Hi we are a couple mid - late 50's looking at a 2 or more centre 2 - 3 week stay in SA and would like to take in the Garden Route. Would appreciate suggestions on arrival and departure airports, where we could stay and for how long. We are more the vineyard touring, restaurant visiting, beach going, boat / fishing trip type than adventure seeking.
Hi Viewsforme many thanks for your reply, lots of good suggestions there, looking forward to researching them.
Will update if the trip comes off!
I suggest that you fly into Cape Town, pick up a hire car, and visit the vineyards and Cape Town for a few days, get over the flight and then drive via the R62, to the Garden Route. Call into Robertson, on the way, perhaps stay there for a couple of nights. Robertson area has some superb wines and you can take a short picnic cruise up the Breede River. Drive onto George, it is a great place to stay, in the heart of the Garden Route and easy to drive to the surrounding areas, such as Oudtshoorn, Mossel Bay, WiIlderness. I cannot say about Knysna and Plettenberg Bay as they have just suffered devastating storms and fires, with thousands of people now homeless, so this will obviously take a long time before they are back to normal. George has fantastic bays and long sandy beaches, some of the best Golf courses in South Africa, you can go fishing from Mossel Bay, or fish from the beach in George, a gentle canoeing in Wilderness, visit Herold Wines, so much to do. There are restaurants to suit everyone in George, from fine dining , to Italian, tapas, fish and great steaks, all less expensive than Cape Town. There are plenty of places to stay from 5 star hotels, Guesthouses, to backpackers. A good reference to look for accommodation is Portfolio Collection, as they vet all the accommodation before accepting it in their books, and they have very high standards. Another web site you can look at is the Outeniqua Hop Route, which has accommodation and attractions of the area. George is surrounded by mountains on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other, so it is very scenic. At the end of your trip you can fly out of George to Johannesburg for your connecting flight out of South Africa. There are plenty flights a day from George to Johannesburg, many of them by the budget airlines, of Kulula, Mango, Safair. I hope this has answered some of your questions. You will have a wonderful trip.
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