Hogsback & Cradock

2018
Tour No : 
14
Start Date : 
Sunday, October 14, 2018
End Date: 
Friday, October 20, 2017
Duration: 
7
Per Person Sharing: 
R11800
Single Supplement : 
R2000
Booking: 

Highlights:                                                            

  • Gariep dam
  • Queenstown
  • Hogsback
  • Wonderful gardens
  • Olive Schreiner Museum
  • Mountain Zebra national park

Overview

The trip cover some of the most beautiful and lesser known parts of the Eastern Cape. It is one of the best routes to enjoy the remote mountains and passes, and is part of South Africa’s hidden gems. Add to this some historical and charming towns and places of interest, and you will see why this trip is a wonderful journey not to be missed.  It is spring time, and the scenery will be very colourful

Day 1: October 14

Johannesburg to Gariep Dam

Today we follow the main N1 route, travelling through the Free State, with stops on route made at Kroonstad and Bloemfontein to view the sights of these historical towns. We will check into De Stijl Hotel at the Gariep Dam for the night. The distance for the day is longer than normal, but it is mostly on a very safe, duel carriageway.   

Day 2: October 15

Gariep Dam to Hogsback

We continue the drive today through remote parts of the Eastern Cape. Queenstown for lunch. After lunch, it is another very scenic drive over the Nico Malan pass before we arrive in the Katberg region. The last part of the drive takes us through the towns of Fort Beaufort and Alice, and then it is uphill towards the charming village of the Hogsback.  On arrival, we check into the Arminel Hotel for a 3 night stay. The hotel has wonderful gardens and footpaths to explore.

Day 3 + 4: October 16 and 17

Hogsback

The next two days are set out to explore this wonderful mountain area, and the charming attractions, and gardens in the area.  Various drives and walks will be undertaken to the various points of interest, with enough relaxation time in between.  Some of the attractions to be visited will be, the Eco Shrine, the Labyrinth, the Edge, views of the 3 “Hogs”, the Arboretum, and various gardens that are open to the public during spring time. It is truly a delight for garden lovers.   

Day 5: October 18

Cradock

Today we travel down the mountain on a scenic route to the town of Bedford. Here we will be visiting the museum and experience the hospitality of the locals. A lovely lunch will be enjoyed at a favourite coffee shop in town.  After lunch, we drive alongside the Fish River towards the charming historical town of Cradock. On arrival in Cradock, we check into the “Tuishuise” for the next two nights’ stay. It is a collection of wonderfully restored old houses depicting the Dutch and English Settlers period.

Day 6: October 19

Mountain Zebra National Park

The town of Cradock and its surroundings have many interesting attractions. Visit the Olive Schreiner Museum and then we also visit the Mountain Zebra National Park to explore the unique landscapes and animals of this park. The scenery in the park varies from grass covered plateaus to wooded ravines, and is a sanctuary for the rare Cape Mountain Zebra, and herds of Eland, Springbok, Kudu, Black wildebeest, Blesbok, Red Hartebeest, Cheetah, Meerkat and over 200 species of birds.

Day 7: October 20

Cradock to Port Elizabeth

On this last day we travel down towards Port Elizabeth. It is again a very scenic and mountainous route. We will arrive in Port Elizabeth around lunchtime and in time for the afternoon flight home around 14h00. On arrival in Johannesburg, guests will again be met by a colleague and transferred home.   

Cost of the 7-day tour is R11 800 per person sharing. Single supplement is R 2 000

 

Included in the costs above:

Accommodation

Entrance fees

Breakfast

Dinner

All activites as per Itinerary

1 flights

1 transfers

 

Excluded in the costs above:

Lunch                           Drinks                           Laundry            Telephone calls

Curios                           Porterage                      Gratuities          

Printable 2018 Tour Program (click here)