SOUTH AFRICA AND THE GARDEN ROUTE
15-day Self-Drive Tour, accommodated
This 15-day self-drive tour is ideal for travellers who want to really get to know and explore the malaria-free south of South Africa.
Cape Town, the Cape Winelands, the magnificent Garden Route, Tsitsikamma and Addo Elephant Park are just a few of the highlights that await you.
Discover the natural wonders and hidden gems of this diverse region. Step out of the car and experience South Africa with all your senses.
Day 1-15; South Africa
- Cape Town: Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, V&A Waterfront, Bloubergstrand, Simon’s Town, Cape of Good Hope, Robben Island, Camps Bay, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
- Walker Bay: Whale watching (seasonal), forest and costal walks
- Wilderness: Pristine beaches, forest walks
- Knysna: The Heads, Knysna Lagoon
- Plettenberg Bay: Robberg Nature Reserve
- Nature’s Valley: Nature walks, hiking, Salt River Mouth, secluded beach
- Tsitsikamma National Park: Rugged coastal landscapes, hiking
- Addo Elephant National Park: Game drives, boat cruise on Sundays River
- Oudtshoorn: Cango Caves, ostrich farm
- Route 62: Spectacular scenery
- Stellenbosch: Cape Winelands, wine tasting, historic town centre
South Africa and the Garden Route
From: Cape Town
To: Cape Town
Min. number to guarantee tour: N/A
Max number of participants: private tour
Departure day: any day of your choice
Price: from 18,000 ZAR
Single Supplement: from 5,000 ZAR
Day 1 | Cape Town
Distance approx. 40 km; driving time approx. 1 hour
After your landing at Cape Town International Airport you get your rental car and drive to your accommodation in the heart of historic Cape Town. 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 Antrim Villa.
Day 2 – 3 | Cape Town
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, hop onto a red open-top sightseeing bus, stroll through the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront or Greenmarket Square. Also visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Robben Island, the beaches of Blouberg or Camps Bay and Cape Point. Or just sit in a coffee shop or park and watch the locals. You will spend two more nights at the Antrim Villa.
Day 4 – 5 | Cape Town – De Kelders
Distance day 4: approx. 180 km; driving time approx. 2-3 hours
After breakfast, you leave the Mother City behind and take a drive in an easterly direction via Gordon’s Bay and along a picturesque coastal road. Stop at Betty’s Bay and watch the penguins at Stoney Point as they go about their daily activities. Take a lunch break in Hermanus before continuing to the little fishing village of De Kelders, on the shores of Walker Bay. Walker Bay is South Africa’s whale hotspot between June and November when the southern right whales visit the shores. 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 Crayfish Lodge with beautiful views over Walker Bay.
Day 6 – 7 | De Kelders – Wilderness
Distance day 6: approx. 370 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours
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. You will stay for two nights at the Boardwalk Lodge.
Day 8 – 9 | Wilderness – Tsitsikamma National Park
Distance day 8: approx. 150 km; driving time approx. 2-3 hours
Today you will drive through Knysna, a historical town associated with the wood industry and oyster farming. 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, a paradise for bird enthusiasts and lovers of dramatic coastlines. Your home for the next two nights will be the charming At the Woods Guesthouse, just a few kilometres from the park.
Day 10 – 11 | Storms River – Addo Elephant National Park
Distance day 10: approx. 200 km; driving time approx. 3 hours
Today you continue east to the little town of Colchester and the Elephants Footprint Lodge. This cosy lodge is the perfect base for you to explore the Addo Elephant National Park as it’s just a stone’s throw away from the southern entrance gate. In the afternoon, we recommend you join an optional boat cruise on the beautiful Sundays River. The next morning, you can drive into the national park and look out for the Addo elephants. You might also be lucky to spot lions as well as zebras, various antelopes, and many more. After extensive game drives, you leave the park through the main entrance gate and head back to your lodge. You spend two nights at the Elephants Footprint Lodge.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 12 | Addo – Oudtshoorn
Distance approx. 420 km; driving time approx. 5-6 hours
Driving along the scenic Route 62 you will pass the Langkloof towns of Humansdorp, Kareedouw and Joubertina. Honeybush tea and fruit are grown in this very dry area irrigated by water flowing down from the surrounding mountains. You then reach Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo. Visit an ostrich farm or the famous Cango Caves in the afternoon before you continue to the Thabile Lodge, your accommodation for tonight.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 13 – 14 | Oudtshoorn – Stellenbosch
Distance day 13: approx. 450 km; driving time approx. 5-6 hours
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 beautiful Wedgeview Country House on the outskirts of Stellenbosch.
Day 15 | Stellenbosch – Cape Town
Distance approx. 70 km; driving time approx. 1 hour
Depending on your flight’s departure, there might be time in Stellenbosch for some last-minute shopping or lunch before returning your vehicle at the airport.
- Self-drive tour according to the itinerary
- 14 nights’ stay in guesthouses and lodges (depending on availability, accommodation of a similar standard will be booked)
- Meals according to the itinerary
- Flights (international and domestic)
- Rental car (please contact us for a quote)
- Possible toll and crossing border fees
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Beverages (alcoholic and soft drinks)
- National park fees
- Optional activities
- Visa, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance