3 Day Garden Route
3 day Garden Route tour takes you through the Garden Route. Yes, the name given to the stretch of forested, coastal area between Mossel Bay and Port Elizabeth. It is the brightly-colored cherry on this southern slice of Africa.
All along the Garden Route, spectacular mountain ranges dip and rise alongside a rugged coastline. The cliffs, estuaries, placid lakes and endless pristine sandy-white beaches are lapped by the Indian Ocean.
Pressed between these forces of land and water are ancient forests, and secluded exotic seaside towns. The Garden Route is a paradise for nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts this malaria-free region is also a long-time favourite for family holidays.
About the 3 Day Garden Route Tour
The secret behind the 3 day Garden Route tour is that it combines the fun of a classic bucket-and-spade holiday with unforgettable African safari adventures in South Africa.
Your options on the 3 day Garden route tour includes an elephant-back ride, a forest canopy tour, bungee jump or visit a monkey or bird sanctuary.
Dolphins are often seen offshore when on the 3 Day Garden Route Tour. Other African wildlife that you may come across on this South African safari in Cape Town include whales in season. For even more wildlife thrills, round off your beach holiday with an authentic Big 5 safari. This is in one of the conveniently close and also malaria-free reserves in neighboring Eastern Cape Province.
3 Day Garden Route Tour Highlights
With the 3 day Garden route tour you’ll journey along some of the most beautiful stretches of landscape in South Africa. This is a popular exploration route with locals and travelers from around the globe. It is so for good reason, as the scenic route offers unparalleled beauty and ecologically diverse settings along the way.
Outdoor sports and activities take center stage on this 3 day Garden Route tour holiday. This is because several of the country’s best golf courses are found here. However, fine food is always close at hand. This allows you to indulge in fresh-from-the-boat seafood at the ever-popular Knysna Waterfront. This can also be at a restaurant overlooking the beach in neighboring Plettenberg Bay.
- Cape Route 62
- Cango Caves
- Big Five Game Drive
- Elephant Bush Walk
- Wilderness Canoe
- Bungee Jump
- Knysna Waterfront
3 Day Garden Route Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Cape Town – Oudtshoorn
Start the 3 day Garden Route tour holiday with departure at about 08h00. This is from your hotel in Cape Town and head north via the Du Toit’s Kloof Mountain pass on your first League of the journey. The 3 day Garden Route tour holiday will be journeying from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn the Ostrich capital.
The R62 known as the longest wine route in the world. The route takes you through the beautiful towns of Robertson, Montagu and Ladysmith.
En-route there are stops for some wine tasting and lunch. The journey goes through the Little Karoo where you will observe the scenery. There will be changes from lush greens to brown semi-desert areas making this a day of surprises. You will arrive at Hotel in Oudtshoorn, where we will overnight.
Oudtshoorn is the commercial hub of the Klein Karoo and the ostrich capital of the world. Here ostriches are found in great numbers and the region produces the best feathers, leather products and ostrich meat worldwide.
Day 2: Oudtshoorn – Knysna
After breakfast your 3 day Garden Route tour holiday visits the world famous Cango Caves where we take a guided tour full of fascinating things to see.
From the Caves you will travel to an Ostrich farm on the other end of Oudtshoorn. Here you will receive a tour of a working Ostrich farm and possibly have the opportunity to ride an ostrich. You will also learn more about ostrich breeding habits and of the bygone days when Oudtshoorn was in the midsts of the 1920’s ostrich feather boom.
Your 3 day Garden Route tour holiday will then travel over the Outeniqua Mountains to Knysna. As you pass over mountain passes look out for the scenery changes to understand why the area is known as the Garden Route. We arrive at the Knysna Quays Hotel in Knysna, where you will overnight.
Day 3: Knysna – Cape Town
Today your 3 day Garden Route tour holiday starts with breakfast. This is before you embark on a visit to Plettenberg bay. Thereafter your 3 day Garden Route tour holiday heads to the Knysna heads and spend some leisure time at the Knysna waterfront. Here you will be able to do some shopping.
After lunch we head for Cape Town via Mosselbay and passing the rolling hills of Swellendam to arrive in Cape town at about 17h00
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3 Days Garden Route Tour from Cape Town Costs:
What is included in the 3 Days Garden Route Tour Cost?
- All road transfers as per the itinerary
- Airport transfers
- Transportation in an air-conditioned mini bus
- Professional guides that escort the tour
- 3 nights’ accommodation in mid range accommodation in the itinerary
- Meals as per the program
- Hotel porterage fees
3 Days Garden Route Tour Price excludes:
- Items of personal use
- Deviation from the above program
- Drinks and beverages
What to Carry on the 3 Days Garden Route Tour
- Sun glasses
- Light and some few heavy clothing
- Sun screen
- Insect repellant
- Comfortable shoes
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- 4 Day Garden Route Tour
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- 10 Days South African Flying Safari
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The Route 62 Region
Route 62 is a tourist route popular with the 3 day Garden Route tour in South Africa that meanders between Cape Town, Oudtshoorn, the Garden Route, and Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth), offering the scenic alternative to the N2 highway.
Route 62 is named for the R62 provincial route, which it follows from Montagu to Humansdorp, but the tourist route extends further along other highways to Cape Town and Gqeberha.
Also known as the Wine Route, Route 62 leads through the wine-growing areas of Wellington, Tulbagh, Worcester, Robertson and the Klein Karoo and is thus one of the longest wine routes in the world.
Activities along Route 62 while on the 3 day Garden Route tour include wine tours, safari drives, tribal art, cultural tours, museums, hiking, mountain climbing, 4×4 routes, canoeing, horse riding, ostrich riding, fishing, caving, and even skydiving.
