Rich in history and natural splendour, with steep mountain ranges on both sides, and the Breede River that winds through the valley, it is an off the beaten track place of rest and quiet. Visitors to Bosjes will find the journey worthwhile, if only to see the Chapel, an architectural masterpiece, and to enjoy the landscaped Chapel gardens.
Hiking, and game- and bird-watching draw nature lovers to this working farm, where fine wines complement the local olive oil, and masses of flowers are cultivated in the surrounding fields.
EXPLORE THE RIEBEEK VALLEY
26th September 2019
The Riebeek Valley consists of two towns—Riebeek Kasteel and 5 kms away is Riebeek West. Time Out was last there in March 2016 so I think a good time to see what’s changed in the area and visit old favorites!
Retail therapy is taken care of in the Valley—anything from specialist Olive products and Jams; to products made with Olives for your beauty needs; to wine producers; to arts and crafts; and gifts.
DESERT EXPRESS TRAIN
The refurbished Desert Express train is currently undergoing trials prior to it’s release in July 2019.
Initially it will operate between Windhoek and Swakopmund in 3 day trips.
A preliminary Itinerary is as follows:
WINDHOEK – SWAKOPMUND – WINDHOEK
DAY 1 – Friday
Check in at the Windhoek Railway Station 11:00
Visit the historical Railway Museum at the Station 11:30
Boarding and guests served with welcoming drinks and light lunch 12:30
Game drive at Okapuka Ranch 14:00
Biltong and droe wors stop at Okahandja 16:30
Dinner on board – A la Carte menu 19:00
Train overnight at a secure siding
DAY 2 – Saturday
Breakfast en route to Swakopmund 07:00
Dune excursion 08:00
Arrive at Swakopmund railway station. Guests disembark 10:30
Check in, depart and guests served with light lunch 13:30
Late afternoon Sundowner at Stingbank 18:00
Dinner: Braai or Potjie at secure siding (open space) 19:00
Night entertainment & Ohungi around the fire 20:00
Train overnight at a secure siding
DAY 3 – Sunday
Breakfast en route to Okahandja 07:00
Visit Okahandja craft market 09:00
Cheetah feeding and Buffet lunch at Okapuka 11:00
Arrive at Windhoek Railway station. Guests disembark 15:00
PRICE: Per person sharing:
WINDHOEK – SWAKOPMUND ONE WAY : PRICE N$ / R 4,400
WINDHOEK – SWAKOPMUND RETURN: PRICE N$ / R6,160
WINDHOEK 2019 DEPARTURES
WHAT TO WEAR
Casual to Semi Formal for Dinners
Tuesday 13th August – Not your normal month-end outing day!
Carol is involved in a flower tour for an American Group, so rather than miss out on the day, she has ‘back tracked’ a bit and decided to join a “pensioners day out” offered by Simonsvlei on a Tuesday.
From the words of the organiser at Simonsvlei 🙂
Planning is underway for this special day. Whilst this is a milestone to remember we are also giving thought to next year, our 20th.
Revisit a previous milestone:
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Depart Cape Town at about 08h15 and head north over the spectacular Du Toit’s Kloof Mountain pass en route to Worcester. From Worcester we continue along the R62 (Route 62 is the longest wine route in the world) through Montagu. We stop for a wine tasting and delicious lunch. In the afternoon we travel through the Little Karoo. Changing scenery from lush farmland to semi-desert areas make this a day full of surprises. A warm welcome awaits us from the staff of the 3* Protea Hotel by Marriott Oudtshoorn Riempie Estate Hotel (or similar), where we arrive in the late afternoon for our overnight stop. Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world. Ostriches are found in great numbers and the region
produces the best feathers, leather products and ostrich meat worldwide. But the world’s biggest bird is just one of the many attractions in this area of interesting contrasts. This small town is the commercial hub of the greater Klein Karoo region (encompassing Prince Albert, De Rust and Calitzdorp) and is situated in a beautiful valley between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountains.
Awake the next day to the freshness of the Karoo air. After a good breakfast we visit the world famous Cango Caves where we take a fascinating guided tour lasting over an hour. From the caves we travel to the Cango Wildlife Ranch (Crocodile and Cheetah farm) to learn more about frightening reptiles and other beautiful animals. Hear the awesome stories from the guide as we tour the farm with a chance to view cheetah, tiger, lion, puma, and jaguar. A short drive to the other end of Oudtshoorn brings us to Ostrich country and lunch at an ostrich farm. Today’s lunch – yes, you guessed it, includes optional ostrich
delicacies. We’ll listen to the restaurant staff as they serenade us during lunch. After all this, the tour of the farm begins. We head down to the fields, where you will have the opportunity to learn interesting facts about ostriches. You’ll also learn more about the breeding habits and of the bygone days, when Oudtshoorn was in the midsts of the 1920’s ostrich feather boom.
The late afternoon takes us over the Outeniqua Mountains to Knysna. Here for the first time one can
understand why this area is known as the Garden Route. As you drive over the summit of the pass, lush green vegetation awaits you. We’ll take a drive to the spectacular Knysna Heads where the ocean surges through the two sea cliffs to enter the magnificent lagoon. Get your camera ready!
