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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: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Bontebok Self-drive Safari. Everything we do is completely tailor-made so while this is an idea which works well, we’ll always design an itinerary just for you.


Day 1

Starts: Cape Town International Airport

Acorn House
Days 1-4

Acorn House

3 nights
Bed & BreakfastCape Town, South Africa

For a feel of Cape Town’s past, look no further than Acorn House, now designated a national monument. Built as a private home in 1904, this beautifully restored guesthouse in Cape Dutch style is backed by the often cloud-covered cliffs of Table Mountain.

Acorn House

For a feel of Cape Town’s past, look no further than Acorn House, now designated a national monument. Built as a private home in 1904, this beautifully restored guesthouse in Cape Dutch style is backed by the often cloud-covered cliffs of Table Mountain.

From immaculately maintained gardens, white walls rise beneath terracotta tiles, and a balcony – accessible from two of the nine bedrooms – shelters a traditional South African “stoep” or veranda. Inside, polished wooden floors and high ceilings are redolent of a grander era, whose heritage is reflected in Persian carpets on the floors, oak and pine furniture and floral-covered chairs and sofas. But with air conditioning, Nespresso coffee and WiFi there’s more than a nod to the 21st century too, resulting in a comfortable hideaway near the restaurants of Kloof Street, yet just ten minutes’ drive from the vibrant Waterfront.

"Acorn House was the obvious choice"

Mr JfromHants

Arrived 22 Oct 2018, 1 night

The gardens are a further bonus, with that “roses-round-the door” feel that is so welcoming on arrival. Later, just step out onto the manicured lawn for a refreshing dip in the pool, or settle down on a sunlounger with a drink from the honesty bar and take in the aroma of home-grown herbs. The service is attentive; the appeal timeless. See our full report on Acorn House

97%
31 reviews of Acorn House by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Birdwatching

Boat trip

Canoeing

Cultural excursion

Dune-boarding

Fishing

Helicopter

Horse-riding

Hot air ballooning

Kayaking

Microlight

Mountain biking

Quad-biking

Scuba-diving

Self-guided walking

Snorkelling

Watersports

La Petite Ferme
Days 4-6

La Petite Ferme

2 nights
Bed & BreakfastWinelands, South Africa

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.

La Petite Ferme

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.

"Location - excellent"

Mr & Mrs HfromMacclesfie

Arrived 25 Mar 2019, 3 nights

La Petite Ferme is in a superb location with some of the best views of any lodge that we feature in the Winelands. It’s a very comfortable place to stay, with a good range of rooms to accommodate most budgets, and offers some great cuisine and wines. See our full report on La Petite Ferme

98%
9 reviews of La Petite Ferme by travellers since August 2007

Activities

De Hoop Opstal
Days 6-9

The Opstal

3 nights
Room OnlyDe Hoop Nature Reserve, South Africa

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.

De Hoop Opstal

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.

"Well worth visiting, especially the dunes. Abundance of wildlife was a surprise."

Mr & Mrs HfromManingtree

Arrived 12 Apr 2019, 2 nights

The Opstal has a wide variety of accommodation, which is all good value – from self-catering cottages, which appeal to families, to the historic, elegant rooms in the Opstal Manor and other smart suites. It's a great base from which to explore the real attraction: the fantastic De Hoop Reserve; it’s perfect for those who like to head off the beaten track and explore nature. Come for stunning scenery, outstanding birdlife and a spectacular coastline – to drive a little and explore a lot; it's a real gem of a park. See our full report on De Hoop Opstal

88%
21 reviews of The Opstal by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Birdwatching

Boat trip

Guided walking safari

Mountain biking

Self-guided walking

Periwinkle Guest Lodge
Days 9-11

Periwinkle Guest Lodge

2 nights
Bed & BreakfastPlettenberg Bay | Garden Route, South Africa

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.

Periwinkle Guest Lodge

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.

"Sat overlooking Plat bay having breakfast which was a great view."

Mr M & familyfromLincs

Arrived 30 Mar 2018, 4 nights

Periwinkle is a comfortable and relaxed guesthouse with direct excess to the beach. It is away from the main hustle and bustle of Plettenberg town centre and so if you're looking to be near the beach then this is the place to be. See our full report on Periwinkle Guest Lodge

87%
3 reviews of Periwinkle Guest Lodge by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Storms River Restcamp
Days 11-13

Storms River Restcamp

2 nights
Room OnlyTsitsikamma | Garden Route National Park, South Africa

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.

Storms River Restcamp

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.

"20 metres from the Indian Ocean which we could see from our bed in the morning. "

Prof & Dr MfromSheffield

Arrived 10 May 2019, 2 nights

See our full report on Storms River Restcamp

76%
15 reviews of Storms River Restcamp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Day 13

Ends: Port Elizabeth International Airport

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Experiences you can add to this trip.

Optional extra day-trips and excursions possible whilst staying at lodges on this trip. These are usually best arranged in advance so talk to us.


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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