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About: Cape Town, Garden Route and Safari Self Drive Tour
South Africa’s diverse landscape lends its hand to support an independent self-drive tour in which you get the opportunity to explore its beautiful southern coast. Starting in Cape Town, you’ll have 11 days travelling around the Western Cape's winelands and coastal roads, and getting to know the local wildlife on safari.
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This self-drive adventure provides first time visitors with the perfect introduction to South Africa, combining vibrant Cape Town with a journey through the Garden Route's spectacular scenery en-route to Mossel Bay, where you'll enjoy an unforgettable safari in a malaria-free game reserve.
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South Africa’s southern coastline is considered one of the best drives in the world, giving you ample opportunities to witness a vast array of African wildlife, natural wonders, and sprawling picturesque cities. You get a few nights in each location too so you have no excuse not to get out of your hotel and discover your surroundings.
Delve into Cape Town’s fascinating history, landmarks and laidback lifestyle; indulge in the Cape Wineland’s award-winning wines, fabulous landscapes and architecture; admire the whales splitting the horizon on the Whale Coast; enjoy a few activities in Swellendam, Knysna, and Plettenberg Bay on the amazing Garden Route; and watch the majesty of elephants, lions, giraffes and other game on a safari in Mossel Bay.
South Africa Holiday Highlights
Prices are based on two adults sharing a Twin/Double room. Please contact us for a bespoke quotation based on your preferred travel dates and choice of hotels/game reserves.
The first day of your holiday will be spent travelling on an overnight flight to Cape Town.
Cape Town is a top international destination and considered one of the world's most beautiful cities. Large volumes of tourists flock to Cape Town to enjoy this unique city, its fascinating history, interesting culture, natural beauty, award winning wines and laidback lifestyle. Whether you are a serious tourist or just want to lie on the beach and enjoy life, Cape Town will satisfy your needs.
On arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will be met by a local representative who will transfer you to your hotel.
Stay for 3 nights at Three Boutique Hotel
Studio Suite on a bed and breakfast basis.
Old and new meet in perfect harmony at The Three Boutique Hotel, with the conversion of this beautiful National Monument building into a stylish and affordable boutique hotel in the heart of Cape Town. The Three Boutique Hotel fills the gap between a too-homely guest house and an impersonal hotel; it's exactly the right balance of chic surroundings, 4-star facilities and friendly service. The Three is located in the historic heart in a trendy part of Cape Town. It offers free Wi-Fi throughout, air conditioning, spacious bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms. A columned terrace tiled in traditional black and white wraps around the house leading to the designer swimming pool and outdoor lounge.
This morning your car rental will be delivered to your hotel and you can explore the city at your own leisure.
Key locations to check out are Robben Island, the icon of struggle in South Africa’s turbulent past, including the prison cell of Nelson Mandela; the Table Mountain Cableway, a rewarding 360° view of the city from 1000m above, where you can also go for a walk, have a bite to eat and enjoy the unique environment; V&A Waterfront, exciting shopping and entertainment opportunities in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour, set to a backdrop of sea and mountains; Camps Bay, a wealthy coastal suburb with a very glamorous beach; and Signal Hill, with some of Cape Town’s most amazing views including the City, Table Mountain, the Harbour and Waterfront, and many suburbs and parks.
You’ve got another day to explore this magnificent city. There’s so much to do that you won't have had time to fit it all in yesterday. Head to Cape Point, the picturesque location, complete with the famous lighthouse; Boulders Beach, great for kids as the immense boulders shelter the cove from currents and large waves, with opportunities to swim with the penguins (caution is advised and you must not touch or feed them); Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, beautiful gardens showcasing Cape Town’s rich flora on the lower slopes of Table Mountain - there's a restaurant, tea room, bar and summer concerts for the sunset entertainment; and Chapman’s Peak, one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world, featuring 114 curves, skirts and a rocky coastline along a 9km route between Noordhoek and Hout Bay.
A mere one hour’s drive from Cape Town lays the valleys and mountains which have become synonymous with some of the world finest wines. Spectacular mountain scenery, fine hotels and guest houses, 300 years of wine making history and many of the country’s top restaurants combine to make the Cape Winelands into a much desired destination. This is the centre of South Africa’s award winning wine industry and places of interest include Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and numerous award winning wine estates.
Take an independent tour of the Cape Winelands, exploring the beauty of the region and taking in what makes this part of the world so special. Recommended locations are the Franschhoek Wine Tram, a hop-on hop-off tour that takes you through vineyards, scenery and South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates, with regular stops en-route; Boschendal Wine Estate, a famous vino residence complete with exceptionally manicured gardens and Manor House; and Spier Wine Farm, an estate with recorded history dating back to 1692, supreme heritage, contemporary experiences, picnics on the Eerste River, restaurants, South African art, and award-winning wine tasting.
Enjoy the journey across to Franschhoek, which is approximately 1 hour 30 minute drive from Cape Town.
Stay for 1 night at Maison Chablis
Standard room on a bed and breakfast basis.
