This selfdrive lifts the veil on the nature and beauty of the Western Cape, South Africa’s premier tourist destination. Its exquisite wine region, its hot springs and mountain passes, its Ostrich show farms and Southern Whales breeding grounds, its sumptuous Cape oysters and beautiful flora. This friendly and hospitable part of the rainbow nation may steal your heart and make you wish you were born there. Mind you: this trip may turn you into a hedonist, should you not be one already!
Day 1 - Cape Town - Stellenbosch (50km/45min.)
You travel directly from the airport to Stellenbosch, where you stay in the middle of the wine region.
In the 17th century, the Dutch colonists invited French Huguenots to the Cape to help them with the viticulture. Gastronomy and world-famous wines are core to this area. Visit some of the more than 120 wineries and enjoy the beautiful landscapes.
Hint: when you go on an extensive wine tour and really want to enjoy your day why not get a taxi for a day to take you around so you can sit back, learn, taste and enjoy.
Day 3 - Stellenbosch > Montagu (160km/2h)
The Overberg awaits you today. Via Stellenbosch you drive through the wine regions of Paarl, Worcester and Robertson before you reach Montagu, famous for its natural Hot Springs and its activities on and along the Breederivier. There is a big dried fruit and nuts wholesalers.
Hint: Take a tractor trip up in the mountains and enjoy lunch with a view, go on a heritage walk, go rock climbing, mountain-biking, wine tasting or indulge yourself in the rejuvenating wonders of the Spa and Hot Springs.
Day 4 - Montagu > Oudtshoorn (240km/2h30)
Oudtshoorn lies in the Klein Karoo, in between the stunning mountain ranges of the Swartberg and the Outeniqua mountains and is the ostrich capital of the world. Nearly every part of the bird is used for some utensil or souvenir or as tasty steak. Nearby are the colourful Cango Caves and the Cape Floral World heritage site. You are spoiled for activities: go on an ostrich farm tour - an absolute must - ride a quad, go ballooning, meet the Meerkats, touch a Cheetah or dive with crocodiles!
Day 5 - Oudtshoorn > Addo (400km/4h40)
If you rise early you may want to go and spot meerkats, a fun activity to start the day. Next you drive via Willowmore and Kleinpoort through a desert-like area before you reach your lodge in the north of the Addo National Park. At the reception of your lodge a warm welcome by the rangers, who also safely accompany you to your luxury chalet, awaits. This five star safari lodge prouds itself to have everything accounted for to turn your stay into an unforgettable experience.
Day 6 - Addo Elephant National Park
All meals and two activities per night are included during your stay. Together with the rangers you explore the safari park and go in search of The Big Five. During your spare time you can fully enjoy the facilities of the lodge.
Day 7 & 8 - Addo > Plettenberg Bay (315km/3h30)
Via Port Elisabeth you reach another piece of pristine natural charm. Storms River is considered the gateway to the Garden Route. Here you can take a nice hike through the Tsitsikamma National Park on the shore of the Indian Ocean. You will reside Plettenberg Bay today and tomorrow. Around Plett, there are many beaches that are among the most beautiful in the country and you can take your pick from a wide variety of outdoor activities.
Day 9 & 10 - Plettenberg Bay > Knysna (35km/30 min.)
Knysna is nicknamed ‘the idyllic pearl of the Garden Route’ and has an attractive location on a sheltered lagoon, fed by 5 fresh water rivers from the Outeniqua mountains, leading into the Indian Ocean. The Waterfront is a lively place to be with lots of activities, restaurants and a gateway for cruises. Don’t forget to drop in at the Oyster Company for our tour and tasting!
Knysna is definately worth an extra day of discovery. Hop on a cruise to Featherbed Nature Reserve, sample a picnic and drive to the Knysna Heads for a stunning décor and view of Knysna or lunch or dine aboard the Paddle cruiser. If you did not take the time yesterday, stroll down the harbour front, relax and enjoy the hussle and bustle of this cosy, artistic town by the water or take a short drive to the jewel of the Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay (35km), for a relaxing day at the beach.
