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South AfricaCape Town, penguins and the Garden Route

  • Highlights
Tour itinerary includes
  • Wine tasting
    Wine tasting
  • City
  • Horseback riding
    Horseback riding
  • Food and drink
    Food and drink
  • Seaside

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

Arrive at Cape Town international airport where you will be met by a local representative. Transfer from the airport to a guesthouse in town where you will collect all your travel documents. Cape Town, also fondly known as South Africa’s ‘Mother City’, lies at the foot of the world renowned Table Mountain. With its numerous shops, art galleries and trendy restaurants it is hard to believe that this vibrant city was once a small way-station for ships travelling to the Dutch East Indies.

Cape Town

Day 2: Cape Town, "South Africa’s Mother City"

Your ​rental car gets delivered to the guesthouse in the morning. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring the​ city of Cape Town​ or take a trip to the top of ​Table Mountain​ via aerial cable way where lunch ​(own account) can be enjoyed. For something truly unique and authentic, why not book a ​Bo-Kaap Cooking tour​? This tour takes you on a voyage into the life, food and culture of the Cape Malay’s in the Bo-Kaap area of Cape Town whilst offering you a hands-on, practical lesson on how to cook like a real Cape Malay Áuntie’! Another way to explore the local scene is to visit one of Cape Town’s many night markets​! Most of the post-sunset souks boast everything from artisanal food and drink to live music and quirky clothing ​​(more details can be sent upon request).

Entrance fees and or Excursions are not included but can be booked upon requestAccomodation: in the guesthouse

Cape Town

Day 3: Enjoy Cape Peninsula with its Penguins

Today can be enjoyed, exploring the beautiful ​Cape Peninsula ​with visits to Boulders Beach​, home to a breeding colony of over 2000 endangered African Penguins and the beautiful ​Cape Point Nature Reserve ​with lunch (own account​) at the Two Oceans Restaurant. Other attractions which can be visited in the afternoon include the​ V&A Waterfront ​(South Africa’s most visited attraction)​. Robben Island,​where former president Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison, ​Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the Houses of Parliament, Green Market Square, Company Gardens, the Castle and Slave Lodg​e to name but a few.

At the foot of Devil’s Peak, the tattered suburb of ​Woodstock ​is fast becoming Cape Town’s new art centre. Worn Victorian buildings are getting new licks of paint, while derelict warehouses are being transformed into swish art galleries. Today, the gallery names lining the streets read like a who’s-who of the local contemporary art scene and marks the area a must see for all art lovers. For something really extraordinary why not enjoy​high tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel. ​This historic hotel is an appropriately regal setting for a scrumptious afternoon tea.

Entrance fees and or Excursions are not included but can be booked upon request

Cape Peninsula, Robben Island, Cape Town
Night at Floreal House (Cape Town)

Day 4: Exploring Knysna town via the Garden Route

This morning, depart and drive via the ​Garden Route to Knysna​. One of South Africa’s most popular tourist destinations is the coastal area between Mossel Bay and Storms River, called the Garden Route. This region is spoiled with unsurpassed beauty and visitors would be captivated by its exquisite beaches, picturesque lakes and ancient forests.

​Nestled between the Outeniqua mountains and the sea lies the town of Knysna where the lagoon, which is home to the endangered Knysna seahorse and over 230 bird species, opens into the sea between the well-known Knysna Heads. This historic town is one of the most popular tourist destinations along the Garden Route and, like its neighbour; Plettenberg Bay, has plenty to offer in terms of leisure and outdoor activities.

Cape TownGarden Route, Knysna
Night at Belvidere Manor (Knysna)

Day 5: Some activities around Knysna

Today, guests can enjoy numerous optional activities in and around Knysna. The Heads ​(one of Knysna’s geographical landmarks) is only accessible by boat or kayak and offers a variety of hiking trails. A sunset cruise to the Heads, inclusive of dinner, can also be enjoyed ​(own account). The Featherbed Nature Reserve​, situated on the Western Head in Knysna, offers a 4-hour eco-excursion. A ferry departs daily from the Featherbed Ferry Terminus for a nature walk on the reserve followed by a buffet lunch. Knysna also offers ​biking and horse riding ​as well as a ​water park​ideal for families.

​Other nearby attractions include ​Monkeyland,​a sanctuary catering for several species of primates and ​Birds of Eden​, the world’s largest free flight aviary and bird sanctuary. The nearby ​Tsitsikamma​Section of the Garden Route National Park encompasses a marine reserve made up of over 80 kilometers of coastline, making it one of the largest marine protected areas in the world. A highlight of this area is the magnificent ​Storms River Mouth​where visitors can embark on a thrilling walk through the indigenous forest and over the iconic 77 meter long suspension bridge, spanning the river mouth! Visitors can also enjoy ​canopy tours, segway tours and / or a visit to the​Big Tree​.

Entrance fees and or Excursions are not included but can be booked upon request

Night at Belvidere Manor (Knysna)

Day 6: Oudtshoorn, the Ostrich capital of the world

This morning, depart for Oudtshoorn, fondly referred to as the ostrich capital of the world. The town is situated in the heart of the Klein Karoo, a vast arid area that stretches inland between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountain ranges. In the late 1800’s, ostrich feathers were at the height of fashion which established this settlement.

Today however, ostriches are mostly bred for their healthy, low cholesterol red meat. Some ​ostrich farms ​in the area are open to the public and offer educational tours, where visitors can learn about all aspects of life on the farm.

A short drive out of town takes one to the nearby​Cango Caves,​ situated at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. Africa’s largest show cave system consists of a 4 kilometre long series of hidden chambers cut deep into a thick limestone rock layer. A quarter of the chambers are open to the public and qualified cave guides accompany visitors on tours.

Night at Swartberg Country Manor (Oudtshoorn)

Day 7: Stellenbosch and its surroundings

This morning, depart for ​Stellenbosch​, a university town in South Africa's Western Cape Province. It's surrounded by the vineyards of the Cape Winelands and the mountainous nature reserves of Jonkershoek and Simonsberg. The town's oak-shaded streets are lined with cafes, boutiques and art galleries. Cape Dutch architecture gives a sense of South Africa's Dutch colonial history, as do the Village Museum's period houses and gardens.

Numerous ​walking tours​, some of which include visits to local ​art galleries ​and ​museums as well as tasting ​local cuisine are on offer in town.
Many wine farms are open to the public and offer cellar tours and wine tastings​. Some have award winning restaurants on site where picnic baskets, containing locally grown produce and wine, can be prepared for guests to enjoy outside amidst spectacular surroundings. Hiking, horse-riding, wildlife experiences as well as ​golfing ​on some of the most prestigious golf courses in the country can all be enjoyed in the area.

Entrance fees and or Excursions are not included but can be booked upon request

Oudtshoorn, Stellenbosch
Night at Knorhoek Country Guesthouse (Stellenbosch)

Day 8: Last day in South Africa

Return rental car at Cape Town international airport before boarding for your flight. See you soon!

Cape Town Cape Peninsula Robben Island Garden Route Knysna Oudtshoorn Stellenbosch

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.

Included in price:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • In-trip ground transportation
  • Activities according to your customized trip
  • Airport transfers
  • 24/7 local agency support
  • Trip creation with an expert local agent
  • Car rental

Not included in price:

  • Arrival and departure flights
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Personal expenses
  • Service gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
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