6 Day South African Coastal Tour

The coastline between Durban and Cape Town encompasses a huge diversity of habitats. From the lush, sub-tropical eastern KwaZulu Natal, the hilly grasslands of the Wild Coast and former homeland of Transkei with Xhosa huts dotted around the ridges, green

Tour Code:
SCDP
Depart From:
Durban   |   Ending at: Cape Town
Departures: Weekly (on Saturdays)
Duration: 6 Days
Country: South Africa
Type: Coach Tours |
Children: Allowed 

 






6 Day South African Coastal Tour

6 Day South African Coastal Tour

6 Day South African Coastal Tour

6 Day South African Coastal Tour

6 Day South African Coastal Tour

6 Day South African Coastal Tour

6 Day South African Coastal Tour

6 Day South African Coastal Tour

6 Day South African Coastal Tour

6 Day South African Coastal Tour

 
 

The coastline between Durban and Cape Town encompasses a huge diversity of habitats. From the hilly grasslands with Xhosa huts dotted around the ridges, green valleys, crystal clear streams and wild unspoilt coastline of the Eastern Cape (the former homeland of Transkei), to the mountains, lakes, cliffs and dense indigenous forests of the Cape South Coast, aptly called the Garden Route, the natural beauty and lush vegetation will captivate even the well travelled.

The Art Capital of South Africa, Grahamstown, and the Addo National Elephant Park, a 145 000 ha piece of evergreen bushveld supporting more than 420 elephants, Cape buffalo and black rhino, amongst other animals, are two highlights in the Eastern Region.

We also visit the semi-arid valley, called the Little Karoo. This region, in turn, offers natural wonders such as the Cango Caves and its ideal habitat for ostrich farming makes it the ostrich Mecca of the world. The tour ends in Cape Town.

Please note
6 Days (Departing Saturdays at 09h00)

ROUTING: Durban - Natal South Coast - Eastern Province - Addo - Garden Route - Cape Town.

What to bring: Camera, sunscreen, binoculars.

Departing from: Durban

Departure point: All hotels in Durban and uMhlanga and the airport subject to timings.

Return point: All hotels in Cape Town and the local airport.

Destinations: Durban, Coastal, Addo, Garden Route.

What to wear: Comfortable well worn-in clothes and walking shoes, a warm jacket / wind breaker and a pair or two of long pants are advisable in our winter months from May to August.

Health & Clothing
No inoculations or vaccinations are required at the time of going to print, but we recommend that you check with your doctor or local health department. People arriving in South Africa from a yellow fever zone must have a valid international yellow fever inoculation certificate. Infants under the age of one year are exempt. An anti-malaria drug is strongly recommended in certain areas of the far northeastern section of South Africa, please check with us.

Day 1: South Coast – Wild Coast
The drive from Durban along the South Coast takes you through lush subtropical vegetation and numerous holiday villages dotted along the seaboard. We visit the scenic Oribi Gorge and some beautiful little beaches. We turn inland and enter the Eastern Cape Province, the former homeland of Transkei, and traverse over hilly grasslands dotted with Xhosa homesteads, through valleys and clear streams. We travel via tiny hamlets on the rugged Wild Coast and check into our hotel on the adge of the sea.
Overnight at Cremorne Lodge. Dinner included today.

Day 2: Wild Coast
We travel to Umtata, the capital of the former homeland. After a visit to the Nelson Mandela museum we travel further south to and towards the beach again. We travel to our lodge nestled in the middle of the beautiful Chintsa Bay on the Wild Coast, surrounded by rolling hills, lush tropical beach forests and overlooks the warm Indian Ocean.
Overnight Crawfords Beach Lodge. Breakfast and dinner included today.

Day 3: Addo Elephant National Park – Port Elizabeth
After breakfast overlooking the simmering Indian Ocean we depart and this morning's journey takes us to East London, the only river port in South Africa, and the place where a prehistoric coelacanth was caught in 1938. Then travel along the coast and we enjoy the lush vegetation and rugged coastline. We visit Port Alfred, an outstanding holiday village situated on the Kowie river mouth and travel to Grahamstown.

