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This fun-filled, self-drive holiday will have you exploring the best of the Western and Eastern Cape. With destinations ranging from Cape Town and the Cape Winelands to the beautiful Garden Route and a private, malaria-free Big 5 reserve, you'll find plenty to do that will keep the entire family entertained.

Start your journey in the vibrant city of Cape Town. You'll be staying in a fully-serviced private apartment - the perfect home for children - before travelling on to the Cape Winelands where you'll stay in style in a comfortable country lodge and dine at world-class restaurants in Franschhoek, the coutry's gourmet capital.

Then it's off to the Garden Route where you'll have two nights each in the classic coastal towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay where a huge range of family and fun activities await before ending your journey just outside the town of Port Elizabeth where you'll enjoy thrilling Big 5 game drives and leisurely river cruises at the Kariega Private Game Reserve.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Self-drive the Cape at your pace
  • Enjoy family-friendly accommodation
  • Take the cable car up Table Mountain
  • Visit the beautiful beaches of Cape Town
  • Taste local wines in the Cape Winelands
  • Dine in the gourmet capital of Franschhoek
  • Cruise along the fabulous Garden Route
  • Search for the Big 5 in malaria-free Kariega

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-4

Discover the beauty of Cape Town

Today you will arrive at Cape Town International Airport where you will collect your rental car and drive to Camps Bay, one of Cape Town's fashionable Atlantic Ocean suburbs. Settle into your fully-serviced, private apartment at The Crystal and sit back on the balcony with a drink in hand as you take in stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Table Mountain range.

Enjoy luxurious, elegant independent living over the next four days: you have a glorious golden sand beach on your doorstep as well as a range of sidewalk cafes and restaurants.

Make the most of your self-drive independence and explore this incredible city at your own pace. Hike or take an exciting cable car ride up Table Mountain, go shopping at the V&A Waterfront and vibrant Long and Kloof Streets, or visit the city's museums and art galleries. A boat trip to Robben Island will take you to the prison where Nelson Mandela was once held and a drive along the scenic Cape Peninsula will take you to dramatic Cape Point via the penguin colony at Boulders Beach.

Visit one of Camps Bay's restaurants for dinner or head into town for a table at one of Cape Town's many elegant, top-class restaurants.

Days 5-6

Explore the Cape Winelands

Today you will set off for the ever-scenic Cape Winelands where you'll spend the following four nights at The Auberg Clermont Guest House, located in South Africa's gourmet capital - Franschhoek. Set in a beautiful garden with a tennis court and swimming pool, this country-style guesthouse offers a contrasting yet equally luxurious place to relax and unwind after all the action at Camps Bay.

Pick up a picnic lunch and take a walk down to the river for a lazy afternoon under the trees or set off to visit local wine estates to taste their exceptional wines. Return to the charming town after a long day exploring the Winelands and dine in style at one of Franschhoek's award-winning restaurants.

Days 7-8

Drink in nature in Wilderness

Today you will say goodbye to the Winelands and drive along the beautiful Garden Route to the scenic coastal town of Knysna. You'll be staying at The Lofts for the following two nights, a quaint boutique hotel hidden away in a boatshed on Thesen Island.

These days can be spent not only indulging in luxurious spa treatments and enjoying the views over beautiful Knysna Lagoon but also exploring the town and its mountainous, forested surroundings, not to mention all the fabulous beaches of the area. There is a huge range of family-friendly activities close by - children will love Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and the Elephant Sanctuary.

Drive out to see the renowned Knysna Heads or the Featherbed Reserve, a stunning private nature conservation area and one of South Africa's premier Natural Heritage Sites. The adventure junkies will enjoy abseiling or sky diving while the more relaxed at heart can simply lounge on one of the pristine beaches.

Days 9-10

Explore Plettenberg Bay

This morning you will leave Knysna and drive to The Singing Kettle Lodge, a stunning seaside home just outside Plettenberg Bay. Overlooking the breathtaking Keurbooms beach, this elegant lodge will be your home for the following two nights.

Spend time with the family as you relax on the beach and tuck into the delicious food served at the restaurant situated below the lodge.

You'll enjoy the relaxed atmosphere at The Singing Kettle and the fact that it is a perfect lookout point for spotting dolphins and whales, the latter that visit the area every year between July and November. Enjoy a fascinating Marine Encounters tour, included in your itinerary.

A short drive will take you into the lively town of Plettenberg Bay where you can do some shopping and taste a bit of nightlife.

Days 11-13

Search for the Big Five in Kariega

Your last stop for the tour is the Eastern Cape and Kariega Family Lodge - a comfortable home located in the malaria-free Kariega Game Reserve near Port Elizabeth.

Besides the morning and afternoon game drives in search of the Big 5 and other animals like hippo, giraffe, zebra, you and your family can take part in a range of fun activities such as mountain biking, fly-fishing, horseback riding and river cruises - many of these catering specially for the youngsters.

Day 14

End your tour in Port Elizabeth

Your tour comes to an end this morning as you head out for one last early morning safari before driving to Port Elizabeth to drop off your car and connect with your onward travel arrangements.


  • 4 nights at The Crystal on a bed only basis
  • 2 nights at Auberge Clermont on a self-catering basis
  • 2 nights at The Lofts on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 nights Hog Hollow Country Lodge on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 nights at Kariega Main Lodge on a full board basis
  • 14 day car rental
  • Marine encounters tour


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

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 19 Aug 2014 - 15 Sep 2014 $2145
  • 16 Sep 2014 - 13 Oct 2014 $2145
  • 14 Oct 2014 - 10 Nov 2014 $2620
  • 11 Nov 2014 - 08 Dec 2014 $2650

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 fun and affordable family break with stays at great child-friendly places. This is truly one of our best-selling South African holidays!"



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