Cape and Garden Route

ToursFamily SafarisCape and Garden Route

12 Days / 11 Nights

Highlights
  • Incredible views from the top of Table Mountain
  • Stay at some of the best boutique hotels available in South Africa
  • Watch the seasonal whales in Hermanus
  • Experience a Big Five safari at a top reserve
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Overview

An epic road trip that allows you to discover the Cape at your own leisurely pace.

Staying in some on the best boutique hotels available, your trip starts in Cape Town before heading to the whale watching capital, Hermanus. You are then off to explore the Garden Route and finish off with a Big Five safari in a malaria-free reserve.

A fantastic option if you want to have a peek of the highlights of South Africa.

Itinerary
Days 1 to 4 - The Mother City

Itinerary

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, make your way to collect your car hire. Drive to the centre of the city to the Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel. You will feel the charm and character of this Georgian and Victorian building the minute you arrive.

Located in the bustling heart of city, you are in close proximity to plenty of the city’s attractions. Take a trip up the iconic Table Mountain in the cable car to see spectacular city views from atop one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. See the sights and sounds of the V&A Waterfront, where you can shop, dine, and be entertained. Visit the awe-inspiring Cape Point, and stop along the way to visit the penguins at Boulders Beach. From the colourful beach huts at Muizenberg to the Constantia Winelands, there is something here for everyone!

Head back to Cape Cadogan in the afternoon for high tea or lemonade, or after sunset for an aperitif and canapés. Each of the rooms has been individually decorated, combining a touch of a bygone era with a contemporary chic and bohemian influence.

Accommodation

You will be staying at Cape Cadogan, or similar accommodation in Cape Town.

Days 4 to 6 - The picturesque town of Hermanus

Itinerary

This morning check out of Cape Cadogan, and self-drive the coastal route to the coastal town of Hermanus. Settle in at the Ocean Eleven Guest House and decide how best to spend your time here.

Hermanus is known as one of the best land-based whale watching destinations in the world. From July to November each year, Southern Right Whales make their way to the bays and can often be seen breaching and spy-hopping from only metres away. Take a walk along the lovely cliff paths and appreciate the colourful fynbos; the vegetation of the Cape. Stroll through the craft markets and soak up all that this quaint town has to offer. You could take a wine tour through the Hermanus Hemel-en-Aarde Wine Valley to taste award-winning wines while enjoying the crisp Champagne air.

Ocean Eleven is a colonial-style guesthouse situated on the magnificent cliffs of Hermanus. The beautifully appointed rooms boast an all-embracing sea view over Walker Bay.

Accommodation

You will be staying at Ocean Eleven Guest House, or similar accommodation in Hermanus.

Days 6 to 9 - Spectacular Plettenberg Bay

Itinerary

After breakfast, depart camp and make your way to Maasai Mara Airstrip with your guide. You will then catch your connecting Safari Link return flight to Wilson Airport. Once at Wilson Airport you will be transferred with your representative to Kilimanjaro International Airport, where you will bid farewell to your guide and catch your connecting flight to Zanzibar with Precision Air.

Today, after breakfast, take a leisurely drive up the Garden Route. Settle in at Hog Hollow Country Lodge, admire the breathtaking views of the valleys and Tsitsikamma Mountains, and make yourself at home.

This area offers a plethora of activities. You could choose to stand-up paddle board through the deep ravines and indigenous forests on the quiet beauty of the Keurbooms River. After a glorious day of exploring, you could moor at the sandy cove at Whiskey Creek, walk through the plush forest, swim in the gentle waters, pop a Champagne cork and relax in natural splendour.

At Hog Hollow, the unique African-styled rooms, private decks, and cosy fireplaces make it a lovely place to come home to. Dine on outstanding cuisine and enjoy the friendly hospitality. Try out the sauna, and drift off into a deep and restful sleep.

Accommodation

You will be staying at Hog Hollow Country Lodge, or similar accommodation near Plettenberg Bay.

Days 9 to 12 - Kariega safari

Itinerary

Today, after checking out at Hog Hollow, continue your journey to the malaria-free Kariega Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, for your Big Five Safari. Be delighted with close up viewing of a diversity of wild African game including lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, zebra, a host of antelope species, and much more including a myriad of exquisite birdlife. Skilled and knowledgeable game rangers will spend time unravelling some of the secrets of the African bush. Enjoy an early morning boat cruise on the Kariega River on board the Kariega Queen, viewing exquisite scenery and enchanting birdlife including the Crowned, Martial and African Fish Eagles.

There are a number of walking trails that you can enjoy with your ranger. Guided safari walks allow you to experience the feel of the African bush and enjoy watching wildlife and birds on foot. For those seeking more adventure, you could try your hand at fishing or canoeing, or if you’d prefer some relaxation, head to the health spa for luxurious treatments and therapies. After a hearty dinner, retire to your chalet; appreciate the stunning views of the Kariega River Valley, and drift off to sleep.

Accommodation

You will be staying at Kariega Private Game Reserve, or similar accommodation in the Eastern Cape.

Day 12 - Depart

Itinerary

After checking out of Kariega Private Game Reserve, make your way to the Port Elizabeth International Airport to return your car hire and continue with your onward journey.

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