Garden Route & Overberg Tour

The Knysna Heads are one of the highlights on all our Garden Route Tours. The Featherbed excursion is a popular excursion and includes a boat trip acrtoss the lagoon, a drive up to the Heads, hiking down to enjoy the stunning views and ends with a Buffet Lunch. Ideal start or end destination is Cape Town after or before doing our Cape TOwn Tours exploring the best of Cape Town. A top item you should add to your bucket list in touring South Africa

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Garden Route & Overberg Tour

5 Days ; 4 Nights


Experience the exotic natural beauty and wonders of the famousGarden Route in effortless exploring along the picturesque Southern Cape Coastline. The Garden Route, perennially green, has a mild Mediterranean Maritime climate and lies on a narrow belt between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Southern Coast of Africa and includes a blend of charming towns, dramatic & scenic landscapes, tall trees, deep gorges, shimmering lakes, majestic mountain ranges, golden beaches and lush indigenous forests. In this Tour Option we return via the coastal village of Arniston and Cape Agulhas, southernmost tip of the African continent and the meeting place of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans (Seasonal add-on July to November : Whale Watching).


Day 1 : CAPE TOWN TO OUDTSHOORN (meandering along the R62, longest wine route in the World)

  • Dramatic du Toit’s Kloof Pass – mountain views, steep cliffs,  gorges, waterfalls (in rainy season)
  • Ever-changing colours of majestic Mountain ranges, fruit orchards and Vineyards
  • Kogman’s Kloof Pass with its rugged sandstone formations
  • Through the fertile Tradouw Valley with its tapestry of fruit orchards and vinyards
  • Over the Huisriver Pass with its sandstone formations
  • Charming Oudtshoorn, Ostrich Capital of the World
  • Cango Caves with its chambers with magnificent limestone formations

Overnight Venue : Guest House / Hotel in Oudtshoorn
(Classic Modest or Elegant Luxury 3 and 4-star Value for Money Options or
Exquisite Premium 4 and 5-star Ultimate-in-Luxury Options)


  • Optional : Guided tour on the Cango Ostrich Ranch with the opportunity for close interaction with the ostriches
  • Breathtaking Outeniqua Mountains – lush green carpet of indigenous Fynbos (Fine Leaf Bush), the smallest of the six plant kingdoms in the world
  • Arrive in beautiful Knysna, Jewel of the Garden Route, situated on the Knysna estuary, surrounded by lush ever-green forests.
  • The Knysna Heads is one of the most striking geological features along the entire southern African coastline.
  • Featherbed Eco-excursion in Knysna : A boat trip on the Knysna Lagoon to the Featherbed Nature Reserve followed by a buffet lunch ; then a drive in a Unimog up to the top of the Western Head and an easy hike down the head with spectacular views over the Knysna Lagoon and the Indian Ocean

Overnight Venue : Guest House / Hotel in Knysna
(Classic Modest or Elegant Luxury 3 and 4-star Value for Money Options or
Exquisite Premium 4 and 5-star Ultimate-in-Luxury Options)


  • Plettenberg Bay with its wonderful ambience and weather and its beautiful golden beaches
  • When open again : Groot River and Bloukrans Passes through the indigenous forests descending deep into the gorges following the old wagon trails
  • Tsitsikamma Coastal Park with its startling beauty is located at the foot of the Tsitsikamma Range and is cut by rivers that have carved deep ravines into the ancient forests with its centuries-old trees such as Yellowwood, Stinkwood, Hard Pear, Ironwood and Kamassi.
  • Optional excursions for the day include:

Leisurely stroll in the Tsitsikamma Coastal Park to the Suspension Bridge at the mouth of the Storms River

  • Tree-top Canopy Tours in the Tsitsikamma Forest
  • Boat-based Whale Watching (mostly seasonal July to November) and Dolphin Watching in Plettenberg Bay
  • Tsitsikamma Coastal Park: Boat trip to view the otherwise inaccessible Storms River Gorge.
  • Woodcutters Trail at Storms River in the Tsitsikamma Forest: Journey down the old Storms River Pass, and experience the indigenous forest from the comfort of a specially-designed vehicle.
  • Guided River Ferries and Boat cruises
  • Forest and Beach hikes in the Tsitsikamma Forest
  • Enjoy the Golden beaches
  • Bungi Jumping at Bloukrans Bridge
  • Oyster Tasting at Knysna, oyster Capital of South Africa.
  • Snorkelling and Scuba diving at Storms River in Tsitsikamma Coastal Park
  • Knysna Elephant Sanctuary – opportunity to interact with the six tame African Elephants : touch and feed ; elephant-back riding and “walking with Elephants”
  • Monkeyland, the world’s first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary
  • Birds of Eden, the Garden Route’s very own world class free flight bird sanctuary

