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South Africa: Cape Town, the Garden Route and Safari

Private Travel | Self-drive 14 Days & 11 Nights Lead-in price: £2955 Current prices from: £2955
This popular self-drive route ticks off many of the ‘must do’ features of South Africa in one well-paced and beautifully scenic itinerary. Begin with some time in Cape Town, learning about the city’s history and seeing its impressive sights. Then head to the nearby Winelands and sample some of the world’s most exclusive and popular brands. Continue east to the famed ‘Garden Route’, named for its seductive natural beauty and pockets of lush vegetation. End your journey in style with a stay in Amakhala, one of the most exclusive wildlife reserves in the Eastern Cape, which offers thrilling ‘Big Five’ safari experiences.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Uncover the story of Nelson Mandela & his rise to the presidency
  • Opportunities to visit an ostrich farm & observe meerkats
  • Relax on spectacular Garden Route beaches
  • Safari experiences in a ‘Big Five’ private wildlife reserve
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Cape Town

Fly overnight from London (regional connections available) to Cape Town. (N)

Day 2: Cape Town

On arrival, you will be met by our VIP meet and greet service before transferring to the Trevoyan Guesthouse for a 3-night stay. Afternoon at leisure. (N)

Day 3: Cape Town

At leisure to explore or take part in optional excursions. Popular choices include visits to Robben Island, Table Mountain and local townships. We also offer an intriguing ‘Prisoner to President’ tour, where you can delve into the history of Nelson Mandela’s momentous time in the city. (B)

Day 4: Cape Town

Your premium package category B car hire will be delivered in the morning and you then have the rest of the day at leisure to explore the city’s surrounds. The Cape of Good Hope and the penguin colony of Boulders Beach are both within easy reach and together make for an excellent day out. (B)

Day 5: Winelands

Drive to the picturesque Winelands and stay 2 nights at the charming Angala Boutique Hotel & Guest House. (B)

Day 6: Winelands

At leisure to relax or take part in some of the many wine tasting and culinary experiences on offer in this fabulously scenic region. (B)

Day 7: Oudtshoorn

Drive to Oudtshoorn and stay overnight at Surval Boutique Olive Estate. Oudtshoorn, known as ‘the feather capital’, is set in the picturesque semi-desert region of the Little Karoo. Popular visits from Oudtshoorn include the dramatic Cango Caves and a local ostrich farm. (B)

Day 8: The Garden Route

You may wish to rise early and join an optional meerkat viewing excursion, before driving east to Christiana Lodge, near Plettenburg Bay, where you will stay for 3 nights. (B)

Days 9-10: The Garden Route

Days at leisure to explore the Garden Route’s stretch of picture-postcard beaches, lakes, rivers, indigenous forests and impressive mountain passes. Other activities include boat trips to spot whales and dolphins around Plettenburg Bay. (B)

Day 11: Eastern Cape

Continue east to Port Elizabeth, where you will drop off your hire car before transferring to Woodbury Lodge in the Amakhala Private Game Reserve for a 2-night stay. (B, D)

Day 12: Amakhala Game Reserve

The malaria-free Amakhala Game Reserve offers world-class ‘Big Five’ safari experiences and with wildlife drives and bush walks both included in your lodge accommodation, this is the perfect way to cap any Garden Route itinerary. (B, L, D)

Days 13-14: Fly home via Johannesburg

Transfer to Port Elizabeth Airport and fly home via Johannesburg. (B) (N)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Woodbury Lodge
    Woodbury Lodge

    Woodbury Lodge, situated in the beautiful Amakhala Game Reserve, has a spectacular setting against a cliff above the Bushman's river valley, a perfect vantage point to catch the thrilling sight of an elephant herd passing by in the late afternoon. Guests are accommodated in stone-and-thatch sleeping lodges, all with air conditioning and an en suite bathroom. Meals have a South African flavour and are served in the relaxed and stylish setting of the central dining room. Guests can also gather around the outdoor fire for a drink and snacks before dinner. The lodge offers a range of morning and evening safaris. You can take safari drives in an open Land Rover in search of rhinos, elephants, cheetahs, buffaloes, giraffes, black wildebeest, zebras, tortoises and more than 16 antelope species. Alternatively, try a night drive to seek out elusive nocturnal animals such as lynxes, porcupines and spring hares. A guided walk with one ...

  • The Trevoyan Guest House
    The Trevoyan Guest House

    Located in a quiet residential street in the Cape Town suburb of Tamboerskloof, Trevoyan Guest House is a beautifully restored Victorian property close to the slopes of Table Mountain. Trevoyan offers seven spacious rooms, some of which are located in the main house and some in a garden villa. The guest house has an inviting lounge, a veranda and a small library. The beautiful garden is shaded by a large oak tree and features patio areas and a solar-heated pool with city and Table Mountain views.

  • Surval Boutique Olive Estate
    Surval Boutique Olive Estate

    Situated at the foot of the majestic Swartberg mountain range (a Unesco world heritage site), 4.5km outside Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo, Surval Boutique Olive Estate offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the Schoemanshoek valley. There are 31 stylish rooms in a serene working farm setting, ranging from the comfortable honeymoon suite, superior and standard rooms to family rooms, and single rooms for the solo traveller. There is an elegant fine dining restaurant, Su Casa ('your home'), as well as a bistro menu inspired by the produce of the local Klein Karoo region, complemented by international flair and a comprehensive wine list. Features: 31 rooms, restaurant, bar, lounge, 2 outdoor pools, fitness centre, garden. Room amenities: Private bathroom, television, fridge, air conditioning, minibar, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.

  • Christiana Lodge
    Christiana Lodge

    Christiana Lodge offers a chic beach retreat in Plettenberg Bay's fashionable Solar Beach. This architect-designed guesthouse makes use of natural light and guests can relax in the golden light of sunset in the living room. The lodge's design has an infusion of wrought iron and aged cane furnishings. Raised above the dunes, there are expansive views of the Brakkloof wetlands. Features: 10 luxury rooms, lounge and dining area, covered deck, swimming pool, parking. Room amenities: Private bathroom, patio/balcony, air conditioning/ceiling fans.

  • Angala Boutique Hotel
    Angala Boutique Hotel

    Centrally located between the famed winelands of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek at the foothills of the Simonsberg mountains, Angala offers a serene and unpretentious retreat amid the splendour of mountain and vineyard scenery. This charming haven is attractively decorated in French country cottage style, set among manicured gardens. Each of the nine spacious rooms and suites are furnished in light, neutral colours, each with authentic sculptures and decorative items. Various room configurations accommodate 2 to 4 guests, with private verandas, gardens and landscape views. The main house boasts elegant spaces with magnificent vistas, where guests may savour fine wines and gourmet meals. The bar, dining room and wide verandas open out to an eco-pool. There is a minimum 2-night stay between November and March

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £2955 per person

High season from £3225 per person


Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • 4- & 5-star accommodation
    • VIP meet & greet service on arrival
    • Premium car rental package with VW Polo (or similar)
    • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
    • Guided safari activities at Amakhala

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