Frequented by local celebrities, business people and discerning South African and international travelers this well-appointed, exclusive establishment is surrounded by majestic mountains and positioned within strolling distance of the quaint historic Franschhoek village centre, with its delightful street cafes, award-winning restaurants, museums and galleries and within easy reach of walking and horse trails. Maison Chablis is also an easy drive to many of the Capes celebrated wine estates, world-class golf courses and unspoiled beaches. Whatever you are in the mood for, the knowledgeable staff will point you in the right direction with tailor-made suggestions.
This rugged stretch of South African coastline snakes along the Atlantic Ocean, with magnificent mountains rising up on the other side. The spectacular scenery is made up of charming seaside villages, farms, rivers, coves and valleys, and during the right season, the region’s namesake, whales, can be seen cruising and wallowing in the coastal waters. You will head to the coast for a night spent in Gordons Bay.
Stay for 2 nights at Colourful Manor
Standard room on a bed and breakfast basis.
Situated above the seaside town of Gordon's Bay on a spacious 4 hectare stretch of fynbos, residents at Colourful Manor can enjoy unspoilt natural surroundings while staying close to all amenities.
Colourful Manor is comfortably close to shopping centres, restaurants, and cultural centres, but it is the breathtaking natural surroundings that will charm every visitor.
This is the ideal place to stay for a longer period as there is so much to explore in the area: discover the Winelands, Hermanus, the Overberg... And so much more!
Every year, thousands of local and international visitors come to Hermanus for the best land-based whale watching in the world. Between the months of July and November, up to 100 Southern Right Whales visit the town’s protected waters and can be easily spotted from the cliff tops above, often coming as close as ten metres from the coast.
Also check out Cape Agulhas, regarded as the place where the warm Indian Ocean meets the cold Atlantic Ocean, Cape Agulhas is the southernmost tip of Africa. Its stormy seas and rocky coastline have claimed more than 140 ships over the years, perhaps most famous of which is the sinking of the HMS Birkenhead, where the concept of “women and children first” has since become known as the 'The Birkenhead Drill'.
Make your way east from Gordons Bay to Mossel Bay, travelling along the famous Garden Route.
Gondwana Game Reserve provides the perfect safari break for Cape Town visitors. Less than a 4-hour drive away along South Africa's popular Garden Route, the reserve offers a distinctive, malaria-free, and luxurious safari experience. Situated on 11,000 hectares, Gondwana is the only authentic free roaming 'Big 5' game reserve in the Southern Cape. Herds of eland, gemsbok, red hartebeest, kudu and giraffe dot the landscape, which offers breathtaking mountain vistas and valleys cloaked in indigenous Fynbos adding colour. Fantastic sightings of the Big5, keep guests enthralled and expert field guides reveal Gondwana’s unique flora and fauna on foot or in open Land Rovers. Kwena Lodge, a modern twist on the traditional Khoi-San dwelling, open plan deluxe rooms in spectacular surrounds with 180 views, skylights for star gazing, clay pot fireplaces and deep baths. Gondwana's private Bush Villas offer spacious accommodation ideal for families or groups.
Stay for 2 nights at Gondwana Game Lodge
Kwena Room on a full board basis including all meals and snacks plus two game drives
Keep your eyes peeled for creatures great and small as you enjoy your safari in Gondwana Game Reserve today.
Bid farewell to Gondwana's wildlife and make your way on to Knysna today, located just over an hour away from Mossel Bay via the highway that hugs the coast.
Stay for 2 nights at The Rex Hotel
Luxury Studio Apartment on a bed and breakfast basis.
Knysna is a haven of beaches, forests, lakes and the sea and The Rex Hotel is one of Knysna's most elegant and sophisticated accommodation offerings. A warm welcome and timeless elegance ensure that you enjoy a very special experience when staying at The Rex Hotel, which promises superior service and exceptional comfort. Located on the world famous Garden Route, The Rex Hotel is a celebration of urban style and impeccable service making it one of the most exhilarating getaways in its class. The hotel is an eclectic mix of modern and classic comforts and captures the essence of 4-star luxury. The Rose Café restaurant is inviting with a menu to match the contemporary setting and where the cuisine is beautifully presented and prepared from only the freshest ingredients. The Rex Hotel offers travellers a gateway to Knysna's world-class restaurants, blossoming forests, nature reserves, arts and crafts, and the shores of the serene lagoon. A perfect base from which to explore the beauty of one of South Africa's most beautiful tourist destinations - relax and unwind and discover the unique beauty of Knsyna and its surrounds.
Today is free for you to explore Knysna and the surrounding area at your leisure.
After breakfast, drive back to George Airport to drop off your rental vehicle before your return overnight journey to the UK.
Just contact us to discuss your ideas with one of our friendly travel experts.
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Our passionate and experienced travel team look forward to discussing and planning your holiday with you: offering advice and providing suggestions to help you find the perfect trip.
Your dedicated holiday expert will create a detailed itinerary for you, which we will then send to you via email. We can then refine this together, until we have created your perfect holiday.
Once you are happy with all your travel arrangements, we can complete your booking for you by collecting your deposit.
If you have any questions or queries after completing your booking, our team of holiday experts and aftersales consultants are available to assist you on 01892 779749.