Explore the very best of the Western Cape on this Where Oceans Meet Escorted Tour.
South Africa’s legendary Garden Route is an area of outstanding natural beauty encompassing wine-growing regions, ancient forests and mountain peaks. On this circular tour of the Western Cape you’ll discover golden beaches and rugged coastlines, and stay at historic seaside towns.
- Return flights from Glasgow, other UK airports available
- VIP door-to-door travel service
- 13 nights in a hotel and 2 in flight
- 32 meals: 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 13 dinners
- 10 excursions included: Wine tasting in Stellenbosch, the Cango caves and ostrich farm, Keurbooms river cruise, Tsitsikamma Forest and Storms River, game drive in Albertinia, visit to a Reptile centre, Cape Agulhas and the Shipwreck Museum, visit Hermanus, Cape Point, the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Boulders Beach, Simons Town and the Naval Museum
- All taxes and government air passenger duty
- Services of a tour manager
Subject to availability. Single supplements apply.
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Where Oceans Meet Itinerary
Day 1 – UK-Cape Town
After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly overnight to Cape Town.
Day 2 – Cape Town
Arrive at Cape Town where you’ll stay for two nights at the locally rated 4-star Southern Sun, The Cullinan, situated within walking distance of the famous Victoria & Albert Waterfront. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, fitness centre and spa (extra charge). Each of the 394 air-conditioned bedrooms has a television, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. Dinner is included at a nearby restaurant. D
Day 3 – Cape Town
Spend the day touring the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point, Africa’s most south-westerly corner. While only a narrow finger of land, it’s an area of beautiful bays, beaches, hills and valleys and fynbos. Within the Nature Reserve you may catch sight of zebra, antelope and baboons. Afterwrads, visit Boulders Beach where 2,500 African penguins await you, then historic Simons Town, home of the South African Navy, and steeped in naval history. B, L, D
Day 4 – Cape Town-Somerset West
Depart for the town of Somerset West, which is overlooked by the Helderberg Mountains in the heart of the winelands. You’ll stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star NH The Lord Charles… Facilities here include two restaurants, a bar, and a fitness centre. All 198 rooms have satellite television, a telephone, radio, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe, hairdryer and minibar (extra charge). This afternoon enjoy an included excursion to historic Stellenbosch, second oldest town in South Africa, where the Dutch East India Company legacy shows in the architecture. You can still see the Cape Dutch buildings in its centre, particularly in Dorp Street. Visit the museum and enjoy some free time here. B, D
Day 5 – Stellenbosch
Travel into the winelands for a tasting at the Neetlingshoff wine estate, dating back to 1705. You’ll also visit Franschhoek, a small town founded by French Huguenots and famous as South Africa’s ‘wine and food capital’. Enjoy some free time exploring before returning to your hotel in Somerset West. B, L, D
Day 6 – Somerset West-Albertinia
Depart Somerset West, heading via Route 62 for the locally rated 3-star Garden Route Game Lodge, at the start of the coastal Garden Route, for an overnight stay. The lodge has its own private game reserve, restaurant, boma and poolside terrace, two swimming pools, and spa (charges apply). There are 34 air-conditioned rooms housed in both the main lodge and chalets, each with television, telephone, safe, tea and coffee-making facilities, and complimentary Wi-Fi. You’ll arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive before dinner at the hotel. B, L, D
Day 7 – Albertinia-Oudtshoorn
Perhaps join an optional game drive. Depart for the ‘ostrich capital’ of Oudtshoorn. You’ll travel along the famous Route 62, through the longest wine route in the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape. Admire the magnificent landscapes of the Little Karoo valley set between two mountain ranges as you wind alongside vineyards and orchards, through farming towns and along mountain passes. You’ll spend the next two nights at the locally rated 4-star Queens Hotel, the third oldest hotel in South Africa located in the heart of the ‘feather capital’. An original colonial building dating from 1880 the hotel has 40 air-conditioned bedrooms with compact en suite facilities. There is a satellite television, telephone and tea/coffee-making facilities. B, L, D
Day 8 – Oudtshoorn
Visit the Cango Ostrich Farm and discover this famous home of the largest bird on earth. Afterwards, explore Cango Caves, to admire the vast caverns – thought to extend over five kilometres – with their strange stalactite formations. It’sa fairly strenuous excursion, a one kilometre walk, with 416 steps, on a tour which lasts about one-and-a-half hours, so you will need comfortable shoes. B, L, D
Day 9 – Plettenberg Bay
Transfer to Tsitsikamma National Park, a conservation area of ancient forests, waterfalls and gorges. En route, stop for lunch and a cruise on Keurbooms River. It flows along a scenic gorge through the Keurbooms River Nature Reserve – keep your eyes peeled for eagles, giant kingfishers, woodpeckers and various ducks and water birds. Continue to Plettenberg Bay where you stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Whalesong Hotel & Hydro. Set in landscaped gardens the hotel has a restaurant with a sundeck, a craft gin bar, outdoor pool and outdoor cinema, as well as a spa (treatments at extra charge). All 24 guest rooms have a private viewing deck from which to enjoy the fabulous views . Rooms have a ceiling fan, television, safe and tea and coffee-making facilities. B, L, D
Day 10 – Tsitsikamma
Visit Storms River Mouth in Tsitsikamma National Park, a conservation area of ancient forests. Rivers have forced their way through the mountains to the sea here, creating spectacular gorges and waterfalls. Marvel at the incredible views from the suspension bridge that spans it. Lunch is included. This afternoon relax back at the hotel. B, L, D
Day 11 – Tsitsikamma-Arniston
Depart for the seaside village of Arniston, stopping en route in Knynsa, a scenic town set beside a lagoon, for lunch. Spend the next three nights at the locally rated 4-star Arniston Spa Hotel. The hotel is next to an old fishing village, surrounded by pristine beaches and nature reserves. Bedrooms have a private balcony, satellite television, tea and coffee-making facilities and Wi-Fi access. Facilities include a restaurant, bistro, bar and large swimming pool. If you want to pamper yourself the hotel has a spa (treatments at extra cost). B, D
Day 12 – Cape Agulhas and Bredarsdorp
Enjoy a full-day included tour of Cape Agulhas – Africa’s most southerly point, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet and many ships have been wrecked. The British vessel Arniston, which gave the town its name, went down in 1815. Find out more at the Shipwreck Museum in Bredarsdorp. B, D
Day 13 – Arniston-Cape Town
Return to Cape Town, along a scenic route as you head to the airport for your return overnight flight. B
Day 14 – UK
Arrive in the UK for your included door-to-door travel service.
In 2020 this tour is 13 nights, not 15. You stay only two nights in Cape Town and two nights in Arniston.