This is a two-week journey that you will never forget as you are taken in by South Africa's wealth of wonders and prepare to embark on an adventure-packed tour that will also allow some time to relax and soak in the stunning scenery.
On this tour you'll be seeing and experiencing every South African landmark, from the vibrancy of Cape Town's colours and sounds, to the scenic beauty of the Garden Route, the panoramic wine lands, the exciting game drives to spot the Big Five and the amazing natural reserves such as the Knysna Forest and Monkeyland.
- Departs: london
- Arrives: cape town, South Africa
- Departs: cape town, South Africa
- Arrives: london
Best of Cape Town, Garden Route and Safari - Classical Tour
- Classical Tour- As Per Itinerary
- As Per Itinerary
- View the jewels in the crown of Cape Town
- Explore the Garden Route and some of the greatest wildlife the world has to offer
- Uncover the rich heritage of the Cape Region
South Africa is one of the most diverse countries in the world, a place where you will find exotic combinations of landscape, people,
history and culture that offer the traveller a totally unique experience. Travel from the pristine beaches of Cape Town and South
Africa's world-renowned wine estates, to the Garden Route and thrilling wildlife safaris. This fascinating journey is a journey of a
lifetime. It's a trip that combines the trendy metropolis of Cape Town and its breath-taking surroundings with the natural beauty,
cultural diversity and African wildlife experience.
Begin your trip in Cape Town, the "Mother City", South Africa's oldest city, and one of the world's most beautiful. Situated at the
south-western tip of South Africa and the African continent, it is the city of Table Mountain, Robben Island, the
beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens, and the spectacular Cape Point. But aside from its natural assets, the Cape Peninsula is home to
colourful characters from a cross-section of cultures.
Thereafter you can discover The Garden Route, a coastal corridor, a landscape of restorative beauty. Also take the opportunity to
uncover Plettenberg Bay, a beautiful beach village which has gained somewhat of a reputation as a pleasure seeker hotspot and
has many leisure activities on offer.
Further north-east is Addo Elephant National Park, the third largest national park in South Africa. This park offers some of the most
spectacular elephant viewing in the world.
Finish off by uncovering the Cango Caves at Oudtshoorn, the historic towns of Stellenbosch and the picturesque fertile green
valleys of the Cape Winelands, filled with wine farms and award-winning restaurants.
The tour starts and finishes in Cape Town and comprises 12 nights and 13 days of malaria-free South Africa exploration.
Day 1 - Arrival in Cape Town
After your arrival into Cape Town International Airport, you will be greeted by our local representative and transferred to your hotel
in Cape Town where you will spend the rest of the day at your own leisure. During the first 3 days of this tour you will be making
discoveries at your pace, with plenty of free time available for independent sightseeing and strolling around Cape Town on your
You will spend 3 nights in Cape Town.
Day 2 & 3 - Cape Town & Cape Peninsula
On these two additional days at your own leisure, we suggest you make the most of your visit and explore Cape Town, also known
as the "Mother City". Take in the glorious vies of the famous V&A Waterfront, where you can enjoy the buzz of the working harbour,
world class restaurants, shopping and so much more.
Explore Cape Town attractions at your own pace on a Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour. Conducted aboard a fire engine-red,
double-decker bus, the open-air guided tours traverse the city centre and beyond, both orienting newbies and re-introducing even
seasoned tourists and locals to Cape Town's most-loved highlights. The two main scenic routes - there's a heritage-rich city
centre route (red route) and a breathtakingly beautiful mini-peninsula route (blue route) - include 17 stops, and riders are free to
hop off the open-top bus at each stopping point to explore attractions at their own pace. Depending on the circuit, buses arrive at
each stop every 20 to 35 minutes, so once you've taken in the view from Table Mountain, had your fill of beautiful people on
Camps Bay beach or tasted some of the outstanding wines in the Constantia Valley, you can simply board the bus again and carry
on to your next destination.
