Perfect for a first time visit to South Africa, or for those wanting to experience further the delights of the Cape and one of the world’s most welcoming and dynamic cities. Cape Town has a distinctive Mediterranean flavour mixed with African traditions and is one of the great gastronomic cities of the world, with amazing prices. Stay in the beautiful winelands in a charming hotel and take a drive down the garden route visiting ostrich farms, wild national parks and welcoming harbour towns. Enhance your African adventure with a few nights on safari on the Cape, in Kruger or Madikwe at your choice of lodge to see Africa’s Big Five wildlife and more.
Please note: this itinerary can easily be taken vice versa, starting on the Garden Route and finishing in Cape Town
Our expert tour specialists can tailor this trip to exactly meet your needs. We make the suggestions but the decision is yours
With so many different sides to the city and her coastal and mountain surroundings, it’s easy to fill 3 days and probably more, with some time to unwind in the bars and pavement cafes. Optional tours include the Cape Point & Picnic experience, see African penguins at Boulders Beach, the tip of Africa at the Cape of Good Hope and enjoy a gourmet picnic on the coast. Or you can add in Paragliding from Table Mountain for some adrenaline, perhaps combined with a Table Mountain Hike to work off the fantastic Cape cuisine. You may want to take the boat to Robben Island to see where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of his 27 years in captivity, and we recommend to book this in advance.
With everything so accessible, it’s easy to be active on an optional tour for part of the day and to leave some time to people watch in the city while trying some excellent Cape flavours. Growing in popularity is stand up paddle boarding around the V&A waterfront.
To see some surprising corners of the city on Saturdays, join a local on a Cape Town Markets walking tour. And gourmands have an overwhelming choice of indulgences, including the Cape Grace Tasting Menu at the Michelin star restaurant for a similar price to a meal in an average restaurant in the UK.
Besides the great outdoors, the city has much to offer with a flourishing arts scene and experiences reflecting the history of South Africa. You may want to take the boat to Robben Island to see where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of his 27 years in captivity, and we recommend to book this in advance. A revealing experience is the Cape Town Urban Art Adventure, accompanied by a local artist.
A short drive south brings you to the sweeping bays of the Indian Ocean coast, drive along the coast until you reach Knysna and your hotel for a 2 night stay. Knysna is an attractive harbour town with a large lagoon opening to the ocean. From here it’s close to the Storms River and fabulous coastal walks, a trip on the John Benn ferry, or enjoy a great seafood lunch with the freshest day’s catch, or take a trip to the Tsitsikamma National Park for a canopy tour with its ancient forests and ocean panoramas.
Relax in the tranquil coastal surroundings of Knysna. There are also a wonderful range of activities to try, including whale watching, kayaking to Robberg seal colony, and see some more African wildlife at Knysna Elephant Interaction.
Take the short drive to Port Elizabeth to drop off your car and take your departure overnight flight to the UK.
Alternatively, stay in Africa for a few more nights with a safari in search of the big 5, click here/see below for a taster of the different safari locations on offer, including the Eastern Cape, Kruger and Sabi Sands or Madikwe Game Reserve.