This 14 Days Cape Town - Garden Route & Eastern Cape safari takes you through below places.
Cape Town, Mother City of Africa, and the Western Cape, an area which is regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in the world. The City is a rare cultural gem, resulting from the amalgamation of Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers, the local Bushman and Hottentot tribes and the Bantu tribes from the north.
The 36 000 hectares of De Hoop conservation area is a World Heritage Site comprising rich biodiversity and by over 70 kilometres of pristine coastline. A 19 km vlei (wetland) stretches across the reserve, which is on the Ramsar list of Wetlands of International Importance.
Knysna is the perfect base for exploring the Garden Route. Set on the shores of the beautiful Knysna lagoon and surrounded by the Knysna Forest, which form part of the Garden Route National Park, Knysna is blessed with great scenic beauty. This quaint seaside town is brimming with quirky arty-crafty shops and markets.
The Tsitsikamma’s spectacular scenery includes the Indian Ocean breakers, pounding rocky shores beneath 180 m high cliffs, evergreen forests and fynbos (proteas and heath) rolling down to the sea in a lush carpet where ancient rivers have carved their path to the ocean through rocky ravines. Tsitsikamma National Park protects a wonderland of inter-tidal and marine life.
Lalibela Game Reserve is a 7,500 hectare Big Five game reserve in the heart of Eastern Cape game country. Lalibela brings you the charm of authentic Africa and is a perfect blend of the formal and informal
What is included in the tour
- Meet & Greet at Cape Town International Airport, hand over travel documents and assist to Car Hire Depot
- 4nights in Cape town
- V&A Hotel in 3 x Piazza Facing Double Rooms on a Bed & Breakfast Basis
CAR HIRE–CAPE TOWN, GARDEN ROUTE & EASTERN CAPE SAFARI
- 15 days Group R hire car (Toyota RAV or similar with manual transmission) (includes unlimited mileage, Super cover insurance with zero excess, one way drop off and 1 additional driver per vehicle)
DE HOOP NATURE RESERVE
- 2 nights in De Hoop Nature Reserve
- De Hoop Collection in 3 x Cloete Suites on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Basis
- 1 night in Oudtshoorn
- De Zeekoe in a 3 x Mountain View Rooms on a Bed & Breakfast Basis
- 2 nights in Knysna
- Belvidere Manor in 3 x Garden Cottages on a Bed & Breakfast Basis
- 1 night in Tsitsikamma
- Tsitsikamma Village Inn in 3 x Village Rooms on a Bed & Breakfast Basis
EASTERN CAPE SAFARI – LALIBELA GAME RESERVE
- 3 nights at Lalibela Game Reserve
- Lentaba Lodge in 3 x Double Rooms on an Fully Inclusive basis (includes accommodation, all meals, teas & coffees, all local soft drinks, beers & spirits and house wine, and twice daily game drives)
What is NOT included in the tour
- All flights (International & Internal) - Please ask me if you require a quotation for International or Internal Flights
- All meals not specified above
- Contract fee (currently R84 per vehicle), and refundable deposit (R2,982 per vehicle) for car hire – payable direct to Europcar when collecting the vehicle
- Optional activities
- Personal items, visas, tipping, personal refreshments and extras
- Visit Cape Town, Mother City of Africa, and the Western Cape.
- Visit De Hoop conservation area a World Heritage Site
- Visit Knysna
- Explore the Garden Route.
- Visit Tsitsikamma National Park a wonderland of inter-tidal and marine life.
- Visit Lalibela Game Reserve in the heart of Eastern Cape game country.
Day 1: Arrival in Cape Town
Upon arrival at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, you make your way to the domestic Departure terminal for your direct flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you are met by our representative who will hand over your travel documents and assist you to the Car Hire Depot.
You collect your hired car and make your way to your hotel for your 4 night stay.
Driving time – Cape Town Airport to the Hotel: approx. 40 minutes.
Days 1 to 5: Cape Town (4 nights)
Welcome to Cape Town, Mother City of Africa, and the Western Cape, an area which is regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in the world. The City is a rare cultural gem, resulting from the amalgamation of Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers, the local Bushman and Hottentot tribes and the Bantu tribes from the north.
