Faces of the Cape Self-drive

This relaxing, luxurious Faces of the Cape self drive holiday is ideal for easy-going travelers or a romantic honeymoon. You stay in luxurious romantic country house lodges and one of our favourite hotels in Cape Town.

This self drive holiday begins with 3 nights in cosmopolitan Cape Town. You then explore three contrasting areas. You first head to the dramatic Cedarberg mountains with its rockpools, rock art, walking and biking possibilities. Next you travel south to the verdant Cape Winelands. Your final destination is the exciting Whale Coast near Hermanus.

This self drive holiday is ideal anytime of the year! But it’s particularly beautiful from August to November when wild flowers are in bloom and the Southern Right whales are breeding off the coast of South Africa. However its lovely through our summer months as well from December to March. It is easy to add a safari afterwards to make a longer holiday or honeymoon.

Faces of the Cape at a glance:

3 nights, 12 Apostles Hotel or Kensington Place, B&B, Cape Town
3 nights, Cederberg Ridge Wilderness Lodge, Full Board & Actvities, Cedarberg Mountains
2 nights, Holden Manz Country House, B&B, Cape Winelands
3 nights, Grootbos Forest Lodge, Full Board & Activities, Whale Coast

Optional Safari Extension 

If you have time, we strongly recommend adding a two night safari extension to Sanbona Game Reserve at stay at either Dwyka Tented Camp or Tilney Manor.. You could take one of the nights from Grootbos if you need to make it a 12 night itinerary.

Add on’s:

Why not enjoy some of the best destination that Africa can offer by adding a few nights in the Kruger, Victoria Falls or Botswana. Or 2 or 3 nights at a luxurious beach resort in Mozambique.

Note: You can also ask us to quote on this itinerary using private transfers if you don’t wish to drive yourselves.

Contact us for us tailor-made options or great add on’s!


See Day by Day
Day 1

Arrive in Cape Town for your 3 nights stay at 12 Apostles Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

On arrival at Cape Town, you collect your rental car and drive to the 12 Apostles Hotel where you spend 3 nights.

Cape Town is one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world. Cradled by Table Mountain, it has immense charm and historical interest whilst its unique cultural blend; part African, part European and part Asian, makes for a cosmopolitan dining experience. Take the cable car or walk up Table Mountain, visit the colourful Malay quarter or meander through the wonderful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Browse through the vibrant Greenmarket Square, head out to Robben Island by boat or simply relax on the beach.

The intimate Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa on the Atlantic coast side of Cape Town is ideal if you’re looking for a romantic yet fun hotel with a distinctly glamorous feel to it. The hotel stands at the edge of the world. On one side, a line of majestic mountains – the ‘Twelve Apostles’ – reaches towards the heavens; on the other, the sun sets on breeching whales, playful dolphins, and crashing rollers of the Atlantic. And all around, you can walk the wilderness trails of the Table Mountain National Park. They’ll even pack you a picnic basket.


Kensington Place is an engaging choice for your Cape Town stay. A small exclusive boutique hotel set on the slopes of Table Mountain. With spectacular views of Table Bay, the harbour, Cape Town city skyline and mountains. It is within easy walking distance of Kloof Street with its many restaurants and interesting boutiques – remember it’s an uphill walk on the way back so you may like to take a taxi home!



Accommodation: Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
Located in: Atlantic & Camps Bay - Cape Town - South Africa

Accommodation: Kensington Place
Located in: Cape Town - Cape Town City Bowl - South Africa

Day 4

3 Nights in the Cedarberg Mountains, Cederberg Ridge

Head north via the West Coast to the Cedarberg to stay at Cederberg Ridge Wilderness Lodge

The Cederberg Mountains lie approx 2+ hours drive north of Cape Town. Once over the Piekenierskloof Pass, you descend into a different world… The country has changed: wilder, warmer with a raw, dramatic beauty. The towering Cederberg mountains, brilliant purple in the late afternoon light, preside over a fruit-filled valley laden with the scent of orange blossom in the spring. En route to the Cederberg you may like to visit the Cape West Coast, with its unique sandveld vegetation, picturesque fishing villages, long sandy beaches and immense bird colonies. Its relaxed hospitality is amply demonstrated by the outdoor seafood restaurants on the beach.

