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The Cape Explorer Self Drive

Inspirational self-drive & safari holiday to South Africa

Taking in the best spots along South Africa’s Cape coast, this adventurous self-drive trip offers complete flexibility.  No compromises on luxury though, with 5-star accommodation throughout. One of the most picturesque driving routes in the world, the scenery dramatically changes with every stop from deserted sandy beaches and sheltered lagoons to bush land and mountain passes. You will visit the city of Cape Town, the Cape Winelands, the small town of Oudtshoorn in the semi-desert Karoo and the spectacular Garden Route, with its many outdoor activities and incredible beaches.  You will conclude with a Big 5 malaria-free safari in the ultra-luxurious Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge. 

There is no shortage of activities to enjoy along the way from cable car trips up iconic Table Mountain and seeing penguins at Boulders Beach, to shark diving, whale watching, picnics and wine tasting.  

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International
  • 4 nights - Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2 nights - Le Quartier Francais, Winelands, South Africa
  • 2 nights - Rosenhof Country House, Oudtshoorn, 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 14 Nights
  • City Icon City
  • Beach Icon Beach
  • Safari Icon Safari
  • Scenic Icon Scenic

Tailor-made itineraries

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

Day-by-day

Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International

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Twelve apostles hotel and spa al fresco mountain dining 1280
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Day 1 - 5

Arrive at Cape Town Airport, collect your hire car and drive yourselves to your hotel in Camps Bay.

  • 4 nights

Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
Bed & Breakfast | Classic Room
South Africa

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Le quartier francais lounge area 1280
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Day 5 - 7

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

  • 2 nights

Le Quartier Francais
Bed & Breakfast | Auberge Room
South Africa

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Rosenhof country house courtyard gardens 1280
Rosenhof country house luxury picnic experience 1280
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Day 7 - 9

Today you will take the +- 4 hour drive to the small town of Oudtshoorn.

  • 2 nights

Rosenhof Country House
Bed & Breakfast | Standard Room
South Africa

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The plettenberg dinner in the wine cellar 1280
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The plettenberg beach house lounge 1280
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Day 9 - 12

Today you will take the +- 2 hour drive to Plettenberg Bay along the Garden Route.

  • 3 nights

The Plettenberg
Bed & Breakfast | Standard Room
South Africa

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Great Fish River Lodge outdoor shower
Great Fish River Lodge private deck swimming pool
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Day 12 - 15

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 15

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

We've got you covered

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.

Included icon

Includes

  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Drinks (excluding premium brands) at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge
  • All scheduled safari activities offered by Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge
  • Car hire, group C car (Toyota Corolla or similar) including full cover, unlimited km and taxes
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
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Excludes

  • 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 Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge
Indulge your passions

ACTIVITIES

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 Sight seeing
  • 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
  • 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 Snorkeling/Scuba Diving
  • Watersports Icon Watersports
  • Kids Bushcraft Icon Kids Bushcraft
  • Food Experience Icon Food Experience
  • Photography Safari Icon Photography Safari
  • City Sights Icon City Sights
  • Natural Wonders Icon Natural Wonders
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
  • Wine Tour Icon Wine Tour
Enriching encounters

ICONIC WILDLIFE

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

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From majestic wildlife to out of this world natural wonders, enchanting beaches and intriguing cities, 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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