Self Drive Package - Garden Route from Cape Town to PE

Tour Length8 days

Summary of this South African Self Drive Tour

  • Departs from Cape Town, South Africa
  • Ends at Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Quick Itinerary Overview

The Cape Town to Port Elizabeth area is truly a visual delight. From the magnificent Table Mountain of Cape Town you head out to the Cape Winelands and then over to the Whale Capital of South Africa, Hermanus.

From there you head for the Ostrich town of Oudtshoorn and on to the World famous Garden route. After spending a few days in this Garden of Eden you head out for some game viewing in the Malaria Free Addo Elephant National Park before ending your trip in the friendly city of Port Elizabeth with its endless beaches.

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1 - Cape Town to Stellenbosch

Leaving Cape Town you will head out to the majestic University town of Stellenbosh in the heart of the Cape Winelands.

Stellenbosch is a place of great beauty and culture that's steeped in South African tradition. The Stellenbosch Wine Route is arguably the country's most famous, and the Stellenbosch Wine of Origin area includes 106 cellars - most of which are open to the public. Enjoy a long day's wine tasting, and wine buying and you'll sip more than our great South African wines - you'll taste our South African way of life.

The heart of the town lies somewhere near the oak-lined Dorp Street. With its venerable old buildings, this is the University's main thoroughfare, where modern student life sits comfortably side by side with our history and architectural heritage.

The University - Maties - has produced many of the country's great sporting heroes, including more than 155 rugby Springboks, and Stellenbosch offers almost every outdoor activity you could desire - from world-class sports facilities (rugby, cricket and soccer are national passions) to popular mountain bike routes and six truly great golf courses.

An important cultural centre, Stellenbosch has many galleries and museums housing important national and international art collections and the Stellenbosch Conservatoire is the country's oldest music school.

Accommodation: The Stellenbosch Hotel

Day 2 - Stellenbosch to Hermanus

Heading from Stellenbosh you will drive a short distance over the "Overberg" to the coastal town of Hermanus.

Hermanus is built along the shores of Walker Bay near the Southern most tip of Africa. Magnificent mountains watch over the town which is home of the Southern Right Whale. (Seasonal: July - November). Nature lovers from all over the world visit Hermanus to view these magnificent creatures from the best land based whale-watching destination in the world.

Accommodation: The Windsor Hotel

Day 3 - Hermanus to Oudtshoorn

Heading up toward the Garden Route through majestic farmlands and quaint towns you arrive in Oudtshoorn the Centre of the Klein Karoo and 'ostrich-feather capital' of the world. In addition to these large birds Oudtshoorn is famous for being the closest town to the natural wonder of the Cango Caves. Oudtshoorn is a lush oasis catering for adventure, cultural and geological tourists and is one of the most-visited towns in the country.

Accommodation: Riempie Estate

Day 4 - Oudtshoorn to Wilderness

Leaving Oudtshoorn you will head for the village of Wilderness, passing through the beautiful Kaaimans River Pass. Wilderness, a charming world of lakes, rivers, fens, estuaries and beaches, lies against a backdrop of lush forest and lofty mountains and heralds the beginning of the Garden Route.

Accommodation: Tonquani Lodge

Days 5 & 6 - Wilderness to Knysna

A short drive up the coast you will head towards Knysna, the heart of South Africa's famous Garden Route. Knysna is the unofficial capital of the Garden Route, surrounded by forests, lakes, mountains and sea; this ever-popular tourist destination is a charming town of legend, history, arts and crafts catering to visitors every need or fancy. Knysna is situated on South Africa's only National Lake, which is also the country's largest permanent estuary. Knysna is a nature lovers dream.

Accommodation: The Cormorant Guesthouse

Day 7 - Knysna to Addo Elephant National Park

From the Garden Route you head towards the Addo Elephant National Park for a spot of game viewing in "Big 5" country. The Addo Elephant National Park is South Africa's second largest National Park and is malaria free. Game drives into the Addo Elephant National Park can be booked through your accommodation. (If you prefer African Budget Safaris can pre book your safari on your behalf.)

Accommodation: Zuurberg Mountain Inn

Day 8 - Addo Elephant National Park to Port Elizabeth

From the Addo Elephant National Park you will head towards the "Friendly City" of Port Elizabeth, a major seaport and tourist destination along the dazzling shores of Algoa Bay. Port Elizabeth is a sea sports mecca. This is where your package ends.

Accommodation: Port Elizabeth City Lodge

NOTES:

The accommodation indicated in each area is dependant on availability. Should there be no availability during your requested period African Budget Safaris will provide an alternative option.
You can extend your package by checking out our Port Elizabeth to Durban Section or alternatively you can drop your hired car of at the Port Elizabeth airport and fly back down to Cape Town. Check with African Budget Safaris for a list of budget airlines that can be booked online.
Pre tour accommodation can be booked for you in Cape Town. Please contact African Budget Safaris for details.
This package is available in reverse (Port Elizabeth to Cape Town)

CAR HIRE

You have a choice of vehicles available through African Budget Safaris. Each vehicle is priced according to make, model, size and attributes of the vehicle (i.e. mnaual / automatic, airbags etc.). When enquiring about a self drive option, please indicate the vehicle group that you are wanting to hire.

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