Cape Town, Winelands, Garden route & Safari (Self drive)

This is an example of an easy self drive itinerary that would suit any budget. Start with three nights in Cape Town, 1 night at Majeka House in the Winelands, 2 nights in Hermanus, before traveling the Garden route. At the end of your stay spend three relaxing nights in the big 5 Shamwari Game Reserve at Bayethe Tented lodge.

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$1941 - $2677
Includes internal flights:
Length of safari:
14 days
Best months:
All year
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
Night drive safaris Night drive Birding safaris Birding Self-drive safaris Self-drive
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This is an example of an easy self drive itinerary that would suit any budget. Start with three nights in Cape Town, 1 night at Majeka House in the Winelands, 2 nights in Hermanus, before traveling the Garden route. At the end of your stay spend three relaxing nights in the big 5 Shamwari Game Reserve at Bayethe Tented lodge.

Day 1:  Cape Town "The Mother City"

Upon arrival at Cape Town International airport, you will be met by an English speaking guide who will hand over vouchers and explain all the details of the tour. The Guide will also assist with the car hire. Group D, Toyota Corolla or similar with GPS. Drive to the Commodore Hotel. (approx. 20km)

The Commodore Hotel is a four star hotel situated at the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town.  Due to the central location of the hotel near the city centre and the V&A Waterfront, guests may spend a family holiday or a corporate business stay in close proximity to Cape Town's interesting sights and attractions. The interior of the hotel is characterized by a nautical theme, which is kept throughout the hotel complementing its proximity to the harbour in Cape Town and the Atlantic Ocean. The Clipper Restaurant serves fresh seafood as well as a fine cuisine which is characterized by a fusion of international dishes and local South African flavours. Light meals including soups, salads and sandwiches are served on the outdoor terrace, which invites guests to relax in a beautiful courtyard setting with the calming sound of running water from the fishpond.

Overnight at Commodore Hotel, in a Standard room, inclusive of Breakfast.

Day 2 & 3:  Cape Town "The Mother City"

Guests have the next two days to discover all that the Mother City has to offer.

Catch a cable car up Table Mountain. Do a self drive Peninsula tour. Join the City Sightseeing Bus. Shark cage diving at Gansbaai. Visit the Cape Malay District, Company Gardens, Cape of Good Hope, Signal Hill. The Robben Island and the District Six Museum are must-visits for anyone interested in South Africa's period of apartheid, which came to an end in 1990.

Plan a visit to the African Penguin Colony at Boulder’s Beach.  Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium or the fun-filled Ratanga Junction theme park.

Overnight at Commodore Hotel, in a Standard room, inclusive of Breakfast.

Day 4:  Cape Town - Stellenbosch

After Breakfast, guests depart for the magnificent Winelands. (approx. 50km)

The drive from Cape Town to Stellenbosch takes you on a journey of the vines, an area rich in colourful culture, flavoursome food , and fascinating history . South Africa’s wine lands are known to produce some of the world's most outstanding wines

The Majeka House is an owner-managed, private boutique hotel located within the historical town of Stellenbosch.  The hotel is located in close proximity to a variety of shops, galleries, museums, vineyards and restaurants. The elegant hotel features a variety of luxury accommodation options, a sophisticated bar and restaurant, a magnificent spa, a gym, a Jacuzzi, a heated indoor swimming pool with retractable roof, an outdoor swimming pool, a steam room, a sauna, & a library.

Overnight at Majeka House, in a Premier room, inclusive of Breakfast.

Day 5:  Stellenbosch - Hermanus

After Breakfast, guests drive to Hermanus. (approx. 92km)

The Harbour House Hotel in Hermanus enjoys the most prominent of positions in the heart of the old harbour area, flanked by the seaside and the bustling centre of the  town.  Internationally renowned for its fantastic land based whale watching during breeding season, shark cage diving with great whites and the natural beauty of the region are also attractions for the area. The hotel is centrally located a short distance from the centre of the village where a variety of upmarket restaurants, attractions and activities are all within walking distance, set in a cobbled piazza.

Overnight at Harbour House Hotel, in a Classic room, inclusive of Breakfast.

Day 6:  Hermanus

Guests have the full day to explore the history and whales of Hermanus.

Every year Southern Right Whales migrate from their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica to warmer climates, reaching South Africa in June. The coastal waters teem with the giant animals, mating, calving and rearing their young - and giving whale-watchers spectacular displays of raw power and elegant water acrobatics. Close to the southernmost tip of Africa, 5 miles (8km) out to sea, lies Shark Alley - a favourite hunting ground of the omnipotent Great White Shark. Shark Alley is a channel between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock and is protected from the worst of the southern Atlantic’s weather.

Overnight at Harbour House Hotel, in a Classic room, inclusive of Breakfast.

