Drive along one of the world's most famous routes while staying in the southern part

15 Days in South Africa

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GARDEN ROUTE EXPERIENCE

What to expect?

This self-drive tour starts and ends in Cape Town. It will stay in the South of the country and on your way you will be travelling along the famous "Garden Route" as well as some lesser known but certainly not less attractive places.

 

The distances are rather short (for South Africa) which makes it suitable for almost everybody. On the bottom of this page you find a map with placemarks to help you locate the destinations.

Recommended for:

Scenery
History
Family
Culinary
Hiking
 
Your African experience starts here

Days 1, 2 & 3- Cape Town

On arrival at the airport you make your way to the car rental terminal to collect your car for the next 15 days.

 

From the airport it is only about a 30 min drive to your accommodation which is located in the Mother City itself which is waiting to to be experienced and explored.

 

There is lots to see and do, from Table Mountain to the V&A Waterfront, Long and Kloof Streets with their numerous cafes and restaurants, Constantia and Hout Bay, and from your accommodation you can do a lot on foot. Situated in Tamboerskloof, looking out over the slopes of Table Mountain, you are close to everything!

Day 5 - Franschhoek

From the Cape Peninsula it is only about an hour's drive into the Winelands, and your accommodation in Franschoek is renowned for their wines and incredible kitchen. If you book early enough you can also overnight here in one of their suites or in their Manor House. A few short drives can take you to neighbouring wine farms for more wine tasting!

Day 4 - Simon's Town

From the city centre you drive an hour to Simon's Town, which is situated on False Bay on the Cape Peninsula. This cozy little town with its quaint harbour has a real Mediterranean feel to it, and Boulder's Beach, where you will find the African Penguins, is right there. From your accommodation you can also take a short drive to the famous Cape of Good Hope.

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Day 6 - Gansbaai

The drive from the Winelands along the coast to Gansbaai is spectacular, and if you are keen on doing a Great White Shark Diving experience, this is the place to do it (you would need to pre-book this and leave very early to get there in time). At your guesthouse you can oversee the Indian Ocean, so if you are there at the right time of year, you may be able to spot the whales.

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drive to the next destination

Days 11 & 12 - Tsitsikamma

A short 1,5 hours will take you to one of South Africa's most beautiful national parks. This Park stretches for 80 km along the Indian Ocean and here you can do some of the country's most beautiful and scenic hikes, including the first section of the world-famous Otter Trail!

 

If you're lucky you will be able to see whales and dolphins, but if not you will also truly enjoy the massive waves breaking on the rocky coast, the many Rock Dassies dozing on the grassy lawns, or perhaps you will spot a Knysna Lourie or a Cape Clawless Otter!

Day 9 - Oudtshoorn

From Robertson you drive for about 4 hours along the famously beautiful Route 62 to Oudtshoorn, which is also known as the capital of the Karoo. This region is famous for its Ostrich farms and the Cango Caves, but what makes your accommodation a must is their unique Meerkat Tour, which you will need to book a few days before you arrive.

 

You meet up with their guide at sunrise, and with a camping chair and a coffee you head out to the Meerkats' burrows on the farm, and you watch them come out of their burrows and go about their energetic business. The Meerkats are habituated, which means they are used to people, but they are never fed or touched. Truly a unique opportunity to see these funny and resourceful creatures in their natural habitat.

Days 7 & 8 - Robertson

Hidden away in the Langeberg Mountains, your accommodation offers a perfect hideaway and a base for a few beautiful hikes. It will take you about 4 hours to get there.

 

Still surrounded by wine farms, your accommodation has its own wine shop where you can still do some wine tasting (We recommend this after hiking)!

Day 9 - Oudtshoorn

From Robertson you drive for about 4 hours along the famously beautiful Route 62 to Oudtshoorn, which is also known as the capital of the Karoo. This region is famous for its Ostrich farms and the Cango Caves, but what makes your accommodation a must is their unique Meerkat Tour, which you will need to book a few days before you arrive.

 

You meet up with their guide at sunrise, and with a camping chair and a coffee you head out to the Meerkats' burrows on the farm, and you watch them come out of their burrows and go about their energetic business. The Meerkats are habituated, which means they are used to people, but they are never fed or touched. Truly a unique opportunity to see these funny and resourceful creatures in their natural habitat.

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Day 10 - Knysna

Knysna is the jewel of the Garden Route, and its sparkling lagoon is a famous tourist attraction. From Oudtshoorn it is about a 2,5 hours drive, and so you have the afternoon to explore the Lagoon and its quaint harbour area.

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drive to the next destination
 

Days 13 & 14 - Addo

Another 2,5 hours further to the east and you will pass Port Elizabeth (PE), and on the Sunday River you will find your accommodation, which lies only about 5 km from one of the gates into Addo Elephant National Park. You spend two nights here, so you have plenty of time to enjoy the River and take a drive into the Park, in search of Addo's elephants or the rest of the Big Five!

Day 17- Back Home

Heading home in the afternoon, you can look back at an incredible adventure!

so what's included and excluded?
 
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Package includes:

  • accommodation in double/twin room

  • all meals as mentioned

  • activities as mentioned

  • 15 days group C rental car

  • detailed itinerary in English

Package excludes:

  • all flights (domestic and international)

  • extra activities

  • entrance fees

  • conservancy levies

  • toll fees, fuel, GPS rental

  • drinks

  • laundry

  • gratuities

  • souvenirs

  • personal, medical & travel insurance

  • vaccinations

  • visas (where applicable)

 
 
3 Days in Cape Town
1 Day in Simon's Town

Tour map coming soon...

1 Day in Franschhoek
1 Day in Gansbaai
2 Days in Robertson
1 Day in Oudtshoorn
1 Day in Knysna
2 Days in Tsitsikamma
4 Days in Addo

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