4 Day Garden Route
4 day Garden route tour is a South African safari that starts from and ends up in Cape Town. This African safari holiday in South Africa visits a prestigious ostrich farm. There you’ll watch these large birds strut their soft, glamorous stuff.
About The 4 day Garden Route Tour
This South African safari package heads to the famous Cango Caves. The caves are known for the magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites. It’s like a strange other world inside and quite captivating. You can choose to just step over the threshold while on this 4 day Garden route tour from Cape Town.
For the more adventurous one, you can venture further inside. Your 4 day Garden route tour then heads to Knysna. This town is well known for many things other than its natural beauty. There are arts and crafts community, cosmopolitan waterfront and its own oysters!
You’ll spend some time filling up your shopping bags before you proceed. The 4 day Garden route tour next stop will be the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Its forests, marshes and pristine beaches can be accessed by ferry.
You can view the imposing sandstone Knysna Heads and beyond. This alone makes the ride a worthy venture.
4 Day Garden Route Tour Highlights:
This 4 day Garden route tour package highlights focuses on great scenery, topography, nature walks, visiting an Ostrich farm and bird watching.
- Natural Features including Stalagnites
- Beautiful Scenery, topography and landscape
- Nature walk
- Ostrich farm visit
- Wildlife Viewing
- Bird watching
There will be a considerable slow down at Hermanus and Swellendam. These areas are renowned for their land-based whale watching. The 4 day South African safari tour departs every Tuesday.
4 day Garden Route Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Route 62 and Oudtshoorn
4 day Garden Route tour adventure depart at about 08h00 from your hotel in Cape Town. You will head north via the Du Toit’s Kloof Mountain pass on our first League of the journey. The journey takes you from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn the Ostrich capital of the world.
The R62 is known as the longest wine route in the world. It takes you through the beautiful towns of Robertson, Montagu and Ladysmith. En-route your 4 day Garden Route tour adventure stops for some wine tasting and lunch.
The journey takes you through the Little Karoo where you will observe the scenery changing from lush greens to brown semi-desert areas making this a day of surprises. Your 4 day Garden Route tour adventure 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: Garden Route – Knysna
After breakfast your 4 days Garden Route tour adventure visit the world famous Cango Caves. Here you will take a guided tour full of fascinating things to see.
From the Caves you travel to an Ostrich farm on the other end of Oudtshoorn. You will receive a tour of a working Ostrich farm and possibly have the opportunity to ride an ostrich. You are here to 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.
The 4 days Garden Route tour adventure then travels over the Outeniqua Mountains to Knysna. As you pass over mountain passes you will see how the scenery changes and understand why the area is known as the Garden Route.
You will arrive at the Knysna Quays Hotel in Knysna, where we overnight.
Day 3: Garden Route – Titsikama National Park
Today after breakfast your, 4 days Garden Route tour adventure visit Natures Valley. The destination is Tsitsikamma nature reserve and Plettenberg bay.
Tsitsikamma is a khoi word meaning “place of abundant or sparkling water”. The region stretches from the Bloukrans River in the west to Eerste Rivier in the east, is bordered on the north by the imposing Tsitsikamma Mountains and in the south by the Indian Ocean.
Arguably it is the most beautiful part of the Garden Route in South Africa. Nature’s Valley is unique in that it lies nestled in the Tsitsikamma National Park coastal forest. This is the only residential area within a South African National Park.
Southern Cape Bushbuck, Bushpigs, and wild birds can frequently be seen in the gardens of Nature’s Valley village. The area is covered in large tracts of indigenous forest, commercial plantation and Fynbos. Deep river gorges cleft the plateau as they make their way down to the sea, creating spectacular waterfalls and deep kloofs.
Late afternoon your 4 Day Garden Route tour adventure returns to Knysna Quays Hotel in Knysna, where we will overnight.
Day 4: Garden Route to Cape Town
After a breakfast your 4 Day Garden Route tour adventure makes a detour of Knysna heads. You will spend some free time at the Knysna waterfront.
Later you will make your way to Mossel Bay where we visit the Post Office Tree and Diaz museum where early pioneers left mail for the homebound ships to Europe.
4 Day Garden Route tour adventure travels via the rolling hills off Swellendam en-route to Cape Town to arrive in Cape Town at about 17h00
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4 Day Garden Route Tour from Cape Town Costs:
What is included in the 4 Day 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 midrange accommodation in the itinerary
- Meals as per the program
- Hotel porterage fees
4 Day Garden Route Tour Price excludes:
- Items of personal use
- Deviation from the above program
- Drinks and beverages
What to Carry on the 4 Days Garden Route Tour
- Sun glasses
- Light and some few heavy clothing
- Sun screen
- Insect repellant
- Comfortable shoes
Other South Africa Safari Tours
- 3 Day Kruger National Park Safari
- 7 Day Royal South Africa safari
- 14 Day South Africa Adventure
- 15 Days Best South African Safari
- 10 Days South African Flying Safari
4 Days Garden Route Tour Destinations
The Route 62 Region
Route 62 is a tourist route popular with Garden Route tours including the 4 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 on the 4 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 guests on 4 day Garden route tour a fascinating pilgrimage through time. 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 4 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 4 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.
Tsitsikamma National Park
Between the eclipsing green mountains of the Eastern Cape and the rolling blue Indian Ocean lies the magical Tsitsikamma National Park. With the rocky coastline, ancient breath-taking forests, sites of cultural significance and the famous Storms River Mouth, this park is one of the most visibly spectacular destinations that South Africa has to offer.
Tsitsikamma National Park is situated around 615kms, or 382 miles, from Cape Town. The main access route, which is the N2, is tarred as are all of the parks internal routes. The nearest airport is at George.
The park sits neatly in the midst of the famous 4 day Garden route tour, South Africa’s very own natural botanical garden, in the Eastern Cape Province. The park is one of the best places to view some of the provinces indigenous plants and flowers, while it is also the perfect place to escape from the world and immerse yourself in the untouched nature of the forest, coastline and rivers which are simply brimming with life.
The Tsitsikamma includes around 80km of rock filled coastline which provides the most exquisite views of the ocean and the unique landscapes that have made the area so beloved by South Africans and tourists alike.
Travel further inland and one is confronted with gorgeous mountainous scenes and hidden valleys, each home to Fynbos and other local plant life. River-carved deep gorges dot the coastline, and create otherworldly natural attractions.
Featherbed Nature Reserve
Featherbed Nature Reserve is a unique 150h private Nature Reserve, encompassing the whole of the Western Head of Knysna and one of South Africa’s unique Natural Heritage Sites.
It is a pristine piece of paradise situated on the Western Cliffs of the Knysna Heads and is accessible to those on 4 day Garden route tour by ferry only. It included the private nature reserve & trail, restaurants and a fleet of various boats.
On offer for 4 day Garden route tour guests here are various activities including cruising the lagoon, nature trails and hiking the Knysna Heads, as well as hosting private functions, conferences, and weddings at any of the venues.
It is home to two of the Garden Route’s icons, namely the Knysna Loerie and the Blue Duiker, one of Africa’s smallest antelope species.
Other wildlife found on the Reserve include Cape Mountain Tortoises, Blue Cranes (South Africa’s national bird), rare Black African Oyster Catchers (listed in the endangered Red Data List), White breasted cormorant, Bushbuck and more!
4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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.