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Garden Route South Africa Tours Safari Holidays Road Trip Cape Town

Beach Safari Holiday: Cape Town, South Africa + Addo, Port Elizabeth + Plettenberg Bay

Cape Town + Safari + Plettenberg Bay (self drive)
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13 NIGHTS
FROM £2,095
Per person sharing
International flights + car hire quoted separately
Beach Safari Holiday Cape Town South Africa Addo Port Elizabeth Plettenberg Bay

This self-drive beach safari holiday combines beautiful Cape Town in South Africa with a the wildlife of Addo Elephant Park and a luxury Big Five safari near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. Ascend Table Mountain, visit Cape Point, Stellenbosch and the V&A Waterfront, then end your holiday relaxing on the magnificent beaches of Plettenberg Bay.

Beach Safari Holiday Cape Town South Africa Addo Port Elizabeth Plettenberg Bay
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Table Mountain
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Winelands
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Robben Island
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Cape of Good Hope
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Port Elizabeth
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Addo Elephant Park
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Game Viewing
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Plettenberg Bay
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Beach Safari Holiday, Cape Town
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Table Mountain
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Winelands
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Robben Island
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Cape of Good Hope
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Port Elizabeth
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Addo Elephant Park
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Game Viewing
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Plettenberg Bay
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Beach Safari Holiday, Cape Town
Day 1
Arrive Cape Town Airport, collect your hire car and drive to your hotel in this beautiful city, within sight of Table Mountain.
 
Check in and relax in your magnificent surroundings.
Day 2
Today we recommend spending the day exploring the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve peninsula (pay all entrance fees locally).
 
Start with an optional short boat trip from Hout Bay to view Cape Fur seals at Seal Island and continue via Chapman’s Peak Drive to spectacular Cape Point where you may see baboons, ostrich and perhaps even dolphins or whales in season (July/November).
 
On the return journey we recommend driving through naval Simons Town and visit the resident penguin colony at Boulders Beach, before returning to Cape Town.
Day 3
Today we recommend a full day exploring the renowned Stellenbosch Winelands, travelling through the scenic Franschhoek Valley where a handful of French Huguenot refugees started South Africa’s now famous wine industry.
 
Visit the historic university town of Stellenbosch and several different wine estates of your choice. In the afternoon we recommend lunch at a good restaurant or wine estate, and a visit to the Cheetah Outreach project in Somerset West on the way home (pay locally).
Day 4
Today drive 2-hours to the small seaside town of Hermanus, travelling via the scenic Gordon’s Bay and False Bay coastal route.
 
Along the way we suggest stopping at Stoney Point Penguin Colony in the small coastal town of Betty's Bay. You may also want to visit Harold Porter Botanical Gardens to view their marvellous collection of king protea, orchids, irises, daisies and fynbos. The walk through the gorge and down to the waterfall is particularly rewarding (pay all entrance fees locally).
 
Continue to Hermanus where, from July to November, southern right and humpback whales come to breed and considered the best location for land-based Whale Watching in the world. Once severely endangered, these magnificent creatures of the deep are now breeding successfully in the area due to a major international conservation effort. Weather permitting, you can take an optional boat ride from the harbour to get closer views.
 
Enjoy whale watching from the cliffs before returning to Cape Town, travelling through the apple orchids of Elgin and Sir Lowry's Pass.
 
Note: If you take the optional whale watching boat ride, wear a jacket as it can get cold on the boat and take a sun hat, sun glasses, binoculars, sunscreen, camera & small towel. Take your own snacks & drinks. You will be on the water for several hours in seas that can be rough, so if you are not a good sailor remember to take preventative travel sickness tablets well in advance.
Day 5
Drive to Cape Town Airport for your onward flight.

Arrive Port Elizabeth Airport, collect your hire car and drive 1-hour to Addo Elephant Park in the beautiful Eastern Cape.
 
After checking in to your simple self-catering Addo Rest Camp enjoy a self drive safari in this national park, where game viewing opportunities should present themselves almost immediately. In addition to the elephants, you can hope to see antelope, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe and other plains game, as well as several of the Big Five (park entry fee for own account).
 
