Garden route – Overberg
Start Date : September
End Date: September
Cost: On request
Duration: 8 days
Please Note: The dates can be changed to fit your time schedule. The cost for international visitors can change due to entrance fee costs. We can arrange for you to fly in and out. Minimum 4 people on this trip.
The Overberg region is beautiful during the springtime. We will be exploring this region with its rolling wheat and canola fields, visit the southern most point of South Africa, explore some lesser known wine regions to do wine tasting, do whale watching, and visit many other exciting attractions. The trip includes two transfers to and from the airport, and the return flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Day 1: Distance for day: 300 km
Guests will be picked up from their homes, and transferred to the airport for those that come from Johannesburg. Time for the pickup, transfer and flight will be confirmed closer to the date. It will be around 07h30. Depart on domestic departing around 10h00, from Johannesburg to Cape Town.
Your host will be waiting for you on arrival. Depart from the airport on a scenic 3 hour drive towards Swellendam. A convenience and lunch stop will be done on route. Arrive in the scenic town of Swellendam, where we will be staying for the first 3 nights of the trip. Relax, unpack, and enjoy the beautiful gardens at Aan De Oever Guesthouse.
The town has a great village atmosphere, and it is easy to explore it and the wonderful gardens on foot. Dinners will be enjoyed at some of the many restaurants in the area.
Day 2: Distance for the day: 200 km
It is a day for nature, the ocean, whale watching and scenic mountains. A leisurely drive takes us towards the ocean. We travel to the famous De Hoop Nature Reserve, which is a big breeding area for the Southern Right whales. We view these gentle giants from the cliffs above and spend quality time here. We then return to town, and spend time walking around town and visiting the Drostdy Museum.
Day 3: Distance for the day: 200 km
Today is set out for very scenic drives. We will follow a circular route to explore some of the fruit and wine growing regions. Wine tasting will be done on route. We travel over the Tradouw Pass toward the charming town on Barrydale. We continue along Route 62 towards Montagu, where we will have lunch. Next is a drive through Cogmanskloof Pass towards Ashton and Robertson. The last part of this scenic drive is alongside the Breede River towards Bonnievale, and eventually back to Swellendam. It is truly a lovely day of driving through this colourful agricultural region.
Day 4: Distance for the day: 300km
It is time to move on, and to do another coastal visit in the Overberg region. We travel among the rolling hills filled with wheat and canola fields towards Bredasdorp, Struisbaai and the southernmost point of South Africa at Agulhas, where we enjoy a cup of coffee. We also visit the region’s long stretches of beach and the lighthouse and maritime museum. It is a beautiful area, and we spend quality time here. On the return trip, we visit the famous Kapula Candle Factory and Julien’s Pottery Galleries in Bredasdorp. We also visit the Shipwreck museum in town, the only such museum in the southern hemisphere.
From Bredasdorp we continue with another scenic drive towards Caledon and Rouxwil Country House. It is situated on a working wheat and sheep farm. You will find it nestled between vast, rolling hills of wheat fields, orchards and majestic mountains covered in Protea fynbos-providing an ever changing kaleidoscope of colours, a paradise for landscape photographers. We check in at the country house for the remaining four nights, and relax before dinner. Experience the Overberg hospitality. All dinners will be enjoyed at the farm, which is always a wonderful experience.
Day 5: Distance for the day: 100 km
A forty five minute drive takes us to the coastal town of Hermanus, where it is easy to view the southern right whales that are usually found in the bay below. Walk along the cliffs of Walker bay, and enjoy these unique giants of the sea. We spend quality time viewing the whales, and also explore the town. Lunch will again be taken on route at an interesting coastal venue. For those interested, we can arrange viewing of the whales from a boat. This needs to be arranged beforehand and at an additional cost. We return to the farm via the Hemel and Aarde Valley road.
