Tsala Treetops Plettenberg Bay

Classic Garden Route Self Drive

14 days from £2,800pp – flights included

Cape Town  – Garden Route  – Self Drive

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A self drive holiday along the ‘Garden route’ is a South Africa staple.

Self drive itineraries are great in that they allow you to be flexible from day to day… tailoring your holiday to your energy levels, the weather, and to the people you meet. And this classic Garden Route itinerary is a particular favourite of ours and our clients. Begin with the sights and scenery of Cape Town, before self-driving along the Garden Route staying at a handful of our favourite properties along the route. In Plettenberg Bay, Hog Hollow is a highlight. End the trip with a few days of safari in the Amakhala Game Reserve.

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The itinerary…

Day 1: Take Off

Fly overnight to Cape Town.

Day 2: Cape Town

On arrival into Cape Town, collect your rental car and make your way in to the city where you’ll stay at Trevoyan Guesthouse for 3 nights with breakfast included.

Day 3-4: Explore Cape Town

Spend the next couple of days exploring the sights of Cape Town. Take a cable car up Table Mountain. Hop on the ferry to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Drive down to the Cape of Good Hope. See the penguins at Simonstown. Dine at some of Africa’s finest restaurants – a favourite of ours is the ‘Test Kitchen’… it's world class – so essential to book as soon as you know you’re coming to Cape Town.

Day 5: Franschhoek

This morning check out of Trevoyan and head up to the Cape Winelands. Stay for the next 2 nights in the charming village of Franschhoek, at Akademie Street – a stylish and award winning boutique hotel.

Day 6: Explore the Winelands

Spend the day learning the history behind this world-renowned wine region and understanding the wine making process. A wine tour is the best way to do this. Enjoy lunch at one of the region’s fantastic restaurants, for example ‘La Petite Ferme’ – with its views out over the Franschhoek valley.

Day 7: Route 62 & Oudtshoorn

After breakfast, drive east along Route 62 to South Africa’s Ostrich capital, Oudtshoorn, to stay at La Plume Guesthouse for 1 night with breakfast included. Spend the afternoon exploring this beautiful area – visit the Cango Caves or if you’re feeling adventurous, why not ride an ostrich!

Suggestion: For meerkat enthusiasts, ask to stay at De Zeekoe where meerkat tours depart daily at sunrise.

Day 8: Plettenberg Bay

Drive down to George, officially the beginning the Garden Route part of the trip. Driving east you’ll head through Knysna – the perfect spot for a seafood lunch! We suggest a visit to the Knysna Heads View Point.

Then make your way past Plettenberg Bay, with its long stretches of beach, to stay at Hog Hollow for 3 nights, with breakfast included. Three nights here will give you plenty of time to explore this beautiful part of the coastline, and its many land and sea based activities.

Day 9-10: Activities around Plettenberg Bay

Enjoy the varied selection of activities on offer at Hog Hollow; forest walks, a nearby Snake park, dolpin & whale watching trips, horse riding, bungee jumping, polo… the list is endless.

Day 11: Amakhala Game Reserve

Check out of Hog Hollow this morning and drive further east to the Amakhala Game Reserve to stay at one of the many lodges on the reserve for 3 nights with all meals, drinks and safari activities included. Woodbury Lodge is one of our favourites – but it depends on your style and standard preferences.

Days 12-13: Safari time!

Amakhala is a ‘Big Five’ reserve – so no holds barred wildlife viewing! Spend the next 2 days on safari…. you stay includes 4-wheel drive game drives, river trips, bush walks, or you can just recline around the swimming pool enjoying the sun while the birds keep you company.

Day 14: Flight home

Drive to Port Elizabeth (1 hour). Drop off your hire car and check in for your return flight back to Europe via Johannesburg.

Day 15: Touch Down


Duration: 14 days

Location: South Africa, Africa

Price: £2000pp

This Classic Garden Route Self Drive idea costs from £2,000pp and includes: International flights (price based on London), internal flights and all accommodation on a sharing basis.

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