Adventurous self drive road trip in the wilderness of South Africa and Garden Route
Adventurous self drive road trip in the wilderness of South Africa and Garden Route

South Africa - Garden Route Drive

Trip Overview

Perhaps the best way to soak in the unparalleled beauty of South Africa is to hit the road on four wheels. The Garden Route road trip takes you through placid lakes, pristine beaches, national parks, vast vineyards, historic cities and more. From the meeting point of the mighty Indian and Atlantic oceans at Cape Agulhas to the majestic Table Mountain in Cape Town, there is no escape from the allure of South Africa. The country beckons adventure seekers from round the world – whether for a safari, taming the waves at Cape of Good Hope or the ultimate high adventure of crisscrossing the country in four-wheel drives and soak in every bit of the paradise.

About the trip


9 Nights / 10 Days

Trip Cost

INR 3,50,000 Per Person (EMI Option available)
Excluding 5% GST & 5% TCS

Trip style

Self Drive


Mountains, Highway, Coastal


Wine Tasting, Game Drive, Ostrich farm, National Park

Upcoming Dates

20 May 2023 – 29 May 2023


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Day 1

Arrival in Cape Town

Welcome to Cape Town, referred to as “a dream location to visit” by the Forbes list of Top 50 places to travel in the world. The first glimpse of the mesmerizing Table Mountain being lapped by tall waves, from the sky above, will make you fall in love with the city. Our representative awaits at the airport to escort you to the hotel, and there you meet the amazing AO family of enthusiastic travellers from across the world.

Day 2

Cape Town (City Tour)

Start your tour with a visit to the world’s oldest crease on the topography, the magnificent Table Mountain. A cable car ride will take you to the top at 3500 ft for the most glorious view of the city below. The evening is set aside for a visit to the Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela stayed as a prisoner. The ferry ride gets exciting with sightings of whales, dolphins, penguins and seals.

Day 3

Cape Town-Stellenbosch via Chapman's Peak (130 km)

Today you begin your self-drive odyssey in the African roads with the historic Cape Peninsula Tour via Chapman’s Peak. With the peak looming overhead on one side and the wide ocean on the other, the drive gets exciting with each passing block. The drive also takes you through the magnificent oak-lined trails and picturesque vineyards as you reach Stellenbosch, which is known for its Victorian architecture, enticing art galleries, craft shops, and mouth-watering cuisine.

Day 4

Stellenbosch - Hermanus (100 Km)

As you are now a little familiar with the African roads, your second day of this self-drive tour will lead you to chase the whales at Hermanus. A sea-side town that spreads out along the shoreline of Walker Bay with majestic mountains overlooking it. We have thrown in a little leisure time in the evening for you to unwind with your new friends in one of the innumerable cafes that dot the city. You can also visit the nearby Fernkloof Nature Reserve or indulge in the pleasure of sipping some fine wine along the famous Hermanus Wine Route.

Day 5

Hermanus (Day at Leisure)

After two days of criss-crossing the African highroads on premium SUVs, it is leisure day in Hermanus. You can also opt for an optional self-drive tour for Shark Cage Diving at Gansbaai or watch the whales while on a cruise, giving you a chance to spot the magnificent creatures who migrate each year to breed and rear their young

Day 6

Hermanus- Garden Route Game Lodge via Cape Agulhas (375 Km)

After enjoying the stunning Hermanus, today we drive towards Cape Agulhas. The rugged wilderness along the coastline, the crashing waves where the two oceans meet at this Southern tip of Africa and the stunning sunset makes this drive picture perfect. The highlight of the day is the Game Drive at the Garden Route Game Lodge where you date the elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and the cheetah.

Day 7

Garden Route Game Lodge - Knysna via Oudtshoorn (250 Km)

Another day of excitement behind the wheel will take you through, the Ostrich city, to Knysna along the dramatic with its altitude variance of 581 metres and exciting bends and curves. Knysna offers stunning views of beaches and lagoons. A tour of this quaint city with your new friends is a nice way to wind up the day.

Day 8

Knysna (City Tour)

It is pit time for us as we visit the Knysna Elephant Park to meet and greet the gentle giants. Get up-close and take some memorable photographs with the elephants. The evening is blocked for a sunset cruise on the lagoon. Spice it up with endless tales from your past few days of adventure on the African continent.

Day 9

Knysna- Port Elizabeth (285 Km)

The last day of this epic adventure will take you to the beautiful city of Port Elizabeth. It is 285 km of pure driving magic. You can stop along the way to take an optional tour of the stunning Bloukrans Bridge that stands mighty over the scenic river set in a precarious gorge. For adrenaline junkies, a 216 metre bungee jump off this bridge is a must-do. Up next on the list of adventures, we stop at Tsitsikamma National Park for a hiking tour before we pull the hand break for the last time at this ‘Queen’s’ city.

Day 10


After days of driving through the amazing tapestry of mountains, beaches, lagoons, vibrant cities and wide open countryside, it is time to bid adieu to South Africa. However, besides the many Insta perfect photos, you take along many special memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.



A collection of stories and experiences of the Adventures Overland travellers from around the world which portray the exact moments we strive to live for.

