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14 days capetown 10 - 24 Mar

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14 days capetown 10 - 24 Mar

Hi,

We are in our 60's living in freezing Scotland. Current plans are for a week in Capetown, probably St George hotel, then rent a car for 4 days/3 nights garden route staying in George. Followed by a few more nights in Capetown, then catch the premier classe train to Jo'berg on 24th.

No game watching/ safaris.

A day in Oudtshoorn seems good plus a ride on the steam train and possibly dinner on the paddle cruiser at Knysna.

Must visit at least one wine estate.

Any comments/suggestions please.

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1. Re: 14 days capetown 10 - 24 Mar

Hi

I am sure the local experts can help you out on this one,but a few comments;

The Outeniqua Cho-Cho steam train is not what it was and currently runs along the much less scenic route between George and Mossel Bay as opposed to George and Knysna. I don't now anything about the paddle steamer, but if you are staying in George then dinner in Knysna is a bit of a stretch - good 30/40 minute drive.

A day in Oudtshoorn is a good idea and you should seriously consider driving along the R62 via Oudtshoorn to get to George. From Cape Town it is a fairly long but high reward journey.

For wine estates you have a lot of choice. Nearest to Cape Town is the Constantia area but the main Winelands area, the Stellenbosch/Franschhoek/Paarl triangle is easily doable as a day trip from CT.

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2. Re: 14 days capetown 10 - 24 Mar

Hi Intrep,

Strangely enough the exact dates you are on your trip, I am off to freezing Scotland ;)

4 days in Cape Town would be fine. Then to Franschoek for a night to spend some time tasting wines.

Stop a night in Montagu (2 hrs drive), and visit wineries there, eat at Jessicas, take a stroll. Try 7 Church Street guesthouse.

Stop 2 nights in Oudtshoorn (2 1/2 hrs drive). Visit ostrich farm, cango wildlife ranch, drive Swartberg Pass to Prince Albert, visit Caves, walk with wild meerkats, visitKango winery, Grundheim or just relax. Eat at Kalinka. Stay at Yotclub B&B.

Drive to Knysna (1 1/2 hrs from Oudtshoorn). Skip George. Nothing there to see and a big town. Not recommended unless you fancy the golf)

2 nights in Knysna, which allows you to explore the surrounding coastline for a day trip.

Drive Knysna to Hermanus (5 hrs) stay a night or so and then back to Cape Town (1 1/2 hrs). Harbour Rock is fantastic for dinner (book). Stop in Swellendam if you are not wanting to drive 5 hrs straight.

Hope that helps!

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3. Re: 14 days capetown 10 - 24 Mar

Just a quick comment about the wine estates. I personally always liked Zevenwacht Wine Estate.

They offer lovely picnics:

http://www.zevenwacht.co.za/

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4. Re: 14 days capetown 10 - 24 Mar

Worsie has come up with an attractive itinery. You will have plenty of opportunity for visiting some wineries. I would just add that you should include the winery, Vergelegen - it has lovely gardens, historic camphor trees and an interesting manor house (in addition to some good wine!). You will pass close by it on your way back from Hermanus to Cape Town.

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