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  • Cape Town
  • Stellenbosch
  • Montagu
  • Oudtshoorn
  • Addo
  • Plettenberg Bay
  • Storms Rivers
  • Knysna
  • Hermanus
  • Cape Town

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!

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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.

Standard Hotel:  Brenaissance Wine & Stud (Breakfast)
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Luxe Hotel:  Majeka House (Breakfast)
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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.

Standard Hotel:  Mimosa Lodge (Breakfast)
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Luxe Hotel:  Schoone Oordt Country house (Breakfast)
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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!

Standard Hotel:  De Denne Guesthouse (Breakfast)
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Luxe Hotel:  De Zeekoe (Breakfast)
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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.

Standard Hotel:  Kuzuko Lodge (Full board)
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Standard Hotel:  Amakhala Woodbury Lodge (All in)
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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.

Standard Hotel:  Kuzuko Lodge (Full board)
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Standard Hotel:  Amakhala Woodbury Lodge (All in)
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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.

Standard Hotel:  Whalesong Hotel & Spa (Breakfast)
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Luxe Hotel:  Emily Moon River Lodge (Breakfast)
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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.

Standard Hotel:  Stannards Guest Lodge (Breakfast)
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Luxe Hotel:  Eight Bells Mountain Inn
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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.

Standard Hotel:  Potting Shed Guest House (Breakfast)
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Luxe Hotel:  Schulphoek Seafront Guesthouse (Breakfast)
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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. 

Standard Hotel:  Nine Flower Guesthouse (Breakfast)
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Luxe Hotel:  Molo Lolo Lodge (Breakfast)
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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.


 
Standard Hotel:  Nine Flower Guesthouse (Breakfast)
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Luxe Hotel:  Molo Lolo Lodge (Breakfast)
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Day 15 - Cape Town

Day of leisure. Would it not be nice to extend with a selfdrive in Johannesburg, an sublime safari from Johannesburg, a few days at the Vic Falls or a combination of all?

Cape Town's Robben Island

 3 hours

From Cape Town's Waterfront you board the ferry to Robben Island, the infamous prison island where Nelson Mandela was detained for many years. You will be guided around by ex-prisoners who tell of their past experiences on the island. You explore the island by bus. Child discount age 5-14.

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Gansbaai Shark Cage Diving

 2 hours

Step in the footsteps of many a Hollywoord star... How often do you get the chance to come eye to eye with one of the most beautiful and feared predator of all seas? South Africa's Shark cage diving brings you face to face with the inquisitive white shark.

  • Included: breakfast, diving gear and cup of hot soup at your return
  • min. 5 people requested at start
  • No transfer included
  • Transfers from/to Cape Town can be booked in advance at surcharge. (Cape Town - Gansbaai: 162 km one way)
  • Weather-permitting. Full refund in case of non-departure.
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Cape Town Helicopter flight

 12 min.

Experience the Cape from the air. Located between two oceans and adorned by mountain chains, your trip by helicopter is bound to be beyond breathtaking. possible as well: a 20 min. flight at surcharge.

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Hermanus Whale Cruise

 12 min.

From the world famous whale watching capital of South Africa's Western Cape, Hermanus, you board a catamaran for an unforgettable 2-hour whale cruise, in the company of these wonderful marine giants. Child discount age 5-14.

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Knysna Featherbed cruise

 3 or 4 hours

By ferry, you sail across the Knysna lagoon towards the Featherbed Nature Reserve. There you continue by 4x4 truck. Your local guide will teach you all there is to know about the fauna and flora of this area. No lunch is programmed.

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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. 

(Wikipedia)

Travel Documents

  • 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.

Insurances

In order to enhance a safe and carefree trip a travel insurance is an absolute must.  Our selection of Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover  and include travel-orientated plus factors such as a fly-on-time, a natural catastrophe and epidemics cover. Whether you leave on one single jurney or you travel year-round. They guarantee the most comprehensive cover at the best price.  

Tailored travel

The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts.

Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes.  We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our  Connections’ Group Service by e-mail at groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from y

ou. 

Health

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.

Time Zones

+1h (winter), no time difference (summer)



Currency

Currency

  • South African Rand; 1 EUR = 16 ZAR of 100 ZAR = 6.22 EUR (01/01/2020)

Betalingswijze

In Botswana worden Amerikaanse dollars en Euro’s aanvaard. Je krijgt het verschil terug in Pula (BWP, de lokale munt). 

Prices

Pricing in Africa is low

Climate

Average Temperatures in °C:

Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
Cape Town 21 21 20 17 15 13 12 13 14 16 18 20
Johannesburg 20 20 18 16 13 10 11 13 16 17 18 19
Kruger NP 26 26 25 22 18 15 15 17 21 22 24 25
Victoria Falls 23 23 23 22 18 16 16 18 23 26 25 24
Botswana 21 26 25 24 21 17 13 13 17 21 23 25
Botswana (Gaborone) 26 25 24 21 17 14 14 17 21 24 25 25
Namibia (Windhoek) 28 27 26 25 22 20 20 22 26 27 29 30

 

What's included?

  • 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.

Standard Price per person


TRZA0046


Luxe Price per person


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