Rina Bhansali

Product Director - OTO CBD, London

Iceland 2016 | Alaska 2016 | RTL 2017 | Russia 2017 | Jordon 2017 | Spiti 2018 | South America 2018 | Africa 2019 | Uttarakhand Drive 2020 | Ladakh Sep 2021

Every expedition is loaded with the most memorable sensory experiences.

Dr Abhijit Deo

Orthopaedic, practises in Nagpur

RTL 2017 | Spiti Valley | Iceland | Alaska 2016 | Jordon 2017 | South America 2018 | Russia 2020

Someone in convoy rightly said that the road to heaven is bound to be tough. Phenomenal.

Dilpreet Singh Bindra

Director Operations at JW Marriott

Bangkok | Spiti 2016 | RTL 2017 | Russia 2018 | Jordon 2018 | Africa 2019

My journey continues with AO to fulfil my quest to explore the world.

Nishita Shalin Sarvaiya

Director, Adam Exports

Russia 2018 | Spiti 2018 | Jordon 2018 | Iceland 2019 | Uttarakhand Drive 2020

Fantastic experience and Adventures Overland team made sure everyone had a great time.

Nainesh Nandu

Director, Krome Realtors LLP

Russia 2018 | Jordan 2018 | Spiti 2019 Iceland 2019

I have travelled thrice now - Russia 2018, Jordan 2018 and Lahaul & Spiti 2019 with them. It’s not the destinations but the journeys that matter.

Useful information

Trip Inclusions

Self-Drive 4X4 vehicle (4 participants sharing 1 vehicle) with fuel

Accommodation (9 Nights on twin sharing) at luxury hotels

Meal – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Private Airport Transfers

Visit to Table Mountain, Robben Island tour

Drive to Cape of Good Hope

Wine tasting in Stellenbosch

Visit to Cape Agulhas

1 Game Drive in Garden route game lodge

Visit to Oudtshoorn Ostrich Farm

Knysna Elephant Park

Sunset Cruise on the Lagoon in Knysna

Visit to Tsitsikamma National Park

Toll fee and maintenance charges of the vehicle

Adventures Overland crew and support team

Certified English speaking guide

Adventures Overland Merchandise

Vehicle Branding

Visa Assistance

Trip Exclusions

Meals and drinks other than listed in the itinerary

International air ticket

South Africa Visa Fee

Shark Cage & Whale watching

Bungee jump at Bloukrans bridge

Medical and travel insurance etc.

Refundable Security Deposit for vehicle

Porterage, Tip and Gratuity

Lunch on day 1

Lunch and dinner on day 5

Alcoholic Beverages

Any cost arising out of unforeseen conditions like ill health,land blocks, bad weather etc.

Any charges for carrying Video Camera or Still Camera

Any activity not mentioned in inclusions

Any expense of personal nature

5% GST

5% TCS

Cancellation Policy

  • 10% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fee. if the trip is cancelled before 60 days of the departure date
  • 25% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fee .if the trip is cancelled within 60 – 45 days of the departure date
  • 50% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fee. if the trip is cancelled within 45 – 30 days of the departure date
  • 100% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fee.if the trip is cancelled within 30 days of departure date

Refund Policy

  • In case of cancellation, the refund will be made in 15 working days as per the cancellation policy and subtracting 5% GST on the deposited amount
  • The refund will be made to the same account/mode through which transfers have been received

Frequent Asked Questions (FAQs)

What type of expeditions do you organise?

Adventures Overland offers two types of Expeditions – Fixed Departures and Customized Tours. As part of our Fixed Departures, you will be self-driving your (or a rented vehicle) in a convoy of vehicles that is always led by at least one support vehicle and 2 crew members. For a bigger convoy, we provide a lead and a sweep vehicle. Customized Tours are those where you travel on your own chosen dates and we can customize the route as per your preferences. For such journeys, we make all necessary travel arrangements including hotel bookings, permits, excursions and if required, we can send a support team with the group.

In which parts of the world do you organize expeditions?

We organize expeditions all around the world in 6 continents every year. We organize fly-and-drive expeditions in Jordan, Russia, Iceland, Alaska, Mongolia, South America, Africa and Australia where you don’t need to bring a vehicle as the vehicle is included in the package.

What kind of people travel on your expeditions?

Since 2012, we have been proudly putting together offbeat and luxury bespoke tours all around the world for solo travellers, families, couples and senior citizens who come from different walks of life and comprise of entrepreneurs, professionals, industrialists, doctors, creative minds etc. mostly aged 35 years & above.

Are your expeditions suitable for solo woman travellers and families?

Our expeditions are ideal for solo travellers (male and female) and families with kids. The average male and female ratio on most of our expeditions is 60:40. Families, couples and senior citizens join us frequently in all kinds of expeditions.

Is driving mandatory on these expeditions?

Driving is NOT mandatory on any of our expeditions, and you are most welcome to enjoy the journey, sit back and relax while someone else is behind the wheel!

How much driving experience do I need to join an expedition?

Drivers must be a minimum of 25 years old. We expect you to be a confident and competent driver, with plenty of driving experience. You should normally have held your driver’s license for a minimum of two years. Please also note that most of our expeditions include sections of gravel or dirt roads, as stated in the Expedition Summary. We never travel off road, it is simply that there are sections where the road is not paved.


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