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Cape Coast and Safari Self Drive

Inspirational self drive holiday to South Africa

Explore the exquisite Cape Coast of South Africa on this exciting self-drive holiday, covering Cape Town, the Cape Winelands, the Garden Route and finally finishing on an exhilarating malaria-free safari in the Eastern Cape.  Begin with a city break in the world's most Instagrammable city, Cape Town. Stay in the beautiful suburb of Bantry Bay at The Clarendon Bantry Bay, a boutique guesthouse offering incredible sea views. From here you are within easy reach of the city's sights and the trendy beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton. In the Cape Winelands, you will be perfectly positioned in the Franschhoek Wine Valley at Leeu Estates, an exclusive 5-star boutique hotel offering fine dining and exquisite gardens. From here take the cliff-hugging coastal road to the De Hoop Nature Reserve where you can soak up the sun on a secluded beach and look out for whales. 

Then escape to Plettenberg Bay, on South Africa's famed Garden Route, with its many action-packed activities and beautiful beaches. Exciting activities await as you end your journey in the Eastern Cape staying at the tranquil Great Fish River Lodge in the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. Enjoy game drives, nature walks and big game walking safaris with the opportunity to track white and black rhinos and elephants on foot.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International
  • 3 nights - The Clarendon Bantry Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2 nights - Leeu House, Winelands, South Africa
  • 2 nights - Lekkerwater Beach Lodge at De Hoop, De Hoop Nature Reserve, South Africa
  • 3 nights - The Plettenberg, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
  • 3 nights - Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, South Africa
  • Ends - Transfer to Port Elizabeth for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon South Africa
  • Nights Icon 13 Nights
  • City Icon City
  • Beach Icon Beach
  • Safari Icon Safari
  • Scenic Icon Scenic

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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 guest house in Bantry Bay.

  • 3 nights

The Clarendon Bantry Bay
Bed & Breakfast | Superior Suite
South Africa

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Day 4 - 6

Today you will take the +- 2 hour drive drive to the scenic Cape Winelands and to the town of Franschhoek.

  • 2 nights

Leeu House
Bed & Breakfast | Classic Room
South Africa

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Lekkerwater beach lodge at de hoop dinner and sundowners on the beach 1280
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Day 8 - 11

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

  • 3 nights

The Plettenberg
Bed & Breakfast | Luxury Sea View
South Africa

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Great Fish River Lodge private deck swimming pool
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Day 11 - 14

Today you will take the +- 4 hour drive to the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape.

  • 3 nights

Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge
All Inclusive | Suite
South Africa

Great Fish River Lodge bedroom at sunrise

Day 14

Today you will take the +- 2 hour drive to Gqeberha (previously Port Elizabeth) Airport where you will drop off your hire car and catch 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
  • Quad Biking Icon Quad Biking
  • Scenic Flights Icon Scenic Flights
  • Shark Diving Icon Shark Diving
  • White Water Rafting Icon White Water Rafting
  • Conservation Experience Icon Conservation Experience
  • 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
  • Watersports Icon Water Sports
  • Kids Bushcraft Icon Kids Bushcraft
  • Food Experience Icon Food Experiences
  • Photographic Safari Icon Photographic Safari
  • 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.

  • Zebra
  • Wildebeest
  • White Rhino
    White Rhino
  • Rock Hyrax
    Rock Hyrax
  • Ostrich
  • Pangolin
  • Orca
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Humpback Whale
    Humpback Whale
  • Hippo
  • Great White Shark
    Great White Shark
  • Elephant
  • Crocodile
  • Cheetah
  • Cape Fur Seal
    Cape Fur Seal
  • Buffalo
  • Brown Hyena
    Brown Hyena
  • Bottlenose Dolphin
    Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Black Rhino
    Black Rhino
  • Baboon
  • African Fish Eagle
    African Fish Eagle
  • Southern Giraffe
  • Aardvark
  • Aardwolf
  • 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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