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14 Day itinerary in South Africa, Africa

Cape Town & Garden Route Experience

This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the 'Rainbow Nation', South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of African, Asian and European cultures... Read More

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Overview

Physical Difficulty

Easy
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Recommended Age

Everyone

Operated in

English

GUIDANCE

On Some Day Trips

starting point

Cape Town City Centre

trip type

Private

trip attributes

Cycling

Kayaking

Hiking

Visit markets

Meet local people

Travel with Purpose

Outdoors & Nature

Food & Drink

Start

End

Highlights

1

Winelands

2

Garden Route

3

Safari

4

Cape Town

Itinerary

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Day 1

place Cape Town

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.

Accommodation:

  • 4 Star Plus: The Crystal Apartments
Day 2

place Cape Town

This morning after Breakfast, consider exploring the Cape Peninsula either by scheduled guided tour or the City Sightseeing Topless bus

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • 4 Star Plus: The Crystal Apartments
Day 3

place Cape Town

Head out today and we'd suggest a trip of the Mother City followed by a Table Mountain trip

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • 4 Star Plus: The Crystal Apartments
Day 4

place Franschhoek

Idyllically situated in the Cape Winelands, this peaceful country retreat is one of the oldest towns in South Africa. The once sleepy little village was named Franschhoek, meaning 'French Corner' as it was founded by French Huguenots. The fertile valley of Franschhoek boasts a rich heritage showcased at the fascinating Huguenot Memorial Museum and the Cape Dutch architecture in much of the village remains remarkably well preserved. The town’s proximity to Cape Town allows for pleasant day trips during which visitors can explore the area’s many world-class wine estates and impressive range of excellent restaurants or simply browse the quaint, upmarket boutiques strewn along the town’s lovely tree-lined avenues.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • 4 Star Plus: Franschhoek Boutique Hotel - Lion Roars Hotels & Lodges
Day 5

place Franschhoek

Post Breakfast, we would suggest enjoying your day leisurely through the winelands region of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • 4 Star Plus: Franschhoek Boutique Hotel - Lion Roars Hotels & Lodges
Day 6

place Garden Route

Sandwiched between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains and the glistening Indian Ocean, this lush 200-kilometre stretch of coastal plain between Mossel Bay and Storms River Mouth provides one of the world’s most spectacular drives. Visitors typically base themselves at the heart of the Garden Route - either in Knysna, complete with its scenic lagoon; or neighbouring Plettenberg Bay, famous for its excellent beaches - and then spend a few days exploring countless surrounding attractions. Whether you are seeking pristine, uncrowded white-sand beaches, world-class golf courses, ancient forests, top-notch surf spots, extraordinary nature reserves, excellent hiking opportunities or exhilarating outdoor adventures such as bungee jumping or ziplining, the Garden Route has it all.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation:

  • 4 Star Plus: Simbavati Fynbos on Sea
Day 7

place Garden Route

Consider heading out to Knysna today to enjoy the many activities such as the Featherbed Cruise paired with Lunch or even just the Knysna Waterfront to browse around

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation:

  • 4 Star Plus: Simbavati Fynbos on Sea
Day 8

place Garden Route

With another free day, consider heading out to Oudtshoorn for a Cango Caves experience or Safari Ostrich Farm for an ostrich steak lunch

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation:

  • 4 Star Plus: Simbavati Fynbos on Sea
Day 9

place Garden Route

Situated along South Africa’s beautiful coast, the Tsitsikamma National Park is known for its ancient forest, pristine coastline and magnificent rivers. The Tsitsikamma National Park falls within the Garden Route National Park and encompasses a marine conservation belt which stretches five kilometres out into the ocean. It is home to diverse fauna and flora including over 9000 species of indigenous fynbos. Visitors can look forward to hiking to the Big Tree, an ancient yellowwood; and going on an exhilarating kayaking trip at Storms River Mouth, as well as a number of other activities including: cycling, swimming, ziplining, camping, snorkelling, diving, mountain biking, and sailing.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • 4 Star Plus: The Fernery Lodge and Chalets
Day 10

place Garden Route

After breakfast, depending on your thrill for adrenalin activity, we suggest a possible ziplining experience or even a Canopy Tree Top tour in Tsitsikamma

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • 4 Star Plus: The Fernery Lodge and Chalets
Day 11

place Amkhala Game Reserve

Amakhala Game Reserve is an ideal choice for your Big 5 Safari destination. This 7,500 ha reserve is renowned for its truly awesome topography, created by the slowly meandering Bushman’s River running through it. Guided by experienced rangers, you can return to nature and explore the diverse wildlife and the rugged landscapes of the Eastern Cape valley and bushveld on Amakhala Game Reserve. Morning and evening game drives in open Land Rovers through Amakhala Game Reserve will leave you in awe of the diverse vegetation and spectacular scenery which abounds here. Not only do we offer the much sought after Big 5, but there are over 16 antelope species, zebra, giraffe and many small interesting species. Our elephant sightings are likely to the highlight of your stay. In addition to game drives, we also offer boat cruises and guided walks. For a change of pace, enjoy bird watching and game spotting whilst gently cruising down the Bushman’s River! Refreshment breaks have been included to make your safari experience that much more enjoyable. This bush experience will create memories, which will linger as long as the African sun sets. The Amakhala Heritage Collection of Lodges are each owner managed and unique, offering a wide variety of accommodation with a personalized service style. We are proud to offer you the superb Amakhala service and famous hospitality. Amakhala Game Reserve has been awarded the voluntary label by Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA). This is based on adherence to specific criteria such as fair wages and working conditions, fair distribution of benefits, ethical business practice, and respect for human rights, culture and the environment. The FTTSA label is an independent endorsement of fair and responsible tourism practise in South Africa. Big 5 Safari - Amakhala Game Reserve

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

  • 4 Star Plus: Amakhala Safari Lodge- Amakhala Game Reserve
Day 12

place Amakhala Game Reserve

Enjoy your Game Drives

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

  • 4 Star Plus: Amakhala Safari Lodge- Amakhala Game Reserve
Day 13

place Amakhala Game Reserve

Enjoy your Game Drives

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

  • 4 Star Plus: Amakhala Safari Lodge- Amakhala Game Reserve
Day 14

place Departure

End your Journey with self driving through to Port Elizabeth Airport for your onward flight

Meals: Breakfast

What’s Included

Accommodation expand_less

  • The Crystal Apartments
  • Franschhoek Boutique Hotel - Lion Roars Hotels & Lodges
  • Simbavati Fynbos on Sea
  • The Fernery Lodge and Chalets
  • Amakhala Safari Lodge- Amakhala Game Reserve

Meals expand_less

  • Breakfast (13)
  • Dinner (6)
  • Lunch (3)

Transport expand_less

  • Europcar Car Rental - Group C (Toyota Corolla Quest or similar)

Not Included expand_less

  • Any services not specified as included

About Yolanda

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