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Discover the beauty of South Africa on a Garden Route tour

The Garden Route: Self-Drive

The perfect introduction to South Africa

  • From 14 days
  • Self-drive
  • All year
  • Approx. 12 hours

On your tour through the Garden Route, see the dramatics of a coastline full of lagoons, beaches, and mountain ranges. On a drive that sweeps the coastline you begin in Cape Town, a city that combines adrenaline rushed activities with the striking sight of a granite mountain. Go further to Stellenbosch, a town where vineyards roll out around you to carpet the land. End your tour with a safari game drive and meet the “Big Five.” Take pause to look up in wonder as night falls to fill the sky in stars as you enjoy a meal in the wild.

  1. Cape Town

  2. Stellenbosch

  3. Oudtshoorn

  4. Knysna

  5. Shamwari Private Game Reserve

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The Garden Route: Self-Drive



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Destination 1: Cape Town

Begin your tour in the port city of Cape Town at the southern tip of South Africa. The city rests between the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean, and a cable car ride to the peak of Table Mountain is a great way to take in the dramatic sight of the “Mother City” as it slopes from beach to granite rock. Picnic on the green lawns of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens after a canopy bridge saunter. At the V&A Waterfront, enjoy world-class cuisine such as fresh oysters and king prawns.

Destination 2: Stellenbosch

An hour’s drive east is the town of Stellenbosch. In the mountainous setting of the Western Cape, a region that produces world-class wines, hop on a bike and cruise between vineyards, taking pause to enjoy Cape Dutch architecture. Go for cheese and wine tasting at the Stellenbrau Brewery, and in the evening, after a hike through nature, enjoy prawn risotto with wine on an outdoor patio.

Destination 3: Oudtshoorn

Cruise east to Oudtshoorn to meet the world’s largest bird as you take a tour of an Ostrich Show Farm. After an enchanting time at a family-run homestead, next it’s the Cango Caves. Enter chambers that date to the Middle Stone Age and look up at striking stalactites. End your time with a Meerkat Safari that reveals fun facts about creatures that move in groups known as mobs.

Destination 4: Knysna

Next, drive to the Garden Route’s most charming town, Knysna. Pull on your boots and pack some flip flops as you enter Featherbed Nature Reserve, a place of sweeping beaches, dramatic coastlines, and wildlife. Hop on a catamaran and go whale watching at sea, or perhaps try catching your own for lunch. End at Mitchell’s Brewery with an award-winning beer in hand.

Destination 5: Shamwari Private Game Reserve

End a trip of a lifetime at Shamwari Private Game Reserve. On savannahs that combine luxury lodgings with nature, a safari game drive introduces you to the “Big Five” as you move across 7,000 hectares. Be on the lookout for lions, black rhino, and the white-starred robin as it hops from the branches of a vachellia karoo tree. End your time fine-dining on the savannahs of a stunning game reserve where monkeys play in trees and buffalo move in their thousands. Less

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