This self drive trip spends 12 nights in the Cape, visiting Cape Town, the Winelands and the Garden Route, starting at a very relaxing guest house in Cape Town and finishing at the wild and rugged Tsitsikama National Park at the end.
On arrival at Cape Town airport, pick up your hire car for the easy 20-minute drive to Acorn House, where you spend 3 nights. This is located on the slopes of Table Mountain in the lovely suburb of Oranjezicht. The next few days can be spent exploring Cape Town and the Peninsula. Visit the popular Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, take the revolving cable-car up Table Mountain for breathtaking views over Cape Town, see penguins on Boulders Beach, or just relax on one of Cape Towns white sandy beaches. The possibilities are endless in this cosmopolitan city.
A mere one hour’s drive out of Cape Town will take you to the wine-producing area of South Africa which spreads around the towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. Your next two nights will be spent at Rusthof Country House; a lovely guest house in the heart of Franschhoek. From here you can spend time visiting the local wine farms where you can have lunch and savour the wines under the oak trees and enjoy the wonderful mountain scenery.
Leaving the winelands behind you head east towards the Garden Route stopping at De Hoop Nature Reserve, 60km from the town of Swellendam. This is a fairly small park but with an amazing diversity of ecosystems within its boundaries. Spend the next 3 nights here exploring the reserve on your own or with a guide. You can also visit the nearby Bontebok National Park from here.
From De Hoop, head east along the Garden Route travelling via Knysna to Plettenberg Bay, where you will arrive at your guesthouse on the beach - Southern Cross Beach House, where you spend the next 2 nights. The next couple of days can be spent exploring the coastal towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay (known locally as Plet) and visiting their numerous galleries and craft shops.
Leaving the Garden Route behind head east to the Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park where you will spend the next two nights at Storms River Restcamp. Enjoy the wonderful rugged coastal scenery. Here you can take marked walking trails along the coast and up into the mountains viewing the stunning coastline and crashing waves below.
After a leisurely morning in the Park head towards Port Elizabeth airport where you return your hire car in good time for your onward arrangements.
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