Garden Route Self-drive Tour


An exciting luxury roadtrip along the Garden Route


Overview

The Garden Route is a long and scenic chunk of South Africa’s southern coastal region dedicated to leisurely self-drive holidays and lazy days on the beach. This 8-day self-drive tour offers a great variety of scenery and experiences from mountains and wine farms in the west, semi-arid desert in the hinterland and mile upon mile of wonderful beaches, forests, rivers and estuaries.

Most of your time is spent at the beach in Knysna and St. Francis Bay - two of the most beautiful beach towns in South Africa - with delightful stops in Swellendam and Oudtshoorn for a taste of South Africa’s country life and rural charm.


 

Day 1 - 2: Birkenhead House, Hermanus

Arrive at Cape Town International Airport and collect your hired car. Set off immediately for Hermanus, along the famous Whale Route of South Africa's Garden Route region, about a two hour drive from Cape Town.

Hermanus is a charming seaside village, renowned for the world's best land-based whalewatching, and you can see these massive mammals breaching and blowing from June to December each year. There are several shops and restaurants in the town, as well as bars, craft markets, boutiques and art galleries! Spend your time here, getting up close and personal with Great Whites on a shark cage diving excursion, tee off on a top-class golf course or go hiking in one of the many nature reserves.

Meals: breakfast and local beverages

Day 2 - 3: Schoone Oordt Country House, Swellendam

Swellendam is a charming town at the base of Overberg Mountains, surrounded by bucolic scenes of wine farms, Cape Dutch country houses, forest plantations and gentle rivers. Spend the day relaxing after your flight and drive, building up a hearty country appetite, which, you may be assured, will be assuaged with true South African proportions.

At the foot of the majestic Langeberg Mountains, hiking is on your doorstep, as are the Marloth Nature Reserve and Bontebok National Park. Head down to the sea and De Hoop Nature Reserve, with its rich collection of birdlife and Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa and there are many wine estates within touching distance. The options are endless.

Meals: breakfast

Day 3 - 4: Rosenhof Country House, Oudtshoorn

On your second day there is time for an early walk in the nature reserve, through the forest or up the mountains - fitness levels notwithstanding - followed by a hearty breakfast to see you on your way to Oudtshoorn.

The drive is about three hours along the scenic Route 62, which goes through the Karoo via small towns, spectacular mountain passes and a totally different world on the other side where rain is minimal and sunshine is plentiful.

Meals: breakfast

Day 4 - 6: Kanonkop Guest House, Knysna

A short drive today gives you another holiday-paced start to the day. Explore Oudtshoorn, visit an ostrich farm or Cango Caves before heading over the Outeniqua Mountains to the coastal town of Knysna.

Spend two nights in this beautiful seaside location, exploring the Knysna Heads Nature Reserve, Tsitsikamma Forest, the Knysna Lagoon and Estuary, Monkeyland, the Outeniqua Train, forest canopy tours, kayaking, whale watching and so much more.

Meals: breakfast and local beverages

Day 6 - 8: The Plettenberg, Plettenberg Bay

The Plettenberg occupies a hill overlooking the Lookout Beach and is close to the centre of town and 15 minutes from Plettenberg Bay airport.

A short drive from the Plettenberg Hotel is the area known as The Crags and there you will find Monkeyland, where you can go on a monkey safari, The Elephant Sanctuary, where you can experience these giants up close, Birds of Eden, where you can take a walk in the worlds largest outdoor avairy and the Snake Park, where you can visit with the cold blooded kind. A little further afield is the famous Storms River bridge bungee jump, the worlds highest, and the beautiful lush forests of the Tsitsikamma.

Meals: breakfast

Day 8: Departure

Another short drive, again along the highway, takes you to Port Elizabeth airport where you can drop off your car and connect to your homeward flight via Cape Town or Johannesburg depending on where you’re headed.

Tailor-made Itinerary

As with all the tours on our website, this is just an example of what you can do. We create our tours from scratch every time, matching the destinations and accommodation not only to your budget but also to your individual tastes and needs. Contact us now to begin planning your dream safari holiday.

Day 1 - 2: 138 Marine, Hermanus

Arrive at Cape Town International Airport and collect your hired car. Set off immediately for Hermanus, an hour’s drive from Cape Town International Airport, on the Whale Route section of South Africa's famous Garden Route.

Hermanus is a charming seaside village, renowned for the world's best land-based whalewatching, and you can see these massive mammals breaching and blowing from June to December each year. There are several shops and restaurants in the town, as well as bars, craft markets, boutiques and art galleries! Spend your time here, getting up close and personal with Great Whites on a shark cage diving excursion, tee off on a top-class golf course or go hiking in one of the many nature reserves.

Meals: breakfast

Day 2 - 3: Schoone Oordt Country House, Swellendam

Swellendam is a charming town at the base of Overberg Mountains, surrounded by bucolic scenes of wine farms, Cape Dutch country houses, forest plantations and gentle rivers. Spend the day relaxing after your flight and drive, building up a hearty country appetite, which, you may be assured, will be assuaged with true South African proportions.

At the foot of the majestic Langeberg Mountains, hiking is on your doorstep, as are the Marloth Nature Reserve and Bontebok National Park. Head down to the sea and De Hoop Nature Reserve, with its rich collection of birdlife and Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa and there are many wine estates within touching distance. The options are endless.

