Reasons to Visit
The most economical and by far the most popular way to experience South Africa is on a self drive. The roads are good, traffic tends to be light and driving is on the left.
Within easy driving distance of Cape Town, the valleys of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek have become known as 'The Winelands'. Here you can admire the manicured rows of green and russet vines and even stop to sample the local tipple.
Cape Town – one of the world’s great cities, Cape Town has excellent accommodation, is easy to explore and is the gateway to the Wine Regions and Garden Route. Cape Town is an ideal place to start your trip around South Africa.
Hermanus and Walker Bay, near Cape Town, are perhaps the best places in the world to spot whales from the shore (Jun-Dec). Whale watching trips from boats are also popular in South Africa.
Learn how Ghandi, Paul Kruger and Winston Churchill were all involved in the battle of Spioenkop, during the Boer War, or how a hundred British soldiers held off some 4,000 Zulus at Rorke’s Drift, and how nearly 1,800 were killed a few hours earlier at the battle of Isandlwana.
South Africa offers some of the best safari in the whole of Africa. One of the best places are the private reserves of Kruger Greater Park, where you can see the 'Big Five' (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo).
South Africa boasts some spectacular scenery across the whole country. These include the imposing Drakensberg Mountains, coastal views along the Garden Route, the impressive Blyde River Canyon and the vast Karoo.
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Plettenberg Bay, towards the eastern end of the Garden Route, is a playground for South Africa’s wealthy holidaymakers. There are many activities available as well as lots of great restaurants.
Whilst the guest house is simple we feel it offers excellent value within this sought after suburb of Plettenberg Bay and a great base for exploring the area.
Whilst the guest house is simple we feel it offers excellent value within this sought after town of Plettenberg Bay and a great base for exploring the area.
Anlin offers excellent value within this sought after suburb of Plettenberg Bay. It is a great base for exploring the area, giving you a nice comfortable place to relax or stroll to the beach.
Cottage Pie Guesthouse offers spacious, modern rooms and is an excellent base for exploring the Plettenberg area, or for taking a long walk along the stunning Robberg Beach.
This guesthouse provides good value and is an excellent choice for those wanting to enjoy the beach as well as the variety of attractions that this stunning stretch of coastline has to offer.
Emily Moon River Lodge is in a beautiful location and is a haven of tranquillity just on the fringe of Plettenberg Bay. It is an Audley favourite and is highly recommended.
Lairds Lodge (8km from Plettenberg Bay) is set in a private 24-acre estate with landscaped gardens. It's ideal for exploring the entire Garden route area from Wilderness to the Tsitsikamma forests.
One of the most luxurious options on the Garden Route, this is an elegant hotel with a wonderful colonial feel, and a fantastic location overlooking Plettenberg Bay. A hotel that really merits its great reputation.
Hunter's has all the refined exclusivity of an English country house, but set amidst beautiful African flowers and trees in the heart of the Garden Route.
Kurland is famous for helping to bring polo to South Africa, and attracts international polo teams from around the world during the short season.
The wonderful setting amidst the tree tops, the fantastic rooms with their lovely African décor and the overall standards of comfort and service make this one of the best, and most interesting, places to stay on the Garden Route.
15 days from £3,620pp
12 days from £2,995pp
19 days from £2,340pp
The Garden Route & Eastern Cape, 17 miles away
The Garden Route & Eastern Cape, 22 miles away
The Garden Route & Eastern Cape, 45 miles away
The Garden Route & Eastern Cape, 51 miles away
The Garden Route & Eastern Cape, 173 miles away
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