Our hotel tonight is the 4.5* Simola Hotel Country Club & Spa (or similar). Situated high on the hills above Knysna, you’ll enjoy dramatic, sweeping views of the Knysna Valley and Knysna Estuary to the Knysna Heads.
The morning gives us some time to enjoy the quaint village of Knysna and we have a bit of free time in the Knysna Waterfront to take photos and shop for souvenirs, or to sit and absorb the beauty of the
magnificent lagoon and the unique surroundings. At 10h00 we depart for Featherbed Private Nature
Reserve on a guided boat trip (subject to weather conditions and boat sailing). You’ll be thrilled by the spectacular views of the Knysna Heads from the placid waters of the Knysna Lagoon. The sandstone cliffs rise out of the water revealing sea caves along the forested banks of the lagoon. You’ll find out all about the magnificent flora and fauna from your specialist guide before enjoying a delicious buffet lunch at the outdoor restaurant under a canopy of Milkwood trees.
In the late afternoon we will make our way to Mossel Bay where we visit to the Post Office Tree and Diaz museum where early pioneers left mail for the homebound ships to Europe. We spend a leisurely afternoon at the swimming pool or stroll along the beach before enjoying dinner, and overnight at the 4*
Protea Hotel by Marriott Mossel Bay (or similar).
The next morning we visit Botlierskop Private Game reserve where we have breakfast before departing on a game drive. Experience close encounters with Rhinoceros, Lion, Buffalo, and Giraffe, rare Black Impala and many other species on an exhilarating three-hour guided game viewing drive in an open vehicle on the 3000 hectare reserve. From the reserve we travel via rolling hills to historic Swellendam. The town was founded by the Dutch East India Company in 1745 to exercise control over independent frontiersmen who migrated over the Hottentots Holland Mountains at the beginning of the 18th century. The district and town were named after the reigning Governor of the Cape, Hendrik Swellengrebel, and his wife, Helena Ten Damme. In time, a village was established and Swellendam became the last outpost of civilization on the eastern frontier. Our lunch today is at a restaurant in Swellendam (La Belle Alliance). We stop at one of the local Farm stalls before continuing the scenic route back to Cape Town.
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For groups of four or more, enquire about alternative departure days (subject to availability).
Tour starts in Cape Town & ends in Port Elizabeth
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DAY 1 – MONDAY CAPE TOWN – PRINCE ALBERT
Travel through the picturesque Hex River Valley, surrounded by magnificent mountains. This area is considered to be the biggest producer of table grapes in South Africa. Continue to Matjiesfontein, where a part of the local hotel served as a convalescent hospital for British officers during the Anglo-Boer War. The entire village was declared a National Heritage Site in 1975 and is today a charming, beautifully restored throwback to the late Victorian era. The journey continues to Prince Albert, another delightful village, dating back to 1762. The town is known for its sun-ripened fresh and dried fruit, vineyards, olives and local cheese.
Overnight in Prince Albert.
DAY 2 – TUESDAY PRINCE ALBERT – OUDTSHOORN
After breakfast we continue our journey through the spectacular Meiringspoort Pass and Waterfall, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with breathtaking rock formations and jaw-dropping beauty. The winding road takes us through the Swartberg Mountains to the quaint Little Karoo village of De Rust. Continue to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world and home to the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves. Enjoy a wine tasting at a local wine estate before setting off on a tour of the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. In the afternoon, visit an Ostrich Farm for a guided tour.
Overnight in Oudtshoorn. [Breakfast & Dinner]
DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY OUDTSHOORN – KNYSNA
After breakfast, travel over the Outeniqua Pass to George, the sixth oldest town in South Africa, with many historical landmarks like the Slave Tree and King Edward VII Library building; said to be the best example of Edwardian architecture in the town. The tour travels via Wilderness, an attractive holiday resort to Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve (weather permitting), where you can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon, returning for lunch. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon.
Overnight in Knysna. [Breakfast & Lunch]
DAY 4 – THURSDAY KNYSNA – PORT ELIZABETH
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred (unescorted, driver only) to Port Elizabeth. You’ll head eastwards along the Tsitsikamma Forest to Port Elizabeth, known as the “friendly city”, with a wonderful climate. The tour ends on arrival in Port Elizabeth. [Breakfast]
Guests may disembark, on request, at Port Elizabeth Airport.
Traveltime Tours was formed in 2007 as a direct result of associate Time Out Ladies Club wanting to experience tours longer than their normal 1 day per month, as well as being able to travel with partners and friends.
Traveltime has grown from strength to strength in the senior market and in 2017 will celebrate it’s 10th anniversary, with Time Out (15 years).
Traveltime focuses on visiting interesting places throughout South Africa and Namibia (soon to include international destinations) with the motto “Friendship & Fun”. We only use luxury air conditioned coaches and superior accommodation and restaurants, all of which are checked by us before our guests join our tours.
We always strive to select the most interesting venues and destinations and to negotiate the best service, accommodation and meals in the current economic climate. We source places that are generally not on the tourist route and this allows you to meet the people who live in these areas and experience their way of life.
Our tours fit into the range of 1 to 11 days. Some of our past destinations include:
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