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News from Outeniqua Adventure Tours: January 2007

Well, the ‘silly season’ has come and gone, school holidays over and most of our South African visitors are back at home. We hope, thinking about the good time they had in whichever of our many and varied destinations they chose to spend their precious recreation time.

We now expect an influx of European visitors, by this time weary of the long winter nights and short, cold days and looking for some warm South African sunshine..
From mid January to May, the Garden Route has, for the most part, settled weather, mild temperatures and enough daylight hours to enjoy this beautiful part of the country.
This is the very best time to plan a holiday in the Garden Route, conditions are good, accommodation attainable and the local holiday attractions are crowd free.

The world famous Outeniqua Choo Tjoe, while still unable to utilise the Knysna –George railway line is still in operation and is running three times a week to Hartenbos, close to Mossel Bay.

We have devised a day trip incorporating this train trip, a description of which follows. This gives the visitor a variety of options for the day as well as experiencing the enjoyment of riding the Steam train

Day trip including Outeniqua Choo Tjoe

Option one:

9h00

Collect guests from accommodation, and transfer to the Transnet Heritage Museum.

 

10h00

Outeniqua Choo Tjoe departs for Hartenbos, a coastal town close to Mossel Bay. The train travels through beautiful farmlands and alongside the stunning coast towards Mossel Bay.

 

11h40

Arrive in Hartenbos, where guests will be collected at the station.

 

  The following options for the rest of the day are available:

Option one:

11h45: Guests are driven into Mossel Bay. This is a fascinating harbour town with wonderful views of the Outeniqua and Langeberg Mountains, and the bay. In the winter months, there are great whale-watching opportunities (from the shore, and from boats).

We visit the Dias museum complex. This is a very interesting complex, which has, among other artefacts, a replica of the Caravel, the ship on which Bartholomew Dias made his historic trip to South Africa in 1488, to be the first European to set foot on southern African soil.
There is also the word famous Old Post Office Tree, surrounded by lovely gardens of indigenous plants.
13h00 Lunch at the Point, at a delightful seafront restaurant, after which a gentle stroll along the Point seafront can be enjoyed.

15h00 Return to accommodation in George
   
Option Two:

11h45 Guests are collected at the station in Hartenbos. Visit a local coffee shop for refreshment, and then enjoy a walk along the seafront at Hartenbos .

12h45 We drive up to the Langeberg mountains for lunch at the Eight Bells Mountain Inn. This is a delightful resort, nestled in the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains, about halfway up the Robinson Pass.

After lunch, guests can either enjoy a scenic walk through the forests and fynbos at the Inn, or a drive to the crest of the Robinson Pass, where spectacular views of the mountains, the coast, and magnificent fynbos, can be seen.

For the cost of this trip, contact us

Cost includes
All transport (in air conditioned vehicles)
All entry fees
Driver /guiding fees
The above prices do not include:Drinks / refreshments / lunches, boat cruises, or additional tours.

The coming year is already looking busy, with an August flower tour already in the planning stage and more cycle tours than we had anticipated filling the Spring calendar.
The arrangements for the Bicycle Adventure Club Tour which is happening in April are being finalised and promises to be a great experience for all of us.


May the year ahead be a good one, enabling us all to enjoy this wonderful country in which we live.

 

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