• Departing from? Departing from
  • Travelling to? Travelling to
  • When? When
  • How long for? How long for
  • Clear Search
  • Departing from?Dublin + 3
  • Travelling to?Italy + 1
  • When?March 2015
  • How long for?7 nights
  • Clear Search
Home / Cape Town, the Garden Route & Kruger Park
Cape Town, the Garden Route & Kruger Park

Cape Town, the Garden Route & Kruger Park

  • 14 Night Holiday
  • B&B
View Dates & Prices

Located on the shore of Table Bay on South Africa’s Western Cape, Cape Town is famous for landmarks including the majestic Table Mountain and Robben Island.  Developed as a port by the Dutch in the 17th century, today Cape Town is a buzzing tourist destination and was voted ‘Best Place to Visit’ by the New York Times in 2014.

The stretch of south-eastern coast known as the Garden Route displays spectacular scenery and wonderful flora and fauna in its numerous nature reserves for you to discover.

 

Your final stop is Kruger National Park, one of the most famous safari parks in the world and home to the ‘Big Five’ game animals. A fantastic holiday, encompassing spectacular scenery, unique culture & history, and the opportunity for some fascinating wildlife encounters.

 

*Please note:

-the 18th November holiday includes a slightly different itinerary with a visit to Robben Island followed by a night in the coastal town of Arniston. Please contact us for further details. 

-2016 departures the order of excursions will switch for Day 3 and Day 4. One early morning game drive and one full day game drive will be included during your stay at Kruger National Park.

Coach transfer to and from Belfast (Glengall Street) to Dublin Airport on selected dates.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
South African Rand
Local Time
Irish and UK time +2 hours
Passport
A visa is not required for Irish or UK citizens. Passports must be valid for at least 30 days beyond the period of intended stay. Note that visitors to South Africa must have at least two free page in their passport for endorsements.
Climate

The seasons in Cape Town are opposite to those in the Northern hemisphere. Winter runs from June to August and the sun shines on Christmas Day. Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate with four seasons.

Food & Drink

Smoked meat, curries, chutneys, and lamb with tomato stew are some of the many specialties of South Africa. For adventurous diners there are plenty of exotic choices including Ostrich, Kudu and biltong.

Vaccinations
Vaccinations are required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 17.00R
  • Beer: 18.00R
  • Glass of wine: 25.00R
  • Meal: 70.00R
  • Soft Drink: 8.00R
  • Bottled Water: 5.00R

(€1 = approx 14R)

Packing List

We advise you to bring:

  • Your valid passport
  • A 220v plug adaptor
  • Sun cream
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Camera
  • A good pocket torch in case of occasional power cuts
Recommended Reading

Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee

The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie

The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John

Holiday highlights

Cape of Good Hope

With one of the most romantic names in the world, the Cape of Good Hope was discovered by the Portuguese navigator Bartholomeu Dias in 1487 while trying to find the seaway to India. Initially, given the name ‘Cape of Storms’ because of a storm that almost wrecked the ship on the cliffs, King Juan II renamed it the ‘Cape of Good Hope,’ with the vision that this sea route to India would be well-travelled one day.

The Garden Route

The Garden Route stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River. The name is due to the diverse range of vegetation found here. The numerous water basins along the coastline feature lakes, lagoons, mountains, tall forests, rivers and golden beaches.

Outeniqua Pass

this relatively modern pass connects the coastal town of George with Oudtshoorn and the Little Karoo. Built in 1951 to replace the Montagu Pass, it has been widened and modernized several times.

Soweto

The name is formed from the first two letters of South Western Township - the original description of the area. It was established soon after the discovery of gold in 1885 when thousands of people from around the world came with hopes of great fortune.

Kruger National Park

one of the most famous national parks in the world and the oldest one in Africa. Covering a surface of 1,948,528 hectares, this park is a diverse ecosystem that is home to 147 mammal species and 507 bird species. Home to the Big Five game animals, lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard – Kruger gives you a great chance of seeing these incredible creatures in their natural habitat.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
South African Rand
Local Time
Irish and UK time +2 hours
Passport
A visa is not required for Irish or UK citizens. Passports must be valid for at least 30 days beyond the period of intended stay. Note that visitors to South Africa must have at least two free page in their passport for endorsements.
Climate

The seasons in Cape Town are opposite to those in the Northern hemisphere. Winter runs from June to August and the sun shines on Christmas Day. Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate with four seasons.