The impressive presence of Table Mountain, flanked by the legendary Devil's Peak and historical Signal Hill, stands proudly above the city. Beautiful white sandy beaches along a peaceful coastline frame the Cape Peninsula, which is famed for its unique floral kingdom, bountiful rivers, vleis and dams and magnificent countryside. The surrounding area extends far into the winelands, green in summer and red-gold in autumn.
The Mother City boasts a multitude of entertainment, ranging from outdoor activities and adventures in the sun to a roaring night life under neon signs. The vast range of shopping opportunities includes haggling with shop holders at Greenmarket Square Flea Market, as well as breezing through sophisticated and stylish shopping malls. The huge variety of restaurants reflects the multicultural history of the Cape and caters for everyone's taste, from fast-food outlets and casual to the chic to the very elegant.
The city provides a setting for many scenic wonders, magnificent seascapes and panoramic vistas. The beautiful coastal areas of Camps Bay, Clifton, Llandudno, Bantry Bay, Hout Bay and Blouberg surround the breath-taking tranquillity of the winelands, Constantia, Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek.
V&A Hotel or similar
Suggested: Day 1 – V&A Waterfront & Two Oceans Aquarium
Suggested: Day 2 – Half Day Scheduled Cape Town City Tour & Table Mountain (09h00 or 14h00) or Self-Drive
Suggested: Day 3 – Full Day Scheduled Cape Peninsula Tour or Self-Drive
Suggested: Day 4 – Full Day Scheduled Cape Winelands Tour or Self-Drive
Suggested: Days 2 to 4 – Hop on Hop Off City Sightseeing Routes
Suggested: Additional Activities in Cape Town
Suggested: any evening – Dinner at African Café
Day 5: Cape Town to De Hoop Nature Reserve
You leave the mother city behind and drive through the rolling wheatfields of the Overberg region, where pairs of South Africa’s national bird, the Blue Crane, can be spotted standing in the fields. You continue your journey via Swellendam, a pretty town nestled at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains.
Swellendam is South Africa’s 3rd oldest town and has many beautifully restored historical buildings. You turn off in Swellendam and travel through to the Village of De Hoop Nature Reserve for your 2 night stay.
Driving time – Cape Town to De Hoop Nature Reserve: approx. 3 ½ hours
Days 5 to 7: De Hoop Nature Reserve (2 nights)
The 36 000 hectares of De Hoop conservation area is a World Heritage Site comprising rich biodiversity and by over 70 kilometres of pristine coastline. A 19 km vlei (wetland) stretches across the reserve, which is on the Ramsar list of Wetlands of
International Importance. The De Hoop Reserve is situated in the Overberg region near the southern tip of Africa.
The Overberg area is characterised by quaint towns, a blossoming wine industry and delicious local dishes. There are a number of activities on offer here and you can enjoy whale watching, star gazing, interpretive marine walk, mountain biking and a guided bird and Fynbos walk.
De Hoop Nature Reserve – De Hoop Village or similar
Suggested: Days 5 to 7 – Activities at De Hoop Nature Reserve
Day 7: De Hoop Nature Reserve to Oudtshoorn via Route 62 (1 night)
Wake up to the sounds of nature and waves crashing. This morning is at leisure, you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast and take a last walk on the beach.
Leaving the De Hoop Nature Reserve behind, you make your Africa’s Ostrich Capital, Oudtshoorn in the Klein (Little) Karoo.
You journey along the scenic Protea-covered Outeniqua Mountains to Oudtshoorn. Upon arrival in Oudtshoorn, you make your way to your guest house for your 1 night stay.
The rest of the day is at leisure or you can explore the various activities in Oudtshoorn and the surrounding areas.
Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world and ostrich farming has played a large role in the town’s story. The semi-arid Klein Karoo is an area of exceptional contrasts and natural beauty. It is home to the spectacular Cango Caves, Africa's largest show cave system.
The Klein Karoo is an ecological hotspot where three distinct plant biomes (succulent karoo, cape thicket and fynbos) converge, and the Swartberg mountain range is part of the Cape Floral World Heritage Site.
