Ultimate Garden Route Self Drive

19 days
FROM £ 3,635
Countries Visited: South Africa
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Ultimate Garden Route Self Drive

This is a fabulous holiday to South Africa with plenty of time to relax, explore and really enjoy the destination. Accommodation has been hand-picked - stay in wonderful small Cape Dutch properties, full of character, boutique hotels in prime locations and elegant country houses. With a hire car for much of your stay, you can travel at your own speed stopping off en route to explore those places that interest you, whether it be a secret cove or a special lunch spot.

You start in buzzing Cape Town before heading to the famous winelands. You then join the Garden Route, one of the world's most famous drives, sandwiched between the ocean and the mountains. As well as superb scenery all the way along this rugged coastline, you will have the chance to spot a range of marine life from the cliffs including dolphins and whales. On arrival in the Eastern Cape, the thrill of safari awaits at a non malarial game reserve home to all the Big Five. After your safari adventure you take the epic inland road, Route 62, via Oudtshoorn en-route back to the Winelands where you will be staying in stunning Franschhoek before your journey home.

This holiday is completely tailor-made so please do ask us about options and extensions. You can add on an extension to Victoria Falls, Botswana or Mauritius for example - please just ask us for more details.

The Real Africa Trust works with leading conservation organisations to raise awareness as well as raising funds for specific projects. Partners include Save the Elephants, Save the Rhino, The Sheldrick Trust, Rhino Conservation Botswana and Animals saving Animals. You can find out more on our Conservation pages. On behalf of every client travelling, Real Africa makes a donation to the Trust.

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Safari Itinerary

DAY 1 - 4

Cape Town
On arrival at Cape Town International Airport our representative will meet you airside and will assist you with passport control, luggage collection and customs clearance, they will then transfer you to the Victoria and Alfred Hotel. Following check-in, the rest of the day is at leisure. You spend the next couple of days free to explore Cape Town including Greenmarket Square, Simonstown, the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain, whale watching, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Robben Island, Boulder Bay, Lions Head and Signal Hill etc. (You will have a hire car from Day 3 for you to use exploring.)


This morning after breakfast check out. Then self-drive approximately 2 hours to Swellendam arriving at Rothman Manor in time to check-in. During the afternoon, you can explore this historic town or even take a game drive in the Bontebok National Park.

DAY 6 - 8

Garden Route
After breakfast self-drive along the Garden Route bypassing the towns of Mossel Bay, George, Wilderness (good place to stop for lunch!) and Sedgefield before arriving in Knysna at the Knsyna Belle Guest House late afternoon. The rest of the day at leisure. The drive is approximately 4 ½ hours without a stop. Overnight at Knysna Belle Guest House. Spend the next couple of days exploring the beautiful Garden Route including the Featherbed Nature Reserve, the Knysna Lagoon (a popular arena for water sports such as cruises, sailing and water skiing), whale watching in the two marine nature reserves, Nature’s Valley and the Tzitzikama Forest, perhaps taking a treetop canopy tour and Storms River mouth – an absolute must.
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  • Airside meet and greet at Cape Town International Airport and assistance with passport control, luggage collection and customs clearance
  • Private airport transfer to the Victoria and Alfred Hotel
  • Car hire with inclusions and exclusions as specified
  • All accommodation and board basis as detailed
  • Game drives at Kariega Game Reserve
  • ATOL protection
  • The services of our offices in South Africa and the UK with 24/7 contact details
Not Included: International flights, travel insurance, meals not specified, game ranger/tracker/guide tips, gratuities, petrol, optional excursions/sightseeing tours and associated entrance fees and any items of a personal nature i.e. spa treatments

Price Guide

  • From £3,635 per person sharing (travelling 1 May - 31 August 2018) to £4,670 per person sharing (travelling 5 - 15 February 2018)
  • This holiday is available all year round. You can also add visit to Victoria Falls, a safari in Botswana or a beach stay in Mauritius to this trip - please ask for details.

This is based on the accommodation, domestic flights and transfers as listed. Should these not be available, the price will increase. For an exact quotation and itinerary for the dates you require, please do get in touch.

Flight costs from the UK start from £610 per person depending on the time of year you travel. We can easily arrange international flights for you if required - our airline partners offer special rates throughout the year so please contact us so we can provide an accurate tailor-made costing based on your travel dates and preferences.


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