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perfect cocktail, this 17 night self-drive tour from Cape Town to the Eastern Cape, mixes South Africa’s stunning coastlines, soaring mountains, beautiful vineyards, incredible wildlife and lots of open road. Staying in a collection of boutique guest lodges you will take in the highlights of Cape Town, the Winelands, Whale Coast, Route 62, Garden Route and Addo Elephant Park.
Day 1: London to Cape Town
Fly overnight from the UK to Cape Town.
Day 2: Cape Town
On arrival into Cape Town you will collect your hire car and drive into the city, (enjoying the fantastic views of Table Mountain), heading to the colourful Bo Kaap district of the city to spend 3 nights at the Parker Cottage, a gorgeous owner-run boutique hotel in an excellent city location.
Days 3 & 4: Cape Town
Two free days to explore Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula. With its central location, the V&A Waterfront, Atlantic beaches and Table Mountain are spitting distance away. We can also arrange some great excursions and activities to show off the culture, history and adventure of the city. See our Cape Town guide.
Day 5: Cape Town to Franschhoek (Winelands)
Leaving the Mother City this morning you will drive 1 hour into the stunning valleys of the Cape Winelands, heading to the village of Franschhoek to spend 2 nights at the Auberge Clermont. Another owner-run gem on a working wine and fruit farm, this guest farm lies in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley.
Day 6: Franschhoek Valley
Free day to explore this beautiful part of South Africa. You can spend a lazy day sampling the delicious wines and enjoying the numerous award winning restaurants in the village or if you what something planned we can help with some great ideas – Horse-riding, vineyard hikes, picnics….. we can help you decide.
Day 7: Franschhoek to Hermanus (Whale Coast)
A beautiful 3hr drive will take you over the stunning Franschhoek Pass and south to the town of Hermanus on the Whale Coast to spend 2 nights at the 138 Marine Beachfront Guesthouse.
Considered one of the best accommodation options in town this friendly 6 room property offers great hospitality and a great coastal location.
Day 8: Hermanus
Free day to enjoy the Whale Coast. During Whale season (June – December) you can enjoy land based and sea based whale watching and out of season you have great hiking, kayaking, surfing, boat trips and for the brave, cage diving with the Great Whites!
Day 9: Hermanus to Oudtshoorn (via Route 62)
The biggest drive of the trip today at approx 5hrs but another great journey to join the Route 62 at the Langeberg Mountains and continue into the Little Karoo to Oudtshoorn. You will spend 2 nights at La Plume.
Day 10: Oudtshoorn
Full day to enjoy the attractions of Oudtshoorn (ostrich farms or Cango Caves) and the activities available on the farm. Our recommendation on the farm is their sunrise Wild Meerkat adventure tour – booking is essential.
Day 11: Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay
Driving south to the coast today you will hit the beautiful Garden Route and pass Wilderness Beach and Knysna Lagoon, heading to Plettenberg Bay. One of the best spots on the Garden Route you will spend 3 nights at Milkwood Manor, a hotel set right on the beach at Plettenberg.
Days 12-13: Plettenberg Bay
Two free days to relax by the coast and hang up the car keys or alternatively this area could keep you busy for weeks – boat trips, cycling, Monkey World, golf, hiking, the highest bungee from a bridge in the world and more. Ask us what we would recommend based on what you like.
Day 14: Plettenberg to Addo Elephant Park
Following a final morning in Plettenberg you will drive the final 3hr section of the Garden Route to the Eastern Cape, heading to Addo Elephant Park where you will spend your final 3 nights at Camp Figtree. Hidden in the Zuurberg Mountains on the border of the Addo Elephant Park this safari retreat offers a perfect end to the holiday with a mix of wildlife and relaxation.
Days 15 & 16: Addo Elephant Park
Two full days to enjoy this stunning camp. The Camp Figtree Eco Reserve offers guests sundowner walks, mountain biking and bush picnics and the lodge also offers game drives into Addo Elephant Park. Or if you would prefer to be in a private game reserve for a more immersive safari experience then do ask us for recommendations.
Day 17: Port Elizabeth to the UK
After a final morning and hearty breakfast you will drive 1hr to Port Elizabeth Airport, drop your hire car and fly back to the UK (via Johannesburg).
Day 18: Home
Welcome home….(how many photos!)
This South Africa holiday idea costs from £1,699pp and includes International flights (price based on London), internal flights, all accommodation on a sharing basis, 15 nights B&B and 16 days Group B car hire on a premium two driver basis with Avis.
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Matt Kelley South Africa
Bill Banyon South Africa
Tom Cusston South Africa
Sarah Huxley South Africa
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