Suggested self-drive Garden Route initerary


From Cape Town to Port Elizabeth via the Stellenbosch winelands, George, the ostrich farms of Outshoorn, the Cango Caves, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

DAY 1 AND 2: CAPE TOWN

Travel around the Cape Peninsula, viewing the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Clifton Beaches, Hout Bay & Mariners' Wharf, Chapmans Peak, Cape Point, the Penguin colony at the Boulders, Simon's Town, OR Kirstenbosch Botanical. Why not visit The Castle of Good Hope, Cable car ride up Table Mountain or a scenic drive to the spectacular Signal Hill.

DAY 3 : STELLENBOSCH DORPSHUIS HOTEL

Visit a Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. A Cellar Tour gives you the opportunity to view the production of wine, and if you wish, you may enjoy winetasting or a ploughmans lunch within the gardens. You may also wish to visit 'Oom Samie se Winkel' and other fascinating venues in this unique University Town, with its Oak-lined Streets. Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa.

DAY 4 : GEORGE

The site where George now exists was originally a woodcutter's post, established in 1776. In 1811, the town that had grown up around this post was named George Town in honour of George III, the monarch at the time. George is the only district in the country where hops are grown.

Take a day trip to Oudshoorn

Known as 'The Feather Capital of the World', Oudtshoorn is the centre of a flourishing ostrich industry as is also close to the famous Cango Caves. Ostrich Farms that have traded since the turn of the century, venture into the inner chambers of the stunningly beautiful Cango Caves, travel by coastal steam train to Knysna, a community nestled between the mountainous forest and the ocean. Enjoy a sunset cruise on the vast navigable lagoon that flushes into the sea through the famous Knysna Heads.

DAY 5/6 : KNYSNA

It has been associated with the timber industry since farmers and traders settled in the neighborhood in the latter half of the 18th century. The virgin forests were there for the felling but the topography of the land made transport difficult. However, in 1817 ships of the Royal Navy managed to navigate the treacherous Heads and chart a safe passage into Knysna lagoon, making it possible to reach the forests of the area.

The village of Knysna dates from 1825 when Governor Lord Charles Somerset decided to establish a town on the lagoon to further exploit the forests and build ships. The major product of Knysna is still timber, and furniture and other articles are made and sold in the town. Oysters are also cultivated in Knysna. The Knysna Quays Hotel is on the edge of the lagoon.

DROP OFF your car in Port Elizabeth and fly to Cape Town, Durban (visit the Elephant Coast) or Johannesburg.


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    Isibindi Zulu Lodge
    Leopard Mountain Lodge
    Mkuze Falls
    Makakatana Bay Lodge
    Ndumo
    Sibaya Lake Lodge
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    Ubizane
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    Wilderness Manor

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    Nibela Lake Lodge
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