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Circular Garden Route Holiday

This circular two week Garden Route tailor-made itinerary starts and finishes in Cape Town making the most of the stunning contrasting Coastal and Mountain scenery of the Garden Route and the big horizons of the inland Klein Karoo and Route 62.

Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks

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

Flights are typically an additional €1,071 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview


  • 2 Week Self Drive tailor-made holiday on the Garden Route starting and finishing in Cape Town

  • Explore Cape Town independently, visit Table Mountain, Cape Point and see the Penguins at Boulders Beach

  • See Meerkat and Ostrich in Oudtshoorn

  • Explore the beaches and beautiful landscapes of the Garden Route

  • Big Five Safari on a Garden Route Game Reserve

  • Relax amidst stunning scenery on a wine farm in the Cape Winelands

Day-by-day

SUMMARY ITINERARY
DAY 1: Cape Town
DAY 2: Cape Town
DAY 3: Cape Town
DAY 4: Cape Town
DAY 5: Oudstshoorn
DAY 6: Oudstshoorn
DAY 7: Garden Route
DAY 8: Garden Route
DAY 9: Garden Route / Tsistikamma
DAY 10: Gondwana Private Game Reserve
DAY 11: Gondwana Private Game Reserve
DAY 12: Cape Winelands
DAY 13: Cape Winelands
DAY 14: Depart

DETAILED ITINERARY
DAY 1: CAPE TOWN
On your arrival day, we recommend taking it easy, heading down to the V&A Waterfront to soak up the atmosphere. The Victoria and Albert Waterfront is the historic heart of Cape Town, buzzing with cafes, restaurants, street performances and stunning views of the working harbour and Table Mountain. Alternatively we can arrange a bicycle tour of Cape Town city or perhaps a local cookery tour to get a taste of the diverse cuisine in the Cape region.
Accommodation: Lawhill Luxury Apartments in a 2 or 3 Bedroom Apartment

DAY 2: CAPE TOWN
Today is at your leisure. We recommend planning a visit to Table Mountain early in your visit as it can be weather dependent. The easiest and cheapest way to explore Table Mountain is to use the Cableway. Bookings aren't necessary and there is easy parking at the Cableway station. At the top there are some lovely well marked trails and you will find just a 5 minute walk will open up new views and get you away from the crowds with some lovely scenery and fynbos. We can also organise guided hikes, ranging from a short 1-2 hour walk from the top of the Cableway to a more challenging trek climbing the Mountain via Skeleton Gorge or from the Twelve Apostles (around 6hours) and taking the Cableway down.
Accommodation: Lawhill Luxury Apartments in a 2 or 3 Bedroom Apartment

DAY 3: CAPE TOWN
We recommend spending a day taking the coastal route to the trendy Camps Bay area before reaching the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive through Hout Bay, Simon Town and Kalk Bay. Visit the penguins at Boulders Beach, Cape Point Nature Reserve and Cape of Good Hope. Some options depending on the time available and your interests would be wine tasting in the Constantia Valley, or a short walk through Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. We can offer this as a private guided tour with an expert local guide and the option of cycling on part of the route.
Accommodation: Lawhill Luxury Apartments in a 2 or 3 Bedroom Apartment

DAY 4: CAPE TOWN
It is all too easy to travel through the Cape region in comfortable lodges and not have any sense of how the majority of the country lives. On the basis that exposure breeds understanding and awareness, we think it is a good thing to learn about this magnificent countries turbulent past and present and fascinating culture. Generally speaking, most visitors consider two activities; visiting Robben Island, District 6 Museum or visiting a township. Where Robben Island gives insight into the political struggles of the past, a visit to a township gives insight into the economic realities of the present. We work with a fantastic project with a gentle bike tour through the township of Masiphumelele. Please give us a call to discuss the options.
Accommodation: Lawhill Luxury Apartments in a 2 or 3 Bedroom Apartment

DAY 5: OUDSTSHOORN
Drive 4-5 hours. Nestled between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountains, Oudtshoorn lies in a fertile valley famous for its ostrich farms and phenomenally benign climate with more sunshine than anywhere else in the country. Aside from being a convenient stopping point, it is well worth a visit for the contrast the scenery provides and the ostrich farms. We highly recommend the sunrise meerkat tours (minimum age applies), and a visit to an Ostrich Farm is great fun. If you have time available then the Cango Caves are also well worth a visit.
Accommodation: Buffelsdrift in a Luxury Waterfront Family Tent including breakfast, dinner and one wildlife activity (Game Drive or Elephant interaction)

DAY 6: OUDSTSHOORN
This morning there is the opportunity for a highly recommended optional meerkat tour (extra costa applies) before breakfast. In the afternoon enjoy a game drive and sundowner on the stunning property.
Accommodation: Buffelsdrift in a Luxury Waterfront Family Tent including breakfast, dinner and one wildlife activity (Game Drive or Elephant interaction)

DAY 7: GARDEN ROUTE
This morning after breakfast take the opportunity to enjoy the elephant interaction. The journey from Oudtshoorn to Crags region takes around 2 hours. En-route we recommend a wonderful stop at Wilderness National Park, picking up a picnic and hiring a canoe from Eden Adventures. It is a gentle hour of easy paddling upstream to the Touw River Waterfalls. It is a very gentle river and no prior experience is required.
Accommodation: Hunters Country House in a Family Suite. Includes Breakfast

