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10 Days Self-Drive Tour Safari in Cape-Town, South Africa

Ambient Guest House, 58 Hely Hutchinson Ave, Bakoven, Cape Town - Camps Bay, 8005, South Africa

Wonderful Self-Drive Safari in South Africa

See the best of the Cape Town. This tour will start in Cape Town and will end in the beautiful Knysna. This is a self-drive tour with lots of different things to experience and see along the way. The Garden Route is a popular and scenic stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa. It includes towns such as Mossel Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley, with George, the Garden Route's largest city, and main administrative center.

Key information

  • Starting point and ending point: Cape Town

Highlights

  • Self-drive tour
  • Visit the Garden Route
  • See the beauty of Cape Town, Hermanus, De Rust, and Knysna
  • See the incredible whales in Hermanus
  • Daily healthy breakfast included
  • 9 nights accommodation

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8 activity days
Airport transfer included: Cape Town International Airport
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Accommodation

Your first three night will be at Ambiente Guest House, your fourth and fifth at Ocean Eleven, your sixth and seventh at Die Gat Guest House, and your last two nights at Falcon's View Manor.

Ambiente Guest House

The Ambiente Guest House is located above Camps Bay at the foot of Table Mountain. You are close to the white sands of Camps Bay Beach and the Clifton Beaches, as well as the trendy bistros and restaurants of the Atlantic Seaboard. The city center of Cape Town and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront can be easily reached within a few minutes.

Ocean Eleven

Ocean Eleven is an old world that boasts beautifully appointed rooms that have an all-embracing sea view over Walker Bay. Luxuries include 100% cotton percale linen, tea and coffee trays, mini-bars, heated towel rails, fans as well as heating which will all ensure a comfortable stay at Ocean Eleven.

Die Gat Guest House

Die Gat Guest House is a farmstead and historic monument and is situated in the valley of Middelplaas near De Rust. It has been in the hands of numerous generations of the Schoeman family since the early 1800s.Characteristics of the old homestead, such as the paint of German origin on the interior walls of the lounge, the original architectural form of the house, and the picturesque environment have ensured that many a South African film has been shot here.

Falcon's View Manor

Falcons View Manor welcomes guests to enjoy their stay in either a Manor Room inside the Manor house or a Garden superior room in the Coach house. You may also treat yourself to a stay in the luxurious and exclusive Garden superior suite.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Cape Town

You will arrive at Cape Town International Airport. Take possession of your rental car and drive yourself to the Ambient Guest House. Marion and Peter will welcome you. Ambiente is located above Camps Bay, within a few minutes reach of Camps Bay Beach and the trendy bistros and restaurants of the Atlantic Seaboard. You are also close to the City Center of Cape Town and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

You may relax and get to know the area. Camps Bay is a trendy suburb, seven minutes from the center of one of the world’s most beautiful city, Cape Town. Set against the impressive backdrop of the Twelve Apostles mountain range, Camps Bay beach is one of Cape Town’s largest and most beautiful beaches.

Camps Bay restaurants and bars line the palm-tree promenade opposite the beach. Behind them are the luxury houses of Cape Town’s wealthiest residents. Local life is casual and in the evening residents and holidaymakers can be found enjoying sundowners at the many chic sidewalk cafés on the beachfront.

Day 2: Cape Town

On this day, you may enjoy all the Cape Town has to offer. You may catch a cable car up and down Table Mountain. The quick ride will give you a bird’s eye view of the City Bowl. The summit can also be reached on foot through a multitude of beautiful albeit exhausting, trails.

You may also experience the "Hop on Hop off bus". You can also see Cape Town's best gastronomy, to be found dotted around the central city. Try Jardine for pared down, subtle flavors. The dishes might include tender Chalmar beef fillet with oxtail, and tomatoey West Coast crayfish risotto.

You may also visit Bizerca Bistro for bistro classics with a fresh twist brought to you by award-winning chef Laurent Deslandes, or La Colombe, where chef Luke Dale-Roberts wows foodies from across the globe with the likes of springbok medallions with celeriac purée in a rich port and truffle sauce.

Day 3: Cape Town

There is so much more to see in Cape Town, but if you are interested in the surroundings, then the Winelands should be on your list. It is only an hour drive from Cape Town and it will an hour full of wonderful sights to see. The famous Cape Winelands feel like a different world. There are rolling vineyards, towering mountains, historic wine estates, and more than enough wine to keep even the thirstiest old soak satisfied.

Cape wine enjoys an impressive reputation, and the Winelands are home to most of South Africa’s premier wine estates. The good news is that nearly every farm and estate in the area offers wine-tasting. You will need a designated driver, though. Paarl, Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch are the largest, nearest, and most famous towns in the region.

Day 4: Hermanus

Make your way along the coast or over the mountains to the beautiful town of Hermanus. Greater Hermanus is situated only 90 minutes from Cape Town on the southern coast of the Western Cape along the Cape Whale Coast Route. The seaside village of Hermanus promises to enchant visitors all year round.

You will be staying at Ocean 11 Guest House. Ocean Eleven is an old world, Cape Cod, colonial-style guesthouse situated on the famous cliffs of Hermanus in South Africa. The picturesque mountains beyond gently embrace the phenomenal, all encompassing vista of the bay. The guest house was recently voted in the London Times as “One of the top 20 views in the world.

You may enjoy seafood at restaurants on the water's edge, farm fare on the wine route, traditional South African dishes, and a variety of cuisine at kitchens and pizzerias tucked down quaint side streets. Remember the weekend farmers markets!

