12 Day Garden Route & Safari Self Drive

Days

12

Style

Self Drive Tour

From Price

$2,869 AUD per person

Start your holiday in beautiful Cape Town

This 12 day self drive tour offers you the opportunity to travel and explore at your own leisure, from the city of Cape Town through to the Garden Route and ending in the Eastern Cape for a malaria free safari.

On your journey, you will have time to see some amazing sights in Cape Town before you travel onto Hermanus for a spot of whale watching. Travel onto Klein Karoo where you can enjoy the spectacular wonder of the Cango Caves. Continue your journey onto Knysna, beautifully surrounded by lush forests, clear lakes and great beaches.

Complete the trip with the excitement of a safari in a malaria free private reserve, enjoy not only the Big Five but plenty of other mammals and birdlife around this area.

Itinerary

Day 1 – CAPE TOWN

On arrival in Cape Town you can collect your hire car at the First Car Rental depot at Cape Town International airport before driving to the Southern Sun Cullinan.

Situated in the historic central city centre, and a short walk to the V&A Waterfront, the Southern Sun Cullinan will be your ideal base to explore the city.

Day 2 – CAPE TOWN

Spend the full day enjoying the wonders of Cape Town, and it's surrounding areas.

Enjoy a trip up to Table Mountain via the cable car or opt for a boat trip or visit Robben Island from the V&A Waterfront.

Day 3 – CAPE TOWN

Continue exploring Cape Town, and its surrounding areas.

Venture to the Cape of Good Hope or Cape Point, visiting and stopping off at quaint towns along the way. Why not stop at Boulders Beach, and get up close to the penguin colonies.

Day 4 – HERMANUS

This morning, you will leave Cape Town and travel onto Hermanus.

Enjoy the sport of whale watching in Hermanus. From the seaside city centre, enjoy the panoramic ocean views from the edge of the cliffs.

Day 5 – HERMANUS

Spend the day getting to know this quaint town and surrounding areas.

Day 6 – OUDTSHOORN

Continue your journey towards Knysna, for St James of Knysna.

Day 7 – OUDTSHOORN

Today, spend the day at leisure enjoying what the region has to offer.

Spend time at Cango Caves, or experience an Ostrich or infamous Cheese Farms in surrounding areas.

Day 8 – KNYSNA

Continue your journey towards Knysna.

Nestled on the shores of the famous Knysna Lagoon, lies the exclusive St James of Knysna. Set amongst beautiful gardens on a three acre estate, this hotel is renowned for its magnificent views of the Lagoon.

Day 9 – KNYSNA

Spend the day exploring this beautiful, scenic stretch along the Garden Route. With a bustling waterfront, magnificent trails and activities to suit all.

Day 10 – PUMBA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

After breakfast, depart Knysna and head towards Port Elizabeth and onwards to Pumba Game Reserve.

Morning and evening game drives will have you exploring the sights and sounds of the wild.

Witness the Big Five and other mammals and vast birdlife from the comfort of a 4x4. You will be accompanied by an informative and professional ranger.

Day 11 – PUMBA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Today, continue to explore the flora and fauna on morning and evening game drives, or spend the day at leisure by the pool or Spa.

Other activities could include guided bush walks, bass fishing (catch and release basis), archery.

Day 12 – END OF ITINERARY

Your final morning brings a last game drive before your flight back to Johannesburg for your onward journey.

Inclusions

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner as specified

Transport

Transport in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle

Tour Guide

English speaking THETA registered tour guide

Travel Information

This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the 'Rainbow Nation', South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of African, Asian and European cultures. Spend your days: discovering the gourmet restaurants, impressive art and nightlife scenes and fine beaches of Cape Town; enjoying a typical local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browsing the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sampling some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotted around the picturesque Cape Winelands.

Due to its rich and turbulent history there are plenty of historical attractions to explore including the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, South Africa’s attraction lies in its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.

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