Garden Route Glamping: 15 Days of Wine, Wave and Whale Eco-Adventures
Get lost in South Africa’s awe-inspiring nature with scenery ranging from mountains to forests to oceans. Overnight at comfortable self-catering stays while travelling from the Cape to the Garden Route to spot whales, hike hills, surf waves, and explore vineyards!
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Driving from Cape Town’s airport to the Atlantic Seaboard is a short 25-minute trip with a very direct route. There are a number of places to rent cars from at the airport and a gas station to fill up at. The drive offers great views of Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak.
Thanks to the massive variety of attractions, the Atlantic Seaboard is one of Cape Town's premier tourist spots. There are many ways to explore this vibrant part of the Mother City; however, it’s best to do it on foot.
40 Winks Guest House
Quaint guest house in Green Point close to Cape Town’s best highlights
Follow the N2 road all the way to Bot River. Take a rest at this picturesque Overberg village and visit a few historical wine farms before you continue on the R43 heading towards Hermanus.
The Whale Route traverses the scenic R44, passing charming towns like Betty’s Bay, Kleinmond, Hermanus, Pringle Bay, Stanford, and Gansbaai – with some of the best land-based whale watching spots on the planet (between August and November).
AfriCamps at Stanford Hills
Spectacular glamping experience nestled between the grassy slopes of the Klein River Mountains
Head east through the Hemel en Aarde (‘heaven and earth’) Valley’s vineyard-covered landscape under a wide-open sky before reaching the ocean again. Consider stopping at the award-winning Harmony Gin Distillery outside Hartenbos.
Found in the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains in a region of incomparable beauty, Wilderness is an attractive coastal refuge with beautiful beaches and numerous vantage points from which to watch the whales and dolphins.
AfriCamps at Oakhurst
Glamping on a dairy farm in the heart of the Garden Route
This lovely jaunt will take you along the coastline, passing through unforgettable Knysna – a destination in its own right. Take the time to stop at the Goukamma Nature Reserve and the Garden of Eden.
The beach resort town of Plettenberg Bay is often the start (or end) point of any Garden Route road trip, has immaculate beaches, vibey restaurants and ample hiking opportunities, and is an ideal place to base yourself when exploring this part of the world.
AfriCamps at Ingwe
Boutique glamping tents in a forest hideaway surrounded by the valleys of Plettenberg Bay
This trip will take you along the coast until reaching George where you’ll head inland towards Oudtshoorn. Make a halfway stop in Wilderness to explore the various restaurants or the Wilderness National Park.
In the heart of the Klein Karoo lies Oudtshoorn, once the ostrich capital of the world and today an exceptional destination with many natural attractions. The area is home to the Cango Caves, the largest show cave system in Africa, and part of the Cape Floral World Heritage Site.
AfriCamps Klein Karoo
Boutique glamping tents on a working ostrich farm in the magnificent Karoo
The drive between Oudtshoorn and Swellendam takes you along the renowned Route 62. This is a beautiful, scenic stretch of road with many historical towns, great restaurants, and stunning views. There are a number of convenient refuel stops, too.
Swellendam, found halfway between Cape Town and the Garden Route, is a charming stop-over. Along the Main Road, the historic town blooms into a bustling centre of activity that nestles up to the mountain with several quaint shops and restaurants worth visiting.
AfriCamps at Pat Busch Mountain Reserve
Boutique glamping tents nestled in the Pat Busch Mountain Reserve
On this trip, you’ll drive through stunning scenery with mountain ranges to admire. Stop at the Franschhoek Pass Lookout Point for magnificent views of the Franschhoek valley and Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve.
Just an hour or so’s drive west of Cape Town, you can easily visit the Cape Winelands in a day. But, to make the most of the vine-woven valleys, we recommend a few nights minimum.
AfriCamps at Doolhof
Boutique glamping tents in the Winelands of the award-winning Doolhof Wine Estate
Wave goodbye to the passing vineyards! If you have some extra time, stop at Tygerberg Nature Reserve for a 360-degree hilltop view of Cape Town before you connect with the R300 and take the airport ramp-off.