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Discover the beauty and romance of South Africa's beautiful Cape region and finish off with a malaria-free Big 5 safari on this two-week, independently-minded self-drive tour.

Start in the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, home to iconic Table Mountain and fashionable city beaches, before travelling to the historic town of Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands.

After wine tours and fine dining, you will drive along the ever-popular Garden Route and to a beautiful lodge situated between the coastal towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay where you can enjoy a range of adventure activities and sports.

Travel further along the coast to St Francis Bay before spending your last nights on tour in the private Kwandwe Game Reserve, searching for the Big 5 and enjoying a classic African safari.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Self-drive the stunning Cape coast
  • Stay at the heart of the scenic Cape Winelands
  • Stroll the oak-lined streets of Stellenbosch
  • Take a slow drive down the Garden Route
  • Lounge on the sandy beaches of Pletteberg Bay
  • Explore the malaria-free Kwandwe Game Reserve

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-3

Experience the city of Cape Town

Arrive at Cape Town International Airport where you will pick up your rental car and drive to 2Inn1 Kensington, a guesthouse situated in the leafy Cape Town suburb of Oranjezicht and close to Table Mountain. This guesthouse is conveniently located close to many of Cape Town's top attractions so you can spend the next few days fully indulging in all that this city has to offer.

Hike or take a trip up Table Mountain in the cable car, spend the day shopping at the V&A Waterfront or the many local shops in Long Street, or head for the city museums. As you have a car, be sure to take a slow drive down the Cape Peninsula to dramatic Cape Point via the Boulders Beach penguin colony. A short drive from your guesthouse will take you to the Atlantic suburbs of Camps Bay and Clifton where you can spend hours lounging on their beautiful beaches and order a sunset cocktail at one of the beachfront bars.

Visit one of the city's many top-class restaurants in the evening and afterwards perhaps experience its vibrant nightlife.

Days 4-5

Discover the Winelands

Leave the bustling city behind and drive to the beautiful town of Stellenbosch, situated at the heart of the Cape Winelands. Your next two nights will be spent at the charming River Manor Boutique Hotel and Spa, close to the centre of this historic town.

Explore the area on wine tours to the many surrounding estates, enjoy a relaxing game of golf on championship courses, or go on a history tour of the town. At the end of the day, relax after a dip in the hotel's pool, enjoy a pampering spa session and settle in for a night in your comfortable, Victorian-styled room.

Days 6-7

Enjoy a beach-side retreat in Hermanus

Today you will drive to Schulphoek Seafront Guest House, a charming guesthouse located in the whale-watching town of Hermanus. The house is situated in the protected sanctuary of Schulphoek Bay and located close to the town's beaches. Its elegantly appointed rooms boast spectacular views over the ocean, and during the July - November whale season, you may even see one of these ocean giants from your window. Peak whale watching is in September.

Explore this area with local day trips and outings: there are easy cliff-top and beach walks, wine estate tours, boat-based fishing and a choice of three golf courses.

Days 8-9

Explore the quaint Garden Route towns

Today you will lazily wind your way along the Garden Route to Knysna, a vibrant seaside town set next to a beautiful lagoon, and then on to Lairds Lodge Country Estate where you'll spend the following two nights. The lodge is conveniently situated between Knysna and the ever-fashionable and popular coastal town of Plettenberg Bay, making it the perfect location from which to explore both these towns and their many local attractions.

Spend your days here on white sandy beaches and in the warm Indian Ocean, go on scenic walks or challenging hikes and enjoy the lively holiday atmosphere of the Garden Route. Dolphin and whale watching cruises and a visit to Monkeyland and Birds of Eden, the nearby primate sanctuary and aviary, are definite higlights, especially if you are travelling with children.

Day 10

Relax at St. Francis Bay

Today you will travel further along the coast until you reach the elegant town of St Francis Bay where you will spend the next two nights at The Sands @ St Francis. This African-inspired beach house offers uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean and endless stretches of pristine coastline. Venture down to the beach for a stroll and a look around the area's famous rockpools or enjoy a game of golf in the summer sun before visiting the many fine restaurants in town.
Days 11-13

Explore the Eastern Cape's wilderness

You'll be crossing into the Eastern Cape today, a malaria-free area that boasts excellent game viewing in a number of private reserves. Head for Kwandwe Ecca Game Reserve where you'll be staying in a deluxe safari game lodge with beautiful views of the Great Fish River.

Enjoy fantastic game viewing and guided nature walks as you search for the Big 5 as well as other classic African animals like cheetah, giraffe and many antelope species. Experienced, informative and passionate rangers and trackers will make the most of your morning, afternoon and early evening game drives.

Return to camp for communal dinner around the boma fire, or get romantic with a candlelit dinner for two on your suite's private deck.

Day 14

Say goodbye to the Garden Route

Drive to Port Elizabeth Airport where you will drop off your rental car and connect with your onward flight after a memorable trip.

Inclusions

  • 3 nights at 2inn1 Kensington on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 nights at River Manor Boutique Hotel and Spa on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 nights at Schulphoek Seafront Guest House on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 nights at Lairds Lodge Country Estate on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 1 night at The Sands @ St Francis on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 nights at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge on a fully inclusive basis
  • 14 day 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
  • 11 Jan 2015 - 06 Feb 2015 $3120
  • 07 Feb 2015 - 05 Mar 2015 $3695
  • 06 Mar 2015 - 01 Apr 2015 $3120
  • 02 Apr 2015 - 28 Apr 2015 $3120
  • 22 Jun 2015 - 18 Jul 2015 $2590
  • 15 Aug 2015 - 10 Sep 2015 $2915

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

"Meander through the Cape, explore quaint country towns and end with a thrilling Big 5 Safari - a relaxed, magical journey through South Africa."

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