Circular Garden Route

7 day Self Drive - from £369

An exciting journey around Africa’s southern tip on one of the most beautiful self-drive routes in the world.


  • Whale watching in Hermanus
  • Featherbed Nature Reserve
  • Beaches of Mossel Bay
  • Ostrich farms in Oudtshoorn
  • Franschhoek and Stellenbosch wine region
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Swellendam (240 kms)

Travel east from Cape Town to the seaside town of Hermanus, famous for its land-based whale watching from June to November, enjoying some stunning ocean views on the way. Later cross the high Overberg on your way to Swellendam, a historic farming town which nestles in the shadow of the Langeberg Mountains.

Hotel: Rothman Manor
Meals: Breakfast

Day 2 & 3 Knysna (290 kms)

Enjoy the freedom of the open road as you head towards the fine beaches and coastal forests of the Garden Route, with perhaps a detour to Mossel Bay or the white sands and sheltered river estuary of Wilderness on your way to Knysna. Cruise to Featherbed Nature Reserve or take the short drive to Plettenberg Bay and Storms River Mouth during your 2-night stay here.

Hotel: Waterfront Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 & 5 - Oudtshoorn (110 kms)

Today return to George and over the breath-taking Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, the ‘ostrich capital of the world’. Make sure to visit a local ostrich farm, mainstay of the region’s economy since the 1870s, and the impressive Cango Caves, a scenic 20-mile drive north of the town.

Hotel: Hlangana Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Montagu (250 kms)

Leave Oudtshoorn on the famous Route 62 through scorched plains, high mountain passes and fertile valleys. There are several pretty towns and villages to visit on your way to the orchards and hot springs of Montagu.

Hotel: Montagu Vines
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Cape Town (150 kms)

There’s time to explore the delightful Winelands region on your final leg to Cape Town. The pretty towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are well worth a visit and a great place for souvenirs of your trip.

7 day Self Drive - from £369

With flights from £930

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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin or double room. Seasonal variations may apply, please call Freedom Destinations for more information and availability. Accommodation specified is subject to availability and may be substituted to a similar standard.


Relaxed and enjoyable self drive touring. Book them as they are or ask your consultant to add extra days in the places you choose.

Your self drive tour includes:

  • Well planned route
  • Time to explore
  • Air conditioned car
  • Maps and information
  • Prebooked hotels
  • Flexible itineraries

You can:

  • Upgrade your hotel
  • Extend time in locations
  • Upgrade your vehicle
  • Add excursions

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