9 Day Garden Route, Karoo & Addo Wonders Self-Drive

Admire the open spaces of the Karoo; the vastness of Addo Elephant Park and marvel at the sights and sounds of the Garden Route’s coastal roads. Visit a township and experience authentic culture on this 9 day self-drive tour.

Day 1 – CAPE TOWN to OUDTSHOORN via ROUTE 62 (±420km | ±5hrs)
Meet & Greet, documentation handover and hired vehicle collection at the airport
Lunch – Route 62 (optional – own account)
Witblits tasting at Grundheim (optional – own account)
Arrive at hotel late afternoon
Dinner in town (optional – own account)
Queens Hotel or similar – breakfast (4-star)

Day 2  – FULL DAY in OUDTSHOORN
Breakfast at hotel
Cango Caves (optional and may be pre-booked – own account)
Ostrich farm visit (optional and may be pre-booked – own account)
Lunch at ostrich farm (optional – own account)
Visit CP Nel Museum (optional – own account)
Dinner in town (optional – own account)
Queens Hotel or similar – breakfast (4-star)

Day 3 – OUDTSHOORN to GRAAFF-REINET (±320km | ±3hrs)
An early morning excursion with wild meerkats (optional – own account and weather dependant)
Early breakfast at hotel
Lunch en-route (optional – own account)
Valley of Desolation tour (optional – own account) 
Dinner in town (optional – own account)
Drostdy Hotel or similar – breakfast (5-star)

Day 4 – GRAAFF-REINET to ADDO (±238km | ±2hrs 10min)
Breakfast at hotel
Lunch en-route (optional – own account)
Dinner at hotel (included)
Zuurberg Mountain Village or similar – dinner and breakfast (4-star)

Day 5 – ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK
Breakfast at hotel
Full day open safari vehicle guided game drive Addo Elephant National Park including lunch (included)
Dinner at hotel (included)
Zuurberg Mountain Village or similar – breakfast, lunch, dinner and a game excursion (4-star)

Day 6 – ADDO to KNYSNA via TSITSIKAMMA FOREST (±360km | ±4hrs 15min)
Breakfast at hotel
Storms River Bridge walk (optional – own account)
Lunch in Tsitsikamma Forest (optional – own account)
Dinner at a restaurant next to Knysna Estuary, in town or at hotel (optional – own account)
The Rex Hotel or similar – breakfast (4-star)

Day 7 – FULL DAY AT LEISURE (to Plettenberg Bay ±30min)
Breakfast at hotel
Qolweni Township guided tour (optional and may be pre-booked – own account)
Visit a Wildlife Centre in The Crags (optional and may be pre-booked – own account) 
Wine tasting and lunch in The Crags (optional – own account)
Featherbed Nature Reserve (optional – own account) 
Dinner at a restaurant next to Knysna Estuary, in town or at hotel (optional – own account)
The Rex Hotel or similar – breakfast (4-star)

Day 8 – KNYSNA to HERMANUS via CAPE AGULHAS (±540km | ±6hrs)
Early breakfast at hotel
Lunch in Swellendam (optional – own account)
Visit Cape Agulhas Lighthouse Museum (optional – own account)
Dinner in town (optional – own account)
Arabella Spa & Hotel or similar – breakfast (5-star)

Day 9 – HERMANUS to CAPE TOWN via FRANSCHHOEK (±160km | ±2hrs 15min)
Early breakfast at hotel
Lunch in Franschhoek (optional – own account)
Scenic drive through Villiersdorp, Franschhoek
Drive back to Cape Town
Drop-off hired vehicle at the airport

Contact African Sands to find out more about the 9 Day Garden Route, Karoo & Addo Wonders Self-Drive