stannards guest lodge >> 7 days on the Garden Route tour
Knowing that sometimes you prefer to speak your mother tongue or your English is not so proficient, the following itinerary of French speaking guest houses has been divised.
Arriving at Cape Town airport (or similar), you will pick up your AVIS or TEMPEST rental car – we have negotiated rates with both of them - and drive straight to MORNINGSIDE COTTAGE which will host you for the next 3 days. Strategically situated south of Cape Town and 25 minutes from the airport, Morningside Cottage is a charming Cape Dutch style Cottage managed by it's Swiss owner, Ursula Edwards.
After a full English breakfast and within 20 minutes of Morningside Cottage, you can visit:
Top restaurants, the beaches of False Bay, the African penguins at Simon's Town, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, three top golf courses, the internationally renowned vineyards of Constantia and the shopping and dining at the Cape Town Waterfront.
After three days, you leave Cape Town and drive on the N2 direction Knysna (5 hours.) You can stop off en route at the historical town of Swellendam or the beautiful beaches of Wilderness.
Arriving in the seaside resort of Knysna, part of the South African Riviera, your hosts for the next two days will be Patrick and Hélène-Marie Ceillier at STANNARDS GUEST LODGE. Tastefully renovated in an Afro-chic style, STANNARDS GUEST LODGE will provide you with tranquil and peaceful surroundings, and your French hosts will look after your every comfort and reserve all your activities. Within a 20 minutes drive you can visit:
The Knysna Lagoon and the Featherbed Nature Reserve, three world-class golf courses, Knysna Primary forest and its old gold mine site, the Garden Route National Park with its scenic drives and amazing hikes (Sedgefield, Wilderness, Plettenberg bay), the Animal parks (elephants, wild cats, monkeys and birds) and of course the vibrant Waterfront with its shops and top restaurants.
Reluctantly leaving STANNARDS after two days, you will drive to Oudtshoorn (1.5hrs) passing some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, the Outeniqua and Robinson Pass's.
Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world and your host for the next two days is Pascal Chanel, owner of the LE PETIT KAROO RANCH. Situated on one of the highest hills, le Petit Karoo enjoys magnificent views of the whole valley and Swartberg mountains. You will be accommodated, depending on the season, in a luxury bush tent or a chalet but all have the same awesome views. Pascal will be very happy to cook for you or recommend fine dining.
Le Petit Karoo is an excellent choice to explore the valley and within 20 minutes drive you can discover : the Swartberg’s pass and its dramatic canyons, the ostrich farms, the Cango Wildlife Ranch with its protected animals, the animal game reserves, and other places of this lovely town. You’ll have also the opportunity to do some horse riding, quad or mountain biking, directly on site or in the vast of the Little Karoo.
Leaving Oudtshoorn, you will take the renowned Route 62 back to Cape Town (4.5hrs), passing beautiful country scenery, complete with ostriches, vineyards, historic towns and fruit farms.
22 Fraser St, Hunters Home, Knysna |
Box 663, Knysna, 6570, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 44 384 0778
Fax: +27 (0)86 553 7835
Skype: PATRICK CEILLIER
GPS: S34° 03’ 41.78" E23° 05’ 01.93"
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