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“9 days garden route - cape town to port elizabeth”
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Garden Route
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7-Day Garden Route with Winelands, Addo Safari from Cape Town
Ranked #273 of 1,100 things to do in Western Cape
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 20, 2011

Day 1 - from dubai airport to cape town airport.. reached noon.. rented a car from Europcar (GPS a must).. checked in to cape sun hotel (in the city which is 20kms from airport).. sight seeing at chapman's peak (excellent views).. dinner at a Portuguese restaurant...

Day 2 - went to table mountain, the cable way was not working due to wind, went to signal hill, lions head, had lunch at an Indian rest, went to cape point (a must visit in cape town - you should take atleast half a day to cover this place - one day will be gud if you have time), had dinner at another Indian rest.

Day 3 - morning we went to table mountain using cable way.. had a long walk on the top (a must do - you should take atleast half a day to cover this place - one day will be gud if you have time - trekking up the mountain is a good idea if you have time and dont mind the exertion)... afternoon we went to Kristenbosch botanical gardens (nice place to relax, nature lovers will enjoy) and then left cape town and followed the garden route to Hermanus - 130 kms away - which is a popular whale watching destination... checked in at Harbour house hotel, Hermanus .. saw some whales right in the beach...

Day 4 - checked out from Harbour house hotel in Hermanus and went to Kleinbaai for shark cage diving with white shark diving company (this was superb)... afternoon followed the garden route to Mossel Bay and checked in at Protea hotel, Mossel bay

Day 5 - Went to oudtshoorn (100km from Mossel bay) through Montagu pass (very scenic).. visited Cango caves (must visit - 1 hr program) (another 30km from Oudtshoorn) , Karusa Wines (there is nothing much to see here - u can do wine tasting), Cango Winery shop (bought some vines), Cango wildlife ranch (touched a cheetah and tiger here - 1 hr), the restaurant in cango wildlife ranch is good, ate ostrich meat from there which was good..

day 6 - saw seal island off the cost of Mossel bay (1 hr program - you can lots of seals resting in a small rocky island), went to oudtshoorn again and visited Safari Ostrich Farm (good one -1 hr), helped a tortoise cross the road, interrupted another..

Day 7 - checked out of hotel and followed Garden route... went for a catwalk with lions in Zorgfontein, Great Brak River near Mossel bay (this is superb - a must do), went to Knysna and saw Knysna heads (river mouth - scenic), interacted with elephants at Knysna Elephant Park (1 hr), further moved through garden route and passed Bloukraans bridge... jumped from the worlds highest bungee bridge (1 hr - must do), traveled further and checked in to Sandals Guest House, St Francis Bay

Day 8 - the guest house is a superb thatched roof one matching other houses in the beautiful village of st francis bay... this was a rainy day, but we were happy to relax at our room...

Day 9 - went for a whale/dolphin viewing trip in St Francis but saw only a Dolphin, drove to Port Elizabeth Airport, left the car, our flight back to cape town was 3 hrs late.. so we went out and saw South African air force museum which is very near to airport to kill time, flew back to cape town and then to Dubai!

We can cover 100 kms in one hour easily in garden route, if we dont stop in between. But there are places with great view, so make room for stops in your travel. GPS is a must. You will find petrol pumps/gas stations every 30-50kms. Fill your tank accordingly. Its right hand drive there. There are speed camera's occasionally, but our GPS was able to warn us in advance. The roads are good, though occasionally its single lane one way, but they are never crowded. We traveled 2000+ kms but didn't encounter even one Traffic jam. Climate can be unpredictable - we had 6 sunny days, 1 heavy rainy day, a sunny next day. Most of the parks/attractions close by 4pm. Malls and shops close by 5.30-6pm. Restaurants close by 9-10pm. The sun shines from 5.30am to 7.30pm. Start your day early. Most of the attractions (table mountain, safari ostrich farm, cango wildlife ranch, bloukraans pass) in western cape have a restaurant. Its perfectly safe to drive in Western Cape. Just like in any other country, avoid travelling at night. If you encounter some problem with your vehicle, you may not find help.

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Reviewed August 3, 2011

Anyone going to S.A. does with some trepadation, but Im here to tell you its a great adventure that you would enjoy especially anyone with children. We drove for 9 days from Cape Town along the coast thru the Black Mountains, stopping at Mossel Bay, Krysna, Plattenberg and a mountain top retreat the name escapes me. What great people we met along the way, S.A.RICANS could not do enough for us , nothing was too much trouble, and the beautiful B & B's were the best we had ever stayed in (put the ones in the UK to shame) Krysna Bay is my favourite place surrounded by sharp cliffs that drop into an inlet which goes out to the sea. There are several great lookouts on top of the cliffs where you can see for miles, the colour of the cliffs are amazing, mostly black (probably volcanic) . The shops & resturants were great all fairly new & built around a wooden boardwalk over the water. We visited an wild life reserve which was not great, big cats dont come out in the heat, and even though we had viewing platforms we didint see much, however we did go to a Cheetah Park & we paid to pat a couple of fully grown Cheetahs, they were gorgeous (wanted to take one home with me) children would love this place (unfortunately cant remember the name but any map of SA has it marked on it. ) Driving in SA is easy & we were always comfortable in the traffic. A must!

50  Thank alice63
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

I recently visited the garden route during the 2011 easter holidays. I was so impressed with all the towns that streched from port elizabeth all the way to mossel bay.

Every town had so much to offer, and was distinct in it's own character, for instance Port Elizabeth had boardwalk a fun filled entertainment shopping centre for the family, Jeffreys bay had stunning beaches, St Francis Bay had the most awesome views at Cape St Francis and the most magnificient shells that covered the beach sand.

Tsisikamma had the most spectacular trees that I have ever seen and Tsisikamma National park had a stunning beach with scenic hiking trails that I have gone on, along with a suspension bridge which is definetly for those adrenalin seekers. Knysna was also beautiful and 'the knysna heads' is a must see, I would have to say that mossel bay was something else, really picture perfect with it's blue flag beaches.

I was so taken back at how beautiful South Africa is and you can be sure I will be doing the garden route time and time again.

24  Thank shireenk
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Reviewed November 24, 2010

Hi everyone! I did a Garden Route tour (4days) by hotspots2c from Cape Town! It was an absolutely unforgetable experience! I have enjoyed it very much!!!
We visited so many wonderful places and main attaractions of the Route (Cape Town-Mossel Bay- Wilderness-Knysna-Tsitsikama National Park-Natures Valey-Pletentberg Bay-Oudtshoorn) in 4 days! We did canoe on a river, visited elephant park (fed them and walked with them), ostrich farm, jumbed from the highest bridge (260 m)- bungy jumpinig, got some tan on the beach, intered the Camgo Cave! Every day was an adventure! Organization and accomodation (backpackers) were perfect! Our guide, Johan, was very knowledgeable and flexible. He tried to do everything in the best way and comfortable for the people! Highly recommend to do this tour to everyone who comes to South Africa!

I think that this is the best way to visit Garden Route if you do not have a car or can not drive. Cost of a trip was absolutely affordable.

Thank you very much for this trip!

Karina, 24 years, Russia

15  Thank KarinaKCapeTown
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Reviewed September 10, 2010

We had the most amazing trip of our life's down the Garden Route and the Cape winelands thanks to the awesome guide of Cape Zebra Tours! It is an amazing company with outstanding service and cant wait to come back and do more trips through them!! def 6 star rating!!

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