A 9 day self-drive tour of Cape Town and the Garden Route. Off the beaten track takes you away from traditional tourist areas into pristine wilderness. Spend 2 nights at Tintswalo Atlantic listening to the crashing waves as you fall asleep. Drive to Grootbos Nature Reserve, one of the most idyllic locations on earth, for a 3 night stay in a luxury 5 star lodge. End off with 3 nights in a Tree Suite at Phantom Forest just outside Knysna on the magical Garden Route.
- A priceless stay at the only lodge perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town
- Freedom and Flexibility to explore Cape Town and the Garden Route at your leisure
- Pristine coastal wilderness in a 5 star luxury setting
- Experience the sounds and scents of Africa from your Tree Suite in an Eco- Forest Reserve
- Explore the nooks and crannies the rugged Garden Route has to offer
Day 1 : Tintswalo Atlantic
When you arrive at Cape Town Airport you will be met and privately transferred to Tintswalo Atlantic. This unique boutique guest house is tucked in at the bottom of Chapman’s Peak within the Table Mountain National Park, literally on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. You have 2 days in a luxury suite to totally immerse yourself in this ultimate experience.
Day 2 : Tintswalo Atlantic
Soak up the breathtaking view from your private deck, dine with the Atlantic Ocean in front of you, keep an eye open for Whales in the bay or explore one of the many walking trails in the National Park. This is unique Cape Town at its most magnificent.
Day 3 : Grootbos Garden Lodge
Have a relaxed breakfast on the deck with magical sea views before you head off down the Garden Route. Your vehicle will be delivered at Tintswalo Atlantic for you. If you are lucky enough to be travelling in Whale season (August – November) taking the very scenic and slightly longer Coastal Meander to Grootbos is a must.
Day 4 : Grootbos Garden Lodge
Besides your beautiful and luxurious accommodation at Forest or Garden Lodge in this off-the-beaten track corner of coastal paradise, Grootbos Nature Reserve offers a wide variety of diverse activities led by resident specialist guides leading drives and walks through the reserve.
Day 5 : Grootbos Garden Lodge
Grootbos is famous for being in the epicentre of the unique Cape Floral Kingdom and close to archaeological and cultural sites. Learn about local birds and mammals and the interactions that occur as a result of this diverse ecology. There is Shark Cage Diving, Whale Watching, Horse Riding on deserted beaches and an abundance of Wine Farms surrounding this nature rich area.
Day 6 : Phantom Forest Eco Reserve
Set off after breakfast and break from the traditional highway to take the less travelled Route 62. You pass through inland quaint villages like Barrydale and also have the opportunity to take on an ostrich ride in Outdshoorn before you turn towards the coast. You will find Phantom Forest tucked away in the forest at the foothills of Knysna.
Day 7 : Phantom Forest Eco Reserve
staying at Phantom Forest gets you back in touch with nature and the delicate balance we live in. You can experience this bio-diverse environment of Afromontane Forest, Cape Coastal Fynbos and estuarine wetland from the luxury of being in the middle of it.
Day 8 : Phantom Forest Eco Reserve
There is lots to do around Knysna and Plettenberg Bay including: Boat cruises on Knysna Lagoon, Featherbed Nature Reserve, canoeing, craft markets, oyster restaurants, beaches, golf, elephant interactions, Monkeyland and mountain biking in the forests.
Day 9 : Phantom Forest Eco Reserve
DEPARTURE DAY - You have a choice of a 3 hour drive to Port Elizabeth and a short flight back to Cape Town to connect with your outbound International flight, or you can take the traditional N2 highway back to Cape Town to connect with your flights.