The small cathedral city is considered the art capital of South Africa and is steeped in history. At the Addo National Elephant Park game reserve we have an excellent chance of an encounter with these giants of the bush amongst other animals. This afternoon we reach Port Elizabeth, the fifth biggest city in the country, set on the shores of the Algoa Bay and also called the “Friendly City”.
Overnight at Fifth Avenue Beach House. Breakfast and dinner included today.

Day 4: Garden Route – Knysna
We depart from Port Elizabeth, along the N2 national route to the Storms River with the impressive Paul Sauer Bridge across the valley towering some one hundred and thirty-nine metres above the river. Garden_Route.jpgOur next stop is at Tsitsikamma National Park (Khoisan for “The place of much water”) stretching more than one hundred kilometers of wild and rocky coastline characterised by massive cliffs, narrow isolated beaches and shady indigenous forests along the river valleys. Now, truly in the famous Garden Route of the Cape, we traverse more magnificently scenic river valley passes to Knysna on the edge of the Knysna Lagoon with its entrance to the sea guarded by two promontories known as 'The Heads'. The area also falls within a National Park proclaimed to conserve the extraordinary natural beauty of the Lakeland and adjacent indigenous forests. Knysna offers shopping opportunities of unusual, locally made, art and craft, etc.
Overnight at the Fish Eagle Lodge.

Day 5: Garden Route – Oudtshoorn
We explore the lake areas, the Wilderness National Park and travel via the scenic Montagu Pass to Oudsthoorn also known as the 'Feather Capital' of the world, as by far the largest concentration of ostrich farms in the world are found here. We visit the Cango Caves, regarded as one of South Africa's foremost natural wonders. The fascinating calcite caves comprise an underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites.
Overnight at La Plume Guest Lodge.

Day 6: Mossel Bay – Cape Town
After an early start we visit to an ostrich show farm for some unique experiences, including ostrich racing. cango Caves.JPGA ride on the back of an ostrich is not for the fainthearted. Our route to Mossel Bay takes us over the Outeniqua Mountains via Robinson's Pass. Here we visit arguably the oldest post office in Africa, the Post Office Tree, and the site of the first landfall, made by the Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Diaz in 1488. After an early lunch we travel via Swellendam to Cape Town where we arrive late afternoon.

Please note: Luggage is limited to 20 kg per person.

WHY TOUR WITH US?
- Average tour size between 4 and 6 (Max:8) - If you book on the tour we WILL run it - No matter how small!
- Luxury air-conditioned transport
- Personal tour guide with years of experience and historical knowledge
- The best of hand-picked accommodation

Coastal Explorer (Durban - Cape Town) SCDP Valid: 2018-11-01 to 2019-10-31
Rate Per Adult: ZAR 18400.00    
Rate per Single traveller: ZAR 20440.00 Rate Per Child: ZAR 9200.00

Tour Include
- Accommodation in small,
- Luxury hotels/ lodges,
- Owner managed where possible,
- Breakfasts and dinners,
- Entrance fees,
- Activities mentioned,
- Conservation fees

Tour Exclude
- Lunches (provision is made for lunch stops),
- Personal purchases such as artefacts,
- Personal insurances

Terms & Conditions
The balance of the fare is due not later than 40 days prior to departure. We reserve the right to cancel any reservation for which the total fare has not been paid by the due date, in which case the deposit will be forfeited. Reservations will be considered as firm bookings (subject to final and full payment received on the prescibed time) as soon as the deposit has been received by us.

