Summary

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This self drive itinerary starts in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape and meanders along the garden route to Cape Town.

Your first stop will be the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve which is a renowned conservation and community success story. The reserve comprises 22 000 hectares of African wilderness inhabited by a diverse array of wildlife including hippo, springbok, giraffe, cheetah as well as the famed Big Five. The reserve provides the perfect habitat for protected species such as the black rhino, martial eagle, and blue crane. The meaning of Kwandwe in isiXhosa is “Place of the Blue Crane”, and Kwandwe is the proud home to a population of these highly endangered birds (South Africa’s National Bird).

Serving as the gateway to the arid wilderness of the Great Karoo, the little South African heritage town of Prince Albert is surrounded by an oasis of magnificent mountains, fresh sparkling water, lush gardens, vineyards and fruit orchards. This small Karoo gem is home to beautifully preserved Cape Dutch and Victorian buildings. It is a popular place in which to relax in the sun and enjoy the peaceful serenity of the town or appreciate the spectacular clear and star-filled night sky to the rare sound of deafening silence. Visitors can discover ancient fossils and a working moonshine distillery at the Fransie Pienaar Museum, enjoy a historical walking tour through the town and drive along the edge of the harrowing 19th-century Swartberg Pass offering dramatic mountain views.

Set along the spectacularly scenic Garden Route in South Africa, the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay is your next destination. The Portuguese explorers called it the ‘Beautiful Bay’, and it’s easy to see why – Plettenberg Bay is a picturesque, charming town with endless pristine beaches, tranquil lagoons, clean rivers, indigenous forests and a dramatic rocky peninsula.

Perfectly situated at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, the quaint heritage town of Swellendam is South Africa’s third-oldest town. It is Idyllically positioned in the scenic Overberg area and serves as an excellent base from which to explore the magnificent surrounding landscape including the Little Karoo in the hinterland.

Today you will bid Swellendam farewell and you make your way through to the Franschhoek Wine Valley for the next part of your journey. 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.

After a leisurely morning, check out from Leeu House and make your way through to the suburb of Gardens, Cape Town, for your 4-night stay. 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 fortunate to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more, making this the perfect place to end your trip!

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1-4 : Straight to the Wilderness

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Upon arrival at Port Elizabeth Airport, collect your luggage and make your way through to the arrivals hall where you will be met by a company representative who will assist you through to collect your hired vehicle. Once you have finalised the collection of your vehicle make your way through to Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge. The drive is approximately 1 – 2 hours. Enjoy the next four days on safari in Kwandwe Game Reserve!

Set along the lush green banks of the river after which it is named, the 9-suite lodge is designed to amplify the endless landscape. Featuring a classic-contemporary style of understated elegance and earthy tones, Great Fish River Lodge is all about tranquillity and solitude. Watch majestic kudu meander down to the river from the expansive viewing decks, or soak in the views from the privacy of your suite’s plunge pool. Twice daily game drives, nature walks accompanied by an armed ranger, big game walking safaris (tracking white rhino, black rhino, elephant and buffalo on foot, accompanied by an armed specialist ranger and tracker team) are all included in your stay. Back at the lodge, several lounging and dining options are available. Delicious African-inspired meals are served in the candlelit dining room or in the boma under a magnificent starlit sky.

Destination: South Africa
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Day 5-7 : Into the Great Karoo

Prince Albert

Today after your morning safari and hearty breakfast, bid Farewell to Kwandwe and continue on your journey through to the famous little town of Prince Albert. The drive today is approximately 5-6 hours. On arrival make your way through to Mont D’or Swartberg for your three-night stay.  The hotel is a national monument with over a 150 years of history. Situated at the very heart of the town, it’s the perfect place to enjoy the vast open expanses of the Karoo’s breathtaking natural beauty and a night sky filled with stars.  Enjoy the rest of the afternoon exploring the small town.

Destination: South Africa
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Day 8 -10 : Down to Picturesque Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay

Today bid farewell to Prince Albert and make your way through to the wonderful Lairds Lodge, located between the coastal towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. The drive today is approximately 3 hours.  There is lots to see and experience along the route today from the famous surfer’s town that is Jeffery’s Bay to the Bloukrans Bungee – highest bungee jump situated in the beautiful Tsitsikamma.  Take a leisurely drive through and enjoy the stops along the way.

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Day 11-12 : Venture to the Langeberg Mountains

Exploring one of the oldest towns in South Africa

Perfectly situated at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, the quaint heritage town of Swellendam is South Africa’s third-oldest town. It is Idyllically positioned in the scenic Overberg area and serves as an excellent base from which to explore the magnificent surrounding landscape including the Little Karoo in the hinterland. The streets are lined with beautifully restored Cape Dutch buildings dating back to 1745. Visitors can explore the Dutch Reformed Church and Drostdy Museum complex, visit the surrounding nature reserves and enjoy the local farm stalls selling an array of locally produced jams, liqueurs and baked goods. Other popular activities include: hiking, kayaking, camping, game viewing, horse riding, and star gazing.

Schoone Oordt Country House is a small hotel in Swellendam, amongst the best available in this little town. Well situated as the gateway to the Garden Route, it is only 2.5 hours from Cape Town. With eleven luxury bedrooms set in lush gardens, an intimate restaurant, a sparkling saltwater pool and a passion for people, food and wine, this charming hotel offers romantic as well as family friendly accommodation. The emphasis is on unpretentious luxury and attention to detail.

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Day 13 – 16: Explore the winelands

Explore some of the most striking areas of South Africa

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.

The currency of Franschhoek is that of wine, gourmet cuisine and luxury hospitality, and the Leeu Collection endeavours to offer its guests the finest in each of these.  The farms on the wine route in the valley, many with their own restaurants and other attractions, give a taste of the culture, history and passion that have come together here. Franschhoek also has its own Cap Classique route, linking Méthode Cap Classique producers in the valley, which is well known for its sparkling wine. The Franschhoek Wine Tram is a wine tasting first in the world.

Included during your stay will be a variety of guided wine tasting tours.

 

Destination: Franschhoek
Accommodation: Leeu House
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Day 17 – 20: Welcome to the Mother City!

Experience the vibrant diversity that is Cape Town!

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, situated 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 fortunate 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.

Whether it is covered in a blanket of moody clouds or showing off against a crisp cloudless blue sky, Table Mountain is always spectacular. Cape Town locals are pretty fond of the mountain that looms over their city… and with good reason! Table Mountain, which is home to the richest, yet smallest floral kingdom on earth, was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2011.

Flanked by Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, Table Mountain makes up the northern end of the Cape Fold Mountain range. It’s hard to imagine, but the mountain’s distinctive flat top – a three-kilometre level plateau – was once the bottom of a valley! The mountain was given its name — Taboa do Cabo (Table of the Cape) — by Antonio de Saldahna after he climbed up Platteklip Gorge in 1503.

Legend has it that the tablecloth of clouds that pours over the mountain when the southeaster blows is the result of a smoking contest between the devil and a retired sea captain called Jan van Hunks.

During your stay in Cape Town you have the option of a number of activities, but we have included an excursion to Cape Point for you and high tea at the Mount Nelson!

Destination: Cape Town
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Day 21: Departure

Farewell to the fairest of Capes

Today bid farewell to South Africa, Enjoy a leisurely morning around Cape Town before you make your way back through to Cape Town International Airport to check-in for your flight back home. Please remember to fill up your hired vehicle before you deliver it back to the drop off zone at the airport.

Included

  • Meet & greet at Airport
  • Car Rental
  • All Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Meals as specified

Excluded

  • Drinks not specified, extra meals, gratuities and all items of a personal nature

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