This Garden Route itinerary is great for families as it’s in malaria-free areas and offers the opportunity to do a lot of kid-friendly activities (tree top canopy, cruise, canoe, safari, ostrich farm, meerkat adventure….). It involves less driving and still offers an incredible diversity of landscapes, cultures and experiences.
Cape Town – 4 nights (Four Rosmead Boutique Guesthouse)
Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.
Day 1: Table Mountain Cableway or Lion’s Head Hiking
Day 2: Robben Island, City tour (Bokaap, Waterfront, city center, etc …)
Day 3: Peninsula tour, Chapman’s peack, Boulders beach, Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point, Sidecar tour
Day 4: Wine testing in Stellenbosch, Constantia or Franchhoek, Bike tour in the vineyards
Swellendam – 1 night (Schoone Oordt Country House)
Perfectly situated at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, the quaint heritage town of Swellendam is South Africa’s third-oldest town. It is Idyllically positioned in the scenic Overberg area and serves as an excellent base from which to explore the magnificent surrounding landscape including the Little Karoo in the hinterland. The streets are lined with beautifully restored Cape Dutch buildings dating back to 1745. Visitors can explore the Dutch Reformed Church and Drostdy Museum complex, visit the surrounding nature reserves and enjoy the local farm stalls selling an array of locally produced jams, liqueurs and baked goods. Other popular activities include: hiking, kayaking, camping, game viewing, horse riding, and star gazing.
Day 5: Bontebok national park, Marloth Nature reserve
Knysna – 1 night (The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa)
Nestled between the imposing Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean and surrounded by world-renowned forests, Knysna offers a wealth of activities for visitors. The beautiful lagoon and more than eight beaches provide opportunities to swim, surf, canoe, yacht, jet-ski, boat, fish, walk on soft sand and take ferry rides. Various markets offer organic goods, delicious food, indigenous plants and a social atmosphere. Mountains, valleys, lakes, forests and streams are ready to be explored. The region isn’t known as the “Garden of Eden” for nothing! A birding route is available for avid bird watchers. World class golf courses are at your doorstep. And of course the area is famous for the Knysna Heads and delicious oysters.
Day 6: Garden of Eden, Ocean Odyssey, Harkerville Forest
Tsitsikamma National Park – 2 nights (The Fernery Lodge & Chalets)
Much of the indigenous forest in this eastern part of the Garden Route falls within the Tsitsikamma National Park. The park is not only a breathtaking haven for indigenous flora and fauna but also for marine life. A marine conservation belt forms part of the park, stretching five and a half kilometres out into the ocean.
Day 7: Tsitsikamma National park, Bungee jumping, Treetop Canopy Tour, Kayaking & Lilo on ocean and river gorge
Day 8: Dolphin trail, Zipline, Plettenberg Game Reserve, Elephant Sanctuary
Addo Elephant National Park – 2 nights (Kuzuko Lodge)
Set on Algoa Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, Port Elizabeth also referred to as PE, is known as the Friendly City as well as the Windy City and hopefully, if you stay here you will get a chance to experience the former and not the latter. Port Elizabeth was established to home British settlers who were brought out on a government-sponsored programme to provide a buffer between the Cape Dutch and the Xhosa conflict. The little port grew from there and today it is the gateway to the beautiful Garden Route and serves as an excellent base to explore the Eastern Cape’s magnificent game reserves and pristine beaches. Visitors can explore the Addo Elephant National Park, inhabited by hundreds of elephants; and other wildlife, climb the area’s largest dune at Maitland’s Beach and jump on a boat tour to spot rare seabirds and whales.
Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve – 2 nights (Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve)
Spectacular and unique, Oceana offers a truly special luxury boutique hotel experience. The property is perfectly positioned within a sprawling wildlife sanctuary, fronted by a pristine 7km stretch of private beach. This is where guests go for a “holiday whilst on holiday”.
Spacious and airy, all the luxury accommodation options offer captivating views of the sand and sea, framed by indigenous shrubs and trees that create an easy island-living feel.
Onsite attractions include safari drives, spa, fine dining, swimming and beach activities, with many others to be enjoyed in and around the charming nearby town of Port Alfred.
Oceana is located on the warm Indian Ocean, within easy driving distance of Port Elizabeth as well as other reserves. Exclusive, yet unpretentious, this property ticks all the boxes for an unforgettable holiday.
Day 11: Game drive, Walk on the beach
Day 12: Game drive, Walk on the beach, Hotel’s activities