Garden Route 7 Day Itinerary

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Remember that all of these Itineraries will be 100% Customized for you!  

Popular Option: Drive or Fly to/from Cape Town

Day 1:  Arrive into Cape Town International Airport
Day 2: Explore Cape Town
Day 3: Drive to Oudtshoorn, Little Karoo Desert and stay in a luxury tent Game Lodge
Day 4: Safari Game Drives 
Day 5: Enjoy an early morning activity then drive to Plettenberg Bay
Day 6: Tour Options:  Wine Tasting Tour, Wild Animal Rescues, River Kayaking,  Ocean Safari & more

Day 7: Morning Ocean Safari Tour, Fly or Drive back to Cape Town


Day 1: Arrival to Cape Town Airport

Welcome to the South Africa! Collect your luggage and make your way out through customs to the Taxi area. Either grab a taxi or we can have a private driver waiting for you and he’ll meet you just outside of luggage claim…your choice.

Check into your hotel and get some much needed sleep!

Hotel: Long Street Boutique Hotel or Protea Waterfront Hotel

Day 2: Explore Cape Town

Start your day with a gondola ride up Table Mountain that soars over 1,000 meters above the city below. We suggest the first slot of 8:30am in hopes the “tablecloth” will not be covering the area and the views will be magnificent. Tickets must be booked as far in advance as possible.

The rest of the day there are many options for exploring:  full-day tour by a local who will take you to some of the most iconic spots in the city!  She will also give you all the locals only spots to enjoy some of the best food Cape Town has to offer.

Day 3: Pick-up Rental Car & Drive to Oudtshoorn

Grab a coffee to go and pick up your car rental just a few blocks from your hotel at BIDVEST CAR RENTAL office. It’s a long drive (4-5 hours). A good place to stop half way is in the quaint town of Montagu to stretch your legs or grab a snack. Montagu was founded on the farm Uitvlugt in 1851, and is known for its hot mineral springs and scenic mountains. Montagu is also known for its dried fruit so it’s a great place to stock up on snack for the rest of your trip!

Hotel:  Buffelsdrift Game Lodge & Reserve

Day 4: Enjoy Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo Desert

Enjoy your stay at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge on 3,000 hectares of private game reserve. You’ll be staying in the true South African style unique luxury tents. With the Swartberg mountains as backdrop and a magnificent waterhole at your doorstep, it’s the closest you’ll get to the wild of the Klein Karoo and true African accommodations. The staff is incredibly warm and the food is fantastic!

The town of Oudtshoorn is a quirky little town with some hidden gems for restaurants such as Nostalgie and Jemima’s. Make sure to go to an Ostrich Farm which is fascinating, fun and informative. The Cango Caves is a must see but reservations are a must so we’re happy to make those for you. There are great places to shop, especially for items with Ostrich skin/leather and feathers. You’ll also want to make sure to take part in activities that the lodge have for you: Safari Game Drive, Walk with the Elephants, Meerkat Safari, Lion Feeding & more.

Day 5: Drive to Plettenberg Bay

It’s a gorgeous drive to Plettenberg Bay in the Garden Route of the Western Cape.  We highly recommend you stop in Knysna for a nice lunch at the Knysna Waterfront at 34 South Restaurant as they have excellent food. After you’ve gotten your fill, it’s a quick 30 minute drive from Knysna to Plettenberg Bay where you’ll enjoy the following week in this seaside town.

Hotel: The Bungalow Beach Hotel or Stunning Hilltop Self Catering or many other options to suit you!

Day 6: Plettenberg Bay

Choose from many activities such as a tour of the local wineries (they pick-up and drop off at your hotel), a hike on Robberg Nature Reserve (World Heritage Site), get out on the sea for an Ocean Safari, Kayak in the beautiful calm Keurbooms river or visit one of the many wildlife rescues in the area.

For restaurants there are plenty of options. Our favorite restaurants are Fat Fish by Central Beach, The Lookout Deck on Lookout Beach, Nineteen 89, The Table, Enrico’s Ristorante in Keurbooms (closed Mondays) & Emily Moon, which is situated by a river just 10 minutes outside of Plett Central. So many options!

Birds of Eden has over 3,500 birds from over 220 species, with the main focus being African birds. It’s a beautiful walk on nice walkways and you’ll feel like you’re deep in the jungle or forest in several areas. After you get the most amazing photos, you can also walk across the way to Monkeyland.

Monkeyland is the world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary during which you’ll see more than 700 primates comprising of capuchin monkeys, ringtail and black-and-white ruffed lemurs, saki monkeys, squirrel monkeys, vervet monkeys, 2 species of langur, howler monkeys, gibbons, etc in their forest home.

Day 7:  Morning Ocean Safari Tour, Fly or Drive back to Cape Town  

Experience an early Ocean Safari Tour before heading back to Cape Town. You can drop your rental car off at the George or PE airport and fly to Cape Town or drive to Cape Town.

We hope you had an AMAZING stay!


Varies based on # of people, hotels chosen, activities chosen, transportation type, mid-week vs. weekend, etc. All hotels used are 3, 4 or 5 star.

Contact us and we’ll be happy to give you an exact quote customized just for you!