Thompsons Africa’s 6-day ‘Inspirational Garden Route’ Tour is a leisurely, expertly-guided journey that explores some of South Africa’s truly unique, unrivalled, scenic beauty and life-changing experiences through Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Hermanus, Outshoorn, Tsitsikama and Port Elizabeth.
A distinctive feature of the Tour is its carefully-selected boutique accommodation, where each property has its own specific individuality and style, offering superb service, fine-dining and some of the best wines South Africa has to offer. The Tour is limited to a smaller group of Guests, catering to a more personal experience.
Included are the exquisite Cape Floral Kingdom, one of the richest areas of plant-life in the world, as well as ‘Hemel-en-Aarde’, or ‘Heaven on Earth’, one of South Africa’s newest wine routes, with tasting at a boutique winery. Other special highlights are whale-watching in season, Oudtshoorn’s Cango Caves, a guided tour of a working ostrich farm, an ocean safari to view dolphins and seals up close, the Featherbed Nature Reserve and the pristine Tsitsikamma Forest, with a breath-taking walk along the suspension bridges at Storms River Mouth.
Says, Craig Drysdale, who has recently returned as a mystery-shopper, “What makes this Tour special is the perfect combination of ocean and inland viewing, driven at an easy pace, with time to fully admire each attraction and plenty of breathing space to enjoy the facilities at each hotel.”
Departures are on a Monday, twice a month, from Cape Town or Stellenbosch, starting from 7 December 2015.