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Take an unforgettable road trip amid South Africa’s gorgeous Western and Eastern Capes. Beginning in the beautiful city of Cape Town, take a tour of the dramatic landscape around you and meet the playful African penguins of Boulders Beach. Next in the Cape Winelands, get on a Wine Tram to view Franschhoek’s breathtaking vistas with stops at unique wineries along the way. Drive on through the rugged Tradouw Pass to the cliffs, deserts, and vineyards of Little Karoo. Afterward in the verdant Garden Route, you can explore the Knysna Estuary and Lagoon at leisure. A few hours drive east and you will reach the verdant Eastern Cape Game Parks, known as one of the best family safari destinations of the region with diverse wildlife, including the Big Five, as well plush accommodation.

Customize this South Africa road trip to match your interests and preferences by speaking to an expert today. We’ll make sure to plan the best routes, safest hotels, and unique activities that you will love!


Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 4Cape TownWine Tasting, Contemporary Cosmopolitan Culture, Winelands and Wine FarmsAcorn House, The Walden House
4 - 6WinelandsStellenbosch and Franschhoek Valleys, Wine Estates and Wine Tasting, Fine Dining, Mont Rochelle Nature ReserveLavender Farm Guest House, Avondrood Guest House
6 - 7Little KarooMassive Cliffs, Desert Landscapes, Crystal Clear RiversSchoone Oordt, Bloomestate
7 - 10Garden RouteStunning Landscapes, Tsitsikamma National Park, Long Sandy BeachesPiesang Valley Lodge, Knysna River Club
10 - 12Eastern Cape Game ParksAfrican Big Five, Private Safaris, Close Encounters with WildlifeElephant House, Camp Figtree
12 - 12Port ElizabethBeach Bathing and Surfing Spots, Donkin Reserve, Marine Rehabilitation

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  • Landscape
  • Wildlife
  • Wine & Food
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 4

International Arrival

Pick up your rental car from Cape Town airport

Drive to your hotel (1 hr)

Cape Town

3 Nights

Your African metropolis awaits! With Table Mountain as a breathtaking backdrop, Cape Town is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

Included Activities

Explore Cape Town on Your Own
Enjoy a day visiting Cape Town’s highlights. With your own self-drive vehicle you are at liberty to discover the cosmopolitan city at your own leisure and pace. Whether your interests lie in exploring Cape Town’s natural landscapes, its cultural history, and art, or even in its gastronomic scene, the city has it all. Visit the Castle of Good Hope, the Company Gardens, and the Green Market Square. Or ride right up to the iconic Table Mountain with its panoramic view of the city and the coastline spread out beneath. The choice is yours. (Duration: Full Day; No Guide; No Transfers; Entrance Fees & Meals are not included; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable shoes, sunglasses & sun hats.)

Hotel Options
Acorn House – Opt 1
StyleGuest house
The Walden House – Opt 2
RoomGarden Suite
Day 4 - 6

Drive to Winelands - Enjoy the winelands’ unsurpassed scenery with mountains, vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture (1 hr)


2 Nights

Fancy a tipple? The Winelands are one of the prettiest areas of South Africa and producing some of the best wines in the world, which you can sample during your vineyard visits.

Included Activities

Tickets for Wine Tram
Take a tour on a tram leading you through Franschhoek’s breathtaking mountain landscapes making various stops at the different wine estates along the tram-way. Make stops at famous wine estates including Mont Rochelle, Le Lude, La Bri, La Bourgogne, Rickety Bridge, Maison, Eikehof, and Leopard’s Leap. This tour ushers you to the charms of leisurely country life with the elegance of classic wine-producing locations. Stop at various estates for wine tastings paired with Belgian chocolate or fresh handmade cheese and delicious lunches selected from bistro-style menus.

Explore Winelands on Your Own
Explore the beautiful wine-producing area in the mountainous towns of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek in the Boland region through a range of activities on your own. Visit the Lanzerac Wine Estate in Stellenbosch – home to the world’s first bottled Pinotage – and taste fine wines in the tasting room surrounded by breathtaking valley views. Gallop on a horse around nature reserves with stunning forest trails and rivers in the Klein Lanzerac Equestrian Club. Taste the finest Syrah, Cabernet and Merlot wines in Rust en Vrede, and relish classical French cuisine in the cellar, which is a National Monument built in 1785. Pamper yourself with an outdoor garden spa, swim in the farm dam, and take a walk in the sprawling fruit and vegetable garden in Babylonstoren – one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms. View the carefully curated South African art collection, and explore the landscaped vineyard and gardens with water features and pools in Delaire Graff. Or hike through rolling hills, valleys and vineyards in Sir Richard Branson’s Mont Rochelle estate. (Duration: Full Day; No Guide; No Transfers; Entrance Fees & Meals are not included)

Hotel Options
RoomLuxury Suite
StyleGuest house
RoomSuperior Room
StyleGuest house
Day 6 - 7

Drive to Little Karoo - On your way enjoy mountains, vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture as well as the wonderfully rugged terrain of the Tradouw Pass (2-5 hrs)

Little Karoo

1 Night

Experience spectacular landscapes! The Little Karoo plateau is incredibly varied, with its huge cliffs, desert landscapes, crystal clear rivers and fertile wine-growing regions.