Food & Drink

Smoked meat, curries, chutneys, and lamb with tomato stew are some of the many specialties of South Africa. For adventurous diners there are plenty of exotic choices including Ostrich, Kudu and biltong.

Vaccinations
Vaccinations are required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 17.00R
  • Beer: 18.00R
  • Glass of wine: 25.00R
  • Meal: 70.00R
  • Soft Drink: 8.00R
  • Bottled Water: 5.00R

(€1 = approx 14R)

Packing List

We advise you to bring:

  • Your valid passport
  • A 220v plug adaptor
  • Sun cream
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Camera
  • A good pocket torch in case of occasional power cuts
Recommended Reading

Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee

The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie

The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to South Africa

Full Day

Travel to South Africa

Depart from Dublin for Cape Town

Day 2 - Arrive in Cape Town

Morning

Arrive in Cape Town

Upon arrival in Cape Town, you will be met by our local representative in the airport.  Begin your holiday with a trip to Table Mountain (weather permitting) for a cable car ride to take in the spectacular views of the city, stretching to False Bay, including Robben Island and the Devil’s Peak. 

Afternoon

Transfer to your hotel

This afternoon you will transfer to your hotel to relax for the rest of the day.

Day 3 - Wine Tour

Full Day

Wine Tour

Today, travel through picturesque countryside on a tour of some local vineyards. Enjoy the incredible scenery of rolling vineyards while you sample some of South Africa’s favourite wines and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local winery. 

Day 4 - Cape Peninsula Tour

Full Day

Cape Peninsula Tour

On today’s excursion to the Cape Peninsula, you will be treated to some of the most breath taking scenery in the world!  Beginning at the fishing village of Hout Bay, home to an enormous colony of Sea Lions, and finishing at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, where the Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias first established trading routes between Africa and Asia in the fifteenth century.  You will drive along the coast route, overlooking the rocky peninsula and take in stunning views of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans along the way.  Stops include Cape Point and Boulders Beach for an up close and personal encounter with African Penguins. Lunch is included.

Day 5 - Robben Island

Morning

Robben Island

Weather permitting; today you will catch the boat from the Victoria & Alfred waterfront out to Robben Island. Located almost 7km off the coast in Table Bay, the island is internationally known as the location where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Today the island is a UNESCO world heritage site and a living museum, welcoming thousands of visitors every year. You will be taken on a guided tour of the island and museum by one of the former political prisoners from the island. 

Afternoon

Travel to Hermanus/Arniston

This afternoon you will leave Cape Town and begin your journey up the famous stretch of coastline called the Garden Route, travelling past the picturesque towns of Betty's Bay and stunning Pringle Bay. While admiring these breath-taking coastal sights, stay on the lookout for whales swimming and playing in the ocean below. Along the way you will visit the Harold Porter Botanical Garden. Containing approximately 1,600 plant species the garden has a greater floral diversity per unit area than any other place in the world. Please note that on the 18th November departure date, the visit to Robben Island will be followed by a night in the coastal town of Arniston. 

Day 6 - Garden Route & Route 62

Full Day

Garden Route

Today, you will travel along Route 62 to the small town of Montagu, famed for its thermal baths and fruit orchards. Take in ocean views and vineyard scenery along the way, and take a short stop at the historic town of Swellendam en route. *Please note that on selected dates this stop may be replaced with a trip to Oudshoorn, which is known as the Ostrich Capital of the world. 

Day 7 - Outeniqua Mountain Pass

Full Day

Garden Route & Route 62

Continue along beautiful Route 62, and take in spectacular mountain sights while driving through the Outeniqua Mountain Pass, heading towards the coastal town of Knysna. This town lies on the Knysna lagoon, the mouth of which is guarded by two promontories known as ‘The Heads’ and is famed due to the amount of sailors who lost their lives sailing through this dangerous stretch. 

Day 8 - Featherbed Nature Reserve

Full Day

Featherbed Nature Reserve

Today you will visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you will travel by ferry across the Knysna Lagoon. The reserve lies on the unspoilt western head of Knysna, and here you will be driven in a 4x4 to see stunning views and beautiful flora & fauna. Enjoy a buffet lunch sitting underneath a canopy of Milkwood trees. 

Afternoon

At leisure

You will have the remainder of the day to spend at leisure in the beautiful surrounds of your hotel.

