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Succumb to the magic of got-it-all Cape Town and then fall under the spell of the Garden Route on this 11-day self-drive family adventure via the Breede River Valley to the Addo Elephant Park.

Set yourself up in self-catering comfort in the Mother City’s fashionable Gardens neighbourhood and travel the length and breadth of the Peninsula before voyaging into the heart of the Breede River Valley to sample the region’s bold vintages. Then segue seamlessly via the Garden Route to postcard-perfect Plettenberg Bay.

Bring your adventure to a malaria-free close at Addo Elephant National Park and enjoy twice-daily game drives, interpretive bush walks, and moonlit dinners served under the stars, the blissful end to a perfect holiday.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Soak up the sun on Camps Bay 
  • Hike Table Mountain
  • Beat a trail to Cape Point
  • Sail into the sunset on Table Bay
  • Explore fabulous Route 62
  • Bungee jump off Bloukrans River Bridge
  • Walk amongst giraffes in Addo Elephant Park
  • Thrill to an unrivalled Big 7 Safari

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-3

Fall under the spell of magical Cape Town

Arrive at Cape Town International Airport and collect your rental car for an easy drive to Cape Town’s fashionable Gardens neighbourhood. Here, in the shadow of Table Mountain, is the stylish More Quarters Apartment Hotel.

With its timeless style and contemporary features complementing the area’s character, More Quarters Hotel is perfectly located within striking distance of the city’s best eateries, bars and beaches. Retreat to the stylish privacy of your suite or step out into the vibrant heart of Cape Town and revel in Kloof Street’s cosmopolitan charm. Glittering Clifton and palm-fringed Camps Bay are a 15-minute drive over spectacular Kloof Nek.

Take a day trip along the length of the Cape Peninsula via Chapman’s Peak Drive to Cape Point, and stand poised at the southwestern-most tip of the continent as the mountainous swells of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans crash at the precipice far below you. Climb Table Mountain or visit the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Be it fine dining, retail therapy or high adventure, Cape Town’s temptations lie in every direction. As the shadows lengthen into late afternoon, explore the historic Constantia Valley on the south-eastern slopes of Table Mountain, home to some of the most hauntingly beautiful wine farms in the world. Then visit the V&A Waterfront for a sunset cruise in Table Bay and dine at one its quayside restaurants.

Days 4-5

Drink in the beauty of the Breede River Valley

Leave Cape Town behind you and head north past Paarl via the jaw-dropping Drakenstein Mountain range into the Breede River Valley, a lush feast of fruit orchards and vineyards patch-worked in pastels across the plain. This is the ‘Valley of Wine and Roses’, with the life-giving Breede River its arterial heart. Robertson is a farming town with a ‘big-sky’ character. Its climate is hot and its vines thrive in its lime-rich soil, yielding some of the country’s most expressive wines.

You will be staying at the Robertson Small Hotel. An elegantly-restored Victorian manor house proffering old-world charm, this chic boutique hotel is a national heritage site. Settle into your poolside suite and, drink in hand, relax on your deck. Then unwind with a signature full-body massage at the hotel’s luxurious Wellness Room. And think about dinner: Reuben’s at the Robertson is a destination in itself, with its acclaimed menu offering a combination of flavours to suit every palate, paired to perfection with wines from its thoughtfully-curated cellar.

After breakfast, launch into a tasting at one of the surrounding wineries (be sure to nominate a designated driver) along Route 62, one of the most scenic and compelling drives in the country and the longest wine route in South Africa. Sweep your way through some of the Western Cape’s most beautiful countryside, over mountain passes and through fertile valleys to Bonnievale, and then detour to Montagu for a stimulating dip in its hot mineral springs, before making your way back to Robertson.

Days 6-7

Build a sandcastle on Robberg Beach

Say goodbye to the Breede River Valley and take a slow drive via the forest idylls and tranquil lagoons of the beautiful Garden Route to Robberg Beach Lodge in Plettenberg Bay – or ‘Plett’ as it is known fondly to locals. With its top-notch take on penthouse living, this luxuriously-appointed villa is perfectly located as a base from which to explore Plett’s many attractions. Enjoy a sundowner on your roof-top terrace and savour panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.

With its child-friendly beaches and postcard-perfect setting in the foothills of the deep-blue Tsitsikama Mountains, Plettenberg Bay is a favourite destination, its sun, sand and warm waters the very model of a ‘bucket-and-spade’ holiday. But there is more to Plett than sandcastles. After breakfast, tee off to the challenge of the Goose Valley Golf Course (designed by Gary Player), take to the walking trails of the Robberg Peninsula to see the barking fur seals, or thrill to land-based whale and dolphin watching.

Days 8-10

Walk amongst giraffes in Addo Elephant Park

Enjoy a final hearty breakfast at Robberg Beach Lodge and then set your sights on the ruggedly-beautiful Eastern Cape province and the malaria-free Addo Elephant National Park. If you have the nerve, stop at the Bloukrans River Gorge to leap into the void from the highest bungee jump in the world.

Your stylish retreat for the next three nights is the luxurious River Bend Country Lodge in the lush, ever-green Sundays River Valley. Settle into your spacious suite and gaze out over the wide savannah. You have much to look forward to: with the inclusion of the Bird and St Croix Islands, the Addo Elephant National Park is the third largest national park in South Africa and home to the Big 7 – elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, great white shark and southern right whale.

Your itinerary includes game drives, guided nature walks and horse-back safaris, tailored to your convenience and at your own pace. River Bend Lodge is on the Nyati concession of Addo Elephant Park, which is not open to the public. This means uninterrupted and exclusive game-viewing opportunities: step out of your 4x4 under the supervision of your ranger and thrill to the surreal experience of walking among giraffes, these peaceable giants passing within touching distance of you.

Return to the lodge for lunch, with the afternoon yours to do with as you will. Retreat into the swimming pool from the heat of the day. Relax at the bar or in the library, or simply catch up on a nap. Then enjoy a personalized game drive into the Zuurberg Mountains, with herds of elephants moving around you. Or set off on a private birding trip, with River Bend home to over 300 bird species. Staff await your return from your late-afternoon game drive with welcoming face towels and steaming hot chocolate. Pep yourself up and rejuvenate before dinner under the expert hands of the resident therapist at River Bend’s luxurious Plumbago Spa. Then, as the afternoon’s shadows lengthen into evening, enjoy a sundowner on your private patio before strolling across the lawns to Silverthorns Restaurant, River Bend’s fine-dining destination.

Day 11

Bid your new friends farewell

Elephants are gathering around the waterhole, five of them so far. And, over there, an ostrich. A warthog is trotting across the lawn, its tail held high. And, beside the car, two zebra, grazing placidly. It is a wistful moment. But your bags are packed and breakfast is over… you take one last look, then a wave and you are gone.

An hour you are at the coast, at Port Elizabeth International Airport, handing over the keys of your car. Shortly you will hear your flight being called for your onward journey home but you are already thinking of your return.

Inclusions

  • 3 nights at More Quarters Apartments on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 nights at The Robertson Small Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 nights at Robberg House on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 nights at River Bend Country Lodge on a full board basis
  • 11 days car rental

Exclusions

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

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 03 Jul 2014 - 02 Aug 2014 $2040
  • 03 Aug 2014 - 02 Sep 2014 $2040
  • 03 Sep 2014 - 03 Oct 2014 $2155
  • 04 Oct 2014 - 03 Nov 2014 $2580

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

"A holiday that will fit most budgets! This great trip combines all the Cape has to offer at a fantastic price."

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