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Take an unforgettable road trip in 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. Afterwards in the verdant Garden Route, you can explore the Knysna Estuary and Lagoon at your 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. Settled into the malaria-free Kariega Game Reserve, you can enjoy game safaris every morning and afternoon, and take bush walks and river cruises to your heart’s content.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 4Cape TownWine Tasting, Contemporary Cosmopolitan Culture, Winelands and Wine FarmsCloud Nine Boutique Hotel, The Three Boutique Hotel
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 RiversMontana Guest Farm, Schoone Oordt
7 - 10Garden RouteStunning Landscapes, Tsitsikamma National Park, Long Sandy BeachesElephant Hide of Knysna Guest House, Turbine Boutique Hotel
10 - 13Eastern Cape Game ParksAfrican Big Five, Private Safaris, Close Encounters with WildlifeKariega Main Lodge, Kariega River Lodge

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  • Landscape
  • Wildlife
  • Wine & Food
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 4

International Arrival

Pick Up Rental Car

Drive to your accommodation (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

Private Full Day City Tour & Table Mountain and Kirstenbosch
Discover cosmopolitan Cape Town with your own vehicle and guide which gives you flexibility to explore at your own pace. Highlights of the tour include the Castle of Good Hope, Green Market Square, Kirstenbosch Garden, Company Gardens and of course – weather permitting – a visit to the top of Table Mountain which offers breathtaking views of Cape Town and the surrounding coastline.

Private Full Day Cape Point Tour
Discover all that Cape Point has to offer on this enjoyable day excursion. Following an early breakfast at your hotel, drive out to the Atlantic Seaboard Coastal Road with your local guide. Enjoy your drive along this scenic stretch of road, passing by white sandy beaches and the ocean by Clifton and Camps Bay. Take in the bracing sea breeze as the wind catches your hair. Watch the sudden appearance of the Twelve Apostles Peaks to one side of the road, while the dramatic cliffs and rocky outcrops of the Cape Peninsula rise above the Atlantic on your other side. Make a pit stop at the pretty little fishing village of Hout Bay with its famous Sentinel. If you wish, you can take a boat ride to Seal Island, or browse through colorful stalls by the harbor piled high with handicrafts and local artifacts. Drive up to the Cape’s famed Chapman’s Peak and make the most of its photo opportunities. Continue up to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve before dropping by the spectacular Cape Point. Look out for the feathery ‘fynbos’ swaying in the heathland along with the region’s endemic birds and wildlife, particularly the Cape Mountain Zebra and the baboons. Gaze out at False Bay, or if you wish, you can ride the funicular to the old lighthouse for taking in the twin oceans of the South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. Take a refreshing lunch break (optional), before visiting the colony of African penguins at Boulders Beach. Go over to the old naval base of Simon’s Town, and end your eventful day at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens just as the sun sets over the iconic Table Mountain. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 9 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Lunch not included. Please bring comfortable walking shoes).

Hotel Options
Room
MealsBed & Breakfast
RoomStudio Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 4 - 6

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

Winelands

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

Foodies on Foot Tour
Take a leisurely walk along the streets of Stellenbosch. On this walk, enjoy sampling the delicious flavors of South African cuisine. Select from top quality, locally produced food. Also get to meet and interact with food artists, getting insightful stories of what inspires their passion for food art. Take a stroll from one tasting shop to the next, getting a taste of platters of seasonal local products, freshly baked bread, snacks, homemade ice-cream, melt-in-the-mouth pastries and confectionery. The guide will take you on a tour around the oak-lined streets of the old town center. Explore and soak up the beauty of the charming town taking in the amazing architectural marvels of the centuries old town. End the tour with a special tasting of some of the delicious regional wines.

Wine Delight at the Cape Winelands
Explore the beautiful countryside of the Cape Winelands and discover well-stocked cellars at some of the best vineyards in the region. After lunch at your hotel, drive over to the historic hamlet of Stellenbosch, accompanied by your local guide. Stop over for a round of delicious South African wine paired with cheese and crackers. Driving around Stellenbosch, soak in the mesmeric natural beauty of the gorgeous valley shadowed by the Hottentot Holland Mountains. Feast your eyes on the white gabled Cape Dutch homesteads and tree-lined avenues shaded by ancient oaks. You could also try yet another round of wine and cheese, if time permits. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning or Afternoon; Duration: 4 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Meals included: Wine & cheese tatsing; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking shoes; Note: Wine tasting is not allowed for visitors under 18 years of age).

Hotel Options
RoomLuxury Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleGuest house
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
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. (For guests on self drive; Any meals, beverages,activity costs and entrance fees will be on guest account).

