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Deon van Aswegen of “into NATURE Excursions” is a registered nature guide. We offer half- and full day excursions in the Southern Cape and Klein Karoo (one of the most picturesque and fascinating parts of our beautiful country). Our target market is the discerning client who would like to travel in luxury and have a safe, informative and unforgettable experience. We, therefore, only accommodate a maximum of four clients at a time. We are based in George and will pick you up at your holiday accommodation. Our excursions do not only include the run of the mill destinations, but we will also inform you of the history, geology, plants, animals and other informative facts of the six biomes within our area of operation. These are namely fynbos, succulent Karoo, evergreen forest, dune thicket, strandveld and ocean.

DEON VAN ASWEGEN

A retired architect, keen golf player and hiker, with a passion for nature. Deon is responsible for your safety and is the person who will inform you of all the technical aspects of your excursion. Deon qualified as a nature guide in 2015 at The Nature College.

DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM GUIDE REGISTRATION NUMBER: WC9138

JOYCE VAN ASWEGEN

A retired business woman, Joyce was in the hairdressing industry for 35 years and has a passion for people, loves reading and travelling. Will be responsible for making your booking arrangements regarding our tourist trips and restaurants. Joyce will also be responsible for taking the ladies for shopping trips to the Sedgefield Scarab Arts and Crafts Village and Knysna Waterfront. She will be joining us on some of the travelling excursions.

EXCURSIONS

REGULAR EXCURSIONS

Half Day
Full Day
Alternative

HALF DAY

EXCURSION: HDE 1
MONTAGU PASS, FYNBOS AND OUTENIQUA PASS

  

Duration: Half Day (08h00 to 14h00)
Cost: 1+2 persons: R950pp,

3 persons: R760pp, 4 persons: R665pp

Fitness Level: Low
Transport: Mercedes ML
Lunch cost: Excluded
Highlights:
  • Drive through historic Pass, stop at the Old Tollhouse, Keur River Bridge, the Old Smithy, Topping and Amanda’s Grave
  • Short walk through Fynbos. Observe and learn about a variety of Fynbos species (they flower from June to August). Possibility of  seeing the Cape Sugar Bird and other Sun bird species
  • Learn about Hops Farming
  • Lunch at Over The Mountain in Herold
  • Drive through Outeniqua Pass, stop at viewpoints and 4 Passes turnoff
ENQUIRE ABOUT HDE 1

EXCURSION: HDE 2
BIG 4 – BOTLIERSKOP GAME RESERVE

Duration: Half Day (08h00 to 15h00)
Cost: 1+2 persons: R1000pp,

3 persons: R800pp, 4 persons: R700pp

Fitness Level: Low
Transport: BMW X5
Game Drive & Lunch: Game Drive Cost: Approx. R450.00 pp excl.

Lunch: Excluded

Highlights:
  • Drive to Botlierskop Game Reserve along N2
  • Guided game drive through game reserve. The reserve is home to 4 of The Big 5 game ie: lions, elephants, buffalows and rhinos. Other game include giraffes, hippos, black impalas and more
  • Lunch at the Bishop Safari Lodge restaurant on the premises of Botlierskop Game Reserve
ENQUIRE ABOUT HDE 2

EXCURSION: HDE 3
MAP OF AFRICA, HALF COLLARED KINGFISHER HIKING TRAIL

Duration: Half Day (09h00 to 14h00)
Cost: 1+2 persons: R800pp,

3 persons: R640pp, 4 persons: R560pp

Fitness Level: Moderate
Transport: BMW X5
 Highlights:
  • Drive through two historic Passes, on old George to Knysna road. Stop at historic bridges over Kaaimans- and Silver Rivers
  • Visit Map of Africa. Views of Wilderness lakes and Linky’s Klip from parasailing area
  • Hike along the Half Collared Kingfisher trail (7,2km). Evergreen forest. Bird watching (possibility of seeing the Knysna Turaco). Cross Touws River on pontoon. Waterfall
  • Snack Pack along the way
  • Stop at Dolphins Point, possibility of seeing whales June through to September. See Kaaimans train bridge and tunnel
ENQUIRE ABOUT HDE 3

EXCURSION: HDE 4
SWARTVLEI BEACH TO GEREKE’S POINT BEACH WALK

     

Duration: Half Day (09h00 to 13h00)
Cost: 1+2 persons: R850pp,

3 persons: R680pp, 4 persons: R595pp

Fitness Level: Moderate
Transport: Mercedes ML
 Highlights:
  • Drive between Wilderness and Sedgefield on the Lakes Road. Stop at Long Lake bird hide
  • Walk along sand beach (5,0km). See large fossilized sand dunes. Sculptural rock formations. View from the “Lions Head”. Tidal rock pools. Bird watching (possibility of seeing African Black Oystercatchers and breeding Kelp gulls)
  • Snack Pack along the way
  • Stop at Dolphins Point. Possibility of seeing whales June through to September. See Kaaimans train bridge and tunnel
ENQUIRE ABOUT HDE 4

