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Dubai, Cape Town, the Garden Route & Safari Fly-Drive

2020/21 fly-drive package holidays to Dubai, Cape Town the Garden Route and Eastern Cape Safari South Africa Holiday prices are per person based on two sharing, including flights, accommodation and car hire, and are subject to availability. Flights from Heathrow - other departures also available, call for details. Holiday Code T0520W.

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Dubai, Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari

Cape Town, the Garden Route and Eastern Cape Safari fly-drive holiday

Great Value Suggestion

3 nights Towers Rotana Hotel Dubai

3 nights Commodore Hotel Cape Town

2 nights Protea Hotel Franschhoek

1 night The Hideaway Swellendam

2 nights Protea Knysna Quays

3 nights Amakhala Woodbury Lodge

9 days car hire

from £2159 per person

A stopover in Dubai on the way to South Africa works really well, and this itinerary combines the very best of South Africa with Dubai’s glamour - fabulous Cape Town, the beautiful Garden Route & safari in the Eastern Cape plus Dubai too.

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Day 1 - UK to Dubai

Fly from London to Dubai - Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow departures are also available, ask for details. Met on arrival at Dubai airport and transfer to your hotel for a three night stay - we have a range to choose from, and your length of stay in Dubai is flexible.


Days 2-3 - Dubai

Spend the next few days exploring Dubai. The metro is an easy way to get around Dubai, with two lines linking the main districts of the city. Trains are air-con and comfortable, and it’s a very easy to use network.


Day 4 - Dubai to Cape Town

Transfer back to Dubai airport for your onward flight to Cape Town. On arrival you'll be transferred to to your chosen hotel, for a three night stay - we have a wide selection of hotels to choose from in Cape Town, and your duration here is flexible.


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!


Days 5-6 - Cape Town

You now have a few days to explore stunning Cape Town. The city is a foodie paradise with a range of incredible restaurants - and as costs in South Africa are low you can spoil yourself without breaking the bank (we love the wine too!)


Day 7 - 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 the Winelands - the direct drive can be done in an hour or so, but we’d really recommend travelling via the beautiful Cape Peninsula, setting off via the spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive and taking in Hout Bay, the Cape of Good Hope and the penguins at Boulder Beach - this should take around three hours, plus stops. On arrival, check in to your chosen 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 8 - Winelands

Our favourite way to experience the Wineland’s is aboard the Wine Tram, Franschhoek’s hop-on hop-off wine tasting transport! The tram (and a series of buses) take you to numerous wineries throughout the Franschhoek area, with a departures to the next winery every half hour or so. An amazing way to spend a day!


Day 9 - Winelands to Swellendam

It’s around a 2-2.5 hour drive from 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, would be our suggestion. On arrival in to Swellendam check in to your hotel for an overnight stay.


Day 10 - Swellendam to Knysna

Continue from Swellendam to the Garden Route and on to Knysna (approx 3 hours), with plenty to see on the way - perhaps take in the history of Mossel Bay, a spot of surfing at Herold’s Bay, stop in Wilderness to see if you can spot any dolphins in the sea, and check out the peaceful beach at Buffalo Bay. On arrival in to Knysna, check in to your 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 the Eastern Cape Game Reserves

From Knysna it’s around a four hour drive to the game reserves of the Eastern Cape, 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 and home to one of the world’s highest bungee jumps, with perhaps a final stop of the day in Port Elizabeth before arriving at your chosen game reserve for a three night stay. Be sure to arrive in good time as there’s an afternoon game drive arranged this afternoon!


Days 13-14 - 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 15 - Return

Drive back to Port Elizabeth and the airport today (approx 1.5-2 hours), where you will drop off your vehicle and check in for your flight back to the UK.

Cape Town, the Garden Route and Eastern Cape Safari fly-drive holiday

Boutique Suggestion

3 nights Al Bandar Creek Dubai

3 nights Cape Heritage Hotel

2 nights Oude Werf Stellenbosch

1 night The Hideaway Swellendam

2 nights St James of Knysna

3 nights Pumba Water Lodge

9 days Car Hire

from £2425 per person

Cape Town, the Garden Route and Eastern Cape Safari fly-drive holiday

Luxury Suggestion

3 nights The Palace Downtown Dubai

3 nights The Table Bay Cape Town

2 nights Lanzerac Hotel Stellenbosch

1 night The Hideaway Swellendam

2 nights Turbine Hotel Knysna

3 nights Shamwari Eagle’s Crag

9 days Car Hire

from £3835 per person

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