DAY 8: GARDEN ROUTE
The Garden Route covers a large stretch of coast between the Western Cape and Port Elizabeth. Where once visitors headed without thinking for Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, it makes more sense nowadays to base yourself at one of the superior inland lodges and use it as a base to explore from. It is worth noting that as with the Cape in general, beaches are not your regular sun-bather & cocktail variety, think beach-combing, rock pools and surf. The area is the perfect base for exploring Tsitsikamma National Park and heading to one of the superb visitor attractions such as the Storms River Canopy Tour, Monkeyland or Knysna Elephant Park. En-route we recommend a wonderful stop at Wilderness National Park, picking up a picnic and hiring a canoe from Eden Adventures. It is a gentle hour of easy paddling upstream through meandering reed beds until you can go no further, from that point there is a boardwalk through the forest to a Touw River Waterfalls. It is a very gentle river and no prior experience is required.
Accommodation: Hunters Country House in a Family Suite. Includes Breakfast

DAY 9: GARDEN ROUTE / TSISTIKAMMA
Tsitsikamma National Park is the indisputable gem of the Garden Route, a beautiful 80km stretch of wild coast and lush forest. A great way to experience the Park is on Storms River waterfall trail a 2-3 hour scramble along the Coast from the Storms River Rest Camp along the first section of the world famous Otter Trail. The views of the Ocean are magnificent and sightings of dolphins playing in the surf are fairly common. Also in the Storms River area is the highly renowned and award winning Storms River Canopy Tour in the magnificent Tsitsikamma indigenous rainforest. One of the best Canopy tours in the world, platforms are built around giant yellow-wood trees that are up to 700 years old. For those with a taste for adventure but without out a head for heights, the 2 hours Storms River kayak & lilt adventure is also highly recommended. Starting in the open ocean, you paddle into the opening of the Storms River and upstream through the magnificent gorge surrounded by towering cliffs, at the low water point, kayaks are exchanged for lilos and you gently make your way further up-stream and float back. There is only time for two of the three options in the day, but there is nothing stopping you returning the next day for more.
Accommodation: Hunters Country House in a Family Suite. Includes Breakfast

DAY 10: GONDWANA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
Gondwana reserve is only about two hours from the Garden Route. Aim to arrive for lunch and your first afternoon game drive. The 11,000-acre private reserve is a malaria-free area home to Big Five game as well as many other animals, including zebra, cheetah, hippo, and giraffe. These can be spotted from the camp, on guided game drives in open sided safari vehicles.
Accommodation: Gondwana Fynbos Villas in a Luxury 2 Bedroom Bush Villa

DAY 11: GONDWANA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
A typical day on safari generally starts with an early morning rise for a game drive to see the animals at their most active. You then have plenty of time to relax at the lodge in the middle of the day before heading out again in the late afternoon for a game drive and sundowner. The exact plan depends on the time of year and the weather and will be coordinated with your guide upon arrival.
Accommodation: Gondwana Fynbos Villas in a Luxury 2 Bedroom Bush Villa. Includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 game activities

DAY 12: CAPE WINELANDS
Morning game drive and breakfast at the lodge. Drive 3.5 hours back to the Cape Winelands
Accommodation: Boschendale Farm in a 2 Bedroom Cottage. Includes Fresh Farm ​Breakfast at The Werf Restaurant, bottle of Boschendal wine, Farm Tour, Garden Walk with harvest

DAY 13: CAPE WINELANDS
Day at leisure to explore the wineland area. Or simply enjoy some of the many activities offered on the Boschendal estate with a variety of dinning options. With privileged access to the farm, guests staying in the cottages will be able to savour the best of farm living. Join a farm tour or explore the estate on foot, following trails that take you through orchards and mountain fynbos. There are mountain biking routes, walking paths, caves to explore, wine tasting, cellar tours, swimming in the dams and plenty of opportunities to sit, read and relax.
Accommodation: Boschendale Farm in a 2 Bedroom Cottage. Includes Fresh Farm ​Breakfast at The Werf Restaurant, bottle of Boschendal wine, Farm Tour, Garden Walk with harvest

DAY 14: DEPART
Drive to Cape Town Airport and return hire car.

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Location central Cape Town
- Lots of activities nearby
- Family suites
- Rooms with views

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Beautiful location
- Hippos in the dam
- Super activities
- Good value bush safari

Hunters Country House

Plettenberg Bay

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Beautiful Gardens
- Family Friendly Accommodation
- Central Garden Route Location
- Fab for families.

Gondwana Fynbos Villas

Gondwana Game Reserve

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Exclusive-use
- Rooms with views
- Outdoor dining facilities
- Lots of local activities

Boschendal Farm

Cape Winelands

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Historic wine estate, beautiful setting
- Ideally located for Cape Winelands
- Various accommodation options

Details

Getting there

There are direct flights into Cape Town from the London (UK) with British Airways, typically between £700 and £1100 per person and US (New York) with United Airlines. Alternatively indirect flights are available via Johannesburg, Dubai and several other key International hubs

Price includes

This is a sample quote excluding International Flights, but including Car Rental, Accommodation and Activities as described in detail in the itinerary. Please get in touch for a detailed tailor-made quotes including flights.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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