Exploring The Garden Route

6 day Self Drive - from £325

A delightful one way drive along South Africa’s Garden Route with time to stop and explore on the way.


  • The historic Dutch town of Stellenbosch
  • Ostrich farms of Oudtshoorn
  • Explore Cango Caves
  • The coastal area of Knysna
  • Featherbed Nature Reserve
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Montagu (150km)

First stop today is the beautiful Winelands region where the historic Dutch town of Stellenbosch provides the perfect location for lunch. At the town of Worcester, with its fine botanical gardens, you will join the famous Route 62, one of the most scenic drives in Africa.

Hotel: Montagu Vines
Meals: Breakfast

Day 2 - Oudtshoorn for 2 nights (250km)

The journey along the ’62’ is simply stunning, with several small farming communities to visit on the way, including Calitzdorp, famous for its port wine. Oudtshoorn is a great base to explore the scorched little Karoo region.

Hotel: Hlangana Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 -Oudtshoorn

Enjoy a second day of exploring this fascinating corner of South Africa, with a visit to a working ostrich farm a must! Also take some time to visit the impressive Cango Caves, enjoying a guided tour through the magnificent halls and limestone formations.

Hotel: Hlangana Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Knysna (110 km)

Drop down through the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to George and the lush coastal section of the Garden Route, with some fine beaches and ancient forests of Yellowwood and other native trees. Knysna, at the centre of the region, has plenty of shops and galleries to explore and an excellent excursion by boat across the saltwater lagoon to Featherbed Nature Reserve.

Hotel: Waterfront Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Knysna

Close to Knysna is the upmarket seaside town of Plettenberg Bay, relax on the lovely sandy beaches, try to spot whales from the Robberg Peninsula (during their migration season) or perhaps visit the spectacular Storms River Mouth in nearby Tsitsikamma National Park.

Hotel: Waterfront Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Port Elizabeth (250km)

Another area to visit is the Storms River Mouth in nearby Tsitsikamma National Park.  Explore the area before returning your car at the airport or extend your holiday and enjoy more time in the area.

6 day Self Drive - from £325

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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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