This 12-day self drive holiday gives you the opportunity to explore the vibrant city of Cape Town and its surrounding scenery, including Table Mountain and Robben Island, as well as stunning beaches and pretty coastal villages.
Leaving Cape Town, you'll visit Hermanus to spot southern right whales (dependent on season), before driving further along the iconic Garden Route to stop off at Klein Karoo, Oudtshoorn and Knysna.
At the end of your trip you'll experience the excitement of a game drive, accompanied by a ranger, tracking the Big Five on safari in the Eastern Cape Reserve.
- Discover multi-faceted Cape Town.
- Spot whales from the clifftops in Hermanus.
- Visit an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn.
- Explore the waterfront and feast on fresh oysters in Knysna.
- Experience a safari in the Eastern Cape.
Start your Journey
Arrive Cape Town
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.
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?
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.
Cape Town to Hermanus
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.
Today you can spend time exploring this quaint town with its Old Harbour Museum, which focuses on the area's whaling days. Some lovely beaches in the area – such as Die Platt, which stretches for seven miles – are perfect for coastal walks or even horse riding.
Hermanus to Klein Karoo
After breakfast, leave Hermanus and continue to the Klein Karoo area for your first night at your accommodation.
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 Oudtshoorn's ostrich farms to see the worlds largest flightless bird.
Oudtshoorn to Knysna
This morning you will continue your journey towards Knysna, where you will check into your accommodation which enjoys a spectacular view of the popular coastal town and its waterfront.
Spend today exploring this beautiful, scenic stretch along the Garden Route, with a bustling waterfront, magnificent trails and activities to suit all.
Knysna to Eastern Cape
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.
Eastern Cape Game Reserve
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.
Depart Eastern Cape
Today make your way to Port Elizabeth, where you will drop off your hire car at the airport and continue on your onwards journey.
- 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.
- Incidental car hire surcharges including contract fee, delivery and collection fee, young driver surcharge (if applicable) and any optional extras.
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