South Africa’s Garden Route and Winelands

An untamed road trip
5 HOTEL STAYS
13 DAYS, 12 NIGHTS

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£3,349 (US$4,535)

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Highlights

  • Stay in luxury and boutique Mr & Mrs Smith hotels throughout your trip (we'll always try to get you the best room or suite)
  • Enjoy the flexibility of having your own car hire
  • Ride the Storms River in a kayak
  • Uncover Cape Town's culinary excellence on a gourmet city tour
  • Spend a day swilling and slugging the Winelands' finest
  • Make some floppy-eared friends at a magical campsite

Destinations

Pack up your trunk…

This trip kicks off in Cape Town, where you’ll get just a taster of the natural beauty that awaits along South Africa’s coastal garden route, in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve and in Addo’s lush elephant-roamed parkland. Out of the hustle and bustle of the city, you’re free to explore the rolling vineyards with your own hire car. Anything mentioned in this five-star getaway can be tweaked to fit your idea of a dream holiday. An extra wine-tasting session here, a spa treatment there: just say the word, and our Smith24 team, who are on hand round-the-clock, will make your wishes come true…
You’ll be looked after from the moment you hit the runway at Cape Town International, where a host will be waiting to greet you, move you quickly through customs and immigration, carry your bags and help you acquire your hire car.

Days 1–4: Cape Town

South Africa’s capital, at the tail-end tip of the continent, has an embarrassment of natural wonders. The 12 Apostle peaks stonily survey azure coves and calm – pretty much always sunny – beaches; the city has lauded restaurants and vivacious bars; and Table Mountain lords it over all.

Hotel

Welgelegen

Style

Victoriana with an African twist

Setting

Kloof Street central

Room

Mini Deluxe

Boutique bed and breakfast Welgelegen is smack bang on Cape Town’s trendy Kloof Road; a smattering of artsy shops, cafés and restaurants are all within easy reach. Rooms display local artwork, and if you wish, breakfast can be served on the sunny terrace.

Smith Extra

A bottle of wine or port on arrival

Day 1

Today get settled in your surroundings. Crane your neck up at Table Mountain, consider climbing it, decide to shop off your jetlag in local boutiques selling Afrikaans-style homewares, vivid kanga-style fabrics and delicate Shapiro bowls.

Day 2

Cape Town’s culinary clout is revered far beyond its borders. Its oceanside location ensures plentiful seaweed, spinach and figs for the foraging, fertile farms lie close by and fine wines trickle down from South Africa’s vineyards. Today, you’ll take a big bite of the city on a culture and cuisine tour.

Cape Town East city walking tour

This tour changes with the city, exploring new eateries as they open. But, its constant is well-fed guests. With stops for Bree Street’s organic bacon packed into a BLT; home-made samosas in Bo-Kaap, a half-loaf filled with ‘bunny chow’ curry and other treats, you’ll leave full and spiritually sated after exploring the city’s community programmes.
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Day 3

After a day of indulgence yesterday, why not climb off your excesses with a brisk hike up Table Mountain (if that sounds too taxing, let a cable car do the hard work). The Smith24 team can help arrange this on request.

Day 4

You'll pick up your hire car at the airport today; either stay in the city for a little sightseeing, or head straight out to the Garden Route and Winelands if you’ve got grape expectations for the next stint of your trip.
Head for higher ground inland; start your ignition and plot out the one-hour drive to the northern reaches of the Hottentots Nature Reserve on your SatNav.

1.5 Hours

Days 5–6: Garden Route and Winelands

South Africa’s Garden Route meanders east from Cape Town, past Stellenbosch and down the coast to Plettenberg Bay and Storms River. This vineyard-coated stretch of the Continent has it all: towering mountains, dense forest and bushland, sandy beaches and dramatic coastal cliffs.

Style

Whole lotta bottle

Setting

Mighty peaks, vintage valleys

Room

Shiraz Rooms

Surrounded by vineyards, Mont Rochelle is both a boutique hotel and fully functional winery (producing four varietals and plentiful bottles). Its gardens are immaculate and crisscrossed by walking trails; it also has a diminutive two-room spa and twin restaurants with – appropriately – seriously impressive wine lists.

Smith Extra

A picnic for two

Day 5

Sniff, swill and sip your way through Stellenbosch and Franschhoek’s vineyards today, on a private guided tour – with a designated driver, natch.

Best of Cape Winelands tasting tour

Dig into South Africa’s rich viniculture, while learning about native legends, musing over paintings and sculptures by local artists and gawping at the dramatic Stellenbosch Mountains. Your trip stops at three vineyards, and culminates in a food-and-wine tasting with biltong, blue cheese and chocolate truffles.
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Day 6

Hop in your hire car and head for Swellendam, a two-and-a-half-hour drive away, but a very scenic one with views of rolling vineyards and distant mountains all the way.
The backdrop to your two-hour drive today will be the Riviersonderend Mountains as you head east into the hinterland.

2 Hours

Days 7–8: Swellendam

With Marloth Nature Reserve to the north and Bontebok National Park to the south, you’ll be spoilt for wildlife-spying choices in Swellendam – keep your eyes open for sprightly bontebok (South African antelope), Cape Mountain zebras, baboons and the occasional leopard.

