• Kalkbay, Cape Town
  • Jan Harmsgat Guest House
  • Amakhala Game Reserve
  • Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours
  • Kalkbay

Fair Trade Cape & Garden Route Tour

A Classic Cape & Garden Route itinerary with Fair Trade Tourism certified accommodation and activities. Ideal for first time visitors to the Western Cape & South Africa, and suitable for families with a malaria free Big Five Safari included.  

DAY 1: Arrival Cape Town

Arrive at Cape Town International Airport, where you will collect your hire car. From here you will drive to your guesthouse in the village of Kalkbay on the Cape Peninsula. (If you prefer a city location in the Cape Town city bowl, please check out An African Villa or Four Rosmead Boutique Guesthouse as alternative accommodation). Kalk Bay is a historical, but trendy fishing village with an interesting selection of delis, restaurants, bars, antique stores, second-hand bookshops, fashion boutiques, jewellers, craft shops, and art galleries. Visit the working harbour to watch the fishermen offload their catch from colourful fishing boats. During whale season you will want to keep an eye on the ocean from your guesthouse, as you will most likely spot some Southern right whales in the bay, or walk up the mountain side behind Chartfield for an even better bird’s eye view. 

Overnight Chartfield Guesthouse, Bed and breakfast basis.

DAY 2: Cape Peninsula

Day at leisure to explore the Cape Peninsula and its nearby beaches. Visit Cape Point National Park and the historical Simon’s Town with it naval base and Boulders Beach penguin colony. In whale season, there are plenty of land-based whale watching viewpoints along the coast. Please note that all activities and sightseeing are on a self-drive basis and entries for your own account.

Overnight Chartfield Guesthouse, Bed and breakfast basis.

DAY 3: Masiphumelele Township

Visit the nearby informal settlement, Masiphumelele, for a guided bicycle township tour. This half day guided tour includes a township guide and activities, such as a visit to the Sangoma (traditional healer), dancing and drumming, visit to Peacock creche (only available on weekdays), visit to local crafters and artists in community, lunch at Nongolozi’s Restaurant or tea in an African home, and hire of old fashioned Dutch bicycles. BEN Bicycles facilitates the import of unwanted secondhand bikes to South Africa. They helped to set up and provide on-going support to locally owned bicycle workshops and training for members of the local community to renovate the bikes for these Community Bicycle Tours. As a result of this work, they have also been able to assist a local lady to set up a restaurant, providing further income for the community. 

Overnight Chartfield Guesthouse, Bed and breakfast basis.

DAY 4: Winelands

After breakfast, travel to the Winelands via Franschhoek and onto the Breede River Wine Region. Here you will be based at the historical Jan Harmsgat Country House in a region steeped in nearly three Centuries of pastoral history. Many of the vineyards, currently undergoing a revival, produce some of South Africa’s finest wines. Distinctive blends from all the noble cultivars and classic styles may be sampled and most farms readily welcome visitors for wine tasting.

Overnight Jan Harmsgat Country House, Bed and breakfast basis.

DAY 5: Robertson Wine Valley

You are based in the heart of the Robertson Wine Route, with attractions, such as Montagu with its hot mineral springs, the Breede River, Bontebok National Park, Cape Agulhas, and the delightful and historic town of Swellendam itself, on your doorstep. Swellendam is the third oldest town in South Africa and is well worth a visit.

Overnight Jan Harmsgat Country House, Bed and breakfast basis.

DAY 6: Oudtshoorn

Travel inland to Oudtshoorn, situated in the Klein Karoo, and home to the world’s largest ostrich population with a number of specialized ostrich breeding farms. Most farms offer tours to day visitors. The Cango Caves is another one of Oudtshoorn’s must see attractions. Continue via some of the breathtaking passes to Plettenberg Bay in the heart of the Garden Route, an area known for its beautiful coastline, stunning scenery, and wealth of attractions. Here you will check into Hog Hollow Country Lodge, an excellent example of high quality accommodation being managed by the local Xhosa community.

Overnight Hog Hollow Country Lodge,  Bed and breakfast basis.

DAY 7-8: Garden Route Plettenberg Bay is a tranquil and charming seaside town, originally christened Bahia Formosa meaning beautiful bay, by the early Portuguese explorers. The area is popular for miles of sweeping, unspoilt beaches, a dramatic rocky peninsula, unpolluted lagoons and estuaries, and the nearby Tsitsikamma indigenous rainforest. Included in the tour price is a FTT accredited Treetops Canopy Tour, a true eco-wilderness adventure in the magnificent Tsitsikamma National Park. You will be traversing between the Outeniqua Yellowwood tree tops from one platform to another, along a steel cable suspended up to 30 m above the ground. The platforms provide an unbelievable view of the forest with possible sightings of Knysna Loeries, the elusive Narina Trogon, and Vervet monkeys. 

Overnight Hog Hollow Country Lodge,  Bed and breakfast basis.

DAY 9-10: Safari at Amakhala

Drive towards Port Elizabeth and onwards to the malaria free Amakhala Big 5 Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. Amakhala is a successful conservation project, which has seen the reintroduction of various game species, including black & white rhino. A range of activities are on offer and included in the tour price are game drives (both day & night), bird watching, river boat cruises & canoeing, guided walks, and picnic lunches. Please note that water-based activities are dependent on the water levels of the Bushmans River.

Overnight Woodbury Lodge, Full board basis incl house beverages and two safari activities per day.

DAY 11: Port Elizabeth

After your morning safari activity and breakfast, return to Port Elizabeth, where you will have time for a FTT accredited Real City Tour. This tour covers a distance of around 70 km and exposes the diversity of people from all walks of life. Not only those in desperately poor areas, but also the middle class and elite suburbs within a thriving community and interspersed with monuments to remember the struggle as well as colourful and high activity trading markets. Drive back to Port Elizabeth Airport and drop off your rental car in time for your onwards travel arrangements.

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The above itinerary is a suggested sample tour and can be tailored to suit your requirements, interests and budget.

Price is subject to availability and subject to change due to currency fluctuation and peak season supplements.

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From January - December


On request


Accommodation & meals as indicated, Car Hire, Bicycle Tour, Canopy Tour, Real City Tour, 2 days safari.

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