Cape Town & Garden Route
For those seeking an urban experience of Africa, and/or a tamer African experience, then a visit to Cape Town and the Garden Route is the way to go , either separately or in combination. Not only is the scenery stunning but this part of the world is considered to have the best weather on the planet outside of Hawaii.
Cape Town is the most cosmopolitan city in Africa with numerous sites of historical significance, shopping, great restaurants and a lively night-life. From lavish and luxurious, to those on a budget, Cape Town has something for everyone. From the greater Cape Town area there is Robben Island, Table Mountain and the famous gondola ride, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the Waterfront, the Peninsula (penguins and seal colonies, point of Good Hope), Hout Bay, Wineries, and a whole assortment of natural and manmade points of interest.
LDAS typically utilize private professionally guided tours and transfers in private air conditioned vehicles. Economy minded clients might be better served staying outside the inner city, and utilizing canned group and bus tours.
The Garden Route is a relatively short drive out from Cape Town stretching between the town of Mossel Bay and the City of Port Elizabeth along the coast and inland to Outsdshoorn. The Garden Route mainly caters to the Mid-Range and Luxury clientele utilizing private air conditioned vehicles driven by professional tour guides.
Tours of the Garden Route could encompass wine tours, whale watching, caving, visits to ostrich farms, elephant encounters, shark cage diving, horse riding, adrenaline activities, hiking , biking, wildlife sanctuaries ( including primates and birdlife ), and private game safari reserves more suited to the casual safari enthusiasts.
Tours at Cape Town and the Garden Route can be tailored for the Economy, Mid-Range and Luxury levels. LDAS offers clients stays in international chain hotels or locally operated boutique hotels in close proximity to shopping and restaurants.
For information on the high temperatures and the number of rain days on Cape Town and the Garden Route, go to www.weather2travel.com, and enter Cape Town for Cape Town, and Knysa for the Garden Route in the Destination field. Refer to map on right for location(s)
Timing a Tour to Cape Town and the Garden Route
DECEMBER | JANUARY | FEBRUARY
This time frame is when the city of Cape Town has it most pleasant weather.
MARCH | APRIL | MAY
The weather cools off a few degrees and precipitation is occasionally encountered in this time frame. The Cape Town Carnival, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, the Cape Town Gay Parade, and the Olive Festival at Prince Albert occurs at this time of year. Underwater visibility is best from May to September; and April/May through August/September is the best time for shark cage diving at Dyer Island and Geyser Rock out of the town of Gansbaai. Humpback whales can be seen in May and June.
JUNE | JULY | AUGUST
The weather is considerably cooler and wetter in this period. From June to November is when the Southern Right Whales appear at Walker Bay with peak whale calving season happening in July and August. These are also the peak months for white shark breaching at Seal Island. The Cape Town Funny Festival and The Oyster Festival and Mardis Gras at Knysa also occurs in this time frame.
SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER
At this time of year, the weather is best described as unpredictable with comfortable temperatures and intermittent rain. This is the best time to observe the botanical gardens and wild flowers and this is when the Darling Wild Flower Festival and Whale Festival at Hermanus occurs. Shark cage diving is good September through March and Humpback whales can be seen November to January.
Timing a tour in combination with other locations
LDAS suggests that clients rely on our expertise to determine the best time for their custom African tour. When clients are able to go when the overall conditions are best, LDAS finds that it sends a good percentage of clients in January February, and September October, when all the variables are considered.
Between the two periods, in the southern hemisphere, the weather is generally cooler in September October than in January February when the temperatures are hottest. The only bad time to go to Africa is when the rains are heavy in the regions being considered.
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