Camp's Bay by Ralf

Self Drive Package - Garden Route from Cape Town to PE

Tour Length8 days
Priced from pps $1248 R16231 £939 1043 A$1556 C$1520 NZ$1713 Full pricing info
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Summary of this South African Self Drive Tour

  • Departs from Cape Town, South Africa
  • Ends at Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Accommodation Guesthouse / B&B / Hotel
  • Wildlife Whales & Sea Life & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

This self-drive package leads you on an incredibly scenic journey from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, via the spectacular Garden Route of the South Coast. 

Begin by exploring Cape Town and stand on top of the magnificent Table Mountain, before driving into the picturesque Cape Winelands and on to the famous Cape Whale Route of South Africa. Then your memorable road trip continues onto the stunning Garden Route - a nature lover's delight. Spend time in Knysna and then Tsitsikamma, experiencing two of the most magical destinations on the Garden Route. 

This tour includes your accommodation at a well-curated selection of 3 Star lodges on a bed and breakfast basis, as well as your car hire and an array of exciting activities. We make all the bookings and provide you with the details, maps, directions and travel recommendations leaving you free to enjoy your own adventure! 

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Itinerary for this Tour

Tour Highlights:

  • Table Mountain Cableway ride
  • Robben Island boat trip
  • Cape Town City Tour
  • Half-day Cape Winelands Tour & picnic lunch
  • Monkeyland & Birds of Eden
  • Paddle cruiser on Knysna Lagoon
  • Tsitsikamma Treetop Canopy Tour

Day 1 & 2: Cape Town – Cape Peninsula

Your first stop - Cape Town, the prime city destination and much-loved 'Mother City' of South Africa.

Spend the first two nights at a 3-star guesthouse in an upmarket residential area, with sweeping views over Table Bay and Robben Island. Here you can sit back and soak up the spectacular views with sundowners beside the clear salt-water pool, at the end of your action-packed days. Located on the lower slopes of Signal Hill, near the city centre, the guesthouse overlooks the shoreline from the promenade at Moullie Point and the Stadium in Green Point to the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and harbour.

The guesthouse is central yet quiet, serving as a convenient and peaceful base for sightseeing and activities in and around the city and along the Atlantic Seaboard. Three of the top things to do in Cape Town are included in your tour price - a cable car ride up Table Mountain, a boat trip to Robben Island and the Red Bus City Tour.

The Cableway whisks you up and down the iconic Table Mountain for breathtaking views out over the city, surrounding hills and stunning shoreline. The boat trip to Robben Island takes you on a guided bus tour of the island's historic sights, concluding with a visit to the cell where political hero Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Lastly the Hop-on, Hop-off bus tour visits Camp's Bay, Table Mountain and place of interest in the city, offering a great overview of Cape Town. You can get on and off the bus at various stops, taking your time to explore and soaking up the scenery from the open-air top deck of the bus. In between the included activities you are free to explore other highlights, laze on one of the picture-perfect beaches, go shopping and sample the fine cuisine of the city.

Breakfasts are included at the guesthouse, so you can start your days with a leisurely Full English breakfast on the pool-side terrace. Stay in one of six tastefully furnished and comfortable en-suite bedrooms, decorated in a combination of vibrant and neutral colours. Enjoy warm South African hospitality in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere at this clean and characterful guesthouse.

  • Included activities: Table Mountain Cable Way, Robben Island Trip, Hop on City Tour

Day 3: Stellenbosch - Cape Wine Route

On day three you drive into the attractive hills and vineyards of the Cape Winelands, making your way to the charming town of Stellenbosch. The second oldest town in South Africa, Stellenbosch is best known for its top calibre university and cultural heritage. Called the 'City of Oaks' for its tree-lined avenues, Stellenbosch is also famous for its excellent wines, grown and produced locally.

Tonight's 3-star guesthouse is set on a picturesque wine estate, close to historic Stellenbosch. Your package includes a picnic lunch and a half-day wine tour of the private cellar on the working farm. Enjoy wine tasting on the tour, sampling some of the fine wines of the Cape Wine Route.

