Tailor-Made Holiday

South Africa - Drive Cape Town to the Garden Route

Winelands and wildlife self-drive holiday

13 days

from £1,595pp (excluding flights)

This journey is on the “to do” list for many. An easy and safe driving route from Cape Town, through the vineyards and mountains of the Cape to the dazzling oceans and scenery of the Garden route culminating in a spellbinding Safari.

  • Visit the famous Kirstenbosch Gardens
  • Savour the culinary and oenological delights of the Cape Vineyards
  • Walk with elephants and swim with seals along the Garden Route
  • Spot the Big 5 on malaria free Safari

Travelling in September offers a glimpse of the change of the seasons, a possibility to view the last of the whales from the Cape shores and abundant flowers in the impending spring. A time which avoids the crowds when the weather is warm.

Starting in Cape Town, the mother city is at your disposal with a myriad of activities on the doorstep, the famous Table Mountain, Robben Island and the V&A Waterfront. Kirstenbosch gardens and Cape Point within easy access with a hire car.

Not far from Cape Town lies the picturesque town of Robertson boasting one of the area’s finest restaurants which sources locally and delivers a grand experience every time. Famous vineyards are found in the environment and the buzzing town of Stellenbosch is not far away.

The drive from the vineyards to Garden route unveils scenic passes and spectacular ocean views. In the region between George and Port Elizabeth lies a wealth of activities and excursions into nature. The Knysna Heads protect an abundant lagoon and a town resplendent in the arts. Plettenberg bay’s golden beaches are the best swimming beaches in the Cape.

Kichaka Game reserve lies near the Addo National Park and is Malaria free. Here dedicated guides unravel the mysteries of African wildlife as they lead game drives through the bush. It is a perfect way to end a holiday which encapsulates the best that South Africa has to offer.

Please consult your travel consultant with regards to current special offers at different times of year subject to availability. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 1595 £ 1000
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Cape Town overnight

Day 2

Things to do in Cape Town
Spend a day or more exploring Cape Town. Explore Kirstenbosch Gardens and enjoy rooibos tea at the Café. Ascend Table Mountain by cable car, swim with penguins at Boulders Beach or walk with them on the board walk. Learn about Just Nuisance as you eat famous fish and chips at Simon's Town Harbour. Discover shipwrecks at Cape Point with a picnic or eat sushi at the Two Oceans Restaurant.

Drive back from the point via the scenic Chapman's Peak and the Hout Bay Harbour Market. Meet the friendly city inhabitants on Noordhoek, Clifton, Kommetjie, Camps Bay and Llandudno beaches. Walk through the city to discover the Castle, Greenmarket Square and the many museums found there. Bustle through the V&A Waterfront to the aquarium and harbour-side bars and follow Mandela on the Long Walk to Freedom at Robben Island.

Savour high tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel, overlooking the Company Gardens, or taste wine and eat at the vineyards of Klein Constantia, Constantia Glen and Steenberg Estates. Get aboard a boat, take a kayak trip to Seal Island or swim with Cape Fur seals.

Lying immediately beneath Table Mountain, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, a true melting pot of diverse cultures with a fascinating past.

The central city is packed full of quirky roads to explore and the Victoria & Albert Waterfront offers mainstream shopping with a great harbour. Restaurants here are world class, with a fusion of cuisines from fresh seafood to Cape Malay, complimented by incredible wines from the Cape Winelands nearby.

To the south of the city are the picturesque golden beaches of Bantry Bay, Clifton, and Camps Bay. Friendly and welcoming, Cape Town is a city you can't help but love.


You will be staying at Four Rosmead, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Your hire car will be delivered to Four Rosmead this morning


Robben Island - Suggestion
Delve into South Africa's political past and board a ferry from the V&A Waterfront to Robben Island. Here you will be joined by a local guide - someone who spent time on the island during the apartheid years - thus able to give a personal and often moving account of time spent there. Learn about the island's most famous prisoner, Nelson Mandela, and see his cell where he spent nearly 27 years of his life. Ferries depart from 9 am.


You will be staying at Four Rosmead, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Half Day City and Table Mountain Tour - Suggestion
On a visit to the Mother City, take in the Houses of Parliament, the Castle (built between 1666 and 1679, this is South Africa's oldest building), lively Greenmarket Square with its daily market, the Company Gardens and of course Table Mountain which gives spectacular views over the city and Peninsula (cable car fee is not included as it is weather dependent). On the descent, stop at the Bo Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses.


You will be staying at Four Rosmead, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Things to do in the Cape Winelands
Whilst in the Cape Winelands area you may like to try some of the following experiences. Join the morning tour at Babylonstoren to explore the extensive gardens and farm or visit the Jonkershuis Nature Reserve near Stellenbosch for fishing and cycling. Hop on and off at top wine estates from the Franschhoek Wine Tram or Bus.

