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South Africa The Garden Route Road Trip

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Pack your bags and prepare for a 12-day tour of South Africa's famous Garden Route. Set off from the beaches and panoramic views of Cape Town at your own pace in a handy rental car, before heading down the Cape Wine Route - stopping en-route to try local wines and cheeses - embark on a whale-watching excursion in Hermanus Bay, get your safari on in Gondwana Game Reserve, home to the...

Pack your bags and prepare for a 12-day tour of South Africa's famous Garden Route. Set off from the beaches and panoramic views of Cape Town at your own pace in a handy rental car, before heading down the Cape Wine Route - stopping en-route to try local wines and cheeses - embark on a whale-watching excursion in Hermanus Bay, get your safari on in Gondwana Game Reserve, home to the Big Five, and Addo Elephant Park, and sit back overlooking the stunning Knysa Lagoon at sunset before arriving in Port Elizabeth. The perfect combination of wildlife, history, and incredible landscapes!

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Tour itinerary includes
  • City
    City
  • Local cuisine
    Local cuisine
  • Countryside
    Countryside
  • Safari
    Safari
  • Walking and trekking
    Walking and trekking

Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Welcome To Cape Town

Meet and greet at Cape Town International Airport.
Pick up your rental car from the airport (Avis Premium Cat B (7-13 days).Head off on a city tour of Cape Town, including the cable car up to Table Mountain.

Visited:
Cape Town
Accomodation
Night at The Three Boutique Hotel (Cape Town)

Day 2: Boat Trip To Robben Island

Breakfast, then boat trip to Robben Island for a museum visit.

Take a cable car up to view the panoramic summit over Table Bay. 

Once at the summit, do some shopping or stop off for a bit to eat at the restaurant.

Visited:
Cape Town
Accomodation
Night at The Three Boutique Hotel (Cape Town)

Day 3: Cape Peninsula

Breakfast, then set off on a full-day visit of the Cape Peninsula.

Stop off at Hout Bay to cruise around Seal Island, or head to the beautiful Chapman's Peak Drive.

Trip to Cape Point's Lighthouse

Visited:
Cape Town
Accomodation
Night at The Three Boutique Hotel (Cape Town)

Day 4: Cape Wine Route Expedition

After breakfast, set off on a full day visit of the Cape Wine route (the longest in the world).

Stop off at various wine estates where you'll be welcomed in to taste local wines and cheeses

Accomodation
River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa (Stellenbosch)

Day 5: Hermanus: Between Mountains And Sea

Breakfast, then visit the beautiful seaside town of Hermanus.

Set off on a famous whale-watching excursion (between June and December).

Accomodation
Night at Abalone Guest Lodge (Hermanus)

Day 6: Gondwana Game Reserve

After breakfast, departure for Gondwana Game Reserve (home to the Big Five).

Safaris can be organised either as a guided horseback tour, or a 4×4 drive.

After lunch, additional activities include hiking, bird watching and fishing

Dinner and overnight at the Reserve.

Visited:
Hermanus George Mossel Bay
Accomodation
Night at Gondwana Game Reserve (Mossel Bay)

Day 7: Full Day Safari

Breakfast, then set off on your morning 4x4 game drive. 

After lunch, head back to the Jeep for another game drive to spot the park's wildlife. 

Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Visited:
George Mossel Bay
Accomodation
Night at Gondwana Game Reserve (Mossel Bay)

Day 8: Mossel Bay

Breakfast.

Stroll around Mossel Bay to visit the Postal Tree, and museum dedicated to Batholomeus Dias.

Free time to enjoy the beach or explore the area.

Visited:
George Mossel Bay Knysna
Accomodation
Night at Bradach Manor (Knysna)

Day 9: Art And Turquoise Waters In Knysna

Breakfast, then head off to Knysna.

The town surrounds an exquisite lagoon where you can cruise.

Browse the town's famous artisan works in the local markets.

Visited:
Knysna
Accomodation
Night at Bradach Manor (Knysna)

Day 10: Port Elizabeth And Addo National Park

After breakfast, take a tour of Port Elizabeth.

Head to Addo National Park, one of the most wildlife-rich in the country.

Upon departure, spend some time exploring the small town of Plettenberg and its famous beach.

Hiking/walking lovers, head to Tsitsikamma forest, or continue on to the Storm River mouth for a panoramic view across the National Park. 

Visited:
Knysna Addo Elephant National Park
Accomodation
Night at Zuurberg Mountain Inn (Addo Elephant)

Day 11: Addo Elephant Park

After breakfast, we recommend a visit to Addo Elephant Park, a reserve dedicated to the protection of these incredible animals. 

Visited:
Addo Elephant National Park
Accomodation
Night at Zuurberg Mountain Inn (Addo Elephant)

Day 12: Last Day Of The Trip

Breakfast, then head to Port Elizabeth Airport for your flight to Cape Town. 

We hope you've had an amazing time!


Cape Town Stellenbosch Hermanus George Mossel Bay Knysna Addo Elephant National Park Port Elisabeth

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £1,160 / 12 days
Excluding international flights
2 Pax
Price per person £880

Included in price:

  • 11 night accommodation as per programme, 2 of which are in private game reserves where activities are included as per programme
  • 2 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Car rental: from D1 01/03/16 10:00 (Cape Town) to D12 12/03/16 16:00 (Port Elizabeth)
  • Air Transport: from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town
  • Local taxes as VAT or bed Levy are included at the rate applicable at the time the costing is done and can change without notice

Not included in price:

  • International flights
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Unless otherwise indicated, our rates do not include the entrance fees for parks or game reserves. They are to be settled by the clients directly at the entrance. Unless otherwise indicated, our rates do not include the meals

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