Ultimate South Africa road trip: Cape Town area, Stellenbosch, Route 62, Garden Route & Safari’s

What do you love most about traveling? For me it’s exploring new countries, sights, quaint towns and metropoles. Road trips, enjoying nature, admiring animals, architecture and experience new cultures, traditions and great food! If those are the things that make you happy too and you want to combine all of it in just one trip South Africa is the country for you!

They call South Africa a world in one country, and since our trip there a few weeks ago I can only agree that this is the perfect description for such a diverse and wonderful country.

View from Table Mountain upon Cape Town

We booked our trip as a fly drive round trip through 333travel, a Dutch travel agency. We were able to customize it to our own wishes, as we prefer slow travel and a bit of luxury. We wanted to have enough time in Cape Town, to explore the city and the surrounding area, visit Stellenbosch, explore the real Africa through Route 62 and the Garden Route and of course do a few safari’s. This was all combined perfectly by them in our 2 week road trip, including stays at 7 different accommodations along the way and a flight back home from Port Elizabeth through Cape Town.

On below map you can see our exact route, the stars indicate all the places we stayed overnight and visited for several days.

 

In this blog I will show you all our favourite sights from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, along the south part of the Western and Eastern Cape. Join me through many of my personal pics, which are all original and taken by us during our 17 day trip in this beautiful country.

I am happy to inspire and share my tips with you!

 

Cape Town Area

Cape Town is huge and a real metro pole, but what makes it unique opposed to other big cities is that it has several mountains and beautiful nature reserves and beaches all around it. We had 4,5 days to spend in Cape Town which was not nearly enough to see all that the city has to offer, but we certainly did our best and our favourites are indicated with green circles on below map.

Sights we visited in and around Cape Town

  • Table Mountain & Lion’s Head

Wether you prefer hiking or taking the cable car up, both mountains are worth a visit. Table Mountain is iconic for ‘’the Mother City’’ and a must, as the view at the top is amazing! But we are definitely coming back to climb Lion’s Head as well, as I was told this view is equally beautiful and certainly worth the climb.

  • Castle of Good Hope, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and V&A Waterfront

The castle can be found in the middle of the city and has nice views upon Cape Town center. Unique as it is the oldest building in South Africa, dating back from 1666 with a big Dutch heritage, which was great for us Dutchies to learn more about.

Kirstenbosch is one of the biggest and most beautiful Botanical Gardens in the world, and is located at the foot of Table Mountain. Unfortunately we haven’t seen much of it as it was raining when we visited and almost everything in the gardens is uncovered.

V&A Waterfront is perfect for shopping and lunching or dining, although a bit commercial it has many restaurants to choose from, a ferris wheel and one of the best views upon the Table Mountain.

 (Remember to click on the smaller tile pics to scroll through the gallery and see the bigger version and description)

  • Groot Constantia and the Constantia Wine Route

The area around Cape Town is maybe even more beautiful than the city itself. Make sure to drive towards Constantia to do the wine route and visit the oldest vineyard and wine estate in South Africa: Groot Constantia. Founded in 1684 and renowned for its fabulous wines! This estate can be entered free of charge and you can walk around the grounds freely. The buildings in Kaaps-Hollandse style are stunning, not to mention the exquisite wines.

  • Camps Bay, Hout Bay, Noordhoek, Muizenberg & 12 Apostels

As you can see on above map there are many beaches around Cape Town, so a drive around the coastline is a must! In my opinion the beaches on the west side are the most beautiful and the view upon them from the road is amazing already:

  • Boulders Beach

But there are beautiful beaches along the east coast as well and a visit to the penguin colony of South Africa can not be missed. One of the few places in this world where you can witness these unique animals in their natural habitat.

  

  • Cape Point & Cape of Good Hope

When you drive to the most southern tip of Africa make sure to walk up to Cape Point. This national park is one of the most incredible nature areas I visited so far. And standing on Cape Point truly feels like the edge of the world with its view towards 2 seas colliding and the stunning Cape of Good Hope.

  • Chapman’s Peak Drive

On your way back to Cape Town take the western route past one of the most impressive coastal drives I’ve ever experienced! You do have to pay the enter this route, as in South Africa they charge you for almost anything, but the fee is low and certainly worth it, just see for yourself:

 

Stellenbosch area

  • Stellenbosch and Franschhoek

Less than an hour from Cape Town you will find Stellenbosch. A chique fertile nature area, also called capital of the winelands, and the second city in South Africa founded by the Dutch colonists. The architecture here is beautiful and quiant and nearby Franschhoek is also worth a visit for its authentic shops and many wine tasting venues.

For dinner or lunch at a restaurant with stunning views over the vineyards and nature area around Stellenbosch I can highly recommend Delaire Graff. We had lunch at this classy estate, enjoying the amazing views paired with exquisite wines, delicious food and stunningly decorated dishes!

  • Delaire Graff Estate and Restaurant

  

From here we drove 2 iconic routes which are unique for South Africa:

 

Route 62

Starting at Montagu and ending at Port Elizabeth, resembling Route 66 in the USA with its desert surroundings and old forgotten towns along the way. During this drive we passed by many quaint towns and came across beautiful nature areas.

  

 

Garden Route

Driving down again from Oudtshoorn we entered the iconic Garden Route which is the lush part of the N2 that runs through many nature reserves and along beautiful beaches from Mosselbaai to Plettenberg Bay.

For us the highlights along this route were:

  • Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve

 (Remember to click on the smaller tile pics to scroll through the gallery and see the bigger version and description)

 

Safari’s

We love game drives and safari’s and in South Africa there are many places where you can see the big 5 in the wild. We did several game drives at 2 locations in the south of the country, as we didn’t want to go all the way up to Kruger Park.

