Day 1 Johannesburg
to Colesberg (650km).
Our tour begins at Johannesburg (we pick you up at your address) and
we head south with a brief stop in Bloemfontein for lunch. Later in
the afternoon we will visit the Gariep Dam built in the ‘60s for irrigation
and hydro electric power. Our first night will be spent just outside
Colesberg at Kuilfontein Stable Cottages. Colesberg was named after
Sir Lowry Cole, governor of the Cape from 1828 to 1833. It is a prime
merino sheep farming and horse breeding area. Certain trace elements
in the soil produce grass and other fodder exceptionally suited to horses,
especially race horses.
Day 2 Colesberg to Addo Elephant National Park (400km).
After a leisurely breakfast we will continue on our journey through
Cradock, named after Sir John Cradock governor of the Cape between 1811
and 1814 and home of Olive Shreiner from 1867 to 1870. The church here
is a replica of St Martins-in-the-Fields in London and was built in
1867. It is a National Monument. We continue following the Great Fish
Valley through Cookhouse arriving at the Park by mid afternoon. Accommodation
tonight is at ‘The Elephant House’ in the Sundays River Valley. This
thatched colonial style lodge offers guests all the splendour of a bygone
Day 3 Addo Elephant National Park to Tsitsikamma (250km).
we head for Port Elizabeth and a little sight seeing and perhaps some
shopping in and around the city where we will break for lunch. We continue
to Tsitskamma National Park where we will book in for two nights. The
rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 4 Tsitsikamma National Park.
This day can be
spent just relaxing or walking (how about walking part of the famous
Otter Trail or crossing the foot bridge over the Storms river or doing
some birding in the forests?) or we will explore places of interest
by car in the surrounding area. There is always the temptation of doing
a bungi jump off the Storms River Bridge, the worlds highest jump at
216 meters! By the way, the word "tsitsikamma" is thought to be a Khoikhoi
expression for the sound of rain falling on running water.
Days 5 & 6 Tsitsikamma National Park to Knysna (100km).
Our journey continues to Knysna where we will spend two nights at the
Leisure Isle Lodge situated on Leisure Island in tranquil surroundings.
Knysna has a whole host of interesting things to do and see from walking
around and exploring the various home craft shops and markets in this
old woodcutters town to boat trips on the lagoon. We will also explore
by motor vehicle the many places of interest between Plettenberg Bay
and George. For those who wish to do so may board the Outeniqua Choo
Choo at either the Knysna or George end and enjoy the train journey
along the scenic coastline and the shores of the Lake District. We will
pick you up at either end.
Day 7 Knysna to Oudtshoorn (150km).
Today we head inland through the Outeniqua Pass into the dry Karoo and
on to Oudtshoorn, a major centre of the Little Karoo and famous for
its feather palaces of a bygone era. We will visit the renowned Cango
Cave complex and an ostrich farm. Tonight our accommodation is at Adley
House, a beautifully restored Victorian home built in 1905 during the
ostrich feather boom.
Day 8 Oudtshoorn to Cape Agulhas (350km).
We return to the N2 via Robinson Pass (built by Thomas Bain in 1867/9)
and continue at a fairly leisurely pace to Bredasdorp and on to Cape
Agulhas, the southern most tip of Africa and where the Indian and Atlantic
oceans really meet. The shallow Agulhas bank which extends 250 kms out
to sea is the richest fishing grounds in the southern hemisphere. Accommodation
is at the Agulhas Guest House with spectacular sea views. The word "agulhas"
means needle and is thought to refer to either the compass needles of
early Portuguese navigators which showed no magnetic deviation from
true north here or, to (a less likely explanation) the jaggered rock
‘needles’ near the cape.
Days 9 & 10 Cape Agulhas to Cape Town (250km).
Today we will take the scenic route along the rugged coastline via Hermanus
to the ‘mother city’, Cape Town where we will stay at Olof’s Guest House
in Sea Point for two nights. Cape Town is beautiful at this time of
year and we will be conveniently situated to take in all the sights.
Our activities will be numerous and varied and will include a trip up
Table Moutain, visits to the Water Front, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens,
the Castle, Cape Point and various fishing villages along the Cape Peninsula
and other scenic drives.
Day 11 Cape Town to Franschhoek (100km).
Most of today will be spent following the wine route and visiting a
number of wine estates along the way and spending a little time in Stellenbosch
before reaching Franschhoek. Our accommodation tonight is at Auberge
La Dauphine, a working wine farm set in beautiful surroundings amongst
the vineyards in the Franschhoek Valley. Time will be available either
this afternoon or tomorrow morning to explore this quaint historic village.
Day 12 Franschhoek to Karoo National Park (450km).
We leave Franschoek mid morning and travel up through the Hex River
Valley into the Great Karoo arriving at Karoo National Park just outside
Beaufort West in the afternoon.
Day 13 Karoo National Park
We spend the day
driving and walking around this unique area which was established to
preserve the fauna and flora of the south central Great Karoo. Home
to a number of antelope species and other wild life, including a number
of rare endemic birds, the park also has an interesting open air fossil
Day 14 Karoo National Park to Johannesburg (900km).
An early morning start to a long days journey back home, arriving at