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Best of the Cape Self Drive Honeymoon

Inspirational self drive honeymoon to South Africa

For honeymooners who love the freedom of a road trip.  South Africa’s Cape coast is waiting to be explored with its spectacular scenery, iconic tourist attractions, and luxurious accommodation.   This Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route, and Eastern Cape Safari route is a well-traveled route and for good reason.  It is known for being one of the world's most picturesque drives, where the scenery dramatically changes with every stop from deserted sandy beaches and sheltered lagoons to bush land and mountain passes.  There is no shortage of activities to enjoy around Cape Town, from cable car trips up iconic Table Mountain and seeing penguins at Boulders Beach, to shark diving, whale watching, surfing, biking, canoeing and boat trips.   

Explore the gastronomic route that is the Cape Winelands with its picnics and wine tasting, marvel in the adventure playground that is the Garden Route, and end on a high with a Big 5 safari in the Eastern Cape.   

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International
  • 3 nights - The Clarendon Fresnaye, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2 nights - The Last Word Franschhoek, Winelands, South Africa
  • 4 nights - The Old Rectory Hotel & Spa, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
  • 3 nights - Amakhala Bush Lodge, Amakhala Game Reserve, South Africa
  • Ends - Transfer to Port Elizabeth for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon South Africa
  • Nights Icon 12 Nights
  • City Icon City
  • Beach Icon Beach
  • Safari Icon Safari
  • Scenic Icon Scenic

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Every Mahlatini trip is custom created to your exact travel wishes – no readymade tours or set departures. Get in touch with our experts to start creating your bespoke itinerary.

Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
Itinerary Details


Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International

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Day 1 - 4

Arrive at Cape Town Airport, collect your hire car and drive yourselves to your guesthouse in Fresnaye.

  • 3 nights

The Clarendon Fresnaye
Bed & Breakfast | Superior Room
South Africa

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Day 4 - 6

Today you will take the +- 1.5 hour drive to the scenic Cape Winelands and to the town of Franschhoek.

  • 2 nights

The Last Word Franschhoek
Bed & Breakfast | Superior Room
South Africa

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Day 6 - 10

Today you will take the +- 5 hour drive to Plettenberg Bay, along the Garden Route.

  • 4 nights

The Old Rectory Hotel & Spa
Bed & Breakfast | Standard Room
South Africa

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Day 10 - 13

Today you will take the +- 3.5 hour drive to the Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape.

  • 3 nights

Amakhala Bush Lodge
All Inclusive | Luxury Suite
South Africa

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Day 13

Today you will take the drive to Gqeberha (previously Port Elizabeth) Airport where you will drop off your hire car and connect with your flight home.

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Our trips are unashamedly high-end but always deliver excellent value for money. Our guide price covers the majority of trip costs upfront, on a per person basis, including international flights and all transfers.

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  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • All scheduled safari activities offered by the camps or lodges
  • Car hire, group C car (Toyota Corolla or similar) including full cover, unlimited km and taxes
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
  • Carbon-offsetting with One Tree Planted
  • Conservation donation to Save the Rhino
  • Community projects contribution with Uthando
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  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not offered as scheduled by the accommodation
  • Visas and visa fees where relevant
  • Petrol
  • Beverages with the exception of all inclusive hotels
Indulge your passions


This sample trip offers countless adventures and activities to ensure lifetime memories are made. From unforgettable thrills to indulgent relaxation, choose those that appeal most and we will curate your perfect itinerary.

  • Big 5 Safari Icon Big 5 Safari
  • 4 WD Safari Icon 4WD Safari
  • Birdwatching Icon Birdwatching
  • Boat Trip Icon Boat Trip
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walking Safari
  • Night Drive Icon Night Drive
  • Ocean Safari Icon Ocean Safari
  • Whale Watching Icon Whale Watching
  • Helicopter Flights Icon Helicopter Flights
  • Hot Air Balloon Flights Icon Hot Air Balloon Flights
  • Scenic Flights Icon Scenic Flights
  • Shark Diving Icon Shark Diving
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Experience
  • Canoeing Kayaking Icon Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cycling Icon Cycling
  • Fishing Icon Fishing
  • Golf Icon Golf
  • Hiking Icon Hiking
  • Horseriding Icon Horse Riding
  • Snorkelling Scuba Diving Icon Snorkelling/Scuba Diving
  • Kids Bushcraft Icon Kids Bushcraft
  • Food Experience Icon Food Experiences
  • City Sights Icon City Sights
  • Natural Wonders Icon Natural Wonders
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
  • Wine Tour Icon Wine Tour
Enriching encounters


Whether you want to tick off the Big Five or encounter specific safari species and sea creatures on your safari and coastal stay, our expert guides reveal the typical wildlife sightings to expect on this sample trip.

  • White Rhino
    White Rhino
  • Spotted Hyena
    Spotted Hyena
  • Rock Hyrax
    Rock Hyrax
  • Ostrich
  • Orca
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Jackal
  • Humpback Whale
    Humpback Whale
  • Great White Shark
    Great White Shark
  • Elephant
  • Cheetah
  • Cape Fur Seal
    Cape Fur Seal
  • Buffalo
  • Bottlenose Dolphin
    Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Baboon
  • African Fish Eagle
    African Fish Eagle
  • African penguin
    African Penguin
  • Southern right whale
    Southern Right Whale
Sample Itineraries


From majestic wildlife to out of this world natural wonders, cultural melting pots and enchanting beaches, every bespoke Mahlatini journey is thrilling. Unsure where to visit? Whether it’s a bucket-list adventure, a milestone celebration or simply a much-needed escape, experience the joy with this inspiring selection of favorites.

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