Day 9 - Tsitsikamma National Park & Forest

Morning

Tsitsikamma National Park & Forest

Today, you will travel to Tsitsikamma, where you will experience the dramatic coastal areas of the Garden Route where forest meets ocean. You will visit the Tsitsikama National Park, a glorious 10km stretch of wild and rocky coastline characterised by massive cliffs, narrow isolated beaches and shady indigenous forest along the river valleys.

Afternoon

Travel to Port Elizabeth

Afterwards you will travel to your hotel in Port Elizabeth. 

Day 10 - Travel to Johannesburg & Soweto Tour

Morning

Travel to Johannesburg & Soweto Tour

After breakfast you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg.  You will be met by our local representative on arrival in Johannesburg, before travelling to the suburb of Soweto for a traditional lunch at a local tavern. 

Afternoon

Visit to former house of Nelson Mandela

After lunch, enjoy a scenic drive to sights such as the former house of Nelson Mandela. 

Day 11 - Bourkes Luck Potholes

Morning

Bourkes Luck Potholes

Today, you will travel east towards Mpumalanga, also known as the ‘Province of the Sun.’ This region is home to rare flora & fauna and offers sweeping grassland and savannah views, and boasts some of the oldest rocks in the world.  Visit the Bourke’s Luck Potholes, a bizarre rock formation, and the spectacular Mpumalanga waterfalls that drop into a deep lagoon en route.

Afternoon

Travel on to Kruger

This afternoon you will travel on to Kruger National Park. Make sure to have your camera ready, as animals can appear at any time, not just while on a safari drive!

Day 12 - Game Drive in Kruger National Park

Full Day

Game Drive in Kruger National Park

It’s time for safari! You will set off early this morning while it’s still cool and the animals are most active, in an open top four wheel drive vehicles to explore some of the magnificent 2 million hectares of Kruger National Park. 

Day 13 - Kruger National Park

Morning

Game Drive

Another early start, this time you will drive through a different area of the park in search of some new species of birds and animals to the ones you saw yesterday. This is your last chance to see the big 5 so keep your eyes peeled!

Afternoon

At leisure

You will have the afternoon at leisure, take a dip in the pool or just relax and enjoy the beautiful calm surroundings of your lodge. 

Day 14 - Return home

Morning

Return home

After breakfast you will transfer to Johannesburg Airport for your flight home. 

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

Customer reviews

Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Windsor Hotel Hermanus 3

This hotel offers stunning views, as it sits atop of a cliff that overlooks an area where the Atlantic Ocean, from the West, mixes with the Indian Ocean, from East. This ideal water climate creates a hotspot for whale breeding and in turn whale watching. Built in 1896, this histo... read more read more read more

This hotel offers stunning views, as it sits atop of a cliff that overlooks an area where the Atlantic Ocean, from the West, mixes with the Indian Ocean, from East. This ideal water climate creates a hotspot for whale breeding and in turn whale watching. Built in 1896, this historic hotel, located in the town of Hermanus, offers both a unique and modern feel. After spending the day enjoy picturesque scenery, guests may choose to relax and sip on a drink or cocktail at the hotel’s bar, while staring out over the ocean. In addition, it provides all the modern amenities for a comfortable and relaxing stay. 

Hotel address
Windsor Hotel Hermanus
49 Marine Drive,


Hermanus
View available dates for this hotel

Montagu Country Hotel 3

Nestled between the Langeberg and Riviersonderend mountain ranges, in the Western Cape, this hotel is a gorgeous stop between cape Town and the Garden Route. Built in 1922, this hotel was restored to fit the modern amenities, without losing its antique feel. Surrounded by gardens... read more read more read more

Nestled between the Langeberg and Riviersonderend mountain ranges, in the Western Cape, this hotel is a gorgeous stop between cape Town and the Garden Route. Built in 1922, this hotel was restored to fit the modern amenities, without losing its antique feel. Surrounded by gardens, guests will feel as if they are enveloped in the natural surroundings through the day and night. The outdoor pool offers a place for guests to relax and cool off on a hot day. If you are looking for deeper relaxation, the Health Centre offers a variety of treatments and massages (charges may apply). One unique feature of this hotel, is their American dream cars that guests may ride in in for a small cost. 

