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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stay At – Mossel 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!
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.
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 Sixteen: Enjoy your last day exploring the Kistsenbosch Botanical Gardens, before packing up, ready to fly home.
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