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

A fabulous Fly-Drive holiday starting in Cape Town and then driving via the Winelands, Route 62 & Garden Route to Port Elizabeth - this is one of the world’s classic driving itineraries


Day 1 - UK to Cape Town

Fly from London to Cape Town, arriving next day.

Days 2-4 - Cape Town

On arrival you'll be transferred to to the President Hotel for a three night stay - we have a range of hotels to choose from, and your length of stay in Cape Town is flexible. Spend the next few days exploring Cape Town. Perhaps pre-book a Discover Cape Town City Tour (from £23 per person) - 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 collect a car when you arrive and have it for your full duration, however, just let us know and we can arrange this for you!

Day 5 - Cape Town to the Winelands

Collect your car from the Cape Town depot - costs include a Toyota Corolla or similar, although there’s a good selection of options available. Leave Cape Town behind and drive to Stellenbosch - the direct drive can be done in an hour but we’d really recommend travelling via the beautiful Cape Peninsula, taking in Hout Bay, the Cape of Good Hope and the penguins at Boulder Beach - this should take around 3 hours, plus stops. On arrival, check in to the Spier Hotel for a two night stay - this is flexible, of course!

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 - Winelands

Spend the day exploring the beautiful Winelands area. Explore the three towns of the Winelands area - 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 7 - Winelands to Swellendam

It’s around a 90 minute drive from Stellenbosch and the Winelands to Swellendam in the Little Karoo, although the 3.5 hour route around False Bay to the penguins at Betty’s Bay and the whales at Hermanus, with a quick detour through the spectacular Cogman’s Kloof Gorge near Montagu would be our suggestion. On arrival in to Swellendam check in to The Hideaway Swellendam for an overnight night stay.

Day 8 - Swellendam to Oudtshoorn

Continue inland from Swellendam to Oudtshoorn, travelling through the scenery of the Little Karoo (approx 2.5 hours). Oudtshoorn is the unofficial ostrich capital of the world - the birds have been reared here since the 1870’s and gave the town its wealth. Spend two nights at the Turnberry Boutique Hotel.

Day 9 - Oudtshoorn

Spend a day in and around Oudtshoorn - first stop for many visitors is the Cango Caves, just to the north of town, and one of the most popular attractions in South Africa. There are also numerous ostrich farms on Oudtshoorn, where you can try your hand at ostrich-riding!

Day 10 - Oudtshoorn to Knysna

From Oudtshoorn head to the coast at George and along the coast to Knysna (approx 1.5 hours), perhaps stopping in Wilderness to see if you can spot any dolphins in the sea. Alternatively, head inland via the scenic Route 62 and Prince Alfred’s Pass (approx 3 hours) for a more diverse route. On arrival, check in to the Rex Hotel for a two night stay.

Day 11 - 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.

Day 12 - Knysna to Port Elizabeth

From Knysna it’s around a 3 hour drive to Port Elizabeth, but with lots to see and do on the way. Stop for coffee in pretty Plettenberg 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 Jeffrey Bay before arriving in to Port Elizabeth, for your final night at the Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth.

Day 13 - Return

It’s a very short drive to Port Elizabeth airport today, where you will drop off your vehicle and check in for your flight back to the UK

Issue date: 02 August 2018

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Depart Gatwick on 20 September

3 nights Cape Town

4* President Hotel

Bed & Breakfast

Standard Mountain View room

2 nights Winelands

4* Spier Hotel

Bed & Breakfast

Standard room

1 night Swellendam

4* The Hideaway Hotel

Bed & Breakfast

Ecstasy Rose Suite

2 nights Oudtshoorn

4* Turnberry Boutique Hotel

Bed & Breakfast

Garden room

2 nights Knysna

4* Rex Hotel

Bed & Breakfast

Standard room

1 night Port Elizabeth

4* Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth

Bed & Breakfast

Superior room

£1499 per person

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