Day 6: Distance for the day: 200 km
Today we will explore the wonderful Franschhoek Valley. We travel to Villiersdorp and visit some of the wonderful art galleries in the region. Then we travel alongside the Theewaterskloof dam, and over the Franschhoek mountain pass (a lovely Fynbos region), with its stunning views of the valley below. In Franschhoek, we will visit the wonderful Huguenot Museum and its lovely gardens as well as the wonderful Dutch Reform church. We will also do some wine tasting and allow time for guests to explore all the wonderful art galleries and shops in town. Lunch will be enjoyed in town, and we return to the guest farm via Elgin, and do a very informative farm tour.
Day 7: Distance for the day: 100 km
An easy drive takes us to the artistic town of Greyton, where the town’s gardens are usually covered by roses. Enjoy the various arts and craft shops, art galleries, chocolate factory and many more. We also visit the Genadendal Missionary Station and settlement. It is a real eye opener in terms of South African history. On route back we drive via more agricultural farms, hopefully spotting large flocks of Blue Cranes. We return in the early afternoon for time relax in the beautiful surroundings.
Day 8: Distance for the day: 200 km
After a last farm breakfast, it’s time to return to Cape Town. We follow the coastal road from Kleinmond to Gordon’s Bay. Known as Clarence drive, it is one of the most beautiful coastal drives. We enjoy the views of the mountain and Fynbos on one side and the ocean on the other. On route, we also visit the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, to view the large variety of Fynbos, such as the King Proteas, Ericas and Restios. We eventually arrive at the airport. Departure will be around 15h00. On arrival in Johannesburg, guest will again be met by a colleague and transferred home.
Vehicle and Tourist guide fee
Entrance /conservation fees
Pick up and drop off at your home in Johannesburg area
Any extra activities that is not on this Itinerary.
Connoisseur whale watching tour
This tour is for the Connoisseur that enjoys the Western Cape’s Wine, Brandy, Gin, Rum and Beer tasting all the way on the Garden route, Port Elizabeth to Knysna to Riversdale and finally to Cape Town. While you enjoying some of the best drinks in the world, we do some whale watching and open vehicle game drives also seeing the land mammals in South Africa. And, you get to meet the people of the Western Cape staying in Knysna, Mossel Bay, a working farm near Riversdale and then Cape Town.
So, join us on these tours from June to November each year as we meet in Port Elizabeth and depart for an exciting Connoisseur Whale and Safari Tour visiting some of the best tourist places in South Africa. More than one tour will be available during the whale season and connoisseur tasting is best on the palate when you do it with your friends or family. Our wines are the best in the world and wait until you taste the gin & liqueurs with a lovely taste of the Cape’s famous “Fynbos”, our well known brandy and do not forget the rum and beer.
In Knysna, we will have time to visit the famous Knysna Heads, do some beer tasting at the Mitchell’s plant and explore this beautiful town. Near Mossel Bay, we stay at the Botlierskop Lodge that provides you with the opportunity to see elephant, rhino, lion and many more that roam the fynbos vegetation. You will be staying in luxury safari tents and enjoy nature at its best. The town of Mossel Bay also has a historical maritime history of Bartolomeu Dias and the famous Post Office Tree, so it is possible to visit these museums.
The stay at the Skeiding working farm is quite an experience and you will get to meet Neels, a South African farmer and his wife Anna’-Lize and their dogs. We will be going on a farm safari with Neels and see and feed the ostrich and sheep and also observe the sheep dogs at work herding sheep. Neels explains how the farm functions so the stay over at Skeiding is really a nice experience with excellent meals and braais and some wine of the Riversdale region. From Skeiding we will depart to Still Bay and Barry Dale for the gin, liqueurs, rum and brandy tasting. Whale watching will be done from the various towns such as Mossel Bay and Still Bay.
Once we get close to Cape Town and Stellenbosch, we will visit various wine farms to taste the different wines of the Cape, explore Cape Town, the most beautiful city in the world and it’s museums, visit Table Mountain and Robben Island (weather permitting) and enjoy the hospitality of the people of the Cape and the excellent cuisine and obviously, enjoy it with a glass of wine.
