Cape Town, Winelands + Garden Route Self-Drive
Hiring a car gives you the flexibility to take in the sights at your own pace, follow your own itinerary and venture to areas that most appeal. Discover the charm of Cape Town, explore the stunning scenery of Cape Peninsula, the warm farms and restaurants in Cape Wineland and end along the Garden Route at a malaria free game safari lodge.
Cape Town Food Scene + Iconic Mountains
Arriving in Cape Town, allow at least three days to enjoy the Mother City. Days at leisure to choose a variety of sightseeing options, or why not take the scenic route on one of the most dramatic road trips to Chapman’s Peak en route to Cape Point, the extreme south-western tip of Africa.
Make sure you also check out some of the fabulous restaurants and bars in Cape Town, and with the current exchange rate, the dining experiences are both memorable and affordable. A good hint is to do some research in advance as some of the top restaurants are booked out months in advance.
Of course, not to be missed is the cable car to the top of Table Mountain – the views are breathtaking and there are a few easy tracks to follow once you get to the top. Best to purchase on the day, or the day before if the forecast looks good, as the weather can change dramatically and the cable way can be closed down at short notice.
Another area for great Insta-pics is the Bo-Kaap district, also known as the Malay Quarter. With its colourful houses looking back to the city centre, take the time to wander the cobbled streets. There are free (with a small donation) Walking Tours that leave Greenmarket Square most days of the week and are highly recommended.
Wine Farms + Escarpments
The Winelands are only about a 45 minutes drive from Cape Town, and encompasses a huge region across the Western Cape. The most well-known regions are Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek with a myriad of wine farms available offering something for every taste and style that usually includes a range of activities and accommodation, wine tasting and culinary experiences.
If the scenery is a little reminiscent of France, it is because many French Huguenots fleeing persecution in their own country arrived in the area in 1688. The wine farms are set amongst quaint and traditional Cape Dutch houses with majestic mountains surrounding the area.
Caves, ostriches + fynbos
Take the scenic Route 62 to Outdshoorn and along the way you may like to visit the famous Cango Caves, one of Africa’s most spectacular natural formations with vast caverns; or the Safari Ostrich Farm that was established in 1956 and is also home to the beautiful and rare White Ostrich. Then continue via the scenic Outeniqua Pass to the quaint town of Knysna where you might like to stay for a couple of days. Knysna is known for its indigenous forests, fynbos, lakes, rivers and mountains that make this area a natural Garden of Eden. Visit the famous Eastern Head with views of the Knysna Heads, Brenton on Sea with its unspoiled beaches and peaceful surroundings or visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve.
Continue onto the Eastern Cape for your final 3 days staying at the malaria-free Kichaka Game Lodge that has been designed in a way that allows it to blend in with the natural surroundings and overlooks a large waterhole that is often visited by hippo, giraffe and elephant.
Get closer to the African wild as you stand on the large terraces that stretch over the waterhole and extends onto a small island, making it a unique outdoor dining area! Relax in the rim-flow pool adjacent to the waterhole and feel as if you are swimming with hippos!
Morning and afternoon game drives, all meals, non-alcoholic and some alcoholic beverages are included during your stay.
11 days car rental in a Group C: Toyota Corolla Quest or similar on Super Cover, 10 nights' accomodation in hotels + meals as specified by you travel agent.
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