EXCURSION: HDE 5
GEORGE WILDERNESS ROUNDABOUT

   

Duration: Half Day (08h00 to 14h00)
Cost: 1+2 persons: R850pp,

3 persons: R680pp, 4 persons: R595pp

Fitness Level: Low
Transport: BMW X5
Lunch cost: Excluded
Highlights:
  • Stop at Dolphins Point, whales June through to September. See Kaaimans train bridge and tunnel
  • Stop at the quant village of Victoria Bay, a popular surfing spot
  • Stop at Herolds Bay, see holiday home of Ernie Els (world famous SA golfer). Learn about sea life in the rock pools (low tide)
  • Stop at the Redberry Farm, pick your own strawberries, enjoy a scone or cheesecake
  • Stop at Fancourt Golf Estate, which boasts three of the top golf courses in SA
  • Stop at the Outeniqua Transport Museum and lunch inside a dining carriage
  • Return to Wilderness via two historic passes on the old George to Knysna road
ENQUIRE ABOUT HDE 5

FULL DAY

EXCURSION: FDE 1
SWARTBERG PASS AND MEIRINGSPOORT

Duration: Full Day (08h00 to 17h00)
Cost: 1+2 persons: R2000pp,

3 persons: R1600pp, 4 persons: R1400pp

Fitness Level: Low
Transport: Mercedes ML
Lunch cost: Excluded
Highlights:
  • Drive to town of Oudtshoorn via the Outeniqua Pass
  • Drive through historic pass. Stop at Witdraai, Die Top, Zeeberg viewsite, Mullers Kloof and Droeë Waterval. Spectacular rock formations
  • Lunch at Swartberg Hotel in Prince Albert
  • Drive through Meiringspoort pass. Spectacular rock formations. Cross the river 25 times. Short walk to waterfall and rock pools (2km)
  • Drive through town of De Rust
ENQUIRE ABOUT FDE 1

EXCURSION: FDE 2
OUDTSHOORN OSTRICH FARM AND CANGO CAVES

Duration: Full Day (08h00 to 17h00)
Cost: 1+2 persons: R1500pp,

3 persons: R1200pp, 4 persons: R1050pp

Fitness Level: Low
Transport: BMW X5
Entrance Fee & Lunch: Entrance Fee: Ostrich Tour and Cango Caves: Approx. R250 pp Excl.

Lunch: Excluded

Highlights:
  • Drive to Oudtshoorn via the Outeniqua Pass
  • Visit Highgate Ostrich Show Farm in Oudtshoorn. Attend an informative guided tour of the farm. Experience a traditional ostrich race. Sit and/or ride on an ostrich. Shop at Curio shop
  • Drive through Oudtshoorn, stop for lunch at Buffelsdrift Game Reserve. Learn about the unique plants of the succulent Karoo (wild flowers August/September).
  • Visit the Cango Caves (a world heritage site). Experience a guided tour of the caves (available in German and French)
ENQUIRE ABOUT FDE 2

EXCURSION: FDE 3
SEVEN PASSES AND KNYSNA PADDLE CRUISER

Duration: Full Day (09h00 to 16h00)
Cost: 1+2 persons: R1250pp,

3 persons: R1000pp, 4 persons: R850pp

Fitness Level: Moderate
Transport: Mercedes ML
Cruise & Lunch: Cruise: Approx. R220 pp. Excl.

Lunch: Excluded

Highlights:
  • Drive from George to Knysna on old historic road (through seven passes), stop at historic bridges over river gorges
  • Lunch at the Knysna Waterfront
  • Depart from Knysna Waterfront on a return Paddle Cruiser trip on the Knysna Lagoon to the Western Heads
ENQUIRE ABOUT FDE 3

EXCURSION: FDE 4
ROBBERG HIKING TRAIL

Duration: Full Day (08h00 to 16h00)
Cost: 1+2 persons: R1500pp,

3 persons: R1200pp, 4 persons: R1050pp

Fitness Level: High
Transport: BMW X5
Highlights:
  • Drive through towns of Wilderness, Sedgefield, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay
  • Hike along the Sealpoint Trail (7km). Stop at Plantbank, Die Nek, Sealpoint, island and Nelson’s cave
  • Birdwatching (possibility of seeing breeding colony of Kelp Gulls)
  • Seals (possibility of seeing Cape Fur seal breeding colony)
  • Whales (possibility of seeing whales June to September)
  • Rock Agama. Conglomerate rock formations
  • Stunning ocean views
  • Snack pack along the way
ENQUIRE ABOUT FDE 1

