Africa Adventure - Cape Region of South Africa Part 2

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Cape Region Part 2

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Ostrichfarm Oudtshoorn
 
 
  Hello Visitor,  
     
 

The previous edition of our Cape Travel Newsletter dealt with the Cape Town - the Mother City of Southern Africa as well as the Cape Winelands.

 

Today, Part 2 of the Cape Travel Newsletter we offer you hot insider tips on travelling the remaining areas of the Cape provinces off the beaten track.

 

Enjoy and see you soon in Africa!


Kirsten and the team of Africa Adventure

 
     
 
 

route 62 & little karoo

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Route 62 is the tourist route, which meanders from Cape Town via Oudtshoorn to Port Elizabeth, offering a scenic alternative to the N2 highway. It is an area of magnificent landscapes and towering cliffs, crystal clear streams as well as an indigenous nature and is nestled along valleys, all offer ample opportunity for discovery. 

 

The Little Karoo is the smallest of the Karoo region and is bounded by the Swartberg Mountain in the north and the Langeberg and Outeniqua Mountains in the south. Oudtshoorn, the main artery of the Little Karoo is known as the ostrich capital of the world. Today this region is the leader in ostrich products, from meat to leather to artistically designed ostrich eggs.

 

Highlights

Ostrichs Show Farms

The Klein Karoo and Oudtshoorn have been famous for the world’s largest bird, the ostrich, since the ‘feather boom’ in the late 1800’s. Today Oudtshoorn is home to a number of ostrich show farms where visitors can interacting with and feed these long-necked birds. The more adventurous can try their hand at feeding an ostrich maize kernels straight out of the bucket.

 

Our Outdoor Tips

Cango Caves 

At the head of the Cango Valley on the scenic Route 62, lie the spectacular Cango Caves - the underground wonder of the Klein Karoo. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns. This is the only show cave in Africa offering a choice of heritage or adventure tours and is a national asset for the inhabitants of South Africa and a true South African landmark to foreign visitors.

 

Cango Caves Oudtshoorn

Gamkaberg Nature Reserve

In warm heart of the Little Karoo lies the Gamkaberg Nature Reserve approx. 33 kilometres south west of Oudtshoorn. The rugged and mountainous terrain characterised by deep ravines, incredible rock formations, and Bokkeveld sandstone and shales. Trekking up the Tierkloof ravine is what most visitors to the reserve pursue as you can see the home of the Cape mountain zebras, a number of antelope, eland and others.

 

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Garden Route & Addo

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Garden Route Coastal Hikes

 

The Garden Route between Mossel Bay in the West and South Africa’s surf mecca, Jeffreys Bay, in the East is a coastal landscape like a lush garden. This narrow belt between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains is bordered by lagoons running behind dunes and superb beaches. Significant indigenous forests with giant yellow wood trees and abundant wild flowers have given the name to this beautiful area. Characterized by these beautiful landscapes and wide beaches, every town has its own breathtaking character and highlights.

 

Once, elephants roamed freely the forests of the Garden Route and today a few sanctuaries bring you close to these incredible animals. If the wild is more your thing - the Addo National Elephant Park east of Port Elizabeth is home to  a herd of over 350 elephants.

 

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Highlights

Boat Trips - Whale, Shark & Dolphin Watching

Have you always dreamed of diving with turtles, rays, sharks and large predators? Or do you prefer to watch whales and dolphins on a boat tour? The Garden Route offers you nearly unlimited options to fulfil your maritime dreams. Whether doing an adventurous white shark cage diving or swimming with seals, the marine wildlife has a lot to offer.

 

Our Outdoor Tips

Garden Route Gliding

Garden Route Gliding specialises in exhilarating Gliding and Aerobatic Flight experiences. Soar like a bird and experience the pure joy of flight in our motorised glider in the skies above Plettenberg Bay. All flights are tailored to your nerves, tolerance and comfort levels. Enjoy the natural diversity of the Garden Route from high above.

Tsitsikamma National Park

The Tsitsikamma National Park, part of the Garden Route National Park in South Africa, is a place where you can experience the outdoors and stunning marine life by watching dolphins or whales. It is a breathtaking destination with dramatic coastal scenery, reefs, rivers, lush forest and delicate Fynbos.

 

A hiking and water sports paradise, this region forms the top section of the magnificent Garden Route National Park. There are many hiking trails of varying lengths in this region, the most famous of them being the “Otter Trail”, one of the best in the world.

 

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west coast & cederberg

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North of Cape Town lies the West Coast with its Mediterranean climate, pristine stretches of coastline with long sandy beaches, rugged mountains and peaceful villages. The little towns along the coast form the hub of the South African fishing industry, while offering some of the greatest small town experiences.

 

The Cederberg Wilderness Area is located approximately 60km from the Atlantic coast and extends between the towns of Citrusdal and Clanwilliam. This region attracts with bizarre rock formations, lush green valleys, where citrus fruits are grown and an extensive network of hiking trails as well as rock-climbing. It is here and only here, where the world famous Rooibos Tea grows.

 

Highlights

Citrusdal Golf Club

Citrusdal has one of the best 9 hole golf courses in the Western Cape. The scenic course is very level and situated on the banks of the Olifants River with views of the majestic Cederberg Mountains. The biggest annual event is the "Seatrade / Freshgold SA Classic" in October, where visitors are most welcome.

 

Our Outdoor Tips

Day hikes in the Cederberg

The Cederberg 100 Hiking Trail covers 100km, from the summit of Pakhuis Pass in the north to the Driehoek Resort in the central Cederberg. Along the way lie many uphills and downhills, welcome rock pools and waterfalls. They have a spectacular mountain landscape, are a treasure house of pre-colonial rock art and have a rich botanical diversity, being part of the Cape Floral Kingdom of South Africa. Day hikes in this area vary from 1 – 8 hours.

 

West Coast National Park

Just inland from the secluded harbour of Saldanha Bay one finds the azure waters of the Langebaan Lagoon, focal point of the West Coast National Park. During the spring the strandveld is embroidered with a tapestry of multi-hued flowers, while in the Postberg section many antelope are to be seen in a setting that is as unique as it is idyllic. You should also keep an eye on the Atlantic Ocean for passing whales and dolphin. Famous birds like Flamingos, White Pelican or African Penguin can be seen.

 

 

Westcoast Desertflowers

 

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 THE WINElands of South Africa - Worth your while

---Together with our partner Olivino, we developed a spectacular tour through the winelands of South Africa. The pre-booked self-drive tour begins and ends in Cape Town (refer to Cape Town & Cape Peninsula basic module) and can be extended with any of the listed add-on modules.

 

 

Your tour is booked individually and can therefore start at a date that suits your requirements and include any customisation on your request.

 

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