South Africa’s Garden Route and Winelands
An untamed road trip
5 HOTEL STAYS
13 DAYS, 12 NIGHTS
(based on two people sharing)
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- 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
Pack up your trunk…
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.
StyleVictoriana with an African twist
SettingKloof Street central
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 ExtraA bottle of wine or port on arrival
Cape Town East city walking tour
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.
StyleWhole lotta bottle
SettingMighty peaks, vintage valleys
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 ExtraA picnic for two
Best of Cape Winelands tasting tour
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.
StyleTranquil Victorian homestead
SettingFoothills of the Langeberg Mountains
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 ExtraA 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)
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.
HotelTsala Treetop Lodge
SettingUp in the forest canopy
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 ExtraA bottle of Methode Cap Classique sparkling wine and a locally-sourced gift
Kayaking down Storms River
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.
HotelGorah Elephant Camp
StyleBastion of imperial glamour
SettingStunning South African savannah
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 ExtraA bottle of wine from their cellar and romantic evening turn-down service
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.
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 if I want to add on a few extra nights or arrange a special meal? Can I add on a waterskiing lesson? I've always fancied that… And can we stay in the honeymoon suite instead?
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