16 Day Self Drive Bush & Garden Route

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Enter into your adventure through some of South Africa's most prominent locations, blending luxurious stays with immersive experiences. This curated itinerary promises unparalleled comfort, awe-inspiring wildlife encounters, breathtaking landscapes, and a dive into the rich cultural tapestry of the country.


Day 1 :

Upon arrival, you will experience the vibrant heart of South Africa's largest city, with proximity to the OR Tambo International Airport, the Radisson Hotel is the perfect start to your onward journey. Enjoy a restful stay in a junior suite and the hotels home-cooking-inspired dining experience where they celebrate both Afro-Asian and South African favourites. Breakfast included.

Day 2 :

The morning after your delicious breakfast, it is time to collect your car and embark on your adventure to Welgevonden Game Reserve. Diving deep into the African bushveld, enjoying the tranquillity of the wild. 

Day 4 : 

After breakfast with a typical African flair, it is time to move onto your next destination. The friendly city, Gqeberha. Your flight awaits.
Once in Gqeberha, you will collect your vehicle and head to Mantis No5 Boutique Art Hotel. Enjoy the authentic South African art,

Day 5 : 

After breakfast you set off on a 2 hour drive to Plettenberg Bay. Nestled in the Piesang River Valley you will find the perfect place, 5 minutes from the golden blue flag beach, Barrington’s Small Hotel. Staying in a Deluxe room with your private balcony, it is time to spend the next day on your own time, exploring the on site craft brewery, restaurant and bar.

Day 7 : 

As you rise with the sun, get ready for check out at 11:00 am. Your next stop is Buffelsdrift Game lodge in Oudtshoorn, a true African experience.
A unique tented adventure in your luxury waterhole tent alongside the frequently visited waterhole by local wildlife. For the next two days enjoy the wildlife on a morning and afternoon safari. Enjoy the authentic Karoo cuisine of the full board option included.

Day 9 :

After breakfast, get ready for the road trip down to Franschhoek. Nestled in the heart of South Africa's wine region, indulge in gourmet cuisine, world-class wines, and breathtaking views of vineyards and mountains at Angala Hotel. In the luxury room you have a private veranda with secluded garden. All with outdoor showers.

The next two days, enjoy the slew of bars, restaurants, art galleries of the beautiful Franschhoek.

Day 11 : 

After breakfast at the private guest only hotel, get ready to move to your next destination.

The coastal town of Hermanus offers scenic beauty, whale-watching opportunities, and a serene escape from city life. Harbour House Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of Hermanus. Here you will stay in the romantic room at Manor house and enjoy a bed and breakfast experience. Your next two days can be enjoyed lounging next to the crystal blue pool or enjoy the town which a few minutes away.

Day 13 : 

Your next three days will be to discover Cape Town's iconic landmarks, from Table Mountain to Robben Island. With the beach at your doorstep in Camps Bay, you'll experience the best of city and seaside life at The Bay Hotel. Your sea view room allows breathtaking views of the Atlantic ocean from the comfort of your private balcony. At this hotel you are spoilt for choice with 4 uniquely different restaurants to dine with.

Day 16 : 

Explore the beauty of South Africa at your own pace. Drive through picturesque landscapes, quaint towns, and along scenic routes that the country has to offer before you drop off your rental car.

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Rates & Pricing

$ 340 USD
$ 340 USD
Rates are starting prices per person, per night sharing.
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1 Night at Radisson Hotel OR Tambo, Johannesburg
2 Nights at Mhondoro Game Lodge, Welgevonden Game Reserve
Flight From Johannesburg to Gqeberha Included
1 Night at Mantis No5 Boutique Art Hotel, Gqeberha
2 Nights at Barrington's Small Hotel, Plettenberg Bay
2 Nights in Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, Oudtshoorn
2 Nights in Angala Hotel, Franschhoek
2 Nights in Harbour House, Hermanus
All Meals and Local Drinks Included at Mhondoro Game Lodge
2 Safari Activities Per Day Included at Mhondoro Game Lodge
All Meals and Local Drinks Included at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge
2 Safari Activities Per Day Included at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge
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