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.


Prices for the Garden Route can vary hugely. There’s such a huge range of accommodation available, from affordable B&B’s to Luxury Boutique Hotels, which ultimately dictate the price. You can also choose from a selection of vehicles (from Golf’s to our Land Cruiser’s). Therefore, please send us your preferences and we will send you a priced itinerary which we can further tailor to your requirements.



Garden Route ITINERARY

  • DAY 1-3 Sea Five, Cape Town

    On landing into Cape Town International airport you will be met by our team on the ground and driven to Camps Bay, to Sea Five. Sea Five is a great little boutique hotel just 300 metres from the sea in beautiful Camps Bay. With just 7 rooms all with en-suite is small and personal. Each of the rooms has either great views of the ocean or table mountain behind. There is also a pool and they serve a great breakfast!
  • DAY 4 Babylonstoren, Franschoek

    Babylonstoren is a Cape Dutch farm with vineyards and orchards surrounded by the dramatic mountains of the Drakenstein Valley. It has an exceptionally well–preserved werf dating from 1690. A fruit and vegetable garden of botanical diversity supplies a remarkable restaurant. Guests staying at an exclusive farm hotel enjoy access to the entire farm, plus facilities like a spa and gym. The aim is to have guests feel more comfortable, more alive among warm smiles and the simple daily rhythm of the farm.
  • DAY 5 & 6 Birkenhead 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. Birkenhead house make a wonderful stay - it is one of our favourite properties in South Africa!
  • DAY 7 & 8 De Zeekoe, Oudtshoorn

    Today 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 9 & 10 Tamodi 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 11 & 12 Thunzi 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 & 15 Kichaka 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 16 Depart

    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.


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