Self-Drive Tour of South Africa's Garden Route
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Self-Drive Tour of South Africa's Garden Route

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Discover the spectacular beauty of South Africa on this all-encompassing self-drive adventure through the country's stunning Southern Cape and the highly sought-after Garden Route. Begin in the vibrant city of Cape Town, followed by a visit to the idyllic coastal town of Hermanus and the secluded De Hoop Nature Reserve, renowned for its rich biodiversity. Embark on the famous Garden Route trail, beginning in the stunning Plettenberg Bay before concluding with an immersive safari in the Kariega Game Reserve.

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Itinerary includes:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • All flights where mentioned
  • Boat transfer
  • 12 Day Group M Care Hire
  • 2 nights stay at the 5-star The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel
  • 2 nights stay at the 5-star The Marine Hermanus
  • 2 nights stay at the 5-star Morukuru Beach Lodge
  • 1 night stay at the 5-star Tsala Treetop Lodge
  • 1 night stay at the 5-star The Plettenberg Hotel
  • 3 nights stay at the 5-star Settlers Drift - Kariega Game Reserve
Day 1-2
Fly from UK to Cape Town

Upon arrival in Cape Town, you'll be met by a representative who will escort you to the vehicle rental office. Once you've acquired your car, it's time to set off and make your way to the first stop on your itinerary.  

Day 2-4
2 nights stay at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel

Located on the outskirts of Cape Town in the stunning Constantia Valley, The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel is an exquisite luxury hotel renowned for its award-winning gardens and exceptional dining venues. Rejuvenate after your long flight with an escape to the on-site Fresh Wellness Spa and take in the breathtaking sight of the iconic Table Mountain from the comfort of your own balcony. 

Day 4
Road transfer from Cape Town to Hermanus

Following an incredible introduction to South Africa in Cape Town, it's time to load up your hire car and drive southeast to the idyllic seaside town of Hermanus. 

Day 4-6
2 nights stay at The Marine Hermanus

Residing on Hermanus' famous cliff path, The Marine Hermanus is a modern boutique hotel benefitting from breathtaking views of Walker Bay, awarding guests spectacular opportunities to spot frolicking whales and dolphins from their own room. Providing seamless access to the natural surroundings, the luxury hotel offers guests the ideal base to venture out from and explore the abundant beauty of the region. 

Day 5
Hermanus

Rich in breathtaking scenery and teeming with adventure, Hermanus offers a wealth of opportunities for nature exploration and cultural experiences. Walk the town's iconic Cliff Path, a nature trail offering an ideal vantage point for whale-watching, and visit the spectacular Grotto Beach. Stop by one of the many small galleries that dot the town and embark on a culinary tour through the city's outstanding dining scene. Freshen up with a dip in the hotel's private tidal pool, beautifully situated afront the ocean. 

Day 6
Road transfer from Hermanus to De Hoop Nature Reserve

Once you've packed and loaded up your hire care, you'll drive east on a two-hour drive to the breathtaking De Hoop Nature Reserve.

Day 6-8
2 nights stay at Morukuru Beach Lodge

Offering uncompromising luxury in the secluded De Hoop Reserve, Morukuru Beach Lodge is a contemporary-style retreat located on a sandy dune overlooking the Indian Ocean. Remote and exclusive, the lodge offers everything you may need to relax and be at one with nature. 

Day 7
De Hoop Nature Reserve

Explore the De Hoop Nature Reserve with a variety of explorative activities on offer. Discover the region's rich biodiversity on an educational nature walk, traverse across the rugged train on a self-guided mountain cycling excursion and witness the herds of eland antelope, bontebok, and Cape mountain zebras that roam the reserve on a nature drive. Experience wild swimming and snorkelling in the reserves pristine protected rock pools and marvel at whales swimming in the distance while you relax on the white-sand beachfront. 

Day 8
Road transfer from De Hoop Nature Reserve to Plettenberg Bay

After a marvellous time in De Hoop, it's time to get back in your hire car and begin your adventure through South Africa's iconic Garden Route. You'll drive east to the gorgeous Plettenberg Bay, approximately a four-hour drive away from De Hoop. 

