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This tour may be combined with guided touring in Cape Town itself

Day 1 – Cape Town
Arrival at Cape Town International Airport where you will be met by your host and transferred to the Newlands Guest House and relax; this afternoon, take delivery of your rental car; time permitting, take in the world renowned Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, only five minutes drive from the guesthouse; return at leisure and possibly dine at one of several local restaurants this evening; Newlands Guest House, B&B;

Day 2 – Cape Town
Collect brochures, information and a map from your host this morning, and leave around 09:30 for Cape Point, taking in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and the African (Jackass) Penguin colony at Boulders Beach; return at leisure to Newlands Guest House, B&B;

Day 3 – Cape Town
Set off this morning for the City of Cape Town and visit Table Mountain, then spend the afternoon at the famous Waterfront, with its many activities and great variety of restaurants, cinemas, IMAX theatre and craft shops, micro-brewery, harbour cruises, etc; you may also wish to include a tour to Robben Island on this day; Newlands Guest House, B&B;

Day 4 - Hermanus
Depart after breakfast along the eastern seaboard of False Bay, passing thru several seaside towns until you reach Hermanus where you can relax for the remainder of the day, exploring this quaint seaside village where the Southern Right Whales play in Walker Bay between July and end November; overnight at the House on Westcliff, B&B;

Day 5 - Swellendam
This morning the route is to Bredasdorp where the only shipwreck museum in the world is to be found – small but filled with treasures which bear witness to the savagery of the seas around our coast; continue on to Swellendam, historical, quaint, picturesque – overnight at La Sosta B&B with a kitchen run by its Italian owner who lovingly prepares meals every night to suit the season;

Day 6 – Mossel Bay
Amble out of town this morning in the direction of Mossel Bay; en route explore the roadside factory shops with locally produced products of Aloe Vera and Aloe Ferox, perhaps try your hand at bunji jumping … just before Mossel bay one finds Botlierskop Game Farm, blessed with a great diversity of habitat and wildlife – game such as rhino, lion, buffalo, giraffe, rare black impala, sable, kudu, nyala, bushbuck, bontebok, waterbuck, blue wildebeest, eland, mountain zebra, etc. abound and there is a three hour game drive which is a must; overnight at Botlierskop - Dinner, Bed and Breakfast and all game drives;

Day 7 - Knysna
visit the Diaz museum to the Portuguese Explorers and Navigators of the 15th Century in Mossel bay and then ease into the Wilderness where the Touw River, which runs thru the village, is a sanctuary rich in bird life, and the broad, white sandy seashore of the is great for swimming and, if you are lucky, dolphin viewing; pass thru Sedgefield and stop a moment, then Knysna is a short drive away and great for exploring –the Belvidere Church with its curious neo-Norman architecture and fascinating graveyard, the Featherbed Nature Reserve, the cruises on the Lagoon, the Oyster Factory, small shops which sell items made from local, indigenous woods, the Heads, the old gold panning route … ; overnight at the Wayside Inn in town or Blackwaters River’s Lodge on the outskirts of town, B&B; dinner at 34 South is highly recommended;

Day 8 - Knysna
After a leisurely breakfast, relax in Knysna on this day; overnight, B&B;

Day 9 - Tsitsikamma
The road eastward passes thru Plettenberg Bay (please stop at Monkey World this morning! – this is a primate rescue and rehabilitation centre) and then continue to the Storm’s River Mouth where one should spend some time at this natural phenomenon, explore the caves and then have the rest of the day at leisure at the Tsitsikamma Lodge in a luxury log cabin with its own spa bath, B&B; there is a great restaurant on site;

Day 10 – Zuurberg/Addo
This morning’s drive starts to turn inland and ends high in the mountains on the Zuurberg, above the Addo Elephant Park; the scenery and vegetation alone make this destination worthwhile; the warm welcome and superb restaurant are a perfect end to this day; make sure to walk one of the mountain trails; Zuurberg Mountain Inn, B&B;

