Where to Stay - South Africa
 

Cape Town to East London, Western Cape

This 14 day adventure lets you explore Cape Town and the surrounding area; the wine routes and the Garden Route. You will then drive through the Tsitsikamma forest to Port Elizabeth and then on to East London. A fantastic route with the best of both the Eastern and Western Cape.


South Africa Itinerary - 14 day trip from Cape Town to East London

Day

Place

Itinerary

1.

Cape Town

Arrive in Cape Town – stay near the Waterfront or Sea Point, which is a very good area to be as there is always lots to see and do.    Rest of the day at leisure to relax and to get the feel of Cape Town.

2.

Cape Town

The Hop On, Hop Off bus is a very good way to see Central Cape Town.    If the weather is good, take the earliest possible bus up to the Table Mountain Stop and get off and take the Cable Car up the mountain for unforgettable views of the whole of Cape Town. From the top of Table Mountain, you can see Robben Island.   Rejoin the bus and get off in Camps Bay, a good place to have lunch in one of the many restaurants or cafes along the beach front.    Rejoin the bus and get off at the Cathedral stop.   Wander through Cape Town Gardens and see the Houses of Parliament, the museum and the planetarium.    Rejoin the bus and stop at The Cape Town Castle.   

3.

Cape Town

Drive to Hout Bay and over Chapman’s Peak and visit the Cape Point Nature Reserve where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.   Drive towards Simonstown and stop at Boulders Beach and take a walk along the bridle path to Sea Forth which allows a good look at the African Penguin breeding Colony.    Simonstown is home to the South African Navy and has many historical buildings.   Drive on to Kalk Bay’s harbour and watch the fishing boats and the seals.   Try some smoked snoek – a local delicacy.   Continue on to Muizenberg, one of the main beaches of this side of Cape Town and return to Cape Town.

4.

Cape Town

Today visit the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, take a trip out to Robben Island (should be booked before you arrive), visit the Aquarium and do some shopping in the flea market, or if you prefer in the upmarket shopping centre.

5.

Cape Town to Franschhoek

Today you leave Cape Town and drive via Somerset West to Stellenbosch to visit some of the famous South African Wine Estates.    Drive on to Franschhoek for overnight.   Franschhoek is known for its restaurants and hospitality.

6.

Franschhoek  to Oudtshoorn

Leave this morning and drive to Paarl and then join the N1 to Worcester.   Take Route 62 which is a wine route with beautiful scenery and an alternative to the N2.    Stop at some of the wine farms on the way and also at Calitzdorp which is known at the Port Capital of South Africa.

7.

Outdtshoorn to Knysna

This morning visit the Cango Caves and an Ostrich farm – Oudtshoorn is known as the “Ostrich Capital” of the world.    Drive to Knysna via George and the Wilderness.

8.

Knysna

Explore Knysna – take a trip to the Featherbed Nature Reserve and see the famous “heads”.    Knysna is also known for its oysters – so this is the place to sample some local ones.   Knysna has some good shopping areas – such as the Knysna Quays Waterfront and also around the main street.

9.

Knysna or Plettenberg Bay

Explore the surrounding areas – perhaps visit the local elephant Park, take a walk in the Knysna Forest or perhaps just relax on one of the beautiful beaches.

10.

Knysna to

Port Elizabeth

Drive via the Tsitsikamma forest area and stop at the Bloukrans Bridge to Bungee Jump (or just to watch) and at the Big Tree – a giant 800 year old Quteniqua yellowwood tree.    Drive on to Port Elizabeth.

11.

Port Elizabeth

Spend the day on the beach, gamble in the casino or just stroll around one of the shopping centres.    Port Elizabeth has many different activities available.

12.

Port Elizabeth to

Port Alfred

Leave Port Elizabeth and drive via Addo Elephant Park to Port Alfred.

13.

Port Alfred

Have a relaxing day to do what you like – a trip on the river, a walk on one of the wonderful beaches or a game of golf at the Royal St Andrews Golf Course.

14.

Port Alfred to

East London

Drive to East London through the former Ciskei and see the beautiful coastline and the villages along the way.

Depart from East London Airport.