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One of the best Fly-Drive destinations imaginable, South Africa combines stunning beauty with wildlife, amazing food & wine, vibrant cities and stark wilderness. This is one amazing trip!
Day 1 - UK to Cape Town
Fly from London to Cape Town, arriving next day.
Day 2 - Cape Town
On arrival you'll be met at the airport and transferred to the Commodore Hotel in the V&A Waterfront, for a three night stay. Your stay in Cape Town is flexible so if you prefer a different duration just let us know, plus we have a wide selection of hotel options.
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 3-4 - Cape Town
Spend a few days getting to know Cape Town, one of the world’s most incredible cities. We love the variety of areas within this fairly compact city, from the historic areas in the city centre to colourful Bo Kaap, and the vibrant Waterfront.
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 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 the characterful Oude Werf Hotel 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
Our favourite way to experience the Winelands 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 departures to the next winery every half hour or so. An amazing way to spend a day!
Day 7 - 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 The Hideaway Swellendam for an overnight stay.
Day 8 - 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 the beautiful St James of Knysna for a two night stay.
Day 9 - 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 10 - 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 the Amakhala Hlosi Game Lodge for a three night stay. Be sure to arrive in good time as there’s an afternoon game drive arranged this afternoon!
Days 11-12 - Eastern Cape Game Reserves
Spend the next few days on safari in the Eastern Cape - 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 13 - 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.
Issue date: 22 July 2020
Special offers Prices are per person based on two sharing, including flights, transfers and accommodation, and are subject to availability.
Depart Heathrow on 15 May 2021
3 nights Cape Town
4* Commodore Hotel
Bed & Breakfast
9 days car hire - Toyota Corolla
2 nights Winelands
4* Oude Werf Hotel
Bed & Breakfast
Comfy Superior room
1 night Swellendam
4* The Hideaway
Bed & Breakfast
Ecstasy Rose Suite
2 nights Knysna
4* St James of Knysna
Bed & Breakfast
Junior Courtyard Facing Suite
3 nights Eastern Cape Safari
4* Amakhala Hlosi Game Lodge
All Inclusive with Game Drives
£1995 per person