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Cape Garden Route Tour …. a little different
Just one of many to wet the appetite…our "Chef" will prepare any meal to your specifications.

Day 1 Cape Garden Route Tour:
We depart Cape Town on our Cape Garden Route Tour towards the beautiful Wine Lands and visit some of the historic estates and villages along the way. By midday we should arrive in the Franschhoek valley in the Cape Winelands and our abode for the night is set high on the slopes amid its own vineyards and trout-stocked lakes. Its excellent cuisine will delight the palate when we return from exploring the many antique shops and other places of interest.

Day 2 Cape Garden Route Tour:
Today's scenic trip ends at an exquisite Auberge in Hermanus where from June to November we will be able to do some whale watching - watch the largest mammals on earth cavort with their young close to the beach. Hear the wailing tones of the Whale Crier's Kelp Horn call the people to see this awesome sight. Whales and their young come to rest and play in the bay every year and their numbers are growing due to the great conservation efforts of most countries of the world. We can take a boat trip to view whales and experience these wonderful creatures at close range. Even from your bedroom window you may be able to spot them. A lovely swimming pool will cool us in the hot summer months and a warm fire in the open hearth of the comfortable lounge will warm cool winter evenings. Of course the fare is outstanding and the wines perfect.

Day 3 Cape Garden Route Tour:
Finds us still in Hermanus and we explore the magnificent beauty of the surrounding country side, walk amid the fynbos in the veld and along the beach. Of course a sight one never tires of. A whale blowing nearby is always on the menu.

Day 4 Cape Garden Route Tour:
Another highlight on our Cape Garden Route Tour is the visit to one of the oldest sheep farms in the Cape. The founder Michael van Breda after whom also the village of Bredasdorp has been named, chose this site close to the southern-most point of the continent as his farm. Still today, 200 years later, it remains in the hands of the same family. We will spend a few days here, wander around the farm, rest at the shore of its lake and feel content at such beauty and the tangible aura of history. The story of the farm is recounted during the evening meal, which we enjoy in the company of our host, a young descendant of the founder.

Day 5 Cape Garden Route Tour:
Still on the farm, we enjoy a hearty breakfast and then depart for
Cape Agulhas where the two oceans really meet. From its unique position, the lonely lighthouse has sent its never-ending message to ships at sea for centuries. We stand at the beach and realize, that between us and the Antarctic Continent there is nothing but 3000 miles of the most unforgiving ocean on earth. We visit some of the many shipwrecks of unwary sailors of years gone by and the Shipwreck Museum in Bredasdorp before returning once more to the farm "Zoetendals Vallei".

Day 6 Cape Garden Route Tour:
A fairy castle, Fresh Oysters, 1000 lakes, the sea and the mountains!!! All this in one day. It's incredible but true… the magnificent road along the coast to George, Wilderness and Knysna. We don't know where to look first and the cameras are whirring away. At the end of the day we arrive at a medieval-looking castle that will accommodate us for the night.

 

Day 7 Cape Garden Route Tour:
Refreshed and eager to see more of this beautiful stretch of South Africa, we depart after breakfast towards Plettenberg Bay and the fantastic scenery of the Tsitsikamma Forest. A brief stop at the Storms River Bridge, which is considered to be one of the best engineering feats of the 20th century, as well as a walk among the century-old Yellowwood and Milkwood trees towering hundreds of feet above us, will leave us in awe of man's and nature's achievements. The road continues towards Port Elizabeth and the nearby Addo Elephant Park, where we find another of those especially selected gems of accommodations. In anticipation of the game-drive tomorrow, we discuss our experiences over a gourmet dinner.


Day 8 Cape Garden Route Tour:

Addo's Elephants are among the smallest in the world, but demand the same respect as their larger cousins in the rest of Africa. Of course we will search for and find a myriad of other creatures at home in the bush, such as the elusive Nyala, Eland, Hartebeest and Gnu. Our day is spent in the Park and we have brought a Picnic-Basket to look after our physical well-being. Time flies and all too soon we have to say our good-bys to the "little giants" of the forest and return to our Lodge for the evening sundowner, followed by dinner and a good night's rest.

Day 9 Cape Garden Route Tour:
We are glad to have a 4 x 4 on our way to Oudtshoorn, since we are crossing many a steep and sometimes treacherous mountain pass affording us breathtaking views of the mountain ranges with exotic names such as Grootwinterberge, Baviaanskloofberge, Kamanassieberge and Outeniekwaberge, named during the "Great Trek", when many Afrikaners left the Cape to find their own lands in the north. Our abode for the night welcomes us with the fragrance of roses and a traditional meal.

Day 10: Cape Garden Route Tour
Oudtshoorn is the Ostrich Capital of the World and some of the farms boast in excess of a million birds. We visit one of these and maybe acquire the odd souvenir here. For the daring, there is a chance to participate in an ostrich race against the elite jockeys of the farm. But our day still has much to offer and we continue to the world- renowned Cango Caves, which are reputed to be the most extensive and magnificent cave system in the world. In its main hall, there is room for over 3000 people, whilst other parts demand tribute by forcing us to bend our backs to reach the next chamber. After our day's excursion we return to be pampered with good fare and wine.


Day 11 Cape Garden Route Tour:

Into the heart of the fruit country leads us our way. Near Ceres we are welcomed on an old farmhouse, built in 1842 and situated on thousands of acres of farmland and game conservation area. On our last day away we are once more treated to a game drive in open Landrovers, have a chance to photograph some of the seldom-seen Elands, Black Wildebeest and the emblem of South Africa,.. the cute Springbok. We have our farewell dinner and celebrate a wonderful experience.

Day 12 Cape Garden Route Tour:
Via the West Coast resort of Langebaan we return to Cape Town and say our farewells.

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