Day 8-9
1 night stay at The Tsala Treetop Lodge

Enclaved by luscious forestry amidst an expansive landscape of emerald rolling hills, Tsala Treetop Lodge is a secluded haven characterised by an enchanting design crafted with earthy textures infused with modern interiors. 

From relaxing in your own private infinity pool and indulging in fantastic food to participating in a range of forest exploration activities, the luxury lodge provides a plethora of possibilities for both leisure and adventure.

Day 8-9
Forest Excursions

Explore the area on an immersive bike tour, showcasing the area's spectacular beauty on various mountain trails, offering breathtaking waterfront and forest views, and view the forest from above on a thrilling zipline excursion through the canopies. If time allows, pay a visit to the Birds of Eden, a free-flight sanctuary homing over 3,500 birds over 220 species.

Day 9
Road transfer from Tsala Treetop Lodge to The Plettenberg Hotel

Following a wonderful night stay at the Tsala Treetop Lodge, it's time to drive in your hire car down to your next hotel, beautifully situated on the edge of the coast. 

Day 9-10
1 night stay at The Plettenberg Hotel

Situated on a rocky headland in the heart of the Garden Route, The Plettenberg Hotel is a luxurious seaside retreat benefiting from stunning ocean views and the sweeping mountainscape surrounding Plettenberg Bay. During your stay at the hotel, you'll enjoy direct access to the pristine beach, an excellent variety of dining options and wildlife watching.

Day 9-10
Plettenberg Bay

Renowned for its stunning golden beaches and marine life-rich waters, and gorgeous hiking trails, Plettenberg Bay is ripe for exploration. Undertake the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness whales thrust out of the sea on an expert-led boating excursion. Marvel at the rocky gorges in the Tsitsikamma National Park on a kayaking adventure and, if you're feeling brave, go shark cage diving and encounter these incredible creatures in their own natural habitat. 

Day 10
Road transfer from Plettenberg to Kariega Game Reserve

It's time for a change of scenery; once you've checked out of the hotel and packed your hire car, you'll begin your journey to South Africa's Eastern Cape. Approximately a four-hour drive from Plettenberg Bay, Kariega Game Reserve is the next stop on your itinerary. Once you've arrived in the region, you'll be met by a local ranger who will transport you to your accommodation via boat.  

Day 10-13
3 nights stay at Settlers Drift

Sleek and modern, Settlers Drift is a safari lodge like no other, offering outstanding luxury in the heart of the Kariega wilderness. During your stay, you'll enjoy expansive views of the breathtaking surrounding valley and river from your own tented suite and unforgettable evenings spent around the communal fire pit.

Day 11-12
Kariega Game Reserve Safari & Canoeing

During your stay at the lodge, you'll embark on a marvellous game drive through the Kariega Game Reserve, one of South Africa's finest. Spanning a total area of 10,000 hectares, the reserve is home to a diversity of wildlife, including the unmissable Big Five. You'll get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures as they wander the reserve's various habitats, which include savannah grasslands, riverine forests, acacia woods, and valley bushvelds.

Witness the wildlife from a different perspective on an immersive canoe ride down the Kariega and the Bushman's rivers, the two rivers that border the reserve. The ideal vantage point to spot herds of elephants cooling off by the banks and hippo families emerging for a graze, this wonderful excursion is sure not to disappoint. 

Day 13
Road transfer from Kariega Game Reserve to Port Elizabeth

Following an awe-inspiring journey through South Africa, it's time to begin your journey home. Once you've checked out at the lodge and packed up your hire care, you'll make your way back to Port Elizabeth.

Day 13-14
Fly from Port Elizabeth to UK

Once you've returned your hire car, you'll be ready to board your direct flight back to the UK. 

ID: 3KLR

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Itinerary includes:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • All flights where mentioned
  • Boat transfer
  • 12 Day Group M Care Hire
  • 2 nights stay at the 5-star The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel
  • 2 nights stay at the 5-star The Marine Hermanus
  • 2 nights stay at the 5-star Morukuru Beach Lodge
  • 1 night stay at the 5-star Tsala Treetop Lodge
  • 1 night stay at the 5-star The Plettenberg Hotel
  • 3 nights stay at the 5-star Settlers Drift - Kariega Game Reserve
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