Driving time: De Hoop Nature Reserve to Oudtshoorn – approx. 3 ½ hours (excluding stops)
De Zeekoe Guest Farm or similar
Suggested: Day 7 – Standard Tour at the Ostrich Safari Show Farm
Suggested: Day 7/8 – Activities at De Zeekoe Guest Farm
Day 8: Oudtshoorn to Knysna
This morning you may wish to explore the Cango Caves before you leave the Klein Karoo behind. You depart Oudtshoorn and cross the protea-covered Outeniqua Mountains to the start of the Garden Route. You travel through the scenic Lakes District, through Wilderness and Sedgefield, before driving to Knysna, where you check into your guesthouse on the shores of the Knysna Lagoon for your 2 night stay.
Driving time: Oudtshoorn to Knysna – approx. 2 hours (excluding stops)
Suggested: Day 8 - a.m. Heritage Cango Caves Tour
Days 8 to 10: Monday, 03 December to Wednesday, 05 December - Knysna (2 Nights)
Set between the majestic Outeniqua Mountains and the rugged Southern Cape Coastline, surrounded by forest and nestled on the banks of the lagoon, lies Knysna, paradise, in the heart of the Garden Route. The unique mix of water and forest, drop out and executive, tin shack and state– of-the-art architecture combines to make Knysna a fascinating town – one with a romantic history and a bright future. Knysna is one of the Garden Route’s best known travel destinations and was recently named as one of the Top 100 Destinations in the World.
Knysna is the perfect base for exploring the Garden Route. Set on the shores of the beautiful Knysna lagoon and surrounded by the Knysna Forest, which form part of the Garden Route National Park, Knysna is blessed with great scenic beauty. This quaint seaside town is brimming with quirky arty-crafty shops and markets. Find yourself in foodie-heaven – with superb fine dining restaurants, legendary Knysna oysters and bustling wholefood markets. Knysna offers many scenic activities - with horse riding trails through the luscious Knysna forest and along the breath-taking beaches.
Belvidere Manor or similar
Suggested: Day 8 - Sunset John Benn Cruise (18h30)
Suggested: Day 9: Marine Eco Experience
Suggested: Day 9: Featherbed Eco Experience
Suggested: Day 9/10: Full day Crags Wildlife Encounter – elephants, monkeys, birds and cheetahs en route to Tsitsikamma
Day 10: Knysna to Tsitsikamma, Storms River Village (1 Night)
This morning you depart the Garden Route Gem, Knysna and by-pass the seaside town of Plettenberg Bay.
Enjoy a scenic drive over spectacular single-span bridges to the Tsitsikamma forest, an indigenous primeval forest with towering ancient yellowwood trees, lush vegetation and deep gorges. You enter the small town of Storms River and check into your guesthouse for your 1 night stay.
Tsitsikamma is a Khoisan (early inhabitants of the area) word meaning, “place of much water.” The Tsitsikamma National Park incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain Fynbos and temperate high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea.
The Tsitsikamma’s spectacular scenery includes the Indian Ocean breakers, pounding rocky shores beneath 180 m high cliffs, evergreen forests and fynbos (proteas and heath) rolling down to the sea in a lush carpet where ancient rivers have carved their path to the ocean through rocky ravines.
Tsitsikamma National Park protects a wonderland of inter-tidal and marine life. This is one of the largest single unit ‘no take’ (including fishing) Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in the world,
conserving 11 percent of South Africa’s Temperate South Coast rocky shoreline and provides a 'laboratory' for fisheries baseline research on endangered line fish species. In 1964 when it was proclaimed, it became the first Marine National Park to be proclaimed in Africa.
Driving time: Knysna to Tsitsikamma - approx. 1 Hour (Excluding stops/tours along the way)
Tsitsikamma Village Inn or similar
Suggested: Day 10 – Activities at Storms River Mouth
Suggested: Day 10/11 - Tree Top Canopy Tour in the Tsitsikamma Forest
Day 11: Tsitsikamma, Storms River Village to Lalibela Game Reserve
This morning you enjoy a leisurely breakfast before departing the small Village of Storms River. You make your way through to your Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape.
You by-pass the city of Port Elizabeth and drive to your Big Five game reserve, arriving in time for your afternoon game drive.
Check in at Lalibela Game Reserve is 14h00.
