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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Your African metropolis awaits! With Table Mountain as a breathtaking backdrop, Cape Town is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
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).
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.
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).
Experience spectacular landscapes! The Little Karoo plateau is incredibly varied, with its huge cliffs, desert landscapes, crystal clear rivers and fertile wine-growing regions.
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).
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.
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.).
Find the Big Five! The Eastern Cape Game Parks around Port Elizabeth are malaria-free safari destinations and are therefore ideal for families.
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.
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.
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)
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