Day 7:  Hermanus - Swellendam

After breakfast at the hotel, guests drive to Swellendam. (approx. 150km)

This 4 star property offers accommodation in double units that come fully equipped with lounge, king or twin size beds, two double bedrooms, two bathrooms, veranda, air conditioning, heater and flat screen TV. Swellendam is ideally located only 200km from George which offers a few things to see and do including trout fishing, scuba diving, fishing, hang gliding, canoeing, sailing, walking, hiking, bicycle touring, golf, whale watching, quad biking, bungee jumping, abseiling, snorkelling, day trips to Knysna, Oudtshoorn and Plettenberg Bay where guests can enjoy Monkeyland and Birds of Eden.

Overnight at Gaikou Lodge, in a Luxury King room, inclusive of Breakfast.

Day 8:  Swellendam - Mosselbay

After breakfast at the hotel, guests drive to Mosselbay. (approx. 170km)

The Protea Hotel Mossel Bay is located in the sea side town on the edge of the garden route. The hotel is set in an area of natural beauty offering a vast array of leisure activities and sightseeing attractions. Guests at this hotel may enjoy the close proximity to sunny golden beaches, the yacht club and shopping facilities. The hotel provides modern and comfortable accommodation, which is suitable for leisure travelers, corporate guests, honeymoon couples and families. The Protea Hotel Mossel Bay offers spacious designer-decorated en-suite rooms with all modern amenities to make the stay comfortable and relaxing.

Overnight at Protea Hotel Mosselbay, in a Deluxe room, inclusive of Breakfast.

Day 9:  Mosselbay - Plettenbergbay

After Breakfast, guests depart for Port Elizabeth . (approx. 130km)

Perfectly placed high above the magnificent indigenous forests of the Tsitsikamma, the Tsala Treetop Lodge offers discerning guests sumptuous luxury. Emulating the monumental ruins of an ancient central African civilization, the impressive stone-masonry entrance at the lodge is flanked by water features that lead into a magnificent foyer supported by polished Blackwood columns. The afro-baroque décor with its earthy colours, rich textures, and handcrafted fittings, draws inspiration from the diverse cultures of Africa, yet remains integrated with the sophistication of the Western world. Whether from the exotically appointed dining room, the intimate glassed-in lounge, or the large open decks high above the forest floor, the views are all breathtakingly beautiful, encompassing lush forests extending across rolling valleys towards distant hills. This lodge is a member of both Relais & Chateaux Association and the Chaine des Rotisseurs.

Overnight at Tsala Treetop Lodge, in a Treetop Suite, inclusive of Breakfast.

Day 10:  Plettenbergbay - Port Elizabeth

After breakfast at the hotel, guests drive to Port Elizabeth. (approx. 253km) A representative of the Car rental company, will collect the vehicle today at 16h00 at the Marine Hotel.

Providing magnificent views over the sandy Pollock Beach and the shimmering Algoa Bay, this hotel in Port Elizabeth is suitable for business travellers, leisure guests as well as families. Conveniently located only 10 minutes away from the Port Elizabeth Airport, the hotel is located in close proximity to the city's many attractions including Boardwalk, Humewood Beach, Seaview Lion Park and the Snake Park. The hotel rooms are spacious, provide comfortable bedding as well as convenient facilities and amenities such as air conditioning, Wi-Fi and safes.

Overnight at Protea Hotel Marine, in a Sea Facing room, inclusive of Breakfast.

Day 11:  Port Elizabeth - Shamwari Game Reserve

After Breakfast, guests with an English driver on Private road transfer to Shamwari Private Game Reserve. (approx. 98km)

Made up of nine beautifully appointed tents, the camp is hidden amongst the trees that line the banks of the picturesque Buffalo River. While boasting all the necessary luxuries and comforts, it still manages to maintain an authentic bush feel, which makes it the ideal destination for the more adventurous safari-goer. Each of the tented suites has ample privacy under the trees and comes with its own discreet heating and air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom, shower, private plunge pool and viewing deck from which guests can relax and keep a look out for game that comes down to the river to drink.

Overnight at Bayethe Tented Lodge, in a Luxury Tent, on a Full Board basis. (all meals, teas, coffees & 2 game drives)

Day 12 & 13:  Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Activities include early morning and evening game drives, which are taken in open Land Rovers specifically designed for Big Five game viewing. Guided nature walks can also be organised, as well as bird watching, which will take place with your own personal ranger. Shamwari prides itself on the expertise of its rangers and you will be amazed at the extensive animal, plant and birdlife that exist in the area. Shamwari Game Reserve offers the ‘safari of a lifetime’ and at the luxurious surrounds of Bayethe Lodge you are guaranteed an African experience that is like no other.

Overnight at Bayethe Tented Lodge, in a Luxury Tent, on a Full Board basis. (all meals, teas, coffees & 2 game drives)

Day 14:  Port Elizabeth

Private Road transfer from Shamwari Private Game Reserve to Port Elizabeth Airport.


Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • The Commodore Hotel
  • Majeka House
  • Harbour House Hotel
  • Gaikou Lodge
  • Protea Hotel Mosselbay
  • Tsala Treetop Lodge
  • Protea Hotel Marine
  • Shamwari Bayethe Tented Lodge

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