Cape Town and the Garden Route - South Africa

Introduction: 15-day Self Drive Tour - Accommodated
This two week self-drive starts in Cape Town, South Africa. You will explore the Garden Route, visiting Hermanus, ingenious forests and rivers of the Garden Route National Park before returning inland via the Addo Elephant National Park. Driving through the Karoo, you will visit Oudtshoorn - the ostrich capital of the world, and the port-producing town of Calitzdorp. No visit to South Africa is complete without visiting some of the wine farms of the Stellenbosch region.

This is the perfect trip to experience the lush greenness of the coast, the semi-arid interior, see whales (in season), wildlife and sample some excellent cuisine and wines. Diverse landscapes and adventure options makes this an excellent choice for a first-time visit to South Africa.

Philosophy: We focus on using small owner-managed guesthouses and private lodges as opposed to large impersonal hotels. We have visited all the selected lodges, camps and guesthouses to ensure a personable and unique experience.

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The basics

How much: from ZAR 11 900 pp (see exact price info)
Single client: ZAR 6 700 (see exact price info)
How long: 15 days
Accommodation: This is an accommodated Self-Drive Tour
Start point: Cape Town, South Africa
End point: Cape Town, South Africa
Meals: As indicated below
Countries: South Africa

Itinerary l Cape Town and the Garden Route l Self Drive Safari

Day 1 Cape Town, South Africa
Distance approx. 40 km; driving time approx. 1h
After your landing in Cape Town International Airport you get your rental car and drive to Cactusberry Lodge in a suburb in Cape Town’s downtown area. You may then unwind, investigate the city or go for a walk on the shorelines of Clifton and Camps Bay for a sundowner. Your first overnight stay will be at the Cactusberry Lodge.

Day 2-3 Cape Town, South Africa
Distance depends on choice of route
Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it is often compared to San Francisco. Historical architecture, museums, Table Mountain and its forested slopes, the beautiful beaches and fresh air enchants adventure seekers and cultural buffs. You have two days to explore Table Mountain, walk up Lion’s Head, visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, the beaches of Blouberg or Camps Bay, Cape Point, Simon’s Town, Robben Island or just sit in a coffee shop or park and watch the locals. You will spend two more nights at the Cactusberry Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4-5 Cape Town, South Africa – Hermanus, South Africa
Distance day 4 approx. 150 km; driving time approx. 2-3h
Hermanus is South Africa’s whale hotspot between June and November when the southern right whales visit the shores. Walk along the Cliff Path and look for the fountains of spray emitted from whales as they surface to breathe. Outside the whale season, the region offers spectacular walks along the coast and into the nearby forests. You will spend two nights at the FrancolinHof Guest House with beautiful views over Walker Bay.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6-7 Hermanus, South Africa – Wilderness, South Africa
Distance day 6 approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 4h
You continue your journey along the N2 via Mossel Bay and George and travel to Wilderness, a quaint little town between the ocean and a lagoon. The beach is safe and perfect for long walks and swims. Explore the Wilderness National Park – go rowing, hiking, swimming or birdwatching or relax with a massage at a local salon. You will stay for two nights at Mes Amis with views over the ocean from your bed.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8-9 Wilderness, South Africa – Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa
Distance day 8 approx. 150 km; driving time approx. 2h
Today you will drive through Knysna, a historical town associated with the wooden and oyster industry. Stop for lunch here or at a farm stall along the way. After Plettenberg Bay you drive along the picturesque R102 to the small village of Nature’s Valley. This village lies on the shore of the Indian Ocean and is flanked by a beautiful lagoon and forested region which offers numerous walks. The sandy beach is an excellent swim spot. From here you proceed to the Tsitsikamma National Park where you will stay for two nights at the Storms River Mouth Rest Camp, a paradise for bird enthusiasts and lovers of dramatic coastlines. In the evening you can go for sundowners at a viewing point or on the rocks below your chalet.
Meals: Breakfast (day 8)

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available at the restaurant in the rest camp. If you prefer self-catering, this option is also available to you. The chalets have cooking and barbecue facilities.

Day 10-11 Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa – Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa
Distance day 10 approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 3-4h
Today you will continue east to the Addo Elephant National Park. You are almost guaranteed to see elephants, but might also by lucky to spot the other four of the ‘Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo. Consider joining a night drive or go horse riding (both optional). There is a bird hide and waterhole which is illuminated at night. You will overnight in chalets at the rest camp in the park.
No meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available at the restaurant in the rest camp. If you prefer self-catering, this option is also available to you.

Day 12 Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa – Oudtshoorn, South Africa
Distance approx. 400-450 km; driving time approx. 6-7h
Driving along the scenic Route 62 you will pass the Langkloof towns of Humansdorp, Kareedouw, Joubertina and De Rust. Honeybush tea and fruit are grown in this very dry area irrigated by water flowing down from the surrounding mountains. Your overnight destination is Oudtshoorn a famous for its ostrich farms, historical houses and the Cango Caves. You will overnight in a standard room at the De Zeekoe Guest Farm outside Oudtshoorn.
No meals

Day 13-14 Oudtshoorn, South Africa – Stellenbosch, South Africa
Distance day 13 approx. 400 km; driving time approx. 6-7h
Today’s journey takes you further west along the Route 62 via Calitzdorp, Ladismith and Worcester. Your destination is the town of Stellenbosch in the heart of South Africa’s most famous wine-growing district. The surrounding mountains create a dramatic backdrop to the beautiful vineyards. The town and its historical streets and buildings can be explored on foot or you may want to join a wine tasting tour to sample the fruit of the winemakers’ labours. You will overnight at the the Auberge Rozendal 8km from the town.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 Stellenbosch, South Africa – Cape Town, South Africa
Distance approx. 70 km; driving time approx. 1h
You return to Cape Town in the morning. Depending on your flight’s departure, there might be time for some last-minute shopping or lunch in the city before returning your vehicle at the airport. Should you want to stay some additional days in Cape Town, we will gladly arrange this.
Meals: Breakfast

Price includes:

  • Self-drive tour according to the itinerary
  • 14 nights’ accommodation in guesthouses, chalets, bungalows and lodges (as indicated in the itinerary)
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Price excludes:

  • Flights (international and domestic)
  • Rental car (please contact us for a quote)
  • Fuel
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Beverages (alcohol and soft drinks)
  • Possible toll- and crossing border fees
  • National park fees
  • Optional activities
  • Visa, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance, etc.

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