The popular and leisurely Mellow Cape self-drive holiday in South Africa, using Premier accommodation, begins with Cape Town and meanders through the Winelands and the whale country around Hermanus before continuing via the scenic Route 62, a region of rolling countryside, fruit farms and country villages, to the Little Karoo. It continues with several days enjoying the varied delights of the Garden Route before ending at a country house hotel near to Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape.

It is very easy to add on some time at one of the Eastern Cape private game reserves (malaria-free). We also give a sample price for our 15 night itinerary. It uses mainly intimate country lodges of a premier standard.

Mellow Cape Self-drive tour at a Glance (13 nights):

3 nights Four Rosmead Guest Lodge, Cape Town, BB
2 nights River Manor, Cape Winelands, BB
2 nights Mosaic Lagoon Lodge, Hermanus Lagoon, Fully Inclusive
2 nights La Plume, Little Karoo, BB
3 nights Periwinkle Lodge, Garden Route, BB
1 night Woodall Country House, Addo Elephant Park, BB

Mellow Cape Self-drive at a Glance (15 night version):

As above, but you replace the final night at Woodall with 3 nights at either Kariega River Lodge or Amakhala Safari Lodge (Full Board & Game Drives)

See Day by Day
Day 1

Arrive in Cape Town, 3 nights Four Rosmead, B&B

On arrival at Cape Town Airport you collect your rental car (Hyundai Tuscan / Toyota RAV SUV 2 x 4 or similar) and drive to Four Rosmead for a three-night stay.

Cape Town is Southern Africa’s oldest city and its most scenic. From your base here, close to the Waterfront, you will be able to explore both the city centre and further afield. Take time to walk or take the cable car up Table Mountain, visit the charming Malay quarter and the wonderful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Take a boat trip from the harbour, or just relax on the beach.

Four Rosmead is situated on the slopes of Table Mountain and enjoys 360º views of the mountain, Lions Head, Signal Hill, Table Bay and the city. Warm hospitality, discreet and efficient service are very much the hallmarks of Four Rosmead. Built in 1903, Four Rosmead has been sensitively and stylishly remodeled so that its classic Cape heritage has been sympathetically combined with a contemporary style. The decor is chic with a subtle, distinctive African spirit.

Accommodation: Four Rosmead
Located in: Cape Town - Cape Town City Bowl - South Africa

Day 4

2 nights Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands, B&B

Only a short distance from Cape Town lies the Winelands region, an area of exquisite beauty with rocky mountains overlooking green vineyards; oak avenues leading to elegant Cape Dutch wine estates and some of the most charming towns and villages in South Africa. The main pleasure of this region is the enjoyment of the good life: appreciating the wine and the superb architecture, enjoying long, lazy meals in one of the many excellent restaurants, browsing in the craft shops and galleries or taking scenic drives or walks in the surrounding mountains.

River Manor Country House & Spa in Stellenbosch has a quiet riverside location in a peaceful avenue of oaks, yet it is within two minutes walk of the museums, street cafes, restaurants and art galleries of the historic university centre of Stellenbosch. The bedrooms are stylishly furnished with a sure hand. River Manor combines a colonial style, with antique pieces and artefacts, with a modern African twist in the soft furnishings.

Accommodation: River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa
Located in: Cape Winelands - South Africa - Stellenbosch

Day 6

2 nights Hermanus lagoon area, DBB plus activities

Today you drive over the mountains to the cosmopolitan former fishing village of Hermanus, which boasts some of the finest land-based whale-watching in the world from August to November, as well as spectacular mountain scenery and lovely sandy beaches for swimming and surfing. You may like to go for a nature walk in the mountains, try your luck at some whale-watching along the coastal paths or explore the numerous craft shops in the village. (Approx drive time: 1¾ hours, 130km).

Lagoon Lodge on Mosaic Private Sanctuary is an enchanting lodge on the edge of Hermanus lagoon in an ancient milkwood grove with spectacular views overlooking a bird sanctuary and the beautiful Overberg Mountains. Situated half way between Hermanus and Gansbaai it is ideal for exploring the area with a variety of activities also offered by the lodge such as quad biking, beach visits, canoeing, lakeside walks…

Accommodation: Lagoon Lodge on Mosaic Private Sanctuary
Located in: Hermanus - Hermanus & Route 62 - South Africa

Day 8

2 nights Little Karoo, B&B

Continue to the semi-desert rugged region of the Little Karoo via the spectacular Outeniqua Mountain pass. In the Victorian era, when ostrich feathers were the height of fashion in Europe, the ostrich boom centred on Oudtshoorn creating “feather barons” who built grandiose mansions here. Sample the excellent wines of the Little Karoo over lunch at a working ostrich farm or visit the Cango Caves, a spectacular series of limestone caverns, some of the most extensive in the world. (Approx drive time: 4 hours, 350km)

La Plume is a working ostrich farm with peaceful views over the Olifants River valley to the Swartberg Mountains. The attractive Victorian homestead is decorated in period style and all rooms and suites are furnished with Cape antiques, as well as air-conditioning, fan, complimentary port, television and bar fridge. Farm tours and Karoo farm-style dinners are available on request, if you don’t feel like stirring from this tranquil oasis.

Accommodation: La Plume Guest Farm
Located in: Garden Route - Little Karoo

Day 10

3 nights Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, B&B

Head to the Garden Route for a three night stay. Plettenberg Bay is a resort town with a stunning location overlooking the beautiful Walker Bay. It is still known for its superb beaches, watersports and also Robberg Nature Reserve on the peninsula. (Approx drive time: 2 hours, 150km)

Periwinkle Lodge is a stylish guesthouse overlooking Robberg Beach, a long sandy beach in Plettenberg Bay of the Garden Route. It’s decorated in a relaxed and comfortable way as would typify your own beach house, if you had one, with lots of beach references (shells surrounded mirrors and wooden artefacts) along with a provencal style.

Accommodation: Periwinkle Lodge
Located in: Garden Route - Plettenberg Bay - South Africa

Day 13

1 night Woodall Country House near Addo National Park, BB

Travel through the Tsitsikmma region to Addo National Park for an overnight stay at Woodall Country House. From here you can enjoy a self-drive tour of Addo Park or opt to take one of their morning game drives in their open 4×4 vehicle.

Woodall Country House & Spa is an idyllic five star country house hotel in the Eastern Cape, only minutes from the Addo Elephant National Park. Woodall offers you peace, tranquillity and good food and is situated on a working citrus farm. Woodall’s famous restaurant at the water’s edge of a pretty dam, serves lots of South African dishes with fresh farm ingredients.

Accommodation: Woodall Country House & Spa
Located in: Addo Elephant Park - Eastern Cape - South Africa

Day 13 - Safari Extension

2 nights on Safari in Eastern Cape, Full Board & Game Drives

If you want a longer safari experience, you can change the one night at Woodall near Addo to a 3 night safari in one of the private game reserves (or only 2 nights if you prefer) to make a 15 night itinerary.

Today you drive from the Garden Route to either Kariega River Lodge or Amakhala Safari Lodge for a 3 night safari in a private game reserve.

Accommodation: Kariega River Lodge
Located in: Eastern Cape - Eastern Cape Game Reserves - South Africa

Accommodation: Amakhala Safari Lodge
Located in: Eastern Cape - Eastern Cape Game Reserves - South Africa

Day 14 (or 16)

Return rental car to Port Elizabeth

Today you have the day at leisure to enjoy game drives before you drop off your rental car at Port Elizabeth Airport in time for your onward flight.

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Meals and accommodation as shown in text, Group C 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 round but especially October through May.
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