Days
10
Price from
R39,810ZAR

Discover the Winery Region, Wild Coast and Garden Route of South Africa.

South Africa’s seaside splendour awaits on the exquisite Garden Route and Wild Coast. Set off from Cape Town and visit wineries en route to Stellenbosch, sample abalone and spot whales from the cliffs of Hermanus, sample fortified wine along Route 62, observe meerkats at close range in Oudtshoorn, travel the Swartberg Pass to Prince Albert and the Cango Caves, taste fresh local oysters on a boat cruise to Knysna Heads, hike the spectacular rugged coastline of Tsitsikamma National Park, spot elephants in Addo National Park and finish in Port Elizabeth. This is the perfect South African tasting platter.


Start
Cape Town, South Africa
Finish
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Country
South Africa
Style
Peregrine
Code
PFGR
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Taste South Africa’s acclaimed wine heritage with a special Wine tasting in the Cape Winelands, where ducks form part of the workforce and hand-crafted wines are waiting to be sampled.

  • Experience some of the world’s best whale watching without leaving dry land. Hermanus’ coastal walkways have the perfect spots to sit and watch the whales as they frolic in in the bay.

  • Join an experienced local guide for a sunrise meeting with meerkats. Savour the unique privilege of spending time with these elusive creatures.

  • Cruise out on to the emerald waters of the Knysna Lagoon and taste some of the freshest, most delicious local produce on an Oyster Tour

  • Spend a day in the company of elephants in Addo National Park, then retire from days of game drives to the incredible setting of Kuzuko Lodge, sipping sundowners with uninterrupted views of the Karoo Plains and the Zuurberg Mountains

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a unique Peregrine Africa trip as its slow paced itinerary uses a private comfortable air-conditioned minibus, and doesn’t include any particuarly long drives (which is usually part-and-parcel of travel on the continent).

