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South Africa: Garden Route Self-Drive
7 Days, from £1,495pp This 6-night self-drive tour takes you through South Africa’s famous Garden Route, passing magnificent scenery and enjoying some of the best driving the country has to offer.
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Staying in luxury, boutique hotels, you will travel at your own pace from the scenic city of Cape Town via Hermanus, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and finishing your drive in Port Elizabeth. Along the way you will have the chance to spot Southern Right Whales, enjoy boat trips, visit wineries, see traditional villages and stay in the vibrant towns that line the route. Make sure you take plenty of opportunities to stop for a photo or simply admire the changing landscape as you travel from city to coastline to mountains.
Day 1: Cape Town
On arrival at Cape Town airport you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your boutique guest house in Cape Town's historic Waterfront. Check into your hotel and enjoy its proximity to the city centre. With incredible views of Table Mountain from your hotel, you also have easy access to the Waterfronts dazzling array of tempting places to eat and entertainment venues dotted around the harbour.
Day 2: Cape Town At Leisure (B)
Your hire-car will be delivered this morning, giving you the freedom to explore at your own pace. There is plenty to see along the Waterfront, or you could enjoy a tour of Cape Town with a hop on, hop off pass. Other options include visiting the famous Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, a harbour tour, a self-drive trip to the nearby winelands or even a visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach.
Days 3 - 4: Hermanus (B)
Leave Cape Town and embark on the famous Garden Route as you make your way to the seaside town of Hermanus. Famous for its whale watching and shark cave diving opportunities, the beautiful town also offers a wealth dining and galleries to explore. The area has wonderful beaches, mountain walks, and a craft market famous for its artistic wares. Your accommodation is close to the town's wonderful amenities and offers original 1920s architecture, spacious suites and a private balcony with views across Walker Bay.
Day 5: Garden Route - Knysna (B)
Continue along the Garden Route, arriving at your hotel in Knysna overlooking the beautiful lagoon the town is famous for. Knysna is surrounded in ancient forests and its blue lagoon so you'll find plenty to do. Along with a vibrant town, there is also a range of boat and harbour trips available, and a nearby elephant sanctuary. Your 5-star luxury retreat has unsurpassable views of the iconic Knysna Heads, cliff tops and Indian Ocean beyond. Make use of your complimentary mini-bar as you relax on your private balcony and soak up the views.
Day 6: Plettenberg Bay (B)
Set between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay is a luxurious hotel offering the finest in country living and you will struggle to find a more refined South African hospitality experience. With distant mountain views and impeccable facilities, it makes the perfect base for relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere of the mountains and coastline of the Garden Route.
Day 7: Departure (B)
Continue to Port Elizabeth airport where you will return your hire car.
Our Price Includes:
6 days car hire with standard insurance option
6 nights accommodation as shown above or similar
Assistance and transfer on arrival
Meals as specified (B = breakfast)
Please note: International flights are not included, please ask us for details.