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This 10-day tour of discovery will have you driving from the vibrant, culturally diverse Cape Town, up the Whale Coast to Hermanus and on to Plettenberg Bay, bringing you to the scenic Garden Route and its many memorable sites.

Ascend the cable car to Table Mountain, visit the many beautiful beaches and lively streets of Cape Town before driving to Hermanus where you will enjoy a quiet seaside escape and many chances to go whale watching

Journey on along the Garden Route to Plettenberg Bay, a lively coastal town where you will go on a cruise to explore the marine environment and visit the many attractions of the surrounding area.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Walk the vibrant streets of Cape Town
  • Stay close to the trendy hub of the city
  • Relax & lounge on world-class beaches
  • Go whale watching in Hermanus
  • Unwind in a quiet, stylish seaside lodge
  • Drive along the scenic Garden Route
  • Explore Plettenberg Bay's marine life
  • Visit Monkeyland & Birds of Eden
  • Indulge in exquisite locally prepared meals


Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-3

Discover Cape Town

Arrive in Cape Town and collect your rental car before making your way to the Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel. Alternatively, we can arrange to transfer you to the hotel and deliver your vehicle there. Located just off trendy Kloof Street, the Cape Cadogan is close to many of South Africa's best travel locations, shops and restaurants.

Head to the top of Table Mountain in the cable car, take a short scenic drive to one of the many sandy beaches, or go shopping at the V&A Waterfront. Take a boat to Robben Island and learn about its history and Nelson Mandela's imprisonment, or take a beautiful trip along Chapman's Peak Drive to Cape Point, visiting the many quaint seaside towns along the way.

Days 4-6

Go whale watching in Hermanus

Today you will take a beautiful drive to the Whale Coast, crossing scenic Sir Lowry's Pass on the way. Arrive at The Marine in Hermanus and settle in to your home for the following three nights. The hotel overlooks the rocky seaside of this beautiful town and offers fantastic views of Walker Bay from the expansive lawn.

Hermanus is known for its excellent land-based whale watching, and it is even possible to see whales frolicking from the comfort of the shore. Alternatively, whale watching cruises will bring you closer to these magnificent creatures.

Day 7

Drive along the Garden Route

Leave Hermanus behind as you wind you way along the Garden Route to The Plettenberg in Plettenberg Bay, a vibrant seaside town, and your home for the last three nights. Take a stroll down to Robberg Beach and walk along the soft white sand, often glimpsing whales in the distance. In the winter months, you can hear the whales 'sing' all the way from this Relais & Chateaux property.

Day 8

Get close to marine Life

Today you will embark on a 2-hour Marine Encounters Tour boat trip out into the bay to experience the Plettenberg Bay marine life up close. Leaving from Central Beach, you will have the opportunity to see bottlenose dolphins, as well as the rare, Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins. Keep your eyes open for the variety of pelagic seabirds, as well as the Cape fur seal colony.

Day 9

Explore Plettenberg Bay's surrounds

Today is yours to discover the many natural attractions in this area. Visit Monkeyland, a forested primate sanctuary, and the delightful Birds of Eden, or venture to the Elephant Sanctuary and walk hand-in-trunk with elephants. If you are especially brave, why not go bungee jumping from the highest jump in the world? There is also a selection of golf courses for those who prefer a more relaxing afternoon.

Day 10

Say goodbye to the Garden Route

Today you will take another scenic drive to Port Elizabeth where you will drop your car and continue with your own arrangements.


  • 3 nights at Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 nights at The Marine Hermanus on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 nights at The Plettenberg on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 10 day car rental
  • Whale watching tour (seasonal from June to December)
  • Dyer Island Cruise (seasonal from January to May)


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

Additional Tour Notes

Whale watching tour available from June to December, or Dyer Island Cruise from January to May.

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 11 Jul 2015 - 31 Aug 2015 $1755
  • 01 Sep 2015 - 31 Oct 2015 $1870

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

"The scenic south coast and its majestic whales are such a highlight on a trip like this! Enjoy comfortable & stylish guesthouses and an enjoyable, meandering pace."



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