Garden Route Self Drive - 6 days
Drive along South Africa’s beautiful Garden Route, from cosmopolitan Port Elizabeth to captivating Cape Town. Stop en route to explore the rugged Tsitsikamma Forest, the beautiful beaches of Plettenburg Bay, Knysna lagoon and Oudtshoorn, famous for its ostriches.
On arrival at Port Elizabeth Airport, head to the Avis Car Hire depot to collect your hired car and drive to your Port Elizabeth hotel. 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. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the town or enjoy time at the beach.
Overnight: Port Elizabeth
Port Elizabeth - Tsitsikamma. After breakfast depart Port Elizabeth and drive along South Africa’s southern coastline, known as the Garden Route. You will experience a scenic drive towards the Tsitsikamma Forest. The protected and indigenous forest of Tsitsikamma contains an amazing array of vegetation, birds and wildlife and a wonderful winding board walk through the forest leads to the famous suspension bridge at Tsitsikamma Mouth. Explore the coastal bush and rocky shoreline and if you are more adventurous plunge off the world’s highest bungee jump at the Bloukrans River.
Overnight: Tsitsikamma National Park | Breakfast
Tsitsikamma - Knysna. Continue your journey along the Garden route via Plettenberg Bay, where you can stop and relax at a stunning beach before making your way to the picturesque town of Knysna which is nestled between lush forests and a peaceful estuary.
There's plenty of activities and attractions in Knysna. Consider a visit to the Knsyna Elephant Park where you will have the opportunity to touch, feed and photograph these gentle giants or take a trip to the nearby Monkeyland, where you will get taken on a monkey safari in the forest to learn about these fascinating creatures, ranging from the Gibbons of Asia to the Lemurs of Madagascar.
Overnight: Knysna | Breakfast x 2
Knysna - Oudtshoorn. This morning continue your journey to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world. Explore the historical Klein Karoo at your own pace and partake in some of the activities available. You can opt to visit the ostrich show farm to learn about the history and use of these unique birds or take a tour of the famous Cango Caves where you'll discover mysterious limestone formations in a subterranean wonderland.
Overnight: Oudtshoorn | Breakfast
Oudtshoorn - Cape Town. Depart Oudtshoorn after breakfast this morning and head to Cape Town via Route 62, the longest wine route in the Western Cape, where magnificent landscapes and towering cliffs abound. Upon arrival into Cape Town you can drop off your hire car in the city or at Cape Town International Airport.
With Table Mountain as its iconic backdrop, a bevy of beautiful beaches, the famous Victoria and Albert Waterfront, wonderful shops, restaurants and more, we recommend extending your stay to explore Cape Town. We can book additional accommodation and activities upon request.
Prices & Dates
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
The Beach Hotel, Port Elizabeth
The spacious and individually decorated bedrooms are well-equipped with conveniences including satellite TV, tea/coffee making facilities, in-room mini safes and WiFi connection. Some of the rooms have views of the sea from a private balcony. Guests can dine in three different restaurants - enjoy breakfast at The Crest, soak up the views of the Indian Ocean from the Verandah or feast on steak and seafood dishes at The Ginger Restaurant. Sunbathe by the pool, relax out on the sun terrace or enjoy a selection of cocktails at the bar. The Beach Hotel is located along Port Elizabeth's beachfront.
Tsitsikamma Village Inn, Tsitsikamma National Park
Established in 1946, the Tsitsikamma Village Inn is a village style accommodation close to Tsitsikamma National Park. The 49 guest rooms are all individually decorated in a number of free standing buildings. All are decorated in the colonial style famous on the Garden Route. The Inn is home to the relaxed Hunter's Pub which serves a good range of refreshing beverages. There is also a beautiful outdoor pool - perfect for an early morning dip. This accommodation is well located at the end of the Garden Route, in beautiful Tsitskamma.
Rex Hotel, Knysna
The Rex Hotel in Knysna offers the best in self-catering comfort with a choice of five standard hotel rooms and luxury studio apartments with open plan lounge and kitchenette. The chic urban ambience of contemporary decor and rich fabrics is complimented by the range of amenities. The Rose Cafe offers a casual atmosphere in which to enjoy superb cuisine inspired by the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Middle East, beautifully presented and using only the freshest of ingredients. The outdoor terrace is an ideal spot to unwind with a good coffee and light snack.