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The South-West Coast Self drive or guided tour from Cape Town to the Big 5 - 9 Nights
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Tour Cape Town and The Garden Route.

Combine the best of Cape Town and the Garden Route, travelling as a couple or as a family. Discover the magnificent region of the Western Cape along the coast, and finish off with the highlight of 2 nights in a private game reserve near Port Elizabeth, in a malaria-free area, thus ideal with children. From magical Cape Town to the search for the Big 5 in the bush, stopping over near the stunning beaches of Plettenberg Bay, discover what the magic South Africa and its unique landscapes has to offer.

Tour Features

The city of Cape Town, the Winelands, the garden route and its pristine beaches, possibility to be accommodated in a family room, easy roads and comfy accommodation, 2 days in a malaria-free private game reserve

Tour Options

Discover the stunning landscapes of the Little Karoo region and the town of Oudtshoorn, with its Cango Caves and Ostrich farms.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Cape Town

Arrive in Cape Town, magical and diverse city. Take a city tour to discover the layout of the city. Take the cable car up Table Mountain to discover a stunning view of the Bay and the City. Check in at your hotel for 3 nights, located in Town, Camps bay or V&A Waterfront.

Day 2: Cape Town and surrounds

Visit the historical center : the Malay area Bo-Kaap, the Companys gardens, the Castle of Good Hope… Discover the V&A Waterfront, formerly a harbour transformed into a top notch leisure and shopping area Visit the Kirtenbosch Botanical gardens.

Day 3: Cape Peninsula

En route for the Cape Peninsula : its pristine beaches and small coastal towns like Hout Bay, Muizenberg, Fish Hoek, Noordhoek…After the famous coastal road on the cliff : Chapman’s Peak, arrive at the Cape of good Hope Nature reserve, walk to the lighthouse,it is possible to do a short hike on top of the cliffs.

On the way back, drive through the East shore and its charming villages, stop at the Boulders Beach to discover the Cape penguins colony

Day 4: The Wine Route

Leave Cape Town and head to the Winelands, 50km from Cape Town. Visit Stellenbosch, founded in 1879. Numerous wine Estate are to be found close to the city centre, taste some of best South african wines ! Your road takes you to the Paarl and Franschhoek valley. in Paarl , founded in 1720, visit the biggest cellar in the world : the KWV cooperative created in 1918 to face the overproduction. The scenic valley of Franschhoek, the ‘French corner’, visit the Huguenots museum, who fled France in 1688. A lot of exquisite wine estate are situated along the road to do a wine tasting, have lunch or dinner. Some very reputable restaurants are hosted by the Estates. Overnight in a guesthouse in the winelands.

Day 5: Wine Route, Swellendam

You will be leaving the winelands via the Franschhoek pass and cross the Overberg region to reach Hermanus, coastal town famous for the Humpack Whales who come to breed every year between August and October. Enjoy this beautiful and wild coast and discover the Gans Bay/Stanford area, where 2 oceans meet. The southernmost tip of Africa is in Cape Agulhas). Overnight in Swellendam

Day 6: Swellendam, Knysna or Plettenberg Bay

You hop on the famous ‘Garden Route’. Stop in Mossel Bay, where the explorer Bartolomeu Diaz arrived in 1488. Arrive in Knysna or Plettenberg Bay (30km distance), 2 of the South Africans favorite coastal towns of the Garden Route. Knysna is situated along a beautiful lagoon opening onto the Oceans at the ‘Heads’. Magnificent golf courses. Plettenberg Bay offers amazing beaches and the Robberg nature Reserve.

Day 7: Knysna / Plettenberg Bay

Enjoy the day around the numerous beaches and attractions of the area (cruises, dolphin encounter, elephant park, shopping etc).

Day 8: Knysna / Plettenberg Bay

Road to Port Elizabeth (250km) via the Tsitsikamma forest and the famous surfing town of Jeffreys Bay. An extra hour on the road will take you to your Private game reserve (malaria free). Check in at your Lodge for 2 nights. Afternoon Safari with your Ranger in a 4×4, will you be lucky enough to spot the Big 5? Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 9: Private Game Reserve

Day on full board with 2 Safaris in 4×4 per day.

Day 10: Private Game Reserve

Enjoy a last morning safari before being transferred to Port Elizabeth airport. Flight to Cape Town or Johannesburg and connecting flight overseas.

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