Meals: breakfast

Day 3 - 4: La Plume Guesthouse, Oudtshoorn

On your third day there is time for an early walk in the nature reserve, through the forest or up the mountains - fitness levels notwithstanding - followed by a hearty breakfast to see you on your way to Oudtshoorn.

The drive is about three hours along the scenic Route 62, which goes through the Karoo via small towns, spectacular mountain passes and a totally different world on the other side where rain is minimal and sunshine is plentiful.

Meals: breakfast

Day 4 - 6: The Lofts, Knysna

The Lofts is situated in the coastal town of Knysna along the Western Cape's popular Garden Route, only about a five hour drive from Cape Town.

The hotel is just a few feet away from the Knysna Lagoon and provides stunning views of its path towards the Indian Ocean. And it is just a short walk from the town centre and hubbub of Knysna with its collection of cafes, bars, restaurants and quaint buildings.

Meals: breakfast

Day 6 - 8:  Emily Moon River Lodge, Plettenberg Bay

Emily Moon River Lodge is on the banks of the Bitou River a few minutes drive outside Plett, a perfect launching platform for your Garden Route getaway.

Only a few minutes drive from Emily Moon is the area known as The Crags and there you will find Monkeyland, where you can go on a monkey safari, The Elephant Sanctuary, where you can experience these giants up close, Birds of Eden, where you can take a walk in the worlds largest outdoor avairy and the Snake Park, where you can visit with the cold blooded kind. A little further afield is the famous Storms River bridge bungee jump, the worlds highest, and the beautiful lush forests of the Tsitsikamma.

Meals: breakfast

Day 8: Departure

Another short drive, again along the highway, takes you to Port Elizabeth airport where you can drop off your car and connect to your homeward flight via Cape Town or Johannesburg depending on where you’re headed.

Tailor-made Itinerary

As with all the tours on our website, this is just an example of what you can do. We create our tours from scratch every time, matching the destinations and accommodation not only to your budget but also to your individual tastes and needs. Contact us now to begin planning your dream safari holiday.

Day 1 - 2: Abalone Guest Lodge, Hermanus

Arrive at Cape Town International Airport and collect your hired car. Set off immediately for Hermanus. The lodge is half way between the town and the beautiful beaches of Hermanus and is close to the cliff walk. Hermanus is an hour’s drive from Cape Town International Airport, on the Whale Route section of South Africa's famous Garden Route.

Hermanus is a charming seaside village, renowned for the world's best land-based whalewatching, and you can see these massive mammals breaching and blowing from June to December each year. There are several shops and restaurants in the town, as well as bars, craft markets, boutiques and art galleries! Spend your time here, getting up close and personal with Great Whites on a shark cage diving excursion, tee off on a top-class golf course or go hiking in one of the many nature reserves.

Meals: breakfast

Day 2 - 3: Schoone Oordt Country House, Swellendam

Swellendam is a charming town at the base of Overberg Mountains, surrounded by bucolic scenes of wine farms, Cape Dutch country houses, forest plantations and gentle rivers. Spend the day relaxing after your flight and drive, building up a hearty country appetite, which, you may be assured, will be assuaged with true South African proportions.

At the foot of the majestic Langeberg Mountains, hiking is on your doorstep, as are the Marloth Nature Reserve and Bontebok National Park. Head down to the sea and De Hoop Nature Reserve, with its rich collection of birdlife and Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa and there are many wine estates within touching distance. The options are endless.

Meals: breakfast

Day 3 - 4: De Zeekoe, Oudtshoorn

On your third day there is time for an early walk in the nature reserve, through the forest or up the mountains - fitness levels notwithstanding - followed by a hearty breakfast to see you on your way to Oudtshoorn.

The drive is about three hours along the scenic Route 62, which goes through the Karoo via small towns, spectacular mountain passes and a totally different world on the other side where rain is minimal and sunshine is plentiful.

Meals: breakfast

Day 4 - 6: The Lofts, Knysna

The Lofts is situated in the coastal town of Knysna along the Western Cape's popular Garden Route, only about a five hour drive from Cape Town.

The hotel is just a few feet away from the Knysna Lagoon and provides stunning views of its path towards the Indian Ocean. And it is just a short walk from the town centre and hubbub of Knysna with its collection of cafes, bars, restaurants and quaint buildings.

Meals: breakfast

Day 6 - 8: Bosavern Guest House, Plettenberg Bay

Bosavern Guest House is situated 1 kilometre from the centre of Plettenberg Bay, the jewel of the Garden Route and one of South Africa's most popular holiday resorts.

Only a few minutes drive from Plett is the area known as The Crags and there you will find Monkeyland, where you can go on a monkey safari, The Elephant Sanctuary, where you can experience these giants up close, Birds of Eden, where you can take a walk in the worlds largest outdoor avairy and the Snake Park, where you can visit with the cold blooded kind. A little further afield is the famous Storms River bridge bungee jump, the worlds highest, and the beautiful lush forests of the Tsitsikamma.

Meals: breakfast

Day 8: Departure

Another short drive, again along the highway, takes you to Port Elizabeth airport where you can drop off your car and connect to your homeward flight via Cape Town or Johannesburg depending on where you’re headed.

Tailor-made Itinerary

As with all the tours on our website, this is just an example of what you can do. We create our tours from scratch every time, matching the destinations and accommodation not only to your budget but also to your individual tastes and needs. Contact us now to begin planning your dream safari holiday.

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