Garden Route Highlights

This 12-day itinerary showcases all the Garden Route highlights. Your holiday will start with 3 nights in the beautiful ‘Mother City’. You’ll be staying in a prime location, with a variety of popular local restaurants within walking distance, and just a 10-minute drive from the city centre. Cape Town city centre is home to a wide variety of great restaurants, coffee shops and bakeries and the atmosphere is always buzzing. Those looking for a bit of a culture will also be happy to discover the wonderful museums and art galleries dotted around the city. A visit to Cape Town is not complete without a drive along the coastline towards Hout Bay, where you can stop off for lunch, or continue a little further and swim with the local penguins in Simon’s Town. We also recommend taking a trip up Table Mountain and seeing the city from a different perspective.

The next part of your garden Route highlights trip will take you to Swellendam, South Africa’s third oldest town, and the official start of the Garden Route. You’ll be spending one night in a guest house in the historical part of the town, within walking distance of many popular restaurants. After breakfast you’ll set off for the heart of the Garden Route.

You’ll spend 2 nights in Plettenberg Bay, a picturesque seaside town with loads of activities and ways to explore the area. From beach and forest walks, to seaside hikes or visiting the nearby Birds of Eden, to simply relaxing on the sandy beaches and swimming in the warm waters. Plettenberg Bay really is one of the ultimate Garden Route highlights.

Day 7 takes you into the wilder regions of the Eastern Cape, where you’ll be spending 2 nights at the Amakhala Game Reserve. Here you’ll get to enjoy morning and afternoon-evening game drives, spending your days relaxing around the lodge and taking in the peaceful sights and sounds around you. Following your visit to Amakhala, you’ll take the road inland towards Oudtshoorn, fondly named the ‘feather capital’ due to its large ostrich populations, where you’ll spend a night on a working ostrich farm before heading back to the Cape Winelands.

You’ll spend the last 2 nights of your Garden Route highlights holiday in Stellenbosch. We recommend spending at least 1 day touring the nearby wine farms and going for dinner at one of the many popular local restaurants in this vibrant town.