Storms River Mouth in Tsitsikamma | South Africa | Africa
FROM: USD $545 pp
Garden Route Self Drive - 6 days map

PRIVATE SELF DRIVE TOUR: 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.

Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

Port Elizabeth - “the windy city”
Knysna - a picturesque coastal town
Cape Town - “The Mother City”
Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth
Oudtshoorn - Ostrich Farm and Cango Caves (optional)


Breakfast daily
6 days car hire - group B vehicle (Toyota Yaris 1.5 X1 or similar). Option to upgrade at time of booking. Please read the Trip Notes for full inclusions and exclusions relating to car hire
4 nights SUPERIOR and 1 night STANDARD accommodation. DELUXE accommodation upgrade options are available upon request. Accommodation rating – See Trip Notes for details

Not Included

International flights and visas
Optional activities
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Car Hire One Way Drop Off Charge - Approx US$100-120. To be paid locally.


Day 1

Port Elizabeth

On arrival at Port Elizabeth Airport, head to the 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

Day 2

Tsitsikamma National Park

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

Days 3-4


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 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

Day 5


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 take a tour of the famous Cango Caves where you'll discover mysterious limestone formations in a subterranean wonderland.
Overnight: Oudtshoorn  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Cape Town

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 'Twin Share' price is per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single Room' price is applicable when a single room is required. Prices are based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

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Twin / Share
Single Room
USD $545
USD $725
USD $745
USD $955


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.

The Beach Hotel, Port Elizabeth

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

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 Tsitsikamma.

Rex Hotel, Knysna

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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.

La Plume Guest House, Oudtshoorn

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

La Plume is a 1902 Victorian homestead on a working ostrich, alfalfa and vine farm. The charming rooms feature antique furniture.

In Brief

Port Elizabeth
Cape Town
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Our rating: 4 nights Superior and 1 night Standard
Tour Guide
No. This is a self drive holiday
Breakfast: 5
Suspension bridge over Storm River Mouth at Tsitsikamma National Park
The Knysna Heads that caused so many shipwrecks
Baby ostriches walking together in Oudtshoorn
Aerial view of Cape Town
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