Hotel

Schoone Oordt

Style

Tranquil Victorian homestead

Setting

Foothills of the Langeberg Mountains

Room

Luxury Rooms

Set in the foothills of the Langeburg Mountains, charming Schoone Oordt hotel is a revived Victorian manse that looks like it's leapt into full colour from an antique woodblock.

Smith Extra

A bottle of local wine with dinner; for stays of two or more nights, a picnic basket or a bottle of local sparkling wine (choose before arrival)

Day 7

Today is free for you to spend as you like. On request, we can arrange a drive through Bontebok National Park to see its namesake residents sproing through the fields. Otherwise gentle country trails beckon.

Day 8

At your leisure, make your way to Plettenberg Bay; the drive along the coast takes just over three hours, and the greenery-laced inland route is a drive of four-and-a-half hours.
The coastal drive to Plettenberg Bay takes just over three hours, or your other option is to meander along greenery-laced roads on the inland route, which takes four-and-a-half hours.

4.5 Hours

Days 9–10: Plettenberg Bay

Along this section of South Africa’s Garden Route and Winelands, Plettenberg Bay and its white-sand beaches lie to the east; to the west is Knysna Elephant Park, so you’ll be set for adventures of both the wet and wild varieties.

Style

Modern Africa

Setting

Up in the forest canopy

Room

Treetop Suite

At Tsala Treetop Lodge, you’ll be treated to a bird’s eye view of the lush jungle from your stay-on-stilts; each elevated hut has its own private terrace and cantilevered infinity pool hovering over the treetops.

Smith Extra

A bottle of Methode Cap Classique sparkling wine and a locally-sourced gift

Day 9

Today, you become riders on the Storms, as you kayak through the ascendant rocky cliffs of Storms River Gorge.

Kayaking down Storms River

Decisions, decisions: do you kayak through the cliff-sheltered waters of Storms River? Or drift along on a lilo? Whichever you choose, you’ll be privy to lush vegetation, emerald pools and ancient caverns. All under the watch of a capable private guide. Wetsuits and booties are provided. Marine sanctuary Tsitsikamma National Park has underwater trails to follow by scuba-ing or snorkelling.
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Day 10

Hop in your hire car and enjoy the scenery during the three-and-a-half hour coastal drive to Gorah Elephant Camp in Addo Elephant National Park. Unwind from your journey with a glamorous afternoon tea (for an extra charge), and listen out for the calls, chirps and roars of your new neighbours.
You’ll pass beautiful bays and coastal scenery on the three-hour drive from Plettenberg Bay.

4.5 Hours

Days 11–13: Addo Elephant National Park

Herd is the word in Addo’s national park, where hundreds of pachyderms lollop through the grassy plains. This parkland also hosts numerous cape buffalo and antelope, too; and If you’re lucky you’ll spy one of the endangered black rhinos or a Transvaal lion. However, where you’re headed, you’re assured to see Nellie and friends in their natural environment.

Style

Bastion of imperial glamour

Setting

Stunning South African savannah

Room

Tented Suite

Set smack bang in the middle of the National Park, Gorah Elephant Camp has both creature comforts and creature features – the latter being the resident elephants just lumbering through, alongside sightings of other fantastical beasts. The eco-friendly stay has a small set of luxurious tented lodges, well-appointed with double-headed showers and super-soft beds.

Smith Extra

A bottle of wine from their cellar and romantic evening turn-down service

Days 11-12

Daily game drives are included with your stay here, so you’ll while away the rest of your trip with binoculars in hand and a camera round your neck. Active sorts can hike through the parkland or borrow a mountain bike; but if you came to relax there’s ample opportunity to – just kick back in the library or on your tent’s porch, where you can watch the stars come out.

Day 13

Have one last leisurely breakfast in your parkland stay, or try to sneak in a final morning game drive before packing up and hitting the road for Port Elizabeth.
Make your way to Port Elizabeth International Airport in your hire car, a journey of 90 minutes away, at your leisure. Where, after dropping off your trusty steed, you’ll board your flight home or on to your next destination.

1.5 Hours

Getting there

Book your outbound flight to Cape Town, the arrival point of the trip, and return from Port Elizabeth International Airport. Our Smith24 team is on hand round the clock to book your flights, if needed. Inland travel is by luxury, air-conditioned car with a private, English-fluent driver, and self-drive car hire is pre-arranged for the last leg of the trip.

When to go

Cape Town is a fantastic year-round destination, but the city is at peak pleasantness from March to May. The Garden Route and Winelands have 300 days of sunshine a year on average, so you’re unlikely to get washed out. The latter experiences nighttime temperature dips (some quite sharp) from March to November. Whale sightings off the coast are possible from July to November.

Packing tips

This stretch of South Africa has sunshine for more than 80 per cent of the year, so pack accordingly. Remember to save space in your bag for a bottle or two of your favourite varietal, and bring a telephoto lens and binoculars for spying on shy wildlife.

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What's included
The package includes all accommodation in Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotels; and all applicable taxes.
What's not included
International flights and car hire, visa fees, airport taxes or insurance. Any items which are not mentioned as included in the itinerary. Any increase in government taxes. For the Timeless Tuscany package, car hire is included, but guests will be responsible for drop-off fees if delivered to a different end point than Florence Airport, refuelling charges, delivery and collection, extra insurance, additional driver costs, admin fees, tax and parking.
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