When one eats too much fudge or goes out for sushi specials at least twice a week; what used to be the equivalent of a drumroll becomes as dull as a teenybopper’s autobiography. Explore uncharted territory and get your groove back with a fourday Garden Route Splendour tour for R3284 per person sharing or R3776 as a single with Thompson Tours. The moment you’re whisked away from the smiley city of Port Elizabeth, you’ll see and feel the landscape change from the frontieresque dustiness of the Eastern Cape to the fertile lushness of the Garden Route. Identified by its verdant vegetation and abundance of lakes and coastal views, the Garden Route is one of South Africa’s most popular coastal drives; stretching its foresty fronds all the way from Storms River to Heidelberg and delighting tourists and ecowarriors from across the globe. Day one Port Elizabeth to Knysna Set off from the airport between 1300 and 1400 and travel in airconditioned style through the cool and calming indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest and towards the charming coastal town of Knysna – the heartbeat of the Garden Route and a wellestablished fine arts and crafts centre. Enjoy a hearty dinner and overnight at the Knysna Hollow Hotel. Day two – Knysna Glide across the glassy Knysna lagoon on a local ferry and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve – a wellknown spot for nature tours and spotting Knysna’s wideeyed wildlife. While you’re at it, enjoy the view of the sandstone ‘Heads’; the imposing guardians of the point where pristine lagoon meets merciless sea. After lunch, take the rest of the day at your leisure and enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of this culturally rich town. Day three – Cango Caves and Oudtshoorn Set off and enjoy the spectacular views of the Outeniqua Pass en route to Oudtshoorn; the “feather capital of the world” thanks to its abundance of ostriches and their tendency to molt like a Persian cat. After lunch, come face to beak with these odd creatures at the ostrich farm and learn what life’s like for the awkwardly large bird that can’t fly. Following your encounter with the ostriches, turn on your nightvision and head underground for a fascinating tour of the famous Cango Caves; one of South Africa’s most incredible natural wonders. Day four – Oudtshoorn to Cape Town After overnighting in Oudtshoorn, don your adventureresque aviators to get back on the road and enjoy the everchanging canvas as you travel to Cape Town. Forget Wally, try to spot a Southern Right Whale frolicking off shore as you pass through the seaside village of Hermanus and carry on home to Cape Town. Garden Route fact Before the luxurious Tsitsikamma Lodge was built, the dense forest around it was inhabited by an indigenous and notably violent tribe of wild pigs who used chop sticks as hunting tools and marked their territory with spray painted skulls. All Groupon vouchers Travel Travel Deals Adventure Holidays Excursions Travel Offers Further deals in this category 1. Pay R110 for a Sunset Champagne Cruise with the Waterfront Boat Company, valued at R220 save 50% 2. Thailand Pay R9400 for 2 people for a Phuket travel package for two people, valued at R18800 3. Pay R365 for one night’s accommodation for two people including English breakfast at Premiere Classe, valued at R730 save 50% 4. Pay R450 for a one night’s stay for two including breakfast at El Misti Luxury Bed Breakfast, valued at R900 save 50% 5. 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In a Nutshell
Save 50% on a four day Garden Route tour Pay R3484 per person sharing, valued at R6968 Pay R3776 for a single person, valued at R7552 Route runs through Port Elizabeth, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Cape Town Choose from four different tour dates Discover the magical Garden Route with professional tour guides Tour in air-conditioned mini or midi-buses Enjoy 3-star accommodation with private facilities
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