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!