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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: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Cape Grysbok 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

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Day 1

Pick-up car: Cape Town International Airport

12:30
Cape Town International AirportSouth Africa

Your hire vehicle will be ready and waiting for you at the car hire desk when you arrive at Cape Town International Airport.

Cape Grace
Days 1-5

Cape Grace

4 nights
Bed & BreakfastCape Town, South Africa

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.

Cape Grace

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.

"This was the best hotel we have ever stayed in."

Mrs D Newport PfromUK

Arrived 1 Jan 2020, 6 nights

See our full report on Cape Grace

98%
11 reviews of Cape Grace 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

The Marine
Days 5-7

The Marine

2 nights
Bed & BreakfastHermanus, South Africa

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.

The Marine

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.

"A lovely positioned hotel right on the cliff top. "

Ms M fromIsleworth

Arrived 25 Oct 2019, 2 nights

The Marine is a luxurious, elegant yet unpretentious five-star hotel set in a beautiful seafront location with very friendly staff. It makes an excellent base from which to explore Hermanus and the surrounding area. See our full report on The Marine

100%
6 reviews of The Marine by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Birdwatching

Boat trip

Canoeing

Cultural excursion

Dune-boarding

Fishing

Helicopter

Horse-riding

Kayaking

Mountain biking

Quad-biking

Scuba-diving

Self-guided walking

Snorkelling

Watersports

Schoone Oordt Country House
Days 7-9

Schoone Oordt C. House

2 nights
Bed & BreakfastSwellendam, South Africa

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.

Schoone Oordt Country House

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.

"Just brilliant all round! "

Mr R & Ms CfromLondon

Arrived 6 Mar 2020, 2 nights

Schoone Oordt Country House is a beautifully restored guesthouse with friendly staff, an inviting atmosphere and good-quality accommodation. It offers a convenient base to explore Swellendam and the surrounding area. See our full report on Schoone Oordt Country House

92%
25 reviews of Schoone Oordt C. House by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Tsala Treetop Lodge
Days 9-12

Tsala Treetop Lodge

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

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.

Tsala Treetop Lodge

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.

"The 'rooms' were exceptional here at Tsala"

Mr & Mrs DfromShropshire

Arrived 16 Feb 2018, 3 nights

Tsala Treetop Lodge offers high quality accommodation with lavish, luxurious suites and villas within a lush forested setting. The lodge caters particularly well for couples of all ages seeking privacy and tranquility. It’s great for exploring the Garden Route’s Plettenberg Bay and Knysna area with its many activities on offer. See our full report on Tsala Treetop Lodge

95%
4 reviews of Tsala Treetop Lodge by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Rosenhof Country House
Days 12-14

Rosenhof Country House

2 nights
Bed & BreakfastLittle Karoo, South Africa

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.

Rosenhof Country House

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.

"We enjoyed a really excellent evening meal ..."

Prof & Dr MfromSheffield

Arrived 9 May 2019, 1 night

Rosenhof Country House offers high-quality accommodation in peaceful surroundings. See our full report on Rosenhof Country House

90%
14 reviews of Rosenhof Country House by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Galenia Estate
Days 14-16

Galenia Estate

2 nights
Bed & BreakfastLittle Karoo, South Africa

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.

Galenia Estate

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.

We are delighted to see a new high-quality guesthouse in this area, promising a welcoming and charming atmosphere, a high level of service and food, and stylish and comfortable accommodation.

"Lovely place"

Mr R & Ms CfromLondon

Arrived 3 Mar 2020, 2 nights

We are looking forward to visiting Galenia ourselves and will post further details here as soon as we have them – but meanwhile just ask us for the latest information. See our full report on Galenia Estate

100%
8 reviews of Galenia Estate by travellers since August 2007

Activities

The Last Word Franschhoek
Days 16-19

The Franschhoek

3 nights
Bed & BreakfastWinelands, South Africa

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.

The Last Word Franschhoek

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.

"This is a lovely boutique hotel in the heart of Franschhoek."

Mr&Mrs HfromWinchester

Arrived 15 Jan 2020, 3 nights

The Last Word Franschhoek is a smart little boutique hotel in the heart of the lovely village of Franschhoek. It offers the high levels of service and comfort that we’d hope for from a good boutique hotel – and we believe that it delivers these. It’s not inexpensive, but we have no hesitation in recommending it enthusiastically. See our full report on The Last Word Franschhoek

95%
24 reviews of The Franschhoek by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel
Days 19-21

Strandloper Hotel

2 nights
Bed & BreakfastNamaqualand, South Africa

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.

Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel

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.

"A great place to stay ..."

Mr A.fromHertford

Arrived 6 Apr 2019, 2 nights

With its first-class location and high levels of comfort, Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel is a lovely place for a tranquil holiday or secluded beach retreat. The nearby nature reserve and proximity to the West Coast National Park makes it a super choice for those who like the great outdoors; it’s the perfect spot both for birdwatching and walking, and also for seeing the spectacular Namaqua flowers which bloom late August / early September. See our full report on Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel

95%
4 reviews of Strandloper Hotel by travellers since August 2007

Activities

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Day 21

Drop-off car: Cape Town International Airport

16:00
Cape Town International AirportSouth Africa

After many miles exploring the cape together you'll hand in the keys to your vehicle back at the airport where you collected it three weeks ago.

Day 21

Ends: Cape Town 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)
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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