Cape Town and the Garden Route

Tour highlights

  • Visit the coastal city of Cape Town
  • See elephants up close at Addo Elephant National Park
  • Drive along the Garden Route
  • Visit Camdeboo National Park and the Valley of Desolation
  • Head to the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve

Days 1 - 9: Cape Town to Oudtshoorn

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Days 1 - 3: Cape Town

Fly overnight from the UK to Cape Town. You’ll be met at the airport on day 2 and transferred to your hotel for the next 2 nights. Your time in the city is at your leisure to explore Cape Town and experience the wonderful attractions it has to offer. We definitely recommend visiting Table Mountain, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, where you have the option to walk up the mountain or let the cable car do the hard work. Other options include the sandy beaches of Camps Bay or the famous botanical gardens at Kirstenbosch. And maybe top off your stay with dinner at the V&A Waterfront.

Days 4 - 5: The West Coast

Distance: 140 km

Transfer to the Motorhome depot this morning where you will collect your motorhome vehicle and start your overland journey as you head to the West Coast with its wide open spaces, charming fishing villages, unspoilt beaches and abundant animal and marine life.

You might like to visit the West Coast National Park, an area of natural beauty with a string of secret beaches, un-crowded braai (aka barbeque) spots and lots of exhilarating outdoor adventures plus some of the best wildflower areas in the land. These are just some of the wondrous attractions that make this beautifully preserved, unblemished paradise on earth the ultimate escape. 

We also suggest taking the 35 minute drive from Langebaan to Paternoster for a visit to this beautiful Fishing Village town. Take a walk through the beautiful Cape Columbine Nature Reserve and enjoy a crayfish lunch before heading back to your campsite.  

Day 6: Touws River

Distannce: 250 km

Your next destination is the pretty little railway town of Touws River, which sits between Barrydale and Ladismith in the Little Karoo. Set on the fringes of the Klein Karoo, Touws River is basically a valley sandwiched between the Langeberg and the Outeniqua Mountains, which in turn separates the Little Karoo from the Garden Route’s coastal strip.

Days 7 - 9: Oudtshoorn

Distance: 253 km

Oudtshoorn is a town in the Klein Karoo area of South Africa’s Western Cape. It’s known for its ostrich farms and is located along the Route 62 wine route. To the north you’ll find the Cango Caves, a 20-million-year-old network of limestone chambers full of towering formations and caverns. On day eight we’ve included a morning tour to an Ostrich Farm where you can learn more about these remarkable birds and their fascinating nature. In the afternoon continue onto Buffelsdrift Game Lodge where you will meet Jabari, Bulelo and Malaika, three orphan elephants originally from Kruger National Park. Take the opportunity to get close to these giants of the natural world when, as part of their daily routine, you will have the opportunity to give them a brush.

Days 10 - 16: Camdeboo National Park to the Garden Route

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Days 10 - 11: Camdeboo National Park

Distance: 322 km

As you leave Oudtshoorn behind your journey will take you via Meiringspoort where you can stop at the beautiful Meiringspoort Waterfall. Afterwards continue towards your next destination as you enter the Karoo region.

Formed hundreds of millions of years ago, the Karoo of South Africa is one of the great natural wonders of the world. Camdeboo National Park provides the visitor with insights into the unique landscape and ecosystem of the Karoo, not to mention awesome scenic beauty. We suggest visiting the Valley of Desolation or enjoying a nature drive in the park.

Days 12 - 13: Addo Elephant Park

Distance: 247 km

Discover a world of diversity in one Park. Now the third largest national park in South Africa, Addo Elephant National Park has expanded to conserve a wide range of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora including the herds of elephants, as the name suggests. A unique feature is the waterhole lookout point as well as the underground hide, allowing close encounters with wildlife at the waterhole. The evenings are punctuated with the calls of lion, spotted hyena and jackal while francolin and bokmakierie herald each dawn.

On day 13 you will get to experience a half day guided Addo Elephant National Park Safari, giving you the best chance to see all that it has to offer. Not only do the guides have trained eyes for spotting wildlife but they also have local knowledge about animal identification, the local history, vegetation and culture plus plenty of local stories to round off a great tour.

Days 14 - 16: Garden Route

Distance: 387 km

High on the must-see lists of most visitors to South Africa is the Garden Route, and with good reason: you can’t help but be seduced by the glorious natural beauty. The Garden Route's range of topography, vegetation, wildlife and outdoor activities is remarkable. The coast is dotted with excellent beaches, while inland you’ll find picturesque lagoons and lakes, rolling hills and eventually the mountains of the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma ranges that divide the verdant Garden Route from the arid Little Karoo.

Continue jour journey from Addo to Sedgefield which forms part of the Garden Route of South Africa. Over the next 3 days travel along the Garden Route through Port Elizabeth, Jeffreys Bay, Storms River and Knysna, taking in the scenery as you go. Be sure to make a stop in Tsitsikamma and visit the Tsitsikamma National Park where you can take a short hike and visit The Big Tree. Continue through the town of Knysna and enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants located in the Waterfront. In Knysna enjoy an included trip to the Featherbed Nature Reserve.

Days 17 - 23: Whale Coast to Cape Town

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Days 17 - 19: Whale Coast

Distance: 387 km

Travel to Hermanus, also known as the Whale Coast of South Africa. The main towns that form the Whale Coast are Kleinmond, Hermanus, Stanford and Gansbaai; but the Cape Whale Coast is in fact made up of a collection of villages, farms, rivers, bays, coves and valleys – each filled with its own special magic. Explore everything in this beautiful region from whales, sharks and penguins, to wine routes, hiking trails and adventure activities.

Hermanus is the whale watching capital of South Africa and the whale season is generally from June to mid December every year when whales can often be spotted from land. In whale watching season we highly recommend a whale watching cruise which can be anything from one and a half to three hours in duration depending on the sightings.

Days 20 - 21: Cape Winelands

Distance: 141 km

Depart Hermanus for Stellenbosch as the beautiful drive takes you past Hawston and through Kleinmond and Betty's Bay, where you can visit Stony Point, home to an African Penguin Colony. 

Roughly 3,600 penguins now live at Stony Point's old whaling station, increasing from the two who originally ventured here in 1985. Continue your scenic journey via towns like Pringle Bay, and Rooi Els. Then explore the Cape Winelands at your leisure. Stellenbosch, Paarl & Franscchoek have so much to offer in terms of Wine Estates, food & wine pairing experiences and incredible restaurant options.

After breakfast on day 21 head to the Asara Wine Estate the starting point for a ‘Bike & Wines’ tour, a unique way to explore Stellenbosch, the heart of the Cape Winelands. Slow down and soak up the beauty of the winelands at a relaxed pedalling pace. The tour lasts for six hours but you’re not cycling for all of it, as you will visit three wine estates along the way including a stop for an a la carte lunch at one of the estates. 

Days 22 - 23: Stellenbosch to Cape Town and home

Distance: 39 km

Head back towards Cape Town today and return your motorhome to the depot. From here you will be transferred to Cape Town International Airport for your flight home, landing back in the UK the next day.

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