Self Driving the Cape Coast of South Africa

hermanus harbor

 

Traversing the Cape is something both popular and practical.  Self drive holidays along the Cape coast are on the rise, so buckle up and hop into the passenger seat as Mahlatini takes you on a journey of discovery.

Starting your trip from Cape Town, with a whole two weeks to kill, you’ll want to spend 3 or 4 days exploring the city. Visit the Cape Town Castle or Robben Island, experience the city’s culinary delights or grab a cable car up to the top of Table Mountain and look down upon the endless miles of sand on Noordhoek beach.

clifton 4th beach, cape town

About an hour’s drive outside of the city rests the winelands. To get the full flavour when sampling this area (pardon the pun) a 2 night stay is probably the best idea. Not only can you visit the vineyards to see how the wines are produced and sample some too, but the surrounding towns offer a unique insight into the colourful history of the area.

Or you could pay a visit is the picturesque town of Hermanus.  Hermanus is renowned as one of the foremost places in the world to view the Southern Right Whales, splashing out of the waters off the Cape Coast from June to November.

500km east of Hermanus lies one of the jewels in South Africa’s crown: the world famous Garden Route. The lush forests and valleys of this region give rise to the name Garden Route and create some of the most beautiful scenery South Africa has to offer. There’s a lot to take in along this remarkable stretch of coastline so we’d recommend at least a 3 or 4 night stay.

A 3 hour drive away lies the Eastern Cape known for its malaria free game reserves. These reserves offer guests superb accommodation in luxury lodges or in tented camps. There are also daily game viewing activities, with the chance to see all of The Big 5 in the one place. 2 to 3 nights in the region can begin or end your stay in the Cape with a one hour drive to Port Elizabeth airport.

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