We specialise in personalised itineraries. In this section you are able to design your own tour. View tour regions and attractions and click on the area or activity of your choice. You can then send your personal interest list to us together with your personal info and details and one of our team members will contact you.

If time is of the essence, but you still want to see as much as possible along the Garden Route, we suggest a 5 – 6 day tour, including: coastal roads, beaches, whale watching ( seasonal ), Cape Aghulas, the Dias Musuem in Mosselbay, Knysna Waterfront & Heads,  Tsitsikamma National Park, Bloukrans Bridge (Bungee Jump viewing), serpentine mountain passes, a semi-dessert, the Cango Wildlife Ranch and Caves as well as a wine tasting.

This tour does not include a safari or sports activities.

To extend your time to experience a safari at the Addo Elephant Park, we suggest a 7 – 8 day tour. 8 days include: coastal roads, beaches, whale watching ( seasonal ), Cape Aghulas, the Dias Museum in Mosselbay, Knysna Waterfront & Heads,  Tsitsikamma National Park, Bloukrans Bridge (Bungee Jump viewing), serpentine mountain passes, a semi-dessert, the Cango Wildlife Ranch and Caves, a wine tasting and as special highlight a safari at the Addo Elephant Park

Our personal recommendation is to take your time and explore the many alternatives this region hast offer. Spice up your trip with some activities like kayaking, hiking, golf, surfing or simply take your time to relax at the beach, enjoy a few more wine tastings or more time on safari, or even take a ride on a boat to get to see the wildlife there too.

Activities & sights on a  10 day tour : coastal roads, beaches, whale watching ( seasonal ), Cape Aghulas, the Dias Musuem in Mosselbay, Knysna Waterfront & Heads and a boat trip in the lagoon,  Tsitsikamma National Park, Bloukrans Bridge (Bungee Jump viewing), serpentine mountain passes, a semi-dessert, the Cango Wildlife Ranch and Caves, 2 – 3 wine tastings, 2 safaris and a sea safari ( boat trip ).

Are you daring enough to jump of the highest bridge in Africa, the 216m high Bloukrans Bridge. Once upon a time even the tallest bridge in the world, but to this day still accident-free and open daily and in all weather conditions. This is the ideal opportunity to conquer your fears and experience a free fall – fantastic value for money!

The Tsitsikamma National Park is well known for a wide range of walks and hikes, from a short 25 minutes to a staggering 43.6km hiking route! Enjoy the views on a 3 hour kayak trip along the Stormsriver or take a leisurely hike followed by a fantastic lunch at the local steak house.

One of the most beautiful and versatile Kayak Tours can be found along the Garden Route in the so-called “Wilderness National Park”. Combined with a hike to a waterfall through a nearly tropical forest, this combination takes about 3 hours.

If you are ready for the ultimate adrenalin rush, then this is for you! Spend 3 – 5 hours searching for Great White Sharks along the coastline and take your chance on a face to face encounter submerged in a cage. The water is pretty cold, so neoprene suits are at your disposal. Oxygen tanks are not needed. Encounters are very common but not guaranteed.

Humpback- and Southern-Right-Whales can be watched from the middle of September to the beginning of December along the entire coastline between Cape Town and Durban. Some areas are perfect spots to enjoy a whale watching tour from the boat, especially bays like Hermanus, Plettenberg Bay or Port Elizabeth. Especially Hermanus is known as the whale capital and they can often also be observed from the land.

With an area of 300.000 ha and the third largest safari park in South Africa, Addo has 180.000 ha allocated as national park and houses the big 5 ( Lions, Elephants, Buffalo, Black Rhino and Leopard ) In addition there is Zebra, a range of bucks and birds, warthogs, meerkats, wild dogs and hyenas and much more to explore in the vast bushland.

Travel through the park with your own car or enjoy a private tour in an open vehicle. You can easily spend a few days here and take your time to search for all the different wildlife and observe the animals in their natural surroundings at leisure.

Schotia Safaris is the oldest private game viewing reserve in the Eastern Cape, bordering on the eastern side of the Addo Elephant National Park. Our personal favorite is the Tooth & Claw Tour – this is a four hour guided game drive in open Land Rovers, followed by a delicious buffet dinner which is all prepared by on open fires.