Accommodation is in a spacious and modern farmhouse surrounded by manicured lawns and shady trees, with the Simonsberg Mountain as a backdrop. The renovated guesthouse was originally a stone and clay building housing the stables, blacksmith shop and coach house in bygone times. Your inviting en-suite room features a television, telephone, coffee and tea station, hairdryer and a safe for valuables. The rooms have comfortable twin or double beds and the decor is neutral and stylish. A Cape-style breakfast is included in your stay and dinner is available from Monday to Friday by pre-arrangement. You can also have lunch at the farm's a la carte restaurant, on Wednesdays through Sundays.

Activities on offer at the guesthouse include tennis, vineyard walks, bird watching, horse riding and hiking. You can play a round of golf on one of the excellent courses in the area, or simply explore the pretty town of Stellenbosch. In between your activities you can relax on the patio and take a dip in the pool. The cosy lounge is ideal for crisp winter evenings beside the fireplace, sipping on the estate’s own red wine.

  • Included activities: Half-day wine tour & picnic lunch
  • Travel: Cape Town to Stellenbosch (50km / about 1 hour's drive)

Day 4: Hermanus - Cape Whale Route

After a traditional breakfast at your charming farm-style guesthouse you can spend some time exploring Stellenbosch with its interesting museums, art galleries and shops. Alternatively, you can take a leisurely drive along the Cape Whale Route to your next destination - Hermanus.

Situated in Walker Bay, Hermanus is the whale watching capital of South Africa, and arguably the best place in the world for land-based whale spotting. During season (about June to November) the waters at Hermanus become the mating and breeding ground of migrating southern right whales.

Your hotel is in the heart of the bustling seaside town, above the Old Harbour of Hermanus, once a small fishing village. This convenient location places you within walking distance of the local attractions and whale watching lookout points. Take a walk along the boardwalk to enjoy the fresh sea breeze and watch for whales, browse the markets and quaint shops, have a bite to eat at one of the street cafes or tuck into fresh seafood at one of the excellent restaurants.

Back at the hotel, you can relax on the terrace, cool off in the infinity pool and enjoy sundowners at the pool bar, overlooking Walker Bay. The hotel features a combination of contemporary and old architecture based on the manor house built here in 1920. The rooms are well-appointed and modern, providing understated luxury and some stunning ocean views. Breakfast is included tomorrow morning with the choice of a hot breakfast or fresh continental buffet.

  • Travel: Stellenbosch to Hermanus (95km / about 1.5 hour's drive)

Day 5 & 6: Knysna - Garden Route

On day five of your road trip you head east to the beautiful Garden Route. There are a few different routes that you can follow - each with its own highlights and captivating landscapes.

If you want to experience the thrill of shark cage diving (optional extra) your route takes you to Gansbaai and via the southernmost tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas. Gansbaai is one of the world's best destinations for great white shark viewing and the rugged coastal scenery is spectacular. Regardless of the route you choose, you will find yourself travelling into one of the most stunning and lush areas of the country - the Garden Route. Knysna is your next stop, located beside the Knysna Lagoon and the Indian Ocean in the heart of the Garden Route, also known as the Lake District of South Africa. This mountainous, coastal region dotted with estuaries is a nature lover's paradise with plenty of outdoor activities on offer.

Spend two nights at a friendly 3-star bed and breakfast in a quiet suburban part of town, 1km from the centre of town and the popular Knysna Waterfront. The guesthouse is on a hillside offering sweeping views over the lagoon and Knysna Heads in the distance. You stay in one of five luxurious, colourful en-suite rooms with lovely views, enjoying warm South African hospitality in the homely atmosphere of the B&B. Your delicious breakfasts are included and the attentive owners of the guesthouse ensure that you have a memorable stay in Knysna.

