Namibia

Garden route 10 day drive

Itinerary Description

The Garden Route is a beautiful 200km stretch of coastline in the Eastern and Western Cape Provinces of South Africa - a superb self-drive route.

The coast is dotted with excellent beaches, while inland you’ll find picturesque lagoons and lakes, rolling hills and eventually the mountains of the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma ranges that divide the verdant Garden Route from the arid Little Karoo.

Inclusions

  • Return economy flights from Windhoek to Cape Town
  • 10 day car rental - Group B (unlimited kilometres)
  • 9 nights accommodation

Basic Conditions

  • All travel offers are capacity controlled and are thus subject to availability at the time of reservation.
  • Prices advertised are subject to change without prior notice due to airfare increases and changes in the currency rate-of-exchange.
  • Standard terms and conditions apply.


Reference: DB

Itinerary Overview

Duration: 10Days

Validity: from 2021-08-01 to 2021-12-31

Standard Price: from N$17538 per person

Seasonal Prices:

Destination: South Africa

Holiday Style: Africa, Leisure Holidays

Full Itinerary

Day 1 - 2 | Hermanus

Make your way to Hermanus. On your way out of town on via the N2 highway, you’ll drive up Sir Lowry’s Pass. It’s a narrow and windy road but has an amazing lookout at the top. Be sure to stop at Sir Lowry’s Lookout there for sweeping views over the coastline.

Stop at a beautiful farmstall called Peregrine. They are famous in the Western Cape for their coffee and pies!

HERMANUS: Wander along the sea cliff path and check out all of the local art and sculptures. If you’re visiting Hermanus during whale watching season, the path is the perfect place to see whales and their calves in the cove.

Accommodation: One Marine Drive Boutique Hotel

Day 2 - 3 | Wilderness

Things to Do in Wilderness

·Eden Adventures Canoe and Waterfall trip:

·Hike the Giant Kingfisher Waterfall trail (a return trip will take between 3-4 hours)

Visit Timberlake Farm Village: It has outdoor play areas making it a great spot for families self-driving the Garden Route

Accommodation: Serendipity Waterfront Guest House

Day 3 - 4 | Knysna

Things to Do in Knysna

·Breakfast at Il de Pain on Thesen Island: This cute bakery has a lovely outdoor patio (if you stay at Lofts Boutique Hotel — breakfast here is included).

·Dinner at Oysters and Tapas on Thesen Island: This seaside restaurant has a wide selection of Spanish, Mediterranean, and South African tapas-style dishes. It’s a bit “kitschy” but features live music on the weekend and is super popular with the locals.

·Dinner at VegTable: Only open Thursday through Saturday night, they take pride in true farm to table meals with organic fruits and veggies

·Rent Electric Bikes from Bicycle South: The owners are DARLING, and the bikes are fantastic. They only have two bikes so call ahead to reserve. If you need more than two bikes, there’s another rental shop at the roundabout. Ride the Bikes from Thesen to Leisure Island. A roundtrip cycle should only take about 1.5-2 hours (stopping along the way).

·Stop on Leisure Island for a Coffee at Nadine’s Corner: They have a super cute garden!

·Drive to the Viewpoint at East Knysna Heads: It’s an incredible spot for sunset.

·Eat Lunch at East Head Cafe: They have delicious coffee, seafood, salads, and beautiful views.

·Visit Featherbed Private Nature Reserve: This 4-hour eco experience costs R701 per person and is a great way to experience the lagoon. (currently closed due to covid)

If you head out of Knysna before lunch, pack a picnic and stop at Garden of Eden (between Knysna and Plettenberg) for a short picnic!

Accommodation: Knysna Log Inn

Day 4 - 5 | Knysna Houseboat

Things to Do in Knysna

·Breakfast at Il de Pain on Thesen Island: This cute bakery has a lovely outdoor patio (if you stay at Lofts Boutique Hotel — breakfast here is included).

·Dinner at Oysters and Tapas on Thesen Island: This seaside restaurant has a wide selection of Spanish, Mediterranean, and South African tapas-style dishes. It’s a bit “kitschy” but features live music on the weekend and is super popular with the locals.

·Dinner at VegTable: Only open Thursday through Saturday night, they take pride in true farm to table meals with organic fruits and veggies

·Rent Electric Bikes from Bicycle South: The owners are DARLING, and the bikes are fantastic. They only have two bikes so call ahead to reserve. If you need more than two bikes, there’s another rental shop at the roundabout. Ride the Bikes from Thesen to Leisure Island. A roundtrip cycle should only take about 1.5-2 hours (stopping along the way).

·Stop on Leisure Island for a Coffee at Nadine’s Corner: They have a super cute garden!

·Drive to the Viewpoint at East Knysna Heads: It’s an incredible spot for sunset.

·Eat Lunch at East Head Cafe: They have delicious coffee, seafood, salads, and beautiful views.

·Visit Featherbed Private Nature Reserve: This 4-hour eco experience costs R701 per person and is a great way to experience the lagoon. (currently closed due to covid)

Accommodation: Knysna Housebouts

Day 5 - 6 | Plettenberg Bay

  • Birds of Eden is home of over 3000 birds from 220 different species
  • Monkeyland is founded 16km east from Plettenberg Bay and is a unique sanctuary that allows several species of monkey to move freely in the surrounding indigenous forest
  • The keurbooms River is situated to the east of Plettenberg Bay and flows for a distance of 60km, 12 km of which can be navigated by boat. A variety of art galleries, studios and shops are housed at Old Nick Village .

After visiting the sanctuaries, don’t miss lunch at Bramon Wine Estate

Accommodation: The Bungalow, Plett

Day 6 - 7 | Tsitsikamma

TSITSIKAMMA/STORMS RIVER - If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush and some of the best hiking along the Garden Route. It’s home to the highest bungee jump in the world and the famous Otter Trail!

Accommodation: Tsitsikama Manor

Day 7 - 8 | Jeffreys Bay

Things to do in Jeffrey’s Bay

Stand up paddling is perfect for those looking to do the something different and fun without the dreaded “extreme sport factor” getting in the way

Accommodation: On The Beach Boutique Guesthouse and Suites

Day 8 - 9 | Oudtshoorn

Things to Do in Oudtshoorn

·Cango Ostrich Farm: On a tour of the farm, you’ll get to pet the magnificent birds, experience the wine house, and learn all about the history of the farm and what it takes to house ostriches.

·Cango Caves: Situated in a limestone ridge, these caves are made up of the finest dripstone caverns and vast halls and towering formations. They’re the only show caves in Africa, so it’s quite the unique experience!

Equestrian Trails: At the foothills of the Swartberg mountain range lies the equestrian trails that you explore by foot, mountain bike, or horseback. The trails vary in difficulty, so there’s something for everyone.

Accommodation: De Zeekoe

Day 9 - 10 | Cape Town

Spend your last evening in Cape Town, with endless opportunities for shopping and entertainment!

Accommodation: Island Club Hotel