Cape Town, Garden Route and Safari Self-drive Tour

Starting fromUSD 2100 per person sharing

Looking for the best self-drive vacations? Our South African holiday package was made for you. This 12-day journey sees you exploring the lush greenery of Cape Town, the Whale Coast, the world famous Garden Route, and witnessing the Eastern Cape's Big-5.

Tour Itinerary


DAY 1 -4: CAPE TOWN

On arrival in Cape Town you will be met by a Safari365 representative who will deliver your vehicle. Your road trip vacation starts in Cape Town - where you will spend the next few days exploring all it has to offer. Discover the famous Chapman's Peak, the mountains of Cape Point and the verdant Cape Winelands Region - wine tasting is a popular activity that doesn't require much activity at all. Complete your visit with a boat trip to historic Robben Island, the Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Malay Quarter, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. Take a cable car up Table Mountain for breathtaking views of Cape Town's cosmopolitan.

DAY 5 -6: HERMANUS

An hour's drive from Cape Town, the seaside town of Hermanus is celebrated as the whale-watching capital of the world. Expect mammoth mammals, pristine beaches and a great variety of indigenous coastal fynbos and birdlife. The Whale Coast Offers a range of activities, including boat-based whale-watching trips, nature walks, beach tanning, sea kayaking, golf and trips to Gansbaai - which is one of the best great white shark cage diving destinations in the world - come face-to-face encounters with nature's most feared predators.

DAY 6 -9: KNYSNA AND THE GARDEN ROUTE

From Hermanus, travel for four hours along the world-famous Garden Route to Knysna. Set against a dramatic mountain backdrop, Knysna tumbles down and around a large tidal lagoon which flows into the sea between two prominent cliffs known as 'The Heads.'

This area features dense forests, indigenous flora, wide bays, rocky sea cliffs and numerous rivers. Spend time on whale and dolphin-watching, forest walks, swimming, guided hikes, and 4-wheeler bike trips in Featherbed Bay on the opposite side of the lagoon. Or, get some much needed retail therapy at souvenir shops and indulge in fresh oysters accompanied with champagne on the Knysna's Waterfront.

One of the highlights of this South African holiday package is the green of the Knysna forests canopied by Yellowwood, Ironwood and Stinkwood trees. Discover the ‘Garden of Eden' - an aptly-named area of the forest.

DAY 9 -12: EASTERN CAPE GAME RESERVE

From Knysna, drive three hours north up the coast to the (malaria-free) Eastern Cape game reserve for a Big-5 safari. A typical day on safari starts with a game drive at dawn in an open 4x4 vehicle. Look out for lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino. Skilled rangers will take you within arm's reach of Africa's wildest creatures.

After your sunrise game drive, a delicious breakfast awaits you at the lodge. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you please. Late afternoon brings another game drive and the chance to spot nocturnal animals. Following sundowners in the rugged African bush, head back to the lodge for dinner, accompanied by a choice selection of South African wines.

Following 4 days of safari bliss, drive to Port Elizabeth Airport, drop off your rental car and take your flight back to Cape Town, thereby concluding your South African self-drive tour.

Please note: This travel itinerary runs all year round, although certain seasons will be better than others for different attractions. The peak time for whale watching season is in September, although the season stretches from July to November. Cape Town and the Garden Route are warmer summer destinations (October to April) but offer attractions all year round.


What kind of traveller are you?

Our itineraries all follow the best possible routing, yet the quoted price can vary greatly based on the level of accommodation chosen. What kind of a traveller are you?

Budget

From
USD 2,100 per person sharing
TYPICAL ACCOMMODATION:
  • Value focussed hotels and safari lodges
  • Safe and secure locations, we have personally visited and vetted
  • Typical 3-star level, clean and comfortable

Mid-Range

From
USD 2,850 per person sharing
TYPICAL ACCOMMODATION:
  • Mid-range hotels and safari lodges
  • Safe and secure locations, we have personally visited and vetted
  • Good locations in prime wildlife areas
  • Typical 4-star level, good service and attention to detail

Luxury

From
USD 4,050 per person sharing
TYPICAL ACCOMMODATION:
  • The top luxury hotels and safari lodges in Africa
  • Safe and secure locations, we have personally visited and vetted
  • Highly personalised attention to detail comparable to any 5star hotel worldwide
  • Sublime settings and wildlife location
  • The finest culinary experiences available in Africa

Included in all Safari365 tours:

  • Best rates guaranteed
  • Access to our 24 hour emergency assist centre during travel
  • Full customization of your final itinerary to suit your exact needs
  • Assisting you throughout the booking process and whilst you are travelling

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