  • This trip includes a hike in Tsitsikamma National Park that will take approximately half a day. However, there is a shorter walk option along the boardwalk if you are concerned about your fitness.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Welcome to South Africa. On arrival in Cape Town you are met by a Peregrine representative at the airport and transferred to you hotel. The adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place.
Accommodation
  • The Commodore Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Depart from Cape Town after breakfast and head towards lovely Stellenbosch. Visit Vergenoegd winery, a unique estate where you’ll get to meet the waddling workforce of runner ducks used to assist in the control of the snail and pest population in the vineyards. This is a practice the estate have been refining since 1984, and a big part of why Vergenoegd proudly carries WWF biodiversity certification. You arrive in time for the 9:45 am duck parade, and enjoy a cellar tour and wine tasting. Also stop in at the Lanzarac Winery, the home of the first bottled Pinotage, and enjoy a wine and chocolate pairing. There will be time for lunch in either Vergenoegd or Lanzarac, and the evening is at your leisure once you arrive in Stellenbosch.
Accommodation
  • Eendracht Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Stellenbosch - Vergenoegd Duck Parade & Wine Tasting
  • Stellenbosch - Lanzerac Wine and Chocolate Tasting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Drive to Hermanus, a coastal town famous for southern right whale watching during the winter and spring. You travel there via Bettys Bay, stopping to visit the Penguin Colony at Stoney Point and the Harold Porter Botanical gardens where there is time to have lunch. Upon arrival in the coastal town of Hermanus, around mid afternoon, there will be a chance to visit the Heart of Abalone, a working abalone farm. This is a chance to not only taste this sought-after delicacy but also get a glimpse behind the scenes of the industry. The rest of the evening free for you to relax and unwind.
Accommodation
  • Misty Waves Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Betty's Bay - Harold Porter Botanical Gardens
  • Betty's Bay - Penguin Colony
Optional Activities
  • Hermanus - Abalone Tour and Tasting - ZAR300
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy a free day in Hermanus. This town is considered to have the best land-based whale watching in the world. Perhaps enjoy one of the excellent walking trails along the coast. The 12-kilometre Cliff Path is perhaps the most popular of these. The views of Walker Bay and the Mountain Range are breathtaking, and during whale season the cliffs have the perfect spots to sit and watch the whales as they frolic in in the bay (season depending). The famous Whale Crier of Hermanus offers guided cliff path walks during the season. You could also climb aboard a boat to get a closer look at the magnificent sea creatures. Alternatively, tackle hiking trails in Femkloof Nature Reserve, or explore local markets.
Accommodation
  • Misty Waves Hotel or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Hermanus - Whale Watching Catamaran Tour - ZAR880
  • Hermanus - Grotto Beach Walk - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Drive Route 62 to Oudtshoorn. For lunch, a great option is Clarke of the Karoo Restaurant in Barrydale, which offers Karoo cuisine, Mediterranean dishes, Karoo Oysters and Cape Malay Bobotie among other specialties. In the afternoon, enjoy a wine and port tasting at Boplass in Calitzdorp. Arrive in Outdshoon, which is known as the ostrich capital of the world. At the turn of the 20th century it was full of 'feather barons' that grew rich from the popularity of ostrich feathers.
Accommodation
  • Hlangana Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Calitzdorp - Boplaas Port and Wine Tasting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Spend some time with some meerkats today. On a fun 2–3 hour excursion, head to the burrows of these cheeky meerkats, pull up a chair and sip coffee while the sun comes up and the meerkats climb out into the sunshine. Watch these habituated wild animals, which are never fed or handled by humans, go about their daily routine of foraging and frolicking. It's rare to get this close to them in the wild. Return to the Lodge and enjoy breakfast before driving to the Swartberg Mountains, climbing through the switchbacks of the pass of the same name, looking out across the unique folds of the surrounding rocks. Descend into the town of Prince Albert, a contender for South Africa’s most charming town, full of the architecture of the 18th to 20th centuries. Return to the lodge via the Cango Caves, where you learn about their formation and history from a local guide. Browse the weird and wonderful rock formations including ‘Cleopatra's Needle’.
Accommodation
  • Hlangana Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Oudtshoorn - Meerkat Experience
  • Oudtshoorn - Cango Caves Guided Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
The Meerkat tours commence only at sunrise are dependent on fair weather, since these little creatures will not venture outside their burrows on cold and rainy days.
On your way to Tsitsikamma, stop in Knysna for an afternoon boat cruise to Knysna Heads, sampling local oysters and wine along the way. Arrive in Tsitsikamma and take in its magnificent raw beauty. Protecting both land and sea, steep ancient forests meet the breakers of the Indian Ocean at this park. It's a spectacular place of deep gorges, tidal pools and empty beaches, perfect for walking and viewing wildlife.
Accommodation
  • Tsitsikamma Village Inn or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Knysna Lagoon - Oyster Tasting Boat Cruise
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Additional drinks, beverages and snack are not available on board the Oyster Tour. However passengers are welcome to purchase drinks from the bar at Quay Four Restaurant and bring them on board. Please remember your camera, sunscreen, sun hat and wind breaker (just in case!)
Enjoy a hike in Tsitsikamma National Park today. Your leader guides you on a beautiful walk along the boardwalk through a canopy of forest leading to the famous suspension bridge across the ocean. The narrow channel of sheer cliffs get its name, Storms River Mouth, from when the wind gets up and the water hurtles against the rocks, sending spray flying high into the air. After this you double back towards a waterfall. The return trek is approximately 9 kilometres and should take around half a day. However, there will be scenic options along the boardwalk for a shorter trek without the group if you are concerned about your fitness. Keep an eye out for fauna such as cape clawless otters, dolphins, tortoises, southern right whales (in season), baboons, monkeys and various birds.
Accommodation
  • Tsitsikamma Village Inn or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tsitsikamma National Park - Half Day Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Travel out to a private concession to the north of the Addo Elephant National Park (approximately 5 hours). Enjoy drinks and a finger-food lunch upon arrival. Take a game drive en route to tonight's superbly located accommodation, Kuzuko Lodge. While you are here, sunrise, sunset and night drives offer very different views of the landscape and animals – both diurnal and nocturnal. South Africa's third largest National Park lays the unique claim to the 'Big Seven' – not only lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino but also the Southern right whale and great white shark off the Algoa Bay coast. There are more than 700 elephants in the park. Adding to the wildlife collection are spotted hyena, leopard, antelope and zebra, as well as the Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively here. After safari activities, retire to the accommodation which offers sumptuous cuisine and a ‘wilderness wellness centre’. End a memorable day with drinks on the deck.
Accommodation
  • Kuzuko Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Addo National Park - Afternoon 4x4 Game Drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
This 15000 hectare private section of the greater Addo Elephant National Park is home to the Big five as well as Cheetah. Being part of the arid Karoo region and just coming out of a severe drought the herd sizes in this unique reserve may not compare to what can be found in the likes of the Kruger National Park. However Kuzuko's qualified game rangers have a passion for this unique area and they go above and beyond to ensure that all guests leave having fallen in love with the Karoo and its unusual beauty.
Enjoy a morning game drive before departing to Port Elizabeth. Your trip comes to an end upon arrival in Port Elizabeth at around noon. In case of delays please do not book any flights until after 5pm
Included Activities
  • Addo National Park - Morning 4x4 Game Drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

9 breakfasts, 5 dinners

Transport

Van, Boat

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights), Lodge (3 night), Village Inn (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • Stellenbosch - Vergenoegd Duck Parade & Wine Tasting
  • Stellenbosch - Lanzerac Wine and Chocolate Tasting
  • Betty's Bay - Harold Porter Botanical Gardens
  • Betty's Bay - Penguin Colony
  • Calitzdorp - Boplaas Port and Wine Tasting
  • Oudtshoorn - Meerkat Experience
  • Oudtshoorn - Cango Caves Guided Tour
  • Knysna Lagoon - Oyster Tasting Boat Cruise
  • Tsitsikamma National Park - Half Day Hike
  • Addo National Park - Afternoon 4x4 Game Drive
  • Addo National Park - Morning 4x4 Game Drive

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Important notes

1. An optional single supplement is available on this trip. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. This trip finishes on arrival in Port Elizabeth. Please do not book any flights prior to 5pm.

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