EXCURSION: FDE 5
GOLF AT ONE OF THE TOP LOCAL GOLF COURSES

Duration: Full Day (10:00 to 18:00)
Cost : 1+2 persons: R1000pp,

3 persons: R800pp, 4 persons: R700pp

Transport: BMW X5
Costs Exclude: Visitors golf round/cart fees
(Approx. R1 000.00 pp)
Golf clubs hire, consumables, Halfway House lunch and drinks
Highlights:
  • Play an 18 hole round of golf with guide (guide’s handicap 15) at one of the following top local golf courses:
    • Fancourt Montagu – 2016 RATING – 6
    • Fancourt Outeniqua – 2016 RATING – 16
    • Simola – 2016 RATING – 17
    • Pezula – 2016 RATING – 19
    • Pinnacle Point – 2016 RATING – 23
    • Oubaai – 2016 RATING – 31
  • Visit Pro Shop – buy logo merchandise
  • 1 Hour of practise facilities prior to game
  • Lunch at Halfway house
  • One round of drinks after golf game in clubhouse ladies bar
ENQUIRE ABOUT FDE 5

ALTERNATIVE EXCURSIONS

Half Day
Full Day
Client Request
Airport Transfers
Self Drive

HALF DAY

EXCURSION: HDE 6
JUBILEE CREEK HIKING TRAIL AND MILLWOOD OLD GOLD MINES, KNYSNA

Cost: 1+2 persons: R1100pp,

3 persons: R880pp, 4 persons: R770pp,

Fitness Level: Moderate
Lunch cost: Excluded
ENQUIRE ABOUT HDE 6

EXCURSION: HDE 7
KRANSHOEK HIKING TRAIL, KNYSNA

Cost: 1+2 persons: R1200pp,

3 persons: R960pp, 4 persons: R840pp,

Fitness Level: High
Lunch cost: Excluded
ENQUIRE ABOUT HDE 7

EXCURSION: HDE 8
BOTLIERSKOP, WALK WITH LIONS, KLEIN BRAK RIVER

Cost: 1+2 persons: R1050pp,

3 persons: R840pp, 4 persons: R735pp,

Fitness Level: Moderate
Lunch cost: Excluded
ENQUIRE ABOUT HDE 8

EXCURSION: HDE 9
BROWN COLLARED KINGFISHER HIKING TRAIL, WILDERNESS

Cost: 1+2 persons: R800pp,

3 persons: R640pp, 4 persons: R560pp,

Fitness Level: Moderate
Lunch cost: Excluded
ENQUIRE ABOUT HDE 9

EXCURSION: HDE 10
GROENEWEIDE HIKING TRAIL, GEORGE

Cost: 1+2 persons: R800pp,

3 persons: R640pp, 4 persons: R560pp,

Fitness Level: High
Lunch cost: Excluded
ENQUIRE ABOUT HDE 10

EXCURSION: HDE 11
VISIT SCARAB ARTS AND CRAFTS VILLAGE, SEDGEFIELD (SATURDAY MORNINGS ONLY)

Cost: 1+2 persons: R800pp,

3 persons: R640pp, 4 persons: R560pp,

Fitness Level: Low
Lunch cost: Excluded
ENQUIRE ABOUT HDE 11

SELF DRIVE EXCURSIONS

EXCURSION: HDE 12

Cost: R600 PER TRIP,
Excursions: HDE 1 to HDE 10
Exclursions: See HDE 1 to HDE 10 for details
ENQUIRE ABOUT HDE 12

EXCURSION: FDE13

Cost: R800 PER TRIP
Excursions: FDE 1 TO FDE 12
Exclusions: See FDE 1 to FDE 10 for details
ENQUIRE ABOUT FDE13

Tourist guide accompanies you in your own vehicle for the duration of the excursion

  • Number of persons depends on the capacity of your vehicle
  • Some of the dirt roads may not be in a good conditio
  • High vehicle clearance required for excursion
  • Self drive options not available from 7 December to 7 January
  • Other terms and conditions in relation to regular and alternative excursions apply                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