Below is a detailed itinerary of the Connoisseur whale and safari tour.
We meet you at the Port Elizabeth Airport in the morning and then depart along the Garden Route towards Knysna stopping at the Tsitsikama area for lunch and to explore this beautiful part of the garden route. After lunch we head for Knysna and here we are staying over at the Knysna Country House with your hosts Erik and Ypie for the next two evenings.
Dinner at a restaurant by the Knysna Heads.
Morning at leisure, so a 09h00 breakfast is fine and we can depart at 11hoo to visit the town of Knysna, enjoy a beer tasting at Mitchells near the Knysna lagoon. After our beer tasting we can explore the town for the afternoon, have lunch at the water front and at 16h00, we depart for a boat trip to the Knysna Heads. Dinner for this evening will be a typical South African braai at the Knysna Country House.
After breakfast we depart at 9h00 for the town of Mosselbay and stop for a museum tour of the Dias museum and Post Office Tree, after lunch in Mosselbay we drive a short distance to the Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, check in to your luxury tented accommodation and prepare for your afternoon game drive to meet the land mammals of South Africa. Dinner will be at the Botlierskop restaurant with a beautiful view over the valleys and mountains of this area.
Wake up to the calls of the Knysna Turaco (loerie) and many more birds by your tented accommodation and perhaps see some of the antelope foraging. Breakfast at 09h00 at the Botlierskop restaurant and here you can enjoy the splendor of the scenery whilst enjoying a lekker breakfast.
We drive to the beach area in Mosselbay and search for the whales at various view points along the beach. At 12h00 we depart for Riversdale and stop along the road for a typical South African lunch & curio shopping experience. After lunch, we drive the short distance down to a working farm called Skeiding. Here you will meet Neels and Anna’-lize, they will be your hosts for the next few days and here you experience a typical working farm with it’s ostrich, cows and sheep and also the dogs of Skeiding.
Dinner will be at Skeiding so prepare for a lekker Afrikaans dinner in the company of Neels & Anna’-Lize. Remember that this is a working farm so expect to see insects , beautiful birds and farm animals around you on the farm.
At 07h00 we depart with Neels and the sheep dogs to explore the farm and meet the animals close up. After breakfast, we depart for Stillbaai for a day of gin & rum tasting and to explore the sea for some whale watching. Between July and October the whales visit the coast between Stilbaai and Jongensfontein in large numbers. Excellent vantage points for whale watching are available. The whales can be observed from the restaurants at Lappiesbaai and from the harbour.
After the whale watching we return to Skeiding for dinner.
After breakfast at 09h00 we depart for the little town of Barrydale for a wine and brandy tasting experience. The drive from Skeiding to Barrydale is very scenic through a pass and after the tasting experience, we can have lunch in Barrydale. We return to Skeiding for our last evening on a working farm.
Dinner at Skeiding.
After breakfast we depart for Cape Town and our stay will be at Leeuwenvoet Guest house situated in the heart of Cape Town close to Table Mountain.
After breakfast we start our wine tasting and estate visiting tour with a true wine Connoisseur. Wayne has been in tourism and hospitality industry and will accompany you to some of the best wine farms in the Cape Town. This is a full day wine tour and we will return to Leeuwenvoet in the late afternoon.
Dinner near Leeuwenvoet.
Day at your leisure to visit tourist attractions in Cape Town and surrounding areas.
Dinner at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
After breakfast & weather permitting, we visit Table Mountain and Robben Island.
This is your last day in the Cape of Storms and we leave it open for your leisure to do shopping, explore Cape Town or depart to your home.
Cost: On Request
Bed & Breakfast, transport, fuel & tolls, Tourist Guide and entrance fees.
Dinner, lunch, drinks, curios, portage. Activities or tours not on the itinerary. Flight arrangements.
Bookings for 2017 from June to November for small or groups up to 20 people are accepted.