Taste fine chocolates in Franschhoek and combine brandy from Van Ryn's with strawberries from Mooiberg. Experience many different wines at the longstanding wine-producing estates of Boschendal, Waterford, Thelema, Blaauklippen and Lanzerac. Laze through lunch at the fine restaurants of Delaire Graaf Estate, Maison, La Petite Ferme and Tokara. Or perhaps you would prefer to savour a riverside picnic cheese platter at Delheim?

Explore the museums at Stellenbosch, including the Rupert. Pay a visit to Oom Samie se Winkel in the historic Dorp Street in Stellenbosch, or try your hand at wine tasting in the historic Papegaaiberg mountain cellar at Bergkelder. If you are looking for something more active, then keep the family busy at Delvera Farm, Spier and Butterfly World.

Mountainous surrounds, excellent vineyards, and world class gourmet restaurants have earned the Winelands its reputation of relaxation and culinary capital of South Africa.

Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington offer historic charm, architectural heritage and pure beauty as well as being a base from which to explore the area. A trip here wouldn't be complete without learning about the glorious grape and a spot of wine tasting.


You will be staying at The Robertson Small Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Activities for the day at Robertson Small Hotel
Robertson is an ideal destination for golf, horse riding, river cruises, art, 4x4 trails and paragliging to name but a few or a simple picnic should you wish to explore this beautiful wine valley.


You will be staying at The Robertson Small Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay
Some of the best ways to spend time in Plettenberg Bay are to:

Enjoy a long walk along Robberg Beach or a swim on Central Beach.

Visit Birds of Eden which is home to over 3,000 birds from 220 different species. The sanctuary is made up of the world's largest free flight dome, standing at 50 metres high.

Monkeyland is just 16 kilometres east of Plettenberg Bay and gives you the opportunity to see lemurs from Madagascar, howlers from South America and gibbons from Asia in an indigenous forest.

Located in the heart of the Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay (known locally as "Plett") offers an expanse of long white sandy beaches, warm Indian Ocean waters and inland lagoons - as well as an upmarket holiday vibe.

This area lends itself to the observation of whales and dolphins in their natural habitat, Cape fur seals, Cape clawless otter, and an abundance of rich bird life.

When you tire of the great beaches and restaurants, take a cruise, do a walking trail in Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve or visit Monkeyland and Birdworld.


You will be staying at Lairds Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

More activities at Plettenberg Bay
For a spot of shopping stop off at the Old Nick Village which is an original 19th century Cape trading settlement. Here you will discover a weaving museum which has a 19th century power loom which is still in daily use. The shops offer fine art, textiles and jewellery.


You will be staying at Lairds Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Last day to enjoy this picturesque region of South Africa


You will be staying at Lairds Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

A Typical Day on Safari
Although it changes from lodge to lodge, there is common routine amongst all the safari camps in South Africa. Usually there are 2 game drives a day. The morning one starts at daybreak and the evening one starts in the afternoon and extends to a night drive, complete with flashlight by which you can see the nocturnal species. Most diurnal animals are avoided at night.

The game reserves of the Eastern Cape are not only malaria free, but most are also home to the Big 5, making them a great choice for a family safari or to end off a trip to the Cape region. The wonderful diversity of the beautiful Karoo landscapes and flora and fauna is what makes this area so different from other safari destinations.

Famous for its large elephant herds is Addo Elephant Park. For great game viewing and luxurious lodges, there are various private game reserves such as Kwandwe, Shamwari, Amakhala and Samara offering activities from game drives and walking safaris to horse-riding and river cruises.


You will be staying at Kichaka Private Game Lodge, Full board and house beverages

Day 11

Activities for the day - Kichaka Private Game Lodge
Another day to enjoy the activities from your lodge. Take a guided walk where experienced rangers maximise every opportunity to ensure exceptional viewing of game. A night game drive or alternatively a cosmic safari with your ranger to view the wonders of space with a high powered telescope.


You will be staying at Kichaka Private Game Lodge, Full board and house beverages

Day 12

Drop off your car hire vehicle at Port Elizabeth Airport

Fly Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg

Fly Johannesburg to London overnight

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Kichaka Private Game Lodge

Kichaka Private Game Lodge

Located in the malaria-free Eastern Cape Province, Kichaka Private Game Lodge is set between two streams in a lush bushveld valley, overlooking a large water hole which attracts the big 5....

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Four Rosmead

Four Rosmead

With wonderful views of Table Mountain, a convenient location within walking distance to vibrant Kloof Street, personal service and a stylish Cape contemporary style, Four Rosmead is a firm favourite....

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Lairds Lodge

Lairds Lodge

Lairds Lodge is a gorgeous country house on a large country estate, perfectly positioned between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay along the Garden Route....

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The Robertson Small Hotel

The Robertson Small Hotel

Strategically placed in the heart of the Breede River Valley along Route 62 in the picturesque town of Robertson, is the Robertson Small Hotel....

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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