FULL DAY

EXCURSION: FDE 6
CALITZDORP WINE ROUTE, GROENVLEI ROAD AND RED MOUNTAINS

Cost: 1+2 persons: R1700pp,

3 persons: R1360pp, 4 persons: R1190pp,

Fitness Level: Low
Lunch cost: Excluded
ENQUIRE ABOUT FDE 6

EXCURSION: FDE 7
SWARTBERG PASS AND GAMKASKLOOF (DIE HEL), OUDTSHOORN

Cost: 1+2 persons: R2500pp,

3 persons: R2000pp, 4 persons: R1750pp,

Fitness Level: Low
Lunch cost: Excluded
ENQUIRE ABOUT FDE 7

EXCURSION: FDE 8
GOUKAMMA COASTAL HIKE, BUFFELS BAY

Cost: 1+2 persons: R1250pp,

3 persons: R1000pp, 4 persons: R875pp,

Fitness Level: Moderate
Lunch cost: Excluded
ENQUIRE ABOUT FDE 8

EXCURSION: FDE 9
THE POINT, DIAS MUSEUM AND ST BLAIZE HIKING TRAIL, MOSSEL BAY

Cost: 1+2 persons: R1300pp,

3 persons: R1040pp, 4 persons: R910pp,

Fitness Level: Moderate
Lunch cost: Excluded
ENQUIRE ABOUT FDE 9

EXCURSION: FDE 10
DIEPWALLE, FOREST LEGENDS MUSEUM AND KOM SE PAD, KNYSNA

Cost: 1+2 persons: R1500pp,

3 persons: R1200pp, 4 persons: R1050pp,

Fitness Level: Low
Lunch cost: Excluded
ENQUIRE ABOUT FDE 10

EXCURSION: FDE 11
SHOPPING AT KNYSNA WATERFRONT

Cost: 1+2 persons: R1200pp,

3 persons: R960pp, 4 persons: R840pp,

Fitness Level: Low
Lunch cost: Excluded
ENQUIRE ABOUT FDE 11

CLIENT REQUEST

We will, with pleasure, quote you on any day excursions that you specifically request, provided that it falls within our area of operation, ie:

GEORGE
WILDERNESS
SEDGEFIELD
BUFFELS BAY
KNYSNA
PLETTENBERG BAY
VICTORIA BAY
HEROLDS BAY
GLENTANA
GROOT BRAKRIVIER
KLEIN BRAKRIVIER
MOSSEL BAY
HEROLD
OUDTSHOORN
CALITZDORP
PRINCE ALFRED
DE RUST

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

Cost: R250.00 per trip

Please note:

30km Radius from George Airport

TRANSPORTATION

At present, we make use of two vehicles, ie:

• BMW X5 3L: Where the trip is predominantly on tar roads
• Mercedes ML 3.5L: Where the trip is predominantly on dirt roads

Kindly refer to the specific excursion to view which vehicle will be utilized for your trip
Our drivers are issued with Public Drivers Permits (PDP’S)
Our vehicles are approved by the Department of Transport, for the transportation of tourists, with the required permits

PAYMENT OPTIONS

You can choose from one of the following payment methods:

  • Cash – Prior to departure

  • Electronic bank transfers. We require proof of payment by 17:00 the preceding day

  • Credit/debit cards – Visa and Master cards (unfortunately we do not accept American Express) prior to departure

Refunds:

  • When the booked excursion is cancelled (eg. Hiking) due to bad weather and the available alternatives do not suit your requirements

  • 48 hours notice

  • Unforeseen circumstances experienced by into NATURE Excursions

PRE-PLANNING

For your own safety, enjoyment and comfort, please note the following points:

  • Age limitations – please note that no children under the age of 8 or adults over 80 will be allowed on walking trails

  • Fitness – please refer to the fitness level requirements as stipulated under the specific excursion

  • Health – it is of utmost importance that you disclose any health issues prior to booking an excursion

  • Footwear – wear comfortable shoes, hiking boots or trainers on trails (no sandals allowed)

  • Sunscreen – it is advisable to apply sunscreen

  • Hats/Caps – it is advisable to wear hats/caps on hot days

  • Insect Repellent – essential for forest trails

  • Jackets – it is advisable to take along a jacket as the weather in this area can change from hot to cold in minutes (obtain a weather forecast from your place of stay)

  • Camera – if not too bulky

  • Cell Phones – to be put on silent during excursion. Calls are only allowed on short breaks or in an emergency

  • Binoculars – advisable on hiking trails

  • Smoking – only during smoke breaks. No smoking allowed in vehicles

  • Backpacks – only small backpacks and handbags allowed

  • Snack Packs – a snack pack consisting of Boss Ice Tea/still water, 50g energy bar and a 40g packet of chips will be supplied where indicated

CONTACT

Contact Details

222 Earls Court Lifestyle Estate
Heather Park
George, Western Cape
Deon : 083 255 8537
Joyce : 084 233 7245
Email: joyce@intonature.co.za
Email: deon@intonature.co.za
Web: intonature.co.za

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