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Cape Genet Self-drive Safari

Enjoy fine-dining in Cape Town, whale-watching in Hermanus, and a range of walking and water-based activities throughout De Hoop’s Nature Reserve, the Klein Karoo and Plettenberg. This relaxed self-driven safari concludes with stays in The Winelands and Namaqualand.

Cape Genet Self-drive Safari: Summary

Cape Genet Self-drive Safari in a nutshell

Discover the Cape’s stunning coastline with this relaxed self-driven safari. The route encompasses a variety of landscapes and a range of comfortable, differently styled guest houses and estates. Through these stays, explore contrasting environments and enjoy the broad scope of activities on offer.

Beginning in the vibrant Cape Town, the drive starts with the chance to explore this beautiful city’s shops and restaurants. A few hour’s drive south takes you to the world’s prime whale-watching destination, where a stay in Hermanus between August and November may lead to superb sightings.

From Hermanus’s ocean-fronts and lagoons to De Hoop’s Nature Reserve, swap water-based activities such as kayaking, canoeing and shark-cage diving for nature and marine walks around the reserve’s beaches, sand dunes and bush. Here you will find a good smattering of wildlife alongside plentiful birdlife.

Secluded country estates then lead to charming guesthouses, first between the popular towns of Kynsa and Plettenberg Bay and then at the heart of Klein Karoo. The penultimate stay offers indulgence in the Winelands before the trip concludes amidst the heathlands of Namaqualand, where colour bursts into life during the famous flower season (late August to early September).

At a glance

Starts: Cape Town International Airport
4 nights Victoria & Alfred Hotel - Cape Town, South Africa Bed & Breakfast
2 nights Ocean Eleven - Hermanus, South Africa Bed & Breakfast
2 nights The Opstal - De Hoop Nature Reserve, South Africa Room Only
3 nights Hunters Country House - Plettenberg Bay | Garden Route, South Africa Bed & Breakfast
2 nights Mooiplaas Guesthouse - Little Karoo, South Africa Bed & Breakfast
2 nights Galenia Estate - Little Karoo, South Africa Bed & Breakfast
3 nights Oude Werf - Winelands, South Africa Bed & Breakfast
2 nights Farmhouse Hotel - Namaqualand, South Africa Bed & Breakfast
Ends: Cape Town International Airport

Victoria & Alfred Hotel

Days 1-5

The Victoria & Alfred Hotel is set in the heart of Cape Town's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. It's just minutes away from the bustling city centre with many shops and restaurants, and only a short drive from some of the country's most stunning beaches. It was built in 1904 as a warehouse, and converted into a luxury hotel – named after the former Queen of England and her son – in 1990.

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Ocean Eleven

Days 5-7

Ocean Eleven – occasionally written as ‘Ocean 11’ – is set on the cliffs overlooking Walker Bay, in a quiet residential area of the small coastal town of Hermanus. It’s a comfortable guesthouse in Cape Cod style with stunning views and a good chance to watch whales (from June to November) from the veranda, the cliff top or the comfort of your own room.

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De Hoop Opstal

Days 7-9

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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Hunters Country House

Days 9-12

Set in a piece of heaven that you’d never know existed, Hunter's Country House lies along South Africa's Garden Route between the popular towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Its extensive gardens, on a private estate, just off the N2 freeway, originally housed a homestead called Pear Tree Farm. The homestead became a B&B, then went on to open as one of the area's first luxury lodges.

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Mooiplaas Guesthouse

Days 12-14

In the heart of the Klein Karoo, only 10km from the town of Oudtshoorn, the family-run Mooiplaas Guesthouse is situated on the owner’s working ostrich farm. Bound to the north by South Africa’s Swartberg Mountains and to the south by the Langeberg and Outeniqua mountains, there are three spectacular passes in the area – the Swartberg, Meiringspoort and Seweweekspoort.

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Galenia Estate

Days 14-16

Just 3km from Montagu, on the scenic South African Route 62, the Galenia Estate is encircled by the Langeberg Mountains, and enjoys beautiful views from its guesthouse across the Klein Karoo. The estate is predominantly covered by indigenous fynbos and renosterbos, along with a large olive grove, but it also features the Boontjiesrivier and five picturesque dams, which attract an array of birds. Please note Galenia will be closed for the winter between 16th May until 14th August 2020 inclusive.

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Oude Werf

Days 16-19

Set on one of South Africa's oldest and best-preserved streets, in the middle of Stellenbosch, Oude Werf (formerly known as D' Ouwe Werf) is a national monument and said to be one of the oldest inns in South Africa, dating back to 1802 (though remains of a 1687 church lie under the restaurant). The hotel has a very established, solid feel and its cobbled courtyard leads to one of the Cape's best restaurants.

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Farmhouse Hotel

Days 19-21

The Farmhouse Hotel is an old renovated farmstead located in the quiet seaside town of Langebaan, 134km's from Cape Town. It is located up on a hill with uninterrupted views of the tranquil Langebaan Lagoon.

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Victoria & Alfred Hotel

Victoria & Alfred Hotel

Cape Town, South Africa

Ocean Eleven

Ocean Eleven

Hermanus, South Africa

De Hoop Opstal

The Opstal

De Hoop Nature Reserve, South Africa

Hunters Country House

Hunters Country House

Plettenberg Bay | Garden Route, South Africa

Mooiplaas Guesthouse

Mooiplaas Guesthouse

Little Karoo, South Africa

Galenia Estate

Galenia Estate

Little Karoo, South Africa

Oude Werf

Oude Werf

Winelands, South Africa

Farmhouse Hotel

Farmhouse Hotel

Namaqualand, South Africa

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Highlights

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

  • Exploring Cape Town’s cosmopolitan waterfront
  • Whale-watching during boat trips at Hermanus
  • Mountain biking around De Hoop’s Nature Reserve
  • Relaxing with a massage to stunning views
  • Witnessing the Namaqualand flower season (Aug-Sep)

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Cape Genet 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 Cape Genet Self-drive Safari

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


Eland

100% chance

Zebra

50% chance

Leopard

0% chance

Side-trips whilst on this trip

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


Winelands Private Tour

Winelands Private Tour

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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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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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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)
Whale watching boat trip

Whale watching boat trip

Approximately five hours

Setting out by boat, you’ll head into the marine protected waters of Walker Bay for an exhilarating morning of whale-watching. Here you hopefully get up close and personal to the mighty southern right whale, as well as perhaps, humpbacks and the shy Brydes whale.

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100% (1 reviews)

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