Honeymoon – Kuba & Hilda – 5 February to 12 February
5 Febr 12
Arrive in George Airport
Drive to The Turbine Hotel
Turbine is Inclusive of Bed & Breakfast as well as a Pontoon Cruise
6 Febr 12
Knysna - The Turbine Hotel – Oyster Bed tour and rest of the day at leisure
Knysna Charters, www.knysnacharters.com
Oyster Bed Tour – approximate time for this tour on the 6th is at 9:00 – Tide permitting
Hour and a half boat cruise on the Lagoon. This includes visiting the oyster beds , oyster tasting and photo opportunity at the Knysna Heads. When you finisg the tour, you will know all there is to know about the knysna oysters as well as oysters in gereral. Our oyster tour is very interactive awesome knysna experience, learn to open oysters and taste the difference between wild and farmed oysters. Sit back relax and take in the great views and let the water takes its unwinding effect on you.
7 Febr 12
Knysna - The Turbine Hotel
Day at Leisure in Knysna area
8 Febr 12
Knysna - The Turbine Hotel
Knysna Elephant Park
Situated on the N2 between Knysna (22km) and Plettenberg Bay (9km)
9 Febr 12
Accommodation: Tranquility Lodge – Nature’s Valley
Depart Turbine after breakfast for Tenikwa wildlife awareness centre – ideal to do this before 11:00 – it is a 1.5 to max 2 hours tour
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre at Plettenberg Bay offers a truly unique Wildcat Experience. Guests are taken on a guided tour to meet captive-bred furry felines, living in a semi-natural environment. So close, you can hear them purr…
During the one hour guided tours you are guaranteed to see the charismatic Cheetah, ZweLakhe the Leopard and enjoy a cat and mouse game with South Africa ’s seldom seen Lesser indigenous cats, such as the African Wild Cat, Servals, Caracal and the rare Black-Footed Cat. Experience the inquisitiveness of the busy Meerkats, watch the Blue Cranes dance and take pleasure in getting to know the mischievous Marabou Storks.
For the more adventurous we offer a walk with the Tenikwa Cheetahs. Take an exhilarating stroll through Tsitsikamma Indigenous Forest and Cape Floral Fynbos as you join the Tenikwa Cheetahs on their daily walk. A unique and personal experience with these amazing animals, the Cheetah Walk will stay with you for life
After Tenikwa go to Monkeyland and Birds of Eden
Entry to Monkeyland is usually free but you pay for the tour; this entitles you to spend time on the forest deck, which also doubles as a restaurant named The Blue Monkey Cafe.
From this area primates moving about the forest are always seen, and heard. Go on a monkey safari (optional) with one of our game rangers, this is a foot safari into the forest where the primates have been released and are free roaming. The rangers will track the primates down & impart interesting information about them, the forest and anything else you come across. Part of the safari is across our 128 m canopy walk, which actually rises above the forest canopy for a birds eye view of this primate paradise.
These walking safaris last an hour, and depart from reception each half hour. The tours depart daily, every half hour and are open-ended which means that you can go on more than one tour on the day you are visiting us.
We always advise visitors to try an allocate a minimum of 3 hours for their visit to Monkeyland and Birds of Eden in total. If you allocate less time, you might miss out
Birds of Eden is the largest free-flight aviary in the world. The sanctuary encompasses 2.3ha of partly forested land, covered by a 3.2ha mesh and criss-crossed by a 1.2km walkway. Visitors are welcome to explore at their own pace, with the use of Birds of Eden's specialised guidebook. The sanctuary is home to over 3,000 birds of around 200 species
Depart Monkeyland/Birds of Eden for Tranquility Lodge
Accommodation: Tranquility Lodge – Nature’s Valley
Situated in the heart of the hamlet of Natures Valley, which is part of the Tsitsikamma National Park on the Garden Route
Tranquility lodge: Already included in your stay is a Free Bungy-Bridge-Walk on Bloukrans Bungy Bridge. As well as the use of kayaks on the Groot River lagoon
Nature’s valley Face Adrenalin – bungee jumping http://www.faceadrenalin.com/gallery.asp
Confirmed & booked for 10:00
Face adrenalin operate from 9am till 17pm, they take groups out every hour but they also require that you be at the registration office an hour before the booked time for preparation.
Bridge Walking – Bloukrans (bungy jumping site)
signposted "Tsitsikamma Khoisan Village / BungyJumping", the bridge is 20 km West of the Storms River Bridge/Paul Sauer Bridge.
The 216m high bridge over the Bloukrans Gorge is also the highest road bridge in Africa and, in fact, in the Southern Hemisphere. You can do a tour of this monument to human ingenuity secure in a state-of-the-art full body harness with experienced guides to ensure your safety and enjoyment.
The 40-minute tour gives you all the info on the construction of the bridge and its environment as you progress on a custom-made catwalk directly underneath the road surface. Then it's onto the arch and a prime view of the bungee site as well as breathtaking views of the mountains to the north and the ocean to the south
From the Bungee jumping site it is 20 minutes drive to the Canopy tour)
Stormsriver Adventures is in Stormsriver Village www.treetoptour.com
Check-in is 10 minutes before the tour at the reception desk, where after your guide will meet you and take you through the process to follow. light refreshments is included in the price and is served after the tour. This can be served before the tour if you arrive at least 1 hour before activity departure.
Things to remember:
The activity is an all-weather activity. Even in the rain – just bring something warm to wear and come and enjoy the tour with us. It is in the Tsitsikamma Indigenous forest and always a magical experience. A rain jacket will be supplied.
Footwear: Any footwear that is secure on your feet and that will not fall if you are suspended in mid-air.