Hotel address
Montagu Country Hotel
27th Bath Street


Montagu
View available dates for this hotel

The Beach Hotel 4

Located in the seaside town of Port Elizabeth there are many swimming opportunities nearby, such as Hobie, Humewood & Kings Beaches. Also in walking distance, are a variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment. The hotel, itself, offers place to relax in its outdoor swimmi... read more read more read more

Located in the seaside town of Port Elizabeth there are many swimming opportunities nearby, such as Hobie, Humewood & Kings Beaches. Also in walking distance, are a variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment. The hotel, itself, offers place to relax in its outdoor swimming pool. The modern rooms provide all the comforts needed to your ideal stay. The cocktail bar and lounge are great for those looking to unwind with a few drinks or converse with other guests. If you prefer solitude, a nice walk along the beach will give you time to enjoy the surrounding natural beauty of the land.  

Hotel address
The Beach Hotel
P.O. Box 319


Port Elizabeth
View available dates for this hotel

Park Inn Sandton Hotel 4

The Park Inn Sandton Hotel’s location and amenities combine to provide the ideal experience for Johannesburg travellers. The proximity to both local businesses and exciting attractions, like Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton City Shopping Centre, Nelson Mandela Square and the Jo... read more read more read more

The Park Inn Sandton Hotel’s location and amenities combine to provide the ideal experience for Johannesburg travellers. The proximity to both local businesses and exciting attractions, like Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton City Shopping Centre, Nelson Mandela Square and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, is unbeatable.

Hotel address
Park Inn Sandton Hotel
118 Katherine street


Johannesburg
View available dates for this hotel

Sabi River Sun Resort 4 Star

Resort accommodation is provided in the form of 60 hotel rooms, which are furnished in a simple yet elegant style and provide all the amenities you may need during your stay. Rooms have either two double beds or 1 king bed, with smoking rooms available on request. Facilities incl... read more read more read more

Resort accommodation is provided in the form of 60 hotel rooms, which are furnished in a simple yet elegant style and provide all the amenities you may need during your stay. Rooms have either two double beds or 1 king bed, with smoking rooms available on request. Facilities include en-suite bathrooms, tea and coffee stations, electronic safes, air-conditioning and hairdryers, while guest services such as porter service, wake up facility and 18-hour room service are also provided.

Hotel address
Sabi River Sun Resort
Main Sabie Road
Hazyview
Mpumalanga
Mpumalanga
View available dates for this hotel

Knysna Log-Inn 4

4*... read more read more read more

4*

Hotel address
Knysna Log-Inn

16 Gray Street
Knysna 6571
Knysna
View available dates for this hotel

Knysna Hollow 3

Knysna Hollow is beautifully set on a secluded old country estate near Knysna’s famous lagoon on the Garden Route. Built in a bygone era, it is finished with pressed ceilings, yellowwood floors and indigenous furniture. Knysna is well known for its rich forests and endless lakes.... read more read more read more

Knysna Hollow is beautifully set on a secluded old country estate near Knysna’s famous lagoon on the Garden Route. Built in a bygone era, it is finished with pressed ceilings, yellowwood floors and indigenous furniture. Knysna is well known for its rich forests and endless lakes. For the nature lover, Knysna is home to a myriad of fauna and flora, the elusive Knysna Loerie and the fabled Knysna Elephants.

Hotel address
Knysna Hollow
5 Welbedacht Lane


Knysna
View available dates for this hotel

The Kelway Hotel 4

Located within walking distance of multiple tourist attractions and the stunning beaches of Port Elizabeth, this hotel is a place for those looking to relax and enjoy their vacation. Built as a timber structure with matching decor, it has a warm and homely atmosphere. During a st... read more read more read more

Located within walking distance of multiple tourist attractions and the stunning beaches of Port Elizabeth, this hotel is a place for those looking to relax and enjoy their vacation. Built as a timber structure with matching decor, it has a warm and homely atmosphere. During a stay, guests may choose to relax by the outdoor pool or enjoy a few drinks or cocktails at the hotel bar. 

