Knysna | South Africa
FROM: AUD $4,075 pp
Garden Route & Safari Self Drive - 10 days map

PRIVATE SELF DRIVE TOUR: Explore Cape Town, take in the natural wonders of beautiful Garden Route and enjoy a three-night safari in the malaria-free Eastern Cape on this 10 day South Africa self drive holiday. Stop in the picturesque Klein Karoo valley and Knysna to discover local highlights such as Cango Caves, Oudtshoorn and Plettenburg Bay. Then go in search of the Big Five in Amakhala Game Reserve before ending in Port Elizabeth.

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Prices & Dates
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Covid Safe Guide

Trip Highlights

Cape Town - explore the Mother City on a guided tour and enjoy spectacular views from the top of Table Mountain
Klein Karoo - discover the natural beauty of this long valley and opt to independently explore attractions in area such as the famous Cango Caves and the ostrich farms of Oudtshoorn
Port Elizabeth - spend a night in “the windy city” at the eastern end of the Sunshine Coast and visit its beautiful beaches
Cape Point - enjoy a full day tour of the picturesque Cape Peninsula, travelling to the towering Cape Point headland and visiting the penguins at Boulders Beach
Knysna - admire the lovely lagoons and pristine beaches, book a sunset cruise to Knysna Heads or perhaps visit Monkeyland and Birds of Eden
Amakhala Game Reserve - go in search of the Big Five on a three night safari in the malaria-free Eastern Cape

Included

9 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
3 nights at Hlosi Game Lodge in a luxury suite on a Fully Inclusive basis (all meals, fees and activities)
Car hire inclusions: Contract Fee, Super Collision Damage Waiver, Super Theft Loss Waiver, Airport Surcharge, Tourism Levy, Unlimited Mileage & vehicle assist, Tyre & Windscreen Waiver
Scheduled Half Day Cape Town & City Tour (upgrade to private tour available on request)
Amakhala Game Reserve - morning and evening game drives in open Land Rovers
6 nights 3-4 star hotels on a Bed & Breakfast basis
7 days car hire - Group E: Toyota Corolla or similar - upgrades available on request
Cape Town International Airport arrival transfer on day 1
Scheduled Full Day Cape Point & Peninsula Tour including: Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Boulders Beach & Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (upgrade to private tour available on request)

Not Included

International flights and visas
Table Mountain Cableway Ticket
Car hire exclusions: Rental Deposit, Refuelling Fee, Additional Driver per rental, Young Driver Surcharge (18-20) per day, Fine Handling Fee & Claim Handling Fee per occurrence, Babyseat and Booster Seat per rental, GPS Units, Delivery/collection Fee per km in excess of 25km from rental location, Towing Charges (If not mechanical), No Show Fees, Assessor’s Fee & Overdue Rental Administration Fee, Toll Fees & Fuel, After Hours charges, Water and Undercarriage Damage

Itinerary

Day 1

Cape Town

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will be met by our representative and transfered to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore Cape Town or relax at the hotel.
Overnight: Cape Town

Day 2

Cape Town city tour

Become acquainted with South Africa's enchanting 'Mother City' on a scheduled half day city tour this morning. After breakfast meet your local guide in the hotel foyer and set out to explore the city, including Company Gardens, the Slave Lodge and iconic Table Mountain (Cable car ticket not included; weather permitting). After the tour spend the afternoon at leisure, independently exploring the city. We recommend a visit to Robben Island (weather permitting) or a stroll around the V&A Waterfront, which offers an abundance of shops and entertainment.
Overnight: Cape Town  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Cape Point & Peninsula tour

Embark on a full day scheduled tour of Cape Point and the Peninisula today. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s most scenic areas, stretching from Cape Town's city centre to the towering headland of Cape Point, encompassing magnificent beaches, breath-taking views and picturesque coastal villages. It's a spectacular coastal drive over Chapman’s Peak to beautiful Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve. Then travel on to Simon’s Town to see the large penguin colony at Boulders Beach. The tour ends with a visit to the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, set against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.
Overnight: Cape Town  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Klein Karoo

Cape Town - Klein Karoo. This morning your rental vehicle will be dropped off at your hotel. After breakfast embark on a scenic drive to Klein Karoo in the Western Cape, travelling via Route 62, the longest wine route in the Western Cape, where magnificent landscapes and towering cliffs abound.

