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14-Day South Africa Travel Itinerary

Visiting South Africa’s famous Garden Route is a must for anyone! Without a doubt, this was one of my favourite trips over the past few years. Perfect for couples, families, wildlife spotting, thrill seekers and sun lovers!

Hire your own car and follow this 14-day itinerary for your own South African adventure!

Our itinerary In A Nutshell

With a passion for wildlife, we squeezed in two safari experiences, a road trip across the Garden Route, and a few days in Cape Town. If going on safari isn’t a huge must for you, then drop the visit to Kruger and start your trip in Port Elizabeth, gaining an extra four to five days in your itinerary.

Days One – Four | Kruger National Park

Stay At – Lower Sabie Rest Camp & Satara Rest Camp

Day One: Fly into Johannesburg international airport, collect your hire car, and embark on a 6hr drive to Kruger National Park. Depending what time your flight lands, you may be able to fit in an evening sunset safari as you make your way to Lower Sabie Campsite.

Day Two: Rise early for a morning game drive, and spend the day exploring the lower part of Kruger NP.

Day Three: Another early start (the best time for spotting wildlife!), but this time head north towards Satara camp, to explore a new area.

Days Four – Six | Addo Elephant Park

Stay At – Addo Rest Camp

Day Four: One last super early start. Head off as early as possible to enjoy another game drive as you make your way back to J’Burg. Take an internal flight to Port Elizabeth, and drive over to Addo Elephant Park. Enjoy an early night, ready for another day of wildlife spotting tomorrow.

Day Five: Addo is far smaller in size than Kruger, so spend the morning out game driving before heading back to camp for lunch. Enjoy a bush walk or a dip in the pool, before heading back out for a sunset game drive.

Day Six: Choose to spend one last morning in the National Park, otherwise set off early along the N2 on your Garden Route road trip. Make a stop at Storms River en-route to Plett, were you can zipline through the forest with Tsitskamma Canopy Tour.

Days Six– Eight | Plettenberg Bay

Stay At – 10 on Navesink 

Day Six: There is LOADS to do in and around Plett. Whale watching, swimming with seals, fishing etc. Have you tried stand up paddle boarding before? If not, have a rest day and enjoy the gorgeous stretch of beach in Plettenberg.

Day Seven: Take a guided tour at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, where you can discover over 700 free roaming primates. Close by you can also visit Birds of Eden, a humongous aviary containing over 2,500 birds (over 220 species!).

Day Eight: An absolute must in Plett is to visit Robberg Nature Reserve. Arrive early, and spend several hours hiking through the reserve. Enjoy your last night in Plett with dinner at The Fat Fish.

Day Nine | Mossel Bay

Stay AtMossel Bay Backpackers

Day Nine:  Today will mostly be a travel day, but the scenic drive is an experience of it’s own. I absolutely loved hitting the road, and a few hours behind the wheel felt like nothing when you are surrounded by such beautiful scenery. Don’t miss the Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary along the way!

Days Ten – Eleven | Franscheok

Stay At – La Chataigne Wines & Cottages

Day Ten: Pop into the famous Boschendal & La Motte wineries for wine tasting and lunch. Alternatively, join the hop on-hop off wine tram and visit several vineyards throughout the day. Enjoy dinner at Reuben’s – not to be missed!

Day Eleven: Go for a wander along Franscheok’s only high street. Take a dip in the pool. Go for a hike. Or, just go wine tasting again J Arrive in Cape Town and visit Camps Bay for dinner.

Days Twelve – Sixteen | Cape Town

Stay At – Villa Surprise

Day Twelve: Ready to get going again? Plan Table Mountain National Park for your first day just in case it’s cloudy. Take the Cableway up, hike around the peak, and if you have time, hike back down (4hrs). Check out this link for some other great hike suggestions!

Day Thirteen: Drive along the incredible coastal roads  of Chapmans Peak, making your way to the Cape Peninsula. Stop by the Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach, and by The Lighthouse Cafe for dinner in Simon’s Town.

Day Fourteen: Visit the V&A Waterfront for trips to Robben Island. Stop by Quay Four, for a fish & chips. After lunch, visit the colourful neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap.

Day Fifteen: Take a boat trip to see the seal’s over at Hout Bay. In the afternoon, take one last hike up Lion’s Head for a spectacular view over Cape Town.

Day Sixteen: Enjoy your last day exploring the Kistsenbosch Botanical Gardens, before packing up, ready to fly home.


Internal Travel Links

The best way to see explore The Garden Route is by car. Book a rental via Car Rentals, who compare all suppliers on one site to find the best deal.

Internal flights are super easy to arrange. Travel with Mango Airlines or Fly Safair (both budget airlines) or British Airways and South African Airways.

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