Driving time: Tsitsikamma to Lalibela - approx. 2 ½ hours (Excluding stops/tours along the way)
Days 11 to 14: Lalibela Game Reserve (3 nights)
Game viewing in the malaria-free Eastern Cape is excellent. The Eastern Cape straddles the meeting point of 5 distinct biomes (valley bushveld, savannah grassland, fynbos, riverine forest and acacia woodland), resulting in a breath-taking variety in animal and bird species.
In addition, the carrying capacity of the vegetation in Eastern Cape game reserves is much higher than that of the Kruger area, so you will find a much higher concentration of animals. The region has some of the most luxurious safari lodges in the country, all seeking to offer discerning travellers the ultimate African adventure that harks back to the golden age of safaris.
Lalibela Game Reserve is a 7,500 hectare Big Five game reserve in the heart of Eastern Cape game country. Lalibela brings you the charm of authentic Africa and is a perfect blend of the formal and informal. This game reserve has three lodges, all
offering décor that is infused with the essence of Africa, as well as warm and friendly service, exciting safari cuisine and unforgettable game viewing. There are special family chalets at Mark’s Camp, its family-friendly lodge.
Lentaba Lodge at Lalibela Game Reserve or similar
Included: Days 11 to 14 – Daily Safari Programme at Lalibela Game Reserve
Day 14: Lalibela Game Reserve & DEPARTURE
After your morning game drive and brunch, you bid farewell to this African wonderland. You are transferred to reception, where you collect your car and drive to Port Elizabeth Airport. You hand in your hired car before checking in for your direct flight to Cape Town.
Upon arrival in Cape Town, you make your way to the International Departures terminal for your flight home.
Driving time: Lalibela to Port Elizabeth Airport - approx. 1 hour (Excluding stops/tours along the way)
Flight time: Port Elizabeth to Cape Town – approx. 1 ½ hours
CAPE TOWN - V&A Hotel or similar
The Victoria & Alfred Hotel is situated in the heart of the trendy Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Built in 1904 as the North Quay Warehouse and converted in 1990 to a luxury hotel, this privately owned hotel is renowned for the highest international standards. This landmark hotel offers spectacular views of the working harbour and Table Mountain.
It's the detail that gives the V&A Hotel its elegance, intimacy, romance and reputation, the wooden staircase, the telescope, flowers and the service – friendly and efficient yet never intrusive. There are 94 spacious, air-conditioned, en-suite bedrooms spread over three floors. All the creatively styled rooms have spectacular views over Table Mountain, the harbour’s Alfred Basin or the Piazza. Relax alfresco on the quayside terrace and enjoy the unique atmosphere, watching buskers and entertainers go by. There is a Designer Spa and state-of-the-art gym facilities, as well as a pool area in a beautifully manicured garden, where you can escape from the buzz of the busy Waterfront. The V&A Hotel’s in-house restaurant, OYO Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, is arguably the finest dining location in the V&A Waterfront. In addition to OYO, there are also four sister restaurants conveniently located in close proximity to the hotel and lunch and dinner at the sister restaurants.
DE HOOP NATURE RESERVE – De Hoop Collection or similar
The De Hoop Collection accommodation has something for everyone, from families, couples seeking a comfortable getaway or just a relaxing getaway for friends. The Opstal area is a central base from which to explore the reserve. The Fig Tree Restaurant can be found here and is open all day, every day and serves delicious meals prepared using locally sourced produce. There is a tennis court, swimming pool and a boules courtyard.
There are a variety of different rooms available, the One Bedroom Suite is perfect for couples. The Suites can accommodate 2 people with an en-suite bathroom. Each suite has different views of the reserve, some face out on the grasslands, while others face the majestic fig tree courtyard.
The Figtree restaurant is located a few minutes’ walk away from your room. The Fig Tree Restaurant offers a la carte menus for breakfast and lunch and set dinner menus. Delicious picnic baskets can be pre-ordered from reception and enjoyed on the beach, under a fig tree, or next to the reserve’s 19km vlei.