Day 5: Hermanus

More than 300 activities include whale watching, shark cage diving in Walker Bay, abseiling, treetop tours, quad biking, and a 27 hole Hermanus golf course awaits you. Discover the wine route, art route, speciality shops, and pamper boutiques. Escape to nature and breathe the champagne air along the spectacular cliff paths.

You may also meet the world’s only Whale Crier as he alerts you to the whereabouts of the whales by blowing his kelp horn. Admire the diverse floral fynbos kingdom while hiking or biking in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve or laze on one of the pristine Blue Flag beaches.

Day 6: Die Gat Guest House

Make your way to Die Gat Guest House in De Rust. Die Gat Guest House, a farmstead and historic monument, is situated in the valley of Middelplaas near De Rust. The quaint village of De Rust, situated on the N12, might only be a dot on the map but it has one great advantage. It is just the right place for an overnight stop en route to one of many destinations.

Nestled between the Swartberg and Kammanassie mountains, the village is the gateway to the Great and Little Karoos, the Eastern, Western, Northern and Southern Cape, Free State, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. For many years, De Rust was just a small village on the way from Beaufort West to the beautiful Garden Route.

Apart from stopping for the essential bite to eat, no one took much notice of their surroundings, but things have changed. Recently, De Rust became the home of different visitors: radio and TV broadcasts, film producers, and magazine and newspaper reporters are writing articles about the location.

Day 7: De Rust

Take a drive today in Prince Albert and Swartberg Pass. These are the very popular circular route through the Meiringspoort gorge that takes you to Klaarstroom, a neat village with a shop where you can still buy groceries directly over the counter and candy in a paper cone. The century-old police station is a well-maintained historic building. %You will continue your journey to Prince Albert, famous for their olive products. Spend some time roaming the streets and shops before going to Swartberg Pass. This 52-kilometer pass is one of the most beautiful creations on earth and with its spectacular cliffs and majestic views, is really something to experience. On top of the pass is the turnoff to Die Hel.

The journey will take about two hours to drive down the road, as it is quite steep, but with all the small buck, veld animals, plants and flowers, and its natural beauty, you would not even notice the time. On the Oudtshoorn side of the pass, are the Cango Caves with its columns, staligtites, and fairy-like crystal pools.

Day 8: Knysna

Make your way to the beautiful town of Knysna and enjoy the drive. You will be staying at Falcon's View Manor. High above the town of Knysna, the hotel offers unrivalled views of the town, over the famous Knysna lagoon and through the magnificent Knysna Heads.

Located atop a hill, less than one kilometer from the vibrancy of the town, Falcons View Manor is the ideal base from which to explore everything that Knysna and the surrounding area has to offer. The managers Danelle and Sue are happy to assist in planning your day, ensuring that you enjoy the ultimate Knysna experience.

Knysna is a coastal town and the flavors of the ocean influence much of its cuisine. Expect the freshest seafood, from the catch-of-the-day to coastal and cultured Knysna oysters. You will also find the best bread of the southern hemisphere in Knysna at the famous “ile de pain” where Markus bakes it and of course, on the table at Falcons View. You can be sure the managers will recommend only the best places to you.

Day 9: Knysna

Enjoy all the Kysna and the area has to offer. Knysna boasts more than 240 terrestrial and marine species, 40 pelagic species and some of the rarest and the most beautiful birds you will ever see. Although you will probably not encounter an elephant on a nature walk through indigenous forests, there are a number of wildlife sanctuaries in and around Knysna that are of great interest and worthy of your support. The Elephant Park, Eagle Encounters and Monkeyland to name a few.

The Garden Route, South Africa’s capital of golf, boasts more than 20 golf courses. All within driving distance of Knysna. Knysna provides endless opportunity for a wide variety of sports. High-speed mountain biking through indigenous forests or dive the Indian ocean or the lagoon. Hire a kayak or abseil above the ocean’s crashing waves. Quad bike, horse riding, fly fishing, rock-and-surf angling or deep-sea fishing, sand-boarding, kite-surf on the waters of the lagoon or paraglide over the hills and lakes.

Day 10: Return to Cape Town

Drive to Georg Airport, drop off your car, and board your flight to Cape Town in time to connect with your return flight.

Location

This tour will take you to Cape Town, Hermanus, De Rust, and Knysna in South Africa.

Food

Daily breakfast is included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Abseiling in Hermanus
  • Deep-sea fishing in Knysna
  • Fly fishing in Knysna
  • Hire a kayak or abseil above the ocean’s crashing waves in Knysna
  • Horse riding in Knysna
  • Kite-surf on the waters of the lagoon in Knysna
  • Paragliding in Knysna
  • Quad biking in Knysna and Hermanus
  • Rock-and-surf angling in Knysna
  • Sand-boarding in Knysna
  • Shark cage diving in Walker Bay in Hermanus
  • Treetop tours in Hermanus
  • Whale watching in Hermanus
  • Visit the Winelands in Cape Town

What's included

  • Cape Town tour
  • Hermanus tour
  • De Rust tour
  • Knysna tour
  • Daily breakfast
  • 9 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Flights
  • Any excursions
  • Car hire
  • Tips
  • Gratitude

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cape Town International Airport (CPT). Transfer from this airport is included. Cross Country Air Safaris will pick you up from the airport. You will drive to George Airport (GRJ) after the tour for your flight to Cape Town.

Airport: Cape Town International Airport Airport transfer included: Cape Town International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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