Inspirational Trips Garden Route's Gems on a Shoestring

Garden Route's Gems on a Shoestring

From$723/per person
12 nights




Enjoy 13 blissful days visiting Cape Town and Stellenbosch, the Overberg, the Klein Karoo, and the Garden Route. These destinations offer some of South Africa’s most culturally rich, naturally beautiful, and world-renowned sights including wine adventures, whale watching, hiking, and more.

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Cape Town Airport

Trip overview

Arrival: Cape Town Airport
Cape Town AirportCape Town
21km | 20min

Just 20 minutes away, the city of Cape Town awaits. Keep an eye on road signs directing you into the city. As you climb off the N2 onto the M3, be sure to admire mountain views on the one side and ocean views on the other.

1Cape Town
3 nights

Cape Town is South Africa's oldest and most beautiful city and the top travel destination in Africa. Built on the slopes of Table Mountain, the city offers something for everyone, from stunning views and beaches to world-class cuisine and inspiring culture.

Rutland Lodge

Quiet guest house set in the stylish Cape Town suburb of Oranjezicht

Cape TownHermanus
122km | 1h 40min

A drive from Cape Town to Hermanus takes under 2 hours and offers great scenery along the way. Along the N2 road, there are a number of petrol stations to refuel and after Sir Lowry’s Pass, it is worth stopping at any one of the farm stalls along the way.

2 nights

A pleasant hour-and-a-half drive from Cape Town, and found at the foot of the Olifantsberg Mountains, the quaint seaside town of Hermanus boasts incredible natural beauty. It’s also one of the best places to see Southern Right whales during calving season.

Auberge Burgundy

Provençal style boutique hotel in central Hermanus

415km | 4h 40min

Leaving the whales behind, head east towards the famous Garden Route, stopping halfway in the historic town of Swellendam for a cup of coffee. The last stretch makes for a lovely meander along the coast.

2 nights

The town’s focus is the beautiful Knysna Lagoon, ringed by forested hills dotted with vacation homes. However, there are several walking and mountain bike trails too, many offering tremendous views back over the ocean.

Pumula Lodge

'Pumula' in Zulu means 'rest', a true description of this unique stay

121km | 1h 40min

Get on the N2 out of Knysna and keep pace until it merges into the N12. From there, it’s a winding route all the way to Oudtshoorn with great stops along the way – including the Map of Africa and the Outeniqua Pass Lookout Point.

2 nights

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.

De Zeekoe Guest Farm

A relaxing farm stay near Oudtshoorn in the beautiful Klein Karoo

220km | 2h 34min

As you follow the relatively straight meander along the R62 from Oudtshoorn to Montagu, you will start at an arid semi-desert and traverse towards majestic mountains and passes. Stretch your legs at one of the multiple nature reserves along the way.

1 night

Montagu is a stunning Victorian-era agricultural town on the Route 62 wine route with well-preserved Cape Dutch architecture and unforgettable scenery. The surroundings offer activities like rock-climbing, mountain-biking and hiking.

Mimosa Lodge

Cosy, Edwardian-style guesthouse along the famed Route 62

MontaguStellenbosch Wine Route
157km | 2h 10min

Take the R62 out of town, make a right onto the R60 and go through Worcester before connecting with the N1 highway. From there, it’ll be a winding journey before you turn off on the R44 and roll into Stellenbosch.

6Stellenbosch Wine Route
2 nights

Stellenbosch is South Africa's 2nd oldest town and is surrounded by the vineyards of the Cape Winelands and the mountainous nature reserves of Jonkershoek and Simonsberg. Stellenbosch is best known for its impeccable wines. The town's oak-shaded streets are lined with cafés, boutiques, and art galleries.

Van Der Stel Manor

A restored Cape Dutch homestead located in an exclusive residential area of Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch Wine RouteCape Town Airport
40km | 1h 9min

Get onto Merriman Avenue and meander along the M12 until you hit Freight Road. From there you’ll take 3 lefts, first onto Adam Tas, then Robert Sobukwe, and finally Borcherds Quarry, before you take the airport off-ramp.

Departure: Cape Town Airport
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