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Garden Route Self Drive

9 days  |  Cape Town to Port Elizabeth  |  from USD $1,139

Drive South Africa’s beautiful Garden Route, from Cape Town to the cosmopolitan city of Port Elizabeth, the wine region of Klein Karoo and whale watching capital Plettenburg Bay en route.

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Day 1

Upon arrival in Cape Town you will be met by our representative and escorted to where you collect your rental vehicle. Drive to your hotel in the heart of the city. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Cape Town

Days 2-3

Two free days to explore the ‘Mother City.’ With Table Mountain as its iconic backdrop, a bevy of beautiful beaches, the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, wonderful shops, restaurants and bars, Cape Town is an essential stop in South Africa. Take the revolving cable car to the top of Table Mountain and a boat trip to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, or see where the two oceans meet on a day trip to the famous Cape of Good Hope.

Discover the beautiful Winelands, just a short distance from Cape Town. Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, offers some of the world’s finest wines as well as being a bustling university town. Paarl is nestled in the Berg River Valley with a number of traditional-styled wine farms and Franschhoek, South Africa’s very own ‘French Quarter’, is a quaint little town with world-renowned wine cellars.
Overnight: Cape Town  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 4

Make your way to Klein Karoo’s capital - Oudtshoorn today. Here there is the option to visit the Safari Ostrich Ranch or the Cango Caves to explore the ancient stalagmites and stalactites and visit endangered animals at the Cango Wildlife Ranch.

Since 1863 Oudtshoorn had become known as the ostrich capital of the world, successfully producing the best feathers, leather products and ostrich meat world wide. The town of Outdshoorn is situated in the beautiful valley between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountins, and is the commercial hub of the greater Klein Karoo region, which encompasses the towns of Prince Albert, De Rust and Calitzdorp. Being surrounded by mountains means that every road into Outdshoorn allows a picturesque pass, offering travellers scenes of unspoilt natural beauty.
Overnight: Oudtshoorn  |  Breakfast

Days 5-6

Drive to Plettenberg Bay on day 5. Known as the jewel of the Garden Route, this tranquil town is famous for its beautiful beaches, lagoons, indigenous forests and the rugged Robberg Peninsular where you can enjoy a scenic walk around the point of the peninsular. Whilst in Plettenberg Bay why not head to beautiful Knysna and enjoy a fun and adventurous cruise to Knysna Heads?

From Keurboomstrand in the north to the Robberg Peninsula there are 15km of beaches interrupted only by the Keurbooms River mouth. Central Beach is the busiest beach in Plettenberg Bay and it is the launch site for Marine Safaris, dive charters and ocean kayaking tours. Just 2 minutes from the town, there are many restaurants, bars and facilities nearby. Keeurbooms Beach is 10km from the town and is almost "wild" in its unspoiled beauty. Robberg Beach is ideal for very long walks, it stretches for kilometres between the Robberg Peninsula and Beacon Island and offers the best shore-based whale watching in the area.
Overnight: Plettenberg Bay  |  Breakfast x 2

Days 7-8

Your final port of call is along South Africa’s east coast at Port Elizabeth, 800km from Cape Town. Port Elizabeth is also known as "Nelson Mandela City", the landing place of the 1820 settlers and the area that saw the first meeting of Khoisan, British, Dutch, German and Xhosa people. This major sea port and tourist destination is renowned for its sunshine and sandy beaches. Conditions in Port Elizabeth are ideal for sailing, swimming and scuba diving.

Within the city are many parks with well landscaped gardens, the largest being St Georges Park which covers 73 hectares and is home to the world famous Port Elizabeth Cricket Club, the oldest bowling green in South Africa, Prince Alfred's Guard Memorial and the 1882 Victorian Pearson Conservatory.
Overnight: Port Elizabeth  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 9

Drive to the airport and drop off your vehicle before your onward flight.

Extend your stay with an Eastern Cape safari

Consider extending your stay with a 3 night safari in the Eastern Cape, which is malaria free and offers excellent 'Big Five' game viewing. You'll enjoy two game activities per day - game drives, guided walks or river cruises.

The landscape of the Eastern Cape is distinctive and instantly recognisable with undulating hills punctuated by tall aloes, euphorbia and bushy cape scrub, as well as brightly coloured traditional Xhosa houses. Highly successful conservation efforts in re-establishing the game that originally populated this area, have seen large tracts of land surrounding the Addo Elephant National Park, converted into private game reserves, resulting in strong numbers of lion, elephant and rhino – including the rare black rhino which thrives on the nutrient rich spekboom of the area. Cheetah, leopard and Cape buffalo are also frequently spotted.

The lodges of this malaria free Eastern Cape area are exceptionally child friendly and more recent developments have seen lodges opening in the Great Karoo, to the north of the province – a great expanse of semi-desert plains and dramatic scenery.

Trip Highlights

Port Elizabeth - “the windy city”
Knysna - picturesque town
Cape Town - “The Mother City”
Plettenberg Bay - “the jewel of the Garden Route”
Oudtshoorn - Ostrich Farm and Cango Caves (optional)


Breakfast daily
9 days car hire - Group B vehicle (aircon and powersteering) with Classic Plus insurance cover. Vehicle upgrade available.
8 nights accommodation (standard, superior or deluxe)
Standard Meet and Greet upon arrival at airport

Not Included

International flights and visas
Optional activities
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults.

Single Supp.
Garden Route Self Drive - 9 days
USD $1139
USD $529

Supplementary Prices

Single Supp.
Superior Accommodation
USD $1389
Deluxe Accommodation
USD $1789

Prices are indicative and based on low season in standard accommodation (superior and deluxe available upon request). They will therefore vary depending on your chosen hotels, room availability as well as time of travel.

This Garden Route itinerary is also available as a small group tour with fixed departures, escorted by a guide.

Tour Details
Cape Town
Port Elizabeth
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Standard, superior or deluxe (dependent upon your chosen itinerary)
Local Payment
Tour Guide
No. This is a self drive holiday
Breakfast: 8
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