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Discover South Africa in-depth, driving across the vast expanse from the Eastern Cape to the West. Along the way, explore the lush Winelands, famous for producing some of the world’s best wines, and make a stop at the spectacular cliffs and desert landscapes of Little Karoo. Next on your route, the Garden Route is one of the best destinations to drive in, offering fantastic views of rolling landscape and gorgeous beaches as pass by. Take restful stops at quaint beach towns and soak in the vibe of quintessential South Africa before making your way to the vast Eastern Cape Game Parks. Home to the African big five animals, this malaria-free safari destination offers a whole range of adventures, including game drives, bush walks, and river cruises accompanied by some of the region’s best guides and naturalists.

Like all our tours, you can customize this Africa vacation to suit your interests and wishes. Our experts will be happy to advise you on all the possibilities and create a bespoke itinerary. Contact us!


Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 4Cape TownWine Tasting, Contemporary Cosmopolitan Culture, Winelands and Wine FarmsCloud 9 Boutique Hotel & Spa, 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 RiversBloomestate, Schoone Oordt
7 - 10Garden RouteStunning Landscapes, Tsitsikamma National Park, Long Sandy BeachesElephant Hide of Knysna Guest House, The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa
10 - 13Eastern Cape Game ParksAfrican Big Five, Private Safaris, Close Encounters with WildlifeKariega Main Lodge, Kariega River Lodge
13 - 13Port ElizabethBeach Bathing and Surfing Spots, Donkin Reserve, Marine Rehabilitation

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  • Adventure
  • Landscape
  • Wildlife
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 4

International arrival

Pick up your rental car from Cape Town airport

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 and 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.

Personalized 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. (Duration: Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Lunch not included. Please bring comfortable walking shoes).

Hotel Options
RoomClassic Room
RoomLuxury Room
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.

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

Hotel Options
Bloomestate – Opt 1
RoomRed Cloud Room
Schoone Oordt – Opt 2
RoomLuxury Room
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
RoomStandard Suite
StyleGuest house
RoomLuxury Room
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
RoomLog Chalet 1 Bedroom
MealsFull Board and Activities
MealsFull Board and Drinks
Day 13 - 13

Drive to Port Elizabeth (1-2 hrs)

International departure

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.

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

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 3,490 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 4,390 /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 and meals, as specified in the itinerary
  • Activities and excursions, as specified in the itinerary
  • Transportation services, as specified in the itinerary
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact supporting you during your trip
  • Carbon emissions offsetting for your trip

Not Included

  • Entrance fees and meals, unless mentioned in the itinerary description
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Visa and tourism fees
  • Travel, health, and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare
Road Trip: South Africa’s Western and Eastern Cape
What our guests say about this trip

Using Enchanting Travels was the best decision we ever made for our honeymoon. We cant wait to plan our next trip with them, we enjoyed the process of planning and how thorough they are with everything they do. From the planning process to our itinerary and finally to our trip, we were taken care of every step of the way. Our South African honeymoon was a dream come true, so much so we did not even want to leave.

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Road Trip: South Africa’s Western and Eastern Cape

13 days $ 3,490 / person