Each guided bus tour includes insightful commentary - told in 16 different languages - about the city, its history and its culture, and
the vehicles are wheelchair friendly. Tours run 7 days a week, 365 days a year (rain or shine), and start and end at the V&A
There are various day tours available in Cape Town and we suggest spending one of your free days by going on the full day Cape
Peninsula Tour, where you will be driven along the Atlantic seaboard via Hout Bay, to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and
its scenic viewing point. You will then stop at Boulders Beach to see the African penguins, and then travel through the naval port of
Simon's Town. Simon's Town is situated on False Bay and is rich in history, character and atmosphere.
Day 4 & 5 - Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay / Garden Route
After an early breakfast you can go to collect your rental car at the Avis Cape Town Downtown depot. Thereafter you begin your
self-drive tour travelling to the world renowned Garden Route, one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa.
Covering a great part of the south-western coast of South Africa, the Garden Route stretches from Mossel Bay to the Tsitsikamma
Forest and Storms River. The Garden Route is a coastal corridor along the highway N2, where ancient forests, rivers, wetlands,
dunes, stretches of beach, lakes, mountain scenery and indigenous fynbos all merge to form a landscape of restorative beauty.
A spectacular scenery, a wide range of leisure options and a mild climate guarantee make up for today's long driving distance. By
late afternoon you will arrive at Plettenberg Bay, a beautiful beach village which has gained somewhat of a reputation as a
pleasure seeker hotspot and has many leisure activities on offer. "Plett" - as South Africans simply call this exclusive seaside resort
- boasts the most beautiful beaches of the Garden Route. They stretch over many kilometres all around the bay.
The watersport possibilities are plentiful and in season the bay it is an excellent place to watch whales and dolphins.
You will spend 2 nights in Plettenberg Bay.
Travelling distance approx. 520 km, driving time approx. 6 hours
Day 5 - Garden Route
Spend this day at your own leisure exploring the highlights along the Garden Route or simply relax on the beach. Plettenberg Bay
and its neighbour town Knysna offer some of the world's best golf courses, hiking trails on Robberg Peninsula or Knysna Forest,
boat cruises on Knysna lagoon, kayaking, township tours, whale and dolphin boat tours and so much more.
Suggestion: A short drive from Plettenberg Bay is the area known as "The Crags" and there you will find Monkeyland, where you
can go on a monkey safari, The Elephant Sanctuary, where you can experience these giants up close, Birds of Eden, where you
can take a walk in the world's largest outdoor aviary, the Snake Park, where you can visit with the cold blooded kind, Bramon Wine
Estate, the most south-eastern vinery in the country and much more.
Day 6 - Plettenberg Bay to Cape St Francis
Today your journey takes you from the bush to the beach. The Eastern Cape is a place of rugged beauty offering a pristine
coastline, virgin bush, sub-tropical forests and is the home of Africa's "Big Five" and the birthplace of Nelson Mandela.
Besides the diverse birdlife, one can also observe smaller mammal species, the cute dassies for example, which often graze near
the beach. The more adventurous travellers have the opportunity to experience the Tsitsikamma Forest on a nerve-racking tree-top
canopy tour. Travellers looking for the ultimate adrenaline kick can jump off Bloukrans Bridge, reputed to be the highest
commercial bungi in the world at 216 metres.
Proceed travelling to your overnight accommodation in Cape St Francis, a tranquil eco-destination, surrounded by nature reserves
and a glorious beach, waiting to be explored - situated just south of St Francis Bay.
You will spend 1 night in Cape St. Francis.
Travelling distance approx. 175 km, driving time approx. 2 hours
Day 7 & 8 - Cape St Francis to Addo Elephant National Park
A good three hour drive takes you from the coast further north-east to Addo Elephant National Park, the
third largest national park in South Africa. This park offers some of the most spectacular elephant viewing in the world. Antelope
species abundant in the main game area of the park include red hartebeest, eland, kudu and bushbuck whilst Gemsbok, black
wildebeest, springbok, buffalo and black rhino are found in the arid nama-karoo area. The Burchell's zebra, Cape mountain zebra,
spotted hyenas, mountain reedbuck, baboons, blue duiker, aardwolf and red rock rabbit are some of the other game species found
in the park.
