The Garden Route – The Wild Drive
The natural beauty of the Garden Route is the perfect introduction to the vibrant country of South Africa. A self-drive odyssey which begins in the ‘Mother City’ of Cape Town. This exciting city has a large range of attractions, but visiting Table Mountain National Park is a must, the views of False bay and the cityscape below are truly breathtaking. For the brave there is also an option to go on a cage diving excursion with the mighty Great White Shark! A short drive from Cape Town is the celebrated winelands of Stellenbosch, a 2-day stay in this picturesque town will provide you with a relaxing and enjoyable taste of the local wine industry. Heading east along the scenic ‘Route 62’ you will soon arrive at Oudtshoorn, known as the Ostrich capital of the world due to its large concentration of Ostrich farms. It is also a great base to explore the subterranean wonder of the Cango Caves. The next section of the trip is one of the Garden Route highlights, the destination is the white sands of Plettenberg Bay. Not only is ‘Plett’ (as it is known) a colourful coastal town but it is also close to Wilderness (the town) and Knysna which allows you the option to spend some time searching the forests and lagoons for the incredible birdlife, including the charismatic Knysna Turaco (Loerie). Arguably saving the best till last the final 2-days of your adventure are reserved for a luxury safari at a private game reserve. The reserve provides an authentic African experience with ample game watching opportunities, here you will go in search of the elusive ‘Big 5’ (African Lion, African Leopard, African Elephant, Cape Buffalo and Black Rhino). The Garden Route is arguably the most beautiful road trip in the world, but don’t take our word for it why don’t you explore it for yourself.
Why we love this trip
- The route is spectacular with excitement at every turn.
- Driving yourself means that you can go at your own leisurely pace and are free to stop and explore along the way.
- We can book a large range of optional extras including Great White Shark cage diving, abseiling down Table Mountain and even the highest bridge bungee jump in the world.
- The chance to experience Africa’s ‘Big 5’ in their natural environment.
- There is a choice of accommodation options at every stop to suit every style.
- From white sands to winelands, you still struggle to find a more diverse road trip.
- The wildlife of South Africa is second to none.
2-Weeks in October to March (available all year round, but these dates are recommended)
What to look for
Klipspringer, Rock Hyrax, Great White Shark, Cape Fur Seal, Ostrich, Knysna Turaco, African Lion, Africa Leopard, Cape Buffalo, African Elephant, Black Rhino, Cheetah, Hyena, Giraffe, Hippo, Zebra, various Antelope and much more.
Please contact us for further details.
Reference: RTT-TGR1, Supplement Codes: CH