14 Day Self Drive Luxury Garden Route

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Dive into the sophisticated elegance of South Africa as you travel through its captivating landscapes, luxurious hotels, and immersive wildlife experiences. This curated itinerary seamlessly blends coastal charm, cultural richness, and awe-inspiring safari adventures.


Day 1 : 

Welcome to the ‘friendly city’, Gqeberha, where your journey will begin with a celebration of beauty, luxury and curated local art works.
Mantis No5 Boutique Art Hotel sets the precedent for luxury boutique hotels in Gqeberha.
Enjoy your first day in your Executive suite, planning and freshening up for your relaxation at the pool, bar or indoor cinema.

Day 2 : 

After breakfast, get ready for the road trip of 3 hours to Plettenberg Bay, South Africa’s favourite adventure playground along the Garden Route.At this coastal gem, you will stay for two nights at The Plettenberg Hotel in a luxury room with a view of the beautiful blue ocean. Enjoy Plett with all its boutique stores, wine tasting, dining under the stars experiences, incredible wildlife and outdoor adventure all on your own time.

Day 4 : 

Transition from the coast to the heart of the Klein Karoo in 2 hours to Oudtshoorn.

The rustic charm of the Klein Karoo and the elegant touch of Rosenhof Country House will bring warmth to your stay. Recognised as one of the finest establishments in the region, you will fall into the lap of luxury in your elegantly styled room, enjoy the taste of the Karoo and a sense of wellbeing. 

Day 5 : 

Enjoy breakfast on the beautiful terrace looking over the lush garden, before you pack up to continue on your 2 hour journey into the wilderness to Sanbona Game Reserve.
This vast reserve offers the ultimate BIG Five safaris and boasts dramatic landscapes. Embrace the luxury of Tilney Manor, bounded by the raw beauty of nature. Your next two days will be filled with 2 daily game drives, guided wildlife walks, all while enjoying the full board inclusive meals and selected drinks.

Day 7 : 

After witnessing the breathtaking African sunrise and a Karoo inspired breakfast, make your way to the next immersive experience of the tour. A two hour drive to the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Here you will stay in the Forest Lodge in your luxury suite. Your next two days will be filled with activities such as flower safari, nature walks, fynbos horseback experience and an ancient cave experience. Enjoying a full board meal service, you can expect breakfast, a 3 course lunch and a 5 course dinner.

Day 9 : 

Moving on to the Cape Winelands, the cultured, tourist hotspot, Franschhoek, where food and wine is fundamental. Your stay will be elevated at Leeu Estate, in a studio room, enjoying breakfast on your private terrace and for the cooler nights, relaxing in front of your fireplace. The estate offers a variety of restaurants such as The Dining Room that is only open for guests of the Estate.

Day 11 : 

Last stop in Cape Town, settled in the city’s popular Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is One & Only. Overlooking the marina with sweeping views of the iconic Table Mountain in all its glory.

Here you will experience the pure luxury of the beloved tourist destination in your Marina Table Mountain room.

Day 14 :

Day of departure from your awe-inspiring 14 Day Self Drive Luxury Garden Route tour. Depending on your flight arrangements, you may require an overnight in Cape Town. Please consult with one of our travel experts for assistance with overnight hotel options.

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Rates & Pricing

$ 570 USD
$ 570 USD
Rates are starting prices per person, per night sharing.
With specials, we always use the best promotion available, please contact our experts for more guidance.
We can arrange travel insurance that will make this booking totally refundable.


1 Night at Mantis No5 Boutique Art Hotel, Gqeberha
2 Nights at The Plettenberg Hotel, Plettenberg Bay
1 Night at Rosenhof Country House, Oudtshoorn
2 Nights at Tilney Manor, Sanbona Game Reserve
2 Nights at Forest Lodge, Grootbos Private Nature reserve
2 Nights at Leeu Estate, Franschhoek
3 Nights at One & Only, Cape Town
2 Daily Nature Drives and Guided Wilderness Walks Incl at Tilney Manor
All Meals and Selected Drinks incl at Tilney Manor
Selected Activities Included at Forest Lodge
All Meals and Selected Drinks Included at Forest Lodge
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July 2, 2024
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