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South Africa Fly-Drive - Garden Route, Whales, Wine & Wildlife

South Africa is one of the most exciting Fly-Drive destinations imaginable, and this route takes in some of the best scenery - there’s wildlife, wine and Cape Town too, on this 12-night journey.


Day 1 - UK to Port Elizabeth

Fly from Heathrow to Port Elizabeth, arriving the following day. Departures from other UK airports are also available, please ask for details.

Day 2 - Port Elizabeth

On arrival in to Port Elizabeth we’ll have your hire car waiting for you, but you’re starting with a night in Port Elizabeth itself, rather than driving too far on day one. We tend to recommend starting in Port Elizabeth and working your way towards Cape Town, as the roads get gradually busier in this direction so starting in Port Elizabeth is more gentle. Port Elizabeth is located at one end of the Garden Route, and is a friendly beachfront town that makes a perfect location to start a Garden Route itinerary.

1 night Port Elizabeth – Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth

Day 3 - Port Elizabeth to Knysna

Drive from Port Elizabeth to Knysna (approx 270 km / 3 hours)

Travel via Jeffrey’s Bay, Tsitsikama and Plettenberg Bay

2 nights Knysna – St James of Knysna

Knysna is the ‘heart’ of the Garden Route, and sits on the banks of a stunning estuary. The town is famous for its oysters, plus there’s some beautiful countryside close by. This is a great location to base yourself for a few days exploring of this stunning area.

Day 5 - Knysna to Montagu

Drive from the Garden Route to Montagu (approx 330 km / 3.5 hours plus stopping time)

Travel via George, Mossel Bay and Swellendam

1 night Montagu – Mimosa Lodge

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.

Day 6 - Montagu to Hermanus

Drive from Montagu to Hermanus (approx 290 km / 4 hours 30 mins plus stopping time if you go the long way round via Cogman’s Kloof, Cape Agulhas and Gansbaai– less than 2 hours if you go direct)

2 nights Hermanus – Auberge Burgundy

A small, charming town, Hermanus is world-renowned for whale watching at certain times of year, and makes a good option on the way between Cape Town and the Garden Route. With excellent beaches and beautiful scenery close by and the added draw of whales and sharks, Hermanus is well worth incorporating in to a South Africa itinerary.

Day 8 - Hermanus to Aquila Game Reserve

Drive from Hermanus to Touws River (approx 230 km / 3 hours plus stopping time)

Travel via Stanford, Cogman’s Kloof and Montagu

1 night Safari – Aquila Private Game Reserve

The Western Cape isn’t the best-known of South Africa’s regions for a safari experience, but there are a number of private reserves which are home to an impressive variety of wildlife – don’t expect the vast open plains of classic African safaris, but do expect good accommodation and a great safari experience, that ties in perfectly to other areas of this corner of South Africa. The Aquila Private Game Reserve is a private conservancy of 10,000 hectares located in the Western Cape’s Southern Karoo area, making it ideal to include in a driving itinerary on the Garden Route.

Day 9 - Aquila Game Reserve to The Winelands

Drive from Touws River to the Winelands (approx 180 km / 2 hours 45 mins plus stopping time)

Travel via Ceres, the spectacular Blains Kloof Pass, and Paarl

2 nights Winelands - Spier Hotel & Wine Farm

The Cape winelands area is centred around the towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, inland from Cape Town, and is an 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. Stellenbosch is an attractive town with a lively atmosphere, while Franschhoek is particularly pretty and boasts superb wineries, great restaurants, and the famous ‘wine tram’ – hop-on hop-off wine tasting, the best way to go!

Day 11 - The Winelands to Cape Town

Drive from Stellenbosch to Cape Town (approx 160 km / 3 hours 30 mins plus stopping time) via Fish Hoek, Boulders Beach (penguins) the Cape of Good Hope and Hout Bay (this is the long way round via the Cape Peninsula, to take in some of the most beautiful scenery in the area!) Drop your car off at the Downtown depot as you arrive in to Cape Town.

3 nights Cape Town - Commodore Hotel, V&A Waterfront

Cape Town is one of the world’s most famous cities and a ‘must see’ for those visiting South Africa – The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is the city’s most popular shopping, dining and entertainment district, while still being a working port, and the city is backed by stunning Table Mountain – take a cable car up rather than walking! There are a number of good beaches around Cape Town, so basing yourself a little further out is worth considering.

Day 14 - Return

We’ll transfer you to Cape Town Airport for your flight to the UK.

Issue date: 13 February 2019

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Depart Heathrow on 16 September

10 days car hire - Toyota Corolla

1 night Port Elizabeth

4* Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth

Bed & Breakfast

Superior room

2 nights Knysna

4* St James of Knysna

Bed & Breakfast

Junior Courtyard Suite

1 nights Montagu

4* Mimosa Lodge

Bed & Breakfast

Classic room

2 nights Hermanus

4* Auberge Burgundy Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast

Middle room

1 night Safari

4* Aquila Game Reserve

Full Board with Game Drives

Standard Lodge room

2 nights Winelands

4* Spier Hotel & Wine Farm

Bed & Breakfast

Signature room

3 nights Cape Town

4* Commodore Hotel

Bed & Breakfast

Standard room

£1479 per person

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