Self-Drive Garden Route

Overview

A fabulous way to discover South Africa is to travel in your own vehicle. South Africa has an excellent road system with easy to read signs, and driving is on the same side of the road as Australia. Designed for those who want the flexibility of a self-drive holiday, but without the inconvenience of finding their own accommodation each day, we have carefully selected boutique country houses along the Garden Route, but these can be changed to suit.

Itinerary

DAY 1: CAPE TOWN – GROOTBOS
Collect your rental vehicle from Cape Town International Airport and head along the Garden Route to Grootbos. Two nights at GROOTBOS GARDEN LODGE. (L, D)

DAY 2: GROOTBOS
Today will be at leisure at Grootbos. Grootbos is an award winning luxury eco-friendly lodge in its own reserve. It is a superb place for guided walks or horseriding (at additional cost). Whale watching is a highlight from June to December and can be done from the land. Alternatively, there is an option of seeing these magnificent creatures closer up from a boat cruise (at additional cost). (B, L, D)

DAY 3: GROOTBOS – GEORGE
This morning you will travel to George, sightseeing en-route. Two nights at THE FANCOURT HOTEL. (B)

DAY 4: GEORGE
Enjoy the day at leisure. The hotel offers a range of leisure facilities and a choice of three golf courses, or you can choose to explore the surrounding area. (B)

DAY 5: GEORGE – KNYSNA
Travel along the scenic Garden Route to Knysna. Two nights at KANONKOP HOUSE. (B)

DAY 6: KNYSNA
Enjoy the day at leisure. Explore the local sights or take a cruise on the Knysna lagoon (at own expense). (B)

DAY 7: KNYSNA – PORT ELIZABETH
Continue towards Port Elizabeth, where you will overnight at THE BEACH HOTEL PORT ELIZABETH. (B)

DAY 8: DEPART PORT ELIZABETH
Head to Port Elizabeth Airport and drop off your rental vehicle, and check in for your onward flight. (B)

Includes

• 7 nights luxury accommodation
• 8 days vehicle rental based on Europcar Group B with Classic Plus insurance cover
• VIP discount card, service vouchers, property brochures, and South African road atlas
• Guided walk/horse riding at Grootbos Garden Lodge

Subject to change without notice.

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The Beach Hotel

The Beach Hotel is located in Summerstrand in the heart of Port Elizabeth. The hotel has 58 spacious, individually decorated en-suite bedrooms. Choose from several room types, some of which offer sea views. All rooms are fitted with heating and air-conditioning, a television with selected satellite channels, tea and coffee making facilities, in-room mini-safes and wireless Internet connection.

Kanonkop House

Kanonkop House offers breathtaking views of the Knysna lagoon and the giant sandstone cliffs dominating the Knysna Heads, yet it is only a 5 minutes’ drive from the centre of town. The house is exclusive and private, and rooms are spacious. This family-owned guest house is surrounded by a beautiful garden and small indigenous forest that attracts wildlife and an abundance of birds. The grounds at Kanonkop House include a swimming pool, sundeck, outdoor lounge, terrace and bar.

Fancourt Hotel

Possibly with three of the most famous golf courses in Africa, the Fancourt Hotel is also South Africa’s premier lifestyle estate, with mountains, indigenous forests and the Indian Ocean in close proximity. The hotel has 115 luxurious rooms, as well as the Manor House, rebuilt from the original 1859 homestead, which has eighteen suites, all offering personalised butler service. Fancourt’s facilities include an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, fishing dams, walking trails, and three Gary Player designed golf courses with two Golf Pro shops.

Grootbos Garden Lodge

The Grootbos Garden Lodge is nestled among an eden of fynbos gardens and indigenous trees.  The lodge offers fine cuisine, and its facilities cater for all interests, be it horse riding, birding or exploration of the surrounding coastal area and caves. The lodge boasts 11 freestanding suites amidst a Milkwood forest with private wooden decks and spectacular panoramic views. The pool, beautifully kept horse stables and outdoor play area with friendly farm animals provide children with hours of entertainment and facilitated educational activities.

Lahia Tented Lodge

Discover Lahia Tented Lodge, where luxury meets wilderness. Immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of the Central Serengeti, all from the comfort of spacious, canvas tents with modern comforts. Accommodating 25 tents, Lahia Tented Lodge is situated 90km from the Serengeti National Park and is the ideal place from which to experience the thrill of safari.

Lion's Paw Camp

Positioned right at the very edge of Ngorongoro Crater, Lion’s Paw Camp offers a unique view across the caldera.  Guests indulge in tranquil luxury, and are spoilt every sunrise and sunset with views across the vast savannah. Enjoy thrilling game drives to explore the diverse landscape, immerse yourself in the local Maasai culture, and make unforgettable memories at this intimate camp.