Beauty of the Garden Route Self Drive and Cape Town
15 days from £1,126* per person Saving you £202 per person*
This itinerary isn’t set in stone. Pick, mix, swap however you like – your trip will be totally tailor made for you.
Arrive at Port Elizabeth International Airport
After collection of your rental car at Port Elizabeth International Airport, make your way to Cape St. Francis Resort. On arrival, stretch your legs with a wander along the pristine beach, or explore the historic Seal Point Lighthouse.
St Francis Bay
Take a boat along the St Francis Bay canal, venture onto the Kromme River or experience a game of golf at the St Francis Bay Golf Club or the recently opened St Francis Links. Keen fishermen can try their hand at fishing from the rocks or charter a fishing vessel for some deep sea fishing.
The Garden Route – Tsitsikamma
Today you will drive along the Garden Route and make your way to Tsitsikamma. The area is covered in large tracts of indigenous forest and fynbos, the shrubland vegetation associated with the Western Cape. Deep river gorges cleft the plateau as they make their way down to the sea.
Spend the afternoon in the Tsitsikamma National Park, encompassing a marine reserve made up of 80km of coastline, which offers the visitor magnificent scenery, walks, a small beach, restaurant and shop
The Garden Route – Storms River Mouth
Explore the rocky shoreline of the Storms River Mouth area, and cross the famous suspension bridge that spans it.
The Garden Route – Knysna
Bid the forests of Tsitsikamma farewell as you make your way along the coast to Knysna.
The picturesque little town of Knysna is one of the most popular destinations on the Garden Route. It is famous for its annual oyster festival, friendly people and the magnificent views from Leisure Island to the Knysna Heads.
Day 6 & 7
The Garden Route – Swellendam
After a hearty breakfast depart from Knysna and continue your Garden Route exploration as
you travel to Swellendam.
Enjoy first-hand experience of South African farm life at the beautiful Jan Harmsgat. The 680 hectare farm has orchards of fruit, nut and olive trees which produce highly acclaimed preserves and produce. The farm is also home to wildlife such as a Black Wildebeest, Springbuck, Grey Rheebuck and Ostriches.
Sample the wines produced on the farm where the vineyards benefit from the farm’s unique location bordering the dry climate of the Little Karoo as well as the cool breezes from the coastal regions.
The Garden Route – Gansbaai
Today you will make your way to the coastal town of Gansbaai. Check in to an intimate guest house overlooking the ocean, an ideal base from which to explore the Overberg area.
The Garden Route – Gansbaai
Gansbaai is known for its dense population of Great White Sharks and cage diving is one of the best ways to experience these majestic hunters of the sea up close.
For a more relaxing experience, visitors to Gansbaai can also enjoy cruises on the Klein River, home to over 130 bird species.
The Garden Route – Stellenbosch
Depart from the coastline and make your way into the heart of South Africa’s famous wine country. You will be situated in the university town of Stellenbosch, only 50km from Cape Town, 25km from the sea and surrounded by beautiful mountains.
Dine at the Oude Werf hotel. Established in 1802, Oude Werf is South Africa’s oldest and most historic hotel and has defined hospitality and fine dining for centuries.
The Garden Route – wine estates
Visit one or more of the over 200 wine estates in the region for tastings, wine-paired dining, picnics and more.
Make your way to bustling harbour city of Cape Town where you will be based for the last three nights of your holiday. After check-in at your guesthouse, take a cable car up the iconic Table Top mountain for magnificent city views.
Take a drive down to see the breathtaking Cape Point. On your way back to town, visit the friendly African penguins at Boulders Beach or stop off at the Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens.
Take a wander along the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront with its bustling food scene and shopping experiences.
In the afternoon visit the District Six Museum or Robben Island for a fascinating insight into South African history.
Your travels along South Africa’s Garden Route have come to an end. Drop off the rental car at Cape Town International Airport before boarding for your flight back home.
*Prices are based on private arrangements (not lower priced escorted tours with set dates). Quality three star accommodation is quoted here (unless mentioned otherwise), with breakfast included and other meals where mentioned. Mostly private transfers with an English speaking driver/guide and all activities mentioned, with top guides, are included. Domestic flights and transport all included from Day 1 to end point. Can be tailored to your needs, so prices could be lower for budget arrangements or higher for luxury.
International flight is not included