• Flight included
  • Accommodation included

Epic road trip across South Africa's scenic Garden Route

  • Round trip
  • 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 or 19 nights
  • South Africa
price from £ 2,089.00
  • per person
  • price based on: 2 adults
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Take an unforgettable road trip along South Africa's famed Garden Route, with stays in Cape Town and Knysna - with breakfast, flights, and rental car

Spanning 300 kilometres along the south west tip of South Africa, the Garden Route is regarded as one of the most scenic regions in the country. Situated in the Garden Route National Park itself, it's home to diverse wildlife, abundant vegetation, and a myriad of natural wonders such as lagoons, lakes, mountains, forests, and beaches - an idyllic combination if ever there was one.

All this and more awaits you on your own epic road trip along the Garden Route: pass by charming coastal towns and phenomenal nature, sample the country's world-renowned wine, and go on an exciting safari adventure in Addo Elephant Park. Spend 14 or 17 nights careening through the countryside, from Cape Town to Stellenbosch to Knysna, staying in charming hotels and boutique guesthouses - some of which are working farms, for a real slice of the rural route - along the way. To top it all off, you'll even get to visit an ostrich farm in the Ostrich capital of the world itself, so what are you waiting for? Grab the car keys, wind down the windows, and put on your favourite tunes as you drive through the extraordinary landscapes of South Africa on this unique road trip.

Included
  • One night at The Cape Milner (or similar), Cape Town

  • One night at Hermanus Lodge On The Green (or similar), Hermanus

  • One or two nights at Cape Agulhas (or similar), Cape Agulhas

  • One night at Oue Weerf Country House & Manor (or similar), Oudtshoorn

  • Two or three nights at Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm (or similar), Addo

  • Two nights at Tsitsikamma Manor (or similar), Tsitsikamma National Park

  • Two nights at Belvidere Manor (or similar), Knysna

  • One night at Montagu Country Hotel (or similar), Montagu

  • One night at Van der Stel Manor (or similar), Stellenbosch

  • Two or three further nights at The Cape Milner (or similar), Cape Town

  • Breakfast included throughout

  • Visit to the ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn included

  • Rental car

  • Return flight from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester, London Stansted to Cape Town

  • Please note that there may be an additional night(s) in transit due to flight schedules.

We know plans can change. Our Flexible holidays let you rearrange your trip!

Choose from any alternative available dates. Includes refundable options. T&C's apply!

Garden Route road trip: optional excursions (chargeable)

• Two-hour whale and dolphin-watching excursion (Day 3; June - November only) •

The whales of Hermanus easily grow up to 50 metres, and can be spotted from a distance. The curious dolphins, on the other hand, often come directly to the boat. Along the way, your English-speaking guide will explain everything you need to know about marine life in the region. There's also a photographer on board, which gives you the opportunity to purchase photos and videos of your experience.

• Full-day safari in Addo Elephant Park (Day 6 or 7) •

In Addo Elephant Park, you'll spend a full day discovering the magnificent wildlife, flora, and fauna of the vast park on a safari-style excursion. Spot animals big and small in their natural habitat as you're taken around the park by an English-speaking guide. The full-day safari is inclusive of park admission, breakfast, and drinks.

• Sunrise safari in Addo Elephant Park (Day 6 or 7) •

For this beautiful sunrise safari, you'll be picked up at 6.30am and spend the next five hours among the wild animals in Addo Elephant Park with an English-speaking drive. The sunrise safari is inclusive of park admission, breakfast, and drinks.

• Afternoon safari in Addo Elephant Park (Day 6 or 7) •

This afternoon, you'll be enchanted by the natural beauty of South Africa. How many elephants and other exotic residents of this national park can you spot? The afternoon day safari is inclusive of park admission, English-speaking guide, snacks, and drinks.

• Helicopter flight over Cape Town (Day 14, 15, 16 or 17) •

See Cape Town from new heights with a thrilling helicopter ride. Take off from the V&A Waterfront & enjoy a scenic flight along the Atlantic Coast. You'll see Cape Town Stadium, Lions Head, Clifton, Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles. The flight lasts approximately 12-15 minutes. Transport from and to the hotel is included (minimum two people).

Day 1: Cape Town

Welcome to South Africa! Arrive in Cape Town, the second-largest and oldest city in the country. From stunning landscapes to cool urban districts, Cape Town has a lot to offer. Once you land, pick up your rental car from the airport, get on the open road, and make your way to your first hotel. Spen…

Read more
The Cape Milner  or similar

Day 2: Hermanus

Get ready for awesome landscapes and plenty of driving on Day 2. You'll drive 120 kilometres from Cape Town to Hermanus, a beautiful seaside town and a popular stop on the Garden Route. Hermanus is well known for the excellent whale watching from July to November, where you can spot Southern whales…

Read more
Hermanus Lodge On The Green  or similar

Day 3: Cape Agulhas

Today's destination is Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa. Today's drive is an easy 110 kilometres drive to where the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean meet, with the option of participating in a fantastic whale and dolphin-spotting excursion en route. After arriving in Cape Agulhas, ta…

