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5 nights in Cape Town, exploring the garden route and joining a game drive


This Cape Town and garden route itinerary involves gets an internal flight and renting a car to drive the garden route

Day 1

  • 12pm - arrive into Cape Town international airport and take an Uber to your hotel. We stayed at Lagoon Beach with the best views of Table Mountain and Lions Head

  • 2pm - unpack and have a drink and enjoy the views from La Mizu Beach Bar

  • 3pm - relax in your hotel and recover from your flight

Hotel pool and mountain view

Day 2

  • 10am - head to the V&A waterfront and head to Nosh in Time Out market for a coffee

  • 11:30am - hop on the City Sightseeing bus and learn about the best parts of the city

  • 12:30am - take the cable car up to the top of table mountain

  • 2pm - hop back on the City Sightseeing bus and get off at Camps Bay

  • 2:30pm - have lunch at Tigers Milk

  • 3:30pm - head back to V&A waterfront and look around Watershed market

  • 4:30pm - walk around the waterfront and have a cold glass of wine at Tashas

  • 7pm - have dinner at the waterfront

Day 3

  • 10am - explore the beauty of Kirstenbosch gardens

  • 12pm - grab a picnic from the on-site restaurant, find a shady spot and enjoy

  • 2pm - hop on the City Sightseeing bus and get off at the Long Street tour office stop and visit the colourful Bo-Kaap

  • 7pm - have dinner in Cape Town

Day 4

  • 10am - fly from Cape Town International to Port Elizabeth

  • 12pm - arrive in Port Elizabeth and collect your rental car

  • 1:30pm - drive to a game reserve in the Addo area. We stayed at and would definitely recommend Lalibela Game Reserve

  • 3pm - check in to Lalibela and get ready for your first game drive

  • 4:30pm - join your ranger on your first game drive

  • 8pm - enjoy a magnificent dinner at Lalibela

Day 5

  • 5:30am - rise bright and early to head out on your second game drive

  • 10am - have breakfast at Lalibela and spend the day here relaxing by the pool

  • 2pm - enjoy lunch at Lalibela

  • 4:30pm - go on your third game drive

  • 8pm - have your final dinner at Lalibela

Day 6

  • 5:30am - head out on your final game drive

  • 10am - enjoy your final breakfast at Lalibela

  • 11am - check out of Lalibela

  • 11:30am - drive to Jeffrey's Bay

  • 2pm - check into your hotel. We stayed at Zebra lodge

  • 3pm - relax by the pool or walk along one of the trails around Zebra Lodge

  • 7pm - have dinner at Zebra lodge

Day 7

  • 10am - have breakfast at Zebra lodge

  • 11am - check out and drive to Plettenberg Bay

  • 12pm - check into your hotel. We stayed at Christiana lodge (we stayed at Ilanga beach house owned by Christiana Lodge)

  • 1pm - head to Robberg Nature Reserve and do the Witsand trail

  • 7pm - have dinner at Barringtons

Day 8

  • 9am - have a delicious breakfast at Christiana Lodge

  • 10am - walk to the nearby beach and back

  • 11am - head to the Plettenberg elephant sanctuary and join their trunk-in-hand walk

  • 1pm - travel the short journey to Newstead wines for a wine tasting and lunch in their beautiful vineyard

  • 3pm - head back to Christiana Lodge and relax by the pool

  • 7pm - have dinner at either Fat Fish or drive a little further to Enricos

champagne glasses

Day 9

  • 9am - have a delicious final breakfast at Christiana Lodge

  • 10:30am - drive the garden route to Franschhoek

  • 2pm - stop along the route half way at Swellendam (other stops are Knysna and Wilderness)

  • 4pm - arrive in Franschhoek and check into your hotel. We stayed at Le Manoir de Brendel but this was outside of Franschhoek centre (we wish we had stayed in the centre for ease)

  • 7pm - have a drink and dinner at a nearby winery or brew house such as Hey Joe Brewing

Day 10

  • 10am - get an Uber into Franschhoek and have breakfast at Terbodore cafe

  • 11:30am - join the Franschhoek wine tram (we did the red line)

  • 12pm - start off at Rickety Bridge for a wine tasting

  • 2pm - stop next at Franschhoek cellar for their chocolate wine tasting

  • 3pm - jump on the bus and stop at Lynx winery for a third tasting

  • 4pm - head to Paserene for a final wine tasting

  • 7pm - have dinner at Ruebens in Franschhoek

Day 11

  • 10am - head back into Franschhoek and explore the local market

  • 11:30am - drive from Franschhoek to Cape Town

  • 1pm - check in at Tintswalo at Boulders

  • 2pm - relax by the pool and use the access from boulders to the boardwalk

  • 7pm - have dinner overlooking the South African penguins at Tintswalo

African penguin

Day 12

  • 8am - head out early and visit the penguins at boulders beach before the tourists arrive

  • 9:30am - have a delicious breakfast at Tintswalo

  • 10:30am - drive to the Cape Point Nature Reserve

  • 11:30am - park at the car park where the funicular leads to Cape Point

  • 12pm - take the funicular up to the lighthouse and Cape Point

  • 2pm - hike to the Cape of Good Hope and past Dias beach

  • 4pm - drive to Muizenberg beach and have an early dinner here

Day 13

  • 10am - enjoy a final breakfast at Tintswalo

  • 11am - drive back to the V&A waterfront

  • 2pm - fly home


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