Cape Town and Garden Route Self-drive Safari
Cape Town, Garden Route, Garden Route Safari
This 14-day self-drive tour of South Africa's east coast is a gentle meander through beautiful scenery and amazing contrasts from the winelands of Cape Town to the semi-arid Karro hinterland.
Holidays, in our experience, are best enjoyed slowly with as little effort as possible. And this 14-day holiday is about as slow and easy as you can get. Start off with a few days in Cape Town Cape Town then head out to the Cape Winelands - about an hour's drive. From the Cape Winelands you will zig-zag along the Garden Route to Knysna via Hermanus, Route 62 and Outdshoorn.
The entire 14-day Cape Town and Garden Route Self-drive journey covers about 700km of open roads with low traffic and wonderful scenery. That leaves plenty of time between stops to relax, explore and enjoy your surroundings.
Cape Town is a picturesque city with Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles forming a stunning backdrop to the beaches, city, wine farms and working harbour. The Cape Winelands, surrounded by craggy peaks is a gentle country affair reminiscent of southern France. Hermanus is a charming seaside town and the epicentre of the exceptional whale-watching activity along the Garden Route; Route 62 is a scenic detour by-passing the busy highway and calling in at several quirky towns culminating Oudtshoorn: the quirkiest of the lot.
From Oudtshoorn you traverse a large mountain range descending on the idyllic coastal towns of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, famed for, among other things, an exceptionally mild and pleasant climate.
The self-drive holiday ends with a short drive to Port Elizabeth where you say goodbye to your car and to South Africa with, no doubt, a tear in your eye. You can of course add a Garden Route Safari in the malaria-free Eastern Cape for the complete package.
Activities along the way are enough to keep you happily occupied for a year so you'll have to choose wisely on this 14-day slow-tour. And your Travel Expert is here to help you with all your arrangements to make this the most relaxing, enjoyable and fun South African holiday imaginable.
Arrive at Cape Town international airport, collect your hired car and drive to your Cape Town hotel, which will be your travel base for the next four days. Explore Cape Town and the Cape Peninsuala at your leisure: the roads are excellent and finding your way around, with the help of a friendly GPS, is a breeze.
Our recommended Cape Town activities:
The list goes on and on and on. Talk to your travel expert about what to do in Cape Town while you're there (the season makes a difference and we can make all the recommendations and advance bookings you need).
Our recommended Cape Town hotels:
And this list goes on and on and on. Where you stay depends on your budget, the type of accommodation you like (small and intimate or large and care-free) and what you want to do in Cape Town. If you want to laze on the beach all day, then a hotel on the beachfront at Camps Bay is the best option. If you want to spend time exploring the city and the waterfront or you prefer the gentle mink and manure countryside of the winelands or a family-friendly beach holiday.
Talk to your Travel Expert for advice on where to stay and what to do in Cape Town.
You will spend more time along the beautiful South African coastline so don't despair it's time for a bit of Europe in African now as you head an hour's drive inland to the Cape Winelands .
Hotels abound here and you have a choice of staying in the small and foodie-friendly town of Franschhoek, historical Stellenbosch or stately Paarl. Beyond these towns are a host of country guesthouses, many of them on working wine farms.
Spend two days tasting wine in beautiful settings, exploring nature reserves and discovering the diverse history of South Africa.
Our recommended Cape Winelands hotels:
Follow the Big Sur-style road along the coast to Hermanus about an hours from the Cape Winelands .
Hermanus is brimming with seaside activity from whale watching, boat rides, sea kayaking, swimming in the lagoon to wonderful restaurants, nature reserves and even wine tasting nearby.
Spend two days in Hermanus where there is a good chance of seeing whales from June until November, which is South Africa's winter and the best time for game viewing. The crowds descend upon Hermanus during whale calving season, usually at the end of September, and though the whale watching is good at this time you must be prepared for a lot of slow-moving traffic and fully-booked everything. It is a fun and festive time if you can take the crowds.
Our recommended Hermanus accommodation:
From Hermanus you head for Route 62 - the scenic Garden Route alternative to the get-there-quick national highway. Start early for today is a long drive as you traverse mountain passes and descend into the expanse of the semi-arid Klein Karoo, where farmers, artists and escapists converge in charming little towns with beautiful scenery all around.
Your destination is Oudtshoorn which is the unofficial capital of the Klein Karoo where a lot happens if you so choose. Visit the Cango Caves, ostrich farms, game reserves, swim with crocodiles, pet snakes, feed wallabies - the kids will love it.
Or you can choose for nothing to happen and just enjoy the lovely scenery, relax by the poolside, enjoy some first-class cuisine and wonder about the town, the craft markets and the museums and galleries.
Our recommended Oudtshoorn hotels:
Over yet more impressive mountain passes you drive towards George of the Garden Route proper and then along the coast to either Knysna or Plettenberg Bay. Or both: the latter favouring the typical beach holiday while the former offers plenty of outdoor and nature activities.
Spend four days at the beach on the lagoons and rivers, exploring nature reserves, coastal hikes, forest canopy rides, whale-watching, boat cruises and the gamut of seaside attractions, cafes and restaurants.
Our recommended Garden Route hotels and accommodation:
Customers who enquire about this tour end up making many changes to the standard itinerary. Below are the most recent variations of this base tour booked by us for our clients. Have a look at their itineraries, see what changes they requested, what the final cost was and read what they have to say about their holidays.
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