Winelands, Garden Route
and Safari Self Drive

Explore Cape Town, arguably one of the world’s most beautiful cities, before departing on our suggested Winelands and Garden Route itinerary with the freedom of your own hire car. After spending a night in the historic Cape Winelands wine region, follow scenic Route 62 to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo. Traverse spectacular landscapes, stay at an historic ostrich farm and explore the beautiful Garden Route before heading to Shamwari  Game Reserve, which offers guided “Big 5” safari experiences and a range of luxurious accommodation options.

10 days/9 nights
Lodges/Hotels
Departs daily ex Cape Town

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Highlights:

  • Beautiful Cape Town & Table Mountain
  • Spectacular Cape Winelands & Cape Point
  • Mountain vistas of the Klein Karoo
  • Sunset oyster cruise and ocean safari in Plettenberg Bay
  • Stunning coastline from Knysna o Plettenberg
  • Cango Caves and Tsitsikamma Forest

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Winelands, Garden Route and Safari Self Drive

Itinerary

10 days/9 nights

Hotels/Lodges

Day 1

Cape Town
Arrive Cape Town and transfer to the luxurious Victoria and Alfred Hotel, a handsome low-rise property with just 94 gorgeous guestrooms situated in Cape Town’s vibrant V & A Waterfront area.

Day 2

Cape Town
After breakfast, enjoy a half day city tour of Cape Town including a visit to the top of stunning Table Mountain by cable car if the weather permits (ticket cost excluded). Spend the afternoon at leisure.

Days 3

Franschhoek
Collect your hire car and drive to Franschhoek, a French Huguenot village about an hour’s from Cape Town. Whilst here, you will stay at Le Quartier Francais, a romantic retreat offering fine dining, 21 luxury rooms and suites. Day is at leisure to soak up the authentic South African hospitality, enjoy wine tasting and sample sumptuous regional cuisine.

Day 4

Oudtshoorn
Continue along Route 62 to Oudtshoorn, famous for its ornate palaces from the “feather boom” (1886 to 1914). You may also explore the spectacular Cango Caves. Overnight at La Plume Guest House, a Victorian homestead and working ostrich farm offering premium accommodation, a pool and optional activities including hot air ballooning, nature walks, visits to a meerkat conservation program and hot springs. Oudtshoorn’s excellent restaurants are within easy walking distance.

Days 5/6

Plettenberg Bay
Take the scenic route over Robinson’s Pass to Mossel Bay and follow the coastal road through George and Wilderness to the unspoilt beaches of Plettenberg Bay. Spend 2 days exploring this beautiful region whilst staying at The Plettenberg, a five-star Relais & Châteaux hotel with 37 absolutely charming rooms and suites boasting spectacular views.

Days 7-9

Self drive ends
Drive via the Tsitsikamma Forest to Shamwari Game Reserve which offers a “Big 5” game experience on South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Accommodation for 3 nights is at Eagles Crag, a sublime safari lodge featuring 9 stunning suites with private plunge pools. On days 8 and 9 enjoy morning and afternoon gameviewing activities.

Day 10

Self drive ends
Drive to Port Elizabeth and drop off your Europcar. Arrangements end.

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South Africa Overview

Why travel to South Africa: Described as “a world in one country” South Africa is more than just a safari destination. The wildlife of Kruger and the many private reserves throughout the country are complemented by South Africa’s fascinating history and diverse cultures, the beautiful coastline and majestic landscapes of the Cape.

When is the best time to view animals in South Africa? Gameviewing is best during the dry season (May-Oct); however the summer months are good for general touring and sightseeing.

What is the culture of South Africa? Many different cultures including Zulu, Swazi, Xhosa, Indian, Cape Malay and European. A unique cuisine, as well as distinct music and dance. Elegant Cape Dutch architecture.

What is the climate in South Africa? The inland plateau has a temperate climate (17°-30°C), whilst the coast is subtropical and more humid (22°-30°C). The seasons are the same as Australia, however most of the rain falls in summer. Winters are dry and sunny, but nights can be very cold. The Western Cape is the exception, with a “Mediterranean” climate – cool, wet winters and warm dry summers (17°-24°C).

What can I combine South Africa with?South Africa is easily combined with neighbouring Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia or the nearby tropical island of Mauritius. Johannesburg is a very popular gateway to most of southern and eastern Africa.

How to get to South Africa?Many major airlines including South African Airways, Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Qatar, Singapore Airways and British Airways fly into Johannesburg. There are also many regional airlines such as Air Botswana, and domestic carriers that service local cities such as Cape Town and the Kruger National Park area.

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