OUDTSHOORN – De Zeekoe Guest Farm or similar
De Zeekoe guest farm is a large, privately-owned working ostrich and alfalfa farm on the banks of the Olifants River just outside Oudtshoorn. De Zeekoe's old colonial homestead is over 150 years old. Restored to its former splendour, its tastefully decorated luxury rooms all open onto cool verandas. Richly-decorated rooms each with its own private entrance, are tastefully styled with textures of wood, earthy fabrics, colourful rugs and soft lighting. De Zeekoe's 4-star superior rooms all have large bedrooms with full en-suite bathrooms and open-air showers. These rooms also offer guests majestic views of the riverbed and mountain ranges. Wake up with the call of the fish eagle and a view of the majestic Swartberg and Outeniqua Mountains and hear the silence all around you. There is a swimming pool in the sunny garden.
De Zeekoe has all the “ingredients“ for a great restaurant: a beautiful setting with an open deck, skirted by an expanse of lawn and the Olifants river and a chef with a passion for food and good service, ensuring an enormously satisfying gourmet experience. The Klein Karoo is renowned for its unique cuisine. Traditional ostrich, venison and appetising vegetarian dishes with a unique Karoo twist are just some of the plates of delicacies offered on De Zeekoe's impressive menu.
De Zeekoe offers early morning wild habituated meerkat tours. The tour commences at sunrise and lasts between 2-3 hours. Upon arrival at the meerkat burrows, guests are treated to a hot cup of coffee, after which they are issued with a lightweight aluminium chair to sit in while observing the meerkats as they come out of the burrow into the sunshine and then go about their daily routine of foraging and frolicking.
KNYSNA – Belvidere Manor or similar
Belvidere Manor is situated overlooking the Knysna Lagoon and is the perfect base from which to explore the Garden Route. This historic country hotel offers private accommodation in charming white-washed cottages in a lush garden setting. Each has its own comfortable lounge and a wide verandah with views of the lagoon or the garden. The cottages are all fully serviced and individually decorated, and there is a choice between 1, 2 and 3-bedroomed cottages.
There is an outdoor pool in the huge gardens. Breakfast is served on the terrace of the main Manor House. Enjoy a sundowner drink prior to savouring a gourmet dinner in the in-house Caroline’s Bistro or a pub meal in the Bell Tavern, recently voted the Garden Route’s best pub restaurant. Belvidere Manor is graded 4-star.
TSITSIKAMMA – Tsitsikamma Village Inn or similar
The magical Tsitsikamma Village Inn is a privately owned and managed hotel, originally established in 1946. Close to the Tsitsikamma National Park at Storms River Mouth, Tsitsikamma Village Inn offers a fun-filled adventure option for the more active or a peaceful retreat for those in search of relaxation.
This 3-star hotel is a unique village of 49 free-standing rooms, arranged village-style around a village green. This village reflects all the colonial building styles that can be found in this part of South Africa. You can opt for a sojourn in the imposing Cape Dutch style of the Drostdy or the Landdrost’s (magistrate’s) house, or you can choose to stay in one of the charming Victorian Forester’s cottages, in a quaint Fisherman’s cottage or a simple Karoo Pastorie (pastor’s home) with its deep stoep and sash windows. Each room is tastefully decorated in the appropriate style for the period and has its own garden matching the specific colonial building style.
The main building, which traces its roots back to 1845, has a spacious dining room, incorporating the famous De Oude Martha Restaurant, the Hunters Pub, Cafe Bacchus and a guest lounge. There is a swimming pool and children’s play area in the sunny garden.
LALIBELA GAME RESERVE – Lentaba Lodge or similar
Lentaba, the “lodge on the hillside”, sleeps a maximum of 20 people in ten secluded thatched chalets, placed where magnificent indigenous gardens merge into the surrounding bush. Each air conditioned unit has wide stacking doors and a private observation deck to make the most of the views over the valley bushveld. The 5 Luxury Rooms have a shower and separate bath, while the 5 Classic Rooms have a shower only.
The main lodge, decorated in contemporary safari style, boasts a large lounge, viewing deck and a sunny swimming pool where you can spend a lazy afternoon. The outdoor dining “boma” has a commanding view of a waterhole, which is spotlit after dark for night game viewing. There is also a stylish indoor dining area. In summer, brunch is served al fresco on the main viewing deck or in the boma