This 8.000 ha large safari park is made up of several old farmhouses built in the 19th century. Amakhala offers a range of accommodation options and safaris to see their vast wildlife of elephants, lions, warthogs, zebras, gepards, black rhinos, kudus, gemsbok, giraffes and more.

If you want to experience the African bush without driving out too far from Cape Town (4 hours per direction) and have never been on a safari before, then this 4.000 ha large game lodge is the perfect starting point for you. A longer day trip including a 2,5 hour safari or an overnight stay with a morning and evening drive into the bush will give you that great African feeling. Great accommodation and worth a stopover.

A bit further down the Garden Route, the 6.000 ha large game reserve of Botlierskop is situated hidden behind Mossel Bay and much liked for its 2.5 hour safari drive in an open vehicle or the safari experience on horseback. Stay over night to extend your safari adventure and get to know elephants, rhinos, lions, enyalas, kudus, giraffes and co.

Buffelsdrift is situated in the semi-dessert, called the Little Karoo and perfectly situated when embarking on a shorter Garden Route Tour  and if you have never been on a safari before or want to experience some special encounters. There are many activities in the area to combine with your game experience, like a visit to the Cango Caves and Wildlife Farm, see Ostriches and Meerkats, drive over the Swartberg pass and through the Meiringsport Canyon.

Additional activities you can book while at Buffelsdrift: bush safari, feeding, brushing or walking the elephants, a meerkat safari, lion encounter and star gazing.

Take a boat or kayak to enjoy a safari on the open sea . Depending on the season you will encounter whales, orcas, dolphins, seals and even sharks. Not only the land has wildlife to offer in South Africa.

If you struggle with sea-sickness, remember to take medication with you or opt to stay on land and observe the waters with a looking glass.

Recently declared as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Table Mountain is THE landmark of Cape Town and one of the best known and most popular sights to visit. Especially the versatile plant kingdom and local wildlife attracts many visitors and you can reach the top by foot or via a modern turning gondola.

The most frequented location and attraction is the leisure and shopping area at the Cape Town harbour, known as the Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront. Take a range of cruises, visit the Two Oceans Museum or take a trip on the giant wheel for a great look over the harbour and city. Many shops and restaurants as well as live performances make for a colourful and lively meeting point for both locals and tourists.

Nelson Mandela called South Africa a “Rainbow Nation” and one of the best places to get an impression is the Bo-Kaap, one of the oldest and most interesting suburbs of Cape Town.

The narrow and steep cobble stone alley with their colourful houses portray the history and culture of the Mother City still to this day.

The little brother of Table Mountain, with a height of 669m is one of the most visited peaks and most beautiful viewing points of Cape Town. Stunning vistas not only to Table Mountain itself, but to the city centre, harbour, Green Point stadium all the way up the Atlantic coastline with  sweeping views of the mountain range and the ocean, make this spot a much frequented highlight. Reached within one hour on foot and very popular to watch the simultaneous sunset and moon rise during a full moon

Signal Hill is a 5km long mountain range behind Lions Head, easily reached by car and starting point for the much loved paraglide jumps. Also a perfect meeting point to watch the lights of the city come alive after the sunset – best enjoyed with a glass of wine.

An amazing garden in the middle of town is one of the centre points of the busy Cape lifestyle. Adjacent to the parliament buildings, a range of museums, galleries and the planetarium this well-established park like garden boasts historical statues, large exotic trees and a stunning view towards Table Mountain. Watch the squirrels while taking a leisurly stroll through that enchanted area.

Activities:

Slave Lodge Museum

Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium

In the centre of the City, which use to be a fruit and vegetable market in the 1710, we find a souvenier-market “Green Market Square”full of african masks , big five out of wood or stone, paintings and a lot more.  The square is also known as a century of architecture, as we can find different buildings in different styles, built a century apart.

If you happen to be in the centre of Cape Town during lunch time, you will be greeted with a loud gun shot at 12h00 sharp. Since 1806 it is tradition in the Mother City to fire the noon gun from Signal Hill, situated above the Bo-Kaap area, overlooking the roofs of town. You are welcome to experience this tradition first hand.

