Self Drive the Beautiful Garden Route

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Self Drive the Beautiful Garden Route Self Drive the Beautiful Garden Route
15 Days from $1,400 p/p in USD Departures: Year Round
 

Experience the scenic beauty of the Garden Route & South African coastline as you self-drive through the stunning countryside. Discover natural parks and attractions in this nature-lover’s paradise. Cape St Francis is home to five beautiful nature reserves, Tsitsikamma National Park has a marine reserve and magnificent scenery, Knysna is a picturesque town with superb views while at De Kelders you can see whales from your bedroom during the whale watching season! Enjoy the wonders of the Cape Winelands in Stellenbosch and in Cape Town there are many landmarks and highlights to explore. 

Overview

  • Country:
    South Africa
  • You will visit:
    Cape St Francis, Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Jan Harmsgat, De Kelders, Stellenbosch, Cape Town
  • Tour type:
    self drive
  • Safari standard:
    luxury
  • Wildlife:
    Black wildebeest, springbuck, grey rheebuck, ostriches, over 130 bird species, whales, sharks
  • Viewing by:
    Optional activities
  • Getting around:
    Self-drive vehicle
  • Arrive/Depart:
    Start in Port Elizabeth / end in Cape Town

Day by Day

Days 1 & 2:  Port Elizabeth - Cape St Francis

After collection of your rental car at Port Elizabeth International Airport you will make your way to Cape St. Francis Resort, situated approximately 90 minutes from bustling coastal metropolitan city.

Cape St Francis, with its historic Seal Point Lighthouse, is a tranquil eco destination. This pristine beach, the mild temperature combined with the longest sunshine hours on the South African coast ensure a relaxed year-round destination. Cape St Francis is home to no less than five beautiful nature reserves, Cape St Francis Nature Reserve, Seal Point Nature Reserve, Seal Bay Nature Reserve, St Francis Field Nature Reserve and Irma Booysen Flora Reserve. Action or leisure, the choices are varied, exciting and endless. Explore the canals by boat, venture onto the Kromme River or experience a game of golf on one of the surrounding golf courses such as the St Francis Bay Golf Club or the recently opened St Francis Links. Keen fishermen can try their hand at fishing from the rocks or charter a fishing vessel for some deep sea fishing.

2 nights at Cape St. Francis Resort on a bed & breakfast basis

Days 3 & 4:  Tsitsikamma 

Tsitsikamma is a khoi word meaning “place of abundant or sparkling water”. The region stretches from the Bloukrans River in the west to Eerste Rivier in the east, is bordered on the north by the imposing Tsitsikamma mountains and in the south by the Indian Ocean. The area is covered in large tracts of indigenous forest, commercial plantation and fynbos. Deep river gorges cleft the plateau as they make their way down to the sea. A mild year round climate allows one to make the most of all the outdoor activities that are on offer. Tsitsikamma National Park, declared in 1964, encompasses a marine reserve made up of 80km of coastline and offers the visitor magnificent scenery, walks, a small beach, restaurant and shop. The famous Storms River Suspension Bridge spans the river mouth. The Tsitsikamma Village Inn, situated in the beautiful village of Storms River, is the perfect accommodation for couples, families, and adventurers alike. The Tsitsikamma Village is home to a variety of restaurants, its very own microbrewery, and is also a great place to stay if you are planning to explore and sight-see around Storms River.

2 nights at Tsitsikamma Village Inn on a bed & breakfast basis

Day 5:  Knysna

The picturesque little town of Knysna is one of the most popular destinations on the Garden Route. It is famous for its annual oyster festival, friendly people and the magnificent views from Leisure Island to the Knysna Heads. Enjoy a 180-degree view of Knysna, the lagoon and the famous Knysna Heads from your accommodation at Madison Manor with its unique location on top of “town hill”. Soak up the boutique hotel’s old world charm and grandeur displayed in the antique pieces of furniture made of the famous indigenous tress of the surrounding Knysna forest.

1 night at Madison Manor on a bed & breakfast basis

Days 6 & 7:  Jan Harmsgat

Enjoy first-hand experience of South African farm life at the beautiful Jan Harmsgat. The 680 hectare farm has orchards of fruit, nut and olive trees which produce highly acclaimed preserves and produce. The farm is also home to wildlife such as a black wildebeest, springbok, grey rheebuck and ostriches. Or sample the wines produced on the farm where the vineyards benefit from the farms unique location bordering the dry climate of the Little Karoo as well as the cool breezes from the coastal regions. Relax in the historical charm of the guesthouse, where the rooms are a reminder of yesteryear but with the luxury of today’s standards.

