How many crazy things have we experienced in 2 1/2 weeks in South Africa? So many that we were really looking forward to writing this blog post in which we share our itinerary along the Garden Route and review the highlights once again for you guys.
As always, we have designed the trip in such a way that on the one hand you can experience a lot and on the other hand it will be a real holiday to relax, without driving more than 5 hours.
Arrival: Capetown (4 nights)
The largest city on the Western Cape and one of the three capitals of South Africa is the starting point of our trip. Capetown offers a lot. Believe us, you will have a good time here. Breathtaking beaches, excellent food and unforgettable sunrises and sunsets whether from Lions’ Head or Table Mountain. We recommend you to spend at least four nights here in Capetown.
Popular residential areas for accommodation are Camps Bay (beach area), Sea Point, Greenpoint or Waterkant.
Stellenbosch (2 nights)
The Dutch brought the vine to South Africa once, whereupon the French perfected it. If you like to drink wine or are interested in the history of the cultivation you should definitely make a trip to Stellenbosch or maybe Franschoek and join one of the tours through the numerous wineries. The town itself has become really popular for students, so you will find many small cafes and very nice restaurants as well.
Plettenbergbay (4 nights)
It’s a 5 hours drive from Stellenbosch to Plettenbergbay on the N2, a very well developed highway, along the coast to a lovely town Plettenbergbay. Here you will find incredibly beautiful accommodations like the Emily Moon River Lodge. Even at activities no wishes remain open. For instance, we had our first skydive experience. From the nearby Bloukrans bridge you can do the world’s highest bungee jump and also a hike to Robberg Nature Reserve and the seal colonies or paddling along the Storm River are highly recommended.
Addo Elephant National Park (3 nights)
Known for its large numbers of elephants, the Addo Elephant National Park is an absolute must do on your trip. The accommodations here are very expensive, but there are also good values for money like in the Barefoot Addo Elephant Lodge. Here you even have the possibility to get very close to the three elephants living on the lodge property in a guided tour. Game drives through the national parks can be done with your own car or you can book tours with a guide. With the last one you are more likely to see a lot of animals.
Mosselbay / Garden Route Game Lodge (3 nights)
Since the way back to Capetown from the Addo Elephant was too far for us for one day, we made an additional stop at the height of Mosselbay. We stopped at the Garden Route Game Lodge, where you can see the BIG 5 animals in the Nationalpark. The room price already includes 2 gamedrives per day and the food was very good! In the spa area we enjoyed the last days in a very relaxing way. But of course you can also choose your accommodation in Mosselbay, Knysna or Hermanus at this point.
We hope this post helped you with your travel planning. Don’t miss the next articles in which we report more about the different locations, accommodations, food and activities in detail.