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Garden Route Adventure

Prices From: $1790 AUD
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Tour Code: GAGP
Tour Duration: 13
Countries Visited: South Africa


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Overview

Cheat's guide to wine tasting:- Look closely at the wine while nodding your head, furrowing your brow and making a few 'mmmm' sounds.- Swirl the wine. Gently. You don't want to splash it all over that nice white tablecloth.- Stick your nose in and take a whiff. The further into the glass you can get it, the better.- Taste the wine: after a few goes you can skip straight to this step.(Was Down the Garden Path)


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Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Durban

For a bit of group bonding, head down to the Golden Mile for a cocktail. Don't stress, nobody will force you to wear name tags of play icebreaker games.

Day 2-3: Drakensberg

The Drakensberg mountain range (3482m), Barrier of Spears, Dragon mountains - call it what you want, as long as you lace up your walking shoes and go for a hike.

Day 4-5: Lesotho Highlands

Stop by a village in Lesotho and spend a bit of time with the locals. Then we'll head to Golden Gate Highlands National Park to find elands, zebra and mongoose.

Day 6-7: Wild Coast/Cintsa

Cintsa is on the coast, so pack your trunks (insert elephant joke here). Plenty of time for hiking, swimming, mountain biking and surfing. Visit a Xhosa village and see what rural life is like. Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu are from Xhosa tribes, so that's a good indication of how lovely the locals will be.

Day 8: Addo Elephant National Park

Reasons to be envious of elephants. They spend 18 hours a day eating, they have great memories, they have no natural predators and they can sleep standing up.

Day 9-10: Garden Route/Tsitsikamma National Park

If the coastline here was any more dramatic, it would need its own reality show. There's a bit of ocean, a bit of forest and heaps of optional activities like bungee jumping, snorkelling and taking the canopy tour.

Day 11: Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn and Knysna are just two of the places you'll fail to pronounce correctly today. 97% of the world's ostriches live at Oudtshoorn. An ostrich eye is the size of a billiard ball, and it can run at 64kph. Don't try and keep up.

Day 12: Swellendam Wine Region

In the Cango Caves you'll see stalagmites (the hanging ones) with names like 'the bridal couple', 'glass flower fantasy', 'weird Cango candle' and the 'hanging shawl'. Then say hello to some old friends, namely chardonnay, sav blanc, shiraz and cab sav.

Day 13: Cape Town

Head to Long Street for bars, bookstores, restaurants, clothes and antique shops. Find a fairy-lit balcony or a lounge on the sidewalk to toast the end of the trip with your favourite South African wine.

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International flights, local payment, arrival and departure transfers, airport/departure taxes, visas, pre-tour or post-tour accommodation, all other meals, drinks, sleeping bag, pillow, all optional additional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature, laundry and flights (unless specified).


Tour Dates

Start DateEnd DatePrice
03 Mar 201315 Mar 2013$1790
21 Apr 201303 May 2013$1790
05 May 201317 May 2013$1860
19 May 201331 May 2013$1860
09 Jun 201321 Jun 2013$1860
07 Jul 201319 Jul 2013$1930
04 Aug 201316 Aug 2013$1930
18 Aug 201330 Aug 2013$1930
06 Oct 201318 Oct 2013$1860
20 Oct 201301 Nov 2013$1860
03 Nov 201315 Nov 2013$1790
05 Jan 201417 Jan 2014$1790
12 Jan 201424 Jan 2014$1790
09 Feb 201421 Feb 2014$1790
09 Mar 201421 Mar 2014$1790
06 Apr 201418 Apr 2014$1790
04 May 201416 May 2014$1790
08 Jun 201420 Jun 2014$1790
06 Jul 201418 Jul 2014$1790

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