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This self-drive 10-day adventure kicks off with stunningly beautiful Cape Town and the picturesque Garden Route and ends with an amazing Eastern Cape Big 5 safari.

Begin your trip in Africa's best city - Cape Town - and make use of your time here to enjoy its many attractions. Hike or take the cable car up Table Mountain, relax on the spectacular city beaches, meander down the peninsula to Cape Point or head out for a day of discovery in the ever-scenic Cape Winelands.

From here, drive to Leisure Isle - a tiny secluded island lying in Knysna Lagoon at the heart of the Garden Route. Then it's on to a country lodge situated in a nature conservancy in St Francis Bay in the Eastern Cape to enjoy nature walks, pony rides and long strolls along deserted beaches.

Round off your adventure at an exclusive safari lodge in the malaria-free Amakhala Game Reserve for big game encounters on morning, afternoon and early evening game drives.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Stay in an quaint Cape Town city suburb
  • Be close to many of Cape Town's highlights
  • Self-drive your way down the Cape Peninsula
  • Take a day trip to the Cape Winelands
  • Cruise the Garden Route at your own pace
  • Marvel at the beauty of St. Francis Bay
  • Experience a malaria-free Big 5 safari
  • Stay at a unique, intimate tented camp
  • Take a boat cruise for great bird watching

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in gorgeous Cape Town

After touching down at Cape Town International Airport, collect your rental car and drive to the stylishly comfortable Welgelegen Guest House in the fashionable city suburb of Gardens. Settle in and start planning the days ahead.

Days 2-3

Explore Cape Town's amazing attractions

Welgelegen Guest House is ideally situated at the base of Table Mountain and is close to many of Cape Town's highlights. Enjoy a few hours soaking up the sun on one of the city's famous beaches, shop up a storm at the got-it-all V&A Waterfront, explore the rugged Cape Peninsula under your own steam or drive to the Cape Winelands and visit some of South Africa's finest wine estates.

Table Mountain is close by, and you can either hike up it or take the cable car to the top for the best views on the peninsula.

Return to the guest house and unwind in the garden beside the pool or treat yourself to a massage before wandering down to popular Kloof and Long Streets for a meal at one of the area's many stylish restaurants.

Days 4-5

Stay on beautiful Leisure Isle

Say goodbye to Cape Town as you take a scenic drive along the stunningly beautiful Garden Route to the famous holiday town of Knysna and Leisure Isle Lodge, situated on an island in Knysna Lagoon.

Relax beside the lodge's sparkling swimming pool or go on a cruise around the lagoon. Spend a day exploring the island and visit art galleries and the local harbour.

Day 6

Enjoy unspoilt nature at The Dunes

Have breakfast and make your way to The Dunes in St Francis Bay, a relaxed and friendly country house ideally located for you to explore this famously beautiful area. Go on nature walks or tours of the dunes while the kids enjoy pony rides. Work up an appetite on the pristine beach or nearby golf course before visiting one of the Garden Route's many fantastic restaurants.

Days 7-9

Enjoy excellent game viewing at Amakhala

For the final part of your journey head to Hillsnek, an exclusive safari lodge in the Amakhala Game Reserve. You'll enjoy a thrilling safari experience as you explore the reserve on morning, afternoon and evening game drives in a personal safari vehicle or go on guided nature walks with your dedicated guide.

It's a malaria-free Big 5 reserve and you'll have plenty of opportunities to spot members of that exclusive club as well as many other classic African animals. Embark on a canoeing excursion or a boat cruise along the river to tick off a great range of birds or enjoy the excitement of tracking white rhinos with expert rangers.

Day 10

Say farewell to the Eastern Cape

Drive to Port Elizabeth airport after a delicious last breakfast at Amakhala, return your car and continue with your own onward arrangements. Your tour ends once you arrive at the airport.

Inclusions

  • 3 nights at Welgelegen Guest House on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 nights at Leisure Isle Lodge on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 1 night at The Sands @ St Francis on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 nights at HillsNek Safaris on a fully inclusive basis
  • 10 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
  • 01 Aug 2014 - 22 Aug 2014 $1815
  • 23 Aug 2014 - 13 Sep 2014 $1815
  • 14 Sep 2014 - 05 Oct 2014 $1895
  • 06 Oct 2014 - 27 Oct 2014 $2270
  • 19 Nov 2014 - 10 Dec 2014 $2295

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

"Journey along the Western Cape's coast at your own pace, experiencing all the best local spots en-route."

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