Pittoresk and Enterprising Garden Route

South Africa
Discover the coastline of South Africa, driving from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and back visiting the most beautiful landscapes and cities! Relive history and climb the mighty Table Mountain, spot the Big Five, ride an ostrich and meet the largest inhabitants of the sea!
From Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and back in three weeks, driving all along the Coast of South Africa with the best views possible. You will see a big diversity of different landscapes and some of South Africa's greatest beaches! Staying in Cape Town is always too short, however there will be time enough to think about what to do after coming back from the Garden Route Trip! This trip offers the highlights of Cape Town, like Table Mountain, Robben Island, Wine Tours, Town Ship Tours but also a visit to the most beautifull beaches in the Mother City. Driving along the coast brings you at South Africa's most amazing cities that all have their own highlights! From spotting whales, delphins, seals and sharks at sea to discovering the Big Five in a private reserve. Enough of animals? Almost every city has its own beaches which are perfect for watersports. For the more cultural people this trip guides you along the rich history of South Africa. Visit the historic city centres or learn about the country in one of many museums. This trip offers a variety of things to do for people of all ages and there is something to do for everyone. Don't worry about the weather, everywhere you go the sun comes through and even when rain is falling sun smiles towards you in this beatifull country!
Route for this trip
Trip from day to day
  • Airplane Home - Cape Town
  • Day 1 - 5 Cape Town
    • Cape Town: The City Where Oceans Meet

    Cape Town: The City Where Oceans Meet

    Stay in the Diamond House between the Hills of Camps Bay. Walking distance from the Camps Bay Boulevard and beautiful beach. Table Mountain Cable Way is at 5 minutes by car and the Waterfront with Ferry to Robben Island at 10 minutes. Other things to do? Hike up Table Mountain or Lions Head, do a wine tour, visit the Aquarium, experience a township tour, visit the town centre and take a full day to visit Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope and the Penquins at Boulders Beach!

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    • Boulders Beach
    • Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
    • Clifton Beaches
    • Devil's Peak
    • Hike Table Mountain
    • Lion's Head
    • Robben Island
    • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
    • Table Mountain National Park
    • Two Oceans Aquarium
    • Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
  • Car Cape Town - Hermanus
  • Day 6 Hermanus
    • Hermanus: Mating Area of the Southern Right Whale

    Hermanus: Mating Area of the Southern Right Whale

    Hermanus is worth staying a night but not more! Walk through the beautiful city centre or visit the beach. However the main reason to visit Hermanus is for spotting whales. There are some excellent spots to see the whales and to enjoy the view at the sea. Visit Gansbaai on your way to Hermanus and do a shark cage dive which is an amazing experience.

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    • Great White Shark - Cage Diving
    • Whale Watchers Hermanus
  • Car Hermanus - Mossel Bay
  • Day 7 Mossel Bay
    • Mossel Bay: Historic Centre of Fishery

    Mossel Bay: Historic Centre of Fishery

    Mossel Bay is a small historic harbor city, not special however worth spending at least one day! Visit the beach or have a walk through the harbour and take the boat to Seal Island to watch the seal colony! With a bit of luck you see a lot of other animals, like delphins, whales or the famous black oystercatcher. For more athletic people Mossel Bay is ideal for water sports!

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    • Adventure's Edge Dive & Outdoor Centre
    • Mossel Bay Ski Boat Club
    • Unravel Surf Travel
  • Car Mossel Bay - Knysna
  • Day 8 Knysna
    • Knysna: Eden of South Africa

    Knysna: Eden of South Africa

    Knysna is located at a beautifull site between the hills. Take a trip to Knysna Heads and enjoy the beautiful nature and views! Take a boat and watch the lagoon from another side. Visit Buffalo Bay which is an outstanding beach or watch a variety of brids in the garden of eden.

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    • Featherbed Nature Reserve
    • Knysna Heads
    • Mitchell's Brewery
  • Car Knysna - Stormsrivier
  • Day 9 - 10 Stormsrivier
    • Tsitsikamma National Park: Jump Inside Nature

    Tsitsikamma National Park: Jump Inside Nature

    Tsitsikamma is a delight to the eye for nature lovers and extreme sporters. A must visit is the Bloukrans Bridge which offers the opportunity for doing a bungee jump or doing a walk to the bungee platform. The national Park offers different excursions of which a walk is really worth to do! There are lots of differerent other excursions, ask your hotel for the best things to do!

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    • Blackwater Tubing
    • Storms River Suspension Bridge
    • Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours
  • Car Stormsrivier - Port Elizabeth
  • Day 11 Port Elizabeth
    • Port Elizabeth: Windy City Closing the Garden Route

    Port Elizabeth: Windy City Closing the Garden Route

    Port Elizabeth is seen as the end of a Garden Route Trip, however it is worth travel onward to for example Addo. Go surfing at Algoa Bay which has warm water and great wind! In the historic city centre bayworld is worth visiting as well as the City Hall and Donkin Reserve

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    • Bayworld
    • Fort Frederick
    • The Donkin Reserve
  • Car Port Elizabeth - Addo
  • Day 12 - 14 Addo
    • Addo National Park: Exploring The Big Five In Peace

    Addo National Park: Exploring The Big Five In Peace

    Visiting Addo is the Highlight of a Garden Route trip. The park is surrounded by beautiful lodges like Woodall Country Lodge. Take a guided tour through the Park in the early morning and experience a catch if you are lucky. The afternoon is worth taking a dive inside your private pool or for another safari!

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    • Addo Elephant National Park
    • Addo Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Car Addo - Oudtshoorn
  • Day 15 - 16 Oudtshoorn
    • Oudtshoorn: Making Friends With The Ostrich

    Oudtshoorn: Making Friends With The Ostrich

    Oudtshoorn is the perfect stop on your way back to Cape Town. One day is too short for visiting this versatile area. Not to be missed is one of the Ostrich farms, which makes this area famous. Here you not only see the ostriches but you learn a lot about these animals and get chances to feed them. Also visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch which a zoo inhabited by lot of special animals. Last but not least: visit the Cango Caves, impressive and with a lot of interesting history.

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    • Cango Wildlife Ranch
    • Highgate Ostrich Show Farm
    • Swartberg Pass
    • The Cango Caves
  • Car Oudtshoorn - Cape Town
  • Day 17 - 20 Cape Town
    • Cape Town: Recover and Discover and Never Leave!

    Cape Town: Recover and Discover and Never Leave!

    Back in Cape Town there is again plenty of options to spend your time. Visit Camps Bay or one of the Clifton Beaches or whatever that has your interest!

    Must-see excursions Powered byTripAdvisor
    • Bo-kaap
    • Camp's Bay Beach
    • Cape Town Stadium (Green Point Stadium)
    • Cape Town Wine Tours
    • Clifton Beaches
    • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
    • Long Street
    • Sandboarding Cape Town
    • Two Oceans Aquarium
    • Vamos Township Tours
  • Airplane Cape Town - Home