Overnight Venue : Guest House / Hotel in Knysna
(Classic Modest or Elegant Luxury 3 and 4-star Value for Money Options or
Exquisite Premium 4 and 5-star Ultimate-in-Luxury Options)


  • Through Lake District with its six lakes
  • Through Wilderness with its beautiful sandy beaches and rivers
  • Kaaiman’s Pass
  • Mossel Bay, stopping at Dias Museum and the old Post Office Tree
  • Through Swellendam, an 18th century frontier town
  • We have now entered the Overberg Region with its rolling farmlands, wheat fields and stretching along the African South Coast
  • We then head for Cape Agulhas, southernmost tip of Africa, the official meeting place of the two oceans (Atlantic and Indian)
  • Agulhas National Park, which has more than 8500 species of flowering plants with breeding sites of rare birds such as the African black oystercatcher.
  • Visit the Cape Agulhas lighthouse, the second oldest working lighthouse in South Africa – erected in 1848. The lighthouse provides a panoramic view of where the two oceans meet, ships pass and Southern Right whales play in spring and early summer.
  • Arrive in the sleepy little coastal town of Arniston with its azure sea, cobalt sky and peace and quiet; where the practices of generations of fishermen quietly continue without interruption.
  • Leisure time on Arniston Beach or exploring the magnificent limestone cave which can be accessed at low tide.

Overnight Venue : Elegant Luxury Guest House in Cape Agulhas or Hotel in Arniston


  • Travel along the Whale Coast (Seasonal : Spot whales along the journey – from July to November)
  • Hermanus, one of the top holiday villages in South Africa during summertime with options :
  • Seasonal (July to November) : Whale Watching  – Hermanus is considered to be the “Whale Capital of the world”. Hermanus provides the best land-based whale watching spot in the world and the intelligent graceful Southern Right Whales, as large as 10 elephants, can be seen up to 20 metres from the rocky shores and cliff paths.
  • Wine Tasting in Walker Bay
  • Return to Cape Town via scenic Clarence Drive, considered one of the top 10 scenic drives in the world. It hugs the coastline and its magnificent sea cliffs on the one side and is snug against the majestic mountain slopes on the other. This road travels via the coastal villages of Gordon’s Bay, Rooi Els, Kleinmond and Betty’s Bay.
  • Optional : At Betty’s Bay we visit Stoney Point with it’s Jackass penguins (Jackass penguins, these days known as the African Penguin, the most Northern of all penguin species in the world)
  • Arrive back in the “Mother City” (Cape Town)

Some of the alternative or additional Options to personalize your tour and enhance your Garden Route experience:

  • Extend your Garden Route Tour with an additional night in Knysna or Tsitsikamma if you would like to do several of the optional excursions and activities on Day 3
  • Extend your Garden  Route Tour with an additional night in Oudtshoorn and add a day of spectacular mountain passes
  • Shark Cage Diving at Mossel Bay
  • If you do not have time to visit the Eastern Cape & Kruger where the Big 5 roam for an authetic African Safari experiences, we recommend that you add a small taste of Wildlife and Nature on the Garden Route Tour (see Garden Route and Wildlife Tour).  The smaller size of the game reserves and responsible conservation as well as the location (Little Karoo) determines the smaller number of large animals and less species. Predators are usually kept separate in large enclosures (average 100 hectares) and do not hunt. This is therefore not comparable with the Eastern Cape, Kwazulu-Natal and Kruger Safaris but still a great and relaxing nature experience. Options available at Oudtshoorn, Mossel Bay, Albertinia, Plettenberg Bay and in the Little Karoo between Barrydale and Montagu
  • Add an authentic malaria-free Safari experience with a few additional days at a malaria-free Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, natural extension to the Garden Route – (see Safari Tours – Garden Route and malaria-free Big 5 Safari Tour)


Why tour with us?


  • Complete flexibility with itineraries, routes, timeframes, start and end destinations to suit your pace and unique requirements on our private tours
  • Superb Tour Guides ensuring unforgettable travel experiences, insights and interesting conversations
  • Comfortable Air-conditioned Tour Vehicles
  • 24x7x365 Travel Support to guests booked on our tours and safaris
  • Excellent service and Value


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