Route 62 spans a distance of 850 km from Cape Town to Gqeberha and is modeled after the iconic US Route 66, made famous by the late, great Nat King Cole in the song of the mid-20th century.
Travelers headed for the Garden Route will find that Route 62 offers a better alternative to the dull N2 motorway between Cape Town and George, being more scenic and slightly shorter.
Cango Caves offer a fascinating pilgrimage through time for those on the 3 day Garden Route tour. Its caverns began forming 20 million years ago when acidic ground water chemically eroded the 100 million year-old limestone rock – although today’s dramatic stalactites and stalagmites began growing only when the water which once filled the Caves drained away: a mere three million years ago.
Man has visited Cango since ancient times: Southern Africa’s earliest people found shelter here for more than 80 000 years before the Caves were ‘discovered’ – in 1780 – by Dutch colonists, the Caves have since become one of South Africa’s most frequently visited tourism attractions.
The Cango Caves is a cultural and natural landmark in South Africa. The 20 million year-old Cango Caves system consists of a series of hidden chambers cut deep into a thick limestone rock layer. It is situated in the Swartberg Mountains, 30 kilometres north of Oudtshoorn, in South Africa’s Western Cape Province.
The Cango Caves became a popular attraction during the 1800s. Many visitors broke off stalagmites and stalactites and wrote their names on the walls. In response, the then governor of the Cape, Lord Charles Somerset, published the first Caves Regulation in 1820.
It was designed to protect an environmental resource and banned the collection of souvenirs. Entrance to the caves cost the equivalent of six dollars, the modern equivalent of about R500.
Many of the significant discoveries of the caves were made by the first full-time guide, Johnnie van Wassenaar, who opened many of the side chambers and introduced thousands of people to Cango 1, which remains the only part of the caves open to the public.
Established in 1990, this bungy jumping hotspot is a staggering 216 metres (or almost 710 feet) high. It is for this reason that it is proud to have several world records associated with it; one of which is Scott Huntley’s 107 jumps in 24 hours.
Although safe, there is absolutely no doubt that Bloukrans bungy jumps are going to get your heart pounding when on 3 day Garden Route tour here. Your stomach will churn and hands quivering; no matter how much of a daredevil you are.
The pendulum bungy technology ensures that each jump is as smooth as possible. The harness is a full-body one with an ankle connection for the ultimate in safety.
For those on 3 day Garden Route tour not wanting to jump, or who want to experience even more of the thrills, there is a walkway under the bridge, which allows you to feel the rush of the dizzying heights without the heart-stopping horror of the fall. The walkway takes visitors to the arch of the bridge, from where those wanting to jump take their leap. So, this is a perfect spot from which to watch jumpers, or to support friends and family that are doing the bungy.
Needless to say, it also allows for absolutely exquisite, uninterrupted views of the valleys and mountains when on affordable Garden Route South Africa tour. This promises the ideal photo opportunities.
Walking tours are conducted along this walkway to allow groups to see these gorgeous views with the help and insight of an experienced guide when on 3 day Garden Route tour.
3 Days Garden Route Tour Accommodation
Protea Hotel by Marriott Oudtshoorn
The cosy thatched chalets set on a plush green lawn at Protea Hotel make for an ideal jumping off point to visit what makes Oudtshoorn famous. Explore the cavernous Cango Caves or head to the area’s crocodile and ostrich farms for nearby entertainment, but there is also golf, tennis, squash and lawn bowling for activities closer to home.
This luxury bed and breakfast offers travellers on 3 day Garden Route tour all they need to set themselves up for the day, whether that’s locally sourced fruit and yoghurts, homemade muffins, or a full-on Champagne breakfast. It’s also a short walk from Oudtshoorn’s award-winning selection of restaurants. The front desk can assist with booking local attractions as well as printing photos taken on your trip.
Turnberry Boutique Hotel
What do the United Kingdom and Turnberry Boutique hotel have in common? Not a lot, but this luxury outpost does have a Scottish-themed pub and restaurant, with imported drinks to match. The bar also shows big sports matches. For guests looking for an authentically South African experience, the kitchen offers a braai (barbecue) for groups of 10 or more guests on the 3 day Garden route tour.
Villa Paradisa Guest House offers exclusive, luxurious accommodation with stunning panoramic views of the famous Knysna Heads and lagoon for those on 3 day Garden Route tour.
The perfect facility to spend your holiday, honeymoon, or romantic getaway, relaxing at the rim flow pool or in the Jacuzzi, while gazing across the lagoon with its ever-changing tides and moods.
Villa Paradisa Accommodation is just minutes away from the Waterfront and village centre, and is an ideal base from which to explore all that Knysna and the Garden Route has to offer.
Knysna Quays hotel
The Knysna Quays hotel is part of the Marriott hotel group and enjoys a stunning view of the coastal town of Knysna which is in the heart of the spectacular Garden Route.
The Protea Hotel by Marriott Knysna Quays has an ideal location at the harbour in Knysna, and although it is a simple 3-star hotel, it makes for a great base to explore the surrounding areas and enjoy the waters of the lagoon with amazing sunsets for those on 3 day Garden Route tour.
Protea Knysna hotel offers guests the most beautiful accommodation accentuated with scenic beauty & natural surrounds. Renowned as the perfect holiday destination, the hotel is set on the Knysna Quays Waterfront with the lagoon at the doorstep. This elegant hotel is suited to both leisure and business travelers alike with sheer comfort assured.
Facing the warm Indian Ocean through the Knysna Heads, this hotel offers a tranquil stay in spacious rooms overlooking the magical lagoon, old train station and the Knysna town.
Guests on 3 day Garden Route tour may enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then set off to spend their day browsing through the shops and flea markets of the town’s main street.