Your self-drive package includes a paddle cruiser trip on the scenic estuary - a leisurely cruise in style and comfort. Drinks and meals are served on board the double-decker boat, a unique paddle-driven vessel with enclosed bar, dining and seating areas. A visit to Monkeyland and Birds of Eden, two must-see highlights of the Garden Route, is also included in your tour price. These sanctuaries are havens for previously caged primates and birds, now living in the indigenous forests just outside of the seaside resort town of Plettenberg Bay. The 12 hectare Monkeyland hosts about 550 primates, including gibbons, howler monkeys, vervet monkeys, langurs, sakis, capuchins, squirrel monkeys, spider monkeys, ring-tailed lemurs and critically endangered black and white ruffed lemurs. Birds of Eden is the largest free-flight aviary of its kind in the world, providing habitat for over 3500 birds representing 200 species, including parrots, turaco, waterfowl, finches, cranes, hornbills and more.

  • Included activities: Monkeyland/Birds of Eden & Paddle cruise on the Knysna Lagoon
  • Travel: Hermanus to Knysna (410km / about 6 hours' drive, depending on route)

Day 7: Tsitsikamma - Garden Route

A short and incredibly scenic drive along the Garden Route brings you to Tsitsikamma today. This section of the Garden Route National Park is renowned for its dramatic coastal scenery, rugged mountains and lush indigenous forests.

Tonight you stay at a charming lodge set in landscaped gardens along the edge of the forests on the lower slopes of the Tsitsikamma Mountains. Sleep in a comfortable and cosy log cabin with its own spa bath and wooden deck. Facilities include a swimming pool, lounge and dining area and games room. Sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet of being in nature, watching the abundance of birds at the forest lodge. Take a refreshing dip in a mountain stream, follow a walking trail and dare to do the well-known striptease trail in the ancient Tsitsikamma Forest.

The Tsitsikamma Treetop Canopy Tour is included on day 7 - a thrilling nature experience up to thirty metres above the forest floor. See the lush, ancient forests from a whole new perspective as you zip between the platforms set in the upper branches of the giant trees.

  • Included activities: Tsitsikamma Treetop Canopy Tour
  • Travel: Knysna to Tsitsikamma (100km / about 1 hour's drive)

Day 8: Port Elizabeth - Eastern Cape

On the last day of your self-drive adventure you head east from Tsitsikamma to Port Elizabeth (PE), where you return your rental car. The 170km drive takes you from the Western Cape into the rugged Eastern Cape, bringing your memorable journey through South Africa to an end. From the Port Elizabeth International Airport you can catch onward flights to various destinations, including Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Alternatively, you can drive west from Tsitsikamma to George (160km), staying on the Garden Route. Your rental car can be returned in George, where you can catch your onward flight to Cape Town or Johannesburg.

  • Travel: Tsitsikamma to Port Elizabeth (170km) or George (160km)

Please Note:

  • This itinerary can be tailored to suit your specific requirements and interests. Additional days and destinations can be added to, or subtracted from, the programme by request. Should the itinerary be adjusted then the indicative price of the tour will be changed accordingly.
  • The accommodation options described in the itinerary are subject to availability at the time of booking. If any of the featured accommodation establishments are not available, then similar accommodation in the same price range will be used.
  • Contact us for a list of budget airlines with online booking facilities, for your domestic flights from Port Elizabeth or George.
  • This self-drive package is available in the reverse order (Port Elizabeth to Cape Town).
  • Pre-tour and post-tour accommodation can be booked for you in Cape Town. Please contact African Budget Safaris for details.

Optional Accommodation Upgrade:

You have the option of upgrading from 3 Star to 4 Star accommodation on this self-drive package. See Full Pricing and contact us for details.

Car Rental

This package includes car rental for 7 days with unlimited free mileage and super cover insurance. The vehicle is classed as Group B; which is a 1200cc manual drive car with air conditioning, such as a VW Polo.

This does not include the refundable security deposit for re-fuelling, the documentation fee and any traffic fines incurred during the trip.

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