Read more
Agulhas Ocean House  or similar

Day 4: Oudtshoorn

Bid farewell to the rugged coastal landscape and embark on a 375-kilometre drive to the dry plains of the Klein Karoo. Stock up at the local supermarket for a roadside picnic (there's always plenty of designated picnic stops on the way). Today's final stop is Oudtshoorn, a small known famous for it…

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Oue Werf Country House & Manor  or similar

Day 5-6: Addo

Today you set course for Addo, driving around 400 kilometres through the beautiful Langkloof valley on your way to your destination. Addo is home to Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa's second-largest national park with a sprawling area of 1,640 square kilometres. The park is home to almost …

Read more
Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm  or similar

Day 7-8: Storms River & Tsitsikamma National Park

On your way to Storms River, you'll visit the beautiful Port Elizabeth back on the coast. Storms River, a drive of around 230 kilometres where you'll pass through seaside resorts, dunes, forests, and shipwreck-adorned beaches along the way. The Storms River flows into the breathtaking Tsitsikamma N…

Read more
Tsitsikamma Manor  or similar

Day 9-10: Knysna

You'll drive 90 kilometres of the Garden Route today, travelling to the magical town of Knysna. Get up with the sun and make some stops on the way: Plettenberg Bay is a fantastic option for some lunch by the seaside, or get up close and personal with some more of the most beautiful nature. Lush for…

Read more
Belvidere Manor  or similar

Day 11: Montagu

Have you always wanted to know where all of those beautiful South African wines come from? On Day 11, drive 330 kilometres to Montagu. Nestled in the heart of South Africa's world-renowned wine region in the middle of the impressive Langeberg mountain range, this town boasts more than 50 wine cella…

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Montagu Country Hotel  or similar

Day 12: Stellenbosch

Today is a great day for wine lovers. You'll head to South Africa's real wine country, driving 160 kilometres through superb valleys and mountains to the city of Stellenbosch, established by the governor of the Cape in 1679. A trip through one of the hundreds of vineyards in the area is what people…

Read more
Van der Stel Manor  or similar

Day 13-14: Cape Town

After your fill of wine, mountains, and gorgeous scenery, today it's time to head back to Cape Town. A city full of adventure, there's no shortage of sights and activities in Cape Town. Take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain or - if you're after a challenge - climb to the top on an approxi…

Read more
The Cape Milner  or similar

Day 1: Cape Town

Welcome to South Africa! Arrive in Cape Town, the second-largest and oldest city in the country. From stunning landscapes to cool urban districts, Cape Town has a lot to offer. Once you land, pick up your rental car from the airport, get on the open road, and make your way to your first hotel. Spen…

Read more
The Cape Milner  or similar

Day 2: Hermanus

Get ready for awesome landscapes and plenty of driving on Day 2. You'll drive 120 kilometres from Cape Town to Hermanus, a beautiful seaside town and a popular stop on the Garden Route. Hermanus is well known for the excellent whale watching from July to November, where you can spot Southern whales…

Read more
Hermanus Lodge On The Green  or similar

Day 3-4: Cape Agulhas

Today's destination is Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa. Today's drive is an easy 110 kilometres drive to where the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean meet, with the option of participating in a fantastic whale and dolphin-spotting excursion en route. After arriving in Cape Agulhas, ta…

Read more
Agulhas Ocean House  or similar

Day 5: Oudsthoorn

Bid farewell to the rugged coastal landscape and embark on a 375-kilometre drive to the dry plains of the Klein Karoo. Stock up at the local supermarket for a roadside picnic (there's always plenty of designated picnic stops on the way). Today's final stop is Oudtshoorn, a small known famous for it…

Read more
Oue Werf Country House & Manor  or similar

Day 6-8: Addo

Today you set course for Addo, driving around 400 kilometres through the beautiful Langkloof valley on your way to your destination. Addo is home to Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa's second-largest national park with a sprawling area of 1,640 square kilometres. The park is home to almost …

Read more
Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm  or similar

Day 9-10: Storms River & Tsitsikamma National Park

On your way to Storms River, you'll visit the beautiful Port Elizabeth back on the coast. Storms River, a drive of around 230 kilometres where you'll pass through seaside resorts, dunes, forests, and shipwreck-adorned beaches along the way. The Storms River flows into the breathtaking Tsitsikamma N…

Read more
Tsitsikamma Manor  or similar

Day 11-12: Knysna

You'll drive 90 kilometres of the Garden Route today, travelling to the magical town of Knysna. Get up with the sun and make some stops on the way: Plettenberg Bay is a fantastic option for some lunch by the seaside, or get up close and personal with some more of the most beautiful nature. Lush for…

Read more
Belvidere Manor  or similar

Day 13: Montagu

Have you always wanted to know where all of those beautiful South African wines come from? On Day 11, drive 330 kilometres to Montagu. Nestled in the heart of South Africa's world-renowned wine region in the middle of the impressive Langeberg mountain range, this town boasts more than 50 wine cella…