Tranquility Lodge - Nature’s Valley – time at leisure
Depart George airport for Johannesburg
OTHER THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND THE AREA
STARGAZING: Many locals say that Nature's Valley is the most beautiful spot along the garden route. We think they've got a point. One of the best things to do in this lush green slice of paradise, is stargazing on the beach! At Nature's Valley, the stars and Milky Way have never looked this close. See if you can spot the Southern Cross, Peacock, or maybe even Mensa also known as the Table Mountain Constellation.
BUFFALO HILLS GAME RESERVE: Game Drives & Traditional Mampoer Distillery Tours. See Buffalos, Rhinos, Giraffes, Zebra and a variety of other antelope species. Great birding opportunities.
Visit the TSITSIKAMMA SECTION of the GARDEN ROUTE NATIONAL PARK where the famous Otter Trail begins as it ends right here in Natures Valley. Walk the suspension bridge or go for a picnic while looking out for whales and dolphins. Enjoy the 30 minute Boat Cruise originating in the national park. Picnic baskets can be arranged for you on request.
WHALE AND DOLPHIN BOAT CRUISES: The Plettenberg Bay area is world famous for the amount of marine life it has to offer in its bay. Come explore our bay on a 2-hour trip to search for Whales, Dolphins, Seals and other marine life. Our Winter season is the main Southern Right Whale migration time where whales are abundant in our waters. Dolphins are seen year round.
ELEPHANT PARKS: There are two different elephant parks in the area, offering two very different experiences.
SCUBA DIVING: There are numerous fantastic dive sites departing from Plettenberg Bay or from the Tsitsikamma National Park. Snorkeling routes are also available in the National Park.
ABSEILING: There are a number of sites available in and around the area, from the Knysna heads, to the Kranshoek Waterfall abseil, to various options in the Tsitsikamma.
HORSE RIDING: There are several stables providing out rides in the area to enjoy the local indigenous forests or fynbos areas.
WATER FALL ADVENTURE: Enjoy eight fantastic zip-line slides over the Tsitsikamma waterfalls in this 2 and a half hour long adventure.
SNAKE SANCTUARY: Experience a one hour guided tour consisting of an indigenous snake pit, a boomslang exhibit, a monitor lizard enclosure, a large dome housing South African and exotic snakes, followed by a huge python room housing giant constrictors.
NATURES WAY FARM STALL: Locally produced farm cheeses and imported Italian and South African Cheeses - a traditional Farm Staal and Country Deli with goodies, home bakes and crafts. Light meals. Bright the family to see the cows being milked in the afternoons. Please note that they are closed in the winter months
PORCUPINE CERAMICS FACTORY SHOP: A shopping experience for those who love ceramics. Unique Raku Pit fired Ceramics and superb choice of hand-crafted stoneware washbasins.
KEURBOOMS RIVER FERRIES: Experience the majesty as the Ferries glide over shimmering waters, through souring gorges of the unspoilt Keurbooms River Nature Reserve.
INGWE FOREST ADVENTURES: Spectacular venue for functions, workshops and conferences. Peasful forest setting, offering various outdoor activities for adults and youths. Barn-style workshop area.
BARNYARD THEATRE - PLETT: The original Barnyard Theatre, is a barn with a rustic atmosphere on a farm in the Crags. Showing top national and international artists.
CURIOSITY: Proudly South African, working with local and underprivileged communities to offer quality, unique African artifacts, clothing and curios objects. Export and packaging anywhere in the world.
BRAMON WINE ESTATE: Plettenberg Bay's first and only wine farm. Producing a Veritas award winning Sauvignon Blanc 'cap classique' sparkling wine - the first in the country. Enjoy tastings, oysters and homemade fare in the vineyard surrounds.
LANGA LAPU FABRICS and NICE THINGS: Pru and her team produce unique, vibrant sun-dyed fabric from natural and indigenous forms reflecting elements of forests, rivers, mountains, fires and oceans.
SKYDIVING: Experience the thrill of human flight - exit the plane at 10 000 ft attached by harness to a qualified instructor or stay on-board for a 20-minute scenic plane ride.
TSITSIKAMMA MOUNTAIN SPA: Choose the soothing aromatherapy, stress relief massage, back and neck treatments, the ever so stunning hot-stone therapy, OR perhaps a stimulating session of reflexology. For that complete physical, emotional, spiritual and mental experience, we also offer Reiki, an alternate form of healing, using heat energy. Robyn is one of those rare therapists who truly has the ability to administer REIKI.
WOMAN ON THE MOVE: A craft based community workshop, established by a group of unemployed, entrepreneurial women from the Kurland community. Products made on the premises can be made to order.
PURE CAPE TEXTILES: A dynamic weaving company producing top quality mohair blankets for export and home trade markets. Labour is sourced locally resulting in a unique product.
PLETT PUZZLE PARK: Designed to fascinate children and adults of all ages. Enjoy the Amazing 3-D Mace or Forest Puzzle Walk. Finish off the day with a light lunch at the Coffee Shop. Surprisingly fun yet educational. Trust me you will head straight home and to the books or better yet you will "Google" for some of the answers and laugh at yourself for not coming up with the answer while in the Puzzle Walk.
SWIMMING WITH SEALS: Enjoy a highspeed adventure boat ride out to the local Seal Colony that lives on the Robberg Reserve, jump in and enjoy a 15 minute swim with the seals. Wetsuits provided.
EAGLE ENCOUNTERS: Their mission is to assist in the preservation of birds of prey through creating community awareness, providing necessary facilities for rescue, rehabilitation and the release of successfully rehabilitated candidates.
A visit to one of our wonderful locals BEACHES: Not only do we have the unspoilt beach of Natures Valley we also have the Keurbooms beach, Stormsriver Village Beach, Robberg Beach,Central beach and the amazing Lookout Beach