Garden Route Fly Drive

Garden Route Fly Drive Itinerary

Day 1 - Southbound

Fly overnight from the UK to arrive in Cape Town the next morning.

Day 2 - Arrive in Cape Town

Day 2 You will be met at Cape Town airport receiving final documents and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day to enjoy Cape Town. From the towering Table Mountain to the cosmopolitan city, Cape Town is one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. With its dramatic scenery, diverse cultures, and rich history, a holiday in Cape Town is a must-do for any traveller. Once you have checked into your hotel, you might like to wander down to the V & A Waterfront or take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain.

Day 3 - Discover Cape Town

An open-top bus tour is included in your holiday, but you might also like to visit Robben Island or the glorious Kirstenbosch botanical gardens. Overnight Cape Town.

Day 4 - Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope

Your rental car will be delivered to your hotel for the drive to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope through numerous bays and small townships. On your return journey to Cape Town, do visit the Cape penguin colony at Boulders. Overnight Cape Town.

Day 5 - Wine and Mountain Passes

A short drive from Cape Town you enter the winelands, world famous for the production of South Africa’s fine wines, ports and brandies. Towns such as Paarl, Stellenbosh and Franschhoek will be familiar to those who enjoy South Africa’s fine wines. Magnificent rolling farmlands stretch for miles. Do allow time for a vineyard visit and a leisurely lunch. Please let us know if you would like to spend a night here. Overnight Oudtshoorn area.

Day 6 - Ostrich and Caves

A dawn rising to participate in a magnificent Meerkat Adventure. The early morning is well worth it when you see these charming animals in the flesh and not on a well-known advertisement. In the area there are numerous ostrich farms which are well worth a visit as well as the magnificent limestone Cango Caves as big as many cathedrals. Overnight Oudtshoorn.

Day 7 - The Swartberg Pass and the Great Karoo

Cross the Great Karoo, an area of semi-desert that stretches from Uniondale to Graaff-Reinet. For the adventurous this morning, we suggest a detour over the Swartberg Pass, higher than Ben Nevis, offering some spectacular views. When you arrive in Graaff-Reinet, there is time to enjoy this Cape Dutch town with its wide strands and spectacular architecture. Overnight Graaff-Reinet.

Day 8 - Cape Dutch and Desolation Valley

Take a walking tour of Graaff-Reinet, which lets you into the secrets of this Cape Dutch colony, its magnificent churches, architecture and history. In the afternoon, visit Desolation Valley, described by some as South Africa’s Grand Canyon, offering wonderful views. Overnight Graff-Reinet.

Day 9 - Oranges and the Eastern Cape

Travel down through the rural areas of Eastern Cape and the orange growing area. Visit Grahamstown, the home of the monument to the British settlers of South Africa. Then, on to the seaside town of Port Elizabeth for your overnight stay.

Note: If you would like to add in a safari to your holiday. This is where you should do it and really no visit to South Africa is complete without one. We recommend a minimum of three nights either in Addo Elephant Park, or in the private reserves of Shamwari, Lalibela, Amakhala or the five star Kwandwe.

Day 10 - The Classic Garden Route

This route stretches from Storms River in the east to Mossel Bay in the west. It is one of the most spectacular scenic areas of South Africa. Magnificent coastal beaches and secluded coves nestled between the mountain range and the sea. In the heart of this area is the town of Knysna with its' lagoon, world-famous for its wonderful oysters. Knysna will be your home for the next three nights.

Day 11 - Featherbed and Oysters

A full day in and around Knysna. An opportunity to take a trip around the lagoon and across to the Featherbed Nature Reserve at the Knysna Heads or explore the local markets.

Day 12 - A day off

This is a holiday after all!

Day 13 - Whales and Oil

Drive from Knysna to Hermanus via Mossel Bay. Between June and November the coastline as far north as Port Elizabeth provides a home for over half the world’s species of whales and dolphins. Hermanus offers the largest concentration of Southern Right Whales anywhere in the world. Overnight Hermanus.

Day 14 - Whales, Great White Sharks, Wine and Golf

Today, possibly take a cruise from Gansbaai. During the whale watching season, you can get up close to the magnificent Southern Right Whales. At other times of the year the area is famous for the colonies of great white sharks. The local micro climate produces some of the highest quality wines in South Africa. There are also excellent local golf courses and some wonderful beaches. Overnight Hermanus.

Day 15 - Your last day – Homeward Bound

Today, you will go through the Franschhoek Pass back through the Cape wineries and a last opportunity to buy some South African wines before your overnight flight to London.


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