When to Go - Garden Route

Broadly speaking, the Southern, Eastern and Western Cape of South Africa enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate in reverse order to that found in the Northern Hemisphere. Whilst the regions spring and autumn are our favourite times to visit (Sep, Oct, March, April & May), visits during their winter (June – August) are not to be ruled out.

Spring (September to October)

Spring time is a lovely time of year to visit the Garden Route, temperatures are around 15 -25 Celsius, it is usually relatively dry (with only moderate chances of rain) and the Fynbos flowers are blooming. October Half Term is one of the best times of year for a family to visit the Cape. The weather is improving but not too hot and there is a good chance of seeing the spectacular whales off the Coast of Hermanus and around (the whale season runs July – October).

Garden Route Budget Gems

Garden Route Budget Gems

Garden Route > Family Holidays

The Classic Garden Route with a twist, using our favourite one-off owner operated B&Bs and Self Catering. Book early as availability is limited.

from £848(14 days)

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Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari Holiday

Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari Holiday

Garden Route > Tailor-made Holidays

Self drive exploration of Cape Town, Garden Route and Safari experience in private reserve.

from £1580(13 days)

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Summer (November to February)

The summer months are generally dry and hot with day time temperatures of 25-35 Celsius and plenty of sunshine (10.5hrs a day on average). The Christmas Holidays may offer the best weather but are generally best avoided as the area gets over-run with domestic tourists and prices are vastly inflated. February Half Term is the most popular time of the year for British families to visit South Africa, with the advantage of great weather without the peak crowds of Christmas / New Year.

Cape, Coast & Winelands Family Holiday

Cape, Coast & Winelands Family Holiday

Garden Route > Family Holidays

One week holiday combining the best of Cape Town with gorgeous lodges in the Winelands & Whale Coast.

from £977(8 days)

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Classic Garden Route For Families

Classic Garden Route For Families

Garden Route > Family Holidays

Two week Classic Garden Route holiday including our trademark Cape Town experience, Safari and Coast.

from £1372(14 days)

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Autumn (March - May)

Autumn is also one of the best times of year to visit the region. If you can put up with cooler overnight temperatures, you’ll find the country much quieter with very pleasant warm days in the gentle autumn sunshine. Easter Holidays and May Half Term are therefore perfect times to visit South Africa. 

Garden Route Budget Gems

Garden Route Budget Gems

Garden Route > Family Holidays

The Classic Garden Route with a twist, using our favourite one-off owner operated B&Bs and Self Catering. Book early as availability is limited.

from £848(14 days)

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Cape & Garden Route Adventure

Cape & Garden Route Adventure

Garden Route > Tailor-made Holidays

An active holiday around the Cape & Garden route, including a 2 day guided hike, ending with safari experience in the Eastern Cape

from £1850(15 days)

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Winter (June – September)

The winter months are the least favourable time of year to visit the Garden Route from the perspective of the weather. However, low season rates, generally mild sunny days and the appeal of seeing the Southern Right Whale migration makes the Cape & Garden Route an appealing destination for the UK summer holidays. The big drawback is the strong chance of blustery wet conditions around Cape Town and the winelands. During these months, we suggest visiting Cape Town and the Hermanus area (for the whales) and then heading to the Kruger or malaria-free Madikwe for your safari and dose of sunshine. You will still have cold mornings and evenings, but you can expect dry, sunny days in these areas. In both othe Kruger and Madikwe, the winter is an excellent time of year to on safari as the low levels of vegetation make game sightings a much easier.

Cape & Kruger Holiday

Cape & Kruger Holiday

Greater Kruger > Tailor-made Holidays

Admire the views at the world's 3rd largest Canyon, go on Safari in Kruger then visit Cape Town & go whale watching in Hermanus.

from £2100(12 Days)

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Best of South Africa for Families

Best of South Africa for Families

Garden Route > Family Holidays

Two week family holiday including some of the best family friendly lodges in South Africa with horse riding at Ants Nest & Malaria free safari in Madikwe

from £1989(person)

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Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Self drive Cape Town, Garden Route and Safari holiday with private guided tours in Cape Town. Suitable for families.

Tailor-made Classic 12 days

Adults from $2,488 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,120 per person economy class from London

Families from $2,056 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,120 per person economy class from London

Excellent Value Cape Town, Garden Route and Safari Self Drive Holiday using excellent value guesthouses and lodges

Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks

Adults from $2,196 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,186 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,508 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,186 per person economy class from London

Three nights safari in Sabi Sabi reserve in the Greater Kruger, followed by four nights in Cape Town.

Tailor-made 8 days

Adults from $2,451 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,582 per person economy class from London

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