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Bontebok Self-drive Safari

This well-rounded safari encompasses fine dining, a range of activities and elegant accommodation across some of South Africa’s most stunning locations. Visit Cape Town, the Winelands and sections of the spectacularly diverse Garden Route.

Bontebok Self-drive Safari: Summary

Bontebok self-drive in a nutshell

From winetasting in the vineyards of Franschhoek to hiking and whale-watching along the Garden Route’s coastline, this self-driven safari offers a comprehensive exploration of The Cape’s diverse ecosystems from five elegant, economical residences.

Beginning in a beautiful house at the foot of Table Mountain, guests can enjoy fast access to Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred waterfront. A range of fantastic restaurants and cafes line the nearby Kloof Street, offering appealing respite after an afternoon exploring the city’s attractions.

Next, the vineyards of South Africa’s winelands await, where a sophisticated guesthouse boasts resplendent views over the neighbouring mountains and valleys. Enjoy fine dining, guided tours and a leisurely exploration of the local wine.

Swapping heritage for breath-taking coastlines and lusciously rich national parks, this safari then visits De Hoop Reserve, Plettenberg Bay and Tstitsikamma Coastal National Park. From here, a variety of walking and water activities are available, where guests might opt to search for the myriad birdlife, observe the local flora and fauna from hiking trails or watch for diverse marine life under the waves.

Making for a comprehensive exploration of some of South Africa’s favourite highlights, this route is sure to offer considerable relaxation, providing a combination of fine climate, stunning scenery and total autonomy over choice of activity.

At a glance

Starts: Cape Town International Airport
3 nights Acorn House - Cape Town, South Africa Bed & Breakfast
2 nights La Petite Ferme - Winelands, South Africa Bed & Breakfast
3 nights The Opstal - De Hoop Nature Reserve, South Africa Room Only
2 nights Periwinkle Guest Lodge - Plettenberg Bay | Garden Route, South Africa Bed & Breakfast
2 nights Storms River Restcamp - Tsitsikamma | Garden Route National Park, South Africa Room Only
Ends: Port Elizabeth International Airport

Acorn House

Days 1-4

Acorn House is a lovely old house, built in 1904, and situated at the foot of Table Mountain. Its location in the Cape Town suburb of Oranjezicht is very convenient for many restaurants and cafés in nearby trendy Kloof Street. The city centre is only a short distance away and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront only ten minutes by car.

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La Petite Ferme

Days 4-6

Situated a short way up the Franschhoek Pass on the Middagkrans Mountain, just 5 minutes by car from the centre of Franschhoek, La Petite Ferme has stunning views over the valley and the surrounding mountains. It’s an elegant guesthouse on a working wine estate, offering a wide choice of rooms, which range from fairly rustic, self-catering cottages to deluxe suites.

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De Hoop Opstal

Days 6-9

The De Hoop Opstal, which is often also simply called 'The Opstal', is the central hub of the De Hoop Nature Reserve, not far from the southern tip of South Africa, about four hours' drive from Cape Town. It’s all about the big outdoors here with a unique variety of eco-systems to explore from sand dunes and inter-tidal rock pools to the vlei, indigenous fynbos plants and antelope. The Opstal has a range of rooms and cottages to suit most people.

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Periwinkle Guest Lodge

Days 9-11

The nautically themed Periwinkle Lodge is a stylish guesthouse with a lovely setting overlooking Robberg Beach in Plettenberg Bay. In the last year the lodge has been revamped and refurbished and now has a much fresher look. The main colour scheme of pastel greens, blues and sand colour still remains and together with other beach decorations like shells and wood artifacts gives the lodge that beachy, casual atmosphere.

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Storms River Restcamp

Days 11-13

The Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park is best known for its walking trails through the forests and dramatic coastal scenery which is part of Africa's oldest and largest marine reserve.

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Acorn House

Acorn House

Cape Town, South Africa

La Petite Ferme

La Petite Ferme

Winelands, South Africa

De Hoop Opstal

The Opstal

De Hoop Nature Reserve, South Africa

Periwinkle Guest Lodge

Periwinkle Guest Lodge

Plettenberg Bay | Garden Route, South Africa

Storms River Restcamp

Storms River Restcamp

Tsitsikamma | Garden Route National Park, South Africa

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Highlights

Our thoughts on five of the top experiences of this Bontebok Self-drive Safari.

  • Explore vineyards beneath a dramatic, mountainous backdrop
  • Summitting the dunes of De Hoop Reserve’s coastline
  • The 260 bird species present in De Hoop Reserve
  • Visit a 37-metre 700 year old yellowwood
  • Watch for whales, dolphins & porpoises from the shore

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Bontebok Self-drive Safari: talk to us about those which interest you.

  • Birdwatching

  • Boat trip

  • Canoeing

  • Cultural excursion

  • Dune-boarding

  • Fishing

  • Guided walking safari

  • Helicopter

  • Horse-riding

  • Hot air ballooning

  • Kayaking

  • Microlight

  • Mountain biking

  • Quad-biking

  • Scuba-diving

  • Self-guided walking

  • Snorkelling

  • Watersports

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Key species to see on the Bontebok Self-drive Safari

Based on our travellers' observations, we’ve estimated the likelihood of seeing these species during the Bontebok Self-drive Safari. Click on the animals and our wildlife surveys page for more info.


Eland

100% chance

Zebra

65% chance

Leopard

0% chance

Side-trips whilst on this holiday

We may be able to build in some of these optional excursions from the Bontebok Self-drive Safari. Talk to us: they’re usually best arranged when you book.


Winelands Private Tour

Winelands Private Tour

Full day

Spend a day exploring the beautiful vineyards, mountains and valleys of the Cape Winelands and sample some of the well-known wines they have to offer

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100% (2 reviews)
Cape Point and Peninsula Tour

Cape Point and Peninsula Tour

Full day - normally nine hours

Get your camera ready for one of South Africa’s most breathtaking coastal drives in the company of an informative guide. Take in magnificent beaches, stunning scenery, wildlife on land and at sea, and the meeting of two great oceans, then round off your day in the tranquillity of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

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92% (5 reviews)
City and Table Mountain Tour

City and Table Mountain Tour

Approximately four hours - AM or PM

From atop the iconic Table Mountain, the panoramic views of Cape Town can be breathtaking – and if the cable car isn’t operating, they’re just as good from nearby Signal Hill. Back at sea level, explore the highlights of this fascinating and pretty city, including the South African Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and the Houses of Parliament.

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93% (3 reviews)

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