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Cape Town & The Garden Route

  • Duration12 Nights
  • StylePrivate Tour & Self-Drive
  • When to GoYear round
  • Price GuideFrom $5,324 Per Person
Ideal for those who want a mix of guided tours and independent exploring, this 12-night trip offers many South Africa highlights with all accommodation included, starting with two full days in Cape Town. Hike iconic Table Mountain with an expert guide and then tour the Cape Peninsula with its many impressive sights, including African penguins on Boulders Beach.

From there, drive a rental car to Oudtshoorn, visit the Cango Caves and enjoy lots of exploring in stunning Plettenberg Bay, including whale watching opportunities. Next, travel to Amakhala Game Reserve for three exciting days of safari adventures, watching for African wildlife.

At a Glance

  • Days 1 - 3
    • Cape Town

      • Arrival and private transfer to luxury hotel
      • 3 nights at a luxury hotel in Cape Town
      • Table Mountain Hike
      • Cape Peninsula Tour
  • Day 4
    • Swellendam

      • Delivery of fully insured rental vehicle
  • Days 5 - 6
    • Oudtshoorn

      • Ostrich capital of the world
      • Dramatic mountain scenery on Route 62
      • Cango Caves
  • Day 7 - 9
    • Plettenberg Bay

      • Look out for whales & dolphins
      • Day trip to Tsitsikamma National Park with famous suspension bridge
  • Days 10 - 13
    • Amakhala Game Reserve

      • Shared game viewing activities on safari
      • Full board
      • Private transfer to airport
  • Meet Our Expert

    Gemma DSouza Expert profile

    Gemma D Souza

    Africa Specialist

    With family roots in Kenya, it became a continent I have naturally gravitated towards. I’ve traveled extensively around East and Southern, working with luxury camps, guides, and rangers for over eight years. I am enthralled by Africa and would happily talk about this diverse continent’s wildlife, cultures and experiences all day, every day.

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    What's Included

    • 12 nights hotel accommodation in 4 or 5 star hotels
    • Breakfast is included and full board on safari
    • Fully insured rental vehicle
    • Private arrival airport transfer
    • Table Mountain Hike & Cape Peninsula Tour
    • Shared game viewing activities on safari
    • 24/7 support from our dedicated staff
    • Expert trip planning advice

    What's not Included

    • As we have clients from all over the world. Our itineraries do not include flights. If you would like us to include flights in your trip, we are happy to do so. Please speak to your travel specialist at the planning stage to include them.
    • Gratuities for local guides
    • We strongly advise all guests purchase comprehensive travel insurance
    • Visas if required

    Day by Day Itinerary

    • Day 1

      Cape Town Arrival

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      This morning begins by embarking on a private guide hike to the top of Table Mountain. Your driver will pick you up, bringing you to the lower cable car station before leading you up the steep rocky path to the summit. Along the way there will be lots of stops to enjoy the views of the 12 Apostles and Camps Bay while catching your breath. Your reward for the effort will be a breathtaking panorama of ocean, island and city views at trail’s end. From there, you’ll ride the rotating cable car back down with 360-degree views throughout.

      Accommodation Options:

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        The Cape Cadogen

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        The Victoria & Alfred Hotel

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    • Day 2

      Cape Town & Table Mountain Hike

      View from Table Mountain Cape TownCape Town aerial

      This morning begins by embarking on a private guide hike to the top of Table Mountain. Your driver will pick you up, bringing you to the lower cable car station before leading you up the steep rocky path to the summit. Along the way there will be lots of stops to enjoy the views of the 12 Apostles and Camps Bay while catching your breath. Your reward for the effort will be a breathtaking panorama of ocean, island and city views at trail’s end. From there, you’ll ride the rotating cable car back down with 360-degree views throughout.

    • Day 3

      Cape Peninsula Tour

      Camps Bay Cape TownBoulders Pengions

      Your private/driver guide will pick you up this morning to tour the scenic Cape Peninsula, travelling the road that runs along the rugged Atlantic Coast toward Cape Point, Africa’s most southwestern tip. Expect many great photo-ops along the way, including beautiful beaches. You’ll pass through the suburb of Camps Bay, stop to marvel at the African penguins at Boulders Beach and take a walk through the Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens to view diverse fynbos flora and a natural forest. Visit the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve to see birds, antelope, and baboons, along with dolphins and seals offshore.

