This is a classic journey taking in the highlights of Cape Town and the dramatic scenery of the Garden Route. We have selected a combination of excellent properties in each which all exude their own character. The Garden Route is unique in offering everything from the Winelands to whale watching and the buzz of Cape Town to a Big Five safari in one trip.
By self driving you have the freedom to move at your own pace and to explore away from the main road. We can make restaurant and other recommendations for the whole journey if you wish.
from £2,500.00 per person based on two sharing a vehicle
from £2,100.00 per person based on four sharing a vehicle
Garden Route and Safari ITINERARY
DAY 1-3The Grand Daddy, Cape Town
On landing into Cape Town International airport you will be met by our team on the ground and driven into the heart of the city to The Grand Daddy hotel. This is becoming an iconic institution, located in the heart of the buzzy Long Street and within easy walk of most of the city attractions. Spend your first day exploring the city, head down to the waterfront or investigate the independent shops and cafes along Kloof Street. Day 2: Today why not take the cable car up Table Mountain? When the weather is clear the views across the Cape Peninsular are unbeatable. To the South of town is the famous Boulders Beach – home to a colony of penguins, a great place to stop for lunch before heading to Cape Point. Day 3: Your final day in Cape Town, there is a huge range of excursions to choose from – please do ask for our recommendations. Your hire car will be delivered to your hotel today ready for you to set off on your journey tomorrow.
DAY 4Angala Boutique Hotel, Franschoek
An hour from Cape Town, you enter the world famous winelands. Drive through Stellenbosch and on into the Franschoek Valley. Not only incredibly scenic, this valley offers some of the best restaurants and wine tasting in South Africa. The Angala is perfectly located to head out wine tasting (the vineyard tram is a great way to get around the valley). Allow up to 90 minutes for the derive from Cape Town to Franschoek.
DAY 5 & 6Schulphoek Guest House, Hermanus
Today you head South over the Riviersonderend Mountain pass to the quaint coastal town of Hermanus. This is the best location in the world for land-based whale watching. In season the bay in front of Hermanus fills with Humpback and Southern Right Whales. An incredible backdrop for a good lunch in town. Allow 90 minutes for the drive from Franschoek to Hermanus. Day 6: Full day in Hermanus. This is the best location to head out on a whale watching boat tour, although you have a very good chance of also seeing dolphins, seals and Great White Sharks.
DAY 7 & 8De Zeekoe, Oudtshoorn
You continue East through Swellendam to Oudtshoorn. This area is renowned for its ostrich farms, the Cango Caves and the Elephant interaction at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge. This is a great place to ethically learn and interact with elephants and take them for a walk. De Zeekoe has meerkats on its nature reserve which are great to see. Allow approximately 4 hours for this drive and longer if you wish to stop along the way. Day 8: Full second day at De Zeekoe. This is natures playground and the focus of De Zeekoe is to get out into the fresh air and get involved in the activities on offer – from mountain biking to kayaking or exploring the nature reserve.
DAY 9 & 10Tamodi Lodge, Plettenberg Bay
Today you will continue along the garden route to Plettenberg Bay. This is a beautiful area and your lodge is set a short walk from the beach. This gives you the best of both worlds. The chance to stay on a lovely working equestrian farm but also all the fun of the beach. Rooms here are contemporary and stylish. Plettenberg Bay is a great destination for a huge range of activities and also has excellent restaurants. Choose from whale and dolphin watching trips, adrenaline activities like bungee jumping or simply have long lazy lunches at a beachside restaurant. Allow around 2.5 hours for this drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay. Day 10: Full day to explore Plettenberg Bay and the surrounding area. We can recommend everything from restaurants to forest canopy walks for you so please do ask.
DAY 11 & 12Thunzi Bush lodge, Port Elizabeth
Set in tropical gardens to the North East of Port Elizabeth, Thunzi Beach Lodge is set in a tranquil forest environment, where the emphasis is very much on getting back to nature and enjoying the incredible scenery and birdlife. The trees and hills surrounding the lodge are home to duikers and monkeys so guided walks through the indigenous forest are really rewarding. The chalets are dotted around the grounds offering excellent privacy and levels of comfort. Allow 2.5 hours to drive from Plettenberg Bay to Thunzi Bush Lodge. Day 12: Second day at Thunzi, laze by the pool, head into the forest or just soak up the lovely natural surroundings.
DAY 13, 14 &15Kichaka Game Lodge, Eastern Cape
Today you will head into the Eastern Cape to Kichaka Game Lodge. This is a luxury game lodge which offers 5 star Big 5 game viewing. You will generally have two game activities a day – one early in the morning and then again in the afternoon until sunset. The wildlife is more active in these cooler hours and game drives are more rewarding. During the heat of midday, you can relax at the lodge, in the pool or enjoy a massage. Allow 90 minutes to drive from Port Elizabeth to Thunzi. Day 14: Full day on safari from Kichaka. In addition to the big five and other cats like cheetah you can try to find the more elusive species. The reserve is home to elephants, giraffe and other plains game whilst hippos can be found in the waterholes. Night drives are an excellent way to spot nocturnal wildlife like aardvark and porcupines. If you are really lucky you may see leopards on their night time prowl. Day 15: Final full day on safari. The lodge has all the modern amenities you would expect yet blends beautifully into the safari environment. Kichaka prides itself on its excellent levels of service, food and comfort, meaning you have all the benefits of a stylish modern lodge yet phenomenal wildlife all on your doorstep.
DAY 16Depart Cape Town
Today you will say goodbye to the team at Kichaka and head back into civilization. Please allow 90 minutes for this drive to Port Elizabeth Airport. Drop your vehicle off and fly home via Johannesburg.