Day 12 - Grahamstown
Depart back down the mountain this morning, take the midday guided game drive in Addo, then continue on to Grahamstown, university town and scene of the annual Festival of the Arts; overnight at The Cock House, B&B – there is a great restaurant on site;

Day 13 - Grahamstown
This City of Churches has some interesting museums with some great fossil and bird exhibitions in the Natural Science Museum, this is “Settler Country” and the history of the Border Wars and the 1820 Settlers is to be seen in the History Museum, and the eccentric Observatory Museum should also be visited; an afternoon drive thru Bathurst (pineapple country) to Port Alfred and Kenton-on-Sea is also an option; overnight once again in Grahamstown at The Cock House, B&B;

Day 14 – Graaff-Reinet
Today’s drive northwards thru Somerset East to Graaff-Reinet takes one into the Great Karoo, which is also sheep country; Graaff-Reinet is a beautifully kept town of great historical value, being the fourth settlement established at the Cape by the Dutch East India Company; it also has poignant links to the Anglo Boer war of 1899-1902, a fine collection of historical buildings and some great restaurants – the Kliphuis has to be one of them; overnight at Avondrust Guest House or at Stockenstroem’s in the centre of town, B&B;

Day 15 – Graaff-Reinet
Spend a casual morning in the museums and a visit to the Dutch Reformed church which so dominates the skyline is most interesting; at 14:45 meet at the offices of Karoo Connections just two short blocks from the guesthouse, for a conducted ‘sunset’ tour to the Valley of Desolation where you will experience the vastness of the landscape as it stretches across the Plains of Camdeboo, the antiquity of the geology, see some buck and have sunset drinks in pure nature; overnight, B&B;

Day 16 – Nieu-Bethesda
There is a short drive out of town this morning to the village of Nieu-Bethesda, noted mainly for the Owl House, the creation in cement and glass of the late and eccentric Helen Martins, which is well worth a visit; the road out of town leads to Ganora Farm and to Wellwood Farm … both of which are most hospitable and both having some fascinating fossil remains of Karoo reptiles which are the subject of ongoing field study by international paleontologists, as well as “bushman” rock art; overnight under Karoo stars- Dinner, Bed and Breakfast;

Day 17 - Oudtshoorn
Drive south today via Willowmore and the cute village of De Rust, to arrive in Oudtshoorn, ostrich capital of the world, around mid-afternoon; the overnight stop is La Plume guest farm where you will experience true Karoo hospitality- Dinner, Bed and Breakfast;

Day 18 - Oudtshoorn
Oudtshoorn’s main attractions are ostriches, the CP Nel museum (fascinating!), the Langenhoven House, the Cango Wildlife Ranch (where you may enter an enclosure with the cheetahs who are tame and part of the breeding program) and the Cango Caves; overnight once again at La Plume guest farm, B&B, with the option of dinner;

Day 19 - Robertson
Leave Oudtshoorn this morning en route to Calitzdorp, port wine capital of South Africa – visit a winery or two as you continue towards the Breede River Valley and Fraai Uitzicht wine estate in the Robertson area where you will overnight and enjoy fine food at their restaurant, B&B (dinner for own account);

Day 20 – Cape Town
Take time to visit some superb wine estates en route thru to quaint Montagu this morning, which leads naturally on to Nuy and then Worcester, the largest town in this region and home to the Karoo Botanical Garden which specializes in succulents; you will also pass the largest brandy distillery in the world before you enter Worcester and it is well worth a visit; continue thru the Hex River Valley and cross the Du Toit’s Kloof pass and then descend back towards the city of Cape Town and the Newlands Guest House for your final night, B&B;

Day 21 – Cape Town
This is the last day to re-pack the suitcases and do last minute shopping before departing for the airport around three hours before flight departure time in order to claim back VAT and hand back the hired car.


Cape Town Waterfront



Karoo Garden

Mossel Bay Beachfront

Mossel Bay

Knysna Lagoon

Addo Elephant Park



The Owl House at Nieu-Bethesda

Worcester Dam

The Hex River Mountains from Worcester

Worcester Botanical Gardens


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