WC Garden Route & Eastern Cape Self-Drive Tour – 18 Days
Set about on a self-driven adventure through South Africa’s scenic wonders. Start in the Northern Cape, marvel at the Augrabies Falls’ raw power, then journey south to Clanwilliam’s ancient landscapes. Savour the flavours of Stellenbosch’s vineyards, encounter majestic whales in Hermanus and find tranquillity in Albertinia. Relax on sun-kissed beaches in Plettenberg Bay before your journey concludes in Cape St Francis, a coastal haven welcoming you with open arms.
Embark on your self-drive adventure safari, commencing in Bloemfontein and winding through picturesque landscapes to the enchanting Kuruman Hills, a gem tucked away in South Africa's Northern Cape province. Here, nature's wonders come alive, epitomized by the mystical Eye of Kuruman. This geological marvel channels water from the depths below, transforming the arid plains into a verdant oasis known as the "Oasis of the Kalahari." Explore the lush beauty of this unexpected haven.
Day 2 - Augrabies, Northern Cape
Begin your day's adventure on the winding roads leading you through the Kalahari's unexpected lushness, a striking contrast to its arid surroundings. Arriving at the majestic Orange River, you'll be captivated by its serene beauty. Your journey continues with a visit to Augrabies Falls National Park, home to the imposing Augrabies Falls. Towering at approximately 56 meters, these falls, situated on South Africa's largest river, the Orange River, are enclosed within the rugged embrace of the park since 1966. Some debate surrounds their exact height, but their undeniable grandeur and the surrounding desolate landscape create a breathtaking tableau. Witness nature's raw power and find solace in this oasis amid the Kalahari's wilderness.
Day 3 - Augrabies, Northern Cape
Discover a wide variety of game and bird life when out on guided nature and game drives. This area boasts with a large variety of mammals, including leopard, giraffe, zebra, and a large variety of antelopes. Expect delicious cuisine, accompanied by fine local wines.
Day 4 - Cederberg Mountains, Western Cape
The road takes you to the Cederberg Mountains today. Boasting with raw and rugged beauty this area offers predominant vegetation consisting of Mediterranean fynbos. San Bushman Paintings can be seen in caves and overhangs throughout the area.
Day 5 - Cederberg Mountains, Western Cape
You have the day at leisure to relax at the lodge pool and enjoy the natural beauty of the Cederberg. There is a wide range of excursions and activities, like hiking, mountain biking, rock art, and plenty of other excursions, on offer.
Day 6 - Stellenbosch, Western Cape
Today you will make your way to Stellenbosch, located along the banks of the Eerste River, at the foot of the majestic Stellenbosch Mountain. Stellenbosch is home to several corporate headquarters of large and small companies including viticulture and wine making.
Day 7 - Stellenbosch, Western Cape
You have the day to explore this quaint little student town. Stellenbosch has a rich history and architecture where you can come face to face with South African contemporary art, shop at unique boutiques and gift shops, as well as have the best wines the Western Cape has to offer.
Day 8 - Hermanus, Western Cape
After breakfast, you will make your way to the quaint holiday town of Hermanus located on the southern coast of the Western Cape province. This town is famous for Southern Right whale watching during the southern winter to spring seasons and is a popular retirement location, too.
Day 9 - Hermanus, Western Cape
You have the day at leisure to explore Hermanus. Take a walk on the Cliff Path, visit the Old Harbour, or just have a relaxed meal at any of the many great local restaurants and delis. Apart from whale watching, Hermanus offers captivating coastal hikes, showcasing dramatic cliffs and panoramic ocean views. The town is also a haven for art enthusiasts, with numerous galleries showcasing local talent. Hermanus boasts a diverse culinary scene, inviting you to savor fresh seafood delicacies and regional wines in its excellent restaurants and vineyards. Furthermore, adventure seekers can enjoy activities like sea kayaking, paragliding, and exploring the nearby Fernkloof Nature Reserve, renowned for its indigenous fynbos vegetation and hiking trails. Whether you're drawn to nature, art, or culinary delights, Hermanus offers a delightful blend of experiences along its scenic shores.
Day 10 - Cape Garden Route, Western Cape
Head out to your next destination via the Cape Garden Route. This scenic drive stretches from the south-eastern coast, Witsand located in the Western Cape all the way to the border of Tsitsikamma Storms River, situated in the Eastern Cape.
Day 11 - Cape Garden Route, Western Cape
There are plenty of adventure activities on offer in this area. From guided game drives and hikes, private dining to picnics in the reserve. There is much to see and do!
Day 12 - Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
Embarking on your journey today, the charming allure of Plettenberg Bay awaits. Locally known as Plet or Plett, this coastal gem is a favorite retreat, adorned with second homes that come to life during peak holidays. Popular among both local and international travelers, Plettenberg Bay beckons with its scenic beauty and inviting atmosphere. A quintessential stop on the Garden Route, visitors often explore attractions like the renowned Robberg Peninsula Nature Reserve, adding a touch of adventure to their coastal escapade.
Day 13 - Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
You will be located just five minutes from the bustling town that offers plenty of restaurants, galleries, coffee shops, and bars on Plett’s Main Street. Spend the day at the beach or explore on foot.
Day 14 - Cape St. Francis, Eastern Cape
Nestled on the shoreline of Cape St Francis, a mere 90-minute drive from Port Elizabeth Airport, Cape St Francis Resort stands as the epitome of a beachfront paradise. Perched on an Eastern Cape headland, this resort effortlessly captures the essence of a dreamy beach holiday. Renowned for its pristine beaches and world-class surfing spots, it's a haven that effortlessly marries coastal charm with thrilling aquatic adventures.
Day 15 - Cape St. Francis, Eastern Cape
Renowned as a water sports paradise with surfing, kite surfing, surf ski, and canoe paddling on the beautiful waters off both Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay’s as well as on the nearby Kromme River.
Day 16 - Graaf-Reinet, Eastern Cape
This is the last day of your self-drive adventure. Head back to Bloemfontein via Graaff-Reinet, the oldest South African town located in the Eastern Cape. This town home to more national monuments than any other town or city in South Africa.