If you want to engage in some first-hand history, a visit to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years until his release in 1990 is worth a trip. Now a World Heritage Site and reached by ferry from the V&A Waterfront. The guided tour of the prison is highly informative and gives good insight into the life of Nelson Mandela and the time of the Apartheid era.

Situated in town, the District Six Museum in Buitenkant Street opened its doors in 1994. A small but very compact display gives a great overview over the historical suburb called „District Six“. It serves as a memorial for the people who once lived there and had to endure the unsettling experience of deportation. In this way they are given a voice now, to make sure this injustice is not forgotten.

The well-known fortress of Cape Town, built in pentagon form is the oldest colonial building of the city was finished in 1679. Originally the fortress ended directly at the sea and only moved to the city centre after the harbour bay was raised in the 1940’s. Today it serves as a museum and is the head quarter of the South African Army

The most south-western point of South Africa is one of Cape Town’s most popular destinations. Fantastic views around the Cape Peninsula, steep cliffs and spectacular beaches with a range of hiking paths through untouched local fauna & flora. Remember that baboons, the local monkeys live here and they are attracted by food and not shy to try their luck, so please do not feed them and stay out of their way. Take your time to explore the scenic spots and imagine the time of the sailing ships making their first way to the end of Africa, the last stop on the way to the Antarctic.

Here is a town full of history – home of the Royal Navy and an important player in the 2nd world war – many lovely old stone buildings, museums, statues, lots of restaurants and shops with a yesteryear flair and a lovely harbour offering a range of boat trips in False Bay, also to the Cape Point and a private yacht club. Enjoy traditional fish & chips in this special setting or take a trip through the bay on a kayak or go on a dive. Simon’s Town is also home of the African Penguins and the Scratch Patch, with a wide range of Gemstones to choose from.

One of the most spectacular and scenic coastal roads and a photo-stop-must for every visitor to Cape Town & the Cape Peninsula! Stunning views along the Atlantic coastline from the Sentinel Mountain in Hout Bay to the Lighthouse in Kommetjie, especially popular during the sunset, when also locals take a trip with a picnic basket to enjoy a romantic evening.

The windy roads cut through the cliffs and sometimes going down steep to the ocean make for a perfect driving adventure, not for the faint-hearted. However regular maintenance work and great engineering make it a well manageable and safe road to drive.

More than 3000 birds & 400 species live in the World of Birds, a large bird park also housing monkeys. Visiting the squirrel monkeys in their enclosure is one of the most loved highlights. They are very playful and curious little fellows, so beware of your personal belongings and they love climbing all over you. A lovely close up experience.

The Constantia Valley with its beautiful sweeping views over the entire False Bay area, is where the first wine farm was established in the Cape. Given to Governor Simon Van der Steel in 1685, he built a large farmhouse in the famous Cape Dutch Style – Groot Constantia is now a Heritage Site and the original buildings are well maintained and can be visited. Restaurants and a large wine tasting area and cellar make this one of Cape Town’s most popular destinations, both for visitors and locals. Many other wine areas have established themselves in this fruitful valley. And Napoleon obtained his favourite wine from here, still produced today in a special vintage bottle.

Wine Farms in Constantia: Klein Constantia, Eagle‘s Nest, Constantia Glen, Beau Constantia, Buitenverwachting and Steenberg –  offering tastings, restaurants and picnics.

Nature Loves will marvel at this outstandingly beautiful landscape with about 528 ha and over 7000 cultivated trees, bushes, shrubs, flowers and herbs –  a wide range of theme gardens, stunning proteas, old giant trees and climbing terraces invite you to spend the day in the middle of nature. Grab a blanket and a picnic basket and look for your favourite spot. From the heart piece of the Gardens, the original cobble-stoned bird bath area, to the large central area with its big pond, long-stretched lawns and hidden streams, to the open air concert arena and the Boomslang Walk through the tree-tops. To top all of that there are restaurants, galleries, a nursery and plenty of hiking paths along and up the Table Mountain Range to Devil’s Peak, towering over the Gardens.

