spectacular panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains, Garden and Cape Flats.

Hout Bay

Hout Bay is one of the busiest harbours in the Western Cape, with a well-established tuna, snoek and crayfish industry. Visitors will be taken aback by the scenery, the friendly people and the laid-back ambience.

The Castle of Good Hope - Enjoy a guided tour

 Castle of Good Hope

Castle of Good Hope

Obviously, space will not allow us to delve into the rich, difficult history of this world-famous building. Save to say that the story of his Castle is a story of our young country.  It is a story of joy, pain, tears, laughter, disappointment, fear, hope – and all the other human emotions that characterize us as a nation…

Built between 1666 and 1679, the Castle is known as the oldest surviving building in South Africa and has been the centre of civilian, political and military life at the Cape from approximately 1679.

In its current state, the Castle arguably represents one of the best preserved 17th century DEIC architecture on the entire globe.   The 2015 – 2016 renovation of the Castle – the first in 20 years – will further enhance its appeal and position it well to become South Africa’s next UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This historical building now houses, among others, the William Fehr Collection, an African pottery collection, the Castle Military Museum and a forge.

View spectacular scenery and other attraction from your own Hop on Hop off Bus

Return to hotel. Dinner at hotel

Day 10                                                                                   

Breakfast at hotel

Your coach will collect you from your hotel for your visit to Simonstown. You will be met by your guide Andre, who will accompany you and share his fascinating knowledge of this wonderful historical and naval town.

Penguins at Boulder Beach

 Penguins at Boulders Beach - Photo by:  Wikipedia  

Penguins at Boulders Beach - Photo by: Wikipedia 

At Boulders Beach, just outside Cape Town, you can get to know our most famous (and arguably our cutest) birds… the African Penguin. You just can’t resist these waddling wonder birds, but that’s a great thing because they need your attention.

DID YOU KNOW?

Of 17 penguin species in the world, African penguins are the only one that breeds in Africa. African Penguins were moved to the endangered list in May 2010.

South Africa’s penguins are under threat from the loss of habitat, declining fish and their ever-encroaching human neighbours. But not to worry, by making a visit to see these unique locals you are helping them. Every year over 60 000 visitors flock to Simon’s Town to photograph and watch the famous Boulders Beach Penguins. This leads to more money to help boost our penguin conservation efforts through South African National Parks (SANParks).

Don’t laugh but African Penguins used to be known as Jackass Penguins due to the braying sounds they make. Although they breed in colonies stretching from southern Namibia to Port Elizabeth, the story of how they came to call Boulders Beach home is one of remarkable urban colonisation. The whole species though, both at Boulders Beach and elsewhere, face many threats and these aquatic flightless birds are actually listed as endangered.

Boulders Beach remains the only place in the world where one can get up close to African Penguins. Penguin viewing is made easier by boardwalks that lead vistors across the beaches as well as to an information centre, which is managed by SANParks.

Lunch for own account

Table Mountain Cableway

 Table Mountain Cable Way - Photo by  Wikipedia

Table Mountain Cable Way - Photo by Wikipedia

After Simonstown – coach will make its way to Table Mountain Cableway for a wonderful excursion to the top of the Mountain. Dinner at local restaurant.

Day 11

Breakfast at hotel. Coach departs for Vergenoegd Wine Farm, to witness this fabulously quaint and comical ‘Duck Parade’

Duck Parade

 Duck Parade - Photo by: Justin Coetzee

Duck Parade - Photo by: Justin Coetzee

This waddling workforce is essential to the farm’s pest-control, consuming a startling amount of snails and bugs on their daily patrols. The ducks are also a big part of why Vergenoegd proudly carries WWF biodiversity certification.

We utilize 1070 Runner Ducks at the Vergenoegd farm to assist in the control of the snail and pest population in our vineyards, a practice we have been refining since 1984. We have a basic research and breeding program in place to keep our workforce of ducks productive, healthy and happy. Come and cheer the ducks on their way.

Coach then makes its way to Franschoek for a Chocolate tasting experience.