Note: Addo has a restaurant where you can buy breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Day 6
This morning enjoy a self drive safari in the malaria free Addo Elephant Park, where you can view these magnificent animals which once roamed free in this area and were saved from extinction by this national park, which has also preserved the rare Cape buffalo and the flying dung beetle. Addo is home to all the Big Five - Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard and Rhino - as well as many other interesting species.
  
The remainder of the morning is free to relax at your rest camp, before setting out again in the late afternoon for another game drive. You can hope to see ostrich, giraffe, hippo, kudu, crocodiles, antelope, waterbuck, warthogs, baboons and many other animals. With hundreds of different bird species in the region, outstanding bird watching is also guaranteed!
  
After a beautiful African sunset, enjoy the balmy evening and pristine stars of the Milky Way as you have never seen them before – as well as the spectacular Southern Cross.
 
Note: Vehicles are not allowed to drive off-road in any national park in South Africa.
Day 7
After some final game viewing in Addo Elephant Park, drive 1-hour to your malaria-free private game reserve in the beautiful Eastern Cape.
 
After checking in to your lodge - which is home to all the Big Five - enjoy an afternoon game drive, before dining in your warm African surroundings.
 
Note: Ensure you arrive at your lodge in good time (preferably by 2.30 pm latest) so you do not miss your afternoon game drive.
Day 8
Rise at dawn to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day and enjoy a thrilling open-top game viewing safari with your lodge ranger in your Private Game Reserve which is home to all the Big Five - Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard and Rhino. Hope to see many interesting species before returning to your lodge for breakfast.
   
The rest of the morning is free to relax by the lodge swimming pool, before setting out again in the late afternoon for another game drive. Hope to see giraffe, hippo, kudu, crocodiles, antelope, waterbuck, warthogs, baboons and many other interesting animals. With hundreds of different bird species, outstanding bird watching is also guaranteed!
  
After a beautiful African sunset, enjoy the balmy evening and pristine stars of the Milky Way as you have never seen them before – as well as the spectacular Southern Cross.
 
Note: If travelling with a child < 6 please request a family lodge that allows young children on open top game drives.
Day 9
Enjoy some final early morning game viewing, before driving 3.5-hours along the scenic Garden Route to Plettenberg Bay.
 
On the way you will drive past the Tsitsikamma Forest and across the dramatic Storms River Gorge, where we suggest a short detour to the Storms River Mouth.
 
Check into your hotel in Plettenberg Bay and relax on one of its three spectacular beaches.
Days 10 To 12
Today is free to explore the holiday town of Plettenberg Bay with its endless beaches.
 
Walkers can enjoy a scenic coastal hike around the Robberg Peninsula. Other activities include sailing, deep sea fishing, horse riding, mountain biking and golf.
 
Optional wildlife activities include a visit to the Elephant Sanctuary; Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary; Birds of Eden; Wild Cat Sanctuary; Raptor Park or Lawnwood snake sanctuary. You can also participate in an ocean safari to search for dolphins and whales in season (July to November).
Day 13
Today we recommend driving to Knysna. This lively town is famous for its oysters, which are grown in the lagoon. It offers good shopping opportunities and many interesting craft shops.
 
From the Knysna Waterfront you can take the ferry to Featherbed Nature Reserve situated on the Western Head, one of two magnificent sandstone cliffs guarding the entrance to the vast Knysna Lagoon. This spectacular nature reserve is only accessible by ferry, followed by a short trailer ride to the top of the reserve which offers panoramic views. Most visitors choose to return on foot along a 1-mile guided nature walk through natural coastal forest onto the cliffs, through caves and along a scenic coastal path, followed by an included seafood buffet lunch served under the old Milkwood trees.
  
In the afternoon we recommend a visit to Knysna Elephant Park, for the opportunity to interact with and feed these gentle giants for 45-minutes (pay entrance fee locally).
Day 14
Drive 1.5-hours along the Garden Route to drop off your hire car at George Airport for your flight home.