Our first stop was Oudtshoorn where we stayed at an authentic but very luxurious game lodge in a spacious tent by the waterhole filled with hippos and different animals visiting throughout the day:

  • Buffelsdrift Game Lodge in Oudtshoorn

  

Our second and last stop was located 50 minutes above Port Elizabeth. Here you will find Addo Elephant Park and several private game reserves surrounding it, where you can definitely spot the big 5! We stayed at the smaller Amakhala Game Reserve which is equally beautiful and filled with wildlife.

During the game drives I was happy to be able to test our new Nikon d5600 digital camera including Nikkor 18-300 mm telelens, which was perfect for this occasion. I was very pleased with the results, but you can be the judge of that as well:

  • Game drives Oudtshoorn & Amakhala Game Reserve

(Remember to click on the smaller tile pics to scroll through the gallery and see the bigger version and description)

One of the most unique experiences we had here was to observe this cheetah family in the wild for over an hour. The mother with 4 cubs was so precious and even though we didn’t see a real leopard these majestic cats more than completed the big 5 for us!

But I still have many more pics to share! For daily pics of South Africa you can follow me on social media as well:

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Have you ever been to South Africa, on safari or want to visit Cape Town and go on a road trip through the Garden Route and Route 62 as well?

Tell me about your experiences and plans and let me know if you have more questions or need more details so I can answer them here or write another blog about it😊

About Authentic Chica

Traveler, wanderer and explorer from the Netherlands, with a special love for authenticity, while keeping it chic. With a passion for traveling, lust for exploring, heart for holidays and an eye for beautiful things. Find out about my tips on how to find the perfect traveling combination of authentic chicness.
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19 Responses to Ultimate South Africa road trip: Cape Town area, Stellenbosch, Route 62, Garden Route & Safari’s

  1. Tuni Nguyen says:

    I am so envious of your trip 🙂 Great blog post as always! :* hugs from Copenhagen, Tuni

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  2. Wat een fantastische route hebben jullie gedaan zeg, wauw! En zo veel mooie foto’s (maar ik ben niets anders van je gewend). Die plek met al die pinguïns blijft toch wel een van m’n favorieten hoor, zo leuk hoe die beestjes daar zo dicht bij je zijn 😀

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    • Awww dank voor je lieve comment! Was echt een fantastische reis en zo fijn om zo veel te kunnen zien, al denk ik dat we nu nog maar 20% van dit grote land hebben gezien:) Mooi excuus om terug te gaan dus en hoop dat jij er ook snel heen kan! Die pinguins zijn zeker de moeite waard! xxx

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  3. Fantastic post Naomi ✨ Inspiring…I need to plan a road trip 😄

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    • Wow Mandy, that’s a great comment coming from a Cape Town girl!! Really appreciate your feedback and happy to be able to inspire you! Did you see all of the things we visited already or what would you still like to see on your road trip? xx

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  4. Daphne Lange says:

    Wat een super mooie post Naomi enne geweldige route hebben jullie afgelegd. Niks mis mee. Weet je welke foto gaaf is, die met je hoed en de pinguins. Maar eigenlijk zijn ze allemaal fantastisch. Afgelopen jaar verliefd geworden op Namibië en Botswana en we hadden al bedacht dat de volgende Afrika trip deze route zou zijn, dus ga je post zeker bewaren. Thanks for sharing.
    Amazing Africa!

    xxx

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    • Ja vond jouw reis er ook zooo mooi uit zien, wil ook graag nog naar Namibië en Botswana en kijk uit naar je post! Afrika is zo bijzonder en weet zeker dat jij ZA ook fantastisch zou vinden! En idd die pinguins:)
      Thanx voor je lieve woorden en fijne avond Daph!
      xxx Naomi

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  5. wegotoblog says:

    Amazing post! Never been to South Africa but is on my (super long) list. To do safari is one of my dreams!!!

    Have a lovely day, and hppy to see you enjoyed this great trip!

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    • Thnx so much dear, I really loved the diversity of this country and safari’s are pretty special indeed! Have been on safari before in Keya too which was very special, both recommended! Do let me know whenever u go and need more tips, always happy to help😚😚😚

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      • wegotoblog says:

        Oh amazing, hope to visit soon! My destination list never stops growing!!! I am going to Bali on the 29th so I was checking your Bali post, if you have any more tips, let me know 😛 xx

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        • Sorry just saw this now as I was on a trip to Croatia, but so cool that you’re going to Bali in only 2 weeks already! Did you see I also wrote 2 blogs with Bali tips last year, way back on my site? Let me know your route so I can give you more tips babe, enjoy! xx

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          • wegotoblog says:

            Haha, no worries!!!!
            Can you belive I still don’t know where to go? I mean first 3 days we we’ll be in Ubud, but after Ubud no idea… Any recommendation?

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          • Hahah yes I can believe that, but Ubud is a great starting point and from there I would def go to the north (the Bedugul and Munduk area as described in my latest Bali and Gili blog) but as you can read in my Bali blogs from last year I also loved Nusa Lembongan, Sanur, Seminyak and the area in the south.
            Please check those nut and let me know if you have any further questions!
            Have fun!!!

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          • wegotoblog says:

            Just saw this! If course I’ll take a look as I am going crazy trying to organize everything!! I will ask you something for sure!

            Thanks Naomi, have a lovely Saturday ❤

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  6. Irena says:

    Such an interesting story, Naomi! Love the photos, too! Kind of a trip I would go to gladly! xxx

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    • Thnx Irena, happy u liked the blog and I am sure you would love SA as well! Hope u can go soon!! What’s next on the list for now though? Was it Miami🏝🤗🍹? Xx Naomi

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