2 nights at Jan Harmsgat Country House on a bed & breakfast basis

Days 8 & 9:  De Kelders

An intimate guest house on top of the rugged cliffs of De Kelders, the lodge offers whale watching from the comfort of your bed during whale watching season. With its unique location overlooking the ocean, Whalesong Lodge is the ideal base from which to explore the Overberg area. Gansbaai is known for its dense population of great white sharks and cage diving is one of the best ways to experience these majestic hunters of the sea up close. For a more relaxing experience, visitors to Gansbaai can also enjoy relaxing cruises on the Klein River, home to over 130 bird species.

2 nights at Whalesong Lodge on a bed & breakfast basis

Days 10 & 11:  Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands

Established in 1802, Oude Werf is South Africa's oldest and most historic hotel and has defined hospitality and fine dining for centuries. Our guests enjoy the wonders of the Cape Winelands from the repose of our luxurious accommodation, situated in the historical core of the university town of Stellenbosch, only 50km from Cape Town, 25km from the sea and surrounded by beautiful mountains. Stellenbosch is famous as the premier wine region of South Africa. Located on vibrant Church Street, Oude Werf retains the graceful ambience of Georgian style throughout. Soft hues and antique furniture have been tastefully aligned with the comforts of modern living to create a calm haven from which to base your exploration of Stellenbosch.

2 nights at Oude Werf Hotel on a bed & breakfast basis

Days 12 - 14:  Cape Town

Cape Town is often referred to as the Mother City of South Africa. Home to famous landmarks such as Table Mountain, Cape Point, Kirstenbosch Gardens, District Six Museum and Robben Island – Cape Town has a wealth of activities, cultural highlights, natural beauty and a trending dining experiences to keep visitors entertained for days.

Antrim Villa is the ideal base from which to explore the Cape and its diverse highlights. Built in the late 1800’s, the old English Victorian house was originally a family residence with high ceilings and well-kept stuccos which adds to its charm. Situated at the foot of Signal Hill, Antrim Villa is only a few minutes drive from the V&A Waterfront with its bustling food scene and shopping experiences. The rooms are comfortable and well equipped with all the fittings to ensure for a peaceful night’s sleep after a busy day of sightseeing and exploring.

3 nights at Antrim Villa on a bed & breakfast basis

Day 15:  Departure

Transfer to Cape Town airport for your departure flight. 

Rates

RATES - PER PERSON USD


From USD 1,400 per person sharing

From USD 805 per single supplement


Includes

  • Two nights’ accommodation at Cape St, Francis Resort on a bed & breakfast basis
  • Two nights’ accommodation at Tsitsikamma Village Inn on a bed & breakfast basis
  • One nights' accommodation at Madison Manor on a bed & breakfast basis
  • Two nights’ accommodation at Jan Harmsgat Country House on a bed & breakfast basis
  • Two nights’ accommodation at Whalesong Lodge on a bed & breakfast basis
  • Two nights’ accommodation at Oude Werf Hotel on a bed & breakfast basis
  • Three nights’ accommodation at Dunkley House on a bed & breakfast basis


Excludes

  • All meals, beverages, entrance fees, activities, flights, transfers and car rental not listed under Includes section
  • Regional and domestic flight fares and taxes are excluded but can be quoted on request
  • All items of a personal nature such as curio shop purchases, telephone calls and gratuities
  • Visas and Passport related costs
  • Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)


Activities

  • Whale Watching
  • Cage Diving with Sharks
  • Wine Tour
  • Table Mountain Tour
  • City Tour
  • Cape Peninsula Tour
  • Robben Island
  • Helicopter City and Peninsula Flights etc

These can be booked with us, rates from USD 45 per person

 


Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by 'Camping Africa'
  • All prices are 'From' and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • 'Camping Africa' reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability
  • Tours can be customized but may be subjct to additional costs

Departures

Available year round - contact us to discuss your dates. 

We recommend this trip from September to mid June due to the rainy and chilly winter conditions from July to end of August.

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