Cederberg Ridge is a luxurious wilderness lodge offering delicious food, hospitality and adventure. The lodge overlooks the panorama of the Cederberg Mountains with its unique raw, rugged beauty. Various excursions are on offer, both on and off the farm. From walking trails to mountain biking, from guided rock art trips to boating, and from farm tours to flower-viewing. At the lodge, you can relax around the pool, pamper yourself with a spa treatment or enjoy story-telling and star-gazing at the fire-pit in the evening.

Accommodation: Cederberg Ridge Wilderness Lodge
Located in: Cederberg & West Coast - Clanwilliam - South Africa

Day 7

2 nights Cape Winelands, Holden Manz Country House, Bed & Breakfast

Travel to the Winelands via Tulbagh to spend 2 nights at Holden Manz Country House

The Winelands is an exquisite area of rocky mountains overlooking green vineyards. Oak avenues lead to elegant Cape Dutch wine estates and some of the most charming towns and villages in South Africa. The pleasure of this region is the enjoyment of the good life: appreciating the wine and the unique Cape architecture; savouring long, lazy meals at one of the many excellent restaurants; debating the merits of the latest vintages; or browsing in the craft studios and art galleries.

The 5 star Holden Manz Country House caters in luxurious style. Offering 5 spacious suites fitted with only the best and most lavish, alongside beautiful views of the rolling lawns, vineyards, upper-Franschhoek Valley and mountains beyond, a sense of tranquil prosperity greets guests on arrival. Our extensive collection of contemporary South African art will calm your soul and re-invigorate your senses.

(Le Quartier is an alternative option.)

Day 9

3 nights Near Hermanus, Grootbos Garden Lodge, Full Board and In-house Activities

Take a scenic coastal route to Hermanus to spend 3 nights at Grootbos Nature Reserve

Hermanus & Route 62 are two of the famous attractions of the Cape Whale Coast. A bountiful area of gentle rolling green pastures, picturesque vineyards and unspoilt coastline between the Winelands to the west and the Garden Route to the east.

Hermanus offers plenty of attractions including some of the finest land-based whale watching in the world. The southern coast boasts some of the finest land-based whale-watching in the world between July and early December, when the Southern Right Whales come right into the bays to give birth. During peak season enthralling sightings – from land and by boat – are a daily occurrence. You are likely to see spectacular breaches and other acrobatics of these gentle giants.

Grootbos Nature Reserve, located amidst the spectacular fynbos and ancient dunes of the Southern Coast, is a multi-award winning gem. Overlooking Walker Bay, it’s a nature-lovers paradise – all but the most committed urbanite will enjoy the inclusive activities: guided fynbos 4×4 drives, milkwood forest walks, horse riding, beach visits and guided land-based whale-watching as well as the optional activities of boat-based whale watching and shark cage diving.

This tour is based on Forest Lodge but you can opt for Garden Lodge if you prefer.

Accommodation: Grootbos Forest Lodge
Located in: Hermanus - Hermanus & Route 62 - South Africa

Accommodation: Grootbos Garden Lodge
Located in: Hermanus - Hermanus & Route 62 - South Africa

Day 12
Return rental car to Cape Town

After a final morning activity at Grootbos you have the whole day to enjoy Hermanus as you meander back to Cape Town Airport where you drop off your rental car in time for your onward flight.

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Meals and accommodation as shown in text, Group E car rental with unlimited kilometres and super cover insurance. Upgrades to larger vehicles easily arranged.
International & domestic flights, visas, items of a personal nature, meals not specified
Best time to go:
All year, especially August through to October
Mediterranean climate in the Cape (hot dry summers, winter rains) Daily flights into Cape Town
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