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Enjoy a self-drive holiday through South Africa's beautiful Garden Route on this spectacular 10-day adventure. Visit vibrant, seaside towns, explore dense forests, and see South Africa’s wildlife. Your journey begins with two nights on the banks of the breathtaking Knysna Lagoon where you can visit a natural primate sanctuary within a forest.

Move on to the lively town of Plettenberg Bay and enjoy the atmosphere here for two nights before making a quick stop at the city of Port Elizabeth. Continue on to spend the last four nights in the exceptional Kwandwe Private Reserve.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Relax on the stunning beaches of Plettenberg Bay
  • Search for dolphins & whales on a scenic cruise
  • Explore the densely vegetated Kwandwe Private Reserve
  • Search for the elegant blue crane, South Africa's national bird
  • Enjoy scenic drives along the beautiful south-eastern coast

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-2

Discover Beautiful Knysna

Arrive in the seaside town of George where you will collect your rental car and drive the short distance to the small town of Knysna. Spend two nights at Leisure Isle Lodge, overlooking the beautiful Knysna Lagoon, and spend your time exploring the town and visiting the beaches.

Go on excursion to Monkeyland, a stunning primate sanctuary in a nearby forest, and the adjacent Birds of Eden, a haven for a wide range of birds. The more adventurous might enjoy abseiling down the rocky Knysna Heads. In the evening, stroll around town and choose from one of the many restaurants. Knysna is particularly well known for its excellent seafood and, most notably, its oysters.

Days 3-4

Spot whales in Plettenberg Bay

Enjoy a short drive from Knysna to the seaside town of Plettenberg Bay, a small holiday town that is alive with fantastic restaurants, a variety of shops, and an energetic, social atmosphere.

Spend the following two nights at The Plettenberg, a Relais & Chateaux property that has two heated swimming pools and beautiful views over the beach. Its seaside locale is the perfect place to really unwind and soak up some of the sun's warming rays.

Day 5

Arrive in Friendly Port Elizabeth

Leave Plettenberg Bay and continue on to Port Elizabeth, a major seaport and tourist destination, known for its sunshine, safe sandy beaches, and thriving nightlife. Spend the night at The Windemere, where you'll be just a short walk from the Blue Flag status Kings Beach, the stunning Mc Arthur's Pools, and some of the city's finest restaurants. Pay a visit to the Boardwalk Casino to try your luck or to enjoy a delicious meal.

Days 6-9

Get Lost in the Kwandwe Private Reserve

From Port Elizabeth you will enjoy a scenic drive deeper into the Eastern Cape to the Kwandwe Private Reserve. You be staying at the trendy, modern Kwandwe Ecca Lodge for the last four nights of your journey.

Spend your days exploring this excellent reserve on game drives, keeping a special lookout for South Africa's rare and endangered national bird: the blue crane. Relax in the lodge's pool where you'll enjoy spectacular views over the lush valley. Take a day trip to the vibrant and cultural Grahamstown and return to your lodge for a delicious meal under the stars.

Day 10

Return to Cape Town

Your tour comes to an end today as you make your way back to Port Elizabeth where you will continue with your onward travel arrangements.


  • 2 nights at Leisure Isle Lodge on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 nights at The Plettenberg on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 1 night at The Windermere on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 4 nights at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge on a fully inclusive basis
  • 10 day car rental


  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Oct 2015 - 31 Oct 2015 $2655
  • 01 Nov 2015 - 05 Jan 2016 $2675
  • 06 Jan 2016 - 29 Feb 2016 $3260
  • 01 Mar 2016 - 30 Apr 2016 $2945

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

Product Manager

"One of our holidays that keeps getting raving reviews, it's a great opportunity to explore the gorgeous coastline and the Eastern Cape's top safari spots."



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