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Cape Grysbok Self-drive Safari

Explore Cape Town, Hermanus, Franschhoek and Namaqualand, amongst other memorable destinations, during this leisurely self-driven safari. Fine dining, varied activities and impressively comfortable lodges, estates and country houses await.

Cape Grysbok Self-drive Safari: Summary

Cape Grysbok Safari in a nutshell

This leisurely self-driven safari offers exploration of the Cape’s coastline, with memorable stays in Hermanus, Plettenberg Bay, Franschhoek and Namaqualand, amongst others.

The route encompasses a variety of topography and diverse habitats as well as a range of different atmospheres. From the vibrancy and commotion of Cape Town’s bustling waterfront to the small, sleepy heart of Overberg, nestled at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, you will experience both the region’s warm vitality and its potential for tranquil solitude and relaxation.

Whale-watch from the beachfronts of Hermanus before exploring forested estates near the Garden Route’s Plettenberg Bay and the vineyards and galleries of the winelands. Bird and wildlife reserves provide ample opportunity for discovery whilst a range of activities such as kayaking, mountain biking, horse-riding and hiking allow for new perspectives. For the more adventurous, you might also venture along the treetop canopy or bungee jump during your stay at Tsala Treetop Lodge.

Whether you wish to join tours of olive farms, indulge in wine-tasting and fine dining or simply relax to a beautiful backdrop of rolling mountains, valleys, lakes or heathlands, this safari offers a spectacular range of activities in breathtaking locations, where you will stay in comfort and style, planning your day as you see fit.

At a glance

Starts: Cape Town International Airport
4 nights Cape Grace - Cape Town, South Africa Bed & Breakfast
2 nights The Marine - Hermanus, South Africa Bed & Breakfast
2 nights Schoone Oordt C. House - Swellendam, South Africa Bed & Breakfast
3 nights Tsala Treetop Lodge - Plettenberg Bay | Garden Route, South Africa Bed & Breakfast
2 nights Rosenhof Country House - Little Karoo, South Africa Bed & Breakfast
2 nights Galenia Estate - Little Karoo, South Africa Bed & Breakfast
3 nights The Franschhoek - Winelands, South Africa Bed & Breakfast
2 nights Strandloper Hotel - Namaqualand, South Africa Bed & Breakfast
Ends: Cape Town International Airport

Cape Grace

Days 1-5

The Cape Grace is set right in the heart of Cape Town's Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, on its very own quay. It's an ideal location if you want to be very close to the shops, restaurants and nightlife to be found in this area.

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The Marine

Days 5-7

The Marine is a stylish hotel, perched on the cliffs overlooking Walker Bay and just a two-minute walk from the centre of Hermanus. It is a beautiful seaside spot, especially good for land-based whale watching between about June and November.

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Schoone Oordt Country House

Days 7-9

Schoone Oordt Country House is located in the historic town of Swellendam, at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains. A beautiful Victorian house dating back to 1853, it is a convenient halfway stop between Cape Town and the Garden Route. The house is set in landscaped gardens and has been lovingly restored by its current owners as an upmarket guesthouse.

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Tsala Treetop Lodge

Days 9-12

Tsala Treetop Lodge is set on a private forested estate between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, on South Africa's scenic Garden Route. Tsala Treetop Lodge is a romantic and luxurious lodge, privately owned by the Hunter family.

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Rosenhof Country House

Days 12-14

The elegant Rosenhof Country House occupies a mid-19th-century single-storey homestead on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn, in South Africa’s Little Karoo. It is well placed for visits to the Cango Caves and several ostrich farms in the region. During our last visit, the rooms were being renovated and refurbished.

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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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The Last Word Franschhoek

Days 16-19

Often known as simply ‘The Franschhoek’, The Last Word Franschhoek is a small, smart boutique hotel with just ten rooms, in the town of Franschhoek, in the heart of the Cape’s winelands. It’s a very short walk from restaurants, shops and art galleries – and a great base from which to explore the surrounding vineyards and countryside.

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Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel

Days 19-21

Set in the quaint fishing village of Paternoster, the privately owned Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel is 145km north of Cape Town. It has beautiful views over the vegetated dunes to the sea, and is only steps away from a seemingly endless sandy beach. There is a nature reserve right on the doorstep and the West Coast National Park is about 60km away.

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Cape Grace

Cape Grace

Cape Town, South Africa

The Marine

The Marine

Hermanus, South Africa

Schoone Oordt Country House

Schoone Oordt C. House

Swellendam, South Africa

Tsala Treetop Lodge

Tsala Treetop Lodge

Plettenberg Bay | Garden Route, South Africa

Rosenhof Country House

Rosenhof Country House

Little Karoo, South Africa

Galenia Estate

Galenia Estate

Little Karoo, South Africa

The Last Word Franschhoek

The Franschhoek

Winelands, South Africa

Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel

Strandloper Hotel

Namaqualand, South Africa

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Highlights

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

  • Browsing the shops along the V&A Waterfront
  • Hiking around Hermanus, watching for whales
  • Spotting a myriad of species in Plettenberg's bird reserves
  • Exploring the Cango Caves during a stay in Little Karoo
  • Seeing Namaqualand's flowers between Aug-September

Activities

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

  • 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

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Side-trips whilst on this trip

We may be able to build in some of these optional excursions from the Cape Grysbok 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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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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