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South Africa Tour - 9 Days – 8 Nights

Start and end in Cape Town! With the In-depth Cultural tour Cape Town And The Garden Route – 9 Days, you have a 9 days tour package taking you through Cape Town, South Africa and 10 other destinations in South Africa. Cape Town And The Garden Route – 9 Days includes accommodation, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.We start in Cape Town, a very popular city with lots to see and do. Then we head to the Cape Winelands, and travel along the southern coast to spot some whales and sharks. We also stop over in Hermanus, Swellendam and Mosselbay. Eventually we end up in Knysna where we have a great wildlife experience all lined up. In Tsitsikamma we take to the trails before heading to the Karoo via the Eastern Cape. Next, we explore the Oudtshoorn region before travelling back to Cape Town along the famed Route 62. This fun-filled trip is a wonderful way to explore South Africa like a local

Itinerary

Wamkelekile eiKapa! Welcome to Cape Town! The Mother city is South Africa's oldest city and one of three official capital cities. For flights arriving today, an Expat Explore team member will meet and greet you at Cape Town airport. A complementary airport transfer is offered at selected times to take you to our starting hotel in the city. If you arrive early enough you'll have some free time to explore Cape Town and its many tourist attractions. This evening you will meet and greet your tour leader as well as your fellow travellers from all over the world at the included welcome dinner.

On your first full day in the Republic of South Africa, we take you on a driving tour of Cape Town. We visit the Castle of Good Hope and the beautiful St George's cathedral. Then we show you the colorful Cape Malay quarters and Company's Gardens (the oldest garden in SA!). The afternoon is then yours free to explore the city; we'll drop you off at the beautiful V&A Waterfront, the perfect base to grab a spot of lunch in the heart of the city. After lunch, why not take a cable car ride up to Table mountain, one of the official 'New 7 Wonders of Nature'

Today you have the whole day to explore Cape Town on your own. Some of the most famous attractions include Robben Island and the Two Oceans Aquarium. You can also go wine tasting in Constantia or visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Ask your tour leader for ideas!. If you want a planned adventure, you can join us on the optional day trip to Cape Point. The area is protected as a nature reserve and about an hour's drive from Cape Town, on the southeast corner of the Cape Peninsula. We discover the Cape Floral Kingdom and beautiful landscapes. Next we visit the penguins at Boulder's Beach and stop with free time for lunch in Kalk Bay. On the way back we travel along Chapman's Peak drive to see the stunning views out over the Atlantic ocean.

Today we're off to the Cape Winelands! South Africa has 100 000 hectares of vineyards. The wine industry is also the oldest outside of Europe. Top wine varieties include Chardonnay and Shiraz. There is also a cultivar called Pinotage, which is unique to SA. We have breakfast and then go on a drive through this beautiful area. A wine specialist leads us in a tasting of local wines and tells us more about South African varietals. Then we have a tasty traditional lunch in the vineyards. After lunch we drive to Stellenbosch, a beautiful university town. It was settled by French Huguenots in the 1600s and has a rich history. We go on a walk to see Cape Dutch architecture, boutiques and art galleries. Before we leave, we have one more wine tasting. Then we head to Hermanus, where you have the evening to yourself.

Today we set off for the Garden Route! This morning you can still enjoy free time in Hermanus. Between June and November there are lots of whales in the water, and you can spot them from the shore! You can also join in on the optional shark cage diving experience. SA is known for Great White Sharks and you can see them up close in Gansbaai. We stop for lunch on our way to Swellendam. This was the original trade route to the north. You can taste some real Boerekos (farmer's food) or even some Springbok (game) carpaccio. Outside of Albertinia we stop at the Cape Aloe Vera farm. You can taste aloe tea and try body products made from this special medicinal plant. We also learn more about its many uses. Next, we leave for Mossel Bay, a popular coastal village. On our way to the hotel we stop at Pinnacle caves. Fossils of 170 000 years have been found at this ancient site.

Are you ready for your first South African wildlife experience? We are going to Botlierskop Private Game Reserve for a safari. You will have the chance to see wildebeest, rhinos, giraffes, elephants and lions!. Over lunch we’ll be in Knysna, the heart of the Garden Route. Jump aboard a unique paddle-boat for an optional lunch cruise of the lagoon. Alternatively, choose to explore the harbour and eat at a local restaurant. After lunch there are some more animal encounters! You have the choice of two optional excursions - roam free with the monkeys at Monkeyland, or visit Birds of Eden, the world's largest free flight aviary and bird sanctuary.

Today you can get adventurous in the Garden Route National Park. The Tsitsikamma forest is filled with rivers, gorges and mountains. There are lots of fun things to do in this beautiful place. You can go on a zipline tour through the trees or bungee-jump off the Bloukrans bridge. Or stay on the ground to go on a guided bush walk to learn more about the region's fauna and flora. Next, we drive to the Storms River mouth in Tsitsikamma National Park, where you can hike through the forest, take a seaside walk and cross the longest suspension bridge in South Africa. This afternoon we're off to the Eastern Cape coast. This area is known for great weather and long, sandy beaches.

Farm - Cango Caves Excursion
Today we head into a semi-desert area. The Karoo is a very unique place known as the 'land of the thirst'. We reach it via the scenic Route 62, which takes us through the Langkloof. Here you'll see many fruit and vegetable farms along the road and among the foothills of the epic Kouga and Tsitsikamma mountains. When we reach Oudtshoorn, we go to a working ostrich farm to take a tour and learn more about these big birds. On the way to our accommodation there is also the option to visit the Cango Caves - these dripstone caverns are over 20 million years old ! Tonight we enjoy a delicious Karoo dinner at our lodge.

This is the last day of this wonderful tour of the Garden Route, as we make our way back to Cape Town with our driver for the end of the tour.

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