Muizenberg has a long history in the Anglo-Boer Wars and changed hands many times. In the end the British won the territory. The long-stretched beach with its many colourful wooden changing cabins is the most popular surfing spot today. Great for beginners and advanced surfers and a popular spot with its many restaurants and coffee shops along the beachfront. A perfect starting point, perhaps with a long sunrise beach walk and breakfast when touring the Cape Peninsula.

At the end of the Chapman’s Peak Drive coming from Hout Bay, you will see a wide and large beach – Noordhoek Long Beach is perfect for a horse ride outing and also has a surf spot for the more experienced surfer. The country flair of this area offers many highlights.

manufactories, distilleries and lovely hotels, nestled in a valley surrounded by mountain ranges and wine farms. The Noordhoek Village Centre with a lovely hotel, a range of restaurants, bistro’s, pubs and artisan shops also hosts a weekly food market and live music. A very populare family gathering spot for the locals. The most southern wine farm is also situated in this valley, Cape Point Wine Farm with lovely views over the Long Beach all the way to the Kommetjie Lighthouse is especially well frequented on their weekly evening food market, enjoying a glass of wine while watching the sun go down.

Watching the sun go down over the Atlantic is simply one of the most spectacular and peaceful moments – a view nobody ever gets tired of. And Camps Bay is the perfect party mile for that. A long row of restaurants and bars overlooking a large beach with a tall palm alley, nestled at the backdrop of the impressive 12 Apostle Mountain Range at the foot of Tabe Mountain. A simply heavenly lifestyle experience!

Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa and was named after the first Governor of the Cape „Simon Van der Stel“ and known today as the top wine region in the country. The historical town centre with its original Cape Dutch flair is a vibrant student town and filled with art, wining & dining, interesting historic museums, cheese

The Constantia Valley with its beautiful sweeping views over the entire False Bay area, is where the first wine farm was established in the Cape. Given to Governor Simon Van der Steel in 1685, he built a large farmhouse in the famous Cape Dutch Style – Groot Constantia is now a Heritage Site and the original buildings are well maintained and can be visited. Restaurants and a large wine tasting area and cellar make this one of Cape Town’s most popular destinations, both for visitors and locals. Many other wine areas have established themselves in this fruitful valley. And Napoleon obtained his favourite wine from here, still produced today in a special vintage bottle.

This unique valley, a little further inland stands out as a centre for culture, nature & culinary delights. The “Taal” Monument, dedicated to the rich and diverse roots of the Afrikaans language standing on a large granite rock is the emblem of the town. Due to a very unique climate and different rock formations in the valley, Paarl boasts green lush areas as well as semi-desert like regions, making it a very interesting ground for various cultivars.  Organic farmers, breweries, distilleries and plenty of wine farms offer a mix of culinary delights, some of which can be sampled in the famous Spice Route.

Franschhoek is known worldwide as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa! The “French Corner” as the name already indicates, was settling ground for French Huguenots, looking for a new home about 200 years ago. The love of good food and wine is central and alive to this day in this special valley.  Lovely farm and guesthouses in pristine setting – the perfect getaway venue to pamper yourself and take part in the local festivities to celebrate “le joi de vivre”!

This by far the most popular and original market in Cape Town. Situated in the middle of the artist quarter of Woodstock at the Old Biscuit Mill Factory, known as the Neigbhourgoods Market. Sample an impressive range of local and international dishes or browse through high quality and original hand-crafted souvenirs. Every Saturday a vibrant mix of locals and tourists gathers to listen to the sounds of local bands and taste their way through delicious foods & beverages.

Situated on the scenic route between Somerset West and Stellenbosch in the middle of the wine regions, next to a large strawberry field, with amazing views all the way to Cape Town and the Table Mountain Range, this market focuses also on local designers and craftmanship in addition to the lovely food & drinks selection on offer. Open every weekend and always well visited.

A very popular market in the middle of the Hout Bay Harbour opens every weekend to a festive gathering of locals and visitors alike. Next to the usual market flair with a lovely selection of great food & drinks, you also find a great selection of innovative local artists at work and alternating bands playing. A market not to be missed, starting Fridays and ending on Sundays every week.

