Cape and Garden Route Explorer

Day 1 - Day 4
  • Meet and Assist on arrival at Cape Town International Airport
  • Transfer from Cape Town International Airport to Cellars-Hohenort Hotel
  • Your rental car will be delivered to the hotel at 9:00am on Day 2
  • Cellars-Hohenort, a 5 star Relais & Chateaux Hotel nestled in the heart of the beautiful Constantia Valley, is a haven of peace and tranquillity. With its understated elegance and charm, the hotel boasts 51 luxury rooms and suites, with breathtaking views across the 9 acres of world-renowned gardens and vineyards. The Madiba Villa is a luxurious and exquisitely designed suite in a beautiful area of the gardens. A gracious Cape style ‘home away from home’ set in a private courtyard garden, with its own small swimming pool. The hotel features two large swimming pools, one heated, a tennis court and even a Gary Player designed one hole golf green. The Carchele Spa welcomes all to be pampered with the latest in Decleor Beauty Treatments. Another delightful find is the Herb Box, a curio and souvenir shop, filled with local treasures. Your rental car is delivered on Day 2 and you have two full days at leisure to explore the Cape Peninsula. We have included a one-day Cape Town Pass to assist you in seeing many of the sights. This entitles you to free entry to more than 50 unique attractions and activities, and also offers you specials and discounts to the best that Cape Town has to offer. You can hop on the Cape Town Explorer ‘topless’ bus, visit the Two Oceans Aquarium, go on a cruise with the Waterfront Boat Company, visit the Castle of Good Hope and more - all of these in one day, and at your own leisure. The sights of the world’s fairest city are all within easy reach. Some additional sightseeing suggestions include the tourist attractions of the city itself, a visit to the South Africa Museum, the historic Malay quarter and the Harbour or a drive up Signal Hill to the base of Table Mountain. Weather permitting; you may take the exciting cable car ascent up Table Mountain (cable car tickets are included), one of the most famous landmarks in the world, affording a truly spectacular view. The oceans, the city and the mountains are all captured in one breathtaking panorama. In the evenings we encourage you to enjoy the many gourmet restaurants and the lively nightlife on offer in Cape Town. We would be delighted to pre-book any guided tours that you may wish to take or you are free to explore on your own.

    You stay at Cellars Hohenort Breakfast
    Day 4 - Day 6
  • Self-drive from Cape Town to the coastal town of Hermanus, situated in Walker Bay
  • Hermanus is built along the shores of Walker Bay near the southern most tip of Africa. Magnificent mountains overlook the town which is home of the southern right whale. Nature lovers from all over the world visit Hermanus to view these magnificent creatures from the best land based whale watching destination in the world (seasonal from June to November). Perched on top of the cliffs at Hermanus, The Marine has one of the Southern Hemisphere's most spectacular seascapes. The Marine has 43 individually decorated bedrooms and suites, each with its own private facilities. Commanding views extend across Walker Bay or over the beautiful internal courtyard, finely manicured gardens and the Overberg Mountains. Stroll along the cliff-hugging path and admire the breath-taking views of the Hermanus Bay. The sparkling, heated courtyard pool might beckon, perfect for catching some African sun or sip a glass of local wine in The Sun Lounge with nothing between you and the South Pole, other than 3,000 miles of ocean. Hermanus offers some of the best land-based whale watching in the world and at The Marine you don't even have to get out of bed to experience these amazing creatures! This is an experience not to be missed. Revive your skin, purify your body, relax your mind, uplift your spirit and treat yourself to the health and luxury you deserve in the hands of Carchele's experts at The Marine’s Spa. Treatments include Decleor Facials - Waxing - Tinting - Manicure - Pedicure - Paraffin Wax Treatments - Reflexology - Massage - Aromatherapy - Scalp Therapy - Algologie Spa Body Wraps. A comprehensive list of treatments promises an experience that soothes the body, mind and spirit to leave one feeling refreshed and revitalised. Facilities include a Steam Room and a Dynamic Hydro Bath Table for Mud and Gel Body Wrap treatments including Vicci shower. Feel like being daring? Carchele offers an exfoliation Sea Salt Scrub or a Body Massage next to the Tidal Pool whilst listening to the soothing sounds of the ocean. Please remember to book a day in advance and it is weather permitting.

