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Cape, Garden Route & Safari

This introduction to South Africa is simply an indication of what we can do for you - all our tours are personally tailored by our travel consultants according to your preferences, dates and budget.

This is one of our most popular self-drive itineraries in South Africa and a great introduction to the country. It combines Cape Town with the winelands and the ever-popular Garden Route, ending with the opportunity for a safari in the Eastern Cape. The self-driving distances are reasonable, the food is excellent, the scenery spectacular & the adventures exciting. This is a great itinerary for families, with plenty of child-friendly activities along the route, the biggest highlight being the malaria-free Safari in the Eastern Cape.

Day 1-3: Get cosmopolitan in Cape Town

Welcome to the Mother City! You'll arrive at Cape Town International Airport where you'll collect your rental car and, using the detailed directions we provide, make your way to your hotel for your 3-night stay. If you prefer, we can arrange for you to be met and transferred to the hotel and the car can be delivered at your convenience.

Your accommodation options are all in or just minutes away from the CBD - you can choose according to how close to the action you'd like to be.

For 3 days you'll enjoy the attractions of one of the world’s most spectacular cities, including Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, Kirstenbosch Gardens and Cape Point. You'll sample world-class cuisine, soak up the sun on famous beaches & meet friendly locals in the city's numerous bars and cafes. You'll find walks, hikes, bike trails and even paragliding right on your doorstep.

Recommended Accommodation

Cloud Nine Boutique Hotel

Located at the foot of Table Mountain in heart of Cape Town's busy Kloof Nek district, Cloud Nine combines luxury with location for an exclusive boutique stay.

Cape Grace Hotel

A classic boutique hotel set on its own private quay in the bustling V&A Waterfront, overlooking the yacht marina, with Table Mountain as a backdrop.

Day 4-5: Wander through the Winelands

An hour away from Cape Town you'll find a little corner of France in the country town of Franschhoek (French Corner). A picturesque village in the prettiest vine-clad valley in the Cape Winelands, it is surrounded by mountains and produces some of South Africa’s most prestigious wines. Franschhoek is known as much for its gourmet delights as for its scenery, with award-winning restaurants and chic cafes on every corner. If you're a foodie, prepare to step into gastronomy heaven. You'll enjoy the relaxed pace here, perhaps spending a leisurely day cruising along the wine route (you can take the Franschhoek tram so you don't have to worry about driving or booking cabs) and sipping cappuccinos at quaint outdoor cafés in the village. Evenings are definitely for dining out - look out for the numerous tasting menus at some of the country's top restaurants - followed by cuddling your beloved in front of a log fire at your delightful country-style guest house. This stop is all about wining, dining and romance. Stellenbosch & Paarl are both just a 30 minute drive away.

Day 6-7: Take a slow road trip along Route 62

Say goodbye to Franschhoek and head east along the scenic Route 62. This is a route made for pit stops, with wineries, restaurants, museums and outdoor activities peppered along the winding road. Stop in small towns with names like Barrydale and Bonnievale, each with its own unique claim to fame. Tour a cheese factory in Ladismith, take a dip in the hot springs at Warmwaterberg and visit the renowned Ronnie's Sex Shop, which is not at all what it sounds like!

Spend a couple of nights in Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of South Africa and a country town hemmed in by the Swartberg Mountains and the Olifants River Valley.

It's the perfect base from which to visit the Cango Caves, the Cango Wildlife Ranch and a local ostrich farm. Take a day to drive over the Swartberg Pass, one of the most spectacular mountain passes in Africa, and stop for lunch on the other side in the town of Prince Albert.

Day 8-10: Meander along the gorgeous Garden Route

Heading towards the coast, you'll drive through the international draw card that is the Garden Route, starting in Mossel Bay and ending at Storm's River. The list of must-visits are endless: swim at the wide beaches of Plettenberg Bay, explore the bio-diverse mountain region of The Crags (make sure to take the dirt road to the area's lesser known wine farms) and take a walk through the breathtaking beauty of Wilderness and Nature's Valley. Spend time in the route's famous towns - George, Sedgefield and Knysna - and see conservation efforts up close at Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, home to rescued big cats.

Enjoy a treetop canopy tour in Tsitsikamma National Park and walk across the suspension bridge that spans Storm's River Mouth. If you're brave enough, take the plunge at Bloukrans, the highest bungy jump in the world.

Recommended Accommodation

Laird's Lodge

This country homestead is situated between Knysna and Plett and will charm you with its majestic mountain views and koi ponds. It's a firm favourite with regular visitors to the Garden Route.

Day 11: Embark on a breathtaking Big 5 Safari

Leaving the Garden Route behind, you'll drive beyond Port Elizabeth to the Eastern Cape for the safari leg of your journey. Eastern Cape safaris tick all the boxes - easy access by car, Big 5 game and no malaria make this area especially great for families and couples looking for a more affordable safari option compared to the private game reserves around Kruger.

You'll stay at your choice of our safari lodges, most of which have the same attractions in common: secluded and spacious suites, private viewing decks, outdoor showers and wood-burning fireplaces. You'll enjoy game drives, guided walks and incredible photo opportunities with knowledgeable rangers before returning to your lodge for delicious South African-style meals.

Day 13: Homeward bound

It's time to say goodbye to your African adventure. Drop your car at Port Elizabeth airport in time for your flight to Cape Town or Johannesburg before connecting with your international flight home. You'll feel wistful at leaving this beautiful country behind, but you'll cheer yourselves up by going through your incredible photos...and hopefully planning your return trip!

REMEMBER: This is our most popular itinerary but we can also tailor-make a route to suit your personal requirements. This might include – Hermanus for whale-watching (in season); Stellenbosch instead of Franschhoek; Knsyna or Plettenberg Bay – the options are endless.

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