In midst of the vineyards of the southernmost wine farm, the Cape Point Vineyard in Noordhoek Valley, with the most amazing views over the entire Noordhoek and Kommetjie Beachfront known as Long Beach, is the setting for one of most beautiful events of the week. Filled with locals as well as visitors this popular venue is a well-loved meeting point for all on a Thursday late afternoon. Take a picnic blanket with you as the tables can fill up quickly and celebrate the end of the day in style, with a good glass of the local wine and a great selection of foods while gazing at the sunset over this beautiful valley and bay at the Atlantic seaside.

Every Wednesday afternoon, the lovely Noordhoek Village adds a special event and brings some additional flavour to its already perfect village style set up of restaurants, pubs, deli’s and shops, also including a hotel and children’s playground. This is where the locals meet and get together in a village lifestyle type setting and also enjoy live music, festive gatherings and  come here daily for breakfast, lunches or business meetings.  A small but interesting food market within the protected village setting.

The permanent food market at the busy V&A Waterfront is a great addition to this vibrant hub filled with entertainment, sightseeing possibilities, shopping  & restaurants. The perfect way to sample different foods without having to sit down for a lengthy meal while taking time to explore all the Waterfront has to offer. A very delicious food & beverage selection suited perfectly to the upmarket style of this venue.

The Table Mountain Range reaches all the way from the Table  Mountain plateau to Cape Point and offers an amazing variety of hiking and climbing trails. Going up the landmark of Table Mountain is possible from a few sides, but the most direct hike is a very steep one starting at 300m all to way to the highest point at 1086m above sea level.  Definitely worth taking the time to explore the many options and book a guide to show you around. The view from the top is spectacular to say the least and gives a 360° panoramic outlook on the entire Cape Peninsula.

With only 669m above sea level, Lions Head is known as the little brother of Table Mountain and has always been a very popular hike, relatively easy to do in about 1 hour and offering a most impressive view as well, especially on a full moon hike when you can watch the sun go down over the Atlantic in the West and watch a massive moon rising in the East. As always make sure you have a camera with you to take the pictures of your lifetime.

The botanical gardens of Kirstenbosch stretch on the Eastern side of the mountain range below Devil’s Peak and offer a wide range of hikes, from the lengthy contour path, to a hidden waterfall close in the Cecilia Forest or straight up the steep Skeleton Gorge from yhere you can hike further to the top of Table Mountain. Many levels and durations to choose from, so check with your guide and plan your personal trip and experience of this impressive mountain range.

Signal Hill is a 5km long mountain range behind Lions Head, easily reached by car and starting point for the much loved paraglide jumps. Take a tandem jump and film your 5 – 10 minutes airborne journey down to Green Point. Also a perfect meeting point to watch the lights of the city come alive after the sunset – best enjoyed with a glass of wine.

The steep slopes of Table Mountain are perfect for rock climbing enthusiasts. Many hidden trails and caves appeal to the explorer and adventurer in you, but please do not run off on your own. It is best to book one of our experienced mountain guides to safely explore this versatile region. Many more rock climbing Eldorado’s can be found along the many Mountain Ranges, also further in the countryside.

The bays along the South African coastline are especially geared for surfing and kite surfing enthusiasts. Due to the various currents and different temperatures of the two oceans meeting in the Cape area you can find opportunities to learn or take part in professional competitions on both the eastern and western side of the coast. The hotspots on colder Atlantic on the west are Langebaan, Blouberg and Long Beach reaching towards Cape Point. The warmer Indian ocean starts in the False Bay region and is especially geared for beginners in Muizenberg, where a few surfing schools are located. The absolute surfing Eldorado is found up the Garden Route in Jeffrey’s Bay

Are you daring enough to jump of the highest bridge in Africa, the 216m high Bloukrans Bridge. Once upon a time even the tallest bridge in the world, but to this day still accident-free and open daily and in all weather conditions. This is the ideal opportunity to conquer your fears and experience a free fall – fantastic value for money!

Kayaking can be done both on sea as well as on some selected rivers along the Garden Route in South Africa. When venturing out on open sea, you can compare this to a veritable sea safari, as our waters are natural habitat and seasonal mating ground for many species, including dolphins, whales, seals and sharks.

One of the most beautiful and versatile Kayak Tours can be found along the Garden Route in the so-called “Wilderness National Park”.  Combined with a hike to a waterfall through a nearly tropical forest, this combination takes about 3 hours.