Hotel address
The Kelway Hotel
Brookes Hill Drive
Humewood
Port Elizabeth, 6013
Port Elizabeth
View available dates for this hotel

Premier Hotel Knysa 4

Secluded amongst the banks of the Knysna Lagoon and nestled in woodland gardens, this is a pleasant and picturesque hotel. Situated 3 km from Knysna city centre, it is one of the most popular destinations along the Garden Route.  Guests looking to further enjoy this four-sta... read more read more read more

Secluded amongst the banks of the Knysna Lagoon and nestled in woodland gardens, this is a pleasant and picturesque hotel. Situated 3 km from Knysna city centre, it is one of the most popular destinations along the Garden Route.  Guests looking to further enjoy this four-star hotel, may cool-down in the outdoor pool, during the warmer months of the year, or go for an outdoor stroll by the lagoon. The Cocktail Bar and the Ladies Lounge are  a great place for those looking to enjoy some relaxation time with a few drinks. 

Hotel address
Premier Hotel Knysa
George Rex Drive, 6571 Knysna


Knysn
View available dates for this hotel

Winchester Mansions Hotel 4

Ideally located in Cape Town city, on Sea Point's promenade, this hotel only a 4 minute walk away from the waterfront, 7 minutes from the city centre and 10 minutes from the Clifton and Camps Bay beaches. Tucked into the backdrop of mountains and facing the Atlantic Ocean, the el... read more read more read more

Ideally located in Cape Town city, on Sea Point's promenade, this hotel only a 4 minute walk away from the waterfront, 7 minutes from the city centre and 10 minutes from the Clifton and Camps Bay beaches. Tucked into the backdrop of mountains and facing the Atlantic Ocean, the elegance of this hotel stands out amongst the landscape, with its Cape Dutch-style architecture. The spacious rooms, all of which either have a mountain or ocean view, provide guests with a luxurious and comfortable stay. The outdoor pool and sundeck offer a great place for those who wish to relax and enjoy being outside. After a full day the bar is a perfect place to unwind and enjoy a drink or cocktail.

Hotel address
Winchester Mansions Hotel
221 Beach Road
Sea Point, Cape Town, ZA

Cape Town
View available dates for this hotel

Protea Kruger Lodge Hotel 4

Situated in the heart of the bushveld and decorated with natural and African décor, this hotel will give you a deep feeling of being in the wild, while still enjoying all the amenities and comforts of civilization. Located 100 metres from the entrance of Kruger Park, it is an ide... read more read more read more

Situated in the heart of the bushveld and decorated with natural and African décor, this hotel will give you a deep feeling of being in the wild, while still enjoying all the amenities and comforts of civilization. Located 100 metres from the entrance of Kruger Park, it is an ideal base camp for your safari. The outdoor pool and lounge areas will assure that you will get to fully enjoy the outdoors, during your stay. While having drinks at one of the two bars, you can look out into the bush and hopefully view some of the wildlife that traverse the area. 

Hotel address
Protea Kruger Lodge Hotel
Portia Shabangu Rd
Skukuza
Mpumalanga ZA
Kruger
View available dates for this hotel

Arniston Spa Hotel 4 Star

read more read more read more

Hotel address
Arniston Spa Hotel
1 Main Rd,
Arniston, 7280
South Africa
View available dates for this hotel

*Some hotel facilities are seasonally operated and may not be available at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

View more hotels

Departure Dates & Prices

Find your perfect holiday...

  • Date
  • Departs
  • Duration
  • Hotel & Accommodation
  • Price
  •  
Filter your results
Filter your results
View more departure dates

Departing on
Change date

Hotels on this trip

View all hotels

What's included in your price

inc. all taxes & charges

Price, taxes, flight times & availability are subject to change. E&OE. Price based on per person, sharing. Single Supplement cost may apply.

How many people are travelling?
Book now
  • Baggage from €40.00
  • Insurance from €12.50
  • Single Supplement from €149.00

Peace of mind with Travel Department

Why us?

  • We’ve done the research for you, creating perfectly planned itineraries
  • Outstanding value for money – Flights, transfers, accommodation and excursions included in nearly all our tours
  • We are experienced and dedicated to your experience
  • No holiday surcharges –
    guaranteed

Our guides

  • Friendly and welcoming everywhere you go
  • Local experts, passionate about their area
  • Take pride in making your holiday memorable
  • Innovative itineraries with amazing excursions

 

Our promise

  • To remember your holiday is a very precious time
  • To go the extra mile for you, our customers
  • To describe our holidays in an honest manner
  • To use your feedback to continually improve our service

Fully protected

  • 24/7 emergency contact number while abroad
  • We are a privately owned business and have been around for over 20 years
  • Licensed and bonded by the Commission for Aviation Regulation. TO number: 163. TA number 0692