A half-hour program, outlining the story of chocolate, a chocolate tasting and a demonstration of how chocolates are made. Guests receive a two-pack of chocolates.
We have a wonderful selection of chocolates made from the imported Belgian chocolate!
A wide variety of boxed chocolate, local jams and gourmet products also available.

Lunch for own account in the beautiful village of Franschoek

After lunch - make your way to Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve for a one and half hour interactive guided hike - views over the amazing Franschhoek valley.

Have a look at the website - http://www.montrochellehiking.co.za/

End of the hike at La Couronne wine farm and enjoy an hour and half of Grape Stomping and then end off with a pizza and grape juice pairing session!!

Late afternoon, coach departs Franschoek  for Meerendal Wine Estate to enjoy a very special evening for your last evening in Cape Town

Galileo Open Air Theatre

 Galileo Open Air Theatre

Galileo Open Air Theatre

Meerendal Wine Estate is an oasis of beauty, soft country vibes and award-winning wines, which makes for a perfect combination of movies and fun in the northern suburbs.

Arrive early to reserve your seat under the stars and enjoy a magical market experience of delicious artisanal food and beverages, interactive games, music and fun. Live music before the movie to kick-start that weekend feeling!

The movie showing tonight under stars is the classic ‘Titanic”

Your ticket includes a cosy blanket and a backrest.

A dinner voucher to the value of R150 per person will be included – there are various food trucks where you will be able to choose your meal of choice before settling down to watch the movie.

Please note should there be a light drizzle, the performance will not be cancelled, so please come prepared.

Should the show be cancelled due to heavy rain – back up plans are in place

After the movie, return to the hotel

Day 12

Breakfast at hotel. Coach departs for Cape Town International airport for your return flight back to Johannesburg.

Included:

  • Flights from Johannesburg to George
  • Flights from Cape Town to Johannesburg
  • Airport taxes (current and subject to change)
  • Coach hire for the duration of the trip – 60 seater semi luxury coach
  • Airport hotel coach transfers
  • 3 night’s hotel accommodation 3-4* in Plettenberg Bay with 3 breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • Excursion on Knysna lagoon (lunch included)
  • Guided walking tour – Robberg Beach
  • Entrance and guided tour – The Elephant Sanctuary Plettenberg Bay
  • Entrance and self guided tour – Monkeyland, Plettenberg Bay
  • Entrance and self guided tour – Birds of Eden, Plettenberg Bay
  • Entrance and guided Adventure tour – Cango Caves, Oudtshoorn
  • Entrance and guided tour Cango Wildlife Ranch
  • 2 night’s hotel accommodation in Oudtshoorn including breakfast and dinner
  • Entrance and guided tour – Ostrich Farm, Oudtshoorn
  • 3 hour sandboarding activity in Mossel Bay
  • 1 night’s hotel accommodation at Breede River Lodge including breakfast and dinner
  • Entrance and guided tour at Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town
  • 5 night’s hotel accommodation at 3* Hotel in Vredehoek incl 5 breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • 3 restaurant meals in Cape Town
  • Entrance and guided tour of Robben Island
  • Entrance and guided tour of District Six Museum
  • Entrance and guided tour of The Heart of Cape Town, Groote Schuur Heart Museum
  • Entrance and guided tour The Castle of Good Hope
  • Excursion – cable car to Table Mountain
  • Simonstown walking tour
  • Visit and entrance to Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach
  • Hop on Hop off Bus – private charter open top
  • Entrance to Kirstenbosch Gardens
  • Richards Supper stage performance and meal
  • Galileo Open Air Theatre movie and meals
  • Chocolate tasting experience Franschhoek
  • A guided hike in Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, Franschoek
  • Grape stomping at a local wine farm
  • Pizza and grape juice pairing at local wine farm

Excluded

  • All lunches (except for Knysna lagoon excursion which is included)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Spending money
  • Gratuities for bus driver and private guides

A tour by Angela Rogers and Jana Pole from Four Seasons Travel. Book this tour or let us custom design one around your needs. Please fill in the form below and we'll be in touch.

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