The following cancellation charge will apply in respect of travel arrangements:
More than 30 days – no cancellation will be charged (For groups of more than 10 people please check with us)
- 21 to 29 days prior to departure - 25% of full tour price (Subject to hotel cancellation policy)
- 10 to 20 days prior to departure - 50% of full tour price (Subject to hotel cancellation policy)
Less than 10 days prior to departure - 80% of full tour price on scheduled tours (Subject to hotel cancellation policy on private, special and tailor-made itineraries)

NOTES: This cancellation policy may change for tour arrangements other than our scheduled tours and will depend on the policies of the establishments utilised. Cancellation fees on scheduled tours will be calculated on the full published tour price excluding most specials or discounts that may have been afforded at the time of buying the tour - please check with us when confirming your tour.

Accommodation Pre-tour (10km radius)



Avondale Boutique Hotel
This quaint 4 Star establishment is ideally tailored for the discerning corporate traveller and the local and international leisure traveller.
Grading:
From: R1395.00 per person sharing


Hotel 64 on Gordon
The style inspired Hotel 64 on Gordon is located just off Florida Road, Durban's gourmet district, with perfect access to all arterial routes and amenities. This hotel is totally unexpected and the exhilaration of the design runs throughout.
Guest Rating: (1 review)
From: R650.00 per person sharing


Gooderson Beach Hotel
Gooderson Beach Hotel is located right on the city’s beachfront promenade, within walking distance of Durban’s city centre.
Grading:
From: R670.00 per person sharing


Florida Park Hotel
The Florida Park Hotel is nestled in the heart of one of Durban's most prominent Social and Dining districts - Florida Road. Florida Road boasts some of Durban's finest Restaurants and Social Entertainment. The Hotel has 39 beautiful rooms.
Grading: Guest Rating: (1 review)


Waterfront Hotel and Spa Durban
Waterfront Hotel and Spa is a fresh, superbly designed, trendy hotel that has been designed to cater for both holidaymakers and business travellers alike.
Guest Rating: (1 review)
From: R880.00 per person sharing

Post-tour accommodation (10km radius)



The Blue Train
The route between Pretoria and Cape Town is a 27-hour journey of 1 600 kilometres (994 miles), through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent.


Parliament Hotel
The Parliament Hotel is exclusively located on Barack Street. The central location adjacent to The Company Gardens and the Slave Museum make this city hotel the ideal starting point for business trips or holidays in Cape Town.
Grading:


Avondale Boutique Hotel
This quaint 4 Star establishment is ideally tailored for the discerning corporate traveller and the local and international leisure traveller.
Grading:
From: R1395.00 per person sharing


Gooderson Beach Hotel
Gooderson Beach Hotel is located right on the city’s beachfront promenade, within walking distance of Durban’s city centre.
Grading:
From: R670.00 per person sharing


Greenmarket Place
The outstanding brand-new Greenmarket Place Apartment in the middle of suave&trendy Cape Town City Centre (2km from the V&A Waterfront), in revamped building situated right on the famous bustling historic Greenmarket Square, with a view of Table Mountain.


Mandela Rhodes Place
This modern hotel offers the definitive city lifestyle with a choice of luxurious apartments, various leisure options and a wealth of retail facilities in the heart of Cape Town.


The Townhouse Hotel
We’re set in a surprisingly tranquil corner of the city centre, adjacent to the South African Parliamentary precinct and the historic oak-lined avenues of the famed Dutch East India Company Gardens, established some 350 years ago.
Grading:


Waterfront Hotel and Spa Durban
Waterfront Hotel and Spa is a fresh, superbly designed, trendy hotel that has been designed to cater for both holidaymakers and business travellers alike.
Guest Rating: (1 review)
From: R880.00 per person sharing


Hotel 64 on Gordon
The style inspired Hotel 64 on Gordon is located just off Florida Road, Durban's gourmet district, with perfect access to all arterial routes and amenities. This hotel is totally unexpected and the exhilaration of the design runs throughout.
Guest Rating: (1 review)
From: R650.00 per person sharing


Florida Park Hotel
The Florida Park Hotel is nestled in the heart of one of Durban's most prominent Social and Dining districts - Florida Road. Florida Road boasts some of Durban's finest Restaurants and Social Entertainment. The Hotel has 39 beautiful rooms.
Grading: Guest Rating: (1 review)


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