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There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive cape town

Table Mountain towers over Cape TownTable Mountain towers over Cape Town

Welcome to South Africa! After arriving at the Cape Town Airport you’ll pick up your group B rental car (VW Polo 1.6 Classic or similar, with manual gears and air-conditioning). The vehicle comes with insurance and unlimited mileage. You will also receive a booklet with directions, telephone numbers, restaurants, activities, emergency numbers, and your itinerary to help you on your journey. Continue to your Cape Town hotel and check-in for your overnight.

Please note: A one-way fee of R890 (approximately $100 US, includes GPS) is payable directly to Avis for the rental car and is not included in the price.

Meals
None
Lodging
Breakwater Lodge (or similar)

Days 2-3: cape town

Cape Town viewsCape Town views

Spend two days pursuing the activities of your choice in the Cape Town area. Sightseers may want to visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held for 18 of his 27 years in prison, or visit one of the townships. You may also want to take a drive down to Cape Point (the Cape of Good Hope), where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, visit Kirstenbbosh Botanical Gardens, or ride the cable car to the top of Table Mountain for a scenic view overlooking the city. Adrenaline junkies can go scuba diving with great white sharks, hanglide from Table Mountain, or go skydiving over Table Bay. The evenings are a good time to wander around the Cape Town waterfront, exploring its charming restaurants and shops. Your overnights will be at Mandela Rhodes Place, or similar, in a superior room.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Breakwater Lodge (or similar)

Day 4: franschhoek valley

Cape Dutch architectureCape Dutch architecture

Depart Cape Town today and drive to Franschhoek Valley in the beautiful Cape Winelands. It was settled over 300 years ago by members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France, the Hueguenots, whose French wine and food culture made this area the wine capital of South Africa. The historic, buzzing village of Franschhoek boasts art galleries, world-class restaurants, and exciting wine estates. You may also want to go on a peaceful mountain walk through the indigenous fynbos (Afrikaans for “fine bush”), or simply laze beside the pool with a sun umbrella and a good book. 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Cathbert County Inn (or similar)

Day 5: cape winelands

Enjoy a wine and cheese tastingEnjoy a wine and cheese tasting

Today is at your leisure to explore the Cape Winelands as you wish. Try a wine and cheese tasting at one of the local vineyards, or learn about the history of the Afrikaaners, who are sometimes referred to as the “White Tribe of Africa.” The Paarl Museum, the Afrikaans Language Museum, and the Huguenot Memorial Museum are also possibilities. 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Cathbert County Inn (or similar)

Day 6: plettenberg bay

Beautiful Plettenberg BayBeautiful Plettenberg Bay

Leave the winelands behind and drive up the Garden Route to Plettenberg Bay, where you’ll spend the next few days enjoying the beach. Venture into the town of Plettenberg Bay for lunch or dinner at one of its many restaurants, or schedule a game of golf – the Garden Route is home to many of South Africa’s finest golf courses. There are plenty of adventure sports and activities available for the intrepid and active travelers, from bungee jumping off the Bloukrantz Bridge (one of the highest jumps in Africa) to hiking through the Garden Route’s Tsitsikamma forests. 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Robberg House (or similar)

Days 7-8: plettenberg bay

There are many activities in the areaThere are many activities in the area

Enjoy your lovely surroundings in the Plettenberg Bay area for the next two days.  Hike the Robberg Peninsula and take in the spectacular scenery along the trails, go cycling along the Harkerville Cycle Routes, canoe on the Keurbooms River, or go horseback riding.  There are also seasonal boat trips available for travelers interested in whale and dolphin watching.  