Kuzuko Lodge is ideally situated in a 15 000 hectare private section of the scenic park and lodge offers guests a luxurious malariafree
safari experience. Enjoy the views across the valley from your own private deck area.
The animals get off to an early start, and so you do too! Begin your day with an exciting game drive where you track wildlife such
as Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino. Lion is most frequently spotted during night game drives. The Addo Elephant National Park is also
home to wide range of diverse bird species.
Relax in your private lounge after an exciting day's game viewing or cool off in the refreshing swimming pool. Your early morning
game drives and sunset safaris will be interrupted only by exquisite meals, poolside dozes or a relaxing treatment at the Wellness
Centre (optional, not included). Spend these two days in the blissful routine of eating, sleeping and various safari activities.
You will spend 2 nights at Kuzuko Lodge.
Travelling distance approx. 355 km, driving time approx. 4 - 4 ½ hours
Day 9 & 10 - Cape St Francis to Oudtshoorn / Klein Karoo
Today's journey takes you through parts of the Great Karoo back to the Western Cape Province.
Enjoy travelling through the tranquil Langkloof Valley, the second largest fruit production area in South Africa specialising in apples
and pears, surrounded by picturesque mountain ranges. In the afternoon you will arrive in Oudtshoorn, known as the ostrich capital
of the world and situated in the Klein Karoo between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains.
The world's biggest bird is just one of the many attractions in this area of exceptional contrasts and natural beauty. The region is
home to the spectacular Cango Caves - Africa's largest show cave system - and the Swartberg Mountain range, which is part of
the Cape Floral World Heritage Site.
You will spend 2 nights in Oudtshoorn.
Travelling distance approx. 400 km, driving time approx. 5 ½ - 6 hours
Day 10 - Oudtshoorn and surrounding / Klein Karoo
Spend the day at your own leisure visiting the Cango Caves and one of the Show-Ostrich Farms, where you will learn everything
worth knowing about ostriches. At the end, the daring visitor may go for a ride on the obstinate birds and make a bet on who might
win the ostrich race. A must-do for nature lovers is a day excursion into the Swartberg Mountains.
Day 11 & 12 - Oudtshoorn to Stellenbosch / Cape Winelands
Today's journey takes you along the breath-taking Route 62 to the Cape Winelands. The Route 62, modelled after the iconic US
Route 66, is one of the most beautiful travel routes in South Africa as well as one of the least known and least travelled ones. The
scenic country route meanders through the fertile valleys of the Klein Karoo, past rugged rock formations, the tops of which are
covered in snow in winter. Time and again the road leads over steep passes, which open up to spectacular views of the wide land.
Route 62 leads through the wine-growing areas of Wellington, Tulbagh, Worcester, Robertson and the Klein Karoo and is thus one
of the longest wine routes in the world. Robertson is your ideal stop to visit one of the beautiful wine estates or stop for a late lunch.
By late afternoon you will arrive in the Cape Winelands, origin of some of the world's most popular wines and a destination of
ultimate indulgence and relaxation just north of Cape Town.
The fertile green valleys of the Cape Winelands are surrounded by stunning mountain ranges that provide a breath-taking view.
With hundreds of wine farms to discover and wines to taste, award-winning restaurants on every corner and wonderful scenery, the
Cape Winelands is South Africa's equivalent of Provence in southern France.
You will spend 2 nights in Stellenbosch.
Travelling distance approx. 395 km, driving time approx. 5 - 5 ½ hours
Day 13 - Depart Stellenbosch
Before departing towards the airport, enjoy the day exploring the heart of the Cape Winelands. Take a stroll through the historic
towns of Stellenbosch with its numerous Cape Dutch style buildings, boutiques, cafes, galleries and monuments. Don't miss out on
visiting one of the numerous Wine Estates in this area! At Cape Town International Airport you return your hired car and proceed to
the check-in counters for your outbound flight back to London.
Travelling distance approx. 35 km, driving time approx. 30 minutes
Fab holiday we will definitely return.
Heather Lawrence reviewing Best of Cape Town, Garden Route and Safari - Classical Tour (14-Nov-2017)
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