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Take in vibrant Cape Town and the scenic Garden Route before a big game safari in malaria-free Addo Elephant National Park on this exciting 10-day self-drive adventure.

Start your adventure in Cape Town and spend three days exploring Africa's favourite city. Take the cable car or hike up Table Mountain, visit the penguins at Boulders Beach, and stroll around the ever-popular V&A Waterfront.

Next, head east and spend a night in Stellenbosch, the elegant, historical capital of the Cape Winelands, before travelling along the picturesque Garden Route to Plettenberg Bay. Relax on superb beaches, hike in the nearby mountains, or simply soak up a little sun as you sit by the pool.

Finish off your self-drive adventure in Addo Elephant National Park and enjoy three days of great game viewing on game drives and guided nature walks.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Stay in a quaint Cape Town city suburb, walking distance to restaurants & attractions
  • Lounge on fantastic beaches a short drive away
  • Explore the Cape's attractions at your own pace
  • Go wine tasting in the Cape Winelands
  • Rejuvenate your senses at The River Manor Spa
  • Meander along the scenic Garden Route
  • Stay on a private estate outside Plettenberg Bay
  • Enjoy a huge range of activities & adventures
  • Search for elephants at Addo National Park

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in the Mother City

Arrive in Cape Town, pick up your hire car and drive to the beautiful neighbourhood of Tamboerskloof, one of Cape Town's upmarket city suburbs. Check into the strikingly beautiful Walden House for a three-night stay. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and getting to know Cape Town, known to the locals as the Mother City.

Days 2-3

Head up Table Mountain

The next two days are yours to explore the Mother City and her surrounding attractions.

Self-drive your way down the Indian Ocean coast of the Cape Peninsula to Boulders Beach and visit the penguins before turning into the dramatic and rewarding Cape Point Nature Reserve. Return to the city  via the Atlantic Coast to catch a stunning sunset - if your timing is right, you could have a cocktail in ever-fashionable Camps Bay.

The next day why not head up Table Mountain for a spectacular view of the city before an afternoon ferry ride to historic Robben Island and supper at the wonderful V&A Waterfront, Cape Town's premier entertainment and retail destination.

Day 4

Journey to the Cape Winelands

Leave Cape Town and take a slow easy drive to the historic university town of Stellenbosch for a night at The River Manor Hotel. Situated on the town's famous oak-lined street - The Avenue - the hotel is conveniently located near the city centre.

Stellenbosch is informally known as the capital of the Cape Winelands region and what better way to spend your afternoon than by visiting a few of the town's impressive wine estates, if not for their wine then at least for their grandeur and beautifully landscaped gardens!

Days 5-6

Relaxing on the Garden Route

Today you'll witness the gorgeous beauty of the Garden Route as you drive along the coast through the towns of Mossel Bay, George and Knysna until you arrive at Lairds Lodge Country Estate.

The estate is strategically situated between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, the two towns at the epicentre of the Garden Route, so you'll be well-placed to access the many attractions of the area. Spend the next two days exploring nearby beaches, hiking along mountain trails, or just kicking back by the lodge's swimming pool.

There are also plenty of family activities in the area, great wildlife destinations and a range of excellent golf courses and other sporting opportunities.

Days 7-9

Search for elephants in Addo

Continue driving east along the picturesque Garden Route coast and past the city of Port Elizabeth where you'll turn inland to check in at The River Bend Country Lodge.

Over the next three days you'll enjoy personalised game drives in a private concession of Addo Elephant National Park, tracking animals and learning about the fascinating local flora on guided nature walks. To wind down, you may want to book a spa treatment at River Bend's Vitality Studio.

Experience a picturesque drive into the Zuurberg Mountains for sundowner drinks as the sun sets over the valley below - spectacular stargazing in the Eastern Cape's big open skies follows.

Day 10

End your journey in Port Elizabeth

Drive back to Port Elizabeth Airport after breakfast and return your hire car. Your tour ends officially once you have dropped off your car, though your Africa Safari Expert can help you book any additional services you may need.


  • 3 nights at Walden House on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 1 night at River Manor Boutique Hotel and Spa on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 nights at Lairds Lodge Country Estate on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 nights at River Bend Country Lodge on a full board basis
  • 10 days 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 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 $2365
  • 01 Nov 2014 - 01 Dec 2014 $2390
  • 02 Dec 2014 - 01 Jan 2015 $2390

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

"Take in all that the Garden Route and Cape has to offer on this superb self-drive journey, suitable for the whole family."



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