9 Day Self Drive

9 Day South Africa City, Garden Route and Safari Experience

Explore a city, self drive the Garden Route and go on safari

This amazing itinerary takes in just some of the best elements South Africa has to offer and rolls them into one great nine day experience. Cape Town is a great starting place for your South African adventure, with so much to see and do from climbing Table Mountain and Shark Cage Diving, to strolling along the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and seeing the Penguins of Bolders Beach. Making your way out of the city we recommend you drive the Garden Route at a leisurely pace with lots of stops along the way with your final destination being the Eastern Cape for an exhilarating 2 nights on safari.

Valid for travel : 01 May - 30 September 2019
Bookings to be confirmed by : 28 February 2019

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Shark Cage Diving
  • Table Mountain
  • Ostrich Farms Of Oudtshoorn
  • Sundowners on safari

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

9 days
Destination Breakdown
Private basis, Self-Guided
  • 8 nights accommodation as stated
  • Games Drives when staying in the Eastern Cape
  • Meal basis as stated
Not included
  • Car Hire to be booked as an extra for your preferred duration by our Reservations team
  • Tips for rangers while on safari
  • Sat Nav's, can be pre booked but payment for this is made locally

Itinerary Breakdown

On arrival into Cape Town International Airport you will be met by a representative who will direct you to the correct counter to finalise your car hire, alternatively a pre-booked transfer will take you to your hotel and car hire can be dropped off at your hotel in Cape Town at a convenient time during your stay. Over the next few days take in the attractions of this laid back city at your own pace by day and enjoy lavish dinners accompanied by outstanding local wine by night. 

Overnight Accommodation

  • The Bay Hotel or similar - 3 nights

Today take to the road or more specifically the Garden Route, leaving Cape Town behind you to make your way to Hermanus, this journey without stopping should take 1 hour 40 minutes. We recommend stopping to take in the beautiful coastal scenery before arriving at one of the best land based whale watching sites in the world, May to September are prime whale watching months.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Harbour House or similar - 1 night

Continue along the Garden Route on to Knysna, this is a slightly longer journey taking around 4 hours door to door. Stop at Swellendam to stretch your legs, this town is home to over 50 Provincial Heritage Sites of Cape Dutch Architecture and 200 bird species as well. Mossel Bay further along the route is where you will find Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse and hiking trail. Finally arrive in Knysa for your two night stay. Knysa is well known for its oysters so make sure you indulge at least once during your stay. Activities available in the area include Horse Ride along Buffalo Bay, deep sea fishing and Knysna Elephant Park. 


Overnight Accommodation

  • Pezula Hotel or similar - 2 nights

Today back on the road passing through Port Elizabeth, stopping if you have time, to Lalibela Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. You will be met with a warm welcome, arrive in time for lunch followed by your first game drive this afternoon, which is sure to be the highlight of your day - don't forget your binoculars !!! Your 2 nights stay includes accommodation, all meals, all beverages (excluding premium brands), a morning and afternoon game drive each day and Conservation Fee's. 

Overnight Accommodation

  • Lalibela Lentaba Safari Lodge or similar - 2 nights

Today your itinerary comes to an end, make the journey back to Port Elizabeth Airport to drop off your hire car and continue with your onward travel.