Hotel Options
RoomAloe Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Schoone Oordt – Opt 2
RoomStandard Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
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

Eco Experience in Featherbed Nature Reserve
Start with a leisurely ferry boat ride across the tranquil Knysna Estuary that is fed by rivers from the Outeniqua Mountains. Reaching the Western Head of Knysna Heads that houses the private Featherbed Nature Reserve, hop on a 4×4 trailer and drive up to the viewpoint of this natural heritage site. Following your specialist guides along the scenic walking trail, learn about the region’s history, recent fires and forest rejuvenation, plus its fascinating natural treasures. Traversing the coastal boardwalks under a canopy of Milkwood forests, spot exotic birdlife including the rare and resident Black African OysterCatcher, and a variety of indigenous flora, as the aroma of fynbos fills the air. Enjoy the azure seascape dotted with local sailboats and houseboats from various panoramic lookouts while dramatic sandstone cliffs add to the scenery. Walk into ancient Khoi-Khoi sea caves that protect fascinating stories, and visit the rocky beaches that are home to myriad marine life, before calling it a day. (Half Day; Time: Morning or Afternoon; Duration: 3-4 hrs; Shared Activity; Fitness level: Moderate)

John Benn Sunset Cruise on Knysna Lagoon
Beginning from the Featherbed Nature Reserve ferry terminus of Knysna Waterfront Quays, embark on John Benn. Now housing a full enclosed double-decker floating restaurant, admire the iconic and well-preserved, classic-style floating vessel crafted using yellowwood from the surrounding forests. Enjoy the natural beauty of lush hillsides and waterfront settlements as your guide regales stories of the legendary pilot John Benn. You will also learn about the region’s flora, fauna, and natural history, while passing by certain landmark spots including Island Rock and Otter Cove among others, along the coast. Cruising the tranquil lagoon around Knysna Heads under a sunset glow, savor a delicious tapas menu featuring fresh Knysna oysters complemented by local beers, fresh fruit juices, and South Africa’s sparkling wines. Soak in the lively vibe with fellow guests on the atmospheric decks as the sun dips into the horizon. (Half Day; Time: 5 pm or 6 pm; Duration: 1.5 hrs; Shared Activity; Fitness level: Easy; EXCLUDED: Transfers & Meals. A la carte and tapas menu available at extra costs)

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. (Full Day; For guests on self drive: No transfers included. Activity costs, snacks, drinks and entrance fees will have to be paid on site.).

Hotel Options
Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleGuest house
RoomStandard Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 10 - 13

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

3 Nights

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

Included Activities

Kariega Main Lodge: Game drives, Bush Walks
Discover the wild side of South Africa’s Eastern Cape at Kariega Game Reserve. Fed by the Kariega and Bushmans rivers, the family-owned private safari reserve along the Garden Route harbors a rich diversity of flora and fauna. Head out to explore the various ecosystems including fynbos landscapes, savannah grasslands, and acacia woodlands. Observe the African big five – lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalos, and a profusion of birdlife on your safaris across the magnificent African wilderness. Expect to interact with elephant herds and encounter lions hunting for prey. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the African bush during guided walks. See the wonderful nocturnal life accompanied by trained rangers during night safaris.

Kariega River Lodge: Game drives, Bush Walks, River Cruises
Relish from close quarters the sights of African wildlife roaming freely at the Kariega Game Reserve. The game drives, conducted twice daily with knowledgeable rangers who share the mysteries of the African bush, make your experience truly worthwhile. You can view the Big Five as well as giraffes and other smaller animals. Encounter the mesmerizing scenery and birdlife in an early morning cruise down the River Kariega. A guided bush walk through the walking trails of the Reserve gives you a firsthand experience of the African bush while you also get to spot wildlife and a myriad of birdlife in their natural habitat.

Hotel Options
RoomBedroom Log Chalet
MealsFull Board
StyleLodge
RoomSuite
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge

Drive to Port Elizabeth (1-2 hrs)

Drop off the rental car

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 4,790 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 5,890 /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 13 days / 12 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • All activities as listed :
    • Cape Town: Private Full Day City Tour & Table Mountain and Kirstenbosch
    • Cape Town: Private Full Day Cape Point Tour
    • Winelands: Foodies on Foot Tour
    • Winelands: Wine Delight at the Cape Winelands
    • Little Karoo: Explore Little Karoo on your own
    • Garden Route: Eco Experience in Featherbed Nature Reserve
    • Garden Route: John Benn Sunset Cruise on Knysna Lagoon
    • Garden Route: Explore Garden Route on your own
    • Eastern Cape Game Parks: Kariega Main Lodge: Game drives, Bush Walks
    • Eastern Cape Game Parks: Kariega River Lodge: Game drives, Bush Walks, River Cruises
  • Self-driven car during your journey as follows:
    • Vehicle Type: Toyota Corolla or similar (Automatic)
    • Unlimited mileage
    • 13 days
    • Pick-up: Cape Town Airport
    • Drop-off: Port Elizabeth Airport
    • 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 offers the following:
    • Transport to 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
  • Game drives in high quality and well maintained safari vehicle with professional English-speaking driver-guide. In case the game drives are booked through your lodge/camp, they will be shared with other guests with a maximum of 9 guests per vehicle.
  • All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • On request: A printed set of your travel documents by post
  • Fees and taxes
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South Africa: Western and Eastern Cape Overland

13 days $ 4,790 / person

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