Boutique Garden Route Self-Drive
Duration: 7 nights self-drive tour
Price from: £489pp
Jongensfontein 1 night
Oudtshoorn 2 nights
Plettenberg Bay 3 nights
Port Elizabeth 1 night
Day 1 Cape Town/Jongensfontein: Collect your car and set off eastwards to the charming seaside town of Jongensfontein on the picturesque Garden Route. You'll spend the night at the Little Rock Guesthouse, which has glorious views of the Indian Ocean.
Day 2 Jongensfontein/Oudtshoorn: Take a leisurely stroll along the beach, or if visiting between July and November, head to the viewpoint above the harbour and you may spot whales. Later, set off for Outdshoorn, which is surrounded by mountains and regarded as the ostrich capital of the world. Your hotel, De Opstal, consists of beautifully restored Little Karoo farm buildings that date back to 1830, all set within lush gardens.
Day 3 Oudtshoorn: We recommend a visit to the nearby Cango Caves, one of the world's great natural wonders sculptured by nature through the ages. Here, you can join a tour for an amazing subterranean walk to view vast halls of towering stalagmites. Take time also to visit an ostrich farm to learn all about the important role that these unique birds play in the daily life of the town.
Day 4 Oudtshoorn/Plettenberg Bay: Today's drive takes you through the delightful town of George before you reach Knysna which nestles on the banks of a breathtakingly pretty lagoon. Continue to upmarket Plettenberg Bay and the Robberg Beach Lodge, an understated private retreat overlooking the expansive sands.
Days 5-6 Plettenberg Bay: Two full days to unwind on the long golden beaches, or if you're a watersport enthusiast, there's sailing, surfing, bodyboarding, fishing and more to enjoy. At nearby Tsitsikamma Forest you can take a canopy tour or simply enjoy a walk along the numerous hiking trails.
Day 7 Plettenberg Bay/Port Elizabeth: Drive to Port Elizabeth where you'll discover stunning beaches and fascinating museums. A warm welcome awaits you at The Beach, which is perfectly set opposite the pristine beach and adjacent to the Boardwalk Complex.
Day 8 Port Elizabeth: Drop off your car at Port Elizabeth airport where your tour ends.
Departures: Daily from Cape Town
Accommodation: 4* Little Rock Guest House, Jongensfontein; 4* De Opstal, Oudtshoorn; 4* Robberg Beach Lodge, Plettenberg Bay; 4* The Beach, Port Elizabeth.
Tour price: The price shown for this self-drive tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 8 days group B car hire and accommodation as outlined. International flights are not included.
Enhance your stay
2 night extension
Enhance your tour with a two night stay in the Winelands at the Cascade Manor, a century old manor house set in the picturesque heart of Paarl.
2 nights from £145