A Luxury Escape to the Western Cape and Garden Route of South Africa.

It’s just you, the open road and some of South Africa’s most spectacular scenery, on this 13-day self-drive journey of discovery.

Beautiful sandy beaches, fine wine, lakes, mountains and adventure. This incredible trip has got it all. And it begins in the most exciting city on the African continent, Cape Town.

Tucked away in a natural bowl between the Atlantic Ocean and the iconic Table Mountain, it’s home to some stunning hotels, fabulous restaurants, great shopping and historical sights.

You’ll quickly find that there’s much more to Africa than the ‘Big Five’. Like the Garden Route, for example, with its stunning coastline, wonderful wines, hiking, mountain biking and a lot more. And best of all, you’ll be free to explore it all at your own, relaxed pace.

The Inside Word 

We Love...

The coastal village of Hermanus. Just two-and-a-half hours’ drive from Cape Town, it’s got gorgeous beaches, cute little boutiques, and happens to be the best place on the planet for watching whales from the land.

Learn Something New...

Not only will you get to see the ‘Big Five’ – lion, buffalo, elephant, rhino and leopard – but there will be expert guides on hand at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve to give you all the fascinating facts about everything you’re seeing. Meanwhile, on the coast, the waters are teeming with exotic marine life.

Experience a Taste of…

Delicious South African cuisine! It’s a mouthwatering mixture of different influences including local African, European, Indian and Malay. Cape Town has a huge range of excellent restaurants, offering all types of exciting fusion food from fresh Mediterranean to exotic Asian spices and as you cruise along the Garden Route you’ll find many more eateries, serving freshly caught seafood and fine South African vino.

Jaw-dropping Moment...

Seeing your first southern right whale at Walker Bay, Hermanus. They come here to calf every year.

Flying Time From The UK

Around 11.5 hours.

The Last Word

This private luxury escape gives you the freedom to discover Cape Town, the picturesque Garden Route and the incredible marine and wildlife of South Africa, at your own (relaxed) pace. 

Don’t Forget

Your binoculars. There’s so much to see here, on land and in the ocean.

You'll need a full UK driving licence.

Discover Knysna. Located within an hour of Plettenberg, it’s regarded by many as one of South Africa’s most romantic destinations. See for yourself.

We can organise specialist excursions along the route. In Cape Town for example, you can choose from an exclusive yacht harbour cruise, Winelands tour by bicycle, helicopter flight around Robben Island and cage diving with sharks!

We can tailor make any escape to suit your requirements so if you wish to amend the suggested itinerary in any way, just let us know.

Price From

£3,400 to £5,550 per person, based on two sharing nine nights’ luxury hotel accommodation (B&B); three nights’ all inclusive safari lodge with activities, 13 days ‘group B’ car rental, flights and one private transfer.

Price from £2,900 to £4,300 based on luxury boutique accommodation with the same inclusions as above.

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  • Scenic Cape Town in the shadow of Table Mountain
  • Hermanus, the whale-watching capital of the world?
  • The stunning Garden Route scenery
  • Explore Knysna, “the jewel of the Garden Route”
  • The beautiful seaside resort of Plettenberg Bay
  • Malaria-free game viewing at the &Beyond Kwandwe Private Game Reserve


  • Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town
  • Birkenhead House, Hermanus
  • The Plettenberg Hotel, Plettenberg Bay  
  • Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, Eastern Cape
  • Four Rosmead Boutique Guesthouse, Cape Town
  • Ocean Eleven Luxury Guesthouse, Hermanus
  • Bay Lodge, Plettenberg

When to Escape

The coastal route east from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth,includes the Garden Route from Mossel Bay to the mouth of Storms River. This coastal area has a Mediterranean Maritime climate, with fairly hot summers and mild to cold winters.

April to September

A pleasant Autumn leads into the winter months of June through to August.The days are bright and warm, but it will get crisp in the evening. Most rain occurs during the winter months.

October to May

Spring leads into the summer months of December to February, with hot sunny days.

June to November

The best period for whale watching.

“It’s amazing to have the freedom of stopping off at gorgeous little villages tucked into the verdant hills that line the coast whenever you feel like it. The hotels are fab, the beaches just stunning and the food is incredible. Go now!”


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