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Robberg House (or similar)

Day 9: addo elephant park

Enjoy the organized game drives through the parkEnjoy the organized game drives through the park

Drive to Addo Elephant National Park on the Eastern Cape today. Situated in a malaria-free area just one hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth, this finely-tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 450 elephants, cape buffalo, a variety of antelope species, and the unique flightless dung beetle that is found almost exclusively in the park.  Check in at your hotel, where you’ll experience the delight of the lodge’s hospitality by helping the cooks prepare African fusion cuisine in the interactive kitchen.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Nguni River or Lalibela Treetops Lodge (or similar)

Day 10: addo elephant national park

Get up close with the wildlifeGet up close with the wildlife

Take advantage of the safari activities offered through your lodge at the Addo Elephant National Park today. This reserve offers some of the most spectacular elephant viewing opportunities in the world. There are also several species of antelope in the main game area, such as the red hartebeest, eland, kudu, and bushbuck. The arid Namakaroo area of the park is home to black wildebeests, Gemsbok antelopes, springboks, buffaloes, and black rhinos. In addition, you may see Burchell’s zebras, Cape Mountain zebras, spotted hyenas, mountain reedbucks, baboons, blue duikers, aardwolves, and red rock rabbits on your safari. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Nguni River or Lalibela Treetops Lodge (or similar)

Day 11: port elizabeth / onward

Your adventure in South Africa ends today. Drive to Port Elizabeth Airport, where you’ll return your rental car and fly home.

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$3,650
- $3,850
Peak Season (Oct-Apr): $3,850 Off Season (May-Sept): $3,650
Privately on Request

Need to Know

Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Small inns and hotels
Activity Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
2-4
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Trip Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

From the Bird's Word Blog

Southern Africa is Calling

Journeys Africa Specialist Kirsten Williams dishes on her dreamy southern Africa adventure. This was Kirsten's first time visiting Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.

The colors of Cape Town
The colors of Cape Town
South African coast
South African coast
You may meet local baboons along the road
You may meet local baboons along the road
Get up close with the wildlife
Get up close with the wildlife

South Africa Self-Drive

Explore on your own from Cape Town to Kruger and in between

overview

Discover the beauty of South Africa at your own pace on this unique, self-guided driving tour. You'll pick up your rental car as soon as you arrive, along with a detailed kit of driving instructions and reservation vouchers. The route is flexible to include sights of interest to you. The driving route includes some of South Africa's most famous sights such as Cape Point, the Cape Winelands, Plettenberg Bay, and Addo Elephant National Park. Most people begin in Cape Town or Johannesburg, but you could begin at most airports. Hotel reservations will be made for your overnight stops, but the choice of vehicle and content and timing of your daily activities are yours. It is possible to add or remove certain stops, add extra days in certain cities, or shorten or lengthen the entire itinerary.

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overview

Discover the beauty of South Africa at your own pace on this unique, self-guided driving tour. You'll pick up your rental car as soon as you arrive, along with a detailed kit of driving instructions and reservation vouchers. The route is flexible to include sights of interest to you. The driving route includes some of South Africa's most famous sights such as Cape Point, the Cape Winelands, Plettenberg Bay, and Addo Elephant National Park. Most people begin in Cape Town or Johannesburg, but you could begin at most airports. Hotel reservations will be made for your overnight stops, but the choice of vehicle and content and timing of your daily activities are yours. It is possible to add or remove certain stops, add extra days in certain cities, or shorten or lengthen the entire itinerary.

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive cape town
    Table Mountain towers over Cape TownTable Mountain towers over Cape Town

    Welcome to South Africa! After arriving at the Cape Town Airport you’ll pick up your group B rental car (VW Polo 1.6 Classic or similar, with manual gears and air-conditioning). The vehicle comes with insurance and unlimited mileage. You will also receive a booklet with directions, telephone numbers, restaurants, activities, emergency numbers, and your itinerary to help you on your journey. Continue to your Cape Town hotel and check-in for your overnight.

    Please note: A one-way fee of R890 (approximately $100 US, includes GPS) is payable directly to Avis for the rental car and is not included in the price.

