South Africa Garden Route Package: Cape Town, Plettenberg Bay, and Eastern Cape

Discover beautiful scenery and outdoor adventure in South Africa on this self-driving Garden Route travel package! Highlights include vibrant Cape Town, wine country, a luxury Addo Elephant Park safari, and cage diving with Great White Sharks.

From $4,099
per person
12 days
Airfare additional cost
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2 travelers

This South Africa Garden Route package was planned for a retired couple from Florida who had already been to South Africa on safari and wanted something a little different. They were prepared to drive and they wanted to see the Garden Route in South Africa.

They were a bit adventurous, so we started them in Cape Town at MannaBay, a luxury boutique hotel nestled high on Table Mountain. From this prime setting, they enjoyed gorgeous views of the city and the ocean beyond. They spent their days exploring the delicious food and wine to be found in Cape Town, along with countless art boutiques and cultural activities.

From there, they drove to the Cape Winelands for a little relaxation and wine tasting. We put them in the Grand Dédale Country House, which is nestled at the end of a tranquil valley below the historic Bainskloof Pass. They enjoyed sweeping views of the valley while sipping the estate’s award-winning wine. They took leisurely walks along the river during their 2-night stay, as well as fishing and clay pigeon shooting.

Next on their South Africa Garden Route Package, they travelled to Hermanus for some adventure. They stayed at Birkenhead House overlooking the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay. They observed surfers carving through the waves and spotted many whales breaching close to shore.

After 2 wonderful nights at Birkenhead House, they traveled to Tsala Treetop Lodge, enjoying magnificent views of the surrounding forest from their luxurious private suite. During their 2 nights at Tsala, they went sea kayaking, snorkeled with seals, took a guided walk through a nearby primate sanctuary, and saw tropical birds up close at the nearby Birds of Eden bird sanctuary.

They ended their South Africa Garden Route Package at Gorah Elephant Camp in Addo Elephant National Park, home to the world’s densest elephant population, for a special safari experience. They went on game drives to see lions, elephants, rhinos, and more, retreating to their luxury suite at night to relax after their adventures.

Day 1
Welcome to Cape Town! You’ll be met at the door of your aircraft with your name on a paging board and assisted through immigration, baggage collection, and customs. You will then be shown to the vehicle rental collection office. Pick up your rental car and make your way to your luxurious accommodations at MannaBay. Spend 3 fabulous nights in this elegant boutique hotel set high above the city at the foot of Table Mountain. Immerse yourself in the sweeping panoramic views of Cape Town’s skyline, the harbour, and ocean.

Day 2 – 3
Spend the next 2 days at your leisure. Explore all that the beautiful, seaside city of Cape Town has to offer.

Day 4
After breakfast, self-drive to Grand Dédale, where you’ll enjoy 2 nights at this elegant upmarket country house. Enjoy stunning views of the valley and surrounding mountains. Take excursions to the hiking trails, valley walks, and wine tasting center of this award-winning wine estate.
Grand Dédale Country House

Day 5
The day is yours to spend at your leisure.
Grand Dédale Country House

Day 6
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at Grand Dédale, then drive to Birkenhead House. This privately owned, luxurious boutique hotel is situated on an exhilarating cliff-top overlooking the rugged and scenic Walker Bay in Hermanus. Enjoy prime whale watching, stunning walks along the coastline, and delicious cuisine at your hotel.
Birkenhead House

Day 7
Today is a day for adventure! After breakfast, you have the opportunity to go shark cage diving. After a safety briefing, board your shark chaser for a 5-mile voyage to Dyer Island. The island, together with Geyser Rock, is home to 40,000 Cape Fur Seals, the Great White Shark’s favorite prey, and the channel which runs between the two is known as Shark Valley. Here you’ll anchor and watch the sharks feeding at the surface alongside the boat. Then you’ll enter the water and see these hunters of the deep in their own environment. Afterward, enjoy a light lunch and refreshments on board.
Birkenhead House

Day 8
Today brings you along the Garden Route between the coastal towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay to your next stop, Tsala Treetop Lodge. This magical lodge is located high above the forest floor, set amidst the treetops of an age-old indigenous forest. Soak up awe-inspiring views of lush forests and rolling valleys.
Tsala Treetop Lodge

Day 9
Today you have the opportunity to enjoy sea kayaking. This amazing experience will have you in awe as dolphins swim right along with you. When you reach Robberg Nature Reserve, you’ll have the chance to kayak among the seals at the seal colony. Your guide will introduce you to Robberg Nature Reserve and the wonderful marine life in the bay. You might even have the opportunity to have a whale encounter during whale season.
Tsala Treetop Lodge

Day 10
This morning, you’ll hit the road and head toward your next stop, Gorah Elephant Camp. This exclusive tented safari lodge is located on a 5,000 hectare private concession deep in the Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape. With long sweeping views over the plains, nearby waterhole, and indigenous fauna, this traditional safari experience will sweep you off your feet. Discover local wildlife on guided daily game drives in the morning and afternoon, as well as guided bush walks.
Gorah Elephant Camp

Day 11
Spend today at your leisure.
Gorah Elephant Camp

Day 12
After a delicious breakfast, you’ll drop off your rental car and catch your flight home.


  • 3 nights MannaBay, Cape Town – includes breakfast, complimentary private airport transfer, complimentary city dinner transfers, high tea served daily, complimentary wireless internet
  • 2 nights Grand Dédale Country House, Paarl – includes breakfast, fruit basket in room, tea/coffee, complimentary afternoon snack buffet, self-service soft drinks, beers, house wines, local spirits from the resident bar
  • 2 nights Birkenhead House, Hermanus – includes all meals, snacks, local beverages, house wines, full mini bar, all teas/specialty coffees, shuttle to/from Hermanus, and laundry
  • 2 nights Tsala Treetop Lodge, Plettenberg Bay – includes breakfast
  • 2 nights Gorah Elephant Camp, Addo Elephant Park – includes all meals, non-alcoholic beverages, and safari activities
  • 11 days rental car
  • Great White Shark cage diving half-day tour from Hermanus
  • Dolphin encounter or whale watching excursion in Hermanus

Birkenhead House & Villa

Partner Information

  • Location: Hermanus
  • Type of Accommodation: Villa
  • Comfort Level: Luxury
  • All meals included
  • Spa & gym facilities are available
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi available
  • Laundry service

Things To Do

  • Whale watching
  • Spa treatments
  • Day tours


Partner Information

  • Location: Cape Town
  • Type of Accommodation: Hotel
  • Comfort Level: Luxury
  • 24-hour butler service
  • Swimming pool in main area
  • Secure parking
  • Complimentary airport and dinner transfers
  • Laundry service
  • Spa & gym facilities are available
  • Complimentary WiFi access
  • Bar
  • Media center

Things To Do

  • Day tours
  • Spa treatments