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South Africa - Safari, Garden Route, Winelands & Cape Town Fly-Drive

A thrilling itinerary to one of the most beautiful destinations imaginable - start on safari before driving the Garden Route, then head to the Winelands before finishing in spectacular Cape Town. Wow!



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Day 1 - UK to Port Elizabeth

Fly from London to Port Elizabeth, arriving next day.


Day 2 - Port Elizabeth to the Eastern Cape Game Reserves

On arrival in to Port Elizabeth we’ll have your hire car waiting for you, for the straightforward drive to your Eastern Cape game reserve (approx 1.5-2 hours). Starting in Port Elizabeth and working your way towards Cape Town works well as the roads get gradually busier in this direction so starting in Port Elizabeth is more gentle. Check in to the fabulous Pumba Water Lodge for a three night stay with game drives included.


Days 3-4 - Eastern Cape Game Reserves

Spend the next few days on safari - park up your car as you’re in the hands of the experts, with morning and afternoon game drives in the reserve to see as much wildlife as possible. Many of the game reserves are home to the ‘big 5’, so expect superb wildlife sighting and a real thrill.


Day 5 - Eastern Cape Game Reserves to Knysna

From the game reserves of the Eastern Cape it’s around a 4 hour drive to Knysna, but with lots to see and do on the way. Stop for coffee in pretty Jeffreys Bay before continuing to the beautiful Tsitsikamma area, perhaps taking in some of the magnificent forest and coastal scenery on a hike. Be sure to stop briefly at Bloukrans Bridge, a spectacular crossing of a deep river valley, with perhaps a final stop of the day in Plettenberg Bay before arriving in to Knysna and the Rex Hotel for a two night stay.


Driving is fairly straightforward in South Africa, with well maintained roads which are generally fairly quiet outside of the main towns. Driving is on the left and most laws and customs are familiar to UK drivers. Do bear in mind that all drivers will need a valid drivers licence plus the DVLA online code and printout, along with a credit card in the name of the main driver for deposit purposes. Other T&C’s apply - just ask for details!


Day 6 - Knysna

Consider taking a day off driving today and perhaps head to the water - Knysna Lagoon is a beautiful area and boat trips are popular here. Alternatively, sample some of Knysna’s renowned food in one of the numerous restaurants. Next day spend a little longer exploring the Garden Route around Knysna - perhaps return to Tsitsikamma to explore this beautiful region on foot.


Day 7 - Knysna to Montagu

Drive from the Garden Route to Montagu via George, Mossel Bay and Swellendam, a journey of around 3.5 hours plus stopping time. Montagu is a small town in the Western Cape and makes a good point to break the journey between west and east. Surrounded by dramatic scenery, the town itself has plenty of interest and maintains a Victorian charm – there’s renowned rock climbing for the adventurous, or hot springs for the less so. Spend a night at the Mimosa Lodge in the town.


Day 8 - Montagu to the Winelands

Drive from Montagu to the Winelands, a journey of around 4 hours if you go the long way round via Cogman’s Kloof, Hermanus and Betty’s Bay (for the penguins) – less than 2 hours if you go direct. The Cape Winelands area is centred around Stellenbosch, and is a historic and extremely scenic area – well worth a few days exploring, and one of our favourite parts of South Africa (the fantastic wine helps!) Many wineries welcome visitors for wine tours and tastings (generally at a small fee) and with top quality wines at low prices, this is a wine-lovers paradise. On arrival in to the Winelands check in to the Spier Hotel for a two night stay.


Day 9 - Winelands

Spend the day exploring the beautiful Winelands area. Explore the three towns of the Winelands - Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl - or park up and try some of the world-renowned wine at one of the many wineries that are open for visitors.


Day 10 -  The Winelands to Cape Town

This morning head to Cape Town from the Winelands - the direct drive can be done in an hour but we’d really recommend travelling via the penguins at Boulder Beach and the beautiful Cape Peninsula, taking in Hout Bay, the Cape of Good Hope - this should take around 3 hours, plus stops. On arrival, drop your car off at the local depot and make your way to the Southern Sun The Cullinan for a three night stay - this is flexible, of course!


Days 11-12 - Cape Town

Spend the next few days exploring Cape Town. Perhaps pre-book a Discover Cape Town City Tour - a great introduction to this spectacular city, the Cape Town City Tour provides the perfect opportunity to sample some of its attractions and get your bearings.


We generally don’t suggest you have a car in Cape Town as the traffic can get a little busy, parking can be tricky and most things are easy to get to. If you’d prefer to keep your car for the whole duration in Cape Town, however, just let us know and we can arrange this for you!


Day 13 - Return

Transfer from your hotel to Cape Town airport, and check in for your flight back to the UK.



Issue date: 20 September 2017


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HOLIDAY DETAILS

Depart Heathrow on 14 June


9 days car hire


3 nights Pumba Game Reserve

5* Pumba Water Lodge

All Inclusive

Impala Cottage with Plunge Pool


2 nights Knysna

4* Rex Hotel

Bed & Breakfast

Standard room


1 night Montagu

4* Mimosa Lodge

Bed & Breakfast

Double Classic room


2 nights Winelands

4* Spier Hotel & Wine Farm

Bed & Breakfast

Standard room


3 nights Cape Town

4* Southern Sun The Cullinan

Bed & Breakfast

Double Standard room


£1849 per person

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