from Outeniqua Adventure Tours:
The Western Cape this year had an excellent winter
rainfall, with the high ground and mountains often covered with
snow. With all this water at the right time, the Spring flowers
along the West Coast were spectacular.
We were fortunate to have organised two tours, enabling these groups
to fully enjoy the wonderful experience of seeing the countryside
in all its splendour.
A highlight is always the area around Nieuwoudville, with the waterfall,
Kokerboom Forest, the farm Matjiesfontein and the unbelievable hospitality
of the people.
The coastal flowers between Doringbaai and Vredendal were an amazing
display, huge ‘bunches’ of orange, yellow and white
flowers, as far as the eye could see.
The itinerary we had planned, leaving from George, included the
flower show at Clanwilliam, the coastal stretch between Lamberts
Bay and Vredendal, up onto the escarpment at Nieuwoudtville, then
back to the coast via Sutherland, Seweweekspoort, Calitzdorp to
George. This is an extremely beautiful and varied route.
We shall be doing repeats of these tours next
year, possibly extending one of them to include Springbok, an area
also renowned for the mass flower displays in the ‘veld.’
Our season of cycle tours in September and October,was
again very busy, this year all the itineraries we used were in the
Little Karoo and Garden Route.
The ‘Door-to-Door Challenge,’ which
includes the Montagu Pass, Rooiberg Pass, Cloete’s Pass,(plus
a few un-named passes) was again completed this year. This time,
it was a small group from Cape Town and Pietermaritzburg who enjoyed
every metre. This type of holiday remains really popular with those
who enjoy the physical challenges of the day, combined with comfortable,
interesting overnight stops.
Summer and the busy Christmas season is
fast approaching. For those people wanting to enjoy a holiday in
the garden Route, there is something for everybody. Good accommodation,
great beaches, mountains and forests to explore.
In addition to the usual day trips on offer, i.e. Cango Caves, Knysna,
etc, here is an interesting alternative.
An excursion to the Millwood Gold Mine site
and an easy walk at Jubilee Creek near Knysna is a delightfully
cool and pleasant way to spend the day and experience the magic
of this beautiful forest. Contact us to find out more about it.
Greetings from Dave and Cheryl