    Meals
    None
    Lodging
    Breakwater Lodge (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Days 2-3: cape town
    Cape Town viewsCape Town views

    Spend two days pursuing the activities of your choice in the Cape Town area. Sightseers may want to visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held for 18 of his 27 years in prison, or visit one of the townships. You may also want to take a drive down to Cape Point (the Cape of Good Hope), where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, visit Kirstenbbosh Botanical Gardens, or ride the cable car to the top of Table Mountain for a scenic view overlooking the city. Adrenaline junkies can go scuba diving with great white sharks, hanglide from Table Mountain, or go skydiving over Table Bay. The evenings are a good time to wander around the Cape Town waterfront, exploring its charming restaurants and shops. Your overnights will be at Mandela Rhodes Place, or similar, in a superior room.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Breakwater Lodge (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: franschhoek valley
    Cape Dutch architectureCape Dutch architecture

    Depart Cape Town today and drive to Franschhoek Valley in the beautiful Cape Winelands. It was settled over 300 years ago by members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France, the Hueguenots, whose French wine and food culture made this area the wine capital of South Africa. The historic, buzzing village of Franschhoek boasts art galleries, world-class restaurants, and exciting wine estates. You may also want to go on a peaceful mountain walk through the indigenous fynbos (Afrikaans for “fine bush”), or simply laze beside the pool with a sun umbrella and a good book. 

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Cathbert County Inn (or similar)
  • Day 5: cape winelands
    Enjoy a wine and cheese tastingEnjoy a wine and cheese tasting

    Today is at your leisure to explore the Cape Winelands as you wish. Try a wine and cheese tasting at one of the local vineyards, or learn about the history of the Afrikaaners, who are sometimes referred to as the “White Tribe of Africa.” The Paarl Museum, the Afrikaans Language Museum, and the Huguenot Memorial Museum are also possibilities. 

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Cathbert County Inn (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: plettenberg bay
    Beautiful Plettenberg BayBeautiful Plettenberg Bay

    Leave the winelands behind and drive up the Garden Route to Plettenberg Bay, where you’ll spend the next few days enjoying the beach. Venture into the town of Plettenberg Bay for lunch or dinner at one of its many restaurants, or schedule a game of golf – the Garden Route is home to many of South Africa’s finest golf courses. There are plenty of adventure sports and activities available for the intrepid and active travelers, from bungee jumping off the Bloukrantz Bridge (one of the highest jumps in Africa) to hiking through the Garden Route’s Tsitsikamma forests. 

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Robberg House (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Days 7-8: plettenberg bay
    There are many activities in the areaThere are many activities in the area

    Enjoy your lovely surroundings in the Plettenberg Bay area for the next two days.  Hike the Robberg Peninsula and take in the spectacular scenery along the trails, go cycling along the Harkerville Cycle Routes, canoe on the Keurbooms River, or go horseback riding.  There are also seasonal boat trips available for travelers interested in whale and dolphin watching.  

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Robberg House (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: addo elephant park
    Enjoy the organized game drives through the parkEnjoy the organized game drives through the park

    Drive to Addo Elephant National Park on the Eastern Cape today. Situated in a malaria-free area just one hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth, this finely-tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 450 elephants, cape buffalo, a variety of antelope species, and the unique flightless dung beetle that is found almost exclusively in the park.  Check in at your hotel, where you’ll experience the delight of the lodge’s hospitality by helping the cooks prepare African fusion cuisine in the interactive kitchen.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Nguni River or Lalibela Treetops Lodge (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 10: addo elephant national park
    Get up close with the wildlifeGet up close with the wildlife

    Take advantage of the safari activities offered through your lodge at the Addo Elephant National Park today. This reserve offers some of the most spectacular elephant viewing opportunities in the world. There are also several species of antelope in the main game area, such as the red hartebeest, eland, kudu, and bushbuck. The arid Namakaroo area of the park is home to black wildebeests, Gemsbok antelopes, springboks, buffaloes, and black rhinos. In addition, you may see Burchell’s zebras, Cape Mountain zebras, spotted hyenas, mountain reedbucks, baboons, blue duikers, aardwolves, and red rock rabbits on your safari. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Nguni River or Lalibela Treetops Lodge (or similar)
  • Day 11: port elizabeth / onward

    Your adventure in South Africa ends today. Drive to Port Elizabeth Airport, where you’ll return your rental car and fly home.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$3,650
- $3,850
Peak Season (Oct-Apr): $3,850 Off Season (May-Sept): $3,650
Privately on Request

Need to Know

Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Small inns and hotels
Activity Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
2-4
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Trip Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
●○○○○ Simple
Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
●●●●● Uncommon
The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
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Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
●●●●○ Challenging
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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