Taste of Nature

A journey designed to cater for the individual. This self-drive itinerary will allow you to travel at your own pace, with comfortable accommodation along the way.

  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • 15 Days Car Rental from Cape Town to Cape Town in Group F vehicle

 

Destination: South Africa

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Day 1

Arrive at Cape Town’s International Airport and collect your rental car.

Your accommodation is located on an olive & wine farm outside of Paar, a town that derives its name from huge granite domes that shimmer in the sunlight like pearls. The main street is lined with shady oak trees and historical buildings, some dating back to the 18th century. The Afrikaans language monument is a landmark and offers beautiful panoramic views into the winelands. Paarl is also home of KWV, the winters coop, the biggest wine cellar worldwide. KWV is open to the public and can be visited on a guided tour. Accommodation for the next two nights will be at Cascades Country Manor

    • Accommodation
    • Car Rental
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Day 2

Day at leisure.

Discover the Cape’s famous winelands, visiting the estates in and around Paarl and Franschhoek.Places of interest we recommend are Fairview Wine Estate, Taal Monument and leisurely trip on the Franschhoek Wine Tram.

    • Accommodation
    • Breakfast
    • Car Rental
3

Day 3

The next stop is the village of Prince Albert. Home to many artists and artisans, Prince Albert is a small village with perfectly preserved historic buildings of Cape Dutch and Victorian origin and the Karoo style with its long passage and both, inside and outside shutters. One of the last water mills of South Africa can also be found in this charming village. Prince Albert is well known for its olive production, fresh and sun-dried fruits and for its cheese produced in the village. Overnight for the next two night at Mont d’Or Swartberg hotel

    • Accommodation
    • Breakfast
    • Car Rental
4

Day 4

Day at leisure

We recommend a half day cooking class with one of two companies in the village that offer it, or perhaps join a cycling trip to see more of the surrounding Karoo.

    • Accommodation
    • Breakfast
    • Car Rental
5

Day 5

Head for the Garden Route, traversing scenic Swartberg Pass:

Swartberg Pass is situated 2km south of the village of Prince Albert, 27km long and was the last of the 17 passes built in 1893 by the remarkable road builder, Thomas Baines.

It was declared a World Heritage site and is one of the most spectacular passes in the world.Overnight for the next two nights at Teniqua Treetops

    • Accommodation
    • Car Rental
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Day 6

Day at leisure

Sandwiched between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains and the glistening Indian Ocean, this lush 200km stretch of coastal plain between Mossel Bay and Storms River Mouth provides one of the world’s most spectacular drives. Visitors typically base themselves at the heart of the Garden Route – either in Knysna (complete with its scenic lagoon) or neighbouring Plettenberg Bay (famous for its excellent beaches) – and then spend a few days exploring the diverse array of surrounding attractions. Whether you are seeking pristine, uncrowded white-sand beaches, world-class golf courses, ancient forests, renowned surf spots, extraordinary nature reserves, excellent hiking opportunities or exhilarating outdoor adventure such as bungee jumping or zip-lining, the Garden Route has it all.

    • Accommodation
    • Car Rental
7

Day 7

Barrydale, your next stop, is a rare heaven for foodies and food market aficionados. Spend the night at Skeidings farm, which is a working ostrich, grain, sheep and Nguni farm.

  • Accommodation
  • Car Rental
8

Day 8

The next two days are dedicated to relaxation and discovery.

De Hoop Nature Reserve is approximately 34 000 ha and is a favorite destination for hikers, cyclists, bird watchers and, during the winter and early summer months, whale watchers. The reserve extends to the De Hoop Marine Protected Area, which provides an important sanctuary for marine life.

Put on your walking boots and fall in love with the amazing fynbos vegetation surrounding you…thousands of endemic plant species are part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, as well as the national flower of South Africa, the King Protea…

Accommodation is in one of the DeHoop cottages

    • Accommodation
    • Car Rental
9

Day 9

Day at leisure

    • Accommodation
    • Car Rental
10

Day 10

Make your way to Gansbaai via the coastal route R43…

You will spend the next two days in the forest at Platbos Forest Reserve, with the opportunity to take walks, plant a tree or enjoy a bee therapy…

  • Accommodation
  • Car Rental
11

Day 11

Another day in beautiful Platbos at your leisure…

  • Accommodation
  • Car Rental
12

Day 12

Take the coastal route towards Cape Town, driving past Betty’s Bay and reaching your destination in the middle of the forest with the resort overlooking Nordhoek Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches of the southern coastline. Monkey Valley will be home for the next three days

    • Accommodation
    • Car Rental
13

Day 13

Hangout on the beach or take a trip to Cape Point and Cape Point Vineyards.

    • Accommodation
    • Breakfast
    • Car Rental
14

Day 14

We suggest you focus on discovering South Africa’s Mother City Cape Town today.

    • Accommodation
    • Breakfast
    • Car Rental
15

Day 15

Spend time at leisure before you make your way back to the airport, where you drop your rental car and check in for your flight back home.

Tour Location

Cascade Country Manor in Paarl | Mont d’Or Swartberg Hotel in Prince Albert | Teniqua Treetops in The Garden Route | Skeiding Guest Farm in The Overberg | De Hoop Collection in De Hoop Nature Reserve | Platbos Forest in Gansbaai | Monkey Valley Beach Nature Resort in The Cape Peninsula

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