Classic South Africa Self Drive

If you after a break that ticks several boxes including city, culture, adventure, beach and safari then this ultimate classic self drive trip of South Africa will give you just that!


Guide Price & Inclusions

4 nights in Cape Town, 3 nights Garden Route, 3 nights Eastern Cape Safari £3,500 per adult and £2,500 per child under 12 sharing including flights, car hire  and accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis for Cape Town and the Garden Route and Full Board for Safari.

Rates subject to travel dates and hotel selection

Suggested Extensions

Why not add a few nights in the Winelands to experience the delectable wines and food of this region or a stop in Hermanus for the Southern Right Whale season (June – November).

Best Time to Travel

This itinerary is popular year round, but the best time for safari is May – September during dry season, whilst whale season in Hermanus is June – November time.

Tips for Families

Lawhill Apartments are well place in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the waterfront, but have a common lounge and dining area within each apartment to give you space. It is also easy to walk out to restaurants. The Garden Route has a host of wildlife activities for littler ones including Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, The Elephant Sanctuary and the Cango Caves.


  • Day trips to Table Mountain and Robben Island
  • Penguins at Boulders Beach or the Kirstenbosch Gardens
  • Animals sanctuaries in the heart of the Garden Route with plenty of adventure
  • Malaria free, Big 5 Safari


Day 1 | Fly Overnight to Cape Town, South Africa

Depart Heathrow Airport for an overnight flight of approx 11 hours to Cape Town direct with BA, or route via Johannesburg with Virgin.

Day 2 | Drive to your Cape Town Hotel

Morning arrival into Cape Town Airport, where you will collect your car hire and drive approx 1 hour to your Cape Town accommodation. A road transfer can be arranged if preferred.

Day 3-5 | Enjoy Days Exploring the Cape Town City and surrounds

Explore all that Cape Town has to offer from Table Mountain and Robben Island, to the penguins at Boulders Beach. A spot of shopping at the V&A Waterfront, or a visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium. For the adventurers, a scenic helicopters flight along the coast or wine and dine around Cape Malay foods and explore Bo Kaap.

Day 6 |Drive from Cape Town East towards the Garden Route

Spend a full day driving from Cape Town to the heart of the Garden Route as you explore enroute. Arrive at your hotel late afternoon.

Day 7-8 | Explore all the adventures that the Garden Route has to offer

Explore the heart of the Garden Route and nearby towns of Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Natures Valley and Tsitsikamma. Lots of adventure activities including the Bloukrans Bungy, Monkeyland, Birds of Eden or a visit to the Elephant Sanctuary. Within 90 minutes drive you are also able to explore Oudtshoorn with its famous Cango Caves and Ostrich Farms.

Day 9 | Continue East to your Eastern Cape Safari

Depart the Garden Route today, continuing to drive East towards your safari. Aim to arrive no later than 2pm in order to settle in before your first afternoons Game Drive.

Day 10-11 | Be amazed by the wonders of the African bush and its wildlife

Spend your time on safari enjoying morning and afternoon game drives, along with the option for a daily game walk (age limit). Depending on your choice of safari lodge additional activities may be offered such a boat cruises or a visit to an animal rehabilitation centre. Midday is for recouping and enjoying some down time either in your rooms or around the pool.

Day 12 | Drive to Port Elizabeth Airport for your flight via Johannesburg home to the UK

Say farewell today, as your South African holiday comes to an end. Drive approx. 90 minutes to Port Elizabeth Airport in time to drop off your hired car and check in for your flight home to the UK via Johannesburg.

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