Thanks to all the advice received on here, that enabled me to plan such a comprehensive trip
We landed in Cape town early, after a terrible BA flight ( why is it none of the IFE systems worked in many seats near us, likewise on return journey, the poor staff go through the pointless " I'll just re-boot that for you " routine If seriously affects travel in a 11 hour flight how come the other economy flight can manage it? never again with BA!)
Efficient pick up of car and drive to Beautiful Hermanus, where we enjoyed a luxurious 2 night stay in the AUBERGE BURGUNDY watching whales breach from our balcony and a White shark cage dive early on the second day. lovely eateries in Hermanus , we hit pensioner night and were politely informed we had left to beg a tip ( How different from San Francisco last year!!)
On for a long drive to the MUD LARK RIVERFRONT LODGE near Infanta. a great welcome. dinner included and our own rustic riverfront lodge. with canoeing and fishing.
Next on to Oudtshoorn for 2 nights at De ZEEKOE GUEST FARM . the middle of Ostrich country and Cango caves with well informed and amusing guide, lots to see and another superbly comfy bed , Ostrich feathers galore. although the restaurant did seem to hurry you between evening courses, the Mains arriving in the middle of the first course. early morning Meerkat walk , if you feel up to it..
Then 2 days in the Stunning Knysna lagoon, we stayed on Leisure Island at the sleek white coastal chic of the AMANZI LODGE fab views and locations, splendid breakfasts supplied by Promise! and choccies by the bed, This marked the start of husbands Oyster binge in the waterfront restaurants.
Monkeyland/Birds of Eden were well worth visiting if only for the brilliant informative guides.
The Folllowing 2 days were spent at , THE FERNERY , Tsitikamma. no description adequate for the edge of the ravines views, from cottages & restaurant and memorable hot tub perched precariously off the cliff. , we cycled around the area, played with donut the dog and wallowed in the scenery .
Onwards to ADDO ELEPHANT PARK., for 3 nights we enjoyed S/c Chalet and drove ourselves around, at one point meeting up with 200+ elephants enjoying a waterhole, a spectacular park, quite desolate in some areas with a true sense of being away from it all , if you cant make the Kruger.
Next Stop Plett' , via the bloukans valley drive, staying at the THE VALLEY LODGE. John the owner/builder and host was incredibly helpful, a true gem of a place. a day spent hiking around the Robberg peninsular walked off his breakfast.
2 more nights at THE GARDEN ROUTE GAME LODGE, included meals and game drives, fears that this would be an enlarged zoo, were unfounded due to the knowledgeable staff that kept us enthralled , with details about everything from plants to wildlife and all aspects of natural history, great food and lovely little round cottages.
The next visit was to swellendam , and AUGUSTA DE MIST. I cannot adequately describe this enchanting venue, just GO see for yourself. make sure its a night that they are cooking dinner, an extravagance not to be missed.
2 days at the RUSTHOF COUNTRY HOUSE. a beautiful elegant dwelling , and a great base for a day spent on the Franchoek Wine tram
Last stop 3 nights at THE PLACE ON THE BAY , camps bay. right opposite the beach, we didn't really use all 3 balconies. but a great location for exploring the Cape , Table mountain, and the Hop on hop off bus stop for the V&A waterfront outside. and the wonderful Kirstenboch gardens.
This trip really bought home to us, the value of researching locations, distances and picking just the right places, I am pretty sure no package would have provided all this. within budget , and given us such a good taster of all the highlights. A wonderful experience.
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