Garden Route and Eastern Cape Safari

This twelve day self drive gives you the opportunity to explore the city of Cape Town and its surrounds, spot Southern Right Whales in Hermanus (seasonal), drive along the Garden Route and track the Big Five on safari in the malaria-free Eastern Cape.

Duration
12 days

Guide Price

€2,379 pp
Options
Private basis
Start your journey
Lions Head and Cape Town

Trip highlights

  • Discover Cape Town
  • Spot whales in Hermanus
  • See an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn
  • Explore the Waterfront in Knysna

Arrive into Cape Town and collect your hire car. Your accommodation is situated on the lower slopes of Signal Hill, a short walk from the V&A Waterfront.

Suggested Accommodation

  • De Waterkant House or similar

Spend a full day enjoying the wonders of Cape Town and its surrounding areas. Why not take the boat ride to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated, or the cable car to the top of Table Mountain?

Suggested Accommodation

  • De Waterkant House or similar

Spend a second day exploring. We recommend driving along the Atlantic seaboard past stunning beaches and picturesque coastal villages to the towering headland known as Cape Point.

Suggested Accommodation

  • De Waterkant House or similar

This morning, leave Cape Town and travel to Hermanus, famous for some of the best whale watching to be found anywhere as, every year from June until December, southern right whales migrate from the sub-Antarctic to calve in the sheltered sea of Walker Bay. Please note the peak time for whale spotting is from September to October.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Les Baleines Hermanus or similar

Today you can spend time exploring this quaint town with its Old Harbour Museum, which focuses on the area's whaling days. There are also some lovely beaches in the area, such as Die Platt which stretches for seven miles, perfect for a coastal walk or even horseriding.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Les Baleines Hermanus or similar

After breakfast, leave Hermanus and continue to the Klein Karoo area for your first night at your accommodation.

Suggested Accommodation

  • De Opstal Country Lodge or similar

Today, spend the day at leisure enjoying what the Klein Karoo has to offer. Discover the Cango Caves where water, time and simple chemistry have combined over hundreds of thousands of years to create carved caverns, corridors and dripstone formations deep within the Swartberg Mountain Range. We also recommend a visit to one of Oudtshoorns' ostrich farms to see the worlds largest flightless bird.

Suggested Accommodation

  • De Opstal Country Lodge or similar

This morning you will continue your journey towards Knysna, where you will check into your accommodation which enjoys a spectacular perspective of the popular coastal town and its waterfront.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Protea Hotel Knysna Quays or similar

Spend today exploring this beautiful, scenic stretch along the Garden Route. With a bustling waterfront, magnificent trails and activities to suit all.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Protea Hotel Knysna Quays or similar

After breakfast, depart Knysna and head towards Port Elizabeth and onwards to your safari Lodge. Your time at the lodge will be spent tracking the Big Five and other mammals on morning and afternoon game drives accompanied by a ranger.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Kariega Main Lodge or similar

Today you can choose to go on another morning and evening game drive, or simply spend the day at leisure by the pool or with a picnic lunch in the lush gardens.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Kariega Main Lodge or similar

Today make your way to Port Elizabeth, where you will drop off your hire car at the airport and continue on your onwards journey.

Included

  • Accommodation as detailed in a double or twin room with private facilities (alternative but similar hotels may be used at certain times of year)
  • Meals included as stated
  • Full board basis and game drives at Kariega main lodge (drinks payable locally)
  • Hertz Group B vehicle (Chevrolet Aveo Hatch or similar) including airport surcharge and one-way drop off fees.
  • International flights

Not included

  • Incidental car hire surcharges including contract fee, delivery and collection fee, young driver surcharge (if applicable) and any optional extras.