Included Activities

Explore Little Karoo on Your Own
Northeast of the verdant coastal strip of the Garden Route, over the forested slopes of the Outeniqua Mountains, lies the Little Karoo – a dry area of semi-desert which is one of the more diverse regions in the Western Cape, with gigantic cliffs, desert-like landscapes, crystal clear streams and fertile vineyards. The area is bounded by the Langeberg Mountains to the southwest, and separated from the much more extensive Great Karoo by the Swartberg Mountains to the north. Visit the main highlights close to Oudtshoorn which are the Cango Caves –  one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages – fascinating limestone formations in a wide variety of colours – and the Ostrich Farms where you can visit the hatchery, learn about their behaviour, their physiology, and how they contribute to local arts, crafts and industry. (Duration: Full Day; No Guide; No Transfers; Entrance Fees & Meals are not included; Fitness Level: Easy)

Hotel Options
Schoone Oordt – Opt 1
RoomStandard Suite
Bloomestate – Opt 2
Day 7 - 10

Drive to Garden Route - Be treated to a wide variety of incredible scenery while choosing the 23,8 km long Swartberg Pass north of Oudtshoorn (2-5 hrs)

Garden Route

3 Nights

Journey the Garden Route! One of the most impressive parts of South Africa, it offers spectacular mountain and sea landscapes with steep cliffs, long sandy beaches, forests and fertile farmland.

Included Activities

Explore Garden Route on Your Own
Set off at a convenient time to explore the splendid attractions of the famous Garden Route region at your own pace. You could start with a visit to Tsitsikamma National Park with its indigenous flora and fauna, and the Storms River flowing past. Take your pick of activities such as mountain biking, hiking down scenic trails, and bungee jumping. Head to Storms River village for lunch at the charming Marilyn’s 60s Diner where you can savor all-American cuisine as you soak in the retro ambiance. Afterward, enjoy the afternoon soaking in the sun as you lounge on the sand at one of two beautiful beaches by the crystal blue water in Plettenberg Bay. Alternatively, you could spend the day at the oceanside town of Knysna, picnicking by the water and enjoying a unique tour of its township. Follow it up with a trip to Knysna Elephant Park before heading back to your hotel with memories of a lifetime. (Duration: Full Day; No Guide; No Transfers; Entrance Fees & Meals are not included; Fitness Level: Easy)

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsFull Board
RoomGarden Chalet
Day 10 - 12

Drive to Eastern Cape Game Parks - Experience the Big Five in the famous Addo Elephant Park or in one of the Private Game Reserves (4-5 hrs)

Eastern Cape Game Parks

2 Nights

Find the Big Five! The Eastern Cape Game Parks around Port Elizabeth are malaria-free safari destinations and are therefore ideal for families.

Hotel Options
Elephant House – Opt 1
RoomColonial Room
Camp Figtree – Opt 2
RoomLuxury Suite
MealsHalf Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
Day 12 - 12

Drive to Port Elizabeth (1-2 hrs)

Make your own way to the Port Elizabeth airport and drop off your rental car

Port Elizabeth

0 Nights

Explore South Africa’s friendly city! Port Elizabeth offers is a family-fun holiday destination with its scenic nature trails, historic heritage, magnificent wildlife, cultural experiences and countless watersport activities.

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 1,790 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 2,190 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 12 days / 11 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • All activities as indicated:
    • Cape Town: Explore Cape Town on your own
    • Winelands: Explore Winelands on your own
    • Winelands: Explore Winelands on your own
    • Winelands: Tickets for Wine Tram
    • Little Karoo: Explore Little Karoo on your own
    • Garden Route: Explore Garden Route on your own
  • Self-driven car during your journey as follows:
    • Vehicle Type: Toyota Corolla or similar (Automatic)
    • Unlimited mileage
    • 12 days
    • Pick-up: Cape Town Airport
    • Drop-off: Port Elizabeth Airport
    • A detailed description of your routing
    • GPS navigation system
    • One additional driver
    • Towing charges in the event of mechanical failure
  • For your rental car we book the best cover possible with the following services:
    • STLW Super Theft Loss Waiver
    • SCDW Super Collision Damage Waiver
    • TGDW Tyre and Glass Damage Waiver as well as Sand-, Water- and Underbody Damage
    • Third-Party Liability Waiver
  • Additionally, our preferred partners offer the following:
    • Transport to the hospital in case of a medical emergency. Guaranteed hospital admission up to 2.000 ZAR, which is to be refunded by the client or the client’s medical air.
    • 24-hour call service for car breakdown or emergency. Repatriation to an appropriate facility in the client’s area of residence following an accident.
  • The general business terms apply
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Fees and taxes

Not Included

  • Among other expenses, the following additional costs are not included for rental cars (to be made directly at the car rental shop with a credit card from a recognizable bank institution):
    • 80 ZAR Service/contract fee per rental car booking
    • 2.840 ZAR Deposit for the car
    • 300 ZAR Fine handling fee & fine in case of a speeding ticket
    • 1.070 ZAR One way fee within in South Africa
    • 1.000 ZAR Deposit for the GPS navigation system
    • Towing in case of an accident
    • Parking fees
    • Fuel (Please drop off the car with full tank. In case fuel needs to be added, the car rental company will charge you the amount for it)
    • Rental car trips do not include any entry fees or expenses for national parks or game reserves.
  • Tips, additional meals, and personal expenses
  • Drinks and meals not specified above: Most of our camps and lodges include a variety of alcoholic and non- alcoholic drinks on certain meal plans. Depending on the meal plan you are booked for, it is important to note that imported brands like luxury spirits, wines, and champagne are not included.
  • Visa fees
  • Travel, health, and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return), unless specified under the trip inclusions above
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Road Trip: South Africa’s Western and Eastern Cape

12 days $ 1,790 / person

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