Day 11 - Knysna > Hermanus (416km/ 4h30)
Your next stop along the Garden Route may be the well-known city of Mossel Bay. Here you can visit the Bartolomeu Dias Museum. Particularly the replica of the ship the Portuguese explorer used to sail to South Africa is worth while. Just around the corner you will find the old Post Office Tree. Or you could drive straight to the land based Whale Capital of the World, Hermanus. From June to November, even December, the Southern Right whale flocks here to mate and calve and these giants of the sea will come as close as 5 meters from the rocky edges of the 12 km long cliff trail.
Day 12 - Hermanus > Cape Town (120 km/1h45)
The die hards may wish to be in Gansbaai early mornings to join a shark cage dive to see the white sharks up close (click on the excursiontab to get all info). Then Cape Town, the city of the iconic table mountain beckons.
Day 13 & 14 - Cape Town
Today you may wish to ride the cable car up Table Mountain in the late afternoon, gwindow shopping at Victoria and Alfred Mall, take a boat trip across to Robben Island or enjoy a sunset or lunch cruise from the Waterfront, ideas galore in Cape Town.
Your extra day is just perfect to rise early and make your way to the peninsula. Drive to the old naval Simon’s Town and discover the colonial façades and atmosphere. Just a little further you can take the turn of for Boulders Beach. Here you can admire a colony Jack Ass penguins, picnic on the beach or go for a morning swim between the penguins. Cape of Good Hope lies at the end of this ocean-hugging road. Drive back via Scarborough and the stunningly scenic Chapman’s peak drive to Houtbay. Don’t miss out on a visit to Groot-Constantia before heading back to your hotel.
Day 15 - Cape Town
Hotels & Meals
South African culture is diverse; foods from many cultures are enjoyed by all and especially marketed to tourists who wish to sample the large variety of South African cuisine. In addition to food, music and dance feature prominently.
South African cuisine is heavily meat-based and has spawned the distinctively South African social gathering known as a braai, or barbecue. South Africa has also developed into a major wine producer, with some of the best vineyards lying in valleys around Stellenbosch,Franschhoek, Paarl and Barrydale.
- All Belgian nationals travelling on a Belgian passport (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (electronic) containing min. 2 blank pages and valid for 30 days after your departure from South Africa. This a minor travels as an unaccompanied minor, additional documents are required. Please verify the Home Affairs webpage of South Africa.. These measures also apply in case you transit through South Africa.
- For Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Botswana, your passport must be valid for 6 months after return. In Zimbabwe and Swaziland a visa is required. In Zimbabwe it costs 30US$ - single entry - 15/08/2018 - subject to modification; in Swaziland it is free for Belgians. Please verify the opening hours of the border posts.
- Travelers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travelers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents.
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No mandatory vaccinations. In Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Kwazulu-Natal, Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), in Botswana & Swaziland anti- malaria tablets are recommended during certain periods of the year. To verify the latest updates on health requirements, please surf to http://www.itg.be
Malaria has recently been reported in some areas in the Limpopo province. Travellers heading to the Vaalwater area (Kololo Game Reserve) during our "Limpopo" Selfdrive are advised to adhere to the following set of precautions: the use of a DEET-based repellent spray, the use of long trousers and long sleeves as soon as twilight sets in and anti-malaria tablets. Inquire with your doctor. The problem cases are restricted to the Vaalwater region.
+1h (winter), no time difference (summer)
- South African Rand; 1 EUR = 16 ZAR of 100 ZAR = 6.22 EUR (01/01/2020)
In Botswana worden Amerikaanse dollars en Euro’s aanvaard. Je krijgt het verschil terug in Pula (BWP, de lokale munt).
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- 14 nights accommodation in B&B in the listed hotels or similar
- Kuzuko Lodge Addo NP: 2 guided activities / day
What's not included?
Your international return flight and rental car, optional excursions and tipping.
Good to Know
All listed hotels are subject to availability and may be replaced by equivalent hotels.
Tip: In order to combat (flight) fatigue you may want to consider booking a hotel in Cape Town for the first day and pick up your car or have it delivered to your hotel the second day, especially if you are not used to driving on the left. Please contact our call centre or your nearest travel shop for a custom made itinerary and price offer.
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