    • Day 4

      Swellendam

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      A rental car will be delivered to you at your Cape Town hotel this morning for your drive to Swellendam. It’s just a little over two-and-a-half hours away, but plan for more time to enjoy the spectacular views of endless vineyards and soaring peaks. Upon your arrival, you’ll have the rest of the day to explore. You might want to visit the Drostdy Museum to learn amore about the town. This outstanding institution displays an excellent example of mid-18th-century Cape Dutch architecture along with a wide range of historic artefacts. There are plenty of shops and cafes to enjoy in Swellendam as well.

    • Day 5

      Oudtshoorn

      OudtshoornOudtshoorn ostriches

      Another two-and-a-half hour drive brings you to Oudtshoorn this morning, travelling through an awe-inspiring mountain pass, through the semi-arid desert of Karoo and along what’s known as South Africa’s most scenic route, Route 62. It cuts through a vast expanse of vine-covered landscape, dramatic mountains and valleys. Take your time, stopping to capture photos or just soak up the views. After you check into your Oudtshoorn accommodation, explore the “ostrich capital of the world,” which became wealthy thanks to its ostrich feather industry around the turn of the 20th century. The elaborate sandstone homes provide a glimpse of its rich past.

    • Day 6

      Oudtshoorn/Cango Caves

      Oudtshoorn mountain passCango Caves

      Enjoy the day exploring this spectacular mountainous area with a drive to Cango Caves in Precambrian limestones at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. Join a tour to take a walk through the caves, including the main cave, considered one of the most magnificent in South Africa. The expert guide will fill you in on its history and more about the rock formations. If you’re up for something more adventurous, take the adventure tour to head deeper underground, travelling through smaller tunnels and caverns. After returning to Oudtshoorn, enjoy dinner at your hotel or one of the many restaurants in the city.

    • Day 7

      Plettenberg Bay

      Plettenberg Bay 1Plettenberg Bay Whale Watching

      A two-hour drive will bring you from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay, with breathtaking views, particularly along the Garden Route from the town of George where the roadway follows the coast. Along the way you might want to stop for lunch and an ocean view, with some fabulous restaurants and cafes overlooking the water. After reaching Plettenberg Bay, check into your accommodation, take time to relax and refresh and then head out to explore. The sandy beach and the spectacular clifftops are both great places for a stroll – along the way watch for dolphins, and from July through November, humpback and Bryde’s whales.

      Accommodation Options:

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        Knysna Hollow Country Estate

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        The Robberg

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    • Day 8

      Explore the Tsitsikamma National Park

      Tsitsikamma National Park suspension bridgeTsitsikamma National Park

      Travel through the high mountains of the Garden Route to Tsitsikamma National Park to enjoy coastal views from a different perspective this morning. You could choose to go on a kayak tour, led by passionate expert guides. Paddle from the open ocean to the mouth of Storms River and beyond, passing under the famous suspension bridge, a postcard-perfect photo-op. You’ll be surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery, including dramatic foliage-draped cliffs that create cathedral-like tranquility with the silence interrupted only by the rushing sounds of the river.

    • Day 9

      Plettenberg Bay

      Plettenberg BayPlettenberg Bay at night

      Today you can relax and enjoy the stunning white sand beach at Plettenberg Bay. If you are visiting during the whale season, a boat trip to explore the marine wildlife is a great idea.

    • Days 10 - 12

      Amakhala Game Reserve

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      It’s a little over a three-hour drive from Plettenberg Bay to your next destination, Amakhala Game Reserve, much of which follows along the coast. Enjoy a relaxed morning, taking in the views along the way. Once you have settled into your room at the lodge, you’ll get to enjoy your first game drive. The private game reserve covers 18,000 acres, home to a wide range of wildlife, including giraffes, elephants, wildebeest, zebras, lions, rhinos, cheetahs, monkeys, buffaloes, various antelope species and tortoise. Your expert guide will help you track the animals and tell you more about what you’re seeing.

      You’ll also have the option to view wildlife from a different perspective by joining a river cruise on Bushman’s River. It brings outstanding views of wildlife, with the river home to lots of fish, attracting many different animals.

      Accommodation Options:

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        Hillsnek Safari Camp

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        Great Fish River Lodge

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    • Day 13

      Departure Day

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      While today is your departure day, you’ll have one final chance to watch the wildlife with a morning game drive. After viewing and breakfast, you’ll drive your rental car to Port Elizabeth Airport and check in for your flight.

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