    You stay at The Marine Hermanus Breakfast
    Day 6 - Day 9
  • Continue by road from Hermanus to the Garden Route coastline and onto Plettenberg Bay
  • The Plettenberg, a 5 star Relais & Chateaux Hotel built on a rocky headland with breathtaking vistas of the sea, mountains and miles of golden sand, is one of the most spectacular resorts in Africa. Its 38 luxury rooms and suites are all air-conditioned and offer a truly idyllic and indulgent experience. The hotel offers two swimming pools, one of which is heated, and both visually flow into the ocean below. Experience fabulous sightings of dolphins and whales in the bay from the hotel terraces. Other hotel facilities include a wine cellar, stocked with a selection of the best local wines and available for special occasion private dining, and a gift shop offering a unique selection of speciality items. For the more adventurous there are numerous excursions and activities within close proximity to the hotel. For the nature lover, there's an unparalleled wealth of fauna and flora. The rugged Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains form the backdrop for an area encompassing no fewer than fifteen private and public nature reserves. The Tsitsikamma National Park is internationally recognized for its forests; which harbour and conserve the giant Outeniqua yellowwood, one of the few true monarchs of the world's forests. Tsitsikamma National Park is also Africa's oldest and larger marine reserve, playing a vital role in the preservation and conservation of marine fauna and flora. Hikers from all over the world visit the area which is known for its rugged, unspoiled coastline which is a photographer's dream. The region has many scenic hiking trails, of which it is justifiably proud, though its greatest asset remains the world-renowned Otter Trail. Stormsriver Adventures offers blackwater tubing, abseiling, woodcutter's journeys, eco-cruises, mountain biking and snorkelling. And for a real adrenaline rush, the highest bungi jump in the world is offered form the Bloukrans Bridge - a jump of 216 metres! There are lovely walks in the nearby area, from the historic Forest Hall down to the beach, along the rocks to the Salt River Mouth and over to Blue Rocks, ending on the long, golden Natures Valley Beach. Robberg Nature Reserve is an untouched peninsula that juts out into the sea. Mountain biking and horse riding are popular pastimes and there are numerous forest trails to explore through indigenous forest, plantations and fynbos, with stunning sea views. Organised horse trails are also available. For anglers, there are great opportunities for both saltwater and freshwater fishing excursions. Many local companies offer wonderful boating trips to view the dolphins, whales, seals, sharks and birds with highly qualified personnel to guide you through the fascinating marine world and teach you more about our history and coastal geology.

    You stay at The Plettenberg Breakfast
    Day 9 - Day 12
  • From Hermanus you drive further East towards Port Elizabeth and onto Kwandwe Game Reserve
  • The region’s relatively untouched landscape with its rolling, bushveld covered hills, lilac dawns and magnificent wildlife will satisfy the souls of those seeking the spirit of Africa. The Eastern Cape is rich in history, culture and diversity, and offers the traveler a unique wildlife experience in a malaria-free environment. Kwandwe Private Game Reserve stretches along 42 kilometres of the Great Fish River and each of the luxurious glass and thatch suites overlooks its lush riverbanks. It is a river of great historical significance, as it was a hotly contested border during the Frontier Wars of 1779-1878 between the Settlers and the Xhosa nation. Kwandwe aptly means "Place of the Blue Crane" in Xhosa and the reserve is home to a stable population of these beautiful birds. Kwandwe Lodge consists of nine luxurious suites, set high up on the banks of the Great Fish River. Each thatch and glass chalet has a private plunge pool and observation deck with spectacular views over the river valley. A mix of Settler and Xhosa décor is characterized by a subtle blend of earth-toned fabrics, indigenous timber, artifacts and antiques. Twice-daily game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles are offered. Other activities are bush sundowners, dinners on the banks of the Great Fish River, picnics in the Reserve, guided river-walking/hiking and canoeing, fishing, rhino tracking, visits to hides and Pioneer cultural storytelling evenings. In addition, walking in Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is a unique way of experiencing the wild. Hiking along the river or in the valley is permitted only with a guide and is especially rewarding for those interested in birds, vegetation and folklore. Additional excursions are wide-ranging and can be adapted to meet your special interests.

    You stay at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 12
  • Travel by road from Kwandwe Private Game Reserve to Port Elizabeth Airport to return your Rental Car


  • Breakfast