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Guided Walking and Sightseeing

South Africa - Cape and Garden Route 

Explore Capetown, the winelands and the Garden Route while staying in lovely character hotels. With ocean panoramas,  spectacular mountains, excellent food and wine and a chance to see wildlife, the South African Cape is one of the most beautiful parts of the world.               

2017 Dates:  Feb 11, Apr 22,  Sep 7,   Oct 12,  Nov 11 

Price:  2,149 GBP  without flight per person for 10 nights based on double occupancy.
Supplement for a single room 290 GBP

Guided Walks:  Most walks are part day, with distances between 2 and 9 miles on undulating terrain.  On Table Mountain we have the choice of a hard walk with an ascent of approximately 2,000ft or the cable car to the top and a walk along the summit.

Included: 
10 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
 All meals from lunch on day 2 to breakfast on departure.
 A full program of guided walks, led by an HF Holidays leader and local guides.  Sightseeing, entrance fees and travel by air-conditioned coach.

Hotels: Stay in a selection of luxurious and welcoming hotels, lodges and guest houses with real South African character and excellent food in beautiful settings.
Itinerary
Day 1: Travel to Capetown

Days 2 - 5: Cape Town - 4 nights
Arrive in Cape Town.  Our stay in the spectacular city of Cape Town includes walks on Table Mountain and at the dramatic Cape Point Nature Reserve as well as visits to Kirstenbosch botanical gardens with a specialist guide, Boulders Beach penguin colony, Seal Island and the infamous Robben Island. 

Day 6: Montagu  -1 night

Enjoy a full day walk in the beautiful Cape Winelands, an area of rolling hills and patchwork fields.  We walk with a specialist wine guide from the area and call in at a winery for tastings and visit Franschoek, where French Hugenot settlers established the first vineyards.  We continue to theee charming country town of Montagu.

Day 7: De Rust  - 1 night
This morning we head east, through the port wine producing area of Calitzdorp and arriving  for lunch at Outsdoorn the famed ostrich farming area.  We continue to the Swartberg mountains and the small village of De Rust and stay at Housemartin Guest Lodge, an attractive Victorian manor house.  We take an afternoon walk into the Meiringspoort gorge and enjoy a South African braai for dinner.  

Day  8: Tsitsikamma  - 2 nights
We journey over the Prince Albert pass to the beautiful Knysna lagoon.  We take a boat trip to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, with its pristine natural environment, enjoy a walk with great ocean views. Continue along the coast to Tsitsikamma.

Day 9 :
Enjoy a full-day walk in the Tsitsikamma National Park in the heart of the Garden Route, an area of abundant plant life where rivers flow through rocky ravines to the Indian Ocean surf.  A boat trip and walk leads to the famous suspension bridge between the dramatic cliffs at Storms River mouth.

Day  10 - 11: Kariega Game Reserve - 2 nights
Experience Africa's remarkable wildlife at Kariega Game Reserve.  Set high above the Kariega River Valley, this 6,000 hectare reserve is home to lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, rhino, hippo, hyena and giraffe as well as abundant birdlife.  Enjoy afternoon game drives and a bush walk with naturalist guide, as well as a walk on the beach at nearby Kenton on Sea.

Day 12:
Afternoon transfer to Port Elizabeth for the flight home.


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