Read more
Montagu Country Hotel  or similar

Day 14: Stellenbosch

Today is a great day for wine lovers. You'll head to South Africa's real wine country, driving 160 kilometres through superb valleys and mountains to the city of Stellenbosch, established by the governor of the Cape in 1679. A trip through one of the hundreds of vineyards in the area is what people…

Read more
Van der Stel Manor  or similar

Day 15-17: Cape Town

After your fill of wine, mountains, and gorgeous scenery, today it's time to head back to Cape Town. A city full of adventure, there's no shortage of sights and activities in Cape Town. Take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain or - if you're after a challenge - climb to the top on an approxi…

Read more
The Cape Milner  or similar
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If you book this deal before 35 days of your departure, you can choose to pay in parts. The deposit will be 50% of the deal’s price plus the booking fee and travel and/or cancellation insurance (when applicable). You will find the payment amounts and deadlines to pay every installment at the last step of the booking process.

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Your booking is a direct contract between you and Secret Escapes Limited for the provision of your package. Secret Escapes acts as a tour operator responsible, and is therefore liable for the proper execution of the agreement. The Secret Escapes Terms and Conditions (A) apply to this booking. The Secret Escapes Cancellation Terms and Conditions apply to this booking.

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Price changes

Please note that the flights included in this offer are subject to live availability and price, and can change during your booking process. When this is the case, we will always notify during the booking process.

Passport, visa and health requirements

The passport, visa and health requirements (including those related to COVID-19) at the time of booking can be viewed on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website. It is your responsibility to ensure that you and all members of your party are in possession of all necessary travel and health documents, and in compliance with any other immigration/entry requirements, before you travel.

Visa requirements

The passport, visa and health requirements (including those related to COVID-19) at the time of booking can be viewed on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website. It is your responsibility to ensure that you and all members of your party are in possession of all necessary travel and health documents, and in compliance with any other immigration requirements, before you travel.

Occupancy

Maximum 2 adults and 1 child up to 11 years per room.

Single supplement

The single supplement is based on travel dates and duration of travel. You will see the final price in the booking process.

Children's discount

A discount for children is offered dependent on the chosen travel dates and length of stay. You will see the applicable discount in the final booking process. Please note: children up to 12 months old receive a discount on the plane ticket, but will not receive a seat or baggage allowance.

Infant bed

Unfortunately, cots are not available throughout this trip.

Pets

Pets are not permitted on this trip due to international plane travel.

Flight times

Please note that flights may be subject to change, delay or postponement by the provider and that flight times are provisional. Don't forget to check the actual flight times before departure on the website of the airline or the airport to avoid inconvenient surprises.

Travel documents

You will receive all documents relevant to your trip, 7 days prior to departure at the latest.

Passport

Your passport must be valid for six months upon arrival in South Africa. Your passport should have at least 2 blank pages when you present it at immigration. For up-to-date information, visit the official gov.uk website.

Visa

For travel in South Africa, British citizens do not need a visa.

Vaccinations

All travellers should be up to date with primary courses and boosters. Vaccinations usually recommended for travel to South Africa include Diphtheria; Hepatitis A. Consult your doctor or the NHS travel advice website for more information.

Children and travel

Accompanied children under the age of 18 are required to present a valid passport upon arrival.

Currency

The national currency of South Africa is South African Rand (ZAR).

Group travel

During this trip, excursions could be in groups of international travellers.

Travel schedule

The specified itinerary is subject to change in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

Car rental

You will receive a Renault Sandero or similar group B model, depending on the size of your travel group. During the booking process you have the option to upgrade to a group C car (Toyota Corolla, Quest Sedan or similar) or group U (Volkswagen Polo or similar). Unlimited mileage included.

The main driver must be in possession of a credit card in their own name with sufficient credit for the £2250 (approx.) deposit. The deposit can vary dependent on the type of car. Please note that a Debit MasterCard cannot be used.

The main driver must be in possession of a valid driver's license, which must be supplemented with a certified driver's license. It is therefore strongly recommended to obtain an international driver's license before departure.

The minimum age of the main driver is 18 years. It is possible to add an additional driver at the rental office for a surcharge of 34 USD per driver.

A GPS can also be added in the final booking process for around £50 per rental. The rental car is collected with a full fuel tank. You must also return the car with a full fuel tank.

Insurance: full insurance, property insurance, liability insurance, theft insurance and coverage for glass-tire-bottom and roof damage is included.

The rental car is picked up and returned to the Hertz car rental office at Cape Town International Airport. The rental car must be returned no later than 17:00 on the day of departure. If you collect your car outside of official opening hours, a surcharge of USD 80 may apply.

Excess and guarantee

Theft protection and damage to the rental car are included with an excess. When collecting the rental car you have to pay a deposit. You will receive more information about this together with your travel documents