Check into your hotel and independently explore the area. The beautiful valley of the Klein Karoo has a wide range of attractions including the mystical Cango Caves, Cango Wildlife Ranch and the famous ostrich farms of Oudtshoorn.
Overnight: Klein Karoo  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Kynsna

Klein Karoo - Knysna. Head south from Klein Karoo along the beautiful Garden Route to the sleepy coastal town of Knysna today, which is nestled between lush forests and a peaceful estuary. There are plenty of attractions in and around this picturesque town. You can explore the many beautiful beaches around Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, book a sunset cruise to Knysna Heads or perhaps visit Monkeyland and Birds of Eden.
Overnight: Knysna  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Tsitsikamma & Port Elizabeth

Knysna - Port Elizabeth. Complete your journey along the Garden Route today as you travel from Knysna, through spectacular coastal scenery, to the sunny city of Port Elizabeth. Consider stopping to explore Tsitsikamma National Park en route. The indigenous forest of Tsitsikamma has an incredible array of vegetation, birds and wildlife and there is a wonderful winding board walk through the forest which leads to the famous suspension bridge at Tsitsikamma Mouth.
Overnight: Port Elizabeth  |  Breakfast

Days 7-9

Amakhala Game Reserve

Port Elizabeth - Amakhala Game Reserve. After breakfast drive to Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Spend the next three nights at Hlosi Game Lodge where you can enjoy a family-friendly Big Five safari in a wildlife-rich, malaria free reserve. The daily programme at the lodge includes morning and evening game drives through Amakhala Game Reserve, guided by professional rangers in open Land Rovers. During the day relax by the swimming pool, perhaps indulge in some spa treatments or enjoy some of the other optional activities on offer, such as night drives, birding safaris, wilderness walks, bush walks and archery.
Overnight: Amakhala Game Reserve (3)  |  Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3

Day 10

Port Elizabeth

Amakhala Game Reserve - Port Elizabeth. Wake early to enjoy a final early morning game drive before breakfast. Then check out and drive back to Port Elizabeth Airport. Upon arrival at Port Elizabeth Airport, drop your rental vehicle off at the car rental terminal then check-in for your onward flight.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single Room' price is applicable when a single room is required, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. Please note: prices are indicative and final pricing may therefore vary, depending on hotel availability and time of travel.

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Hotels

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.

Cape Milner Hotel, Cape Town

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid-range Boutique Hotel

Set against the majestic backdrop of Table Mountain, the boutique Cape Milner Hotel is an eclectic mix of contemporary design and old-world charm with the ornate details of Cape Town's Victorian heritage combined with splashes of African craft. The neutral palette of the guestrooms create a spacious feel with beautiful views of the mountains and a great selection of amenities including WiFi and a beverage station. Guests can enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the pool deck, a quick workout at the in-house gym or a quiet cocktail in the chic Glass Lounge. The Cape Milner is centrally situated in Cape Town in a secluded location only 1.2 miles from the coast.

Swartberg Country Manor, Klein Karoo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

A historic 19th-century farm nestled at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains that has now been converted into luxury accommodation. With sweeping mountain views and a relaxed atmosphere, it's the perfect base for exploring this part of the Garden Route. Rooms are modern but with a rustic feel, boasting ensuite bathrooms and verandahs. There's an outdoor pool and onsite restaurant serving classic South African cuisine. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.

Knysna Log-Inn Hotel, Knysna

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Built in 1998, the Knysna Log-Inn Hotel embodies an "indigenous" concept that combines the character and the spirit of the surrounding indigenous forests with Knysna's romantic history. The hotel is very centrally located, right in the middle of town, and is ideally situated for sight seeing. Within easy walking distance of the hotel - about 200m - are the Knysna Quays (better known as the Knysna Waterfront), as are the ferries to the Knysna Heads.

The Kelway Hotel, Port Elizabeth

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The elegant timber-structured Kelway Hotel is warm & inviting, located just 5 minutes from some of the best beaches in Port Elizabeth and conveniently close to the airport. The rooms are comfortable and well-appointed, with ensuite bathrooms, TV, air-conditioning, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Dining is in the onsite restaurant and the wine bar has a 10 yards glass wall offering sweeping vistas of the bay. Eagle-eyed guests can search for whales and dolphins in Nelson Mandela Bay from the hotel's plunge pool.

Amakhala Hlosi Game Lodge , Amakhala Game Reserve

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

A fenced camp situated in a tranquil grassland setting, Amakhala Hlosi Game Lodge offers six suites and eight luxury safari tents, creating an intimate and personal game viewing experience. Ensuite bathrooms all come with a bath and the accommodation is of a high standard. Wildlife can be seen from private viewing decks and there's an onsite lounge and restaurant, swimming pool, and waterhole, where more local wildlife comes to visit. Wi-Fi connection is available in communal areas of the lodge.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Cape Town
Ends
Port Elizabeth
Departs
Year round
Hotel Rating
4 star hotels & safari lodge
Tour Guide
Only for scheduled sightseeing in Cape Town
Meals
Breakfast: 9, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 3
Visiting
Cape Town, Klein Karoo, Knysna, Port Elizabeth, Amakhala Game Reserve
Countries
Aerial view of Cape Town
Aerial view of Cape Town
The Knysna Heads that caused so many shipwrecks
The beach and edge of the city at Port Elizabeth
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